Retired Newark Police K9 Sjors Has Passed Away


It is with great sadness that the Newark Police Department reports that after a long battle with degenerative myelopathy, retired NPD K9 Sjors passed away this weekend. K9 Sjors was born in the Netherlands and was imported into the United States by Vohne Liche Kennels, in Denver, Indiana. K9 Sjors was tested and selected by his future handler – Cpl. La Rue, in 2008. K9 Sjors and his handler Cpl. La Rue completed canine training and entered service as a Newark Police dual purpose canine team in 2008. K9 Sjors & Cpl. La Rue served the citizens of the City of Newark and region as a team until K9 Sjors retired in 2016.

During his career, K9 Sjors was deployed on over 800 vehicle and building searches, 83 human tracks, hundreds of burglar alarms, and numerous fugitive apprehensions. Additionally, as a dual-purpose canine specialized in narcotics detection, K9 Sjors was responsible for well over $200,000.00 in cash seizures, the seizure of hundreds of items of drug paraphernalia, over 8,000 grams of cocaine, thousands of grams of marijuana, heroin, PCP, MDMA, and methamphetamines.  Throughout his career and in retirement, K9 Sjors was a treasured family member and will be missed.

K9 Sjors & Cpl. La Rue were always excited to participate in the annual Main Street Mile demonstration. K9 Sjors was always the professional. During his career he put his skills on display before thousands of people while conducting over 250 demonstrations. K9 Sjors was very sociable and quickly became a favorite of those in the community.

In 2016, K9 Sjors was able to retire. Since then, K9 Sjors brought a great deal of joy to the La Rue family. The officers and employees of the Newark Police Department remember K9 Sjors fondly and wish to extend our sympathies to the La Rue family during this difficult time. K9 Sjors will be fondly remembered and greatly missed.


UPDATE – ARREST MADE – Armed Robbery at Exxon on South College Avenue

On January 25, 2019, Newark Police arrested John J. Nichols, 29, of New Castle, for the Exxon gas station robbery that occurred on January 17, 2019 on South College Avenue.  Through investigative means, including reviewing surveillance video and speaking with witnesses, a suspect vehicle was identified.  Nichols was then identified as the suspect in this robbery.  A warrant for his arrest was subsequently issued.

On January 25th, Newark Detectives executed a search warrant at Nichols’ residence and took him into custody without incident.

Nichols appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #11 in New Castle where he was charged with Robbery First Degree, Wearing a Disguise During the Commission of a Felony and Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon.  Nichols was issued a conditions of release bond guaranteed by financial terms secured by $27,000 cash only.  Nichols’ custody was turned over to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington.

Original release: Armed Robbery at Exxon on South College Avenue

John J. Nichols