Authorities Confirm Fatal Crash that Occurred in Rockaway Township

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief Martin McParland of the Rockaway Township Police Department jointly announce an update on the investigation of an incident that occurred on Friday, October 23, 2015 in the area of 2 Green Pond Road in Rockaway Township, N.J.

On Friday, October 23, 2015 at approximately 6:00 am, members of the Rockaway Township Police Department were dispatched to the area of 2 Green Pond Road, near the off ramp of Route 80 West in Rockaway Township. The dispatch concerned the report of a man who had been struck by a vehicle while he was riding a bicycle. The victim was transported to St. Clare’s Dover Campus hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The victim in this matter has been identified as Jose Antonio A. Aguilar, age 48, of Dover, New Jersey. The Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office has determined the cause of death to be multiple injuries, and the manner of death to be an accident.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Major Crimes Unit and the Rockaway Township Police Department continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident. However, there are no criminal charges at this time. The investigation remains ongoing. At this moment, no further details will be released.

If anyone has knowledge of this incident and/or the circumstances leading to this male’s injuries, they can contact the Rockaway Township Police Department (973-625-4000), the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit (973-285-6200) or the Morris County Sheriff’s CrimeStoppers at 973-267-2255.

Any inquiries can be directed to Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Deputy Chief of Investigations Denise H. Arseneault at 973-285-6262 or [email protected]

Former Attorney Charged by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that Neil Gross, age 47 of Livingston, New Jersey, has been charged with Theft (second degree), Identity Theft (second degree), Forgery (third degree), and Unauthorized Practice of Law (third degree).

Neil Gross, a former partner in the law firm of Ward & Gross, Flanders New Jersey, was suspended from the practice of law in October of 2012, and subsequently disbarred on October 21, 2014 for a series of violations of professional conduct.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office received a referral of this matter from the New Jersey Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection in July of 2015. Pursuant to an investigation by the Financial Crimes Unit, Neil Gross is alleged to have used the name of another attorney in a real estate closing in 2013, during his period of suspension. As part of that closing, Gross allegedly held over $75,000 in a trust account, but failed to disburse the funds to the seller of the property. He ultimately diverted the funds to a personal account. In so doing, it is also alleged, he forged the name of the other attorney.

Charges against Gross were signed October 23, 2015 by Morris County Detective Joseph Soulias and the matter will be prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Michael Rappa. Gross was charged following the investigation and was released on his own recognizance. His initial court appearance will be scheduled by the court on a later date.

Prosecutor Knapp thanks the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit, whose efforts contributed to this result.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Any inquiries can be directed to Deputy Chief Denise H. Arseneault at [email protected] or (973)285-6262.

Ongoing Investigation in Rockaway Township

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief Martin McParland of the Rockaway Township Police Department jointly announce that an investigation is currently underway involving an incident which occurred on Green Pond Road, Rockaway Township, N.J.

On Friday, October 23, 2015 at approximately 6:00 am, members of the Rockaway Township Police Department were dispatched to the area near Green Pond Road, Rockaway Township on a report of an incident. One injured male was found who appeared to have been struck by an unknown vehicle. He was transported to St. Clare’s Dover Campus hospital.

This investigation is in its preliminary stages and no further details will be released at this time. There is no indication that there is any threat to the community.

If anyone was in the area of Green Pond Road, at off ramp of Route 80 West, Rockaway Township, N.J. early this morning and may have knowledge of this incident and/or the circumstances leading to this male’s injuries, they are urged to contact the Rockaway Township Police Department (973-625-4000), the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit (973-285-6200) or the Morris County Sheriff’s CrimeStoppers at 973-267-2255.

Any inquiries can be directed to Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Deputy Chief of Investigations Denise H. Arseneault at 973-285-6262 or [email protected].