Law Enforcement Seeking Information Regarding Pitney Farm Fire

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and Mendham Township Police Department are seeking information from the public regarding an ongoing fire investigation. On Tuesday February 24, 2016 at approximately 2:00 a.m., the historic Pitney Farm, located at 1 Cold Hill Road, Mendham Township was severely damaged by a fire. The structure was vacant at the time of the fire. The investigation of the fire remains active and ongoing. The investigation is being conducted by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office – Arson/Environmental Crimes Unit, the Mendham Township Police Department, and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Criminal Investigation Section. At this time, this fire has been determined to be caused by a human act, and is being investigated as an act of arson.

Law enforcement is seeking information from anyone having knowledge of this fire, and/or the circumstances surrounding it. Anyone with relevant information is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 973-285-2900, Detective Matthew Schneiderman of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200, or the Mendham Township Police Department at 973-543-2581.

Any inquiries regarding this release can be directed to Public Information Officer Agent Paul Merkler at [email protected]

Morris County Narcotics Task Force Arrests Pair Attempting To Traffic 15 Kilograms of Cocaine

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Officer in Charge Anthony Smith of the Dover Police Department announce the arrest of two (2) interstate drug traffickers and the seizure of 15 kilograms of cocaine. On April 20, 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) New York Drug Enforcement Task Force (DETF), the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Dover Police Department received information that an individual was trafficking illegal narcotics through Morris County in a Ford F 350 pickup truck with an attached trailer.  During the evening of April 20, 2016, members of the Task Force conducted a motor vehicle stop of the truck and trailer in Dover. Following the motor vehicle stop, 15 kilograms of suspected cocaine were located and seized from the trailer. Both occupants of the vehicle were placed under arrest and charged.

Fredy Lorenzo, 35, and Jennifer Vasquez, 28, both of Homestead, FL were all charged with the following:

  • One (1) count of first-degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with the Intent to Distribute (cocaine).
  • One (1) count of second-degree Conspiracy to Possess a Controlled Dangerous Substance with the Intent to Distribute (cocaine).
  • One (1) count of third-degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (cocaine).

Bail is currently set at $250,000, no 10% option, with a bail source hearing condition and a waiver of extradition imposed. On April 21, 2016, both individuals were lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility in default of bail.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp stated: “In cooperation with our Federal, State and local law enforcement partners, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force successfully interdicted a significant quantity of cocaine that was being transported through Morris County.  Law enforcement in this County will continue to work with other law enforcement agencies to successfully detect, prosecute, and deter drug distributors from trafficking illegal narcotics in Morris County.”

Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp wishes to thank the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit (Narcotics Task Force), the Dover Police Department, the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York, and the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York Drug Enforcement Task Force, which is comprised of officers from the DEA, the New York Police Department, and the New York State Police.

The prosecution of this matter is being handled by Assistant Prosecutor Erin Callahan of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit (Narcotics Task Force) and is docketed in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Morris Vicinage.

Criminal complaints are merely accusations.  Despite these accusations, the defendants are 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 Public Information Officer Paul Merkler at 973-285-6215 or [email protected].

 

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Joins Bi-Annual Operation Take-Back Day

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Chief of Investigations John R. Speirs, Morris Plains Borough Police Chief Jason A. Kohn, Morris Township Police Chief John McGuinness, Morristown Bureau of Police Chief Peter Demnitz, Mountain Lakes Borough Police Chief Shawn Bennett and Randolph Township Police Chief David Stokoe announce that on Saturday, April 30, 2016, they will be hosting locations for the 11th annual Operation Take-Back Day Program.

Operation Take-Back is a national initiative that encourages individuals to turn in unused or expired prescriptions, controlled substances and over-the-counter medications for safe disposal.  The medication collection allows citizens to give their unused medications to law enforcement officials without releasing personal information.  After the event, law enforcement officials will dispose of the medications collected in an environmentally safe manner.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Operation Take-Back will be held in conjunction with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office on Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. at the following four (4) locations:

 

Stop and Shop Supermarket

245 Littleton Road

Morris Plains, New Jersey 07950

 

ACME Supermarket

609 Millbrook Road

Randolph, New Jersey 07869

 

Morristown High School

50 Early Street

Morristown, NJ 07960

 

Mountain Lakes Fire Department

400 Boulevard

Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046

 

In addition to helping individuals dispose of unused prescription drugs, Operation Take-Back promotes awareness of juvenile prescription drug prevention efforts.

Operation Take-Back is a collaborative effort between the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, New Jersey Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New Jersey Prevention Network, New Jersey Chiefs’ of Police Association, Morris Plains Borough Police Department, Morris Township Police Department, Morristown Bureau of Police Department, Mountain Lakes Borough Police Department, Randolph Township Police Department, ACME Supermarket, Stop and Shop Supermarket, Morristown High School and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.   This initiative also includes numerous other drop off sites nationwide and throughout Morris County.  To find out if your town is participating in Operation Take-Back, visit www.dea.gov or contact your local Police Department.

If you are unable to make this date, you can log onto http://safehealthymorris.org/dropbox/ for a list of permanent drop box locations nearest you.

Any inquiries regarding Operation Take-Back can be directed to Captain Jane Recktenwald at 973-285-6221 or [email protected].