Man Charged with Unlawful Possession of Weapons

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief David Stokoe of the Randolph Township Police Department announce the arrest of Lawrence W. Ball, age 60, of Randolph, New Jersey, on numerous weapons related charges.

Randolph Township Police made contact with the defendant due to a report of him making obscene gestures towards others. Thereafter, the Randolph Police Department, in conjunction with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Homeland Security Unit, initiated a suspicious person investigation which ultimately led to a search of the defendant’s home where numerous prohibited weapons were located. Specifically, law enforcement officers seized 5 air/pellet guns, 51 daggers, 33 sling shots, and 11 metal knuckles from the defendant.

The defendant was charged on February 26, 2018 with the following offenses:

  • Five counts of second-degree Certain Person Not to Possess a Weapon (Air Gun/BB Gun) in violation of J.S.A. 2C:39-7B(1);
  • Three counts of fourth-degree Certain Persons to Have a Weapons (51 daggers, 33 sling shots, 11 metal knuckles) in violation of J.S.A. 2C:39-7A;
  • Three counts of fourth-degree Possession of Prohibited Weapons and Devices (51 daggers, 33 sling shots, 11 metal knuckles) in violation of J.S.A. 2C:39-3E.

The Defendant is currently lodged at the Morris County Correctional Facility in accordance with Criminal Justice Reform.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Homeland Security Unit the Randolph Township Police Department and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office CIS whose efforts contributed to the investigation of this case.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, this defendant is presumed innocent until he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Any inquiries can be directed to Press Information Office Peter DiGennaro at [email protected].

Prosecutor Fredric Knapp Announces Investigative Staff Promotions

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief of Investigations John Speirs announce four promotions effective on Monday, February 26, 2018 to fill vacant Investigative Staff Positions in the Prosecutor’s Office. These vacancies were created by the retirements of Sergeant Christopher Then and Sergeant Matthew Potter.

The following personnel will be promoted and assigned as indicated below:

  • Detective/Supervisor Daniel Haber to Sergeant who will supervise the Fugitive Unit. Sergeant Haber has been a member of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office since 2003, and received an “Annual Distinguished Achievement Award” in 2008 for excellence of service in the Field of Criminal Investigation.
Prosecutor Fredric Knapp Announces Investigative Staff Promotions
Chief of Investigations John Spiers (L) with Sergeant Dan Haber
  • Detective/Supervisor Mark Castellano to Sergeant who will assume the responsibilities of Training Coordinator/Supervising Firearms Instructor. Sergeant Castellano has been a member of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office since 2002 and has been assigned to a variety of investigative units here. He has also instructed at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy for the last twelve years.
Prosecutor Fredric Knapp Announces Investigative Staff Promotions
Chief of Investigations John Spiers (L) with Sergeant Mark Castellano
  • Detective Thomas Joiner to Detective/Supervisor who will assist in the supervision of the Intelligence/Homeland Security Unit. Detective/Supervisor Joiner has been a member of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office since 2009 and has been the President of the Morris County Detectives’ Association since 2016, as well as the Quartermaster of the Morris County Rapid Deployment Team since 2015.
Prosecutor Fredric Knapp Announces Investigative Staff Promotions
Detective/Supervisor Thomas Joiner with Prosecutor Fredric Knapp
  • Detective Carolina Moreno to Detective/Supervisor who will assist in the supervision of the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit. Detective/Supervisor Moreno has been a member of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office for eight years and has instructed Sex Crimes Investigations at the Morris and Monmouth County Police Academies, as well as lecturing on this topic to an international delegation from Costa Rica in 2015.
Prosecutor Fredric Knapp Announces Investigative Staff Promotions
Chief of Investigations John Speirs with Detective/Supervisor Carolina Moreno

Prosecutor Knapp stated, “Through their everyday performance, each of these individuals has demonstrated the qualities necessary to serve at the next level in the organization.  I am confident that they will ensure that the office continues to be efficient and effective.”

Prosecutor Fredric Knapp Announces Investigative Staff Promotions
From left to right: Chief of Investigations John Speirs, Sergeant Dan Haber, Detective/Supervisor Carolina Moreno, Detective/Supervisor Thomas Joiner, Sergeant Mark Castellano, and Prosecutor Fredric Knapp

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.

Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury Hosted Opioid Presentation for Healthcare Science Juniors at Morris County School of Technology

During the afternoon of February 26, 2018, Morris County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury spoke at the Morris County School of Technology in Denville, to educate the Healthcare Science Juniors on the ongoing Opioid and Heroin epidemic in New Jersey.

Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury Hosted Opioid Presentation for Healthcare Science Juniors at Morris County School of Technology

These high school juniors are studying to become active members of the healthcare industry. The attending students take college level healthcare courses, to better prepare them for their future endeavors. They are the next generation of doctors, nurses, and physical therapists, the majority of whom will have access to opioids, as well as the power to prescribe these drugs. Accordingly the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seabury were eager to conduct this presentation, at the request of one of the Healthcare Science Teachers.

Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seabury explained how the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is working with local agencies, such as the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and Morris Center for Addiction Recovery Education and Success (CARES) to battle the current epidemic.

Seabury’s presentation covered multiple aspects of the opioid epidemic, including how it impacts the community, what law enforcement is doing to combat the crisis, and the success of the current educational, enforcement, and treatment programs in Morris County.

Even though the majority of people in our community have been affected by the opioid epidemic in some way, there has been a general lack of knowledge about how street opiates have changed over the years. Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seabury provided a basic understanding of pharmaceutical opioid drug abuse, how this problem can lead to addiction, how heroin is used, distributed, and priced in Morris County, as well as how Fentanyl has become a major killer of illicit drug users.

Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury Hosted Opioid Presentation for Healthcare Science Juniors at Morris County School of Technology

Assistant Prosecutor Seabury talked to the students for approximately one hour, then allowed them to ask any questions that they had. Many of the students were interested to further learn about how they can help make an impact on the Opioid and Heroin Epidemic in their future careers. Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp stated, “Providing educational programs to students about to enter the healthcare profession can be a critical component in fighting the current Heroin and Opioid Epidemic. We are grateful to the Morris County School of Technology for inviting us to speak to these future health doctors, nurses, and physical therapists”.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.