Prosecutor Knapp and Deputy Chief of Investigations Wilson Attend NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness Presentation

During the morning of March 14, 2018, Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Deputy Chief of Investigations Stephen Wilson attended the NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness quarterly Interfaith Advisory Council meeting at Christ Church’s West Campus in Rockaway. The guest speakers at this event included the Director of the NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness Jared Maples, FBI Special Agent in Charge Tim Gallagher, Pastor David Ireland of Christ Church, Jeff Gold of NJOHSP, and Chief of the Grants Bureau at the NJOHSP Dan Morocco.

Prosecutor Knapp and Deputy Chief of Investigations Wilson Attend NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness Presentation
From left to right: FBI Special Agent in Charge Tim Gallagher, NJOHSP Director Jared Maples, Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, and Deputy Chief of Investigations Stephen Wilson.

The purpose of the quarterly Interfaith Advisory Council meetings are to create strong and lasting partnerships between local clergy, community leaders, law enforcement, and the NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. They give these various members of the community a platform to host positive discussions, concerning the best methods of ensuring that all parties have the capability to work together to create a safe environment.

Director Maples opened up the morning with some welcoming remarks, thanking Pastor Ireland and the Christ Church for hosting the event, as well as their local partnerships such as the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office for attending. He kept his remarks brief, but the one main point that he got across to the audience, was that the first responders in New Jersey are working with the NJOHSP, to become “first preventers”. Director Maples stressed the importance of preventing major incidents before they occur.

Following Director Maples, the next speaker was FBI Special Agent in Charge Tim Gallagher. Agent Gallagher spoke on how the NJOHSP has been working to foster relationships with community leaders. He specifically noted that their goal is to get to know local clergy and county leaders on a one to one basis, so that if the time comes when there is an incident, all stake holders they will already have a working relationship.

Pastor Ireland spoke on behalf of Christ Church and their two parishes, one in Rockaway and the other in Montclair. He ran a short presentation focusing on Christ Church’s goals of reaching the younger generation. Pastor Ireland aims to rebrand the church, while maintaining the message that has drawn approximately 9,000 people to their congregation. In this day and age, young men and women need a safe space to speak about their problems, or problems they see in the world, and Pastor Ireland wants them to know that Christ Church is open for that.

Prosecutor Knapp and Deputy Chief of Investigations Wilson Attend NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness Presentation
From left to right: FBI Special Agent in Charge Tim Gallagher, Pastor David Ireland, NJOHSP Director Jared Maples, and Prosecutor Fredric Knapp.

Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) plays a major part in the work that the NJOHSP does. Jeff Gold broke down the various ways that their office has worked with the community in the past to stress how useful SAR can be. Partnerships with the New York Giants, New York Jets, and NJ Transit have helped spread the “See Something, Say Something” campaign.

The final speaker of the morning was the Chief of the Grants Bureau at NJOHSP Dan Morocco. He spoke on the newly created Nonprofit Security Grant Pilot Program, which is a competitive grant program that has one million dollars available in 2018. This program will allow approximately one hundred recipients to afford security at their offices, and events, ultimately making New Jersey a safer place for all involved.

Following the speakers, an open forum was held, so that all attendees had the opportunity to share their ideas, as well as ask questions of the NJOHSP representatives. The forum lasted approximately one half hour, and allowed the various community leaders and clergy to meet each other.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and Prosecutor Knapp embrace the opportunity to work closely with local clergy and community leaders throughout Morris County

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

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Announces Drug and Firearm Arrest

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Butler Police Chief Ciro Chimento and Kinnelon Police Chief John Schwartz announce the arrest of an individual stemming from an investigation into the illegal distribution of narcotics. This joint investigation was conducted by the Butler Police Department and the Kinnelon Police Department, with assistance from Morris County Sheriff’s SERT and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. The investigation culminated on March 11, 2018, which led to the seizure of one (1) fully automatic machine gun, one (1) assault rifle, 79 marijuana plants in various stages of growth, approximately ten (10) pounds of marijuana, mushrooms, two (2) shotguns, four (4) rifles, one (1) loaded handgun, high capacity magazines, silencers, throwing stars, metal knuckles, drug distribution related paraphernalia, the profits of suspected criminal activity in excess of $6,700 United States currency, and a 2006 Jeep.

The following individual was arrested as a result of this investigation:

Defendant: Richard J. Spielman

  • One count of first-degree knowingly maintaining or operating a premise, place, or facility used for the manufacture of marijuana in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-4.
  • One count of first-degree possession with intent to distribute (marijuana) in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5B (10).
  • One count of second-degree possession of a machine gun without being licensed under N.J.S.A. 2C:58-5, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5A.
  • One count of second-degree possession of an assault firearm without being licensed under N.J.S.A. 2C:58-5, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5F.
  • Nine counts of second-degree possession of firearm while in the course of committing a violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-4 and N.J.S.A. 2C:35-4 in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4.1A.
  • One count of second-degree possession of more than 5lbs. of marijuana in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5B10 (B).
  • One count of third-degree possession with intent to distribute (psilocybin), in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5A (1).
  • One count of third-degree possession of a CDS (psilocybin), in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5A (1).
  • One count of fourth-degree possession of a CDS (marijuana), in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5A (1).
  • One count of fourth-degree possession of two firearm silencers, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-3C.
  • One count of fourth-degree possession of metal knuckles, knives, throwing stars without any explainable lawful purpose, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-3E.
  • One count of fourth-degree possession of multiple high capacity magazines, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-3J.
  • One count of possession of drug paraphernalia (a disorderly persons offense), in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2.

Pursuant to the Bail Reform law, Richard J. Spielman was lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility pending a first appearance and a pre-trial detention hearing.

This investigation was led by Lieutenant Michael Moeller and Detective Jarred Schmiedhauser from the Butler Police Department, and Detective Sergeant David Crouthamel and Detective Rick McDonnald from the Kinnelon Police Department.

Criminal complaints are merely accusations.  Despite these accusations, the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until they have been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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

Prosecutor Knapp Attends “Huddle” Program Hosted by the African American Clergy Association of Morris County

On the morning of Saturday, March 10th, Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, First Assistant Prosecutor Tom Zelante, and Detective Patrick LaGuerre attended a program at the Church of God in Christ for All Saints in Morristown, hosted by the African American Clergy Association of Morris County, New Jersey. The guest speaker was the former Vice President and General Manager of the New York Giants, Jerry Reese.

Prosecutor Knapp Attends “Huddle” Program Hosted by the African American Clergy Association of Morris County
From left to right: Detective Patrick LaGuerre, Pastor Robert Rogers, Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, Jerry Reese, Pastor Jerry Carter, and First Assistant Prosecutor Tom Zelante

The program is titled, “The Huddle: Calling the Right Plays to Win”, and is focused on offering young men in the community the opportunity to obtain information and guidance for their future endeavors. As the oldest of seven siblings in a poor family from Northwestern Tennessee, Reese learned early in his life what it would take to succeed. He specifically emphasized how important a positive attitude and a strong sense of faith can be for a young man.

The heart of Mr. Reese’s presentation comes from his vast experience in the world of football. As the title of the program shows, “The Huddle”, plays an enormous role in everyday life. Mr. Reese challenged the young men in the audience to build their own huddles, with people who are willing and excited to help them succeed in life. Just as each side in football has eleven players, Mr. Reese also offered the audience his eleven positive factors that will make their huddles as beneficial as possible.

Pastor Jerry Carter of Calvary Baptist Church opened the morning with an inspirational prayer. He organized this event, and it was the first installment of the quarterly programs that the African American Clergy Association of Morris County, New Jersey plan to host for members of the community. Pastor Carter worked with Pastor Robert Rogers, as well as with other members of the African American Clergy Association of Morris County, New Jersey to ensure that these young men had the opportunity to learn from someone who has proved that strong faith and positive attitudes go a long way.

Prosecutor Knapp Attends “Huddle” Program Hosted by the African American Clergy Association of Morris County

Following Mr. Reese’s presentation, Prosecutor Knapp addressed the audience of approximately sixty guests, and explained his role as the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of Morris County, in which he is responsible for the 170 member Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and oversees thirty-eight municipal police departments. He lauded “The Huddle” program, as well as praised Mr. Reese for delivering an excellent presentation. Prosecutor Knapp then introduced First Assistant Prosecutor Zelante, who is the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office liaison to the Morris County Human Relations Commission, as well as Detective LaGuerre, who has always worked closely with the community in his twenty years of law enforcement.

The driving force behind this presentation, was the African American Clergy Association of Morris County, New Jersey’s desire to reach out to the adolescent members of the community, with the hopes of inspiring them to become the best members of society that they can be. Nearly have half of the audience were in fact teenagers, and the rest of the audience was comprised of members of the clergy, as well as local businessmen and officials. As Pastor Carter closed the meeting, he asked that all attendees work together in the future to plan these presentations for the community on a quarterly basis

Prosecutor Knapp Attends “Huddle” Program Hosted by the African American Clergy Association of Morris County

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