Authorities Announce Origin and Cause of Fire in Town of Dover

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson Jr., and Dover Police Department Deputy Chief Anthony Smith announce that the investigation into the origin and cause of the fire that occurred in the Town of Dover on Monday, October 22, 2018 has been completed.

After conducting a systematic fire investigation, consisting of interviews, photo documentation, fire scene processing and the examination of heat, smoke, and fire patterns, it is the opinion of the fire investigators that the cause of this fire is “Undetermined.” The fire is deemed not suspicious at this time. The area of origin for this fire was located on the first floor of 19 West Blackwell Street. All natural and incendiary causes have been ruled out. The fire investigation is complete, however the overall investigation remains ongoing.

The investigation into the origin and cause of the fire was conducted jointly by the Dover Police Department, Dover Fire Prevention Bureau, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Fire/Environmental Unit, Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the NJ Division of Fire Safety Fire Marshal’s Office.

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 Dedicates Office to Former Director of Critical Infrastructure Alfonse Imperiale

On October 29, 2018, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office honored the memory of Director of Critical Infrastructure Alfonse Imperiale, who passed away earlier this year. Al’s two sons, Alfonse Jr. and Dominic who are both Sergeants with the New Jersey Transit Police, were presented with a plaque which will hang outside of Al’s former office at the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Operations Division Headquarters. Throughout his decade with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Al’s influence was felt all across Morris County and the State of New Jersey. He conducted security assessments for churches, schools, hospitals, and other public buildings, ensuring that they would continue to be as safe as possible. Al was a tremendous asset to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office extending good will throughout the County. A true expert in Homeland Security, he provided countless programs to schools, churches, synagogues, and other groups.

Prosecutor Knapp said, “We at the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office miss Al every single day. He was a true gentleman and an outstanding law enforcement professional. It was an honor to work with him. Al’s legacy with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office will forever live on as a testament to his excellence”.

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Dedicates Office to Former Director of Critical Infrastructure Alfonse Imperiale
Prosecutor Knapp, Al Imperiale, Jr. with his daughter, and Dominic Imperiale.

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

October 2018 Operation Take Back Yields Impressive Results in Morris County

On Saturday, October 27, 2018, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office participated in Operation Take Back in partnership with four local police departments. This was the second Operation Take Back of the year, the first one occurring in April. The event was coordinated and run smoothly with the help of Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson Jr., Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, Morris Township Chief of Police Mark DiCarlo, Randolph Township Chief of Police David Stokoe, Morris Plains Borough Chief of Police Jason A. Kohn, and Hanover Township Chief of Police Mark D. Roddy

The Morris County community was encouraged to bring unused or expired prescription medicine to three designated locations from 10:00am through 2:00pm. The three drop-off locations were the Shoprite of Greater Morristown in East Hanover, the ACME Supermarket in Randolph, and the Stop and Shop Supermarket in Morris Plains. The drugs collected at these sites were weighed and will be destroyed by law enforcement officials in an environmentally safe manner.

The total weight in drugs collected from each location are as follows:
– Shoprite of Greater Morristown: 118 pounds.
– Stop and Shop of Morris Plains: 135 pounds.
– ACME of Randolph: 140 pounds.
– Total: 393 pounds.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp stated, “Despite the harsh weather conditions, the people of Morris County still came out supported this great initiative. The nearly 400 pounds of expired or unused prescription drugs collected on Saturday plays a large role in preventing our citizens from becoming inadvertent drug dealers through their medicine cabinets. Thanks are in order to all of our law enforcement and community partners. Without them, we would not have been able to run such a successful program.

October 2018 Operation Take Back Yields Impressive Results in Morris County
From left: MCPO Det./Sup. Patrick LaGuerre, Stop and Shop Store Manager Ankur Patel, Morris Plains Councilwoman Sue McCluskey, Morris Plains Mayor Frank Druetzler, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, MCPO Det. Mary Falzarano, and Morris Plains Ptl. Adam Klymko.

October 2018 Operation Take Back Yields Impressive Results in Morris County

October 2018 Operation Take Back Yields Impressive Results in Morris County
From left: MCPO Det. Thomas Spautz, MCPO Det. Aaron King, Prosecutor Knapp, Hanover Township Ptl. Michael Byrnes, Morris Township Ptl. Nicholas Gonzales, and Morris Township Ptl. Kyle Laauwe.

The community is reminded that permanent drop box locations can be found at http://safehealthymorris.org/dropbox/ if they were not able to attend this event.

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