Members of Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Join Peace Walk for Victims of Terror Attacks in Sri Lanka

On April 28, 2019, members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office joined local law enforcement, community leaders, and representatives of various religions for a demonstration in support of the victims of the terror attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. The peace walk and prayer service was organized by the Morris County Islamic Centers and Different Faiths One Family Interfaith organization. It was held at the Jam e Masjid Islamic Center in Boonton, New Jersey.

Over 290 innocent people were killed and over 500 people were reported injured following nine bombings of churches and luxury hotels throughout Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019. Sri Lankan Defense Minister Ruwan Wijerwardena labeled the attacks as terrorist attacks by religious extremists, and 13 suspects have been arrested at this time.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp stated, “Acts of senseless violence against individuals based upon their religion, race, ethnic group, or gender are not to be tolerated. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office sends our thoughts and prayers to all those in Sri Lanka affected by this horrific tragedy”.

Members of Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Join Peace Walk for Victims of Terror Attacks in Sri Lanka

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

First Operation Take Back of 2019 is Enormous Success

On April 27, 2019, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office participated in Operation Take Back in partnership with four local police departments. Operation Take Back is held biannually every year with the first implementation occurring in April. Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, Acting Chief of Investigations Chris Kimker, 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 all aided in the coordination of this event.

Residents of Morris County were able to bring unused or expired prescription drugs to three designated locations from 10:00am through 2:00pm. The three locations were the Shoprite of Greater Morristown in Hanover Township, the ACME Supermarket in Randolph, and the Stop and Shop Supermarket in Morris Plains. All drugs collected at the sites were weighed and properly destroyed by law enforcement officials.

The total weight in drugs collected from each location are as follows:
 Shoprite of Greater Morristown: 226 pounds
 Stop and Shop of Morris Plains: 157 pounds
 ACME of Randolph: 276 pounds
 Total: 659 pounds

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said, “Operation Take Back is an important initiative in our continued fight against the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic. It is important for our residents to get their unwanted and unused prescription out of their homes. We would like to thank our law enforcement partners and all three commercial locations for working with our office to ensure a very productive day”.

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.

First Operation Take Back of 2019 is Enormous Success
From left: Morris Township Officer Kojo Yeboah, Morris County Sheriff’s Officer Sanchez, Morris Township Officer Christopher Sages, MCPO Detective Mary Falzarano, Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, MCPO Detective Melissa Enslen, Morris Township Officer Victor Gallardo, MCPO Acting Chief Chris Kimker, and Hanover Township Officer David Littman.
First Operation Take Back of 2019 is Enormous Success
From left: MCPO Detective Kerri Griffin, Morris Plains Detective Mike Kelly, Morris Plains Officer Joseph Heinz, Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, Morris Plains Council President Suzanne McCluskey, MCPO Acting Chief Chris Kimker, and Morris Plains Mayor Jason Karr.

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 and Morris CARES Hold Educational Opioid Program at Mt. Lakes High School

On April 17, 2019, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury, Barbara Kaufman of Morris County Prevention is Key, and Peer Recovery Specialist Emily Monks of the Morris County Center for Addiction Recovery Education and Success presented on the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic at Mountain Lakes High School to approximately 50 residents.

CAP Seabury discussed the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic and explained the proactive law enforcement actions the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and its community partners have been taking. His informative presentation provided those in attendance with eye-opening statistics and information. Following Seabury’s presentation Emily Monks, discussed her life of dealing with substance use disorder and her path to sobriety. Her journey expressed the important message that substance use disorder does not discriminate and can affect any members of our society regardless of sex, race, or economic class.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said, “The continued education of our community is an important aspect of combatting the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic. Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seabury and our partners at Morris County Prevention is Key and Morris County CARES do an outstanding job reaching out to the residents of Morris County and providing them with the tools needed to continue our fight against this horrific plague”.

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and Morris CARES Hold Educational Opioid Program at Mt. Lakes High School
From left: Emily Monks, Barbara Kaufman, CAP Seabury, and Mt. Lakes Police Chief Shawn Bennett.

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