Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Lieutenant Evelyn Tasoulas Announces Retirement

March 31, 2020

After over 20 years of service to Morris County, Lieutenant Evelyn Tasoulas has announced her retirement. Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker and Captain Robert McNally honored Lt. Tasoulas for her exemplary service and the gratitude of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office on her last day.

As lieutenant of the General Investigations Unit and Pre-Trial Services Unit, Lt. Tasoulas served in the Court & Administration Division of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. During her tenure, she mentored dozens of county investigators / detectives, primarily in the General Investigations Unit and the Pre-Trial Services Unit. Prior to joining the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office in 1999, Lt. Tasoulas served with the New Jersey Transit Police and as a Corrections Officer.

Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said, “It has been my privilege to have worked with her and to have promoted her twice during my tenure as Morris County Prosecutor. We all wish her well in her retirement and thank her for her steadfast dedication to duty.”

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

 

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Lieutenant Evelyn Tasoulas Announces Retirement

Left to right: Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Captain Robert McNally, Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker, Lieutenant Evelyn Tasoulas and Prosecutor Fredric Knapp.

Sparta Man Sentenced In Joint Investigation in Morris, Sussex and Bergen Counties Which Yielded Narcotics and $300,000 in Suspected Proceeds

March 27, 2020

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris County Acting Chief of Investigations Chris Kimker, and Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Andrew Miller announce the sentencing of Samuel J. Rozynski following a long-term drug investigation in Morris, Sussex, and Bergen counties. On March 2, 2020, Rozynski entered a guilty plea to one count of first degree Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, one count of first degree Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, one count of Second Degree Financial Facilitation of Criminal Activity (Money Laundering), and one count of Second Degree Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana. Rozynski also forfeited his interest in $329,000 seized in connection with his arrest, which were proceeds from narcotics sales.

On Friday, March 27, 2020, the Honorable David H. Ironson, J.S.C. sentenced Rozynski to five (5) years in New Jersey State Prison with 24 months of parole ineligibility on the Possession With Intent to Distribute Count, and three concurrent terms of five years in prison on the remaining counts.

This investigation culminated with Rozynski’s arrest on January 29, 2020, when law enforcement officers from multiple agencies executed three (3) search warrants in Sparta, Cliffside Park and Parsippany. As a result, approximately 350 grams of cocaine, thirty-seven (37) pounds of marijuana, numerous firearms, and over $300,000 in suspected drug distribution proceeds were seized by law enforcement.

Prosecutor Knapp said “The cooperation of all agencies involved in this investigation and prosecution has been consistently of the highest magnitude.  We greatly appreciate the dedication of our law enforcement partners continuing our efforts to reduce the supply of illicit drugs.”

Prosecutor Knapp, Acting Chief Kimker, and Chief Miller would like to thank the following agencies for their assistance and commitment to this long-term investigation: Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Operations Division, Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department, Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force, Sussex County Sheriff’s Office, Hopatcong Police Department, Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Cliffside Park Police Department, Little Falls Police Department, Sparta Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, and the New Jersey State Police.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Detective Daniel Cicala was the lead investigator. Assistant Prosecutor Erin Callahan represented the State at sentencing.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at [email protected] or by phone at 973-829-8159.

East Hanover Man Charged with Murder of His Wife

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker, and Chief Christopher F. Cannizzo of the East Hanover Police Department announce that Alexander Jacobs, age 74, of East Hanover, New Jersey, has been charged with first degree Murder, second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and fourth degree Possession of Prohibited Devices.  The charges stem from the alleged shooting death of Jacob’s wife at their East Hanover residence.

On March 26, 2020, at approximately 2:02 p.m., members of the East Hanover Township Police Department were dispatched to a residence on Selmar Terrace, East Hanover for a 911 call.  Upon arrival, first responding officers located the 911 caller outside the residence.  The caller indicated to police that her parents were involved in a domestic incident involving a gun inside the residence.

The Defendant, who was later identified as the deceased victim’s husband, was determined to be inside the residence.  He was taken into the custody of law enforcement outside the residence.  The handgun believed to be used by the Defendant to inflict the fatal injuries was recovered at the scene.  A deceased female was subsequently located inside the residence.  This deceased female was identified as the Defendant’s wife, Lilia Jacobs.  An autopsy of the victim’s body is pending with the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office.

As a result of the investigation, the Defendant has been charged with Murder, a crime of the first degree, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, a crime of the second degree, and Possession of Prohibited Devices, a crime of the fourth degree.  The Defendant was charged on a warrant-complaint and lodged at the Morris County Jail pending a court appearance.

Members of the East Hanover Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Crime Scene Investigations Unit, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit all took part in this investigation.

If anyone has any information related to this investigation, they are encouraged to call the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200, or the East Hanover Township Police Department at 973-887-0432.

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

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