Operation Take Back 2020 Yields Significant Results

October 27, 2020

 

On October 24, 2020, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office participated in Operation Take Back in partnership with four local police departments. Operation Take Back is typically held bi-annually in the spring and autumn. However, due to the COVID-19 health emergency, no collection was held this past spring. Acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, Acting Chief of Investigations Chris Kimker, Hanover Township Chief of Police Mark Roddy, Morris Township Chief of Police Mark DiCarlo, Morris Plains Chief of Police Michael Koroski, and Randolph Township Chief of Police David Stokoe all aided in the coordination of the October 24 event.

Residents of Morris County were able to bring unused or expired prescription drugs to three designated locations – 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: 84 pounds
  • Stop and Shop of Morris Plains: 181 pounds
  • ACME of Randolph: 237 pounds

Total: 502 pounds

 

Last year, Operation Take Back collections held in April and October in Morris County locations yielded a combined 975 pounds.

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Carroll said, “Given the consistently high yields that Operation Take Back in Morris County has collected, this proves to be much-needed community service. Even during a health emergency, our residents utilized this event to take an active role in combatting prescription drug misuse and abuse. I would like to thank our law enforcement and commercial partners for making this such a productive day.”

The community is reminded that if you were unable to drop off your medication, there are permanent drop box locations nearest you, which are listed at http://safehealthymorris.org/dropbox

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

Operation Take Back 2020 Yields Significant Results

From left to right: MCPO Detective Supervisor Patrick LaGuerre, MCPO Detective Martyna Ruminska, Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, Acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Acting Chief Chris Kimker, First Assistant Prosecutor Tom Zelante, Morris Plains Mayor Jason Karr, and Morris Plains Police Chief Michael Koroski.

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Meets with the Morris County Chapter of the NAACP

October 27, 2020

 

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Acting Chief Christoph Kimker, and Detective Supervisor Patrick LaGuerre joined executive members of the Morris County Chapter of the NAACP to be introduced to the incoming acting prosecutor on Thursday, October 22, 2020.

Participating at the meeting for the Morris County NAACP were NJSCNAACP 3rd VP & NAACP Morris County Branch President Vanessa Brown, 1st Vice President Ottawana Anderson, Morris County Correctional Facility Chaplain and Chairman/Criminal Justice for the Morris County NAACP Rev. Herman Scott, and Chair of Legal Redress Robert Warrington, Esq.

The meeting comes following a relationship-building summit held with the previous prosecutor.

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

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Meets with the Morris County Chapter of the NAACP

From left to right: Chair of Legal Redress Robert Warrington, Esq., Acting Chief Chris Kimker, Morris County NAACP 1st Vice President Ottawana Anderson, Acting Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, NJSCNAACP 3rd VP & NAACP Morris County Branch President Vanessa Brown, Chairman/Criminal Justice for the Morris County NAACP Rev. Herman Scott, and Det. Supervisor Patrick LaGuerre.

Man Sentenced in Connection with 2019 Jefferson Township Fatal Boating Incident

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker, and New Jersey State Police Superintendent Colonel Patrick Callahan announce the sentencing of Nicholas Zarantonello, 25 years old, of Lake Hopatcong, NJ. The sentence stems from a fatal boating incident that occurred on August 3, 2019.

Zarantonello was sentenced on Friday, October 23, 2020, by the Hon. Stephen J. Taylor, P.J.Cr. to three years probation conditioned upon 364 days imprisonment in the Morris County Correctional Facility and completion of 200 hours of community service. The defendant must also forfeit his right to operate a boat for one year and to operate a motor vehicle for three months.

Zarantonello had previously entered a guilty plea on July 20, 2020 to one count of third degree Strict Liability Vehicular Homicide before Judge Taylor. He also entered a guilty plea to the boating regulation violation of Operating a Vessel Under the Influence.

The charges arise from a single-vessel boating incident that occurred on Lake Hopatcong in Jefferson Township on August 3, 2019. The investigation revealed that Zarantonello was the driver of a pontoon boat on Lake Hopatcong with two passengers. While traveling on Lake Hopatcong, one of the passengers went overboard and did not resurface. His body was located in the water in Lake Hopatcong on August 5, 2019. Further investigation revealed that Zarantonello had consumed alcohol prior to operating the pontoon boat and was intoxicated at the time of the incident.

Acting Prosecutor Carroll acknowledges members of the New Jersey State Police, New Jersey State Police Marine Services Bureau, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, who contributed to the successful prosecution of this matter.

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