Vance Johnson Former NFL Star to Headline Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Presentation on the Opioid Crisis

 

Vance Johnson Former NFL Star to Headline Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Presentation on the Opioid Crisis
                             Vance Johnson

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is pleased to announce the hosting of “The Opioid Crisis: Engaging the Community” as the second event under New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal’s “21-County, 21st Century Community Policing Project”. The “21/21 Community Policing Project” was implemented in 2018 with the goal of building better relationships between law enforcement and the communities in which they serve. Every county prosecutor’s office in New Jersey will host a community outreach event once a quarter. For the first quarter, the theme of the program was “Officer Involved Shootings”, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office hosted a successful event at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy. The theme for the second quarter’s program is “The Opioid Crisis”.

This event will be held on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at Christ Church in Rockaway Township. The presentation will run from 7:00pm through 9:00pm, but the doors will be open at 6:00pm so those in attendance can visit the various informational tables setup by service providers throughout the venue. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is partnering with Christ Church, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, and Morris Center for Addiction Recovery Education & Success (CARES) to host this event. In addition to Vance Johnson, former NFL player and Super Bowl Champion, the speakers for the night will include Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, and Morris County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Bradford Seabury. A panel discussion will follow the speakers.

The evening will begin with welcoming remarks from Lead Pastor David Ireland and Prosecutor Knapp. Following their remarks, Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seabury will present his “Opiates 101” program, which explains the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic, and details the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office’s strategy against addiction. Vance Johnson will follow CAP Seabury’s presentation with his own inspirational talk about his personal experiences fighting substance abuse disorder. Following the two presentations, there will be a panel discussion comprised of Sheriff James Gannon, Lead Pastor David Ireland, Assistant U.S. Attorney Erica Liu, Barbara Kauffman of Morris CARES, and Jim Curtin of Daytop with the goal of sharing differing perspectives on the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic, as well as how each respective group is working together to make a difference in Morris County. The audience will have the opportunity to engage in a Q&A session with the panel following their discussion.

Prosecutor Knapp stated, “The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is extremely excited to partner with several community organizations on this critically important topic. We are thrilled to have Vance Johnson, who is a dynamic and inspirational speaker to present his story of recovery”.

This is a free event and all are encouraged to attend. If you are attending, please register at http://christchurchusa.org/summit/.

Vance Johnson Former NFL Star to Headline Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Presentation on the Opioid Crisis

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 Partnered with the Spring Street Community Development Corp. of Morristown, NJ in Hosting Summer Workshops for Children during S.O.A.R Bridge Program

On Wednesday, July 11, 2018, Detective Patrick LaGuerre and Sergeant Mark Castellano of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office conducted workshops with local youth at the Spring Street Community Development Corp’s S.O.A.R (Student Outreach and Academic Reinforcement) Bridge summer camp. Teresa Williams, the executive director of the Spring Street Community Development Corp. and wife of Reverend Sidney Williams of Bethel A.M.E. Church of Morristown, NJ who was in attendance at the event, expressed the Reverend’s regret that he could not attend the program, due to being out of state at the time.

The program was comprised of three workshops which focused on bullying, gangs, and how to interact with law enforcement when they are stopped by police. They were taught to cooperate with officers, to be respectful to officers, and to ask to contact their parents if they felt uncomfortable at any point. Approximately twenty children and teenagers attended the event, and all of them were engaged throughout the entire program. It was an exciting afternoon full of useful knowledge which will continue to help the campers in attendance as they close out the summer and get ready for the new school year.

Prosecutor Knapp said, “We greatly appreciate the opportunity to provide this presentation to the participants in the young people’s workshop. The Prosecutor’s Office looks forward to continuing community outreach and educational presentations with local organizations such as the Spring Street Community Development Corp. and Bethel A.M.E. church.”

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Partnered with the Spring Street Community Development Corp. of Morristown, NJ in Hosting Summer Workshops for Children during S.O.A.R Bridge Program

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Partnered with the Spring Street Community Development Corp. of Morristown, NJ in Hosting Summer Workshops for Children during S.O.A.R Bridge Program
                                                   Detective LaGuerre
Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Partnered with the Spring Street Community Development Corp. of Morristown, NJ in Hosting Summer Workshops for Children during S.O.A.R Bridge Program
                                                                  Sergeant Castellano

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 Morristown Police Department Confirm Active Investigation into Fatal Hit and Run

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Morristown Police Chief Peter Demnitz can confirm an active investigation into a fatal hit and run that is alleged to have occurred on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 in Morristown, New Jersey.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Morristown Bureau of Police are currently investigating a fatality resulting from a hit and run vehicle collision that occurred on the night of June 27th in the area of Martin Luther King Avenue in Morristown. Law enforcement were notified of an injured person believed to have been struck by a vehicle that then left the scene. The victim, later identified at Victor Padilla, Jr., age 27, of Morristown, ultimately succumbed to his injuries on July 7, 2018 at Morristown Medical Center.

The vehicle believed to have been involved in this incident was located by law enforcement shortly after this incident. The circumstances surrounding this incident are still under investigation. There are no charges at this time, but the investigation is active and ongoing.

Multiple other agencies have been assisting in this investigation, including the Morris Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, and the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200, the Morristown Police Department at 973-538-2200, or Morris County CrimeStoppers at www.copcall.org, 973-COP-CALL, or Text 274637 using keyword “MORRISTIP”.

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