Prosecutor’s Office Joins Office of the Attorney General’s New Jersey Steps Up! Panel at Kean University

November 21, 2019

On November 20, 2019, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Supervisor Patrick LaGuerre joined Deputy Attorney General Bryn Whittle for the Responding to Bias: New Jersey Steps Up! Panel at Kean University. The panel included members of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, New Jersey Judiciary, and New Jersey Attorney General’s Office Division on Civil Rights.

Hosted by the Division of Criminal Justice New Jersey Human Relations Council, the public panel was intended to educate the community about how to recognize and report bias incidents and bias crimes, and how law enforcement investigates such incidents. LaGuerre explored how communities can step up to bias and hate.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp said “The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office gladly joins the Office of the Attorney General in educating the public about bias incidents and bias crimes. We hope that by doing so, we can help eradicate hate crimes in New Jersey.”

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

Prosecutor’s Office Joins Office of the Attorney General’s New Jersey Steps Up! Panel at Kean University

Left to right – Lt. John Paige, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, Tisha Leonardo-Santiago, New Jersey Attorney General’s Office Division on Civil Rights, Lisa Burke, New Jersey Judiciary, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Supervisor Patrick LaGuerre and Deputy Attorney General Bryn Whittle.

Prosecutor’s Office Participates at “A Night of Conversation – From Prescription to Addiction” at Lakeland Hills YMCA

November 21, 2019

On November 19, 2019, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Senator Anthony M. Bucco, Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, Lakeland Hills YMCA CEO Dr. Vik Joganow, and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury, presented on how the heroin and opioid epidemic is affecting New Jersey residents. The program was held at the Lakeland Hills YMCA in Mountain Lakes. Representatives from Morris County Sheriff’s Office’s Hope One, Saint Clare’s Behavioral Health and other substance abuse recovery providers were onsite providing information and education. About 30 audience members attended the presentation, including local high school students.

Prosecutor Knapp stressed that this epidemic does not escape any community, and insight imparted to attendees is intended to start community conversations in their households and upcoming Thanksgiving tables. The epidemic touches everyone, according to the Prosecutor.

Senator Bucco discussed the need for additional state funding to fight addiction and to secure more treatment facilities.

Sheriff Gannon discussed his Office’s Hope One program, a mobile recovery access vehicle which offers support for persons struggling with addiction, and medically-assisted treatment programs available at the Morris County Correctional Facility. Twice a week, Hope One travels to locations throughout Morris County with a Sheriff’s officer, a licensed clinician, and a peer recovery specialist to recovery services.

CAP Seabury noted that since 2014, at least 342 people in Morris County have lost their lives to heroin or prescription drug overdoses. CAP Seabury discussed the Overdose Prevention Act and Drug Court program, criminal justice measures to treat and not just incarcerate individuals suffering from substance abuse disorders.

Kate Garrity provided the audience with a heartfelt, firsthand story of how the Epidemic has affected her life. She shared the tragic story of her son who passed away in 2016 from an overdose, as a way to both keep his memory alive and to help inform the community that it can happen to their children whether they believe it will or not.

Prosecutor Knapp said “The heroin and opioid epidemic continues to be a scourge on the citizens of New Jersey. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, in partnership with other stakeholders, will continue to combat this epidemic through our various initiatives and our strong focus on educating the public.”

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

 

Prosecutor’s Office Participates at “A Night of Conversation – From Prescription to Addiction” at Lakeland Hills YMCA

Left to right: Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, Senator Anthony M. Bucco, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury.
Prosecutor’s Office Participates at “A Night of Conversation – From Prescription to Addiction” at Lakeland Hills YMCA
Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury.

Members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office awarded NJSCOA 2019 Outstanding Service Award

November 19, 2019

On November 19, 2019, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Acting Chief of Investigations Chris Kimker, Chief Assistant Prosecutor Maggie Calderwood and Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Meg Rodriguez recognized members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office who will be awarded the New Jersey Sex Crimes Officers Association (NJSCOA) 2019 Outstanding Service Award. The team was recognized for their noble efforts that led to the apprehension, prosecution and conviction of Aldophus Mims.

In September, Mr. Mims, age 42 of Charlotte, North Carolina, was sentenced to forty years in New Jersey State Prison. Two months earlier, a jury found Mr. Mims guilty of four counts of 1st degree Human Trafficking, three counts of 1st degree Promoting Prostitution, two counts of 2nd degree Sexual Assault, one count of 3rd degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and two counts of 3rd degree Distribution of Heroin. Mr. Mims must serve forty years before he is eligible for parole, and is subject to registration pursuant to Megan’s Law and Parole Supervision for Life.

The NJSCOA is recognizing the following Morris County Prosecutor’s Office members for excellence in pursuit of this case:

  • Sergeant Marshall Wang
  • Detective Craig May
  • Assistant Prosecutor Laura Magnone
  • Assistant Prosecutor Elizabeth Beaman
  • Victim Advocate Amanda Holloway

Honoring persons that exemplify excellence in the field of Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigations, the 2019 Outstanding Service Award will be presented at the NJSCOA 22nd Annual Conference in Atlantic City on Dec. 4.

Prosecutor Knapp said “The dedicated men and women of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes and Child Endangerment Unit are deservedly receiving this recognition for exemplifying excellence. Each and every one of them contributed to bringing this defendant to justice. The scourge of human trafficking needs to be vigorously prosecuted and I thank these honorees for their outstanding work.”

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

 

Members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office awarded NJSCOA 2019 Outstanding Service Award

Left to right: Chief Assistant Prosecutor Maggie Calderwood, Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Meg Rodriguez, Sergeant Marshall Wang, Assistant Prosecutor Laura Magnone, Detective Craig May, Assistant Prosecutor Elizabeth Beaman, Captain Anthony Mauceri, Acting Chief of Investigations Chris Kimker, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp.