Morris County Prosecutor Commends Victim Witness Unit Members for Efforts on Fatal Bus Crash Case

September 17, 2020

 

On September 17, 2020, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, First Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Zelante and Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker presented commendations to Victim Witness Coordinator Donna Pasquariello and Victim Witness Supervisor Amanda Holloway, recognizing their efforts as a part of the Victim Witness Unit on the State v. Hudy Muldrow prosecution.

During sentencing on February 26, 2020, Muldrow admitted that on the morning of May 17, 2018, while acting as a school bus driver for the Paramus School District, he recklessly operated a school bus, causing the deaths of two of his passengers, M.V., a 5th grade student at East Brook Middle School and J.W., a teacher at East Brook Middle School.  Muldrow also admitted that he caused injuries to five (5) adult passengers and the driver of a dump truck.  He further acknowledged that his conduct created a risk of harm to all 38 children who were passengers on his bus. Muldrow had plead guilty to two (2) counts of second degree Reckless Vehicular Homicide, one (1) count of third degree Endangering the Welfare of Children, five (5) counts of fourth degree Assault by Auto, and one (1) count of disorderly persons Assault by Auto, and was subsequently sentenced to an aggregate term of 10 years in New Jersey State Prison, with the first five (5) years of this sentence subject to the parole ineligibility provisions of the No Early Release Act.

Advocates Pasquariello and Holloway coordinated communications about the case with 45 separate victims and their families during the investigation and subsequent prosecution. The Advocates tailored their outreach strategies to communicate information about the case to meet each family’s diverse needs.

Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Schellhorn noted the number of separate victims and their families is unprecedented for a single case before the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.

Prosecutor Knapp said, “Both Donna and Amanda have done outstanding work for crime victims for many years. This case presented an incredible challenge due to the huge number of victims who were predominantly children. For many months, they worked tirelessly to keep the victims and their families informed of all court proceedings and provided information for any services they might need. For all this work, I am extremely proud to sign their commendations.”

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

Morris County Prosecutor Commends Victim Witness Unit Members for Efforts on Fatal Bus Crash Case

Left to right: Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, Victim Witness Coordinator Donna Pasquariello and Victim Witness Supervisor Amanda Holloway.

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Partners with Free Naloxone Distribution Initiative throughout New Jersey

September 14, 2020

 

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp announces that starting September 24, 2020 through September 26, 2020, participating pharmacies across Morris County will be making naloxone (also known as “NARCAN”), which is an opioid-overdose reversal drug, available for free and without a prescription or appointment, to anyone requesting the same.  Inquiring individuals, who can remain anonymous, will be entitled to one naloxone pack containing two doses, on a first come, first- serve basis. This is part of a statewide initiative sponsored by the State of New Jersey.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, New Jersey Attorney General S. Gurbir Grewal, the Office of the New Jersey Coordinator for Addiction Responses and Enforcement Strategies (NJ CARES), and the New Jersey Department of Human Services are sponsoring this free naloxone program throughout the State of New Jersey.  This is the second such distribution, a part of the State’s continued efforts to combat the opioid crisis. In June 2019, residents received 32,000 doses of naloxone.

Those who obtain naloxone will also be given information regarding addiction treatment and recovery through Reach NJ, a 24-hour-a-day, 7 day-a-week addictions hotline where people who have Substance Use Disorder (SUD) or friends and family of people with SUD can get immediate assistance and support from live, New Jersey-based, trained addiction counselors. Live staff members are available by calling the toll-free number, 844-ReachNJ (732-2465).

 

The participating pharmacies in Morris County are:

Acme Pharmacy, located at 550 Myrtle Ave., Boonton

CVS, located at 255 Rte 46, Budd Lake

Shoprite Pharmacy of Greater Morristown, located at 178 East Hanover Avenue, Cedar Knolls

Towne Pharmacy, located at 103 Ridgedale Avenue, Cedar Knolls

Acme Pharmacy, located at 123 East Main Street, Denville

Walgreens, located at 100 E Mcfarlan Street, Dover

Walmart, located at 40 International Dr. S, Flanders

Weis Markets, located at 293 Us Highway Rt 206 – Unit 1, Flanders

CVS, located at 1105 Route 46, Ledgewood NJ

Robinson Drug Shop, located at 2 E. Main Street, Mendham

Sav-On Pharmacy, located at 329 Speedwell Avenue, Morris Plains

Riteaid, located at 213 South Street, located at Morristown

Acme Pharmacy, located at 5774 Berkshire Valley Road, Oak Ridge

Sav-On Pharmacy, located at 690 Millbrook Avenue, Randolph

Shoprite Pharmacy of Stirling, located at 1153 Valley Road, Stirling

 

For a full list of participating pharmacies, visit nj.gov/humanservices/stopoverdoses.

 

Associate Director Melody Runyon of Prevention is Key (PIK) said “Naloxone is invaluable when it comes to giving those with an opioid use disorder another chance to find a life of recovery. Ready availability is key. As a result of Morris County’s Narcan 2.0 and law enforcement Administration of Naloxone, Prevention is Key/CARES Peer Recovery Specialists have responded to nearly 700 overdoses at county hospitals with 473 individuals accepting recovery support services.  Without naloxone these individuals would never have had this opportunity to change their life.”

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp stated, “Since 2015, there have been over 850 instances of naloxone deployment by members of law enforcement in Morris County. During my tenure I have made the heroin and opioid epidemic a priority. Through the use of NARCAN, education and treatment, we have sought to reduce fatal overdoses. The availability of this antidote has been key in that battle.”

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

 

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Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Attends Morris Plains September 11th Memorial Ceremony

September 11, 2020

 

To honor the memories of the nearly 3,000 people lost on September 11, 2001, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, Acting Chief Christoph Kimker and Detective Supervisor Patrick LaGuerre attended the annual Morris Plains September 11th Memorial Ceremony on Friday, September 11, 2020 at the borough’s 9-11 Memorial on Route 53.

Joining the ceremony were Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, Morris County Sheriff James Gannon, Morris Plains Mayor Jason Karr, members of the Morris Minute Men and Watnong VFW Post 3402 members, Morris Plains firefighters, police officers and EMTs, and Morris Plains school administrators and students. Speaker Borough School Principal Andrew Kramar recounted how he was fortunate to have escaped the North Tower of the World Trade Center, and the importance of continuing to recognize 9-11 and remember the lives lost, including 64 from Morris County. Speaker Alison Crowther, mother of Wells Remy Crowther, spoke of her son’s heroism that day, and the “Man in the Red Bandana Project,” which seeks to turn his life story into an enrichment program for children. Her son died heroically at the World Trade Center after saving countless lives of his co-workers.

Prosecutor Knapp said, “We all remember September 11, 2001 in vivid detail even after nearly two decades. Consistent with the theme of this remembrance program, we mourned all who perished that day, especially the 64 innocent souls from Morris County. We shall never forget.”

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

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Attends Morris Plains September 11th Memorial Ceremony

Left to right: Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Acting Chief Christoph Kimker, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, Morris County Sheriff James Gannon, and Detective Supervisor Patrick LaGuerre.
Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Attends Morris Plains September 11th Memorial Ceremony
At left: Morris County Sheriff James Gannon, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Acting Chief Christoph Kimker, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp.

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Attends Morris Plains September 11th Memorial Ceremony

Left to right: Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Acting Chief Christoph Kimker, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, Morris County Sheriff James Gannon, and Detective Supervisor Patrick LaGuerre.