Monday, March 18, 2013
Almost $50K paid out for weapons, including assault weapons, handguns, rifles.
The Morris County Gun Buyback Amnesty Program held last weekend resulted in the surrender of 600 weapons and paid out a total of more than $49,000, according to Acting Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp. At a news conference Monday at the county's Public Safety Training Academy in Parsippany, Knapp and other law enforcement officials hailed the buyback, which was held Saturday at two county locations: St. Paul Inside the Walls in Madison and St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Morristown. At the event, county residents were encouraged to surrender their unwanted weapons confidentially in exchange for cash payouts ranging from $250 for an illegal assault weapon to $25 for an inoperable weapon to zero for a BB gun. Those who chose to relinquish their …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Philip Cise charged with stealing truck in Jefferson, using a weapon in Rockaway, and homicide in Pennsylvania.
A Dover man took a plea bargain Monday for various charges in Morris County that will allow him to be expedited to Pennsylvania and stand trial on charges of killing a 20-year-old Paramus woman with his vehicle, according to an nj.com report. By taking the plea deal, Philip Cise, 48, will be sentenced to time already served awaiting trial, and allow Morris County to transfer him to a jail in Pennsylvania to begin his trial there, the report said. Philip Cise was accused of demanding free food at a Rockaway McDonald’s drive-thru on July 2, 2010, and allegedly wielding an axe at another female customer. He pleaded guilty Monday to a single count of unlawful possession of a weapon, the report said. Cise was also charged with stealing a pick-…
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Rutherford pair robbed a woman in Parsippany, stuffed her into car trunk, acting prosecutor says.
A Rutherford pair have been indicted on charges claiming they kidnapped and robbed a woman at gunpoint in Parsippany before forcing her in the trunk of her car. Joseph Defreitas, 41, and Marilyn Nadeau, 52, were indicted Thursday on multiple charges in connection with the Dec. 29, 2012, incident after being arrested Jan. 17. Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp said in a release that a 71-year-old New Hampshire woman seeking directions encountered Defreitas after pulling into a parking lot on Route 10. Defreitas forced her into his car at gunpoint while Nadeau took the woman's car and followed Defreitas to an ATM in Parsippany, Knapp said. Upon arrival, Defreitas forced the New Hampshire woman to reveal her personal …
Friday, March 1, 2013
John R. Speirs to be appointed April 1.
Friday, March 1
John R. Speirs has been named the new Morris County Prosecutor's Office Chief of Investigations and will be appointed to the position on April 1. Morris County Acting Prosecutor Frederic Knapp announced Speirs' appointment on Friday. Speirs will be assuming the role of Chief William Schievella, who will be retiring. Speirs is a Randolph resident and former member of the Township of Boonton Police Department, formerly attending the Morris County Police Academy. He served the township for 33 years, eventually rising to the rank of chief in 2004. Spiers was selected to serve as a commissioner to the Morris County Joint Insurance Fund, which serves 42 municipalities, in 1998. He also served as the liaison between the Morris County JIF and …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Eight women were arrested on solicitation charges at three township hotels and another establishment in Hanover Township.
A line of Route 46 hotels and one on Route 10 in Hanover Township were the targets of a Parsippany Police-led prostitution sting that led to multiple arrests within the past two weeks. The hotels involved in the investigation were the Howard Johnson Express Hotel, Days Inn and Red Roof Inn, all on Route 46, and the Route 10 Econolodge. According to a PPD statement, a joint investigation was initiated by Parsippany police and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office after officers received emailed complaints involving prostitution occurring in area hotels. Police said the probe led to several arrests: All eight women were charged with solicitation of prostitution and released pending court appearances, police said. The arrests were the result …
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Flowers appeared as if out of nowhere as university continues to mourn Rosaria Andraka.
A collection of flowers stands outside the office where Rosaria Andraka worked as an honors program coordinator at Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ.com reported. The flowers began to appear not long after word came that Andraka, 43, was shot to death in her Parsippany home Monday morning, along with that of her husband, 46-year-old Chester Andraka, who shot himself fatallyActing Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp. The body of her husband — Chester, 46, who had committed suicide — was also found there, Knapp said. In the days that have followed a number of FDU students have taken to the Internet to post tributes to Rosaria Andraka. Andraka had been with the university for more than eight years, according to her LinkedIn page. …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Wayne resident pleaded guilty, acknowledged owning the Connection's Internet cafes in Parsippany and Pequannock.
A Wayne resident pleaded guilty to two counts of maintaining a gambling resort in connection with an investigation into alleged gambling dens in Parsippany and Pequannock, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office announced on Thursday. In his plea, Chester Ward, 40, acknowledged owning two businesses named Connection’s Internet Café. One on New Road in Parsippany, the other on Route 23 in Pequannock. According to Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, Ward accepted money from individuals who were participating in “games of chance” at the establishments. Ward owned the businesses from November 2011 to July 2012. As part of the plea, Ward will be placed on probation, serve 200 hours of community service, and pay a $2,000 fine. In a …
Sunday, January 20, 2013
New Hampshire resident, 71, kidnapped and robbed at gunpoint in Route 10 parking lot.
Two East Rutherford residents have been accused of carjacking and kidnapping a 71-year-old woman at gunpoint from a Parsippany parking lot before stuffing her in the trunk of her car, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office said. Joseph Defreitas, 41, and Marilyn Nadeau, 52, were charged Thursday with kidnapping, robbery, carjacking, conspiracy and credit card theft. Defreitas was also charged with possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. According to a statement released Friday by Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, a 71-year-old New Hampshire woman traveling home from a holiday visit with family in Mount Laurel became lost and stopped in a Route 10 parking lot on Dec. 29. The prosecutor's office…
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Administrator John Bonnani notified Robert Bianchi of the policy change this week, report says.
Morris County Administrator John Bonnani notified former Prosecutor Robert Bianchi this week he no longer will receive a county paycheck, according to the Daily Record. Bonnani told the newspaper the Attorney General's office advised in an email on Friday that Bianchi, a resident of Morris Plains, was not necessarily entitled to pay even though his successor has not yet been approved by the New Jersey Senate, contrary to the county's initial interpretation of the law. Bianchi was earning around $3,100 a week, the newspaper reported. Bianchi was on the payroll for about a month after the Attorney General's office took over the Morris County Prosecutor's Office on Dec. 14 at Gov. Chris Christie's request. The "supersession" effectively …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Anthony G. Moffatt and Peter T. Nardi charged for allegedly covering up circumstances surrounding an apparent accidental death of a friend.