Morris County Prosecutor's Office Joins 9th Annual Operation Take-Back Day
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Chief of Investigations John R. Speirs, Morris Plains Police Chief Jason Kohn, Randolph Township Police Chief David Stokoe and Mountain Lakes Police Chief Shawn Bennett announce their agencies will be acting in conjunction on Saturday, September 27, 2014, joining the 9th Annual Operation Take-Back Day program.
Operation Take-Back is a national initiative that encourages individuals to turn in unused or expired prescriptions, controlled substances and over-the-counter medications for safe disposal. The medication collection will allow citizens to give their unused medications to law enforcement officials without releasing personal information. After the event, law enforcement officials will dispose of the medications collected in an environmentally safe manner.
Operation Take-Back will be held in conjunction with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office on September 27, 2014, from 10:00A.M. to 2:00 P.M. at the following three locations:
Stop and Shop Supermarket
245 Littleton Road
Morris Plains, New Jersey 07950
Randolph Township Municipal Building
502 Millbrook Road
Randolph, New Jersey 07869
Mountain Lakes Fire Department
Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046
In addition to helping individuals dispose of unused prescription drugs, Operation Take-Back promotes awareness of juvenile prescription drug prevention efforts.
Operation Take Back is a collaborative effort between the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, New Jersey Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New Jersey Prevention Network, New Jersey Chiefs’ of Police Association, Morris Plains Police Department, Randolph Police Department, Stop and Shop Supermarket, Mountain Lakes Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. This initiative also includes numerous other drop off sites nationwide and also throughout Morris County. To find out if your town is participating in Operation Take-Back, visit www.dea.gov or contact your local Police Department.
If you need additional information, contact the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at (973) 285-6268.
MCPO Implements Program in Morris County to Prevent Fatal Heroin and Opiate Overdoses
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces today the formal launch of a Nasal
Narcan® (Naxolone) program in Morris County that will train and equip Morris
County police officers to administer the antidote Narcan® to persons suffering
from an overdose of heroin or prescription Opiates. The Morris County Narcan® Program is a partnership
between the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, municipal police departments and
Atlantic Ambulance Corporation. The
Morris County Prosecutor’s Office arranged with Atlantic Ambulance Corporation to
provide training and medical oversight to all participating Morris County
municipal police departments that opt to participate in the Narcan® Program.
This training commenced today with 54 police officers
attending a training class at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy. Over the next few months participating police
departments will have their officers trained in the use of the life saving
Earlier this year, a
pilot Naxolone program
was authorized by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office in South Jersey. The program has been credited with saving
numerous lives. Upon receiving
authorization for a state-wide implementation the Morris County Prosecutor’s
Office partnered with Atlantic Ambulance Corporation to develop a Standard
Operating Procedure and Training Protocol, modeled after the successful South Jersey
program, that will assist Morris County municipal police departments in
deploying this life saving antidote into our communities.
Naloxone is an opioid
antagonist that can be used to counter the effects of opiate overdose. There are no reported complications from the
administration of the antidote. Naloxone
displaces opioids from the receptors in the brain that control the central
nervous system and respiratory system. An
aerosol form of naloxone, Narcan® is administered nasally through use of a syringe-atomizer.
In Morris County, trained
and certified police officers will be provided equipment for use in
administering the drug, including medical gloves, syringe-atomizer, and a facemask
for rescue breathing.
Unfortunately, police officers are encountering
significant numbers of overdoses from opiates in the form of heroin, morphine,
methadone, codeine, oxycodone (OxyContin®, Percocet® and Percodan®) and
hydrocodone (Vicodin®). In 2013 Governor
Christie signed the Overdose Prevention Act (P.L. 2013 c.46). The Act eliminates civil liability for both
health care professionals dispensing Narcan® and for “trained” individuals administering the drug
and is the foundation legislation that allows law enforcement officers to carry
Prosecutor Knapp stated: “The heroin in our communities is at a historically high
potency level resulting in many overdoses.
Narcan®, is another
tool that will be deployed by our law enforcement community to tackle this
potent poison. The Morris County
Prosecutor’s Office is taking a dynamic approach to combating our opiate
epidemic. We will continue to increase
our narcotics enforcement efforts that target drug dealers spreading poison
into our communities. However, we must
also deploy tools like Narcan® to confront this state-wide narcotics epidemic and help prevent the
unnecessary deaths of citizens suffering with opiate addictions.”
Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp wishes to thank Atlantic
Ambulance Corporation and specifically their Education Coordinator, Rory
McGuinness, MICP, CCEMTP.
Any inquiries can be
directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor Thomas Zelante at
973-285-6252 or email@example.com
Denville Man Sentenced to 50 Years for the Murder of His Ex-Wife
Friday, September 12, 2014
County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that the Honorable Robert J.
Gilson, J.S.C. sentenced Anthony F. Novellino, 67 years old, of Denville, New
Jersey to 50 years in State Prison for the murder of his ex-wife, Judith
July 23, 2014, a jury found the defendant guilty of Murder, Possession of a
Weapon for Unlawful Purposes, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Hindering Own
Apprehension and Tampering with Physical Evidence in connection with the
stabbing death of his ex-wife on June 19, 2010.
Judith Novellino was 62 years old at the time of her death and had
recently divorced the defendant. The
murder occurred at the former marital home in Denville, when she was packing
some of her belongings in an effort to move out of the home. The defendant arrived at the home, stabbed
his ex-wife 84 times and placed a pig’s mask over her face before he fled to
Gilson sentenced the defendant to 50 years in State Prison. Defendant is required to serve 85 percent of his
sentence under New Jersey’s No Early Release Act (NERA) before becoming
eligible for parole. All other sentences
are to run concurrent.
Assistant Prosecutor Maggie Calderwood and Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Tia
Manochio represented the State at the sentencing.
Prosecutor Knapp stated, “The sentence imposed by
the Court is fitting given the unspeakable nature of the crimes committed by
the defendant. This was a despicable and
cowardly murder and was punctuated by a final horrific insult. We hope that the friends and family of Judy
Novellino will now have some sense of finality.”
Prosecutor Knapp thanked Denville Township Police
Chief Christopher Wagner and the Denville Township Police Department; Sheriff
Edward Rochford and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation
Section; the Puyallup Washington Police Department; the Morris County Medical
Examiner’s Office; the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes and
General Investigations Unit for their efforts resulting
in today’s sentence.
Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant
Morris County Prosecutor Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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