Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Rockaway man charged with running marijuana production facility after he called police to report finding his wife dead in their home.
A Rockaway Township man was charged with maintaining a drug production facility Tuesday when he called police to his Sanders Road home after finding his wife dead inside, authorities said. The cause of death of Donna Kent, 56, was under investigation Wednesday, but Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said an autopsy showed no indication of foul play. When police arrived at the house -- spurred by a 911 call from the woman's husband -- they smelled marijuana and applied for a search warrant, Knapp said in a release. Police found 30 pot plants in the house, Knapp said, some of which were hidden behind false walls. Also, $10,000 cash, a handgun and two shotguns were found in the home, Knapp said. "It included a lighting system, an …
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Carrie Ruffner found 3.4 miles from home Saturday after last being seen Wednesday in Basking Ridge.
A Long Hill woman who had been missing since Wednesday was found safe Saturday afternoon. Carrie Ruffner, 34, was found by Long Hill police Sgt. Aaron Buerstetta at 3:49 p.m. near the intersection of Carlton Road and Whitebridge Road in Millington, only 3.4 miles from her home. Ruffner was transported to Morristown Medical Center for evaluation, acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said in a release. Authorities did not say where Ruffner had been for the past three days or if she suffered from a medical condition. Ruffner disappeared after leaving her parents' house in Basking Ridge around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, and had been expected back at her own home on Meyersville Road in Long Hill. A large search coordinated by the Morris …
Lawrence Ball, a former county worker, must submit to mental health treatment.
A former Morris County employee will be on probation for five years after he used a slingshot to fire at passing cars. Lawrence Ball, 55, of Randolph was sentenced Friday to five years probation by Judge Robert J. Gilson. Ball, a 19-year Morris employee, had pleaded guilty March 12 to third-degree unlawful possession of a weapon (a BB gun) and third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose (a slingshot). Ball was arrested on Sept. 13, 2010, after authorities reported he had been firing the weapons at passing cars, acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said in a release. The Randolph man will have to submit to mental health treatment as a condition of his probation. Ball also must forfeit public employment, any weapons …
Friday, May 3, 2013
Morris County authorities report that Carrie Ruffner, last seen Wednesday at parents' home in Basking Ridge, is still missing.
The search continued on Friday for Long Hill resident Carrie Ruffner, 34, who was last seen at her parents home in Basking Ridge on Wednesday evening. Ruffner had not been located as of shortly before 4 p.m. Friday, said Morris County First Assistant Prosecutor Tom Zelante. He said he had nothing further to report at that time, but added that further updates would be released as needed. Zelante said the investigation is being handled entirely within Morris County, since that's where Ruffner's home is located. Ruffner, 34, was last seen leaving her parents' house around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said Ruffner was driving to her own home on Meyersville Road in Long Hill Township and was expected to …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Carrie Ruffner was last seen in Basking Ridge on Wednesday.
A massive search was underway Thursday for a woman who never made it home from her parents' Basking Ridge home a night earlier. Carrie Ruffner, 34, was last seen leaving her parents' house around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said Ruffner was driving to her own home on Myersville Road in Long Hill Township and was expected to return, but never did. About 50 people participated in a search for Ruffner Thursday near the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge as helicopters searched from above, according to NJ.com. As the search continues for Ruffner, her two children are safe and with relatives. Ruffner is 5 feet 7 inches tall, about 130 pounds, with blond hair and hazel eyes. Knapp said she has an athletic…
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Prosecutor's office to recognize professionals who assist crime victims Monday.
Morris County will be recognizing National Crime Victim's Rights Week next week beginning with a special ceremony on Monday. The ceremony, according to an announcement by Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, will be held at noon in front of the County Administration and Records Building on Court Street in Morristown. County professionals who assist crime victims and advocate on their behalf will be honored. "Thirty years ago, crime victims did not have rights, access to crime victim compensation, or services to help rebuild their lives. They were often excluded from courtrooms, treated as an afterthought by the criminal justice system, and denied an opportunity to speak at sentencing," Knapp's office said in a press release. "…
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 …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Weapons may be turned in for cash at St. Paul Inside the Walls on Friday as part of a program run by state, county and Madison officials.
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Thursday, March 14
A gun buyback amnesty program run by Madison, state and county authorities is coming to a Catholic center in Madison on Friday, March 15. The program, run by Madison police, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office, and the Attorney General's Office, allows Morris County residents to turn in their unwanted guns to police with no questions asked. The two-day Morris County gun buyback is scheduled for Friday, March 15, at St. Paul Inside the Walls, 205 Madison Ave., in Madison, and Saturday, March 16 at St. Peter's Episcopal Church at 70 Maple Ave. in Morristown. The event on both days runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. According to a statement from the prosecutor's office, the initiative is designed to remove dangerous weapons from the streets. The …
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 …
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 …