Morristown New Jersey Criminal Law Post

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Travis J. Tormey, Esq.

Washington Township NJ Cop Suspended after Allegedly Causing DWI Crash in Pennsylvania

Posted in Drunk Driving (DWI)

Washington Township NJ DUI LawyersA police officer from Washington Township NJ has been accused of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and causing a drunk driving accident in Pennsylvania.

The suspect, a 45-year-old resident of Great Meadows NJ, is employed as a police officer for the Washington Township Police Department. According to authorities, the suspect was highly intoxicated while he drove a Nissan Armada SUV on a road in Hazleton, PA. At some point, the suspect allegedly lost control of the motor vehicle and crashed into a number of cars.

Police officers from multiple PA police department went to the area after receiving reports about a vehicle moving erratically across lanes.

When Hazleton PA police officers arrived at the scene, they saw that someone had crashed into numerous vehicles, including cars that were parked on the side of the road.

Pennsylvania State police officers quickly found the suspect and brought his SUV to a stop at the intersection of 15th Street and Locust Street in Hazleton, PA.

According to officials, the suspect’s vehicle had significant damage to its front-end. Beyond that, the vehicle’s airbag had reportedly been deployed.

The suspect was arrested and subsequently charged with several traffic offenses, including Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and reckless driving.

After being placed under arrest and processed, the suspect was ordered held at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility in Pennsylvania.

The Washington Township chief of police said that the entire incident was “unfortunate.” Moreover, said the Washington Township police chief, the suspect has been suspended without pay while Washington Township authorities investigate the alleged DWI accident.

For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “N.J. Cop Charged with DUI, Resisting Arrest in Pennsylvania.”

Morris County NJ Corrections Officer Dies of Gunshot Wound, Homicide Ruled Out

Posted in Homicide

Morris Township Jail Homicide InvestigationMorris County authorities are looking into the death of a corrections officer at the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morris Township, New Jersey.

Jail employees found the victim dead at the correctional facility. Police initially rushed to determine whether there was a shooter in the area who might have posed a threat to anyone.

It was soon determined that the victim likely died due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound. As a result, murder charges, or any other kind of criminal charges, are not likely to be filed in connection with the death of the Morris County Jail corrections officer.

Medical examiners examined the body and confirmed that the victim probably died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office subsequently concluded that the victim’s death was a suicide, not a homicide.

Until authorities concluded their investigation into the death, not many details about the victim were released to the media. Once homicide had been ruled out as a possible cause of death, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office released the identity of the victim. He was identified as Timothy Stoll, a man who worked as a corrections officer at the Morris County Jail in Morris Township, NJ. Stoll resided in the Flanders section of Mount Olive NJ.

For further information about this case, access the NJ.com article, “Corrections Officer Who Died in Morris Jail Is Identified.”

Mount Olive NJ Woman Charged with Murder, Allegedly Shot and Killed Boyfriend

Posted in Domestic Violence, Homicide

Mount Olive NJ First Degree Murder LawyersA woman who was formerly employed as a Mount Olive NJ elementary school teacher could be headed to prison if she is convicted on domestic violence homicide charges in connection with the shooting death of her boyfriend.

The victim was shot and killed at a Mount Olive residence on March 3, 2014. According to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the suspect killed the victim at her home on Apollo Way.

The suspect, a 54-year-old Mount Olive resident, initially told police that she shot the victim by accident because she thought he was an intruder breaking into her home.

The suspect later changed her story, according to authorities. Sometime after being arrested, she reportedly said that she shot the victim in self-defense because he was attacking her. The suspect’s attorney also claimed that she was a domestic violence victim.

So what really happened on the night of the killing? The Mount Olive Police Department sent officers to the house after getting a call about a domestic violence incident. The caller also told police that they heard gunshots being fired at the residence.

When Mount Olive police officers arrived at the scene, they saw the victim’s body inside the house. The homicide victim was 51 years old when he tragically died. He previously worked as a New York City police officer.

After conducting an investigation, Mount Olive police and Morris County prosecutors determined that the suspect likely shot the victim when he tried to break up with her and end their relationship.

The suspect, who worked as a teacher at Marie V. Duffy Elementary School in Wharton NJ, was fired shortly after prosecutors charged her with first degree murder.

During pre-trial proceedings in the homicide case, the suspect’s criminal defense attorney argued in front of a Morris County Superior Court judge and tried to get certain evidence thrown out. For instance, the suspect reportedly made admissions to Mount Olive police on the night of the fatal shooting. The suspect is now attempting to get those admissions ruled inadmissible for trial, which will be held in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown, New Jersey.

It is expected that a ruling on the admissibility of the statements will come in July.

While the suspect awaits trial, she is being held at the Morris County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.

For more information about this case, read the DailyRecord.com article, “Accused Mount Olive Killer Claims She Thought Boyfriend Was an Intruder.”

Franklin NJ Police Arrest Man Who Allegedly Committed Prescription Fraud at Local Pharmacy

Posted in Drug Charges

Franklin NJ Prescription Fraud AttorneysFranklin New Jersey police recently arrested a man accused of committing prescription fraud by posing as a doctor in order to get prescription pills.

According to Franklin NJ law enforcement, the suspect called in a prescription at a local pharmacy. During the phone call, the suspect allegedly pretended to be a Bergen County NJ doctor and requested a large quantity of pills. At this time, authorities have not revealed what kind of drug, or exactly how much of the drug, the suspect allegedly tried to obtain.

The suspect later went to the pharmacy and attempted to pick up the prescription. The pharmacist at the store became suspicious when the suspect was unable to provide even the most basic information needed to fill the prescription pill order. The pharmacist then dialed 911 and notified the Franklin Police Department of the possible prescription fraud.

A Franklin NJ patrol cop later pulled over the suspect’s vehicle while the suspect was attempting to cross the Goethals Bridge connecting New Jersey to Staten Island NY.

The 36-year-old suspect, who used to live in Hamburg NJ but currently lives in Millville NJ, has been charged with the very serious drug crime of prescription fraud, as well as unlicensed practice of medicine.

Meanwhile, two women were arrested and charged as accomplices in the alleged prescription fraud. A 33-year-old Randolph NJ woman and a 40-year-old Hamburg woman face charges for criminal attempt to obtain a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) by fraud.

While the charges against the main suspect remain pending, he is being held at the Sussex County Jail in lieu of $30,000 bail.

To learn more about this case, see the NJ.com article, “N.J. Man Posing as Doc Tried to Call in Script for ‘Large Amount’ of Drugs, Cops Say.”

Ex-Teacher in Mount Olive NJ Accused of Sexually Assaulting Girl Two Decades Ago

Posted in Sex Crimes

Mount Olive NJ Sexual Assault AttorneysA woman who used to work as a physical education teacher at a Mount Olive middle school has been accused of sexually assaulting a young girl in Netcong, NJ.

The suspect reportedly committed the sexual offenses more than two decades ago. The victim did not come forward until later when she was an adult.

The sex crimes reportedly occurred in Netcong NJ at least twice between June 1993 and April 1994. When the suspect allegedly committed the sexual assaults, she was 35 years old and the victim was just 14 years old.

The victim is now 37 years old. She told authorities that the suspect digitally penetrated her when she was a minor. At the time, the suspect was a PE teacher at Mount Olive Middle School in Mount Olive, New Jersey. However, Morris County prosecutors said that they do not believe the alleged sex crimes had any connection to the suspect’s employment at the middle school.

The suspect eventually retired from her job at the Mount Olive NJ school and opened Fanucci’s Café, an Italian restaurant in Netcong that she owns and operates with her husband.

The suspect was formally charged with sexual assault in May 2015. She was recently indicted by a Morris County grand jury on the very serious sex crime charges.

If the suspect goes to trial and is convicted of sexually assaulting a minor, she would be subject to significant criminal penalties. That’s because N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2(b) and N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2(c) classify the sexual assault of a minor as a second degree crime. A conviction on second degree sexual assault charges could lead to a sentence of 5-10 years in NJ State Prison.

After being arrested and charged in the criminal case, the suspect was ordered held at the Morris County Jail in Morristown, New Jersey. She later secured her release from jail by posting $75,000 bail. She will likely remain free on bail until the charges against her are resolved.

For more information about this case, read the DailyRecord.com article, “Ex-Mount Olive Gym Teacher Indicted for Sexual Assault.”

Suspect Wanted for Late-Night Break-In, Burglary at House in Pequannock, New Jersey

Posted in Property Offenses, Theft and Fraud Offenses

Pequannock New Jersey Burglary LawyersPequannock New Jersey police are investigating a recent burglary at a local home.

According to Pequannock officials, the break-in and attempted theft occurred after midnight. The residents of a house located on Munson Drive in Pequannock NJ were asleep in a bedroom when the suspect allegedly entered the residence. It is believed that the suspect broke the lock on a side window in order to gain entry.

The suspect allegedly walked around in the kitchen while using a cell phone light to illuminate his path, making just enough noise to wake up the homeowners. The residents then saw the suspect on their home video surveillance system.

The suspect soon fled the residence, running outside and leaving the area before Pequannock NJ police could arrive.

Pequannock New Jersey detectives are actively investigating the break-in. Investigators have not yet identified the burglary suspect.

Police recently released a description of the suspect: he is described as a tall male who was wearing gloves, sneakers, and a hooded sweatshirt on the night of the burglary.

If Pequannock NJ police can figure out the identity of the suspect, he would probably face criminal charges burglary.

Since the suspect did not steal any items from the home, he would probably not be charged with theft of movable property.

Any members of the public who have information about the burglary or the suspect should contact Pequannock detectives at 973-835-1700.

For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Cops Looking for Burglar Who Broke in While Owners Were Sleeping.”

Man Allegedly Tried to Lure 11-Year-Old Girl into Car in Chatham, New Jersey

Posted in Sex Crimes

Chatham NJ Sex Crime LawyersChatham New Jersey police are searching for a man who may have attempted to lure an underage girl as she walked in her neighborhood.

According to authorities, the victim, an 11-year-old girl, was walking on Meadowbrook Road in Chatham Borough NJ when the suspect drove up beside. The suspect was reportedly operating a tan-colored sedan.

The victim later told law enforcement that the suspect repeatedly mentioned a teddy bear and encouraged the girl to enter the vehicle.

Instead of getting into the car, the victim backed away from the vehicle. The suspect responded by driving off and fleeing the area. Witnesses reported seeing the suspect driving along Somerset Avenue and headed in the direction of Essex Road in Chatham Borough, New Jersey.

An adult was nearby and saw the alleged luring incident unfold. He later dialed 911 and informed the Chatham Borough Police Department of the scary incident.

Chatham NJ investigators are looking into the allegations. They have yet to determine the identity of the suspect, who has been described as a while male in his 40s. He reportedly has dark curly hair.

If Chatham NJ law enforcement can identify and locate the suspect, he would potentially face criminal charges for luring. This felony-level offense carries severe penalties. That’s because N.J.S.A. 2C:13-6 classifies luring as a second degree crime. A conviction for second degree luring could result in a sentence of 5-10 years in NJ State Prison.

Chatham Borough NJ police are asking for the public’s assistance with their investigation. Any members of the public who have information about the suspect or the luring incident should call Chatham police investigators at 973-635-8000.

For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Cops Investigating Attempted Luring of 11-Year-Old Girl.”

Morristown NJ Police Arrest Undocumented Immigrant Accused of Sexually Assaulting Teen Girl

Posted in Sex Crimes

Morristown NJ Sexual Assault LawyersMorristown NJ police recently arrested a man who allegedly sexually assaulted a teenage girl.

The victim is said to be a 14-year-old girl who lived in Morristown, New Jersey. According to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the suspect told authorities that he had some kind of contact with the juvenile victim.

The 20-year-old suspect is from Morristown, New Jersey. He has been charged with several sex offenses, including aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, criminal sexual contact, and endangering the welfare of a child.

If the suspect is eventually convicted on the aggravated sexual assault charges, he would face significant criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2(a), an adult who commits an act of sexual penetration with an underage victim can be charged with a first degree crime. A conviction for first degree aggravated sexual assault could lead to a term of incarceration of 10-20 years in New Jersey State Prison.

Beyond a prison sentence, the suspect could potentially be deported from the United States because he is reportedly an undocumented immigrant. Morristown New Jersey police have already alerted US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) about the suspect’s status. As soon as the criminal charges are resolved, the suspect may be subject to deportation from the country.

Meanwhile, the suspect was remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, NJ. He was being held at the jail in lieu of a $150K bail amount. In the event that the suspect is able to post bail, he will be prohibited from contacting any minors until the sex crime charges against him have been resolved.

To learn more about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Man Charged in Sex Assault of Girl, 14, Report Says.”

“Disturbed” New Milford NJ Man Arrested in Roxbury, Prompts Lockdown of Local Schools

Posted in Threat Offenses, Weapons Offenses

Roxbury NJ Weapons Offense LawyersRoxbury New Jersey police recently arrested a New Milford NJ man accused of carrying a weapon outside his residence and causing a major lockdown of several schools.

According to authorities, a number of people saw the suspect exiting a house located on Princeton Street in New Milford and carrying a shotgun. New Milford NJ police became aware of this potentially dangerous situation and dispatched police officers to the area in search of the suspect.

New Milford N police also notified area schools and locked down buildings to protect the students.

Law enforcement was eventually able to locate the suspect by tracking his cell phone. Police found the suspect driving his pickup truck on Interstate-80 in Roxbury Township, NJ. Patrol officers pulled over the suspect’s vehicle and placed him under arrest without further incident.

A subsequent search of the suspect’s truck allegedly turned up the shotgun that the suspect was seen carrying earlier in the day.

The suspect is a 24-year-old man from New Milford, New Jersey. He was taken to St. Clare’s Hospital in Denville New Jersey and evaluated for potential psychological issues. It is believed by law enforcement officials that the suspect was suicidal.

The suspect may eventually be charged with multiple criminal offenses, including making terroristic threats and unlawful possession of a shotgun.

For further information about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “Man with Shotgun Arrested after School Lockdown in New Milford.”

Former VP of Soccer Club in Rockaway NJ Avoid Prison for Theft of Funds

Posted in Fraud Offenses, Theft and Fraud Offenses

Rockaway NJ Theft by Deception LawyersThe former vice president of a Rockaway New Jersey soccer club managed to stay out of prison after pleading guilty to the theft of more than $17,000 in funds from the soccer organization.

According to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the suspect committed the theft by deception over a four-year period, from April 2011 to July 2015. When he committed the theft, the suspect was the vice president of the Rockaway Boro Rowdies Soccer Club, an organization that gives local children a chance to play soccer. The suspect was also a member of the Rockaway Parks and Recreation Committee.

The Rockaway Borough Police Department started to investigate the suspect after someone associated with the soccer club said that there had been a number of unauthorized withdrawals from the club’s bank account.

Rockaway police officers looked into the allegations and learned that the suspect withdrew the funds and then used the money for his own personal expenses.

Rockaway NJ police handed over the investigation to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, which later brought criminal charges against the suspect for theft by deception.

The suspect later reached a deal with prosecutors that allowed him to avoid incarceration. The suspect was granted admission into the Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) program. This is a diversionary program that allows first-time, non-violent offenders to complete a probationary period instead of being sentenced to prison.

The suspect’s deal with prosecutors will require him to pay restitution to the soccer club in the amount of the stolen funds: $17,185.26. The suspect has already made a payment of $6,500 and will continue to make monthly payments of $305.

For more information about this case, see the NJ.com article, “Rockaway Soccer Club Official Who Took $17K from Club Gets Probation.”