Morristown NJ Terroristic Threats AttorneysLaw enforcement officials looked into a threat against students at Morristown High School and determined that no one was at risk.

Someone reportedly used the Internet to post a threat on a social media account this weekend. As soon as Morristown High School officials became aware of the nonspecific threat, they contacted the Morris Township Police Department.

Detectives investigated the online threat and determined that it was just a prank.

The principal of the high school later posted a letter online for all parents in the Morris School District to read. The letter indicated that authorities believe the threatening words were not credible and that no one in the school district was at risk of injury. The Morristown High School principal also said that police identified a “person of interest.”

There has been no word about whether the suspect was placed under arrest by law enforcement. Depending on the facts of the case, he may be subject to very serious criminal charges for making terroristic threats.

For further information about this case, view the article, “Social Media Threat Toward High School Deemed a Prank, Principal Says.”

Riverdale NJ Criminal Defense AttorneysA Riverdale New Jersey teenager who goes to Pompton Lakes High School in Passaic County NJ was arrested after allegedly threatening the school online.

According to law enforcement officials, the suspect used SnapChat to share a photograph. The photograph reportedly features the suspect holding a toy gun and has a caption that reads “do not go to school tomorrow.” It is believed that the threat was directed against his high school.

When school officials became aware of the threat, they contacted local law enforcement. Pompton Lakes detectives investigated the threat and eventually placed the suspect under arrest.

The suspect resides in Riverdale, which is in Morris County. However, he attends school in Pompton Lakes. Riverdale NJ residents typically go to Riverdale Public School from kindergarten to eighth grade. From ninth grade on, Riverdale residents attend Pompton Lakes High School.

The suspect may be subject to criminal charges for making terroristic threats. At this time, it’s not clear whether the suspect will be charged as a juvenile or as an adult. If the suspect is charged with a juvenile offense, he would probably face less severe penalties.

After being arrested and processed, the suspect was released from police custody and handed over to the custody of his parents.

For further information about this case, access the article, “Student Charged After North Jersey School Threat on Social Media.”

Wharton NJ Criminal Defense AttorneysThe Morris County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad recently sent officers to an apartment complex in Wharton NJ to investigate a possible bomb threat. The bomb scare was prompted by the discovery of black powder and other bomb-making materials near the body of a suicide victim.

The man who died reportedly worked at Picatinny Arsenal, an American military research and manufacturing facility in Morris County, NJ. The suspect is believed to have committed suicide in a residence at the Brentwood Gardens apartment building in Wharton, New Jersey.

Wharton cops went to the home to conduct a welfare check after getting a call from concerned family members of the victim. When the Wharton NJ police officers got to the apartment, they found the victim’s body near black powder and a pipe. This led authorities to immediately evacuate the apartment complex.

The Morris County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad then arrived at the scene and investigated for more than 13 hours before determining that there were no bomb components in the residence.

Wharton detectives also conducted an investigation and reportedly ruled out homicide as a cause of the victim’s death.

For additional information about this case, check out the article, “Bomb Squad Called to Wharton After Powder Found Near Body, Report Says.”

Dover NJ Sexual Assault LawyersPolice recently arrested a Dover NJ man who allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted a woman.

According to authorities, the suspect approached a woman while she walked on a Dover NJ street and forced her to enter a house. The suspect then allegedly physically attacked the victim and sexually assaulted her.

The suspect also allegedly forced the victim to take him to an ATM, where she withdrew cash and handed it over. After allegedly committing the robbery, the suspect fled the area on foot.

Dover police and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit investigated the violent crime and soon identified the suspect as the likely culprit. Two days later, police officers located and apprehended the suspect.

The suspect, a 23-year-old Dover resident, faces multiple criminal charges, including kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and terroristic threats.

If the suspect is ultimately convicted of aggravated sexual assault, he could potentially be sentenced to as many as 20 years in NJ State Prison.

After being placed under arrest and processed, the suspect was ordered held at the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, New Jersey. He was being held at the jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Morris County detectives are still actively investigating the alleged kidnapping. Anyone with information relevant to the crime should contact investigators at 973-285-6200.

For further information about this case, see the article, “Man Kidnapped, Sexually Assaulted, Robbed Woman in Dover, Authorities Say.”

Bernards Township NJ Harassment LawyersTravis J. Tormey and the Tormey Law Firm LLC recently helped a client beat criminal charges for harassment in the Bernards Township Municipal Court. The client lived in a condo building in Bernardsville NJ and who got into a heated argument with two people: another resident who was on the condo’s Board and the super who ran the condo association. Our client was not pleased with the building’s process for removing snow, so he voiced his concerns to the board member. A verbal argument ensued, with both parties exchanging insults. Despite the contentious nature of the discussion, the client’s sole purpose was to express his concerns with the condo’s snow removal process.

N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4: Governing Harassment Charges in New Jersey

Except as provided in subsection e., a person commits a petty disorderly persons offense if, with purpose to harass another, he or she:

a. Makes, or causes to be made, a communication or communications anonymously or at extremely inconvenient hours, or in offensively coarse language, or any other manner likely to cause annoyance or alarm;

b. Subjects another to striking, kicking, shoving, or other offensive touching, or threatens to do so; or

c. Engages in any other course of alarming conduct or of repeatedly committed acts with purpose to alarm or seriously annoy such other person.

A communication under subsection a. may be deemed to have been made either at the place where it originated or at the place where it was received.

e. A person commits a crime of the fourth degree if, in committing an offense under this section, he was serving a term of imprisonment or was on parole or probation as the result of a conviction of any indictable offense under the laws of this State, any other state or the United States.

Bernards Township Harassment Case

In the Bernards Township harassment case, local prosecutors charged the client under subsections (a) and (c) of the statute because the client allegedly used offensively coarse language during the argument with the Board member. Prosecutors also tried to classify the client’s actions as a “course of conduct” because he went back to speak to the Board member at about the snow removal issues on at least two occasions. The Bernards Township Municipal Court judge ultimately decided to dismiss the harassment charges because the client’s purpose in communicating his objection to the snow removal process was clearly not to harass the Board member.

After the judge dismissed the Board member’s charges, the super of the condo complex agreed to voluntarily dismiss her charges. This was a fantastic outcome for our client and another legal victory for the Tormey Law Firm.

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Threat at Parsippany High SchoolThis morning, Parsippany NJ police locked down local high school that allegedly received a threat.

Employees at Parsippany Hills High School in Parsippany-Troy Hills dialed 911 and alerted the Parsippany Police Department about a threat that was communicated to the school before the school day officially started. Parsippany NJ police officers were sent to the scene to investigate and lock down the school.

Students at Parsippany Hills High School, which is located on Rita Drive in Parsippany-Troy Hills, were kept in classrooms and out of harm’s way until the situation had been defused.

Parsippany police, the Parsippany Board of Education, and the Parsippany-Troy Hills School District have been involved in the investigation into the possible threat.

The good news is that authorities ultimately determined that there was no actual threat to the safety of students or school workers. As a result, the school lockdown was eventually lifted.

The Parsippany Police Department and the Parsippany Board of Education issued a statement and let everyone know that “students and staff are back in session.”

If investigators are able to determine who was behind the alleged threat, the culprit would likely be subject to criminal charges for terroristic threats. N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3 stipulates that anyone who threatens to commit a crime of violence for the purpose of terrorizing another or causing evacuation of a building can be charged with a third degree crime. A conviction for third degree terroristic threats could result in a sentence of 3-5 years in New Jersey State Prison.

For additional information about this case, view the article, “Possible Threat Spurred Lockdown at Parsippany Hills High School.”

Mount Olive Drug Crime LawyersPolice officers arrested a Mount Olive man accused of illegally possessing drugs. The circumstances of the arrest were quite interesting: Mount Olive NJ cops reportedly discovered the drugs on the suspect after receiving complaints that he was causing a disturbance at a local pharmacy.

The incident happened a short time after 7:00 p.m. at a CVS Pharmacy on Route 46 in Mount Olive, NJ. The suspect was reportedly walking around the store and growling at employees. The store workers called the Mount Olive Police Department, which sent police officers to the scene.

The Mount Olive NJ police officers arrived at the CVS pharmacy and were directed to the back of the store, where they encountered the suspect. According to law enforcement, the suspect was stumbling around and wearing dirt-covered clothes. The Mount Olive police officers took the suspect outside to the store parking lot, where they questioned him and asked him to perform field sobriety tests.

A later search of the suspect allegedly led to the discovery of a prescription bottle with Xanax. Police also allegedly discovered multiple loose Xanax pills inside the suspect’s pockets.

The suspect, a 26-year-old man who resides in the Budd Lake area of Mount Olive has been charged with illegal possession of Xanax. Authorities also cited the suspect for being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS), reckless driving, and driving while suspended.

Although the suspect is accused of growling at the store employees, he was not charged with a threat crime.

After being arrested and processed, the suspect secured his release from police custody on his own recognizance.

For more information about this case, check out the article, “Mt. Olive Man Accused of Growling at Store Employees.”

Parsippany NJ Clown ScaresParsippany New Jersey police have identified the individual who reportedly wore a clown mask and threatened people with a plastic machete outside a local QuickChek.

The scary incident was reported around 10:00 p.m. last Monday. According to Parsippany law enforcement, a teenager donned a clown mask and walked toward several people at the QuickChek on North Beverwyck Road in Parsippany, NJ.

The suspect allegedly frightened a woman and then hid behind the convenience store. Moreover, he allegedly dragged the plastic machete on the ground in order to frighten another person who was standing outside the QuickChek building.

A detective with the Parsippany Police Department was later able to identify the juvenile allegedly behind the clown scare incident. Authorities said that the suspect was trying to frighten people at the Parsippany NJ store.

Parsippany prosecutors have currently declined to bring criminal charges against the suspect because his actions were merely a “misguided prank” and did not pose any kind of real threat to the community.

If prosecutors had pursued charges, the suspect could have faced severe penalties. Depending on the circumstances of the clown scare incidents, he could have been charged with terroristic threats, harassment, and creating a false public alarm.

To learn more about this case, go to the article, “Clown Carrying a Plastic Machete in Parsippany Was a Juvenile, Cops Say.”

Morris County NJ Sexual Assault ChargesThe Morris County Prosecutor’s Office announced the indictment of a Rockaway Borough NJ man charged with sexually assaulting three underage boys.

The suspect allegedly committed the very serious sex crimes last year in Rockaway Township, NJ. On August 28, 2015, the suspect reportedly abused two minors in a restroom at the Rockaway Townsquare mall located on Interstate-80 in Rockaway Township, New Jersey. On September 10, 2015, the suspect reportedly threatened another boy in the bathroom of the Target Store in Rockaway Township, NJ.

The Rockaway Township Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit investigated the suspect after the second incident and eventually determined that he should be criminally charged.

The suspect, a 35-year-old Rockaway Borough resident, was placed under arrest and charged with numerous crimes, including sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child, attempted kidnapping, attempted luring, terroristic threats, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a weapon.

Now the suspect could be headed to trial after a Morris County grand jury indicted him on the criminal charges.

If the suspect is ultimately convicted of sexual assault, he could face severe penalties. Sexual assault is a second degree felony, with a conviction potentially resulting in a sentence of 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison.

To learn more about this case, view the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office press release, “Morris Prosecutor: Rockaway Boro Man Indicted on Attempted Kidnapping and Sex Assaults.”

Morristown NJ Threat Crime LawyersThe Morristown mayor recently spoke with the media and openly questioned why the main suspect in a bomb scare at a local Starbucks has managed to avoid criminal prosecution.

The scary incident occurred at a Starbucks coffee shop in Morristown, NJ. The suspect reportedly walked into the store after 2:00 p.m. and yelled, “There’s no bombs in here” loud enough for store employees to hear him. The suspect then allegedly dropped two bags on the ground and ran out of the coffee shop.

The store employees dialed 911 and contacted the Morristown Police Department, which dispatched police officers to the scene. When Morristown NJ cops got to the Starbucks, they found two suspicious bags on the floor of the coffee shop. Members of the Morris County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad then investigated, while Morristown police closed the downtown area.

It was later determined that the bags did not contain bombs and did not pose a safety threat.
Police officers later apprehended the suspect and took him to Morristown NJ police headquarters, where detectives interviewed him. He was later released from police custody without being criminally charged.

Now Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty is publicly asking why the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office declined to charge the suspect. Dougherty said that prosecutors, not police officers, ultimately decided not to arrest the suspect for making terroristic threats.

For further information about this case, check out the article, “Mayor Calls Lack of Charges in Morristown Bomb Scare ‘Inexcusable.’”