Sheriff Announces Opening of “Hope Wing” at the Morris County Jail

Emphasis on Recovery for Inmates Dealing with Addiction

Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, in partnership with Morris County Department of Human Services and CARES (Center for Addiction Recovery Education & Success), is announcing the opening of the Hope Wing, a drug/alcohol addiction recovery unit for inmates incarcerated within the Morris County Correctional Facility.

Wardens Gallen and Klein
Warden James M. Gallon (left) and Warden Chris Klein inside the “Hope Wing” at the Morris County Jail

The new Hope Wing is designed to help inmates address their addiction through daily programs such as relapse prevention, anger management, education, spirituality, relationship development, and peer to peer counseling, among others.

This inmate program compliments Sheriff Gannon’s Hope One program, which employs a team of support personnel who travel the county in a mobile recovery access vehicle to offer critical support for persons struggling with addiction, with goals of preventing drug overdoses and deaths.

 “With opioid abuse reaching an alarming level in Morris County, I am proud to announce the opening of the Hope Wing within the Morris County Correctional Facility,’’ said Sheriff Gannon. “The new unit will serve as one of the many components in place designed to reduce the rate of recidivism in Morris County.

“The old idiom of ‘Lock Them Up and Throw Away the Key’ has not worked in the past and will certainly not work in our future.

If we can get the inmates the help they need to combat their opioid and other drug/alcohol addictions during their incarceration, we will greatly reduce dependency related crimes being committed post incarceration.”

Freeholder Mastrangelo standing at a podium
Freeholder Tom Mastrangelo offers support for the Hope Wing program at the event

Joining Sheriff Gannon at today’s event were Morris County freeholders Kathy DeFillippo, Tom Mastrangelo, and Deborah Smith, Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Superior Court Judge James M. DeMarzo, Warden Chris Klein. and Morris County Administrator John Bonanni.

In the Hope Wing program, Sheriff Gannon is placing emphasis on four specific components he believes are necessary to increase an individual’s likelihood of post-incarceration: housing, employment, education and aftercare support services.Professionals at the county correctional facility will work closely with community outreach programs to assist inmates on those key issues.

 Participating inmates must voluntarily enter into the Hope Wing unit and must agree to comply with a regimented weekly schedule determined by certified alcohol and drug counselors on staff at the jail. Daily sessions conducted by the counselors serve as one of many mechanisms employed to assist inmates combat their addiction.

The correctional facility also has a full-time spiritual leader and full-time educator committed to the program. The spiritual leader will assist with rebuilding familial relations and the use of faith in the fight against addiction, while the educator will assist in the development of skills necessary to seek and maintain employment once released from the facility.

In addition, inmates will be get regular visits from community volunteers who specialize in addiction services.

The Freeholder Board strongly supports Sheriff Gannon’s effort to take a positive and constructive approach to dealing with addictions and our growing opioid problem,’’ said Morris County Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo. “Morris County has adopted a Stigma-Free approach when it comes to encouraging residents with addiction and mental health problems to seek help – no questions asked. The Hope Wing fits right in with that philosophy.’’

“The Sheriff is adding another needed tool in our arsenal to fight the addiction epidemic facing our county, state and nation,’’ added  Melody Runyon, Associate Director of Morris County Prevention is Key.

Sheriff Gannon speaking at a podium
Sheriff Gannon at yesterday’s Hope Wing announcement

To learn more about the Sheriff’s Hope One program, visit: https://sheriff.morriscountynj.gov/community/hope-one/

For more on Morris County’s Stigma Free Initiative, visit: https://morriscountystigmafree.org/

For more on Morris County Prevention is Key, visit: https://www.facebook.com/mcprevention/ or http://www.mcpik.org/

For more on Morris County’s programs dealing with addiction and mental health, visit:
https://hs.morriscountynj.gov/addiction/

East Hanover – CrimeStoppers Crime of the Week

On Thursday August 3, 2017, at approximately 10:41 pm, members of the East Hanover Police Department and Fire personnel responded to the area of 11B Melanie Lane on a reported smoke condition. Officers arrived to find two passenger rail cars fully engulfed in flames.  The passenger rail cars are property of Morristown and Erie Railway and were being stored at this location.  After a thorough investigation, the fire is believed to have been intentionally set. The East Hanover Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office are seeking help from the public in identifying the people or person responsible for this arson.

We are asking anyone that may have information to please contact Morris County CrimeStoppers at:

www.copcall.org or 973-COP-CALL
Text 274637 using keyword “MORRISTIP”
NO ONE WILL ASK YOUR NAME!
YOU could receive a REWARD up to $1,000.00

Sheriff’s K-9 Apprehends Four Suspects in Roxbury

K-9 Sigmund, a 9 year old Belgian Malinois
Morris County Sheriff’s K-9 Sigmund is a 9 year old Belgian Malinois certified in Patrol and Explosive Detection.

The Roxbury Township Police Department and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office announce the arrest of four individuals for the attempted burglary of Ledgewood Powersports.

On August 3rd, 2017, at approximately 2:12 am, Roxbury Township Police were dispatched to Ledgewood Powersports located at 1368 Route 46 East, Ledgewood on an activated burglar alarm. Sgt. Catalano, Ptl. Ponomorev, Ptl. Barbera, Ptl. Strowbridge arrived on scene and observed 4 individuals running from the building.  A foot pursuit ensued and officers set up a perimeter to contain the subjects. Roxbury Township officers called for the assistance of Mt. Arlington and Netcong Police Departments. Officers on scene also immediately called for the Morris County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Section to respond.

Morris County Sheriff’s Office, Det/Sgt. Tomasini arrived on scene and utilized K-9 Sigmund, a certified patrol dog to search for the subjects.  Following a trail of human scent, K-9 Sigmund was able to track over 50 yards in heavy brush and located and arrested two subjects.  K-9 Sigmund then continued to track human scent in the nearby area resulting in the apprehension of two more subjects.  K-9 Loco along with handler Det. Carbone also assisted at the scene.  Det. Kovacs responded from the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Section.

The following individuals were arrested:

Leon Foote, 18 year old male, from Philadelphia

  • Burglary
  • Criminal Attempt
  • Theft by Unlawful Taking
  • Criminal Mischief – Damage of Property
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Conspiracy

Kyle Prit, 20 year old male, from Philadelphia

  • Burglary
  • Criminal Attempt
  • Theft by Unlawful Taking
  • Criminal Mischief – Damage of Property
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Conspiracy

Robert Vidra, 26 year old male, from Philadelphia

  • Burglary
  • Criminal Attempt
  • Theft by Unlawful Taking
  • Criminal Mischief – Damage of Property
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Hindering
  • Conspiracy

Angel Torres, 21 year old male, from Philadelphia

  • Burglary
  • Criminal Attempt
  • Theft by Unlawful Taking
  • Criminal Mischief – Damage of Property
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Hindering
  • Conspiracy

All suspects were lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility, pending a court appearance.

“I am very proud of the partnership that we have at the Morris County Sheriff’s Office with the Roxbury Police Department. Our K-9 and CIS programs are second to none. This was a perfect example of the synergies in law enforcement which led to the quick apprehension of four suspected criminals intending to steal from our businesses. This isn’t tolerated here in Morris County,” said Sheriff James M. Gannon.

Chief Marc Palanchi commended his officers, Mt. Arlington and Netcong Officers and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit for their swift response, quick thinking and effective execution of this search and arrest. Chief Palanchi stated, “We are incredibly lucky to live in a County with such outstanding resources available to us.  The teamwork between our patrol officers, neighboring towns and the Morris County Sherriff’s Office is what led to the quick arrest of these individuals.”

Despite these pending charges every individual is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty.