SHERIFF’S OFFICE CHARGES BUDD LAKE WOMAN WITH THEFT FROM ATTORNEY

On Thursday, February 1, Detective Corporal Dave Kenny and Corporal Brian Ahern of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Budd Lake woman in a hotel room charging her with credit card theft and theft under $200 at the Morris County Courthouse Complex. She was additionally charged with possession of a hypodermic needle upon arrest.

On January 29, Ashley Taylor, 27, of Budd Lake, was at the Morris County Courthouse for a court date on a previous charge. Taylor allegedly took a wallet out of an attorney’s hand bag while sitting outside of a courtroom and proceeded to exit the courthouse. Using video surveillance, the officers were able to track the suspect to her vehicle and ultimately, her location.

Sheriff James M. Gannon said, “The Morris County Sheriff’s Office continues to uphold the safety and the security in the Morris County Courthouse. We have a very sophisticated video surveillance system to assist our officers in protecting employees and members of the public in the complex. I am proud of the officers’ work resulting in a successful outcome to the investigation.”

Taylor was charged on a complaint warrant and lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility. Detective Sergeant Nicole Leo and Detective Tim Palazzolo from the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Section and the Mount Olive Police Department also assisted in the investigation.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent unless, or until, they are proven guilty in court.

200 Club of Morris County selects William Lockwood as President

Business photo of William Lockwood
William Lockwood

A local businessman and long-time member of the 200 Club of Morris County, a non-profit organization that supports area public safety personnel, has been elected president of the group.

Mount Olive resident William Lockwood, Marketing Executive with The Padded Wagon Moving and Storage, has been involved with the 200 Club for many years, most recently as Senior Vice President. He has been involved with many facets of the organization’s operations, including recruiting new members and increasing public awareness of the group. The 200 Club of Morris County reported that its membership rolls exceeded 1,000 members for the first time in several years.

“It is a courageous individual that answers the call in the middle of the night to help someone in need. Whether it’s a weekend, weekday or a holiday, our First Responders are there protecting our families every day of the year!” said Lockwood. “This organization pays tribute to them with our members’ support.”

He succeeds James M. Gannon, Morris County Sheriff, who is now the Chairman of the Board.

 

MORRIS FREEHOLDERS & SHERIFF HONOR WHIPPANY TRIO FOR LIFE-SAVING FIRE RESCUES

Three Hanover Township residents, Andy Mottram, Kevin Bauer and Frank DeMaio, were honored last night by the Morris County Board of Freeholders for the life-saving rescues of the husband and wife owners of an iconic Whippany restaurant and tavern that went up in flames in late 2017.  The three heroes saw the flames and smoke pouring out of Billy & Madeline’s Red Room Tavern during the early afternoon of Nov. 27, 2017, stopped their cars and ran to the scene.

Andy Mottram and Kevin Bauer worked as a team to bring Madeline Fornaro from a smoke-filled second floor bedroom to safety.

Frank DeMaio, a former Hanover firefighter, broke through the main door of the tavern and was able to locate Billy Fornaro and bring him out safely.

All three men declined to be called heroes: “We did what probably anyone would have done,’’ said Bauer.

But in presenting county resolutions of thanks to each of the men at a ceremony in Morristown, Freeholder Director Doug Cabana said the following:  “A hero is defined as a person who, in the face of danger, combats adversity through ingenuity, bravery or strength, sacrificing his own personal concerns or safety for a greater good or to help others who are in need.”

“The actions of Frank DeMaio, Kevin Bauman and Andy Mottram, on Nov. 27, 2017, certainly fit that definition. The residents of Hanover Township and Morris County thank them for their actions.”

“On behalf of the Board of Chosen Freeholders and Sheriff Jim Gannon, we issue these county resolutions to you for your swift and courageous actions without regard to your own personal safety, and thank you for being role models for all residents of our county.’’

Joining the freeholders in honoring the trio were Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, Whippany Fire Department Chief Joe Cortright, Hanover Mayor Ron Francioli, and Hanover Committeeman Thomas “Ace” Gallagher.

Cortright lauded Mottram, Bauer and DeMaio for their good Samaritan efforts, saying their quick and responsive action — several minutes before firefighters arrived -– saved the lives of tavern owners Billy and Madeline, who are both near or over age 80.

While driving on the afternoon of Nov. 27, 2017, Mottram and Bauer (together in one vehicle) and DeMaio (in a second vehicle) observed the fire at Billy & Madeline’s.  All three ran to the fiery and smoky building to see if they could help.

Bauer, raised on his shoulders by the much taller Mottram, was able to climb onto the roof and help Madeline Fornaro out of a second story window. DeMaio, meanwhile, broke the glass on the tavern door to get into the burning building and located Billy Fornaro.