Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon Welcomes Gridiron Hero to Office Internship

Kevin Hasenbein, a 19-year-old who has proved his talent on the Morristown High School football field, has scored a spring internship with the Morris County Sheriff’s Office.

Kevin, who has Down Syndrome, officially started his new position Feb. 4 fulfilling tasks alongside Sheriff’s Office detectives in the Evidence Section.

Morris County Sheriff's Office Intern Kevin Hasenbein grins as he starts his new job with a welcome from Sheriff James M. Gannon
From left, Morris County Sheriff’s Office Undersheriff Mark Spitzer, Morristown High School Transition Coordinator Patricia Herbert, Sheriff’s Office Detective Lt. Denise Thornton, Sheriff’s Office Training Coordinator Sgt. Walter Rawa, Morristown High School Colonial L.I.F.E Job Coach Jonathan Mestell, Sheriff’s Office Intern Kevin Hasenbein, Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon

His internship, slated to run through June 24, involves Kevin working at the Superior Courthouse on Mondays and in the Evidence Section on Wednesdays.

“I, along with all members of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, welcome Kevin’s enthusiastic presence. His spirit and energy will make us better people,” Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon said.

Kevin also is completing a separate internship on Tuesdays and Thursdays with the Civil Division of the Superior Court in Morristown.

Kevin, in 2018, obtained his Morristown High School diploma after fulfilling his graduation requirements at a school in Chatham. He returned to Morristown High School in the fall to participate in its Colonial Learning Independence For Employment, known as the Colonial L.I.F.E. program, which assists 18 to 21-year-old individuals learn basic employment skills.

Through Colonial L.I.F.E.’s partnerships with state Superior Court in Morris County and Morris County government, Kevin is tackling his internships, known as Structured Learning Experiences. Colonial L.I.F.E. Job Coach Jonathan Mestell will accompany Kevin while he works for the Morris County Sheriff’s Office.

Kevin already achieved headline-making celebrity status in October 2018 during Morristown High School’s Homecoming football game against the Delbarton School.

Kevin’s younger brother, Eric, plays for the high school’s Colonials football team and Kevin is an honorary member and ardent fan. The Colonials arranged for Kevin to suit up for the Homecoming game and participate in a dazzling play in which he outran players to carry the ball 80 yards into the end zone to score a touchdown.

Morristown High School Transition Coordinator Patricia Herbert said Kevin is well-known and beloved at the high school.

“Kevin is very personable. He’s like a rock star at school. He’s always got a smile on his face and is truly a pleasure to be around,” Herbert said.

Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation and K-9 Units Aid Suspected Homicide Probe

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr., and Morris Township Police Chief Mark DiCarlo confirm the investigation of an alleged homicide.

Morris County Sheriff's Office Crime Scene Investigation and K-9 Units Aid Suspected Homicide Probe

On February 5, 2019, members of the Morris Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Crime Scene Investigation, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, and the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office assisted the New York Police Department in investigating a scene located at Bailey Hollow Road, Morris Township. The investigation is related to an alleged homicide.

The investigation remains ongoing and further information will not be released at this time. There is no danger to the public at this time.

If anyone has any information related to this investigation, they are encouraged to call the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200, or Morris Township Police Department at 973-539-0777.

Any inquiries can be directed to the New York Police Department Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Public Information at 646-610-6700.

 

Morris County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Unit, SERT and CSI Assist in Explosives Investigation

 Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon and Byram Chief Peter J. Zabita jointly announce the arrest of Christopher Faschan, age 31, from Landing on the charges of Possession of an Explosive Device with the Purpose to Use it Unlawfully, a crime of the second-degree, Aggravated Assault, a crime of the second-degree, Terroristic Threats, a crime of the third-degree and Possession of an Explosive Device, a crime of the third-degree.

Morris County Sheriff's Office Bomb Unit, SERT and CSI Assist in Explosives Investigation

The charges resulted from a joint investigation of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office, the Byram Township Police Department, The Roxbury Township Police Department and the Mount Olive Township Police Department

On Sunday and Monday (February 3 and 4) representatives of these law enforcement agencies investigated an explosion and conducted a search of several areas to assure the safety of the public and the officers investigating.

Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon said:

“We deployed assets to Byram, Roxbury and Mount Olive in support of their investigation to maintain safety and properly collect evidence.”

“Our resources included the Morris County Bomb Squad, Explosives Detection K9, Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT), and the Crime Scene Investigations Unit (CSI), for the purpose of assisting in the investigation, search warrant, and ultimately rendering the scene and surrounding area safe.”

 It is alleged that Mr. Faschan drove to the residence of an alleged victim and waited in his vehicle. When the alleged victim approached, he showed her a home-made explosive device that he referred to as a bomb, and stated was the type of device that “you could stick to the bottom of a car.” After the defendant departed, it is alleged that he detonated the device near, or in, Lake Lackawanna. The explosion was heard by the alleged victim and multiple residents of the Lake Lackawanna community.

The defendant was charged on a warrant and is currently detained in the Keough Dwyer Correctional Facility in Newton. His next court appearance is Friday, February 8, 2019. The case is still under active investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-383-1570.