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Sheriff’s OfficeNews Room: April 2013

Sheriff Strada presents awards to officers

  • Posted: April 26, 2013

Sheriff Michael F. Strada recently recognized and awarded several members of the sheriff’s office with honors for their respective service.

On Tuesday, April 9, 2013, during a ceremony at the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Strada presented each of the following personnel with the Sheriff’s Achievement Award.

Detective Michael Yanko and Sheriff’s Officer Richard Otte were each presented with the Sheriff’s Achievement Award for their actions in assisting the Pennsylvania State Police during an investigation involving the murder of an infant girl in 2012. Detective Yanko and Sheriff’s Officer Otte’s assistance proved vital to that investigation, ultimately culminating in the successful arrest and prosecution of the victim’s assailants. Detective Yanko was assigned to the sheriff’s Detective Bureau between 1999 and 2012. During that time, Detective Yanko was instrumental in the arrests of approximately 9,360 wanted persons. Detective Yanko is currently assigned to the sheriff’s Home Detention Program. Sheriff’s Officer Otte was also assigned to the sheriff’s Detective Bureau from 2009 to 2012. During that time, he was instrumental in the arrests of approximately 1,797 wanted persons. Sheriff’s Officer Otte is currently assigned to the Courts and Transportation Unit.

Detective Lieutenant Mitchell Ellicott was awarded the Sheriff’s Achievement Award in recognition of his 22 years of service and his continued commitment to the sheriff’s K-9 Unit. A member of the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office since 1989 and a K-9 handler for approximately 20 years, Lt. Ellicott has handled 6 dogs and responded to over 800 requests for K-9 assistance from other law enforcement agencies throughout his career. Lt. Ellicott currently serves as the supervisor of the sheriff’s Emergency Services Unit.

Sheriff’s Corporal Dan Storey was awarded the Sheriff’s Achievement Award for his 23 years of service and his continued commitment to the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program. Cpl. Storey has been a certified D.A.R.E. instructor for 20 years and during that time has taught the D.A.R.E. program at several schools throughout Sussex County. During the past 20 years, over 6,000 Sussex County children have been taught the D.A.R.E. program by Cpl. Storey.

Sheriff Strada congratulates each of these officers and wishes them continued success in their careers.

Sheriff's Achievement Award recipients in April 2013
From left to right: Sheriff Michael F. Strada, S/O Richard Otte, Cpl. Dan Storey, Det.Lt. Mitchell Ellicott, Det. Michael Yanko and Undersheriff Keith Armstrong.

Drug paraphernalia discovered on prisoner during transport

  • Posted: April 8, 2013
  • Arrested: Shannon H. Foley, age 22, of Newton and Herbert W. Whitesell III, age 31, of Frankford Township, NJ.

On Friday, March 29, 2013, while assigned to fugitive transport duties, sheriff’s detectives Kieran McMorrow and William Lunger were assigned to pick up Shannon Foley and Herbert Whitesell from the New Jersey State Police barracks in Netcong and transport them to the Keogh-Dwyer Correctional Facility. The New Jersey State Police had arrested both of them earlier that day. Foley was the subject of an outstanding Superior Court warrant and Whitesell was the subject of several municipal court warrants.

Further investigation revealed Whitesell to be in the possession of several hypodermic syringes and a glass smoking pipe with cocaine residue.

Whitesell and Foley were both transported to the Keogh-Dwyer Correctional Facility and lodged without incident.

Herbert Whitesell was issued multiple summonses for possession of drug paraphernalia and issued a future court date to appear in Newton Municipal Court. He remains lodged in the Keogh-Dwyer Correctional Facility in lieu of $6,377.

Shannon Foley remains lodged in the Keogh-Dwyer Correctional Facility without bail.

A charge is an accusation and all defendants are presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty. If you have any questions regarding anything published herein, please contact the Public Information Office at 973.579.0865, ext. 2010.


Sheriff Michael Strada