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Accused Bully Faces New Charges, Stern Prosecution

Michael Conway's PTI request postponed after being charged with possession of a weapon, drug paraphernalia over the weekend in Morristown.

A 19-year-old– on charges of falsifying statements to authorities regarding an alleged bullying incident of a freshman who later –will be "aggressively prosecuted" if accusations he was in possession of a weapon and drug paraphernalia over the weekend are proven true, the Morris County Prosecutor said.

Michael Conway, who is accused of trying to cover up his involvement in a bullying incident of 15-year-old Lennon Baldwin, , was arrested again on Saturday.

Conway, J'Money Wright Baxter, Marcus Liles and an unnamed juvenile were charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A BB gun was found in the backseat of Conway's car, Morris County Assistant Prosecutor Samantha DeNegri said during his Pre-Trial Intervention hearing Monday morning.

Prosecutor Robert A. Bianchi said in a statement Monday afternoon his office is taking the latest charges very seriously.

“We of course are very concerned about the new allegations against Michael Conway and J'Money Wright Baxter," Bianchi said. "If these allegations are proven, we are of heightened concern with regard to the escalating criminal behavior that is alleged with these charges."

The drug paraphernalia was a "separation gin" used for removing twigs and seeds from marijuana, according to an NJ.com article. The complaint described the weapons as an "imitation firearm" and an "air gun" and said the weapons were pointed at someone named "F.C," according to the article.

As a result of the arrest, DeNegri said the county was prepared to deny Conway's request for PTI, but agreed to an adjournment until Aug. 27 in order to review the case.

Conway  regarding an incident in the  parking garage where Baldwin was robbed by two other students and told it was payback for one of them getting suspended after they had assaulted him at the high school. Baldwin killed himself in his home on March 28.

The two others, whose identities have not been made public in connection to the case because of their ages at the time of the incidents, .

"Unlike juvenile matters, Mr. Conway is an adult and unlike the juvenile justice system where rehabilitation of the juvenile is the primary mission, in adult court deterrence and punishment will prevail," Bianchi said. "We will also evaluate the new charges against J'Money Wright Baxter, Marcus Liles and a juvenile who were arrested along with Mr. Conway.

"If the charges are proven against Mr. Conway it will clearly demonstrate that he has not heeded our message in the Baldwin matter and th[at] he is not fit for PTI or further effort toward rehabilitation and will be aggressively prosecuted."

Liz August 06, 2012 at 09:26 PM
I want to send my kid to Morristown High School..........
Elizabeth Bartlett August 07, 2012 at 10:29 AM
This stuff is happening everywhere. Not that I live or have any affiliation with Morrisyltown High. I just think that if we see bullying and other violence as the all-pervasive problem that it is, we're more likely to do something about it as opposed to blaming it on one incident or one organization and then walking away.
Jimmy August 07, 2012 at 11:02 AM
Besides the fact that the criminal history of one of the people in this story mentions Morristown High School. What does this have to do with the school? So why make the comment? If you have a choice to send to a private school why don't you! I wouldn't want your kids around mine anyway if you think like that. Did you read about Kathy Wong? No, probably not, what was your comment on that article, "not enough accolades." Your crap comments don't help a thing. Yes, you have the right, but your not right for doing it. You probably live in town and you badmouth everything you can but do nothing about it. Just stop already. Seek a solution not blame.
Liz August 07, 2012 at 11:09 AM
Who is Kathy Wong?
Rich August 07, 2012 at 11:52 AM
My daughter goes to Morristown High and is doing great. Most of her teachers are very good (sure, there a couple of duds), and for a motivated student there are tremendous opportunities there. Echoing some of the comments from the people above who actually KNOW something about the school, we are better off without the "Lizzes" of the world.
Moira August 07, 2012 at 12:18 PM
I know MHS grads who went to Princeton (4), U Penn, Loyola, etc. They got an excellent education DESPITE the abundance of crap one has to wade through at that school. You know what helped them do it? P-A-R-E-N-T-S.
BiggDogg August 07, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Every school system has bad apples. I went to a private school and a public school in highschool. the private school had allot of coke heads and the public school had allot of pot heads. I wont name the schools. Bullying is a problem in every school and has always been a problem. kids need to know there is a support system out there. Stuff like this always saddens me.
Jayme Siegel Harvey August 07, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Who is Cathy Wong? Cathy Wong is a rising senior at MHS. She placed 4th in her category in the Intel ISEF competition and was one of 16 international finalists at the recent Google Science Fair. But there is more..are you aware that the Morristown HS. Integrated science team (comprised of all juniors) took 1st place in Morris county and 19th in the State at the Merck State Science competition? and that one of our students took 1st place in the AP Chemistry division. I'm sure you have no idea that we have students who often score first in local science and math team competitions and within the top 10% in the state. We have fine musicians who represent MHS throughout the state and region. MHS also has top scorers in the country on the SAT, and students who are merit semi-finalists. We also have AP scholars with Honors and AP Scholars with Distinction. Each year MHS sends several members of it's Forensics team to the Harvard Debate/Speech Tournament... I am sure you do not know these things about MHS because the school district for some reason does not actively promote these things. We only hear about the bad stuff..Don't let these few bad apples define Morristown High School---Morristown High School is so much more than this!
Liz August 07, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Yikes Rich...no need for a personal attack, it's just a blog, and I'm not attacking anyone in it.
BiggDogg August 07, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Jayme, I wish I could "Like" your comment.
Debra Gottsleben August 07, 2012 at 05:51 PM
I totally agree with BiggDogg would so like to "like" Jayme's comment.
Marcy Needle August 07, 2012 at 06:29 PM
When one leaves a comment on a blog that is without basis or studied investigation, it is attacking without the facts. Especially when the piece is signed anonymously. Anonymity has its price in a lack of accurate, civil discourse. EVERY school has its issues. Now let's talk about the positives of attending a school that has students from across the socio economic levels and racial groups. The intangible benefits of the MHS experience are many. And as someone who moved here from a district with a top 15 high school in the COUNTRY, there's more to an education than just academics. There are drugs at that school! I do believe my kids got a much better than mediocre education at MHS. Are there high schools with better academics? Yes. Could they do better serving the entire student population? Yes. But I'll return to the intangible advantages that many kids never have a chance to experience. And just in case you think my kids didn't get a good education at MHS, please note they attend colleges that are ranked amongst the best in the country.
Liz August 07, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Marcy, I was responding to Rich.
Rick August 07, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Who names their kid J'Money?
Jayme Siegel Harvey August 07, 2012 at 09:10 PM
First let me say, my only affiliation with the MSD is the fact that I have a rising senior who has been a student in the district since K, alongside J'Money Wright. As far as I know my son has not/is not making the types of choices that J'Money makes. More importantly, I want to expand on Marcy Needle's points. Every school in this country, public or private, has its problems. Whether it is suicide, shootings, gang violence, drugs or drinking, it is there. Because the MSD comprises students from all socio economic levels & many racial groups, our problems may look different then they do in a district like Chatham or Madison, but they have their problems too, and you are a fool if you think otherwise. What those "suburban" schools lack is the opportunity for students to have friends from all walks of life, to learn that not everyone is just like them--sometimes life is a struggle. Yes Moira, I've been involved with my child's education--every parent should be. You can't just dump your child into the system & expect them to come out the other end bright and shiny and ready for Princeton. It doesn't work that way. And yes, I realize that what I told you in my 1st post is as much the extremes of the student body as Conway & J'Money are--but the truth is, there are way more good kids, getting a good education, at MHS then there are gang members or druggies. Lets all work together to make MHS the best it can be instead of indicting it because of the actions of a few students!
Jayme Siegel Harvey August 07, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Thank you BiggDogg and you too Debra Gottsleben!
Teacher August 07, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Rick, he chose that name when his grandmother got custody.
Jayme Siegel Harvey August 07, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Actually, according to his bio (http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/bio/artist_1994849) that is his given name, but yes...his grandmother was his guardian. You know, we can't stop any of this until we start addressing the underlying problems, such as why so many children of color grow up without their families...
Moira August 07, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Jayme - I'm not talking so much about being involved in one's child's education. I'm talking about parents teaching their children how to behave, not to be cruel, not to raise a hand to others, etc. Of course there are many more "good" kids at MHS, but the fact of the matter is that a few bad apples CAN spoil the whole bunch. And the bad apples are, by and large, neglected.
No 5 star jails August 08, 2012 at 01:43 AM
There are lots of great students at morristown high, I am sure. I never can figure out why anyone would want to send their child there. Morristown is lousy with more riff raff than any other local town except for maybe Dover. The difference being that you can live in a $1m house in the twp and still subject your kids to degenerates like j'money ( I mean really- the idiots even come with labels announcing that theyre idiots)
Jayme Siegel Harvey August 08, 2012 at 03:24 AM
We send our children to Morristown High School because not only do they get a fine education from teachers who care about their students, and not only do they have the opportunity to participate in a myriad of extra-curricular activities and choose from something like 20 AP classes or create their own independent study, but..they also are exposed to a community that resembles the real world. That said, my child has had no involvement with these children--why would he? He is not seeking them out and they are not seeking him out. While you may think that the gangs are roaming the halls and throttling kids left and right, this could not be farther from the truth. If you want to see something truly remarkable, You should stop by the MHS library before school or during lunch--it is bustling with activity and all types of students are there, from the brainiacs to the kids who need some help with an assignment, to kids who are just looking to find a place to be. it is a wonderful assortment of students. And one last comment No 5 star jails...you might want to consider who the true riff-raff is. Perhaps it is the person who thinks of everyone else as idiots if they don't look like him or name their children with names that are acceptable to him. They also might just be living in the $1m home. We all have our definition of riff-raff...
Debra Gottsleben August 08, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Jayme thanks for the nice words about the MHS Library!
No five star jail August 11, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Jayme- I have spent plenty of time in a world far more real than the motown high school library. Name your child anything you like, name him j'money and I am pretty sure he is not coming up with the cure for cancer. If my opinion makes me not a liberal whose isolated existence has made me "open minded"- guilty as charged and proud of it.
No five star jail August 11, 2012 at 11:11 PM
As a point of clarification- if you give your child a moronic name, and by moronic, I don't mean a reflection of your race, culture or heritage, than you are likely a moron yourself and genetics and environment being what they are, probably are not going to turn out a well rounded asset to humanity.
Liz August 12, 2012 at 12:57 AM


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