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2 Arrested on Narcotics Charges

November 20, 2017

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Acting County Prosecutor Robert W. Johnson and Chief William Mastriana of the Lower Township Police Department announce the arrest of 48-year old Peter Wilson of Lower Township and 41-year old LeighAnn Robson, of Middle Township for various narcotics charges on November 17, 2017.

This arrest was the conclusion of a cooperative investigation between the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and the Lower Township Police Department. Continue reading

Arrest for Distribution of Narcotics

October 31, 2017

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Acting Prosecutor Robert W. Johnson and North Wildwood Police Chief Matthew Gallagher announce the arrest of Tahiem A. Howell of North Wildwood NJ for the distribution of Cocaine on October 26, 2017.

This arrest was the conclusion of a cooperative investigation between the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force and the North Wildwood Police Department Detective Division. Continue reading

Warning Issued to Community About Checking Children’s Halloween Candy

October 27, 2017

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Acting County Prosecutor Robert W. Johnson and Chief of County Detectives Paul S. Skill issue a warning to all residents of Cape May County to be aware of the potential of acquiring marijuana candy and other forms of edible products, which may contain Tetrahydrocannbinol (THC). THC is the main ingredient in marijuana that causes a high and is dangerous to anyone who may consume these products either knowingly and or unknowingly. These products are illegal in the State of New Jersey, however they are being illegally transported into the State. This unfortunate warning comes as the Halloween season quickly approaches and our children will be venturing door to door in each of their respected neighborhoods in seek of delicious treats. Continue reading

Man Charged in Drug Induced Death

October 26, 2017

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Acting Prosecutor Robert W. Johnson and Middle Township Police Chief Christopher Leusner report that on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, Middle Township Police responded to a 9-1-1 call of an unresponsive male at a residence on Meadow Valley Road in the Burleigh section of Middle Township, New Jersey. Upon arrival of police, Sonny Sinnerard, a 23 year old male, was discovered deceased.

A subsequent joint investigation was initiated by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Detective Bureau of the Middle Township Police Department. During the course of the investigation it was determined that Daniel Osmundsen, a 26 year old male, and resident of Country Acres Drive in Middle Township, sold Sinnerard suspected heroin in the early morning hours of October 25, 2017. Continue reading

Governor Christie Names Robert W. Johnson Acting Cape May County Prosecutor

September 29, 2017

(State of New Jersey Office of the Governor) Trenton, NJ – Governor Chris Christie and Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino today announced the appointment of Robert W. Johnson as Acting Cape May County Prosecutor.

Johnson was sworn into office this morning. He replaces Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor, who served as Cape May County Prosecutor since Oct. 1, 2004 and retired today. Johnson has served as First Assistant Cape May County Prosecutor since 2012.

“With a quarter century of experience in the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, prosecuting high-profile cases and serving in top supervisory roles, Rob Johnson will be an excellent leader for the office,” said Governor Chris Christie. “We thank Robert Taylor for his 13 years of distinguished leadership as county prosecutor, and we know that Acting Prosecutor Johnson will continue to serve justice and the interests of the people of Cape May County with great skill and dedication.” Continue reading

Sentencing in Attempted Murder Case

September 29, 2017

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Acting Prosecutor Robert W. Johnson announced that Ernest P. Davis, a forty-four year old resident of Lower Township, was sentenced to thirty eight years in New Jersey State Prison for first degree Attempted Murder.

After a one week trial which concluded on June 16, 2017, a Cape May County jury convicted Davis of the Attempted Murder (first degree) and Aggravated Assault (second degree) of thirty-nine year old Dorris Howell. Davis was also convicted of the Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose (second degree) and Hindering his own Prosecution (third degree). Davis shot Ms. Howell with a shotgun aboard the fishing vessel “Storm”, which was docked in Lower Township on October 3, 2015. As a result of the shooting, Ms. Howell’s left foot and partial calf were amputated.

On September 28, the Honorable John C. Porto sentenced Davis to thirty-eight years (38) in New Jersey State Prison on the Attempted Murder charge. Judge Porto also imposed a nine (9) year New Jersey State Prison sentence for Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and four (4) years New Jersey State Prison for Hindering his own Prosecution. These two sentences are to run concurrent to the Attempted Murder sentence. Davis must serve eight-five (85%) of the thirty-eight year sentence (pursuant to the No Early Release Act) before he is eligible for parole. The investigation was conducted by Detectives from the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, New Jersey State Police, and the Lower Township Police Department.

Acting Prosecutor Robert W. Johnson commended all of the law enforcement agencies who investigated this violent crime and Assistant Prosecutor Saverio Carroccia who prosecuted this case resulting in Davis’ substantial prison sentence.

Man Arrested for Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin and Cocaine & for Unlawful Possession of a Weapon

September 7, 2017

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor and North Wildwood Police Chief Matthew Gallagher announce the arrest of Luis G. Hernandez, 31 years old of North Wildwood, NJ.

This arrest was the conclusion of a cooperative investigation between the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force and the North Wildwood Police Department Detective Division.

As a result of this investigation, on September 6, 2017, Hernandez was stopped in a 2000 Subaru in Lower Township for the purpose of executing a Court Authorized search warrant on that vehicle. With the assistance of the Cape May County Regional SWAT Team, a Court authorized search warrant was also executed at his residence in the 500 block of JFK Blvd., in the City of North Wildwood. Continue reading

Arrest for Distribution of Heroin and Cocaine

August 18, 2017

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor and Lower Township Police Chief William Mastriana announce the arrest of Haneef A. Molley, 30 years old of the Erma section of Lower Township, N.J. for distribution of Heroin and Cocaine on August 17, 2017.

This arrest was the conclusion of a cooperative investigation between the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force, the Wildwood Police Department Street Crimes Unit, Lower Township Police Department Detective Division, and the North Wildwood Police Department.

On August 17, 2017, Haneef A. Molley was stopped by the North Wildwood Patrol Division while operating a 2008 gold Cadillac in the City of North Wildwood. At the time of the motor vehicle stop, Phillip C. Atkinson, 38 years old of Wildwood, N.J. and Elizabeth A. Vega, 24 years old of North Cape May, N.J. were passengers in the vehicle. Continue reading

Findings of Medical Examiners Report

August 14, 2017

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor and Middle Township Police Chief Christopher Leusner announce findings by the State of New Jersey, Office of the State Medical Examiners surrounding the unfortunate death of Vincent Weiner, age 13 on June 4, 2017, in Middle Township, New Jersey. The State’s final autopsy report showed Weiner’s death to a direct result of a deadly mixture of heroin mixed with fentanyl.

Fentanyl is an extremely powerful and deadly controlled dangerous substance, which is approximately 100 times more potent than heroin. Fentanyl is legally available as a skin patch, lozenge, pills, a film that dissolves in your mouth, or by intervenes. Most often when used illegally, the substance is converted to a powder form by drug distributors and mixed at an dangerous and uncontrolled level with heroin. Continue reading

Man Arrest on Theft by Deception, Extortion and Burglary Charges

August 7, 2017

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Chief Paul Skill of the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and Stone Harbor Police Chief Thomas Schutta announce the arrest of 51-year-old Thomas Marchetti Jr. of Stone Harbor, New Jersey, for Theft by Deception (Crime of the Second Degree), Extortion (Crime of Second Degree), and Burglary (Crime of the Third Degree).

In April of 2017, an investigation was initiated by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Economic Crimes Unit after a victim came forward who had been scammed out of large sums of money by Marchetti from January of 2016 to June of 2017. Continue reading