August 3, 2020
Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief Anthony Marino of the Cape May Police Department announce a joint investigation into the death of an Erma man whose body was discovered in the surf in the area of Philadelphia Avenue in the City of Cape May.
On August 2, 2020 at 8:44 PM, the Cape May Police Department received a call of an unresponsive person in the water in the area of Jefferson Street and the beach. Patrol units immediately responded and conducted a search of the area but were unsuccessful in locating the unresponsive male. Detectives from the Cape May Police Department and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. Continue reading
July 13, 2020
The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office is conducting a preliminary investigation regarding a police incident in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 12, between 3:00 and 3:30am on the 3700 Block of Pacific Avenue in the City of Wildwood. The object of the preliminary investigation is to determine whether the actions of the arresting officer or officers potentially violated NJS 2C:3-7, Use of Justifiable Force to effect an arrest, or any other related criminal statutes. We are asking that any member of the general public who has video or photographic footage of the events please contact the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Professional Standards Unit at (609) 465-1135.
July 2, 2020
Press Release – July 4th Holiday – Statement by Chief Paul S. Skill, President of the Cape May County Chiefs of Police Association
The July Fourth holiday is always an exciting time, especially here in Cape May County. With the unfortunate COVID-19 limitations placed on businesses and events because of the danger of getting infected or infecting our fellow residents and visitors, the crowds of people may have fewer places to go to, or the locations may have much more limited capacities. Governor Murphy recently rescinding the opening of indoor restaurants primarily out of concern for recent COVID outbreaks in other states and because of scenes this past weekend of overcrowded outdoor bars and outdoor restaurants in New Jersey. The Governor did so because it has been determined that most of the spike in infections in other states came as a result of the opening of indoor restaurants and bars. No one wants to see the situation in New Jersey get to the point where the Governor orders the closure of outdoor dining or possibly other activities. Continue reading
July 1, 2020
Press Release – July 4th Holiday – Statement by County Prosecutor, Jeffrey H. Sutherland
The week surrounding July 4th is one of the busiest weeks in Cape May County. Unfortunately, Governor Murphy revised Executive Order 157 and issued Executive Order 158 rescinding the opening of indoor restaurants primarily out of concern for recent COVID outbreaks related to indoor activities in other states that had previously allowed the opening of indoor restaurants and bars and because of scenes this past weekend of overcrowded outdoor bars and restaurants in New Jersey.
Outdoor restaurants and bars are allowed to remain open, subject to strict social distancing guidelines. It is important that all restaurant and bar owners and operators adhere to the Executive Order guidelines and make sure that their patrons comply. Continue reading
May 20, 2020
Press Release – Statement by County Prosecutor, Jeffrey H. Sutherland
Every Memorial Day Weekend, Cape May County is prepared to see a large influx of people coming to kick-off the summer season and enjoy the many attractions in our area. It is an important time for our business community to expand or begin operations and prepare for the summer season. With many of the COVID-19 restrictions continuing, it is a confusing time for business owners and patrons, especially if the business is opening for the season and has not already dealt with the restrictions. Continue reading
April 18, 2020
Cape May Courthouse, New Jersey, Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland wants to clarify the current Covid-19 Executive Order 107 restrictions regarding campgrounds.
Pursuant to Executive Order 107 paragraph 9, all Campgrounds are closed – with the following exceptions:
1. People who have year-round residential leases and use the campground address as their permanent residence; or
2. Campgrounds where the people own their campsite and have a deed for the site (typically a condo form of ownership)- however it can only be occupied by the owner and/or their immediate family.
Any campsites that are allowed to be used are subject to Cape May County Resolutions 250-20 and 256-20 which ban short term, transient and seasonal rentals. Therefore if any campsites qualify under exceptions 1 or 2 above, they cannot be used for short term, transient or seasonal rentals.
Mobile Home parks where people have yearly leases are not campgrounds and therefore are not subject to any restrictions under EO 107; however they are subject to the short term, transient and seasonal rental ban under County Resolutions 250-20 and 256-20.
County Prosecutor Sutherland understands that there can be confusion and stress caused by these temporary restrictions that result from the COVID-19 pandemic, which leads to calls to local law enforcement. This can result in law enforcement responding to unnecessary calls. Each time a law enforcement office has to go on a call it opens him or her up to being exposed to COVID-19. Prosecutor Sutherland stated; “I understand that we are all living under stressful and confusing times and having a myriad of temporary restrictions can add to that confusion. I ask that everyone recognize that the overall purpose of the COVID-19 restrictions is to prevent the spread of the virus and hopefully allow us to be open for business and return to a more normal everyday lifestyle sooner. Although due to certain exceptions people from out of this area may be able to come to and use their properties, that is no reason to personally attack them; and in return we ask that they respect the purpose of the restrictions and if they come to our area that they shelter in place as much as possible.”
April 15, 2020
Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Lower Township Police Chief William Mastriana announce the ongoing investigation into the death of Caroline Warsinski, a 31 year old female, from Lower Township.
On April 9, 2020, Warsinski was reported missing to the Lower Township Police Department. The Lower Township Police Detective Bureau and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit immediately initiated an investigation into the circumstances of the missing person report. Continue reading
April 9, 2020
The Cape May County Chiefs of Police Association acknowledges and is thankful for the efforts of members of the community attempting to show support for front line employees at Cape Regional Medical Center. “We know that the efforts of the front line employees are tireless and they know that they do not go unnoticed. However, it is imperative during this State of Emergency that we continue to steadfastly practice SOCIAL DISTANCING,” stated Chief Paul Skill, President of the Cape May County Chiefs of Police Association. As such, the Association, in conjunction with Cape Regional Medical Center, is thanking members of the public for wanting to show support by planning “in car” gatherings in the parking lot of the Hospital; however, we are urging everyone to please refrain from organizing, supporting and attending such “gatherings”. Continue reading
April 1, 2020
The Cape May County Chiefs of Police Association is happy to show support for our local healthcare workers who are on the frontline to protect and take care of all of us in Cape May County. On Monday, March 30, 2020 the Association donated over 100 lunches to the doctors, nurses and staff of the Cape Regional Medical Center and the area’s Urgent Care Centers. The lunches were purchased by the Association at local eateries: Hugit’s Steak and Things, Crest Tavern, Claudio’s Pizza Kitchen and the Dog Tooth Bar & Grill. We chose to use local eateries to feed our local health professionals to support the restaurants who as a result of the needed COVID-19 restrictions, have limited hours and take-out and delivery only. We ask any other organizations who may be able to provide similar support to healthcare workers on the frontline to please do so. We in the law enforcement community also have to face the Coronavirus head-on to do our job to protect and serve the public. It gives our officers and their families peace of mind to know that if they are stricken with the virus there are people to care for them. The Association will continue supporting all First Responders as well other local eateries by donating additional lunches throughout the month of April.
From Left: Middle Township Police Chief Christopher Leusner, who also serves as the President of the New Jersey State Chiefs Association; Claudio Pawlus from Claudio’s Pizza Kitchen in Cape May Court House; Director Thomas DePaul of the Cape May County Police Academy; Bob Williams from Hugit’s Steaks and Things in Cape May Court House; and Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives Paul Skill, who also serves as President of the Cape May County Chiefs Association.