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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

45 Years State Prison for Man in Connection with Large-Scale Narcotics Investigation “Operation White House”

August 2, 2017

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor announces that on August 1, 2017, Hector Ramos of Middle Township, NJ was sentenced to forty five (45) years in State Prison by the Honorable John C. Porto, JSC.

This sentence was in connection with the “Operation White House,” a large-scale narcotics investigation initiated in April of 2014 by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force. Additionally involved in the investigation was the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and numerous municipal police departments throughout Cape May County. From this investigation, it was learned that Ramos was involved in a large drug distribution network operating within Cape May and Cumberland Counties. This network was also found to have a direct connection to a drug Cartel operating within Mexico.

As a result of this investigation a total of seventeen kilograms of heroin was seized. The potential street value of the heroin was approximately 15 million dollars and the equivalent to approximately 750,000 individual baggies of heroin. Also seized for forfeiture was approximately $225,000 of U.S Currency, and numerous vehicles which were the direct proceeds of the drug distribution activity in Cape May and Cumberland Counties.

Prosecutor Taylor stated that his office will continue to work hand in hand with the local municipalities, other Counties, State and Federal Agencies to target anyone associated with drug distribution and the sale of illegal controlled dangerous substances.

Prosecutor Taylor continues to urge the citizens of Cape May County to report any information regarding illegal drug activity and or any criminal activity within community and that this information can be reported anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriffs Tip Line at cmcsheriff.net and click on anonymous tip, or through the Cape May County Crime Stoppers at 609-465-2800 or 877-465-2801, and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135

Sentencing in Fraudulent Construction Case

July 28, 2017

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor announced that on July 27, 2017, Kevin Crafton was sentenced to an aggregate of seven years in New Jersey State Prison and an aggregate of $500,000.00 restitution related to two separate contractor fraud cases investigated by the Detectives from the Prosecutor’s Office.

In May of 2014 and again in May of 2015, Detectives from the Prosecutor’s Office received complaints regarding fraudulent construction work being done by Kevin Crafton who was doing business as All City Construction. In June of 2016, Crafton was arrested and charged with theft and forgery which he later jumped bail on. Continue reading

Hazardous Material Investigation

July 27, 2017

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor and Middle Township Police Chief Christopher Leusner announce police are currently investigating a hazardous materials scene in the 600 block of Dias Creek Road in Middle Township.

At approximately 4:06 AM, Middle Township Patrol Officers and Middle Township EMS were called to a residence on Dias Creek Road for a report of medical assistance. Upon arriving they found Sarah Louthe, 26 years old, who had a non life threatening chemical burn. Continue reading

Man Arrest for Distribution of Heroin

July 24, 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 Edgardo J. Torrado, 31 years old from the Villas section of Lower Township N.J., for the distribution of a Heroin on July 19, 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 Lower Township Police Department Detective Division.

Edgardo J. Torrado was arrested on July 19, 2017, during the execution of Court authorized search warrants at his residence on Virginia Avenue, Villas NJ and a vehicle belonging to Torrado. Seized during this investigation were five hundred and sixty bags of suspected heroin. Continue reading