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Fatal Accident

June 23, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief Jay Prettyman of the Ocean City Police Department announce the joint investigation into a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred at the intersection of 9th Street and Bay Avenue, Ocean City.

On June 22, 2021, at approximately 6:10pm, Ocean City Police Patrol Units and EMS responded to the intersection of 9th Street and Bay Avenue for the report of a serious motor vehicle crash. Continue reading

Cape May Councilman Christopher Bezaire Arrested for Cyber Harassment, Invasion of Privacy

June 16, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief Paul Skill of the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office announce the arrest of Christopher Bezaire, a 43 year old resident of Cape May.

Since May 2021, detectives from the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office with the assistance of detectives from the Middle Township Police Department, have been conducting an investigation into allegations of cyber harassment allegedly committed by Bezaire involving a former girlfriend.

On the afternoon of June 16, 2021, Bezaire, who is a Realtor and a Councilman in the City of Cape May, was taken into custody without incident and Court authorized search warrants were executed at his residence in the 200 block of Windsor Avenue and his place of employment in the 500 block of Washington Street, Cape May.

As a result of this investigation, Bezaire was charged with Invasion of Privacy, a crime of the third degree; Cyber Harassment, a crime of the fourth degree; Stalking, a crime of the fourth degree; and Contempt of Court, a crime of the fourth degree.* Bezaire was processed and lodged in the Cape May County Correctional Facility pending Court proceedings.

According to Prosecutor Sutherland, individuals convicted of third degree crimes can receive a sentence of three to five years in New Jersey State Prison and fourth degree crimes can carry a sentence of up to eighteen months in State Prison.

Prosecutor Sutherland urges anyone who has any information relating to this investigation to contact the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, High Technology Crimes Unit at 609-465-1135, or report it anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriff’s Tip Line at cmcsheriff.net or through the Cape May County Crime Stoppers, 609-889-3597.

* Any charges are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless he is proven guilty.

Couple Charged After Child Abuse Investigation

June 6, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief Christopher Leusner of the Middle Township Police Department announce the arrest of 42 year old Dante Norton and 37 year old Andria Norton, both residents of Middle Township, New Jersey.

On May 26, 2021, Dante Norton and Andria Norton were each charged with one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a crime of the second degree; one count of Aggravated Assault, a crime of the second degree; one count of Aggravated Assault, a crime of the third degree; and one count of Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, a crime of the third degree. * The charges were a result of an investigation conducted by the Middle Township Police Department and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit involving the abuse of a juvenile victim. Dante Norton and Andria Norton were processed on the above listed charges and were lodged at the Cape May County Correctional Center. Continue reading

Conclusion of Large Scale Narcotics Investigation “Yo-Yo”

May 28, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland, and Special Agent in Charge Susan A. Gibson of the Drug Enforcement Administration announce the conclusion of “Operation Yo-Yo” a large scale narcotics investigation initiated by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force and the DEA.

On May 20, 2021, the Cape May County, Gangs Guns and Narcotics Task Force with the assistance of the Cape May County Regional SWAT team executed a total of (4) search warrants in Cape May County, which concluded a long-term narcotics investigation into the distribution of cocaine. Continue reading

Arrest for Filing False Police Report

May 4, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – On Tuesday, May 04, 2021, Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Middle Township Police Chief Christopher Leusner announced the arrest of Daniel DeSimone (45) of Rio Grande, for filing a false police report, a crime of the fourth degree.

On December 09, 2020, Daniel DeSimone, an official with the Rio Grande Fire Prevention and Inspection Bureau, reported a hit and run motor vehicle crash involving a 2019 Chevy Tahoe, owned by the Rio Grande Fire Commission. An investigation was conducted by the Middle Township Police Department’s Patrol Division, Major Crimes Unit, and the Cape May County Prosecutors Office.

As a result of the investigation, it was determined the motor vehicle crash was falsely reported and the crash actually occurred on December 08, 2020, during a meeting at the Rio Grande Fire Department. It is alleged the crash was not initially reported to police, but DeSimone parked the vehicle in the parking lot and reported a hit and run accident, the following day, knowing this information to be false.

According to Prosecutor Sutherland, an individual convicted of a fourth-degree crime can be sentenced up to 18 months in New Jersey State Prison.

*Any charges are merely accusations, and the defendant is considered innocent until and unless he is proven guilty.

Ocean City Police Sergeant Charged With Sexual Assault

April 7, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief Paul Skill of the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office announce the arrest of 50-year old Tyrone Rolls, a resident of Marmora, New Jersey for sexual assault charges. Rolls is currently employed by the Ocean City Police Department as a Police Sergeant.

On April 7, 2021, Tyrone Rolls turned himself into the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office where he was charged with one count of Aggravated Sexual Assault, a crime of the first degree; one count of Sexual Assault, a crime of the second degree; two separate counts of Official Misconduct, crimes of the second degree; one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a crime of the second degree; and one count of Aggravated Assault of a Domestic Violence Victim, a crime of the third degree. * Continue reading

Tragic Death Investigation of 3 Year Old Female

April 5, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief William Priole of the Lower Township Police Department announce the ongoing death investigation of a 3 year old female in the Erma section of Lower Township.

At 9:27 pm on the night of April 3, 2021, the Lower Township Police Department received a 911 call for medical assistance and responded to Sun Outdoors Campground located in the 600 block of Route 9 in Erma. Upon arrival, Officers found an unresponsive 3 year old female who had been pulled out of a sewage septic tank after accidently falling in. The female was immediately transported to the Cape Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead later that evening. Detectives from the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and the Lower Township Police Department responded to the scene and immediately initiated an investigation into this child’s death.

On the morning of April 4, 2021, the Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy on the 3 year old and the cause and manner of death are pending the final autopsy report.

The preliminary investigation has not revealed any signs of foul play at the time of this press release. Prosecutor Sutherland stated this tragic incident is still under investigation but appears to be an accident at this time.

Former Ocean City High School Teacher Arrested on Sexual Assault Charges

March 1, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief Jay Prettyman of the Ocean City Police Department announce the arrest of 34 year old Ricardo Valle, a resident of Seabrook, Texas, on sexual assault charges.

On February 27, 2021, Valle was charged with two (2) counts Sexual Assault, a crime of the second degree; one (1) count of Official Misconduct, a crime of the second degree; one (1) count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a crime of the second degree; and one (1) count of Criminal Sexual Contact, a crime of the fourth degree. Continue reading

New York Man Sentenced to 11 Years for Sexual Assault and Witness Tampering

February 22, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland announced on Friday, February 19, 2021, Jerry Shields, a 32 year old male from Port Jefferson, New York, was sentenced to 11 years in New Jersey State Prison by the Honorable Bernard E. DeLury, Jr., Presiding Judge of the Criminal Part.

This sentence was related to the July 13, 2018, sexual assault that occurred in Avalon, New Jersey and the joint investigation that was conducted by detectives from the Avalon Police Department and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office. Continue reading

Shooting Investigation in Whitesboro

February 18, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Middle Township Police Chief Christopher Leusner request the public’s assistance in identifying two vehicles involved in a shooting in the Whitesboro section of Middle Township on the evening of February 15, 2021.

At 7:09 pm, on February 15, 2021, Middle Township Police received a report of a shooting near the intersection of West Main Street and Reading Avenue in Whitesboro. Patrol officers responded to the scene along with Detectives from the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and the Middle Township Police Department and initiated an investigation. It was determined that two vehicles of unknown descriptions were involved in the shooting and then fled the area. Numerous shell casings were found in the area and fortunately no one was injured as a result of this incident.

Prosecutor Sutherland and Chief Leusner urge anyone who may have seen this incident occur or who may have information identifying the vehicles or individuals involved in this shooting to please contact the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465- 1135, or the Middle Township Police Department at 609-465-8700, or text TIP
MTPDTIPS followed by your message to 888777 or through the Cape May County Crime Stoppers at 609-889-3597.