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Man Sentenced in Robbery and Witness Tampering Case

June 23, 2017

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor announced that on June 23, 2017, Jermaine Mills, thirty-nine years old from the Rio Grande Section of Middle Township, was sentenced to an aggregate of seventeen years in New Jersey State Prison for the crimes of Robbery (First Degree) and two counts of Witness Tampering (Third Degree). Mills was sentenced by the Honorable Judge Donohue of the Cape May County Superior Court. According to Prosecutor Taylor, eighty-five percent of Mills’ seventeen year sentence must be served prior to him being paroled.

On September 21, 2014, Lower Township Police were dispatched to the Villas section of Lower Township for the report of an Armed Robbery. The victim informed police that he was held up at gun point and his property was forcefully taken from him. Jermaine Mills was identified as one of those responsible for the Armed Robbery. Through the course of the investigation it was learned that Jermaine Mills tampered with witnesses in an attempt to have them change their stories.

Prosecutor Taylor recognizes the investigative work by detectives from the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and the Lower Township Police Department along with Assistant Prosecutor Alex Settle which resulted in Mills’ State Prison Sentence.

Man Convicted of Attempted Murder

June 19, 2017

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor announced that on June 16, 2017, a Cape May County jury convicted Ernest P. Davis, a forty-four year old from Lower Township, of the Attempted Murder (first degree) and Aggravated Assault (second degree) of Dorris Howell, 39 years old. Davis was also convicted of the Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose (second degree) and Hindering his own Prosecution (third degree) following a one week trial in Cape May County Superior Court.
On October 3, 2015, Davis shot Ms. Howell with a shotgun while aboard the fishing vessel “Storm”, which was docked in Lower Township at the time. As a result of the shooting, Ms. Howell’s left foot and partial calf were amputated. Continue reading

Prosecutor Taylor Warns Community of a “Virtual Kidnapping” Scam

June 16, 2017

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor is warning residents to beware of a “virtual kidnapping” scam that is making it’s rounds in the County. Taylor reports that over the course of the last few days there have been two separate calls to County residents similar in nature, all of which have been investigated by police and identified as a scam.
This type of scam is initiated when the victims receive a phone call stating that a loved one has been kidnapped and the caller is demanding ransom money, for the safe return of their loved ones. Sometimes the victim can hear screams or voices in the background, which can lead the victims to believe their loved ones are afraid and or being harmed to send the victims into a panic luring them further into the scam. Continue reading

2 People Arrested for Distribution of Methamphetamines

June 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 Kevin Kelly-Pallanta, 28 years old and Jennifer L. Erhart, 39 years old, both residents of North Wildwood.

These arrests were 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 involving the distribution of methamphetamine.

On June 6, 2017, a Court authorized search warrant was executed by the Cape May County Regional SWAT Team at Kelly-Pallanta’s residence in the 200 East block of 22nd Avenue, North Wildwood. Seized as a result of this search warrant was approximately a 1/2 ounce of suspected methamphetamine and a digital scale. Continue reading

Death of 13 year old boy announced

June 6, 2017

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor and Middle Township Police Chief Christopher Leusner sadly announce the death of a 13 year old resident of the Rio Grande section of Middle Township.

On June, 4, 2017 at approximately 10:12 AM, Middle Township Patrol Officers responded to an address in the Rio Grande section of Middle Township where a 13 year old boy, identified as Vincent Weiner, was found dead in his residence. An investigation was immediately initiated by detectives from the Middle Township Police Department Major Crimes Unit, Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and members of the Prosecutor’s Office Crime Scene Unit.

On June 5, 2017 a autopsy was completed by the Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office and the cause and manner of death have been listed as undetermined pending a toxicology report.

Prosecutor Taylor advises that this is on ongoing investigation and this incident continues to be investigated by detectives from the Prosecutor’s Office and the Middle Township Police Department.

Prosecutor Taylor urges anyone who has information concerning Vincent Weiner’s death to contact the 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 text through the Cape May County Sheriff’s Tip Line at cmcsheriff.net and click on the anonymous tip.

Man Arrest for Distribution of Heroin

June 1, 2017

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor announces the arrest of Ziyad Walker (31) a resident of Patterson, NJ for the distribution of heroin.

This arrest was the result of a cooperative investigation between the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns, and Narcotics Task Force, the Middle Township and Wildwood Police Departments’ Street Crimes Units, Lower Township Police Detective Bureau and the New Jersey State Police, Gangs and Organized Crime South Unit.

This six-month long investigation was initiated after information was learned that Walker was transporting large amounts of heroin from Patterson, NJ and distributing the heroin throughout Cape May County. On May 31, 2017, Walker was arrested and Court authorized search warrants were executed in the 100 East block of Roberts Avenue, Wildwood and Mimosa Drive, Rio Grande. Continue reading

Ramos Convicted in Large-scale Narcotics Case, “Operation White House”

May 23, 2017

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor announced that on May 23, 2017, a Cape May County jury convicted Hector Ramos, 45 of Wildwood, New Jersey, of Possession with the intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance, specifically heroin in excess of 5 ounces, a first degree crime and Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance, specifically heroin in excess of 5 ounces, a second degree crime, following a three week trial.

Prosecutor Taylor advised that in April of 2014, the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force infiltrated a multi-jurisdictional drug distribution network involving Hector Ramos identified as “Operation White House.” As a result of this operation, numerous search warrants were executed in Cape May and Cumberland County resulting in the seizure of a large cache of heroin. Through hard work and collaboration of various law enforcement entities, Ramos was arrested and this drug distribution operation was able to be safely disbanded without these drugs flooding our streets. Continue reading

Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Presents LCMR High School TV Media with Award

May 23, 2017

Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Presents LCMR High School TV Media with Award

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor recognized the Lower Cape May Regional School District for their continuing efforts providing students and community members with valuable information regarding various troubling issues affecting our County as well as the State. Prosecutor Taylor added some of these issues included drug abuse and addiction to deadly drugs such as heroin and other drugs as well as cyberbullying, and sexting.

Prosecutor Taylor and members of his staff met Christopher Kobik, Superintendent of Schools, Lawrence Ziemba, High School Principal, Gina Bronson, TV Media Teacher along with several students who participate in the TV Media Class as part of their daily studies. Prosecutor Taylor awarded the school district with a plaque etched with a message of thanks on behalf of the Prosecutor’s Office. Continue reading

Prosecutor Taylor announces the successful completion of Cape May County’s first Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training

May 8, 2017

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor announces the successful completion of Cape May County’s first Crisis Intervention Team Training (CIT). This training was put on in collaboration with the Cape May County Chiefs of Police Association, Cape Counseling Services, and staffed by professionals from the Mental Health field. The training was conducted May 1, 2017, through May 5, 2017 and was comprised of (22) Law Enforcement Officers from municipalities within the County as well as (8) other professionals from local agencies including; Cape Counseling, Cape Assist, Social Services and the Division of Child Protection and Permanency.

Cape May County is now one of several other counties within the State committed to strengthening the partnership of County based professionals working together towards a goal of improving local law enforcements system of responding to persons in the field experiencing a psychiatric crisis who may come into contact with law enforcement first responders. Continue reading

Man Arrested and Charged with Sexual Assault, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Luring and several other charges

May 8, 2017

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor and Ocean City Police Chief Chad Callahan announce the arrest of 23-year-old Patrick Hartman of McDougall Terrace, Millville, New Jersey.

On March 31, 2017, the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, High Technology Crimes Unit, along with the Ocean City Police Department initiated an Endangering the Welfare of a Child investigation involving a juvenile victim. As a result of this investigation, on May 4, 2017, a Court Authorized Search Warrant was executed at Hartman’s residence in Millville, New Jersey. Seized as a result of the search warrant were several electronic items and photographs.

As a result of this investigation, Patrick Hartman was arrested in Ocean City, NJ on May 4, 2017, Continue reading