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Sentence on 1st Degree Drug Induced Death Charges

January 13, 2020

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland announced the sentencing of Lauren M. Dorff, 32 years old of Villas, New Jersey on first degree Drug Induced Death Charges.

On January 9, 2020, Dorff was sentenced in Atlantic County Superior Court to eight years in New Jersey State Prison for the drug induced death of Eric Nolan which occurred on July 21, 2018. Dorff is subject to the No Early Release Act. Continue reading

Man Arrested on Weapon Charges

January 10, 2020

Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Cape May City Police Chief Anthony Marino announce the arrest of Dustin A. Peters, 25 of Wilmington, North Carolina for Possession of Assault Firearms, Unlawful Possession of Handgun, Possession of Hollow Point Ammunition, high capacity magazines and other weapon related charges.

The investigation is a joint effort of the Cape May Police Department, Coast Guard Police Department, Coast Guard Investigative Services, Cape May County Prosecutors Office, and Federal Bureau of Investigation Joint Terrorism Task Force. Continue reading

Military Veterans and Family Resource Fair

January 9, 2020

Cape May County Prosecutor, Jeffrey Sutherland announced that his office will hold a Military Veterans and Family Resource Fair on Friday, January 31, at the Wildwoods Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ. The FREE to the public at-large event will highlight national, statewide and local resources for Cape May County veterans and their families. This is part of the New Jersey Attorney General’s 21 Counties / 21st Century Community Policing Project.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. with networking and a veterans’ resource fair. At 10:30 a.m., Prosecutor Sutherland will welcome attendees and touch on local veterans’ issues in the legal system. He will be joined by Vince Kane, Director of Wilmington VA Medical Center and a representative from the Office of the Attorney General-State of New Jersey, followed by remarks from Lt. Joseph Landis Director of Community Outreach for the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office. Adding distinction to this event will be five Quilts of Valor Presentations. Continue reading

Sentencing Announced for Drug Induced Death Case

December 23, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland announced the sentencing of Christopher R. Small, a 41 year old male from Millville, NJ, who was sentenced on Friday December 20, 2019, to 25 years in New Jersey State Prison by the Honorable Judge Gibson, JSC.

This sentence was related to a October 3, 2018, drug induced death investigation of the victim, Kevin MacFarlane, a 54 year old male from Avalon, NJ, initiated by Troopers and Detectives from the New Jersey State Police Woodbine Barracks. Continue reading

Individual Arrested for Sexual Assault and Witness Tampering

November 27, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland along with Chief Jeffrey Christopher of the Avalon Police Department announce the Grand Jury indictment of 31-year old Jerry Shields on Sexual Assault and Witness Tampering charges.

On November 26, 2019, Jerry Shields was indicted by a Cape May County Grand Jury for one count Sexual Assault, a crime of the 2nd degree; two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a crime of the 3rd degree; one count Witness Tampering, a crime of the 1st degree; one count of Contempt, a crime of the 4th degree; and one count of Terroristic Threats, a crime of the 3rd degree. Continue reading

Individual Arrested for CDS Distribution

November 27, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief of Detectives Paul Skill announce the arrest of Ernest P. McCarraher Jr, a 25 year old resident of South Seaville, N.J., on first degree drug charges.

McCarraher was arrested on the morning of November 12, 2019 during the execution of a Court authorized search warrant at his residence located in the 100 Block of Corson Tavern Road, South Seville, N.J. This search warrant was executed by the New Jersey State Police T.E.A.M.S. Unit and was the result of an investigation conducted by the Prosecutor’s Office Gang’s, Guns, and Narcotics Task Force into McCarraher for selling marijuana from his residence and other locations within Cape May County. Seized as a result of this search warrant were over thirty pounds of marijuana, marijuana edibles, extracted cannabis oils and paraphernalia consistent with the manufacturing of Controlled Dangerous Substances for distribution. Also seized was a loaded 9mm handgun and a total of $43,656.00 in U.S. Currency.

McCarraher was charged with Possession with the Intent to Distribute Marijuana, First Degree; Possession of a Firearm During a C.D.S. Distribution Offense, Second Degree; Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Second Degree; Money Laundering, Third Degree; Possession of more than 50 Grams of Marijuana, Fourth Degree; and Possession with the Intent to Distribute Drug Paraphernalia, Fourth Degree. McCarraher was subsequently lodged at the Cape May County Correctional Center, pending Court proceedings as per Bail Reform. *

Also present at the residence at the time of the search warrant was a 21 year old female who was not charged, and an eight year old juvenile.

Prosecutor Sutherland advises that persons convicted of a first degree crime are subject to a term of imprisonment of 15 to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison. Prosecutor Sutherland stated his office will continue to work hand in hand with the local municipalities to target anyone selling illegal controlled dangerous substances.

Prosecutor Sutherland continues to urge the citizens of Cape May County to report any information regarding illegal drug activity or any criminal activity within community and 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, or the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135.

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

Individual Arrested for Narcotics Distribution

November 26, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland, and Lower Township Police Chief William Mastriana announce the arrest of Jennifer R. Pagano, a 48 year old resident of Seagrove Avenue in Lower Township, N.J. on drug possession and distribution charges.

On November 8, 2019, detectives from the Cape May County Prosecutors Office Gangs, Gun’s and Narcotics Task Force and the Lower Township Police Department concluded a two month long investigation into the distribution of illegal narcotics by Pagano in Cape May County. Continue reading

Arrest Made in Homicide Investigation

November 25, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and New Jersey State Police Colonel Patrick J. Callahan announce the arrest of Josephine A. Scheid on first degree murder charges.

In December of 2018 the New Jersey State Police Homicide South Unit received information regarding the suspicious death of Gabrielle Michaelis, a 59 year old resident of Bellplain, New Jersey who died on October 31, 2018. A joint investigation was then conducted by Major Crimes Detectives from the New Jersey State Police Homicide South Unit and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office. Continue reading

Arrest Made in Sexual Assault Investigation

November 22, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Lower Township Police Chief William Mastriana announce the arrest Albert M. McCarraher, a 19 year old resident of Bayshore Road in North Cape May, N.J. on sexual assault charges.

On November 4, 2019, the Lower Township Police Department was alerted to a 14 year old female victim who stated she had been sexually assault by McCarraher during the first week of November. Detectives from the Lower Township Police Department and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit immediately initiated an investigation.

During the course of this investigation, two other juvenile female victims provided statements that they were sexually assaulted by McCarraher. A 14 year old victim stated she was sexually assaulted in October 2019 and an 11 year old victim said she was also sexually assaulted during the first week of November.  All three victims were acquaintances of McCarraher. Continue reading

Prosecutor Sutherland And Chief Skill Warn Residents To Be Careful This Halloween And Check Your Children’s Candy

October 28, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief of County Detectives Paul S. Skill warn the residents of Cape May County to be cautious with suspicious or unfamiliar looking candy and other edible items during the Halloween season.

On Friday October 25, 2019, a bag of suspected heroin was found in a child’s bag of candy that was collected from a Trunk or Treat event held in the Rio Grande Section of Middle Township. According to Prosecutor Sutherland, this was one isolated incident but the laboratory analysis indicated the substance inside the bag tested positive for heroin. Continue reading