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Prosecutor Advises Public of a Recent Fraudulent Check Scam

July 20, 2018

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland would like to advise the public of a recent Fraudulent Check Scam impacting the Cape May County area.

During the month of July, Detectives from the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, as well as members of multiple municipal police departments throughout the county, have received complaints of fraudulent checks attempting to be cashed from legitimate business accounts. Multiple vendors have received fraudulent checks from unknown individuals in an attempt to purchase items they are selling. These checks are written for a sum larger than the amount requested for the item and tend to be written from a large business or municipal accounts.

Prosecutor Sutherland would like to warn the public to practice extreme caution when conducting all business transactions. He would also suggest businesses in the area routinely check their operating accounts for any transactions which appear to be fraudulent. Furthermore, he would like to warn vendors to practice caution when receiving checks from sources who would not normally purchase an item they are selling.

Prosecutor Sutherland urges anyone who has information concerning this investigation or any illegal activity within the community to contact the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office 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, 609-465-2800.

Cancellation

July 19, 2018

Cape May Court House, NJ – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief Robert Regalbuto of the Wildwood Police Department regretfully announce the cancellation of the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Community Outreach Unit’s mobile vehicle, “HopeOne – Cape May County” visit scheduled for Tuesday, July 24, 2018.

The Hope One Mobile Outreach vehicle was scheduled to set up from 10AM to 2PM on the boardwalk at Schellenger Avenue in Wildwood, New Jersey, however due to unforeseen circumstances will not be able to provide services this day.

HopeOne’s mission is to bring addiction services to persons in need. HopeOne provides people immediate access to services and treatment facilities and training for Naloxone (referred to as Narcan) administered on site by (ARCH) nurses employed by the South Jersey Aids Alliance. A future date will be released as soon as possible to provide services at this location in Wildwood as well as several other locations within Cape May County. Prosecutor Sutherland, Chief Regalbuto and the entire staff of HopeOne apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to helping families safe guard their loved ones from the tragedy associated with drug addiction and help persons suffering from addiction begin the journey of positive change in their lives.

Investigation Continues

July 5, 2018

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Sea Isle City Police Chief Thomas McQuillen are advising the public of a joint investigation being conducted in the 5100 Block of Landis Avenue in Sea Isle City, NJ.

On Wednesday, July 4, 2018, at approximately 4:40 PM, officers from the Sea Isle City Police Department responded to the rear of a residence located in the 5100 block of Landis Avenue for the report of a deceased male. Upon arrival, officers found an unidentified white male in his late 40’s to early 50’s in an area between two fences at the back of a residence.

An investigation was immediately initiated by Detectives from the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and the Sea Isle City Police Department with the assistance of the Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.

Earlier this morning, an autopsy was conducted by the Southern Regional Medical Examiner. The deceased was positively identified as Charles C. Staropoli, 52 years old, from Avondale, PA. According to the Medical Examiner, the preliminary autopsy report indicates there were no signs of foul play and the cause and manner of death have been listed as “pending toxicology” results.

At this time, Prosecutor Sutherland and Chief McQuillen want to assure the public that there is no reason to be alarmed of any danger in the surrounding area of the incident and as more details evolve further information will be released to the public.

Prosecutor Sutherland stated this is an ongoing investigation urges anyone who has information concerning this case to contact the Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135, or the Sea Isle City Police Department at 609-263-4311 or text anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriff’s Tip Line at cmcsheriff.net and click on the anonymous tip.

July 3, 2018 HopeOne will be in Rio Grande, NJ

June 29, 2018

Cape May Court House, NJ – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland announces that last weeks rollout of the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Mobile Community Outreach Vehicle, “HopeOne – Cape May County,” was a huge success for the community.

Prosecutor Sutherland stated this success was a direct result of the collaborative efforts of all the agencies who worked together on this important endeavor which included: Continue reading

Prosecutor Sutherland Invites the Public to Attend a Community Presentation Detailing the Opioid Epidemic

June 28, 2018

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland announces an invitation to the public to attend a community presentation detailing the Opioid epidemic that is affecting Cape May County, the State, and the entire Country. This will be a joint presentation by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, and the Division of Criminal Justice. The presentation will be open to the public on July 12, 2018, and run from 6PM to 8PM. As part of the presentation, Access to Reproductive Care and HIV Services (ARCH) Nurses will conduct opioid overdose prevention training to anyone wishing to participate. Continue reading

Pilot Arrested

June 27, 2018

Cape May Court House, NJ – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Cape May City Police Chief Anthony Marino announce the arrest of James P. Dahlen, Jr. the 51 year old pilot
who landed a plane on the beach of the US Coast Guard Training Center Cape May.

On Sunday June 24, 2018 at 7:52 PM, a plane owned by Paramount Air Service landed on the beach of the Coast Guard Base and the pilot, later identified as James Dahlen of the 300 block of Route 47 South in Cape May Court House, fled the scene. Dahlen was unable to be located and Cape May Police issued a warrant for his arrest. Continue reading

Arrest Made for Distribution of Narcotics

June 27, 2018

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Acting Chief, Captain John J. Prettyman announce the arrest of William Baker (age 18) of Ocean City for the distribution of Hashish on June 22, 2018.

This three month investigation was conducted by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force (GGNTF) along with the Ocean City Police Department’s Detective Division and involved allegations that Baker was selling eatable items throughout Cape May County that allegedly contained marijuana. Continue reading

2 Arrested for Distribution of Methamphetamine and Heroin

June 25, 2018

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland announces the arrest of Jacob Obrikin (age 36), and Amy Genre (age 39) both of the Ocean View section of Upper Township, for the distribution of Methamphetamine and Heroin on June 19, 2018.

These arrests were the conclusion of an investigation by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force (GGNTF) into the distribution of Methamphetamine and Heroin throughout Cape May County. Continue reading

Investigation Continues

June 22, 2018

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Middle Township Police Chief Christopher Leusner are advising the public of a joint investigation being conducted on North 10th Street in the Del Haven section of Middle Township, New Jersey.

On Thursday, June 21, 2018, at approximately 11:06 PM, members of the Middle Township Police Department responded to a residence located on North 10th Street for a report of a male suffering from a gunshot wound. Upon arrival officers discovered a male suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg and the victim was subsequently transported to Atlantic City Medical Center where he is listed in stable condition. Continue reading

Arrest Made for Distribution of Narcotics

June 13, 2018

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Lower Township Police Chief William Mastriana announce the arrest of Kenneth Torelli (age 33), of the North Cape May section of Lower Township, for the distribution of Marijuana on June 12, 2018.

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 into the distribution of marijuana in both the North Cape May and the Erma sections of Lower Township. Continue reading