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Announcement made in the Conclusion of “Operation Forefathers” a Large Scale Narcotics Investigation

September 12, 2018

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner, Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae and Special Agent in Charge Valerie Nickerson of the Drug Enforcement Administration announce the conclusion of “Operation Forefathers” a large scale narcotics investigation initiated by the Cape May and Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Offices and the DEA.

During the early morning hours of September 11, 2018, SWAT teams from numerous law enforcement agencies executed a total of (16) search warrants in Cape May and Cumberland County which concluded a two month long narcotics investigation into the distribution of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, prescription pills, and marijuana. Continue reading

Prosecutor Sutherland Announces a Hometown Security Seminar being held on September 18, 2018

September 5, 2018

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland announces The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, in collaboration with the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, and Cape May County Chamber of Commerce, Cape May County Office of Emergency Management and Cape May Police Department will host a Hometown Security Seminar on September 18th, between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm, at the Cape May Convention Center, located at 714 Beach Avenue, in Cape May, NJ.

The seminar is a collaborative effort to discuss tools and resources that help strengthen the security and resilience of communities across New Jersey. Topics to be discussed include Suspicious Activity Reporting, Physical Protective Measures and Cyber security Resources for Small Businesses. The seminar is designed to give the Community, Local Businesses and Community Leaders the opportunity to meet and have open discussions with Local, County, State and Federal law Enforcement and Homeland Security organizations about their hometown security concerns. The seminar is free and anyone can attend. To register please visit: http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K68TKGD. (Late registration is available at the door.)
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Indictment for Aggravated Assault and Weapons related charges

August 28, 2018

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland announces the indictiment of Mikea C. Rivers, a 24 year old female from North 10th Street in Philadelphia, PA, for aggravated assault and weapons related charges.

On May 26, 2018 at 8:50 PM, Wildwood Police Officers responded to a “shots fired” call in the area of 3811 Ocean Avenue. Detectives from the Wildwood Police Department and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office conducted an investigation which revealed Rivers and members of her family got into a verbal dispute with another group of individuals at which time Rivers pointed a 9mm handgun at two individuals and fired a round into the air over their heads. Rivers was initially charged by the Wildwood Police Department on May 26, 2018.

On August 28, 2018, a Grand Jury of the Cape May County Superior Court indicted Rivers for the charges of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, a crime of the 2nd degree, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, a crime of the 2nd degree, two counts of Aggravated Assault, crimes of the 2nd degree, and two counts of Aggravated Assault, crimes of the 4th degree. *

Prosecutor Sutherland advises that an individual charged with a 2nd degree crime can be sentenced to 10 – 20 years in New Jersey State Prison and crimes of the 4th degree can carry a sentence of up to 18 months in prison.

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

* Any charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless they are proven guilty.

Indictment for Money Laundering, Theft, and Impersonation

August 21, 2018

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland announces the indictiment of Ling Zhou, a 52 year old female from Cupertino, California for the charges of Money Laundering, Theft, and Impersonation.

In January of 2017, an investigation conducted by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and the Avalon Police Department revealed Zhou was involed in defrauduing the Seaboard Title Company in Avalon, NJ of over $750,000. This crime occurred during an electronic transfer of money during the closing of the sale of a property.

Zhou was initially charged on February 23, 2018 by the Prosecutor’s Office. A Grand Jury of the Cape May County Superior Court indicted Zhou on August 14, 2018 for the charges of Money Laundering, a crime of the first degree, Theft by Deception, a crime of the second degree, and Impersonation, a crime of the second degree. *

Prosecutor Sutherland advises that an individual charged with a first degree crime can be sentenced to 10 – 20 years in New Jersey State Prison and crimes of the second degree can carry a sentence of 5 – 10 years in prison.

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

* Any charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless they are proven guilty.

Man Arrest on Luring Charges

July 27, 2018

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief William Mastriana of the Lower Township Police Department announce the arrest of 56-year old John Deangelis, a resident of the Villas section of Lower Township, New Jersey.

On July 24, 2018, the Lower Township Police Department and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit initiated an investigation after being informed of a video that was circulating on social media. As a result of this investigation, on July 26, 2018, John Deangelis was charged with one (1) count of Luring, a crime of the second degree.Deangelis was processed for the above listed charge and is currently lodged at the Cape May County Correctional Center pending Court proceedings. * Continue reading

Drowning Investigation Continues

July 25, 2018

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Lower Township Police Chief William Mastriana are advising the public of a joint investigation being conducted in the Cape Island Wildlife Management Area, commonly known as Lepores’ Pit in the Erma section of Lower Township.

On Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 4:08PM, the Lower Township Police Department responded to a medical assistance call at the Wildlife Management Area. Upon arrival officers were directed to the bank of a lake on the property where they observed a male, later identified as Victor Zenglin, 34 years old of the Villas section of Lower Township, lying on his back. The victim was unconscious and rescue efforts were attempted but were unsuccessful. Continue reading

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