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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

Guilty Verdict in Drug Induced Death Case

October 15, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland announces a guilty verdict in the trial of Christopher R. Small and Christopher M. Verity regarding the drug induced death of Kevin MacFarlane.

The jury verdict was received on Friday October 11, 2019 after a three week long trial in front of the Honorable Christopher Gibson in the Cape May County Superior Court.

On October 3, 2018, the body of Kevin MacFarlane was discovered and a homicide investigation was conducted by Detectives from the New Jersey State Police and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office.  The investigation revealed MacFarlane, a resident of Avalon, died as a result of a drug overdose which then lead to the arrest of Small and Verity. Continue reading

Prosecutor Sutherland announces the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office has received the Operation Helping Hand Grant from the State of New Jersey

September 3, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland announces the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office has received the Operation Helping Hand Grant from the State of New Jersey.

According to Prosecutor Sutherland, on August 13, 2019, Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders adopted Resolution 587-19 accepting a Grant Award from the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety and the Office of the New Jersey Coordinator for Addiction Responses and Enforcement Strategies (“NJ CARES”). The grant was created to address the opioid crisis affecting residents of New Jersey. Attorney General Grewal initiated the Grant last year as part of his “Operation Helping Hand” program to combat opioid addiction. Continue reading

Unsubstantiated Threat

August 16, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Middle Township Police Chief Christopher Leusner announce an unsubstantiated threat involving Wal-mart stores that has been circulating on Facebook accounts across the Country. This threat is baseless and there is no reason for public alarm.

According to Prosecutor Sutherland, a resident of Middle Township received a message on Facebook from an unknown individual which mentioned a possible shooting may occur at Wal-mart over the weekend. There were no additional details in this message nor did the message mention a specific Wal-mart store or area.

Detectives from the Middle Township Police Department and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office immediately initiated an investigation which revealed the same message had been sent to Facebook accounts in Texas and Washington State.

Prosecutor Sutherland wanted to reiterate there is no known threat to the Wal-mart Store in Rio Grande and that the message circulating on Facebook and has no factual basis and there is no reason for alarm.

Prosecutor Sutherland continues to urge the citizens of Cape May County to report any suspicious activity to your local police department. Information can also 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 the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135.

No Charges Will Be Filed As A Result Of A Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident

August 12, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland announces no criminal charges will be filed as a result of a fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred in Ocean City, NJ on Memorial Day weekend.

On My 24, 2019, at approximately 5:34 PM, Ocean City Police responded to a motor vehicle verse pedestrian accident in the area of 8th and Bay Avenue. A white 2015 Jeep Cherokee struck two pedestrians in the crosswalk and one of the pedestrians, Thomas F. Gibbons, Jr. from Lansdale, PA later died in the hospital as a result of his injuries.

An investigation into the accident was conducted by members of the Ocean City Police Department and Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office with the assistance of the New Jersey State Police.

As a result of the investigation, no criminal charges will be filed against the driver, Barbara L. Myers, a 49 year old resident of Woodbine, NJ. Myers was issued two motor vehicle summonses for Failure to Yield to a Pedestrian and one summons for Careless Driving which will be handled in Municipal Court.