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Service Alert for the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office

March 19, 2020

In response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak and in cooperation with the numerous emergency precautions enacted by federal, state, county and local governments and agencies, the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office will be open and staffed to conduct all normal business operations during this time; HOWEVER, the public is being asked to try and conduct business with this office first by calling or email before coming to the office(s). This drastic step has been taken to protect the citizens of Cape May County as well as the members of our staff. The critical operations of this office are still being undertaken by essential personnel who are present in the office everyday.

If you are encountering an emergency, please call 911. If you need to report a non-emergent matter, please contact your local police department.
If you are in need of immediate assistance from a member of the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, please contact the front desk at (609) 465-1135. In the alternative, you may communicate with the Prosecutor’s Office by forwarding an email to prosecutor@cmcpros.net.

If you are a victim and need to contact your victim-witness advocate or an assistant prosecutor, you may contact them at their individualized County email or their desk phone.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during these challenging times.

LGBTQ+ Community Liaison Appointed in Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office

March 18, 2020

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland announces the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office is committed to improving community relations with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) community. In an effort to help foster positive relationships and address safety concerns with the LGBTQ+ community our office created the LGBTQ+ Liaison position. Prosecutor Sutherland is pleased to announce the appointment of Lieutenant Joseph Landis as the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office’s liaison between law enforcement and the LGBTQ+ community. Continue reading

Arrest Made for Possession of Narcotics with Intent to Distribute

February 25, 2020

County Prosecutor’s office and Cape May County Sheriff engage in joint operations to curtail drug epidemic

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Sheriff Robert Nolan announce the seizure of Methamphetamine and the arrest of Andrew Wells, a 43-year-old resident of the Villas section of Lower Township.

On January 31, 2020, the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Gangs Guns and Narcotics Task Force (GGNTF) along with the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office were in the Rio Grande area of Middle Township regarding to an ongoing narcotics investigation into the distribution of Methamphetamine by Andrew Wells. Continue reading

Prosecutor Sutherland announces the swearing in of Chief of County Detectives Paul S. Skill as the President of the Cape May County Chiefs of Police Association along with the other members of the Executive Board

February 11, 2020

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland announces the swearing in of Chief of County Detectives Paul S. Skill as the President of the Cape May County Chiefs of Police Association.

The ceremony took place on Saturday evening, February 8th, at La Finestra Ristorante in Sea Isle City. Chief Skill and the other members of the Executive Board of the Chiefs Association were sworn in by U.S. Congressman Jeff Van Drew. Chief Robert Regalbuto of the Wildwood Police Department was sworn in as Vice President; Chief Jay Prettyman of the Ocean City Police Department was sworn in as the Treasurer; and Chief Thomas Schutta of the Stone Harbor Police Department was sworn in as the association’s Secretary.

The Cape May County Chiefs of Police Association includes all of the municipal Police Chiefs within Cape May County along with the County Prosecutor’s Office, the County Sheriff’s Department, the County Police Academy, the Station Commander of the Woodbine State Police Barracks, the Troop Commander of the Delaware River and Bay Authority, and Federal partners to include the FBI, DEA, and U.S. Secret Service. The association meets monthly to coordinate training and law enforcement activities throughout Cape May County.

Chief Skill and the new members of the Executive Board were congratulated by N.J. Senator Michael Testa, Assemblyman Antwan McClellan, Freeholder Director Gerald Thornton, Freeholder Vice-Director Leonard Desiderio, Administrator Beth Bozzelli, Middle Township Mayor Timothy Donahue, and Chief Christopher Leusner, the President of the N.J. State Chief’s Association, along with other local and State dignitaries and former Chiefs of Police.

Man Arrested on 1st Degree Child Pornography Charges

February 7, 2020

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 Richard Hoffman, 24 years old of Mays Landing, New Jersey, on first degree Child Pornography charges.

This investigation is the result of information received from the September 2018 “Operation Open House” in Toms River, New Jersey which was conducted by the New Jersey State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Continue reading

Bias Incident in Swainton

February 4, 2020

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland announces the Middle Township Police Department reported a racial, white supremacist slur was discovered on January 31, 2020, painted on a telephone pole, located on a utility power access road, in the Swainton neighborhood of Middle Township. Middle Township Police took immediate steps to remove/obscure the racist slur. The public creation/display of such a racial slur is known as a “bias incident”; which is defined as a negative act which occurs to a person, private property or public property on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, national origin or ethnicity. Continue reading

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