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Conclusion of Large Scale Narcotics Investigation “Yo-Yo”

May 28, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland, and Special Agent in Charge Susan A. Gibson of the Drug Enforcement Administration announce the conclusion of “Operation Yo-Yo” a large scale narcotics investigation initiated by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force and the DEA.

On May 20, 2021, the Cape May County, Gangs Guns and Narcotics Task Force with the assistance of the Cape May County Regional SWAT team executed a total of (4) search warrants in Cape May County, which concluded a long-term narcotics investigation into the distribution of cocaine. Continue reading

Arrest for Filing False Police Report

May 4, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – On Tuesday, May 04, 2021, Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Middle Township Police Chief Christopher Leusner announced the arrest of Daniel DeSimone (45) of Rio Grande, for filing a false police report, a crime of the fourth degree.

On December 09, 2020, Daniel DeSimone, an official with the Rio Grande Fire Prevention and Inspection Bureau, reported a hit and run motor vehicle crash involving a 2019 Chevy Tahoe, owned by the Rio Grande Fire Commission. An investigation was conducted by the Middle Township Police Department’s Patrol Division, Major Crimes Unit, and the Cape May County Prosecutors Office.

As a result of the investigation, it was determined the motor vehicle crash was falsely reported and the crash actually occurred on December 08, 2020, during a meeting at the Rio Grande Fire Department. It is alleged the crash was not initially reported to police, but DeSimone parked the vehicle in the parking lot and reported a hit and run accident, the following day, knowing this information to be false.

According to Prosecutor Sutherland, an individual convicted of a fourth-degree crime can be sentenced up to 18 months in New Jersey State Prison.

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

Ocean City Police Sergeant Charged With Sexual Assault

April 7, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief Paul Skill of the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office announce the arrest of 50-year old Tyrone Rolls, a resident of Marmora, New Jersey for sexual assault charges. Rolls is currently employed by the Ocean City Police Department as a Police Sergeant.

On April 7, 2021, Tyrone Rolls turned himself into the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office where he was charged with one count of Aggravated Sexual Assault, a crime of the first degree; one count of Sexual Assault, a crime of the second degree; two separate counts of Official Misconduct, crimes of the second degree; one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a crime of the second degree; and one count of Aggravated Assault of a Domestic Violence Victim, a crime of the third degree. * Continue reading

Tragic Death Investigation of 3 Year Old Female

April 5, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief William Priole of the Lower Township Police Department announce the ongoing death investigation of a 3 year old female in the Erma section of Lower Township.

At 9:27 pm on the night of April 3, 2021, the Lower Township Police Department received a 911 call for medical assistance and responded to Sun Outdoors Campground located in the 600 block of Route 9 in Erma. Upon arrival, Officers found an unresponsive 3 year old female who had been pulled out of a sewage septic tank after accidently falling in. The female was immediately transported to the Cape Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead later that evening. Detectives from the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and the Lower Township Police Department responded to the scene and immediately initiated an investigation into this child’s death.

On the morning of April 4, 2021, the Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy on the 3 year old and the cause and manner of death are pending the final autopsy report.

The preliminary investigation has not revealed any signs of foul play at the time of this press release. Prosecutor Sutherland stated this tragic incident is still under investigation but appears to be an accident at this time.

Former Ocean City High School Teacher Arrested on Sexual Assault Charges

March 1, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief Jay Prettyman of the Ocean City Police Department announce the arrest of 34 year old Ricardo Valle, a resident of Seabrook, Texas, on sexual assault charges.

On February 27, 2021, Valle was charged with two (2) counts Sexual Assault, a crime of the second degree; one (1) count of Official Misconduct, a crime of the second degree; one (1) count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a crime of the second degree; and one (1) count of Criminal Sexual Contact, a crime of the fourth degree. Continue reading

New York Man Sentenced to 11 Years for Sexual Assault and Witness Tampering

February 22, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland announced on Friday, February 19, 2021, Jerry Shields, a 32 year old male from Port Jefferson, New York, was sentenced to 11 years in New Jersey State Prison by the Honorable Bernard E. DeLury, Jr., Presiding Judge of the Criminal Part.

This sentence was related to the July 13, 2018, sexual assault that occurred in Avalon, New Jersey and the joint investigation that was conducted by detectives from the Avalon Police Department and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office. Continue reading

Shooting Investigation in Whitesboro

February 18, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Middle Township Police Chief Christopher Leusner request the public’s assistance in identifying two vehicles involved in a shooting in the Whitesboro section of Middle Township on the evening of February 15, 2021.

At 7:09 pm, on February 15, 2021, Middle Township Police received a report of a shooting near the intersection of West Main Street and Reading Avenue in Whitesboro. Patrol officers responded to the scene along with Detectives from the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and the Middle Township Police Department and initiated an investigation. It was determined that two vehicles of unknown descriptions were involved in the shooting and then fled the area. Numerous shell casings were found in the area and fortunately no one was injured as a result of this incident.

Prosecutor Sutherland and Chief Leusner urge anyone who may have seen this incident occur or who may have information identifying the vehicles or individuals involved in this shooting to please contact the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465- 1135, or the Middle Township Police Department at 609-465-8700, or text TIP
MTPDTIPS followed by your message to 888777 or through the Cape May County Crime Stoppers at 609-889-3597.

Couple Arrested After Child Abuse Investigation

February 9, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief Christopher Leusner of the Middle Township Police Department announce the arrest of 26-year-old Bradford Artis and 38-year-old Shannon Artis, both residents of Middle Township, New Jersey.

On February 6, 2021, Bradford Artis and Shannon Artis were each charged with two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a crime of the second degree, two counts of Aggravated Assault, a crime of the third degree, and one count of Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, a crime of the third degree. The charges were a result of an investigation conducted by the Middle Township Police Department and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit involving the abuse of two juvenile victims. Bradford Artis and Shannon Artis were processed on the above listed charges and are currently being lodged at the Cape May County Correctional Center.

Prosecutor Sutherland advises persons convicted of a second-degree crime are subject to a term of imprisonment of 5 to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison. Persons convicted of a third-degree crime are subject to a term of imprisonment of 3 to 5 years in New Jersey State Prison. Prosecutor Sutherland advises this is an on-going investigation and urges anyone who has additional information relating to this investigation to contact the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135, or the Middle Township Police Department at 609-465-8700, or report it 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, 609-889-3597.

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

Cyber Harassment Investigation and Arrest

February 9, 2021

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland along with Chief William Priole of the Lower Township Police Department announce the arrest of (27) year old John Abadie from Cape May, New Jersey on multiple counts of Cyber Harassment, a Crime of the Fourth Degree*.

This arrest is a result of a joint investigation conducted by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and the Lower Township Police Department after multiple victims came forward and stated that they were a victim of a cybercrime as altered pictures of them were posted on a website, without their permission. Consequently, several investigative measures led authorities to the arrest of Abadie. Continue reading

The History of Law Enforcement in the Black Community (Use of Force Revisited) with Dr. Theodore Darden

February 9, 2021

Dr. Theodore Darden has been a professor of Justice Studies since 2006 at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL. He served as chair of the department from 2009-2013. Previous to coming to working in academia, he was a law enforcement professional for 17 years where he obtained the rank of patrol sergeant. During his time in policing, Darden was instrumental in bringing community policing to the fore-front in the State of Wisconsin. His success in lowering crime rates, building community trust and partnerships, and addressing homeless-ness gained him statewide recognition when he was named the law enforcement officer of the year by the Attorney General’s Office in the State of Wisconsin. He went on to establish the Wisconsin Association of Community Oriented Police (WACOP) in 1996 and served as its first president. From 1997-2001 he was a member of the Board of Directors for the Upper Midwest Community Policing Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota. At the request of the Wisconsin Attorney General’s office, Dr. Darden joined the Wisconsin Department of Justice Law Enforcement Training and Standards Bureau. While there, his role was to develop curriculum, provide consultation, and assist in overseeing police training in the state’s 17 police academies. Dr. Darden was also a key member of the Attorney General’s Safe Schools Task Force.

Dr. Darden holds an associate’s degree in police science from Black-hawk Technical College, a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Upper Iowa University, a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, a master’s degree in higher education from Kaplan University (Purdue University Global), and a PhD in leadership studies with a criminal justice emphasis from University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY. Additionally, he has holds more than two dozen professional certifications in homeland security and law enforcement.

Dr. Darden has worked with many criminal justice experts, agencies, and communities across the globe including the late Herman Goldstein whom he considered a mentor. He has provided lectures, presentations, and training exercises in numerous areas including: community policing, racially- biased policing, problem-oriented policing, multiculturalism and justice, organizational behavior and leadership, procedural justice and police legitimacy, ethics, and global justice.

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