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July 4th Holiday – Statement by Prosecutor Sutherland

July 1, 2020

Press Release – July 4th Holiday – Statement by County Prosecutor, Jeffrey H. Sutherland

The week surrounding July 4th is one of the busiest weeks in Cape May County. Unfortunately, Governor Murphy revised Executive Order 157 and issued Executive Order 158 rescinding the opening of indoor restaurants primarily out of concern for recent COVID outbreaks related to indoor activities in other states that had previously allowed the opening of indoor restaurants and bars and because of scenes this past weekend of overcrowded outdoor bars and restaurants in New Jersey.

Outdoor restaurants and bars are allowed to remain open, subject to strict social distancing guidelines. It is important that all restaurant and bar owners and operators adhere to the Executive Order guidelines and make sure that their patrons comply. Continue reading

Statement by County Prosecutor, Jeffrey H. Sutherland

May 20, 2020

Press Release – Statement by County Prosecutor, Jeffrey H. Sutherland

Every Memorial Day Weekend, Cape May County is prepared to see a large influx of people coming to kick-off the summer season and enjoy the many attractions in our area. It is an important time for our business community to expand or begin operations and prepare for the summer season. With many of the COVID-19 restrictions continuing, it is a confusing time for business owners and patrons, especially if the business is opening for the season and has not already dealt with the restrictions. Continue reading

CARA and Cape May County Forensic Nurse Examiners Are Concerned About You

April 29, 2020

COVID-19 Executive Order 107 – Restrictions Regarding Campgrounds – Clarification

April 18, 2020

Cape May Courthouse, New Jersey, Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland wants to clarify the current Covid-19 Executive Order 107 restrictions regarding campgrounds.

Pursuant to Executive Order 107 paragraph 9, all Campgrounds are closed – with the following exceptions:

1. People who have year-round residential leases and use the campground address as their permanent residence; or

2. Campgrounds where the people own their campsite and have a deed for the site (typically a condo form of ownership)- however it can only be occupied by the owner and/or their immediate family.

Any campsites that are allowed to be used are subject to Cape May County Resolutions 250-20 and 256-20 which ban short term, transient and seasonal rentals. Therefore if any campsites qualify under exceptions 1 or 2 above, they cannot be used for short term, transient or seasonal rentals.

Mobile Home parks where people have yearly leases are not campgrounds and therefore are not subject to any restrictions under EO 107; however they are subject to the short term, transient and seasonal rental ban under County Resolutions 250-20 and 256-20.

County Prosecutor Sutherland understands that there can be confusion and stress caused by these temporary restrictions that result from the COVID-19 pandemic, which leads to calls to local law enforcement. This can result in law enforcement responding to unnecessary calls. Each time a law enforcement office has to go on a call it opens him or her up to being exposed to COVID-19. Prosecutor Sutherland stated; “I understand that we are all living under stressful and confusing times and having a myriad of temporary restrictions can add to that confusion. I ask that everyone recognize that the overall purpose of the COVID-19 restrictions is to prevent the spread of the virus and hopefully allow us to be open for business and return to a more normal everyday lifestyle sooner. Although due to certain exceptions people from out of this area may be able to come to and use their properties, that is no reason to personally attack them; and in return we ask that they respect the purpose of the restrictions and if they come to our area that they shelter in place as much as possible.”

Ongoing Investigation

April 15, 2020

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Lower Township Police Chief William Mastriana announce the ongoing investigation into the death of Caroline Warsinski, a 31 year old female, from Lower Township.

On April 9, 2020, Warsinski was reported missing to the Lower Township Police Department. The Lower Township Police Detective Bureau and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit immediately initiated an investigation into the circumstances of the missing person report. Continue reading

Cape May County Chiefs Association and Cape Regional Health Systems – Message to Community

April 9, 2020

The Cape May County Chiefs of Police Association acknowledges and is thankful for the efforts of members of the community attempting to show support for front line employees at Cape Regional Medical Center. “We know that the efforts of the front line employees are tireless and they know that they do not go unnoticed. However, it is imperative during this State of Emergency that we continue to steadfastly practice SOCIAL DISTANCING,” stated Chief Paul Skill, President of the Cape May County Chiefs of Police Association. As such, the Association, in conjunction with Cape Regional Medical Center, is thanking members of the public for wanting to show support by planning “in car” gatherings in the parking lot of the Hospital; however, we are urging everyone to please refrain from organizing, supporting and attending such “gatherings”. Continue reading

Cape May County Chiefs Of Police Association Supports Healthcare Workers As Well As Local Eateries

April 1, 2020

The Cape May County Chiefs of Police Association is happy to show support for our local healthcare workers who are on the frontline to protect and take care of all of us in Cape May County. On Monday, March 30, 2020 the Association donated over 100 lunches to the doctors, nurses and staff of the Cape Regional Medical Center and the area’s Urgent Care Centers. The lunches were purchased by the Association at local eateries: Hugit’s Steak and Things, Crest Tavern, Claudio’s Pizza Kitchen and the Dog Tooth Bar & Grill. We chose to use local eateries to feed our local health professionals to support the restaurants who as a result of the needed COVID-19 restrictions, have limited hours and take-out and delivery only. We ask any other organizations who may be able to provide similar support to healthcare workers on the frontline to please do so. We in the law enforcement community also have to face the Coronavirus head-on to do our job to protect and serve the public. It gives our officers and their families peace of mind to know that if they are stricken with the virus there are people to care for them. The Association will continue supporting all First Responders as well other local eateries by donating additional lunches throughout the month of April.

 

From Left: Middle Township Police Chief Christopher Leusner, who also serves as the President of the New Jersey State Chiefs Association; Claudio Pawlus from Claudio’s Pizza Kitchen in Cape May Court House; Director Thomas DePaul of the Cape May County Police Academy; Bob Williams from Hugit’s Steaks and Things in Cape May Court House; and Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives Paul Skill, who also serves as President of the Cape May County Chiefs Association.

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