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Sentencing in 2017 Murder Case

March 28, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief of Detectives Paul Skill announce the sentencing of Paul Kline to 19 years in New Jersey State Prison.

On July 22, 2017, Paul Kline, a 49 year old resident of Ocean City, NJ was charged with death of Denise Weber, also from Ocean City. On February 1, 2019, Kline pled guilty to Aggravated Manslaughter, a crime of the 1st degree. Continue reading

Man Arrested for Distribution of Heroin & Cocaine

March 20, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Wildwood Police Chief Robert Regalbuto announce the arrest of William C. McNeal (age 56) of Wildwood, NJ for the distribution of Heroin and Cocaine on March 19, 2019.

This arrest was the conclusion of a cooperative investigation between the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force and the Wildwood Police Department Detective Division. Continue reading

Arrest in Theft of Benefits Case

March 12, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland, Cape May County Freeholder Jeffrey Pierson (Health and Human Services), and Cape May County Department of Human Services Department Head, Donna Groome announce an arrest has been made as the result of a joint investigation into theft from Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Cards and the misuse of temporary housing provided through Code Blue Alerts. Continue reading

Seizure of Narcotics and Handgun

March 12, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland, Cape May County Sheriff Robert Nolan and Lower Township Police Chief William Mastriana announce the seizure of approximately one kilogram of suspected Cocaine and a loaded handgun.

On March 6, 2019, the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Gangs Guns and Narcotics Task Force was conducting a joint narcotics investigation with the Cape May County Sheriff’s Department and the Lower Township Police Detective Division into illegal narcotics sales in the Villas section of Lower Township. Continue reading

On-going Investigation

March 7, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – On January 19, 2019, at approximately 8:41 pm the Wildwood Police Department Patrol Division arrested Margarita Candelaria-Betancourt, 60 y/o, resident of Wildwood, New Jersey, for Possession of CDS Paraphernalia in the area of Cresse and New Jersey Avenues in Wildwood, New Jersey. Candelaria-Betancourt was arrested without incident and transported to the Wildwood Police Department. While being processed, Candelaria-Betancourt requested medical assistance. The Wildwood Fire Department responded to the Police Department to treat Candelaria-Betancourt. While being treated, Candelaria-Betancourt lost consciousness. Fire Department personnel rendered aid and transported Candelaria-Betancourt to Cape Regional Medical Center. Candelaria-Betancourt passed away on January 24, 2019 at Cooper Medical Center in Camden, New Jersey. The Cause and Manner of Death are currently listed as “Pending” by the Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office. The initial arrest was conducted by Patrolman Tristan Johns and Patrolman Christopher Galloway of the Wildwood Police Department Patrol Division. This is an active investigation being conducted by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Professional Standards Unit.

Guilty Plea in Assault Case

February 15, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland announces a guilty plea in the Emily R. Weinman investigation.

Weinman was arrested on May 26, 2018, for assaulting two Wildwood Police Officers and later indicted on September 18, 2018, by a Cape May County Grand Jury.

Prosecutor Sutherland stated earlier today Weinman plead guilty to Disorderly Conduct, a Disorderly Persons Offense, and was sentenced to one year probation.

Animal Cruelty Investigation

February 8, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland announces an animal cruelty investigation being conducted in the Upper Township section of Cape May County.

On Thursday, February 7, 2018, at approximately 10:18 AM employees from the Upper Township Public Works found a dead dog in a trash can in the area of Cove and Harbor Roads in Beesleys Point. The dog is white with tan patches, approximately a 35-40 pound female, and may be a Corgi-Terrier or Cattle Dog mix.

Shore Animal Control responded and took custody of the deceased animal and an investigation has been initiated by Detectives from the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office to determine if a crime has taken place relating to the death of this dog.

Prosecutor Sutherland is urging the public to report any information related to this investigation. Please contact the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at (609) 465-1135. Tips can also be left 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.

Random K9 Sweep of Cape May County Technical High School

January 31, 2019

Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland, Middle Township Chief of Police Christopher Leusner, and School Administrators of the Cape May County Technical High School jointly announce the completion of a random K9 sweep of the Cape May County Technical High School for narcotics.

Today, following the start of the school day, a pre-planned, unannounced K9 sweep operation for illegal drugs was coordinated by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, the Middle Township Police Department and by School Officials. K9 Units from the Cape May County Sheriff’s Department, with assistance of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department, conducted the random sweep of areas of the High School.

Prosecutor Sutherland commended the cooperation of law enforcement agencies and the initiative of the Cape May County Technical School Administrators in supporting drug prevention philosophies and initiatives. The purpose of today’s operation was to help the Administrators maintain a safe and drug-free school environment, as well as to send a strong deterrent message to its students. Law enforcement will continue to work closely with community and School officials on a regular basis to hold future operations throughout the Cape May County.

Indictment Announced in Large Scale Narcotics Investigation “Operation Forefathers”

January 25, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – May County Prosecutor Jeffrey Sutherland announced a Cape May County Grand Jury returned an Indictment in connection with the “Operation Forefathers” investigation, the several month long large-scale narcotics investigation initiated by the Cape May and Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Offices along with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

This investigation was centered in the Woodbine and Millville, New Jersey areas and resulted in the arrest of (30) individuals seizure of thirteen (13) vehicles and approximately 6,540 bags of suspected heroin, (6) ounces of suspected methamphetamine, (2) ounces of suspected raw heroin, and numerous pounds of marijuana seized. Also seized was in excess of $30,000.00 in US currency, (2) semiautomatic handguns and (1) shotgun. The suspected heroin has an approximate street value of $77,000.00 and the suspected methamphetamine has an approximate street value of $16,000.00.

The 60 Count Indictment charges the following individuals: Continue reading

2 Men Arrested and Charged with First Degree Strict Liability for Drug Induced Death

January 18, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Cape May City Police Chief Anthony Marino announce the arrest of Francis Leszczynski, a 79 year old male and Paul Neville, a 59 year old male, both residents Lower Township, on first degree Strict Liability for Drug Induced Death charges.

On July 30, 2018, Cape May City Police responded to a 9-1-1 call of an unresponsive female at a residence in the 700 block of Grand Avenue in West Cape May. Upon arrival, police discovered Susan Perkins, a 59 year old female, lying on the floor next to her bed. Rescue efforts were immediately attempted to resuscitate Perkins but were not successful. Continue reading