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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

Sentencing in Stabbing Case

January 17, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland announced on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, Herbert E. Tozer, a 53-year-old male from Middle Township, was sentenced to 28 years in New Jersey State Prison by the Honorable Bernard E. DeLury, Jr., Presiding Judge of the Superior Court.

This sentence was related to the January 10, 2017 fatal stabbing of Robert Niemezura, that occurred at the Country Motel, in the Rio Grande section of Middle Township and the joint investigation that was conducted by detectives from the Middle Township Police Department and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office. Continue reading

3 People Indicted for First Degree Attempted Murder & Robbery

December 18, 2018

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Lower Township Police Chief William Mastriana announce the Grand Jury indictment of Deshyamma R. Dalton, Michael Woods Jr., and Jeramy J. Thompson-Pierce for First Degree Attempted Murder, Robbery, and other related charges.

According to Prosecutor Sutherland, today’s indictment was the result of an investigation into a violent home invasion that occurred on the morning of October 17, 2018 on Old Mill Road in the North Cape May section of Lower Township. Continue reading

Man Sentenced to 16 Years in NJ State Prison

December 18, 2018

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland announced on Monday, December 17, 2018, Ronray Harris, a 40 year old male from Wildwood, was sentenced to 16 years in New Jersey State Prison by the Honorable Sarah Beth Johnson, JSC.

This sentence was related to a February 23, 2017 stabbing that took place at the Wildwood Bus Terminal and a cooperative investigation that was conducted by Detectives from the Wildwood Police Department and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit. Continue reading

Man Arrested on First Degree Aggravated Sexual Assault Charges

December 17, 2018

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief Thomas McQuillen of the Sea Isle City Police Department announce the arrest of 39-year old Douglas J. Petock, on December 11, 2018 on first degree aggravated sexual assault charges.

On December 7, 2018, the Sea Isle City Police Department received information from the Pennsylvania State Police regarding an ongoing investigation involving Douglas Petock, a resident of 28th Street in Sea Isle City. Continue reading

Arrest Made in Prostitution Investigation

December 17, 2018

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Acting Chief Jay Prettyman of the Ocean City Police Department announce the arrest of Grace Li on prostitution related charges.

In July of 2018 the Ocean City Police Department received information regarding alleged prostitution occurring at the L&G Spa located in the 500 block of East 9th Street in Ocean City. An investigation was initiated by Detectives from the Ocean City Police Department, Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, and Homeland Security Investigations, (HSI). Continue reading