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MAYS LANDING- In Atlantic County and nationwide drug overdose deaths connected to Fentanyl continues to rise, according to the latest data available to law enforcement, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill announced. In 2020, Atlantic County saw 105 fentanyl related deaths out of 144 reported overdose deaths. In 2021, Atlantic County saw 142 drug overdose …

MAYS LANDING –An Egg Harbor City man has been arrested and charged with numerous narcotics offenses, following a Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Unit investigation that began in December 2021, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill announced. On May 4, 2022, members of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Unit executed a search …

MAYS LANDING—Erika Halayko has been promoted as the newest Chief Assistant Prosecutor at Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill announced. “I am proud to announce the well-deserved promotion of Erika Halayko to Chief Assistant Prosecutor at the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office. I have watched, for over a decade, as Chief Assistant …

MAYS LANDING- The staff of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office says farewell and thank you to ACPO Sgt. Tracey Thompson who has retired after serving 16 years at the agency, said Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Investigators Bruce K. DeShields. “Upon his recent retirement I would like to offer my thanks and gratitude …

MAYS LANDING—The murder trial of Brian Wakefield for the 2001 killings of Shirley and Richard Hazard of Pleasantville was the final trial in New Jersey where a defendant was sentenced to death. In 2003, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill successfully prosecuted this trial and also forged a longtime friendship with the family members of …

MAYS LANDING— Distracted Driving Awareness Month is a very important time of year for the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Crash Investigations Unit and Atlantic County Assistant Prosecutor Kathleen Robinson. From 2018-2022, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Crash Investigations Unit has investigated 156 motor vehicle crashes that resulted in a total of 166 fatalities. According to …

MAYS LANDING- Did you know that 3 Captains currently serving at the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office are graduates of the FBI National Academy? ACPO Capt. Kevin Hincks is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session 268. In December 2003, Captain Hincks was hired by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.   Captain Hincks received his bachelor’s …

MAYS LANDING-April is observed as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), and April 7, 2022, is designated as SAAM Day of Action. SAAM Day of Action provides a day to focus awareness on sexual violence prevention. Through education, SAAM Day of Action aims to stop sexual assault, harassment and abuse before they happen. To bring awareness …

MAYS LANDING- Following a six day trial, a New York man was convicted by an Atlantic County jury for the sexual assault of a hotel housekeeper in 2018, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill announced. On March 31, 2022, before Judge Pamela D’Arcy, Jamel Carlton, 36, was found guilty on the following counts: Count 1 …

As 2022 Women’s History Month comes to an end the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office recognizes the woman Investigators who serve in the agency. “Each day I have the privilege of witnessing the drive, determination and commitment shown by the women who serve as detectives at the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office. I applaud the work ethic …