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Indictments June 25, 2024

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By Vince Conti

Readers are reminded that not only are all individuals listed below presumed innocent unless proven guilty, there may also be multiple individuals who share the same name, even in the same town.

COURT HOUSE — A Cape May County grand jury handed up 20 indictments June 25. 

The abbreviation CDS below stands for controlled dangerous substance.  A “certain person” charge can be brought against individuals whose previous convictions bar them from having weapons. 

Jonathan J. Duerr was named in a six-count indictment that included two counts of third-degree possession of a CDS, fentanyl and buprenorphine, along with a third-degree count for unlawful possession of a weapon, a BB gun. The indictment contained two fourth-degree counts, for unlawful possession of a weapon, a folding knife, and resisting arrest by attempting to flee. A 2012 conviction for burglary led to a certain person count in the second degree because of the BB gun.

Manuel Nieves was indicted on a single count of fourth-degree criminal mischief related to an incident in Wildwood Crest in February.

Austin J. Greer and Mary E. Breazeale were jointly indicted on six counts, including second-degree and third-degree arson, which placed a structure and then a forest in danger, along with third-degree burglary and three counts of conspiracy to commit burglary and arson.

Alexander Scheffler of Atlantic County was indicted for an Atlantic County crime of third-degree shoplifting. A shift away from the county where the crime was committed usually means there is a conflict involving the individual that requires a different venue.

Douglas Gotthold faces a third-degree count of endangering the welfare of a child for possession of less than 1,000 items of child pornography.

Jacob B. Schuman was indicted on two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, one in the second degree and one in the third degree. The indictment asserts that Schuman was in possession of child pornography and engaged in its dissemination.

Xavier J. Figueroa was named in a four-count indictment that included two counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child and one count of third-degree endangerment. The fourth count was tampering with evidence in the fourth degree. Figueroa is accused of possessing more than 1,000 items of child pornography that he engaged in distributing. An attempt to destroy evidence led to the tampering count.

Javish A. Roman faces five counts of endangering the welfare of a child. One count is first-degree, two are second-degree and two are third-degree. The indictment asserts that Roman caused a child to engage in a prohibited act knowing the act would be filmed or photographed; that is the first-degree count. Other counts are for possession of child pornography, first for less than 1,000 items and then for more than that number two months later. He also is accused of disseminating the material.

Stephen D. Morley faces a two-count indictment for third-degree endangering the welfare of a child and fourth-degree invasion of privacy.

Kimberly Enteado was indicted for third-degree theft that took place between September 2022 and June 2023.

Daniel Rossi faces two counts of aggravated assault, one in the second and one in the third degree, along with a third-degree count for possession of a CDS, fentanyl.

Marquel Matthews faces a single count of third-degree aggravated assault related to an incident in Dennis Township in March.

Michael A. Schlegel, Jahmal Langston and Laura Taraba were separately and independently indicted for a single count each of third-degree possession of a CDS. The substances were alprazolam, fentanyl and methamphetamine.

Donald Mabry faces an eight-count indictment for third-degree possession of a CDS, methamphetamine, fourth-degree contempt of a judicial temporary restraining order and fourth-degree possession of a prohibited weapon, brass knuckles. The remaining five counts were all certain person offenses related to Mabry’s conviction for robbery in Camden County in 2009. He was found in possession of brass knuckles, a cleaver, a utility knife, a stun gun and a metal whip.

Lindsey Vasquez-Merina, Kayla A. Anthony and Shirley S. Moore were jointly indicted on counts of third-degree aggravated assault and conspiracy, while Moore alone faces an additional count of stalking in the third degree.

Jaris M. Baker and Jeniya Atkinson each face separate counts of third-degree theft by deception and forgery, while they jointly face a count of third-degree conspiracy.

Michael J. Gillen was indicted for third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and fourth-degree criminal mischief. The indictment lists a soda can as the weapon.

Howard Gilpin was named in a three-count indictment for aggravated assault, two counts, and resisting arrest. All counts are in the third degree.


Vince Conti is a reporter for the Cape May County Herald.

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