Category Archives: Crime

MD State Police Recover Large Quantity of Stolen Merchandise

Maryland State Police Press Release
01/24/2015 09:06

INVESTIGATORS RECOVER LARGE QUANTITY OF STOLEN RETAIL MERCHANDISE

(Federalsburg, MD) – Members of the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division Upper Shore, assisted by agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested a Dorchester County man at his residence last night where a large amount of stolen goods were recovered.

Robert Francis Palmer, 44 of the 5600-block of Fooks Avenue Federalsburg, Dorchester County Maryland is being charged with theft 10,000 to $100,000, theft Scheme 10,000 to $100,000, and burglary 4th degree. Palmer was arrested at his residence without incident and taken before a District Court Commissioner for an initial court appearance.

Investigators, along with members of the JCPenney Loss Prevention executed a search and seizure warrant at Palmer’s residence. Upon execution of the search warrant numerous items were located belonging to JCPenney, to include clothing, shoes, kitchen appliances, and a tag sensor remover. JCPenney investigators approximated the value in excess of $20,000 in stolen merchandise recovered.

An ongoing investigation revealed one of JCPenney’s contracted drivers had been removing merchandise from the trailers he was hauling since June of 2014. Additional investigative measures were put in place to track the thefts.

Palmer was arrested without incident and taken before a District Court Commissioner in Dorchester County Maryland. The investigation is ongoing.

Further inquiries related to this investigation are to be directed to Trooper First Class Brian Dadds of the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division, Easton Barrack 410-819-4747.

Caroline County Sheriff’s Signs Agreement with Delmarva Search and Rescue

CAROLINE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
October 25, 2014

On October 16th, 2014, Sheriff Randy Bounds signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Delmarva Search and Rescue (DMVSAR) Organization to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of search and rescue operations conducted by the Sheriff’s Office.

The DMVSAR group brings search and rescue assets to the Sheriff’s Office that would normally not be available. The DMVSAR are members of the National Association for Search and Rescue (NSAR) , an emergency response resource specializing in conducting and managing search and rescue (SAR) operations for ground searches, canine searches, mounted (horse) searches, and FEMA standard responses for disaster operations.

Sheriff Randy Bounds stated:
“When a child is missing or a vulnerable adult walks off, time is of the essence. By partnering with DMV-SAR we have substantially increased our professional response to these types of incidents. We value our current partnerships with Caroline County Fire, Rescue and EMS organizations and look forward to that same appreciation for the services of the DMVSAR organization.”

Based on the Eastern Shore, DMVSAR has been responding to missions throughout Delaware, Maryland and Virginia and other states since its inception. DMVSAR is comprised of professional volunteers who dedicate countless hours to rigorous training, mission response, group projects, preventative instruction, and public awareness. DMVSAR members come from throughout the state of Maryland to make up this professional organization.

William Heisterhagen, President of DMV-SAR, stated:
“By Sheriff Bounds signing this MOU with our organization, the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office is the first law enforcement agency on the Eastern Shore to officially partner with our organization. We bring specific skills and assets for the Sheriff’s Office at no cost to the citizens, to augment other public safety organizations within Caroline County on an as needed basis”.

Sheriff Bounds plans on conducting joint search and rescue drills with DMV-SAR members in the future to help integrate his Command Staff and Deputies into various search and rescue scenarios. You can learn more about the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office at www.carolinesheriff.net or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/carolinesheriffmd or Twitter @carolinesheriff

Submitted Photo: Group photo of some of the DMVSAR Members standing with Sheriff Randy Bounds

Group photo of some of the DMVSAR Members standing with Sheriff Randy Bounds, – Submitted Photo

MD State Police Arrest Suspect in Caroline County Fatal Shooting

Maryland State Police Press Release
10/15/2014 09:56

MARYLAND STATE POLICE ARREST SUSPECT IN CAROLINE COUNTY FATAL SHOOTING

(FEDERALSBURG, MD) – Maryland State Police homicide investigators have arrested and charged a suspect in connection with the murder of a 25 year old man in Caroline County.

The suspect arrested is identified as James Bolden, 55, of Federalsburg, Maryland. He is currently being held in police custody at the Federalsburg Police Department, awaiting transport to the Office of the Court Commissioner. After consultation with the Caroline County State’s Attorney, State Police homicide investigators charged Bolden with first degree murder.

Bolden is charged in connection with the death of Timothy Darnell Smith, Jr., 25, of the 100 block of Brooklyn Avenue in Federalsburg. At 8:00 p.m. last night, officers from the Federalsburg Police Department responded to a 9-1-1 call from a nearby resident who heard the gunshot. The responding police officers found Smith with a gunshot wound to his chest and immediately attempted medical treatment at the scene. Smith was taken to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. He was later transported to the Georgetown Delaware Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

At approximately 7:30 a.m. this morning, Bolden was located at a residence in the 300 block of Park Avenue in Federalsburg and taken into custody by members of the Maryland State Police State Apprehension Team. He was transported to the Federalsburg Police Department where he has been in police custody since.

Video footage from a nearby camera provided a vehicle description for the car, reportedly in the area at the time of the incident. Investigators located the vehicle, which subsequently resulted in locating the suspect in the shooting. Police do not have a motive for the murder at this time.

Investigators continue to interview area residents about what they may have seen or heard. Anyone who may have been driving in the area of Academy Street and Main Street between 7:30 p.m and 8:00 p.m., yesterday is urged to contact Maryland State Police homicide investigators at the Easton Barrack 410-822-3101 or the Federalsburg Police Department 410-754-8966.

The investigation continues..

MD State Police Investigate Fatal Shooting in Caroline County

Maryland State Police Press Release
10/15/2014 02:42

MARYLAND STATE POLICE INVESTIGATE FATAL SHOOTING IN CAROLINE COUNTY

(FEDERALSBURG, MD) – Homicide investigators from the Maryland State Police continue to investigate a fatal shooting, claiming the life of a 25 year old man in Caroline County.

The deceased victim is identified as Timothy Darnell Smith, Jr., 25, of the 100 block of Brooklyn Avenue in Federalsburg. Smith was located by officers from the Federalsburg Police Department at an intersection in downtown Federalsburg, with an apparent gunshot wound in his upper torso. Smith was immediately provided medical treatment at the scene and transported to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

At 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, the Federalsburg Police Department received a 9-1-1 call, reporting the incident. The caller told police she heard the sound of a gunshot when she exited a nearby residence. At the time of the shooting, Smith was walking along the sidewalk with another adult male and two children. Police believe the adult male is a cousin of Smith.

Within minutes of the 9-1-1 call, officers from the Federalsburg Police Department responded and found Smith in a standing position, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the chest. Within moments, Smith collapsed on the ground where police immediately attempted resuscitation. Smith was transported by ambulance to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, Delaware where he was later pronounced dead.

The preliminary investigation indicates Smith was walking with his cousin and the two children towards a nearby store in downtown Federalsburg around 8:00 p.m. last night. Witnesses informed police that a car was observed in the area the same time the gunshot was heard.

Maryland State Police crime scene technicians continue to process the scene for evidence. A member of the Caroline County State’s Attorney’s Office responded and has been working with the State Police Homicide Unit investigators.

Assistance is also being provided by the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division from the Upper Shore region, the Maryland State Police State Apprehension Team, the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office, troopers from the Easton Barrack, the Caroline County Department of Emergency Services, and the Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Department.

Investigators continue to interview area residents about what they may have seen or heard. The search continues for suspects who may have been involved in this shooting. Anyone who may have been driving in the area of Academy Street and Main Street between 7:30 p.m and 8:00 p.m., yesterday is urged to contact Maryland State Police homicide investigators at the Easton Barrack 410-822-3101 or the Federalsburg Police Department 410-754-8966.

The investigation continues..

More Arrested in Ongoing Heroin Distribution Investigation in Caroline County

Maryland State Police Press Release
07/25/2014 18:05

MORE ARRESTED IN ONGOING HEROIN DISTRIBUTION INVESTIGATION ON THE EASTERN SHORE

(DENTON, MD) – An additional ten indictments and arrests have resulted from the continuing cooperative cross-jurisdictional and multi-state drug investigation, with more expected as police continue to dismantle a drug trafficking organization they believe was responsible for the distribution of heroin and a variety of other drugs throughout the Upper Shore region.

Between July 23, 2014 and July 25, 2014 the following suspects were arrested on Caroline County Circuit Court indictments:

The first suspect is identified as Byron S. Drummond, 27, of Denton, Md. He was served charging documents on 7/25/2014 and charged with being a drug kingpin, possession of a large amount of a controlled dangerous substance (heroin), possession with intent to distribute narcotics, and two counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance not marijuana. Drummond is currently incarcerated on an unrelated drug conviction in the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center. Drummond will be held on no bond pursuant to the indictment.

The second suspect is identified as Joseph C. Dean, 25, of Denton, Md. He was arrested on 7/19/2014 and charged with being in possession of a large amount of a controlled dangerous substance (heroin), conspiracy possession with intent to distribute narcotics (heroin), conspiracy possession with intent to distribute narcotics (cocaine) and possession of a firearm in connection to a drug trafficking crime. Dean was originally held on $50,000. He was released after posting bail and is awaiting trial.

The third suspect is identified as Taylor E. Gibson, 22, of Denton, Md. She was arrested on 7/19/2014 and charged with being a drug kingpin, conspiracy possession of a large amount of a controlled dangerous substance (heroin), conspiracy possession with intent to distribute narcotics (heroin), conspiracy possession with the intent to distribute narcotics (cocaine). Gibson was held without bond in the Caroline County Detention Center.

The fourth suspect is identified as Kentral Carter, 29, of Ridgely, Md. He was arrested on 7/21/2014 and charged with possession of a large amount of a controlled dangerous substance (heroin), conspiracy possession with intent to distribute narcotics (heroin), and conspiracy possession with intent to distribute narcotics (cocaine). During the arrest of Carter, he was found to be in possession of additional heroin, cocaine, oxycodone hydrochloride pills and marijuana. Carter was originally held on $75,000 pursuant to the indictment and an additional $12,000 for the drugs found on his person during his arrest. Carter was released after posting bail and is awaiting trial.

The fifth suspect is identified as Adam Hutson, 21, of Greensboro, Md. He was arrested on 7/21/2014 and charged with possession of a large amount of a controlled dangerous substance (heroin), conspiracy possession with intent to distribute narcotics (heroin), and conspiracy possession with intent to distribute narcotics (cocaine). Hutson was held on $60,000 bond and is currently in the Caroline County Detention Center.

The sixth suspect is identified as Jason Bowen, 32, of Greensboro, Md. He was arrested on 7/21/2014 and charged with conspiracy possession with intent to distribute narcotics (heroin). Bowen was held on $10,000 and is currently in the Caroline County Detention Center.

The seventh suspect is identified as Lexi Whiteley, 23, of Ridgely, Md. She was arrested on 7/21/2014 and charged with conspiracy possession with intent to distribute narcotics (heroin). Whiteley was held on $25,000 and is currently in the Caroline County Detention Center.

The eighth suspect is identified as Charles Outland, 33, of Denton, Md. He was arrested on 7/22/2014 and charged with conspiracy possession with intent to distribute narcotics (heroin) and conspiracy possession with intent to distribute narcotics (cocaine). Outland was held on $75,000 and is currently in the Caroline County Detention Center.

The ninth suspect is identified as Drew Brelia, 23 of Greensboro, Md. He was arrested on 7/24/2014 and charged with conspiracy possession with intent to distribute narcotics (heroin). Brelia was held without bond and is currently in the Caroline County Detention Center.

The tenth suspect is identified as Emily Hill, 20, of Ridgely, Md. She was arrested on 7/24/2014 and charged with conspiracy possession with intent to distribute narcotics (heroin). Hill was held without bond and is currently in the Caroline County Detention Center.

“We expect that these arrests will effectively cripple the local heroin trade for a long time, but arresting dealers will only slow the epidemic, not eliminate it,” Caroline County State’s Attorney Jonathan Newell said. “As long as there is a demand, there will eventually be a supply. We hope this investigation will reduce the numbers of new users and interrupt the supply to existing users, and drastically reduce the number of overdoses in this county. But at the same time, the current heroin addicts in our community need to take this opportunity to seek treatment so we don’t find ourselves right back in the same position a year from now. All suspects should be presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.”

A number of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies were involved in and provided support to this investigation. They included the Talbot County Narcotics Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations, Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force, Dorchester County Drug Task Force, Denton Police Department, Caroline County Sheriff’s Office, Anne Arundel County Police Department, Baltimore Police Department, and Maryland State Police Units including the Centreville Barrack, State Apprehension Team, Gang Enforcement Unit, Special Tactical Assault Team Element, and the Criminal Enforcement Division.

Making the arrests this week, the Caroline County Drug Task Force was assisted by the Maryland State Police, the Maryland State Police Fugitive Apprehension Team, the Maryland State Police Field Operations Bureau, and the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation is continuing. Additional arrests and charges are expected.

MD Police Dismantle a Heroin Distribution Operation on the Eastern Shore

Maryland State Police Press Release
06/30/2014 15:00

FOUR ARRESTS MADE AND MORE PENDING AS POLICE DISMANTLE A HEROIN DISTRIBUTION OPERATION ON THE EASTERN SHORE

(DENTON, MD) – A cooperative cross-jurisdictional and multi-state drug investigation has led to at least four arrests with more expected as police dismantle a drug trafficking organization they believe was responsible for the distribution of heroin and a variety of other drugs throughout the Upper Shore region.

The first suspect is identified as Byron S. Drummond, 27, of Denton, Md. He is charged with being a drug kingpin, possession of a large amount of a controlled dangerous substance (heroin), possession with intent to distribute narcotics, and two counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance not marijuana. Following his arrest, Drummond was ordered held without bail in the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center.

The second suspect is identified as Gary T. Kess, Jr., 36, of Windsor Mill, Md. He is charged with possession of a large amount of a controlled dangerous substance (heroin), possession with intent to distribute narcotics, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance not marijuana. Following his arrest, Kess was held without bail in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center.

The third suspect is identified as Joseph C. Dean, 25, of Denton, Md. He is charged with being a drug kingpin, possession of a large amount of a controlled dangerous substance (heroin), possession with intent to distribute narcotics, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance not marijuana. Following his arrest, Dean was held without bail in the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center.

The fourth suspect is identified as Taylor E. Gibson, 22, of Denton, Md. She is charged with being a drug kingpin, possession of a large amount of a controlled dangerous substance (heroin), possession with intent to distribute narcotics, two counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance not marijuana, and possession of marijuana. Following her arrest, Gibson was held without bail in the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center.

An additional suspect, Bobby Jackson, of Delaware, was arrested by Delaware State Police after police in Maryland forwarded information developed in the investigation. Additional arrests and charges are anticipated as this investigation continues.

The arrests of the Maryland suspects occurred between June 23-24, 2014. During the investigation, police served 13 search warrants in Caroline County. Evidence recovered during the investigation includes seven handguns, one rifle, more than 230 grams of heroin, and quantities of cocaine, marijuana, oxycodone, and suboxone. Police also recovered more than $42,000 in cash and eight vehicles believed to be related to the drug distribution operation.

The investigation began about four months ago and was led by the Caroline County Drug Task Force. Information developed during the investigation indicates Drummond, Gibson, and Dean were part of a drug trafficking operation supplying drugs, especially heroin, throughout Caroline County and much of the Upper Shore. Investigators believe Kess was the source for the heroin Drummond and his organization was distributing.

“The success of this operation was rooted in the outstanding cooperation of a number of law enforcement agencies, all of which are to be commended for a job exceptionally well done,” Caroline County Sheriff Randy Bounds said. “We at the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office pledge our continued support for these types of initiatives, especially when considering the pain and devastation heroin has caused in our county and throughout the country.”

The Caroline County State’s Attorney’s Office was actively involved in providing guidance and support to police during this investigation. The suspects charged as drug kingpins will be prosecuted on those charges in Caroline County.

“This ongoing investigation represents the focused efforts by our local task force with full cooperation of the Maryland State Police, the Federal government and local police agencies,” Caroline County State’s Attorney Jonathan Newell said. “I expect those combined efforts will put a significant dent in the Caroline County heroin trade and success will be measured by a reduction in lives lost or destroyed through heroin use.”

“The cross-border and multi-jurisdictional focus of Maryland State Police criminal investigations is aimed at criminal enterprises just like this one,” Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel Marcus L. Brown said. “I join Sheriff Bounds in applauding the cooperative partnership of local, state and federal law enforcement officers who worked together to disrupt this major drug trafficking organization supplying the Upper Shore. One of the ways we will stop the increase in heroin overdoses in Maryland is to take down those major traffickers responsible for bringing heroin into the state. This is the unique role of the State Police and one we will continue to fulfill in the days ahead.”

Last week, police developed information that Drummond, Dean and Gibson were meeting Kess to purchase heroin in Anne Arundel County. The meeting occurred on the evening of June 23rd. After the meeting, Anne Arundel County Police Narcotics Unit investigators stopped Kess in his vehicle. He was arrested and charged as a drug kingpin. Heroin, cocaine and cash were found in his vehicle. Maryland law states a person can be charged with ‘possession of a large amount of heroin’ if the amount is 28 grams or more.

Following the meeting with Kess, members of the Maryland State Apprehension Team and State Police Gang Enforcement Unit stopped Drummond, Dean, and Gibson on Rt. 50 in Queen Anne’s Co. Heroin, cocaine, oxycodone, marijuana, and cash were recovered from the suspects and their vehicle.

A number of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies were involved in and provided support to this investigation. They included the Talbot County Narcotics Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations, Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force, Dorchester County Drug Task Force, Denton Police Department, Caroline County Sheriff’s Office, Anne Arundel County Police Department, Baltimore Police Department, and Maryland State Police Units including the Centreville Barrack, State Apprehension Team, Gang Enforcement Unit, Special Tactical Assault Team Element, and the Criminal Enforcement Division.