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STATE POLICE ARREST TWO SUSPECTS IN CAROLINE COUNTY SHOOTING

Maryland State Police Press Release
06/25/2015 14:13

STATE POLICE ARREST TWO SUSPECTS IN CAROLINE COUNTY SHOOTING

(Greensboro, MD) – Investigators from the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division Upper Shore arrested two suspects today who were involved with a shooting that occurred last night in Caroline County.

One of the accused is identified as Tony Elliott, Jr., 22 of the 4600 block of Skinners Run Road in Hurlock. Elliott is being charged with attempted first degree murder, reckless endangerment, and first and second degree assault. Elliott was arrested at 5:30 a.m. today and is currently being held without bond at the Caroline County Detention Center.

The other suspect, 17 years old, was arrested last night shortly before midnight and is in police custody. He is not being identified at this time because he is a juvenile. He is also charged with attempted first degree murder, reckless endangerment, and first and second degree assault. He is currently being held at Caroline County Detention Center.

The victim is identified as Cory Mayes, 18 of the 25,000 block of Hill Road in Greensboro. He was transported yesterday evening to Kent General Hospital in Dover, Delaware for medical treatment. Police believe Mayes is acquainted with the suspects involved.

On Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at approximately 7:00 p.m., troopers from the Maryland State Police Easton Barrack, assisted by officers from the Greensboro Police Department responded to the 25000 block of Hill Road in Greensboro, Maryland for the report of a shooting. Upon the arrival of responding emergency personnel, Mayes was located inside of the residence suffering from a single gunshot wound in the torso.

Witnesses at the scene, along with statements from the victim identified the suspects. Both suspects were located at their respective residences in Caroline County and taken into custody without incident by the Maryland State Police Apprehension Team. Sheriff deputies from the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the investigation.

Investigators from the Maryland State Police are still actively investigating additional leads. Anyone with information is urged to call the Maryland State Police, Easton Barrack at (410) 822-3101.

Residential Hospice Home to Open in Denton

Compass Regional Hospice
June 2015

Photo:  The sign in front of the Caroline Hospice Foundation (CHF) in Denton signals that expanded hospice services are coming to the county soon. The three-bed residential hospice center, which will be operated by Compass Regional Hospice, is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015. Pictured are (left to right) Sandy Keating, Heather Guerieri, executive director, Compass Regional Hospice; Elaine Nichols, CHF board member; Margie Calvello, CHF Advisory Committee; Heidi Plutschak, Director, CHF; Dave Whaley, CHF board member; Betty Balles, CHF board president; Laura Harris, CHF board vice president; and Al Turner and Richard HarfieldCHF board members.


The sign in front of the Caroline Hospice Foundation (CHF) in Denton signals that expanded hospice services are coming to the county soon. The three-bed residential hospice center, which will be operated by Compass Regional Hospice, is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015. Pictured are (left to right) Sandy Keating, Heather Guerieri, executive director, Compass Regional Hospice; Elaine Nichols, CHF board member; Margie Calvello, CHF Advisory Committee; Heidi Plutschak, Director, CHF; Dave Whaley, CHF board member; Betty Balles, CHF board president; Laura Harris, CHF board vice president; and Al Turner and Richard HarfieldCHF board members. Contributed Photo

By the fall residents of Caroline County will once again have a residential hospice center. The Caroline Hospice Home located at 613 S. 5th Ave in Denton is scheduled to open for patient care following months of renovations.

The facility, which is owned by Caroline Hospice Foundation, will accommodate three residential patients in three private rooms. The center also has a chapel and comfortable seating and dining areas for visitors. The facility, including a new state-of-the art kitchen, has been updated to comply with state regulations that govern hospice centers.

“We are excited to be able to expand the service we have been providing in Caroline County since the state approved us to be the sole provider of hospice services last fall,” says Heather Guerieri, RN, BSN, CHPN, executive director, Compass Regional Hospice. “Now, in addition to providing hospice care in private residences, nursing homes and assisted living facilities we will have a three-bed residential hospice center for people who choose this level of care.”

Betty Balles, president of the Caroline Hospice Foundation and a long-time hospice champion in Caroline County, adds, “The Caroline Hospice Foundation is committed to its mission of raising money needed to ensure that the people of our community have access to the hospice care they need. We are pleased to have formed this partnership with Compass Regional Hospice, whose staff and volunteers share our passion for helping people through some of the most difficult days of their lives.”

Laura Harris, vice president and incoming president for Caroline Hospice Foundation, says, “This collaboration with Compass Regional Hospice also adds services that are now available in Caroline County through the Hope & Healing Center. Skilled counselors provide grief support not only to hospice families but also to people of all ages who have experienced a significant loss. The Hope & Healing Center programs include individual and group counseling, support groups, and workshops for adults, teens and children.”

Like all non-profit hospice providers, Compass Regional Hospice depends on donations from the community to close the gap between the actual cost of providing patient care and payments received from Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance. Guerieri says, “Fundraising is the heart of hospice and we are most grateful to our Caroline Hospice Foundation colleagues for the enthusiasm they bring to funding this facility and many of the expenses we incur in providing hospice care.”

A community grand opening celebration is planned for August 11 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Caroline Hospice Home.

For more information about Compass Regional Hospice call 443-262-4100 or visit www.compassregionalhospice.org. To become a hospice supporter in Caroline County contact the Caroline Hospice Foundation, 410-479-3500, carolinehospice.com.

MD State Police Reports Impaired Driving Crash in Federalsburg

Maryland State Police Press Release
04/27/2015

MULTIPLE IMPAIRED DRIVING CRASHES ACROSS MD THIS WEEKEND

(Pikesville, MD) – Troopers investigated several crashes involving impaired drivers and arrested even more over this past weekend across the state.

This past weekend, April 24 through April 26, 2015, troopers investigated 12 collisions involving suspected impaired drivers. They also arrested 58 motorists suspected of operating a vehicle while impaired. Troopers remind everyone that impaired driving crashes are completely preventable by never driving after you have been drinking.

These collisions included:

Caroline Co. – Route 307 at Route 313, Federalsburg, MD – 3:20 p. m. – April 24 – Troopers responded to a single vehicle crash involving a car that ran off the roadway into a ditch after striking a curb. The driver was transported to the hospital and is suspected of DUI. Charges are pending.

Multiple Suspects Charged in 2014 Caroline County Murder

Maryland State Police Press Release
04/17/2015 11:10

MULTIPLE SUSPECTS CHARGED IN 2014 CAROLINE CO. MURDER

(FEDERALSBURG, MD) – Five suspects were arrested and charged yesterday and early today in connection with the fatal shooting of a Caroline County man in November of 2014.

The first suspect is identified as Dayrius T. Garcia, 19, of Hurlock, Md. A Caroline County Grand Jury indicted Garcia on April 15, 2015 on the charges of first degree murder, second degree murder, robbery, first degree assault, second degree assault, first degree burglary, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. State Police investigators attempted to locate Garcia early yesterday at his residence. He was later brought to the Federalsburg Police Department by his father, where a State Police homicide investigator took him into custody.

Four additional suspects are identified as Christopher L. Eley, 18, of Hurlock, William N. Willis III, 15, of Federalsburg, Elijah J. Rosetta, 17, of Hurlock, and Markeith L. Jones, 21, of Federalsburg. Willis and Rosetta are being charged as adults. After consultation with the Caroline County State’s Attorney’s Office, each of these suspects was charged by State Police with first degree murder, second degree murder, robbery, first degree assault, second degree assault, first degree burglary, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Eley, Willis and Rosetta were arrested by State Police investigators throughout the day yesterday. Jones could not be located initially and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Members of the Maryland State Apprehension Team located and arrested Jones early this morning.

All suspects were arrested without incident. Each was taken to the Caroline County Detention Center to await an initial appearance before a court commissioner.

The homicide victim was Travon L. Farrow, 23, of the 200-block of Morris Avenue, Federalsburg, Md. Farrow lived at the home where the shooting occurred, with his wife and two children.

Shortly after 6:30 p.m. on November 24, 2014, officers from the Federalsburg Police Department responded to a call for a shooting at the victim’s residence. Responding officers found the victim lying inside his home with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the upper torso. EMS personnel responded and transported the victim to the hospital. Assistance was requested from the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit and Criminal Enforcement Division investigators.

The Maryland State Police Homicide Unit investigation used information developed from numerous interviews, forensic testing, and other leads to identify the five suspects as those responsible for the murder. The investigation indicates the five were together on the evening of November 24th and decided to commit a robbery at the Farrow residence with the intent of obtaining money and or drugs. Farrow was shot by one of the suspects during an altercation, while other suspects searched the home.

The State Police Homicide Unit received investigative assistance from a number of allied public safety agencies. They included the Federalsburg Police Department, the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office patrol, investigation and K-9 sections, the Caroline County Drug Task Force, the Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Department, the Caroline County Department of Emergency Services, and Maryland State Police personnel including the Criminal Enforcement Division, Easton Barrack troopers, and crime scene technicians. The Caroline County State’s Attorney’s Office worked with Homicide Unit investigators throughout the investigation.

North Caroline High School Presents All Shook Up

North Caroline High School
April 2015

The North Caroline High School proudly presents All Shook Up book by Joe Dipietro : an upbeat musical inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley.

Its 1955 when the handsome, motorcycle riding, guitar playin’ leather-jacketed roustabout Chad comes and shakes up a small little town. All Shook Up is filled with numerous songs that will have you singing along such as; Jailhouse Rock, Heartbreak Hotel, Blue Suede Shoes, All Shook Up and many more. Come join Natalie, Chad, Jim, Sylvia, Lorraine, Dennis, Miss Sandra, Mayor Matilda, Dean and Sheriff Earl in this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical that will have you dancing in your seat! Put on your blue suede shoes and come join in all the action as fools fall in love while following their dreams.

All Shook Up is presented through special arrangements with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide, 570 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2100, New York, NY 10018, (866)-375-9758. www.theatricalrights.com.

Performances will be held May 1st at 7:30 pm, May 2nd at 5:30pm, May 8th at 7:30 pm and May 9th at 5:30 pm in the North Caroline High School Auditorium. Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $7.00 for student and senior citizens. For questions or ticket reservations contact Paul Schoonover at 410-253-1766

Adkins Arboretum Offers Waterfront Landscape Design Workshop March 14, 2015

Adkins Arboretum
(RIDGELY, MD—March 9, 2015)

Waterfront properties present homeowners with both daunting challenges and precious opportunities. Learn to address the challenges and embrace the opportunities on Sat., March 14 when landscape designer and native plant enthusiast Chris Pax presents Designing for Waterfront Landscapes at Adkins Arboretum.

Lead designer of the Arboretum’s Native Landscape Design Center, Pax is a graduate of the George Washington University sustainable landscape design master’s program. She will discuss ideal plants for waterfront landscape conditions and will review some of the special rules and regulations that apply to waterfront properties. Participants may bring plat diagrams and photos to the workshop.

Designing for Waterfront Landscapes runs from 10 a.m. to noon. The program fee is $35 for members, $45 for non-members, and $55 for member couples. Advance registration is required at adkinsarboretum.org or by calling 410.634.2847, ext. 0.

One Killed and Several Injured in Caroline County Crash

Maryland State Police Press Release
12/30/2014 13:10

ONE KILLED AND SEVERAL INJURED IN CAROLINE CO. CRASH

(PRESTON, MD) – One person was killed and several injured in a two vehicle crash this morning in Caroline County.

The person fatally injured is identified as Michaela D. Coulbourn, 50, of Preston, Md. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Ms. Coulbourn was the driver and only occupant of a 2005 Cadillac passenger car.

The driver of the 2013 Ford bus is identified as Rome E. Brittingham Jr., 68, of Denton, Md. Mr. Brittingham was driving a state-owned bus that was providing county transportation for individuals to an adult care facility.

Shortly after 8:30 a.m. today, troopers from the Easton Barracks were dispatched to the crash that occurred on Bethlehem Rd. (Rt. 528), one-tenth of a mile east of Newton Rd., in Preston, Md. Arriving troopers found the Cadillac and Ford bus had collided and the bus had overturned onto its side. EMS and fire personnel responded to the scene and transported the bus driver, his assistant, and the five people being driven to the care facility to Easton Memorial Hospital.

The preliminary investigation indicates the two vehicles were traveling in opposite directions as they approached each other on Bethlehem Rd. For reasons unclear at this time, the Cadillac apparently drifted across the centerline and into the path of the oncoming Ford bus. The bus driver tried to avoid the collision, but the Cadillac struck the bus on the driver’s side near the rear axle, causing the bus to overturn.

The investigation is continuing.

Solar Lane and Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Company Partner on Solar Project

Solar Lane of Easton, MD
EASTON, MD
NOVEMBER 11, 2014)

Solar Lane of Easton, MD has broken ground on an 85-Kilowatt solar electric generating project on the grounds of the Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Company, a company served by Delmarva Power, in Federalsburg, MD. Solar Lane has contracted with Paradise Energy Solutions to design, build and maintain the Solar Generating Facility.

By entering into 25-year Power Purchase Agreement with Solar Lane, the Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Company will have their electricity supplied by the sun. After the two-week installation, it is expected that the Solar Generating Facility will be on line generating electricity by the end of November, saving the Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Company significant energy costs in the next 25 years.

According to David Morean, Project Manager for the Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Company, “We were trying to find different ways to save energy. Solar Lane and Paradise Energy have the expertise and experience to install a system that was affordable for us. The installation is going very smoothly and we expect to save over $250,000 over the next 25 years with our energy savings. With this savings we can buy a needed new fire truck.”

Solar Lane was founded to build and invest in solar electric facilities for businesses on the Eastern Shore. The company invests in commercial solar projects for businesses and nonprofits. Their focus is on helping these companies cut their energy costs in half eliminating expensive start-up costs.

Scott Kane, President of Solar Lane, who has over 40 years of solar and energy experience, comments, “We started Solar Lane this year in Easton, MD to invest in the Eastern Shore – creating jobs and improving our local economy by lowering electric costs. The solar generating facilities we build provide businesses and nonprofits in Maryland with lower-cost electricity at a guaranteed low monthly payment – providing them significant costs savings.” Kane adds, “An additional benefit is that Delmarva Power is now allowed to interconnect with us and use the excess solar energy we produce on sunny days to supply solar-generated electricity to their customers. This is a win-win-win for everyone involved.”

Solar Lane has also created a unique partnership with Paradise Energy Solutions, a solar engineering and operating company located in Salisbury, MD, to install these Solar Generating Facilities. Kane comments, “We are thrilled to partner with Paradise Energy Solutions, as they have the years of experience and expertise to complete these projects quickly and reliably. To date, they have installed, and now operate, over 90 solar installations on the Eastern Shore.”

For Caroline County, the project means stepping into the future with alternative energy. Caroline County Commissioner Wilbur Levengood states, “New rules on the books have allowed public private partnerships like this one between Solar Lane and the Federalsburg Fire Company to happen. I believe this is the first project to be completely on the grid in Caroline County.” He adds, “This project helps the Fire Company to free up their utility funds to help with their other needs. I really think this could be a model for other projects in our county.”

Solar Lane is using local investors to fund these solar projects on the Eastern Shore and is looking to find other local businesses and nonprofits which are interested in saving on their energy costs. For further information about what the benefits of solar electricity might mean to your nonprofit or business and to receive a free solar assessment, contact Scott Kane at 240-478-7672 or email contact@solarlane.net.

Submitted Photo: Pictured left to right at the recent groundbreaking for the new Solar Generating Facility at the Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Company are Richard Colburn, Town Manager, Federalsburg; Mike Robinson, President of the Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Company; Dave Morean, Project Manager, Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Company; Jason Beiler, Paradise Energy Solutions, Salisbury, MD; Scott Kane, President, Solar Lane in Easton; and Wilbur Levengood, Caroline County Commissioner.

Pictured left to right at the recent groundbreaking for the new Solar Generating Facility at the Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Company are Richard Colburn, Town Manager, Federalsburg; Mike Robinson, President of the Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Company; Dave Morean, Project Manager, Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Company; Jason Beiler, Paradise Energy Solutions, Salisbury, MD; Scott Kane, President, Solar Lane in Easton; and Wilbur Levengood, Caroline County Commissioner. – Submitted Photo

Rural Legacy Program Preserves 55 Acres in Caroline and Washington Counties

DNR
October 29, 2014

The State permanently preserved 55 acres of Maryland’s landscape and eliminated 5 development rights through the Rural Legacy Program. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved funding for the easements in the Mid-Maryland Washington Rural Legacy Area and Agricultural Security Corridor Rural Legacy Area at today’s meeting in Annapolis.

“The Rural Legacy Program ensures the prosperity of our great state by protecting important forest and farmland, preserving historical sites and working landscapes, and providing our waterways with critical stormwater runoff protection,” said Governor O’Malley.

In Caroline County, the 35-acre Jones Easement contains approximately 1,000 linear feet of frontage and 100 feet of forested buffers along Tuckahoe Creek. With 30 total acres of forests in and near the site, it provides forest interior dwelling habitat for a variety of plants and animals. The entire property falls within a “Targeted Agricultural Area,” land identified as a conservation priority by the Maryland Department of Planning as part of the State’s AgPrint.

With the addition of this easement, 49 percent of the 22,401-acre Agricultural Security Corridor Rural Legacy Area is currently protected.

In Washington County, the 20-acre Morgan Easement is part of a large tract of land a Quaker, Israel Friend, purchased from the Indian Chiefs of the Five Nations in 1727. The Antietam tract was measured in arrow shoots ─ the farthest distance an archer could shoot an arrow. It served as the site for Antietam Iron Works, which produced cannons for, among others, the Continental Army. Rock piles from business operations can still be found on the property. The Union 9th Corps also passed through the area during the Battle of Antietam.

A forest stewardship plan will protect the property, which is made-up primarily of forestland, and sits adjacent to a larger mass of contiguous woodland acres. With the addition of this easement, 43 percent of the 18,381-acre Mid-Maryland Washington Rural Legacy Area is currently protected.

Enacted by the General Assembly in 1997, Maryland’s Rural Legacy Program provides funding to preserve large tracts of forests, agricultural land and natural resources, while sustaining land for natural resource-based industries. It has to date provided more than $251 million to protect approximately 81,100 acres. The 11-member Rural Legacy Advisory Committee and Board is comprised of Maryland’s Agriculture, Natural Resources and Planning Secretaries, who review grant applications annually.

The three member Board of Public Works is composed of Governor O’Malley (chair), Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot. The BPW is authorized by the General Assembly to approve major construction and consultation contracts, equipment purchases, property transactions and other procurement transactions.

Delmarva Power’s Project to Benefit Queen Anne’s and Caroline Counties

Delmarva Power
DENTON, Md.
Oct 28, 2014

Delmarva Power plans to rebuild a high-voltage transmission line between the company’s substations near Millington and in Denton, Md., in order to enhance electric service reliability in Queen Anne’s and Caroline counties.

Delmarva Power will invest approximately $29.6 million to rebuild the 25.5-mile, 138-kilovolt (kV) transmission line, which will enhance reliability of the transmission system.

The project will replace 182 wooden poles, which range in height from 55- to 80-feet, with steel poles that are 95- to 125-feet tall. Steel poles are resistant to corrosion and can withstand hurricane force winds of 120 miles per hour.

“The current infrastructure was built in 1955 and is approaching the end of its useful life, so it is important that we undertake this project to maintain and improve the reliability of the transmission system” said John Allen, Delmarva Power Region Vice President.

Work is scheduled to begin in February 2016 with completion targeted for June 2017.

Delmarva Power plans to schedule two community meetings in early 2015 to provide more details on the project.