Police and fire briefs, Aug. 12, 2020

Submitted photo/Federalsburg Police Department
A Federalsburg police officer cast a disapproving stare as a fugitive was pulled in from the Marshyhope Creek.

Federalsburg
“A resident was enjoying the Marshy Hope Walking Trail on his daily exercise regimen when a guy attempted to steal his backpack from a bench at one of our pavilions,” a statement from the Federalsburg Police Department said on Thursday. “When confronted, the guy took off and decided to make his getaway on the Marshy Hope…so he jumped in the water.
“He wasn’t hard to locate, as PFC Brannan gave chase and had him out at one point, only to lose his grip and watch him swim away. Natural Resources Police and our Fire Company helped coral him with boats, and NRP CPL Klagett finally convinced him to get out of the water.
“Turned out, the object of his theft was a training backpack full of weights…It just wasn’t his day. Charges are pending once he gets checked out.”
Cambridge Police seek info
The Cambridge Police Department is continuing their investigation in the homicide of Tavaar Chester. Anyone with information may contact the Criminal Investigation Division 410-228-3333.
Assault/Handgun Arrest
On July 25 at 20:37 p.m., deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the 11000 block of Kitty’s Corner Road, Cordova for a fight in progress. Upon arrival, deputies learned that a 54-year-old resident of Cordova was involved in an altercation with several subjects.
During the altercation, she displayed a firearm and shot into the air three times in attempt to disperse the crowd. Deputies determined the woman was prohibited from possessing firearms, and was placed under arrest. Several firearms were seized from her residence.
Christina Marie Smith was transported to the Talbot County Central Booking facility and charged with assault, assault with a firearm and illegal possession of a firearm. Smith was ordered held pending further action by the court.
Marydel shooting
On Aug. 4 at 7:30 p.m. deputies from the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched and responded to the 300 block of Main Street in Marydel, Maryland for a reported shooting. Upon arrival of deputies, it was revealed that multiple shots were fired at and into the residence.
On scene and preliminary investigation revealed that a man and a woman arrived at the residence to confront two of the victims (Christopher Collins and Crystal Stokes) in reference to a dispute over a defective U-Wii purchased over social media, earlier in the day.
“Almost instantly, a physical altercation occurred between the man and Collins,” a statement from the sheriff’s office said. “During the altercation, the woman retrieved a handgun from the vehicle they arrived in and approached the victim(s) who were on the porch of the residence and fled inside.”
“The man then obtained the handgun from the woman and the two got into their vehicle. As they drove away from the scene, the man fired multiple shots at and into the victim’s residence. No one in residence or surrounding area was injured.”
Continued investigation by the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division with the assistance by the Harrington Delaware Police Department, Felton Delaware Police Department and the US Marshals Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, James Leon Jones Jr. and Paige Marie Mabrey were located and arrested in Harrington Delaware on Aug. 5.
Jones Jr. and Mabrey were processed by the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office and after an appearance before the Caroline County Court Commissioner they both were held without bond at the Caroline County Detention Center.
Jones Jr and Mabrey were charged with the Attempted Second-Degree Murder (3 counts), Assault First Degree (3 counts), Assault Second Degree (3 counts), Reckless Endangerment (3 counts), Firearm Use Felony – Violent Crime, Loaded Handgun in Vehicle, Handgun in Vehicle, Dangerous Weapon Conceal, Reckless Endangerment from a Vehicle (3 counts).
The Caroline County Sheriff’s Office ask anyone with any information pertaining to this investigation is asked to contact Det. Ryan Baughman at 410-479-4123.
CDS/DUI Arrest
On July 4 at 12 p.m., hours, Deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office stopped a motor vehicle on St. Michaels Road near Bozman Neavitt Road for numerous moving violations. Deputies identified the driver as 54-year-old resident of Claiborne, who was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance.
A probable cause search of Dickey’s vehicle was completed, leading to the recovery of heroin and paraphernalia. William Joseph Dickey was charged with possession of heroin, possession of paraphernalia and driving under the influence of a controlled substance.
Dickey was transported to the Talbot County Central Booking facility for processing and an initial appearance before the District Court Commissioner.
Failure to appear
On July 7, Deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office arrested Johnny Wilson Bishop, 66, of Exmore, Va. On Jan. 4, 1993 an arrest warrant was issued by the Talbot County District Court charging Bishop with failure to appear at a scheduled court hearing. Bishop was transported to Talbot County Central Booking facility pending further action by the court.
Bar fight
On July 25, at 2 a.m., Deputies of the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist St. Michaels Police Department with an assault that occurred at Carpenter Street Saloon. Deputies identified the suspect as Malcom James Mitchell, 49 of Columbia, Maryland and located an open warrant through Montgomery County. Mitchell was placed under arrest and transported to Talbot County Central Booking facility for processing and an initial appearance before the District Court Commissioner.
Warrant Arrest
On July 25, Deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office arrested Nicole Shirlene Whitfield, 26 of Easton. On July 21 four arrest warrants were issued by the Talbot County Circuit Court charging Whitfield with violation of probation. Whitfield was transported to Talbot County Detention Center and held without bond pending further action by the court.
Sex offender
On March 23, detectives with the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division conducted a routine sex offender re-registration of Alexander Spence Allen. Allen is registered with the State of Maryland as a Tier I sex offender and is required to register semi-annually for 15 years.
During past registrations, Allen provided a St. Michaels address. Investigation revealed that Allen was not living at the address he had provided and was in violation.
An arrest warrant was issued by the Talbot County District Court Commissioner on April 17. Members of the U.S. Marshal’s Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force assisted with contacting Allen and obtained his cooperation.
Allen turned himself into the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office on July 24. He was transported to central booking for an initial appearance with the District Court commissioner. He was held without bond pending a bail review before a District Court judge.
CDS Arrest
On July 31 at 9:21 p.m., Deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 600 block of Landing Road, St. Michaels, for a check welfare. Upon arrival, Deputies located a man, who was found to be trespassing on posted property.
Deputies conducted a search incident to arrest and located heroin, syringes, steroids and methadone strips. Additionally, Deputies recovered $3,215 dollars from the man.
Ryan Bosley was placed under arrest and charged with possession of controlled substances, possession of paraphernalia and trespassing. Bosley was taken to the Talbot County Central Booking facility for processing and an initial appearance before the District Court Commissioner.
Talbot Sheriff’s Office
Aaron Burns is wanted for Violation Of Probation on a CDS Poss Not Marijuana charge. Anyone with information or knowing Mr. Burns is asked to call the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office at 410-822-1020.
Juvenile charged with arson
Deputy State Fire Marshals have charged a 17-year-old male youth with arson-related charges after determining he was responsible for intentionally setting two vehicles on fire in Salisbury over the last several weeks.
The first incident occurred at 1:03 a.m. on July 15. The vehicle was located in the driveway at 511 Elberta Avenue.
The second incident occurred at 515 Loblolly Lane on July 21, at 4:03 a.m. Firefighters responded from Salisbury Fire Department and quickly extinguished each of the blazes.
Investigators determined that a person had intentionally ignited the exterior of each of the vehicles, causing nearly $5,000 damage to each. No injuries were reported in either fire.
The incidents occurred within a block of each other and placed the quiet neighborhood just outside Salisbury University on edge. During the course of their investigation, Deputy State Fire Marshals determined the teenager was responsible for igniting each of the fires. He has been charged with two counts of 2nd Degree Arson and two counts of 1st Degree Malicious Burning.
The juvenile was released to the custody of his parents pending actions by the Department of Juvenile Services.
“This is an excellent example of investigators working hard to prevent the continued victimization of our residents in our local community,” said State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci. “I am proud of the work of our Deputy State Fire Marshals to close both of these investigations promptly and put the neighborhood at ease”.
Drugs, Firearms Investigation
During July, the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office Community Action Team conducted an investigation into two men who were believed to possess illegal firearms at their residence located on the 7300 block of Walston Switch Road, Parsonsburg. The Sheriff’s Office had received several nuisance complaints about the men possessing firearms, shooting them in unsafe directions, and having a lot of vehicle traffic at the residence.
Detectives learned that both men were disqualified from possessing firearms based on previous criminal convictions. As a result of the investigation; a Search and Seizure Warrant was authored for the residence. The Search Warrant was executed by the Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Team on July 31, 2020. The men were both located inside of the residence and detained without incident. A thorough and systematic search of the residence was conducted and detectives located a .380 caliber Smith and Wesson handgun with a partially obliterated serial number, a Mossberg 12 Gauge Shotgun, and a Remington .22 caliber rifle.
Detectives also located an amount of heroin indicative of distribution inside the residence. An abundance of paraphernalia consistent with packaging heroin for distribution was located inside of the residence.
Both Edward Allen Romero, 30, and Trent Michael Pauley, 21, were arrested and charged with controlled dangerous substance and firearms related charges. This is an ongoing investigation and additional charges against Romero and Pauley along with other individuals are probable. Both Romero and Pauley were originally held without bond but later released on a $50,000 unsecured bond after a bond review.
Charges:
Romero: Possession with the intent to distribute heroin, Possession of a firearm in a drug trafficking crime, Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Possession of heroin.
Pauley: Possession with the intent to distribute heroin, Possession of a firearm in a drug trafficking crime, Possession of a firearm after a conviction of a disqualifying crime as a juvenile, Possession of heroin.