Police and Fire briefs, Nov. 11, 2020

Submitted photo/RFC, Brandon Stacey, Juanita Darby, Andrew Bradshaw
Rescue Fire Company members ventilated a house on Cemetery Avenue following a fire there on Nov. 3.

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Cemetery Ave. house fire
At 8 a.m. on Nov. 3, the Volunteers of Rescue Fire Company Inc. were dispatched for a reported house fire at 406 Cemetery Ave. for a fire in the walls of a second-floor bedroom. At 9:46 a.m., with the situation under control command was terminated and all units were placed in service without incident. The scene was turned over to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s office for investigation.
Rescue Fire Company responded to this incident with 28 volunteers.
Mutual aid was provided by Cambridge Police Department, Dorchester County Emergency Medical Services PM100 and 101 (Cambridge), Station 61 (Linkwood-Salem) Rescue Engine 61-1, Station 6 (Hurlock) Tower 6-1, Engine 6-2, Talbot Station 30 (Trappe), Station 46 (Church Creek) Rescue Engine 46-1, Station 21 (East New Market) Rescue Engine 21-1, Station 11 (Vienna) Rescue Engine 11-1

RFC Firefighter Kevin Carr provided this report.

Generous officer
Staff at the Salisbury Housing First Team thanked Officer Sipple from the Salisbury Police Department for going above and beyond, to assist a family he located, sleeping in their car.
On Halloween night, Officer Sipple was called to a vehicle that a family was sleeping in. He recognized the family as being victims of a house fire earlier in the year and knew their situation.
The officers on scene contacted Social Services and the Housing First Team to see what help could be provided. Due to it being a weekend, the resources were nearly non-existent, so Officer Sipple paid for a hotel room for the family for three nights. He also spent more than $100 of his own money on a gift card for food.
The family is now safely in a shelter and housing staff are working to provide a permanent solution.
“Officer Sipple went above and beyond to assist this family and we could not be more grateful for his empathy and generosity,” a statement from Salisbury Housing First Team said. “Be the good you want to see in this world. Officer Sipple certainly did.”
Arson suspect surrenders
The second of two suspects turned himself in last week after Deputy State Fire Marshals charged both with multiple arson charges, including Attempted First Degree Murder.
Edward C. Gaines III, 37, was arrested on 18 charges, including Attempted Arson 1st Degree, five counts of Attempted First Degree Murder, five counts of Conspiracy of Attempted First Degree Murder, one count of Manufacturing and Possession of a Destructive Device, and five counts of Reckless Endangerment.
On Oct. 7, at approximately 1:30 a.m, Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 300 block of Fairview Drive in Chestertown for a reported Molotov cocktail thrown at an occupied dwelling. A family of five was inside when the suspects threw a Molotov cocktail at the second-story window of the residence. The Molotov cocktail did not function properly and failed to cause damage.
“I’m very thankful for the vigilance, tenacity, and thoughtfulness of our investigators,” State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci said. “Hopefully, the family impacted can sleep easier tonight, knowing both of these individuals have now been arrested.”

Gaines turned himself into the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office early this morning, and troopers assigned to the Maryland State Police Centreville barrack took him into custody. Gaines is currently being held without bond at the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center.
Investigators also charged Mardell L. Adkins, 37, with the same charges. Adkins turned himself in on Oct. 15, and continues to be held without bond at Queen Anne’s County Detention Center.
Hoopers Island VFC
Drive-thru fried fish and fresh-cut fries Nov. 15, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until sold out, $10. For pre-orders beginning at 8 a.m. the morning of the dinner, call 410-397-3311 or 443-521-5101.
For more info, contact Mark Flowers 443-521-5118/410-397-3631. Location is Hoopers Island Vol. Fire Co., 2756 Hoopers Island Rd, Fishing Creek

Preston fire
A passerby observed a fire at 23350 Grove Road on Nov. 5 at 2:42 p.m. and contacted 911. The single-family dwelling owned by Noel Johnson was unoccupied.
Damage was contained to the interior laundry room area of the dwelling. There were no injuries. The owner is being assisted by family and friends.
Preston Volunteer Fire Company responded with 30 members, bringing the emergency under control in 20 minutes.
Anyone with information regarding this fire is asked to please contact the Upper Eastern Regional Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal at 410-822-7609.

Solicitation of a minor
A Cambridge man charged with the sexual solicitation of a minor was sentenced to seven years in prison with all but 189 days of time served suspended.
Joshua R. Phillips, 27, was arrested on April 17 when he came to Princess Anne to meet a girl he thought was 13-years-old. It turned out that Phillips had been conversing in a sexual manner not to a girl named “Jen” but Somerset County Sheriff’s Office Detective Justin Fontaine, who recognized Phillips from photos he had sent when he arrived at a parking lot to meet the girl.
Phillips was charged with sexual solicitation of a minor, distributing obscene material, and because of the COVID-19 pandemic violating Gov. Hogan’s State of Emergency stay-at-home order — the last two charges dropped by Somerset County Deputy State’s Attorney Kendra Hayward in exchange for Phillips’ guilty plea.
Circuit Court Judge Daniel W. Powell required Phillips to register as a Tier II sex offender, and placed him on three years of supervised probation. He is to successfully complete mental health treatment, have no unsupervised contact with minor children aside from his biological children, and pay $185 in court costs.

On Nov. 3 at approximately 11:30 pm, investigators from the Dorchester County Narcotics Task Force (DCNTF) conducted a residential search and seizure warrant on 619 Moore’s Ave., Cambridge. The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office STAR Team executed the warrant on the residence without incident and located the 28-year-old suspect inside the home, along with his girlfriend and children.
A statement from the Office of the State’s Attorney for Dorchester County said a full and thorough search of the residence revealed 18 individually wrapped baggies of crack cocaine (4.7 grams), powder cocaine (.6 grams), compressed cocaine (7.4 grams), marijuana 13.6 grams, a digital scale in working order, two 22-caliber bullets, $175 cash, two cellular phones, and drug paraphernalia. The suspect was transported to the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office for processing.
Cassone Arnza Taylor was taken before a Dorchester County Commissioner. Criminal charges include CDS possession with intent to distribute narcotics, illegal possession of ammunition, and several other CDS counts. He is currently being held without bond at the Dorchester County Detention Center pending further proceedings. Mr. Taylor is presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.
The Dorchester County Narcotics Task Force is a Federal H.I.D.T.A initiative and is also partially funded through Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network (M.C.I.N) initiative funds, which are provided by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention.

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