Police and fire briefs, Nov. 18, 2020

John M.
Woodlin

Intent to distribute
On Nov. 5, deputies from the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office executed a Search and Seizure Warrant at 409 Leonards Lane, Cambridge. The target of the investigation, 42-year-old resident of that address, was located inside. The search revealed 7 Xanax pills, Bag of syringes, glass smoking device, 4 cell phones, $213 in U.S. currency, 2.3 grams of a Cocaine/Fentanyl mix, an electronic scale, packaging material and numerous syringes both used and new.
Vanessa Ann George was charged with 3 counts of Possession of C.D.S. not marijuana, 3 counts of Possession with intent to distribute C.D.S., 3 counts of Possession of Paraphernalia and Possession of administration equipment with Intent to Distribute. She was ordered Held without Bond.

CDS Arrest
On Oct. 31, deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office responded to a business in the 7000 block of Industrial Park Road in reference to an employee refusing to leave the site. Deputies made contact with a 56-year-old Easton man and discovered he was in possession of three different controlled substances without a prescription.
He was placed under arrest and transported to the Talbot County Central Booking facility for processing and an initial appearance before a District Court Commissioner.
Jonathan Wainwright Dey Jr. was charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia. Dey was ordered held pending further action by the courts.

DWI/Warrant Arrest
On Nov. 5, deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office stopped a motor vehicle on Ocean Gateway near Lomax Street for moving violations. Deputies identified the driver as a 33-year-old Cambridge man, after receiving a false name from the driver.
The man was found to be driving the motor vehicle while intoxicated and an arrest warrant was located from Worcester County District Court charging him with harassment and telephone misuse. He was placed under arrest and taken to the Talbot County Central Booking facility for processing and an initial appearance before the District Court Commissioner. David Luna Hidalgo was charged with driving while intoxicated, providing fraudulent identification to avoid prosecution, harassment and telephone misuse. Hidalgo was ordered held pending further action by the court.
Warrant Arrest
On Nov. 9, deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 53-year-old of Trappe man. An arrest warrant was issued by the District Court of Talbot County in October charging him with violation of probation. Robert Samuel Trower was transported to the Talbot County Detention Center where he was ordered held pending further action by the courts.

Sex abuse of minor
On November 4, a Wicomico County jury found John Matthew Woodlin, 51 years of age, formerly of Salisbury, Maryland, guilty of one count of sex abuse of a minor, two counts of rape, two counts each of sex offense third and fourth degree and one count of assault second degree after a jury trial presided over by the Honorable D. William Simpson Senior Judge.
Judge Simpson ordered a pre-sentence Investigation and mental health evaluation. Woodlin was already registered as a Tier Ill sex offender at the time of this offense.
Woodlin sexually abused the victim, who was under the age of 12, in September 2019, in Salisbury.
Wicomico County State’s Attorney (SA) Jamie L Dykes commended the members of Wicomico County Child Advocacy Center (CAC) for their work in the investigation, specifically thanking Wicomico Sheriff’s Office investigator Sergeant T. Funk, assigned to the CAC. SA Dykes also commended Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Diane Kalsnitz, who prosecuted this case.

Bomb Threat
Deputies responded to the Bay Times Newspaper, in Chester, in reference to a possible bomb threat on Nov. 5. Upon arriving on scene, deputies learned that a bomb threat, by telephone, was attempted to the La Plata office of Chesapeake Publishing, where the telephone call was not answered in La Plata, and was transferred to the Easton office of the Star Democrat.
The bomb threat caller did not state which newspaper office he was referring to and out of caution, the Star Democrat notified all newspaper offices, including the Bay Times, in Chester. The Bay Times evacuated the building and deputies were able to secure the scene and evacuate the entire building, including the apartments above and around the Bay Times.
Bomb Detection K9 Units from Annapolis City Police Department arrived and were able to clear the scene with no positive alerts. The Easton Police Department is handling the original call and anyone with information relating to this case, is asked to contact them at 410-822-1111.

CDS
Queen Anne’s County DFC Barlow conducted a traffic stop in the area of Route 18 and Castle Marina Road, in Chester, after she observed a Cadillac traveling 44 mph in a posted 30 mph zone. The driver, a 51-year-old of Severn man, was speaking to the Deputy when he stated that he used to be a “crackhead” and to cut him a break.
A K9 Unit was requested and DFC Bradley and K9 Boss performed a K9 scan of the vehicle where K9 Boss had a positive alert. A probable cause search was conducted and Controlled Dangerous Substance not Marijuana was located in the vehicle along with Controlled Dangerous Substance Drug Paraphernalia.
The man said the Controlled Dangerous Substance belonged to him and was placed under arrest and transported to Queen Anne’s County Office of the Sheriff. Robert Daniel Burroughs was charged, processed, and taken to the Queen Anne’s County District Court Commissioner where he was released on signature.

Intent to Distribute Cocaine
The Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office Community Action Team (CAT) conducted an investigation into a 57-year-old man distributing cocaine in the Salisbury area. CAT authored a Search and Seizure Warrant for the person of the man.
On Oct. 21, CAT established surveillance on him and observed him riding a bicycle in the area of Isabella Street and Mill Street in Salisbury. CAT detained the man and serve the Search and Seizure Warrant on his person. While conducting a search of the suspect, detectives located numerous individual bags of crack cocaine ready for sale, packaging material, and U.S. currency.
Detectives requested and were granted consent to search the residence that the man was observed leaving located on the 400 Block of Lake Street, Salisbury. Additional evidence was located inside the residence that was indicative of the manufacturing and distribution of crack cocaine.
Briggett Wendell Ellis was subsequently arrested and transported to the Wicomico County Detention Center where he was held without bond. Ellis is currently on parole and was recently released from incarceration for a felony controlled dangerous substance investigation for which he was previously arrested by CAT.
Charges:
• Possession with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine
• Manufacturing Crack Cocaine
• Possession of Cocaine
• Possession of Manufacturing Equipment