Police and fire briefs, Oct. 14, 2020

Submitted photo/Taylors Island Maryland
Meadow Foor was on the way to an emergency call in the Taylors Island rescue engine Saturday. Ms. Foor is an Emergency Medical Technician who is also on her way to becoming a certified fire fighter.

Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford
Heartbroken and disgusted to learn of the fatal shooting of an MTA bus driver in Baltimore. Anyone who has any information about this incident should immediately report it to (410) 396-2100.
If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that we should all strive to do better by our fellow humans. This type of senseless violence and criminality should have no place in our society, and those who perpetrate it must be held accountable for their actions. The State of Maryland offers its full support to the Baltimore Police Department as they investigate this tragedy, and our unrelenting prayers to the victim and his family.
Police say the suspects, Cameron Silcott and Nichelle Greene, were arrested Thursday night at Perkins Homes, blocks away from where the shooting occurred on E. Fayette Street.

Sex offender sought
A statement from the Queen Anne’s County Office of the Sheriff last week said, “Help us find Michael Jason Jolley, wanted for the following charges: sex offense 3rd degree, sex offense 4th deg, sexual contact contributing to the condition of a child, sexual abuse of a minor within a household family, and incest. He is 6’2” and 185 lbs with brown hair and blue eyes. He was born on Aug. 13, 1985 with a last known address of 401 Lime Landing Rd, in Millington. If you have any information to his whereabouts, please private message us, call our Anonymous Tip Line at 410-758-6666, or email us at sheriff-info@qac.org.”

Cars burglarized
On Oct. 6, deputies with the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office, responded to two separate residences, located in the 11000 and 12000 block of Greensboro Road in reference to vehicles being tampered with and rummaged through. The investigation revealed that seven vehicles were unlawfully entered and items were stolen out of the vehicles.
Two wallets were taken that belonged to two different victims. One of the victims had several unauthorized charges occur at different commercial locations. Pictures were obtained of two persons of interest that made unauthorized charges using one of the victim’s credit cards.
You can message the Sheriff’s Office privately via Facebook messenger or contact the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office – Criminal Investigation Division at 410-479-4123.

Molotov cocktail attack
Unknown suspects intentionally threw one Molotov cocktail at the second story window of a residence at 307 Fairview Drive, Chestertown in an attempt to ignite the structure. Several occupants of the home were inside the structure when the incident occurred in the early morning of Oct. 7.
The home is owned by Clark and Patricia Bjorke. There was no damage or injuries as a result of the attack.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Upper Eastern Regional Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal at 410-822-7609.

Theft Arrest
On Oct. 8, at approximately 10:41 p.m, deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office stopped a motor vehicle on Ocean Gateway near the Maryland State Police Barrack. An occupant in the vehicle identified as a 22-year-old Cambridge man was found to be wanted by the Cambridge Police Department on charges of theft. Tyquan Nichols was arrested and transported to the Talbot County Central Booking facility for processing and an initial appearance before the District Court Commissioner.

Road rage
On Oct. 5, the Baltimore Police Department Warrant Apprehension Task Force arrested a Baltimore man after a Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police investigation into an alleged road rage shooting on Interstate 95 in Baltimore City.
MDTA Police Officers responded to a report of a shooting on southbound I-95, south of the Fort McHenry Tunnel, at approximately 7:50 p.m. on Sept. 12. The alleged victim, who was driving a gray Saturn sedan, stated that the driver of a silver Acura sedan began to tailgate her vehicle near the Fort McHenry Tunnel toll plaza.
According to the victim, the driver of the silver Acura followed her through the tunnel and pulled alongside her vehicle. The victim stated that the suspect, described as a black male in his 20s or early 30s, then lowered his vehicle’s passenger side window, produced a black handgun and fired at her vehicle. Neither the victim nor her vehicle was struck.
After a thorough investigation, MDTA Police Detectives identified a suspect and obtained an arrest warrant. On Monday afternoon, officers arrested 23-year old Sterlin Harrison of Baltimore without incident. Harrison faces numerous criminal charges including Attempted First-Degree Murder, Attempted Second-Degree Murder and Use of a Firearm in a Violent and Felony Crime. Harrison was transported to the Baltimore Central Booking & Intake Center. Those persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Detectives ask anyone with information on this investigation to contact the MDTA Police Criminal Investigations Unit at 410-537-6700.

Theft/Fraud Arrest
In September 2019, the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigations Division initiated an investigation into a theft and credit card fraud. The suspect was identified as a 25-year-old resident of Silver Spring.
The investigation showed that the suspect gained access to the victim’s personal identifying information and credit card information, then made several transactions using the victim’s credit card information, ultimately purchasing electronics, which were shipped to his Silver Spring address.
Over the course of this year-long investigation, detectives authored and served numerous search and seizure warrants related to this case, uncovering numerous pieces of evidence linking the suspect to this crime. On Sept. 25, 2020, detectives arrested him on an outstanding arrest warrant related to this case. Keenthy Baah Yeboah was charged with the following criminal charges related to this incident:
• Theft $100 to under $1,500
• Credit Card Steal Another’s
• Credit Card Receive Unlawfully
• Credit Card Lost Received/Retained
• Credit Card Another’s Charged $100 to under $1,500
Yeboah was transported to the Talbot County Central Booking facility for processing and an initial appearance before the District Court Commissioner. He was released on a $1,000 unsecured bail bond.

Sex Offender Violation
In October, detectives from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigations Division received a tip about a registered sex offender residing in Talbot County who was not in compliance with the terms of the Maryland Sex Offender Registry. Detectives discovered a 33-year-old Easton man had moved residences in Talbot County and changed his telephone number without notifying the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office within the mandated timeframe. Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for him pertaining to these violations.
On Oct. 6, detectives from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigations Division as well as members of the United States Marshal’s Service, Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force responded to the 1200 block of Saint Michaels Road, based on a tip on the suspect’s whereabouts.
At that time, personnel located and arrested the man on his active arrest warrant. James Edward Alderson was charged with the following criminal charges:
• Sex Offender Registry Fail to Notify of Information Change (2 Counts)
Alderson was transported to the Talbot County Central Booking facility for processing and an initial appearance before the District Court Commissioner. Alderson was ordered held at the Talbot County Detention Center pending further action by the courts.

Victims’ services
U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur on Oct. 8 announced $1,697,084 in U.S. Department of Justice grants to improve services for crime victims in Maryland. The grants, awarded by the Department’s Office of Justice Programs, are part of over $144 million distributed nationwide to enhance the response to victims of crime throughout the United States.
The awards made to organizations in Maryland will advance the use of technology, improve community preparedness and law enforcement training, and provide emergency and transitional shelter to assist victims of crime. Programs will also support victims of child abuse and fund research projects related to perpetrators and victims of elder abuse. Nationwide, approximately $64.3 million was awarded under Office for Victims of Crime grant programs; over $54.1 million was awarded under Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention programs; over $19.9 million was awarded under Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking grant programs; and nearly $5.7 million was awarded under two National Institute of Justice grant programs.
The following organizations in Maryland received funding:
• JBS International, Inc. received $1,499,960 to support training and technical assistance for the direct services grantees under the Enhancing Community Responses to America’s Drug Crisis: Serving Our Youngest Crime Victims program.
• The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services received $180,000; Dorchester County received $11,370; and Frederick County received $5,754 under the Adam Walsh program to assist with developing enhancing programs designed to implement the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).
More information about OJP and its components can be found at www.ojp.gov.

Animal cruelty
A 75-year-old Laurel, Delaware woman was arrested Oct. 7 on animal cruelty charges, after officers discovered 35 dogs living in inhumane conditions on her property.
Last week, the Office of Animal Welfare’s Delaware Animal Services enforcement unit responded to a complaint concerning the welfare of animals on a Laurel property. DAS executed a search warrant to enter the property, where officers discovered 35 hound dogs living in harsh, filthy conditions in kennels covered in feces and on tethers throughout the owner’s property, according to authorities.
Officers arrested Leona Long on 77 charges, including 35 counts of cruel neglect, 35 counts of failure to obtain dog licenses and seven counts for failure to vaccinate for rabies, police said.
Ms. Long was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown and released on $37,000 unsecured bail. She is prohibited from possession of domestic animals, excluding fowl and rabbits, pending a court hearing.
“It was obvious the animals had been neglected for some time, and suffered tremendously as a result,” said Mark Tobin, chief of DAS, in a statement. “To see their tails wag despite such a miserable environment is incredible. These dogs now have a fighting chance for a better future.”
The animals were transferred to the custody of the Brandywine Valley Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the state’s contracted shelter provider, where they have been receiving care and treatment for eye infections, foot and ear injuries, and malnourishment. The dogs range in age from 6 months to 9 years and will be put up for adoption.

“Haunted house” fire safety
The start of Halloween season is upon us, which means, typically, dozens of haunted house attractions would be preparing to open to the public all across Maryland. However, this year, the state’s COVID-19 pandemic emergency has closed or significantly reduced the number of attractions.
State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci wants to remind everyone the State Fire Prevention Code requires adequate fire protection to be provided in “Haunted Houses” and special amusement buildings. Both permanent and temporary use structures fall under these requirements.
“These common-sense requirements, based on national model codes and standards, will help us avert a tragedy similar to the one that struck a New Jersey theme park over two decades ago. That incident resulted in the tragic loss of eight lives,” said the State Fire Marshal.
Requirements such as a sufficient number of exits, automatic smoke detection in reduced-lighting venues, exit marking, and emergency lighting help alert occupants in the event of a fire. Additional requirements addressing automatic fire sprinkler protection, restrictions against using flammable and combustible finishes and wall coverings, and banning open flame devices such as candles and lanterns along with smoking prohibitions, promote a fire-safe environment.

CDS Arrest
On Oct. 2, deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office stopped a motor vehicle on St. Michaels Road near the bypass for a moving violation. Deputies developed probable cause for a K-9 scan of the vehicle which resulted in a positive alert for the presence of a controlled substance. A search led to the recovery of heroin and paraphernalia on a 27-year-old Claiborne man. Daniel Hicks Jr. was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia. Hicks was transported to the Talbot County Central Booking facility for processing and an initial appearance before a District Court Commissioner.

Traffic Arrest
On Oct. 4, deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office stopped a motor vehicle on St. Michaels Road near the bypass for moving violations. Deputies were given false identification prior to identifying the driver as an 18-year-old Easton man.
Deputies determined the man did not have a driver’s license and placed him under arrest. Meisen Aboeldi Vasquez Gonzalez was charged with driving without a license, fraud to avoid prosecution, and numerous other traffic charges. Deputies transported Vasquez Gonzalez to the Talbot County Central Booking facility for processing and an initial appearance before a District Court Commissioner.

CDS Arrest:
On October 3, 2020, Deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office stopped a motor vehicle for moving violations. Deputies identified the driver as a 27-year-old Sherwood woman who did not have a driver’s license. K-9 Chief conducted an exterior sniff of the vehicle and provided a positive alert, resulting in the seizure of a controlled substance.
Amelia Paige Hamilton Maxwell was placed under arrest and charged with driving without a license and possession of a controlled substance. Maxwell was transported to the Talbot County Central Booking facility for processing and an initial appearance before the District Court Commissioner.

Failure to appear
On Oct. 5, deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 46-year-old Easton woman. An arrest warrant was issued by the Talbot County District Court charging Tulicia Janiece Batson with failing to appear for a scheduled court hearing. Batson was taken to the Talbot County District Court to be seen by the District Court Judge.

Violation of Protective Order
On Oct. 5, deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 26000 block of Tunis Mills Road for a violation of a protective order. Deputies made contact with the victim who stated that her estranged husband, a 52-year-old Easton man, had contacted her and was still in the area.
Deputies located Aaron Clifton West and placed him under arrest, charging him with violation of a protective order. West was taken to the Talbot County Central Booking facility for processing and an initial appearance before the District Court Commissioner, who ordered West held at the Talbot County Detention Center without bond.

Warrant Arrest
On Oct. 8, deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 26-year-old Preston man. An arrest warrant had been issued by the Circuit Court for Talbot County charging Jahad Mills with failing to appear for a scheduled court hearing on a charge of theft. Mills was transported to the Talbot County Detention Center and held without bond pending further action by the court.

Failure to appear
On Oct. 8, deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office responded to St. Michael’s Cottages in reference to an unwanted subject. Deputies identified the unwanted subject as a 34-year-old Bozman man.
Lonnie Robert Joyner was arrested on a Talbot County Circuit Court warrant that had been issued for his arrest for failing to appear at a scheduled court hearing. Joyner was taken to the Talbot County Detention Center and ordered held without bail pending further action by the Circuit Court.

Warrant Arrest
On Oct. 8, deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 39-year-old Bozman man, after an arrest warrant was issued by the Talbot County Circuit Court. Donnie Lee Boan was picked up in Elkton and transported by deputies to the Talbot County Central Booking facility for processing. Boan was ordered held at the Talbot County Detention Center without bond pending further action by the Circuit Court.