Police and fire briefs, Oct. 21, 2020

Submitted photo/Wicomico Sheriff’s Office
Marquez Labrante Armstrong, left, and Corey Jamar Jones

Two charged in murder
On Oct. 11, the Salisbury Police Department responded to the area of Lakeside Drive in Salisbury for a human body located in Johnson Lake. The body was that of a deceased Caucasian female.
The woman was later identified as Trisha Lyn Parker. Further investigation revealed that Parker’s death appeared to be suspicious, a statement from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office said.
It was learned that Parker resided on Wyman Drive, which is located in the county. Detectives from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division were notified and assumed the investigation, with the assistance of the Salisbury Police Department.

During the course of the investigation, detectives were able to develop a suspect, identified as Marquez Labrante Armstrong, who had been dating Parker for a few months. On Oct. 12, Armstrong was located and questioned about the incident.
During the questioning, Armstrong confessed to choking and punching Parker, which led to her death. Armstrong also led law enforcement to a dumpster, where he had disposed of Parker’s clothing and to the van which was used to transport Parker’s body to Johnson Lake.
Armstrong had burned the van using gasoline as an accelerant. Armstrong advised that a second subject assisted him with the disposal of Parker’s body and burning the van, and identified him as Corey.
Detectives identified that subject as Corey Jamar Jones. On Oct. 12, Jones was located and placed under arrest. Jones was interviewed about the incident and indicated that Armstrong punched and choked Parker inside the residence on Wyman Drive. Jones further advised that he assisted Armstrong after the fact, by transporting and disposing of Parker’s body, burning of the van, and cleaning the scene of the crime. Jones was also charged with theft, as he had taken a television and a computer from Parker’s residence.

A search and seizure warrant was executed on Parker’s residence which revealed evidence of a struggle as well as other evidence corroborating Armstrong’s statements. An additional search warrant was executed at Jones residence and as a result, the television and computer were located and recovered.
Both Armstrong and Jones are currently held at the Wicomico County Detention Center.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any information related to this crime is asked to contact Crime Solvers of the Lower Eastern Shore at (410)-548-1776 or the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at
Charges:
Marquez Labrante Armstrong: First Degree Murder, Second Degree Murder, First Degree Assault, Second Degree Arson, First Degree Malicious Burning, and Disposal of a Human Body
Corey Jamar Jones: First Degree Murder, Second Degree Murder, First Degree Assault, Second Degree Arson, First Degree Malicious Burning, Disposal of a Human Body and Theft.

Child Porn in Denton
Investigators with the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division, Upper Shore Region, arrested a Caroline County man Thursday on child pornography charges.
The suspect, Daniel Provencal, 47, of Denton, Maryland, is charged with 11 counts of distribution of child pornography, 11 counts of possession with intent to distribute child pornography and 18 counts of possession of child pornography. He is being held without bond at the Caroline County Detention Center.
The investigation stemmed from information received regarding Provencal’s having distributed and being in possession of child pornography through various social media outlets. Investigators obtained a search warrant for Provencal’s residence which was served on Thursday. He was subsequently arrested at his residence during the serving of the search warrant.
All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in court.
The Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division, Upper Shore Region, is comprised of investigators assigned to the region. The region consists of Kent, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Caroline, and Dorchester counties. Troopers assigned to the unit investigate the most serious while also providing investigative support to allied agencies in and throughout this area.
Secretary fire
On Oct. 18, Secretary and Hurlock Volunteer Fire Companies responded at 12:34 a.m. to 115 Temple St., in Secretary, where a one-story, wood-frame residential outbuilding owned by Timothy and Kendra Era was on fire. The two-alarm emergency took 30 firefighters 90 minutes to control. The estimated loss to the structure was $50,000, and $30,000 to its contents.
An investigation by the Office of the State Fire Marshal found that the cause was accidental, the result of a woodstove.
There were no injuries or arrests.

Car set ablaze
On Oct. 17 at 9:09 p.m., 10 firefighters from Rescue Fire Company responded to the 300 block of Crusader Road, Cambridge, for a fire in a 2018 Hyundai Alantra owned by Zakiya Collins. Loss the car was estimated at $12,000, with a $200 loss to its contents.
The incident was brought under control in 15 minutes. An investigation by the Office of the State Fire Marshal found that the fire had been intentionally set. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Salisbury Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal at 410-713-3780.
Warrant Arrest
On Oct. 9, at approximately 4:30 p.m., deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 27-year-old Federalsburg man. An arrest warrant had been issued by the Circuit Court for Talbot County charging him with violation of probation. Desmond Jerrell Hudson was taken to the Talbot County Central Booking facility for processing and was ordered held without bond at the Talbot County Detention Center pending further action by the Circuit Court.

CDS Arrest
On Oct. 11, deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office stopped a motor vehicle on Matthewstown Road near McCall Street for an equipment violation. Deputies identified the driver as a 32-year-old Townsend, Delaware man and developed probable cause to search the vehicle for controlled substances. During the search, deputies located marijuana, prescription medication and paraphernalia. The man did not possess a prescription for the prescribed medication. Jeremy Tyler Francis was placed under arrest and charged with possession of a controlled sub-stance without a prescription, possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.
Francis was taken to the Talbot County Central Booking facility for processing and his initial appearance before a District Court Commissioner and was later released on his personal recognizance.

CDS Arrest
On Oct. 13, Deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office stopped a motor vehicle on N. Washington Street near Sycamore Avenue for moving violations. Deputies identified the driver as a 57-year-old Wilmington, Delaware man and a front seat passenger as a 31-year-old of Grasonville woman.
The woman originally gave a fictitious name to the deputies. St Michael’s Police Department assisted deputies with a scan of the vehicle, giving a positive alert for the presence of controlled substances.
A search of the vehicle revealed cocaine and paraphernalia, which the woman attempted to destroy before deputies could retrieve it. Robbie Sanyel Samuel Flamer was placed under arrest and charged with possession of a controlled substance, paraphernalia and destruction of evidence. Kevisha Ashley Brown was found to have an active US District Court arrest warrant for violation of supervised probation on drug smuggling charges.
Brown was taken to the Talbot County Central Booking Facility for processing and an initial appearance before a District Court Commissioner. Brown was ordered held without bond at the Talbot County Detention Center on the US District Court Warrant.

Warrant Arrest
On Oct. 13, Deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 32-year-old Cambridge man. An arrest warrant was issued by the Circuit Court for Talbot County charging Gerry Lionel Berry, with failing to comply with conditions of probation.
Berry was transported to the Talbot County Central Booking facility for processing. Berry was ordered held without bond at the Talbot County Detention Center pending further action by the Circuit Court.
Warrant Arrest
On Oct. 15, Deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 22-year-old Easton man. On March 26, two arrest warrants were issued by the Talbot County Circuit Court charging Jaron Tereze Meekins Jr. with failing to obey an order of the court or a condition of probation dated Jan. 23. Meekins was transported to Talbot County Detention Center and held with-out bond pending further action by the Circuit Court.

Warrant Arrest
On Oct. 15, Deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 23-year-old Dover, Delaware man. On Sept. 29, an arrest warrant was issued by the Talbot County District Court charging Alexander Melero-Almodovar Jr. with failure to appear at a scheduled court hearing.
On Aug. 10, an arrest warrant was issued by Worcester County District Court charging Melero-Almodovar with failure to appear at a scheduled court hearing. Melero-Almodovar was transported to the Talbot County Central Booking facility for processing and an initial appearance before the District Court Commissioner.

Warrant Arrest
On Oct. 15, Deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 31-year-old Easton man. On Aug. 7, an arrest warrant was issued by the Caroline County District Court charging Travon Nelson Roberts with violation of probation. Roberts was transported to Talbot County Detention Center and was held without bond pending further action by the courts.

Corrections officer charged
Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh announced last week the indictment of Brent Spooner of Severn.
Charges in the indictment include a theft scheme between $25,000-$100,000, 32 counts of theft, and misconduct in office. The investigation was led by the Maryland Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS).
The investigation revealed that the since July of 2019, Spooner, a lieutenant of DPSCS, was engaged in a scheme to steal overtime from the State of Maryland. Lt. Spooner, supervisor of the Jessup firearms range, is responsible for the firearms training and recertification of employees of DPSCS.

On his timesheet, Lt. Spooner would falsely claim approximately 80 hours of overtime each pay period. Lt. Spooner would indicate that he was working in one of the guard towers at JCI or MCIJ, two nearby Maryland correctional facilities.
As a supervisor, Lt. Spooner was able to subvert the normal overtime process and receive payment with no supporting paperwork or use of DPSCS’ biometric clock-in system.
Once Lt. Spooner’s scheme was discovered, investigators of the DPSCS were able to perform anticipatory surveillance. During time periods for which Lt. Spooner later falsely claimed to be working overtime in a surveillance tower, he was observed to be at home, running errands, walking his dog, and other personal activities.

Documentation kept in the Maryland correctional facilities showed that different employees actually worked the overtime shifts Lt. Spooner falsely claimed he worked. In total, during the course of the scheme Lt. Spooner stole approximately $74,000.
“Lt. Spooner stole taxpayer dollars by falsely claiming a large amount of overtime,” said Attorney General Frosh. “When state employees lie about the hours they work, they are stealing from the honest, hardworking public servants and the taxpayers whom they serve.”
“Corrections and community supervision are all about integrity,” says DPSCS Secretary Robert Green. “We initiated this investigation and moved aggressively, contacting the Office of the Attorney General as soon as we learned there may have been improprieties.”
The defendant’s arraignment will be set in Anne Arundel County.

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