Police and fire briefs, Oct. 7, 2020

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A widely circulated video showed a driver spinning his car on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge last week. A man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Reckless on the Bridge
On Sept. 27, Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police were notified of a video depicting reckless and dangerous driving behavior that had been posted to social media. MDTA Police Officers conducted a thorough investigation and confirmed that the incident occurred on the westbound span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge (US 50/301) in Queen Anne’s County on Sept. 27.
Through the investigation, officers identified a 22-year-old Dumfries, Va. man as the suspected driver of the vehicle in the video, and consulted with the Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney’s Office.
On Sept. 29, Gary Ray Montague Jr. was charged with four counts of disorderly conduct and 23 traffic violations. Traffic charges include reckless driving, willfully damaging a highway and driving a motor vehicle in a manner intended to cause skidding.

Sex offender
The Caroline County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate Megan Lori Burch who is a registered sex offender and failed to register. A warrant has since been issued for Megan Burch’s arrest. She is known to frequent the Denton and Easton areas.
Last known address was 25464 Smith Landing Road, Denton. Megan Burch is a Tier 2 offender. This tier includes, but is not limited to, distributing child pornography, sale of a minor and any third-degree sex offense. People placed on this list must remain on it for 25 years.
If located, do not try to apprehend her yourself, a statement from the sheriff’s office said. Contact the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office at 410-479-2515 or private Facebook message us on our agency Facebook page.
You can also contact your local police department and notify them of the location of this individual. You will remain anonymous.
Senator Van Hollen
U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement last week: “The police shouldn’t have to handle every crisis and are not equipped to do so. There are many instances where a police response leads to unnecessary escalation.
“That’s why we need to create community-based response systems that would dispatch professionals trained in mental and behavioral health or crisis response as an alternative to law enforcement in certain situations. Building this capacity can both avoid unjust outcomes and provide individuals with the support they need.
“It’s part of the effort to end the systemic racism embedded in our institutions and to stop criminalizing poverty, substance use disorders, and mental health conditions. That’s why I’m introducing the Community-Based Response Act with Congressmember Karen Bass.”

2020-2021 RFC officers
RFC Firefighter Kevin Carr released a report on Oct. 2, saying that on the previous day, 2020 Rescue Fire Company Inc. President Robert Brooks called 57 members to order to begin the Annual Meeting. With COVID-19 precautions in effect (temperature checks at the door and face masks required) the members discussed old and new business.
This being the first day and first meeting of the new year, bylaw changes were addressed and election of officers both corporate and operational took place. The members voted to accept or deny various bylaw changes to improve the company.
The Officers for 2020-2021 year are:
• Corporate Officers
President Robert Phillips
Vice President Frank Horsman
Secretary Linda Horsman
Asst. Secretary Michael Wheatley
Treasurer Tim McCarter
Asst. Treasurer Shyheim Dawson
• Trustee(s)
1 Calvin Stack
2 Juanita Darby
3 Hubert Meekins
• Operation Officers
Chief Adam Pritchett
1st Asst. Chief Brad Walters
2nd Asst. Chief Ben McCarter
• Station Captain(s)
1 Trey Davis
2 Matt Lewis
3 Andrew McCarter
• Station Lieutenant(s)
1 William “Marty” Logan
2 Rick Travers Jr.
3 Robert Travers
• Salvage Corps Lieutenants(s)
1 Scott Redmer
2 Tyler White

Assault Arrest
On Sept. 30, deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 29000 block of Dutchman’s Lane for a domestic assault. Deputies learned that a 24-year-old Cambridge woman and Carl Eugene Smith, 28 of College Park, got into a physical altercation in Easton over child custody. She allegedly struck Smith several times with her hands and fists causing injuries.
Chickkayla Andrea Babes was placed under arrest and charged with assault. Babes was taken to the Talbot County Central Booking facility for processing and an initial appearance before the District Court Commissioner. Babes was released on her personal recognizances.

Scam Alert
Maryland State Police are warning the public about a telephone scam in which the caller has cloned, or, “spoofed,” a Maryland State Police telephone number in an attempt to scare victims into thinking they are the target of a criminal investigation.
A complainant reported to the MSP that she had received a call in which the caller ID on her phone showed “State Police” and the number 410-386-3000, which is the actual number for the Maryland State Police Westminster Barrack.
When the woman answered the call, the person on the other end of the line told her that a criminal complaint had been filed against her. The victim asked for the caller’s badge number before the caller hung up on the victim. This is just one of several phone “spoofing” scams reported to Maryland State Police in recent months.
These scammers are using scare tactics and sophisticated technology to attempt to take advantage of the public. The Maryland State Police would NEVER solicit personal information from any citizen over the phone.
Anyone who receives such a phone call should hang up and then contact their local state police barrack. Callers may remain anonymous.

Leaf fire burns man
On Sept. 30, a 30 year old male victim was igniting a pile of leaves with gasoline at his residence when the fire erupted, subsequently causing the victim to sustain 1st degree burns (15% body surface area) to his arms, neck and chest. The victim was transported by a family member to the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton for treatment.
The home is located at 4829 Birch Drive, Preston, and is owned/occupied by J.A. Humphries.

Forgery and fraud
On Sept. 30, detectives of the Easton Police Department (EPD) served two arrest warrants on a 53-year-old resident of St. Michaels, who had been extradited from Virginia.
On Dec. 11, 2019, officers of the Easton Police Department were dispatched to the YMCA at South Washington Street due to four vehicle break-ins. Valuables such as purses, checks and money were taken from the vehicles, a statement from the EPD said.
Between Dec. 12 and 14 of 2019, the man is alleged to have cashed checks stolen in an incident at Canvasback Drive. He is accused of then assuming the identities of the victims and cashing the checks throughout Maryland and Delaware. The total amount stolen was approximately $91,000, the statement said.
On Jan. 14, the suspect allegedly assumed the identities of the victims of the YMCA vehicle break-ins and cashed stolen checks in Maryland, for a total of approximately $18,918.
Mr. Julie S. Plants was charged with 77 counts of theft, rogue and vagabond, forgery and fraud. He was released to the custody of the Talbot County Detention Center.

Aimed at skunk, shot neighbor
On Sept. 29 at 9:49 p.m., Wicomico County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 2400 block of Main St. Ext., Mardela Springs for a shooting. Upon arrival, the deputies located one gunshot victim. The victim was transported to the Emergency Department for non-life-threatening injuries.
Investigation revealed that a 54-year-old man was shooting at a skunk in the area. Investigators believe that the man did not have a safe backdrop and he shot in the direction of three victims, hitting one. The investigating deputies also believe that the man did not intentionally shoot the victim, a statement from the Sheriff’s Office said.
Timothy McCourry Sr. was arrested and taken before a District Court Commissioner at Central Booking. He received three charges of reckless endangerment.
Handgun Violation
On Sept. 18, deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office stopped a motor vehicle on Ocean Gateway near the Easton Bypass for a registration violation. The driver was identified as a 30-year-old Columbia, S.C. man.
A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted which led to the discovery of a handgun. It was determined the man was prohibited from possessing a handgun and was placed under arrest, being charged with illegal handgun in a vehicle and person prohibited from possessing a firearm.
Steven Nathaniel Cornell was transported to the Talbot County Central Booking facility for processing and an initial appearance before a District Court Commissioner. Cornell was ordered held at the Talbot County Detention Center pending further action by the courts.

Warrant Arrest
On Sept. 20, Deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 25-year-old Wye Mills man. An arrest warrant had been issued by the Talbot County Circuit Court charging him with failure to obey an order of the court or a condition of probation dated March 19. Alexander Randall Pinder was transported to Talbot County Detention Center and held without bond pending further action by the court.
CDS
On Sept. 21, at approximately 1:15 a.m., Deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office observed a suspicious vehicle parked at the Shore Stop in Trappe. Deputies observed the operator slouched over in the driver’s seat and her head resting on the driver’s window.
Further investigation led to a probable cause search which led to the recovery of a controlled substance. Katisha Laverne Jones, 39 of Easton was placed under arrest and charged with possession of a controlled substance. Jones was taken to the Talbot County Central Booking facility for processing and an initial appearance before the District Court Commissioner.

Failure to appear
On Sept. 21, Deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 35-year-old Cambridge woman. On Sept. 1, an arrest warrant was issued by the Talbot County District Court charging her with failure to appear at a scheduled court hearing. Brandi L. Wright was transported to Talbot County Detention Center and held without bond pending further action by the court.

Violation of probation
On Sept. 21, Deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 46-year-old Cordova man. On July 22, an arrest warrant was issued by the Talbot County District Court charging Warner with violation of probation and on Aug 7, an arrest warrant was issued by the Talbot County Circuit Court charging Warner for failure to appear. Terrance Orlando Warner was transported to Talbot County Detention Center and held without bond pending further action by the court.
Warrant Arrest
On Sept. 22, at approximately7:30 a.m., Deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s arrested a 54-year-old Claiborne man. An arrest warrant was issued by the Circuit Court for Talbot County charging him with failure to appear on the original charge of negligent driving
William Joseph Dickey was transported to Talbot County’s Central Booking facility for processing and an initial appearance before the District Court Commissioner. Dickey was ordered held pending further action by the Circuit Court.

Failure to appear
On Sept. 24, Deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 32-year-old Tilghman woman. The Circuit Court for Talbot County issued warrants charging her with failing to appear and violation of probation. Kaila Kathryn Gowe was transported to the Talbot County Detention Center where she was held without bond pending further action by the Circuit Court Judge.

Warrant Arrest
On Sept. 28 at approximately 12:04 a.m., Deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 51-year-old Dundalk woman. The Circuit Court of Talbot County issued an arrest warrant charging her with failing to appear in court on charges of forgery and counterfeit-private documents. Rae Ann Lednum was transported to the Talbot County Detention Center and held without bond pending an initial appearance before the Circuit Court.
Rogue and vagabond
On Sept. 29, Deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 29-year-old Abingdon man. An arrest warrant was issued by the District Court for Talbot County charging him with rogue and vagabond. Daniel Isaih Rhock-White was taken to the Talbot County Central Booking facility for processing and an initial appearance before the District Court Commissioner. Rhock-White was ordered held at the Talbot County Detention Center.
Theft
On Oct. 1, detectives of the Easton Police Department (EPD) served an arrest warrant on a 28-year-old man of no fixed address, in connection with a series of thefts.
Between June and September, the EPD received reports of a large number of vehicle break-ins. The suspect was targeting unlocked vehicles.
After entering the vehicles, the suspect is alleged to have removed items such as cash and credit cards, which he would later use at different stores. The suspect has been connected with 10 cases and multiple victims, a statement from the EPD said.
Daniel Rhock-White has been charged with 33 counts of theft, rogue and vagabond. Detectives identified two suspected accomplices. Rashaun Ringgold and Robert Loder, both of Easton, have also been charged.
White is currently in the custody of the Talbot County Detention Center.

Warrant Arrest
On Sept. 30, Deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 42-year-old Felton, Delaware man. On Jan. 3, 2018 an arrest warrant was issued by the Talbot County Circuit Court charging Warner with failure to appear at a scheduled court hearing. Roy Lee Warner Jr. was transported to Talbot County Detention Center and held on a $1,000 cash bond.
Failure to comply
On Oct. 2, Deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office arrested, 61-year-old Easton man. The Circuit Court for Talbot County issued an arrest warrant charging him with failing to comply with conditions of probation on a conviction of possession of a controlled substance. Johnathan Wayne Hadrick was taken to the Talbot County Central Booking facility for processing and was ordered held at the Talbot County Detention Center without bond pending further action by the Circuit Court.

Political Signs
The Talbot County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous complaints about political signs being either damaged or stolen in recent weeks. Both presidential candidates’ signs have been targeted.
“Our deputies are busy enough without having to spend time figuring out who is stealing or damaging political signs,” a statement from the Sheriff’s Office said. “Please respect our laws and the rights of others to support whomever they choose. If you have in-formation regarding the stealing or damaging of signs please call the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office at 410-822-1020.”