Police briefs, Sept. 2, 2020

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The Talbot County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s health in identifying these three individuals, who are suspected of vandalism.

Fatal stabbing
On Aug. 30 just before 5 p.m., Emergency Medical Personnel along with Cambridge Police responded to 610 Pine St. in reference to a medical emergency. Upon arrival, a male victim was located in an upstairs apartment with what appeared to be a single stab wound to the chest.
Life-saving measures were attempted, however, the victim succumbed to his injuries, a report from the Cambridge Police Department said on Monday. The victim is identified as Ernest H. Jones Jr., 55, of Cambridge.
“Cambridge Police are continuing their investigation into this incident and will provide more information as it becomes available,” the report said. “We are asking anyone with information in regards to this incident to contact us.”
To reach the department, call 410-228-3333.

Possession of cocaine
On July 9, the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office’s Community Action Team (CAT) conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by a 47-year-old Salisbury man on the 600 block of Truitt Street. A K-9 scan was conducted that resulted in a probable cause search and the man was found to be in possession of an amount of crack cocaine indicative of distribution along with a large amount of U.S. currency secreted in a grocery bag behind the seat, a statement from the sheriff’s office said.
Allen Royal was arrested and charged with possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine. He was released on bond.
CAT continued the investigation into Royal’s alleged distributing of crack cocaine in the Salisbury area. CAT identified three residences suspected to be used to distribute crack cocaine.
CAT obtained search and seizure warrants for a residence on the 600 block of Truitt Street, a residence on the 1000 block of E Church Street, and the 1200 block of Old Ocean City Road. On Aug. 12, all three search and seizure warrants were executed at the residences.
An additional amount of cocaine and marijuana that is indicative of distribution was located at one of the residences. A large sum of U.S. currency, digital scales and equipment utilized to manufacture crack cocaine were located inside the residences.
It was determined that three women were maintaining the residences to allow Royal to manufacture, store, and distribute cocaine, the statement said. On Aug. 17, the Wicomico County Grand Jury indicted Royal, Shannon Edwards, Mary Hewett, and Charlene Wright for numerous felony drug offenses.
On Aug. 20, Edwards, Wright, and Hewett were taken into custody and transported to the Wicomico County Detention Center for processing. On Aug. 24, 2020 Allen Royal was taken into custody on a traffic stop near the Bay Bridge Tunnel in Virginia.
Charges:
Royal — 2 counts of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, manufacturing a narcotic, felony maintaining a common nuisance, and numerous other drug related charges.
Wright — Possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, Possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, felony maintaining a common nuisance, and numerous other drug related charges.
Edwards — Felony maintaining a common nuisance, and numerous other drug related charges.
Hewett — Felony maintaining a common nuisance, manufacturing a narcotic, and numerous other drug related charges.

CDS, Child neglect
On Aug. 24 at 9:54 p.m., a Wicomico County sheriff’s deputy patrolling the Rt. 13 Bypass near Hobbs Road conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by a 40-year-old Parsonsburg woman. While observing and interacting with her, the deputy came to believe that she was under the influence of CDS.
The deputy had the driver take a series of standardized field sobriety tests.
After the tests, she was arrested for driving under the influence. The deputy found that she was in possession of a smoking device that contained suspected crack cocaine. At the time of the traffic stop, the woman was transporting two juveniles in the car. One of the children was a 1-year-old baby.
Michelle Moore was arrested and taken before a District Court Commissioner where she was initially held without bond.
Charges — 2 counts of reckless endangerment, 2 counts of child neglect, possession of crack cocaine, possession of paraphernalia, driving while impaired, driving while impaired while transporting minors, and additional traffic violations.

Firearm, heroin
The Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office Community Action Team (CAT) conducted an investigation into illegal drug activity at a residence on the 200 block of Zion Road in Salisbury. A traffic stop was conducted on a vehicle that was being driven by one of the occupants of the home.
The driver was identified as a 21-year-old woman. A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted that resulted in the recovery of paraphernalia indicative of the distribution and administration practices of controlled dangerous substances. Surveillance was maintained on the residence and another occupant of the residence, a 25-year-old man, was observed walking towards the residence and then leaving on foot. He was observed carrying a plastic bag inside his left hand that contained capsules of heroin/fentanyl mixture. The man was further found to be in possession of a large amount of U.S. currency.
A search and seizure warrant for the residence was then authored and signed by a Wicomico County Circuit Court Judge. The search warrant was executed at the residence which led to the recovery of a Smith and Wesson .38 caliber revolver, a bag containing 72 capsules of heroin/fentanyl mix, packaging material, an operational digital scale and syringes. Additional capsules of heroin/fentanyl along with an abundance of paraphernalia indicative of CDS distribution and CDS usage was located inside the room.
The owner of the firearm was contacted and did not realize the firearm had been stolen. The owner reported it stolen to the Criminal Investigation Division.
As a result of the investigation, a total of 87 capsules of heroin, a bag of heroin/fentanyl mixture, $953 in U.S. currency, and a stolen .38 caliber handgun were seized. Cole Hunter Smith and Elizabeth Sue Ann Nichols were charged with various drug and gun offenses. Smith and Nichols were seen by the Wicomico County District Court Commissioner’s Office and were held without bond.
Charges:
Smith — Possession of a Firearm in a Drug Trafficking Crime, 2 Counts of Possession with the Intent to Distribute Heroin/ Fentanyl, Felony Maintaining a Common Nuisance, and numerous other drug and firearm related charges.
Nichols — Possession of a Firearm in a Drug Trafficking Crime, Possession with the Intent to Distribute Heroin/Fentanyl, Felony Maintaining a Common Nuisance, and numerous other drug and firearm related charges.

Child Pornography
Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police last week arrested a 61-year-old Harford County man after a lengthy investigation into the discovery of thousands of files depicting child pornography on a computer at the South Locust Point Marine Terminal in Baltimore City. The discovery was reported to MDTA Police by BalTerm, a private shipping company that operates out of the terminal and owns the computer.
After a thorough investigation and execution of multiple search warrants and subpoenas, a Forest Hill man was identified as the suspect. Mark Armstrong was charged with three counts of distribution of child pornography and three counts of possession of child pornography. MDTA Police Officers arrested Armstrong at his residence without incident and transported him to the Harford County Detention Center.
Detectives ask anyone with information on this investigation to contact the MDTA Police Criminal Investigations Unit at 410-537-6700. This is an ongoing investigation.
The MDTA Police thank the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office and the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office for their assistance with this investigation.

15 years for armed robbery
On Aug. 28, the Honorable Matthew A. Maciarello, Associate Judge of the Circuit Court for Wicomico County, sentenced Patrick Orrie Vetra, 30 years of age, of Delmar, Maryland to 15 years of active Incarceration in the Maryland Division of Corrections. A Wicomico County jury found Vetra guilty of armed robbery and robbery on Jan. 16. Judge Maciarello also ordered Vetra to complete three years of supervised probation with substance abuse treatment upon his released from incarceration.
On Dec. 14, 2017, Patrick Orrie Vetra robbed the Corner Market in Delmar, Maryland. Vetra entered the establishment and told the clerk to give him all of the money in the register, a statement from the Office of the State’s Attorney for Wicomico County said.
When the clerk questioned Vetra as to whether he was serious about his statement, he lifted up his sweatshirt to brandish what the clerk believed to be a handgun tucked inside his waistband, Vetra fled the establishment with approximately $300 from the cash register. The Delmar Police Department conducted an investigation that included collecting DNA evidence that linked Vetra to the robbery.
Wicomico County State’s Attorney Jamie Dykes commended Detective Ronald Marzec, the lead investigator, and other members from the Delmar Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Dykes also commended Assistant States Attorney Lauren Bourdon, who prosecuted the case.

25 years for carjacking
On Aug. 11, the Honorable Matthew Maciatello, Associate Judge of the Circuit Court for Wicomico County, sentenced Derrick Ryan Richardson, 32, Maryland, to 25 years active incarceration in the Maryland Division of Corrections, and five years of supervised probation. Richardson entered a guilty plea to one count of armed carjacking and two counts of attempted carjacking immediately preceding his sentencing.
On the morning of Sept. 9, 2019, Richardson attempted to carjack two separate motor vehicles near his residence. At his third attempt, Richardson was successful in stopping a 2009 Chevrolet Impala. He then ordered the female driver out at gunpoint.
After she exited, Richardson entered the vehicle and he drove off. Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) deputies responded and conducted an investigation that led to the recovery of evidence, to include video footage or Richardson driving the stolen Impala. Three days after the carjacking, the stolen Impala was recovered an the woods approximately 1,000 feet from Richardson’s home.
Wicomico County State’s Attorney Jamie Dykes commended Det. C. Kirkpatrick of the WCSO Criminal Investigation Division, the lead investigator on the case, and other members of the WCSO and the Maryland State Police for their work in the investigation. Mr. Dykes also commended Senior Assistant State’s Attorney D. Scott Messersmith, who prosecuted the case.

Armed robbery
On Aug. 27, officers from the Easton Police Department were dispatched to the area of Village Street in reference to an armed robbery. A 19-year-old Easton man was arrested as a result of the investigation.
Dispatch advised officers that a suspect had displayed a handgun to the victim and demanded that he empty his pockets, and that the suspect left the area with the victim’s cell phone.
Joseph L. Wood was taken into custody without incident and was charged with handgun on person, handgun in use of a felony, assault, and theft. He was transported to the Talbot County Detention Center.

1st degree assault
On Aug. 27, officers from the Easton Police Department were dispatched to the Days Inn Easton, in reference to a subject with a gun. While responding to the area, dispatch advised the subject was in the parking lot.
Officers arrived and contacted the male victim, who said a female came out of Room 123 and pointed a revolver at him, telling him to leave or she would shoot him.
The victim described the gun as a black revolver with a wooden handle. Officers located a 29-year-old Dover, Delaware woman, and arrested her. A search and seizure warrant was served on the room, where officers located a black revolver, several rounds of loose ammunition and CDS paraphernalia.
Ericka M. Sampson was charged with 1st degree assault, use of a handgun in commission of a felony and CDS paraphernalia. She was transported to the Talbot County Detention Center.
Sex abuse of minor
On Aug. 13, the Honorable S. James Sarbanes, Administrative Judge of the Circuit Court for Wicomico County, sentenced Kelite Ferreras, 36, formerly of Salisbury, to 75 years of incarceration in the Maryland Division of Corrections. A Wicomico County jury found Ferreras guilty of one count each of sex abuse of a minor, rape second degree, sex offense second degree, and an additional related charge on Jan. 29. He is also required to register as a Tier III sex offender, which is lifetime registration, and will be subject to lifetime supervision by Parole and Probation.
In October of 2016, a statement from the Office of the State’s Attorney for Wicomico County said, Ferreras raped and sexually abused a juvenile under the age of 12, who was present in the home at the time. He then fled to Haiti, where he was apprehended in March of 2019 by the Haitian Police with the assistance of United States Marshal’s Service and Interpol.

Rape
The Talbot County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division has charged an Easton man with rape and related sex offense charges stemming from a complaint filed in August. Investigators have charged Carlos E. Lopez Cruz, 36, of Easton, Maryland with Second Degree Rape, Second Degree Sex Offense, Third Degree Sex Offense (2 counts), Second Degree Assault (2 counts), Sex Abuse of a Minor (2 counts) and Sex Abuse of a Minor Continuing Course of Conduct.
A statement from the sheriff’s office said this month, investigators interviewed a juvenile female who stated Lopez has been having a sexual relationship with her since November of 2016. A thorough investigation was conducted, the statement said, leading to Lopez’s arrest.
Lopez was transported to the Talbot County Detention Center, Central Booking Unit, where he was seen by the Talbot County District Court Commissioner’s Office for his initial appearance. Lopez Cruz was held without bond.

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