Student arrested after NDHS threat

SHILOH — Dorchester County Public Schools (DCPS) and the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a threat against North Dorchester High School. A statement from DCPS said the Sheriff’s Office was notified and took the suspect into custody. “Once the Sheriff’s Office has completed the investigation, DCPS will follow procedures according to the Code of […]

Collision takes life of driver

EAST NEW MARKET — A driver was killed in the early afternoon Friday, in a collision on Md. 16. The road was blocked in both directions for about two hours as emergency crews worked at the scene. A car was seen wrecked in the southbound lane in front of Dorchester Dumpin’ at 5749 Mt. Holly […]

County’s IT system has been hacked; FBI investigates

CAMBRIDGE — The Dorchester County government’s information is under assault. “The county’s IT [information technology] system has been hacked,” Sheriff James W. Phillips Jr. told the Banner on Tuesday morning. “It’s a ransomware attack, where they’re demanding payment in Bitcoin.” The response is already underway. “The FBI is involved in it,” the sheriff said. “Some […]

Sheriff’s request for interrogation room denied, 3-2; Space goes to EMS for breakroom

CAMBRIDGE — Dorchester County Sheriff James W. Phillips Jr. and his deputies will have to continue holding their interrogations in a converted closet, at least for the near future, after members of the County Council voted 3-2 to deny his request for more space. The area will instead go to the county’s Emergency Medical Services, […]

Police and Fire briefs, Dec. 25, 2019

Intentionally set fire CAMBRIDGE — At 4:12 a.m. on Dec. 19 35 Rescue Fire Company firefighters responded to a fire at a vacant two-story wood frame single family dwelling at 5382 Aireys Road. It was owned by Audrey Hopkins. Discovered by a passerby the fire originated on the first floor rear room and took one […]

Crescent Cities aids sheriff’s program

CAMBRIDGE — Local children will have some help with their studies and sports because of cooperation between the Sheriff’s Office and Crescent Cities Charities, (CCC) Inc. On Friday, Paul Baiers of CCC presented a check for $2,500 to Dorchester Sheriff James W. Phillips Jr. The money will be used to buy academic and athletic gifts […]

Man charged with intent to distribute cocaine

CAMBRIDGE – On Monday, members of the Dorchester County Narcotics Task Force, which consists of members from the Maryland State Police, Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office, Dorchester County State’s Attorney’s Office, Cambridge Police Department and the Hurlock Police Department executed a search and seizure warrant at 710 Greenwood Ave., Cambridge. The target of the investigation, a […]

Police and fire briefs

Search & Seizure results in arrest CAMBRIDGE — On Oct. 30, members of the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office executed a Search & Seizure Warrant at 401 Robbins St., Apt. 2, Cambridge. The target of the investigation Howard Lee Chestnut Jr., 41 was located on the front step of the residence upon arrival. The search of […]

Man arrested on multiple drug charges

On Wednesday, members of the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office executed a search and seizure warrant at 401 Robbins St., Apt. 2, Cambridge. The target of the investigation a 41-year-old man, was located on the front step of the residence upon arrival. A search of the suspect and residence revealed numerous items of paraphernalia including digital […]

Cambridge man charged with theft

CAMBRIDGE – On Thursday, a deputy from the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 32-year-old resident of 213 Sandy Hill Road, Cambridge. Brandon Christopher Collins was charged with theft over $25,000 but under $100,000, obtain goods or money by forgery, acting as a contractor without a license, selling home improvements without a license and failure […]