Multiple Suspects Charged in 2014 Caroline County Murder

Maryland State Police Press Release
04/17/2015 11:10


(FEDERALSBURG, MD) – Five suspects were arrested and charged yesterday and early today in connection with the fatal shooting of a Caroline County man in November of 2014.

The first suspect is identified as Dayrius T. Garcia, 19, of Hurlock, Md. A Caroline County Grand Jury indicted Garcia on April 15, 2015 on the charges of first degree murder, second degree murder, robbery, first degree assault, second degree assault, first degree burglary, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. State Police investigators attempted to locate Garcia early yesterday at his residence. He was later brought to the Federalsburg Police Department by his father, where a State Police homicide investigator took him into custody.

Four additional suspects are identified as Christopher L. Eley, 18, of Hurlock, William N. Willis III, 15, of Federalsburg, Elijah J. Rosetta, 17, of Hurlock, and Markeith L. Jones, 21, of Federalsburg. Willis and Rosetta are being charged as adults. After consultation with the Caroline County State’s Attorney’s Office, each of these suspects was charged by State Police with first degree murder, second degree murder, robbery, first degree assault, second degree assault, first degree burglary, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Eley, Willis and Rosetta were arrested by State Police investigators throughout the day yesterday. Jones could not be located initially and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Members of the Maryland State Apprehension Team located and arrested Jones early this morning.

All suspects were arrested without incident. Each was taken to the Caroline County Detention Center to await an initial appearance before a court commissioner.

The homicide victim was Travon L. Farrow, 23, of the 200-block of Morris Avenue, Federalsburg, Md. Farrow lived at the home where the shooting occurred, with his wife and two children.

Shortly after 6:30 p.m. on November 24, 2014, officers from the Federalsburg Police Department responded to a call for a shooting at the victim’s residence. Responding officers found the victim lying inside his home with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the upper torso. EMS personnel responded and transported the victim to the hospital. Assistance was requested from the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit and Criminal Enforcement Division investigators.

The Maryland State Police Homicide Unit investigation used information developed from numerous interviews, forensic testing, and other leads to identify the five suspects as those responsible for the murder. The investigation indicates the five were together on the evening of November 24th and decided to commit a robbery at the Farrow residence with the intent of obtaining money and or drugs. Farrow was shot by one of the suspects during an altercation, while other suspects searched the home.

The State Police Homicide Unit received investigative assistance from a number of allied public safety agencies. They included the Federalsburg Police Department, the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office patrol, investigation and K-9 sections, the Caroline County Drug Task Force, the Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Department, the Caroline County Department of Emergency Services, and Maryland State Police personnel including the Criminal Enforcement Division, Easton Barrack troopers, and crime scene technicians. The Caroline County State’s Attorney’s Office worked with Homicide Unit investigators throughout the investigation.

Colonel Richardson Softball over Kent – April 16, 2015

April 17, 2015

Photo: Colonel Richardson Softball scores one of their 10 runs during their game on April 16, 2015 against Kent County
Colonel Richardson Softball scores one of their 10 runs during their game on April 16, 2015 against Kent County. Colonel won the game 10-0 after playing 6 innings.

Photo: SG Atkinson – More Photos from the game on our Facebook Page

Discover Talbot County’s Native Gardens on Adkins Arboretum’s Third Annual “Celebrating Natives” Garden Tour

Adkins Arboretum
(RIDGELY, MD—April 15, 2015)

On Sat., May 9, 2015 when the vibrant blue false indigo is in bloom, Adkins Arboretum brings its second annual native garden tour, “Celebrating Natives,” to Talbot County.

“Celebrating Natives” is a different kind of garden tour, one that focuses on sustainable approaches to Eastern Shore gardening. The Talbot County Senior Center at Brookletts Place is the hub of this self-guided driving tour of outstanding gardens in and around Easton, St. Michaels, Bozman and Tilghman. The tour not only highlights the beauty of the gardens but emphasizes their importance in a biodiverse landscape.

The tour features eight unique gardens, each demonstrating varying commitments to native plantings and uses of sustainable practices such as rain barrels and composting. The gardens range from a small quarter-acre space that began as a blank slate, to a multi-acre waterfront property showcasing a living shoreline and thriving native trees, to a garden slowly transitioning from exotic plants to natives.

The first garden tour of its kind on the Eastern Shore, “Celebrating Natives” exemplifies the Arboretum’s mission of teaching about and showing by example the importance of using native plants in restoring balance to the ecosystem and fostering community relationships. Native plants are those that grew and thrived on the Eastern Shore before the introduction of European settlers. Because these plants have adapted naturally to the region’s ecology of climate, insects and wildlife, they are a better choice than non-native plants.

“Celebrating Natives” will take place rain or shine on Sat., May 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at Brookletts Place on the day of the tour. A list of local restaurants will be provided. For more information or to order tickets, visit or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Cheryl Carmean is Caroline County 2016 Teacher of the Year

Caroline County Public Schools
April 16, 2015

Congratulations to Caroline County 2016 Teacher of the Year — Cheryl Carmean.

Mrs. Carmean teaches AP Physics and Physics at North Caroline High School. She was surprised with roses from Interim Superintendent Milton Nagel, Thursday morning during her AP Physics class. Mrs. Carmean has been teaching at NCHS since November of 2008.

Mrs. Carmean has her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware and her Masters of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Before entering the classroom, Mrs. Carmean worked as a designer engineer in Colorado.

Photo: Left to right: North Caroline High School principal Dr. Michael Smith, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Dr. Patricia Saelens, Interim Superintendent of Schools Milton Nagel, Caroline County Teacher of the Year Cheryl Carmean, Carmean's husband, Blair Carmean and Board of Education President Tolbert Rowe.

Left to right: North Caroline High School principal Dr. Michael Smith, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Dr. Patricia Saelens, Interim Superintendent of Schools Milton Nagel, Caroline County Teacher of the Year Cheryl Carmean, Carmean’s husband, Blair Carmean and Board of Education President Tolbert Rowe. Photo from Caroline County Schools Facebook page

Shore Shakespeare Brings The Comedy of Errors to Adkins Arboretum

Adkins Arboretum
RIDGELY, MD—April 14, 2015)

Celebrate spring with one of William Shakespeare’s most popular comedies in one of the Eastern Shore’s most bucolic settings. Bring a friend! Bring a picnic! Prepare to be dazzled when Shore Shakespeare presents The Comedy of Errors May 1, 2 and 3, 2015 at Adkins Arboretum.

Long one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, and his first big hit, The Comedy of Errors weaves the tale of two sets of twins and their adventures when one set arrives in Ephesus, unknown to and unaware of the other. Confusion reigns and hilarity ensues as the twins come face-to-face. Shakespeare combines adventure, sparkling wit and glorious language to present a clever and popular comedy of human blindness, folly, romance and suspense. Broadway fans will recognize the story as the basis for the smash Rogers & Hart musical The Boys from Syracuse.

The production is directed by Greg Minahan, a longtime Broadway performer and a writer and director of numerous musical plays for children. Minahan portrayed Mercutio in Shore Shakespeare’s 2014 production of Romeo and Juliet.

Performances are Fri. and Sat., May 1 and 2 at 6 p.m. and Sun., May 3 at 3 p.m. in the Arboretum’s stunning South Meadow. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members and may be reserved at or by calling 410-634-2847, ext 0. Information about the production is also available at

Shore Shakespeare is a pan-community theatre group established to present the classic works of the theatrical repertoire and to encourage its audiences to support local community theatre all over the Shore.

Flyer: Shore Shakespeare at Adkins Arbortum - May 1-3, 2015

Car Seat Safety Check at your library!

Caroline County Library

Have you ever wondered if your child’s car seat is safe? Join the Caroline County Public Library as we partner with Maryland Kids in Safety Seats (KISS) for a car seat inspection on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 10-1. Certified KISS technicians will be at the Central Library in Denton to perform evaluations and answer questions regarding safety seats.

To make an appointment, please call the 410-479-1343, Ext. 1. Walk-ins will be accommodated as available. Plan on spending approximately 30 minutes per car seat, to fully assess and learn how to use your child’s safety seat.

North Caroline High School Presents All Shook Up

North Caroline High School
April 2015

The North Caroline High School proudly presents All Shook Up book by Joe Dipietro : an upbeat musical inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley.

Its 1955 when the handsome, motorcycle riding, guitar playin’ leather-jacketed roustabout Chad comes and shakes up a small little town. All Shook Up is filled with numerous songs that will have you singing along such as; Jailhouse Rock, Heartbreak Hotel, Blue Suede Shoes, All Shook Up and many more. Come join Natalie, Chad, Jim, Sylvia, Lorraine, Dennis, Miss Sandra, Mayor Matilda, Dean and Sheriff Earl in this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical that will have you dancing in your seat! Put on your blue suede shoes and come join in all the action as fools fall in love while following their dreams.

All Shook Up is presented through special arrangements with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide, 570 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2100, New York, NY 10018, (866)-375-9758.

Performances will be held May 1st at 7:30 pm, May 2nd at 5:30pm, May 8th at 7:30 pm and May 9th at 5:30 pm in the North Caroline High School Auditorium. Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $7.00 for student and senior citizens. For questions or ticket reservations contact Paul Schoonover at 410-253-1766

North Caroline High School Presents A Night of One Acts

North Caroline High School
April 2015

North Caroline High School proudly presents A Night of One Acts featuring Murder at the Ballet, 13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview and Secrets. Murder at the Ballet is a murder mystery by Jeffrey Goffin produced by special arrangements with I.E. Clark.

Babe Archer is on the scene of a brutal attack at the ballet, a homicide! Archer is called to help find the person who killed Theresa; Star of the Grand National Ballet and the prime suspect is Babe’s secretary Vernon.

13 Ways To Screw Up Your College Interview, a short comedy by Ian McWethy and produced by special arrangements with Playscripts, Inc. Two college recruiters at a prestigious university need to fill up one last spot to keep their jobs. 13 dim-witted high school seniors are eager to come in for an interview. The recruiters think this is going to be a piece of cake until they experience nightmare filled with a practicing vampire, an amateur magician and a want-to-be reality TV show host.

Secrets is about young adults keeping secrets. It explores what happens when the secret comes out, and address serious topics like sexuality, molestation, and suicide. This drama is by KT Curran and The Source Teen Theatre and produced by special arrangements with Family Plays of Woodstock, Illinois. Warning: Secrets is not intended for a young audience. However, it will be performed last, so young audience members may still enjoy the other two one-acts.

A Night of One Acts will be held on April 17th at 7:30 pm and April 18th at 5:30 pm in the North Caroline High School Auditorium. Tickets are $7.00 for adults and $6.00 for student and senior citizens. For questions or ticket reservations please contact Paul Schoonover, 410-253-1766.

Quoting Nature, Works by Erin Murphy, on View at Adkins Arboretum

Adkins Arboretum
March 31, 2015

Quoting Nature, Works by Erin Murphy, on View at Adkins Arboretum
Public reception is Saturday April 4, 2015

Erin Murphy finds worlds within a patch of sunlight or shadow. On view through May 29 at the Adkins Arboretum Visitor’s Center, Quoting Nature, her show of paintings, drawings and monoprints, draws the viewer into deep, atmospheric space. There will be a reception on Sat., April 4, 2015 from 3 to 5 p.m. to meet the artist.

Murphy’s works are full of sensuous, subtle colors and rich textures. Inspired by landscapes from Baltimore to South Africa, her poetic abstractions often hint at vast swaths of sky and earth but might just as easily be intimate close-ups. Mysteriously shining through velvety shades of darkest blue, the luminous radiance of “The Field,” a large monoprint, suggests a twilight sky above a meadow and distant tree line, but it could be many other things.

A young artist who graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2011 with a BFA in painting, Murphy is an avid hiker and traveler with a fascination for varied landscapes. She studied at MICA’s Summer Study in Sorrento, Italy, and at Central Saint Martin’s College, University of the Arts London and has had artist residencies at Salem Art Works in Salem, N.Y., and the Bijou Studio in Cape Town, South Africa.

While studying at MICA, Murphy made copies of Old Masters paintings, a practice she sometimes still uses when she’s looking for inspiration. In working on these close studies of major works of art by artists such as Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, J. M. W. Turner and John Singer Sargent, she would often find herself fascinated by a small area of a painting and use it as a jumping off point for creating her own painting. This is the same process she uses when working from nature.

“I take in bits of sky or patches of light streaming through the trees or filtering onto a crumbling rock face into darkness,” she explained. “I try to isolate that moment, which is abstract but very alive. I’m an extreme editor of nature.”

Murphy’s works imply thresholds into subtle worlds of changing shadow and light. These are images of possibility and revelation. A brushy streak of bright yellow flashes across the lush brown surface of “Glimmer,” a small oil painting created while Murphy lived in Baltimore. It is as if in a moment, a sunbeam, an open door or a huge mountain will come into focus.

Occasionally, Murphy’s titles refer to specific places. In “Mist on Table Mountain,” a raw pigment drawing made during her residency in Cape Town, a curl of blue-white edges over the top of a dark triangle in a reference to the mist that can often be seen flowing over the dramatic horizontal peak of the mountain that soars up behind the city.

“There wouldn’t be any cloud cover,” Murphy said, “and it would literally be the mist pouring over the mountain. They say that’s how you can tell a storm is coming.”

Currently living in Nashville, Tenn., Murphy uses her artistic skills in her day job creating window displays for Anthropologie while pursuing her studio work at Fort Houston, a communal creative work space for artists and craftsmen that features a print shop, wood shop, photography studio and other facilities. Adding to her skills in painting and printmaking, she is learning woodworking techniques there and constructed her own frames for the works in the show.

“I feel like it hones my observation skills to take on a new project in a new space,” she said, “And I’m excited to think about what my work will look like in a year!”

This show is part of Adkins Arboretum’s ongoing exhibition series of work on natural themes by regional artists. It is on view through May 29 at the Arboretum Visitor’s Center located at 12610 Eveland Road near Tuckahoe State Park in Ridgely. Contact the Arboretum at 410-634-2847, ext. 0 for gallery hours.


Local author Ernst Selig discusses new book at the Caroline County Public Library

Caroline County Public Library
March 30, 2015

What would it be like to escape the enemy and return with an army to defeat that very same enemy? Hear about it from the man who escaped Nazi Germany and returned there as an enlisted man, and later an officer, in the United States Army.

Meet Ernst Selig as he discusses his recently published book, “The Troops Need Justice, Training and Knowledge” on Saturday, April 18, 1:00PM at the Central Library in Denton. In the book, Mr. Selig reflects on how training and justice are vital to a person’s development and satisfaction in life, and how he learned these lessons through practical experience with the U.S. Army.

As a Holocaust survivor, WWII veteran and a Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur, France’s highest decoration, Mr. Selig shares his well-earned wisdom with the matter-of-fact humor that is the hallmark of the greatest generation.