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State Police Investigating Fatal Crash South of Hartly

Delaware State Police
Hartly
September 1, 2017

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal crash south of Hartly.

The incident occurred around 8:05 p.m. Thursday August 31, 2017 as Ervin D. Miller, 55 of Hartly, was operating a horse drawn carriage westbound on Halltown Road (SR8) attempting to make a left turn into Royal Farms at the intersection with Hartly Road (SR44). An unknown make and model vehicle was traveling eastbound on SR8 and collided with the carriage, ejecting both Miller and his 55-year-old wife into the roadway. The vehicle then continued eastbound on SR8 and possibly turned northbound on Pearsons Corner Road.

Ervin Miller was transported by EMS to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital (KGH) where he was later pronounced dead. His wife was also transported to KGH and is currently admitted in critical condition.

The fleeing vehicle was only described at a dark colored older style passenger car that may have sustained considerable damage to the front bumper, hood, and window.

The horse detached itself from the carriage and ran from the scene, later to be located back at the residence of the victims. It is unknown if it sustained any injuries.

SR8 in the area of the crash was closed for three and a half hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

The Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into this incident. If anyone has any information in reference to this crash or the hit and run vehicle, they are asked to contact Detective W. Killen at 302-698-8451. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

Maryland State Police Arrest Caroline County Man For Child Pornography

Maryland State Police
March 3, 2017
(Preston, MD)

A Caroline County man was arrested and charged earlier today after a Maryland State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigation developed evidence supporting charges of distribution and possession of child pornography.

Photo: Christopher PalgutaThe suspect is identified as Christopher Palguta, 32, of the 7700 block of Shore Drive, Preston, MD. Palguta was arrested without incident and charged with ten counts of possession of child pornography and ten counts distribution of child pornography. Palguta is pending being seen by a District Court Commissioner at this time of writing.

Investigators received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about the potential distribution of child pornography over the Internet. As a result of the subsequent investigation, Palguta was identified as the suspect. Earlier today a search warrant of Palguta’s residence lead to the seizure of numerous computers, electronic devices and media storage devices. A search of those devices revealed images and videos of child pornography. The computers seized during this investigation will be submitted to the Maryland State Police Digital Forensics Lab for analysis.

The Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is comprised of police agencies from around the state. Its primary mission is to protect children from computer-facilitated sexual exploitation. The Task Force works cooperatively with law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to provide resources to combat these crimes. Additionally, the Task Force provides community awareness campaigns helping to prevent the spread of these crimes through education.

Two Charged In Caroline Co. Armed Robbery

MD State Police
January 19, 2017
(FEDERALSBURG, MD)

Maryland State Police criminal investigators have charged two suspects in connection with an armed robbery at a Caroline County convenience store earlier this month after they were arrested for similar crimes in Delaware.

The suspects are identified as Kurtis L. Jenkins, 28, of Seaford, Delaware and Tyler J. Micheliche, 26, of Federalsburg, MD. Both are charged on warrants with two counts each of armed robbery, first degree assault, second degree assault and reckless endangerment. Maryland State Police have filed detainers on both suspects with Delaware, where they are currently being held after being arrested by State Police there on January 15, 2017.

On January 9, 2017, shortly after 9:30 p.m., Maryland State Police were called to respond to a reported armed robbery at a convenience store in the 3800-block of Smithville Road, Federalsburg, Md. Responding troopers and sheriff’s deputies learned two suspects, both who were reportedly wearing masks and armed with handguns, entered and robbed the store of cash from the register. The clerk was not injured in the incident.

Investigators from the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division conducted an investigation into the robbery. On January 16, 2017, Maryland State Police investigators were notified by Delaware State Police that they had arrested two suspects in Delaware for armed robberies similar to the one committed in Maryland. Troopers from Maryland met with Delaware troopers and determined evidence obtained in Delaware linked the two suspects to the armed robbery in Caroline County.

After consultation with the Caroline County State’s Attorney’s Office, Maryland State Police criminal investigators applied for and obtained warrants charging both suspects with charges listed above. Delaware officials were notified of the charges and will contact Maryland when the suspects are able to be extradited back to Maryland to face charges here.

Maryland State Police Arrest Two Suspects In Connection With An Armed Robbery In Caroline County

MD State Police
January 14, 2017
Greensboro, MD

Maryland State Police arrested two suspects in connection with an armed robbery last night in Caroline County.

The accused are identified as James Moore, 30, and Frederick Kirsch, 35, of no fixed addresses. Both are in police custody after being arrested on outstanding warrants. Moore has an outstanding arrest warrant through Dorchester County Circuit Court. Kirsch is wanted in Caroline County for Theft under $10,000.

Shortly before 10:30 p.m. last night, troopers from the Maryland State Police Easton Barrack and deputies from the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 12,000 block of Knife Box Road in Greensboro, Maryland. The owner of the residence called 9-1-1, with a report of an armed robbery.

When police arrived, the homeowner told police he was sleeping in his bedroom when he heard a knock at his front door. The homeowner answered the door. Two Caucasian men, standing on his door step, used a ruse to gain access to the house.

During this time, police were told that one of the men pulled out a black semi-automatic pistol and asked for the homeowner’s money. The homeowner told the men he was having a heart attack and sat down in his living room chair. Fearing for his life, he then tried to defend himself and pulled out his own pistol which was subsequently taken by the suspects.

While the men were inside the residence, the homeowner was able to dial 9-1-1 from his cell phone and left the line open during the incident. Emergency dispatchers on the other end of the cell phone call dispatched law enforcement officers from multiple agencies while the crime was taking place.

Once law enforcement arrived, the homeowner told police the two men had fled the residence and ran south on Knife Box Road. He informed police the men stole a pistol, a large amount of U.S. currency, and other personal belongings.

An investigator with the Caroline County Narcotics Task Force responded to the scene to assist the various law enforcement units. As he turned onto Knife Box Road from Burrsville Road, he observed a black 2012 Ford Focus with temporary Delaware tags, travelling south on Knife Box Road at a high rate of speed. The two Caucasian men fit the description of the suspects involved in the armed robbery.

The investigator began following the Ford Focus which continued to speed onto several back roads until pulling into a driveway at the 28,000 block of Bloomery Road in Federalsburg, Maryland where they exited the vehicle. Backup units arrived at the location and the two men exited the residence and were subsequently detained, and arrested without incident by police. No injuries were sustained by the homeowner or by law enforcement during the incident.

Maryland State Police from the Easton Barrack were provided assistance by the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office and the Caroline County Narcotics Task Force. The Maryland State Police crime scene analysts also responded to process the scene. The investigation is active and ongoing.

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Twenty Four Arrests Made As Police Dismantle A Drug Distribution Operation On The Eastern Shore

MD State Police
August 21, 2015
(Eastern Shore, MD)

A cooperative cross-jurisdictional and multi-county drug investigation has led to twenty four arrests with more expected as police dismantle a drug trafficking organization they believe was responsible for the distribution of heroin and a variety of other drugs throughout the Upper Shore region.

The Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division and the Eastern Upper Shore Drug Task Forces conducted Operation “Look Out” from July 15, 2015 through August 20, 2015 . The drug enforcement initiative yielded 926 marijuana plants, 919 grams of marijuana, more than 20 grams of heroin, 185 grams of cocaine, over 500 MDMA (ecstasy pills), 5 vehicles, 50 guns and almost $23,000.00 in drug related cash. The illegal drugs recovered have a street value of almost $13 million dollars.

Operation “Look Out” is an initiative among police agencies in Caroline County, Queen Anne’s County, Talbot County and Kent County. During the investigation, task force members worked with community members to identify persons involved in the distribution of controlled dangerous substances and drug users.

During the course of Operation “Look Out”, the following individuals were arrested for various violations of controlled dangerous substances with felonies and misdemeanor violations.

William Newcomb, 51, of Chestertown, MD was arrested for possession with the intent to distribute heroin and possession of heroin. He was held on $15,000.00 bond.

Marcia Bozarth, 39, of Millington, MD was arrested for possession with the intent to distribute heroin and possession of heroin. She was held with no bond.

James Robinson, 29, of Chester, MD was arrested for possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and possession of cocaine. He was held on $100,000.00 bond.

Daniel Wong, 29, of Chester, MD was arrested for possession of heroin. He was held on $7,500.00 bond.

Robert Holmes, 46, of Centreville, MD was arrested for manufacturing marijuana and possession of marijuana. He was held on $5,000.00

Danita Smith, 38, of Centreville, MD was arrested for possession with the intent to distribute oxycodone. She was held on $250,000.00 bond.

Katherine Arrabal, 29, of Church Hill, MD arrested for manufacturing marijuana, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and possession of marijuana. She was held on $35,000.00.

Catherine Gollick, 62, of Denton, MD was arrested and charged with possession with the intent to distribute narcotics and possession of controlled dangerous substances not-marijuana. She was held on $20,000.00 bond

James Gollick, 67, of Denton, MD was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute narcotics and possession of controlled dangerous substances not-marijuana. He was held on $20,000.00.

John Gardner, 47, of Greensboro, MD was arrested on an outstanding bench warrant. He was taken before a district court commission and is awaiting trial.

Jessica Tolson, 31, of Denton, MD was arrested on an outstanding bench warrant. She was taken before a district court commissioner and is awaiting trial.

Vincent Norman, 24, of Ridgely, MD was arrested on an outstanding bench warrant. He was taken before a district court commissioner and is awaiting trial.

John Pollard, 47, of Ridgely, MD was arrested for manufacturing controlled dangerous substances, possession with intent to distribute controlled dangerous substances, possession of controlled dangerous substances manufacturing equipment, maintaining a common nuisance for controlled dangerous substances, possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. He was held on $100,000.00 bond.

Michael Loftus, 54 of Federalsburg, MD was arrested for manufacturing controlled dangerous substance, possession of controlled dangerous substance and possession paraphernalia. He was held $10,000.00 unsecured bond.

Dominic Savage, 26 of Ridgely, MD was arrested for Distribution of a controlled dangerous substance (heroin), possession with the intent to distribute heroin, possession of a controlled dangerous substance not-marijuana, and 11 traffic citations. He was held on $100,000.00 bond.

Clayton Dubeau, 26 of Denton, MD was arrested for manufacturing controlled dangerous substance, possession of controlled dangerous substance manufacturing equipment, possession of controlled dangerous substance not-marijuana [two counts one for heroin and the other for methamphetamine (Meth)], possession of controlled dangerous substance administering equipment and trespassing on private property. He was held on $100,000.00 bond.

William Smith, 26, of Denton, MD was arrested for trespassing on private property. He was held on $2,500.00 bond.

Robert Pollard, 33, of Ridgely, MD was arrested form manufacturing controlled dangerous substance, possession of controlled dangerous substance manufacturing equipment and possession of marijuana. He was issued a district court criminal summons and released on his signature pending trial.

Ginna Grocki, 31, of Marydel, MD was arrested for possession controlled dangerous substance not-marijuana and possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia. She was issued a district court criminal summons and released on her signature pending trial.

Nathan Charles Roupe, 20, of St. Michaels, MD was arrested for possession of heroin, possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia and controlled dangerous substance administered equipment (Hypodermic Syringes). He was taken before a district court commissioner and released on his own recognizance pending trial.

Patrick Bruce Wrightson, 36, of Wittman, MD was arrested for possession of heroin, possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia and controlled dangerous substance administered equipment (Hypodermic Syringes). He was held on $1,000.00 bond.

Samuel Luke Blevins, 19, of Easton, MD was arrested for possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia. He was held on $12,000.00 bond.

Benjamin Mainguy, 20 of Easton, MD, was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia. He was issued a criminal citation and released on his signature pending trial.

Juvenile, 17 of Easton, MD was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia. He was released to his parent (father) and referred to the Department of Juvenile Services.

Clifton Rudolph Wilson, Jr. ,25 , of Chestertown, MD, was arrested for 2 counts of possession with intent to distribute narcotics, possession with intent to distribute, 2 counts of possession of controlled dangerous substance not-marijuana, possession of marijuana and 3 counts controlled dangerous substance possession of paraphernalia. He was held on $30,000.00 bond.

Lauriea Diane Johnson, 30, of Rock Hall, MD, was arrested for controlled dangerous substance administered equipment possession/distribute, 2 counts of possession paraphernalia and 2 counts of possession not marijuana. She was taken before a district court commissioner and released on her own recognizance pending trail.

Task Force members issued 7 civil citations for possession of marijuana less than ten grams. These persons are awaiting their court hearing.

All suspects should be presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. There are other individuals that have been identified throughout this operation that will be arrested. Those individuals are not listed as those cases remain under investigation.

The Upper Shore Drug Task Forces were assisted by the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office, Caroline County Sheriff’s Office, Talbot County Sheriff’s Office, Kent County Sheriff’s Office, Centreville Police Department, the Maryland State Police Field Operations Bureau, the Maryland State Police Gang Unit, the Maryland State Police Marijuana Eradication Unit, the Centreville Police Department, the Rock Hall Police Department, the Ridgely Police Department, the Chestertown Police Department, the Federalsburg Police Department and the Denton Police Department. Investigators consulted with the State’s Attorneys in each of the four counties in this investigation.This operation was initiated to improve the quality of life of the residents of the upper shore and to address their concerns regarding criminal activity.

Police encourage anyone with information regarding criminal drug activity to please contact the respective Drug Task Force as listed below. All callers may remain anonymous.

Queen Anne County Drug Task Force at 410-758-8477

Caroline County Drug Task Force at 410-820-4222

Talbot County Narcotics Task Force at 410-820-8940

Kent County Narcotics Task Force at 410-778-3744

Deputy makes traffic stop..results in Heroin arrest for “intent to distribute” (2x ARREST MADE)

Caroline County Sheriff’s Office
August 19, 2015

On August 5, 2015, Detective Corporal (CPL) J. Reibly, of the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigation Division (CID), conducted a traffic stop on a Chevrolet sport utility vehicle in the area of Andersontown Road @ Hobbs Road, Denton, Maryland. The passenger of that vehicle, Kelli Sue Jester, was found to be wanted on an Arrest Warrant through Dorchester County for Distribution of Drugs. Jester was taken into custody for the open warrant.

A search was conducted of the driver, Donell Maurice Acree, which resulted in a wax fold bundle of suspected Heroin being located in his pocket. A search of the vehicle revealed (5) additional wax fold bundles of suspected Heroin, along with several syringes and various other drug paraphernalia.

Total amount seized were 98 wax folds. The amount of suspected Heroin was indicative of the intent to distribute same. Both Jester and Acree was placed under arrest and charged with:

– Possession of Heroin with Intent to Distribute (20 years/$25,000 fine),
– two counts of Possession of CDS-Not Marijuana (each count 4 years/$25,000),
– Possession of CDS administer equipment (4 years/$25,000) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia ($500).

Jester was served with the warrant from Dorchester County and received a full $25,000 bond and held with NO BOND on the current drug charges. Jester is being held at the Caroline County Detention Center. Acree was released on a unsecured $25,000 bond from the commissioner’s office pending trial

State, local officials announce first regional anti-heroin campaign ‘I Wish I Knew’ encourages community dialogue

Regional Anti-heroin Campaign
Chester
July 2015

State and local officials on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 announced the first-ever Mid-Shore opioid misuse prevention campaign, at a kick-off event held at the Chesapeake Heritage Center in Chester.

Heroin and prescription drug use is a growing problem on the Mid-Shore, with 53 recorded opiate-related deaths here last year. Across the state, last year 464 people died from heroin and 316 died from prescription pill overdoses. In the first half of 2014, heroin-related deaths rose 46 percent with 310 deaths across the state, according to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Additionally, 7 percent of local high school students have tried heroin – a statistic nearly twice the state average.

‘I Wish I Knew’ is an awareness campaign that offers information and local resources on heroin and prescription pills. The campaign also encourages community participation on social media and online at www.IWishIKnewMidShore.org.

“Please, take time to follow the campaign – encourage others to ‘share’ on Facebook and follow on Twitter,” said Talbot County Sheriff Joe Gamble, who spoke at the campaign kick-off event. “You, your family and your loved ones need you to learn more. It takes all of us to turn back the tide of opiate abuse. Take time today to join the conversation!”

The campaign runs through Sept. 30, is funded through SAMHSA and the Maryland Behavioral Health Administration and includes Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, Kent and Queen Anne’s counties. It is the first regional, coordinated effort of its kind.

“I am pleased to kick-start a campaign that is near and dear to my heart and that is bringing light to the drug problem we face here on the Mid-Shore,” said Queen Anne’s County Commissioner Jim Moran, who also spoke at the kick-off event. Moran advocated for expanded access to Suboxone, a medication used to treat opiate addiction, and called for mandatory drug education in local schools for parents and students.

The campaign includes unprecedented media reach through television, local movie theaters, billboards, radio stations and print publications. Ads include information on the signs of opiate abuse, the signs of an overdose and what to do in an overdose.

“This is an unprecedented opportunity for our community,” said Kelley L. Allen, owner of Soul Candy Media, which created the campaign. “Nearly everyone has been affected by heroin or prescription pills – we need to keep talking about it and working to change our culture.

“This campaign not only offers invaluable information, but also encourages community participation. We hope everyone goes to our website www.IWishIKnewMidShore.org and joins the conversation with an ‘I Wish I Knew’ statement. What you tell us will help us work toward reducing misuse in our community.”

Gayle Jordan-Randolph, deputy secretary for the state’s Behavioral Health Administration, and Tim Dove, director of addictions for the Caroline County Counseling Center, also spoke at the event.

Officials in attendance included Lt. Tim McDonald, barrack commander for Maryland State Police Centreville; state Del. Steven Arentz, R-36; Betsy Hamilton, representing state Del. Christopher Adams, R-37B; Denise Lovelady, representing U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md.-1st and Meg Butler, representing state Rep. John Mautz IV, R-37B.

STATE POLICE ARREST TWO SUSPECTS IN CAROLINE COUNTY SHOOTING

Maryland State Police Press Release
06/25/2015 14:13

STATE POLICE ARREST TWO SUSPECTS IN CAROLINE COUNTY SHOOTING

(Greensboro, MD) – Investigators from the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division Upper Shore arrested two suspects today who were involved with a shooting that occurred last night in Caroline County.

One of the accused is identified as Tony Elliott, Jr., 22 of the 4600 block of Skinners Run Road in Hurlock. Elliott is being charged with attempted first degree murder, reckless endangerment, and first and second degree assault. Elliott was arrested at 5:30 a.m. today and is currently being held without bond at the Caroline County Detention Center.

The other suspect, 17 years old, was arrested last night shortly before midnight and is in police custody. He is not being identified at this time because he is a juvenile. He is also charged with attempted first degree murder, reckless endangerment, and first and second degree assault. He is currently being held at Caroline County Detention Center.

The victim is identified as Cory Mayes, 18 of the 25,000 block of Hill Road in Greensboro. He was transported yesterday evening to Kent General Hospital in Dover, Delaware for medical treatment. Police believe Mayes is acquainted with the suspects involved.

On Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at approximately 7:00 p.m., troopers from the Maryland State Police Easton Barrack, assisted by officers from the Greensboro Police Department responded to the 25000 block of Hill Road in Greensboro, Maryland for the report of a shooting. Upon the arrival of responding emergency personnel, Mayes was located inside of the residence suffering from a single gunshot wound in the torso.

Witnesses at the scene, along with statements from the victim identified the suspects. Both suspects were located at their respective residences in Caroline County and taken into custody without incident by the Maryland State Police Apprehension Team. Sheriff deputies from the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the investigation.

Investigators from the Maryland State Police are still actively investigating additional leads. Anyone with information is urged to call the Maryland State Police, Easton Barrack at (410) 822-3101.

Caroline County Police Week Candlelight Vigil

Show support for the local police officers in Caroline County and those from around this nation that have paid the ultimate price keeping our communities safe.

Candlelight vigil will be held in support of National Police Week. The vigil starts on the steps of the Caroline County Court House @ 7PM.

Multiple Suspects Charged in 2014 Caroline County Murder

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

MULTIPLE SUSPECTS CHARGED IN 2014 CAROLINE CO. MURDER

(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.