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.

Caroline County Man runs for Congress

Lamont Taylor For Congress
(Caroline County, MD – March 1, 2017)

Lamont Taylor of Caroline County, MD has officially thrown his hat in the ring as a candidate in the 2018 race for congress, Maryland ‘s District #1.

Photo: Lamont Taylor

Lamont Taylor – Submitted Photo

Mr. Taylor in the past has worked with former Maryland Delegate Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio and now Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Governor. Before Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio held an office Mr. Taylor helped her start and spearhead a organization in Talbot County, the club was so successful, in fact, that they broadened the membership to the Mid-Shore territory all within one year.

Mr. Taylor is known to have a positive influence on his peers, to be dedicated and driven even when things appear to be tough. Taylor considers himself as a people person embracing all regardless of race, religion or social status, as a registered Republican since 2002 Taylor says he will put the people first over parties and politics.

Mr. Taylor is a current resident of Caroline County Maryland and a Native of Oxford, Maryland where he grew up. This former small businesses owner started his business in hard times with very little finances he grew and ran a successful Janitorial Business from 2000 – 2010 (Taylor’s Janitorial Service). Since then Mr. Taylor has went on to write and self publish the book “A Raw Business Sense” which is carried on Amazon and locally at the News Center in Easton, MD. He has been very active in local politics over the years and is a proud member of the Shriners Organization.




Compass Regional Hospice Offers Adult Grief Support Group in Caroline County

Compass Regional Hospice
February 24, 2017

Compass Regional Hospice is offering a grief support group for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one. The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 21, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 S 5th Avenue in Denton. The group will meet every Tuesday through May 23. Participants are asked to commit to attending all or most of the 10 sessions in order to benefit the most from the group.

The grief support group will be co‐facilitated by Ann OConnor, LCSW‐C, and Wayne Larrimore, MEd, bereavement counselors for Compass Regional Hospice.

In a culture that often avoids talking about loss, many end up feeling alone, which makes navigating through their grief journey difficult. Participation in our adult grief support group offers companionship and understanding from others who “get it,” and are experiencing the similar challenges that living with grief brings.

“Our grief groups are a combination of education and support,” says OConnor. “In this confidential and intimate setting participant’s will have a chance to share their stories openly and guilt-free, while learning ways to cope with their changed lives.”

For more information about the adult grief support group, call Compass Regional Hospice, 443‐262‐ 4100, or email Ann OConnor, or Wayne Larrimore, To learn more about other grief support programs available through the Compass Regional Hospice Hope & Healing Center, visit

Photo: Bereavement counselors Wayne Larrimore, MEd (left) and Ann OConnor, LCSW‐C (right) will co‐facilitate a new grief support group beginning March 21, 2017.

Bereavement counselors Wayne Larrimore, MEd (left) and Ann OConnor, LCSW‐C (right) will co‐facilitate a new grief support group beginning March 21, 2017. – Submitted Photo

M&M Refrigeration Honored as Champion of Maryland Manufacturing

M&M Refrigeration

The award was bestowed by the Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland.

Federalsburg, MD
February 8, 2017

M&M Refrigeration was honored as a 2016 Champion of Maryland Manufacturing by the Regional Manufacturing Institute (RMI) of Maryland for Creating a Positive Culture of Change Management. A tribute dinner was held for all the recipients of the prize, and each champion received a copy of the 2016 Champions of Maryland Manufacturing Yearbook.

Nominated by Angela Visintainer of Caroline Economic Development Corporation, M&M Refrigeration owner Duffy McConnell was recognized for his vision and leadership. Visintainer noted that during the economic downturn of 2009 McConnell took the offensive, knowing the economy would bounce back and actually expanded the manufacturing facility. His stellar management protected the dedicated employees at M&M from the recession and propelled the company.

Gratefully acknowledging his employees, CEO Duane Marshall said, “At M&M Refrigeration, we work hard every day to deliver on our promises to customers. We are pleased to employ so many great people on the beautiful Eastern Shore of Maryland. They are the ones who earned this honor.”

The RMI of Maryland is a non-profit association originally created to serve the manufacturers of Baltimore. The organization now serves manufacturers across the state by collaborating with community colleges and government agencies to serve workforce needs, providing learning models on a variety of topics and offering educational programs for manufacturers to help grow their businesses. The association also informs policy makers about the importance of manufacturing to the state’s economy to ensure adequate resources are available for manufacturers.

The leader in CO2 technology in North America, M&M Refrigeration designs, engineers and manufactures high-quality refrigeration systems for a variety of applications including food processing, cold storage, warehouses and ice arenas throughout the United States and the world. In 2007, M&M Refrigeration completed the largest CO2 cold storage plant in the world. The company employs world-class technicians and engineers, uses quality materials and is committed to achieving lifelong customer satisfaction.

For more information, visit or call 410-754-8005.

Chesapeake College Names Dean’s List for Fall 2016

Chesapeake College
February 2017

WYE MILLS – Three hundred and eighty-two students were named to the Chesapeake College Dean’s List for Fall Semester 2016. The following students earned a quality point average of 3.50 or better on at least seven credit hours:

Caroline County: Misty Adkins, Shaun Barringer, Amy Bednar, Katie Beverley, Maya Brannon, Rachel Brown, Benjamin Callahan, Kailyn Cantwell, James Caraker, Dustin Chaneski, Kiya Cohen, Elise Compton, Patricia Curran, Victoria Darrow, Joseph Del Medicc, Laura Divjak, Brooke Dodd, Kelly Dove, Zachary Eldredge, Matthew Ellingswort, Kelly Evans, Tershara Evans, Ebony Ewing, Kaitlin Fairbanks, Jack Risher, William Fox, Ashley Garrett, Luther Gauniel, MaryJo Gavin, Ryan Geoghegar, Kendel Gowe, Caitlin Griffin, Roger Harris, Sydnie Hathaway, Heath Hendrickson, Georgianna Hill, Christen Houtz, Heather Hutson, Rachel Hyler, Deena Hynson, Yasmeen Johnson, Mikaela Johnston, Michael Jordan, Owen Joseph, Stephanie Keene, Daphne Larmore, Kaci Lynch, Joshua Markland, Christopher Mayer, Lauren Mayer, Zakary McMahan, Lauryn McMahan, Marissa Moldoch, Neyda Monter-Ca, Paula Morris, Rebekkah Napier, Jeffrey North, Patrick O’Brien, Tamisha Perry, Dana Phillips, Christopher Pante, Kelly Ramsey, Sarah Redd, Alana Reynolds, Gordin Roblero, Victoria Ross, Jessica Scharch, Camryn Schumache, Brady Shortall, Bevan Smith, Kimberly Smith, Shyanne Snow, Amanda Stafford, Audrey Stultz, Janna Teat, Brenda Thrift, Kenneth Trader, Robert Turley, Rachel Van Dalen, Juan Vazquez, Jamyra Walker, Alison Ward, David Weaver, Joseph Webb, Julianna Wedding, Joseph Whitley, Chistopher Williams, Seth Williams, John Wilson, Aaron Wilt, Gregory Wood, Danielle Wooters, Katie Worm, Jason Wright, and Jamie Yeager.

Dorchester County: Allyson Adams, Carley Bieller, Amy Cannon, Jenna Carter, Carlye Collison, Trayvon Copper, Julie Crain, Ahmad Dajani, Spencer Davidson, Anna Davis, Michael Dawson, Matthew Elzey, Rachel Ewing, Christopher Gleockler, Candice Gray, Ashley Greenhawk, Gabriel Guzman, Edwin Hernandez, Shelley Hill, Aubree Hodde, Vivian Kang, Patrick Kelly, Brytni King, Laura Korb, Elizabeth Kyle, Kaite Lee, Shavonte Lewis, Patricia Lynch, Tykia Macer, Jordon Maddox, Kristie Malkus, John Mazzie, Emily McWilliams, Anthony Moulden, Miranda Muehlbauer, Jeffrey Newton, Haley Niblett, Emma North, Meagan Owens, Rebekah Palamaras, Gabrielle Parsley, Gary Phillips, Shawn Pinder, Jasmine Reece, Kylie Riggin, Cierra Robinson, Tiffany Sheppard, Ginger Shimek, Taylor Spears, Ebony Taylor, Anthony Thomas, Achia Thompson, Raven Tran, Beverly Webster, and Hannah Wood.

Kent County: Spencer Adams, Samuel Bergenholt, Tyler Brice, Olivia Cameron, Karli Casey, Alexandra Caswell, James Cook, Jonathan Cook, Mary Ford, Logan Fracassi, Nancy Haggerty, Catherine Hickman, Elizabeth Lloyd, Michael Moffatt, Ryan Nguyen, Laurie Quinn, Carlos Rueda-Pareja, Amanda Shajwani, Elizabeth Trego, and Sarah Whitby.

Queen Anne’s County: William Alderson, Katelyn Alexander, Joshua Becraft, Sarah Berga, Cassandra Blake, Mary Branning, Robert Branning, Ta’myra Britt-Gaine, Riley Buckle, Toni Bullen, Hannah Byerly, Angelica Calloway, Francesca Calloway, Lareese Cathey, Logan Clough, Nathan Connaster, William Covington, Sarah Creasey, Jeremy Davis, Evan Del Casale, Matthew Dorey, Emily Doyle, Kaitlyn Eber, Shannon Eck, Heather Emerson-Phillips, Michele Emory, Cecelia Fontenot, Cody Foster, Laura Gray, Cassidy Greene, Abigail Gurney, Kimberly Haines, Taylor Hamilton, Jennarae Haney, James Henderson, Alaynee Herman, Emily Hert, Jennifer Houghton, Elva Jackson, Kristen James, Destiny Jenkins, Mackenzie Joyce, Jennifer Kelly, Amanda King, Julia Knisley, Trent Koerner, Rhonda Larkin-Copper, John Leaberry, Kenneth Leonard, Jason Lewis, Rosemary Lewis, Frank Lindauer, Trent Marine, Tessa Rae Masters, Melonie Mattison, Lena Mazeina, Faith McCoy, Samantha McCreary, Carlin McLamb, JoAnna Meekins, Heather Mesenbrink, Jensen Messick, John Mutchler, Jennifer Newgent, Morgan O’Connor, Roberto Orellana, Matthew Orr, Marti, Patrick, Heidi Perhach, Sydney Pollard, Danielle Porter, Audbrey Radford, Race Robinson, Kateria Rodriguez, Courtney Rogall, Paige Romanek, Timothy Ruppe, Margaret Ruppert, Josiah Rydstedt, Robert Schultz, Seibel Kelsie, Brandon Shanahan, Sydney Shepherd, Amanda Signorino, Justin Simpson, Hannah Smith, Kyle Sonneveldt, Teagan Sonstegard, Caitlin Souder, Dana Spires, Kasey Stant, Jameson Sterling, Macie Stubbs, Luke Sultenfuss, Joshua Thompson, Savannah Verrette, Kiera Watson, Brady Whitaker, Brian White, Michelle Wick, Amber Williams, Sarah Wooters, and Kaylyn Workinger.

Talbot County: Julie Andrew, Megan Andrew, Christopher Baker, Henry Bauman, Alexandra Bednarik, Rachel Beggins, Aleksandra Belcovska, Erik Bell, Michael Blair, Mikaela Boley, JoAnn Brasington, Lidiya Bridges, Jacob Bryan, Kristen Callis, Meredith Camper, Tara Carl, Amanda Cooper, Jonathan Cooper, Paris Cooper, Julie Craig, Olson Dorce, Felicia Ell, Sarah Fauver, Garrett Fowler, Tierra Foxworth, Jaleesa Gardner, Megan Garvey, William George, Anne Gerwitz, Sabrina Glenn, David Hall, Marcus Haythe, Theorlodin Howard, Samuel Hughes, Alan Ibanez-Gallegos, Chukwuma Isebor, Eldon Johnson, Victoria Laureska, Jason Leaman, Laura LeCates, Grace-Anne Lemaire, Mollie Lovett, Stephan Luethy, Cody Malczewsk, Peter McDorman, Jennifer Miller, Savannah Miller, Hayli Mills, Kimberly Moberly, Monica Moore, Kelley Morgan, Shawn Moriarty, Brandi Nichols, Kathryn Norman, Kristine Olsen, Ashley Osborne, Morgan Pearson, Amanda Price, Cathi Ramagnano, Colleen Ryan, Tyrone Sampson, Pamela Sanchez, Christian Schultz- Chapman, Jennifer Sharp, Elizabeth Shaw, Abigail Simmons, Carl Sinderman, Laura Spies, Jacob Stevenson, Katlyn Swann, Emma Thompson, Rebecca Towers, Tyson Troscinski, Judy Turner, Michael Willis, and Alexandra Wright.

Anne Arundel County: Jason Bigham, Jonathan Larsen, and Jennifer Szarek.

Wicomico County: Patricia Abrams, Edward Bailey and Tyndall Jackson.

Out- of- state: Richard Bundek, Wlliam Jester, Christine Mapp and Robert Richardson.

Delmarva Tractor Pullers Association Presents Check to Hospice

Compass Regional Hospice
February 1, 2017

For the third year, the Delmarva Tractor Pullers Association, Inc. chose Compass Regional Hospice and the Caroline Hospice Foundation as the beneficiaries of their annual tractor pull held at the Chestertown Elks on September 10, 2016.

The Delmarva Tractor Pullers Association presented a check for $2,400 to Compass Regional Hospice and Caroline Hospice Foundation at the organization’s January 21, 2017 banquet held at the Goldsboro Fire Hall.

Compass Regional Hospice is the sole provider of hospice care and grief support in Queen Anne’s, Caroline and Kent Counties. People of all ages benefit from Compass services as they face the challenges of living with a life‐limiting illness and learn to live following the death of a loved one.

As a non‐profit organization, Compass Regional Hospice relies on financial support from the community to provide services not covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance.

Compass Regional Hospice’s partner in Caroline County, the Caroline Hospice Foundation, is dedicated to raising funds to support the hospice services provided in Caroline County by Compass Regional Hospice in private residences, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and at the Caroline Hospice Home, which is owned by the Caroline Hospice Foundation.

For more information about how you can support hospice care and grief support in your community, call 443‐262‐4100 or visit

Photo: Presenting a donation to Compass Regional Hospice and Caroline Hospice Foundation are Delmarva Tractor Pullers Association members (left to right) John Smith, Olan Simpkins and Mike Hitchens. Accepting the donation are (far left) Kenda Leager, Development Officer, Compass Regional Hospice; and (far right) Heidi Plutschak, Director, Caroline Hospice Foundation.

Presenting a donation to Compass Regional Hospice and Caroline Hospice Foundation are Delmarva Tractor Pullers Association members (left to right) John Smith, Olan Simpkins and Mike Hitchens. Accepting the donation are (far left) Kenda Leager, Development Officer, Compass Regional Hospice; and (far right) Heidi Plutschak, Director, Caroline Hospice Foundation. – Submitted Photo

Digital Learning Night at the library!

Caroline County Public Library
February 1, 2017

Drop in to Digital Learning Night at the Caroline County Public Library in Denton for a technology open house and learn all about the technology your local school system and library have to offer.  

Stop by on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 6:30-8:30pm and enjoy hands-on STEM activities, demos of 3-D printers and the library’s Music Lab, and much more! Have you ever wanted to try out the latest Virtual Reality headsets? We will have Oculus, Vive, and other headsets available for you to play with!

Refreshments will be provided by the Caroline County Culinary Arts Program. Program brought to you through a partnership of Caroline County Public Schools and Caroline County Public Library.

For more information, please call 410-479-1343 or visit

Talbot Co. Man Charged With Possession Of Child Pornography

MD State Police
January 20, 2017

Maryland State Police criminal investigators have charged a Talbot County man with multiple counts of possession of child pornography as a result of an Internet crimes investigation.

The suspect is identified as Harry H. Rieck III, 59, of Easton, Md. He is charged with ten counts of possession of child pornography. Rieck was charged on a criminal summons, which was served on him yesterday after he responded to the Maryland State Police Easton Barrack.

The investigation began in November 2016, when Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division investigators assigned to the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received information about an Internet user actively downloading images of child pornography online, using a peer-to-peer network. The investigation led to the identification of a residence and a search warrant was obtained. Investigators served a search warrant in mid-December 2016 at the residence and recovered computers and related electronic equipment belonging to the suspect.

A forensic preview was conducted at the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit forensic laboratory. Investigators found multiple images of known child pornography. State Police investigators applied for criminal charges and a criminal summons was issued.

The forensic examination of the computer equipment is continuing. Additional charges are possible.

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.

Editor’s Note:
Harry H. Rieck III ran and won election this past fall for Talbot County School Board. He did resign due to personal reasons before taking office.

He did serve on the Talbot County School Board in 2008 as he completed a term of a member who resigned due to health reason. He lost the election later in that year. He also ran for Talbot County Council in 2010, but lost in the primary.

Two Charged In Caroline Co. Armed Robbery

MD State Police
January 19, 2017

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.