Rock Hall Fatal Fire Investigation Continues

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The Office of the State Fire Marshal and Maryland State Police are continuing the investigation into the origin and cause of the fatal fire at 5182 Harris Road in Rock Hall. The investigation revealed Hester Louise Wright (85) was unable to escape the blaze as her daughter tried to lead her outside to safety. Her daughter received minor burns to her shoulder and was treated and released from Kent County General Hospital.

The 3:55 a.m. fire was brought under control by nearly 50 firefighters from Rock Hall, Galena and Chestertown Volunteer Fire Departments. The two-story dwelling was heavily damaged during the blaze causing the 2nd floor to collapse over the victim. The Anne Arundel County Fire Department Technical Rescue Team provided shoring support of weakened structural walls while an excavator was used to remove debris to allow investigators to safely remove the victim. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is determining the cause of death.

Damage estimates for the structure and contents are valued at approximately $120,000. The origin and cause for the fire remain under investigation at this time.

Route 50 Repair Work Set for Tonight and Tomorrow

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Beginning tonight the State Highway Administration (SHA) will repair a damaged pipe under eastbound US 50, just east of I-97 near Annapolis in Anne Arundel County. Work includes using ground-penetrating radar to detect any voids near the metal pipe, using video cameras to inspect the pipe, lining the pipe, backfilling and patching US 50. This work is necessary following a partial collapse of the pipe in early June. SHA crews temporarily filled and patched the pipe to reopen the roadway for morning rush hour; this week’s work will restore the pipe’s function as a stormwater drain.

Tonight, SHA will close one lane of eastbound US 50 at Exit 22 (MD 665/Aris T. Allen Blvd.) from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. This closure will allow SHA to inspect and clean the pipe.

Beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 25 and Thursday, June 26, SHA will close two lanes along eastbound US 50 and then all eastbound lanes at 10 p.m. Posted detour signs will direct motorists to MD 665 (Aris T. Allen Blvd.) to return to eastbound US 50 past the work zone. Crews will open all lanes by 5 a.m. Work is weather permitting and these phases include installing a new pipe lining and patching the eastbound US 50 lanes.

SHA encourages motorists traveling east through Annapolis to plan ahead and allow extra time during work hours. All work is weather-dependent and may be rescheduled for the following night. However, SHA will not perform patching operations on Friday, June 27 due to anticipated heavy traffic volumes. If necessary, crews will complete the work Saturday, June 28 overnight into Sunday, June 29.

Traffic on westbound US 50 and I-97 should not be affected by this work.

While SHA and its transportation partners work hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving to help prevent crashes. Stay alert and look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and don’t follow too closely. Drivers, passengers as well as workers are at risk. Safer driving. Safer work zones. For everyone.

Major Cocaine Bust on Upper Eastern Shore

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Channel 16 is reporting that Maryland State Police say there have been two dozen arrests made in a cocaine distribution investigation on the upper Eastern Shore.

Troopers say the first suspect is identified as Adrian L. Reed, aka “Slick,” 37, of the 2200-block of Pondtown Road, Chestertown, Md. Investigators say he was arrested May 12, 2014 and charged on a 35 count indictment of drug related charges including conspiring to import cocaine into the state, conspiring to distribute cocaine, conspiring to possess cocaine, conspiring to manufacture cocaine, and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. He is currently being held on $250,000 bond.

Read the full story here

Police Report: Drive-By Shooting on Calvert Street

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At approximately 11:55 P.M. Friday, May 9, several rounds were fired from a vehicle in the area of Calvert Street and College Avenue. Kylina Thomas, 23, a resident in the 400 block of  Calvert Street, was struck in the forehead by a bullet deflected by its passage through a screen and double-pane glass. After initial treatment at UM Shore Medical Center in Chestertown, she was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma for further review. Thomas was treated and released.

Chief Baker considers the event as extremely serious. “We will use all available resources to bring closure to this matter. I appreciate any help our citizens can bring forward.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Cliff Wilson or Lt. John Dolgos of the Chestertown Police Department, 410 778 1800.

 

 

Second Male Suspect In Kingstown Robbery Extradited From Mississippi

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The second male suspect in the armed robbery of the Back 50 Tavern in Kingstown on Oct. 27 is now in custody in Queen Anne’s County after extradition from Rankin County Mississippi.

Montrail Cortezy Montgomery, 37, originally of Worton, is being held on a $2.5 million bond at the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on April 21 in Queen Anne’s County District Court.

Montgomery was located in Mississippi with the help of US Marshals on or about March 11, said TFC William Abey, the lead investigator for the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division Upper Shore.

Montgomery was charged with multiple counts that include armed robbery and assault. He is alleged to have participated in the Back 50 robbery with Vontaye Lamont Gilbert, 33, of Chestertown.  The Back 50 is the former Howard’s Tavern.

Gilbert was picked up by Dover City Police on Dec. 19 and is currently held in Smyrna at the James T. Vaughn Detention Center for his alleged participation in a string of armed robberies in Delaware and the Maryland Eastern Shore between October and December of last year.

Chronology of Upper Shore robberies last fall:

Oct. 26 – Back 50 in Kingstown

Nov. 6 – Domino’s Chestertown

Nov. 11 – Farm Stores Chestertown

Nov. 18 – Domino’s Centreville

Nov. 25 – 7-11 Easton

Nov. 25 – 7-11 Centreville

Nov. 28 – Domino’s Easton

DNR Police Arrest Four Watermen with Help of State Police Helicopter

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 An NRP officer (right) directs the State Police helicopter flight team toward a target.

An NRP officer (right) directs the State Police helicopter flight team toward a target

Using a State Police helicopter as a surveillance platform, the Maryland Natural Resources Police caught four watermen last Friday harvesting oysters from a protected area in Somerset County.

The watermen, aboard three commercial boats, were charged with removing oysters from the Evans Harvest Reserve, a remote 69-acre site at the mouth of the Wicomico River and Tangier Sound.

“Our ongoing partnership with the Maryland State Police expands our patrol capabilities to more effectively deploy our resources. In this case, the helicopter allowed us to track the vessels as they worked in the reserve and keep them in sight until additional assistance arrived,” said Col. George F. Johnson IV, NRP superintendent. “We want to thank State Police Aviation for helping us protect Maryland’s bounty.”

The law enforcement collaboration is a major component of Governor Martin O’Malley’s  2010 Oyster Restoration and Aquaculture Development Plan to protect these resources and their habitat.

Reserve areas are set aside by Department of Natural Resources regulations for special management. With two weeks left in the season, most oyster bars have very few market-sized oysters left. Opening a few areas late in the season gives watermen more bottom on which to work. These areas typically provide a boost in harvest for a few days at a time, when bushel prices are high.

Nine managed reserve areas were scheduled to open for harvest on March 7, but at the request of the Somerset County Oyster Committee, Evans Bar was delayed until March 24.

An officer stationed in the State Police helicopter at 9:20 a.m. could see the four buoys that mark the corners of the reserve and observed three vessels patent tonging inside the boundaries. Using a high-powered camera in the helicopter’s nose, the officer relayed the names of the vessels and their locations to nearby a patrol boat.

When the watermen realized they were being watched, they powered out of the reserve, their vessels’ anchors still in the water. They were intercepted by an NRP patrol boat and ordered to return nine bushels of oysters to the reserve.

Philemon Thomas Hambleton IV, 25, and John Eric Hambleton, 50, both of Bozman, and Carl Stenger Jr., 67, and Jose Collazo, 25, both of Rock Hall, were charged with illegally harvesting oysters from a State reserve.

Maryland court records show that Philemon Hambleton has been found guilty of a four natural resources violations dating back to 2001, most of them involving undersized oysters. Since 2002, Stenger has been found guilty of seven oystering, clamming or crabbing violations and was charged on Feb. 11 with possession of undersized oysters.

All four watermen are scheduled to appear in Somerset District Court on June 10.

Also on Friday, NRP officers charged a Dorchester County waterman with five violations of oyster regulations and ordered him to return three bushels of oysters to Fishing Bay.

Roy Wayne Meredith Jr., 45, of Toddville, was issued citations for power dredging in a hand tonging area, for power dredging outside the power dredging zone and for harvesting undersized oysters.

Meredith is scheduled to appear in Dorchester District Court on May 21.

The district courts in Somerset and Dorchester counties participate in a program that highlights natural resources cases on specific day each month as part of Governor O’Malley’s enhanced enforcement plan.

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Chief Baker Gives February Police Report

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Chestertown Police Chief Adrian Baker gives police report for February.

Reward Offered for Information Leading to Arrest in Port Deposit Murder

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A reward of up to $2,000 is being offered to anyone with relevant information leading police to an arrest in the murder of a Cecil County man found dead in his home yesterday in Port Deposit.

The victim is identified as Vincent M. Robertson, 47, of the unit-block of Green Lane, Port Deposit in Cecil County, Maryland. Autopsy results indicate Robertson suffered multiple gunshots to his upper torso. Emergency medical personnel pronounced Robertson dead at the scene.

At approximately 11:00 a.m. on the morning of Monday, February 17, 2014, state troopers responded to Robertson’s residence after receiving a 9-1-1 call from paramedics requesting assistance. Upon arrival, troopers from the North East Barrack, were advised by medics Robertson was found lying in the dining room of the residence.

Investigators from the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit responded to the scene and initiated an investigation with continuing assistance from state police investigators from the Criminal Enforcement Division and crime scene technicians from the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division. The Cecil County State’s Attorney’s office has been notified.

Investigators continue to interview witnesses and urge anyone with information to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP (1-866-756-2587). All callers may remain anonymous.

Fatal Car Accident in Millington

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An erratic driver who refused to stop for police in Delaware was killed early this morning when he apparently lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a vacant house in Kent County, MD.

The man is identified as Adam M. Hughes, 25, of Clayton, Delaware. He wasp ronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred near the intersection of Rt.291 and Crane Street, in Millington. His body will be taken to the Office of the ChiefMedical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.

Shortly after 2:00 a.m. today, Maryland State Police at the Centreville Barrack were notified by Kent County central dispatch of a single vehicle crash that occurred in Millington. Responding troopers found Delaware police already on the scene where a 2004 Saturn SUV had crashed into a vacant house. The driver, later identified as Hughes, was the only occupant of the vehicle.

Maryland State Police learned the driver had been seen driving erratically in Delaware. An officer from the Clayton (DE) Police Department had attempted to stop the vehicle, believing the driver may have been operating under the influence. The driver refused to stop. Police followed the vehicle into Maryland on Rt. 291, attempting to stop. When the suspect vehicle neared Crane Street, the preliminary investigation indicates the driver ran off the right side of the road and struck a curb. The vehicle then crossed back over the centerline, rotated 180 degrees and ran off the left side of the roadway. The vehicle struck a utility pole and then ran into the vacant house.

The Maryland State Police Crash Team responded to conduct a detailed crash investigation. The investigation is continuing.