Second Male Suspect In Kingstown Robbery Extradited From Mississippi


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

 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


Chestertown Police Chief Adrian Baker gives police report for February.

Reward Offered for Information Leading to Arrest in Port Deposit Murder


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


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.

Chestertown Man Charged For False Claims He Was Robbed


The Chestertown Police Department issued a criminal summons on Dec. 20 for Joshua Keith McVey, 22, of Chestertown, for making false statements to police on Dec. 9 – alleging that an armed African-American male entered his car near the Lewis Dairy Market on High Street and forced him to drive to an ATM and withdraw money.

McVey turned himself in at around 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23 and was released about 90 minutes later. A trial date has been set for Jan. 23 in Kent County District Court. If convicted, McVey could face up to six month in jail and/or a $500 fine.

Chestertown Police Chief Adrian Baker said the false accusations came amid a two-state manhunt for suspects who had robbed retail businesses in Delaware and the Midshore in October and November.

“The evidence shows that McVey was not a victim of the alleged crime,” Baker said in a statement released on Monday. “We take this matter very seriously and realize that his accusations may have preyed upon the fears of the public. This will not be tolerated. The Chestertown Police Department has taken swift action after thoroughly investigating the matter and will assure the truth comes out.”

Chief Baker said the investigation is still ongoing.

Alleged Suspect in Chestertown Armed Robberies Apprehended in Delaware


A alleged suspect in a string of armed robberies on the Eastern Shore and Delaware, which included the November robberies of the Domino’s and Royal Farm Stores here in Chestertown, was picked up by Dover City Police on Dec.19.

Vontaye Lamont Gilbert, 33, of Chestertown was charged by Dover Police for robberies there and is being held in Smyrna, Delaware at the James T. Vaughn Detention Center.

Soon after the arrest, Chestertown Police Chief Adrian Baker filed multiple charges against Gilbert for the robberies here. Chief Baker gave accolades to Centreville Police, Delaware Police agencies, Easton Police, Kent County Sheriff’s Department, Maryland State Police, and the Queen Anne Sheriffs Department for the high level of inter-agency cooperation.

“This is a significant step to concluding the recent Chestertown armed robberies,” Chief Baker said. ”After many hours of diligent work, a serious criminal has been brought to justice.”

Queenstown Bank in Church Hill Robbed this Morning


DSC_0712At about 9:47 a.m on Friday, a white male standing about 6′, and wearing a hoody, gloves, camouflage pants and sunglasses, jumped over the counter of the Queenstown Bank on Main Street in Church Hill and emptied several teller drawers,” said Dale Patrick, a public information officer with the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect then fled and investigators are looking for a burgandy Hyundai passenger vehicle with out-of-state license plates.

QAC Sheriffs were first to arrive at the scene and the K-9 unit of the Chestertown Police Department was later called in to try and track the suspect.

No injuries were reported.

Video of Suspect

Man Forced To Withdraw From ATM at Gunpoint


An armed man entered an occupied vehicle outside of the Lewis Dairy Market on Monday and forced the driver to go to an ATM and withdraw money.  The robbery occurred at around 5.p.m, said Chestertown Police Chief Adrian Baker in a brief phone call with the Spy on Wednesday.

CPD has identified a suspect in the robbery but no arrest has been made as of 12:00 p.m. Wednesday.

The story will be updated as more information becomes available.