Police Update: Robber at Large, Burglary-Home Invasion Suspect Arrested

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From the Chestertown Police Department:

The police department is investigating a robbery that occurred yesterday at about 5 pm at the Holiday Inn Express. We are requesting that if any observed what witnesses believed to be a white male, thin build, 5’8 tall, wearing all black, walking in that area to call the police department at 410-778-1800. The suspect was last seen in the field across from Comfort Suites Hotel.

On August 27th, 2015 officers arrested Dennis Eugene Black, 35, of Chestertown. Black was charged with first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, 2- counts fourth-degree burglary, home invasion, MDOP and several other theft-related charges. Black was held on a $50,000 bond. Black is a person of interest on several other burglary investigations. If anyone has any information in reference to any of the recent burglaries please contact the police department at 410-778-1800.

Update September 1: Chestertown Police Department is still looking for information regarding the Holiday In Express robbery.

Fire Devastates Finance and IT Offices at Washington College

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Fire departments throughout Kent, Queen Anne’s, Cecil, Dover, Delaware and the Western Shore, and even a Camden, Wyoming crew who happened to be in the area, responded a 4-alarm blaze that devastated a Washington College building on the 500 block of Washington Avenue.

According to sources, the fire broke out about 8 pm Saturday night. No College personnel were injured.

Four firefighters were hospitalized and released.

The building was the site of the College’s IT and Business Department.

Ironically the history of the building includes a fire that razed The Pub lounge in the 1980s. The College had been leasing the building.

Responders answered the 4-alarm call from Dover, Middletown, Centreville, Church Hill, Cecilton, Sudlersville, Crumpton, Maryville and Goldsborough.

“We needed the manpower more than anything, but we had to call them out of the building at a certain point because we knew the roof was going to collapse,” Chief Bruce Neal said on Sunday.

The fire is now under investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshall.

 

 

Photo by Josh Carr.

Photo by Josh Carr.

Fighting the blaze. Photo by Josh Carr

Fighting the blaze. Photo by Josh Carr

 

Photo by Josh Carr

Photo by Josh Carr

Photos taken Sunday 10 am.

Photos taken Sunday 10 am.

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Tragic Car-Truck Accident on Route 50 and MD 213

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The Baltimore Sun is reporting that five members of a Virginia family, including a pregnant woman and a 2-month-old boy,  were killed in a crash with a tractor trailer in Queen Anne’s County early Saturday morning. The family was on their way to visit relatives in Baltimore and was driving in a Suzuki Forenza on Rt. 50 in Wye Mills shortly after 1 a.m. when they collided with the truck as they passed through an intersection, according to police.

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One Killed and Several Injured in Caroline County Crash

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One person was killed and several injured in a two vehicle crash this morning in Caroline County.

The person fatally injured is identified as Michaela D. Coulbourn, 50, of Preston, Md. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Ms. Coulbourn was the driver and only occupant of a 2005 Cadillac passenger car.

The driver of the 2013 Ford bus is identified as Rome E. Brittingham Jr., 68, of Denton, Md. Mr. Brittingham was driving a state-owned bus that was providing county transportation for individuals to an adult care facility.

Shortly after 8:30 a.m. today, troopers from the Easton Barracks were dispatched to the crash that occurred on Bethlehem Rd. (Rt. 528), one-tenth of a mile east of Newton Rd., in Preston, Md.

Arriving troopers found the Cadillac and Ford bus had collided and the bus had overturned onto its side. EMS and fire personnel responded to the scene and transported the bus driver, his assistant, and the five people being driven to the care facility to Easton Memorial Hospital.

The preliminary investigation indicates the two vehicles were traveling in opposite directions as they approached each other on Bethlehem Rd. For reasons unclear at this time, the Cadillac apparently drifted across the centerline and into the path of the oncoming Ford bus. The bus driver tried to avoid the collision, but the Cadillac struck the bus on the driver’s side near the rear axle, causing the bus to overturn.

The investigation is continuing.

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$10,000 Reward Offered for Arrest and Conviction of Two Bank Robberies

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People’s Bank and Queenstown Bank recently announced a reward of $10,000 for the arrest and conviction of the suspect responsible for bank robberies in Church Hill and Millington.

According to a news release issued by Maryland State Police:

“Investigators from the MSP Criminal Enforcement Division are investigating two armed bank robberies which both occurred in Queen Anne’s County. On October 23, 2014, at approximately 11:30 AM, an armed robbery occurred at the Queenstown Bank located at 400 Block of Main Street, Church Hill and on November 28, 2014 at approximately 12:30 PM, an armed robbery occurred at The Peoples Bank located in the 3000 block of River Road, Millington. An unknown suspect entered both banks, displayed a weapon and demanded currency from the tellers. The suspect is described as a black male with facial hair, approximately 5’7” to 5’9”, 170-180 lbs (medium build) utilizing a disguise during both robberies. Preliminary investigation has led investigators to believe that these robberies were committed by the same person due to similar physical characteristics of the suspect and also certain gestures which were made during both robberies.

Anyone with information related to both cases are urged to contact either RDC. Simms or TFC. Flamma of the MSP Criminal Enforcement Division at 410-758-1101.”

Earlier MSP reports of the Millington robbery described the robber as “wearing a fake black beard, flannel jacket with a black hooded sweat shirt, black pants, gray brimmed hat, black sunglasses and black leather gloves. Suspect was last seen fleeing the bank on a blue bicycle with an undisclosed amount of US Currency towards the area of River Park Road then entering a silver/gray passenger vehicle (unknown make or model) with no front license plate. The vehicle was then seen traveling in the area of east bound Rt 291 towards the town of Millington driven by another unknown suspect.”

Ralph Dowling, President/CEO of The Peoples Bank, commended the tellers at both banks for their professional response under dangerous conditions.

“We’ve also upgraded our security systems. They were top-level before but we’ve taken some extra measures with newer technology,” Dowling said.

Dowling hopes that the reward will encourage someone to step forward with information leading to the arrest of the suspect.

Frame from robbery of Queenstown Bank in Church Hill on October 22.

Frame from robbery of Queenstown Bank in Church Hill on October 22.

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Frames from The Peoples Bank robbery on November 28, 2014

State Police: Bank Robbery in Millington

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On November 28, 2014 at approximately 12:30 PM, Troopers from the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division and the Centreville Barrack responded to the Peoples Bank located in the 30000 Block of River Road, Millington MD for a report of anArmed Robbery. Responding Troopers discovered that an unknown suspect entered the bank, displayed a weapon, and demanded currency from the tellers. The suspect was described as a black male approximately 5’7’’ 170 lbs, wearing a fake black beard, flannel jacket with a black hooded sweat shirt, black pants, gray brimmed hat, black sunglasses and black leather gloves. Suspect was last seen fleeing the bank on a blue bicycle with an undisclosed amount of US Currency towards the area of River Park Road then entering a silver/gray passenger vehicle (unknown make or model) with no front license plate. The vehicle was then seen traveling in the area of east bound Rt 291 towards the town ofMillington driven by another unknown suspect. The MSP Centreville Barrack, MSP K-9 MSP Aviation, MSP Crime Lab and the Kent County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the investigation.

Anyone with any information related to this incident or anyone who observed any suspicious circumstances is urged to contact TFC. Flamma # 5970 of the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division at 410-758-1101.

 

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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.

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