INCIDENT:                              Possession of CDS –Not Marijuana

DATE AND TIME REPORTED:                        4/25/18       1:33pm

LOCATION:                             Sudlersville Elementary School @300 South Church Street Sudlersville,

NARRATIVE:               Deputies responded to the Sudlersville Elementary School in reference to a disturbance. Upon arrival, Deputies made contact with school officials who asked police to have a male removed from the property. Further investigation led to the recovery of suspected Crack Cocaine and drug paraphernalia from a vehicle driven by the unwanted person. During the investigation, witnesses informed deputies of a female passenger who was in the same vehicle. That female returned to the scene and was placed under arrest for the recovered illegal drugs. She was transported to the Sheriff’s Office for booking and processing. She was later taken to the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center where she was held without bail. Deputies were unable to locate the male after the CDS was located. Charges were completed on the male suspect identified as Chris Markow.

ARRESTED:               Melissa Markow W/F– 249 Merganser Drive , Chestertown

SUSPECT:                    Chris Markow W/M 31 year old from Chestertown

INVESTIGATORS:                   Dep. L Pack and Dfc. A Cooper

CASE NUMBER:                     18-12502

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INCIDENT:                     Fleeing and Eluding, Suspended Driver

 

DATE AND TIME REPORTED:                        4/25/18       3:22pm

LOCATION:                             Dominion Road @ Main Street in Chester, MD 21619

NARRATIVE:               The 911 Center had received calls in reference to a passed out driving in the travel portion of Main Street.  Major Boardman with the Office of the Sheriff was patrolling in the area of Dominion Road and Main Street in Chester, MD. During this time he observed a male, who appeared to be asleep behind the wheel. Major Boardman made contact with the male who woke up and immediately attempted to flee the area. A brief pursuit occurred and the driver eventually pulled over in the area of Cox Neck Road at Postal Road. The driver was taken into custody and gave deputies a false name. The driver was later identified as Dantae Dennis. He was transported to the Sheriff’s Office where he was issued several citations for traffic violations. In addition, it was determined that Mr. Dennis had an active arrest warrant. He was later transported to the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center where he was held without bail. “I would like to thank the owner of the Pawn Shop for assisting at the scene with traffic direction around the vehicle that was blocking traffic. This type of initiative shows the supportive relationship we have with the community of Queen Anne’s County and my staff.” said Sheriff Hofmann.

ARRESTED:               Dontae Dennis B/M – 307 Melvin Ave., Grasonville, MD

INVESTIGATORS:                   Dep. M Barlow, Major D. Boardman,

CASE NUMBER:                     18-12514

 

 

OFFICE of the SHERIFF for QUEEN ANNE’S COUNTY

PRESS RELEASES

 

INCIDENT:  Underage Possession of Alcohol

DATE / TIME:  4/21/2018 @ 7:06PM

LOCATION:   Kent Island High School

CHARGED:  17yo male Stevensville, MD 21666

DETAILS:   Dfc. Rickard and F/Sgt. Jones observed a gold Toyota Camry at the Kent Island High School that was observed earlier in the evening with possible underage alcohol possession.  F/Sgt. Jones spoke with the driver and the driver showed F/Sgt. Jones a bottle of vodka in the vehicle.  A citation was issued to the driver and later released to a parent.

DEPUTY:  Det. J. Rickard, F/Sgt. M. Jones Jr.

CASE:  18-11996

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INCIDENT:  Underage Alcohol Violation

DATE / TIME:  Saturday April 21, 2018 @ 1906 hrs.

LOCATION(s):  Kent Island High School 900 Love Point Road Stevensville, MD

VICTIM: State of Maryland

SUSPECT: M-W-17 Stevensville, MD

CHARGE(S): Possession of alcoholic beverages by a person under 21 years of age

DISPOSITION: Released to parent/guardian

DETAILS:   On Saturday April 21, 2018 several deputies of the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office were participating in an enforcement initiative targeting underage alcohol violations. This enforcement initiative was intended to reduce availability and consumption of alcoholic beverages by local youth. At approximately 1900 hrs., Deputies received a complaint of possible underage drinking inside of a vehicle near the Annie’s Restaurant in Grasonville, MD. The caller believed that the underage occupants were possibly headed to the prom at Kent Island High School. Deputies searched the area of the restaurant but were unable to locate the described vehicle. Approximately 30 minutes later, deputies located that same vehicle as it entered the Kent Island High School parking area. Deputies contacted the occupants, and informed them of the earlier underage drinking complaint. Deputies located two (2) bottles of vodka inside of the vehicle. Investigation revealed that one occupant (17 year old male) had been drinking the alcoholic beverages while sitting in the vehicle at the restaurant. That male was issued a civil citation for underage alcohol possession. The other occupants were released to a parent/guardian without charges.

AGENCIES INVOLVED: Queen Anne’s County Sheriff

LEAD INVESTIGATOR:  Detective Jason Rickard #0133

CASE # 18-11996

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INCIDENT:         Burglary

DATE / TIME:    4/20/18 at 2:46PM

LOCATION:       (Duck Neck Campground) 500 Double Creek Point Rd., Chestertown, Md. 21620)

Victim:             84 of  Rockville, Md

DETAILS:    Dfc. Jones responded for a past burglary complaint at a campsite within the campground. Sometime between 4/16/18 and 4/20/18, unknown suspect(s) gained entry into a locked RV/dwelling. Several items had been moved inside of the dwelling, but nothing seemed to have been missing, at this time. A number of items were found to be of evidentiary value. This investigation continues. Anyone with info. contact QACSO.

DEPUTY:  Dfc. M. Jones

CASE:          #18-11846

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INCIDENT:  Burglary

DATE/TIME:  04/21/2018 @ 12:11AM

VICTIM:  58yo male Stevensville, Md

DETAILS:  Deputy Dickey responded to Cable House Road Stevensville, Md in reference to a burglary.  The victim advised that when he arrived home he noticed his front door was ajar.  When he searched his residence he noticed he was missing two laptops. The total value was approximately $627.00.  Investigation is ongoing.

DEPUTY:  Dep. S. Dickey

CASE: 18-11907

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INCIDENT:  Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance not Marijuana

DATE / TIME:  04/20/2018 @ 9:00PM

LOCATION:   Safeway Parking Lot Main Street Chester, MD

ARRESTED:  Thomas Brew 46yo male from Annapolis, Md

Kelly Gonzalez 41yo female from Chester, Md

CHARGES FOR BOTH SUBJECTS:  Possession of CDS not marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, and Possession of CDS administering equipment.

DETAILS:  Deputies responded to the Safeway in reference to subjects in a red Chevy Cavalier possibly using drugs.  Upon arriving they made contact with Kelly Gonzalez.  Gonzalez granted consent for the vehicle to be searched which resulted in needles containing suspected heroin being located in the vehicle.  She also advised that she had arrived with Thomas Brew.  Brew was located inside the store and was also placed under arrest.  Both Subjects were taken before a District Court Commissioner were Brew was held with Bail and Gonzalez was held on $ 2,000 at the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center pending trial.

DEPUTY:  Dep. C. Carnaggio, Dep. S. Dickey, Sgt. T. Lowery

CASE: 18-11882

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INCIDENT:  Possession of Marijuana under 10 grams

DATE/TIME:  4/21/2018 @ 9:30PM

LOCATION:  Main Street @ Castle Marina Road Chester, MD 21619

CHARGED:  17yo male Stevensville, Md

16yo male Stevensville, Md

14yo male Stevensville, Md

DETAILS:  Cpl. Martz observed a silver Saturn passenger car traveling above the posted speed limit in the area of Main Street and Castle Marina Road, Chester, MD.  Cpl. Martz initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and upon approaching it, detected an odor of burnt marijuana.  A search was conducted of the vehicle and marijuana less than 10 grams was located.  All three juveniles admitted to ownership of the marijuana and were charged on a juvenile citation and released to their parents.

DEPUTY:  Cpl. B. Martz

CASE: 18-12020

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INCIDENT:  Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol

DATE / TIME:  04/21/2018 @ 11:06PM

LOCATION:   Ruthsburg Road @ Rt. 301 Centreville, MD

ARRESTED:  John Martin 55yo male, Dover, DE

DETAILS:  Dfc. Piasecki observed a gold Honda truck traveling on Ruthsburg Road Centreville, MD with inoperable tag lights.  He initiated a traffic stop and pulled the vehicle over.  Upon making contact with the driver of the vehicle, Dfc. Piasecki detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage.  Field sobriety tests were attempted and Martin was ultimately placed under arrest for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and later released to a sober adult.

DEPUTY:  Dfc. M. Piasecki

CASE: 18-12033

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INCIDENT:  Possession of Alcohol under 21 years of age

DATE / TIME :   4/21/2018 @ 7:30PM

LOCATION:  Under Kent Narrows Bridge Chester, MD

CHARGED:  17yo female Stevensville, MD

DETAILS:  Dfc. Prince initiated a traffic stop on a white jeep passenger car under the Kent Narrows bridge for failing to stop at a stop sign.  A probable cause search was conducted and a bottle of alcohol was located along with a vape.  The juvenile was released to a parent.

DEPUTY:  Dfc. D. Prince

CASE: 18-12001

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INCIDENT: Furnishing Alcohol to Minors

DATE / TIME:  4/21/2018 @ 9:55PM

LOCATION:

CHARGED:  Alexander Townsend 21yo male Stevensville, MD

2 seventeen year old males from Stevensville, MD

DETAILS:  Dfc. Prince conducted a traffic stop on a black Honda Civic in the area of the Thompson Creek Service Road Stevensville, Md for failing to stop at a stop sign.  An 18 pack of Rolling Rock beer and a bottle of liquor were recovered from the vehicle.  Townsend admitted to purchasing the alcohol for 2 nineteen year old males.  Townsend was charged on an adult criminal citation and released from the scene.  The two 17 year old males were charged and released on a civil citation.

DEPUTY: Dfc. D. Prince

CASE: 18-12025

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INCIDENT:         Identity Theft

DATE / TIME:    4/21/8 at 3:26pm

LOCATION:       200 blk Old Wharf Ln., Queenstown, Md. 21658

DETAILS:      55 year old male victim reported that unknown suspect(s), sometime between 4/11/18 and 4/20/18, obtained his personal info and attempted to secure lines of credit through a lending company. The suspect(s) were apparently unsuccessful and measures have been taken to thwart future attempts. The investigation continues. Anyone with info, contact QACSO.

DEPUTY:    Sgt. Green

CASE:        #18-11978

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INCIDENT:         Recovered CDS

DATE / TIME:    4/21/18 at 10:09AM

LOCATION:       Chesapeake Church of Christ, 405 Drummer Drive, Grasonville, Md. 21638

DETAILS:    QACSO unit responded for the report of found CDS outside of the Church. Upon arrival, contact was made with the caller who advised that he was cleaning around the outside of the church when he located a bag with contained several syringes, 2 glass pipes and a metal spoon. He immediately called police. The found items were seized by Dep. Barlow and transported back to the QACSO and marked for destruction.

DEPUTY:    Dep. Barlow

CASE:          18-11947

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INCIDENT:       DUI

DATE / TIME:    4/21/18 at 3:00pm

LOCATION:       Rt. 50 (West), near Jackson Creek Rd., Grasonville, Md. 21617

DETAILS:         Numerous 911 calls had been received regarding a Silver Chevy Tahoe, driving erratically and using excessive speed on Rt. 50 westbound. Deputy Barlow was able locate the Tahoe, witness the erratic driving firsthand, and then make a traffic stop of the SUV. Contact was made with the driver, William Arrington (34YO), who exhibited signs that he was under the influence of alcohol. Deputy Barlow then administered Standardized Field Sobriety Tests to Arrington who was placed under arrest for DUI. He was cited for DUI related offenses, as well as unsafe lane change, speed greater than reasonable, and negligent driving. He was subsequently released on his signature to a sober, valid driver.

DEPUTY:             Deputy Barlow, assisted by MSP

CASE:                  18-11976

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INCIDENT:      Stolen Motorcycle

DATE / TIME:              4/22/18 at 10:42AM

LOCATION:     100 block Graces Lane, Grasonville, Md. 21638

Victim:             38 of Grasonville, Md

DETAIL:   QACSO units responded for a complaint of a past stolen motorcycle. The owner of the motorcycle is currently in another state. She was advised that the motorcycle she had bought (2007 Suzuki GSXR1000, black in color, VA tag 976097 valued at $3,800) and left at a friend’s residence had been stolen. Deputy Patikowski responded to Grace’s Lane, made contact with a witness, who advised the motorcycle had been stolen sometime between 4/21/18 and 4/22/18, by unknown suspect(s). The provided tag number was checked but came back as not on file. The victim advised she would be back in Maryland on 4/23 and can obtain the needed info then. The investigation continues. Anyone with info contact QACSO at jpatikowski@qac.org

DEPUTY: Dep. Patikowski

CASE:  18-10229

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INCIDENT:      Theft

DATE/TIME:    04/22/18 @ 7:51 p.m.

Victim:                         54yo female Centreville, MD

DETAILS:   Dfc. Piasecki responded to Spaniard Neck Road and spoke with the victim who reported within the past week, someone entered into a vehicle on the property and removed a electronic tablet valued at $250.00. Investigation continues.  Anyone with information can contact email mpiasecki@qac.org.

DEPUTY:  Dfc. Piasecki

CASE: 18-12116

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INCIDENT:      Possession of Marijuana less than 10 grams

DATE / TIME:              04/22/18 @ 10:39 pm

Defendant:       Benjamin Underwood 20yo male Stevensville, MD

DETAILS:   While at a residence on Maryland Road for a disturbance, Dep. Carnaggio spoke with Benjamin Underwood. It was later discovered Benjamin had in his possession a glass smoking device and suspected marijuana less than 10 grams. A civil citation was issued for the possession of marijuana.

DEPUTY:  Dep. Carnaggio, Dep. Dickey

CASE: 18-12130

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INCIDENT:  Possession of Marijuana Less Than 10 grams

DATE / TIME:  Sunday April 22, 2018 @ 0019 hrs.

LOCATION(s):  7-11 Store 110 Pullman’s Crossing Grasonville, md

VICTIM: State of Maryland

SUSPECT: Mitchell James Harash (M-W-22 years old)

Stevensville, MD

CHARGE(S): Possession of marijuana less than 10 grams (civil citation)

DISPOSITION: Released on signature

DETAILS:  On Sunday April 22, 2018 several deputies of the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office were participating in an enforcement initiative targeting underage alcohol and drug violations. This enforcement initiative was intended to reduce availability and consumption of alcoholic beverages or drugs by local youth. At approximately 0019 hrs., Deputies were conducting a patrol check of the 7-11 Store in Grasonville, MD. While conducting that check, deputies observed a gray pickup truck with multiple occupants attempting to quickly back out of a parking space in front of the store. As the vehicle was traveling backward, a white male was attempting to open the front passenger door and jump inside. Deputies subsequently stopped the vehicle to investigate the incident and prevent injury to the male attempting to jump inside the vehicle. Upon speaking with the vehicle’s driver (identified as Mitchell Harash), deputies observed suspected marijuana and associated paraphernalia in plain view inside the vehicle. Deputies recovered several smoking devices and less than 10 grams of suspected marijuana from the vehicle. The driver (Harash) was issued a civil citation for possession of marijuana less than 10 grams, and was released on his signature.

AGENCIES INVOLVED: Queen Anne’s County Sheriff

LEAD INVESTIGATOR:  Detective Jason Rickard #0133

CASE # 18-12042

 

 

 

 

A Statement from your Sheriff,

“The Office of the Sheriff for Queen Anne’s County was contacted by a citizen on Sunday, April 15, 2018 regarding a video of a student being assaulted at the Kent Island High School on Friday April 13, 2018 by other students who attend the School.  The criminal investigation began immediately upon us receiving the video and is ongoing by my Office’s Criminal Investigation section and the School Resource Unit. Upon completion of the investigation after all parties to the incident have been identified as well as their role, the case findings will be presented to our State’s Attorney regarding juvenile and/or criminal charges.  Much of this case will remain confidential as it involves juveniles and school proceedings.

I took an oath to serve and protect this community fairly and equally for those who are victims and from those accused of criminal acts in the great County where we live.  I have, and will continue to always be “on duty” 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The safety of our community is a priority to me, and I will often leave my family behind any time to work side by side with the men and woman of this office and allied departments who also uphold an oath to serve and protect.  I work for this community, and understand that I am to always be fair, impartial and assure my office provides our justice system with an honest, thorough and unbiased investigation no matter the case.

Each and every incident that our agency investigates is deserving of our full attention to detail.  Every assigned case is prepared and investigated with supervisory oversight in a methodical manner to bring to light all facts to support elements of crimes.  We have an obligation to the citizens of our County to ensure every victim, witness, person of interest and suspect are treated fairly in accordance with the law.  To rush a case investigation would be an injustice to those accused and to those who are victims of crimes.

There is a historical process in the criminal justice system to protect both the victim, and the accused. Law enforcement, when notified to assume a case, does so in a manner which includes frequent consultation with the States Attorney’s Office for presentation of charges to our Court System.  Police officers are not the Judge and Jury, as some people may think.  Matters of juvenile crimes in many cases will be presented to the Juvenile Justice branch, where the disposition of the case is decided.

Many times a complex investigation includes interviews of multiple witnesses, persons of interest, suspects and collection of evidence  The time required to be thorough with this process may at times give onlookers with little knowledge of the criminal justice system the impression that no action is being taken.  There can be nothing further from the truth.

I can assure you that the safety of our communities, particularly the safety of our students, staff and visitors of our schools remains paramount to me.  We believe in the “See Something, Say Something” movement throughout our County, State and Country and promise to follow up on tips of suspicion just as we immediately did with this incident at the KIHS when we learned of the incident.

 

I will continue to always be available for each of you 24/7.  Please feel free to contact me by cellular telephone at 443-496-1277 or sheriff@qac.org

Thank you,

Your Sheriff, Gary Hofmann”

INCIDENT: Warrant service/Controlled Dangerous Substance not Marijuana
DATE / TIME: 04/20/2018 approximately 1:15am
LOCATION: Rt. 50 E/B @ Marshy Creek Rd, Grasonville MD
ARRESTED: Tradon Martice McCants, 27yo from Baltimore MD
DETAILS: Deputies were on routine patrol in the area of Rt. 50 E/B @ Marshy Creek Rd, Grasonville MD, when they observed a black in color, 2017 Jeep Patriot bearing a Maryland registration, with their high beams on while approaching other vehicles. Deputies pulled behind the vehicle and paced the vehicle. The vehicle traveled from 45 mph to 65mph. Deputies initiated a traffic stop and contact was made with the driver, who was identified as Tradon Martice McCants. A motor vehicle administrative check and a warrant check was completed on McCants. Investigations revealed that McCants had an active District Court Warrant through Dorchester County.
A K9 was called to the scene which subsequently resulted with a positive alert. A search of the vehicle was completed and items were located such as; 1 straw containing suspected CDS, and 2 baggies containing suspected edible objects with unknown chemical composite.
Those items will be sent off to the MSP lab for testing and charges are pending the results.
McCants was issued:
1. Citation: Driver Failure to reduce light distribution when within 300 feet of approaching
Vehicle from rear
2. Citation: Willfully driving motor vehicle at slow speed
3. Citation: Exceeding posted maximum speed limit
4. Citation: Negligent driving
5. Citation: Failure to drive vehicle on right half of roadway when required
6. Citation: Driver changing lanes when unsafe
McCants was taken before the District Court Commissioner where he was held on a $25,000.00 bond.
DEPUTY: Dfc. Prince
CASE: 18-11761
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Incident: Malicious Destruction of Property -$500.00
Date and Time Reported: 04/18/18 @ 1:43 pm
Location: 100 Block of Maryland Road, Stevensville , Md.21666
Narrative: On 04/18/18 at 1:43pm, Dfc. Pack responded to a report of a burglary in progress. Upon his arrival, Dfc. Pack had learned that two suspects had arrived at the victim’s home and began causing a disturbance. The victim reported hearing people yelling outside of his home and then heard glass break on the rear of his home. He further advised that he observed one of the suspects attempt to open one of the windows on the home. Dfc. Pack then examined the residence and observed broken glass on the rear storm door and the open window. Mr. Underwood advised Dfc. Pack that he knew who the suspects were and directed him on where they had fled. Dfc. Pack located the suspects at a nearby residence. Both suspects were identified as Wayne Reed Jr. and Jasmine Ferguson. They were both arrested and transported to the Office of the Sheriff for Queen Anne’s County.
Arrested : Wayne Reed Jr. B/M 23year old of Stevensville
Jasmine Ferguson B/F 18 year old of Stevensville
Investigator: Dfc. Pack
Case # 18-11592
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INCIDENT: Fraud
DATE/TIME: 4/17/2018 @ 09:04AM
VICTIM: Chesapeake College 1000 College Circle Queenstown, MD 21658
DETAILS: A/Cpl. Sewell responded to the Chesapeake College to meet with a staff member of the Financial Services Division. A/Cpl. Sewell was advised that someone had made fraudulent checks with the college’s account number and deposited the checks into an out of state bank. The investigation is continuing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Sheriff for Queen Anne’s County and ask to speak with A/Cpl. Sewell.
DEPUTY: A/Cpl. G. Sewell
CASE: 18-11415
 
 
 

On Sunday, April 15, 2018, The Queen Anne’s County Office of the Sheriff and States Attorney became aware of an incident that occurred at the Kent Island High School on Friday, April 13th.  The incident, which occurred inside a school locker room involved an alleged assault on one student by several others as it was recorded by cell phone video by a student.  A criminal investigation was immediately initiated by the QAC Sheriffs Criminal Investigation Unit and the School Resource Unit which is still underway.  The States Attorney and school officials have been kept apprised of the progress of the investigation.  Upon completion of the investigation, the States Attorney will be consulted with input from the victims family to determine the conclusion of the incident.  QAC school officials are simultaneously investigating this incident to determine their course of action.  We wish all to be compassionate and understanding for the victim and school as this investigation proceeds.  We ask that all inquiries be directed to the QAC BOE regarding this incident and to respect the dignity of those involved.