QA Press Releases 12/27


INCIDENT:           Stolen Motorcycle & Recovery

DATE:                    Reported 10/02/2009 @ 1323 Hours                                                                                            

LOCATION:         1429 Roberts Station Rd. Church Hill, MD.

VICTIM:                George C. Sewell of Church Hill

ARRESTED:          Gregory Scott Wood (36) of Crumpton, MD

CHARGE:              Motor Vehicle/Unlawful Taking; Theft: $1,000 to Under $10,000; Malicious Destruction of Property / Value – $500 (2 counts)


NARRATIVE:     Sheriff Gary Hoffman reports that on December 23, 2011 the Queen Anne’s County Office of the Sheriff arrested Gregory Scott Wood of Crumpton for the 2009 theft of a 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle. Sheriff Hofmann reports that on October 2, 2009, the victim George Sewell reported that he had parked his Harley Davidson motorcycle on his property to advertising the motorcycle being for sale. After a relative failed to return the bike to the garage for the night, someone stole the motorcycle from the front yard of the residence.  Investigation revealed that persons familiar with the motorcycle had observed Wood operating the motorcycle on several occasions. When a person familiar with the stolen motorcycle asked Wood questions about the motorcycle, Wood left the area and was believed to be in the New Jersey area with the bike.



During the week of December 19, 2011 information was received that the stolen Harley Davidson was being stored in the shed of a female acquaintance of the suspect.  Deputies responded to the location and recovered the stolen motorcycle after it was positively identified as the stolen bike. Members of the Patrol Division and the Criminal Investigations Unit of the Office of the Sheriff located the suspect at his residence on Thursday and placed him under arrest.  The suspect was charged with theft, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and two counts of MDOP. After processing, Wood was taken before the District Court Commissioner where he was released after posting $3,000.00 bail.  This case remains open pending further investigation.


DEPUTY:               Dfc. Chris Schwink (Initial)

ASSIST:                Det. Steve Stouffer, Sgt. Duke Johnston; D/Sgt. Bruce Layton, Dfc. Larry Steenken; Dfc. Chris Parkinson

CASE:                    09-34748




INCIDENT:           Found Property

DATE / TIME:       12/17/2011 @ 1948 Hours

LOCATION:         Gap Store @ Queenstown Outlets

VICTIM:                Unknown


NARRATIVE:        The Sheriff’s Office received a purse that was located at the Gap Store.  The purse contained several items such as playing cards and a cell phone. The purse can be recovered by the owner by calling the Sheriff’s Office at (410) 758-0770 extension 1226.


DEPUTY:               Dfc. Stephen Fraser

CASE:                    11-40764



INCIDENT:           Unattended Death

DATE / TIME:       12/18/2011 @ 0110 Hours

LOCATION:         1200 Block of Ewingtown Road, Chestertown

VICTIM:                Margaret Wright (97) of Chestertown


NARRATIVE:        The daughter of the victim reported finding her mother deceased in her bed. The victim had been ill and was 97 years of age. Cause of death was determined to be of natural causes.


DEPUTY:               Dfc. George Sewell

CASE:                    11-40780



INCIDENT:           Violation of Protective Order

DATE / TIME:       12/18/2011 @ 0332 Hours

LOCATION:         700 Block of Kimberly Way, Stevensville


ARREST:               Dennis Houston Nicely (35) of Stevensville
CHARGE:              Violation of Protection Order


NARRATIVE:        Deputies were called to a residence in the 700 block of Kimberly way for a domestic. Upon arrival it was learned that the domestic was verbal only and that the wife had left the residence prior to their arrival. A records check indicated that there was an active Protection Order in effect stipulating that Dennis Houston was not allowed at the residence. Houston was arrested and later released by a District Court Commissioner on his own recognizance.


DEPUTY:               Deputy William Miller

CASE:                    11-40786


INCIDENT:           Burglary

DATE / TIME:       Reported 12/19/2011 @ 1037 Hours

LOCATION:         105 Owens Road, Queen Anne

VICTIM:                Sign Connection & Charles C. Taylor & Sons


NARRATIVE:        Mr Bobby Deal reported finding a large cut in the fence at his place of business “Sign Connection” located on Owens Road. Further check of the property showed several locks damaged on trailers and a truck. Nothing appeared to have been taken. The property is owned by Charles C. Taylor and sons. Damage was estimated at $1000.


DEPUTY:               Dfc. Jessica Kellogg

CASE:                    11-40917



INCIDENT:           Possession of CDS & Burglary

DATE / TIME:       12/19/2011 @ 1705 Hours

LOCATION:         2000 Block of Starr Road, Queen Anne

VICTIM:                See Narrative

ARREST:               Benjamin Robert O’Donnell (22) of  Queen Anne
CHARGE:              Possession of CDS (Marijuana) and Burglary


NARRATIVE:        Deputies were called to the residence by family members who reported that the suspect was in possession of marijuana. Upon entering the suspect’s room there was a strong odor of burnt marijuana. A search resulted in the seizure of several baggies of suspected marijuana and paraphernalia. O’Donnell was taken into custody and found to have additional marijuana and paraphernalia in his possession. He was charged with the CDS violations and later released on his own recognizance by a District Court Commissioner.


On 12/20 Deputies were again called to the residence reference to Benjamin O’Donnell being at the residence after being told that he no longer could stay there. The victims advised that a window screen had been cut and entrance was then made thru the window, Damage was under $100. On arrival, O’Donnell was seen running away across a field next to the residence. After a foot chase, he was taken into custody and charged with 4th Degree Burglary.

This time a District Court Commissioner held him on a $3000 bond and he was detained at the QA Detention Center.


DEPUTY:               Dfc. Jessica Kellogg

ASSIST:                Sgt. Earl Johnston & Dfc. Larry Steenken

CASE:                    11-40946



INCIDENT:           Medical Emergency

DATE / TIME:       12/19/2011 @ 2328 Hours

LOCATION:         Kimberly Way and Nichols Manor Drive, Cloverfields, Stevensville

VICTIM:                Female (16) of Grasonville


NARRATIVE:        Deputies and EMS responded to the area for a report of a juvenile female in a ditch. On arrival the girl was found to be intoxicated and attempted to put her head into a small stream. After making several statements about harming herself, she was transported by ambulance to Anne Arundel Medical Center for treatment.


DEPUTY:               Deputy William Schepling

ASSIST:                EMS

CASE:                    11-40974



INCIDENT:           Carrying Concealed Weapon

DATE / TIME:       12/20/2011 @ 0830 Hours

LOCATION:         Queen Anne’s County Circuit Courthouse

ARREST:               Pending


NARRATIVE:        A 23 year old Stevensville man was stopped from entering the Circuit Courthouse on 12/20 after he attempted to go thru the metal detector with a set of metal “Knuckles”. The knuckles were observed when the male was asked to empty his pockets a second time. Charges of carrying a concealed weapon are pending.


DEPUTY:               Cpl. Phil English

CASE                     11-40995



 INCIDENT:          Unattended Death  

DATE / TIME:       12/20/2011 @ 1206 Hours

LOCATION:         115 Quinn Road, Grasonville

VICTIM:                Lori Marie Poet (19) of Grasonville


NARRATIVE:        Deputies and EMS responded to the residence for a report of an unresponsive female. The female was later identified as Lori Marie Poet, who had been staying with friends at that location. The body was sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. The investigation remains open.


DEPUTY:               Det. Steve Stouffer

ASSIST:                Patrol Units and other CID Personnel

CASE:                    11-41017



INCIDENT:           Theft      

DATE / TIME:       12/20/2011 @ 1522 Hours

LOCATION:         2600 Block of Cecil Drive, Chester

VICTIM:                Nicolle L. Gamez of Chester

CHARGED:          Jill Tracy Haslup (33) of Grasonville    
CHARGE:              Two Counts of Theft


NARRATIVE:        Victim reported that she had left her 1.5 caret diamond ring valued at $15K in a vanity drawer on December 5th. On December 8th, she realized that the ring was no longer there. On 12/20 the victim checked with local jewelry stores and located her ring at TNT Jewelry. Records show that on 12/5 the ring was sold to the store for $1300 by Jill Haslup. Ms. Haslup had been employed to provide cleaning services at the Gamez residence.


On  12/21 The District Court issued an Arrest Warrant for Jill Tracy Haslup charging her with two counts of theft.


DEPUTY:               Dfc. Seth Ambrose

CASE:                    11-41032



INCIDENT:           Theft

DATE / TIME:       12/20/2011 @ 1608 Hours

LOCATION:         Chester Harbor, Chestertown

VICTIM:                Richard Svoboda and Sharon E. Burritt both of Chestertown

ARREST:               Male (12) of Chestertown

Male (14) of Chestertown
CHARGE:              Theft and Theft Scheme


NARRATIVE:        It was reported to the Sheriff’s Office that two young males had been observed taking mail and packages from several mailboxes in Chester Harbor. Based on the description, one of the youths were located and admitted to the incident. A GPS Unit, several books and a Samsung cell phone was recovered. Other mail had been tossed into Rosin Creek.


Both juveniles were referred to Juvenile Justice for Theft & Theft Scheme and released to parents. To date, no one has claimed the cell phone which can be returned by contacting the Sheriff’s Office at (410) 758-0770 ext 1226.


DEPUTY:               Sgt. Earl Johnston

ASSIST:                Chestertown Police Department

CASE:                    11-41038


INCIDENT:           Trespassing            

DATE / TIME:       12/20/2011 @ 2209 Hours

LOCATION:         Pier Avenue, Stevensville

CITATION:          Female (15) from Grasonville
CHARGE:              Possession of Alcohol


NARRATIVE:        Units were dispatched to Pier Avenue in Stevensville for a report of subjects trespassing at Langenfelder Marine. It was also reported that the subjects had started a bonfire at the location. On arrival seven juveniles were located and detained. One 15 year old female had in her possession  a bottle of rum. None of the juveniles had been drinking, reportedly because the police had arrived so quickly. The 15 year old female was citied for possession of alcohol and all were released to parents at the scene.


DEPUTY:               Deputy Steve Matthews

ASSIST:                MSP and MdTA Units

CASE:                    11-41063



INCIDENT:           Theft of Credit Card              

DATE / TIME:       Reported 12/21/2011 @ 1002 Hours

LOCATION:         Oyster Cove Drive, Grasonville

VICTIM:                Matthew D. Pirone of Grasonville

ARREST:              Pending
CHARGE:              Theft


NARRATIVE:        Victim reported that his credit card had been stolen from his residence after he had workers in the house repairing and painting a bathroom on 12/19. At first he thought he had misplaced the card however on 12/21 he was contacted by his bank after $4, 622. had been charged. Two of the locations the card had been used was at High’s in Chester and at K-Mart. Video footage showed that on 12/19 four separate purchases totaling $1064 within 2 hours and again on 12/20 five additional purchases during the day totaling $2014.


The victim reveiwed the security video and identified as Eddie the Painter who had been working at his house. Eddie the Painter was identified as George Edward Dement of Stevensville. Deputy Miller applied for charges against Dement and an Arrest Warrant was issued charging him with Theft.


The victim also advised that the credit card had been used multiple times at Home Deport and Bed Bath & Beyond stores in Annapolis.


DEPUTY:               Deputy William Miller

CASE:                    11-41097


INCIDENT:           Theft      

DATE / TIME:       12./21/2011 @ 1849 Hours

LOCATION:         6500 Block of Church Hill Road, Chestertown

VICTIM:                Christopher A. Brady of Chestertown


NARRATIVE:        Victim reported that while he was in Don Totino’s Bar someone had entered his unlocked truck and had taken a DeWalt Drill set, a Key Set, a DeWalt Miter Box and a Porter Cable Pancake Compressor. There was also an LL Bean package taken but was unsure what was in it as it was unopened. The theft occurred between 5:30 PM to 6 PM. The items taken had an estimated value of  $850.


DEPUTY:               Deputy Whitney Elliott

CASE:                    11-41129