QA Press Releases 6/25




INCIDENT:           Assault Call

DATE / TIME:      06/16/2012 @ 2250 Hours

LOCATION:         Monroe Manor Road, Stevensville

VICTIM:               Thomas W. Zylka of Stevensville


NARRATIVE:        Victim reported he and his wife were driving home when the vehicle in front of them stopped and the male driver confronted them accusing them of following too close. Victim reported being struck on the face by the man. The victim’s wife called 911 and wrote down the tag number of the suspect vehicle. The suspect was located at his residence and admitted to stopping and confronting the victim about following him too close but denied striking anyone. Victim was advised of the process to file charges if desired.


DEPUTY:              Deputy Nathaniel Burns

ASSIST:                 Deputy Maria Bassaro

CASE:                    12-17581


INCIDENT:           Abandoned Vehicle

DATE / TIME:      06/17/2012 @ 1052 Hours

LOCATION:         Fairview Drive @ Earle Branch, Centreville


NARRATIVE:        A 2008 Jeep Truck was reported to be abandoned in the roadway on Fairview Drive. Deputy responded and was unable to locate the driver or owner at the scene. Efforts to contact the registered owner in Delaware were also unsuccessful. Vehicle was towed and stored.


DEPUTY:              Cpl. Shane Russell

CASE:                    12-17615


INCIDENT:           Burglary

DATE / TIME:      06/17/2012 @ 1356 Hours (Reported)

LOCATION:         3000 Block of Price Road, Centreville

VICTIM:               Karen L. Schmitt of Centreville


NARRATIVE:        Victim reported being out of town for several days and upon returning home found the house ransacked. Victim reported a 52 inch flat screen television had been removed from the wall along with a blue ray DVD player in her bedroom. A further check of the residence showed two additional televisions missing, a 47” and a 32”, another DVD player, a Wii game console and a Play Station 3. Theft amounts were estimated at $7,160.


DEPUTY:              Deputy Aaron Wilson

CASE:                    12-17622


INCIDENT:           Theft

DATE / TIME:      06/17/2012 @ 1939 Hours

LOCATION:         Felton View Lane, Sudlersville

VICTIM:               Charles E. Haines of Sudlersville


NARRATIVE:        Victim reported that unknown person(s) had taken an 8D battery and copper pipes from an irrigation system sometime in the past 24 hour. The battery & pipe were valued at $400. The pipe which was buried had to be dug up and cut between the intake and relief nozzles on the pump. Investigation remains open.


DEPUTY:              Dfc. Stephen Fraser

CASE:                    12-17648


INCIDENT:           Domestic Assault

DATE / TIME:      06/17/2012 @ 2208 Hours

LOCATION:         600 Block of Davol Road, Stevensville

VICTIM:               Anne H. Ittu of Stevensville

ARREST:               John Jeffery Ittu (60) of Stevensville

CHARGE:              Assault


NARRATIVE:        Deputies responded to residence in response to a domestic assault. Victim reported being struck several times on the head by her husband and had minor injuries consistent with her statements. John Ittu was located in the residence and placed under arrest for assault. After processing at the Sheriff’s Headquarters, he was later released on his personal recognizance by a District Court Commissioner.


DEPUTY:              Dep. Maria Bassaro

ASSIST:                 Dep. Nathaniel Burns

CASE:                    12-17656


INCIDENT:           Missing Person / Assault

DATE / TIME:      06/18/2012 @ 0310 Hours (Reported)

LOCATION:         First Street, Chester

VICTIM:               Female (43) from Chester

ARREST:               Phillip Eugene Cornish (56) of Chester

CHARGE:              Assault


NARRATIVE:        Family members of the victim called to report her missing after leaving their residence to go to the store five hours earlier and leaving with a male acquaintance. Prior to arrival the complainant called back and reported that Cornish had called and reported that the victim had struck a tree on Newtown Road and then walked away.  Deputies located a red Pontiac parked on a farm lane on Newtown Road and the victim approached the deputies. She was crying, bleeding from lacerations to her head and neck and appeared to be intoxicated. The victim stated the two were engaged in sex but then changed her mind, exited the vehicle and began to walk home. According to the victim, Cornish followed her in his car and located her on the farm lane where he struck her in the face several times with his fist.


Cornish was placed under arrest for assault and transported to Sheriff’s Headquarters for processing. A District Court Commissioner held him on a $10,000 Bond. He was released later on the 18th after having a Bail Bondsman post his bail.


DEPUTY:              Deputy Steve Matthews

ASSIST:                 Sgt. Morris “Sonny” Jones

CASE:                    12-17663


INCIDENT:           Assault

DATE / TIME:      06/18/2012 @ 1112 Hours

LOCATION:         Queenstown Outlets, Queenstown

VICTIM:               Victoria Disbrow of Westminster, MD

ARREST:               Steven Newman (55) of Westminster, MD

CHARGE:              Assault


NARRATIVE:        Following a report of a woman being assaulted in front of Chico’s at the Queenstown Outlets deputies to the location. On arrival the two subjects were separated. Statements by the subjects indicated that they were returning from Ocean City and the two began to argue. The victim who was driving, then pulled into the Outlets and told Mr. Newman to get out of the car. Witnesses added that when the victim exited the car and opened the trunk, Newman began to get items out of the trunk and then shoved the victim causing her to fall to the pavement. As she attempted to get up, witnesses said Newman then punched in the head. Both subjects advised they previously lived together and were still involved in a relationship.


Mr. Newman was placed under arrest and transported to Sheriff’s Headquarters for processing. A District Court Commissioner later released Newman on his personal recognizance.


DEPUTY:              Deputy Chris Neall

CASE:                    12-17683



DATE / TIME:      06/19/2012 @ 0117 Hours

LOCATION:         RT 8 @ Bay City Road, Stevensville


ARREST:               Female (17) of Queenstown

CHARGE:              Possession of Marijuana / Possession of CDS (Not Marijuana / Possession of CDS Paraphernalia


NARRATIVE:        Deputies were dispatched to Chesapeake Estates for a report of two vehicles with loud exhaust in the area. While enroute there, Deputy Jordan passed a small truck with loud exhaust going north on RT 8. He turned and stopped the truck near Bay City. With the odor of alcohol present, when asked the driver and passenger denied drinking. After seeing suspected marijuana on the passenger floor, the driver admitted to having a glass smoking device in the sunglass holder of the truck. Further search on the vehicle resulted in the seizure of a second glass smoking device, suspected marijuana and  a container with a portion of a straw and crushed pills reported to be adderol from the passenger’s pocket book. The female also claimed ownership of a near empty bottle of rum that was also located in the truck.


As a result the female’s parents were contacted and they responded to the location to take custody of her. She was referred to Juvenile services for the three charges. Charges for the smoking device are pending on the driver.


DEPUTY:              Dfc. Michael Jordan

CASE:                    12-17749


INCIDENT:           MDOP

DATE / TIME:      06/19/2012 @ 1134 Hours (Reported)

LOCATION:         Rutledge Road, Queenstown

VICTIMS:             Vincent McNeill of Queenstown

                              Dennis Reeves of Queenstown    

ARREST:               Male (12) of Queenstown

                              Male (13) of Queenstown

CHARGE:              MDOP


NARRATIVE:        Victims reported finding their houses and vehicles had been egged during the night. Victim found broken eggs on garage doors, on the roof and in driveways. In addition the air had been let out of a tire on one truck and several trees had been “toilet papered”. After talking with several juveniles in the area, three  males had admitted to the acts. As a result two have been referred to Juvenile Services for MDOP. Charges are pending on the third.


DEPUTY:              Dfc. Seth Ambrose

ASSIST:                 Deputy Chris Neall

CASE:                    12-17778



DATE / TIME:      06/20/2012 @ 1739 Hours

LOCATION:         800 Block of Brownsville Road, Centreville

VICTIM:               Rico Hawkins of Centreville


NARRATIVE:        Victim reported that someone had entered his residence between 1620 and 1739 hours on the 20th and had taken $240. Investigation showed the residence had been ransacked with cabinets opened, mattresses flipped and closets opened. It was reported that a possible suspect vehicle was a red passenger car.


DEPUTY:              Dfc. Stephen Fraser

CASE:                    12-17928



DATE / TIME:      06/20/2012 @ 1949 Hours

LOCATION:         Beach Side Drive, Stevensville

VICTIM:               Donna Lomghorn of Stevensville


NARRATIVE:        Victim reported the theft of several lawn items including a globe light, a yellow slow sign figurine and multiple solar lawn lights. Items had an estimated value of $50.


DEPUTY:              Sgt. Mark Meil

CASE:                    12-17938


INCIDENT:           Theft

DATE / TIME:      06/21/2012 @ 1056 Hours (Reported)

LOCATION:         Cell Tower @ Needlewood Farm Lane, Centreville

VICTIM:               Cell Companies (AT&T – Sprint – Nextel – T-Mobile)


NARRATIVE:        AT&T site manager Cortland Suggs reported that unknown subjects had entered the gated and locked cell site and stole thirty to forty six foot sections of 10 and 20 gauge copper wire valued at an estimated $2000. There was no sign of forced entry. A witness advised that last week there was a white truck at the location but appeared to be workers. The complaintenant stated there was no record of work being down at that location.


DEPUTY:              Deputy Steve Matthews

CASE:                    12-17998


INCIDENT:           Burglary

DATE / TIME:      06/21/2012 @ 1834 Hours

LOCATION:         7000 Block of Church Hill Road, Chestertown

VICTIM:               Tammy McFarland of Chestertown

ARREST:               Patricia Ann Garrettson (50) of Chestertown

CHARGE:              Burglary & Theft


NARRATIVE:        Victim reported that Ms. Garrettson had entered her apartment and had taken her cell phone valued at $150 without her permission. Victim was aware of this since Garrettson had told her. Dfc. Sewell responded to the area and located Ms. Garrettson who was in possession of the cell phone. Garrettson stated she had taken the phone because the victim had failed to return a kindle.


Garrettson was placed under arrest and charged with burglary and theft. She was later released on her personal recognizance by a District Court Commissioner.


DEPUTY:              Dfc. George Sewell

CASE:                    12-18034


INCIDENT:           DWI Arrest

DATE / TIME:      06/23/2012 @ 0045 Hours

LOCATION:         RT 18 near Dominion Road, Chester


ARREST:               Jonathan Lee Wood (27) of Chester

CHARGE:              DWI


NARRATIVE:        Deputies saw a blue Buick passenger car traveling on the roadway with damage to the front passenger tire. The tire was dragging on the roadway causing the car to skid.  The vehicle was stopped and found to be driven by Jonathan Lee Wood. Driver had an odor of alcohol on his breath and was asked for the registration to the vehicle had handed the deputy emissions papers. When asked to step from the car, he needed to use the door and roof for balance. Field sobriety tasks were attempted and then Wood was placed under arrest for DWI. After charges he was later released to a sober family member.


DEPUTY:              Deputy Chad Hartmetz

ASSIST:                 Dfc. Jason Rickard

CASE:                    12-18155


INCIDENT:           Burglary / Theft

DATE / TIME:      06/23/2012 @ 0900 Hours (Reported)

LOCATION:         2700 Block of Barclay Road, Marydel

VICTIM:               Thomas J. McGowan of Marydel


NARRATIVE:        Victim reported finding three 100 foot 10 gauge and four 100 foot 12 gauge extension cords missing from his garage. Victim stated he let his dog out at 0130 hours and saw the cords still there and left the garage door open.  At 0530 he noticed metal wagon from the garage near the road and checked to discover the cords were missing. The extension cords were valued at $500.


DEPUTY:              Deputy Chris Ahearn

CASE:                    12-18169


INCIDENT:           Burglary / Theft

DATE / TIME:      06/23/2012 @ 1330 Hours (Reported)

LOCATION:         211 Long Shot Farm Lane, Church Hill

VICTIM:               David Smith of Church Hill


NARRATIVE:        Victim advised someone had stolen three Husqvarna chainsaws, a Stihl hedge trimmer, a DeWalt sawzall and two DeWalt drills from a barn at the farm. Items were valued at $2850. The theft is believed to have occurred between June 21st and June 23rd.


DEPUTY:              Deputy Chris Ahearn

CASE:                    12-18193


INCIDENT:           Burglary / Theft

DATE / TIME:      06/23/2012 @ 1543 (Reported)

LOCATION:         330 Hall Road, Church Hill            

VICTIM:               John W. Clough Jr. of Church Hill


NARRATIVE:        Victim reported that someone had stolen two welding cables, a DeWalt drill bit set, a DeWalt Circular Saw, Dewalt Sawzall and a DeWalt light from his shed. Items had a value of $1,100. The burglary occurred sometime between 6/22 @ 2230 hours and 6/23 @ 0600 hours.


DEPUTY:              Deputy Chris Ahearn

CASE:                    12-18209


INCIDENT:           Assault

DATE / TIME:      06/23/2012 @ 1645 Hours

LOCATION:         2000 Block of Duhamel Corner Road, Sudlersville

VICTIM:               See Narrative

ARREST:               Timothy Warren Wayson (51) of Sudlersville

CHARGE:              Assault


NARRATIVE:        Deputy Ahearn responded to the residence for a reported assault. Mr. Tim Wayson reported that his friend, Ruby Sheridan had assaulted him by pushing him and slapping his face. No injuries were reported and Ms.. Sheridan had left prior to arrival. Mr. Wayson advised he would get charges.


At 2004 hours Deputy Ahearn met with Ms. Sheridan for a requested domestic standby. On arrival to the residence, Mr. Wayson exited the house  screaming profanities and refused to allow her to get her belongings. As Ms. Sheridan began to leave, Mr. Wayson kicked the tailgate and then spit on Ms. Sheridan. At that point he was placed under arrest for assault. After processing, Wayson was released on his personal recognizance by a District Court Commissioner.


At Mr. Wayson’s submission of an application for charges, a criminal summons was issued for Ms. Sheridan.


DEPUTY:              Deputy Chris Ahearn

CASES:                  12-18213 and 12-18227  


INCIDENT:           DWI Arrest

DATE / TIME:      06/24/2012 @ 0042 Hours

LOCATION:         Thompson Creek Road – Park & Ride, Stevensville


ARREST:               Bonnie Jean Bumford (47) of Boothwyn, PA



NARRATIVE:        While assisting MSP with an assault call, Deputy Neall was checking vehicle at the Park & Ride. He stopped to check a white Chrysler Crossfire with an open door. In the driver’s seat was a female. Later Identified as Bonnie J. Bumford. Ms. Bumford had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath and stated she had driven then from a nearby restaurant and was waiting for her ex-husband to pick her up. Ms. Bumford had difficulty standing and was unable to attempt any field sobriety tasks when asked. She was placed under arrest and charged with DWI.


DEPUTY:              Deputy Chris Neall

CASE:                    12-18249


INCIDENT:           Driving with Proper Driver’s License

DATE / TIME:      06/24/2012 @ 0100 Hours

LOCATION:         RT 213 @ Church Hill


ARREST:               Irna Morales (27) of Henderson

CHARGE:              Driving without License


NARRATIVE:        A yellow Nissan Xterra was observed crossing the center and side lines several times within a short distance on RT 213. Upon turning onto RT 300 the Nissan would speed up and then slow down. After turning onto Hall road it went off the roadway several times. It was stopped near RT 301. The driver, identified as Irna Morales advised thru a passenger translation that she did not have a license. It was determined that she had not been drinking, just inexperienced driving.


Morales was placed under arrest for driving without a license and transported to Sheriff’s Headquarters for processing.  A family member responded to the stop location to pick up the children in the vehicle. She was also cited for failure to obey a traffic control device and failure to stay right of center. A District Court Commissioner later released her on her recognizance.


DEPUTY:              Deputy Whitney Elliott

CASE:                    12-18254