Police beat Aug. 2, 2013
Machete in car
A 20-year-old Kearneysville, W. Va., man was charged July 26 with having a concealed deadly weapon after Ocean City police found a machete in a car.
A police officer had stopped Tyler Walker Jenkins and two friends at North Division Street and Philadelphia Avenue because they did not cross the avenue in the crosswalk. After informing them of the pedestrian violation, he asked for identification. Walker said his identification was in a car.
Another officer found the car in the Park and Ride facility in West Ocean City. Looking through one of the car’s windows, the officer could see the handle of a machete.
Jenkins said he had lied about not having his identification because it was in his backpack, which also contained marijuana.
A search of the vehicle revealed more marijuana, four marijuana cigars, a grinder and an electronic scale, which one of Jenkins’ friends said he had because he did not want to get ripped off when buying weed, according to the charging document.
Police charged all three men with possession of a concealed dangerous weapon, but the District Court Commission found probable cause for that charge against only Jenkins and not the other two.
Police also charged all three men with possession of marijuana, but the court commissioner found no probable cause to detain any of them on that charge.
The owner of Beached Paws Pet Services, featured in last week’s edition of Ocean City Today, has a criminal case pending in Worcester County District Court.
Ferrell Santacroce of the self-run business is charged with credit card theft, two counts of charging less than $100 on another person’s credit card and a theft scheme of less than $1,000, all on July 6, according to Maryland court records.
A summons was issued on July 15 and served on July 17, the records show.
Personnel at the district courthouse in Snow Hill verified that Santacroce is scheduled to attend a preliminary inquire on Aug. 9, when the court will decide if sufficient evidence exists to take her to trial.
Intent to distribute
After stopping a vehicle for speeding on Route 13 in the area of Old Virginia Road on July 25, a deputy with the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office determined the driver, Marquise Obryan Drummond, 27, of Gargatha, Va, was wanted by the Salisbury Police Department and had a suspended Virginia driver’s license.
After arresting Drummond, the deputy found a plastic bag containing cocaine, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Drummond was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of paraphernalia and possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute it.
Argument disturbs hotel guests
Kept awake for hours by sounds of a loud argument, a guest at a downtown hotel called police, who responded and arrested a 20-year-old Hagerstown woman on a charge of second-degree assault.
The guest also saw the woman strike a man. She told police she saw the woman punch the man several times in the face and body and that the man did not strike back. The guest also said she heard and saw a plastic porch chair thrown at the window of her room.
Police talked to the man, who said he was fine, but his cheek was swollen and a bruise was forming.
The woman who was arrested, Bianca Aurelia Mills, 20, of Hagerstown said the argument had started on the Boardwalk. Police received the report of the disturbance at about 5:21 a.m.
Handgun in vehicle
A 23-year-old Leola, Pa., man was charged July 26 with having a handgun in his vehicle after an Ocean City police officer retrieved it from his backpack.
According to the charging document, the police officer talked to Steven Michael Neal about the contents of his vehicle, which was near 31st Street. In response, Neal reportedly said he had a handgun.
He also said he should not have brought the gun to Maryland.
Waiting for ICE
A 39-year-old Alexandria, Va., man was being held in the Worcester County Jail on July 28 pending a disposition with Immigration and Custom Enforcement.
Carlos A. Lopez-Rivera had reportedly been driving 71 miles per hour in the 55-mile per hour zone on Route 90. A deputy stopped his vehicle and arrested him because he was driving without a license.
He was taken before a District Court commissioner who released him on his personal recognizance, but Immigration and Custom Enforcement placed a detainer on him for failing to appear for a deportation hearing.
A deputy with the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office charged James Robert Main, 37, of West Ocean City with second-degree assault July 27.
The deputy had been dispatched to the area because of a report of an assault. The victim said Main had assaulted her.
Main was taken before a District Court commissioner who released him on $25,000 bond.