The First Judicial Circuit of Maryland is warning citizens to be wary of telephone calls from someone claiming to be a court official who tells them a warrant has been issued for their arrest for failure to appear for jury duty.
The caller either asks for identifying information such as Social Security number and date of birth or tells the person to call 704- 319-7254.
The first is an attempt to steal a person’s identity; the other is a prank.
Generally, court officials correspond with potential jurors via mail and do not ask for confidential information over the telephone.
People are advised not to provide any confidential information if they receive such a call.
Questions about jury service may be directed to the local court’s jury office.
For more information about jury scams, visit the Web site of the Federal Bureau of Investigation at http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/ 2006/june/jury_ scam060206.
A 48-year-old Felton, Del., man was arrested Oct. 6 after allegedly striking a woman in downtown Ocean City.
Robert Louis Ehrisman reportedly hit a woman in her face during an argument.
According to charging documents, he told Ocean City police that the woman slapped herself in the face.
He also reportedly caused her travel bags to rip and later, he drew the attention of people on balconies because he would not stop yelling.
Police charged Ehrisman with second-degree assault, malicious destruction of property and disorderly conduct.
A 23-year-old Ocean Pines woman was charged Oct. 5 with theft under $1,000, seven counts of theft under $1,000 and one count of a theft scheme from $1,000 to $10,000.
On that day, an off-duty Hagerstown police officer detained Lindsay Marie Lopez because two women had been following her and witnessed her taking another woman’s purse.
The women followed Lopez because one of them recognized her from the day before when her own purse was stolen from the beach.
Lopez is accused of stealing purses twice on Sept. 29, twice on Sept. 30, once on Oct. 4 and twice on Oct. 5. She is also accused of stealing a Kindle. Most of the thefts took place on the beach.
After Lopez was arrested, police searched her and her purse and found a hypodermic needle in her purse. She was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of equipment to administer drugs.
Attempts to flee
A 30-year-old Bishopville man tried to run from police Sunday, but was caught after a K-9 unit from the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and the Maryland State Police aviation tracked him down.
A citizen called police after seeing a man, later identified as Terrez Rounds, snorting what appeared to be cocaine and drinking alcohol in the WalMart parking lot. Information said he had left and was driving west on Route 50.
A state trooper stopped Rounds at Friendship Road and Griffin Road for traffic violations. Rounds bailed out of his car as it came to a stop. A brief struggle and a foot chase ensued as Rounds ran into the woods.
He was located on Pin Oak Drive a short time later.
Rounds was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, driving under the influence and fleeing and eluding.
Maryland State Police are investigating a reported burglary that occurred at about 3:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at a residence on Purnell Crossing Road.
The victim said his neighbor saw a man looking into the windows of his residence. The suspect is a white man, in his early 20s, wearing a blue shirt and jeans with sleeve tattoos on both arms. The suspect was driving a blue Jeep, with a temporary Maryland registration, tag number XC56990.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Maryland State Police barrack at 410-641-3101.