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Arnesto Smith

Arnesto SmithHeroin sales

Ocean City police charged a 33-year-old Salisbury man with drug offenses Sept. 19, after narcotics detectives made several purchases of heroin from him.

Arnesto Lee Smith was arrested after a four-week undercover operation conducted by

Ocean City police and the

Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Division.

Police arrested Smith in the 45th Street area of Ocean

City. Several officers were needed to restrain Smith, who was ultimately subdued by a Taser.

At the time of his arrest, Smith has four bags of heroin, numerous Xanax pills and a quantity of money, according to Ocean City police.

Smith was charged with four counts of possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, three counts of distribution of heroin, possession of Xanax with the intent to distribute, possession of heroin, possession of Xanax and resisting arrest.


Law enforcement vehicles line up at the entrance to WalMart during the evacuation of shoppers and investigation into a bomb threat at the store late Monday afternoon. 
OCEAN CITY TODAY/TERRY BURRIER

Law enforcement vehicles line up at the entrance to WalMart during the evacuation of shoppers and investigation into a bomb threat at the store late Monday afternoon.OCEAN CITY TODAY/TERRY BURRIERSmith was held in the Worcester County jail on $75,000 bond.

WalMart threat

The Worcester County Bureau of Investigation is investigating the threat of a bomb at WalMart near Berlin.

After a telephone call at 6 p.m. Monday from an unknown person, shoppers and store personnel were evacuated from the premises by deputies of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and officers of the Ocean City and Berlin police departments, according to a press release issued by the Maryland State Police. Those citizens were kept out of the store for about three hours.

K-9 dogs trained to sniff explosives from Sheriff’s Offices in Worcester, Wicomico and Dorchester counties were utilized to ensure the building was safe. Members of the Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office were also on the scene and investigating.

Anyone with information about the bomb threat is asked to contact the Maryland State Police at the Berlin barrack at 410-641-3101.

Guns in vehicle

Ocean City police charged a 48-year-old Williamsport, Pa. man Sept. 22 with having a concealed dangerous weapon, two counts of having a handgun in a vehicle and possession of marijuana.

Police stopped Barry C. Miller at Eighth Street and Baltimore Avenue because neither he nor his passenger was wearing a seatbelt.

A K-9 scan of the vehicle resulted in a positive alert and police located marijuana in a glass jar within a camera case.

When asked about weapons, Miller said he had a handgun, but he had a Pennsylvania permit for the gun.

Police located a loaded .25 caliber handgun in the driver’s side door and another loaded handgun between the driver’s seat and the center console. They also found a twisted bandana with a pad lock tied to the end of it. Such weapons are known as a smiley or cracker.

Woman identified

Ocean City police continue to investigate the death of Kelly Degracia, 41, of Santa Monica, Calif., whose body was found Sept. 18 on the ground outside a condominium.

After getting a call at about 3 a.m., police found Degracia’s body on the west side of the building. Police said she fell from a third-floor balcony of the Canal Street condominium. The condominium, the St. Croix, has only three floors, with three units per floor. Canal Street is on the bayside, just off Hitchens Avenue, which is between 35th and 36th streets. Degracia’s body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.

According to online information, Degracia was an artist and had a studio in Santa Monica.

Concealed weapon

A 21-year-old Baltimore man was charged Sept. 20, with having a concealed deadly weapon.

An Ocean City policeman stopped Brock An- thony Peterson at 12th Street because of a traffic violation.

Peterson handed the police his suspended driver’s license. When the officer asked about weapons, Peterson said he was a hunter and had a box knife. When the policeman asked if he had any other weapons, Peterson said he had a machete. The policeman removed Peterson’s machete, which was between the passenger seat and the center console.

Fatal crash

Cody Aaron Tobias, 20, of Ocean Pines, died Saturday in a single-vehicle crash near the intersection of Mount Hermon Road and Laws Road in Parsonsburg.

According to Maryland State Police, Tobias was driving a 2007 Nissan Frontier pickup truck east on Mount Hermon Road when the truck left the travel portion of the roadway and collided with a tree.

Tobias, a 2009 graduate of Stephen Decatur High School was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation is continuing.

Marijuana

Maryland State Police charged Thomas Andrew Steiff of Annapolis, and Stephanie Faith Radvak, both 31, with possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia on Sept. 22.

A state trooper stopped Steiff’s vehicle for speeding at Route 50 and Hall Road. He detected the odor of marijuana and searched the car. He found marijuana and paraphernalia, according to the press release.

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