OCEAN CITY – Ocean City Police this week have one man in custody and are seeking another, believed to be in Florida, after connecting the pair to a string of burglaries at a resort trailer park earlier this month.
On March 4, OCPD officers responded to the Isle of Wight Trailer Park near 24th Street in reference to a burglary. Initially, the officers believed they were responding to a single burglary, but a thorough search of the entire trailer park revealed an additional 14 trailers had been burglarized. Numerous items were removed from the burglarized residences including televisions, DVD players and a vacuum.
Evidence was gathered at the scene by the OCPD’s Forensic Services Unit and investigators were able to connect the crimes to a pair of individuals who were visiting Ocean City for the weekend. The suspects have been identified as Stavros Dennis Kominos, 21, of Ocean City, and Adam Woodson Queen, 21, of Bethel Park, Pa. Both men are facing over 34 counts of burglary.
As of now, Queen has been arrested and is being held in the Worcester County Jail on a $20,000 bond. Kominos, however, is believed to be in the state of Florida and has not yet been arrested. Kominos is no stranger to the local court system. He was arrested last May on second-degree assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct charges.
Kominos later pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was placed on unsupervised probation for one year, which is set to expire in August. If and when he is taken into custody for the burglaries, he will also likely be charged with violating the terms of his probation for the incident last May.
Anyone with additional information about the burglaries is encouraged to contact OCPD Detectives Vickie Martin or James Rodriguez at 410-723-6604.
GlenRiddle Burglaries Probed
BERLIN – Maryland State Police this week are looking for the suspect or suspects involved with several vehicle break-ins totaling thousands of dollars in stolen items in the GlenRiddle community.
Around 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Maryland State Police troopers from the Berlin barrack responded to the GlenRiddle community along Route 50 west of Ocean City for a reported motor vehicle theft. During the investigation of that incident, several other residents in the area reported thefts from their vehicles valued at over $33,000 combined.
The investigation is ongoing as of late this week. As a result, State Police are asking all residents of the GlenRiddle community to lock and secure their vehicles overnight to help prevent further crimes. Anyone with information about the rash of thefts from cars in the community is encouraged to contact the Maryland State Police Berlin barrack at 410-641-3101.
Phony Bills Floated At Wal-Mart
BERLIN – The Maryland State Police this week are looking for the suspect or suspects who passed counterfeit $20 bills at the Wal-Mart on Route 50 in Berlin last week.
Around 5:30 p.m. last Sunday, MSP troopers from the Berlin barrack responded to the Berlin Wal-Mart regarding a counterfeit $20 bill that was passed. Police this week were working with Wal-Mart’s loss prevention officials on the investigation.
Anyone with information is urged to call the MSP Berlin barrack at 410-641-3101.
Dollar General Theft
WEST OCEAN CITY – An Ocean City man was arrested on theft charges last week after allegedly stealing an electronic device from the Dollar General store at the White Marlin Mall in West Ocean City.
Around 2 p.m. last Thursday, Maryland State Police troopers from the Berlin barrack responded to the Dollar General store in West Ocean City for a reported theft. The investigation revealed Sidney Terrence Johnson, Jr., of Ocean City, had stolen an electronic device valued at under $100 from the store.
Johnson was processed at the Berlin barrack before being taken in front of a court commissioner. He is being held at the Worcester County Detention Center on a $1,500 bond.
Headlight Violation Leads To Pot Bust
OCEAN CITY – Two Virginia men were arrested on marijuana possession charges last week after getting pulled over for a headlight violation on Baltimore Ave. on Friday.
Around 10 p.m. last Friday, an OCPD officer pulled over a 2000 Dodge Neon at 16th Street and Baltimore Ave. for a headlight violation. When the officer approached the vehicle, he detected the strong odor of burnt marijuana emanating from its interior. A search of the vehicle revealed two glass smoking devices with marijuana residue in them, a baggie of marijuana and a digital scale.
The officer then arrested the rear seat passenger, identified as Faraz Izadi, 19, of Fairfax, Va., and the front seat passenger, identified as Soroush Dastouri, 18, of Chantilly, Va. Both were charged with possession of marijuana.
Phone Harasser Gets 3 Years
OCEAN CITY – A local man was sentenced to over three years in jail this week, after being found guilty of harassment and telephone misuse.
Stanley Reid Martin, 52, of Ocean City, pleaded not guilty with an agreed statement of facts this week in District Court.
According to police reports, Ocean City Police officers were first contacted on Dec. 21 when they were notified of an ongoing situation between Martin and the victim, a female whom he had been repeatedly calling. The victim informed police that Martin had been calling her repeatedly despite her requests for him to stop. She reportedly told police several times that she was terrified of Martin and scared for her life. Police were provided with multiple voicemails left by Martin in which he sounded angry and agitated.
On Jan. 12, police responded again after the victim reported that Martin had been coming to her residence and repeatedly and aggressively knocking on her door. Police then swore out the charges against Martin and later arrested him.
Martin appeared in District Court this week, pleading not guilty, with an agreed statement of facts, to telephone misuse and harassment through a course of conduct. The state pointed out that Martin is currently on probation for burglary in the first degree and first-degree assault. Martin received an eight-year suspended sentence with completed probation for the burglary charge and a 15-year suspended sentence with completed probation for the assault charge.
“I have trouble with the concept that a guy would go out and commit a crime with 23 years hanging over his head,” said Judge Lloyd Whitehead in response to the public defenders request for a suspended sentence, questioning whether probation would deter Martin from committing another crime.
“No one should have to live like this,” said the victim during a victim impact statement. “He compromised every sense of well being I have.”
The victim described the constant fear she lived with as a result of Martin’s actions.
“It was over the holidays, and I had just had a bad year,” said Martin in his defense.
Martin was found guilty and sentenced to three years in jail for telephone misuse and 90 days, to be served concurrent, for harassment.
County Ride Dealer Sentenced
SNOW HILL – A Snow Hill man arrested last November on a County Ride bus traveling along Route 113 for possession of drugs with intent to distribute among other charges pleaded guilty last week to possession of crack cocaine and was sentenced to two years in jail.
In November, members of the Worcester County Narcotics Task Force boarded a County Ride bus on Route 113 to execute a search warrant on a suspect believed to be riding on the public transportation. The narcotics task force officers located Tony Harmon, 22, who was the only passenger on the bus.
Harmon attempted to barge past the officers and punched one in the chest in attempt to get off the bus. A scuffle ensued involving several officers, which later spilled out on to the highway. Harmon was eventually subdued and a search of his person revealed 26 individual bags of cocaine, eight bags of crack cocaine and one bag of marijuana. Under the seat where Harmon was sitting, the officers also located a digital scale.
Harmon was arrested and charged with multiple counts of possession and possession with intent to distribute. In August, he pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute and a pre-sentence investigation was ordered. Last week, Harmon was back in Circuit Court and was sentenced to two years in jail.
Jail For High Speed Chase Suspect
SNOW HILL – An Oxford, Md. man arrested on drug and traffic charges after leading Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) on a brief high-speed chase near Assateague last fall before abandoning his vehicle and fleeing on foot pleaded guilty last week to driving while impaired and was sentenced to 60 days in jail with all but two suspended.
Shortly after 8 a.m. on Oct. 9, an NRP officer traveling north on South Point Rd. observed a Volvo station wagon traveling south on the road at a high rate of speed, cross the center line and then swerve nearly off the road. The officer made a U-turn and began to chase the suspect, later identified as Norris Edward Shannahan, 23, of Oxford, at a high rate of speed.
The chase continued until Shannahan reached the dead end of South Point Rd., made a quick U-turn passing the officer’s vehicle and turned into a private driveway where it struck a pole and a parked car. Shannahan then abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot toward the water, but he was apprehended a short time later. He was charged with several traffic-related crimes including driving under the influence and attempting to elude an officer, as well as possession of marijuana. He was also found to be wanted on a warrant from Talbot County.
Last week in District Court, Shannahan pleaded guilty to driving while impaired and was sentenced to 60 days in jail with all but two suspended. He was also fined $400. No information about the disposition of his case in Talbot County was available as of press time.
Tractor-Trailer Crasher Fined
BISHOPVILLE – A Norfolk, Va. man suspected of being drunk when he crashed his tractor-trailer into a ditch on Route 113 near the Maryland-Delaware line in November appeared in District Court in Snow Hill last week for the traffic violation portion of his case.
On Nov. 19, a Worcester County Sheriff’s Deputy on Monday morning observed a tractor-trailer northbound on Route 113 near Route 589 traveling at an estimated 80 mph in a 55 mph zone. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle as it approached the Maryland-Delaware line when the driver, later identified as Renaldo D. Long, of Norfolk, lost control of the tractor-trailer, struck a sign in the median and overturned before coming to rest in Delaware.
No injuries were reported in the accident. The Worcester County deputy issued several traffic citations including speeding and reckless driving while Selbyville, Del. police charged Long with driving under the influence of alcohol. It was not reported what the truck was carrying, but later that morning, a hazardous material truck was seen in the area apparently performing some mitigation.
In District Court last week, Long pleaded guilty to speeding and was fined $160. He also pleaded guilty to failure to record duty status and was fined an additional $285. The drunk-driving aspect of Long’s case is being tried in Delaware and there is no information available about the status of that case.
Unwanted Guests Arrested
OCEAN CITY – Two of the three Selbyville, Del. residents arrested and charged with burglary and drug possession charges after they were discovered using an Ocean City condominium appeared in Circuit Court last week and both received the exact same sentences.
John Thomas Johnson, 21, and Antonica Johnson, 18, both of Selbyville, Del., appeared in Circuit Court last week facing a wide variety of charges including burglary and possession of marijuana. Each pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana and fourth-degree burglary and were placed on two years probation and fined $400. A third suspect, Clyde Campbell, also of Selbyville, is expected to appear for his trial next week.
A little after 11 p.m. on Nov. 16, OCPD officers responded to a residence at the Ocean High condominium on Penguin Drive for a reported breaking and entering in progress. The responding officers were met at the scene by a witness later identified as the property manager of the condominium. The property manager told police she had received a phone call from a family that was supposed to be staying at unit 20 in the Ocean High condo, but when they arrived, it appeared to be already occupied.
The property manager drove to the unit with a friend to see what was going on, and when they inspected the unit, they found it did appear to be occupied with clothing, video games, toothbrushes, prescription medicines, what appeared to loose marijuana, beer and other personal affects visible throughout the unit. After the property manager and the other witness inspected the unit, they decided to leave because they felt the uninvited guests might come back at any time for their belongings.
As the witnesses were leaving, they saw a white Chevrolet Cavalier with Delaware tags pull up and quickly left the area to avoid arousing suspicion. The property manager wrote down the tag number and then called the police immediately. While police were interviewing the property manager, a group of about six adults approached the officers and told them they were the family that was supposed to be in unit 20 and that the uninvited intruders were in a Chevy Cavalier.
OCPD officers detained the occupants of the Cavalier, identified as John Thomas Johnson, 21, Antonica Johnson, 18, and Clyde Campbell, 18, all of Selbyville, for questioning while other officers inspected the interior of unit 20. Inside they found numerous personal items such as clothing, toothbrushes, prescription drugs and toiletries. They also found a Tony Hawk video game, beer, loose and bagged marijuana, blunt cigars and paraphernalia.
In the meantime, other OCPD officers searched the three suspects’ vehicle after a K-9 dog alerted on it. Inside the vehicle the officers found marijuana, a home-made smoking device fashioned out of an empty beer can, prescription pill bottles with Antonica Johnson’s name on them, and a white plastic shopping bag with the Tony Hawk video game box matching the description of the game found in the condo. Based on the evidence, OCPD officers were able to make the connection between the occupants of the vehicle and the burglarized condo unit.
Initial Appearance Set For Pocomoke Homocide Suspect
SNOW HILL – A Pittsville man arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 77-year-old Pocomoke man in early March is scheduled to appear for his preliminary hearing on April 11.
On March 13, the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation (WCBI) arrested Charles Robert Phillips, 29, of Salisbury, for the murder of William Nibblett, 77, of Pocomoke. Phillips has been charged with first-degree murder, robbery, burglary and assault. Phillips has remained behind bars since his arrest and is scheduled for an initial appearance on April 11.
Around 5 p.m. on March 6, the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office responded to Nibblett’s home in Pocomoke in reference to a death investigation. Nibblett’s daughters had gone to his home to check on him after not hearing from him that day and found him stabbed to death on the floor in the living room. He was last seen the day before around 4 p.m. After the investigation pointed to Phillips as a suspect, he was arrested and charged with the murder.