BERLIN — A Berlin man was arrested on numerous charges including assaulting a police officer, drunk-driving and drugs last weekend after a report of him alleging drinking and using cocaine in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart on Route 50.
Around 2:40 a.m. last Sunday, the Maryland State Police Berlin barrack received a call reporting an individual later identified as Terrez Rounds, 32, sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot of Wal-Mart snorting cocaine and consuming alcoholic beverages. The caller said Rounds had just left the Wal-Mart and was heading west on Route 50.
A trooper already on a traffic stop at Route 50 and Seahawk Rd. received the lookout call about Rounds’ red Chevy Avalanche and observed the suspect vehicle pass his location. The trooper initiated a traffic stop at Friendship and Griffin roads. Rounds bailed out of the vehicle as it came to a stop and a foot chase and brief struggle ensued as Rounds fled into the wood line.
The Worcester County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit and MSP Aviation tracked rounds to a residence on Pin Oak Drive a short time later and the suspect was taken into custody without further incident. Rounds was arrested and charged with assault on an officer, resisting arrest, fleeing and eluding, DUI, possession of marijuana and possession of cocaine.
Stiff Sentence For Burglary Spree
SNOW HILL — One of three men arrested in May for burglaries in the south end of the county was sentenced this week to 10 years in jail, half of which was suspended, and was ordered to pay roughly $18,000 in restitution to five different victims.
On May 18, a Worcester County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a residence on Brantley Rd. in Pocomoke for a reported burglary in progress. The victim was able to provide a description of a “beat up” gold Honda four-door with a huge scratch across the back bumper occupied by two African-American males. The deputy observed a vehicle matching the description heading north on Route 113.
When the deputy made a U-turn to pursue, the vehicle sped up in an attempt to elude the officer before making a quick turn into a residential driveway. The suspects attempted to exit the vehicle and flee, but were ordered to get back in and wait for additional units to arrive to assist.
The victim was brought to the scene and positively identified the vehicle and the two African-American males, Brian Waters, 30, of Bivalve and Marco Lee, 32, of Quantico. Also in the vehicle was a third suspect identified as Zachary Manley, 24, of Saylorsburg, Pa. The victim also identified personal property recovered from one of the suspects. The three suspects were taken in for interrogation.
A search warrant was obtained for the vehicle and the subsequent search turned up property belonging to the initial victim. Also discovered during the search was a large amount of jewelry, electronics, baseball cards, coins and other valuables. In the trunk of the vehicle, officers discovered three pairs of gloves and burglary tools.
A check with area pawn shops revealed Manley had pawned a large amount of jewelry on the day before, May 17. Detailed descriptions and photographs of the pawned jewelry resulted in the positive identification of items stolen from a separate burglary on Brantley Rd. from the night before. On Saturday, May 19, a sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to another reported burglary on Brantley Rd. and was able to determine the incident was similar to the other reported burglaries. Detectives were able to determine the property reported stolen had been recovered during the search of the Honda a day earlier. Each of the three suspects was charged with burglary, theft and malicious destruction of property.
SALISBURY — A Salisbury woman was arrested on assault charges last weekend after allegedly striking her boyfriend in the head with a broom, but in a later interview she told police she thought she had used the dustpan.
Around 7 p.m. last Saturday, Wicomico County sheriff’s deputies responded to a residence on East Rd. in Salisbury for a reported physical altercation. Upon arrival, a sheriff’s deputy met with a male victim who was suffering from a laceration to his head. The victim identified his assailant as Stephanie A. Jones, 51, of Salisbury, who was his live-in girlfriend for the last five years.
The victim told deputies the couple had been in a verbal argument when Jones allegedly came after him with a broom. The victim told police Jones had struck her in the head with a plastic broom. During a subsequent interview, Jones admitted that she had struck the victim, but thought she had used the dustpan.
Jones was arrested and charged with second-degree assault. She was taken before a District Court Commissioner and was ordered to be held on a $25,000 bond.
Bar Fighter Busted
SALIBURY — Wicomico County Sheriff’s Deputies last week arrested a Mardela Springs man wanted in connection with a bar brawl in Salisbury last month.
Around 6:45 p.m. last Friday, Wicomico County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Thomas Wayne Cannon, 39, in connection to a bar fight in Salisbury in late September. According to police reports, Cannon and several other individuals were involved in a large fight over $20. Cannon allegedly assaulted two individuals, knocking to the ground and overpowering them before assaulting them. One of the victims was treated at PRMC for multiple contusions. Cannon was charged with second-degree assault and is being held on a $10,000 bond.
BERLIN — The Maryland State Police Berlin barrack this week announced its troopers are stepping up enforcement of the new state laws governing scooter and moped operation.
The MSP Berlin barrack is currently conducting a scooter law enforcement initiative. The initiative is designed to both educate and enforce the new laws for operating scooters and mopeds on Worcester County’s highways. Among the new laws that took effect on Oct. 1 include wearing an approved helmet, wearing eye protection or having a vehicle windscreen, having insurance for a scooter or moped and titling the vehicle and displaying a decal from the Motor Vehicle Administration.
The fine for not wearing a helmet or for not wearing eye protection or having a windscreen is $110 for both offenses. The fine for not having insurance for a scooter or moped is $290, and the fine for not having a title or not displaying the MVA decal is $70.
In last week’s story “Alleged Pot Dealer Busted” that reported on a local bartender selling the drug to undercover officers, it was not made clear to some that the business in question had no involvement in the transaction. The business owner said he had no knowledge of any transaction taking place or any sort of activity such as that taking place in his establishment. We regret the confusion.