Chase Suspect Convicted

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SNOW HILL — A Berlin man, arrested in October on numerous charges including assaulting a police officer, drunk driving and drug possession after a witness observed him drinking and using cocaine in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart on Route 50, pleaded guilty and now awaits his fate pending a sentencing date.

Around 2:40 a.m. on October 7, the Maryland State Police Berlin barrack received a call reporting an individual later identified as Terrez Rounds, 32, of Berlin, 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.

This week in Circuit Court, Rounds pleaded guilty to second-degree assault, driving under the influence and possession of cocaine. Although a pre-sentence investigation was not ordered, Rounds did not learn his fate immediately and a sentencing hearing will be scheduled for a later date.

10 Years For Cocaine

SNOW HILL — A Pocomoke man, arrested in February as part of an extensive investigation into drug distribution all over Worcester County, pleaded guilty last week in Circuit Court to distribution of cocaine and was sentenced to 10 years in jail.

In February, the Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team conducted undercover drug distribution investigations resulting in numerous arrests at locations all over the county. Among those arrested was Charles William Smith, 48, of Pocomoke, who was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute in a school zone.

Burglaries Investigated

SNOW HILL — Worcester law enforcement officials this week are looking for the suspect or suspects wanted in connection with a pair of residential burglaries in the south end of the county.

The Worcester County Bureau of Investigation (WCBI) is investigation two separate burglaries in Pocomoke and Snow Hill that occurred on Tuesday. The first was reported around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday when the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Brantley Rd. near Pocomoke for a reported burglary in progress. An unknown suspect or suspects forced entry into a residence and several items were stolen. The owner was not at home at the time of the burglary and an extensive search of the area failed to locate a suspect or suspects.

The second incident occurred on Tuesday when the Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Shockley Rd. in Snow Hill. In that incident, the homeowner returned and observed several items had been stolen from the residence after a forced entry. Anyone with information on the burglaries, or who may have seen suspicious activity, is urged to call WCBI at 410-632-111.

Crack Arrests

POCOMOKE — The Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team last week concluded a two-month crack cocaine distribution investigation with a search and seizure warrant at a Pocomoke residence resulting in three arrests.

Last Thursday, the Criminal Enforcement Team with the help of the Pocomoke Police Department executed a search and seizure warrant at a residence on Walnut Street. The investigation was initiated after several citizen complaints about alleged illegal activities at the residence. During the execution of the warrant, one suspect, later identified a Jerren Hinmon, 23, of Pocomoke, fled on foot and was caught two blocks away.

Two other suspects, identified as Anthony Tyrone Jenkins, 55, and James Orville Taylor, 60, both of Pocomoke, were located inside and were subsequently arrested after officers located crack cocaine and marijuana. Taylor and Jenkins were each charged with possession of crack cocaine and paraphernalia, while Hinmon was charged with possession of marijuana.

Salisbury Man Gets
25 Years For Rape

SALISBURY — A Salisbury man convicted in March on multiple counts of rape and sexual assault of a minor dating back to 2007 was sentenced last week to 25 years in prison.

In March, Montire Brown, 35, of Salisbury, was found guilty of raping a juvenile multiple times over a four-year period dating back to 2007. Back in court last Friday, Brown was sentenced to 25 years for one first-degree rape conviction. Brown was also found guilty to two counts of sex abuse of a minor and was sentenced to 25 years for each of those counts, to be served concurrent to the first-degree rape sentence.

Brown was also sentenced to 20 years in prison for second-degree rape during the same time period and that sentenced will be served concurrent to the top count. All in all, Brown was sentenced to combined 95 years for all counts. Brown’s crimes occurred over a four-year period from 2007 to 2011.

Jail Time For Cop Assault

SNOW HILL — A Baltimore man, arrested on numerous charges last August after charging a Worcester County Sheriff’s Deputy before getting shot with a Taser while allegedly high on PCP, pleaded guilty last week to two counts of second-degree assault and was sentenced to three years in jail, all but 18 months of which was suspended.

Around 6 a.m. last Aug. 16, a Worcester County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the Lake Haven trailer park in Berlin for a reported disorderly subject. As the deputy pulled into the trailer park and exited his patrol vehicle, the suspect, later identified as James Conroy, 38, of Baltimore, began aggressively running toward the officer.

The deputy ordered Conroy to stop, but the suspect refused to comply with orders and continued to run at the officer. The deputy shot Conroy with a tazer, but the tazer had no effect on the suspect. Conroy then began to assault the deputy. A short time later, Maryland State Police troopers and officers from the Berlin Police Department and Ocean Pines Police Department arrived on the scene.

Conroy allegedly continued to fight with the law enforcement officers before eventually being taken into custody. The original deputy on the scene, along with two other officers, were treated at Atlantic General for injuries sustained in the altercation and were released. Conroy was charged with assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Last week, Conroy pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree assault and was sentenced to three years in jail. All but 18 months of the combined sentence was then suspended and Conroy was fined $500 and placed on probation for three years upon his release.

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