BERLIN — Two Maryland residents were arrested on motor vehicle theft charges this week after it was learned the vehicle they were traveling in on Route 90 near Route 113 had been stolen in New York.
Around 7:20 p.m. on Tuesday, Maryland State Police troopers stopped a 2005 Hyundai Elantra on Route 90 in the area of Route 113 after it had been determined the vehicle was stolen. The vehicle passed through a mobile automated license plate reader system, which prompted a warning the vehicle was stolen. Shortly thereafter, it was determined the Hyundai had been stolen from Plattsburgh, N.Y. on July 17.
Troopers pulled the vehicle over on Route 90 near Route 113 in Berlin and determined the driver was Rachael Wilson, 29, of Laurel, Md., and the passenger was Steven Erby, 43, of Seat Pleasant, Md. Through the investigation, it was learned both suspects were also wanted on outstanding warrants. Wilson was wanted in Howard County for failing to appear in court regarding the unauthorized removal of property. Erby was wanted in Howard County for failing to appear in court and giving a false statement to a police officer, and in Charles County for failure to appear in court for theft charges.
In addition to the motor vehicle theft charge, Erby was also charged with various counts of identity theft stemming from the investigation into the stolen vehicle. Both suspects were taken before a District Court Commissioner and each was ordered to be held on a $3,000 bond.
West OC Accident
Backs Up Traffic
WEST OCEAN CITY — One person was injured in a two-vehicle accident on Route 50 in West Ocean City during the height of beach traffic last weekend.
Around 2 p.m. last Saturday, a vehicle driven by Julia Sanborn, 29, of Baltimore, traveling westbound on Route 50 in West Ocean City attempted to make a left turn into the Grand Prix Amusements. While crossing the eastbound lanes of Route 50, Sanborn’s vehicle was struck by another vehicle driven by Hayley Brennan, 24, of Frankford, which was traveling in the far right lane.
Brennan was transported to Atlantic General Hospital for injuries suffered during the collision. Sanborn was charged with failure to yield the right-of-way while making a left turn. The accident snarled traffic on Route 50 during the busy part of a Saturday afternoon in July.
Drunk Driving Crash
With Toddler In Car
POCOMOKE — A Pocomoke man was arrested on drunk-driving and drug charges last weekend after crashing his vehicle in a ditch and striking a fence while having a toddler in the car.
Around 2:15 a.m. last Sunday, Worcester County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of Stockton Rd. in Pocomoke for a reported motor vehicle accident. Upon arrival, deputies learned a 2004 Chevy Impala had left the roadway, traveled through a ditch and struck a fence before coming to rest in the backyard of a residence. The vehicle was operated by Demosthenes Skouzes, 28, of Pocomoke, and inside was Skouzes’ toddler son, who was restrained by a child safety seat.
Deputies could smell the odor of alcohol on Skouzes, who also did poorly on field sobriety tests. Skouzes was placed under arrest at that point for suspicion of drunk driving and was issued the appropriate citations. During a search of the vehicle, deputies found a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and possession charges were added.
WOC Assault Alleged
WEST OCEAN CITY — A local man was arrested on assault and other charges following a domestic incident in West Ocean City early last Sunday morning.
Around 4 a.m. last Sunday, Worcester County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of Keyser Point Rd. in West Ocean City for a reported domestic disturbance. Upon arrival, deputies met with individuals in the area and it was determined an assault had occurred. Based on the investigation, Robert Skinkle, 24, of Ocean City, was arrested and charged with second degree assault and false imprisonment. Skinkle was taken before a District Court Commissioner and was ordered to be held at the Worcester County Jail on a $30,000 bond.
Shark Bite In Chincoteague Bay
STOCKTON — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) this week announced a local man was apparently bitten by a shark while clamming in the Chincoteague Bay off George Island Landing back on July 6.
On July 6, NRP officers responded to a reported shark bite off George Island Landing near Stockton. The victim, Kevin Patrick Musgrave, 57, said he another clammer had anchored their vessel off Mills Island around 9 a.m. When Musgrave entered the water, he said something struck his leg. Musgrave then got back in the boat and determined the wound was consistent with a shark bite. NRP officers concurred and advised Musgrave to seek immediate medical attention.
Obscene Matter Distribution
POCOMOKE — A Pocomoke man was charged with distribution of obscene material last week after an investigation revealed someone in his residence was downloading and sharing files over the Internet.
On Wednesday, July 11, members of the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation (WCBI) along with the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, the Maryland State Police, the Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Pocomoke Police Department responded to a residence on Walnut Street for a distribution of obscene matter investigation. The investigation determined the suspect, Darrell Lee Richardson, 55, of Pocomoke, was involved in downloading and sharing illegal obscene matter via a peer file sharing network.
Once inside, an interview of residents revealed Richardson was responsible for downloading and sharing the images. Richardson was subsequently charged with possession of obscene matter with intent to distribute and distribution of obscene matter. He was issued a criminal summons and is awaiting trial.
Chase Ends In Crash
SALISBURY — A Salisbury man was arrested for assaulting an officer and numerous other charges after first being found passed out behind the wheel with his vehicle in drive before leading police on a chase that ended with a crash.
Around 12:30 p.m. last Saturday, Maryland State Police troopers were dispatched to the Kathleen’s Terrace community for a reported suspicious vehicle seen driving erratically and slowly through the development. Troopers located the suspected vehicle parked in the driveway of a residence and found the driver, later identified as Dino Caruso, 43, of Salisbury, unconscious with the vehicle still in drive.
The trooper was able to wake Caruso, who then put the vehicle into park. However, while the trooper was talking to the suspect, Caruso put the vehicle in drive again and fled the scene. The trooper followed the vehicle to Route 50 and Phillip Morris Drive where Caruso drove into a ditch, causing him to strike his head on the windshield.
Caruso then fled the scene on foot, but was quickly apprehended after attempting to resist arrest. Caruso was transported to PRMC for treatment of injuries sustained in the accident and for an emergency medical petition. A warrant was filed for Caruso’s arrest once he is released from PRMC medical care. Caruso has been charged with second-degree assault, second-degree assault on a police officer, reckless endangerment, failure to obey a lawful order, driving under the influence and other traffic charges.
Armed Robbery Suspects Sought
SALISBURY — Salisbury Police this week are looking for two suspects wanted in connection with an armed robbery at an AT&T Wireless store on Ruark Drive last Wednesday.
Around 6 p.m. last Wednesday, Salisbury Police responded to the AT&T Wireless store on Ruark Drive for a reported armed robbery. The investigation revealed two suspects entered the store and displayed a handgun before ordering employees and customers into an employee lounge area. The suspects then demanded access to the inventory room and stole an undetermined number of Apple iPhone 5s and Samsung Galaxy S5 cellphones.
One suspect is described as an African-American male in his early 20s about six feet tall with a thin build. The suspect was wearing dark blue jeans, a blue and white plaid long-sleeved short, a black hat with a red logo on the front, black Jordan shoes and a handkerchief over his face and was armed with a semi-automatic handgun.
The second suspect is described as an African-American male in his early 20s and about 5’10” with a thin build. He was wearing burgundy pants, a dark gray hooded sweatshirt, a black hat with a flat brim and black Chuck Taylor shoes. He had a black handkerchief over his face and is believed to have a goatee. Anyone with information is urged to call Salisbury Police at 410-548-3165, or Crime Solvers at 410-548-1776. Crime Solvers will pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest.
Jail Time For Crash
SNOW HILL — A Newark, Md. woman arrested on drunk-driving and other charges in May after her vehicle left the roadway on Route 113 in Berlin and overturned pleaded guilty last week in District Court to driving while impaired and was sentenced to 30 days, all but four of which were suspended.
Around 9:25 a.m. on May 11, Maryland State Police troopers responded to a reported single vehicle accident with an overturn on Route 113 just south of Germantown Rd. near Berlin. Troopers learned from a witness a vehicle driven by Deborah Root, 43, of Newark, Md., was traveling south on Route 113 when the vehicle left the roadway, continued traveling on the grassy median, struck a culvert and then overturned twice.
During the investigation, it was learned there were two children, ages eight and 14, at Root’s residence. MSP troopers responded to the residence to check on the welfare of the children. The Worcester County Department of Social Services was subsequently contacted and responded.
Root was transported to PRMC in Salisbury for treatment of injuries. Upon the troopers’ arrival at the hospital, it was determined a strong odor of alcohol was detected on Root and she was subsequently charged with driving under the influence. Last week, Root pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and was sentenced to 30 days, all but four of which was suspended. She was also placed on probation and fined $400.