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BERLIN — Two Arnold, Md. men were arrested on first-degree assault and other serious charges last weekend after allegedly beating a family member at an apartment complex in Berlin.

Around 2:30 a.m. last Saturday, Berlin Police responded to an apartment on Bay Street for a report of disorderly suspects. Upon arrival, a Berlin Police officer found a victim identified as Donald Dufenbaugh III, 44, of Baltimore, in the hallway of the apartment severely beaten and asking for help.

Due to the severity of the victim’s injuries, he was flown by Maryland State Police helicopter to Shock Trauma in Baltimore. The victim’s condition had not been updated as of mid-week. Berlin Police identified the alleged suspects as Donald Dufenbaugh IV, 26, and David Dufenbaugh, 32, both of Arnold, Md. Both suspects were arrested and charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct. As of mid-week, each was being held at the Worcester County Jail on $15,000 bonds.


Wal-Mart Theft Arrest

BERLIN — A Selbyville man was arrested on theft charges after allegedly stealing merchandise from the Wal-Mart in Berlin just one week after getting arrested on drug charges in Ocean City.

Shortly before 5 p.m. last Saturday, Worcester County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the Wal-Mart on Route 50 for a reported theft. Prior to arrival, the deputies learned Wal-Mart Asset Protection had a male suspect later identified as Christopher Ruff, 24, of Selbyville, detained for shoplifting.

Deputies were informed Ruff had allegedly stolen a cordless drill and various DVDs valued at around $195. Ruff was placed under arrest for theft under $1,000. During a search, Ruff was found to be in possession of a hypodermic syringe that had been used to inject CDS. He also had an active warrant in Delaware for theft and forgery charges. He was arrested on the theft and drug charges, along with the fugitive warrant and was held at the Worcester County Jail with no bond.

Just last week, Ruff was arrested in Ocean City on drug charges after the vehicle he was driving was pulled over because a passenger had thrown a used syringe from the window. On November 8, an OCPD officer on patrol observed someone throw an object out of the window of a vehicle in the area of Jamestown Rd. which turned out to be a hypodermic syringe.

After a routine traffic stop, the driver was identified as Ruff. A search of the vehicle turned up three wax paper bags containing heroin in Ruff’s wallet along with a knife belonging to Ruff in the driver’s side door. Ruff was charged with possession of heroin and possession of a weapon and was later released.


Shooting Suspects Sought

SALISBURY — Salisbury Police this week are looking for suspects wanted in connection with a shooting early last Friday morning.

Around 4:30 a.m. last Friday, Salisbury Police responded to the Emory Court Parkside Apartments for a reported assault with a firearm that had taken place in the parking lot near the apartment pool complex. The investigation revealed the victim, identified as Danny Johnson, Jr., had sustained gunshot wounds to the upper portion of his torso. Johnson was transported to PRMC and is expected to make a full recovery.

Witnesses reported the unidentified suspects fled the area in a blue or silver passenger car.

Detectives are asking for the assistance of anyone who witnessed the assault at Emory Court, or who may have seen the victim at the bar prior to the incident to contact the Salisbury Police Criminal Investigation Division at 410-548-3165, or Crime Solvers at 410-548-1776. Crime Solvers will pay up to $1,000 for tips that lead to an arrest.


Cocaine Dealer Sentenced

SALISBURY — A Nanticoke man was sentenced last week to nine years in jail for his role in a cocaine distribution ring in Salisbury and across the Eastern Shore.

U.S. District Judge Ellen Hollander was week sentenced Anthony Hardy, 43, to nine years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiring to distribute cocaine. According to his guilty plea, Hardy conspired with Maurice Hardy (no relation) and others to distribute cocaine. Anthony Hardy supplied Maurice Hardy with cocaine on several occasions during the course of the investigation and was overheard by law enforcement discussing drug transactions.

Maurice Hardy’s primary source of supply was Austin Roberts. In May 2011, Hardy indicated in a telephone call to Anthony Hardy that Roberts would be supplying him with seven kilograms of cocaine for $31,500 per kilogram. The next day in Salisbury, the transaction was consummated. The suspect’s vehicle was stopped and over $160,000 was seized from a hidden compartment.

On June 28, 2011, during a telephone call Anthony Hardy told Maurice Hardy that he had 12 kilograms of cocaine. Maurice Hardy agreed to purchase two kilograms at $33,000 per kilogram. According to his plea agreement, Anthony Hardy did not actually have 12 kilograms of cocaine in his possession.

That was reflected by the fact that the next day, Anthony Hardy met Maurice Hardy in Nanticoke and provided Maurice with just over one kilogram, and not the two kilograms as had been discussed. At that point, law enforcement stopped Maurice Hardy’s car and seized the cocaine.

Last week, Anthony Hardy was sentenced to nine years in prison for his role in the distribution scheme. Maurice Hardy had earlier pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 16 years. For his role in the conspiracy, Austin Roberts III, formerly of Elkridge, was sentenced to 19 years in prison.


Failure To Tag Oysters

SALISBURY — Two Easton men were charged with failing to tag oysters in Salisbury on Monday when police observed their truck full of bushels of oysters without displaying the proper license.

Just before noon on Monday, an officer on patrol in Salisbury noticed a truck filled with 24 bushel baskets of oysters. The truck did not display a tidal fish license number as required by state law and the bushel baskets were not properly tagged.

As a result, Severn Reid Mister, Jr., 57, of Easton and Cody Eugene Cavalier, 23, also of Easton, were each charged with 12 counts of failing to tag oysters. They are scheduled to appear in Wicomico County District Court in January. If found guilty on all counts, each could be fined a maximum of $6,600.


Heroin Guilty Plea

SNOW HILL — A Virginia man arrested on drug possession charges in May after getting pulled over for speeding on Route 113 near Snow Hill pleaded guilty last week and was sentenced to a year in jail, all of which was suspended in favor of two years of probation and a $250 fine.

Around 9 a.m. on May 24, a Worcester County Sheriff’s deputy was traveling north on Route 113 in the area of Woodside Lane in Snow Hill when he  observed a vehicle traveling 70 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone. A traffic stop was conducted during which the deputy asked the driver, identified as David Zani, 23, of Portsmouth, Va., for consent to search the vehicle.

Zani consented and the search turned up heroin and marijuana in the vehicle along with paraphernalia.


ATV Crackdown Urged

SALISBURY — Salisbury Police this week are asking for the public’s help in a crackdown on all-terrain vehicles operating on city streets.

Over the past several months, police have seen an increase in the number of calls for service involving off-road vehicles operating on city streets. This is presenting a safety concern not only for the operators of off-road motorcycles but for law-abiding motor vehicle operators as well.

Salisbury Police are asking anyone who observes such activity to call 410-548-3165. Callers can remain anonymous.




OC Vandalism Arrests

OCEAN CITY — Two Washington, D.C. area residents were arrested on multiple malicious destruction of property charges last week after an alleged Halloween vandalism spree in the resort. Last Friday, Ocean City Police observed multiple acts of vandalism to city property in the area of 2nd Street and the Boardwalk. A fire hydrant, dumpsters and a railing had been marked … Continue reading

Route 90 Accident

BERLIN — A Bishopville man was charged with driving under the influence after his vehicle left the roadway on Route 90 near Ocean Parkway early Saturday morning and struck a guardrail and then a tree. Around 2 a.m. last Saturday, Maryland State Police troopers responded to a single-vehicle accident on Route 90 at Ocean Parkway. The preliminary investigation revealed a … Continue reading

Public Landing Weed Bust

SNOW HILL — A Virginia man was arrested on marijuana possession charges last week after a Worcester County Sheriff’s deputy found him and others in a vehicle at the boat ramp in Public Landing after dark. Around 9:15 p.m. last Tuesday, a Worcester County Sheriff’s deputy was conducting a premise check at the public boat ramp in Public Landing and … Continue reading

Assault Sentencing

SNOW HILL — A Bishopville man, who pleaded guilty in August to second-degree assault and other charges after an incident last February during which he fired multiple shots from a handgun and threatened to kill a female acquaintance during a domestic dispute, was sentenced last week in Worcester County Circuit Court to seven years in jail. On Feb. 19, the … Continue reading

Jail Time For Gun Assault

SNOW HILL — A Snow Hill man, arrested in April on first-degree assault and other charges after threatening his girlfriend and another woman while holding a handgun at an Ocean City apartment, pleaded guilty last week and was sentenced to three years, all but 18 months of which was then suspended. Around 8:15 p.m. on April 29, Ocean City Police … Continue reading

Fake Cop Assault

SALISBURY — Local law enforcement officials this week are reminding motorists to use caution when encountered by “police officers” after a woman was attacked by a suspect acting as a cop on the Salisbury bypass earlier this month. Around 11:40 a.m. on Oct. 1, Maryland State Police troopers responded to a reported assault that had occurred on the Salisbury Bypass. … Continue reading

Theft Scheme Arrests

OCEAN CITY — Two local men were arrested last week on burglary charges after Ocean City police were able to connect them to a series of thefts of building materials and scrap metal over a period of about five days late last month. The OCPD Criminal Investigation Division concluded an investigation into the theft of building materials and scrap metal … Continue reading

Weed Dealing Alleged

OCEAN CITY — Ocean City Police narcotics detectives last week arrested two suspects on suspicion of dealing marijuana after a three-week drug distribution investigation. Around 4 p.m. on Sept. 12, OCPD narcotics detectives, assisted by the Special Enforcement Unit and the Patrol Division, concluded the three-week distribution investigation with the arrests of Blair D. Smith, 22, of no fixed address, … Continue reading

Gym Thief Sought

WEST OCEAN CITY — Worcester County police this week are seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspects wanted in connection with a theft from a West Ocean City gym’s ladies’ locker room and subsequent use of a bank card at a nearby bank. On Aug. 25, Maryland State Police troopers responded to the Powerhouse Gym in West Ocean City … Continue reading