Hit-and-Run Suspect Pleads Guilty

SNOW HILL — A local elderly woman, charged last week with negligent driving in connection with a hit-and-run accident involving a pedestrian on Route 611 near Frontier Town, pleaded guilty this week and was fined $140.
Around 5:45 p.m. on Nov. 16, the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Route 611 near Frontier Town for a reported pedestrian struck by a vehicle. Upon arrival, sheriff’s deputies located the victim, who had been able to get himself off the roadway and call 911.
The victim told police he was walking north on the shoulder of Route 611 when he was struck from behind by a vehicle. The victim was unable to provide any further information about the vehicle, except that it continued north on Route 611. There were no other witnesses to the incident.
From evidence collected at the scene, sheriff’s deputies were able to determine the suspect vehicle was a dark red GM passenger car that would be missing passenger side mirror and would have possible passenger side damage. The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries received during the collision, but no update of his condition has been made public.
The driver left the scene, touching off an investigation into the damaged vehicle’s whereabouts. The following Monday afternoon, the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office announced it had identified and located person of interest. That Wednesday, the sheriff’s office reported the person of interest had been identified as Dolores Jean Miles, 92, of Berlin.
Miles contacted police on November 18 in reference to being involved in an accident two days earlier on Route 611 near Frontier Town. Worcester County Sheriff’s Deputies were then able to match evidence recovered at the scene to Miles’ vehicle, a 2009 maroon Pontiac passenger car.
Last week, Miles was formally charged with negligently driving in a careless and imprudent manner endangering property, life and person. On Monday, she pleaded guilty and was fined $140.

Alleged OC Dealer Busted
OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City Police Narcotics Unit last weekend concluded an eight-month investigation into the sale of illegal drugs in the resort with the arrest of a Snow Hill man.
Around 5:50 p.m. last Saturday, the OCPD Narcotics Unit brought an eight-month drug distribution investigation to an end with the arrest of Billy Conn Davis, Jr., 50, of Snow Hill. Over the course of eight months, the OCPD received information that Davis was selling narcotics in the resort.
Last Saturday, the Narcotics Unit conducted surveillance on Davis and initiated a traffic stop in the area of 67th Street and Coastal Highway. During a search of Davis’ vehicle, police recovered over 150 bags of heroin and a large amount of cocaine and crack cocaine. Officers also recovered marijuana and oxycontin and seized over $900.
Davis has been charged with multiple drug possession and distribution counts. He was taken before a District Court Commissioner and was transferred to the Worcester County Jail on a $75,000 bond.

Watermelon Tossing
Firefighters Fined
SNOW HILL — Five Delaware firefighters arrested in October after local law enforcement identified them as the suspects in a vandalism spree in northern Worcester County during which they threw watermelons at mailboxes and other property from the bed of a pick-up truck each pleaded guilty this week and were fined and placed on probation.
Around 1:15 a.m. on October 4, Worcester County Sheriff’s Deputies were alerted by a resident in Bishopville that several people were riding around in dark-colored pick-up truck and smashing mailboxes. Worcester County Sheriff’s Deputies and Maryland State Police converged on the area and an MSP trooper located a dark-colored pick-up truck traveling on St. Martin’s Neck Rd. near Route 90.
The trooper stopped the truck and located four individuals in the vehicle’s truck bed along with the driver. Also located in the truck bed were 29 watermelons. While one deputy assisted the MSP trooper with the suspects, another deputy began traveling the roads around Bishopville to determine the extent of the spree. The investigation revealed a total of 14 mailboxes had been damaged or destroyed, along with one Waste Management trash can and a sign for a church parsonage.
The investigation revealed the suspects had been riding along Bishopville Rd. and St. Martin’s Neck Rd. throwing watermelons at mailboxes in an attempt to destroy them. During their initial interviews, all five suspects identified themselves as Sussex County firefighters. Each admitted being involved in the crimes committed and each was arrested.
The suspects were identified as Stewart William Pryor, 28, of Millsboro; Dylan Lee Sharp, 19, of Milton; Franklin Adam Martin, 23, of Milton; Sean James Magee, 23, of Selbyville; and Addison Hill-Bittner, 22, of Rehoboth. Each was charged with 16 counts of malicious destruction of property less than $500 and one count of malicious destruction of property scheme over $500.
In District Court this week, each of the suspects pleaded guilty to a single count of malicious destruction of property and each was fined $300 and placed on probation for one month.

Off-Duty Cop Nabs Suspects
SNOW HILL — An off-duty Worcester County Sheriff’s deputy last week identified two suspects wanted on outstanding warrants in the parking lot of the Health Department in Snow Hill and was able to pursue them on foot when they fled until back-ups arrived to take them into custody.
Last Wednesday, a Worcester County Sheriff’s deputy was attending a meeting in an off-duty capacity at the Health Department facility in Snow Hill when he observed two males in the parking lot with whom he was familiar from prior interactions with them. The deputy identified the suspects as Keith Ramon Jackson, 21, and Kamron Michael Lucas, 25, and knew both suspects had active warrants.
The off-duty deputy stopped Jackson and Lucas in the parking lot and attempted to detain them until another unit arrived to assist. Jackson and Lucas then fled on foot from the scene. The deputy pursued Lucas  through nearby John Walter Smith Park and was also able to keep Jackson within his line of vision.
The deputy was able to relay the suspects’ locations to dispatch, which was able to coordinate numerous units in the area to assist with the apprehension of both suspects within minutes. Deputies were able to apprehend Lucas in a field near John Walter Smith Park and other assisting units apprehended Jackson in a field near Washington Street. The Snow Hill Police Department assisted the sheriff’s office with the apprehension of the suspects.
Jackson was wanted on three outstanding warrants and was also charged with failure to obey a reasonable, lawful order for the incident last Wednesday. Lucas was wanted on one outstanding warrant and was also charged with failure to obey a reasonable, lawful order.

Golf Carts Swiped
SALISBURY — Maryland State Police this week are looking for the suspect or suspects wanted in connection with the theft of golf carts from the Salisbury area.
Around 1:45 p.m. last Wednesday, Maryland State Police troopers responded to the area of Mt. Hermon Rd. in Salisbury for a reported burglary. The investigation revealed three golf carts and four charging units for the golf carts were missing from the location. The golf carts have an estimated value of $1,600 each. Anyone with information regarding the theft of the carts is urged to contact Tfc. Goldman at 410-749-3101.