An unforeseen emergency recently resulted in the arrest of a 27-year-old man after sheriff's deputies found him with a loaded handgun and a substance that appeared to be cocaine in Maryland. Law enforcement personnel arrived on the scene to help a Connecticut resident when the front end of his truck became partially submerged underwater. As the truck was being removed from the ditch, officers noticed a weapon holster and later found a loaded handgun and the substance resembling cocaine. He was arrested on weapon and drug charges. In an unrelated arrest, a 35-year-old man and 33 year-old woman from Virginia both pled guilty recently to possession of marijuana and received $250 fines and probation sentences of two years. After they were stopped for speeding, the officer could smell marijuana emitting from their vehicle. During a subsequent search, police found two baggies containing marijuana and took them into custody.
A 23-year-old suspect was taken into custody recently on outstanding warrants for selling stolen items to a pawn shop in Camp Springs. He faces two felony theft charges for stealing the merchandise, which was valued at about $1,350. The pawn store reportedly paid him just over $200 for the property, including portable electronics and jewelry. In November of 2012, law enforcement personnel connected the defendant and his partner to stolen items through a lost cell phone, which contained text messages sent to the co-defendant. Beginning in October, the pair were suspected to have broken into a minimum of six homes in the White Oak area and believed to have stolen electronics, jewelry and guns. In one notable incident, one of the victims allegedly awoke to find the co-defendant in his home. Although the thief fled with $60 in cash, in the process he lost his cell phone and items that were later determined to have been stolen.
Two Baltimore County men, ages 21 and 19, face theft charges after they allegedly took property out of vehicles in the Rodgers Ford area. A witness called law enforcement early in the morning of Jan. 26th to relay that two men were trying to open cars in the vicinity. However, by the time police arrived at the scene, the pair was not in sight. Law enforcement personnel searched for the two men, set up a boundary in the area and called in K9 units, and both suspects were located. The first defendant had money, a credit card, a debit card and GPS devices on his person, which were stolen from the vehicles. The second defendant, who was hiding at the home next door to where the first suspect was located, was also found in possession of stolen portable electronic equipment.
A pair of individuals face drug charges for the manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and additional related crimes. The male, age 32, and female, age 30, were held on a $100,000 bond and $50,000 bond, respectively. They could face up to 14 years in prison if convicted. The Washington County Narcotics Task Force received tips from independent individuals related to the manufacture of methamphetamine in the residence. This confirmed other information that the male suspect had bought ingredients used to make the drug. They searched the home of the suspects and located lye, lithium, glass and plastic containers, ammonium nitrate, coffee filters, drug store receipts, lighter fluid and additional items related to the methamphetamine trade. All of these materials are commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.
A 20-year-old woman was arrested on Oct. 9, 2012, in Conewago Township for drinking and driving. She has pleaded guilty to a DUI charge, driving with a suspended license and attempting to disarm a police officer. According to the terms of her plea agreement, she will spend three months in custody for driving on a suspended license with 10 additional days for DUI, with credit to time already served. She must pay nearly $100 in restitution and could receive additional fines. The plea agreement dropped multiple offenses against her, including felony assault. She will also be on probation for about three years. Following complaints of unruly behavior at a property from local residents, law enforcement stopped her as she was leaving. She admitted that she did not have a driver's license and refused to answer questions before officers attempted to remove her from the car. She did not comply with requests for blood-alcohol content level testing (BAC), but officers determined she could not safely operate her car, which led to the DUI charges. Her license had been suspended because of a prior refusal to submit to BAC testing.