DWI Stop Leads To Gun
OCEAN CITY -- Ocean City Police last week seized three guns during a routine drunk-driving traffic stop of a local man.
Around 12:30 a.m. last Sunday, officers stopped a vehicle in the area of 65th Street in a reference to a suspected drunk-driving incident. Prior to the stop, officers received information the driver of the vehicle, identified as Scot Donald Randolf, 43, of Ocean City, was allegedly overly intoxicated. In addition to receiving information about Randolf’s alleged inebriated condition, OCPD officers were also informed the suspect likely had three firearms in the vehicle.
During the traffic stop, police recovered two handguns and a shotgun along with ammunition from the interior passenger compartment. At the time, the weapons were not loaded. Also found in the vehicle was drug paraphernalia with suspected marijuana residue.
Randolf was arrested and charged with possession of a handgun in a vehicle, possession of a handgun on person, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. During the investigation, Randolf submitted to a breath test and was found to have a blood-alcohol content three times over the legal limit. He was also charged with drunk-driving charges as well. He was taken before a District Court Commissioner and was released on his own recognizance.
20 Years For Burglary Spree
SNOW HILL -- The third of three men arrested in May after county law enforcement officials were able to connect them to a spree of burglaries in the south end of Worcester pleaded guilty last week to first-degree burglary and was sentenced to 20 years in jail.
On May 18, a Worcester County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a residence on Brantley Rd. in Pocomoke for a reported burglary in progress. The victim was able to provide a description of a “beat up” gold Honda four-door with a huge scratch across the back bumper occupied by two African-American males. The deputy observed a vehicle matching the description heading north on Route 113.
When the deputy made a U-turn to pursue, the vehicle sped up in an attempt to elude the officer before making a quick turn into a residential driveway. The suspects attempted to exit the vehicle and flee, but were ordered to get back in and wait for additional units to arrive to assist.
The victim was brought to the scene and positively identified the vehicle and the two African-American males, Brian Waters, 30, of Bivalve and Marco Lee, 32, of Quantico. Also in the vehicle was a third suspect identified as Zachary Manley, 24, of Saylorsburg, Pa. The victim also identified personal property recovered from one of the suspects. The three suspects were taken in for interrogation.
A search warrant was obtained for the vehicle and the subsequent search turned up property belonging to the initial victim. Also discovered during the search was a large amount of jewelry, electronics, baseball cards, coins and other valuables. In the trunk of the vehicle, officers discovered three pairs of gloves and burglary tools.
A check with area pawn shops revealed Manley had pawned a large amount of jewelry on the day before, May 17. Detailed descriptions and photographs of the pawned jewelry resulted in the positive identification of items stolen from a separate burglary on Brantley Rd. from the night before. On Saturday, May 19, a sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to another reported burglary on Brantley Rd. and was able to determine the incident was similar to the other reported burglaries. Detectives were able to determine the property reported stolen had been recovered during the search of the Honda a day earlier. Each of the three suspects was charged with burglary, theft and malicious destruction of property.
Earlier this year, Manley pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary and was sentenced to five years in jail. He was also ordered to pay his share of restitution to the victims. Lee was also found guilty of first-degree burglary and was sentenced to 10 years in jail, all but five of which was then suspended. Waters was found guilty last week and was sentenced to 20 years in jail.
Two DUIs In Two Hours
BERLIN -- A Berlin man was arrested on suspicion of drunk-driving twice in the span of a little over two hours last week.
Around 9 p.m. last Wednesday, Berlin Police arrested Richard Hudome, 49, of Berlin, for driving under the influence at William Street and Route 346. Hudome was charged with DUI and was processed and released. At around 11:18 p.m., Berlin Police officers observed Hudome enter his vehicle still parked at the site of the original arrest and drive to his home on William Street. Hudome was stopped again and arrested a second time on DUI charges. He was taken before a District Court Commissioner and was released on his own recognizance.
SALISBURY -- A Salisbury man was arrested on first-degree assault and other serious charges last weekend after first trying to stab a female victim with a knife during a domestic dispute and then allegedly trying to stab another man who confronted him over the incident.
Around 9:20 p.m. last Saturday, a Salisbury Police officer was patrolling in the area of Camden Ave. when he observed several people arguing in the street. The investigation revealed a suspect later identified as Paul Ignatius Brawner, 51, of Salisbury, began following a female down the street after she left her residence due to a domestic dispute. The suspect then approached the female and attempted to stab her with a knife.
A witness was going by on a bicycle and saw the attempted assault and went to confront Brawner and intercede on the victim’s behalf. Brawner then allegedly attempted to stab the Good Samaritan who had come upon the scene on his bicycle.
The Salisbury Police officer arrived on the scene at that point and was able to take Brawner into custody without further incident. The knife was recovered and no one was injured during the incident. Brawner was charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and possession of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure.
Theft Suspects Sought
SALISBURY -- Salisbury Police this week are seeking the public’s help in identifying a pair of suspects who conspired to swipe money from a cash register drawer at Wal-Mart last weekend.
Around 8 p.m. last Saturday, Salisbury Police responded to the Wal-Mart on North Salisbury Blvd. for a reported theft that had taken place. The investigation revealed two unidentified African-American males conspired to pull off a theft scheme at one of the store’s cash registers. One suspect was observed placing items on the register belt by the scanner at a closed register.
The second suspect then walked up to the first suspect and the pair began to read a magazine together. While the second suspect stood in a manner that concealed the cash drawer from view of store employees and witnesses, the first suspect discretely opened the drawer and removed an unknown amount of currency.
The suspects then exited the business and left the area in a green Hyundai Santa Fe with Maryland tags. The last four digits of the license plate is possibly 0549. The first suspect is described as an African-American male, roughly 60 years old, wearing a brown hat, eyeglasses, a brown sleeveless jacket, a gray long-sleeved T-shirt and blue jeans. The second suspect is described as an African-American male roughly 60 years old wearing a blue hat, a black scarf, a dark shirt, a long leather jacket and blue jeans. Anyone with information is urged to contact Salisbury Police at 410-548-3165, or Crime Solvers at 410-548-1776.