Daily Archives: September 25, 2014

DNR Claims Crackdown on Outlaw Watermen; Fact or Myth?

ANNAPOLIS, MD. — For the past several years the O’Malley Administration has set out a number of initiatives designed to protect the native oyster species from over-harvesting and to grow the oyster beds, considered vital in that oysters filter Bay water.

As part of that effort, large oyster sanctuaries have been established where oystering is either restricted or banned, making those areas tempting targets for one of Maryland’s other native species — the oyster pirate.

Sleuth tracked down bandit suspects in Good Day Market heist and ended their Good Days of freedom

Follow-up investigation by Det. Homer Rich of the Calvert Investigative Bureau revealed two possible suspects in this case, the suspect who entered the store and the suspect driver of the vehicle. Det. Rich was subsequently able to request the issuance of arrest warrants for Thomas Brian Smith Jr., 34, of Prince Frederick, driver of the vehicle, and Ronald Franklin Brown Jr., 33, of Leonardtown. Both men were arrested on September 21.

Reform school might suit the mad bomb and gun caller of Leonardtown High

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division responded to the school and initiated an investigation into the origin of the calls. As a result of that investigation, detectives identified a 14 year old female as the person making the false threats from inside the school on both occasions. The juvenile was placed under arrest, transported to the Sheriff’s Office, charged with making a false statement concerning a destructive device, regarding the September 18th incident and disruption of school activities regarding today’s incident. The juvenile was placed into the custody of the Department of Juvenile Services and transported to Waxter’s Children’s Center pending further action by juvenile authorities.

DC Streetcar is ready to roll; checkouts prepare for paying customers for first time in 50 years

Washington, DC (Sept. 24, 2014) — The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today announced the start of DC Streetcar’s “Pre-Revenue Operations” phase—a crucial milestone for DC Streetcar as it continues prepping the system to be certified safe to carry passengers. System Integration Testing and Operator Training is wrapping up now, and Pre-Revenue Operations is anticipated to begin Monday, September 29.

Delaware State Troopers Investigate Robberies of C-Stores; latino stores targeted

The suspect, who was wearing a mask covering his face, approached a 31 year old female clerk and demanded money from the cash register. The suspect then removed an undisclosed amount of cash from the register drawer before fleeing in an unknown direction. A weapon was not displayed and the clerk was not injured.

Bank Official Karen Chon Charged with Embezzling More Than $1 Million

Chon allegedly embezzled funds on dozens of occasions, typically taking tens of thousands of dollars at a time, and one time converting as much as $100,000 from a customer’s CD account. Bank records show that during one week between September 27, 2013 and October 4, 2013, Chon’s last day working at the bank, she made multiple unauthorized transfers from customer accounts totaling approximately $1.2 million to cover losses in other customer accounts that she had previously looted. According to the successor bank’s investigation, the scheme resulted in an approximate $1.4 million loss to the bank.

Insurance scam netted Jeffrey Cohen $100 million, says U. S. Attorney

BALTIMORE, MD —A federal grand jury has returned a superseding indictment charging Jeffrey Brian Cohen, age 39, of Reisterstown, Maryland, with wire fraud and money laundering in addition to the charges of making false statements to an insurance regulator that were included in the original indictment. The superseding indictment was returned on September 16, 2014.