Friday, October 4, 2013
RE: Charles Phillips Sentenced
Today marks the conclusion of a long and painful journey for the Niblett family. After being found guilty of First Degree Murder in June of this year, Charles Phillips was sentenced to Life Without The Possibility of Parole.
I am greatful for the extraordinary efforts of law enforcement, the hard work and dedication from members of The Office of The State's Attorney and most importantly the strength and trust of the Niblett family.
Because of their efforts and support, Mr. Phillips will spend the rest of his natural life in prison.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Crippen is charged with the first- and second-degree attempted murder of Davis, along with first- and second-degree assault charges and other related offenses.
Deputy State's Attorney Michael Farlow and Crippen's attorney, Arthur McGreevy, presented opening statements before Judge Richard R. Bloxom before the state began to call its witnesses.
Davis testified that on the night of the shooting he heard a "boom, then pop, pop, pop, pop."
Police found a Bushmaster assault rifle, AR-15, at 503 Laurel St., about one block away from where the shooting took place.
Davis also testified that he had been at the scene of the shooting for about 10 minutes when, he said, Crippen "just started shooting."
"I think he emptied his clip ... maybe six or seven shots," said Davis. "I seen the fire come out of the gun."
An officer from the Pocomoke City Police Department, who was one of the first officers on the scene, testified that when she asked Davis to tell her who shot Handy, he was unable to.
"As I was tending to the victim, I said, 'If you know who did this,' you need to tell me," the officer testified, indicating she lowered her voice so people standing in the crowd could not hear her. "He just kept saying 'R.J., breathe' ... he didn't answer me or say anything in response to the question."
Crippen was previously charged with the shooting death of Reginald Jerome Handy Jr., Davis's cousin, who was found dead at the scene the night of the events now being discussed at trial. But the charge of murder was dismissed at a pretrial motions hearing last week, leaving the lesser attempted murder and assault charges, which are still felonies.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Wilbert Harmon, 49, of Berlin is accused of burglarizing a property at 200 Walnut St. on Oct. 27; theft from a Rite Aid store on Nov. 9; burglarizing an unoccupied home at 417 Walnut St. on Nov. 12; and a theft from the Walmart in Pocomoke.
Harmon is being held at the Worcester County Jail on $20,000 bond, police chief J.D. Ervin said in a statement. In the statement, Ervin said Harmon is a “person of interest in other criminal activities and thefts from motor vehicles” and said police are investigating further.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
The victim was stabbed around 3 p.m. in the area of Ninth Street and Laurel Street in Pocomoke City, according Worcester County State's Attorney Joel Todd. The victim was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, where he was pronounced dead.
Todd said the victim has been identified but declined to give the boy's name. Todd said the victim's body was found behind a home and showed no signs of life. He said the Worceter County Bureau of Investigation and Pocomoke City Police are investigating. Todd said it was the third homicide this year in Pocomoke.
Pocomoke City District 3 Councilman Bruce Morrison said the body was found across the street from the town's middle school. As a result, the town's elementary, middle, and high schools were put on lockdown for a brief time as classes were about to be let out, as a matter of protocol.
"It's getting scary," he said, noting the incident occured near his home. "I don't want to see things like this happening my town. I'm very concerned about it. I'm going to talk to the City Manager about it, and we're going to see what we can do about getting it under wraps."
Kudos to Councilman Morrison! I hope he will continue to work on this and all crime in the wonderful city of Pocomoke. The citizens deserve to know. The citizens NEED to know about ALL crime in the area. How can they fight something they do not have a full grasp on?
Friday, September 24, 2010
POCOMOKE CITY -- Police Chief J.D. Ervin asked for citizens to step forward and help form Neighborhood Crime Watch groups throughout the city.
Most of the people attending the meeting, including members of the City Council, police, candidates for office and area residents, were in agreement that action needed to be taken to prevent crime. They thought that there would be better attendance at the meetings if residents were aware of the action.
Carroll Overholt, a retired Maryland State Police officer and candidate for sheriff, spoke out in favor of the crime watches, saying that the police can't solve the problems alone. "We don't have enough police," he said.
However, James Jones, an area resident, said that there is talk in the streets about what is going on at community meetings like the one at New Macedonia. "We have their attention," he said.
Dean Guy, a Pocomoke property owner, said that he has called police about the drug problem he sees, and has even offered to allow the police use a vacant house to observe the area. He said he thinks crime levels are getting worse.
But Ervin said statistics show the crime rate is down, and figures on crime compiled by the FBI back up that assertion. The statistics show Pocomoke police took reports on 28 violent crimes occur in 2009, compared to 31 such crimes in 2008 and 29 in 2007. Police in the city recorded 216 instances of property crime in 2009, compared to 239 property crimes in 2008 and 243 such cases of burglary, theft and arson in 2007.
Council member Bruce Morrison called drugs a problem that will never go away. He said that he gets weekly reports about arrests and then sees where the crimes are not processed. "They are let go," he said. He added that he has talked to people in his district about it, and that no one wants to get involved.
The discussion turned to neighborhoods, but Councilman Robert Clarke called the entire town of Pocomoke City his neighborhood.
The next community meeting is planned for Saturday, Oct. 16, at 10 a.m. at New Macedonia Church.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
The state police officers “approached four loitering suspects,” charging documents state, and “they attempted to walk away when spoken to.” As police were interviewing the men and checking for weapons, police said, “one of the individuals pushed the trooper’s hand away, which led to a full search.” Police said they found crack cocaine “on him and in the immediate area of the other suspects.”
Arrested were James Edward Douglas, 20, of Bank Street in Pocomoke City; Mar-Tel L. Blake, 20; Jarren K. Hinmon, 21; and David D. Dickerson, 19. All four men were charged with crack cocaine possession, police said, and Hinmon also had an outstanding bench warrant for his arrest, issued in May and related to charges of armed robbery and assault. Hinmon was held on $50,000 bond. Court records show Douglas was also charged with malicious destruction of property.
Friday, August 6, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Detectives with the Worcester County Bureau of Investigations say that at around 11:40 p.m. June 9, three suspects entered the Goose Creek/Arby's located on Stockton Road and demanded money. The suspects, one of whom was armed with a black semi-automatic handgun, were given an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene.
According to police, one of the suspects was described as a
SUSPECT #1 - in his late teens to early 20s, 6-foot-tall, thin build, and wearing a long-sleeve white shirt, dark blue jeans and black ski mask.
SUSPECT # 2 - was described as a black male, between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-10, medium build and wearing a black T-shirt, face mask and blue jeans.
SUSPECT #3 -was described as a black male, 5-foot-10, medium build, and wearing a black long-sleeve shirt, face mask and blue jeans.
Anyone with information about the identities of the suspects, or has information regarding the robbery, is asked to contact the Maryland State Police Berlin Barrack at (410) 641-3101 or the Worcester County Bureau of Investigations at (410) 352-3476.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Just heard there was a robbery in Pocomoke City at the Goose Creek/Arby's.
3 black males about 6 feet tall wearing masks
Subjects took off on foot towards the Market Street area.