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On May 7, 2019, Nathan Smith, age 19, of Hurlock, Maryland, was convicted of use of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence and second degree assault in the Worcester County Circuit Court. He was sentenced by the Honorable Brian D. Shockley to serve a mandatory minimum of 5 years’ incarceration at the Division of Correction for the firearm offense, and sentenced to serve 10 years’ incarceration for the assault charge, with all but time served suspended. He is to be on...

On April 2, 2019, Tyrell Peaker, age 20, of Pocomoke City, Maryland, was convicted of handgun on person and resisting arrest by the Honorable Stephen J. Baker, retired Judge of the District Court for Cecil County, sitting in Worcester County District Court. Judge Baker ordered the handgun forfeited to the Pocomoke City Police Department and sentenced Peaker to serve a 3 year jail sentence, with 2 years and 9 months suspended for the handgun charge. Peaker was sentenced to an additional 3...

On April 5, 2019, Cintelle Schoolfield, age 39, of Pocomoke City, Maryland, was sentenced to 3 years of incarceration in the Division of Correction for reckless endangerment, with 18 months’ incarceration to be served consecutively for handgun on person. Schoolfield was found guilty of these offenses on March 4, 2019 by the Honorable Beau H. Oglesby of the Worcester County Circuit Court.

The charges stem from an incident witnessed by Sgt. Brown of the Pocomoke City Police Department...

SNOW HILL — In what is viewed a groundbreaking case, a Worcester County first-degree murder conviction was upheld this week by the Maryland Court of Appeals after the high court ruled text messages between defendants were admissible in court.

On May 2, 2015, a Virginia couple dropped off their son at the Pocomoke home of Kevin M. Sewell, then 27, and his wife. Sewell was the child’s uncle and the couple had dropped the 3-year-old off at his house for an overnight visit. When the child...

SNOW HILL — The second of two local men indicted last fall in a sophisticated marijuana-growing operation pleaded guilty this week and was placed on probation for one year.

Michael Cluster, 33, of Berlin, was indicted by a Worcester County grand jury last fall on multiple counts including possession of over 10 grams of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and conspiracy to manufacture marijuana after the execution of a search and seizure warrant revealed a vast...

SNOW HILL — A Maugansville, Md. has been sentenced to 20 years in jail for the brutal attack of a woman on a downtown Ocean City street last June.

Max Schindler of Maugansville, Md. was sentenced last Friday to 20 years in jail for the attack on a woman around 12th Street and Philadelphia Avenue. By Monday, Schindler had filed an appeal with the Court of Special Appeals and a motion for modification of his sentence.

Around 3:40 a.m. last June 3, Ocean City Police Department (...

SNOW HILL — A Berlin man pleaded guilty this week to obtaining property by deception of a vulnerable adult and failing to perform a contract after a year-long scheme against elderly residents in Ocean Pines. Pasco Allen, 47, of Berlin, pleaded guilty this week to one count of obtaining property by deception of a vulnerable adult and three counts of failure to perform a contract. Visiting Worcester County Circuit Court Judge W. Newton Jackson deferred sentencing, but Allen will be forced to...

On February 14, 2019, Rodney Harmon, Jr., age 34, of Stockton, Maryland, was convicted of 3 counts of sexual abuse of a minor and 1 count of displaying an obscene item to a minor by the Honorable Brian D. Shockley, Administrative Judge of the Worcester County Circuit Court. Each count of sexual abuse of a minor carries a maximum penalty of 25 years’ incarceration and displaying an obscene item to a minor carries a maximum penalty of 1 year of incarceration. Sentencing was deferred by the...

On February 1, 2019, Theresa Kolacz, age 51, of Berlin, Maryland, was sentenced by the Honorable Beau H. Oglesby to serve a total of ten years in the Maryland Division of Corrections. Kolacz was convicted of theft over $100,000, embezzlement and forgery on December 6, 2018. The charges stem from a May 15, 2018 incident during which police were notified by officials at St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church in Ocean City, Maryland that they believed Kolacz, who acted as the church’s secretary and...

On January 23, 2019, Anthony Roper, age 39, of Delmar, Maryland, was convicted in the District Court of Maryland for Worcester County of attempting to elude uniformed police by fleeing on foot, attempting to elude uniformed police by failing to stop, and failing to immediately stop at the scene of an accident involving bodily injury. Roper was sentenced by the Honorable Daniel R. Mumford to a period of incarceration of 5 months and 29 days on each count, to run concurrently. The charges stem...

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