Crime Briefs

July 08, 2009

18 arrested in Arundel on outstanding warrants

The Anne Arundel County Sheriff's Office said Monday that 18 people were arrested and 23 warrants were cleared over the Independence Day weekend. The sheriff's emergency response team and a police dog conducted the warrant sweep Friday in southern Anne Arundel County. Information received during the sweep also led to the arrest Saturday of a suspect wanted for first-degree assault, the sheriff's office said. Others arrested during the sweep were wanted on charges including assault, theft, failing to register as a sex offender, traffic violations, violation of probation and violation of community detention. Two juveniles were among those arrested.

- Liz F. Kay

Guilty plea after discovery of 90 pounds of cocaine

A 34-year-old Baltimore man pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute after officers found more than 90 pounds of the drug in the back of his parked Chevy truck in February. Trenell D. Murphy had filed a motion to suppress the evidence, but a U.S. District Court judge denied the request last week. Murphy could receive a minimum of 10 years in prison at his Oct. 2 sentencing. "This case ... gets to the root of one of the city's major crime problems and takes a considerable amount of cocaine off city streets," Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III said in a statement. The drug seizure was the department's biggest cocaine bust. Murphy plans to appeal the court's denial of his motion to suppress the drug evidence, his attorney said this week.

- Tricia Bishop

Woman arrested twice in 5 hours on DUI charges

Ocean City police arrested a Woodbine woman twice in five hours on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol. Police say 20-year-old Jennifer Bowlin was swerving across lane markers and failed to stop at a stop sign about 2:15 a.m. Friday. When officers stopped her, they determined that she was driving under the influence of alcohol. She was released on DUI and motor vehicle charges, and almost five hours later, police saw her driving again in Ocean City. Maryland law prohibits anyone from driving within 12 hours of a DUI arrest. Police stopped her again and charged her with DUI and other offenses. She was held on $25,000 bond.

- Associated Press

Cecil Co. police charge pants-less man with DWI

The Cecil County Sheriff's Office says a deputy pulled a Delaware man over for speeding and discovered he had been drinking and wasn't wearing any pants. Spokesman Lt. Bernard Chiominto said 41-year-old Jonathan Schultz of Newark was stopped Saturday near Rising Sun for going 69 mph in a 50-mph zone. During the traffic stop, the sheriff's office says the deputy could smell alcohol and noticed Schultz was driving without pants or underwear. Chiominto says Schultz told the deputy his pants were uncomfortable so he took them off. Schultz is charged with driving while impaired, driving without a license or insurance, and operating an unregistered vehicle. Police impounded his truck, and he was released without bond.

- Associated Press

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