PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. (September 17, 2012)The Prince Frederick Barrack of the Maryland State Police (MSP) today released the following incident and arrest reports.
NEW "NON-FUNCTIONING TRAFFIC LIGHT" LAW TO TAKE EFFECT: Beginning October 1, 2012, a driver approaching a non-functioning traffic control signal, from any direction, at an intersection shall stop: at a clearly marked stop line; before entering any crosswalk; or before entering the intersection.
After stopping; the driver must: yield to any vehicle or pedestrian in the intersection; and remain stopped until it is safe to enter and continue through the intersection.
Intersection traffic control signals, most commonly called 'red lights,' or 'stop lights,' direct the safe and orderly flow of traffic in and through thousands of intersections across Maryland. Most are powered by electricity that can be interrupted because of storms, traffic crashes, or other incidents that cause power outages. Just because a traffic control signal is not functioning at an intersection does not mean drivers are relieved of their duty to exercise care and caution. The new law makes clear the procedures each driver must now follow.
Violations of the new law carry a fine of $90 and two points if the offense does not contribute to an accident. If the violation contributes to a crash, the fine is $130 and three points.
THEFT: On 9/13/2012 at 2:15 pm, Trooper First Class Williams responded to the 1100 block of Plum Point Rd. in Huntingtown for a reported theft. The victim's assault rifle was stolen from his residence. Investigation continues.
THEFT: On 9/13/2012 at 2:45 pm, Sergeant Bevard responded to the Beach Elementary School in Chesapeake Beach, for a reported theft. The victim's wallet was stolen from her purse. The purse was in an unlocked cabinet drawer in the victim's classroom. Investigation continues.
DUI, POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA: On 9/14/2012 at 2:07 am, Trooper First Class Smith responded to a single vehicle collision on Dalrymple Rd. at Christiana Parran Rd. in Huntingtown. The driver, Marvin R. Odell Jr., 23 of Chesapeake Beach, was found to be driving under the influence. During a search, both marijuana and suboxone were found. He was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
Marvin R. ODELL, 23, of , arrested on 09/14/2012 @ 03:06 am Chesapeake Beach, MD TFC W. Smith
Daniel Frank NEWKIRK, 51, of , arrested on 09/14/2012 @ 03:38 pm Lothian, MD TFC E. Smith
Tommy A. STALLINGS, 22, of , arrested on 09/15/2012 @ 02:00 am St. Leonard, MD TFC E. Smith
Lauren J. RAGAN, 19, of , arrested on 09/15/2012 @ 05:13 pm Huntingtown, MD SR. TPR. M. Gill
Edward C. LUMPKIN, 31, of , arrested on 09/16/2012 @ 11:56 pm Shady Side, MD TPR. J. Palumbo
Disclaimer: In the U.S.A., all persons accused of a crime by the State are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presumption_of_innocence. Additionally, all of the information provided above is solely from the perspective of the respective law enforcement agency and does not provide any direct input from the accused or persons otherwise mentioned.