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The Southern Calvert Gazette Newspaper

Posted on November 06, 2012

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. (November 6, 2012)—The Calvert County Sheriff's Office released the following incident and arrest reports.

WEEKLY SUMMARY: During the week of October 29 through November 4, deputies responded to 1,400 calls for service throughout the community.

THEFT FROM VEHICLE: Someone stole a portable grill and a wallet from an unlocked vehicle in the 7300 block of Bayside Road in Chesapeake Beach overnight between October 29 and 30. DFC C. Johnson is investigating.

BURGLARY: Unknown suspect(s) stole a red Craftsman air compressor, a silver and black gas-powered Craftsman lawn edger and a green Craftsman pressure washer, together valued at $750, from the shed of a home on Cecil Lane in Huntingtown overnight between October 29 and 30. Dep. A. Mohler is investigating.

BURGLARY: Someone stole $700 worth of copper piping from a home's A/C unit and inside the residence on Beaumont Court in Lusby. The theft was discovered on October 30. DFC J. Harms is investigating. DFC W. Wells is investigating a burglary to a home on Clubhouse Drive in Lusby that occurred sometime prior to October 27 where someone stole $2500 worth of copper piping.

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: Someone fired a 9mm round into the window of a home on Deerfield Lane in Chesapeake Beach. No one was injured. It is unknown when the incident occurred. DFC J. Denton is investigating.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT: On October 31 at 12:45 a.m. DFC J. Harms observed two people in the roadway on Barreda Boulevard in Lusby. After stopping to advise the two to get out of the roadway and be careful, the male became disorderly by yelling obscenities at Harms. Residents of homes and occupants of passing vehicles stopped and came outside watching the man, who was later identified as Nicholas Wade Kovacs, 35 of Lusby. Kovacs was advised to stop numerous times or he would be charged with disorderly. Kovacs did not desist and after a short scuffle, was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

DRUG ARREST: On October 31 at 2:17 a.m. DFC J. Norton conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Md. Rt. 260 near Cox Road in Chesapeake Beach and found the driver and passenger to both be in possession of drug paraphernalia. Kevin Douglas Sauer, 18 of Crofton and Jessica Faye Kirkpatrick, 18 of Chesapeake Beach, were each cited for possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, a plastic baggie used to store marijuana. Sauer, the driver, was also found to be driving on a suspended license.

THEFT FROM VEHICLE: A victim advised Dep. J. Cutchin that on Halloween night she parked and locked her vehicle along Prince Frederick Boulevard to take her children trick-or-treating at nearby homes. When she returned to the vehicle she observed two men inside it who fled when they saw her approaching. She advised that ID cards and an ATM card were taken. Cutchin conducted a canvas of the area but no suspects were located and no other vehicles were damaged. No one in the area reported to have seen or heard anything. The investigation is continuing.

THEFT FROM VEHICLE: Someone stole a Garmin GPS valued at $200 from a vehicle parked outside a home on Cavalcade Drive in Chesapeake Beach overnight between October 30 and 31. The owner advised that the vehicle had been locked. Dep. C. Fox is investigating.

DRUG ARREST: On November 1 shortly after midnight DFC J. Norton conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on North Side Drive and 5th Street in Owings. He arrested the driver, Justin Warren Cox, 20 of Dunkirk, and charged him with possession of alcohol under the age of twenty-one, possession of marijuana in sufficient quantity to indicate an intent to distribute, possession of marijuana in the amount of 10 grams or more, possession of marijuana and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia; a black digital scale.

COUNTERFEIT BILLS: An employee of the Dunkirk Home Center advised DFC N. Funchion that sometime on October 31 someone passed two twenty dollar counterfeit bills as payment. An employee of the Dunkirk 7-11 Convenience store on W. Chesapeake Beach Road advised DFC P. Aurich that on November 2 a patron passed a counterfeit fifty dollar bill and that a counterfeit $10 bill was also discovered in the nights' receipts. All incidents are being investigated.

DRUG ARREST: On November 1 at 8:56 p.m. Dep. C. Fox responded to the area of Chesapeake Avenue and 1st Street in North Beach for the report of a vehicle being driven erratically. Fox observed the vehicle sitting with the headlights on at the end of Chesapeake Avenue near 9th Street. He made contact with the driver, identified as James Thomas Walker, Jr., 51 of Prince Frederick. Walker was found to be in possession of suspected drugs and was arrested and charged with possession of crack cocaine and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia; a glass smoking device.

DRUG ARREST: On November 1 at 10:55 p.m. after conducting a traffic stop at Md. Rt. 4 and Steeple Chase Drive in Prince Frederick, Dep. G. Gott arrested the driver, James Michael Stanton, 22 of Fairfax, Va., and charged him with driving on a suspended license, possession of a schedule IV drug; Zolpidem Tartrate, and possession of a schedule II drug; Methylin.

BURGLARY: Someone burglarized a home on Prince Frederick Boulevard on November 2 between 10:45 a.m. and 11:20 a.m. and stole over $600 worth of Xboxes, games, DVD's and coins. The victim had left the door unlocked. Cpl. M. Naecker is investigating.

POSSIBLY TAINTED HALLOWEEN CANDY: On Wednesday, October 31 between 7:00 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. while participating in Halloween activities, a 16-year-old male visited approximately 25 homes in the Chesapeake Ranch Estates in Lusby, Calvert Co. He was accompanied by at least three adults and three younger children. The 16-year-old and his mother returned to their St. Leonard home at approximately 9:00 p.m. The victim ate approximately 20 to 25 pieces of candy while watching television. He recalled that one piece (Dum-Dum flavored Cotton Candy lollipop) tasted unusual. Within an hour he was feeling ill and his mother drove him to Calvert Memorial Hospital. They arrived at approximately 11:00 p.m. A preliminary urine drug screening test resulted in a positive reaction to two controlled dangerous substances frequently abused. The victim remained in the hospital Emergency Room for several hours and then was discharged. During her son's care and immediately after he was released, the victim's mother communicated, via Facebook, with her friends about her son's illness and the positive drug test results. These Facebook postings were reposted ultimately generating fear within the Calvert County community and inquiries from the media.

None of the other adults or children who participated with the young victim's trick-or-treating activities became ill. Most of their candy obtained during this event has either been seized by the Calvert County Sheriff's Office or isolated to protect possible consumers. The wrapper and paper stick from the one piece of suspect candy has been recovered by law enforcement. Observation revealed nothing unusual.

The victim is prescribed a number of medications. Poison Control personnel believe that none of his prescribed medications would have yielded the positive result obtained in the drug screening test. One of the physiological reactions the victim exhibited does not correlate to known reactions of the drugs detected in his urine via the screening test. Poison Control resources and administrators within Calvert Memorial Hospital confirmed that some drug testing procedures yield "false positives" if the parameters are too broad or non-specific. Calvert Memorial Hospital administrators have been very helpful. The urine sample collected from the 16-year-old victim will be forwarded to a second laboratory for confirmatory testing.

As of 2:30 p.m. on November 1 no other medical calls for service have been recorded related to "tainted" Halloween candy and Calvert Memorial Hospital has recorded no additional cases of victims complaining about consuming tainted Halloween candy.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Rich at 410-535-1600, ext. 2765.

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.

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