MSP Reports for Calvert County

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. (May 21, 2013)—The Prince Frederick Barrack of the Maryland State Police (MSP) released the following incident and arrest reports.

FATAL TRAFFIC COLLISION: On May 18 at approximately 4:29pm, Troopers from the Prince Frederick Barrack responded to Route 4 North at Nursery Road in Lusby for reported motor vehicle crash. The investigation revealed that a 2007 Ford F-550 truck operated by Kenneth Vance Klingensmith Jr., 48 of Pasadena, Maryland, was traveling north on Route 4 in lane #1 (left lane). The Ford truck veered across lane #2 (right lane) and collided with a 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser which was stopped at the Nursery Road stop sign. The Chrysler PT Cruiser was operated by Michael J. Funchion, 63 of Prince Frederick. After striking the Chrysler, the Ford truck continued off of the roadway, striking a light pole and a tree. Mr. Funchion was died as a result of his injuries. Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be contributing factors. Trooper First Class Wiesemann of the Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Barrack is continuing the investigation at this time. The Saint Leonard Volunteer Rescue Squad, Saint Leonard Volunteer Fire Department, Solomons Volunteer Rescue squad and the Calvert County Sheriff's Office assisted with this investigation.

POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA: On 5/13/2013 at 12:53 pm, Trooper First Class R. Lewis stopped a vehicle for traffic violations on Rt. 261 at the Town Hall in Chesapeake Beach. A search of the vehicle revealed that the driver, Christopher Franklin, 31 of Chesapeake Beach, was in possession of Marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was taken to the MSP Barrack in Prince Frederick for processing.

TRESPASSING: On 5/14/2013 at 10:59 pm, Trooper First Class Wiesemann responded to the Fastop in St. Leonard for a trespassing complaint. Charles E. Chase, Jr., 48 of St. Leonard, had been previously given notice regarding trespassing on the property. He was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.

BURGLARY: On 5/16/2013 at 10:19 am, Trooper Oles responded to the 600 block of Texoma Lane in Lusby for a reported burglary. A vacant home was broken into and copper pipes were removed from various areas within the residence. Investigation continues.

UNAUTHORIZED USE OF MOTOR VEHICLE: On 5/16/2013 at 10:17 am, Trooper First Class Esnes stopped a vehicle for traffic violations on Costley Way in Prince Frederick. The driver, Nathan J. Williams, 46 of Prince Frederick, was arrested for driving with a revoked license. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle he was driving had been taken without the owner's permission. He was additionally charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

POSSESSION OF HEROIN: On 5/16/2013 at 10:39 pm, Trooper First Class Wiesemann stopped a vehicle for traffic violations on Rt. 2 at Langley Lane in Solomons. The driver, Matthew E. Shifflett, 31 of Prince Frederick, was found to be driving on a revoked license and arrested. A search revealed Heroin and drug parapharnelia in the vehicle. He was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.

POSSESSION OF COCAINE: On 5/17/2013 at 1:52 am, Trooper First Class Merkelson stopped a vehicle at Rt. 260 and Horace Ward Rd. in Owings for traffic violations. A search of the vehicle revealed cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Cody L. Farber, 19 of Centreville, was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.

DUI, POSSESSION OF DRUGS: On 5/17/2013 at 11:08 pm, Trooper Matthews stopped to check on a vehicle which was stopped in the roadway at Rt. 4 and Ward Rd. in Dunkirk. The driver was asleep and as the Trooper approached the vehicle, the driver awoke and attempted to drive away. The Trooper stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Joseph A. Gaetano, 21 of Huntingtown. Gaetano failed field sobriety testing and was placed under arrest for DUI. A search of the vehicle revealed Heroin, synthetic Marijuana, prescription medications and drug paraphernalia. He was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.

POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA: On 5/20/2013 at 3:08 am, Trooper Matthews stopped a vehicle at Dares Beach Rd and Terrace Dr. in Prince Frederick, for traffic violations. While speaking with the driver, Robert A. Sinex, 19 of Prince Frederick, an odor of marijuana was detected. A search revealed marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle. Sinex was arrested and transported to the MSP Barrack for processing.


Lisa M. SHOEMAKER, 45, of Lothian, arrested on 05/17/2013 @ 10:49 pm by TFC B. Wiesemann

Joseph A. GAETANO, 21, of Huntingtown, arrested on 05/17/2013 @ 11:54 pm by TPR. S. Matthews

Tracy A. WARDRICK, 44, of Capitol Heights, arrested on 05/18/2013 @ 01:08 am by TFC A. Merkelson

Cherry C. HAMLIN, 31, of Waldorf, arrested on 05/19/2013 @ 11:23 am by TPR. S. Matthews

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: 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. You can find additional information about the case by searching the Maryland Judiciary Case Search Database using the accused's name and date of birth. The database is online at . Persons named who have been found innocent or not guilty of all charges in the respective case, and/or have had the case ordered expunged by the court can have their name, age, and city redacted by following the process defined at .

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