Sheriffs’ Reports 1-30-20

Lancaster County Sheriff Patrick McCranie this week reported charges against five individuals.

Felony

Justin Wayne Wilmouth, 22, of Lancaster was charged January 22 with selling, giving or distributing a controlled substance classified as a Schedule I or II drug.

Misdemeanors

A Heathsville man, 39, was charged January 20 with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with revoked license third offense within 10 years, forged registration plates and unauthorized use of license plates.

A Lancaster man, 39, was charged January 21 with failure to appear in court on a misdemeanor offense.

A Lancaster woman, 36, was charged January 21 with failure to appear in court.

A White Stone man, 26, was charged (no date given) with driving while intoxicated, second offense within five years.

Activity report

January 20: Staff responded to a walk-in report of the larceny of a gun from a vehicle, to Weems and Lumberlost roads for a four-wheeler on the highway, and to Mary Ball Road and Shady Lane for an abandoned car.

January 21: Staff responded to Devils Bottom Road for debris in the roadway causing a traffic hazard, and to the area of White Stone on Mary Ball Road for a reckless driver.

January 22: Staff responded to Lancaster Drive for an abandoned vehicle in the roadway, to the 2000 block of Weems Road for theft of roadway gravel, and to the 400 block of Boys Camp Road for hunting violations.

January 23: Staff responded to the 11900 block of River Road for damage to a mailbox and fence from a hit and run driver, to the 2400 block of River Road for a domestic assault involving juveniles, and to the 100 block of Taft Beach Road to assist emergency medical services (EMS) with a patient with an altered mental status.

January 24: Staff responded to Chinns Mill on Mary Ball Road for a reckless driver, to the 10600 block of Mary Ball Road for a domestic disturbance, to Wiggins Avenue to assist Social Services with abuse, to the 200 block of Farriers Road for a child custody dispute, and to the 2200 block of Merry Point Road for a domestic disturbance.

January 25: Staff responded to the 11800 block of Mary Ball Road for an abandoned vehicle, to the 19100 block of Mary Ball Road for a suspicious person, to the 500 block of Southport Lane for a domestic disturbance, to Good Luck Road for a reckless driver, and to the 200 block of Gaines Road for a possible domestic disturbance.

January 26: Staff responded to the 3600 block of Irvington Road for a single-vehicle traffic crash, to the 4900 block of Mary Ball Road for a civil issue involving a tenant and landlord, to the 3700 block of Weems Road for utility lines down in the roadway, to the 300 block of Johns Neck Road for theft of an automobile, to the 4300 block of Morattico Road for child behavioral issues, to a walk-in report of the violation of a protective order, to the 10 block of Chestnut Grove Lane for larceny of heating oil, and to the 1100 block of White Chapel Road for a possible prowler.

Staff also conducted 64 traffic stops, issued 43 summonses, assisted four motorists, recorded three deer strike accidents, handled six calls for traffic control, investigated five building alarms, logged two inmate transports, received eight E911 hang-up calls, and fielded two calls for animal control service.

Fire calls

The Kilmarnock and Upper Lancaster volunteer fire departments responded to a structure fire on Levelfield Lane.

The White Stone VFD responded to a brush fire on Little Oyster Lane.

EMS calls

For January 19-25, the Kilmarnock-Lancaster Volunteer Rescue Squad, Upper Lancaster Volunteer Rescue Squad and Lancaster County Emergency Services responded to 37 calls, including 19 medical emergencies, 11 injuries, two fires and five other calls.

Northumberland County Sheriff Johnny Beauchamp this week reported charges against five individuals.

Felonies

Melodie Dena Harris, 60, of Heathsville was charged January 18 with driving under the influence of alcohol. This is her third driving under the influence charge within a 10-year period. She also was charged on a summons for refusing the breath test and failing to drive in the right lane.

Sheldon Perez Cox, 33, of Heathsville was charged January 22 on a Capias to Show Cause issued by the Northumberland County Circuit Court for failing to obey a court order based upon original charges of distribution. Cox was arrested by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Misdemeanors

A Callao man, 34, was charged January 20 with a capias/attachment of the body issued from the Northumberland County General District Court for failing to appear.

A Heathsville man, 41, was charged January 21 with a capias/attachment of the body issued from the Northumberland County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court for failing to appear. The Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office served the warrant.

A Reedville man, 50, was charged January 24 on a show cause summons issued from Northumberland County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court for failing to obey a court order.

Annual statistics

In 2019, the Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) received 14,751 calls for service in the dispatch center.

Of those calls for service, 7,742 required a law enforcement officer response, just over 21 per day.

From those responses, 431 criminal investigation reports were completed. Not counting “information only” reports, the NCSO shows a 51.6% clearance rate with many investigations still pending.

Some 313 arrests were made with 560 warrants served, including 132 felonies, 239 misdemeanors and 189 summons/capiases.

The NCSO served 3,165 civil papers during the year.

Deputies also made 1,669 traffic stops resulting in 653 traffic citations and 767 warnings being issued.

Some 25 driving under the influence arrests were made.

The NCSO responded to 266 traffic accidents.

The NCSO held 15 community events with approximately 775 attendees.

The sheriff or a designee gave eight crime prevention presentations to various groups throughout the county.

The school resource officers graduated 93 students from the DARE program during the year. Eight Northumberland High School students participated in the Explorers program administered by the NCSO.