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Date: Mar 15, 2013

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Impaired Driving Initiative- “Project Save Our Loved Ones” (S.O.L.O)

           

During the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, the Anne Arundel County Police Department will participate in “Project Saving Our Loved Ones” (SOLO), a statewide initiative aimed at combating impaired driving and underage drinking and to ultimately save lives and reduce related traffic deaths on area roads.

Project SOLO will partner Anne Arundel County officers with Troopers from the Maryland State Police Glen Burnie Barrack “P”. Project SOLO will deploy mass patrols on area roads that are known to have higher instances of impaired driving arrests and alcohol-related crashes. These high risk zones, which are identified through impaired driving crash and arrest data collection, will also be targeted by law enforcement between now and the end of the year.

The intense enforcement effort will occur throughout the entire weekend and include on-duty and off-duty officers. Enforcement officers will saturate specific stretches of roadways within the county. Officers participating in the initiative have received specialized training in impaired driving. Drug Recognition Experts (DRE’s) will also be available to assist with the detection of drivers operating vehicles under the influence of drugs.

 

Project SOLO will emphasize enforcement of Maryland’s impaired driving laws most prominently at night. In 2011, alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes nationwide was more than four times higher at night than during the day.

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SOUTHERN DISTRICT

 

CDS ARREST                                                                                                           ANNAPOLIS

On March 13, 2012, at approximately 2:15 p.m., a school bus driver on the parking lot of Annapolis High School located in the 2700 block of Riva Road in Annapolis noticed the strong odor of suspected marijuana coming from the rear of the bus after students had boarded. 

Consequently, the driver walked to the back of the bus to investigate and encountered an 18-year-old male student holding a small, prescription-style bottle containing suspected marijuana. The driver confiscated the bottle and contacted a school administrator and the School Resource Officer. The School Resource Officer took custody of the bottle and found it contained four individually packaged baggies of suspected high grade marijuana. As a result, the student was removed from the bus without incident and placed under arrest. 

During a further search, the officer seized a pocket knife and $273 in U.S. Currency.  The approximate combined weight of the marijuana was 3.4 grams, but the packaging of the individual marijuana baggies and the markings on each bag were consistent with facilitating distribution of the illegal drugs on school property. The suspect, Luis Enrique Mireles-Ruiz, 18, of 1004 Paddington Place, Annapolis, Maryland, was charged as an adult with CDS Possession-Marijuana Less than 10grams, CDS Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute on School Property, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Dangerous Weapon on School Property.

 

WESTERN DISTRICT

 

HOMICIDE UPDATE                                                                                                ODENTON

 

On November 6, 2012, at approximately 10:03 a.m., members of the Anne Arundel County Police Department’s Western District responded to the 100 block of Pine Cove Avenue in Odenton for a report of an attempted suicide. 

Upon arrival, officers discovered a male on the floor of the residence suffering from trauma to the upper torso. Fire Department personnel arrived and transported the victim to the Baltimore Washington Medical Center, where he died. The victim was identified as 45-year-old Jerome Vorden Wood. The Anne Arundel County Police Department’s Homicide Unit responded and initiated an investigation. Detectives interviewed several witnesses, and gathered evidence which revealed the injury was not self-inflicted. The incident was not random in nature and the parties involved were known to each other. A suspect was identified in the case and interviewed as part of the investigation. 

 

UPDATE:

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore has since ruled the cause of death as a stab wound to the upper torso and the manner of death as homicide. Through further investigation and after consultation with the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office, Homicide Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for the victim’s wife, Donna Mills Wood, 38, of 181 Pine Cove Avenue in Odenton, Maryland.

The suspect turned herself in at the Western District police station on March 14, 2013, at approximately 4:00 p.m., where she was served with the arrest warrant charging her with First Degree Murder. The suspect is currently being held at the Detention Center. The investigation revealed that the suspect stabbed her husband inside of their residence. This is being investigated as a domestic-related incident. Anyone with any additional information is urged to contact Detective Vince Carbonaro of the Homicide Unit at 410-222-3453 or contact the Anne Arundel County Police Department at 410-222-8610. Additionally, to remain anonymous, contact Metro Crime Stoppers.

                                                                    Metro Crime Stoppers:

 

If you have information on the above incidents, please call, email, or text your tip to Metro Crime Stoppers Hotline Available 24-Hours A Day Toll Free at 1-866-7LOCKUP or Text “MCS plus your message” to CRIMES (274637)

Visit the website at http://www.metrocrimestoppers.net

Phone calls are not recorded and callers remain anonymous. You may also be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000!                           

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