Essex man arrested, charged in connection with 14 burglaries

Crime HandcuffsPolice in Howard County have charged an Essex man with 14 burglary cases over the past two years.

David Warren Chilcote, 66, of Wiltshire Road, has been charged with committing commercial burglaries, all but one in Ellicott City, between September 2016 and April 2018. The last case was in Fulton.

Chilcote has been captured on video at numerous businesses over the last two years, but often wore a mask. Police posted the surveillance photos on social media in May 2017, January 2018, and April 2018, but no one came forward to identify the suspect. Detectives continued to investigate and later determined the man in the images was Chilcote.

Chilcote is charged with multiple counts of burglary, destruction of property and theft for prying or attempting to pry doors at the following businesses, and in some cases, stealing cash.

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Sept. 29, 2016, 12800 block of Frederick Road, Ellicott City
Tradewinds Travel
Beach Insurance
Leedazzle Nail Salon

May 30, 2017, 9000 block of Chevrolet Drive, Ellicott City
Nationwide
Office of Linda Liang, M.D.
Lee Acupuncture
A Touch of Brass
La Bella Hair & Beauty
Artipre Art Studio

May 30, 2017, 10000 block of Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City
Setareh Day Spa
Nail Trix and Spa

Jan. 25, 2018, 12800 block of Frederick Road, Ellicott City
Leedazzle Nail Salon
West Friendship Animal Hospital

April 10, 2018, 11800 block of Scaggsville Road, Fulton
McAdoodle Consignment

Chilcote is currently being held on no bond in another jurisdiction.


Sgt. Eddison Hermond killed in Ellicott City flooding, Maryland flags to fly at half-staff

Eddison HermondOn Tuesday evening, Governor Larry Hogan ordered Maryland flags to fly at half-staff to commemorate a local National Guardsman.

Sergeant Eddison Hermond disappeared on Sunday trying to rescue someone from the catastrophic flooding that wiped out historic Ellicott City for the second time in three years.

Sgt. Eddison’s body was found in the Patapsco River on Tuesday, according to authorities.

The flooding caused many local issues as well.  One man had to be rescued off of Seven Courts Drive and several others had to be rescued at Gunpowder Falls State Park.

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The governor has declared a State of Emergency across Maryland.


Governor Larry Hogan declares State of Emergency

State of EmergencyANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan on Sunday signed an executive order declaring a State of Emergency in response to heavy rain and severe flooding in Ellicott City and areas across the state of Maryland.

The executive order will allow the state to efficiently coordinate support and provide additional assistance to local jurisdictions experiencing flooding conditions.

“Less than two years ago, the citizens of Howard County and Ellicott City went through a horrific ordeal, and sadly, they are facing a similar emergency today,” said Governor Hogan. “Our administration is closely monitoring the situation and working in partnership with local officials, including Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman, to respond to this extreme weather as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

“The immediate focus is ensuring everyone is safe and secure. The state will continue to provide all available resources to assist Howard County with their response to this extremely dangerous and ongoing situation. I strongly urge all Marylanders to monitor the weather, heed all warnings, and avoid the affected areas.”

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The governor announced the emergency declaration while receiving a briefing on the situation from state and local emergency management personnel in Ellicott City, where he was joined by Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, County Executive Kittleman, Maryland State Police Superintendent William Pallozzi, and MEMA Executive Director Russ Strickland, as well as local elected officials.

The governor had previously directed MEMA to raise the state’s Response Activation Level and send personnel to Howard County, and multiple state agencies are engaged in providing assistance to impacted areas.

Multiple water rescues were reported in the Nottingham area on Sunday, including a rescue in the Seven Courts community and a rescue at Gunpowder Falls State Park.  A portion of Belair Road was also closed on Sunday due to flooding.


Perry Hall, Nottingham men arrested in reverse prostitution sting

Arrested HandcuffsPolice in Howard County recently conducted a reverse prostitution operation, resulting in the arrests of 10 men for solicitation of prostitution and related charges.

Two of those men were from the Nottingham area.

Officers arrested the men for soliciting prostitution at a hotel in the 8100 block of Washington Boulevard in Jessup.

As part of the operation, detectives placed a fake ad on Backpage.com, a site that is regularly used for prostitution. Men who called the number in the ad spoke with undercover female officers, who provided a meeting location upon the caller’s request.

When the men arrived at this location, they were arrested and charged with solicitation of prostitution and disorderly conduct:

• Garland D. Hodges, 51, Nottingham
• Osman P. Akcam, 53, Perry Hall
• Leon M. Mil, 38, Columbia
• Douglas Dixon, 30, Prince Frederick
• Juan P. Rodriguez, 30, Beltsville
• Jacob L. Cramer, 34, Huntingtown
• Cesar A. Angel-Sermeno, 32, Columbia
• Cuong T. Le, 22, Jessup
• John C. Organ, 27, Silver Spring
• Drew T. Kramer, 25, Baltimore

The sting operation was part of Howard County’s ongoing effort to combat prostitution, human trafficking and related offenses. The Howard County Police Department regularly posts ads on relevant websites reminding people of the dangers and penalties of engaging in this kind of activity.