Boat fire reported in Middle River

Crews are responding to the scene of a Sunday afternoon boat fire in Middle River.

At just after 1:30 p.m., crews responded to the 1800 block of Wilson Point Road.

At the scene, units found a docked boat that was on fire.

There has been no word on any injuries.

Motorists should use caution in the area.

Middle River bail bondsman pleads guilty to selling drugs stolen by police officers

Donald SteppA bail bondsman from Middle River has pleaded guilty to selling drugs that were stolen from citizens by officers with the Baltimore Police Department.

Donald Stepp, 51, pleaded guilty on Friday to possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, heroin, and other controlled dangerous substances.

According to his plea agreement, Stepp operated Double D Bail Bonds and was an associate of former BPD Sergeant Wayne Earl Jenkins. Stepp admitted that from 2015-2017, he obtained significant quantities of narcotics from Jenkins and robbed citizens of their property, including drugs, cash, and watches. Stepp admitted that he participated in robberies with Jenkins and another Baltimore Police Department detective.

To facilitate the robberies and drug trafficking, Jenkins brought Stepp to search locations in Baltimore City and Baltimore County and lied to other law enforcement agencies by saying Stepp was an officer with BPD. Jenkins would come to Stepp’s residence after he had robbed citizens and Stepp would store the stolen drugs in his tool shed.

Stepp then sold the stolen drugs and returned hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash proceeds to BPD officers. Jenkins took a portion of the proceeds from the drug sales and paid other officers in the BPD who participated in the robberies with Jenkins and Stepp.

On December 14, 2017, law enforcement with the Baltimore County Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant at Stepp’s residence and recovered approximately 423 grams of crack cocaine, 262 grams of cocaine, 14 grams of heroin, 28 grams of MDMA, digital scales, packaging material, a large sum of cash, and several high-value watches.

Jenkins has pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy, one count of racketeering, two counts of robbery, one count of destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in a federal investigation, and four counts of deprivation of rights under color of law.

Stepp faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. United States District Judge Catherine C. Blake has scheduled sentencing for April 6, 2018 at 2 p.m.


Drug deal goes bad in Parkville, rifle rounds strike homes in Middle River

Police LightsPolice are investigating several local crimes that were reported over the past week.

At about 11:45 p.m. on Saturday, January 6, two people were going to meet a juvenile suspect to sell her drugs in the 2700 block of Maple Avenue in Parkville (21234). When the pair arrived, they observed several suspects sitting in a vehicle, who then began to chase them. A suspect exited the vehicle, implied he had a gun, and demanded their property. The victims ran to a residence and called police.

At just before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9, two juveniles were robbed of their cell phones and one victim’s headphones and belt by two individuals in the 4900 block of Hazelwood Avenue (21206). The suspects then fled the scene.

At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, while making a food delivery in the 9800 block of Langs Road in Middle River (21220), four individuals walked up to the driver, assaulted him, and took the food he was delivering. The suspects then fled.

At 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, a man fired his rifle from the rear of his residence in the 200 block of Shagbark Road in Middle River (21220). The rounds from the rifle struck nearby residences causing damage and almost striking the residents. The suspect was subsequently arrested.

Former BPD sergeant involved in Suiter case pleads guilty to racketeering, robberies, overtime fraud, planting evidence

GavelSergeant Wayne Earl Jenkins, 37, of Middle River, pleaded guilty this week to one count of racketeering conspiracy, one count of racketeering, two counts of robbery, one count of destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in a federal investigation, and four counts of deprivation of rights under color of law.

Jenkins joined the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) on February 20, 2003 and was promoted to Sergeant on November 20, 2013. On June 13, 2016, Jenkins became the Officer in Charge of the Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF,) a specialized unit within the Operational Investigation Division of the BPD.

According to the plea agreement, Jenkins schemed to steal money, property, and narcotics by detaining victims, entering residences, conducting traffic stops, and swearing out false search warrant affidavits. In addition, Jenkins prepared and submitted false official incident and arrest reports, reports of property seized, and charging documents. The false reports concealed the fact that Jenkins and his co-conspirators had stolen money, property, and narcotics from individuals.

According to his plea agreement, Jenkins admitted that he participated in seven separate robberies between May 2011 and August 2016. Jenkins also stole dirt bikes from individuals who were riding them illegally on city streets and then sold them through an associate.

In addition to the robberies, Jenkins also admitted to stealing 4-5 boxes, containing approximately 12 pounds, of high-grade marijuana that had been intercepted by law enforcement from the U.S. mail, as well as prescription medicines that he had stolen from someone looting a pharmacy during the April 2015 riots.

Jenkins admitted he gave another party the drugs he stole from detainees and arrestees, including cocaine, marijuana and heroin. That individual was able to sell the drugs and shared the proceeds with Jenkins. In total, Jenkins was paid $200,000 to $250,000 in drug proceeds.

In an effort to conceal his true identity, Jenkins told detainees that he was a federal task force officer, which he was not, and told his co-defendants to identify him as the U.S. Attorney.

While other parties were detained in connection with these crimes, Jenkins directed the defendants to “keep their mouths shut” and to “stick to the story” in an effort to obstruct justice.

Jenkins has also pleaded guilty to planting evidence for Detective Sean Suiter, who was recently killed in the line of duty, to find.

According to the plea agreement, Jenkins admitted that he routinely submitted false and fraudulent individual overtime reports, thereby defrauding the Baltimore Police Department and the citizens of the State of Maryland. On these reports, Jenkins falsely certified that he worked his entire regularly assigned shifts, when he did not, and that he worked additional hours for which he received overtime pay, when he had not worked all and in some cases any of those overtime hours. Jenkins also admitted that he submitted false and fraudulent overtime reports on behalf of his co-defendants.

The plea agreement provides for a minimum sentence of 20 years imprisonment and a maximum sentence of 30 years imprisonment.