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21 Arrested As Part Of “Operation Takedown” Initiative

December 22nd, 2012 by WCBC Radio

On Tuesday, December 18, until Saturday, December 22, 2012, the Cumberland Police Department’s Safe Streets Program launched a warrant initiative to apprehend numerous individuals wanted throughout the tri-state area.

This Initiative paired Cumberland Police Officers with the Deputies of the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office in an effort to round up those wanted for past criminal offenses. This mission and partnership resulted in the arrest of twenty-one (21) individuals in five days sought  with outstanding warrants from the courts.

Warrants served during “Operation Takedown” Initiative

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Randy Edward Walker, 47 year old of Cumberland – Failure to Appear on Burglary charge– Held without bond

Nathan Tyrone Shell, 30 year old of Cumberland – Failure to Appear on Disturbing the Peace charge – $5,000.00 bond

Jason Robert Dillon, 34 year old of Cumberland – Failure to Appear on Disorderly charge – $500.00 bond

Steven Dale Sheets III, 23 year old of Cumberland – Controlled Dangerous Substance Warrant – Held without bond

Michael Wayne Harper Jr., 21 year old of Cumberland – Assault Warrant – Released on Personal Recognizance

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Jerry Dwayne Hunt, 43 year old of Cumberland – Failure to Appear Warrants on Assault and Burglary charge – $20,000.00 bond

Shannon Michael Pendergast, 37 year old of Cumberland – Assault Warrant – Released on Personal Recognizance

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Anthony Robert Combs, 36 year old of Cumberland – Two (2) Violation of Probation Warrants – $150.00 bond

Lester Lee Lambert, 35 year of Cumberland – Driving While Suspended Warrant – Released on Personal Recognizance

Derek Alan Younger, 22 year of Cumberland – Violation of Probation Warrant – $3,000.00 bond

Mathews Mark Norris, 40 year old of Cumberland – Two (2) Failure to Appear Warrants for Driving While Suspended Warrant  and Driving Uninsured – $8,000.00 bond

Christie Renee Norris, 37 year old of Cumberland – Fraud Warrant and Fugitive Warrant for Probation Violation on Fraud charge in the State of Arkansas – $3,000.00 bond on Fraud and held for extradition proceedings on fugitive warrant

James NMN Bradley, 26 year old of Holtwood, Pa. – Failure to Appear Warrant for Driving While Suspended and wanted in Cecil County, Maryland for FTA Warrant for Driving While Suspended – $5,000.00 bond on Allegany County warrant and Detainer for Cecil County Warrant

Friday, December 21, 2012

Blair Stephen Carter, 35 year old of Cumberland – Violation of Probation Warrant on Driving While Suspended – $415.00 bond

Leonard Alexander Britton, 21 year old of Cumberland – Violation of Protective Order and Assault Warrant - Held without Bond

Samantha Jo Baker, 27 year old of Cumberland – Failure to Appear Warrant on Theft – $2,500.00 bond

Dustin William Bennett, 23 year old of Cumberland – Assault and Burglary Warrant – $20,000.00 bond

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Justin Wayne Parr, 23 year old of Cumberland – Violation of Probation Warrant – $2,500.00 bond

Rodney Montgomery Ross Jr., 37 year old of Cumberland – Violation of Probation Warrant – $100.00 bond

Eric Robert Sadlowski, 38 year old of Cumberland – Failure to Appear Warrant on CDS – $5,000.00 bond

Mary Carol Miller, 41 year old of Cumberland – Violation of Probation Warrant – $2,500.00 bond

In October, the City of Cumberland announced its participation in the State of Maryland’s, Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention, Safe Streets initiative. 

The Maryland State Safe Streets initiative is a crime-reduction model which promotes collaboration and information sharing across multiple agencies responsible for the welfare of our communities.   The State initiative is designed to create a format where all public agencies can work together to reduce crime and improve the quality of our neighborhoods.  The Cumberland Police Department is designated as the Safe Streets implementing agency for our community.  In order to achieve the State’s vision, the Cumberland Police Department has established a Cumberland Safe Streets Coalition. This coalition consists of members from public agencies on a variety of local, state and federal levels.  The Cumberland Safe Streets Coalition meets regularly to discuss crime-related issues in the Cumberland area and brainstorm how to address the issues through a unified strategy, all with the goal of making the streets safer. 

The Safe Streets process includes the aggressive tracking of the disproportionate amount of repeat offenders who are responsible for all the crime, by utilizing a multi-agency collaboration with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, public safety agencies and community partners.

The Safe Streets objective is to reduce crime and criminal activity within the City and surrounding areas – since we know that criminality has no boundaries. The

reduction of backlogged arrest warrants is another objective by capitalizing on the excellent cooperation between law enforcement agencies in this area.

This Warrant Initiative is one goal which shall continue during the life of the grant project with the combination of public safety and social service partners aimed at crime reduction and making neighborhoods safe.

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