Delmar man accused of attempted murder

A 23-year-old Delmar man was charged with attempted murder and is in the Wicomico County Detention Center on $250,000 bail, according to a Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office deputy.

William Kyle Donophan was also charged with first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest on July 11 at 1:42 a.m. after a deputy responded to a call at an apartment complex in the 1000 block of Beaglin Park Drive in Salisbury for a reported assault in progress.

The sheriff’s office received a call that a male was beating a female who was on the ground.

The deputy said he saw a man standing over a female who was not moving, but when the man saw the deputy he attempted to walk away and hide.

The deputy said he chased him through the complex, across Beaglin Park Drive to Parkside High School, where he was arrested.

The victim was unconscious and suffered trauma to her head, the deputy said. She was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center by ambulance, the deputy said.

The deputy said an investigation determined she was  struck and kicked in the head repeatedly until she became unconscious.

Donophan was the victim’s boyfriend, the deputy said.

Donophan in the Detention Center in lieu of $250,000 bond, the deputy said.

Police issue pet safety warning

Salisbury police are reminding pet owners not to take their animals with them in a vehicle on hot summer days.

Even with windows open, a parked car can quickly heat to 90 or 100 degrees or more, police said, because vehicle windows absorb sun and insulate the vehicle.

Police said signs of heatstroke in dogs and cats include rapid panting, weakness, dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea and coma.

Anyone who notices an animal left in a car is asked to call Salisbury police at 410-548-3165.

Two men sought in jewelry theft incidents

Salisbury police are looking for two men accused of stealing jewelry from Kohl’s and Boscov’s on July 3.

Police said they responded to calls from each store reporting a man asked to see a piece of jewelry  from the case, then grabbed it and fled from the store.

Police said jewelry valued at more than $7,000 was stolen.

Anyone with information is asked to call Salisbury police at 410-548-3165.

No charges filed in accident involving 6-year-old

A 6-year-old girl required about 20 stitches to close a laceration after she ran into the mirror of a moving car on Naylor Street July 2, according to Salisbury police.

Police said at 1:52 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Naylor Street for a call about a pedestrian accident.

They said the child was driven to the 300 block of Naylor Street by a church van after day camp. She got out of the van and crossed the street behind the van, heading toward the opposite side of the road.

The girl was looking back for her brother, who was also getting off the van when she ran into the street and hit the mirror of a vehicle that was traveling east on Naylor Street, police said.

The driver of the car, Marise Laguerre of Salisbury, was not charged, police said.

City man arrested, extradited to New York State

Salisbury police said they arrested a 27-year-old Salisbury man who is a wanted fugitive in Suffolk County, N.Y.

John Oratio Simpson was extradited back to Wicomico County following his arrest in Suffolk County and was wanted in Wicomico County on a circuit court bench warrant issued in March 2012, police said.

He had been charged with armed carjacking.

He was being held without bail at the Wicomico County Detention Center, police said.

Salisbury man faces burglary charges

A 24-year-old Salisbury man was charged with first-degree burglary and other charges July 8 in connection with an earlier incident in Mardela Springs, according to the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office.

Christopher Michael Wolcott was also charged with theft and malicious destruction of property, a deputy said.

The deputy said he arrested Wolcott in connection with a burglary that occurred in 2011 in the 11000 block of Riverton Road in Mardela Springs. During the investigation, a deputy found dried blood from broken glass where entry was made.

Copper wire and pipes had been taken from the building, the deputy said.

On July 7, blood collected from the crime scene was identified through DNA, matching Wolcott’s, police said.

The investigating deputy obtained a warrant and made the arrest.

Wolcott was in the Wicomico County Detention Center on $25,000 bail, the deputy said.

Assault, endangerment charges are filed

A 31-year-old Salisbury man was charged with first-degree assault and reckless endangerment after an incident July 11 in Salisbury, according to the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office.

Bruce Wayne Singleton Jr. was charged at 4:26 a.m. after a deputy went to Peninsula Regional Medical Center to meet with an assault victim.

The deputy learned the victim had fought with her husband and it escalated to an assault, the deputy said.

He said the fight began when a man left his wife at an establishment to walk home after an argument.

The deputy said the victim reported she was confronted when she returned home, grabbed by the throat and  thrown on the floor. She was repeatedly grabbed by the throat while her head was banged on the floor, the deputy said.

Singleton was in the Wicomico County Detention Center on $150,000 bail, the deputy said.

Teen-ager charged following dirt bike complaints

A juvenile boy illegally riding a dirt bike that was neither registered nor insured was charged with driving without a license and related charges by Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

The 15-year-old was also charged with driving an uninsured vehicle, driving an unregistered vehicle and riding a motorcycle without protective headgear, according to the sheriff’s office.

The boy was arrested Saturday on Bridge Street in Mardela Springs after the sheriff’s office received two calls about a youth riding a dirt bike through town, according to the sheriff’s office.

The juvenile was released to a guardian pending formal court action and the bike was impounded.

Police investigating unattended death

City police said that on July 10 at 5:15 p.m. they responded to a call on the 1300 block of Middleneck Drive and found a 51-year-old Salisbury woman dead in her residence.

Investigators learned an acquaintance responded to the home of Lisa Marie Byrd after not hearing from her all day, went to her house, found her and called police.

On July 11 the state Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy, and preliminary results showed no sign of foul play, police said.

The complete report will take several weeks. Toxicology reports are pending, police said.

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