Three charged in Eden home invasion

Three people were arrested in connection with a home invasion in Eden Oct. 6, according to the Wicomico Bureau of Investigation.

Arrested were Davonte Rodney Beckette, 19, of Walnut Tree Road, Eden; Lanire Landau Bright,  19, of Nutter Lane in Princess Anne; and Marquvis McCuller, 20, also of Nutter Lane in Princess Anne, according to the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office.

Each was charged with home invasion, first-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary, two counts of armed robbery, two counts of robbery, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, handgun on person and two counts of theft of less than $100.

They were arrested after, on Oct. 8, bureau of investigation officials obtained three arrest warrants related to the invasion, which occurred on the 4000 block of South Upper Ferry Road in Eden, deputies said.

After warrants were issued, they were turned over to members of the Maryland State Apprehension Team for service, deputies said.

A short time later, investigators were notified that all three suspects were located and in police custody. They were in the Wicomico County Detention Center.

Investigating were the bureau of investigation, Maryland State Police, and the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office, deputies said.

Warning issued on corn maze hazards

The state fire marshal is offering safety information to those preparing to visit corn mazes.

“Citizens are curious about corn mazes and how safe they are from the effects of fire. Maryland’s fire codes help prevent tragedies and ensure a fire-safe environment for families while attending these venues,” Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci said.

Fire risk is minimized, he said, by safety requirements at corn mazes.

They include providing instructions to visitors, having employees stationed on a platform to monitor conditions, prohibiting open flames such as candles and lanterns and not allowing smoking in the maze.

The number of people in the maze at one time should be limited and there should be established fire lanes, a public address system and well-placed fireworks displays, he said.

They can be no closer than 300 feet from the maze, Geraci said.

“Although a corn maze may not seem to present a fire danger to most people, they are actually extremely combustible and exhibit a serious risk to life safety if codes are not strictly enforced,” he said.

Ice cream truck cash theft probed

Salisbury police said they are continuing to investigate a report of a theft of money from an ice cream truck.

Police said on Oct. 12, at approximately 5:50 p.m. officers met with the driver of the truck in the lobby of the police department in reference to a theft.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim had been operating an ice cream vending truck trading as Coneheads Ice Cream in the Delaware Avenue and West Main Street area when a suspect stole an undisclosed amount of currency from the cash bucket.

The driver had allowed the adult male to enter the truck and travel with him.

The suspect took the money out of the bucket and fled. While the driver was distracted, the suspect grabbed the bucket containing the money and tried to get off the truck, police said.

The  victim tried to get the bucket back and a struggle ensued, police said.

The victim emptied the bucket and got off the truck, but the driver followed him and the victim convinced him to get back on the truck, police said.

He drove to the police station and the suspect jumped off the truck again, police said. They said they were able to find him and are continuing to investigate.

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