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Former Charles County Attorney Pleads Guilty To Defrauding Clients and Lenders

This story comes to us from Marcia Murphy:

Frank P. Jenkins II, age 45, of LaPlata, Maryland, pleaded guilty on Friday, November 12, 2010, to wire fraud and mail fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud clients of his law practice and lenders in real estate transactions.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Richard A. McFeely of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Charles County Sheriff Rex W. Coffey and Charles County State’s Attorney Leonard C. Collins, Jr.

According to the plea agreement, prior to September 15, 2009, Jenkins was an attorney licensed to practice law in Maryland and did business as Frank P. Jenkins, PC.  Jenkins also utilized the business names The Jenkins Group, Inc., Jenkins Real Estate, Inc. and Exit Prom Homes Realty.  On September 15, 2009, Jenkins was disbarred.

Police Arrest Jonathan Wittlinger in New York

Check out this notice of arrest from the Charles County Sheriff's Department:

Charles County Sheriff’s detectives have identified Jonathan Wittlinger, 22, of no fixed address, as the suspect involved in the November 11 kidnapping of a former co-worker and robbery of the California Tortilla. Wittlinger abducted the victim from his house and at gunpoint, forced the victim to unlock the doors of the restaurant which had not yet opened for the day. Once inside, Wittlinger stole money and fled.

Detectives obtained an arrest warrant and tracked Wittlinger to Canandaigua, New York. At about 11:30 p.m., authorities with the New York State Police located Wittlinger inside a relative’s apartment and arrested him without incident. He was charged as a fugitive from justice and is awaiting extradition to Maryland where he will be charged with kidnapping and robbery.

Wanted Fugitive in Charles County

Here's a wanted fugitive alert from the Charles County Sheriff's Office:

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Unit is actively searching for Nathan Ellsworth Proctor, 27, of Indian Head, who is wanted in connection with multiple drug violations, violation of probation, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and non-support of a child. Proctor is 5’11, 165 lbs., and has numerous tattoos. Currently, there are six open warrants for his arrest. Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to his arrest.

Don’t Let Warming Your Car “Leave You Out in the Cold”

This story comes to us from the Charles County Sheriff's Office:

On cold mornings, it may be tempting to start the car and wait inside the house while the engine warms up, but the Charles County Sheriff’s Office warns that the practice is against the law and could attract thieves who are looking for the opportunity to steal a car.

“As the weather cools, thieves sometimes look for cars that have been left unattended and warming,” said Sheriff Rex Coffey. “We understand getting into a cold car is miserable, but it’s important to remember by eliminating the opportunity, these thefts can be prevented. Sheriff Coffey said it’s also important for people to report suspicious activity as well. “If you see something suspicious, say something and report it right away,” said Sheriff Coffey.  

Prince George's County Counterfeiter Pleads Guilty

Shango Taylor, age 33, of Forestville, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to counterfeiting U.S. currency.

Death Investigation at Charles County Detention Center On-Going

We received this story from Diane Richardson of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office:

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a death investigation at the Charles County Detention Center (CCDC).

On October 11 at 1:49 a.m., an inmate, 59, was found deceased inside a room in the medical unit. He had just been transferred from his regular cell to the medical wing after staff was alerted he was not feeling well.

His body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore where an autopsy will be performed. There were no signs of trauma. The name of the decedent will be released once next of kin has been located. The investigation is on-going. 

Charles County Crime Roundup

Listed below is a round-up of recent Charles County crimes.  If you know anything further about any of these crimes, send your tips to us at neighborhoodtips@wusa9.com.

MAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE: On September 27 at 12:08 p.m., a Charles County Sheriff’s Officer initiated a traffic stop near the 8100 block of Leonardtown Road in Hughesville after observing a traffic violation. Upon approaching the car, the officer smelled marijuana. The driver, Tyrone Antoine Gross, 22, of Aquasco, indicated he had marijuana and handed the officer the drugs and drug paraphernalia. Gross was also found to be in possession of unauthorized pills, additional marijuana, glassine baggies and a digital scale. He was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance. Officer I. Gilroy made the arrest.