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Carroll County Crime Roundup

A look at crime in Carroll County for the past week.

Carroll County's Most Wanted

Darrell Dwight Smith 2nd is wanted for failure to obey an order of the court. Smith is a black male, six-feet tall, weighing 170 pounds. He has a tattoo on his neck, and his last known address is 1417 Wakefield Valley Rd. in New Windsor.

Shannon Leigh Hoffman is wanted for failure to appear for a contempt hearing on child support. Hoffman is a white female, five-feet seven inches tall and weighing 190 pounds. She has brown hair and hazel eyes, and her last known address was 7 Chase St. Westminster. 

 

Crime Briefs

  • Joseph Dwayne Caudill of Cape Hill Court in Hampstead was charged in Howard County with eight counts that include attempted murder, rape, kidnapping, burglary and assault. According to police reports, Caudill entered the home of a female acquaintance in Howard County and after raping and assaulting her, told her he was going to kill her and then himself. The victim eventually escaped and called for help. The victim was taken to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center and Caudill was taken to Howard County General Hospital for a hand wound which police said was a self-inflicted gun wound from when he tried to commit suicide earlier that day.
  • Just before midnight Sept. 13, police say Joseph Jerome Page Jr., 34, of Taneytown, forced his way into an acquaintance's home in the 500 block of Willow Avenue in Taneytown. According to a sheriff's report, Page punched the homeowner in the face before threatening him with a handgun. The homeowner was able to push Page from the residence and police say Page fled the area. Page and a man he was with fled the scene. 

 

Crime Report Data

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Buck Harmon September 18, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Putting mug shots of people with obvious problems that the public knows very little about seems very odd. Pointless in fact...the kind of people that like to witness tragedy like car crashes may enjoy it though. The lowest form of journalism make the front,or home page....booo..
A. Emma Bee September 18, 2012 at 06:42 PM
I disagree Mr. Harmon. There is no gray area in breaking the law. And when someone is required to appear in court, then they need to be there. I think it's our duty as a community to police ourselves as well, and if that means helping to locate people that the authorities are looking for, then so be it. I'm certain that it is important to the guardian(s) and child(ren) that are suffering due to a lack of child support, for the person in question to be located and brought to due justice. I have compassion for those in unfortunate circumstances and have, as you described, "obvious problems" to work out. However, they need to claim responsibility and make amends. It's a great idea to have mug shots circulated.
Jack September 19, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Well said Emma, it's also nice to see it's not always men that don't pay their child support.
Ed September 20, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Buck, I believe the two mug shots associated with this story are there because they are wanted and cannot be found. The purpose of these pictures, like those on the FBI most wanted lists, is to hope that someone recognizes them and tells law enforcement where they can be found.

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