CHARLES SHERIFF POLICE BEAT:
WALDORF HEATHENS WHISTLE PAST THE GRAVEYARD WITH BLAZING GUNS
WALDORF, MD. – The wild city of Waldorf has a normally quiet cemetery on its fringe of crime, drugs, and mayhem, however, the peace and quiet in Heritage Memorial Cemetery were shattered with gunfire on Nov. 27, 2018, according to court records.
Charles County Sheriff’s Officers responded to a call for gunfire in the cemetery, proving that you just can’t put some people in the ground and expect them to stay there or perhaps the stiffs just haven’t caught the night train to hell – yet. When the dead get as rowdy as the not quite dead yet crowd at Oak Manor or Ell Street the cops know that time is not on their side and they rushed to the cemetery with lights and sirens.
What the officers found was a U-Haul truck with possible miscreants inside – however, there is no report of any grave robbing or body snatching taking place. Cpl Bourgeois ordered the driver of the U-Haul to stop, to no avail.
Police say the driver, who must have been in a bigger rush to leave due to the convergence of police units, took off like the proverbial bat out of hell. The truck zooming out of Popular Hill Road and in the area of St. Peter’s Church Road struck stop strips that police deployed, just like on Live PD. The fleeing felonious truck driver continued onto Mattawoman Beantown Road and drove recklessly and dangerously in the wrong direction on the divided highway – going southbound in the northbound lane. When the truck finally stopped, the driver fled, leaving two accomplices in whatever nefarious activities they were carrying out in the garden of dead at Heritage Memorial Cemetery.
A Charles County Sheriff K-9 unit and Maryland State Police Helicopter Trooper Seven were both put into use to try to find the armed and dangerous driver – to no avail.
Two passengers were found and arrested. The sidekicks to the U-Haul graveyard mayhem were identified as Shawn Anthony Ransome, of 6005 New Forest Court #4, Waldorf, Md., and Keli Lajuann Baldwin, of 12232 Sweetwood Place, Waldorf, Md.
Ransome was charged with having a loaded gun in a vehicle, use of a firearm in a violent crime, dealing drugs while armed with a gun, illegal possession of ammunition, and possession of a significant amount of drugs with the intention of selling them. Ransome will be represented by a public defender who is paid by the taxpayers. As of Dec. 8, 2018, Ransome can’t even be ransomed from jail by a King’s ransom as no bond is allowed.
There could be a good reason that Ransome wasn’t driving as he just got out of jail after doing 30 days for driving without a permit.
Ransome found his way to prison on April 18, 2013, when he got a plea deal with Charles County States Attorney Anthony Covington. THE DEAL: in return for a guilty plea to misdemeanor conspiracy to first-degree burglary, Ransome was given ten years in prison with all but five years suspended.
Ransome picked up an eighteen-month stretch in jail for theft in a plea deal on June 16, 2011.
Baldwin picked up a charge of driving without a permit and the charge was put on the Stet Docket in Charles County District Court. On Feb. 8, 2017, she was found guilty of displaying phony tags on a 2014 Ford she was driving on Rt. 5 at Gough Drive.
Baldwin has a crazy streak to her, perhaps accounting for why she hangs with drug dealers who shoot at each other when making a drug deal in a cemetery. On Feb 8, 2017, she was found guilty in PG County District Court for driving her 2014 Ford at 75 mph on Indian Head Highway. With phony tags, she likely had no insurance either, making her a dirtbag highway heathen of the first order. She was fined $290.00.
On her current charges, Baldwin was allowed to leave the hoosegow without posting any cash bond at all, just a promise to appear for her preliminary hearing on Dec. 26, 2018.