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Caroline Sheriff

FEDERALSBURG — Tuesday, May 5 at approximately 7:30 p.m., the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous report of a large gathering in the 7000 Block of Breeding Road in Federalsburg. According to police, an invitation had been posted on social media, encouraging people with loud cars and trucks to attend. Arriving deputies found more than 20 individuals gathered outside of the residence, in violation of the COVID-19 related Governor’s Executive Order currently in place.

A request by a deputy for the crowd to disperse was initially ignored, however when additional deputies arrived the crowd complied and dispersed.

Once the homeowner, identified as Alicia Bell, was located a deputy began gathering Bell’s information from her driver’s license at which time she became agitated and attempted to snatch the ID from him, grabbing his arm several times while yelling profanities and threatening him with bodily harm. She was restrained by her boyfriend, who remained cooperative with the deputies on scene. Bell was subsequently charged with Assault 2nd Degree, Disorderly Conduct, and Health Emergency — Fail to Comply via an arrest warrant and after being seen by a District Court Commissioner, was held at the Caroline County Detention Center without bond.

Further investigation revealed that a 17-year-old female was responsible for creating and sharing the social media post that prompted the crowd to gather. She was referred to the Department of Juvenile Services for one count of Health Emergency — Fail to Comply and remained in the custody of her father.

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