Police Log: 12/29

Cumberland City Police:
December 29, 2011
Disturbance / Assault on Police
On December 28, 2011 at approximately 1:00 a.m., the Cumberland City Police Department responded to Virginia Avenue near First Street in reference to an assault.  While officers were investigating the assault and the Cumberland Fire Department Ambulance crew was treating a patient with a hand injury a subject later identified as Timothy Dale Ryan Jr approached the scene and began to interrupt by stepping between the ambulance crew and the original patient.  It was apparent that Ryan was intoxicated and he continued to obstruct officers and the ambulance crew.  Ryan was told several times to leave the area but he refused.  Ryan then began to yell and curse at the officers and then grabbed an officer and shoved him.  Ryan was then placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters for processing.  Ryan was later taken to District Court at which time he was held on $5,000.00 in the Allegany County Detention Center.
Timothy Dale Ryan Jr          Age: 25          Cumberland, MD
Assault second degree, disorderly conduct, and failure to obey a lawful order.
Domestic Assault
On December 28, 2011 at approximately 6:25 p.m., the Cumberland City Police Department responded to a residence on Virginia Avenue in reference to a domestic assault.  Upon the officers arrival contact was made with the female victim who stated that her live-in boyfriend, David Wayne Braithwaite grabbed her by the throat and shoved her.  The officer observed redness and a fresh scratch mark on the victim.  Braithwaite was located at a residence on Race Street and was placed under arrest for the assault.  Braithwaite was then transported to police headquarters for processing.  Braithwaite was then taken to District Court for his initial appearance at which time he was held on $3,500.00 at the Allegany County Detention Center.  The female victim did not require medical attention.
David Wayne Braithwaite          Age: 53          Cumberland, MD
Second degree assault.

On 12/27/2011 Investigators with the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit (C3I) arrested 63 year old Marvin Dale VanMeter, of Oldtown, after a warrant charging him with numerous sex offenses had been issued. VanMeter was arrested at a local business in Cumberland.

The charges are the result of an investigation by the Maryland State Police and C3I into allegations that VanMeter had sexually abused two teenaged boys, one 14 and the other 13 years of age. The abuse of one of the victims began when he was much younger and continued until the present. The other victim was abused one time during the summer of 2011.

VanMeter has been charged with 2nd Degree Sex Offense, 3rd Degree Sex Offense, Sex Abuse of a Minor, Perverted Practice, and numerous other related charges. He was taken before a District Court Commissioner for an initial appearance, and is currently being held at the Allegany County Detention Center on $250,000.00 bond, pending his next court appearance.

Investigators have identified several additional potential victims, and additional charges are anticipated. The investigation is continuing.

Allegany Co. Sheriff:
On 12/27/2011 at approximately 16:57 hours, Deputies of the Allegany County Sheriff's Office responded to Rt. 40 near Clareysville for a single vehicle crash. It was determined that 51 year old Richard Wayne Lewis of Joppa Maryland was operating a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado, traveling east bound on Rt. 40, when for reasons unknown he crossed the roadway into the west bound lane and struck the guardrail. Based upon deputies investigation and discovery Lewis was believed to be under the influence and in possession of a large quantity of suspected PCP. Lewis was arrested and charged with the following:

Driving under the influence
Driving while impaired
Failing to maintain right of center
Failing to control speed to avoid a collision
Possession of CDS
Possession of CDS paraphernalia
Possession of CDS with intent to distribute

Lewis was held on $7,500.00 at the Allegany County Detention Center.
A sum of currency and a firearm were also seized. Maryland State Police and C3I assisted in the incident.

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