Queen Anne’s County Man Charged with Distribution of Child Pornography

Maryland State Police Press Release
11/21/2014 11:56

QUEEN ANNE’S CO. MAN CHARGED WITH DISTRIBUTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(CHESTERTOWN, MD) – A Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigation has led to the arrest of a Queen Anne’s County man for the distribution of child pornography.

The accused is identified as Zachary A. Geyer, 24, of the 300-block of Longfellow Drive, Chestertown, Md. He is charged with two counts of distribution of child pornography and two counts of possession of child pornography. Geyer was arrested yesterday and is currently being held on $1 million bond in the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center.

The arrest was the result of an investigation begun by members of the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Section. The online investigation focused on persons suspected of being involved in the distribution of child pornography.

During the investigation, several files of child pornography were distributed online to police investigators. A State Police investigator identified the suspect believed to be distributing the child pornography files as Geyer. A search warrant was served at his home and numerous pieces of digital media including computers and cell phones were recovered and sent to the Maryland State Police Digital Forensic Lab for analysis. The forensic examination provided evidence to support the investigation and led to the charges filed against Geyer.

The Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is comprised of police agencies from around the state. Its primary mission is to protect children from computer-facilitated sexual exploitation. The Task Force works cooperatively with law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to provide resources to combat these crimes. Additionally, the Task Force provides community awareness campaigns helping to prevent the spread of these crimes through education.

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Samaritan Group Teams with Local Businesses to Support Winter Shelter

Samaritan Group
November 21, 2014

On July 1,2014 a Kent County resident who was homeless succumbed to depression and his own demons and passed away in Fountain Park. Though this was indeed a tragedy, it brought awareness to the public of how serious and close the problem of homelessness is in our own community.

Last winter the Samaritan Group of Kent County supplied approximately 700 bed nights and daily meals in the emergency overnight shelter from just January thru March. In addition, during months when the shelter was not open they provided short term stays in a local hotel, and assistance with utilities and bills to prevent eviction and shut offs.

The Samaritan Group is in need of support in order to continue to offer aid to those in our community that are in the most desperate circumstances. This winter is forecast to be just as daunting as last year and all indications that the number of guests at the shelter will increase.

In response to this need the Samaritan Group has partnered with numerous businesses in our community to raise funds and awareness for this vital need. During the first annual Winterfest Weekend, December 5 – 7, 2014, participating businesses will be donating a portion of their sales to support the shelter. In addition, these businesses will have donation jars and information about how anyone can become involved with the Samaritan Group.

The following business are participating: Book Plate, Chestertown Natural Foods, Empty Hangers, Finishing Touch, Haywire Letter Press, Houston?s Dockside Emporium, Houck?s Menswear, Mimi?s Closet, Music Life, Poor Richards, River Packet, Stam?s Drug Store, Treasures Re-Found,
Tree of Life Gallery, Twigs & Teacups, Village House and the Women in Need Thrift Store.

Additionally, the Garfield Center for the Arts will be donating a portion of ticket sales for its weekend Holiday Extravaganza towards the cause.

Bill Arrowood, Samaritan Group board member, explains, “For a long time the problem of homelessness was ignored in our community, not deliberately or maliciously, just without looking hard enough. Last summer’s tragic loss opened a lot of eyes to what was going on every day in our town and the response to participate in this pilot program for the shelter by local merchants has been nothing short of amazing. We know that our local business community does so much to support local charities, we wanted to find a way to work together to promote local commerce as well as awareness of this worthy cause.
We hope that our neighbors will be encouraged to shop locally for the holidays and know that in doing so, they will be helping make a difference in our community”.

Businesses will have a sign with the Samaritan Group logo posted, so that shoppers will easily recognize which businesses are participating.

For more information about the Samaritan Group, please visit
www.samaritangroupkent.org
Flyer:Samaritan Group Shop Local Christmas 2014

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Historical Society Seeking Donations of Gently Used Items to Resell in Their Gift Shop.

Historical Society of Kent County
November 20, 2014

The Historical Society is looking for donations of gently used items that we could resell in our gift shop. We are searching for items such as Christmas and Holiday decorations and books relating to Kent County. Other best sellers are items that you might purchase as a gift – serving trays, coasters, decorative boxes or baskets, etc. We all have many of these items in our collections that no longer get used, and now is a wonderful opportunity to donate to a good cause. Doesn’t it make you feel good when you know an item is going to a new home where it can be used and appreciated again? Plus, the proceeds go to support the Historical Society!

Items can be brought to the Geddes-Piper House Tuesday through Friday from 10 AM to 4 PM, or the Bordley History Center on Friday and Saturday from 11 AM to 3 PM. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Karen at 410-778-3499.

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DCA’s Annual Gingerbread Cookie Workshop Set For December 6, 2014

Downtown Chestertown Association
November 18, 2014

The Downtown Chestertown Association (DCA) is pleased to announce that their popular gingerbread cookie workshop will be held at 1 pm on Saturday, December 10 in the Kohl Lobby of the Garfield Center for the Arts. The event is part of the Chestertown Winterfest celebration.

Cookies and decorations are provided by the DCA. Stu Cawley will once again demonstrate the proper gingerbread cookie decorating technique.

The event, for children aged four through 12, fills up quickly, so Mom and Dad are urged to sign up as soon as possible by emailing Andy Goddard at Andysctown@atlanticBB.net. Please put participant’s name, age and phone number in email. Confirmation will be sent via return email.

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Carley Kendall & Dave Knox are Shorewoman and Shoreman of the Week

Washington College Athletics
November 18, 2014

Dave Knox
Shoreman of the Week

Junior basketball player Dave Knox (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) is this week’s Shoreman of the Week. Knox averaged 17 points and 10.5 rebounds per game for the Shoremen at the Division III Hampton Inn Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament.

Knox opened the season with career highs of 21 points and 13 rebounds in the Shoremen’s 72-68 loss to tournament host Mount Aloysius Saturday. He followed that up with 13 points and eight rebounds in a 68-59 loss to Juniata the next day.

Knox represented the Shoremen on the All-Tournament Team.

Carley Kendall
Shorewoman of the Week

Junior basketball player Carley Kendall (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) is this week’s Shorewoman of the Week. Kendall was named to the All-Tournament Team as the Shorewomen opened the season 1-1 at Ramapo’s Roadrunner Tip-Off Tournament.

Kendall scored 13 points, including seven in the final 4:10 of the game, in the Shorewomen’s season-opening 59-49 win over Brooklyn College Saturday. She added 12 points in a 62-53 loss to host Ramapo in the championship game the next day.

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First Three Vincent Hynson Scholars Have Distinguished Themselves with Their Work at Washington College and Beyond

Washington College
November 17, 2014

100-Voice Choir’s Final Benefit, Saturday at KCHS, Will Help More Kent County Scholars Soar

This Saturday, Nov. 22, the 100-Voice Choir will perform its final benefit concert for Washington College’s Vincent Hynson scholarship, filling the Kent County High School auditorium with exuberant, uplifting gospel music. Co-sponsored by Washington College and the Kent County Arts Council, the concert will be held at 4:00 p.m. Doors open at 3:15 p.m. Tickets are $7, or $5 in advance (available in Chestertown at Big Mixx’s Salon, Twigs ’n Teacups, Bookplate, and Music Life).

The Vincent Hynson ’87 Scholarship was created in 2006 after being proposed by Meredith Hadaway, then V.P. for College Relations and Marketing at the College, as a way to honor the memory of a teacher, coach and pastor who was committed to the community, especially its young people. The scholarship idea was embraced by then-president Baird Tipson, who personally made generous donations to its endowment over the ensuing years.

Brought to reality by early and significant support from the Indian Point Foundation, the Vincent Hynson Scholarship Endowment Fund now carries a market value of more than $700,000. Fundraisers do not intend to stop there; once the scholarship has reached $1 million in value, it will provide full tuition, room and board in perpetuity. Lead donors to this effort to date include Richard and Jane Creighton, Tom Crouse and Kay Enokido, Peter and Melinda Darbee, Mickey and Margie Elsberg, Nina Houghton, the Middendorf Foundation, the Seraph Foundation, the Estate of Henry G. Davis ’35, Carl Forstmann Memorial Foundation, Chester Valley Ministers Association, the Estate of Henry G. Davis ’35, the Ogden Trust, and the late William Susen.

At about the same time that the College was looking for a way to publicize and fund the Vincent Hynson Scholarship, Sylvia and Bill Frazier of the gospel-focused S&B Productions, were looking to make Sylvia’s dream of a community gospel choir a reality. Leslie Raimond, the executive director of the Kent County Arts Council, helped put the two together, and the first 100-Voice Choir concert was staged in November of 2006 as the first benefit for the scholarship.

The scholarship is awarded to a financially eligible student in Kent County in honor of the late Reverend Vincent Hynson, a nontraditional (i.e. older) Washington College graduate who earned a degree in history in 1987. Hynson was known and loved as an exemplary member of the local community, and the recipients of the scholarship are chosen in part by how closely their achievements and aspirations emulate his values.

The scholarship serves as a valuable tie between Washington College and its local community. “I firmly believe that the scholarship is one important way that the College can show its respect for the community that has supported it for well over 200 years,” says Tipson, who now lives in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, but plans to return for Saturday’s event. “I have been gratified to hear that members of the community take a great deal of pride in these scholarship winners and their success.”

Tipson enjoyed singing with the 100-Voice Choir while in Chestertown. “I am sorry the choir is disbanding after this final concert, but I remain a huge fan of Sylvia and Bill Frazier, who worked tirelessly to keep the choir going and have been major forces in preserving African-American music in Kent County,” he says. “It was a great honor to have sung with the choir, and our performances remain one of my most cherished memories of our time in Chestertown.”

Tipson adds that the Vincent Hynson scholars he got to know “were outstanding students whose careers will surely be a credit both to the College and to the Chestertown community.” The recipients to date are Joyell Johnson ’10, Christalyn Frisson Grandison ’11, and current senior Darius Johnson. Below is a summary of how each recipient has used the scholarship as a launch pad for further achievement.

Joyell Johnson. Submitted Photo

Joyell Johnson. Submitted Photo


Joyell Johnson ’10

Johnson is in her final year of law school at New England Law in Boston, focusing on civil rights and international human rights law, with plans to spend her spring semester working at The Hague, in The Netherlands. The position at the Hague, where she will work for The Special Tribunal for Lebanon, is the latest in a string of valuable internships and positions Johnson has benefited from since graduating from Washington College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities and a concentration in Black Studies. She was a law clerk focused on immigration law at Catholic Charities of Baltimore, a research assistant for New England’s Center for International Law and Policy, and a paralegal for the Dorothea Advocacy Project, helping represent women with mental illness.

She is now a Judicial Intern with the Boston Municipal Court, a Regional Coordinator at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, working on an international initiative to address violence against women, and an Executive Comment and Note Editor for the New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement.

Staying busy with meaningful work is nothing new to Johnson. At Washington College, she was a 2009 Comegys Bight Fellow on the research topic, “The Evolution of the African American Woman: The Mammy Caricature.” She was principal organizer for the The Washington College Haiti Relief Project, Secretary of Diversity for the Student Government Association, and a recipient of the Outstanding Community Service Award.

For Johnson, following in the footsteps of a community leader was “absolutely” an important part of being a Vincent Hynson Scholar. “I applied, obviously, for the financial assistance, but I also wanted to apply because of who Mr. Hynson was,” she says. “It was more than just a scholarship, because I had heard stories about who Mr. Hynson was.

“While attending Washington College, I did not want to waste this opportunity,” she continues. “I became involved in student activities, studied abroad, and learned about different areas of study. Being exposed to social issues while abroad and in class inspired me to become a community leader, like Mr. Hynson. Not just in Maryland communities, but in any community. I would not be becoming a lawyer were it not for Hynson’s legacy, WC opportunities, and superb professors like Dr. Alisha Knight, Dr. Pamela Pears, and Dr. Donald McColl, who helped cultivate my interests.”

Johnson is sad to see the 100-Voice Choir come to a close. “My great aunt sang in the 100 Voice Choir,” she notes. “I am sad this is the last concert, but humbled to have been one of the Vincent Hynson scholars they supported.”

Submitted Photo: Christalyn Frison Grandison

Christalyn Frison Grandison. Submitted Photo


Christalyn Frison Grandison ’11

Grandison graduated from Washington College in 2011 with a degree in Business Management. During her time at the College, she was a member of Cleopatra’s Sisters and the Black Student Union, a caller for Phonathon, and a volunteer tutor at The Alley Teen Center. Since graduating, she has earned her graduate degree from Frostburg State University in business administration and married David J. Grandison, a Senior Airman with the United States Air Force. She is currently working in a bank on the Ramstein Air Base in Germany, where her husband is stationed.

“Vincent Hynson was a wonderful man, teacher, community worker, and friend of my family,” she writes from Germany. “The fact that his impact on our community paved the way for me to attend such a prestigious college is humbling and has engrained his memory even further onto my heart. While at Washington College, I was blessed with learning opportunities, experiences and interactions that broadened my horizons. Thank you to all who have made my and others’ dreams possible through this scholarship, including the 100-Voice Choir.”

Submitted Photo: Darius Johnson

Darius Johnson. Submitted Photo

Darius Johnson ’15
Johnson is the current holder of the Vincent Hynson Scholarship and will be speaking at the November 22 concert. The Washington College senior will graduate in the spring with a degree in business management. His internships have included work with Doug Ashley Realtors and Radcliffe Corporate Services.

Johnson says it felt great to receive the Vincent Hynson Scholarship, “knowing my hard work had paid off. But I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family,” he adds. “Plus, it was a huge relief to know that my education wouldn’t be a financial burden on my family.”

The Vincent Hynson scholarship meant more than just the money, he adds. “The idea of being a community leader was very inspirational,” he says. “I’ve realized the importance of giving back during my time at Washington College, and I understand why Vincent Hynson put emphasis on doing that. … You don’t necessarily have to be a community leader to give back and make an impact on a community. Anyone can do it at any level,” he explained. “Empowering others is something I intend to do.”

Johnson has a lot of respect for the people who have helped him thus far in his achievements. As the final 100-Voice Choir benefit concert approaches, he says, “It still is surreal that so many people can get together for a cause that provides the education for one student. The impact their efforts have had on me is immeasurable.”

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