Carroll County Sheriff's Office Major Faces Misconduct Charges

Prosecutors allege that Maj. Nicholas Plazio gave false information in a homicide case.

Maj. Nicholas Plazio of the Carroll County Sheriff's Office resigned Wednesday after the Office of the Maryland State Prosecutor charged him with misconduct in office.

According to charging documents, Plazio willfully and knowingly gave false information to the Carroll County State's Attorney Office, and gave false testimony in court, in connection to cases against Russell Scott Laderer and Cassandra Glover.

Laderer and Glover were implicated in the 2010 stabbing death of Jeremiah DeMario of Hampstead.

In March, Carroll County State's Attorney Jerry Barnes dismissed charges against Laderer and Glover, saying in a statement that the Carroll County Sheriff's Department was to blame.

According to a Sheriff’s Office news release, Sheriff's Office personnel are cooperating fully with the independent investigation being conducted by the Office of the Maryland State Prosecutor.   

The release further stated that "Until the results of this independent investigation are known, any further comments would be inappropriate and speculative."

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Steven R. Ramalski January 02, 2013 at 11:08 PM
The sheriff's office needs a clean sweep and new leadership now, 2014 is too long to wait. I hope that someone competent decides to run for this office. I'm very dissapointed and unsure of this office. They've only had primary law enforcement for a short period of time and one of their top commanders has been charged with a crime. I haven't heard of anyone, nor have I seen that anyone has announced but I wouldn't consider anyone from within that department suitable to run it now or in the future. What a total shame!
tiptop January 03, 2013 at 12:48 PM
"New Leadership" it's too late for that! The sheriff's dept. should not be the ones enforcing this county, can we please bring back the best of the best?
Steven R. Ramalski January 03, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Where's all the comments now? A lot of people in Patch land sticking their heads in the sand today!
Gr8Minds January 03, 2013 at 06:02 PM
Sounds like gloating or political maneuvering, Steven. Neither seems appropriate right now.
Steven R. Ramalski January 03, 2013 at 06:41 PM
Just stating the truth. And politics aren't my thing. They guy is a liar, cheater and criminal! Shake his hand and thank him for his service? He assisted in letting a murderer get released amongst us. I'm not gloating, I'm scared for our countys future safety.
Ed January 03, 2013 at 11:35 PM
Tiptop, the "best of the best" is now handling all serious criminal investigations in the county. But MSP administrators began pricing the best of the best out of the market for handling all law enforcement duties in the county because of the expensive administrative costs that were added to the resident trooper program. And one thing we know, residents of Carroll County will do anything for cheap government. And we will get what we pay for.
Ed January 03, 2013 at 11:49 PM
Steve, the reason you are not seeing people lining up to run for sheriff is the salary of $75,000 a year. I know to some folks that's a lot of money, but those are the same folks who would like to wish that Carroll wasn't part of the Baltimore-Washington area. Fact is, we are not lacking for quality retired or near-retired law enforcement from many different police agencies living in Carroll. Some will be content to play golf and piddle around in the yard. But for those who want a second career, the best will find six-figure jobs in security, safety, homeland security and emergency management at the state, federal and private sector arenas. Even the police chief in Westminster makes more than $100,000 a year, and that's for a much smaller force and no worries about running a jail and court security in addition to law enforcement duties. I am saddened about how this has gone because I thought Tregonning was the right person to lead the transition of the CCSO from a court and jail only operation to increased patrol presence to the lead law enforcement agency in the county. Things don't seem to have worked out that way.
Ed January 03, 2013 at 11:54 PM
By the way, am I the only one waiting for the other shoe to drop -- the results of the investigation into the state's attorney's office? There has been more than enough foolishness in this fiasco and I believe there is more to come. Also, I believe MSP was investigation the process and procedures used by the CCSO (as opposed to the misconduct aspect) and I don't recall seeing the results of that investigation yet, either.
what a joke January 04, 2013 at 01:00 AM
Buck Harmon January 04, 2013 at 01:27 AM
Carroll voters have a history of electing the wrong people into leadership...the questionable antics of this BOC would be the most current example. The uneducated voters are equally responsible here...
Ed January 04, 2013 at 04:56 AM
Buck, I certainly agree with you about the BOC, but I'm not sure I agree regarding Tregonning. He's from MSP, which many think should still be in charge of law enforcement in the county. in fact,I think Plazio is also retired MSP. And heaven knows, the guy Tregonning beat to become sheriff was a real piece of work. I just think the CCSO took on too much of the really difficult duties too soon for the level of experience most of the deputies had. It was made worse by the fact that Plazio (and perhaps someone from the state's attorney's office) screwed up in this case and then tried to cover up.
tiptop January 04, 2013 at 11:25 AM
Ed - " And we will get what we pay for." Can't disagree with you on that Ed, I never wanted the CCSO! I'm willing to pay extra taxes for the MSP, they seem to lead by example in most cases. IMO Tregonning doesn't, he's the problem!!!
Buck Harmon January 04, 2013 at 01:45 PM
Ok Ed, I give Tregonning the benefit of doubt on this one...the guys that probably screwed up the case and tried to cover it up are criminals trying not to get caught... perhaps they should be held to an even higher degree of accountability and punishment than your average low life criminal...
simpletonsofknow January 10, 2013 at 01:23 PM
aren't all these "solutions" that the commenters have, hilarious?
Nicholas Plazio Jr January 11, 2013 at 04:02 PM
You people are embarrassing yourselves with your judgement and petulance. Let me tell you the only facts that matter. My father has been a police officer for 38 years, thats two careers and roughly 14,000 days without ever getting into trouble. He bleeds for the public and believes in protecting citizens in his town. He left a federal position making $200k a year to safeguard carroll county. As a distinguished Johns Hopkins graduate he is vastly over qualified to serve as a small town police chief. But he did it anyway because he loved his job. Every day for the past ten years he went to work was a charity to the county. Did you know that during the economic downturn he volunteered to work days for free? Just so the county could make their budget and his subordinates could provide for their families without losing pay. How many of you are that dedicated to your work? How many of you would volunteer when your 60 years old to be woken up at 4am in the morning to handle a major crime occurring? I've been trying to get my dad to retire, permanently, for years. He has a passionate pursuit for perfection and justice. He wasn't working for the money or the prestige. He did it to be christian and help his fellow man. Values he instilled in me.
Nicholas Plazio Jr January 11, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Why did he plead guilty to misconduct? Because I told him to. The public lives in naivete' and delirium thinking a guilty plea reflects a guilty act. If someone came up to you and said plead guilty to misconduct, because we have insufficient evidence for perjury, and you won't go to jail, or pay a lawyer $75,000 to prove your innocence, which would you prefer? This case has been a joke. It's a shining example of two dimensional reporting and lambasting a good man. I am proud to be Nicholas Plazio Jr. And nothing any of you say will change that. Some of you need to do some soul searching and ask yourselves why you need to scold someone you never met or worked with. Because you will see my dad in carroll county. He's the man holding the door for you when your hands are full. He's the man volunteering at a church banquet. And he's the stranger that strikes conversation with you when your fishing at the lake. Now I have an assignment for you. Tell me where you were January 11th 2012. Now tell me the conversation you were having at 11am. Whats the matter? You can’t remember what happened a year ago? Thats funny, because when you are a police chief you’re expected to. So you give an answer and a few days later you think about it long enough that details may start to come to you. So you correct your original statement. Thats called basic psychology. In carroll county thats called Perjury.
Buck Harmon January 11, 2013 at 10:27 PM
With all of the experience and training I would expect his statements that pertain to a murder...loss of life...to be spot on. More so than the average citizen that does not get paid to assume this responsibility.. I respect the fact that you stand up for your father and wish you both well in the future
Sanchez January 11, 2013 at 10:50 PM
That is a MAJOR Jr. Smackdown! You go Nicholas Plazio Jr. Any Dad should be proud of that statement.
Sanchez January 11, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Nicholas Plazio Jr. You are so lucky that Dad is still around at such an age as so many in law enforcement are taken too soon. Bless your family.
Nicholas Plazio Jr January 12, 2013 at 01:00 AM
Buck Harmon I can appreciate that position on the surface. However my dad wasn't questioned until a year after the incident when it went to trial. He was praised for having his detective close the case. And then it goes to trial and we find out the detective was unconstitutional and he says because my dad ordered him to violate someones rights. I've never even been a cop, but I've been a correctional officer and a Marine and even I know you do not EVER follow an unlawful order. So worst case scenario, which I don't believe, Epperson knowingly violated the law even if he was given such an order. Its like me telling you to kill someone and you do it. But you tell the DA you did it because I said so and they give you immunity. Does that sound fair? I mean no disrespect but I think you're confusing being educated with being superman. I don't know of any officer, judge or lawyer that can give %100 accurate accounts of an incident that occurred a year ago. Especially when you oversee hundreds of cases and meet thousands of faces during that year. If anything ever happens to me there is no one other then the CCSO I want investigating. I know the standards the deputies are held to. My dads professionalism is the reason the CCSO is an accredited law enforcement agency. Aka exemplary or one of the best regarding case closure and ethical practices. Heck he worked in internal affairs investigating corrupt police. Now people want to blog and call him criminal. Absurd!
Nicholas Plazio Jr January 12, 2013 at 01:02 AM
Thank you Sanchez. I never dreamed this is how his career would end but finally he can partake in a much deserved retirement.


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