Taylor says she tried to help accused drug dealer
In the story in last week’s paper about traffic problems on Dudley Avenue, the person who addressed the Queenstown Commissioners should have been identified as Lonnie Anthony of Queenstown.
CENTREVILLE — Questions were raised about school board member Arlene Taylor’s relationship with accused drug dealer Don Diego Brown.
Brown was arrested Sept. 22 and charged involuntary manslaughter, distribution of heroin, conspiracy to distribute heroin and reckless endangerment in the death of Crystal Jean Ringgold, 27, of Henderson.
In court records, Brown’s address is listed as 122 St. Paul Road in Ingleside — Taylor’s primary residence. According to records from Queen Anne’s County Public Schools and the Maryland Judiciary, Taylor has listed 122 St. Paul Road as her place of residence since December 2014. The Maryland Office of Probation of Parole listed Taylor as Brown’s emergency contact and checks made in person by Brown’s probation officer did verify Brown’s address the same.
Brown was also stopped for speeding in September 2015 in a vehicle registered to Taylor.
Taylor said she has know Brown for years; they grew up together, and her brothers were friends with him. “We were friends,” she said.
“When he got out of jail, he said he wanted a better life,” Taylor said. So, she took on the project of trying to help Brown get a job and get back into society.
“I helped Mr. Brown seek employment. He used my address on his government records without my permission,” said Taylor in a phone interview.
She said she worked with him for over a year and a half. Taylor is founder and pastor of Chosen Generation Deliverance Ministries in Grasonville. She said she has tried to help many people get back on their feet.
“Unfortunately, he was unable to maintain a good life in spite of my efforts. I give my condolences to the family that was hurt by his behavior,” Taylor said, adding, “I trust that God will watch over him.”
Taylor maintains Brown never lived at her home. She said her calls to Brown’s probation officer to get the address corrected went unreturned.
Mark Farley, human resources officer for QACPS, said, “We believe that she [Taylor] was supporting someone who was having a tough time.”