Tay­lor says she tried to help ac­cused drug dealer

Record Observer - - News - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

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.”

AR­LENE TAY­LOR

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