Friday, April 28, 2017

Enhanced Impaired Driving Initiatives Scheduled for this Evening

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Maryland State Police and Calvert County Sheriff’s Office will conduct enhanced impaired driving initiatives the evening of April 28, 2017.

The efforts include increased patrols throughout the evening and a sobriety checkpoint.  Officers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment, in addition to other traffic infractions. Appropriate actions will be taken against drivers operating a motor vehicle while impaired.

The funds for the checkpoint are provided by the Maryland Highway Safety Office. 

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Locates Suspect Involved in Motor Vehicle Pursuit in Ridge

On April 27, 2017, at 7:38 p.m., St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office deputies located a stolen 2001 Buick Regal in the area of Route 5 and Route 235. The investigation revealed the suspects were involved in a theft from a vehicle in the parking lot of Giant in California, Maryland. St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office units attempted to stop the vehicle which continued traveling on South Route 5 before striking a tree on Rodo Beach Drive in Scotland, Maryland.

The driver, identified as Shandra Etzweiler, age 33, of Pennsylvania was placed in custody while the passenger continued to elude police by fleeing on foot in the area of Ridge, Maryland. The driver was flown to shock trauma for the treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The driver and passenger are both residents of Pennsylvania.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office did not have information that the subject was armed.

The search concluded the morning of April 28 when the suspect was located in a dollar store in Ridge, Maryland.

The Sheriff’s Office thanks the Maryland State Police and Maryland State Police “Trooper 7” for their assistance in the investigation, along with residents for their cooperation, and the dollar store for providing information that led to the apprehension of the suspect.

Suspect photos are not available at this time.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

On-View Arrest and Criminal Summons Service 04/27/17



Sage, Jackson Columbus
04/25/17 - Assault 2nd Degree on DOC Employee - Corporal J. Davis responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center for the report of an alleged assault on personnel.  The iInvestigation revealed the suspect Jackson Columbus Sage, 61 of Lexington Park, MD, struck the victim, a  Correctional Officer with a food tray.  The suspect was charged with Assault 2nd Degree of a DOC Employee and released back to the custody of the detention center.  CCN# 22113-17




Bishop, Kanard Jaivon

04/26/17 – Possession of Contraband in place of confinement - Deputy D. Sidorowicz responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center for a reported contraband violation.  The investigation revealed the suspect Kanard Jaivon Bishop, 19 of Leonardtown, MD, returned from work release and attempted to conceal a cellular phone in the waistband of his pants after securing his other belongings in his assigned locker, in an attempt to enter the housing area with the cell phone.  Cell phones are not allowed within the housing area of the facility and are considered prohibited contraband.  The suspect was charged with Possession of Contraband in place of confinement and released back to the custody of the detention center.  CCN# 22191-17
Thompson, Dwayne Anthony
04/26/17 – Disturbing peace/Hinder passage.  The Emergency Communications Center received multiple telephone calls for a subject blocking traffic by walking in the middle of Loveville Rd, in the area of Kavanaugh Rd.  Deputy D. Sidorowicz arrived on scene and observed the suspect Dwayne Anthony Thompson, 54 of Loveville, MD, walking in the travel portion of the roadway.  The suspect refused directions to stay out of the roadway, yelling profanities at the Deputies and threatening to physically engage them.  Deputy Sidorowicz arrested the suspect and transported him to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Disturbing the peace/Hinder passage.  CCN# 22222-17


Criminal Summons Services:
04/24/17 – Kacey Grace Medeiros, 24 of St. Inigoes, MD, was charged on a Criminal Summons for Credit Card Theft and two counts of Theft less $500.  Charged and served by Corporal M. Worrey, CCN# 20443-17
04-26-17 – David James Abell, 39 of Leonardtown, MD, was charged on a Criminal Summons for Theft under $1000.  Charged and served by Corporal D. Reppel, CCN# 18303-17
04/26/17 – Joseph Earl Bush, 43 of Lexington Park, MD, was charged on a Criminal Summons for Theft less $1000.  Charged and served by Deputy G. Muschette, CCN# 7931-17

Several local agencies coordinate active shooter response

Almost daily, news teams cover a threat of an active school shooter, and sometimes those threats become a reality. St. Mary’s County is not immune from this danger. Recognizing that, local agencies collaborated to make preparing for an active shooter or other catastrophic tragedy a priority.
On Thursday, March 30, several agencies gathered for table top exercises and a methodical discussion about what to do to prepare for an active shooter at a St. Mary’s County Public School. The day was led by the Emergency Services and Technology Emergency Management Coordinator, Gerald Gardiner.
“We put together a scenario to discuss what everyone should be doing if the event took place,” said Gardiner. “The purpose of the exercise was to take a critical look at our response plans and procedures and to determine where we need to improve.”
The exercise which included Sheriff Tim Cameron and members of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office; Superintendent Scott Smith; multiple principals, educators, and counselors with the St. Mary’s County Public Schools; Maryland State Police; representatives from the FBI; and representatives from state emergency management organizations.
“Unfortunately, a tragedy like this could occur here in St. Mary’s County,” said Sheriff Cameron. “In the event, this happens, training together will mean we will work better together. It’s no different from our Emergency Services Team or our K-9 Unit that trains together regularly. We are doing the same thing here, establishing good working relationships to understand each agency’s role and how those roles will all fit together.”
The exercise divided the groups into sections that focused on communication to parents, the media, and residents during the event; the law enforcement response; and reunification. During an active event, the reunification center is where parents can reunite with their children. St. Mary’s County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Smith established a reunification committee that offered a unique perspective on the training.
"The Reunification Committee is tasked with reviewing best practice and proposing a plan for reuniting students with their parent(s)/guardian(s) following the event of a school tragedy. The opportunity to collaborate with local, state, and federal experts on responding to crisis situations was highly beneficial in the drafting of a cohesive reunification plan. We are fortunate to live in a community where all stakeholders are committed to the well-being of our students, parents, and staff. " said Amanda Knobel, St. Mary’s County Public Schools counselor.
After each table had explained its response in this situation, the moderator gave discussion time for different organizations to make recommendations and pose questions to the other tables.
The exercise is an extension of an active shooter drill that took place at Great Mills High School last year that was evaluated by multiple experienced individuals who are subject matter experts in the event of an active shooter. They graded agencies on their responses to the media, the law enforcement response, and reunification efforts.  The constructive criticism was then used at the tabletop exercise held recently to improve efforts. The scenario presented to the participants was that of a disgruntled parent who came to a local high school, Great Mills, and opened fire, injuring and killing multiple students and teachers before killing himself.
The event concluded with a mock press conference led by the sheriff’s office Public Information Officer, Jennifer Stone, and Sheriff Cameron with additional speakers including Bob Kelly, Director of Emergency Management and Technology; Lt. Tom White, Commander of the Maryland State Police; Superintendent Scott Smith; and the Southern Maryland Field Representative for the FBI.
 “Drills and exercises are essential for all our community partners; the lessons learned and partnerships that are strengthened as a result of the time spent training to make us better prepared to respond to events that may affect St. Mary's County.” Bob Kelly, Emergency Services, and Technology Director. “We still have progress to make, but we [St. Mary’s County] are in  a good place.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

On View Arrests, Warrants, Criminal Summons, and Juvenile Apprehensions



Kelson, Nicholas (nmn)
04/20/17 - Alter Drug/Alcohol Test - Deputy J. Davis responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center in Leonardtown, MD, for the report of an inmate who allegedly altered a urinalysis test.  The iInvestigation revealed the suspect Nicholas (nmn) Kelson, 22 of Lusby, MD, was observed via video surveillance altering a drug screening test.  Kelson was arrested and charged with Altering a Drug/Alcohol Test and released back to the custody of the St. Mary’s County Detention Center.  CCN# 21229-17
  

Grant, Zachary Joseph
04/24/17 - Burglary 2nd Degree and Theft less than $100 -  Deputies responded to Pawtuxent Bread and Biscuit located in Hollywood, MD for a reported theft.  The investigation revealed while employees were tending to animals at the rear of the business, the suspect later identified as Zachary Joseph Grant, 25 of Chaptico, MD, entered the front of the business and stole U.S. currency from the cash register.  Detective Cpl. D. Alexander assisted Deputies in the investigation and was able to positively identify the suspect through the businesses video surveillance system.  The suspect was then located, arrested, and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with 2nd Degree Burglary and Theft less $100. CCN# 20807-17
Grice, Shirley Ann
04/21/17 – Assault 2nd Degree - Deputy G. Bare responded to a residence on the 21000 block of Ronald Dr., Lexington Park, MD, for a reported domestic assault.  Deputies met with the victim who advised there was a verbal altercation with the suspect, who was identified as Shirley Ann Grice, 45 of Lexington Park, MD.  The victim advised the suspect was on the victim’s cell phone and cursing at the victim’s mother.  When the victim took the cell phone away from the suspect, the suspect bit the victim on the right arm.  Deputy G. Bare observed the victim’s injuries to be consistent with the account of the incident.  The suspect was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where she was charged with Assault 2nd Degree. CCN# 21352-17
Garner, John Robert
04/22/17 - 1st Degree Escape -  Cpl. B. Foor responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center in Leonardtown, MD, for the report of an attempted escape by suspect inmate John Robert Garner, 35 of Mechanicsville, MD.  The investigation revealed that Garner concealed himself inside of a food tray cart that was removed from his housing unit at the conclusion of lunch.  The suspect remained concealed inside of the cart when he was subsequently discovered by Correctional Officer Hersh.  The suspect was arrested and charged with 1st Degree Escape.   CCN# 21565-17
Christensen, Hayley Ann
 
Sweat, Triston Dennis

04/22/17 – Theft Less $100.  On 02/26/17 Cpl. B. Foor responded to the Designer Shoe Warehouse in California, MD, for the report of a theft.  The investigation revealed two suspects entered the business and acquired a pair of shoes. The suspects placed the shoes into the baby stroller they had with them and exited the store failing to pay for the merchandise.  The suspects were subsequently identified as Hayley Ann Christensen, 20 of Great Mills, MD, and Triston Dennis Sweat, 20 of Great Mills, MD.  Both suspects were charged on Criminal Citations for Theft less $100. CCN# 10928-17

Mcafee, Yelena Marie
04/24/17 – Violation of Protective Order.  Deputies responded to Iverson Drive, Lexington Park, MD, for an alleged harassment.  Deputies met with the victim who advised the suspect had called the victims cell phone while an active Protective Order was in place.  While Deputies were on scene, the suspect identified as Yelena Marie Mcafee, 19 of Lexington Park, MD, called the victim’s phone again several times.  The investigation revealed the suspect was in violation of an Active Protective Order which protected the victim from the suspect having any form of contact with the victim.  Deputy P. Henry located and arrested the suspect.  The suspect was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where she was charged with Violation of Protective Order.  CCN# 21961-17

 

Warrant Services:

04/23/17 – Troy Dewayne Cutchember, 25 of California, MD, was arrested on a District Court Arrest Warrant for Violation of Exparte/Protective Order.  Arrested by Deputy J. Bare.
04/25/17 – Norman Lester Sloop, 50 of Vandergrift, PA was arrested on District Court Arrest Warrant for Forgery of Private Documents/two counts of Theft Less than $100/Unalwful taking motor vehicle.  Arrested by Deputy P. Henry

Criminal Summons:

04/21/17 – Federico Correa Figueroa, 40 of Mechanicsville, MD, charged on a Criminal Summons for Fraudulently obtain identifying information of another/Theft under $1000. Charged and served by Corporal K. Flerlage
04/22/17 – Sabrina Renee Parker, 44 of Lexington Park, MD, charged on a Criminal Summons for Theft less $100.  Charged and served by Corporal K. Flerlage
04/22/17 – Maurice Delante Stoney, 50 of Lexington Park, MD, charged on a Criminal Summons for Theft less $100.  Charged and served by Corporal K. Flerlage

 04-03-17 - A 15-year-old male juvenile of Hollywood, MD, was arrested and charged with Disruption of School Activities and a 15-year-old female juvenile of Leonardtown, MD, was arrested for Disruption of School Activities and Assault 2nd Degree while at Leonardtown High School.  Both Juveniles were arrested and charged by School Resource Officer Corporal G. Maloy.  CCN# 18113-17 and CCN #18137-17
04-03-17 - A 15-year-old male juvenile of Hollywood, MD and a 15-year-old male juvenile of Leonardtown MD, were arrested and charged with Disruption of School Activities and Affray, while at Leonardtown High School.  Both juveniles were arrested and charged by School Resource Officer Corporal G. Maloy.  CCN# 18280-17
04/23/17 -  Two, 15 year old male suspect(s), both of California, MD, were arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Burglary, Trespassing and Property Destruction over $1000.  The juveniles were arrested and charged by Deputy D. Holdsworth.  CCN# 21682-17
04/24/17 – A 13 year old female juvenile of Hollywood, MD, was arrested and charged with Theft less $1000 and Rogue & Vagabond.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by Deputy D. Lawrence.  CCN# 21847-17
04-25-17 – A 17 year old male juvenile of Lexington Park, MD, was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by Deputy P. Henry.  CCN# 19574-17


On View Arrest - 04/19/17 - 04/20/17

On View Arrest:

Toon, Maurice Owen


04/19/17– Theft Less $1000 –  Deputies were effectuating an eviction in the 45000 block of Foxchase Dr, in Lexington Park, MD, when a 12 gauge shotgun was located inside the residence.  A serial number check was conducted and found the shotgun to be listed as stolen from Arkansas.  The shotgun was determined to be in the possession of the defendant, Maurice Owen Toon, 60 years of age, of Lexington Park, MD.  Toon was arrested by Deputy D. Smith and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Theft Less $1000 – CCN# 20990-17




Williams, Christopher Allen
04/19/17– Burglary 1st Degree and Assault 2nd Degree - Deputies responded to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office for the report of an alleged Assault.  Upon arrival, Deputy J. Davis met with the victim who advised the suspect identified as Christopher Allen Williams, 27 of Mechanicsville, MD, unlawfully entered a residence located in the 27000 block of Glenn Ct., Mechanicsville, MD.  Upon entry, the suspect and victim became engaged in a verbal altercation over a personal item of the victim’s.  The altercation escalated when Williams attempted to take possession of the item and a physical struggle ensued.  The investigation revealed, Williams was not welcomed at the residence and assaulted the victim.  Deputy J. Davis arrested Williams and transported him to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center, where he was charged with Burglary 1st Degree and Assault 2nd Degree – CCN #21034-17



Quade, Richard Casey

04/05/17 – CDS Possession – Not Marijuana – Cpl. J. Stone responded to a motor vehicle accident in the area of Three Notch Rd., and St. Andrews Church Rd., California, MD.  The investigation revealed the suspect Richard Casey Quade, 28 of Hollywood, MD, was operating his motor vehicle when he struck another vehicle in transport.  The investigation also indicated that suspect Quade was operating his motor vehicle while under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance.  Cpl. J. Stone located numerous pills identified as oxycodone, hidden within the vehicle Quade was operating.  Cpl. J. Stone arrested and transported Quade to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS Possession – Not Marijuana.  CCN #18617-17





Roberts, Adam Silcott
04/20/17 - Assault 1st Degree and Assault 2nd Degree.  Deputies responded to the 48000 block of Park Pines Rd., Lexington Park, MD, for a reported disturbance.  Upon arrival, Sgt. K. Moritz met with the victim who advised, suspect Adam Silcott Roberts, 24 of Lexington Park, MD, and the victim share an apartment.  There was an ongoing dispute due to the victim wanting Roberts out of the apartment.  The suspect arrived at the apartment that afternoon and began to throw the victim’s personal belongings out the back door of the apartment.  The victim indicated a verbal altercation ensued and to avoid the altercation turning physical, the victim turned to walk away when the suspect struck the victim in the back of the head.  The suspect then allegedly displayed a knife, holding it to the victim’s neck and threatened to kill the victim.  The victim and witness were able to flee the apartment and call 911.  Sgt. K. Moritz observed injury to the victim consistent with the chain of events described by the victim and the witness.  The suspect Roberts was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Assault 1st and 2nd Degree. CCN# 21179-17  


Warrant Services:

04/19/17 - Nicole Leanna Mccginnis, 27 of Leonardtown, MD, was charged on a District Court Arrest Warrant for 4th Degree Burglary to a Dwelling.  Arrested by Corporal J. Davis.

04/19/17 - Jake Travis Marble, 31 of Lexington Park, MD,  was charged on a Circuit Court Warrant for 1st Degree Burglary.  Arrested by Corporal G. Knott.

04/20/17 - Carlonte Antoine Knott, 25 of Hollywood, MD, was arrested on several outstanding District Court Arrest Warrants; two counts of Theft less $100 and one count of Robbery.  Arrested by Cpl. T. White


Criminal Summons Services:

04/19/17 - Amber Nicole Queen, 22 of Bushwood, MD, was charged on a Criminal Summons for Credit Card Fraud and Theft Less $1000.  Charged by Deputy First Class B. Steinbach and summons served by Cpl. D. Snyder.

04/20/17 - Donald Calvin Oliver Jr., 37 of Mechanicsville, MD, was charged on a Criminal Summons for Assault 2nd Degree.  Served by Deputy M. McCuen

04/20/17 - Jake Travis Marble, 31 of Leonardtown, MD, was charged on a Criminal Summons for two counts of Theft less than $1,000.  Served by Deputy D. Smith

04/20/17 - Osie Mae Shade, 57 of Fort Washington, MD, was charged on a Criminal Summons for Assault 2nd Degree and Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult.  Served by Cpl. J. Davis

SMCSO Holds Annual Awards Banquet: A Tradition of Honoring Excellence

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff's Office recently held its annual Awards Banquet, honoring outstanding service and notable contributions of correctional officers, civilians, and citizens. The Awards Banquet was held April 14, 2017, at the Bay District Fire Department.

In addition to commendations for length of service, marksman, meritorious service, and safe driving, the following awards were distributed:

Rookies of the Year - Correctional Officer Rainer Hersh and Deputy Carl Ball

Civilian of the Year - William Bates

Correctional Office of the Year - CFC. Michael Labanowski, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff of the Year - Cpl. Brandon Foor

Please join us in congratulations these individuals on their outstanding achievements.

Incident Briefs – 4/26/2017



Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered an unlocked office at Holy Angels Church in Coltons Point and pried open a safe. The safe was empty and nothing was stolen. Corporal Handy is investigating the case. CASE# 22082-17

Breaking and Entering to Motor Vehicles – Unknown suspect(s) entered multiple motor vehicles and stole property in the 22000 block of FDR Boulevard in Lexington Park. Deputy Davis is investigating the case. CASE# 22081-17, 22098-17, 22036-17, and 22030-17

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a residence and stole property in the 23000 block of Mervell Dead Road in Hollywood. Deputy Robinson is investigating the case. CASE# 22072-17


As part of our continued effort to increase public awareness, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office provides a daily (excluding weekends) report called Incident Briefs. The report contains selected crimes, which are of interest to the residents of St. Mary’s County. Addresses shown indicate blocks and not specific locations. This report is not a comprehensive list of every police event in St. Mary’s County during the stated time frame.

Note: The information contained in the Incident Brief report is based on initial reports made to the Sheriff’s Office. Follow-up investigations may reveal different information.

If you have any questions regarding information contained in the Incident Report contact Jennifer Stone, Public Information Officer, at 301-475-4200, ext. *1922, or by email at Jennifer.Stone@stmarysmd.com.



Monday, April 24, 2017

Suspect Charged with Multiple Sexual Offenses Involving a Juvenile Female

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office received information about a possible sexual offense involving a juvenile female. The investigation revealed on April 16, 2017, a 14-year-old victim was solicited for a sex act by an unknown male. The victim admitted she and the male engaged in a sexual act inside his vehicle while in the area of Great Mills, Maryland. 

Several investigatory tools were utilized during the course of the investigation identifying Joseph Aloysious Maddox, age 51, of Mechanicsville, Maryland as the male in question. 

Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) obtained an arrest warrant for Maddox charging him with the following criminal violations: 

Sexual Solicitation of a Minor 

Sex Offense Third Degree 

Child Porn Solicit Subject 

Assault Second Degree

Maddox was located and placed under arrest. He was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center to await a bond review before the District Court Commissioner.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Melissa Hulse at 301-475-4200, ext. *1996 or by email, Melissa.Hulse@stmarysmd.com.


Joseph A. Maddox

Incident Briefs – 4/20/2017 – 4/24/2017


4/21/2017
Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a business in the 39000 block of Middleton Lane in Clements and stole property. Deputy Fennessey is investigating the case. CASE# 21298-17

4/22/2017
Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – During the overnight hours of 4/21 into 4/22, unknown suspect(s) entered a victim’s unsecured vehicle and stole property in the 43000 block of Commerce Avenue in Hollywood. Deputy Fennessey is investigating the case. CASE# 21544-17

4/23/2017
Burglary – Two fifteen-year-old suspect(s) entered Evergreen Elementary School through an unsecured door and then entered onto the roof and caused damage to the drainage system. The suspects were arrested and charged with Second Degree Burglary, Trespassing, and Property Destruction over $1000.00. Deputy Holdsworth is investigating the case. CASE# 21682-17

 As part of our continued effort to increase public awareness, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office provides a daily (excluding weekends) report called Incident Briefs. The report contains selected crimes, which are of interest to the residents of St. Mary’s County. Addresses shown indicate blocks and not specific locations. This report is not a comprehensive list of every police event in St. Mary’s County during the stated time frame.

Note: The information contained in the Incident Brief report is based on initial reports made to the Sheriff’s Office. Follow-up investigations may reveal different information.

If you have any questions regarding information contained in the Incident Report contact Jennifer Stone, Public Information Officer, at 301-475-4200, ext. *1922, or by email at Jennifer.Stone@stmarysmd.com.