Thursday, May 5, 2016

National Take-Back Day A Success

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services Partner to Offer Medication Collection for the Homebound During
National Take-Back Day

Each year, communities across the country offer to collect residents' unused medications as part of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Initiative, sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Three years ago, the St. Mary's County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Department of Aging & Human Services, started a door-to-door medication collection for homebound residents.

The Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Aging & Human Services had recognized that, while many residents are able to take advantage of the convenient 24/7 medication drop boxes situated in the Sheriff’s Office lobby, there is a segment of county residents unable to access this service: the homebound. Persons who are homebound due to age or mobility issues, do not always have the proper means to dispose of their unused medications, creating a situation that can make them vulnerable criminal targets.

According to the DEA Office of Diversion Control, 73% of teens indicate that it is easy to get prescription drugs from their parents' medicine cabinets. In addition, up to 38% of teens who have misused or abused a prescription drug obtained it at home.

The collection of medications, both through the homebound pick-up and convenient drop boxes, benefits public safety by decreasing the supply of controlled dangerous substances available for misuse, abuse, diversion, and accidental ingestion. The disposal methods used by the Sheriff's Office also protect the environment from potentially harmful contaminants by providing a proper, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved, means of disposal.

During the National Take-Back Initiative, held April 30, 2016, members of the Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division, including Corporal W. Daniel Ray of the Lexington Park COPs Unit, assisted in collecting a total of 8,111 pills from homebound residents. Leonardtown Community Policing Officer, Peggy Smolarsky, and Captain Daniel Alioto, also set up a table at the Cedar Lane Senior Living Community in Leonardtown, for residents who wished to dispose of their unused medications in a safe environment. Sheriff's deputies stationed at Cedar Lane distributed additional information about the take-back initiative and were available to answer questions.

“The St. Mary's County Sheriff’s Office remains committed to progressively combating pharmaceutical diversion within our community; this is one more event which highlights our efforts and partnerships,” says Captain Daniel Alioto.  “It’s proven that heroin addiction begins with the abuse of opioid medications.  A preemptive collection of these medications is a logical strategy, which has a significant impact as the first step to curbing opioid addiction. I speak on behalf of the entire Sheriff’s Office when I say we are thankful for our agency's relationships with our partners, including the Department of Aging & Human Services and the community. This type of collaboration not only prevents medications from falling into the wrong hands, but it further serves to protect our elderly citizens from becoming targets of crime.”

The take-back initiative is a coordinated effort across St. Mary’s County. It includes education about proper use and storage of medication; prescription drug monitoring programs; proper disposal of medication; and enforcement against offenders. In 2016, thus far, 105,774 pills have been collected. This brings the total medications collected during the life of the program to 854,420. 

According to Lori Jennings-Harris, Director, Department of Aging & Human Services, “Recognizing a need to assist our county’s older adults, the collaboration between the Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Aging & Human Services in this effort is an important one. Keeping our older citizens aware of and safe from the dangers of maintaining an unused and unwanted medication in their homes benefits the community in multiple ways, including reducing the availability of unused medications to our youth.”


Sheriff Cameron expresses his gratitude to citizens for recognizing the importance of properly disposing of unused medications and thanks residents for their exceptional participation in the initiative.




Corporal W. Daniel Ray, of the Lexington Park COPs Unit; Vice/Narcotics Support Team, collects unwanted medication from a homebound resident at Victory Woods Senior Apartments in Lexington Park, as part of National Take-Back Day.

Missing person, Danielle Lynette Miranda, has been located

On April 21, 2016, the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office published a post seeking the public's assistance in locating a critically missing person, who was also actively wanted for Attempted First Degree Murder and Threat of Arson. 

The critically missing person, Danielle Lynette Miranda, has been located safe and is in the custody of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office. She is currently being held without bond on multiple charges, including Attempted First Degree Murder. 

The Criminal Investigations Division thanks the public for their assistance in locating Ms. Miranda.



Danielle Lynette Miranda 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Now Accepting Applications for CAMP D.A.R.E.: (Drug Abuse Resistance Education in America)

Now, more than ever, it is important to educate children about the harmful effects of drugs, alcohol, and violence. To assist parents and teachers in this effort, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is once again offering CAMP D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) a FREE week-long workshop for upcoming 5th and 6th-grade students. Through its curriculum, and the efforts of its trained counselors, CAMP D.A.R.E. provides impressionable youth with the tools they will need to make good decisions, as they transition from tweens to teenagers.

The counselors at CAMP D.A.R.E. have structured a fun environment that encourages participation by all students. Activities include arts and crafts, recreational competitions, and public-safety related events. Students are engaged at the same time as they are provided useful information about how to resist drugs and alcohol, and how to deal with threats of violence. 

CAMP D.A.R.E. is made possible by financial and other charitable contributions, and follows the D.A.R.E. America Elementary curriculum. Certified D.A.R.E. Instructors will teach two D.A.R.E. lessons each day. Camp counselors include members of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, as well as students from the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center for Criminal Justice. 

“CAMP D.A.R.E. is a great experience for students, and a fantastic opportunity for students and counselors, alike,” says Cpl. Angela Delozier, of the Sheriff's Office. Cpl. Delozier is the D.A.R.E. Camp Coordinator and has been a Certified Instructor for nine years. “In addition to fun activities,” she explains, “we provide children with the tools they will need to make responsible decisions in their lives, and the counselors are excited about what they are able to accomplish in just one short week.” 

Registration is Now Open

Register your child NOW for the sixth annual St. Mary’s County CAMP D.A.R.E. program, hosted by the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with St. Mary’s County Public Schools. CAMP D.A.R.E. is a FREE four-day camp for upcoming 5th and 6th-grade students. The camp will take place between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., from July 11-14, 2016, at Leonardtown High School. Morning snacks, plus lunch, will be provided each day.

Space is limited to 100 student participants, on a first-come, first-served basis. Students must be residents of St. Mary’s County. Transportation to and from the camp each day is the responsibility of each parent/guardian. Students must be signed in and out each day by an adult. Proper identification will be required.

Medical staff will be present during CAMP D.A.R.E. to handle any emergencies that may arise. They will be able to dispense regularly prescribed medication, supplied by the parent/guardian.

To secure a spot at CAMP D.A.R.E., visit www.firstsheriff.com for an application. Applications can be mailed, faxed, or emailed, to the following address and postmarked by July 1, 2016:


St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office
Attention: Cpl. Angela M. Delozier
23150 Leonard Hall Drive
Leonardtown, Maryland 20650

For more information about CAMP D.A.R.E., contact Corporal Angela Delozier at Angela.Delozier@stmarysmd.com or call 301-475-4200, ext. 9094.



St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Motor Vehicle Collision Involving School Bus

At approximately, 8:42 a.m., deputies responded to the intersection of Sunnyside Road and Pin Cushion Road for the report of a motor vehicle collision involving a St. Mary’s County School Bus. The intersection has been reopened for traffic. A few students were transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital for minor injuries. The motor vehicle collision is still under investigation by St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies.  


Monday, May 2, 2016

SMCSO Recognizes National Correctional Officer Week

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan established “National Correctional Officers Week.” Proclamation 5187 set aside the first full week of May each year to commemorate the efforts of correctional officers and civilian personnel who are employed in jails, prisons and community corrections facilities across the country.
The Correctional Officers of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office not only dedicate themselves to providing a safe environment for those who have been incarcerated, but they also contribute to the community at large by monitoring offenders within our neighborhoods through pretrial, home detention, work release, and community work team programs. The detention center employees also assist in the winter season by providing the homeless with laundry services through our church partners Project Warm Program as well as aiding families through the Adopt-A-Family during Christmas. 
The St. Mary’s County Detention Center includes 85 correctional officers including Captain Merican, 13 civilians, and a host of contractual staff (food service, medical, programs, etc.).
On behalf of Sheriff Tim Cameron and Corrections Division Commander Captain Michael Merican, please join the men and women of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office in recognizing the critical and demanding service these officers and personnel provide to our community.

TWO MEMBERS OF SOUTHERN MARYLAND DRUG TRAFFICKING CONSPIRACY EACH SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Colbert Juan Jones, Jr., age 33, of St. Leonard, Maryland today to 10 years in prison, followed by four years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute powder cocaine and for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Judge Chasanow also issued an order requiring Jones to forfeit over $20,000 in drug proceeds, two cars, two shotguns, and ammunition.

On April 29, 2016, Judge Chasanow sentenced co-conspirator Vincent Leo Fletcher, age 29, of Clinton, Maryland to 10 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute powder and crack cocaine.

The sentences were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Acting Special Agent in Charge Frank Riehl of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; Special Agent in Charge Karl C. Colder of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Field Division; Chief Hank Stawinski of the Prince George’s County Police Department; Acting Chief Stanley Johnson, of the Maryland National Capital Park Police, Prince George’s County Division; Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry; St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron; and Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans.

According to their plea agreements and other court documents, from January through July 2015, Jones and Fletcher conspired with Troy Taishon Swann, Antoine Dewayne Savoy, and James Devwan Pixley, to distribute cocaine. Jones obtained cocaine from Fletcher and other sources. Fletcher obtained two to 20 ounces of cocaine several times a month from Swann and other suppliers. Fletcher distributed the cocaine to his customers for further distribution, and used some of the powder cocaine to manufacture crack cocaine, which he also distributed. 

Jones sold cocaine to his customers, which included Savoy and Pixley. Jones often distributed the cocaine from the home of a female friend in Prince Frederick, Maryland, which Jones used as a stash house. Savoy and Pixley generally purchased cocaine from Jones several times a month and used at least half of that cocaine to manufacture crack cocaine, which they sold. On August 6, 2015, a search of Jones’ stash house in Prince Frederick recovered: approximately 100 grams of cocaine and drug processing paraphernalia, which Jones had attempted to hide inside an audio speaker in the basement of the residence; a 20 gauge shotgun; and 14 rounds of ammunition. A search of Jones’ residence on that same day recovered a 12 gauge shotgun and two boxes of ammunition, as well as $22,704 in cash, proceeds of Jones’ drug distribution. Jones had been previously convicted of a felony and was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.

Troy Taishon Swann, age 39, of Waldorf; Antoine Dewayne Savoy, age 35, of Lusby, Maryland; and James Devwan Pixley, age 25, of Waldorf, Maryland, have pleaded guilty to their participation in this drug trafficking conspiracy. In addition, Pixley admitted to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and Swann admitted to being a felon in possession of ammunition.

Pixley and the government have agreed that if the Court accepts his plea agreement Pixley will be sentenced to between 10 and 14 years in prison. Judge Chasanow has scheduled sentencing for Pixley on June 6, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. Judge Chasanow has scheduled sentencing for Savoy on June 27, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. and for Swann on July 11 2016 at 11:00 a.m.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the ATF, DEA, Prince George’s County Police Department, Maryland National Capital Park Police, Prince George’s County Division, and the Charles, St. Mary’s and Calvert County Sheriffs’ Offices for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael T. Packard and Leah J. Bressack, who prosecuted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.



St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office 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 15, 2016, 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:

Lifesaving Awards:
Corporal Matthew Rogers
Sergeant Richard Russell
Corporal Glen Knott
Deputy David Lawrence
Deputy First Class Sheena Tirpak
Corporal Thomas Seyfried
Corporal Timothy Snyder
Deputy Shane Cameron
Corporal David Corcoran
Deputy Rachael Roszell
Deputy Dustin McClure
Captain Daniel Alioto
Deputy First Class Sheena Tirpak
Sergeant Keith Moritz
Deputy First Class Rozier Steinbach
Deputy First Class Vincent Pontorno
Deputy First Class Skyler LeFave
Trooper Robert Geyer
Corporal Patrick Handy
Deputy Dale Smith

Meritorious Action:
Corporal Timothy White
Correctional Officer Ryan Rosario
Deputy First Class Rozier Steinbach
Corporal Timothy Snyder
Deputy First Class Joshua Krum
Deputy Artina Manns

Rookies of the Year:
Deputy Gerard Muschette



Correctional Officer Fernando Tafur


Stanley J. Goodwin Award:
Sergeant Brian Hartz



Civilian Employee of the Year:
Mark Clark




Correctional Officer of the Year:
Correctional Officer First Class Kristie Ardire





Deputy of the Year:
Deputy First Class Rozier Steinbach




Full program and additional photos are available at www.facebook.com/firstsheriff.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Corporal James Stone, Receives Recognition for his Work as the Alcohol Enforcement Coordinator for St. Mary’s County

Recently, the Alcohol Beverage Board of St. Mary's County (ABBSMC ) officially recognized Cpl. James Stone, of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office, for his outstanding service as Alcohol Enforcement Coordinator for seven years. Stone has also received the People’s Choice Award for the work he performed.
Aaron Mathis, a member of the Alcohol Beverage Board, praised Stone's ongoing efforts, “Cpl. James Stone has been a tremendous asset to the Alcohol Beverage Board of St. Mary’s County since before November, 2011, when I came on board. He has been a tireless worker, not only when it came to his work with the Board, but also in his outside duties. He takes the issue of underage drinking, as well as all other licensee violations, very seriously. Cpl. Stone has worked well with the entire community, whether it was establishment owners, patrons or other members of the general public.” Mathis added, “Cpl. Stone is excellent at his job, but he goes even further than that, assisting young people and the community as a whole.”
Stone’s duties as Alcohol Enforcement Coordinator include conducting background checks for liquor license applications, investigating alleged violations of applicable codes, and enforcement of all alcoholic beverage laws within the county. During his tenure, Stone has expanded and redefined the duties of the Alcohol Enforcement Coordinator, including partnering with the Alcohol Beverage Board Administrator to develop a Responsible Alcohol Service Training Program (RAST) that is unique to St. Mary’s County.
The Responsible Alcohol Service Training (RAST) was developed to educate those who serve and sell alcoholic beverages to the public on licensing and compliance measures. The training works both in the event of a violation of law, and as a preventative measure. During the training, bartenders, wait staff, management and owners of establishments learn about responsible alcoholic beverage policies, and issues that have been identified by enforcement agencies. RAST also fosters networking between county and state officials. The RAST program was submitted into legislation by the ABBSMC, with the full backing of the Licensed Beverage Association of St. Mary's County (SMCLBA), as a required training by any person applying for an alcohol beverage license. This bill was approved & will take effect July 1, 2016.  This program is officially a "real & lasting difference" made by Cpl. Stone
In addition to his obligations as Alcohol Enforcement Coordinator, Stone volunteered for additional responsibilities, which include: Crime Solvers Coordinator, Agency Instructor for Taser training, Standardized Field Sobriety Test Instructor, Preliminary Breath Tests Instructor, Sobriety Checkpoint Manager, Civil Disturbance Unit, and Adopt-a-School Officer for Duke Elementary School in Leonardtown.
“The position of Alcohol Enforcement Coordinator is important to the safety of the public and organizations throughout St. Mary’s County and the whole State of Maryland,” states Stone. “I greatly appreciate the opportunity to further relationships between the Sheriff's Office and local business owners, as well as coordinating activities and enforcement, which have brought about a safer community for everyone.” 

 The Alcohol Beverage Board officially recognized Cpl. James Stone, of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office, for his outstanding service as Alcohol Enforcement Coordinator for seven years.



Arrests 4-29-16

4-24-16 – Theft – Deputy B. Gaskill responded to the 45000 block of Miramar Way (Wal-Mart) in California, for a reported theft. The suspect, Amber Renee Kellis, age 31 of Great Mills, attempted to steal merchandise by concealing multiple items in a comforter set. The comforter set was damaged during the theft. Kellis was arrested and charged with Theft Less Than $1000 and Property Destruction. CASE# 21798-16



Amber Renee Kellis

4-24-16 – Theft – Deputy B. Fennessey responded to the 45000 block of Worth Avenue (Best Buy) in California, for a reported theft. The suspect, Eric Emanuel Kerry, age 48, of Washington, DC, removed a new controller from the box and replaced it with an old one. Kerry was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center, where he was charged with Theft Less than $100. CASE# 21790-16

Eric Emanuel Kerry


4-22-16 – Possession – Multiple patrol units and K9, responded to the 44000 block of Canvas Back Drive in Callaway for the report of a disturbance.  The suspect, Donte Christopher Curtis, age 37, of Baltimore, was located by Corporal Adams during a vehicle stop. During the stop, suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia was located in Donte’s pocket. Further investigation revealed, the suspect had three outstanding warrants. Donte was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with CDS Possession: Paraphernalia,  and Two Counts of CDS Possession: Marijuana. CASE# 21414-16


Donte Christopher Curtis

4-25-2016 – Assault – Deputy T. Teague responded to the 45000 block of Jay Dee court in Lexington Park, for the report of an assault. The victim alleged the suspect, Phillip Corey Parker, age 33, of Lexington Park, assaulted the victim after an argument.  There were visible signs of injury, and Parker was arrested and charged with Second Degree Assault. CASE# 21841-16

Phillip Corey Parker

4-26-2016 – Theft – Deputy C. Ball responded to the 45000 block of Miramar Way (Wal-Mart) in California, for a reported theft. The suspect, Alexa Taylor Smith, age 20, of Owings and another suspect, left the store with a television and then fled on foot. Smith was located and arrested by Deputy Ball; she was transported to the Detention Center and charged with Theft Under $1000. CASE# 22013-16

Alexa Taylor Smith 

4-26-2016 – Theft – Deputy R. Roszell responded to the 27000 block of Old Village Way (Dollar General) in Mechanicsville, for the report of a theft. The suspect, Jamie Jean-Ann Mirabile, age 33, of Mechanicsville, attempted to conceal merchandise in her purse and then exit the store. Mirabile was transported to the Detention Center and charged with Theft Less than $100. CASE# 22189-16



Jamie Jean-Ann Mirabile




Homeless Inmates Leaving Jail Receive Backpack Gift as Part of Re-Entry Program

It can be a struggle for any inmate to re-enter society after being released from jail. To ease the transition, the St. Mary's Detention Center has instituted a number of Re-Entry Programs. As the Re-Entry Coordinator for St. Mary's County, Correctional Officer First Class (CFC) Roberto Ramos-Blancos links inmates to various resources within the community, such as social services programs and housing. Still, for newly-released homeless inmates, the most basic items may seem out of reach.
When CFC Ramos-Blancos saw a basic need that hadn't been filled, he introduced the concept of ‘Welcome Packs’ to St. Mary's County. Upon release from the St. Mary's Detention Center, each homeless inmate is given a backpack full of personal hygiene products and basic protective weather gear. Inspired by the success of a similar program in Prince George’s County, Ramos-Blancos wanted to provide the same resources to local inmates.
“We empower inmates by connecting them with the resources they need to make a smooth transition back into the community. It’s a very rewarding experience to see them get their life straight with help from correctional officers,” says CFC Ramos-Blancos.
Captain Michael R. Merican, Corrections Division Commander, adds, “Re-entry Programs such as ‘Welcome Packs’ helps inmates to prepare for life outside of jail, by providing them with a head start. These kinds of support services decrease the likelihood that an inmate will become just another recidivism statistic, and ultimately end up back at the detention center.”

In addition to personal hygiene products, the ‘Welcome Packs’ contain a pair of socks, a hat and gloves, and a pair of underwear. Extras like an alarm clock, a non-perishable snack, and a pocket calendar have also been supplied to those in need. One unique element of the program: An individual note of encouragement written by Catholic Charity volunteers is carefully placed in each backpack. CFC Ramos-Blanco states that the St. Mary's County Detention Center has given out four backpacks since the program started in January of this year. 

(L-R Deputy Patrick Britt, Lt. Christa Morzes-Cook, and CFC Roberto Ramos-Blanco, hold a ‘Welcome Home’ Re-entry Program backpack. The backpacks are given to homeless inmates leaving the Detention Center, as part of the Re-Entry Program.