Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Social Media Threats of Violence


On March 19, 2019, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and St. Mary’s County Public Schools began a joint investigation into various threats of mass violence directed at area schools in St. Mary’s County.  The threats have been circulating on social media and via text messages and correlate to the one year anniversary of the tragedy which occurred at Great Mills High School, on March 20, 2018. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and St. Mary’s County Public Schools are working collaboratively to determine the origin of these threats, the credibility of the threats, and to ensure the safety of St. Mary’s County students and faculty. 

Anyone with information regarding the origin of the threats is asked to contact the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office at (301) 475-8008.

For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff. 
                                                
                     

Identity Sought for Theft Suspect


The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured. On Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 at 3:20 p.m., the suspect put a 32-inch Visio television and other merchandise into a shopping cart and left the California Walmart store without paying for the items. Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call Deputy Matthew Beyer at 301-475-4200, ext. *8005 or email matthew.beyer@stmarysmd.com. Case # 15417-19





Traffic Tip Tuesdays: Minors Prohibited from Driving



In an effort to promote awareness of state traffic laws, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office posts excerpts of the 2018-2019 edition of The Maryland Vehicle Law Annotated on Tuesdays.

Adhering to the law will make roadways in St. Mary’s County and in Maryland safer for drivers, passengers, bicyclists, horse-and-buggy operators and pedestrians.

#TrafficTipTuesdays

Driving Under 15 Prohibited

Sec. 16-304. Causing or permitting unauthorized minor to drive: A person may not cause his child or ward under the age of 15 to drive a motor vehicle on any highway.

The fine for causing or knowingly permitting a child or ward under 15 to drive a motor vehicle on a highway is $290 and five points assessed on a driver’s license.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Vice Narcotics Arrests


In January of 2019, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Vice Narcotics Division, began an investigation into Melvin Jerome Maddox, age 50 of Lexington Park, regarding his involvement in the distribution of controlled dangerous substances. As a result, a search and seizure warrant was obtained for Maddox’s person, vehicle and residence.

On March 13, 2019, members of the Vice Narcotics Division observed Maddox as a passenger in a vehicle in the California area.  A vehicle stop was initiated, with the assistance of Patrol and K-9 Deputies. The operator, later identified as Reginald Delante Thomas, age 28 of Great Mills, fled the scene in the vehicle, and then proceeded to flee on foot.  During the foot chase Thomas was observed discarding two large bags.  Thomas was quickly apprehended, and the two bags were recovered by Vice Narcotics Detectives.  Both bags contained cocaine having an estimated resale value of $7,200.  Thomas was also found to be operating a motor vehicle on a suspended driver’s license.  Maddox was found to be in possession of suspected cocaine.

Maddox was arrested and charged with CDS: Possess-Not Marijuana, (Cocaine), and Thomas was charged with the following:

CDS: Possession W/Intent to Distribute-Narcotics
CDS: Possession- Not Marijuana
Fleeing and Eluding
Fleeing and Eluding on Foot
Driving on Suspended License

Maddox and Thomas were both incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center.  Additional charges are pending review with States Attorney Richard D. Fritz.


Melvin Jerome Maddox

Reginald Delante Thomas 





Friday, March 15, 2019

Identity Needed for Theft Suspect

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured. On Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 at 7:50 p.m., the suspect placed a can of beer and bottle of alcohol inside of his coat and left the Canopy Liquors store in Lexington Park without paying for them. Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call Deputy Matthew Beyer at 301-475-4200, ext. *8004 or email matthew.beyer@stmarysmd.com. Case# 8630-19 











ID Needed for Motor Vehicle B&E Suspect


The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured. On Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 2:34 a.m., the suspect entered the victim’s unlocked vehicle in the 46100 block of Nancy Court in Lexington Park. Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call Deputy Phillip Henry at 301-475-4200 ext. *8012 or email phillip.henry@stmarysmd.com. Case # 14840-19











Thursday, March 14, 2019

On View Arrests/Warrants/DUI/Criminal Citations

On View Arrests:

Theft-  On March 7, 2019, Cpl. Corcoran responded to the 45100 block of First Colony Way, in California, for the reported theft.  Investigation determined Richard Alvin Nolan III, age 31 with no fixed address, removed a security device from a vacuum cleaner and attempted to leave the Target store without purchasing the item.  When confronted by store employees Nolan fled on foot.  Cpl. Corcoran located Nolan in the area; investigation determined Nolan had also previously stolen another vacuum cleaner from the store.  It was also discovered Nolan had previously been served a notice not to trespass for the store in October of 2018. Nolan was arrested and charged with Theft, Trespassing, and Theft Scheme.  CASE# 13915-19
Richard Alvin Nolan III

Trespassing/Resisting Arrest- On March 7, 2019, DFC. McCuen responded to the 21800 block of Three Notch Road in Lexington Park, for the reported trespassing. Investigation determined Eric Eugene Booth, age 32 with no fixed address, refused to leave the lobby of the business after being told so numerous times by the business owner.  DFC. McCuen issued Booth a notice not to trespass, which Booth refused to accept.  Booth also refused to leave the premises after being instructed to do so by DFC. McCuen.  DFC. McCuen attempted to take Booth into custody however Booth resisted.  Booth was ultimately taken into custody and charged with Trespass: Private Property and Resist/Interfere with Arrest.  CASE# 13922-19
Eric Eugene Booth 

Escape- On March 8, 2019, Dep. Forinash responded to the St. Mary's County Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Leonardtown for the reported motor vehicle accident.  Investigation determined Michael Anthony Oliver, age 31 of Chesapeake Beach, struck a parked vehicle in the parking lot, when he reported to serve his weekend incarceration. It was also discovered Oliver had failed to report to the detention center at his court ordered time, and failed to check in with detention center staff.  Oliver was charged with Escape 2nd Degree/Condition of Release.  CASE# 14152-19
Michael Anthony Oliver 

Assault/Reckless Endangerment- On March 9, 2019, Dep. Sidorowicz responded to the 39000 block of Cedarwood Court in Mechanicsville, for a reported assault.  Investigation determined during an argument with the victim, Gregory Alan Blend, age 40 of Mechanicsville, threatened the victim with a meat cleaver he had in his possession, as well as a firearm that was on his person.  Blend then went outside the residence after threatening the victim, and fired the weapon.  Blend was arrested for Assault 2nd Degree and Reckless Endangerment.  CASE# 14317-19
Gregory Alan Blend 

Drug Arrest/Assault-  On March 10, 2019, Cpl. Flerlage responded to the 44000 block of Medley's Neck Road in Leonardtown, for the reported assault.  During the investigation contact was made with Shelby Lynn Carroll, age 25 of Leonardtown.  While speaking with Carroll, Cpl. Flerlage noticed numerous uncapped hypodermic needles, as well as a spoon containing a white powdery substance and capsules containing a white powdery substance.  Investigation determined Carroll had chased the victim throughout the residence with a flashlight, and glass in attempt to assault the victim during an argument. At one point during the argument Carroll had attempted to obtain a knife from the kitchen to go after the victim.  Carroll was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree, CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana and CDS: Possession-Paraphernalia.  CASE# 14546-19
Shelby Lynn Carroll 


Warrants:

03/10/19-  Nieronn Rolland Miles, age 25 of District Heights, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Prescription: Obtain by Fraud, CDS: Obtain by Fraud, CDS: Obtain by Make Forge Prescription, Prescription: Obtain by Alter Order, CDS: Obtain by Alter Prescription, Obtain Drug by Fraud by Cpl. Kirkner# 133.  CASE# 37720-18
Nieronn Rolland Miles 

03/10/19-  Markus Javar Handon, age 25 of California, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Alter Drug/Alcohol Test, and Theft by Dep. Payne# 320.  CASE# 14545-19
Markus Javar Handon 

03/11/19-  Marvin Lydell Somerville, age 56 of Loveville, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for FTA/Child Support by Cpl. Somerville# 78.  CASE# 14664-19
Marvin Lydell Somerville 

03/11/19-  Timothy Henry Fisher, age 41 of Great Mills, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for two counts of Violation of Probation by Cpl. Ruest# 204.  CASE# 14743-19
Timothy Henry Fisher 


DUI: 

3/10/19-  Dep. T. Snyder responded to the 22500 block of Linwood Way in California, for the reported single vehicle collision.  Contact was made with the operator Thanh Nhat Nguyen, age 31 of Great Mills.  It was determined Nguyen was operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.  Nguyen was charged with Driving Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol, Driving Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol Per Se, and Driving Vehicle While Impaired by Alcohol.  CASE# 14575-19 (No Photograph Available)





Criminal Citations:

03/08/19-  Doug Delahay Woodburn, age 18 of Leonardtown, was charged via Criminal Citation for Theft by DFC. Roszell, after concealing several cosmetic items inside his jacket and then leaving the Target store located in California, without purchasing the items. CASE# 14034-19
Doug Delahay Woodburn

03/09/19-  Lewis Tyler Yates, age 26 of St. Inigoes, was charged via Criminal Citation for Theft by DFC. Roszell, after Yates attempted to leave the Walmart store located in California, with a cart full of merchandise he did not purchase.  CASE# 12423-19
Lewis Tyler Yates 

03/09/19-  Bernadette Cecelia Toye, age 69 of Suitland, was charged via Criminal Citation for Theft by Cpl. Pesante after it was determined on March 5th as well as March 8th, that Toye had removed various items from the Dollar General  store located in Mechanicsville, without purchasing the items.  Toye was also discovered on March 9th, to have unpaid merchandise concealed in her jacket.  CASE# 14528-19 (No Photograph Available)

03/09/19-  Mary Elizabeth Spicer-Barnes, age 59 of Leonardtown, was charged via Criminal Citation for Theft by Dep. M. Beyer, after Barnes attempted to leave the Walmart store located in California, with unpaid merchandise that was concealed in her purse.  CASE# 14282-19 (No Photograph Available)

03/12/19-  William Alexander Sledge, age 57 of Lexington Park, was charged via Criminal Citation with Trespass-Private Property by Cpl. Beishline, after he was seen on the premises of Millison Plaza in Lexington Park, where a no trespass order was previously served on him.  CASE# 14798-19
William Alexander Sledge 






March 22 deadline for written and agility testing applicants




The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking qualified men and women to join our ranks of deputies, corrections officers and cadets. The next round of physical agility and written testing is scheduled in April. Applicants must complete and return a Personal History Statement by, Friday, March 22, 2019.

The application process is outlined at https://www.firstsheriff.com/applicationprocess.asp. The Personal History Statement (PHS) must be completed, printed and each page initialed at the bottom. At the end of the PHS ensure to have the Authorization for Release of Personal Information Form # 206 notarized. The entire Personal History Statement must be received by March 22, 2019 for applicants to participate in the testing in April.

The Personal History Statement along with the notarized Authorization for Release of Personal Information Form # 206 can be delivered in person to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Headquarters at 23150 Leonard Hall Drive in Leonardtown or mailed to:

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office
ATTN: Personnel Office
23150 Leonard Hall Drive
Leonardtown, MD 20650

Applicants must pass the preliminary screening conditions to advance to the agility testing.

K9 Brock to be Memorialized in May

Along with several other fallen police canines across the country, St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office's K9 Brock will be honored at the Second Annual Police K9 Memorial Service in Washington D.C. on Saturday, May 11, 2019. K9 Brock's watch ended on Jan. 18, 2018 after a training accident.
A four-year-old German Shepherd, Brock served for three years.
Brock's handler Cpl. William Rishel has been invited to represent the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office at the memorial service. The public is invited to attend the event.



Cpl. William Rishel and K9 Brock


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Sobriety Checkpoint Yields Two Arrests

March 18, 2019 update: The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, with support from the Maryland State Police, held a sobriety checkpoint on Saturday, March 16, 2019. During the course of the operation at Route 235 and Valley Drive in Lexington Park, 437 vehicles drove through the checkpoint and two motorists were subsequently arrested for impaired driving.   

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of other agencies, will be conducting a roadside sobriety checkpoint during the evening of Saturday, March 16, 2019, on Route 235 in Lexington Park.

At Saturday’s checkpoint, law enforcement officers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Drivers will also be checked for other traffic infractions.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office recognizes that roadside sobriety checkpoints are highly-visible and efficient tools used in efforts against impaired driving. Advance notification of sobriety checkpoints gives drivers the chance to make better decisions and helps to prevent and deter impaired driving. Advance notifications are also required by law for the validity of a sobriety checkpoint.

Sheriff Tim Cameron asks that everyone drive safely and sober, no matter what the occasion.