Saturday, August 30, 2014

UPDATE: Fatal Accident Mechanicsville

UPDATE: On 8-30-14 at 6:20 PM, deputies responded to the area of Route 5 and Thompson's Corner Road near the 84 Lumber in Mechanicsville, for a motor vehicle collision involving a motorcycle and a dump truck. The driver of the motorcycle, identified as Jose Luis Fuentes, 30, of Washington DC, was dead on the scene. 

Members of the SMCSO Accident Reconstruction Team responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. Preliminary investigation indicates the driver of the motorcycle, 2014 Harley Davidson, was traveling north on Route 5 when it struck the rear of a 1996 Ford dump truck being operated by Robert Dade of Mechanicsville. The dump truck had just turned left from Thompsons Corner Road onto Route 5 when the collision occurred. The driver of the motorcycle was ejected. No other injuries were reported. 

At this time, speed and alcohol appear to be contributing factors on the part of the driver of the motorcycle. Failure to yield right of way appears to be a contributing factor on the part of the driver of the dump truck. A commercial motor carrier inspection was completed on the dump truck. 

Additional details will be released as they are developed.


Original Press Release:
On 8-30-14, at approximately 6:20 pm, deputies responded to the area of Thompson Corner Road and Three Notch Road for a motor vehicle accident involving a motorcycle and a dump truck.  At that time one individual involved in the accident was pronounced dead on the scene. SMCSO accident reconstruction team members are in route to the scene. No other information is available at this time. 

The area of the accident will be shut down for several hours. Please use caution while traveling in the area. Be on the lookout for police/fire/ems personnel on foot.

Additional details will be released as it is developed. 

SMCSO Conducting Sobriety Checkpoint

Members of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint in support of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over National Campaign. The checkpoint will be conducted in the northern area of St. Mary's County.





Drivers are reminded there are many alternatives to driving buzzed or under the influence. Call a friend, relative, or a cab. Please, don't drink and drive. You will save money, the embarrassment of a DUI, and most importantly YOUR LIFE or the LIFE OF SOMEONE ELSE.




Fatal Vehicle Accident - Mechanicsville

On 8-30-14, at approximately 6:20 pm, deputies responded to the area of Thompson Corner Road and Three Notch Road for a motor vehicle accident involving a motorcycle and a dump truck.  At that time one individual involved in the accident was pronounced dead on the scene. SMCSO accident reconstruction team members are in route to the scene. No other information is available at this time. 

The area of the accident will be shut down for several hours. Please use caution while traveling in the area. Be on the lookout for police/fire/ems personnel on foot.

Additional details will be released as it is developed. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

BOOK SIGNING - ST. MARY’S COUNTY SHERIFFS - 375 YEARS


Sheriff Tim Cameron is proud to announce the release of the new book
ST. MARY’S COUNTY SHERIFFS - 375 YEARS.

The National Sheriff`s Association has acknowledged that “the St. Mary`s County Sheriff`s office is the longest continuously operating Sheriff`s Office in the United States established in 1637.” St. Mary`s County Sheriffs- 375 Years records the Sheriffs through the history of Maryland`s “mother county.”  Through empirical research, historical data, and Sheriff`s Commissions, the writing team of Cindy Allen, Grace Mary Brady, Linda Reno, Carol Moody, Tyler Mattingly, assisted by Sgt. Jeffrey L. McLane (ret.) and Mrs. Mary Ann Thompson has identified every St. Mary`s County Sheriff. 

State Archivist Edward C. Papenfuse notes, “...we have reviewed all of the careful biographical research that you conducted... which documents an unbroken line of service to St. Mary’s County, the mother county of Maryland, back to the first appointment in 1637. It reaches an exceptionally high standard of documentation in which we all can take pride.”

The public is invited to attend the book signing at Ye Olde Towne Cafe, located at 22685 Washington Street in Leonardtown. This event will be held Friday, September 5, 2014 from       6 - 7:30 pm.


This is your opportunity to meet the authors, contributors and researchers of this book. The book will be available for purchase at $15 per copy.

Vice/Narcotics Drug Arrest

Detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, Vice/Narcotics Division identified Terry Lee Kent, Jr. (Age 24 of Lexington Park) as a distributor of controlled dangerous substances.  During the course of their investigation, detectives made several purchases of cocaine and heroin from Kent.  The facts of the investigation were later presented to the Grand Jury for St. Mary’s County and Terry Kent was indicted.  On 08/20/2014, Terry Kent, who was already incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County Adult Detention Center, was served a copy of his charging documents and was originally held without bond.

Terry Lee Kent, Jr.




Inquiries should be directed to Captain Daniel D. Alioto, Commander of Vice Narcotics, at 301-475-4200 x1918.

Vice/Narcotics Drug Arrest


On 08/21/2014, detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by members of the Narcotics Support Team, K-9 Unit, and Emergency Services Team, executed a search and seizure warrant at a Lexington Park residence.
Located inside the residence was David Andrew Spears (Age 26 of Hollywood, MD) who was wanted on an outstanding Violation of Probation (VOP) warrant.  Spears was arrested and a search of the residence revealed he was in possession of suspected crack cocaine and marihuana.  Spears was transported to the St. Mary’s County Adult Detention Center where he was charged accordingly and provided a copy of his VOP arrest warrant.

David Andrew Spears 



Inquiries should be directed to Captain Daniel D. Alioto, Commander of Vice Narcotics, at 301-475-4200 x1918.

Vice/Narcotics Drug Arrests

On 08/21/2014, detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by members of the Narcotics Support Team, K-9 Unit, and Emergency Services Team, executed a search and seizure warrant at a Lexington Park, MD residence.

During a search of the residence, Jeremy Mark Owens (Age 26 of Lexington Park) and Jeramie Davon Neal (Age21 of Lexington Park) were found to be in possession of marihuana.  Lisa Marie West (Age 45 of Lexington Park) was found to be illegally in possession of oxycodone.  Additional evidence, which includes ledgers, pharmacy records, personal documents, and U.S. currency, was recovered from the residence which indicates the residence was used as a storage and distribution location for controlled dangerous substances.

All three subjects were placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Adult Detention Center and charged accordingly.  The investigation is ongoing pending a review with State’s Attorney R. Fritz.



Jeremy Mark Owens

Lisa Marie West 

 Jeramie Davon Neal

Inquiries should be directed to Captain Daniel D. Alioto, Commander of Vice Narcotics, at 301-475-4200 x1918.

Invitation to the Public:

Friday, August 22, 2014

SMCSO Takes First Place in National and Maryland Law Enforcement Challenge

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office competed with several other agencies throughout the State of Maryland as well as nationally in the specified categories.  On behalf of the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association, the Maryland Sheriff’s Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office was selected as the winner of the 2014 Maryland Law Enforcement Challenge as well as the National Law Enforcement Challenge. Several members of the Sheriff's Office from the Patrol and Special Operations Divisions participated in this challenge. Most notably, Corporal Kevin Meyer from the Special Operations Division, Traffic Safety Unit (pictured with Sheriff Cameron), conducted over 1,200 traffic stops. Sheriff's Office personnel will be recognized at the International Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference being held in Orlando, Florida and at the Maryland Chiefs Association conference being held in Ocean City, later this year.
 
Maryland Law Enforcement Challenge / St. Mary’s County was judged under the following category:  101 – 250 sworn officers:
The Maryland Law Enforcement Challenge (LEC) is a way to recognize the excellent work being done by our uniformed men and women.  It encompasses all traffic initiatives, year round, with the goal of reducing traffic crashes that result in injuries and fatalities.

The Maryland LEC focuses upon three main traffic safety areas – enforcement of Maryland’s occupant protection laws, impaired driving prevention, and aggressive driving prevention.  Smooth Operator, Click It Or Ticket, and Checkpoint Strike Force are campaigns that make up a large portion of the judging criteria required.  A comprehensive traffic safety plan, such as motorcycle safety, younger/older driver safety, pedestrian/bicyclist safety, and innovative programs or technologies were also criterion for the award.
St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office 1st place
Calvert County Sheriff's Office 2nd Place
Stafford County Sheriff's Office, VA 3rd Place
National Law Enforcement Challenge / St. Mary’s County was judged under the following category 51-250 officers:
The National Law Enforcement Challenge (NLEC) is a national traffic safety awards program that recognizes excellence in law enforcement traffic safety programs. The program provides law enforcement agencies with an opportunity to make a difference in the communities they serve and allows agencies to learn from one another and establish future goals in traffic safety enforcement and education.

St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office 1st Place
Calvert County Sheriff's Office (Honorable Mention)

Incident Briefs 8-22-14

8-21-14 Motor Vehicle Accident - The driver, male, age 59, suffered a medical emergency while in the parking lot of the McDonald's in Leonardtown Center. After going unconscious, his vehicle accelerated crossing Route 243 and entered the parking lot of the Dash Inn. The vehicle stopped after it struck the brick pillars supporting the fuel pumps. The driver was transported to the MedStar St. Mary's Hospital. Case #45277-14

8-21-14 BURGLARY - Unknown suspect(s) forced entry in the Knight Life car located in Oakville. Once inside, suspect(s) stole property and US currency from the business. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy Cole. Case #45309-14