Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Arrests 3-3-15

DISORDERLY CONDUCT/ASSAULT ON POLICE – On February 26, 2015, Deputy S. Cameron and Deputy Lawrence responded to the 19000 block of Point Lookout Road in Park Hall, for a single vehicle accident. The vehicle involved in the collision was located unoccupied. While deputies were conducting the investigation and waiting for the tow company to arrive to remove the vehicle, the operator of the vehicle returned to the scene accompanied by her friend, later identified as suspect Jamie Lee Clarke, age 21, of St. Inigoes. When Clarke learned the vehicle was going to be towed he became disorderly; yelling and cursing at deputies. Clarke was advised to stop raising his voice and using foul language and he refused. The owner of the vehicle attempted to get Clarke to calm down with no success. Clarke became increasingly aggressive toward deputies. Deputy Cameron and Deputy Lawrence approached Clarke to place him under arrest at which time Clarke attempted to take Deputy Lawrence to the ground by grabbing him around the legs. Clarke then swung his fists at both deputies. Clarke was eventually taken into custody and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 2 COUNTS of Assault 2nd Degree and Disorderly Conduct. CASE #11065-15
Jamie Clarke


CHILD ABUSE – On February 27, 2015, Deputy Pontorno responded to a residence on Caravel Court in Great Mills, for a reported assault. The victim alleged suspect Jennifer Ann Andra, age 38, of Great Mills, struck the victim repeatedly with a hockey stick. Deputy Pontorno observed several bruises on the victim’s arm and legs. Andra was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with Child Abuse - Second Degree: Custodian. CASE #11455-15
Jennifer Andra


THEFT – On March 2, 2015, Deputy Schultz responded to the 21000 block of Chancellor’s Run Road in Great Mills, for a reported theft. The complainant, driver of a taxi cab, alleged he picked up suspect Stacie Marie Schneider, age 18, of Frederick, in Pikesville, Maryland. Schneider requested the cab driver transport her to Great Mills, which he did. On arrival, the cab driver advised Schneider the cost of the cab ride was $217.00. Schneider did not have the funds to pay for the cab ride. Schneider was placed under arrest and charged with Theft Under $1,000 by criminal citation. CASE #11989-15
Stacie Schneider


  

Monday, March 2, 2015

DUI Arrests 3-2-15

Melvin Vincent Fenwick JR., 22, of St. Inigoes, on 1-24-15 by Deputy H. Smith
Melvin Fenwick JR


Christine Marie Thurstin, 41, of Lexington Park, on 1-16-15 by Deputy Bare
Christine Thurstin

John Anthony Dambrosio, 53, of Charlotte Hall, on 1-30-15 by Deputy D. Smith
John Dambrosio


Joe Lewis Jefferies, 66, of Mechanicsville, on 1-29-15 by Deputy Holdsworth NP

Steven Skate Poole, 46, of Avenue, on 2-2-15 by DFC Kerby
Steven Poole

Nakita Shavon Greenwell, 29, of Park Hall, on 2-12-15 by Deputy S. Cameron
Nikita Greenwell


Terence Edward Thomas, 18, of Lexington Park, on 2-14-15 by Deputy L. Johnson  NP

Suspects Arrested After Home Invasion Robbery - Mechanicsville

Mechanicsville, Maryland - March 1, 2015, at 11:45 PM, Sheriff’s Office patrol units responded to the 36000 block of West Lakeland Drive, for the report of a home invasion. Victims reported two male suspects entered the home armed with a handgun and a baseball bat. The suspects demanded money and cell phones from the two victims. The victims complied and neither sustained any injuries. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division were contacted, responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.

Detectives, with the assistance of patrol officers, identified both suspects who were located and arrested without incident. A search warrant was obtained for the suspect’s residence and vehicle. Property was subsequently recovered belonging to the victims.

James W. T. Burke, age 29, of Mechanicsville, and David S. Lee, age 27, of Mechanicsville, were transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. 

Burke was charged with Robbery and Theft 1,000 to $10,000. 

Lee was charged with two counts of 1st Degree Assault, Theft $1,000 to $10,000 and Theft under $500.  Both suspects are pending an appearance before the District Court Commissioner.

 Addition charges are pending a review with States Attorney Richard Fritz.

James W. T. Burke

David S. Lee
      
Captain Terry L. Black #76
Commander
Criminal Investigations Division

301.475.4200 X 1925

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Incident Briefs 2-28-15 to 3-2-15

2-28-15 ARSON - A victim, who resides on Mechanicsville Road, reported unknown suspect(s) attempted to set his vehicle on fire. Maryland State Fire Marshal responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. CASE #11530-15

3-2-15 BURGLARY - A victim, who resides on Hilton Run Drive in Lexington Park, reported unknown suspect(s) forced entry into his apartment and stole property. Case remains open. CASE #11906-15


Friday, February 27, 2015

Suspect Charged With Soliciting Minor - Cutchember

In January 2015, Detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigations Division, began an investigation into the electronic sending and receiving of pornographic images utilizing Facebook messaging service between an adult male suspect and a 14 year old female. 

Detectives determined between November 2014 and January 2015, the suspect sent nude photographs of himself to the victim and requested she send nude photographs of herself in return.  The victim informed the suspect of her age refused his request at the beginning of their corresponding with each other. The victim refused multiple requests for photographs; however the suspect began offering tangible gifts to the victim. The victim subsequently sent a partially nude photograph of herself to the suspect.  After receiving the photograph, the suspect began to repeatedly ask to meet the victim in person. The victim became frightened and informed her mother of the incidents who notified police.

Detectives identified the suspect in the case and on January 27, 2015, Detective Corporal David Alexander arrested Lance K. Cutchember, age 33, of Valley Lee, at his residence without incident.  Cutchember was subsequently charged with Possession of Child Pornography – Visual Representation and Child Pornography – Solicit / Engage a Minor. He transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center pending an appearance before the District Court Commissioner.  

Lance K. Cutchember 

     
Captain Terry L. Black
Commander
Criminal Investigations Division

301.475.4200 X 1925

Relative Charged With Abusing Two Year Old


Leonardtown, Maryland - On February 26, 2015, a two year old female victim was taken to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital by her grandparents after she arrived at their home for visitation with multiple injuries. The victim suffered from bruises all over her body, a laceration on her head and another on her buttocks. She was also missing hair from her scalp which appeared to have been pulled out by force. The Criminal Investigations Division was contacted by hospital staff. Detectives immediately responded to the hospital and assumed the investigation. 

Detectives determined a relative of the victim caused the injuries while disciplining her on several separate occasions. Suspect Justin Michael Cave, age 22, of Leonardtown, was subsequently located and placed under arrest by Detective Ashley Croyle. 

Cave was transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center and charged with 2nd Degree Child Abuse and 2nd Degree Assault. He is being held on a $75,000 bond.

Justin Michael Cave 

       

Captain Terry L. Black
Commander
Criminal Investigations Division

301.475.4200 X 1925

Vice Narcotics Arrests 2-27-15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

St. Mary’s County Detectives, being assisted by the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, began an investigation into Teresa Lynn Glaze aka “Teresa Hall” (Age 44 of Leonardtown) and her possible involvement with diverting “oxycodone”. Suspect Glaze began working for a doctor in the Prince Frederick area and was terminated. During her time at the doctor’s office she wrote approximately 72 fraudulent prescriptions using a stolen blank prescription pad. She wrote prescriptions in the name of friends and family members, who passed the prescriptions before returning the “oxycodone” tablets to her for sale. In all, detectives discovered the pills obtained were “Oxycodone” 4,104 tablets, “Xanax”- 150 tablets and “Adderall”-180 tablets for a value on the street of more than $35,000. Suspect Glaze’s brother, James Joseph Hall (Age 37 of Leonardtown) was indicted as he obtained 1,632 “oxycodone” tablets as part of this fraud scheme. Additional arrests are anticipated as the investigation is ongoing.
Teresa Lynn Glaze

James Joseph Hall


Krista Chastain (Age 29 of Bryantown, Maryland) was a former employee of two doctors and utilized their information in order to fraudulently manufacture prescriptions and obtain several thousands of dollars in controlled substances to include “Hydrocodone” and “Adderall”. In all there were 32 fraudulent prescriptions written. Suspect Chastain utilized her health insurance to pay for this scheme. She was indicted for “Obtaining Hydrocodone by Fraud” and Theft-$1,000-10,000.
Krista Chastain


Judy Nickole Jones (Age 30 of Lexington Park) was indicted for “Distribution of Suboxone”.
Judy Nickole Jones


Lawrence Edward Keister (Age 48) is an inmate in the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was court ordered to be released to attend a doctor’s appointment in Leonardtown and detectives had received information he would be receiving “Suboxone” to smuggle back into the jail. Suspect Keister met with a female, obtained the “Suboxone” which was inside of a balloon and swallowed it. Detectives immediately approached the suspect and confirmed he had ingested the controlled substance. A medical review confirmed the balloon inside his stomach and it was recovered. It was found to be “Suboxone” and he was charged with “Possession with Intent to Distribute” and “Possession of Contraband with the intent to Deliver inside a Correctional Facility”.

Detectives worked closely with Sheriff’s Office Correctional Staff throughout this investigation. The female and other inmate were identified during the investigation and charges are pending against both after a review with State’s Attorney Richard D. Fritz.
Lawrence Edward Keister

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


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Incident Briefs 2-25-15 to 2-26-15

2-25-15 BURGLARY - A victim, who resides on Pleasant Drive in Lexington Park, reported unknown suspect(s) entered his unlocked shed and stole property. Case remains open. CASE #10950-15

2-25-15 BURGLARY - A victim, who resides in the 24000 block of Budd's Creek Road in Clements, reported unknown suspect(s) entered her garage sometime since November 2014. Nothing appeared to have been stolen. Case remains open. CASE #10984-15

Vice Narcotics Make Arrests in Illegal Gaming Investigations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

In January of 2015 the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, Vice/Narcotics Division initiated two separate investigations involving the operation of gaming devices at two locations in St. Mary’s County, Maryland.

The first investigation was initiated on January 21, 2015 when detectives visited the Patuxent Moose Lodge in Hollywood, MD upon receiving “anonymous” information regarding the presence of “illegal slot machines.”  Detectives quickly dispelled the allegations by determining the devices were not “slot machines” but were in fact “gaming devices” which were legal.  However, the investigation revealed the gaming devices were not being operated in accordance with the St. Mary’s County Gaming  provision and therefore in violation of the statewide provision. 

           Investigators discovered Roger Lee Benfield, SR. is the owner of R.E. Enterprises, Incorporated, a Maryland corporation that provides coin operated amusement games to retail establishments, and that in 2013 Roger Lee Benfield, SR. and the Patuxent Moose Lodge entered into an agreement that permitted Roger Benfield to place five (5) gaming devices within the establishment. 
  
The agreement permitted the proceeds of the gaming devices to be divided between Roger Benfield’s company and the Patuxent Moose Lodge with Roger Benfield being responsible for the maintenance of the gaming devices which required, among other tasks, collecting money from the devices and ensuring the proper disbursements to the Patuxent Moose Lodge and to his company.

The gaming devices, financial records, and other items of evidence were seized from the Patuxent Moose Lodge pending further investigation.  An analysis of the financial documents revealed from about August of 2013 through January 21, 2015 Roger Benfield retained approximately $27,987.10 in proceeds from the operation of the gaming devices.  Detectives also uncovered evidence that suggest Roger Benfield became a member of the Patuxent Moose Lodge for the sole purpose of giving the appearance of compliance with  the criminal statute which requires the gaming devices to be operated by a member of the qualified organization.

The second investigation was initiated on January 23, 2015 when detectives visited the Brass Rail Sports Bar located in Great Mills, MD to investigate the presence of additional gaming devices that were being operated by Roger Benfield.

Investigators made contact with Charles Benedict “Dickie” Gatton and Hilda Mae Gatton who own and operate the establishment.  The investigators also discovered the presence of five (5) gaming devices.  An inspection of the devices revealed four of the devices operated in the same manner as the devices located in the Patuxent Moose Lodge and one device that functioned as a pull-tab vending machine, both of which are gaming devices.

The investigation revealed, in 2008 Charles “Dickie” Gatton entered into an agreement with the Leonardtown Lions Club that permitted a gaming device to be placed inside the Brass Rail Sports Bar and the proceeds from the gaming device to be divided evenly between the Leonardtown Lions Club and the Brass Rail Sports Bar.  The device, which was the previously described pull-tab vending machine, was managed exclusively by Hilda Mae Gatton and required her, among other tasks, to collect money from the device and ensure the proper disbursement to the Leonardtown Lions Club and to the Brass Rails Sports Bar.

 The investigation also revealed that in January of 2012 Roger Benfield and Charles “Dickie” Gatton entered into an agreement that permitted Roger Benfield to place four (4) gaming devices inside the establishment and required Roger Benfield to manage the devices, which included collecting money from the devices and ensuring the proper disbursement to the Brass Rail Sports Bar and R.E. Benfield Enterprises, Incorporated.

All of the gaming devices were seized from the establishment and additional items of evidence were obtained by the investigators.  An inspection of those documents revealed from January of 2012 through December of 2014 Hilda Mae Gatton and the Leonardtown Lions Club both received approximately $24,460.00 in proceeds from the operation of the gaming device. Furthermore, those same documents and records indicate Charles “Dickie” Gatton and Roger Benfield both received approximately $109,498.00 from the operation of the four (4) gaming devices from January of 2012 through December of 2014.  With respect to Charles Gatton, it is believed that he retained approximately $73,892.00 of his share of the proceeds for personal benefit while giving  just $35,606.00 to the Leonardtown Lions Club.  With respect to Roger Benfield, it is believed he retained his entire share of the proceeds for personal benefit.

During the course of the investigation several search and seizure warrants were obtained which lead to the seizure of gaming devices and more than $129,000.00 in cash from proceeds of the gaming devices in the possession of Charles (Dickie) and Hilda Mae Gatton. 

In summary, the investigations revealed Roger Benfield, Charles Gatton, and Hilda Mae Gatton received portions of the proceeds generated by the gaming devices for personal benefit.  Although the Patuxent Moose Lodge and the Leonardtown Lions Club are qualified organizations permitted to operate gaming devices, the proceeds generated from the operation of the gaming devices were intentionally diverted to the three subjects, contrary to the laws which require all proceeds to be retained by the organization.

On February 23, 2015, Narcotics detectives applied for charges against Roger Benfield, Charles Gatton and Hilda Mae Gatton related to this investigation.  More specifically, with respect to the investigation at the Patuxent Moose Lodge, Roger Benfield was charged with one count of having an interest in a gaming table, one count of keeping a gaming table at the Patuxent Moose Lodge, and one count of perpetrating a theft scheme having a value between $10,000.00 and $100,000.00.
  
With respect to the investigation at the Brass Rail Sports Bar, Roger Benfield was charged with one count of having an interest in a gaming table, one count of keeping a gaming table at the Brass Rail Sports Bar, and one count of perpetrating a theft scheme having a value more than $100,000.00.  Charles “Dickie” Gatton was charged with one count of having an interest in a gaming table, one count of permitting a gaming table to be kept at the Brass Rail, and one count of perpetrating a theft scheme having a value between $10,000.00 and $100,000.00.  Hilda Mae Gatton was charged with one count of having an interest in a gaming table and one count of perpetrating a theft scheme having a value between $10,000.00 and $100,000.00.

In total, the gaming devices at the Brass Rail Sports Bar alone generated more than $300,000.00 in gross proceeds, of which the Leonardtown Lions Club received only $60,000.00. By law, all of the proceeds must be directed to the charity. The investigation is continuing and detectives will continue to work with the State’s Attorney’s Office to determine if additional charges and/or arrests will be made.


Inquiries should be directed to Captain Daniel D. Alioto, Commander of Vice/Narcotics, at 301-475-4200 x 1918.