Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Operation Border2Border Kicks off Click it or Ticket Campaign

On May 19th, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and troopers from the Leonardtown and Prince Frederick Barracks of the Maryland State Police, conducted seatbelt compliance checks on both sides of the Thomas Johnson Bridge as part of the Border2Border Seat Belt Compliance Initiative. 

During the operation, a total of 1,728 vehicles passed through and 70 vehicles were stopped. Those vehicle stops resulted in 34 seatbelt citations, 16 cellphone citations, 1 license citation, 16 warnings and 1 safety equipment repair order. 

Each year more than 120 people, who are not wearing a seat belt at the time of a crash, die on Maryland’s roadways. Even low speed crashes can produce serious injuries or fatalities to unbelted vehicle occupants. This month the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is participating in  the Click it or Ticket campaign, which runs from May 11th through May 31st. The goal is simple - to remind all drivers and passengers about the lifesaving benefits of wearing a seat belt every time you ride in a vehicle, day or night, and in every seat.
Maryland crash data shows those who were reported as unbelted at the time of their crash were 67 percent more likely to sustain a moderate to fatal injury. The data also shows seat belts reduce the risk of moderate-to-critical injury by 50 percent. In 2014, more than 92 percent of drivers and front-seat passengers in Maryland were observed to be wearing their seatbelts, but crash data shows that an alarming percentage of people killed in crashes were unbelted.
Besides potentially saving your life, putting on your seat belt could mean keeping money in your pocket. A fine will cost you $83 including court costs. 
More than 89,000 seat belt citations are written each year in Maryland. St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office wants to see 100 percent seat belt use. Therefore, deputies will except no excuses.  

Click it or Ticket is a major component of Maryland's Toward Zero Deaths campaign, which focuses on promoting seat belt use and preventing impaired driving, aggressive driving, and distracted driving.  For more information on the Toward Zero Deaths campaign, please visit towardzerodeathsmd.com.
For more information on the Click it or Ticket campaign visit nhtsa.gov

Monday, May 18, 2015

Death Investigation - Lexington Park

Lexington Park, Maryland - On May 15, 2015 at approximately 1:04 PM, deputies assigned to patrol and the Lexington Park COPs Unit responded to the wooded area behind Nicolet Park for a death investigation.

Deputies made contact with a complainant who advised his fiancĂ©e, victim Amiee Lynn Jones, had died unexpectedly in her sleep.  The couple had been living in a tent in the wooded area.  Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division responded and assumed the investigation.  No indications of foul play were observed and a Forensic Investigator responded to the scene.  The victim was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.


Captain Edward Willenborg
Commander, Criminal Investigations Division
301.475.4200 X 1998





Incident Briefs 5-15-15 to 5-18-15

5-15-15 Burglary - Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a residence located on Marshall Boulevard in Lexington Park. Nothing appeared to have been stolen. CASE #28154-15

5-16-15 Assault/Stabbing - A male victim arrived at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital with non life-threatening lacerations. A crime scene was located in Lexington Park. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division responded and assumed the investigation. Additional information will be released as it is developed. CASE #28312-15

5-16-15 Shooting Complaint - Deputies responded to the Westbury Subdivision after a caller to 9 1 1 reported hearing shots fired in the area. No suspects or evidence was located. CASE #28313-15

5-17-15 Theft of Motor Vehicle - Unknown suspect(s) stole a 2010 Kawaski EX 250 Ninja Motorcycle from a parking lot located on King Way in California. 

5-18-15 Burglary to Motor Vehicle - Unknown suspect(s) entered an unlocked vehicle in St. James and stole property. CASE #28498-15

 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Arrests 5-15-15

Contraband Place of Confinement – On May 5, 2015, Deputy McCuen responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. Corrections staff entered the cell of suspect Terrell Anthony Duckett, age 18, of Great Mills, after he was heard banging on the cell door. Correctional Officer Bowling observed Duckett in possession of a handcrafted dagger type object, commonly referred to as a “shank”. Duckett was charged with Possession Contraband in Place of Confinement. CASE #25970-15
Terrell Duckett


Assault – On May 6, 2015, Corporal Smolarsky responded to a residence on Goddard Court in Leonardtown, for a reported assault. The victim alleged suspect Damian Lamont Rogers, age 40, of Glen Burnie, grabbed the victim around the throat with his hands. The victim had fresh signs of injury. Rogers was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd Degree Assault. CASE #26201-15
Damian Rogers


Registered Sex Offender on Restricted Property – On May 6, 2015 at 10:41 AM, Detective Corporal Raddatz received information suspect Robert Edward Hall, age 53, of Lexington Park, was at the Lexington Park Elementary School. Hall is a Tier 3 Registered Sex Offender. Patrol deputies immediately responded to the school and located Hall in the main office. Hall was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center by Corporal Moritz. He was charged with Registered Sex Offender Entering Restricted Property. CASE #26218-15  
Robert Edward Hall


Violation Protective Order – On May 6, 2015, Deputy Wesner responded to a residence on Indian Way in Lexington Park, for an unrelated matter. Suspect William Joseph Flanagin, JR., age 37, of Lexington Park, was located inside the residence in violation of an active protective order. Flanagin was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Violation Protective Order. CASE #26328-15
William Flanagin


Property Destruction – On May 6, 2015, deputies located suspect Andre Moreno O’Brien, age 30, of no fixed address, on Prather Drive. O’Brien was wanted on an outstanding bench warrant for violation of probation. O’Brien was arrested without incident and placed into a marked police car to be transported to the detention center. O’Brien kicked the rear windshield out of the police car. He was then placed into another police car for transport at which time he spit repeatedly all over the inside of the car. O’Brien was charged with 2 COUNTS of Property Destruction by Deputy Steinbach. CASE #26286-15
Andre O'Brien


Assault – On May 7, 2015, Corporal Seyfried responded to a residence on Cresent Lane in Mechanicsville, for a reported assault in progress. The victim alleged suspect Christina Suzanne Buckler, age 37, of Mechanicsville, slapped, pushed, and scratched the victim during an argument. The victim had visible signs of injury. Buckler was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with 2nd Degree Assault. CASE #26363-15
Christina Buckler



Assault – On May 7, 2015, Deputy Roszell responded to a residence in the 13000 block of Point Lookout Road in Ridge, for a reported domestic assault. The victim alleged on 5/6/15 suspect Marcus Donar Hatzel, age 49, of Ridge, and began pushing the victim and threw the victim around in the kitchen causing injury to the victim’s elbows. Hatzel was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd Degree Assault. CASE #26523-15
Marcus Hatzell

Baby Stroller Thief - Do You Know Me?

California, Maryland - The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect pictured below. 

On Thursday, May 7, 2015, at 3:30 PM, the suspect pushed a shopping cart containing a baby stroller out of the Walmart store, located on Miramar Way, without paying. CASE # 22208-15



 Anyone with information regarding the identity of this suspect or about this crime in general is asked to call CRIME SOLVERS at 301.475.3333, or text a tip to "TIP239" plus your message to '"CRIMES" (274637). 
You may also contact Deputy Roszell at 301.475.4200 X 9108. 

St. Mary’s County CRIME SOLVERS offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary's County that leads to an 
arrest or indictment.
Calls to CRIME SOLVERS are NOT RECORDED. 
CALLERS CAN REMAIN ANONYMOUS

Incident Briefs 5-4-15 to 5-15-15

5-5-15 Theft - Unknown suspect(s) stole the wheels, brake pads and rotors from a vehicle for sale at Lexington Park Ford located on Great Mills Road. CASE #25968-15

5-5-15 Burglary Motor Vehicle - Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a vehicle parked at the Home 2 Suites in Lexington Park and stole the stereo system. CASE #25969-15

5-7-15 Burglary - Unknown suspect(s) entered a residence located on Erin Drive in Mechanicsville, through an unlocked door. Once inside, suspect(s) stole money. CASE #26415-15

5-8-15 Theft Motor Vehicle - On 5-6-15, the owner of a 1997 Chrysler Town and Country van left the vehicle in the parking lot of the Super 8 Motel in Lexington Park, after the vehicle broke down. Unknown suspect(s) operating a tow truck removed the vehicle. The vehicle was not towed by the motel staff. CASE #26540-15

5-9-15 Attempted Burglary - Unknown suspect(s) tampered with a lock on the victim's barn located on Deerhaven Lane. CASE #26711-15

5-9-15 Burglary Motor Vehicle - Unknown suspect(s) entered the victim's unlocked vehicle and stole property. Suspect(s) also scratched the vehicle. CASE #26853-15

5-10-15 Burglary - Unknown suspect(s) entered a home located on Halsey Court in California and stole several items of property. CASE #27052-15

5-11-15 Property Destruction - Unknown suspect(s) broke a driver's side window on the victim's vehicle located on Winding Way. CASE #27097-15

5-11-15 Property Destruction - Unknown suspect(s) threw several eggs at the victim's vehicle while she traveled along Colton's Point Road. CASE #27125-15

5-11-15 Burglary - Unknown suspect(s) forced entry in a residence located on South Essex Drive in Lexington Park. Nothing appeared to have been stolen. CASE #27131-15

5-13-15 Burglary Motor Vehicle - Unknown suspect(s) entered an unlocked vehicle on Baringer Drive in California, and stole property. CASE #27535-15

5-13-15 Theft - Unknown suspect(s) stole a Quick Attach bucket used on a Bobcat from a vacant lot in Charlotte Hall. CASE #27681-15

5-14-15 Property Destruction - Unknown suspect(s) punctured all 4 tires and spray painted a victim's while the vehicle was parked on Jeeter Way. The crime occurred sometime during the last month. CASE #27760-15 

5-14-15 Burglary/Theft Motor Vehicle - Corporal Kirkner recovered an abandoned Yamaha dirt bike at Myrtle Point State Park. A short time later, the bike was reported stolen from a shed on Poplar Lane in Lexington Park. Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into the shed and stole the bike sometime during the previous night. CASE #27705-15

5-15-15 Burglary - Sometime over the past month, unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a shed located in the 20000 block of Hermanville Road and stole property. CASE #27993-15




Notice of JAG Program Grant Solicitation FY2015

MEDIA RELEASE

May 14, 2015

Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program FY2015
Local Solicitation CFDA #16.738

Overview of the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program:

        The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance
is pleased to announce that it is seeking applications for funding under the Edward Byrne
Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. This program furthers the Department’s
mission by assisting state, local and tribal efforts to prevent or reduce crime and violence.

          The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program (42 U.S.C. 3751
(a)) is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. The JAG Program provides states and units of local governments with critical funding necessary to support a
range of program areas including law enforcement, prosecution and court programs, prevention and education programs, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, crime victim and witness initiatives, and planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs.

           The St. Mary’s County Sheriff Office will receive $17,127 in local solicitation.

Point of Contact: Bonnie Lancaster, Fiscal Specialist, 301.475.4200 X1931


UPDATE: Missing Person - Megan Morando

The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office is no longer looking for Megan Morando. Thank you to the public and media partners for all of the assistance in locating her.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Suspect Charged With Contaminating Milk

Mechanicsville, Maryland - On May 6, 2015, a victim, who resides at a residence on Finch Court, responded to Sheriff's Office headquarters to report a peace order violation. The victim indicated on 5/4/15, she and two additional victims returned home after being gone for most of the day. The victims poured milk, which had been stored in the home's refrigerator, into glasses to drink during dinner. After one of the victim's swallowed some of the milk, she began to choke on a substance in the milk. She then coughed up the substance and discovered what appeared to be human skin. The second victim swallowed some of the milk and also felt something in the liquid. She immediately began to gag and cough up the milk along with the substance. The third victim poured the milk but never drank it. They subsequently poured the remainder of the milk into a strainer and found what appeared to be human skin shavings in the milk container. The victim's alleged another roommate in the home, identified as Sarah Preston Schrock, age 56, of Mechanicsville, shaves the bottoms of her feet and keeps the skin in trays in her bedroom. 

Schrock was issued a peace order on 5/1/15 with the protected parties being one of the victims. On 5/3/15, Schrock was arrested for violating the order, however she returned to the residence that same evening upon her release. She was home alone in the residence for most of the day on 5/4/15. 

Schrock was located and placed under arrest. She was transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center and charged with Felony Contaminating/Poisoning Food/Drink, 3 COUNTS of 2nd Degree Assault, and Violation of Peace Order by Corporal Jaime Davis. CASE #25865-15

Sarah Schrock
  

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Fatal Crash - Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown

Leonardtown, Maryland - On May 9th at 3:00 AM, Corporal J. Somerville was conducting a premise check at the Exxon when a citizen informed him of an overturned vehicle on Newtowne Neck Road in the area of Rosebank Road.

Deputies searched the area and located a Ford F-150 overturned resting in a ditch on its roof. The driver, and sole occupant, identified as Barry Dale Whittington, Jr., age 32, of Leonardtown, was pronounced dead on the scene.

Members of the Sheriff's Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. The preliminary investigation indicated the truck was traveling northbound on Newtowne Neck Road. For unknown reasons, the truck left the roadway as it approached Rosebank Road. The truck then traveled along a ditch before striking a culvert and overturning. Speed is believed to be a factor in the crash.

Anyone with information regarding this crash is asked to call Deputy C. Beyer at 301.475.4040. The investigation is ongoing and additional information will be released as it is developed.