Friday, December 19, 2014

Sobriety Checkpoint Tonight

The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint tonight (12-19-14)
 in the southern end of St. Mary's County.

Sheriff Tim Cameron and the men and women of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office remind everyone to find a sober ride and don't drink and drive. Have a wonderful and safe holiday season!
 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Arrests 12-18-14

ASSAULT – On December 17, 2014, Deputy McClure responded to the Car Wash located on Great Mills Road. Deputy McClure located the victim and suspect Edwin Foote JR., 52, of Lexington Park, outside of the car wash. The victim alleged Foote pushed the victim to the ground and grabbed the victim by the throat during an argument. Deputy McClure observed fresh evidence of injury on the victim. Foote was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd Degree Assault.

Edwin Foote JR.


TRESPASSING – On December 13, 2014, Deputy K. Molitor responded to the Walden Sierra located in California, for a disturbance. Deputy Molitor made contact with suspect Roy Mitchell Jones, 38, of no fixed address, who had been asked to leave the premises after he violated the program rules. Deputy Molitor provided Jones with a ride to the Wawa and was told not to return to Walden Sierra. A short time later, Walden Sierra staff reported Jones had returned to the property. Deputy Molitor located Jones in the gazebo and placed him under arrest. Jones was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Trespassing and Failure to Obey a Lawful Order.

Roy Jones

ASSAULT – On December 13, 2014, Deputy Steinbach responded to a residence on Hermanville Road for a reported assault. The victim alleged suspect Judy Nickole Jones, 30, of Lexington Park, pushed the victim in the face with her hand. Deputy Steinbach observed fresh evidence of injury on the victim. Jones was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with 2nd Degree Assault.
Judy Jones


DRUG POSSESSION – On December 12, 2014, Deputy Grusholt responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center for a contraband complaint. Corrections staff located a cigarette and a baggie containing methadone pills in the shoe of suspect Timothy Lee Pilkerton, 40, of Mechanicsville, upon his return to the detention center from work release. Pilkerton was charged with Possess Contraband in Place of Confinement and Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance – not Marijuana. 

Timothy Pilkerton

Detectives Make Arrests in Armed Robbery - Lexington Park

UPDATE 12-19-14 1624 PM: Suspect Cepada Hicks has been located and arrested.

Lexington Park, Maryland - On December 10, 2014, deputies responded to the area of North Shangri La Drive for the report of an attempted armed robbery. Deputies made contact with the male victim who stated he was in the area of Sheriff Miedzinski Way when he was approached by two black males, one of which produced a knife and demanded his money. The victim refused to hand over money at which time the suspect swung the knife cutting the victim's jacket. The victim was able to flee on foot from the area and call 9 1 1.


Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.  Two suspects were identified during the investigation and warrants were issued for thier arrest. 

On December 17, 2014, suspect Tyriel L. Gantt, age 18, of no fixed address, was located by members of the Lexington Park COPS Unit and placed under arrest.  Gantt was transported to CID where he was interviewed by detectives. Gantt was later transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center, charged with Armed Robbery, Robbery, Assault 1st Degree, Assault 2nd Degree and incarcerated under a $30,000 bond.
Tyriel L. Gantt

A second suspect in the case has been identified as Cepada J. Hicks, African American Male, age 20, 6’00 tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds with shoulder length braided black hair.  Hicks is known to frequent the Lexington Park area and also has ties throughout Southern Maryland. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Hicks is asked to contact Detective Corporal Michael Boyer at 301.475.4200 X 9120 or citizens may contact Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333.  Citizens may also text tips to “TIP239” plus your message to “CRIMES” (274637).

Cepada J. Hicks
ARRESTED & IN CUSTODY


Captain Terry L. Black
Commander
Criminal Investigations Division

301-475-4200 Ext. 1925

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sheriff Cameron Announces Next Max Deployment Operation























Sheriff Cameron and the men and women of the #SMCSO will have an increased presence in and around shopping areas, on roadways, and in our communities to ensure St. Mary's County shoppers are safe during prime shopping time. 

Corporal E. Keith Fretwell Memorial Unveiled at Mission BBQ

California, Maryland - On December 15, 2014, Sheriff Tim Cameron, members of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Emergency Services Team, (EST), and the family and friends of Corporal E. Keith Fretwell gathered at Mission Barbecue in San Souci Plaza for the official unveiling of a memorial in his honor. 

The memorial was unveiled by Keith's mother, Diane Fretwell, his sister Twania Fretwell, and nephew Andy Fretwell. Proudly displayed on the wall to the left side of the Mission Barbecue restaurant is Keith's Class "A" jacket. Displayed on the jacket are his Corporal stripes, EST wings, and badge. Above the jacket is Keith's original EST helmet - all personal possessions very dear to Keith. 

Corporal E. "Keith" Fretwell, was an Air Force veteran, an original member of the EST, a dedicated well respected police officer, who was well liked by citizens and his fellow officers. Keith had an amazing personality which enabled him to connect effortlessly with anyone. He was responsible for mentoring many of his fellow officers especially those on his patrol group and on EST. 

Keith lost his battle with cancer on March 24, 1999, and left a substantial void in the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office. As time has gone by, many of the deputies who were privileged to have worked with Keith continue to think of him often. We share great stories and wish he were still here. 

THANK YOU Mission Barbecue for remembering a great man who remains to this day important to so many.

Sheriff Richard Voorhaar, Corporal Keith Fretwell, & Colonel David Mitchell 

Sheriff Cameron and members of the EST



clockwise: Sheriff Cameron, Andy Fretwell, Twania Fretwell, & Diane Fretwell







   

Incident Briefs 12-15-14 to 12-17-14

12-15-14 PROPERTY DESTRUCTION - A victim, who resides on Baja Lane, reported unknown suspect(s) slashed the tires on her vehicle during the night. CASE #66416-14

12-16-14 BURGLARY MOTOR VEHICLE - A victim, who resides on Premier Lane in Lexington Park, reported unknown suspect(s) broke a window on her vehicle and stole property. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy Siciliano. CASE #66588-14

12-16-14 THEFT - A victim, who resides on Elmer Way, reported packages were stolen from her mailbox. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy L. Johnson. CASE #66752-14

12-16-14 BURGLARY MOTOR VEHICLE - A victim, who resides on Poplar Ridge Road, reported unknown suspect(s) entered her vehicle and stole property. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy D. Smith. CASE #66754-14

12-16-14 BURGLARY MOTOR VEHICLE - A victim, who resides on Poplar Ridge Road, reported unknown suspect(s) entered her vehicle and stole property. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy D. Smith. CASE #66733-14

12-16-14 PROPERTY DESTRUCTION -  A victim, who resides on East Edinview Court, reported unknown suspect(s) broke the rear window out of her truck. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy Bare. CASE #66710-14

12-16-14 BURGLARY TO MOTOR VEHICLE -  A victim reported unknown suspect(s) forced entry into his work van and stole tools, while the vehicle was parked at the Food Lion in Charlotte Hall. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy Bare. CASE #66799-14

12-17-14 BURGLARY - A victim reported unknown suspect(s) entered a detached garage on St. Andrew's Lane and stole property. Case remains open and is assigned to Corporal Rogers. CASE #66843-14

12-17-14 BURGLARY - A victim, who resides on Autumnwood Drive, reported unknown suspect(s) entered here vehicle and stole property. Case remains open ans is assigned to Deputy Murphy. CASE #66824-14


Vice Narcotics Make Arrests "Operation Season's Greetings"

Vice/Narcotics detectives, assisted by Support Team members and patrol deputies, conducted a two day sweep dubbed “Operation Season’s Greetings”. The following arrests were made.

Detectives received information regarding a fraudulent prescription for Promethazine-Codeine in the name of “Victoria Myles” which was passed at a local pharmacy. Promethazine-Codeine is mixed with soda and is known on the street as “Purple Drank”. Detectives arrested Corey Richard Benford (Age 29 of Bowie, MD) for “Obtaining a Prescription by Fraud”. Suspect Benford is under investigation in other jurisdictions for the same criminal offenses. This investigation continues and additional charges are expected.  

Corey Benford

Husband and wife, Robert Oran Rice Jr. (Age 37) and Melissa Leigh Rice (Age 35) both of Hughesville, were indicted and charged with “Obtaining Codeine by Fraud” and “Conspiring to Obtain Codeine by Fraud”. 

Robert Rice JR.

Melissa Rice

Jerome Antonio Herbert aka “Big Mac” (Age 28 of Lexington Park) was indicted and charged with “Possession of Cocaine with the Intent to Distribute”.
Jerome Herbert




Jessica Lynn Grannis (Age 27 of Lusby, MD) was indicted and charged with “Distribution of Oxycodone”.

Jessica Grannis

Barbara Jean McGuinnis aka “BJ” (Age 50 of Leonardtown) was indicted and charged with “Possession of Oxycodone with the Intent to Distribute”.
Barbara McGuinnis

  
Husband and wife, William Anthony West (Age 39) and Lisa Marie West (Age 45) both of Lexington Park, were indicted for “Distribution of Oxycodone” and “Conspiring to Distribute Oxycodone”.
William West

Lisa West



Joshua Alan Moore (Age 25 of Mechanicsville) was indicted and charged with “Possession with the Intent to Distribute Hydromorphone” and “Possession of Alarazolam with the Intent to Distribute”.
Joshua Moore


William Justin Horton (Age 23 of Sunderland, MD) was charged with possession of marijuana paraphernalia after being involved in a fight in Leonardtown.
William Horton


Crystal Lee Carter (Age 42 of Lexington Park) was indicted and charged with “Manufacturing Marijuana” after several marijuana plants and growing items were seized from her home.
Crystal Carter


Francis Terrell Robinson (Age 32 of Piney Point, MD) was indicted by the Charles County Sheriff’s at the conclusion of their narcotics investigation. The indictment was for charges which included “Possession of Cocaine and Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute”. Charles County Narcotics detectives discovered Suspect Robinson was in possession of a handgun as well. That handgun was stolen from a residence in St. Mary’s County. The additional charge of “Theft under $1,000” was placed on Suspect Robinson by St. Mary’s County deputies. 
Francis Robinson


Detectives served a Charles County indictment for “Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute” on Suspect Laura Renee Johnston (Age 48 of Mechanicsville). NP


Vaughn Jerome Chase (Age 47 of Upper Marlboro, MD) was arrested on an open warrant for “Intimidating a Witness”. Suspect Chase is a defendant in a cocaine distribution case which is awaiting trial and has threatened a witness in the case against him. This was done on several occasions over the last several weeks, one of which was in the presence of a Deputy Sheriff.

Vaughn Chase


Jeramie Davon Neal (Age 21 of Deltona, Florida) was indicted after being found in possession of nearly $1,400 of counterfeit money. The counterfeit currency was in both $50 and $20 dollar bills. 

Jerome Neal



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

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2014 Christmas Shop With A COP

The St. Mary's County Shop with a Cop program is an independent 501c3 nonprofit organization whose boards of directors are comprised of members of the St. Mary's County Optimist Clubs and St. Mary's County Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 7. Lorraine "Bunny" Brewer, Toni and Jimmy Long, and Joseph Stanalonis and Bill Raddatz plan, coordinate and supervise the program throughout the year.

On Saturday, December 13th, members of the Optimist Clubs of St. Mary's County, St. Mary's County Commissioner John O'Connor and members of the St. Mary's Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7, cooked breakfast and wrapped presents for the officers and children participating in the program.

Kate Eggart of the St. Mary's County Public schools and the personnel pupil workers of the St. Mary's County Public schools and the principals and counselors of several of the parochial schools assisted in submitting names of children who were later selected to participate in the program.

Officers and deputies from the State Fire Marshal's Office, United States Coast Guard, Point Lookout Department of Natural Resource Park Rangers, Federal Bureau of Investigations, St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office, St. Mary's County office of Parole and Probation, and Troopers from the Maryland State Police St. Mary's, Calvert, and LaPlata barracks along with Troopers from the Aviation Division volunteered to take the children shopping.

Sheriff Tim Cameron and the men and women of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office sincerely thank everyone who continue to make this event, (and Back to School Shop With A COP), an amazing success every year. 

Visit #SMCSO Facebook page at www.facebook.com/firstsheriff to see all of our Shop With A COP photos. Remember to follow #SMCSO on Twitter @firstsheriff . As always, THANK YOU for your continued support!







Monday, December 15, 2014

What is Shop With A Cop?

Today, this amazing lady came to Sheriff's Office headquarters. Her name is Denna Taggart and she asked to meet with Detective Corporal Bill Raddatz in person. Bill was out of the office. Detective Ellis offered to deliver the card to Bill, however Mrs. Taggart insisted on waiting. Mrs. Taggart waited in her car for nearly an hour.

When Bill arrived she enthusiastically greeted him in the lobby and presented him with a hand made card from her son, Connor. She hugged Bill. She thanked him for the Shop With A Cop program and all of his hard work and dedication. In fact, she thanked everyone from the teacher and doctor who submitted Connor's name for participation in the program, to all of the law enforcement officers who gave their time, to all of those who donated money to make the event possible, and the Trooper, (Trooper First Class Tenorio, LaPlata Barrack), who took Connor to Shop With A Cop. 

She thanked her 6 year old son, Connor, for bringing home Christmas gifts for the entire family. Bill added he had seen Connor initially leaving Walmart without a single gift for himself. Connor only bought a toy for himself after Bill sent him back inside with the Trooper. 

With tears in her eyes, Mrs. Taggart told Bill, "I wanted to see you in person to tell you that you made a difference. I'm so very thankful for our police officers and what you all do. I had no idea Shop With A Cop existed. Thank you so much. Thank you." 

What is Shop With A Cop? - This story IS Shop With A Cop.  



Incident Briefs 12-11-14 to 12-15-14

12-11-14 PROPERTY DESTRUCTION - A victim, who resides on Spring Valley Drive in Lexington Park, reported a known suspect damaged her vehicle by scratching it. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy J. Smith. CASE #65765-14

12-11-14 BURGLARY - A victim, who resides on Fox Chase Drive in Lexington Park, reported unknown suspect(s) entered her residence by unknown means and stole property. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy L. Johnson. CASE #65748-14

12-12-14 FRAUD - A victim, who resides on Aspen Way in Lexington Park, reported unknown suspect(s) made unauthorized charges through her Groupon Account. Case remains open. CASE #65920-14

12-12-14 FRAUD - A victim, who resides on Vista Road in Hollywood, reported unauthorized charges to her Verizon account. CASE #65932-14

12-13-14 THEFT - A victim, who resides on Monterey Lane in California, reported unknown suspect(s) stole jewelry from her home. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy Wesner. CASE #66172-14

12-14-14 - BURGLARY - A victim reported unknown suspect(s) entered her storage unit at County Line Storage in Charlotte Hall and stole property. CASE #66233-14

12-14-14 BURGLARY MOTOR VEHICLE - A victim, who resides on Christian Way reported unknown suspect(s) entered her unlocked vehicle and stole property. Case remains open.