Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Fatal Accident at Maryland Internation Raceway

Budd's Creek, Maryland - on July 22, 2014 at 12:45 PM, deputies responded to the Maryland International Raceway for an accident involving a motorcyclist. Preliminary investigation revealed the operator of a racing motorcycle, identified as 21 year old Aaron Slemkez, was participating in a training session on an access road behind the drag-strip when he lost control and struck a cement barrier. Life saving efforts were administered; however Slemkez succumbed to his injuries. The next of kin have been notified. Sheriff's Office accident reconstruction team member Corporal W. Watters responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.

Additional details will be released as they are developed.

Another St. Mary's County Drug Dealer Sentenced to 15 Years



July 21, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Contact AUSA VICKIE E. LEDUC or
www.justice.gov/usao/md MARCIA MURPHY at (410) 209-4885


ST. MARY'S COUNTY DRUG DEALER SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON

        Greenbelt, Maryland - Chief U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Jeffrey Kirk Berry, a/k/a "Kojack," age 55, of Lexington Park, Maryland, today to 15 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute powder and crack cocaine; and for being a felon in possession of firearms. Chief Judge Chasanow also found that Berry was an armed career criminal based on three previous drug convictions. For the full press release go to www.justice.gov/usao/md

Captain Dan Alioto, Commander of the Vice/Narcotics Division of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office, had this to say about these convictions/sentences, "This is another great example of what happens when long term committed partnerships work together for a common goal. I'm looking forward to the continued relationship as we move forward on our next investigation."

 
July 14, 2014                          
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contact AUSA VICKIE E. LEDUC or
www.justice.gov/usao/md  MARCIA MURPHY at (410) 209-4885
 

COCAINE DEALER IN ST. MARY’S COUNTY DRUG TRAFFICKING CONSPIRACY SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS IN PRISON

 

Greenbelt, Maryland – Chief U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Jamar Holt, a/k/a “Reds,” “Jamal Holt” and “Rex,” age 36, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 20 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and a kilogram or more of heroin; engaging in money laundering; and violating his supervised release.  Chief Judge Chasanow also entered an order requiring Holt to forfeit $1 million, two vehicles, three properties located in Baltimore, as well as jewelry and $22,390 seized at Holt’s residence during the execution of a search warrant.

            The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Karl C. Colder of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Field Division; St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron; and Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Kelly of the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, Washington, D.C. Field Office .

            According to his plea agreement, from October 2012 to April 2013, Holt acquired kilograms of cocaine and other quantities of heroin, and provided the drugs to conspirators who distributed the drugs to customers.  Co-conspirator Damon Estep coordinated the delivery of cocaine to himself and other conspirators from St. Mary’s County.  The conspirators would meet in Glen Burnie to pay for the drugs to be distributed in St. Mary’s County by Estep and others.  The distribution of between 15 and five kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride, and between three and one kilograms of heroin, were reasonably foreseeable to Holt. 

 Holt had been sentenced on April 14, 2005 in federal court in Maryland to six years in prison followed by four years of supervised release for conspiring to distribute heroin. His drug trafficking activities occurred while on supervised release, thereby violating his terms of release.

 In November 2012, Holt gave his girlfriend around $20,000, more or less, to buy a 2012 Jeep. In December 2012, Holt also delivered checks totaling $54,440.42 to an individual to pay off an outstanding loan on properties located at 524-530 Oldtown Mall, Baltimore.  In return, Holt received an ownership interest in the properties.  In February 2013, Holt provided $51,000 in cash to the seller of property located at 4338 Glenmore Avenue in Baltimore, in order to buy the property.  The monies Holt provided in these transactions included the proceeds of his drug trafficking, which Holt intended to conceal.

 When Holt was charged in May 2013 in a superseding indictment, he was notified that the government would seek forfeiture of any property obtained as a result of the drug conspiracy.  Nevertheless, on June 25, 2013, Holt filed a false document purporting to transfer his ownership in 4338 Glenmore to his sister and mother. The signatures of his mother and sister on the document were forged.  In filing this document, Holt intended to obstruct forfeiture proceedings.

 On April 25, 2013, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Holt’s residence and seized drug paraphernalia, seven cell phones, $22,390 in cash and over $119,000 in jewelry, including 12 watches with brands such as Rolex and Breitling.

 Chief Judge Chasanow sentenced Damon Jerome Estep, a/k/a “Country”, age 38, of California, Maryland, on February 7, 2014 to 188 months in prison. Co-defendants Alrahman Sharif Allen, a/k/a “Rock” and “Rahman Allen;” and Jeffrey Kirk Berry, a/k/a “Kojack,” previously pleaded guilty to their participation in the conspiracy and await sentencing.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the DEA, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, and IRS-Criminal Investigation for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Leah Jo Bressack and Deborah Johnston, who prosecuted the case.

 

 

Incident Briefs 7-21-14 to 7-22-14

7-21-14 THEFT - A victim reported unidentified suspects stole money from him while he was staying at the Super 8 Motel in California. He had been partying with the suspects earlier at the same hotel in another room. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy Roszell. Case #39655-14

7-21-14 THEFT - A victim, who resides in California state, reported he had is 2008 Yamaha YZF 450 motorcycle on Craig's List for sale. The motorcycle's physical location was in Mechanicsville, at a relative's home. An unidentified black male suspect went to the relative's home and pretended to look at the motorcycle to potentially purchase it. The suspect then drove off with the motorcycle and without paying for it. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy Phelan. Case #39693-14 

7-22-14 BURGLARY - A victim, who resides in the 30000 block of Point Lookout Road in Mechanicsville, reported unknown suspect(s) forcibly entered her home and disturbed items inside. However, nothing appeared to have been stolen. Case remains open. Case #39746-14

7-22-14 BURGLARY - A victim, who resides on Oregon way in Lexington Park, reported unknown suspect(s) forcibly entered her home and stole money sitting on a table. Case remains open. Case #39732-14

Monday, July 21, 2014

Arrests 7-18-14 to 7-20-14



VIOLATION OF PROTECTIVE ORDER – On July 18, 2014, Deputy L. Johnson responded to a residence on Cambridge Avenue in Lexington Park, for a protective order violation. The victim alleged suspect James William Justice, 47, of Lexington Park, sent the victim a letter from the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he is currently incarcerated. Justice is to have no contact with the victim according to the active protective order. Justice was charged with Violation of Protective Order.
James Justice 

DOMESTIC ASSAULT – On July 19, 2014, Deputy Teague responded to a residence on Manon Way in Lexington Park, for a reported domestic assault. The victim alleged suspect Jarrell Raheim Johnson, 26, of Prince Frederick, assaulted the victim by slapping the victim in the face. Johnson then strangled the victim during an argument over personal property. Johnson broke the victim’s cell phone and home phone to prevent the victim from calling 9 1 1. Deputy Teague observed fresh evidence of injury on the victim. Johnson was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd Degree Assault.
Jarrell Johnson
 

ASSAULT – On July 19, Deputy Murphy responded to a residence on Ridge Road in Mechanicsville, for a domestic assault. The victim alleged suspect Patience Elizabeth Hoover, 24, of Mechanicsville, struck the victim in the face during an argument. Hoover was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with 2nd Degree Assault.
Patience Hoover
 
ASSAULT – On July 19, 2014, Corporal Reppel responded to a residence on Flat Iron Road in Great Mills, for an assault. The victim alleged suspect Daniel Bernard Underwood, 56, of Great Mills, grabbed the victim by the hair and punched the victim in the face. Corporal Reppel observed fresh evidence of injury on the victim. Underwood was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd Degree Assault.  
Daniel Underwood

VIOLATION OF PROTECTIVE ORDER – On July 20, 2014, Deputy Pontorno responded to a residence on Town Creek Drive in California, for a reported protective order violation. At that time, the protected party in the order was found at the residence of the respondent, identified as Michael Patrick Ryan, 31, of California. Ryan was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Violation of Protective Order.
Michael Ryan

ASSAULT – On July 20, 2014, Corporal Kirkner responded to a residence on in the 15000 block of Point Lookout Road in St. Inigoes, for a reported assault. The victim alleged suspect Joshua Joseph Yates, 25, of St. Inigoes, struck the victim in the face with his fist while they were driving on Point Lookout Road. The suspect tore the rear view mirror from the windshield and struck the victim in the face with it during the assault as well. Corporal Kirkner observed fresh evidence of injury on the victim. Yates was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd Degree Assault and Property Destruction.   
Joshua Yates
 

Incident Briefs 7-18-14 to 7-20-14

7-20-14 BURGLARY TO MOTOR VEHICLE – A victim, who resides on Abraham Drive, reported unknown suspect(s) entered his unlocked vehicle and stole property. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy Manns. Case #39439-14

7-20-14 BURGLARY TO MOTOR VEHICLE – A victim, who resides on Friend Court, reported unknown suspect(s) entered his unlocked vehicle and stole property. Case remains open. Case #39450-14

7-20-14 BURGLARY – A victim, who resides on Chapman Drive, reported unknown suspect(s) entered his home and stole property. Case remains open and is assigned to Corporal Reppel. Case #39473-14

7-20-14 BURGLARY – DFC Beyer responded to the Mechanicsville Building Supply located at 28155 Three Notch Road for an alarm activation. On arrival, he discovered the front glass door had been broken out. Suspect(s) stole US currency from the business. Case remains open. Case #39625-14

Friday, July 18, 2014

DUI Arrests


Wayne Sylvester Parker, 50, of Lexington Park on 6-3-14 by Deputy Manns
Wayne Parker
 
Cara Ann Simpson, 23, of Lexington Park on 6-8-14 by Deputy L. Johnson

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Cara Simpson
 
Steven Richard Cook, 22, of Mechanicsville on 6-8-14 by Deputy Fennessey
Steven Cook
 
Tyreise Divron Nelson, 22, of Lexington Park on 6-8-14 by DFC Flerlage
Tyreise Nelson
 
Joseph Walter Barton Jr., 29, of Lexington Park on 6-20-14 by Deputy S. Cameron
Joseph Barton Jr.
 
Akmal nmn Murodov, 28, of Leonardtown on 6-21-14 by Deputy Foor
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Akmal Murodov
 
Pamela Kay Aloupas, 50, of Lusby on 6-21-14 by Deputy L. Johnson
Pamela Aloupas
 
Kristiane Blair Young, 30, of Great Mills on 6-28-14 by Deputy Tirpak NP

Kelli Elizabeth Richards, 24, of Lusby on 6-28-14 by Roszell
Kelli Richards
 
Howard Dale Woods Jr., 50, of Hollywood on 6-30-14 by Corporal Kirkner
Howard Woods Jr.
 

Michelle Collette Southard, 45, of Waldorf on 7-5-14 by Corporal Watters
Michelle Southard
 
Carrie Denise Trossback, 33, of Great Mills on 7-4-14 by Corporal Ray
Kelli Trossbach
 
Joseph Cornell Young, 40, of Leonardtown on 7-13-14 by Deputy Schultz
Joseph C. Young
 
Joshua Matthew Grogan, 29, of Hollywood on 7-14-14 by Deputy Lawrence
Joshua Grogan
 
Sharita Dupree Gross, 32, of Lexington Park on 7-11-14 by Corporal O’Connor
Sharita Gross
 

CLEMENTS/LEONARDTOWN BURGLARY SUSPECTS INDICTED


On April 25, 2014, Sheriff’s Office Patrol units responded to the report of a burglary to a private residence in Clements, Maryland.  Deputies determined suspect(s) forced entry into the residence and multiple firearms were stolen.  Further investigation revealed, another theft had occurred previously at the same residence.  The case was forwarded to the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) for investigation.

On April 28, 2014, Sheriff’s Office Patrol Units and troopers from the Maryland State Police, Leonardtown Barrack, responded to a residence in Leonardtown for a reported burglary to a private residence. Suspect(s) forced entry into the residence and multiple electronics were stolen.  Due to similarities in the burglary committed on April 25, 2014 this case was also forwarded to CID for investigation.

During the investigation suspects were identified by detectives and a joint investigation was conducted with the assistance of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division.  Multiple search and seizure warrants were executed in Charles County and St. Mary’s County and stolen property recovered.  The cases were presented to the St. Mary’s County Grand Jury in June 2014 and indictments were returned on the following suspects:


Corey Michael Brooks, age 26, of Clements, was charged with:
Burglary - First Degree (2 counts)
Theft: $1,000 to Under $10,000 (2 counts)
Conspiracy / Burglary - First Degree (2 counts)
Conspiracy / Theft: $1,000 to Under $10,000 (3 counts)
Regulated Firearm Stolen - Possess/Sell/Transfer/Dispose Of (1 count)
Corey M. Brooks
 
  
Manda Lee Swider, age 25, of Clements, was charged with: 
Burglary - First Degree (2 counts)
Theft: $1,000 to Under $10,000 (2 counts)
Conspiracy / Burglary - First Degree (2 counts)
Conspiracy / Theft: $1,000 to Under $10,000 (3 counts)
Regulated Firearm Stolen - Possess/Sell/Transfer/Dispose Of (1 count)
Manda L. Swinder
                                                                                                                              
 
Montina Dorsel Knight, age 25, of Leonardtown, was charged with:
Burglary - First Degree (2 counts)
Theft: $1,000 to Under $10,000 (2 counts)
Conspiracy / Burglary - First Degree (2 counts)
Conspiracy / Theft: $1,000 to Under $10,000 (2 counts)
Regulated Firearm Stolen - Possess/Sell/Transfer/Dispose Of (1 count)

Montina D. Knight
                                                                                                                           

Louis Eugene Messineo, age 45, of Leonardtown, was charged with:
Burglary - First Degree (2 counts)
Theft: $1,000 to Under $10,000 (2 counts)
Conspiracy / Burglary - First Degree (2 counts)
Conspiracy / Theft $1,000 to Under $10,000 (2 counts)
Conspiracy / Theft Under $1,000 (1 count)
Regulated Firearm Stolen - Possess/Sell/Transfer/Dispose Of (1 count)
Regulated Firearm - Illegal Possession (1 count)
Firearm Possession with Felony Conviction (1 count)
 
Louis E. Messineo

                                                                                                                         
All four suspects are currently incarcerated under no bond on the indictments.

Captain Terry L. Black
Commander
Criminal Investigations Division
301-475-4200 Ext. 1925

Incident Briefs 7-18-14

7-17-14 THEFT - A victim, who resides on Burnt Mill Road in Leonardtown, reported unknown suspect(s) forcibly entered his storage container and stole property. Case #38817-14

7-18-14 BURGLARY TO MOTOR VEHICLE - A victim, who resides on Oakley Road, reported unknown suspect(s) entered her vehicle and stole property. Suspect(s) also damaged the vehicle's windshield. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy Roszell. Case #38923-14


Thursday, July 17, 2014

ARRESTS 7-12-14 to 7-16-14


ASSAULT ON POLICE OFFICER – On July 12, 2014, Deputy Schultz responded to a residence on Edgar Way in Lexington Park, for a reported noise complaint. Deputy Schultz heard loud music coming from a blue Nissan and made contact with the driver, later identified as Walter Harrison Nelson Jr., 47, of Lexington Park, who was asleep in the driver’s seat. After waking Nelson, Deputy Schultz attempted to explain the music was too loud and needed to be turned down. Nelson began cursing at Deputy Schultz and refused to provide his identification. He then began to walk away while Deputy Schultz was still investigating the incident and pushed Deputy Schultz in the chest. Deputy Schultz and Deputy Wesner attempted to place Nelson in custody and he continued to resist. Nelson was subsequently placed in handcuffs under arrest. He was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with 2nd Degree Assault on Law Enforcement Officer and Resisting Arrest.
Walter Nelson
 

ALCOHOL VIOLATION – On July 12, 2014, DFC Tim Snyder assigned to the Lexington Park COPs UNIT observed suspect Jason Arthur Siebert, 32, of Dameron, on the property of Tulagi Place consuming an alcoholic beverage. Siebert was charged with the violation by criminal citation. 
Jason Siebert
 

 ASSAULT – On July 13, 2014, Corporal Moritz responded to a residence on Blake Creek Road in Leonardtown, for a reported domestic assault. The victim alleged suspect Katelyn Noelle Buckler, 26, of Leonardtown, struck the victim repeatedly during an argument. The victim picked Buckler up and placed her outside the home to end the assault. Corporal Moritz observed fresh evidence of injury on the victim. Upon notifying Buckler she was under arrest, Buckler ran from Corporal Moritz back inside the residence and attempted to attack the victim again. Buckler was quickly taken into custody by Corporal Moritz and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where she was charged with 2nd Degree Assault and Resisting Arrest.
Katelyn Buckler
 

THEFT – On July 14, 2014, Deputy Wesner responded to the Lowe’s Store located on Worth Avenue in California, for a theft. Store employees found two suspects, (a white female and a white male), attempting to load a riding lawn mower onto the bed of a white truck. When the suspects realized they had been seen by the witnesses, they got into the truck and fled the scene. The suspects were subsequently identified as Martin R. Abell, 38, of Valley Lee, and Amy Marie Lambert, 38, of Lusby. Deputy Wesner located both suspects and placed them under arrest. Both were transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Theft $1,000 to $10,000.
Martin Roland Abell
 
Amy Marie Lambert
 
 
CHILD ABUSE – On July 15, 2014, Corporal Reppel responded to a residence on Halsey Court in California, for a reported child abuse. The complainant alleged suspect Stefan James Dulemba, 32, of California, was giving the victim, (male, 1 year old), medication when the he began to vomit. Dulemba, the father of the victim, grabbed the him and struck him on the lower back leaving a visible injury. An argument then ensued between the complainant and Dulemba. Dulemba was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd Degree Child Abuse and 2nd Degree Assault.
Stefan Dulemba
 

TRESPASSING – On July 16, 2014, Deputy William Wood, assigned to the Lexington Park COPs UNIT, observed suspect Walter Dennis Cooper, 31, of Hollywood, on the property of Tulagi Place after he had been issued a notice not to trespass for the property. Cooper was charged with Trespass: Private Property by criminal citation.
Walter Dennis Cooper
 
TRESPASSING – On July 16, 2014, Deputy Bowen responded to a residence on Pinto Drive in Hollywood, for a reported disturbance. On arrival, Deputy Bowen observed suspect Ashley Marie Moore, 29, of no fixed address, banging on the back door of the residence. The owner of the residence indicated Moore had been issued a notice not to trespass for the property and provided a copy of the notice to Deputy Bowen. Moore was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention center. On arrival to the detention Center, she was further searched by corrections staff and a quantity of suspected cocaine was found on Moore’s person. Moore was charged with Trespass Private Property and Possession of Contraband in Place of Confinement.
Ashley Marie Moore
 

HANDGUN POSSESSION – On July 16, 2014, Deputy Lawrence responded to a residence on Susan Lane in Lexington Park, for the report of a subject with a gun. On arrival, witnesses directed Deputy Lawrence toward a subject later identified as suspect Kevin Jermaine Cutchember, 37, of Lexington Park. Deputy Lawrence made contact with Cutchember and directed him to lie down on the ground. Although Cutchember hesitated to follow Deputy Lawrence’s commands he eventually did and was placed into custody. During a search of Cutchember, Deputy Lawrence located approximately 20 rounds of 9 mm ammunition and a handgun magazine loaded with 9mm ammunition. A fully loaded 9 mm handgun was located in the area where Cutchember was initially standing when Deputy Lawrence first encountered him. Cutchember was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Handgun on a Person, Possession Dangerous/Deadly Weapon.   
Kevin Cutchember
 

COPs UNIT Traffic Stop Leads to DRUG ARREST

On July 16, 2014 at 3:39 PM, Sergeant Clay Safford, assigned to the Lexington Park COPs UNIT, stopped a green Nissan Altima for a traffic violation on Great Mills Road in Lexington Park. The driver had initially provided Sergeant Safford with a false name; however the false name indicated his privilege to drive was suspended. Deputy Beishline arrived on the scene and smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the rear of the vehicle. As he prepared to inventory the vehicle, which had to be towed, Deputy Beishline continued to smell an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle’s trunk. A search of the vehicle’s trunk revealed a plastic bag containing an approximately 13.4 grams of suspected marijuana. The driver was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. While en route, the driver indicated he had provided a false name. The driver was identified as Darious Anthony Jones, 22, of Leonardtown. He was charged with Possession: Controlled Dangerous Substance Over 10 grams, Possession Paraphernalia, and False Statement to a Police Officer.     
Darious Anthony Jones