Friday, August 26, 2016

SMCSO Detectives Arrest Suspect for Sexual Solicitation of a Minor

On August 22, 2016, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies responded to a private residence in Mechanicsville, Maryland for a sex offense. The investigation was continued by detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division.

The investigation revealed over a period of time, Timothy Lee King II, age 30, of Oxon Hill, Maryland, and a fourteen-year-old female exchanged a series of text messages that were sexual in nature. During their conversations, King solicited the juvenile to perform various sexual acts.

As a result of the investigation, King was charged via an arrest warrant for sexual solicitation of a minor, Fourth Degree Sex Offense – Sexual Contact, and Assault Second Degree. King was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center.


Timothy King 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Incident Briefs 8/23-8/25


Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle and stole property in the 23000 block of Rosewood Court in California. Corporal C. Hartzell is investigating the case. CASE# 43549-16

Theft – Unknown suspect(s) stole a boat in the 29000 block of William Drive in Mechanicsville. Deputy T. Payne is investigating the case. CASE# 43570-16

Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle and stole property at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. Deputy J. Smith is investigating. CASE# 43629-16

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered the China II in Great Mills and stole property. Corporal J. Vezzosi is investigating the case. CASE# 43716-16



As part of our continued effort to increase public awareness, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office provides a daily (excluding weekends) report called Incident Briefs. The report contains selected crimes, which are of interest to the residents of St. Mary’s County. Addresses shown indicate blocks and not specific locations. This report is not a comprehensive list of every police event in St. Mary’s County during the stated time frame.

Note: The information contained in the Incident Brief report is based on initial reports made to the Sheriff’s Office. Follow-up investigations may reveal different information.

If you have any questions regarding information contained in the Incident Report contact Jennifer Stone, Public Information Officer, at 301-475-4200, ext. 1922, or by email at Jennifer.Stone@stmarysmd.com.



Wednesday, August 24, 2016

SMCSO Investigating Robbery and Sexual Assault

On August 23, 2016, at approximately 9:23 PM, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Nicolet Park in Lexington Park for the report of a robbery and sexual assault. A male and female victim were located by deputies and transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital for the treatment of minor physical injuries. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) responded and continued the investigation. 

Detectives learned from the victims an unknown male suspect approached them while they were in the park after closing time. The suspect physically and sexually assaulted the victims before robbing them of personal property and fleeing the scene on foot. The suspect is described as an African-American adult male, approximately 5’9 to 5’11 with short hair and a muscular build. He was wearing a white shirt and dark pants. 

Detectives are asking anyone with information about this crime to contact Detective Cory Ellis at 301-475-4200, ext. *8125) or via email cory.ellis@stmarysmd.com. Callers may also call Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333 (callers can remain anonymous, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus your message to “CRIMES” (274637).



Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Arrests 8-23-2016

8-22-2016 – Possession – Deputy M. Beyer responded to a call for a disturbance in progress at the Super 8 Motel in California. A witness reported observing a male suspect throwing a female suspect to the ground. The female’s purse was located in a hotel where she was staying. In her purse, deputies recovered suspected cocaine, paraphernalia, and Suboxone. Units later located the female suspect identified as, Shannon Ashley Cronin, age 28, of Churchton, Maryland. Cronin was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where she was charged with Three Counts of CDS Possession: Not Marijuana, CDS Possession: Paraphernalia, and Prostitution General. CASE# 43439-16

Shannon A. Cronin

Incident Briefs 8/23/2016


Suspicious Incident – Deputy T. Siciliano responded to the area of Chancellors Run Road and Rutherford Boulevard in Great Mills, for the report of an unknown object striking and shattering the passenger side window of a moving vehicle. CASE# 43346-16

As part of our continued effort to increase public awareness, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office provides a daily (excluding weekends) report called Incident Briefs. The report contains selected crimes, which are of interest to the residents of St. Mary’s County. Addresses shown indicate blocks and not specific locations. This report is not a comprehensive list of every police event in St. Mary’s County during the stated time frame.

Note: The information contained in the Incident Brief report is based on initial reports made to the Sheriff’s Office. Follow-up investigations may reveal different information.

If you have any questions regarding information contained in the Incident Report contact Jennifer Stone, Public Information Officer, at 301-475-4200, ext. *1922, or by email at Jennifer.Stone@stmarysmd.com.


Monday, August 22, 2016

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Donates Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

In 1994, brothers Chris and Robin Sorensen opened the doors of the first Firehouse Subs restaurant in their hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. Nearly 22 years later, the fast-casual chain known for its hot subs and hearty portions celebrates the opening of the 1,000th restaurant.

To commemorate the milestone and continue the brand’s commitment to heartfelt service and public safety, the founders of Firehouse Subs donated $1 million to support the 1,000 Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Gift Campaign through the brand’s non-profit, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation®. These AEDs were awarded to police agencies in communities served by Firehouse Subs restaurants across the country. Studies from the American Heart Association show the use of an AED within three to five minutes of a victim’s heart-stopping improves odds of survival by nearly 70 percent.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office was fortunate to be a recipient of one of the AEDs. Captain Terry Black, Commander of the Patrol Division, received the AED from Darin Atlas, Owner/Operator, Firehouse Subs in California, Maryland.  Captain Black advised the AED would be issued to a patrol deputy immediately for use in the field.  Captain Black further stated “this is another fine example of businesses and communities working together with law enforcement to make St. Mary’s County a safe and enjoyable place to live. The Sheriff’s Office is very appreciative of Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and to Mr. Atlas for nominating the Sheriff’s Office for this donation.” 

In 2015, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation awarded more than 230 AEDs to public safety entities nationwide, including law enforcement agencies, first responder groups and schools. Since 2005, the Foundation has donated more than $20 million in funding, life-saving equipment and educational opportunities to public safety organizations in 46 states, Puerto Rico and Canada.

(L-R) Captain Terry Black  stands with Darn Altas, owner of Firehouse Subs in California, who nominated the Sheriff's Office to receive an AED from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. 

Arrests 8/22/2016

8-19-2016 – Possession – During a routine vehicle stop in the 26000 block of Point Lookout Road in Leonardtown, Corporal P. Smolarsky identified the female passenger as a wanted suspect. The warrant was confirmed with dispatch and the suspect, Megan Lee Maxwell, age 35, of Clements, was placed under arrest. During a search of her purse, numerous loose pills, hypodermic needles, and a suspected smoking device were recovered. Maxwell was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where she was charged with CDS Possession: Paraherpanlia. CASE# 42772-16

Megan L. Maxwell

8-19-2016 – Possession – Deputy A. Manns responded to the 26000 block of Point Lookout Road in Leonardtown, to assist another deputy with a motor vehicle stop. A routine check revealed the motor vehicle was not registered, and the tags were not returned to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. The driver, Joseph Louis Herbert, age 50, of Mechanicsville requested the vehicle be towed, and a routine inventory search was completed. During the search, a spoon containing suspected heroin, a bottle containing a suspected heroin rock, and a homemade smoking device were located. Herbert was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS Possession: Not Marijuana and CDS Possession: Paraphernalia. CASE# 42776-16

Joseph L. Herbert 

8-19-2016 – Possession – Deputy H. Smith responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center for the report of an inmate possessing contraband. The inmate, Megan Lee Maxwell, age 36, of Clements, was acting suspiciously when Correctional Officer Schwarz recovered an improvised smoking device hidden in the lip of the top bunk. Maxwell was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of Contraband in a Place of Confinement. CASE# 42852-16

Megan L. Maxwell 

Incident Briefs 8/22/2016



Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle and stole cash in the 23000 block of Husband Drive in California. Corporal E O’Connor is investigating the case. CASE# 42886-16

Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a motor vehicle and stole property in the 22000 block of Brown Street in California. Deputy Wesner is investigating the case. CASE# 42889-16

Robbery – Unknown suspect(s) forcibly stole cash from a victim in the 22000 block of Three Notch Road in Lexington Park. Corporal O’Connor is investigating the case. CASE#42937-16

Recovered Stolen Motor Vehicle – A stolen motor vehicle was recovered at Lord Baltimore Way in Lexington Park. Deputy First Class A. Schultz is investigating the case. CASE# 42888-16

Burglary to Motor Vehicle – An unknown suspect entered an unsecured vehicle and stole property at the Wawa on Rue Purchase Road in Lexington Park. Corporal S. Cathcart is investigating the case. CASE# 43177-16

Burglary to Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle and stole property in the 23000 block of Marshall Road in Lexington Park. Deputy First Class J. Maguire is investigating the case. CASE# 43173-16

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a garage and shed in the 28000 block of Thompson Corner Road in Mechanicsville. Deputy S. Bowie is investigating the case. CASE# 43191-16



As part of our continued effort to increase public awareness, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office provides a daily (excluding weekends) report called Incident Briefs. The report contains selected crimes, which are of interest to the residents of St. Mary’s County. Addresses shown indicate blocks and not specific locations. This report is not a comprehensive list of every police event in St. Mary’s County during the stated time frame.

Note: The information contained in the Incident Brief report is based on initial reports made to the Sheriff’s Office. Follow-up investigations may reveal different information.

If you have any questions regarding information contained in the Incident Report contact Jennifer Stone, Public Information Officer, at 301-475-4200, ext. *1922, or by email at Jennifer.Stone@stmarysmd.com.





Friday, August 19, 2016

Lexington Park Community Oriented Policing Unit (COPs) Unit Celebrates Three Year Anniversary

To St. Mary's County Sheriff Tim Cameron, the job involves much more than just law enforcement. He views his deputies as being part of a team that is also comprised of citizens who have a vested interest in the well-being of their community. He knows that crime can arise in areas where lack of community cohesiveness exists, and three years ago he set out to improve those conditions for the residents of Lexington Park.

In 2013, the central area of Lexington Park was experiencing numerous issues which were affecting the residents and businesses on a daily basis, and Sheriff Cameron wanted to reassure the citizens that his office would be their partner in helping to resolve these issues. In August 2013, Sheriff Cameron instituted the Community Oriented Policing Unit (COPs) in Lexington Park. The COPs Unit consists of Sergeant Clay Safford, Corporal Danny Ray, Corporal Tim Snyder, Deputy First Class Al Beishline and Deputy First Class Vince Pontorno. These deputies are engaged in building relationships with the residents of Lexington Park, while also employing proactive policing techniques to detect and eliminate criminal activity in the area.

One method of proactive policing the COPs Unit employs is the use of police mountain bikes which has proven to be very effective. They often stop to converse with local residents, many of whom they know by name. The deputies also attend community outreach events, conduct presentations such as active shooter training and drug recognition for parents.  During the school year, they visit the two elementary schools in the area on a regular basis.

“This is by far the most rewarding job I have ever had in law enforcement, says Sergeant Clay Safford.” He explained, “Stepping out of our police cars and walking the streets or patrolling on bikes enables us to interact with the community in ways they are not used to seeing. It's positive police encounters and relationship building like this that are helping us to gain trust from the community, and with trust comes increased communication from the public which helps to reduce crime.”

Last night, the Lexington Park COPs Unit attended a Back to School Blast hosted by St. Mary’s Caring. Deputies interacted with school children and their parents realizing the importance of connecting with the youth at a young age to instill in them police are “their friends and helpers” as the COPs Unit likes to say. 

 “There have been several stories during the last three years where the unit was able to identify a problematic issue within the community, develop a solution, and then apply it over a period-of-time. I am proud of the hard work the unit members do on a daily basis and look forward to doing even more,” said Sergeant Safford.

If you happen to pass a member of the COPs Unit walking the streets or riding a mountain bike while in the Lexington Park area, feel free to stop and say hello and introduce yourself. Today, the COPs Unit celebrates their third anniversary.



Incident Briefs 8/19/2016


Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle(s) – Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into multiple motor vehicles in the Wildewood neighborhood in California. CASE# 42561-16, 42555-16, 42556-16, and 42546-16

Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a motor vehicle in the 46000 block of Hilton Drive and stole property. Deputy M. McClure is investigating the case. CASE# 42630-16

Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a motor vehicle in the 21000 block of Castaway Circle in Lexington Park. Deputy D. Holdsworth is investigating the case. CASE# 42718-16


Vandalism – During the overnight hours, unknown suspect(s) damaged multiple mailboxes by striking them with a blunt object on Bayside Road and Blue Grass Lane in Leonardtown. Corporal J. Sommerville, Deputy B. Fennessey, and Deputy J. Smith are investigating the cases. CASE# 42724-16, 42729-16, 42730-16, and 42731-16