Friday, May 27, 2016

Incident Briefs 5/27/2016


Theft – Unknown suspect(s) entered a hotel room at LaQuinta Inn and Suites in California and stole property. DFC T. Teague is investigating the case. CASE# 27321-16


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.



Sheriff’s Office to Conduct Enhanced Impaired Driving Initiatives

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Maryland State Police, will conduct enhanced impaired driving initiatives surrounding Memorial Day weekend extending from Friday, May 27 through Monday, May 30, 2016.

The efforts include increased patrols throughout the weekend and a sobriety checkpoint the evening of Friday, May 27. Officers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment, in addition to other traffic infractions. 

The funds for the checkpoint are provided by the Maryland Highway Safety Office.



Thursday, May 26, 2016

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Kicks-Off Summer Intern Program

Today marks the beginning of the 2016 summer internship program for four college students who have aspirations of a career in law enforcement.

Sheriff Tim Cameron and Pam McKay, Coordinator of the Intern Program, kicked off the orientation by welcoming the new interns to the Sheriff’s Office, prior to their tour of headquarters. In his remarks, Cameron emphasized the significance of the intern opportunity and addressed the rewards of a career in law enforcement. He then encouraged each intern to be inquisitive and to learn about all aspects of the Sheriff’s Office, including the varied duties of officers and staff.

The interns will spend several weeks at the Sheriff’s Office, following a rotation schedule which will enable them to gain a comprehensive view of all the divisions within the Sheriff’s Office. Although the opportunity is unpaid, interns learn valuable skills which will make them more marketable to employers after graduation.


The Sheriff’s Office will begin accepting applications for the summer of 2017 in February. Any questions about future sessions should be addressed to Program Coordinator Pam McKay, at Pam.McKay@stmarysmd.com.









Overview of the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office was awarded $18,783 in grant funds per the Edward Bryne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program: FY2016 Local Solicitation (CFDA #16.738). As part of the application’s requirement, the Sheriff’s Office is providing the citizens of St. Mary’s County the opportunity to comment before the application submission.

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 $18,783 in local solicitation. 

Incident Briefs 5/26/2016




Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – During the overnight hours of 5/24 into 5/25, unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle and stole property. Deputy Bare is investigating the case. CASE# 26968-16


Burglary – Between 5/24 and 5/25, unknown suspect(s) entered a residence and stole property in the 44000 block of Blake Creek Road in Valley Lee. Corporal B. Foor is investigating the case. CASE# 27024-16


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, May 25, 2016

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office K9 Officers Participate in Prestigious Airport Explosive Detection Training in Canada

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Canine (K9) Officers Cpl. Todd Fleenor and Cpl. Shawn Cathcart traveled to Montreal, Canada, during the week of May 15-19, 2016, to participate in canine officer training exercises. With their canine explosive-detection partners, “Filly” and “Jasmine”, they practiced scanning for suspected explosive devices in the airport terminals, passenger airlines, passenger baggage systems, and surrounding grounds of the Montreal International Airport. The canine teams also responded to a ‘live’ call for service and assisted in the investigation of suspicious packages in and around the airport terminal.

In addition, during Basic Patrol Canine Training, International Police Work Dog Association (I.P.W.D.A.) Master Canine Trainer Corporal Fleenor conducted evaluations of several other canine teams. Patrol Canine duties consist of building searches, tracking, area searches, evidence/article searches, aggression control, and obedience to commands. During the assessments, Cathcart assisted as a decoy for the patrol canines. 

“The timing of this training could not have been more fitting,” said Captain Steven Hall, Commander, Special Operations Division. “Based on recent world events, the experience our K9 officers obtained while training in an airport environment will prove to be invaluable. I am proud of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit, their dedication to duty, and the reputation of excellence they have earned both nationally and internationally.” 

Along with Sheriff Tim Cameron and Captain Steven Hall, Fleenor extended his thanks and gratitude to the members of the Montreal Canadian Airport Canine Unit for their hospitality, especially Head Trainer Yanick Choquette. “This was the experience of a lifetime for Corporal Cathcart and me,” Fleenor stated. “The knowledge and expertise we gained in Canada will be applied daily while performing our K9 duties.” He added, “Thank you to the Montreal Canada Canine Unit for the invitation to participate in this valuable training and for our continued partnership. Also, thank you to Sheriff Tim Cameron for your continued support of the K9 Unit.”





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Incident Briefs 5/25/2016

Counterfeit – Unknown suspect(s) attempted to pass counterfeit bills in the 21000 block of Great Mills Road in Great Mills. DFC Schultz is investigating the case. CASE# 26818-16


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.



Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Incident Briefs 5/20/2016 – 5/24/2016


Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered an outside building in the 18000 block of Camp Winslow Road in Dameron and stole property. Deputy Bare is investigating the case. CASE# 26104-16

Burglary – An unknown suspect entered a residence in the 40000 block of Medleys Lane in Mechanicsville and stole property. Corporal Kirkner is investigating the case. CASE# 26181-16

Arson – The fire department responded to the 22000 block of Bayside Road in California, for the report of a vehicle fire and requested additional police assistance. The State Fire Marshal’s Office responded and assumed the investigation. CASE# 26274-16

Burglary – Between 5/16 and 5/18, unknown suspect(s) attempted to force entry into a residence in the 22000 block of Timberline Court in Leonardtown. At this time, it appears nothing was removed from the residence. DFC Teague is investigating the case. CASE# 26335-16

Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle and stole property in the 21000 block of Great Mills Road in Lexington Park. Deputy McClure is investigating the case. CASE# 70396-15

Property Destruction – A victim’s tires were slashed during the overnight hours on 5/22, in the 20000 block of Daisy Lane in Lexington Park. Cpl Foor is investigating the case. Foor. CASE# 26460-16

Counterfeit Complaint – An unknown suspect used a counterfeit bill to purchase items at the McKays in Hollywood. Cpl Reppel is investigating the case. CASE# 26499-16

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a residence in the 14000 block of Point Lookout Road and stole property. Before leaving, the suspect(s) attempted to start a fire. The State Fire Marshal’s Office responded and assumed the investigation. CASE# 26719-16

Attempted Burglary –  Unknown suspect(s) were observed behind a victim’s house attempting to break- in with negative results. Corporal D. Corcoran is investigating the case. CASE# 26719-16


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, May 23, 2016

Partnering to Raise Awareness About Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery that is widely overlooked, especially in rural areas. Despite conventional thinking, trafficking isn’t confined to third world countries. It takes place throughout our state: in our communities, in our neighborhoods, in places no one would ever expect to find such a horrific circumstance. Trafficking in human beings is a global epidemic that can include pornography, forced labor, and sex trafficking. According to the Human Trafficking Resource Center, Human trafficking is a $32 billion per year industry that has surpassed the illegal sale of firearms and is projected to surpass the sale of drugs in just a few short years.

On Friday, May 13, 2016, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office hosted a seminar, in partnership with Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Lexington Park, MD. Speakers from the Calvert County State’s Attorney's Office, the Department of Homeland Security, the St. Mary’s County Circuit Court, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, helped educate attendees about ongoing human trafficking and the local impact of this crime. Over 200 citizens, including residents of St. Mary’s and Calvert counties, St. Mary’s County Commissioner Tom Jarboe, representatives of the public schools, and other community leaders, were in attendance.

Melissa Snow, a keynote speaker, expressed her gratitude for the event, “I am inspired by how the community is standing together to protect children. Education and awareness are the first most important steps in knowing how to prevent and identify sex trafficking. And every person who attended last week’s event is better equipped to do just that.” She added, “I also want to commend the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office. They are taking a stand and sending a strong message that our women and children are not for sale. I’m grateful for their ongoing efforts to make this community safer for everyone.”

Kelly Williams, a resident of St. Mary’s County, said, “The whole event was extremely well attended, enlightening, and very eye-opening. I didn’t realize this was happening in 'my own backyard'. I learned information that I can take away from this event and apply to my life. I appreciate that events like these are helping to change the stigma associated with human trafficking, as a victimless crime.”

Kathryn Marsh, Deputy State’s Attorney for Calvert County, kicked-off the awareness event discussing internet safety, teen usage and perpetrator accountability in Maryland. According to Marsh, “We are severely behind the times when it comes to how these crimes are handled in the legal system.” In Maryland, it is a misdemeanor to traffic adults, but a felony when a child is involved. Even so, Marsh says, “The laws aren’t severe enough in Maryland to deter the traffickers from doing the awful things they do to these boys and girls.” Based on information provided by victims and traffickers, Marsh stated, “Maryland is viewed as a goldmine for traffickers.”

According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent Vaughn Harper, “People find Maryland an attractive destination for many reasons, including its diverse population, numerous professional sports teams and events, proximity to other major cities on the east coast, major transit systems including airports, buses, and trains, and the proliferation of major casinos. These factors are a big reason Maryland is a targeted location for those involved in human trafficking,” he added. “HSI works in partnership with other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to investigate all types of human trafficking cases, including investigations involving adult and juvenile victims, United States citizens and foreign nationals. When federal agencies get involved with these kinds of cases, the federal statutes and sentencing guidelines are a major tool in combating human trafficking, as federal penalties are often more severe than are most state penalties. For example, the federal statute for sex trafficking of a minor carries a mandatory minimum of 10 years and up to life imprisonment. Those convicted of violating these statutes serve approximately 85 percent of their time, and there is no parole in the federal system.”

Harper went on to say, “Human trafficking isn’t just comprised of sexual-based exploitation, but also consists of labor trafficking. Traffickers prey on victims with little or no social safety net. They look for victims who are vulnerable because of their illegal immigration status, limited English proficiency, economic hardship, political instability, natural disasters, or other causes. Many of these victims are lured with false promises of well-paying jobs; instead, they are forced or coerced into domestic servitude or other types of forced labor. Victims are found in legitimate and illegitimate labor industries, including sweatshops, massage parlors, agricultural fields, restaurants, hotels, and domestic service.”

Melissa Snow, a Child Sex Trafficking Specialist from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, spoke about the vulnerability of children in human trafficking, and urged parents to create safety nets. Snow noted that the internet has become the largest marketplace for the buying and selling of children in the United States. One in five runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 2015 were likely sex trafficking victims.

Snow provided the audience with websites that can help protect children when they are online. The website www.netsmartz.org is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children® that educates children on how to recognize potential internet risks and engages children and adults in two-way conversations about on- and off-line risks, using video, games, activity cards and presentations. “Kids tell other kids more than they will tell adults. If we educate our children about what is and isn’t appropriate online, they can help convince another child to get help if they are in a threatening situation,” said Snow. She also discussed www.cybertipline.com, a website for reporting potentially suspicious online activity. “There is never something too small to report,” said Snow. “You never know if that tiny bit of information could potentially be the missing piece to help with a case or to prevent child sexual exploitation from occurring.”

St. Mary’s County Circuit Court Judge Michael Stamm spoke about the impact that trafficking is having on the child welfare system. Stamm noted that according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, in 2012 sixty-seven percent of missing children have come out of the foster care system.

 “Children often enter the foster care system already vulnerable from their previous home life,” Stamm said. “It takes a community to raise a child. Our area needs special and caring families who have the desire to help at-risk youth, and who are willing to open their hearts and their homes to take in foster children. Only twenty-six foster homes have been approved in St. Mary’s County. Grooming these children who are already so desperate to be loved and to have a sense of family is easy for traffickers in these conditions. We need more adults who are willing to be foster care parents.”

Sheriff Tim Cameron, of St. Mary's County, stated, “Human trafficking is the fastest growing illegal criminal activity except for drug trafficking.” Cameron noted that there had been documented cases of human trafficking and subsequent arrests within St. Mary's County. “Human trafficking involves force, fraud, and coercion. Our agency will continue to combat human trafficking through collaboration and education of deputies and the community, so they can spot the signs of human trafficking and act accordingly.”

Commander of Vice/Narcotics, Captain Daniel Alioto, added, “Sheriff Cameron has initiated, supported and sponsored training and education events to make officers and the public aware of the presence of human trafficking in St. Mary's County and throughout the State of Maryland. We will continue to move forward, but cannot be successful without these continued collaborative efforts. Our partnerships include state, local, and federal agencies; however, the critical partnership will always be the community.”

In closing, Lisa Brandt, a member of Cornerstone Church, shared her passion for helping other parents understand the dangers our children face with technology. “It’s possible to put an end to this modern-day slavery,” she said. “Everyday citizens like you and I need to report suspicious activity and do our part to help. It’s our job to educate ourselves and our families, even when it’s easier just to look away from the evil.”


Back Row (L-R) Captain Daniel Alioto; St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Commander, Sheriff Tim Cameron; St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, Special Agent Vaugh Harper; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, and Judge Michael Stamm; St. Mary’s County Circuit Court.

Front Row (L-R) Dave Perrin, Director of Ministry Development at Cornerstone Church, Kathryn Marsh; Deputy State’s Attorney for Calvert County, Lisa Brandt; a member of Cornerstone Church and event coordinator, Melissa Snow; Child Sex Trafficking Specialist from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.



Friday, May 20, 2016

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Recognized for School Resource Officer and Adopt-A-School Officers of the Year

In celebration of National Police Week, St. Mary’s County Public Schools recognized Safety and Security Assistants, Maryland State Police, and deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office for their public safety efforts in the public school system. Principals who submitted nominations, Members of the Board of Education – Cathy Allen, Mary Washington and Daniel Carney, along with Superintendent James Smith, and Safety & Security Director, Mike Wyant, were present at the ceremony bestowing the awards.
Superintendent Smith opened the recognition ceremony by saying, “We share a partnership to keep students safe and successful. The officers and employees honored here today have been the very pinnacles of patience, and I appreciate their efforts, today and always.”
Captain Steven Hall, of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, followed the superintendent, adding, “Never forget the majority of your interactions with our youth is positive and will likely result in successes and realized dreams, you will never see. You are a critical part in maturation and are sentinel examples of what it takes, and what it means to do the most important thing a person can do, and that is faithfully serve others.”
The following officers from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office were nominated for Adopt-A-School Officer of the Year:
Deputy Artina Manns, Banneker Elementary School
“The partnership between school and law enforcement is crucial in teaching our students how to be upstanding citizens. Deputy Manns serves as an excellent role model for our students.” – Debra Bowling, Principal, Banneker Elementary School
Deputy First Class Kenny Flerlage, Mechanicsville Elementary School
“Deputy Flerlage works very hard to teach students how to problem solve and use decision-making strategies before acting out of frustration.”  – Sandra Oliver, Principal,  Mechanicsville Elementary School
Selected for Adopt-a-School Officer of the Year:
Corporal James Stone, Duke Elementary School
“Corporal Stone has gone above and beyond the call of duty to support one of our students. He has made home visits, provided food and clothes for this student. He has changed this young man’s attitude toward police officers and quite frankly, changed this young man’s life for the better. Our student has been in school and on time since Corporal Stone has taken him under his wing.” – Beth Ramsey, Principal,  Duke Elementary School
Corporal Peggy Smolarsky, Duke Elementary School  
“Officer Smolarsky has been instrumental in supporting some of our Duke families. Because of her positive connections to parents and children, attendance is better. She ensures that children have a positive view of law enforcement individuals. She makes sure all students know she is there if they need help.” – Beth Ramsey, Principal, Duke Elementary School 
The following officers from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office were nominated for School Resource Officers of the Year:
Corporal Andrew Holton, Margaret Brent Middle School, and Chopticon High School
“During the years I have worked with Andy Holton, I have developed an admiration and respect for his commitment and dedication to the job. In all cases dealing with students, Corporal Holton is courteous, understanding, and patient. He has the ability to establish a rapport rapidly with the students and counsels students on how to make better decisions.” – Garth Bowling, Principal, Chopticon High School
Corporal Kristi Nelson – Great Mills High School
“Corporal Nelson has become an invaluable resource for the school administration in providing a safe and productive learning environment for all students. She is an honest, trustworthy, and reliable member of my leadership team, someone whose counsel I seek on a consistent basis.” – Jake Heibel, Principal, Great Mills High School
Corporal William Rishel – Hollywood Elementary School
“There are many days throughout the school year when Corporal Rishel can be found walking the halls, visiting the classrooms, and just “checking in” to see how things are going.” – Jennifer Gilman, Principal, Hollywood Elementary School
 Selected for School Resource Officer of the Year:
Corporal Angela Delozier, Leonardtown High School and Forrest Career and Technology Center
“Angie has a personality that is ingrained with optimism. She takes her passion for her job and love for the students and combines them, making herself a trusted and beloved role model and creating a resource officer that is both admired and respected. Kids go to her with issues about their family and relationships; they are not afraid to confide in her. Adults go to her with student and family questions, seeking her advice, administrators seek her out, asking her for guidance on specific law enforcement issues.” – Maggie Giles, Assistant Principal, Forrest Career and Technology Center
Sheriff Cameron, along with the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office, extends congratulations to every individual who was nominated and received an award. The Sheriff’s Office also thanks the Board of Education, Superintendent James Smith, St. Mary’s County Public’s School staff, and the principals of our local schools, for honoring the nominees and winners.


Nominees and recipients for School Resource Officer of the Year and Adopt-A-School Officer of the year, stand with members of the Board of Education and Superintendent Smith.

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