Friday, September 21, 2018

Burglary Investigation

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on an attempted burglary.  On August 22, 2018, three suspects attempted to break into Village Liquors located on Budds Creek Road in Chaptico, Maryland.  The three suspects were last seen leaving the area in a light colored Honda Accord.  Two of the suspects are white males, and the third suspect is a white female. 

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspects is asked to contact Corporal Kenneth Flerlage at (301) 475-4200 extension *2237 or by email at Kenneth.Flerlage@stmarysmd.com. Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.

For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff

Suspect #1

Suspect #2

Suspect #3

Suspect Vehicle

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Wanted for Escape- Amanda Ellen Tucker

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of Amanda Ellen Tucker, age 31 of Waldorf, Maryland.  Tucker failed to return to a program she was court ordered to attend, and is currently wanted for Escape.  Tucker is 5’6” in height, weighs 150 pounds, and has blonde hair and hazel eyes. 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Amanda Ellen Tucker is asked to contact Sergeant Thomas Hedderich at (301) 475-4200 extension *1961, or by email at Thomas.Hedderich@stmarysmd.com. Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.

For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff. 
                                               

On View Arrests, Warrants, and DUIs

On View Arrests:

Theft-  On September 13, 2018, Cpl. Reppel responded to the 46000 block of Lexington Village Way, in California, for a reported theft.  Investigation determined Amanda Elizabeth Kemp, age 27 of Avenue, concealed items on her person and attempted to leave the Kohl's store without purchasing the items.  Kemp was charged via Criminal Citation for Theft.   CASE# 48726-18
Amanda Elizabeth Kemp

Trespassing-  On September 13, 2018, DFC. Muschette responded to the 48000 block of Compass Circle in Lexington Park, for a reported trespassing.  Investigation determined officers were on scene conducting a court ordered eviction and after numerous requests to vacate the premises, Bernadette Marie Walker, age 48 of Lexington Park, refused to do so.  Walker was arrested and charged with Trespass; Private Property.  CASE# 48682-18 (No Picture Available)

Theft-  On September 14, 2018, Cpl. Connelly responded to the 21000 block of Great Mills Road in Lexington Park, for a reported theft. Investigation determined Angel Patrice Davis, age 23 of Lexington Park, removed property during her shift at Kentucky Fried Chicken.  Davis was charged via a Criminal Citation with Theft.  CASE# 48943-18 (No Photograph Available)

Protective Order Violation-  On September 14, 2018, DFC. McCuen responded to the 26000 block of South Sandgates Road in Mechanicsville, to serve a exparte order on Krystal Anne Shleman, age 33 of Mechanicsville.  After the order was served, and while DFC. McCuen was still on scene ensuring Shlemon left the residence, Shleman yelled at the victim, and made a threatening hand gesture.  Per the order Shelman was not permitted contact of any kind with the victim. Shlemon was arrested and charged with Violation of Exparte Order.  CASE# 48985-18
Krystal Anne Shleman 

CDS Arrest-  On September 14, 2018, DFC. Tirpak responded to the 46000 block of Expedition Drive in Lexington Park, for the check the welfare of a female lying in the parking lot.  Upon arrival, Shenandoah Dornell Benton, age 42 of Lexington Park, was located lying face down, with two air duster cans around her.  While in the presence of DFC. Tirpak, Benton woke up, and retrieved a third can she had underneath her and began huffing that can; the can was removed from Benton and she was placed under arrest and charged with CDS: Inhale Harmful Substance.  CASE# 49015-18
Shenandoah Dornell Benton 




Warrants:

9/13/18 Dwayne Scott Reece, age 45, with no fixed address, was arrested on an outstanding FTA/Child Support warrant by Dep. Wesner# 284.  CASE# 48723-18
Dwayne Scott Reece

9/14/18-  Devone Articis Hall, age 30, with no fixed address, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Assault 2nd Degree by Cpl. Potter# 255.  CASE# 29451-18
Devone Articis Hall

9/14/18-  Charles Anthony Barnes, age 44 of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for FTA/Driving While Suspended by Dep. Raley# 345.  CASE# 48900-18
Charles Anthony Barnes 

9/14/18- Tyler James Brookman, age 20 of Brooklyn, New York, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Burglary 4th Degree and Theft  by Cpl. Beishline# 252.  CASE# 48945-18

Tyler James Brookman 

DUIs:

9/15/18-  Cpl.Stone responded to a lookout for reckless operation in the 46000 block of Valley Drive in Lexington Park.  Cpl. Stone located the vehicle and made contact with the operator Nathan William Pulliam, age 24 of Lexington Park.  Pulliam was found to be operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol; Pulliam was arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol Per Se, Driving Vehicle While Impaired by Alcohol, and Driving Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol.  CASE# 49048-18
Nathan William Pulliam 

9/15/18-  Dep. Shelko observed a suspicious vehicle in the 23000 block of Colton's Point Road, in Clements.  Dep. Shelko conducted a vehicle stop and made contact with the operator Christopher Ray Withrow, age 26 of Hollywood.  Withrow was determined to be operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol; Withrow was arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol Per Se, Driving While Impaired by Alcohol, and Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.  CASE# 49060-18
Christopher Ray Withrow 

9/15/18-  Cpl. Stone responded to the 46000 block of Valley Drive in Lexington Park for the report of a suspicious vehicle.  Upon arriving in the area the vehicle was located, and a passenger fled from the vehicle on foot. Contact was made with the operator Stevin Wendell Mason, age 28 of Lexington Park. Mason was determined to be under the influence of alcohol; Mason was arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Driving While Impaired by Alcohol, Driving While Suspended, Driving While Revoked, and False Name to Avoid Identification.  CASE# 49088-18
Stevin Wendell Mason 






Sheriff's History Book on Sale at County Fair

On sale at the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office booth at the St. Mary's County Fair in Leonardtown, Sept. 20 through Sept. 23, 2018.

Jail Escapee Wanted


The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of Chester Termain Jones, wanted for violating the terms of Pretrial Release from the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center. Jones is also wanted on a warrant for Second-Degree Escape.   

Jones is a 39-year-old black male with black hair and brown eyes. Height: 5’6” and 180 lbs.

Anyone with information about Jones’ whereabouts are asked to call Detective Cpl. Melissa Hulse at 301-475-4200, ext. *1996 or email Melissa.Hulse@stmarysmd.com.


Chester Termain Jones

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Sheriff Cameron Attends Van Hollen Public Safety Meeting

St. Mary's County Sheriff Tim Cameron, along with Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans, Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry and other public safety officials attended a public safety discussion with U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Steny Hoyer on Wednesday.

Opioid addiction, school safety, law enforcement, firefighting and emergency services programs were discussed at the College of Southern Maryland campus in Hughesville.

St. Mary's County Sheriff Tim Cameron, La Plata Chief of Police Carl Schinner, Senator Chris Van Hollen, College of Southern Maryland President Maureen Murphy, Rep. Steny Hoyer, Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry and Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans

Sheriff Tim Cameron and Rep. Steny Hoyer 
Sheriff Tim Cameron speaks to Sen. Chris Van Hollen

Vice Narcotics Arrest


In August of 2018, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Vice Narcotics Division, began an investigation into Devone Articis Hall’s (Age 30 with no fixed address) involvement into the distribution of controlled dangerous substances. A search and seizure warrant was obtained for Devone Hall’s person and he also had an open arrest warrant reference an assault.

On September 13, 2018, members of the Vice Narcotics Division observed Hall in a vehicle in the Loveville area. Hall was taken into custody after a brief foot chase and struggle. Hall was found to be in possession of suspected fentanyl (approx. $2,480.00), suspected cocaine (approx. $1,250.00), and suspected heroin (approx. $4,400.00). A loaded handgun and ammunition were also located in the vehicle.

Hall was arrested and charged with multiple CDS, firearms related charges, and resisting arrest. Hall was incarcerated in the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center and initially held with no bond. Additional charges are pending a review with States Attorney Richard D. Fritz.



State Officials Hear Benefits of Pretrial Services

Major Michael Merican, right, speaks to members of the Maryland Department of Legislative Services at the St. Mary's County Detention and Rehabilitation Center. 
 Rather than sitting in jail awaiting a day in court, a qualified offender has the opportunity to obtain medical or addiction services and can still work to provide for their family through the Pretrial Services offered at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center.

Following a visit by criminal justice officials from Armenia last week, representatives of the Maryland Department of Legislative Services visited the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, to learn more about Pretrial Services.

In 2014, 11 counties in Maryland had a formalized pretrial system. After St. Mary’s County implemented its program, Kent County initiated the model and now five other counties are in transition to offering some form of Pretrial Services.

The program started in St. Mary’s County in November 2015.

Incarcerating an inmate locally costs $150 a day, Major Michael Merican told the group. In Pretrial Services, the cost per offender is $34.68 per person.

With a capacity of 230 inmates, the St. Mary’s County jail costs about $10 million a year to run, mainly in personnel costs, Merican said.

Bail has been used to get out of jail in the United States since 1791, Merican said. “Times have changed, but for some reason we tend to hang onto this.” Many offenders can’t afford bail to get out of jail and the longer an inmate stays in jail ahead of trial, the longer their sentence tends to be from a judge.

Pretrial Services come with no cost to the offender and participants have the opportunity to get the health services they need and keep their employment to support their families.
“Some of these people absolutely need help,” Merican said.

Many of the jail’s inmates suffer from mental illness and addiction.

Bipolar Disorder is “the one we see the most,” Kristi Larson, Detention and Rehabilitation Center Mental Health Coordinator, said, while other inmates suffer from schizophrenia, depression or anxiety.

Inmates typically are self-medicating with substances and they are not getting proper treatment outside of the detention center, Larson said.

“If you’re not working with your mental health inmates, you’re not working your jail,” Merican told the state officials.

By default, the detention center is acting as the largest mental health facility in St. Mary’s County, Merican said.

Across the country, jails house or detain more drug addicts and mentally ill than the common criminal in local jails.  

In St. Mary’s County, there are usually about 50 offenders under Pretrial Services, under various forms of supervision, including mandatory drug screening, meetings with case managers, wearing electronic monitoring units or under house arrest.

In 2016, the compliance rate in the program was 77 percent and so far in 2018 the compliance rate still holds at 77 percent.

The group from the Maryland Department of Legislative Services also visited the St. Mary’s County Drug Court on Tuesday.  

Monday, September 17, 2018

Accident Investigation


On September 16, 2018, at approximately 6:34 a.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to a motor vehicle collision in the 27000 block of Three Notch Road, in Mechanicsville.  Upon arrival, a vehicle was located on the shoulder of the road, with the operator still inside.  The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and continued the investigation.

Preliminary investigation determined a 2009 Ford Crown Victoria, operated by Charles County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Sterlin Douglas, left the roadway for a suspected medical emergency. Douglas was traveling southbound on Three Notch Road in the area of Baptist Church Road, when the vehicle left the roadway, struck a culvert, and continued on, striking two parked vehicles at the Used Car Factory.  The vehicle reentered the roadway, and came to rest on the shoulder of the road.  Douglas was transported to a local trauma center with incapacitating injuries.  At this time it appears Douglas suffered a medical issue, which is believed to be a factor in the collision. Alcohol and drug use do not appear to be factors in the collision.

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision that has not yet provided a statement is asked to contact Corporal Brian Connelly at (301) 475-4200 *extension 8031 or by email at Brian.Connelly@stmarysmd.com. Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.

For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff. 
                                                
                     

Friday, September 14, 2018

Robbery Suspect-ID Needed

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured.  On September 11, 2018, the suspect entered the Quik Shop, located in the 21000 block of Great Mills Road in Lexington Park, and pretended to purchase items.  Once the register was open, the suspect threw an article of clothing at the clerk and proceeded to steal an undisclosed amount of money from the register.  The suspect then fled the area on foot. 

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Corporal Brian Connelly at (301) 475-4200 extension *8031 or by email at Brian.Connelly@stmarysmd.com. Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.

For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.