Thursday, April 16, 2015

How do I Report a Phishing or Telephone Scam to the IRS?

The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office continues to receive reports from citizens regarding scams by email, text messaging, social media or by telephone from a person claiming to be from the IRS. The IRS has some great information available on how to protect your personal information, report a scam, and what to do if your information is compromised

What is phishing?

Phishing is a scam typically carried out through unsolicited email and/or websites that pose as legitimate sites and lure unsuspecting victims to provide personal and financial information. 

The Internal Revenue Service would like you to know:

The IRS doesn't initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. This includes requests for PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts.

Report all unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS or an IRS-related function tophishing@irs.gov. Recent scams have used the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) to attract potential victims. Also, if you've experienced any monetary losses due to an IRS-related incident, please report it to the Treasury Inspector General Administration (TIGTA) and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) through their Complaint Assistant to make the information available to investigators.

For more information on what to do if you receive a suspicious  IRS-related communication online or by phone VISIT http://www.irs.gov/uac/Report-Phishing

To report an IRS impersonation scam go to: 
http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml and complete the online report form. 

Information obtained from www.irs.gov 


Announcement: Passing of Sergeant George Delozier, Jr. (retired)


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Juvenile Charged with 1st Degree Assault - Ceva Scott

California, Maryland - On April 13, 2015 at 4:25 PM, Deputy Lawrence responded to a residence on Coledorall Court, for a reported assault. The victim alleged suspect Ceva Laurel Scott, age 17, of California, began an argument after the victim turned off Scott's cell phone the day before. Scott became enraged at which time the victim retreated to a bedroom and told Scott to go away. Scott followed the victim and began to attack the victim with her hands. Scott was able to pin the victim to the floor where she continued to hit the victim. The victim took self-defense action to end the attack. Scott then retrieved a kitchen knife and attempted to stab the victim. However, the victim was able to pick up a plastic trashcan and placed it in front of the victim's body. As Scott attempted to stab the victim, the knife plunged into the trashcan. She then fled the residence. Additionally, Scott caused property damage to items inside the residence during the assault.  

St. Mary's County State's Attorney Richard Fritz conducted a review of the case and determined Scott was to be charged as an adult. Scott was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center. She was charged with 1st Degree Assault, 2nd Degree Assault, and Property destruction Under $1,000. CASE #21036-15 

Ceva Scott

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Arrests 4-14-15

Stalking/Harassment – Detective Corporal Hulse from the Criminal Investigations Division made contact with a victim who alleged being stalked by a known suspect. The investigation revealed, suspect Matthew Donald Hutson, age 33, of Charlotte Hall, made audio recordings of the victim without the victim’s consent or knowledge. Hutson contacted the victim by phone several times after he was told to stop. He also drove past the victim’s home repeatedly. On 4-8-15, Hutson was arrested by warrant and charged with Stalking, Harassment: Course of Conduct, and Telephone Misuse. CASE #19792-15
Matthew Hutson


Sex Offender Violation – On March 18, 2015, suspect John Allen Combs SR, age 42, of Lexington Park, was charged with Sexual Solicitation of a Minor. As a result, search and seizure warrants were executed. Evidence was obtained indicating Combs had a social media account and email account which he failed to disclose to the Sex Offender Registry as required by law. Detective Corporal Raddatz, of the Sex Offender Compliance Unit in the Criminal Investigations Division, arrested Combs on 4-10-15 by warrant. Combs was charged with 2 COUNTS of Sex Offender Violation. CASE #20201-15

John Combs SR.


Assault – On April 11, 2015, Deputy Jason Smith responded to a residence on North Essex Drive in Lexington Park, for a domestic assault. The victim alleged suspect Dennis Paul Register, age 49, of Lexington Park, struck the victim in the face with his fist during an argument that started over dishes. Deputy Smith observed fresh injury on the victim. Register was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd Degree Assault. CASE #20445-15

Dennis Register


Violation Protective Order – On April 11, 2015, at 2:30 PM, Deputy Bare responded to a residence in the 23000 block of Hollywood Road in Leonardtown, for an unrelated call for service. Deputy Bare found Paul Eugene Miller III, age 45, of Leonardown, unresponsive in the driver’s seat of a vehicle parked at a residence. Miller was woken up by first responders. A short time later, the victim, who is the protected party in an active protective order against Miller, arrived at the residence. The investigation revealed Miller was at the residence in violation of the order. Miller was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Violation of Protective Order. CASE #20484-15
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Paul Miller III


Miller was arrested again on April 11, 2015 at 11:30 PM, after he responded to the victim’s residence and knocked on the window in violation of the protective order. Miller was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Violation of Protective Order. CASE #20596-15

First Degree Assault – On April 11, 2015, DFC Teague responded to a residence on Millstone Landing Road, for a disturbance involving a knife. The victim alleged suspect Aja Keyyanna Sewell, age 25, of Lexington Park, engaged in an argument over the front door being left open. The argument escalated when Sewell grabbed a knife from the kitchen and swung the knife at the victim. A third party was able to separate the victim and Sewell. Sewell was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with 1st and 2nd Degree Assault. CASE #20494-15
Aja Sewell


Assault – On April 11, 2015, Deputy Logue responded to a residence on Cambridge Avenue, for a reported domestic assault. The victim alleged suspect Dwann Errol McClary, age 31, of Lexington Park, slapped the victim across the face for no apparent reason. Deputy Logue observed fresh injury on the victim’s face. McClary was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd Degree Assault. CASE #20523-15
Dwann McClary


Theft – On April 11, 2015, Deputy McCuen responded to the Maryland International Speedway located on Budds Creek Road, for a reported theft. The victim alleged he observed suspect Jeffrey Lynn Thomas JR., age 19, of Waldorf, get into his 1996 EZ GO Golf cart and drive off. Thomas proceeded to drive the golf cart through the barrier chain causing minor damage. Thomas later got out of the golf cart and fled on foot into the woods. Thomas was located and placed under arrest. He was charged with Theft $1,000 to $10,000 and Property Destruction Under $1,000. CASE #20589-15  
Jeffrey Thomas JR.
  

Theft – On April 12, 2015, Corporal Rogers responded to Kohls for a reported theft. An employee observed suspect Amy Gillian Crook, age 30, of St. Leonard, place items of merchandise inside a WaWa shopping bag. Crook then attempted to return the items for store credit. The value of the merchandise was over $370.00. Crook was charged with Theft Under $1,000 by criminal citation. CASE #20798-15
Amy Crook


Violation Protective Order – On April 12, 2015, Deputy Siciliano responded to a residence on Liberty Street in Lexington Park, for a reported domestic issue. The emergency communications center advised suspect Darius Devaughn Gross, age 23, of Lexington Park, was the respondent in an active protective order and not allowed to have contact with the petitioner. Gross was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Violation of Protective Order. CASE #20671-15

Darius Gross

Assault – On April 12, 2015, Deputy Muschette responded to a residence in the 15000 block of Point Lookout Road in St. Inigoes, for a reported assault. The victim alleged suspect Jennifer Maria Price, age 33, of St. Inigoes, struck the victim in the face with a fist. Deputy Mushette observed fresh injury on the victim’s face. Price was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with 2nd Degree Assault. CASE #20810-15 
Jennifer Price


Assault – On April 13, 2015, Deputy LaFave responded to a reported assault located in the 18000 block of Three Notch Road in Demeron. The victim alleged suspect Kathleen Mary Denaro, age 55, of Dameron, cut the victim’s hand with a knife and struck the victim in the upper arm and chest with her hands during an argument. Deputy Lafave observed a fresh cut on the victim’s finger. Denaro was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with 2nd Degree Assault. CASE #21062-15
Kathleen Denaro



Incident Briefs 4-10-15 to 4-13-15

4-11-15 Property Destruction - Deputies responded to fifteen (15) residences in the Mechanicsville Road area for reports of property destruction to mailboxes. All cases remain open.

4-12-15 Recovered Stolen Motor Vehicle - Deputy Fennessy located an abandonded 1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass in the area of Broken Arrow Lane in Mechanicsville. A check of the registration revealed the vehicle was reported stolen from Charles County. CASE #20712-15

4-12-15 Motor Vehicle Crash (fly-out) - Deputies responded to Mechanicsville Road near Carpenter Drive and located a single vehicle crash. The vehicle left the roadway and overturned several times. The driver, identified as Paul Miller III, age 45, was flown to Suburban Hospital for treatment with non life-threatening injuries. CASE #20777-15

4-13-15 Motor Vehicle Crash (fly-out) - Deputies responded to St. Jerome's Neck Road for a single vehicle crash involving a motorcycle. Preliminary investigation indicates the driver, identified as James R. Sanders, age 38, failed to negotiate a turn and left the roadway. He was flown to Prince Georges Shock Trauma with non life-threatening injuries. CASE #21017-15



  

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Fatal Crash Point Lookout Road - Leonardtown

Leonardtown, Maryland - On April 10, 2015, at 11:00 AM, deputies responded to Point Lookout Road in the area of Radio Station Way, for a reported serious motor vehicle collision.  Preliminary investigation revealed Barbara Elaine Lacey, age 69,  of Chaptico, was southbound on Point Lookout Road, operating a 2001 Pontiac Sunfire. Lacey was slowing down to make a left turn into the park and ride near Radio Station Way. A 2004 Chrysler Sebring, operated by Allison Brooke Williams, age 18, of Mechanicsville, was also traveling southbound on Point Lookout Road, failed to slow down, and struck the rear of the Sunfire. 

Lacey was transported to Medstar St Mary's Hospital and was subsequently transferred to Washington Hospital Center Trauma Unit.  While at Washington Hospital Center, Lacey succumbed to her injuries.

St Mary's County Collision  Reconstruction Team members responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.  At this time, alcohol and speed do not appear to be a contributing factors in the collision. 

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision and who has not yet provided a statement is asked to call Deputy First Class Brandon Foor #235 at (301) 475-4200 Ext. 2265.    

 

 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Arrests 4-10-15

Assault – On April 7, 2015, Corporal Smolarsky responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center for a fight between inmates. The investigation revealed suspect Reginald Deante Thomas, age 24, of Great Mills, struck the victim inmate in the face with his fists. Thomas was charged with 2nd Degree Assault. CASE #19495-15

Reginald Thomas

Assault – On April 8, 2015, Deputy Kevin Molitor met with a victim at Sheriff’s Office Headquarters in Leonardtown. The victim alleged suspect Janet Ann Bender, age 59, of Lexington Park, sprayed the victim in the face with air freshener and tried to hit the victim with a bottle during an argument. Bender was located and placed under arrest. She was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with 2nd Degree Assault. CASE #19889-15
Janet Bender


Violation Protective Order – On April 9, 2015, Deputy S. Cameron made contact with a victim in the Lexington Park area reporting a violation of a protective order. The victim alleged suspect Paul Clements Tippett JR., age 48, of Loveville, contacted the victim in violation of an active protective order. The victim alleged the suspect made statements over the phone in violation of the order. The victim also alleged Tippett was in possession of firearms even though the order directed him to surrender all firearms. Deputy Cameron determined Tippett was in possession of 21 firearms after having been served the order of protection. Tippett was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. All firearms were confiscated. He was charged with Violation of Protective Order. CASE #20017-15
Paul Tippett JR.


Theft – On April 9, 2015, Deputy Lawrence responded to the Food Lion located on Great Mills Road, for a reported theft. A store employee alleged suspect Sheila Marie Hardesty, age 51, of Lexington Park, placed items of merchandise in her handbag. After making a purchase, Hardesty failed to pay for the items concealed in the handbag. Hardesty was charged with Theft Under $100 by criminal citation. CASE #19983-15
Sheila Hardesty

Incident Briefs 4-7-15 to 4-10-15

4-8-15 Burglary - A victim, who resides on Indian Way, reported unknown suspect(s) forced entry into her home and stole property. Case remains open. CASE #19853-15

4-10-15 Burglary - A complainant reported unknown suspect(s) entered a vacant residence in Charlotte Hall. Suspect(s) stole copper pipe from the home. CASE #20049-15

4-10-15 Burglary - A victim, who resides on Chapman Drive in Lexington Park, reported unknown suspect(s) entered his unsecured residence and stole property. Case remains open. CASE #20074-15

4-10-15 Theft - Employees of the Hong Kong restaurant located on Merchant's Lane reported they were in the back of the business when they returned to the front and found a male suspect taking cash from the register. The suspect fled on foot. Several deputies attempted to locate the suspect with negative results. Case remains open. CASE #20096-15