Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A Cause for Paws

Eleven-year-old Layla Kaelin from Leonardtown has a big heart and a love for animals. 

While watching the news and eating breakfast with her mother, Sheri Kaelin, Layla heard a story about K-9 dogs that were injured because they weren’t wearing vests. Without hesitation, the young animal lover told her mother she wanted to raise money to purchase vests for her local police department’s K-9 unit. That’s where the story begins.

Layla’s mom contacted Sgt. Todd Fleenor, leader of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit, asking if they needed vests. Fleenor explained to her that while they already had vests, their funds to buy other equipment for the unit had been depleted when they purchased Brix, the newest K-9 Unit member. 

Shortly after that conversation, Layla’s mom helped her start a GoFundMe account, and together they made donation jars. Soon after, they set up outside local businesses on various Saturdays and Sundays and collected money for the unit. Layla even made homemade dog treat bags that she gave away in return for donations.

Their fundraising efforts spanned from the end of January to the beginning of June with Layla raising $1,300 for the K-9 Unit. Her donation was used to replenish the K-9 Unit’s funds and to purchase the equipment needed after Brix and Deputy First Class Lacey Johnson were put into service with the sheriff’s office. 

Layla receiving the Stanley J. Goodwin Award 

On April 14, the sheriff’s office recognized Layla for her efforts by presenting her with the Stanley J. Goodwin Award at the annual awards ceremony.  This recognition is given to those who honor Stanley Goodwin’s memory by giving countless hours to his country and the St. Mary’s County community. The award is typically reserved for an adult. At such a young age, Layla met the high standards that Mr. Goodwin so graciously represented. 

“I feel that the K-9 Unit is important to support because they help in so many ways,” Layla said. “They can help find people, they can help stop criminals, and they make great partners!”

This time the sheriff’s office was the recipient of Layla’s generosity, but her mom told them that Layla has been doing fundraisers for local organizations since first grade. 

“Layla also donated money to the pet food pantry and the animal relief fund,” Sheri said. “She’s very into animals.”

“Taking a proactive role for the benefit of the community at such a young age is truly an inspiration,” Said Sgt. Fleenor. “She is a truly a leader in our community.”

Sheriff Cameron, the men and women of the sheriff’s office, and especially the K-9 Unit are truly grateful for Layla’s time, effort and generosity. 



(L-R): Sgt. Fleenor, Sheri Kaelin, Layla Kaelin, DFC Johnson, and K9 Brix






St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Motor Vehicle Collision

On June 26, 2017, at approximately 8:23 PM, patrol officers from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to a serious single motor vehicle collision on Vista Road in the area of Whiskey Creek Road in Hollywood. Officers located a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe off the roadway and into a tree with both the operator and front seat passenger trapped in the vehicle suffering from serious injuries.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded and assumed the investigation. The preliminary investigation revealed the Tahoe was traveling east on Vista Road when for unknown reasons, the vehicle left the roadway.

The operator of the Tahoe, Dominique Ofano, age 20, of Hollywood attempted to regain control of the vehicle; however, overcorrected, causing the vehicle to leave the roadway again and strike a tree. Ofano and the passenger, Angela Goldsborough, age 21, of Hollywood were transported by Trooper 7 to MedStar Washington Hospital Center. At this time speed is believed to be a contributing factor. 

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or any events leading up to the collision is asked to call Deputy First Class Vincent Pontorno at 301-475-4200, ext. *2337.

Incident Briefs – 6/23/2017 – 6/27/2017



6-23-2017
Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a boat parked at Tall Timbers Marina in Tall Timbers and stole cash. Dep. Budd is investigating the case. CASE#32810-17

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a coke machine and stole cash at the Lexwood Apartments in Lexington Park. DFC. Steinbach is investigating the case. CASE#32820-17

6-24-2017
Vandalism – Unknown suspect(s) lit small fireworks inside of multiple mailboxes within the Academy Hills Subdivision neighborhood in Leonardtown. The Fire Marshal’s Office was notified and responded to assume the investigation. Dep. Henry is investigating the case. CASE# 32011-17

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a shed behind the Ledo’s Pizza in Charlotte Hall and stole property. Cpl. Snyder is investigating the case. CASE#33052-17

6-25-2017
Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered multiple motor vehicles in the 26000 block of Laurel Grove Court in Mechanicsville and stole property. Cpl. Knott is investigating the case. CASE#33153-17

6-26-2017
Burglary –Officers responded to the 46000 block of Westbury Boulevard for the report of a vacant unsecured residence. A neighbor walking by the residence reported observing a rear door open; no further damage to the residence was located. Cpl. Seyfried is investigating the case. CASE#33231-17

6-27-2017
Burglary – Sometime between 6/24 and 6/26, unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a residence in the 38000 block of Collinwood Drive in Abell. Upon entry, the suspect(s) stole cash. Dep. Smith is continuing the investigation. CASE#33444-17

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, June 23, 2017

Incident Briefs – 6/23/2017




Burglary to Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a motor vehicle in the 20000 block of Hermanville Road in Lexington Park. Nothing appeared to be stolen. Deputy Muschette is investigating the case. CASE# 32638-17

Burglary to Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle in the 18000 block of Hodges Lane in Valley Lee. Nothing was stolen but the suspect’s caused visible damage to the vehicle. CASE#32641-17

Burglary to Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle in the 21000 block of Spyglass Way in Lexington Park. Nothing appeared to be stolen. CASE#32648-17

Burglary to Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered two motor vehicles and stole property in the 20000 block of Skipjack Court in Great Mills. Deputy McClure is investigating the case. CASE#32660-17

Burglary/Stolen Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a shed and stole a motorcycle in the 36000 block of Owens Drive in Bushwood. Deputy Edwards is investigating the case. CASE# 32684-17


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.



Thursday, June 22, 2017

Arrests 5-31-2017 - 6-7-2017

5-30-2017 - Theft - DFC D. Potter observed the suspect, Steven Ray Lee, California, age 24 of, California, leave the Walmart store without paying for merchandise.  DFC Potter followed the suspect and provided identifying information to responding deputies.   The vehicle was located and the stolen merchandise was recovered.  Lee was charged with Theft Under $1000.

Steven Ray Lee

Criminal Summons and Warrant Services:

05/31/17  - Shannon Elizabeth Johnson, 39, Huntingtown, MD, was charged via Criminal Summons for Assault 2nd Degree and Malicious Destruction of Property. Served by Dep. K. Molitor CASE#18629-17

06/01/17 - Laura Ann Marini, 36, Mechanicsville, MD was charged via Criminal Summons for Theft Less than $100.  Served by Dep. C. Edwards CASE#28430-17

 Adult Arrests 06/01/17

6-1-2017 - Assault - DFC J. Maguire responded to the 44000 block of Watson Lane for a reported domestic assault. The victim alleged the suspect, David William Thompson, age 34, of Leonardtown, assaulted the victim leaving visible signs of injury to the victim's left hand and elbow. Thompson was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center where he was charged with Second Degree Assault. CASE#02849-17
David William Thompson



Adult Arrests 06/05/17

6-2-2017 - Theft - Deputy D. Sidorowicz responded to a reported theft at the Walmart in California. The investigation revealed, the suspect, Daniel Holly Dement, age 50, of Lexington Park, filled a shopping cart with items and utilized a small child to push the cart past all points of sale into the parking lot. Loss prevention made contact with the suspect who then dropped the bags full of merchandise and fled with the child. Using surveillance the suspect was identified and then located. He was charged via criminal citation for Theft Less Than $1000. CASE#29037-17

Daniel Holly Dement



6-2-2017 - Assault on Inmate - Cpl. E Johnson responded to the St. Mary's County Detention Center for a reported assault. The investigation revealed the suspect, Keith Demar Young, age 28, of Waldorf, assaulted another inmate by hitting the inmate on the head, and then continued to hit assault the victim in the head and face. The victim displayed visible signs of injury. Young was charged with Assault on DOC employee and released back to the custody of the detention center. CASE#29070-17

Keith Demar Young


6-10-2017 - Theft - Deputy D. Sidorowicz responded to the Lowe's in California for a late report of a theft. The investigation revealed that on May 10, 2017, the suspect, Evan Thomas Jenkins, age 28, of Mechanicsville,  exited the store without paying for merchandise. The suspect was located and charged for Theft Less than $1000.CASE#24697-17

Evan Thomas Jenkins,

Adult Arrests 06/06/17


6-5-2017 - Assault - Deputy P. Henry responded to the 21000 block of Tammies Drive in Great Mills for a reported assault. The victim alleged the suspect, William Howard Grantham, age 57, of Great Mills assaulted the victim causing visible sign of injury. Grantham was transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center and charged with Two Counts of Second Degree Assault.CASE#29565-17

William Howard Grantham


Adult Arrests 06/07/17

6-6-2017 - CDS Violation - Deputy E. Edwards responded to the St. Mary's County Detention Center for a reported CDS Violation. The suspect, Steven Rene Tharpe, age 26, of Great Mills, was ordered by the District Court Judge to take a urinalysis test prior to sentencing. During the test, something fell out of the suspect's pants. The correctional officer advised it appeared to be a condom containing an unknown liquid. The suspect was charged with altering a drug/alcohol urinalysis test. CASE#29720-17

Steven Rene Tharpe 















Incident Briefs – 6/22/2017





Burglary to Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a victim’s motor vehicle in the 25000 block of Elderberry Way in Lexington Park; nothing appeared to be stolen. Deputy Payne is investigating the case. CASE# 32453-17

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into an outside storage area at the Habitat for Humanity in Lexington Park. Deputy Bush is investigating the case. CASE# 32453-17


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, June 21, 2017

Incident Briefs – 6/21/2017



Property Destruction – Unknown suspect(s) damaged property at the Pathways Group Home in Lexington Park. Dep. Bowie is continuing the investigation. CASE#32283-17
Property Destruction – Unknown suspect(s) attempted to force entry into the AutoZone in Great Mills. Dep. Davis is continuing the investigation. CASE#32417-17


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, June 19, 2017

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office deputies recognized for roles in schools

On Wednesday, St. Mary’s County Public Schools expressed their appreciation for the support of law enforcement at their schools and on their safety teams. During a ceremony, they 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, commanders and members of the school board, along with Superintendent James Scott Smith and Safety & Security Director, Mike Wyant, bestowed the awards.

“For every day of this school year, there has been at least one unsung hero,” Wyant said. “Law enforcement officers have helped make a difference in a child’s life, and the partnerships we continue to forge provide confidence in our systems.”

Following an opening by Smith, Sheriff Cameron said, “Our partnerships create a great synergy, and we have a positive relationship that exists today.”

The following officer from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office was nominated for Adopt-A-School Officer of the Year: Timothy Snyder, Lexington Park Elementary, and George Washington Carver Elementary School.

“Deputy Snyder grew up in Lexington Park and finds his life experiences a benefit in supporting the children in the community regardless of their age,” Dr. Rebecaa Schou, Principal of Lexington Park Elementary said. “Deputy Snyder also finds time to support his community as a member of the Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad, providing care and comfort to families who are experiencing a medical emergency.”

“The Carver team wishes to express our utmost gratitude for the hard work Deputy Timothy Snyder has displayed in safeguarding the school, staff, and students,” Principal Deanna Mingo of George Washington Carver Elementary School said. “He has shown to the Carver community the highest professionalism in every interaction. Deputy Snyder’s concerted effort exceeds expectation.”

The following officers from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office were nominated for School Resource Officers of the Year: Corporal Andrew Holton, Chopticon High School; Corporal Kristi Nelson, Great Mills High School; and Corporal Gray Maloy, Leonardtown High School.

Selected for School Resource Officer of the Year was Corporal Andy Holton, Chopticon High School and Margaret Brent Middle School

“Holton is always on time, always on duty, and always interacts with students with nothing but respect and support,” Mark Priner of Chopticon High School said. “Every interaction I have with him is marked by professionalism, respect and a steady focus on the task of ensuring that Chopticon is run as safely as possible.”

“He is firm, consistent, and holds students to high expectations,” Principal Janet Fowler of Margaret Brent Middle School said. “However, he also provides a safe outlet for students to confide in him. He models appropriate behavior for our young men and women, and his positive impact reaches beyond the walls of our building into our community.”

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 thank the board of education, Superintendent Smith, St. Mary’s County Public School staff, and the principals of our local schools for honoring the nominees and winners.




 Adopt-A-School Officer of the Year: Corporal Snyder & Sheriff Cameron 
School Resource Officer of the Year: Corporal Andrew Holton & Sheriff Cameron 
                                             






Incident Briefs – 6/16 – 6/19


6/17/2017

Burglary – Sometime during the overnight hours, unknown suspect(s) forced entry into Jerry’s Carryout in Great Mills and stole cash. Deputy McClure is investigating the case. CASE# 31578-17

Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – During the overnight hours, unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle and stole property in the 46000 block of Valley Court in Lexington Park. Deputy Beyer is investigating the case. CASE#31761-17

Burglary – During the overnight hours, unknown suspect(s) entered a shed and stole property in the 27000 block of Neale Court in Mechanicsville. Cpl. Flerlage is investigating the case. CASE# 31813-17

6/18/2017

Burglary – During the overnight hours, unknown suspect(s) entered a residence and stole property in the 21000 block of Kearsarge Place in Lexington Park. Deputy McClure is investigating the case. CASE# 31938-17

6/19/2017

Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – Sometime within the last week, unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a motor vehicle and stole property in the 45000 block of Elkton Lane in California. Deputy Bare is investigating the case. CASE# 32068-17



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, June 16, 2017

Juvenile Arrests: 5/26/2017 - 6/09/2017



05/26/17: A 13 year old male juvenile of Lexington Park was arrested for Second Degree Assault at Esperanza Middle School.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by School Resource Officer Cpl. C. Hartzell. CCN# 27716-17

05/23/17: A 13 year old male juvenile of Leonardtown was arrested for Second Degree Assault by Cpl. J. Davis. CCN#27716-17

05/22/17: A 17 year old female juvenile of Lexington Park was issued a juvenile civil citation for Possession of Marijuana by Cpl. J. Stone.  CCN# 27046-17

05/29/17: A 14 year old male juvenile of Clements was arrested for Burglary at Dynard Elementary School.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by Cpl. E. Johnson. CCN#23953-17

05/18/17: A 13 year old female juvenile of Lexington Park was arrested for Assault Second Degree at Esperanza Middle School.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by School Resource Officer Cpl. C. Hartzell. CCN# 25867-17

5/22/17: A 13 year old male juvenile of Lexington Park was arrested for Assault Second Degree, as well as Disturbance of School Operations at Spring Ridge Middle School.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by Cpl. C. Hartzell. CCN# 26089-17

05/23/17: A 13 year old male juvenile of Lexington Park was arrested for Assault Second Degree, as well as Disturbance of School Operations at Spring Ridge Middle School.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by Cpl. C. Hartzell. CCN# 26089-17

05/26/17: A 14 year old female juvenile of Lexington Park was arrested for Assault Second Degree.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by Cpl. M. Worrey.  CCN# 27767-17

05/26/17: A 10 year old male juvenile of Lexington Park was arrested for Assault Second Degree.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by Cpl. M. Worrey.  CCN# 27767-17

05/27/17: A 15 year old male juvenile of Hollywood was arrested for Assault Second Degree.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by Deputy C. Ball. CCN# 27836-17

05/25/17: A 16 year old female juvenile of Drayden was arrested for Assault Second Degree and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by Dep. P Henry. CCN#27793-17

05/28/17: A 17 year old male juvenile of Lexington Park was arrested for Assault Second Degree.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by Cpl. J. Vezzosi.  CCN# 28047-17


06/02/17: A 15 year old male juvenile of Lexington Park was arrested for Assault Second Degree.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by Deputy D. McClure. CCN# 29085-17

06/02/17: A 16 year old male juvenile of White Plains was arrested for four counts of Burglary, Vandalism and Theft.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by Cpl. D. Alexander.  CCN# 28267-17, 28293-17, 28297-17, 28303-17.

06/07/17: A 14 year old male juvenile of Lexington Park was arrested for Theft.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by Deputy M. McCuen.  CCN#29801.

06/06/17: A 12 year old female juvenile of Lexington Park was arrested for Assault.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by Deputy C. Ball. CCN# 29708-17

06/07/17: A 16 year old male juvenile of Lexington Park was arrested for Theft.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by DFC R. Steinbach. CCN# 29806-17

06/06/17: A 7 year old male juvenile of Lexington Park was arrested for Vandalism.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by DFC R. Steinbach.  CCN# 29746-17

06/06/17: A 16 year old male juvenile of Lexington Park was arrested for Theft.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by Cpl. M. Worrey. CCN# 29733-17

06/06/17: A 16 year old male juvenile of Lexington Park was arrested for Assault, Disturb School Operations at Great Mills High School.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by School Resource Officer Cpl. K. Nelson.  CCN# 29697-17

06/07/17: A 9 year old male juvenile of California was arrested for five counts of Vandalism.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by Dep. D. Holdsworth. CCN# 29916-17,29902-17,29898-17,29989-17,29990-17

06/09/17: A 16 year old male juvenile of Leonardtown was arrested and charged with Sex Offense 2nd and 4th Degree and Assault.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by Lt. E. Jones CCN# 27846-17