Tuesday, September 19, 2017

ALERT - Check Fraud Scam


Leonardtown, Maryland - The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office has recently received multiple complaints involving a check fraud scam. In this scam, a potential victim will receive, what appears to be, a legitimate bank check in the MAIL; typically by 2 day or 3 day US Priority Mail service. Instructions will accompany the check directing victims to cash the check then contact someone for additional information. Victims are subsequently directed to purchase items and deposit the left over money into a separate account belonging to the scammer.
Cashing the check and sending the money to the scammer will result in the victim losing their own money. 
DON'T BE A VICTIM. If you receive a check similar to those pictured below, DO NOT ATTEMPT to cash it without first verifying the check's authenticity. 

If you have any questions or if you are a victim of a scam, contact the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office at 301.475.8008.

Monday, September 18, 2017

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

On September 17, 2017, at 7:59 PM, patrol deputies from the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office responded to the area of Piney Point Road and Blake Creek Road for the report of a serious motor vehicle collision. Due to the nature of the collision, The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Collision Reconstruction Unit was requested.

The preliminary investigation determined a 1999 Toyota Corolla operated by Shelia Marie Hardesty, 54, of Leonardtown, MD, was traveling southbound on Piney Point Road when, for unknown reasons, the vehicle crossed the center line and into northbound traffic. The vehicle then struck a 2005 GMC Sierra 2500 operated by James Matthew Bowes Jr., 24, of Leonardtown, MD. 

Hardesty was pronounced deceased at the scene. Bowes was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Preliminarily, neither speed nor alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor.

Anyone with further information regarding this collision, please contact Deputy John Davis at (240)496-6695 or by email, John.Davis@stmarysmd.com.

Incident Briefs 9/15/2017 – 9/18/2017

9-15-2017
Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle and stole property in the 23000 block of Grampton Road in Clements. Corporal Knott is investigating the case. CASE# 48849-17

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a victim’s residence in the 25000 block of South Sandgates Road in Mechanicsville. Nothing appeared to be stolen from the residence. Corporal Knott is investigating the case. CASE# 48923-17

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a residence and stole property in the 40000 block of Lake and Breton View Drive in Leonardtown. Deputy Shelko is investigating the case. CASE#48928-17

9-16-2017
Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a residence in the 25000 block of South Sandgates Road in Mechanicsville. Deputy First Class McCuen is investigating the case. CASE# 48970-17

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) attempted to force entry into a residence in the 19000 block of Piney Point Road in Piney Point. Deputy Budd is investigating the case. CASE# 48969-17

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) attempted to enter a residence in the 21000 block of Willows Road in Lexington Park. Deputy Ball is investigating the case. CASE# 49102-17


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, September 15, 2017

Incident Briefs – 9/15/2017



Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – Sometime between 9/12 and 9/13, unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle and stole property in the 46000 block of Chapman Drive in Lexington Park. Deputy Bare is investigating the case. CASE# 48663-17

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, September 13, 2017

Incident Briefs – 9/13/2017


Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a residence in the 28000 block of Lockes Hill Road in Mechanicsville causing destruction to the property. Deputy Bowie is investigating the case. CASE#48388-17

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a shed and stole property in the 46000 block of Rue Purchase Road in Lexington Park. Deputy Bowie is investigating the case. CASE#48361-17

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.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Incident Briefs – 9/12/2017


Burglary – During the overnight hours, unknown suspect(s) entered a shed and stole property in the 45000 block of Blackistone Circle in Hollywood. Deputy First Class Tirpak is investigating the case. CASE#48134-17

Theft – Unknown suspect(s) forced entry through the fence of Winegardner Chevrolet and stole property. Corporal Knott is investigating the case. CASE#48150-17

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a shed and stole property in the 25000 block of Three Notch Road in Hollywood. Corporal D. Snyder is investigating the case. CASE#48201-17


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, September 11, 2017

Incident Briefs – 9/8/2017 – 9/11/2017


9/8/2017
Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – During the overnight hours of 9/7 into 9/8, unknown suspect(s) entered multiple motor vehicles and stole property on Scarlet Oak Court in California. Corporal Maguire and Deputy First Class Potter are investigating the cases. CASE#47513-17, 47521-17, 47530-17

Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle and stole property from a vehicle sitting on Route 5 near Bob Green Siding in Mechanicsville. Corporal J. Yingling is investigating the case. CASE#47528-17

9/9/2017
Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a residence in the 22000 block of Breton Bay Drive in Leonardtown and stole property. Deputy Payne is investigating the case. CASE#47642-17

Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle in the 23000 block of Spalding Lane in Leonardtown and stole property. Corporal Flerlage is investigating the case. CASE#47643-17

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.



Sunday, September 10, 2017

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

On September 8, 2017, at approximately 4:02 P.M., St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office patrol units were dispatched to a serious motor vehicle collision on St. John’s Road in the area of Daniel Farm Lane in Hollywood. Units arrived on scene to find a single vehicle with two occupants into a telephone pole. 

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene. The preliminary investigation revealed a 2002 GMC Envoy, operated by Michael Emerson, age 41, of Leonardtown, was traveling West on St. John’s Road towards Hollywood Road. A passenger, Carrie Emerson, age 39, of Leonardtown, was in the front passenger seat. The vehicle left the roadway for unknown reasons, and the operator attempted to regain control of the vehicle. The operator over-corrected, causing the vehicle to leave the roadway again and strike a telephone pole. The operator was pronounced deceased at the scene. The passenger was transported by Trooper 6 to Prince George’s Shock Trauma Center for treatment. 

At this time speed and alcohol appear to be contributing factors. 

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or any events leading up to the collision is asked to contact Deputy Smith at 301-475-4200 ext. *2328.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Suspect Charged With Sex Offense of a Minor


On September 5, 2017, an adult female responded to the lobby of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's to report a sexual offense involving a family member. Based on the victim's statements, the investigation was transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division for further action. The investigation revealed, William Jeffery Digregorio, age 48, of Mechanicsville, forced the victim to engage in vaginal intercourse with him.

The acts occurred at several locations in St. Mary's County between 1998 and 2005 when the victim was between the ages of 8 and 15. 

DiGregorio was located at his residence. He was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center and was charged with the following criminal violations: 

Sex Abuse of a Minor

Sex Offense Second Degree

Sex Offense Third Degree

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective Melissa Hulse at 301-475-4200, ext. *1996 or by email, Melissa.Hulse@stmarysmd.com.


William Jeffery Digregorio

An Epidemic Hits Home: St. Mary’s County not immune to devastating effects of Opioid epidemic

As an Emergency Medical resident with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Eric Kiechle, MD, was prepared to treat patients coming to the D.C. hospital who had overdosed on opioids or heroin. But during a rural emergency medical rotation at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, a ride along with the Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad gave him a different perspective.

“Walking into a home where people are overdosing really put things in perspective for me,” Eric said. “I could see that the opioid and heroin epidemic has hit the area pretty hard. Obviously, I see it in D.C., but seeing it here was eye-opening to me.”

Just as in other areas of the country, St. Mary’s County continues to deal with the impact of the opioid and heroin crisis. In June, St. Mary’s saw its first overdose from the powerful drug carfentanil, a synthetic opioid 10,000 times stronger than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl.

In the first half of 2017, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office has responded to 14 overdose deaths all linked to the use of — or a combination of — heroin, cocaine, fentanyl and/or carfentanil.

“On the law enforcement front, we are going after the drug dealers, and if we can identify a dealer in a fatal overdose, we’re going to work with the State’s Attorney’s Office to hold those dealers responsible,” said Capt. Eric Sweeney, Vice/Narcotics. “Our approach to the opioid epidemic is comprehensive: we are investigating, we are arresting, and we are educating.” 

The sheriff’s office works closely with the St. Mary’s County Health Department, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, St. Mary’s County Public Schools, the Young Marines, and other county organizations to host prevention programs. Its headquarters in Leonardtown is also a collection site for unwanted medications through an anonymous 24/7 drop-box program. This initiative ensures proper disposal of medications, so they never enter the streets and minimizes the opportunity for an individual to become a target of crime by having unused medications in their home. Additionally, every September the Sheriff’s Office collects medications directly from the homebound who otherwise may not have the opportunity to dispose of their unused medications. 

Every deputy at the sheriff’s office is equipped with and trained to use naloxone (Narcan). The sheriff’s office responded to 106 non-lethal opioid overdoses in the first half of 2017 and administered 99 doses of Narcan to 50 recipients. In 2016, only 49 doses of Narcan were administered by deputies. 

“What we see on the streets is that this epidemic does not discriminate — it impacts all ages, genders, backgrounds, and races. This is a nationwide problem and St. Mary’s County is not immune,” said Sheriff Tim Cameron. “If you have a family member or friend struggling with addiction, please get them help. It’s a horrible epidemic, and the help is out there.”

Visit MedStarStMarys.org/Opioids for more information on lifesaving resources and information.

Written by:
Deborah P. Gross
Marketing and PR Writer 
MedStar St. Mary's Hospital
Healthy Living Magazine published my MedStar St. Mary's Hospital