Monday, June 30, 2014

Incident Briefs 6-24-14 to 6-29-14

6-24-14 BURGLARY TO MOTOR VEHICLE – A victim, who resides on Morning Dew Lane, reported unknown suspect(s) shattered the front passenger window of her vehicle and stole property. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy Tirpak. Case #34164-14

6-24-14 THEFT – Unknown suspect(s) stole and damaged electric meters, bathroom signs, and the downspouts at the bathroom facilities at the Wicomico Shores Boat Ramps. Case assigned to DFC Vezzosi. Case #34193-14

6-25-14 VANDALISM – Management at the Bank of America located in Leonardtown, reported unknown suspect(s) struck one of the glass doors to the bank with what appears to be a rock causing the glass to crack. Case remains open and is assigned to Corporal E. Johnson. Case #34349-14

6-25-14 BURGLARY – A victim, who resides on Piney Point Road in Piney Point, reported unknown suspect(s) entered her unsecured garage and stole 3 lawn mowers. Case remains open. Case #34383-14

6-26-14 THEFT – A victim, who resides on White Point Road, reported unknown suspect(s) stole an air conditioning unit from his residence. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy Potter. Case #34457-14

6-27-14 BURGLARY – A victim, who resides in Indian Creek Estates in Charlotte Hall, reported unknown suspect(s) entered his unlocked garage and stole a 2004 Suzuki GSXR750, blue/black/white in color. Case #34741-14

6-27-14 THEFT – Sometime between 6-25-14 and 6-27-14, unknown suspect(s) stole a Mercruiser Bravo outdrive from a boat at Colton’s Point Marina. Case #34781-14

6-28-14 THEFT – A victim, who resides on Thrasher Court in Mechanicsville, reported property stolen from his unlocked shed. This occurred sometime between 2-2-14 and 6-28-14. Case #34960-14

6-28-14 BURGLARY – A victim, who resides on St. Jerome’s Neck Road in Dameron, reported unknown suspect(s) forced entry into his residence and stole property. Case remains open. Case #34992-14

6-29-14 BURGLARY – A victim, who resides on Cleveland Street in Mechanicsville, reported unknown suspect(s) entered his residence and stole property. The burglary occurred sometime the week prior to the report being made. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy Phelan. Case #35008-14

6-29-14 BURGLARY – A victim, who resides on All Faith Church Road in Mechanicsville, reported unknown suspect(s) forcibly entered his home and stole several items of property. Case remains open. Case #35120-14

Friday, June 27, 2014

Drug Arrest - Junge


Vice/Narcotics detectives, working with Inspectors from the United States Postal Inspection Service, identified a possible package arriving in St. Mary’s County from the State of California containing a large quantity of marijuana. A Hollywood, Maryland residence was identified as the destination and Jason Andrew Junge (Age 25) was identified as the target to which the drugs were sent. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services Team, K-9 deputies and Inspectors from the United States Postal Inspection Service executed a search and search warrant obtained by detectives. Upon execution of a search and seizure warrant, law enforcement officers discovered more than one pound of high grade  marijuana (street value of  approximately $12, 600.00), mushrooms, hashish, over $7,300 in cash, approximately $240.00 in counterfeit currency, scales, packaging paraphernalia and evidence of other large shipments which were previously delivered to the home. Detectives also seized other alleged proceeds of Suspect Junge’s drug distribution operation to include multiple electronics.  Suspect Junge was arrested and additional felony charges are pending a review with State’s Attorney Richard D. Fritz.
Jason Andrew Junge
 
Inquiries should be directed to Captain Daniel D. Alioto, Commander of Vice/Narcotics, at 301-475-4200 x1918.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Two Robberies SAME SUSPECTS - DO YOU KNOW US?


On June 18, 2014, two black male suspects entered the T. C. Martin Jewelers located in Charlotte Hall, Maryland and robbed the business of US currency, jewelry, and personal property. See Press Release "HELP MSP Solve Armed Robbery - Charlotte Hall" at firstsheriff.blogspot.com.








Images from TC Martin
Jewelry Robbery.














On June 22, 2014, two black male suspects entered the New Market Pharmacy located in Mechanicsville, Maryland, and robbed the business of US currency and property. See Press Release "HELP IDENTIFY ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECTS? View Images and Video" at firstsheriff.blogspot.com.
 
 


 


Images from New Market Pharmacy Robbery.


At this time, detectives from the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office and the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division believe the same suspects are responsible for both robberies. Both agencies are coordinating and combining investigative efforts to solve these cases.


St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary's County that leads to an arrest or indictment. Anyone with information about this crime may contact CRIME SOLVERS at 301.475.3333, (callers can remain anonymous), or text a tip to "TIP239" plus your message to '"CRIMES" (274637). Callers may also contact Detective C. Ellis at 301.475.4200 X 9125.
 
If you have information regarding the TC Martin Jewelry robbery callers can contact TFC Reuschling of the Maryland State Police, Criminal Enforcement Division at 443.684.4130 or the duty officer at the Leondardtown Barrack at 301.475.8955.   

HELP IDENTIFY ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECTS? View Images and Video

 

Mechanicsville, Maryland - On June 22, 2014 at 4:47 PM, deputies responded to the New Market Pharmacy located at 29015 Three Notch Road for a reported armed robbery. The initial investigation revealed two black male suspects entered the pharmacy demanding drugs and US currency from the sole employee operating the business. One of the suspects displayed a handgun. After stealing property from the pharmacy they bound the employee with tape and left the scene.

 

Suspect # 1 is described as a black male, 6'00" in height, weighing 200-250 lbs., with a beard, and shaved head. 
 
Suspect #1

 
Suspect #2 is described as a black male, 5'08" in height, weighing 160 lbs.


Suspect #2


Suspects #1 and #2

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary's County that leads to an arrest or indictment. Anyone with information about this crime may contact CRIME SOLVERS at 301.475.3333, (callers can remain anonymous), or text a tip to "TIP239" plus your message to '"CRIMES" (274637).  You may also contact Detective C. Ellis at 301.475.4200 X 9125.

INCIDENT BRIEFS 6-20-14 TO 6-24-14

6-20-14 VANDALISM – Sometime between 9:00 PM on 6-19-14 and 5:00 AM on 6-20-14, unknown suspect(s) spray painted graffiti on the Wicomico Shores Golf Course entrance sign and another sign located just outside the golf course. Case remains open. Case #33368-14

6-20-14 VANDALISM – The manager of the Arby’s restaurant located in Leonardtown reported unknown suspect(s) broke the first layer of glass to one of the business windows. Case #33618-14

6-20-14 BURGLARY TO MOTOR VEHICLE – A victim, who resides on Halsey Court in Mechanicsville, reported unknown suspect(s) entered his vehicle by breaking a window. Once inside, suspect(s) stole a spare key to the same vehicle. Case remains open. Case #33632-14

6-20-14 VANDALISM – A victim, who resides on Midway Drive in Lexington Park, reported unknown suspect(s) damaged the front windshield on her vehicle. Case #33643-14

6-22-14 BURGLARY TO MOTOR VEHICLE – A victim, who resides on Kingfisher Court in Great Mills, reported unknown suspect(s) entered her unlocked vehicle and poured gasoline inside the front passenger compartment sometime between 1:30 and 7:00 AM on 6-22-14. Suspect(s) also stole property and scratched the outside of the vehicle.  Case remains open. Case #33863-14

6-23-14 BURGLARY – A victim, who resides on Dudley Road, reported unknown suspect(s) entered his unlocked shed and stole property. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy Fennessey. Case #33923-14

6-23-14 BURGLARY – A victim, who resides on Sell Drive, reported unknown suspect(s) entered her residence and stole US currency and possibly some food items. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy Foor. Case #33922-14

6-23-14 BURGLARY/ASSAULT – A victim, who resides in the 17000 block of Piney Point Road, reported 3 unidentified suspects entered her unlocked residence, knocked her to the floor and began assaulting her. The suspects fled when a neighbor intervened. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy L. Johnson. Case #33951-14

6-24-14 THEFT – A complainant reported several political signs had been stolen from Green View Knolls Elementary School located on Military Lane. Case remains open and is assigned to DFC Knott. Case #34123

Friday, June 20, 2014

Welfare Check Leads to Pursuit


Mechanicsville, Maryland - On June 19, 2014, at 6:48 PM, Deputy Lawrence responded to a residence in the area of Wainwright Road and Thompson Corner Road to check the welfare of a suspicious white male subject operating a white Ford Ranger pick-up truck. Deputy Lawrence arrived in the area and made contact with the driver and sole occupant of the white truck identified as, Joseph Michael Burkhard III, 31, of Mechanicsville. Deputy Lawrence spoke to Burkhard who indicated he had no reason for being on the caller’s property. Deputy Lawrence directed Burkhard to leave at which time he left the area in his truck.

Approximately 15 minutes later, Deputy Lawrence saw Burkhard’s truck pass the caller’s private driveway. Deputy Lawrence got behind the truck and saw it cross the center line several times. Deputy Lawrence activated his emergency lights and attempted to stop the truck. The driver refused to stop, the truck sped up, and a pursuit ensued. At one point, the truck came to a stop on Route 234 only to proceed after stopping for a brief moment. In the area of the entrance to the Maryland International Speedway, the driver suddenly came to a stop again, put the truck in reverse, and attempted to ram Deputy Lawrence’s patrol car just missing the right front quarter panel. The truck then took off again. Deputy Wesner was positioned ahead of the pursuit and deployed STOP Sticks. The truck traveled over the STOP Sticks puncturing 3 of the tires. As the truck attempted to enter the roundabout in Chaptico, Burkhard lost control causing the truck to come to a stop in the center of the cement island. Deputies ordered Burkhard to show his hands and exit the vehicle. He refused all commands but was taken into custody by Corporal Cathcart and his K9 partner Bruno. Burkhard was taken to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment then transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with 3 COUNTS of 1st Degree Assault, 3 COUNTS of 2nd Degree Assault on Law Enforcement Officer, 3 COUNTS 2nd Degree Assault, and 3 COUNTS of Reckless Endangerment. No law enforcement personnel were injured during this incident.  
Joseph Burkhard III
 
While responding with his emergency lights and siren activated to assist deputies with the vehicle pursuit, Deputy Gaskill was traveling west on Route 234 in the area of Hicks Drive, when he lost control of his vehicle and struck an embankment. No other vehicles were involved and Deputy Gaskill was not injured. The preliminary cause of the accident appears Deputy Gaskill’s vehicle struck standing water on the roadway and hydroplaned. The investigation into the exact cause of the accident is ongoing.     

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Trespassers Charged

On June 17, 2014 at 12:04 AM, while conducting a premise check, Deputy A. Cole and Deputy L. Johnson located Yoni A Alvarez Granados, 37, of Bryans Road, and Arturo Ernesto Rosa-Lopez, 33, of Woodbridge, Virginia, on the property of Campe Merrylande located in Piney Point. The investigation revealed Rosa-Lopez and Granados had walked across another property owned by a citizen to get to the Campe Merrylande property and were fishing when they were found by deputies. “No Trespassing” signs
were clearly posted on both properties. Both suspects were charged with Trespass: Private Property by criminal citation.
On June 17, 2014 at 10:40 PM, Deputy A. Cole and Deputy L. Johnson conducted another premise check of the beach property of Campe Merrylande located in Piney Point. They located 3 suspects fishing on the posted private property. The 3 suspects are identified as (REDACTED) Exon Estelmin Paiz Galeas, 28, of Alexandria, Virginia, and Rafael Amaya Gonzalez, 32, of Oxon Hill, Maryland. All three suspects were charged with Trespass: Private Property by criminal citation.  


 

ARREST MADE IN LA QUINTA INN ROBBERY

On May 9, 2014, deputies responded to the La Quinta Inn located in California, Maryland, for the report of an armed robbery which occurred outside the business.  The initial investigation by patrol deputies determined two victims were approached by a suspect armed with a handgun who demanded the victims give the suspect money and property.  The suspect then pushed the gun into the head of one of the victims and instructed to him walk away.  The suspect then fled on foot.
Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division were contacted and assumed the investigation.  Detectives subsequently identified a suspect in the robbery as Aaron L. Pickeral, 35, of Lexington Park. On June 18, 2014 detectives located Pickeral and placed him under arrest.  A Search and Seizure Warrant was executed at his residence following his arrest and evidence was recovered.
Pickeral was charged with 2 counts of Armed Robbery and 2 counts of 1st Degree Assault. He was incarcerated in the St. Mary’s County Detention Center under no bond.  Additional charges are pending following a review with the State’s Attorney’s Office.
Aaron L. Pickeral

Captain Terry L. Black
Commander
Criminal Investigations Division
301-475-4200 Ext. 1925

HELP MSP Solve Armed Robbery - Charlotte Hall

Charlotte Hall, Maryland – On June 18, 2014, an armed robbery occurred at T.C. Martins Jewelers located at 30105 Three Notch Road. The investigation conducted by the Maryland State Police, revealed two black males entered the store and brandished a handgun. The suspects stole an undisclosed amount of currency, jewelry, and other miscellaneous property valued at more than $10,000.

The suspects were seen in a newer model, black, Cadillac Escalade; similar to the vehicle pictured below.  

NOT the actual vehicle
 

Suspect #1 is described as a black male, in his early 30’s, 5’-08” to 5’-09” in height, weighing 150 to 160 lbs., with a slender build, and medium complexion. (No photo available)

Suspect #2 (PICTURED) is described as a black male, in his early 30’s, 6’-00” to 6’-01” in height, weighing 250 to 300 lbs., with a large frame/ heavy build, medium complexion, and a thinly trimmed beard.

Suspect # 2
 
The Maryland State Police is asking anyone with information regarding this crime to contact TFC E. Reuschling assigned to the Criminal Enforcement Division at 443.684.4130 or call the MSP Leonardtown Barrack at 301.475.8955.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Help Solve Vandalism in Wildewood

California, Maryland - Between 6-2-14 and 6-17-14, six vehicles have had one or more tires slashed during the night in the Wildewood residential neighborhood. Specifically, the vehicles were located on Falling Leaf Lane, Locust Ridge Court, and Poplar Wood Drive.

The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office encourages citizens to promptly report suspicious activity by calling our non-emergency phone number at 301.475.8008. Calling police while the activity is in progress is a great help in solving crime, especially these random acts of vandalism.   

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary's County that leads to an arrest or indictment. Anyone with information about these crimes may contact CRIME SOLVERS at 301.475.3333, (callers can remain anonymous), or text a tip to "TIP239" plus your message to '"CRIMES" (274637).
 

 

Incident Briefs 6-18-14

6-17-14 BURGLARY TO MOTOR VEHICLE – A victim, who resides on Guenther Drive in Great Mills, reported unknown suspect(s) entered her unlocked vehicle sometime between 5:00 PM on 6-16-17 and 7:00 AM on 6-17-14. Nothing appeared to have been stolen. Case remains open. Case #32667-14

6-17-14 VANDALISM – A victim, who resides on Hills Drive in Mechanicsville, reported three small holes in the sidelight of the front door to her residence. The holes were consistent with pellet gun projectiles. Case remains open. Case #32785-14

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Escapee Arrested - Cynthia Hutchens


On June 9, 2014, Cynthia Ann Hutchens, 33, of Port Tobacco, failed to report to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center after she was removed from a court ordered treatment program. Hutchens was ordered to the program as part of her 365 day sentence for 2nd Degree Assault on 3-21-13 by Judge Christy Chesser. She was removed from the program for allegedly threatening another patient. On 6-15-14, Deputy McCuen located Hutchens at a residence in Mechanicsville and placed her under arrest. She was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and charged with 2nd Degree Escape.

                                                               Cynthia Hutchens

Incident Briefs 6-17-14

6-16-14 VANDALISM - A victim, who resides on Sue Drive in Lexington Park, reported unknown suspect(s) scratched a vehicle belonging to another person who was visiting her residence. Case #32448-14

6-17-14 BURGLARY - A victim, who resides on Canvas Drive in Callaway, reported unknown suspects forced entry and stole property from the residence. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy L. Johnson. Case #32582-14

Vice/Narcotics DRUG ARRESTS 6-17-14


Detectives indicted Eldridge Eugene Shade aka “Al” (48 of Mechanicsville) as a result of a search and seizure warrant that was executed on his home February 7th of this year. Suspect Shade was subsequently arrested for a parole violation and returned to the Department of Corrections. The latest charges were placed on suspect Shade during a recent court proceeding.
                                                                                                                            Eldridge Shade

Jeffrey Neil Shade (Age 29 of Hollywood, Md.) was observed to the rear of a residence on Independence Drive in Mechanicsville by  narcotics detectives. An officer recognized Shade as being wanted on an open felony drug warrant. Assistance was requested from the Patrol Division and Deputy Dina Beasley responded. As she approached Shade, he fled on foot and deputies pursued eventually placing him into custody. Suspect Shade discarded a baggie with approximately $400.00 worth of cocaine during his attempted escape. Also recovered from his person at the time of apprehension was a cellular phone, $125.00 and a quantity of synthetic marijuana. Additional charges are pending a review with States Attorney Richard D. Fritz.
 
      Jeffrey Shade
 
Inquiries should be directed to Captain Daniel D. Alioto, Commander of Vice/Narcotics, at 301-475-4200 x1918.

Monday, June 16, 2014

ARRESTS 6-16-14


ALCOHOL VIOLATION – On June 11, 2014, Sergeant Safford assigned to the Lexington Park COPs UNIT, observed suspect David Lee Garrison, 57, of no fixed address, on St. Mary’s County government property (bus stop on Tulagi Place) consuming an alcoholic beverage. Garrison was charged with the alcohol violation by criminal citation.

David L. Garrison
 
ASSAULT – On June 12, 2014, Deputy Fennessey responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center for a fight between inmates. The investigation revealed suspect Daniel Lee Gorham, 47, of no fixed address, pushed another inmate in the chest with hands during an argument over missing property. Gorham was charged with 2nd Degree Assault on DOC Employee (inmate).


Daniel L. Gorham

ASSAULT – On June 13, 2014, Deputy Lawrence responded to the St. Mary’s County District Court building in Leonardtown for a fight between inmates. The investigation revealed suspect Aubrey Robbie Robinson, 22, of California, was arguing with another inmate over the disposition of a criminal case when Robinson spat on the inmate. Robinson then bit the victim inmate on the arm. Robinson was charged with 2nd Degree Assault on DOC Employee (inmate).

 
Aubrey Robinson


VIOLATION PROTECTIVE ORDER – On June 13, 2014, Deputy Schultz responded to a residence on Saint John’s Circle in Great Mills for a reported violation of a protective order. Deputies observed suspect Michael Lavar Yeldell, 37, of Great Mills, inside the residence in violation of an active protective order. Yeldell was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Violation of Protective Order.

Michael Yeldell
 

ASSAULT – On June 14, 2014, Deputy Phelan responded to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital for a reported assault. The victim alleged suspect Gerald Wayne Moorman, 30, of Mechanicsville, assaulted the victim when he pushed the victim repeatedly to the ground during an argument. The victim sustained numerous injuries including a broken wrist as a result. Moorman was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd Degree Assault.

Gerald Moorman
 
ASSAULT – On June 14, 2014, Corporal O'Connor responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center for a reported fight between inmates. The investigation revealed suspect Tracy Otis Braswell, 19, of no fixed address, struck the victim inmate with his fists during an argument on 6-13-14. Braswell was charged with 2nd Degree Assault.

Tracy Braswell
 
THEFT – On June 15, 2014, Deputy Tirpak responded to Walmart in California for a reported theft. Loss prevention employees reported suspect Shakeena Monique Jackson, 27, of Lexington Park, concealed merchandise in her purse and diaper bag then left the store without paying. The value of the merchandise was over $100.00. Jackson was charged with Theft Under $1,000 by criminal citation.

Shakeena Jackson
 

ASSAULT – On June 15, 2014, Deputy Gaskill responded to a residence in Bushwood for a reported assault. The victim alleged suspect Phillip Ernest Cole, 49, of Indian Head, struck the victim in the face with a closed fist during an argument over leaving the residence. While conducting the investigation, Cole began to yell threatening statements toward the victim causing a disturbance. Cole was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd Degree Assault.

 
Phillip Cole


ASSAULT – On June 16, 2014, Corporal Connelly responded to a residence on Devin Circle in Lexington Park for a reported assault. The victim alleged suspect Brandon Girard Allen, 26, of Lexington Park, tackled the victim to the floor during an argument over infidelity. Corporal Connelly observed fresh evidence of injury on the victim. Allen was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd Degree Assault.

   
Brandon Allen

Incident Briefs 6-16-14


6-15-14 MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT - at 8:52 PM, deputies responded to Three Notch Road in the area of the Charlotte Hall Motel for an accident involving a motorcycle. The investigation revealed the 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle struck the back of a 2001 BMW passenger car. The driver and passenger on the motorcycle were ejected. Both were flown to PG Shock Trauma for precautionary measures. Case #32214-14

 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

UPDATE 6-15-14: MISSING SWIMMER FOUND

On June 15, 2014 at approximately 2:00 PM, the 11 year old female who went missing on 6-13-14 while swimming in the Wicomico River was located, deceased, along the shore near Newburg in Charles County, Maryland. She is identified as Faith Janee Lee of Chaptico, Maryland. The next of kin have been notified. Detectives from the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. Foul play is not suspected at this time. 

Additional details will be released as they are developed.



Saturday, June 14, 2014

UPDATE 6-14-14: Search Continues For Missing Swimmer

The search on the Wicomico River in the Mill Point Shores area of Mechanicsville, for a missing 11 year old girl will resume this morning at 7:30 AM and is now being lead by the US Coast Guard. The search was halted at 7:30 PM last night after it became too dark to continue. Numerous law enforcement agencies and assets are assisting with the search.

Additional details will be released as they are developed.

Friday, June 13, 2014

DNR, SMCSO Looking for Missing Swimmer

Millpoint Shores, Mechanicsville - at approximately 2:05 PM, SMCSO deputies and officers from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Police responded to the report of a missing 11 year old, black female. She was last seen in the water of the Wicomico River. DNR is leading search efforts to locate her. Deputies from the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office, Troopers from the Maryland State Police, Fire Department and Rescue Squad personnel are on the scene assisting as well.

Additional details will be released as they are developed.

First Responders Dash Into Action to Save a Life

On May 10, 2014, several members of the St Mary's County Sheriff's Office were working in an off duty capacity providing security for the Warrior Dash race in Budd's Creek, Maryland. The annual event is one of the largest and most anticipated events in the region. At 12:24 PM, Deputy William Wood received a report that a race participant had collapsed in a wooded area and was not breathing. Deputy Wood requested help over his radio. Deputy Wood and Deputy Trevor Teague located the 56 year old female on the muddy trail more than 50 yards into a densely wooded area. They immediately assessed the situation, reported her condition, and took over administering CPR from other race participants.

Sergeant Clayton Safford, Corporal Todd Fleenor, and Corporal Thomas Hedderich were at the start line when the call for help came over the radio. Instead of running the course trail, they ran through a heavily wooded area to where the patient was located deep in the woods. Corporal Fleenor saw the Gator down the course trail stuck in the mud and ran back to it. Three race participants, later identified as Prince George's County fire fighters, and Corporal Fleenor pulled the Gator out of the mud, then ran back to the patient. The Gator, driven by contracted medical personnel, made it to the deputies, but without an automated external defibrillator (AED). Sergeant Safford with the expertise provided by the PG County fire fighters, determined the priority was to evacuate the patient from the wooded area immediately. Complicating the situation, Sergeant Safford and Corporal Hedderich determined the Gator could not take the course trail with the patient on board and risk getting stuck in the mud again. Therefore, they decided the quickest way to the ambulance was to cut their own path through the woods and with the assistance of the three PG fire fighters they did just that. Without hesitation they loaded the patient onto the back seat of the Gator. Deputy Teague ran along side the Gator performing CPR with two of the PG fire fighters providing rescue breaths. Sergeant Safford, Corporal Fleenor, Corporal Hedderich, Deputy Wood, and the remaining PG fire fighter made a path with their hands and feet and physically pushed the loaded Gator approximately 50 yards through the heavily dense brush to the open field. 

Once in the open field, the ambulance was another 200 yards up the hill at the starting line. Sergeant Safford relieved Deputy Teague and continued administering CPR with the patient on the back seat of the Gator until they reached the ambulance.  Once at the ambulance, the patient was transferred onto a gurney and CPR was continued by Corporal Todd Fleenor until an AED was applied. The PG fire fighters provided rescue breaths the entire time. Deputies then carried the patient into the ambulance where medical personnel took over her care. The entire event lasted approximately 15 minutes. 

The three Prince George's County fire fighters were later identified as Captain Scot Williams, Captain Mike Marshall, and Fire Fighter Jason Parker.  

“I've been fortunate to be in public service for nearly 20 years now and in that capacity I've seen some amazing things, but few rival what I witnessed on May 10.  In a medical emergency time is the enemy. There was no hesitation on the part of these deputies. Without giving it a second thought, they ran into the thick woods; through mud, poison ivy, and briars to reach the patient who was in grave condition. CPR was initiated and a plan to quickly and safely extricate her from the woods put into action. A path was blazed through the woods. I saw barriers, fence posts and anything perceived as an obstacle pulled, torn and thrown out of the way. The ATV, which was commandeered to serve as an ambulance, was physically pushed out of the woods to meet the awaiting ambulance. Deputies performing CPR while running alongside the ATV. An EMT, (Emergency Medical Technician), who witnessed what took place, told me moments later –he had never seen anything like it before. While shaking his head in disbelief, he said, “Those guys initiated life-saving care in less than three minutes!” Our deputies do incredible things and this incident is a tremendous example of how our officer’s presence, quick action, training, and above all, teamwork affected a life in the most profound way – by sustaining it.” – Captain Steve Hall, Commander, Patrol Division, St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office  
Sergeant Clay Safford
 
Corporal Tom Hedderich
 
Corporal Todd Fleenor
 
Deputy Trevor Teague
 
Deputy William Wood
 
 
 

CID Identifies Suspects in Counterfeit Case

Hollywood, Maryland - On May 3, 2014 deputies responded to the McKay’s Foodland for the report of two suspects passing counterfeit $100 bills while making purchases.  The investigation was forwarded to the Criminal Investigations Division.

Detectives were able to determine two suspects entered the business and each presented the clerk with counterfeit $100 bills appearing to be U.S. Currency to purchase items valued at under $5.00.  Detectives identified the first suspect as Steven Eric Johnson, age 26, of Brandywine, Maryland, and obtained a warrant for his arrest.  On June 11, 2014, Johnson was arrested in Washington D.C. and extradited back to St. Mary’s County where he was charged with Manufacture Counterfeit Currency, Making image of Counterfeit Currency, Possession of /Issue Forged Currency and Theft under $100.  Johnson was later released on personal recognizance by a District Court Commissioner.
 
Steven Eric Johnson - ARRESTED
 
A warrant has been issued for the second suspect, Jasonn Deville Henderson-Ware, age 24, of Seat Pleasant, Maryland, relating to the same incident.  Henderson-Ware has not been located and a warrant for his arrest is still outstanding. 
Jasonn Deville Henderson-Ware - WANTED
 
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Henderson-Ware is asked to contact the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 301-475-4200 Ext. 1950 or citizens can contact Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333.  Citizens can also text information to CRIMES (274637).  Simply enter “TIP239” (847239) before your tip.  You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.00.

Captain Terry L. Black
Commander
Criminal Investigations Division
301-475-4200 Ext. 1925

Lexington Park COPs UNIT Receives Donation


 
Lexington Park, Maryland – On June 11, 2014, Sheriff Tim Cameron and the members of the Lexington Park COPs UNIT received a generous donation in the amount of $2,500.00 from the Lexington Park Business Association. The donation will go directly to the purchase of 2 new patrol bicycles and related equipment for the Lexington Park COPs UNIT.

Currently, the COPs UNIT has 2 patrol bicycles with 4 trained/certified deputies in the unit. Patrol Bicycles have proven to be an invaluable asset to the COPs UNIT in its efforts to make Lexington Park a safer place to live and work.  

Sheriff Tim Cameron and the men and women of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office would like to sincerely thank the Lexington Park Business Association, the association President Mark Pinekenstein, and it’s members for helping us make a difference in Lexington Park.
 
L-R Sergeant Clay Safford, Deputy Al Beishline, DFC Tim Snyder
Mark Pinekenstein and Sheriff Tim Cameron
 

Incident Briefs 6-13-14

6-12-14 FRAUD – A victim, who resides at the Cedar Lane Apartments in Leonardtown, reported several fraudulent charged were made on her credit card account. Case remains open. Case #31826-14

6-12-14 BURGLARY – A victim, who resides on Norris Road in Great Mills, reported unknown suspect(s) forced entry into his home and stole property. Case remains open. Case #31824-14

6-13-14 BURGLARY – A victim, who resides on Hunter Court in Charlotte Hall, reported unknown suspect(s) entered his residence and stole property. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy Fennessey. Case #31851-14

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Incident Briefs 6-12-14

6-11-14 PROPERTY DESTRUCTION - The owner of El Taco Feliz located on Great Mills Road reported an unknown suspect threw a rock at the glass door to the business. Case remains open and  is assigned to Corporal Ross. Case #31591-14

6-11-14 BURGLARY- A complainant reported unknown suspect(s)  entered an apartment located on Fox Chase Drive and damaged the walls sometime during the night on 6-10-14. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy Lance. Case #31596-14

6-11-14 BURGLARY - A victim, who resides on Davis Lane in Ridge, reported unknown suspect(s) stole 8 dozen soft shell crabs from his unlocked refrigerator beside his pier. Case remains open and is assigned to Corporal Ross. Case #31563-14

6-11-14 THEFT - A victim reported unknown suspect(s) stole farm equipment from his storage barn. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy Lance. Case #31582-14

6-12-14 ASSIST OTHER AGENCY - Deputies responded to a residence on Mar A Lee Drive to assist the fire department with a house fire. Personnel from the State Fire Marshal's Office responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. Case #31742-14

6-12-14 COUNTERFEIT - An employee of Canopy Liquor located on Great Mills Road reported he received 3 separate counterfeit 20 dollar bills (separate transactions). Case remains open. Case #31730-14

6-12-14 COUNTERFEIT (traveler's checks) - The manager of the Rite Aid located in Lexington Park reported 5 unidentified black male suspects cashed 5 counterfeit $100.00 American Express traveler's checks. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy L. Johnson. Case #31679-14

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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