Friday, July 29, 2016

Arrests 7/29/2016

7-24-2016 – Escape – Corporal D. Snyder responded to the 30000 block of Business Center Drive, Anchor, after St. Mary’s County Detention Center Correctional Staff notified the Sheriff’s Office that suspect, Linda Rose Pearson, age 24, of Lexington Park, was leaving the facility without authorization. Pearson was located leaving the facility and arrested on a retake warrant. She was charged with Escape. CASE# 38202-16


Linda Rose Pearson

7-24-2016 – Possession – Deputy D. Smith was on routine patrol in the area of Pegg Road and Liberty Street in Lexington Park, when he observed a person matching the description of a wanted subject. It was later determined, he was the twin brother of a wanted suspect. While attempting to make contact with Creek, he threw mutiple baggies onto the ground containing suspected heroin. The suspect, Durez Lindell Creek, age 28, of Great Mills, was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with CDS Possession with Intent to Distribute and CDS Possession – Not Marijuana: Cocaine. CASE# 38242-16

Durez Lindell Creek



7-28-2016 – Assault – Deputy D. McCuen responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center for the report of an assault between inmates. The victim was walking when the suspect, Antwan Delon Tyler, age 19, of Leonardtown, struck the victim in the back of the head and neck twice.  Tyler was arrested and charged with Second Degree Assault on DOC Inmate. CASE# 38874-16

 Antwan Delon Tyler




Thursday, July 28, 2016

Incident Briefs 7/28/2016



Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered and residence and stole property in the 42000 block of Blacksmith Shop Road. The case is being investigated by Deputy A. Budd. CASE# 38685-16

Burglary to Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle and stole property in the 23000 block of White Birch Court. The case is being investigated by Deputy Shawn Bowie. CASE# 38761-16

 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, July 27, 2016

Suspect Arrested for Assaulting Deputy

On Tuesday, July 26, 2016, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Blaine Gaskill responded to the 45000 block of Stoney Run Drive in Great Mills for a disturbance. Upon arrival, Deputy Gaskill made contact with a resident of the home, who advised the argument occurred in an upstairs apartment. As the deputy made his way to the apartment, with the homeowner, he observed a man standing on the front porch pointing a handgun at him. Deputy Gaskill gave multiple commands for the subject to drop the weapon, but he refused. Ultimately, the suspect, Pekka Robert Heinonen, age 59, of Great Mills, complied and was placed under arrest.

He was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with First Degree Assault, Reckless Endangerment, and Use of Firearm in the Commission of a Felony. A preliminary breath test at the Detention Center confirmed the suspect was under the influence during the incident.

Pekka Robert Heinonen

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Identify Burglary Suspect

On July 12, 2016, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division responded to a residence in Callaway for a burglary investigation. The investigation revealed a large quantity of jewelry, currency, purses, and wallets were stolen from the residence.

Deputies identified that a similar residential burglary occurred on July 21, 2016, in Leonardtown, where the homeowner encountered a female believed to be the suspect outside of the residence. The information provided by the owner was used to identify, Anita Louise Schriver, age 36, of Lexington Park, as the suspect. 

Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division continued the investigation and learned Schriver pawned several items of the stolen property. Detectives obtained an arrest warrant through the District Court Commissioner’s Office on Schriver for Burglary First Degree and Theft $10,000 - $100,000.

On July 27, 2016, a search and seizure warrant was executed on Schriver’s residence where several items of the stolen property were located. Schriver was arrested on the outstanding warrant and transported to the St. Mary’s County Adult Detention Center pending an appearance before the District Court Commissioner.

Louise Schriver

SMCSO Implements “Focused on Driving” Initiative

Distracted and aggressive driving endangers everyone. Particularly in the summer months, statistics have traditionally shown an increase in distracted and aggressive driving-related crashes. In an effort to keep drivers' minds on the road, and to reduce frustration, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office has implemented an educational initiative, called “Focused on Driving.” The new campaign is aimed at continuing driver education while supplementing ongoing law enforcement methods.

“Our efforts throughout the year (e.g., sobriety checkpoints, smooth driver campaigns and seat belt enforcement) are effective ways to continually educate the public,” says Captain Steven Hall. He adds, “The purpose is not just to pass out tickets, but to balance education and enforcement efforts, to effectively change motorists’ behaviors.” 

During the “Focused on Driving” initiative, drivers in the community can expect to encounter high-visibility enforcement and education efforts specifically targeting violations such as illegal cell phone use, speeding, failure to use seat belts, avoiding traffic signals by cutting through private property, using turn signals inappropriately, running red lights, aggressive driving, and blocking intersections.

“We are not just educating motorists; we are educating our personnel on how to effectively balance education and enforcement efforts to make roadways safer. The initiative is designed to be a recognizable and sustained extension of our current efforts,” said Sheriff Tim Cameron.

The Sheriff’s Office encourages members of the community to follow our efforts on social media. In the interest of visibility, the Sheriff’s Office will highlight its efforts under the initiative using the hashtag #FocusedonDriving. 


Incident Briefs 7/27/2016




Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a victim’s shed and stole property in the 39000 block of Golden Beach Road. Deputy J. Bare is investigating the case. CASE# 38607-16

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) attempted to force entry into a residence in the 45000 block of Buttercup Lane in Great Mills. Deputy L. Johnson is investigating the case. CASE# 38651-16

Theft/Vandalism – Unknown suspect(s) pried open the change machine and stole money at a Car Wash in the 22000 block of Three Notch Road in California. Deputy T. Siciliano is investigating the case. CASE# 38513-16

Arson/Vandalism – Unknown suspect(s) damaged numerous pieces of playground equipment and attempted to light several pieces on fire in the 47000 block of Lincoln Avenue in Lexington Park. The Maryland State Fire Marshal was contacted, and they assumed the investigation. CASE# 38505-16

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a residence and stole property in the 44000 block of Green Acre Lane in California. The case is being investigated by Deputy First Class K. Flerlage. CASE# 38572-16


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, July 26, 2016

Incident Briefs 7/26/2016


Burglary – During the overnight hours, unknown suspects forced entry into St. Joseph’s Church and stole property in the 29000 block of Point Lookout Road in Morganza. The case is being investigated by Corporal E. Johnson. CASE# 38330-16

Property Destruction – On July 23, 2016, unknown suspect(s) damaged an outside air conditioning unit at the St. Mary’s City Visitor’s Center in the 18000 block of Hogaboom Lane. CASE# 38361-16

Burglary – Between 7/23/2016 and 7/25/2016, unknown suspect(s) entered a residence and stole property in the 21000 block of Chancellors Run Road in Great Mills. The case is being investigated by Deputy G. Muschette. CASE# 38376-16

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a residence and stole property in the 21000 block of Sanners Lane in Lexington Park. The case is being investigated by Deputy T. Payne. CASE# 38386-16


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, July 25, 2016

Incident Briefs 7/25/2016




Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a residence and stole property in the 21000 block of Autumn Court in Leonardtown. The case is being investigated by Deputy D. Smith. CASE#38760-16

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a residence on the 29000 block of Three Notch Road in Charlotte Hall. Nothing appeared to be missing from the home. CASE# 37893-16

Burglary to Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a motor vehicle and stole property in the 21000 block of Mattie Lane in Lexington Park. The case is being investigated by Corporal J. Mezzos. CASE#38056-16

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a shed and stole property in the 44000 block of Louisdale Road in California. The case is being investigated by Deputy C. Ball. CASE#38078-16

Theft – Unknown suspect(s) removed an outside air unit from a vacant residence in the 38000 block of Point Lookout Road in Mechanicsville. The case is being investigated by Deputy M. Pleisse. CASE#38258-16



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, July 22, 2016

Arrests 7-22-2016

7-15-2016 – Assault – Deputy M. Beyer responded to the 48000 block of Leachburg Road in Lexington Park, for a reported assault. The victim alleged the suspect, Angela Marie Forrest, age 23, of Ridge, struck the victim with a motor vehicle. The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment, and Forrest was placed under arrest for First and Second Degree Assault. CASE# 36733-16


Angela Marie Forrest

7-18-2016 – Assault – Deputy L. Johnson responded to the 46000 block of Chapman Drive for the report of an assault. The victim alleged the suspect, Fritzie Hazel Vasquez-Flores, age 31, of Lexington Park bit the victim on the back multiple times and once on the arm. The victim displayed fresh bite marks. Vasques-Florez was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with Second Degree Assault. CASE# 37101-16


Fritzie Hazel Vasquez-Flores

7-17-2016 – Possession – Deputy D. Potter was on another call at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital when he was approached by a nurse in the Emergency Room concerned for a patient in another room who became unresponsive. She advised the suspect, Matthew Christopher Holiva, age 24, of West Bend Wisconsin, was in the room with the victim prior to becoming unresponsive. Holiva was located in a nearby restroom, with an uncapped hypodermic syringe containing a slightly red substance in his possession. A search revealed in his possession was also a metal spoon, a piece of cotton, and hypodermic syringes being used to prepare suspected heroin. Hovila was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance: Heroin, Possession of Paraphernalia, and Possession with Intent to Use Drug Paraphernalia. CASE# 36948-16


Matthew Christopher Holiva


7-16-2016 – Deputy J. Kerns responded to the 24000 block of Three Notch Road in Hollywood for the report of a domestic dispute. The suspect, Becky Lynn Gould struck the victim with a frying pan and a piece of wood she broke off from a door. She then unsuccessfully attempted to assault the victim with a stun gun. The victim had visible signs of injury and Gould was placed under arrest and charged with Second Degree Assault. CASE# 36790-16


Becky Lynn Gould

7-16-2016 – Possession – Deputy Bush responded to the 21000 block of Great Mills Road for the report of a possible wanted subject observed by another officer. The suspect, Patrick Neal Boothe, age 27, of Drayden, was located in his vehicle and appeared to be under the influence. In his possession, was a bent aluminum can with holes containing suspected crack cocaine. Boothe was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS Possession: Not Marijuana – Cocaine, CDS Possession Paraphernalia, and served an arrest warrant. CASE# 36864-16


Patrick Neal Boothe

7-18-2016 – Assault – Deputy C. Ball responded to the 46000 block of Chapman Drive in Lexington Park for the report of an assault. The victim alleged the suspect, Fritzie Hazel Vasquez-Flores, age 31, of Lexington Park, scratched the victim and made threatening remarks during an argument. Flores was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. CASE# 37127-16


Fritzie Hazel Vasquez-Flores

7-14-2016 – Escape  Deputy S. Bowie arrested the suspect, Leo Walton Wagner, Jr., age 36, of Mechanicsville, for failure to report as ordered for incarceration as directed by the sentencing judge. He was charged with Second Degree Escape and Retake Warrant. CASE# 37324-16

Leo Walton Wagner, Jr
7-19-2016 – Possession –  Captain Daniel Alioto was off duty when he observed Hope Gover Beggs, age 60, of Lexington Park, operating a motor vehicle in the Great Mills area. Suspect Beggs was stopped and detained. Members of the COPS Unit arrived to assist. Suspect Beggs was observed attempting to discard an item, which when retrieved was found to be a straw with cocaine residue. She was charged accordingly.  
Hope Gover Beggs

Incident Briefs 7/22/2016



Vandalism – Unknown suspect(s) utilized construction equipment to drive through the fields damaging portions of grass and two stationary park grills in the Country Lakes subdivision in Mechanicsville. The case is being investigated by Corporal J. Kirkner. CASE# 37692-16

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a vacant home in the 44000 block of Medleys Neck Road. The case is being investigated by Deputy T. Siciliano. CASE# 37705-16

Reckless Endangerment – A victim advised they believed shots were fired at their residence in the 21000 block of Stoney Brook Drive in Lexington Park. The case is being investigated by Deputy L. Johnson. CASE# 37831-16



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, July 21, 2016

Incident Briefs 7/21/2016



Theft – Between 8/1/2015 and 7/9/2016, unknown suspect(s) stole property from the 28000 block of Gosling Court in Mechanicsville. Corporal J. Kirkner is investigating the case. CASE# 37522-16

Vandalism – Unknown suspect(s) spray painted graffiti in the 45000 block of Foxchase Drive in Great Mills. Deputy T. Payne is investigating the case. CASE# 37493-16

Burglary – From 7/12/2016 to 7/20/2016, unknown suspect(s) entered a bus parked on a victim’s property and stole property in the 21000 block of Arthur Lane in Great Mills. Deputy B. Gaskill is investigating the case. CASE# 37557-16

Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – During the overnight hours of 7/19 into 7/20, unknown suspect’s entered a motor vehicle and stole property at the Extended Stay America in Lexington Park. Deputy D. Holdsworth is investigating the case. CASE# 37566-16


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, July 20, 2016

Incident Briefs 7/20/2019




Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a residence and stole property in the 45000 block of Sea Side View Road in Ridge. Deputy S. Shelko is investigating the case. CASE# 37379-16

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a garage and stole property in the 19000 block of Point Lookout Road in Great Mills. Deputy S. Shelko is investigating the case. CASE# 37428-16


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, July 19, 2016

SMCSO Announces 33rd Annual National Night Out Celebration

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is excited to announce that on Tuesday, August 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. neighborhoods across St. Mary’s County can join in the celebration of National Night Out.

“You don’t have to have a lot of money (if any) to organize a National Night Out celebration in your neighborhood,” said Corporal Angela Delozier. She added, “The Sheriff’s Office supports the neighborhoods and will participate in their National Night Out celebrations by bringing law enforcement officers, incentives, and giveaways – compliments of the Sheriff’s Office.”

National Night Out is a crime prevention event sponsored nationally by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office. 

The Sheriff’s Office is always seeking out new neighborhoods interested in participating. To register, all you need is the desire to meet and have fun with your neighbors, a kick-off packet, and to register your community by July 25, 2016. 

National Night Out is designed to:

- Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness.

- Generate support for, and participation, in anti-crime efforts.

- Strengthen Neighborhood Spirit and police/community partnerships.

- Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized.

To register for National Night Out contact Corporal Angela Delozier at Angela.Delozier@stmarysmd.com, or by phone at 301-475-4200, ext. *8094.

“Remember, a neighborhood that invests time and care into each other is a safe and informed community,” noted Cpl. Delozier.


St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Arrest Suspicious Suspect with Handgun

On July 17, 2016, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office units, Deputy J. Lacey, Deputy J. Bare, Deputy D. Potter, Deputy B. Foor, and Sgt. H. Young, responded to the Lexington Lounge located at 21736 Great Mills Road in Lexington Park, for the report of an armed robbery. Upon arrival, the officers were told the suspect was hiding in the wood line near the Lexington Lounge. Officers located the suspect, who was later identified as Jonathan Mclain Barnes, age 24, of Callaway.  Deputies also recovered a hat, mask, and handgun (not loaded) near the suspect in the woods.
The officers made contact with bouncers of the Lexington Lounge, who advised the suspect was walking outside the business in a suspicious manner. The bouncers asked everyone to enter the business to avoid the suspect. The suspect then approached the bouncers, produced a handgun, and held it to the throat of one of the bouncers while making threatening statements. The suspect lowered the gun and then fled across the street to a woodline behind a local business, where the bouncers kept an eye on him until officers arrived.
Barnes was taken into custody without incident and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Two Counts of First Degree Assault, Two Counts of Second Degree Assault, Handgun on Person, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Crime of Violence, Possession of a Regulated Firearm after Being a Person Convicted of a Disqualifying Crime, Possession of a Regulated Firearm after Being a Person Convicted of a Crime of Violence.
Barnes has been remanded to the Detention Center and is being held on a $250,000 bond.

Jonathan Mclain Barnes


Incident Briefs 7/19/2016



7/16/2016 –  On 7/15/2016, unknown suspect(s) entered a garage and stole property in the 45000 block of Buttercup Lane in Great Mills. Deputy First Class T. Teague is investigating the case. CASE# 36666-16

7/16/2016 – Burglary – Between 7/15/2016 and 7/16/2016, unknown suspect(s) entered ransacked a residence in the 21000 block of Jettison Court in Lexington Park. There were no signs of forced entry, and Deputy J. Bare is investigating the case. CASE# 36579-16

7-16-2016 – Counterfeit Complaint – Deputy McClure responded to WaWa for a counterfeit complaint. A counterfeit $5 bill was recovered. The case remains under investigation. CASE# 36744-16

7-16-2016 – Vandalism – A realtor’s lock was cut from the door of a vacant residence in the 42000 block of Ridge Road in Ridge. Corporal L. Johnson is investigating the case. CASE# 36847-16

7-17-2016 – Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s() entered a motor vehicle and stole property in the 45000 block of Settlers Lane in California. Deputy D. McClure is investigating the case. CASE# 33498-16

7-18-2016 – Robbery – Unknown suspect(s) knocked a victim to the ground and demanded money. The victim fell to the ground, and the suspects stole the victim’s wallet and necklace, then fled the scene. Corporal J. Sommerville. CASE# 37050-16


 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.



SMCSO Correctional Officer Recognized at the Maryland Correctional Administrators Association (MCAA) Conference

On Sunday, June 5, Correctional Officer First Class Kristie Ardire, St. Mary’s County Detention Center, was recognized for her achievement as the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Officer of the Year at the 41st Annual Maryland Correctional Administrators Association Conference.

In July 2015, CFC Kristie Ardire was assigned to a support team that was tasked with investigating the feasibility of developing an alternative to incarceration.  Recognizing only half of the jails in Maryland facilitated a pretrial system of various sorts, CFC Ardire, and the team visited different sites to develop a working system for St. Mary’s County. Meanwhile, CFC Ardire maintained her current duties as the detention center re-entry program officer.

After thorough planning, research, development, and approval by the judiciary, State’s Attorney and the public defender; CFC Ardire was transitioned to supervise and coordinate the new pretrial program which has been responsible for conducting over 680 intakes and maintaining an average daily participation of 40 inmates being monitored outside the confines of the jail. CFC Ardire is also responsible for the direct intake of inmates into substance abuse inpatient/outpatient treatment. Because of her tenacity and exceptional work ethic, CFC Ardire exceeded projected annual results in only two months. The pretrial services program anticipates cost savings in the first year of a least $400,000.

A critical key component the pretrial services program offers are one of community public safety. CFC Ardire is vigilant in the monitoring of inmates released to the community through various technologies including GPS, as standard “cash” bail release provides for no monitoring of offenders returning to neighborhoods.

CFC Ardire’s constant contact with offenders ensures public safety through prevention of further criminal activity and reduction in court “failure to appear” thus reducing the need for additional police resources caused by the result of increased criminal investigations and warrant services.

The program currently reports an 80% success rate which is directly attributable from her many countless hours of overtime, commitment, professionalism and compassion.

Captain Michael R. Merican, Corrections Division Commander, states, “The system of “Cash” for pre-trial release has become ineffective as many folks in Maryland and across the country languish in jail on low bonds they simply cannot afford in today’s economic and social climate.  This comes at a significant cost to the taxpayer and burden on the judicial system infrastructure.  The monitoring of persons through a pretrial program allows for folks to continue a productive lifestyle, with public safety interests at the forefront, until their respective case is adjudicated in court typically several months after initial arrest.”



Correctional Officer First Class Kristie Ardire

Friday, July 15, 2016

Incident Briefs 7/15/2016

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) attempted to force entry into a church in the 22000 block of Benswood Drive in California. Corporal J. Vezzosi is investigating the case. CASE# 36441-16

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a shed and stole property in the 28000 block of Three Notch Road in Mechanicsville. Deputy M. McCuen is investigating the case. CASE# 36443-16


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.



Results of Increased Presence at Myrtle Point Park

On July 8, 2016, between the hours of 3 p.m. and 1 a.m., St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted an operation at Myrtle Point Park, 24054 Patuxent Boulevard, in California. These proactive actions were in response to reports of criminal activity at the park and violations of park guidelines, received through the St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks (http://bit.ly/2a3xqfw).

Deputies observed numerous violations and the following individuals were issued citations during the operation:

·       Ryan Alexander Walls, age 21, of California,  criminal citation for consuming alcoholic beverages on public property

·       Rion O’Neil Brooks, age 24, of Mechanicsville, criminal citation for consuming alcoholic beverages on public property

·        Alphonso Warren Brooks, age 21, of Mechanicsville,  civil citation for possessing marijuana less than 10 grams

·        Brett Ladislaus Dvorak, age 19, of California, adult civil citation for possessing alcohol under 21 years of age

·        Juvenile civil citation for possessing alcohol under 21 years of age

·       Nicholas Anthony Morris, age 19 of Leonardtown, adult civil citation for possessing
alcohol under 21 years of age

During the evening hours, deputies conducted speed enforcement on Patuxent Boulevard issuing six citations and 14 written warnings. Officers also stopped sixteen motor vehicles at the front gate of Myrtle Point Park, who had the intention of entering the park after closing hours to fish.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and the St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks, extends appreciation to visitors for their cooperation during enforcement and education operations.

They also remind citizens to call the Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line at 301-475-8008, to report suspicious activity. 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

June DUI Arrests

6-2-2016 – Tyree Lamont Holmes, age 30, of Suitland, by Deputy J. Vezzosi

No Photo Available 

6-2-2016 – Mark Wayne Williams, age 48, of Lexington Park, by Corporal D. Corcoran

Mark W. Williams

6-4-2016 – Maurice Lidell Jones, age 31, of Hughesville, by Deputy First Class Flerlage

No Photo Available 

6-5-2016 – Stephanie Nicole Monaghan, age 22, of California, by Corporal J. Kirkner

No Photo Available 

6-6-2016 – Lionel Paul Packnett, age 51, of Great Mills, by Deputy K. Flerlage


6-9-2016 – Stefanie Christin Brummitt, age 28, of Mechanicsville, by Deputy B. Fennessey

No Photo Available 

6-11-2016 – Valerie Michael Thomas, age 41, of Hyattsville, by Deputy M. McCuen



Valerie M. Thomas

6-11-2016 – Justin Daniel Baker, age 33, of Lexington Park, by Deputy D. Corcoran

Justin D. Baker

6-11-2016 – James Thomas Carr, Jr. age 54, of Mechanicsville, by Deputy First Class V. Pontorno 


James T. Carr, Jr.

6-18-2016 – Christian Paul Dulay Primero, age 22, of Lexington Park, by Corporal D. Corcoran

No Photo Available 

6-18-2016 – Robert Stephen Dixon, Jr., age 61, of Piney Point, by Deputy B. Gaskill

Robert S. Dixon, Jr.
6-24-2016 – Rico Sterling Montes, age 58, of Mechanicsville, by Corporal D. Corcoran

No Photo Available 

6-24-2015 – Fuquan Hassian Nath, age 41, of Lexington Park, by Deputy T. Sicilano

No Photo Available 

6-24-2016 – James Patrick Yates, age 53, of Leonardtown, by Deputy T. Wesner

No Photo Available 

6-24-2016 – Thomas Edward Blake, age 55, of Mechanicsville, by Deputy M. McCuen

No Photo Available 

6-25-2016 – Patrick Shane Harrison, age 31, of California, by Deputy R. Trudell

No Photo Available 

6-26-2016 – Marsha Lynn Wenworth, age 41, of Leonardtown, by Deputy First Class Beyer

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6-27-2016 – Lester Jerome Barnes, age 49, of Lexington Park, by Deputy T. Payne 

Lester J. Barnes 


























Vice/Narcotics Arrests

St. Mary’s County Vice/Narcotics detectives identified Woody Nathaniel Ward (Age 39) and James Roshawn Garrett (Age 34) both of Hollywood, Maryland as distributors of cocaine. An investigation resulted in the issuance of a search and seizure warrant for their residence. St. Mary’s County Emergency Services Team members, K9 deputies and Vice/Narcotics Support Team deputies assisted in the execution of the search warrant.

Detectives recovered cocaine, marijuana, packaging materials, two digital scales with cocaine residue, four cell phones, ingredients to convert powder cocaine to crack cocaine, a microwave plate with cocaine residue and a loaded handgun. 

Suspect Ward was charged with drug violations, and Suspect Garrett was charged with the gun violation. Suspect Garrett is a convicted felon and is prohibited from possessing a firearm. Additional drug charges are expected against both suspects, pending a review with State’s Attorney Richard D. Fritz. 

Inquiries should be directed to Captain Daniel D. Alioto, Commander of Vice/Narcotics  
301-475-4200, ext *1918.

Woody N. Ward


James R. Garrett

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Warden Recognized for His Achievements in Advancing the St. Mary’s County Adult Detention Center


On June 11, 2016, Captain Michael R. Merican, Warden of the St. Mary’s County Detention Center, was presented the Sal Russoniello Service Award during The Middle Atlantic States Correctional Association (MASCA) 78th Annual Conference and Training Event held in Ocean City, Maryland.

The award is presented to a professional who has demonstrated an extraordinary devotion to advancing the educational mission of the Middle Atlantic States Correctional Association (MASCA), composed of Correctional Institutions throughout Delaware, Washington, D.C., Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

As a thirty-three year veteran of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Captain Merican has served in a wide variety of positions. He has acquired a vast amount of training throughout his career with an extensive amount of specialized training in the administrative arena. Captain Merican’s last ten years have been devoted to Warden of the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. Some of his contributions and achievements in advancing the correctional mission, to name a few, include:

2002

Reimplementation the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) Detainee Housing Program

2008
Recipient of joint grant with Department of Social Services (DSS) for inmate re-entry program targeting non-custodial parents

2008 
Recipient of state grant for recognizing inmate gang activity and counter-intelligence

2009
Recipient of state grant for automating Jail Security Checks

2010
Honorary Correctional Officer of the Quarter

2011-2015 
Maryland Correctional Administrators Association (MCAA) Vice President and President

2014 
Appointed to Governors Commissions on Pretrial Reform

2014-Present 
Development and implementation of the first interoperable jail/prison management system

2015 
Recipient of a state grant for Inmate Vivitrol and Naloxone Program to combat opioid abuse

2015 
Designed and implemented a pretrial service unit to address alternatives to incarceration and supervision

2016 
Selected to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) Forensic Services Work Group to address incarceration of the mentally ill









Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Incident Briefs 7/12/2016


Assault – Unknown suspect(s) fired rounds at a residence in the 22000 block of Oakley Road in Avenue. The case is being investigated by Deputy J. Kerns. CASE# 35826-16


Burglary – A backpack was found in a trashcan near the fuel pumps at the Sheetz on Old Great Mills Road. The items inside the bag were returned to the owner. The investigation revealed unknown suspect(s) entered a victim’s residence and stole the backpack in the 44000 block of Boxwood Drive in Callaway. The case is being investigated by Deputy K. Molitor. CASE# 35930-16


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, July 11, 2016

Arrests 7/11/2016

7-8-2016 – Burglary – Corporal Elizabeth O’ Connor responded to the 42000 block of St. John’s Road in Hollywood, for the report of a possible burglary in progress. Upon arrival, officers found the suspect, Tina Marie Tippett, age 27, of Lexington Park inside a residence. Once inside, deputies smelled suspected marijuana throughout the residence. A search of Tippett revealed a bag full of hypodermic needles, one of the needles contained a brown residue of suspected heroin. Tippett was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center, where Correctional Officers located suspected suboxone in the suspect’s lunchbox. Tippett was charged with Fourth Degree Burglary, CDS Possession: Paraphernalia, and CDS Possession: Not Marijuana. CASE# 35340-16

Tina Marie Tippett



7-10-2016 – Possession – Deputy Andrew Budd responded to the 45000 block of Alton Lane in California, for the report of a vehicle swerving on the roadway. Upon making contact with the operator, Joshua Christopher Timko, age 24, of Newburg, deputies noticed a hypodermic needle, filled with suspected heroin in plain view. An additional bag of suspected heroin was located in Timko’s left boot and suspected Suboxone strips were located in his wallet. Timko was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Two Counts of CDS Possession: Not Marijuana and Three Counts of CDS Possession: Paraphernalia. CASE# 35712-16

Joshua Christopher Timko

Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron announced today that a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive on Sunday, July 31, 2016, to examine all aspects of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office policies, procedures, management, operations and support services.

Verification by the team that the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation – a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, he said. The agency is seeking its fourth Law Enforcement Accreditation award.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Monday, August 1, 2016, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Persons interested in speaking are required to sign-in between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. The session will be conducted at the Board of County Commissioners Hearing Room, Chesapeake Bldg., 41770 Baldridge Street in Leonardtown, Maryland 20650.

If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so by telephone. The public may call 301-904-2668 on Monday, August 1, 2016, between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the ability of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Blvd. Suite 320 Gainesville, VA 20155.

The Accreditation Program Manager for the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is Ms. Colleen Vranish. She said the assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar but out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit officers and other places where compliance can be witnessed. The assessors are team leader Dennis Nelson, Warden of the Clayton County (GA) Correctional Institution, and Kristin Rightler, Accreditation Manager of the Town of Jupiter (FL) Police Department. Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission. A formal committee hearing and review of the assessment report will occur in November 2016, when CALEA commissioners will determine if the agency is to be granted re-accreditation.

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Blvd. Suite 320 Gainesville, VA 20155, call (800) 368- 3757 or (703) 352-4225, or email calea@calea.org.

Incident Briefs 7/9/2016 – 7/11/2016

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a residence and stole property in the 45000 block of Baringer Drive in California. Corporal G. Knott is investigating the case. CASE# 35533-16

Burglary to Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle and stole property at the Charlotte Hall Exxon in Charlotte Hall. Deputy A. Manns is investigating the case. CASE# 35734-16



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.