Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Incident Briefs 8/31/2016

Burglary to Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle and stole property in the 48000 block of Long Lane in Lexington Park. Deputy M. McCuen is investigating the case. CASE# 44885-16

Burglary to Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle and stole property in the 23000 block of Three Notch Road in California. Deputy First Class R. Steinbach is investigating the case. CASE# 44882-16

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 Investigating Burglary in Lexington Park


On August 31, 2016, at approximately 5:39 a.m., St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 45000 block of Valley Court in Lexington Park for a reported burglary. The initial investigation revealed a subject entered a residence and struck the victim causing injury. The suspect then fled from the residence. The victim was transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment.

The Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and is continuing the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Scott Ruest at 301-475-4200, ext. *2297 or by email at Scott.Ruest@stmarysmd.com. Callers may also call Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333 (callers can remain anonymous, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus your message to “CRIMES” (274637).


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

JULY DUI ARRESTS

7-21-2016 – Gwenetta Alexander Mitchell, age 49, of Mechanicsville, by Corporal J. Yingling

Gwenetta Alexander Mitchell

7-28-2016 – Jennifer Leah Doherty, age 43, of Leonardtown, by Corporal O’ Connor

Jennifer Leah Doherty

7-31-2016 – Zachary Lane Gage Addair, age 22, of Bluefield, Virginia, by Deputy J. Bare

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7-31-2016 – Francine Mae Morgan, age 57, of Lexington Park, by Deputy L. Johnson

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7-8-2016 – Thomas Levin Ryce, Jr, age 58, of Bushwood, by Corporal D. Snyder

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7-13-2016 – Richard Eugene Footes, age 52, of Seat Pleasant, by Deputy R. Trudell



Richard Eugene Footes 



7-15-2016 – Timothy Tully Fraass, age 52, of Lexington Park, by Deputy D. Potter

Timothy Tully Fraass

7-16-2016 – John Alexander Chase, age 62, of Waldorf, by Deputy J. Smith

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7-19-2016 – Brian Joseph Tarleton, age 58, of Lexington Park, by Deputy A. Manns


Brian Joseph Tarleton


7-21-2016 – Terri James Dyer Jr., age 28, of Lexington Park, by Deputy J. Bare


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7-22-2016 – Michael Aaron Karstens, age 29, of Lexington Park, by Deputy A. Shelko


 Michael Aaron Karstens

7-22-2016 – Francis Joseph Toth, Jr, age 59, of Tall Timbers, by Deputy First Class T. Teague

Francis Joseph Toth


7-21-2016 – James Michael Carroll 3rd, age 52, of Great Mills, by Deputy First Class V. Pontorno


 James Michael Carroll 3rd,


7-25-2016 – Dennis Lamont Allen, age 40, of Hagerstown, by Deputy T. Payne

Dennis Lamont Allen

















Sex Offender Arrested - Eric Manuel Scriber Sr.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, Sex Offender Compliance Unit, received information that a Tier III lifetime sex offender was living at a residence in the 21000 block of Lexwood Court in Lexington Park, but was registered under a Mechanicsville address. 

The suspect, Eric Manuel Scriber, Sr., age 50, of Mechanicsville was located at the Lexington Park residence on August 23, 2016 by Corporal Robert Merritt and Deputy First Class Joshua Krum. He was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with failing to notify the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office of an address change. 

Anyone with information related to sex offenders is asked to contact Detective Robert Merritt by email at Robert.Merritt@stmarysmd.com, or by phone at 301-475-4200, ext. *8042.

Eric Manuel Scriber, Sr.

Incident Briefs 8/30/2016

Burglary to Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle and stole property in the 18000 block of St. Jerome’s Neck Road. Corporal J. Davis is investigating the case. CASE# 44668-16


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, August 29, 2016

Vice/Narcotics Arrests


St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics detectives began an investigation into the distribution of “oxycodone” by Suspect Heather Jeannette Dickerson (Age 45 of Mechanicsville). While conducting the investigation, detectives observed Rocco Paul Bersane Jr. (Age 46 of Mechanicsville) in possession of a crack cocaine smoking device while seated in a vehicle being operated by Suspect Heather Dickerson. The vehicle was stopped, and detectives recovered the metal “crack” cocaine smoking device along with a quantity of “crack” cocaine, and he was arrested.

A subsequent search and seizure warrant was obtained for Suspect Dickerson’s home. That warrant was executed by members of the St. Mary’s County Emergency Services Team, Vice/Narcotics Support Team members and K9 deputies. Suspect Dickerson was found to be in possession of cocaine and “oxycodone,” along with related paraphernalia. Detectives also obtained additional evidence to support the ongoing distribution investigation against suspect Dickerson

Suspect Joseph Thompson Kilroy (Age 48) was found to be in possession of cocaine and related paraphernalia. He was arrested and charged accordingly.

Additional charges and arrests are pending a case review with State’s Attorney Richard D. Fritz.



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

Heather Dickerson





Incident Briefs 8/25-8/29


8/25 – Counterfeit Complaint – Unknown suspect(s) passed a counterfeit $20 bill at Chaptico Town and Country Market in Chaptico. Corporal J. Davis is investigating the case. CASE# 43776-16

8/25 – Burglary to Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle in the 46000 block of Cameo Lane in Lexington Park and stole property. Corporal J. Vezzosi is investigating the case. CASE# 43867-16

8/25 – Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a residence in the 46000 block of Chapman Drive in Lexington Park. Nothing appeared to be stolen from the home. Corporal D. Corcoran is investigating the case. CASE# 43973-16

8/26 – Burglary – Sometime between 8/20 and 8/25, unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a residence and stole property in the 50000 block of Easley Road in Dameron. Deputy D. McClure is investigating the case. CASE# 44123-16

8/26 – Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a barn in the 48000 block of Whitaker Road in St. Inigoes and stole property. Deputy D. McClure is investigating the case. CASE# 44148-16

8/27 – Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a residence and stole property in the 44000 block of St. Andrew’s Lane in California. Deputy G. Muschette is investigating the case. 

8/27 – Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a residence and stole property in the 21000 block of Manon Way in Lexington Park. Deputy T. Payne is investigating the case. CASE# 44370-16

8/28 – Breaking and Entering – Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a motor vehicle and stole property in the parking lot of the Green Door in Park Hall. Deputy M. Beyer is investigating the case. CASE# 44452-15

8/28 – Breaking and Entering – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle and stole property on Long Lane in Lexington Park. Deputy J. Bare is investigating the case. CASE# 44384-16



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, August 26, 2016

SMCSO Detectives Arrest Suspect for Sexual Solicitation of a Minor

On August 22, 2016, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies responded to a private residence in Mechanicsville, Maryland for a sex offense. The investigation was continued by detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division.

The investigation revealed over a period of time, Timothy Lee King II, age 30, of Oxon Hill, Maryland, and a fourteen-year-old female exchanged a series of text messages that were sexual in nature. During their conversations, King solicited the juvenile to perform various sexual acts.

As a result of the investigation, King was charged via an arrest warrant for sexual solicitation of a minor, Fourth Degree Sex Offense – Sexual Contact, and Assault Second Degree. King was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center.


Timothy King 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Incident Briefs 8/23-8/25


Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle and stole property in the 23000 block of Rosewood Court in California. Corporal C. Hartzell is investigating the case. CASE# 43549-16

Theft – Unknown suspect(s) stole a boat in the 29000 block of William Drive in Mechanicsville. Deputy T. Payne is investigating the case. CASE# 43570-16

Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle and stole property at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. Deputy J. Smith is investigating. CASE# 43629-16

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered the China II in Great Mills and stole property. Corporal J. Vezzosi is investigating the case. CASE# 43716-16



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, August 24, 2016

SMCSO Investigating Robbery and Sexual Assault

On August 23, 2016, at approximately 9:23 PM, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Nicolet Park in Lexington Park for the report of a robbery and sexual assault. A male and female victim were located by deputies and transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital for the treatment of minor physical injuries. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) responded and continued the investigation. 

Detectives learned from the victims an unknown male suspect approached them while they were in the park after closing time. The suspect physically and sexually assaulted the victims before robbing them of personal property and fleeing the scene on foot. The suspect is described as an African-American adult male, approximately 5’9 to 5’11 with short hair and a muscular build. He was wearing a white shirt and dark pants. 

Detectives are asking anyone with information about this crime to contact Detective Cory Ellis at 301-475-4200, ext. *8125) or via email cory.ellis@stmarysmd.com. Callers may also call Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333 (callers can remain anonymous, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus your message to “CRIMES” (274637).



Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Arrests 8-23-2016

8-22-2016 – Possession – Deputy M. Beyer responded to a call for a disturbance in progress at the Super 8 Motel in California. A witness reported observing a male suspect throwing a female suspect to the ground. The female’s purse was located in a hotel where she was staying. In her purse, deputies recovered suspected cocaine, paraphernalia, and Suboxone. Units later located the female suspect identified as, Shannon Ashley Cronin, age 28, of Churchton, Maryland. Cronin was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where she was charged with Three Counts of CDS Possession: Not Marijuana, CDS Possession: Paraphernalia, and Prostitution General. CASE# 43439-16

Shannon A. Cronin

Incident Briefs 8/23/2016


Suspicious Incident – Deputy T. Siciliano responded to the area of Chancellors Run Road and Rutherford Boulevard in Great Mills, for the report of an unknown object striking and shattering the passenger side window of a moving vehicle. CASE# 43346-16

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, August 22, 2016

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Donates Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

In 1994, brothers Chris and Robin Sorensen opened the doors of the first Firehouse Subs restaurant in their hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. Nearly 22 years later, the fast-casual chain known for its hot subs and hearty portions celebrates the opening of the 1,000th restaurant.

To commemorate the milestone and continue the brand’s commitment to heartfelt service and public safety, the founders of Firehouse Subs donated $1 million to support the 1,000 Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Gift Campaign through the brand’s non-profit, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation®. These AEDs were awarded to police agencies in communities served by Firehouse Subs restaurants across the country. Studies from the American Heart Association show the use of an AED within three to five minutes of a victim’s heart-stopping improves odds of survival by nearly 70 percent.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office was fortunate to be a recipient of one of the AEDs. Captain Terry Black, Commander of the Patrol Division, received the AED from Darin Atlas, Owner/Operator, Firehouse Subs in California, Maryland.  Captain Black advised the AED would be issued to a patrol deputy immediately for use in the field.  Captain Black further stated “this is another fine example of businesses and communities working together with law enforcement to make St. Mary’s County a safe and enjoyable place to live. The Sheriff’s Office is very appreciative of Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and to Mr. Atlas for nominating the Sheriff’s Office for this donation.” 

In 2015, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation awarded more than 230 AEDs to public safety entities nationwide, including law enforcement agencies, first responder groups and schools. Since 2005, the Foundation has donated more than $20 million in funding, life-saving equipment and educational opportunities to public safety organizations in 46 states, Puerto Rico and Canada.

(L-R) Captain Terry Black  stands with Darn Altas, owner of Firehouse Subs in California, who nominated the Sheriff's Office to receive an AED from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. 

Arrests 8/22/2016

8-19-2016 – Possession – During a routine vehicle stop in the 26000 block of Point Lookout Road in Leonardtown, Corporal P. Smolarsky identified the female passenger as a wanted suspect. The warrant was confirmed with dispatch and the suspect, Megan Lee Maxwell, age 35, of Clements, was placed under arrest. During a search of her purse, numerous loose pills, hypodermic needles, and a suspected smoking device were recovered. Maxwell was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where she was charged with CDS Possession: Paraherpanlia. CASE# 42772-16

Megan L. Maxwell

8-19-2016 – Possession – Deputy A. Manns responded to the 26000 block of Point Lookout Road in Leonardtown, to assist another deputy with a motor vehicle stop. A routine check revealed the motor vehicle was not registered, and the tags were not returned to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. The driver, Joseph Louis Herbert, age 50, of Mechanicsville requested the vehicle be towed, and a routine inventory search was completed. During the search, a spoon containing suspected heroin, a bottle containing a suspected heroin rock, and a homemade smoking device were located. Herbert was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS Possession: Not Marijuana and CDS Possession: Paraphernalia. CASE# 42776-16

Joseph L. Herbert 

8-19-2016 – Possession – Deputy H. Smith responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center for the report of an inmate possessing contraband. The inmate, Megan Lee Maxwell, age 36, of Clements, was acting suspiciously when Correctional Officer Schwarz recovered an improvised smoking device hidden in the lip of the top bunk. Maxwell was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of Contraband in a Place of Confinement. CASE# 42852-16

Megan L. Maxwell 

Incident Briefs 8/22/2016



Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle and stole cash in the 23000 block of Husband Drive in California. Corporal E O’Connor is investigating the case. CASE# 42886-16

Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a motor vehicle and stole property in the 22000 block of Brown Street in California. Deputy Wesner is investigating the case. CASE# 42889-16

Robbery – Unknown suspect(s) forcibly stole cash from a victim in the 22000 block of Three Notch Road in Lexington Park. Corporal O’Connor is investigating the case. CASE#42937-16

Recovered Stolen Motor Vehicle – A stolen motor vehicle was recovered at Lord Baltimore Way in Lexington Park. Deputy First Class A. Schultz is investigating the case. CASE# 42888-16

Burglary to Motor Vehicle – An unknown suspect entered an unsecured vehicle and stole property at the Wawa on Rue Purchase Road in Lexington Park. Corporal S. Cathcart is investigating the case. CASE# 43177-16

Burglary to Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle and stole property in the 23000 block of Marshall Road in Lexington Park. Deputy First Class J. Maguire is investigating the case. CASE# 43173-16

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a garage and shed in the 28000 block of Thompson Corner Road in Mechanicsville. Deputy S. Bowie is investigating the case. CASE# 43191-16



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, August 19, 2016

Lexington Park Community Oriented Policing Unit (COPs) Unit Celebrates Three Year Anniversary

To St. Mary's County Sheriff Tim Cameron, the job involves much more than just law enforcement. He views his deputies as being part of a team that is also comprised of citizens who have a vested interest in the well-being of their community. He knows that crime can arise in areas where lack of community cohesiveness exists, and three years ago he set out to improve those conditions for the residents of Lexington Park.

In 2013, the central area of Lexington Park was experiencing numerous issues which were affecting the residents and businesses on a daily basis, and Sheriff Cameron wanted to reassure the citizens that his office would be their partner in helping to resolve these issues. In August 2013, Sheriff Cameron instituted the Community Oriented Policing Unit (COPs) in Lexington Park. The COPs Unit consists of Sergeant Clay Safford, Corporal Danny Ray, Corporal Tim Snyder, Deputy First Class Al Beishline and Deputy First Class Vince Pontorno. These deputies are engaged in building relationships with the residents of Lexington Park, while also employing proactive policing techniques to detect and eliminate criminal activity in the area.

One method of proactive policing the COPs Unit employs is the use of police mountain bikes which has proven to be very effective. They often stop to converse with local residents, many of whom they know by name. The deputies also attend community outreach events, conduct presentations such as active shooter training and drug recognition for parents.  During the school year, they visit the two elementary schools in the area on a regular basis.

“This is by far the most rewarding job I have ever had in law enforcement, says Sergeant Clay Safford.” He explained, “Stepping out of our police cars and walking the streets or patrolling on bikes enables us to interact with the community in ways they are not used to seeing. It's positive police encounters and relationship building like this that are helping us to gain trust from the community, and with trust comes increased communication from the public which helps to reduce crime.”

Last night, the Lexington Park COPs Unit attended a Back to School Blast hosted by St. Mary’s Caring. Deputies interacted with school children and their parents realizing the importance of connecting with the youth at a young age to instill in them police are “their friends and helpers” as the COPs Unit likes to say. 

 “There have been several stories during the last three years where the unit was able to identify a problematic issue within the community, develop a solution, and then apply it over a period-of-time. I am proud of the hard work the unit members do on a daily basis and look forward to doing even more,” said Sergeant Safford.

If you happen to pass a member of the COPs Unit walking the streets or riding a mountain bike while in the Lexington Park area, feel free to stop and say hello and introduce yourself. Today, the COPs Unit celebrates their third anniversary.



Incident Briefs 8/19/2016


Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle(s) – Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into multiple motor vehicles in the Wildewood neighborhood in California. CASE# 42561-16, 42555-16, 42556-16, and 42546-16

Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a motor vehicle in the 46000 block of Hilton Drive and stole property. Deputy M. McClure is investigating the case. CASE# 42630-16

Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a motor vehicle in the 21000 block of Castaway Circle in Lexington Park. Deputy D. Holdsworth is investigating the case. CASE# 42718-16


Vandalism – During the overnight hours, unknown suspect(s) damaged multiple mailboxes by striking them with a blunt object on Bayside Road and Blue Grass Lane in Leonardtown. Corporal J. Sommerville, Deputy B. Fennessey, and Deputy J. Smith are investigating the cases. CASE# 42724-16, 42729-16, 42730-16, and 42731-16


SMCSO Seeking Identity of Strong Armed Robbery Suspect

UPDATE - September 14, 2016

The Criminal Investigations Division continued the robbery investigation and obtained evidence implicating a 17-year-old male suspect from Mechanicsville, Maryland.  On September 13, 2016, detectives located and arrested the juvenile in a parking lot in Mechanicsville, Maryland with the assistance of the Patrol Division and the Maryland State Police.


The juvenile was transported to the Cheltenham Youth Facility, pending an appearance in the Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County.


On August 18, 2016, at approximately 11:15 a.m., St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies responded to the 22000 block of Duke Street in Leonardtown for a reported strong armed robbery. Preliminary investigation revealed the suspect approached an 84 year-old-victim, assaulted him, and then forcefully removed the victim’s wallet from him. The suspect fled on foot into the Leonardtown area. 

The suspect is described as a white male with a beard and dark hair, wearing brown pants and a dark colored belt, a white polo shirt, and white hi-top tennis shoes. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Scott Ruest at 301-475-4200, ext. *2297 or by email, Scott.Ruest@stmarysmd.com.

Anyone with information is asked to call CRIME SOLVERS at 301.475.3333 or text a tip to "TIP239" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637).

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Vice/Narcotics Arrests

Suspect Catherine Elizabeth Barr (Age 27 of Mechanicsville) arrived at the St. Mary’s County Detention Center for a visitation session with co-conspirator William Harley Hephner. Suspect Barr had an open warrant as a result of a St. Mary’s County Grand Jury indictment and was placed under arrest. She was charged with “Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone” and placed into the detention center on a no bond status.  


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


Catherine E. Barr 

Arrests 8/18/2016

8-17-2016 – Assault – Deputy J. Bush responded to the 21000 block of Great Mills Road for the report of an assault in progress. The victim alleged the suspect, Timothy Daniel Busby, Jr, age 24, of Lexington Park, assaulted the victim multiples times by choking the victim and grabbing the victim’s arm. The victim displayed visible signs of injury. Busby was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Second Degree Assault. CASE# 42367-16

Timothy D. Busby, Jr. 

Incident Briefs 8/18/2016

Theft –  Unknown suspect(s) stole a trailer registration plate in the 48000 block of Sea Side View Road in Ridge. Deputy First Class T. Teague is investigating the case. CASE# 42461-16

Breaking and Entering to Motor Vehicle – During the overnight hours, unknown suspect(s) forced entry into motor vehicles by breaking windows in the 46000 block of Hilton Drive in Lexington Park. Deputy M. Beyer and Deputy B. Gaskill are investigating the cases. CASE#42535-16 and 42537-16


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, August 17, 2016

SMCSO Hosts Annual “Back to School Shop with a Cop” Program

Our community recognizes that there are often students and families who do not have the financial means to cover the cost of supplies, such as clothing and book bags, needed to start the school year.

In an effort to help these students start the school year on a positive note, the Optimist Club of St. Mary's County sponsors the “Back to School Shop with a Cop” program. Each year, children are selected to do their back to school shopping with a law enforcement officer at the Wal-Mart in California, with funds provided by the Optimist Club and the State’s Attorney.

After the shopping trip, the students are transported via police car to enjoy lunch with the officer who helped them pick out new supplies. This year's lunch was held at the Fraternal Order of the Police Lodge 7, with food graciously provided by Mission BBQ.

The St. Mary's County Shop with a Cop program is an independent 501c3 nonprofit program. Its board of directors is comprised of members of the St. Mary's County Optimist Club and the St. Mary's County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7. The Shop with a Cop program is planned, coordinated and supervised by Lorraine "Bunny" Brewer, Toni and Jimmy Long, Joseph Stanalonis, and Bill Raddatz.

Sheriff Tim Cameron and the men and women of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office sincerely thank all who continue to make this event a success. 

Visit the #SMCSO Facebook page at www.facebook.com/firstsheriff to view the photo album. Remember to follow #SMCSO on Twitter @firstsheriff. As always, THANK YOU for your continued support!





Vice/Narcotics Arrest

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics detectives observed Karan Angela East (Age 50 of Mechanicsville) obtain “oxycodone” from a local pharmacy, exit into the parking lot of the establishment, and distribute those controlled substances to another individual. As Deputies approached, the individual consumed the medication he had obtained. Additional items of evidence recovered confirmed the distribution. Suspect West was subsequently indicted and arrested for distribution of “oxycodone”. 


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



Karan Angela East 



Arrests 8/17/2016

8-16-2016 – Assault – Deputy J. Davis responded to the 13000 block of Evergreen Estates Lane in Ridge for the report of a theft and assault. The victim alleged the suspect, Joanna Marie Oneil, age 32, of Ridge, stole cash from the victim’s purse. While investigating the case, the victim also alleged Oneil punched the victim in the face during an argument the day before. The victim displayed signs of injury consistent with the allegations. Oneil was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Second Degree Assault and Theft Under $100. CASE#42194-16

 Joanna Marie Oneil

Incident Briefs 8/17/2016

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a residence and stole property in the 20000 block of Manor Drive in Park Hall. Deputy First Class J. Maguire is investigating the incident. CASE# 42187-16



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, August 16, 2016

Vice/Narcotics Arrests

Brandy Ann Panholzer (Age 38 of Leonardtown) aka Brandy Chiarzia and Brandy Varnell, was indicted for “Distribution of Buprenorphine” (Suboxone), “Introducing a Controlled Dangerous Substance into a Detention Facility” and a host of additional criminal charges. Suspect Panholzer diluted the controlled substance and then applied the substance to a handwritten letter. The mail was intercepted, and detectives worked with jail staff to recover the tainted items. Suspect Panholzer was originally held without bond.

Detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Division identified suspect Christina Ann Dickson (Age 25 of Lexington Park) as a distributor of “oxycodone.” She was indicted for both “Possession of Oxycodone” and “Distribution of Oxycodone”. She was originally held without bond.

William Harley Hephner (Age 33) is currently an inmate in the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. Suspect Hephner conspired with outside individual(s) to facilitate the sale of “oxycodone” during his incarceration. Suspect Hephner was indicted for “Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone”. Suspect Hephner is currently incarcerated for charges in St. Mary’s County and several other jurisdictions.


Brandy A. Panholzer

Christina A. Dickson 


William H. Hephner


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


Incident Briefs 8/16/2016

Burglary to Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle and stole property in the 28000 block of Three Notch Road in Mechanicsville. Deputy A. Budd is investigating the case. CASE# 41995-16

Burglary to Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle and stole property while the victim was parked at the Lowes in California. Deputy M. McCuen is investigating the case. CASE# 42037-16

Burglary to Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle in the 45000 block of Camelot Court in Lexington Park. Cpl. G Knot is investigating the case. CASE# 42117-16


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, August 15, 2016

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Warns Drivers of Common Back-to-School Traffic Violations and Provides Safety Tips

St. Mary’s County's 2016-2017 school year officially begins Wednesday, August 24. Right now, parents and students are meandering through store aisles checking off school supplies, navigating through endless racks of school clothes, and picking out new backpacks. While parents and students prepare to head back to school – the community should, too.

The St. Mary's Sheriff's Office urges residents to make themselves aware of school zones and speed limits throughout St. Mary's County before the first day of school. The influx of school buses and parents transporting their kids to school increases the opportunity for traffic accidents, especially during the first week of school.

Sheriff’s Office deputies will be on heightened alert for residents speeding and passing school buses. In Maryland, fines are doubled for speeding in a school zone or designated school crossing. The law also states that it is illegal to pass a school bus when it displays a stop signal. Failure to stop for a school bus will result in three points on a license.

Drivers should follow these safety tips to avoid a fine or points on their license:
• Allow for extra time traveling, and be patient as bus drivers pick up and drop off students.
• Obey the speed limits and be aware of the reduced limits in the school zones.

• Do not pass school buses when flashing lights are activated and/or crossing arm is deployed.

• Watch for students walking on, standing near, and crossing roadways.

• Avoid electronic distractions (cell phone, radio, etc.)

Safety reminders for students and parents:

• When waiting for the bus, stay away from traffic and avoid roughhousing or other behavior that can lead to carelessness. Do not play or stray in the roadway.

• Line up away from the street or road as the school bus approaches.

• Wait until the bus has stopped and the door opens before stepping onto the roadway.

• Use the hand rail when stepping onto the bus.

• If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, walk at least ten feet ahead of the bus along the side of the road. Keep going until you can see the driver when you turn around.

• Make sure the bus driver can see you.

• Wait for a signal from the driver before beginning to cross the street.

• When the driver signals, walk across the road, keeping an eye out for sudden traffic changes.

• Do not cross the center line of the road until the driver has signaled that it is safe for you to begin walking.

• Stay away from rear wheels of the bus at all times.
• Talk quietly and remain in your seat while riding the bus.





This message brought to you by the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office under the #FocusedonDriving campaign. Distracted and aggressive driving endangers everyone. 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. 

Reports of Man with Gun at Philip J. Bean Medical Center Determined To Be Unfounded

On August 15, 2016, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the Philip J. Bean Medical Center for the report of a man with a gun. A witness believed a man pulled out a gun in the lobby of the medical center, holstered it and then walked away. Numerous units arrived on scene, secured the medical center, and further investigation determined the report to be unfounded. The investigation confirmed the alleged gun was a cell phone.

Arrests 8/15/2016

8-14-2016 – Possession – Corporal Connelly was patrolling the area of Route 5 and Route 6 in his marked patrol car when his tag reader alerted to a possible wanted subject with a suspended license. A vehicle stop was performed, and the driver was confirmed to be the wanted subject, Catherine Mary Russo, age 56, of Mechanicsville. Deputy T. Payne responded to the scene and continued the investigation. Russo appeared to be under the influence, and field sobriety tests were performed, which she could not complete satisfactorily. She was placed under arrest, and a search of her vehicle revealed suspected clonazepam pills along with several other unidentifiable pills. She was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with CDS: Possession – Not Marijuana and served the active warrant. CASE# 1-16-041849


Catherine M. Russo 


8-14-2016 – Possession – Deputy K. Molitor responded to the 22000 block of Three Notch Road (Town Place and Suites) for a check the welfare. Contact was made with a subject later identified as the suspect, Robert Lee Wedding, age 27, of Lusby, and the passenger of the motor vehicle. While making contact with the subjects, deputies observed a syringe on the floorboard. A search of the vehicle was conducted which revealed multiple pills containing suspected heroin, suspected Adderall, and paraphernalia. Wedding was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Two Counts of CDS Possession: Not Marijuana and CDS Possession: Paraphernalia. CASE#41485-16

Robert L. Wedding 


8-13-2016 – Possession – Deputy D. Potter made a stop on a vehicle traveling on North Essex Drive without the headlights or rear lights activated. A search of the motor vehicle by K9 units revealed the passenger, Anna Drue Mizak, age 27, of Lexington Park, was in possession of suspected heroin, hypodermic needles, and a spoon with suspected heroin residue. Mizak was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. A standard search of Mizak revealed another baggie of suspected heroin. Mizak was charged with Possession of CDS: Not Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, and Possession of Contraband. CASE#: 41624-16

Anna D. Mizak


Incident Briefs 8/12 - 8/15


Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) stole multiple items from a residence in the 29000 block of Three Notch Road in Charlotte Hall. Deputy First Class C. Beyer is investigating the case. CASE# 41461-16

Assault – Unknown suspect(s) assaulted a victim in the 37000 block of Dogwood Court in Mechanicsville. The suspect(s) fled from the location. Deputy B. Fennessey is investigating the case. CASE# 41608-16

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a residence and stole property in the 45000 block of Charles Way in Great Mills. Deputy J. Bush is investigating the case. CASE# 41704-16

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a residence and stole property in the 21000 block of Olen Mattingly Road in Avenue. The case is being investigated by Corporal E. Johnson. CASE# 41700-16

Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle and stole property at the Dollar General Store in Charlotte Hall. Deputy B. Fennessey is investigating the case. CASE# 41754-16



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.



Sunday, August 14, 2016

Arrests

7-31-2016 – Burglary – Deputy T. Siciliano responded to the 20000 block of Flat Iron Road in Valley Lee for the report of a theft/burglary. The suspect, Paul Robert Riley, age 45, of Valley Lee, entered a victim’s residence and retrieved tools which he then used to dismantle the victim’s air conditioning unit. He was arrested and charged with First Degree Burglary, Third Degree Burglary, Malicious Destruction of Property $1000+, Malicious Destruction of Property $1000+, Theft $1000-10,000, and Fourth Degree Burglary. CASE# 39418-16

Paul R. Riley


7-30-2016 – Possession – Deputy R. Steinbach responded to Towne Place Suites on Three Notch Road in Lexington Park for the report of subjects using controlled dangerous substances in a vehicle, parked in the back parking lot. The driver, Daniel West Welling, age 21, of Lexington Park, displayed signs of being under the influence, and the orange cap of a syringe was in the deputy’s plain view. Welling and the passenger, Tavon Irving Huffin, were removed for a vehicle search. During the search, deputies located multiple items of paraphernalia, suspected heroin, and Suboxone. The suspects were arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. Welling was charged with Two Counts of CDS Possession: Not Marijuana and CDS Possession: Paraphernalia. Huffin was charged with CDS Possession: Not Marijuana and CDS Possession: Paraphernalia. CASE# 39278-16


Daniel W. Welling


Tavon  I. Huffin


8-5-2016 – Possession – Deputy R. Trudell responded to the Sheetz Gas Station on Old Great Mills for the report of a disturbance. The suspect, Keith Randall Nelson, age 42, of Avenue, was causing a disturbance and refused to leave the store. While making contact with Nelson, Deputy Trudell discovered Nelson was in possession of merchandise he did not pay for and suspected Xanax. Nelson was arrested and charged with CDS Possession: Not Marijuana, Theft Less than $100, Malicious Destruction of Property/Value - $1000, and Trespass: Private Property. CASE# 40345-16

Keith R. Nelson

8-7-2016 – Assault – Deputy J. Krum responded to the 21000 block of North Essex Drive in Lexington Park, for a conservator. Upon arrival, contact was made with the victim who advised the deputy, the suspect and the victim were involved in a verbal altercation that escalated to a physical fight. The victim also alleged the suspect, Durez Lindell Creek, age 27, of Lexington Park, called the victim several times making threats to harm the victim physically. The victim displayed visible signs of injury. The investigation also revealed Creek had an active warrant for his arrest. Creek was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Second Degree Assault, Harass; a course of Conduct, and served the warrant. CASE# 40589-16


Durez L. Creek



8-7-2016 – Possession – During routine patrol at Chancellor’s Run Regional Park, Deputy R. Trudell observed a suspicious vehicle in the park. While making contact, the deputy noticed a strong odor emitting from the vehicle and subsequently, a search was performed. During the search, deputies recovered multiple bags of suspected marijuana under the driver’s seat. The driver, Shaaban Gohar Tarek, age 23, of Ridge, was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. Shaaban was charged with CDS Possession – Marijuana. CASE# 40547-16



Shaaban G. Tarek

8-8-2016 – Theft – Deputy M. Beyer responded to the Walmart in California, for a theft in progress. Loud noises were coming from the bathroom stall, and when deputies went in to investigate, they found the suspect, Keith Antoine Mackall, age 23, of No Fixed address, attempting to hide merchandise. Mackall was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Theft Less than $1000 and Malicious Destruction of Property - $1000. CASE# 40745-16

Keith A. Mackall

8-10-2016 – Assault – Sgt. J. Yingling responded to the 39000 block of Lindsey Way in Mechanicsville for the report of an assault. The victim alleged the suspect, Amanda Lyne Mangum, age 31, of Mechanicsville, punched the victim in the face and then scratched the victim’s face. The victim displayed injuries consistent with the allegations. Mangum was arrested and charged with Second Degree Assault. CASE# 406954-16

Amanda L. Mangum

8-11-2016 – Theft – Deputy M. Mccuen responded to the Walmart in California, for a reported theft. The suspect, Delmante Isiash Jordan, age 18, of Lexington Park, stole several gift cards and phone cards while employed by Walmart. Jordan was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Theft: $1000 to under $10,000. CASE#41341-16



Delmante I. Jordan

8-11-2016 – Resisting Arrest – Deputy First Class J. Maguire responded to the 13000 block of Point Lookout Road in Ridge for an attempt to locate a suspect with an open warrant. The suspect, James Eliot Hammel, age 50, of Ridge, was located driving a motor vehicle. While he was being placed under arrest, he became uncooperative and resisted. Further investigation revealed, Hammel currently has a suspended license. He was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with knowingly Driving an Uninsured Vehicle, Resisting Arrest, Driving on Suspended License, and served the warrant. CASE# 41331-16


James E. Hamel