Friday, June 30, 2017

Sheriff Tim Cameron selected Crisis Intervention Teams Leader of the Year for the Southern Maryland Region

On Monday, May 22, the Southern Maryland Crisis Intervention Teams announced Sheriff Tim Cameron as the first ever CIT Leader of the Year for the Southern Maryland Region.

“Sheriff Cameron is the first law enforcement executive in Southern Maryland to train his officers and recognize the importance of serving an often-overlooked community,” said Karyn Black, LCPC, Core Service Agency Director, Charles County Department of Health. “Sheriff Cameron’s compassion and dedication to treating all citizens with respect and dignity are evident in his commitment to personnel and resources and in his giving of his personal time in seeing that CIT is a priority for his command.”

Sheriff Cameron’s commitment to CIT training began in 2005 with the Maryland State Office of Forensics who delivered basic mental health training for St. Mary’s County deputies.

A few years later, the sheriff’s office continued its dedication to CIT by adopting the Memphis Model, which is considered the gold standard response for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. It consists of a large-scale collaborative program between the community and law enforcement and includes a 40-hour advanced officer training component.

In addition to the award, the week offered another unprecedented event. The 40-hour training component was held in St. Mary’s County. The initiative was worked on for several years by the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, working in partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, and the Charles County Core Service Agency.

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office previously sent officers to Montgomery County for this training. By bringing the training to Southern Maryland, participants had the opportunity to interact with local and regional behavioral health resources. In addition, more officers could attend the training, significantly increasing the capacity of local jurisdictions with CIT trained officers.

The training provided law enforcement personnel and emergency communications dispatchers from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, La Plata Police Department and Charles County Sheriff’s Office with the skills to assist persons who are experiencing a mental health crisis, who have a mental health crisis, who have a mental health issue or who have an intellectual disability. In many cases, they assist individuals who suffer from several illnesses compounded.

Sheriff Cameron & Cpl. Alexander 

 “The recent 40-hour CIT training course provided an in-depth look into the many facets, problems and issues citizens of our county deal with on a daily basis,” Corporal David Alexander said. “The training placed officers in real-world scenarios, covering a wide array of situations our sworn and correctional officers face at any given time. The peer- and panel-judged scenarios were an effective way to expose officers to the varying issues they deal with daily.”

Responding to these calls can be challenging and complex for everyone involved, from the dispatchers who answer the call, to the deputies who arrive on scene, to the correctional officers who work with the individuals far beyond the initial call.

CIT offers graduates a new way to deal with non-traditional police calls for mental health services. The new approach helps to de-escalate tense situations for both the individual and law enforcement.
Sheriff Cameron & CFC Ardire

“I learned useful tools that I can utilize on a daily basis,” said Correctional Officer First Class Kristie Ardire, “It's truly all about helping people in crisis and using compassion and communication to assist the public. It's about slowing things down and really doing community policing.”

“There were many exercises and scenarios which were useful to community policing,” Ardire added. “We did on-site visits to Pathways and On Our Own to learn more about local individuals’ mental illnesses and how we can better communicate to help them when they are in a crisis situation. I think every officer should be CIT trained.”

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit Receives Donation from Elks Lodge #2092

On Saturday, June 17, members of the St. Mary’s County Elks Lodge #2092 provided a charitable donation to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office to assist in the training of police K-9 units.

Members of the Elks Lodge presented a $2,000 check to members of the K-9 unit including Corporal William Rishel, Deputy First Class Lacey Johnson, and Captain Steven Hall. The funds came from the Gratitude Grant the lodge received from the Elks National Foundation.

 “The grant will aid the sheriff’s office in purchasing additional canines for narcotics detection to combat the opioid epidemic in St. Mary’s County,” Rishel said.

Captain Hall added: “The donation from the Gratitude Grant will go toward maintaining what I believe is the best K-9 unit in the state. We are truly grateful for the amazing people at the Elks Lodge who share our mission of public service and routinely make meaningful investments in local communities.”  

Sheriff Tim Cameron, along with the men and women of the sheriff’s office, thank the St. Mary’s County Elks Lodge for their generous donation.


(L-R) Deputy First Class Lacey Johnson, Captain Steve Hall, Past Exalted Ruler Fred Crum, Exalted Ruler Kevin Frick,  Corporal William Rishel and Treasurer William Crum











Arrests 6-14-2017 - 6-19-2017

On-View Arrests 

6-13-2017 – Theft – Deputy T. Siciliano responded to the 16000 block of Three Notch Road for the report of a motor vehicle theft. The victim alleged, the suspect, Shawn Michael Clark, age 25 of Leonardtown, drove the victim’s motor vehicle without their permission. The victim is the sole owner of the vehicle. Also, Clark stole the victim’s wallet. He was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Motor Vehicle/Unlawful Taking and Theft Less than $100. CASE#31128-17

Shawn Clark 

6-7-2017 – Second Degree Assault – Deputy M. Beyer responded to the 45000 block of Great Mills Court in Great Mills for a reported disturbance. The victim alleged, the suspect, Sharmayne Danae Heigh, age 21, of Lexington Park, struck the victim several times. The victim displayed multiple visible injuries. Heigh was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where she was charged with Second Degree Assault. CASE# 29963-17

Sharmayne Heigh 


6-4-2017 – Possession – Deputy J. Smith responded to a traffic complaint in the 28000 block of Three Notch Road (7-11) in Mechanicsville, where witnesses observed a motor vehicle driving erratically weaving through lanes. The vehicle was located on the south side of 7-11. As Smith approached the vehicle, he found the passenger, later identified as Lisa Marlene Gagliarducci, age 52, of Waldorf, slouched over possibly inhaling something from her lap. While making contact with the suspects, Smith detected a strong odor of suspected marijuana emanating from the vehicle. An additional officer, Deputy D. Holdsworth, arrived to assist and detained the driver, Holly Lynn Gagliarducci, age 27, of Newburg, who kept repeatedly reaching into her purse after being instructed to stop. A probable cause search of Lisa Gagliarducci revealed suspected Xanax and multiple prescription bottles. The driver, Holly Gagliarducci, possessed suspected Oxycodone, suspected marijuana, and a smoking device. During the incident, two young children were removed from the vehicle and later released to the care of a family member. A field sobriety test was performed on Holly which could not be performed satisfactorily. They were both transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. Holly was charged with Three Counts of CDS Possession – Not Marijuana, DUI/DWI, DWID and issued a citation for marijuana less than 10 grams. Lisa was charged with Two Counts of CDS Possession: Paraphernalia. CASE#29368-17


Lisa Gagliarducci

Holly Gagliarducci


6-13-2017 – Violation of a Protective Order – Deputy M. Beyer responded to the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in reference to a violation of a protective order. The victim advised the suspect, Anthony Vincent Giacchetti, age 33, of Lexington Park attempted to make contact with the victim multiple times. Deputies confirmed the protective order was valid. Giachetti was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Four Counts of Violation of a Protective Order. CASE# 31039-17

Anthony Giacchetti


CRIMINAL SUMMONS

6-13-2017 – John Frederick Vance, age 52, of No Fixed Address, was served a criminal summons by Deputy B. Fennessy for an incident involving incident exposure. CASE#31108-17

On-View Arrests

6-6-2017 – Burglary – Deputy J. Maguire responded to the 21000 block of Barkentine Court in Great Mills for a reported burglary. The victim alleged someone entered the residence and slept in a child’s bed on the upper level of the home. The deputy responded later that evening for a report someone had once again, entered the home, this time through forced entry. During a neighborhood check, Deputy Maguire witnessed a motor vehicle enter the driveway of the victim’s residence. The driver alleged they were there to pick up a person; however, the deputy knew the home was vacant at the time. Deputies entered the residence and located the suspect, Serenity Faith Byrd, age 25, of No Fixed Address, sleeping in a bedroom upstairs. During the investigation, it was discovered there was an active protective order in place between Byrd and the victim. Additionally, Byrd had an active arrest warrant with the Sheriff’s Office. From the residence, deputies also recovered suspected Fentanyl, a suspected crack pipe, and possessions; including cash and electronics, stolen from the victim. Byrd was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where she was charged with First Degree Burglary, Two Counts of Fourth Degree Burglary/Dwelling, three counts of Violation of a Protective Order, CDS Possession, CDS Possession – Paraphernalia, and Theft Less than $100. CASE#29755-17



Serenity Byrd 


WARRANT SERVICES

6-8-2017 – Nicole Suzanne Tunney, age 31, of LaPlata, by Deputy D. Holdsworth for assault. CASE# 12262-17


Nicole Tunney

6-8-2017 – Matthew Joseph Lusby, age 44, of Mechanicsville, by Deputy D. Holdsworth for First Degree Burglary, Third Degree Burglary, Second Degree Assault, Theft $1000 to under $10000 and Malicious Destruction of Property Value + $1000. CASE#24956-17

Matthew Lusby


CRIMINAL SUMMONS

6-9-2017 – Brian Christopher Hancock, age 38, of Leonardtown, by Cpl. Handy for Theft under $1000. CASE#28812-17

Brian Hancock


6-7-2017 – Harrison Pierce Wilbanks, age 24, of Hollywood, for Second Degree Assault and Conceal Dangerous Weapon, by Deputy T. Siciliano. CASE# 27662-17


Harrison Wilbanks



6-11-2017 – Mandy Susanne Dejesus, age 41, of Lexington Park, by Dep. Henry for Second Degree Assault. CASE# 25406-17

Mandy Dejesus


6-9-2017 – Jeremy Jermaine Snell, age 30, of Lexington Park, by Dep. Robinson for Unauthorized removal of property. CASE#28538-17


Jeremy Snell


6-10-2017 – Mark Christopher Wray, age 56, of Mechanicsville, by Dep. Shelko for Rogue and Vagabond and Willful Motor Vehicle Tampering W/O Owner’s Consent. CASE#09337-17


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6-12-2017 – Octavia Monique Ford, age 30, of Leonardtown, by Dep. Sidorowicz for Second Degree Assault and Malicious Destruction of Property Less than $1000. CASE# 18979-17

Octavia Ford


On-View Arrests


6-14-2017 – Assault – Deputy S. Kerby responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center for a fight between inmates at the detention center. The investigation revealed the suspect, Diamante Raquan Baltimore, age 19, of Lexington Park assaulted another inmate after he had alleged the victim did not give him the food he demanded. After reviewing the surveillance footage, Butler was charged with Second Degree Assault on DOC Employee, etc. and released back to the custody of the detention center. CASE# 31229-17

Diamante Butler


6-15-2017 – Deputy R. Steinbach responded to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office headquarters in Leonardtown to assist with a combative suspect. The suspect, Keith Sebastian Brown, age 27, of Lexington Park, reported to headquarters to turn himself in on an open warrant. When the officer attempted to arrest him, he became belligerent and aggressive, yelling obscenities in the lobby. He was arrested and charged with Malicious Destruction of Property - $1000, Resist Interfere with Arrest and served an open warrant for child support. CASE#31363-17


Keith Brown



Criminal Summons

6-14-2017 – Alexa Taylor Smith, age 21, 8-17-1995 of Leonardtown, by Dep. Budd for Two Counts of Theft Under $1000. CASE# 64540-16


Alexa Smith




On-View Arrests

6-15-2017 – Theft – Deputy R. Steinbach responded to the Lowes in California, for the report of a female subject making fraudulent returns for cash. The witness stated that on several occasions the suspect, Jamie Lee Rose Emory, age 24, of California, would enter with old receipts, remove the same items off the shelf, and attempt to return them in exchange for cash. The investigation revealed this happened on multiple occasions and that Emory had multiple outstanding arrests warrants. She was located and arrested for the outstanding warrants. She was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where she was charged with Five Counts of Theft Less Than $100, Theft Scheme: Less $1000, FT A BW: Theft Less than $1000 value and served her multiple outstanding warrants. CASE# 29745-17


Jamie Emory

6-15-2017 – Assault – Deputy P. Henry responded to the 25000 block of Stefanie Lane in Mechanicsville for a reported assault. The victim alleged the suspect, Mary Lee Link, age 32, of Mechanicsville, punched the victim in the face twice leaving visible signs of Injury. Link was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where she was charged with Second Degree Assault. CASE# 31506-17


Mary Link


6-18-2017 – Assault – Deputy D. Holdsworth responded to the WaWa on Three Notch Road in California for crowd control due to a large number of people frequenting the establishment. While standing in the parking lot, Deputy Holdsworth heard shouting coming from a group of people and observed the suspects, Michelle Angela Dorsey, age 26, of Lexington Park, and Rainesha Raniece Rhamdeow, age 21, of Lexington Park, actively engaged in a fight. The individuals were separated and placed under arrest. They were transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where they charged with Second Degree Assault and Affray. CASE#319319-17

Rainesha Rhamdeow

Michelle Dorsey







6-17-2017 – Violation of Protective Order – Deputy D. Holdsworth responded to the 43000 block of Injune Lane in Hollywood for a reported domestic disturbance. The investigation revealed the suspect, Becky Lynn Gould, age 35, of Hollywood, was at the residence in violation of an active protective order, in addition to making contact with the victim several times. Gould was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where she was charged with Three Counts of Violation of a Protective Order. CASE# 31685-17

Becky Lynn Gould


6-16-2017 – Armed Robbery – Deputy First Class J. Kirkner responded to the 20000 block of Primrose Court in Lexington Park for the report of a robbery. Upon arrival, Kirkner made contact with the victim who stated two tires on the victim’s motor vehicle has been deflated by a sharp object. The victim also reported the suspect, Jonathan Albert Anderson, age 27, of Lexington Park, approached him near the vehicle with a large knife pressed against the victim’s ribs and demanded money. After a fight between the victim and Anderson, Anderson fled the scene on a stolen bicycle. Anderson was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Armed Robbery, Strong Armed Robbery, First Degree Assault, Second Degree Assault, Theft Under $1000, and Theft Under $100. CASE#31546-17

Jonathan Anderson

Juvenile Arrests

Two 13-year-old females were arrested for fighting on a school bus by Deputy Carl Ball on 6/6/2017. CASE#29708-17

Incident Briefs – 6/29/2017




Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered the gym at the St. Mary’s Landing Apartments and stole property. Dep. Ball is investigating the case. CASE#33821-17

As part of our continued effort to increase public awareness, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office provides a daily (excluding weekends) report called Incident Briefs. The report contains selected crimes, which are of interest to the residents of St. Mary’s County. Addresses shown indicate blocks and not specific locations. This report is not a comprehensive list of every police event in St. Mary’s County during the stated time frame.

Note: The information contained in the Incident Brief report is based on initial reports made to the Sheriff’s Office. Follow-up investigations may reveal different information.

If you have any questions regarding information contained in the Incident Report contact Jennifer Stone, Public Information Officer, at 301-475-4200, ext. *1922, or by email at Jennifer.Stone@stmarysmd.com.



Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Traffic Advisory: 9th Annual Independence Celebration at Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department




The Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department will host its 9th Annual Independence Day Celebration on July 1, 2017. Residents can expect traffic delays, heavy pedestrian, and motor vehicle traffic, as well as multiple lane closures in the area.

The delays are expected from approximately 4 p.m. until 11 p.m.

The following road and lane closures are:

- Three Notch Rd. (MD-235) from Old Three Notch Rd. to Hollywood Rd. (MD-245) will be shut down to one lane traffic both northbound and southbound.

- Old Three Notch Rd from Three Notch Rd. (MD-235) to Sotterley Rd. will be shut down for through traffic.

- Vista Rd. At Old Three Notch Rd. will be shut down for through traffic. All vehicles heading west on Vista Rd. Towards Three Notch Rd. (MD-235) will have to take Old Three Notch Rd. to Sotterley Rd.

- Sotterley Rd. from Three Notch Rd. (MD-235) to Old Three Notch Rd. will be closed for through traffic.

- Vehicles entering Three Notch Rd. (MD-235) from Sotterley Rd. will be forced to go northbound on Three Notch Rd. (MD-235).

- Vehicles entering Three Notch Rd. (MD-235) from Hollywood Rd. (MD-245) will be forced to go southbound on Three Notch Rd. (MD-235).

- All the intersections on Three Notch Rd. (MD-235) Starting from Joy Ln. to Dean Lumber Company will be closed. Vehicles must remain either northbound or southbound on Three Notch Rd (MD-235) until Jones Wharf Rd. or St. Johns Rd. Those intersections are Three Notch Rd. (MD-235) at Joy Ln., Three Notch Rd. (MD-235) just north of The Center for Life Enrichment, Three Notch Rd. (MD-235) at Old Three Notch Rd., Three Notch Rd. (MD-235) at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department, Three Notch Rd. (MD-235) at Hollywood Rd. (MD-245), Three Notch Rd. (MD-235) at the Northern entrance to Mervell Dean Rd, and Three Notch Rd. (MD-235) at the Dean Lumber Company.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department encourages residents to use extra caution if traveling in the area and thanks residents for their patience.

For more information about the event or questions, visit www.HVFD7.com.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A Cause for Paws

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

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

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

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

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

Layla receiving the Stanley J. Goodwin Award 

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

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

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

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

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

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



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






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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As part of our continued effort to increase public awareness, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office provides a daily (excluding weekends) report called Incident Briefs. The report contains selected crimes, which are of interest to the residents of St. Mary’s County. Addresses shown indicate blocks and not specific locations. This report is not a comprehensive list of every police event in St. Mary’s County during the stated time frame.
Note: The information contained in the Incident Brief report is based on initial reports made to the Sheriff’s Office. Follow-up investigations may reveal different information.
If you have any questions regarding information contained in the Incident Report contact Jennifer Stone, Public Information Officer, at 301-475-4200, ext. *1922, or by email at Jennifer.Stone@stmarysmd.com.






Friday, June 23, 2017

Incident Briefs – 6/23/2017




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

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

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

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

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


As part of our continued effort to increase public awareness, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office provides a daily (excluding weekends) report called Incident Briefs. The report contains selected crimes, which are of interest to the residents of St. Mary’s County. Addresses shown indicate blocks and not specific locations. This report is not a comprehensive list of every police event in St. Mary’s County during the stated time frame.

Note: The information contained in the Incident Brief report is based on initial reports made to the Sheriff’s Office. Follow-up investigations may reveal different information.

If you have any questions regarding information contained in the Incident Report contact Jennifer Stone, Public Information Officer, at 301-475-4200, ext. *1922, or by email at Jennifer.Stone@stmarysmd.com.



Thursday, June 22, 2017

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

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

Steven Ray Lee

Criminal Summons and Warrant Services:

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

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

 Adult Arrests 06/01/17

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



Adult Arrests 06/05/17

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

Daniel Holly Dement



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

Keith Demar Young


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

Evan Thomas Jenkins,

Adult Arrests 06/06/17


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

William Howard Grantham


Adult Arrests 06/07/17

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

Steven Rene Tharpe 















Incident Briefs – 6/22/2017





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

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


As part of our continued effort to increase public awareness, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office provides a daily (excluding weekends) report called Incident Briefs. The report contains selected crimes, which are of interest to the residents of St. Mary’s County. Addresses shown indicate blocks and not specific locations. This report is not a comprehensive list of every police event in St. Mary’s County during the stated time frame.
Note: The information contained in the Incident Brief report is based on initial reports made to the Sheriff’s Office. Follow-up investigations may reveal different information.
If you have any questions regarding information contained in the Incident Report contact Jennifer Stone, Public Information Officer, at 301-475-4200, ext. *1922, or by email at Jennifer.Stone@stmarysmd.com.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Incident Briefs – 6/21/2017



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


As part of our continued effort to increase public awareness, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office provides a daily (excluding weekends) report called Incident Briefs. The report contains selected crimes, which are of interest to the residents of St. Mary’s County. Addresses shown indicate blocks and not specific locations. This report is not a comprehensive list of every police event in St. Mary’s County during the stated time frame.

Note: The information contained in the Incident Brief report is based on initial reports made to the Sheriff’s Office. Follow-up investigations may reveal different information.

If you have any questions regarding information contained in the Incident Report contact Jennifer Stone, Public Information Officer, at 301-475-4200, ext. *1922, or by email at Jennifer.Stone@stmarysmd.com.




Monday, June 19, 2017

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

On Wednesday, St. Mary’s County Public Schools expressed their appreciation for the support of law enforcement at their schools and on their safety teams. During a ceremony, they recognized Safety and Security Assistants, Maryland State Police, and deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office for their public safety efforts in the public school system. Principals who submitted nominations, commanders and members of the school board, along with Superintendent James Scott Smith and Safety & Security Director, Mike Wyant, bestowed the awards.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sheriff Cameron, along with the men and women of the sheriff’s office, extends congratulations to every individual who was nominated and received an award. The Sheriff’s Office also thank the board of education, Superintendent Smith, St. Mary’s County Public School staff, and the principals of our local schools for honoring the nominees and winners.




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






Incident Briefs – 6/16 – 6/19


6/17/2017

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

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

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

6/18/2017

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

6/19/2017

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



As part of our continued effort to increase public awareness, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office provides a daily (excluding weekends) report called Incident Briefs. The report contains selected crimes, which are of interest to the residents of St. Mary’s County. Addresses shown indicate blocks and not specific locations. This report is not a comprehensive list of every police event in St. Mary’s County during the stated time frame.

Note: The information contained in the Incident Brief report is based on initial reports made to the Sheriff’s Office. Follow-up investigations may reveal different information.

If you have any questions regarding information contained in the Incident Report contact Jennifer Stone, Public Information Officer, at 301-475-4200, ext. 1922, or by email at Jennifer.Stone@stmarysmd.com.



Friday, June 16, 2017

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arrests: 5/23/2017 - 5/29/2017

5-25-2017 – Alcohol Violation – Cpl. W. Ray was on patrol on Great Mills Road in the area of Checker’s Restaurant when he observed the suspect, James Calvin Morgan, age 51, of Lexington Park, consuming a beverage out of a brown paper bag and in a public place. He was issued a citation for possession of an open container in public. CASE# 02754-17

James C. Morgan 

5-28-2017 – Theft – DFC A. Schultz responded to the Walmart in California for a reported theft. While traveling to the store, he observed the loss prevention officer from Walmart pointing towards a male walking down the sidewalk parallel to MD Route 235. Further investigation revealed, the suspect Calvin Parker Broxson, age 41, of Great Mills attempted to conceal electronics and exit the store without paying. When confronted by loss prevention, Broxson dropped the bag containing the merchandise and fled on foot. He was charged with theft under $1000. CASE#028041-17

Calvin P. Broxson


5-25-2017 – Burglary – St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Units responded to a reported burglary in progress in the 45000 block of West Point Comfort Lane in Piney Point, MD. A victim called and advised he was notified that his home intrusion alarm was sounding. When the victim remotely accessed his home’s security cameras, he observed a suspect inside of his garage. He also provided additional identifying information to include a description of the suspect’s vehicle. Patrol units located the vehicle in the area of MD-249 and Driftwood Drive in Tall Timbers. Deputies made contact with the suspect, Vernon Frederick Hammer, age 44, of Lexington Park, who advised he was dropping signs off at a model home for his employer, but the key he was given didn’t work. He decided to use a credit card to gain access. While inside the residence, he removed a grill and propane tank that was inside of the garage. Those items were recovered from the back of the suspect vehicle. Further investigation revealed the suspect had in entered the wrong residence, despite the model home being clearly marked. The suspect was placed under arrest by DFC Blaine Gaskill and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he charged with 2nd Degree Burglary, 4th Degree Burglary, Theft Less than $1000, as well as Driving while Suspended and Driving while Revoked. CASE# 027490-17

Vernon F. Hammer 




5-26-2017 – Assault – Dep. D. McClure responded to a reported domestic assault in progress in the 46000 block of Yorktown Road in Lexington Park. Upon arrival, he made contact with the victim who alleged the suspect, Anthony Macio Wilson, age 44, of Lexington Park, assaulted the victim several times leaving visible signs of injury. Wilson was placed under arrest and charged with Second Degree Assault. CASE#027654-17


Anthony M. Wilson


5-27-2017 – Violation of a Protective Order – DFC D. Lawrence responded to the 20000 block of Willows Road in Lexington Park for a reported violation of a protective order. The investigation revealed, the suspect, Craig Wesley Norton, age 46, of Lexington Park, violated several conditions of a valid protective order. He was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Violating a Final Protective Order. CASE#027860-17


Craig W. Norton

5-27-2017 –Possession – Deputy C. Ball responded to a reported theft in the 27000 block of Gold Lane in Mechanicsville. The investigation revealed the suspect, Matthew Joseph Lusby, age 44, of Mechanicsville, stole a victim’s medication. Deputies recovered the medication from a trash can at a nearby gas station. Lusby was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Theft Less than $1000 and Possession of CDS – Not Marijuana. CASE#027865-17 


Matthew J. Lusby

5-23-2017 – Indecent Exposure – Deputy D. Sidorowicz responded to the 48000 block of Beachville Road in California for a reported indecent exposure complaint. The investigation revealed the suspect, Kenneth Allen Woodburn, age 32, of St. Inigoes exposed himself to a victim several times. He was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Indecent Exposure. CASE#027339-17 

Kenneth A. Woodburn