Friday, March 31, 2017

Arrest and Criminal Summons 03/28/17 through 03/30/17

On View Arrest:



03/29/17 - Violation of Protective Order - Corporal B. Foor responded to a residence in the 16000 block of Three Notch Rd., Ridge, MD, for an alleged Violation of a Protective Order.  Upon arrival, Corporal Foor located the suspect Angela Lucille Hall, 42 of Ridge, MD, at the residence. The investigation revealed the suspect was in violation of an active final protective order, which stated the suspect was not permitted to be at the residence.  The suspect was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where she was charged with Violation of a Protective Order.  CCN #17196-17




Criminal Summons:

03/28/17 - Ryan Scott Binkney, age 30 of Lexington Park, MD, was charged on a Criminal Summons for Assault 2nd Degree.  Served by Deputy D. Holdsworth

03/28/17 – Lester Jerome Barnes, age 18 of Lexington Park, MD, was charged on a Criminal Summons for Assault 2nd Degree.  Served by Deputy S. Bowie

03/28/17 – Michael David Watts, age 18 of Hollywood, MD, was charged on seven separate Criminal Summonses, for a total of eight counts of Malicious Destruction of Property valued at less than $1,000.  Served by Cpl. J. Vezzosi

03/29/17 – Catherine Anne Annulis, age 51 of Lexington Park, MD, was charged on a Criminal Summons for Failure to comply with a Peace Order.  Served by Deputy D. McClure

Do you know ME?

 The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the person pictured. Anyone with information is asked to contact Corporal Brian Connelly at 301-863-4816, ext. 1456.




St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Warns Citizens of IRS Tax Scams


With the 2016 tax season deadline quickly approaching, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is receiving calls from concerned citizens regarding two IRS scams trending in St. Mary’s County. 

Scam #1 - Scammers are claiming to represent the IRS. They tell intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using an iTunes card, pre-paid debit card, money order, or a wire transfer. The callers threaten those who refuse to pay with being charged with a criminal violation, a grand jury indictment, immediate arrest, deportation or a loss of a business or driver’s license. The Sheriff’s Office warns the “threat” is an immediate sign scammers are calling, and you should hang up immediately. 

Here’s what you need to know:

· Generally, the IRS contacts by mail – not by phone.

· The IRS will not ask for payment using a prepaid debit card, a money order or a wire transfer. 

· The IRS will also not ask for a credit card number or your bank information over the phone. 

What To Do? 
First, hang up! Do not engage with these callers; if you owe Federal taxes or think you might owe taxes, hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions. 
If you do not owe taxes, fill out the “IRS Impersonation Scam” form on TIGTA’s website, www.tigta.gov or call TIGTA at 800-366-4484. You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission atwww.FTC.gov. Add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments in your complaint. 

Scam #2 – Scammers assume the identity of taxpayers by stealing their Social Security number. The scammer then creates a false W-2 form from a company and fills out a return showing a large refund. The scammer then has the refund direct deposited into a money card or other untraceable account. According to the IRS, this remains the most common scam.

Here’s what you need to know: 

You receive notification more than one tax return was filed using your SSN. 

You owe additional taxes, refund offset or have had collection action taken against you when you did not file. 

IRS indicates you received wages or other income from an employer for whom you did not work. 


What To Do?

If you are a victim of identity theft, the FTC recommends these steps: 
File a complaint with the FTC at identitytheft.gov 

Contact one of the three major credit bureaus to place a fraud alert on your credit records: Equifax, Experian, or TransUnion 

Contact your financial institutions, close any financial or credit accounts opened without your permission or tampered with by identity thieves. 

Respond immediately to any IRS notice; call the number provided 

Complete IRS Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit, if your filed return rejects because of a duplicate filing. Use a fillable form at IRS.gov, print, then attach the form to your return and mail according to instructions. 


How to reduce your risk: 
Always use security software with firewall and anti-virus protections, along with strong passwords. 
Recognize and avoid phishing emails, threatening calls and texts from scammers. 

Do not click on links or download attachment from unknown or suspicious emails. 

Protect personal data. Don’t carry your Social Security Card and make sure your tax records are secure. 

If you have any questions, concerns about a possible scam, contact the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office at 301-475-8008.


Reference:

(https://www.irs.gov/uac/taxpayer-guide-to-identity-theft)

Incident Briefs – 3/29/2017 – 3/31/2017



3/29/2017

Breaking and Entering to Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle in the 28000 block of Autumnwood Drive in Mechanicsville and stole property. The case is being investigated by Deputy S. Shelko. CASE# 17062-17

3/30/2017
Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a motor vehicle parked in the 22000 block of Valley Estates Drive in Lexington Park. Nothing appeared to be stolen from the vehicle. Deputy D. McClure is investigating the case. CASE# 17297-17

Theft – Unknown suspect(s) entered a residence and stole property in the 21000 block of Elegant Court in Lexington Park. Deputy J. Smith is investigating the case. CASE# 17191-17

Theft – Sometime between 3/22 and 3/29, unknown suspect(s) stole property from a victim’s front yard in the 28000 block of Hill and Dale Drive in Mechanicsville. Corporal J. Somerville is investigating the case. CASE# 17194-17

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.



UPDATE: St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident

On March 30, 2017, at noon, St. Mary's County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a serious motor vehicle collision on Patuxent Beach Road in the area of South Patuxent Beach Road in California, Maryland. When deputies arrived, they found two vehicles engulfed in flames.

The investigation revealed, A 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer, operated by Charles Patton Jr., age 29, of  Callaway, crossed the centerline and struck a Mack dump truck, operated by Charles Neal Jr., age 74, of Waldorf, head on, causing both vehicles to leave the roadway. The dump truck overturned with the passenger vehicle underneath the dump truck in a ditch.  Patton was pronounced deceased on the scene, and Neal was transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Members of the Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.  At this time, driver error appears to be a contributing factor.  Anybody who may have witnessed the collision and has not yet provided a statement to the police is asked to contact Cpl. Dale Reppel at 301-475-4200 ext. *8059  

Thursday, March 30, 2017

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

On March 30, 2017, at approximately noon, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to reports of a serious motor vehicle collision on Patuxent Beach Road near South Patuxent Beach Road. Officers arrived on scene and discovered a dump truck that appeared to be engulfed in flames.

The preliminary investigation reveals a passenger vehicle traveling on Southbound Route 4 struck a dump truck transporting asphalt head on causing both vehicles to leave the roadway. The dump truck overturned with the passenger vehicle underneath the dump truck into a ditch. 

At this time, one fatality is confirmed and deputies are working to notify the next of kin. 

The accident reconstruction unit has been on the scene and is continuing the investigation. An additional press release will be provided at the conclusion. 

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Cpl. Dale Reppel at 301-475-4200, ext *8059.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Incident Briefs – 3-27-2017 – 3-29-2017


3/27/2017
False Fire Alarm – Deputies responded to Leonardtown High School for a false fire alarm activation. The investigation revealed a student was running laps during gym, ran their hand along the wall, and accidently triggered the alarm.  The Fire Marshal’s Office responded and deemed the incident accidental.

3/28/2017
Stolen Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) stole a motor vehicle from the apartments of Wildewood in California. Corporal D. Corcoran is investigating the case.

Theft – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle and stole property in the 21000 block of Cambridge Drive in Lexington Park. Cpl. J. Vezzosi is continuing the investigation.  CASE# 16821-17

Assault – A nine-year-old was scratched with scissors by another student at Evergreen Elementary School in California. The case remains open for further investigation by Cpl. T. Seyfried. CASE# 16778-17


 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.

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office to conduct child safety seat installations

On April 20, 2017, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 pm, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office deputies will be conducting child safety seat installations for citizens at the Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad located on FDR Blvd. in Lexington Park.



Installations are done by appointment only and are very limited. To register, copy and paste the following link into your browser, or click the link:

There is no cost associated with this service.

Let our certified deputies install your child's safety seat while educating you on proper installation.

For questions, contact Corporal Tim Snyder at 301-475-4040.







Arrests, Criminal Summons, and Warrant Services 03/21/17 - 03/22/17

Johnson, Jarrell Rahiem

03/21/17 –Assault 2nd Degree  – Corporal D. Reppel responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center in Leonardtown, MD for the report of an assault.  The investigation revealed the suspect, Jarrell Rahiem Johnson, 29 of California, MD, initiated an unprovoked physical attack against the victim, by striking the victim several times in the arms and chest area with his fist.  The suspect was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree and remained in the custody of the St. Mary’s County Detention Center.  CCN #15607-17





Guy, Charles Lewis

03/22/17 – Possession of CDS not Marijuana – Deputy First Class D. Potter conducted a traffic stop on a motor vehicle that was traveling on Chancellors Run Road in Great Mills, MD.  During the traffic stop, Corporal B. Rishel and his K-9 partner conducted an exterior scan of the vehicle, when the K-9 alerted to the presence of narcotics.  A search of the vehicle revealed the operator, Charles Lewis Guy, 53 of Lexington Park, MD, to be in possession of suspected cocaine.  Suspect Guy was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center, where he was charged with Possession of CDS not marijuana.  CCN #15713-17



Benton, Shenandoah Dornell

03/22/17 – Assault 1st Degree and CDS Possession not Marijuana – Deputy J. Bare responded to the Take It Easy Ranch in Callaway, MD for a reported domestic assault.  Deputy Bare made contact with the victim who indicated the suspect, Shenandoah Dornell Benton, 40 of Callaway, MD started an unprovoked verbal fight with him.  The argument escalated when the suspect punched the victim in the head and chest area then attempted to choke the victim.  The victim was able to secure himself in another room within the residence, when the suspect retrieved a knife from the kitchen and repeatedly stated she was going to kill the victim, while trying to gain entry through the locked door.  Deputy Bare observed injuries to the victim consistent with his account of the events.  The suspect was placed under arrest and prior to transport asked for her purse to accompany her to the detention center.  A search of the suspect’s purse pocketbook revealed Lyrica pills, which the suspect could not produce a prescription for and is a controlled dangerous substance.  The CDS was seized and the suspect was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where she was charged with Assault 1st Degree and CDS Possession not Marijuana.


Criminal Summons Services:

03/14/17 - Linda Marie Short, 40 of Leonardtown, MD, was charged via Criminal Summons for Assault – 2nd Degree.  Served by Deputy A. Budd

03/22/17 - Largina Cassandra Henry, 18 of Leonardtown, MD, was charged via Criminal Summons for Assault – 2nd Degree.  Served by Deputy A. Budd

Warrant Services:
03/22/17 - Terrell Devantee Atkins, 18 of Lexington Park, MD, was arrested on a District Court Arrest Warrant for Burglary 2nd Degree, Burglary 4th Degree, Malicious Destruction of Property valued over $1,000, and Theft $1,000 less than $10,000.  Arrested by Detective Corporal D. Alexander

03/22/17 - Lovell Darcel Blair, 28 of Baltimore, MD, was arrested on a District Court Arrest Warrant for Assault – 2nd Degree.  Arrested by Deputy First Class J. Maguire

03/23/17 - Amanda Lynn Abell-Morgan, 35 with no fixed address, was arrested on an outstanding District Court Arrest Warrant for Failing To Appear.  Arrested by Deputy First Class James Maguire

03/23/17 - Cedric Ricardo Willams, 25 of Lexington Park, MD, was arrested on an outstanding District Court Arrest Warrant for three counts of Assault 2nd Degree and two counts of Property Destruction less than $1,000 value.  Arrested by Deputy First Class R. Steinbach

3/24/17 - Christie Elizabeth Smallwood, 27 of Clinton, MD, was arrested on an outstanding District Court Arrest Warrant for Failing to Appear.   Arrested by Deputy C. Ball

03/24/17 - Brian Christopher Hancock, 38 of Leonardtown, MD, was arrested on an outstanding District Court Arrest Warrant for Failing to Appear.  Arrested by Deputy C. Ball



St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office arrests two suspects in connection with a burglary to a business in Lexington Park


On March 17, 2017, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to International Beverage (Cadillac Jacks) in Lexington Park for a burglary. The investigation revealed two subjects attempted to break through the front door but were unsuccessful. The suspects returned a second time, forced entry into the business, and stole property. 

The Criminal Investigations Division continued the investigation. Criminal Investigations Detectives and deputies in the patrol unit worked together to identify the suspects as Terrell Devantee Atkins, age 18, of Lexington Park and Marquet Darrell Thompson, age 18, of No Fixed Address.

On March 22, 2017, Atkins was located and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with theft and burglary charges. 

An arrest warrant was issued for suspect Marquet Thompson on March 21, 2017. He was arrested on March 22, 2017, and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with theft, burglary and malicious destruction of property. 

Terrell Devantee Atkins

Marquet Darrell Thompson









Arrests and Criminal Summons - 03/23/17 - 03/27/17


Smallwood, Christie Elizabeth
03/23/17 – False Statement to a Peace Officer and Warrant Service – Deputy C. Ball responded to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office for a Warrant Service.  Upon arrival, he met with the suspect, Christie Elizabeth Smallwood, 27 of Clinton, MD, who advised she had received a letter indicating there was an outstanding arrest warrant under her name.  The investigation revealed the suspect had provided a fictitious name and date of birth to law enforcement during a theft investigation. Deputy Ball arrested the suspect and transported her to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where she was charged for False Statement to a Peace Officer and served the open warrant for Failing to Appear in District Court. CCN #16058-17

Bowles, Kimberley Bernice

03/25/17 – Violation of Peace Order - Deputy D. Sidorowicz responded to the 45000 block of Wrong Way Lane in California, MD for an alleged violation of a Peace Order.  The investigation revealed suspect Kimberley Bernice Bowles, 43 of California, MD, violated an active peace order by contacting the victim in person and making unwanted statements to him. The suspect was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where she was charged with Violation of Peace Order.  CCN #16409-17





Chesley, Derron Michael
Eberwein, John Joseph

03/25/17 - Theft of Motor Vehicle – Deputies responded to the area of Budds Creek Road and Long Rd., Mechanicsville, MD, for numerous traffic complaints of motorcycles operating in a reckless and dangerous manner.  Corporal J. Yingling located the motorcycles at a residence in the 24000 block of Long Rd.  A check of the motorcycles VIN numbers confirmed they were stolen. The 2008 Suzuki dirt bike was reported stolen through the LaPlata Police Department, and the 2009 Yamaha Motorcycle was reported stolen through Prince George’s County Police Department. The Investigation revealed the operators as suspect Derron Michael Chesley, 25 of Colton’s Point, MD and John Joseph Eberwein, 22 of Avenue, MD.  Both suspects were located and arrested.  The suspects were transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Theft of Motor Vehicle.  CCN # 16453-17


Brooks, Tiarra Lashelle

03/26/17 – Violation of Peace Order – Deputy Siciliano responded to 22000 block of Valley Estates Dr., Lexington Park, MD for the report of a violation of a peace order.  Upon arrival, the victim provided evidence that the suspect, Tiarra Lashelle Brooks, 32 of Lexington Park, MD, had repeatedly contacted the victim through Facebook.  The victim further advised she has an active Peace Order issued by District Court prohibiting the suspect from harassing or contacting her.  Deputy Siciliano located and arrested the suspect. She was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where the suspect was charged with two counts of Failing to comply with a Peace Order.  CCN #16535-17


Anderson, Jonathan Albert

03/26/17 – Assault 2nd Degree – Deputies responded to the 20000 block of Primrose Ct., Lexington Park, MD for a reported Domestic Assault.  Deputy C. Edwards met with the victim who advised she and the suspect, Jonathan Albert Anderson, 26 of Lexington Park, MD, were involved in a verbal argument that turned physical when the suspect struck the victim on the right side of her head and face, leaving visible signs of injury. The suspect had fled the scene prior to deputies arrival. Anderson was apprehended a short distance away and arrested.  The suspect was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Assault 2nd Degree.  CCN #16532-17


Johnson, Mark Eugene

03/26/17 – Violation of Peace Order – Deputy J. Bush responded to Lancaster Park in Lexington Park, MD, for a reported harassment.  The investigation revealed the suspect, Mark Eugene Johnson, 57 of Lexington Park, MD, began recording and following the victim in the park causing the victim alarm.  Deputy Bush determined the suspect was in violation of an active Peace Order protecting the victim from contact and harassment by the suspect.  The suspect was located in the immediate area and arrested.  The suspect was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Violation of a Peace Order. CCN #16562-17



Price, Davevon Lee
03/26/17 – CDS Violation – Corporal J. Stone was conducting a premise check in the area of the Clements softball field and parking lot when he observed a motor vehicle with the driver slouched down into the driver side seat.  Cpl. Stone made contact with the driver who was identified as Davevon Lee Price 24, of Colton’s Point, MD.  Upon contact with the suspect, Cpl. Stone detected what appeared to be the smell of burnt marijuana exiting the suspect's vehicle. An incident search revealed the suspect was found to be in possession of more than 10 grams of Marijuana.  Price was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with CDS: Possession of Marijuana over 10 grams.  CCN #16608-17 


Bailey, Romaine Antonio

03/27/17- CDS Violation - Cpl. J. Stone responded to the 40000 block of King Drive, Mechanicsville, MD, for a reported noise complaint coming from a vehicle parked on the roadway in the community. Witnesses identified the driver as Romaine Antonio Bailey 26, of Mechanicsville, MD.  Cpl. Stone located the vehicle and suspect who was subsequently found to be in the possession of Cocaine and related CDS paraphernalia.  The suspect was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance – Not Marijuana and CDS – Possession Paraphernalia.  CCN #16656-17 



Richardson, Curtis William

03/27/17 – Burglary: 4th Degree – Deputies responded to a residence in the 21000 block of Elegant Ct., Lexington Park, MD, for the report of a subject exiting the vacant residence.  Upon arrival, deputies met with an agent who advised he had contact with a subject exiting the residence owned by the company and that no one is authorized to be staying inside of the residence. The suspect was located by Deputy R. Steinbach in the 21000 block of Great Mills Rd, Great Mills, MD.  Deputy Steinbach identified the suspect as Curtis William Richardson, 23 of California, MD, who was believed to be sleeping inside of the vacant residence without permission.  The suspect was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Burglary 4th Degree.  CCN #16701-17



Criminal Summons Services:

03/25/17 – Curtis William Richardson, 23 of California, MD, was charged via Criminal Summons for Trespassing on Private Property.  Served by Deputy D. McClure.

03/25/17 – James Roshawn Garrett, 35 of Hollywood, MD, was charged via Criminal Summons for Assault 2nd Degree.  Served by Deputy D. McClure.

03/25/17 – Jordan Danzell Savoy, 26 of Charlotte Hall, MD, was charged via Criminal Summons for Assault 2nd Degree.  Served by Deputy T. Payne.

03/25/17 – Marvin Jerome Savoy, 49 of Charlotte Hall, MD, was charged via Criminal Summons for Assault 1st Degree and Assault 2nd Degree.  Served by Deputy T. Payne

03/25/17 – William Joseph Goodwin, 51 of Lexington Park, MD, was charged via Criminal Summons for Trespassing on Private Property and Disturbing the Peace: Hinder Passage.  Served by Deputy D. Sidorowicz.


03/26/17 – Brianna Sherie Hatchett, 26 of Lexington Park, MD, was charged via Criminal Summons for two counts of Assault 2nd Degree. Served by Deputy First Class B. Gaskill


Arrests - 03/16/17 - 03/19/17



Strain, David Eric
3/18/17 - Assault 2nd Degree - Deputy Ball responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center for a reported assault between inmates. The investigation revealed the suspect David Eric Strain, 30 of Edenton, NC., entered the victim’s cell to confront him over earlier lude comments.  The confrontation turned physical and the victim alleged the suspect hit the victim multiple times in his upper body and head.  Strain was charged with Assault 2nd Degree and remained in the custody of the St. Mary’s County Detention Center.  CCN #15106-17





Clontz, Melinda Danele

3/17/17 - Assault 2nd Degree - Corporal P. Handy responded to the 27000 block of Danville St., in Mechanicsville, MD., for an alleged assault.  The investigation revealed the victim and suspect, Melinda Danele Clontz, 48 of Mechanicsville, MD., were both under the influence of alcoholic beverages and advised they had been arguing most of the night.  The victim advised the argument turned physical when the suspect threw a television remote control at the victim, striking him in the head.  The victim suffered a small cut to his forehead consistent with his recount of the incident.  The suspect was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where she was charged with Assault 2nd Degree.  CCN #14886-17


Strain, Sidney Antwan


3-19-17 – Reckless Endangerment - Deputy S. Bowie and Sergeant R. Merritt responded to the area of North Essex Rd., and Ranger Rd., in Lexington Park, MD., for the report of a weapons violation.  The Emergency Communications Center received several calls alerting responding deputies that the suspect, later identified as Sidney Antwan Strain, 28 of Lexington Park, MD., was operating a motor vehicle when he produced a gun and fired it into the air.  Deputy Bowie located the motor vehicle, registered to the suspect, parked within the immediate area but unoccupied.  Within the vehicle, in plain view, deputies observed a gun on the floorboard. The suspect was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with one count of Reckless Endangerment.  CCN # 15277-17


Kuttner, William Spencer

03/19/17 – Theft Less $100 – Deputy B. Fennessey initiated a traffic stop in the area of Three Notch Rd., and Old Flora Corner Rd., for an equipment violation on a motor vehicle displaying Alabama registration plates.  Deputy Fennessey made contact with the driver, William Spencer Kuttner, 52 of Phoenix City, AL.  A registration and a wanted check revealed the tags were reported stolen through Phoenix City Police Department in Alabama.  The suspect was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Theft Less $100. CCN #15180

Monday, March 27, 2017

Donuts with the Sheriff at the Loffler Senior Activity Center

Register now for Donuts with the Sheriff at the Loffler Senior Activity Center. To register contact Sarah Miller, Department of Aging & Human Services, at 301-475-4200, ext. *1073.

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Welcomes New K-9

Sheriff Tim Cameron announces a new member to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office family: a 15-month-old Dutch Shepherd, Brix, which has been assigned to work with Deputy First Class Lacey Johnson. Brix was imported from Slovakia.

Johnson and Brix are in a 16-week basic K-9 handler course that started in February. After the completion of the course, Johnson and Brix will become certified in Patrol and Narcotics Detection.

“The K-9 Unit is an integral part of the agency, helping patrol deputies on the streets: detecting explosives and narcotics, searching for missing persons and apprehending fleeing criminals,” said Sheriff Cameron. “The teams are a valuable law enforcement tool that saves lives and helps to improve the overall efficiency of our agency.”

Johnson has been employed with the sheriff’s office since 2013 and was previously assigned to the Patrol Division.

“The decision to become a member of the K-9 unit is not one that should be taken lightly,” said Captain Steve Hall. “It is a commitment that comes with responsibility, both on and off duty. It has been a real pleasure to watch Lacey to work so diligently and reach her goal of becoming a K-9 handler.”

With the new team in place, the sheriff’s office now fields five K-9 teams who train weekly to maintain their craft. The K-9 Unit is led by International Police Work Dog Association (I.P.W.D.A) Master Trainer Sgt. Todd Fleenor. The K-9 teams are certified in Patrol and Narcotics Detection and are used to conduct building searches, to assist with evidence recovery, to track suspects, to detect narcotics and to apprehend violent offenders. The unit also has two single-purpose canines trained in explosive detection.


All teams are required to certify annually through I.P.W.D.A.



SMCSO's newest family member, Brix 

Deputy First Class Lacey Johnson and Brix







Incident Briefs – 3/23/2017 – 3/27/2017


3/23/2017
Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) attempted to force entry into a shed in the 37000 block of New Market Turner Road in Mechanicsville. Nothing appeared to be stolen. Corporal D. Snyder is investigating the case. CASE# 15983-17

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a residence and stole property in the 22000 block of St. Richard’s Court in Great Mills. Deputy A. Budd is investigating the case. CASE# 15990-17

Theft of Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) stole a victim’s motor vehicle while it was parked at the Patuxent Medical Clinic in Lexington Park. Deputy First Class R. Steinbach is investigating the case. CASE# 16003-17

3/24/2017
Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a vacant residence in the 22000 block of Bayside Road in Lexington Park; nothing appeared to be stolen. Corporal J. Kirkner is investigating the case. CASE# 16129-17

3/25/2017
Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a residence and stole property in the 45000 block of Guenther Drive in Great Mills. Deputy D. Holdsworth is investigating the case. CASE# 16250-17

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.


Saturday, March 25, 2017

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Investigates Suspicious Item in Neighborhood

On March 24, 2017, at approximately 5:10 p.m., St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Garrett Trailer Park on Great Mills Road for what was believed to be an unexploded ordnance.

The investigation revealed a subject was oystering near the Patuxent River Naval Air Station when they dredged the ordinance out of the river and then transported it to a friend’s residence located in the Garrett Trailer Park. The ordinance displayed visible markings which read “Contact Military or Police” and “Contains Hazardous Materials.” 

For precautionary measures, residents were evacuated out of the neighborhood and at a nearby business while deputies made contact with the proper authorities at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. The authorities identified the item as an underwater marker/buoy and advised the item posed no threat. Deputies maintained the scene until personnel responded and reclaimed the buoy.

Residents returned to their homes and emergency services personnel cleared the scene. 

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office thanks the residents of the Garrett Trailer Park for their patience and cooperation.

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

On March 25, 2017, at approximately 2:18 am, patrol units from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to a serious motor vehicle collision on Loveville Road in the area of Lenny Penny Lane in Loveville, Maryland. Deputies located a 1999 Ford F-350 pickup truck in the roadway.  The operator, Franklin Irvin Bowles, age 27 of Loveville, was pronounced deceased by EMS personnel.
The St. Mary’s County Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and continued the investigation. The initial investigation revealed the vehicle was traveling northbound on Loveville Road when for unknown reasons the vehicle crossed the centerline and left the roadway.  Upon leaving the roadway, the vehicle struck a tree and fence. 
At this time, speed and alcohol appear to be contributing factors. 

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or any events leading up to the collision is asked to call Corporal Brandon Foor at 301-475-4200, ext. *2265. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Vice/Narcotics Arrests



In November of 2015, Thomas Austin Goldring III, aka “Junk,” age 37, of Lexington Park, was indicted by a grand jury for distribution of crack cocaine. Goldring failed to appear in the Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County reference these charges in February 2017, resulting in two active warrants for his arrest.

On March 22, 2017, detectives from the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Vice/Narcotics Division observed Goldring as a passenger in a vehicle stopped in the 21000 block of Castaway Circle in Lexington Park. Detectives approached the vehicle and identified themselves as police with badges clearly visible. Goldring immediately instructed the vehicle’s operator, later identified as Stanley Albert Gange, age 67, of Upper Marlboro, to flee the area in an attempt to elude detectives. The vehicle began accelerating towards a detective, who had to take immediate action to avoid being struck. To stop the vehicle, deputies had to break into the front side of the driver’s side window.

Gange and Goldring were placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. Through their investigation, detectives also discovered Goldring attempted to hide approximately 20.9 grams (street value of $2,091) of suspected crack cocaine on the rear passenger side floorboard and beneath the rear passenger seat of the marked police cruiser. The in-car camera in the police cruiser captured Goldring moving around in an attempt to hide the drugs. 

Detectives also recovered over $2,000.00 in U.S. currency on Goldring during a search and a plastic bag containing approximately 6.2 grams (street value of $30) of suspected marijuana from inside the suspect’s vehicle.

Goldring was served the two warrants and charged with one count each of attempted First Degree Assault, Second Degree Assault, and CDS possession; not marijuana (crack cocaine). 

Gagne was charged with one count of Attempted First Degree Assault and Second Degree Assault. 

Additional charges are pending a review with State’s Attorney Richard D. Fritz.
Thomas Austin Goldring III

Stanley Albert Gange




















Heroes and Hoops: Local Law Enforcement Joins the Mother Catherine Academy in the Local Heroes Project

While on duty, they deal with violent offenders in the jail, they arrest criminals, they investigate accidents, and they are always there when the public makes a call for help. However, they also do more than that; they invest in the community they serve.
On Sunday, March 19, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office (SMCSO) deputies and correctional officers volunteered to play basketball against students at Mother Catherine Academy (MCA) for the Local Heroes Project, a project started by MCA administrators to teach students the virtue of charity.
The Mother Catherine gymnasium quickly filled up with spectators waiting to see the MCA girls basketball team play the SMCSO team led by their coach Lt. Robert Russell. The sheriff’s office quickly learned this was going to be a close match. As the students and sheriff’s office team members dribbled from one end of the court to the other, the excited crowd cheered on their favorite team, gasped when a foul was called and cheered when their team scored.
“There was so much positive energy in the room that day you couldn’t help but get excited during the game,” said Correctional Officer Sgt. Bonnie Payne. “It was a rewarding experience for me especially because my grandchildren attend the school. It was a way for me to serve my community while spending time with my family.”
Initially, the SMCSO team led the scoreboard until an interesting twist was announced: for every $1 donated, the Mother Catherine team would get five points on the scoreboard, and the sheriff’s office would receive one point.
During the halftime show, the MCA cheerleaders strategically pulled the law enforcement officers to the middle of the court where they had them participate in a formation with signs that said, “Support our Local Heroes” held up behind them.
All the funds raised from the event were donated to the family of “Sgt. Nolan Scully,” who recently lost his battle with cancer.
“When I found out the funds raised for the event would be given to the Nolan Scully family,” Sgt. Sarah Lacey said, “I immediately volunteered to play. I live here in St. Mary’s County, this community is a family. We help each other anyway we can.”
Following the first basketball game, the MCA boys basketball team played the Maryland State Police (MSP) team, and then the MSP team and the sheriff’s office played each other in a seven-minute game.
The event ended on a warm note when the MCA students surprised law enforcement officers and the Scully family with a thin blue line flag that was folded while “There are Angels Among Us” by Alan Jackson played in the background. After the students had folded the flag, they presented it to the Scully family. A video of the sheriff’s office deputies and the MSP troopers showed scenes of community outreach.
It was an excellent day for the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, the Maryland State Police, and the Mother Catherine Academy. They played against each other for a win, but at the end of the day, everyone was on the same team playing in unity in support of the Nolan Scully family.  That day everyone – including the spectators – was a hero.
Afterward, the students presented the law enforcement agencies with a basketball signed by them and tobacco stick signs with each deputy’s and state trooper’s name.
The SMCSO thanks MCA for coordinating and inviting correctional officers and deputies to play in this event. They also thank the fans for their support and the MSP for displaying great sportsmanship.


Additional Photos: https://www.facebook.com/firstsheriff/


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Warrant and Summons Services 3/8/2017 - 3/14/2017

Warrant Services:
03/08 – James Elton Price, 40 of Hollywood, MD, arrested on an Arrest Warrant for Assault 2nd Degree and    Malicious Destruction of Property less $1000.  Arrested by Deputy First Class B. Gaskill.

03/15 – Charles Ernest Kenny, 42 of Mechanicsville, MD, arrested on a District Court Arrest Warrant for Peeping Tom and Private Place – Prurient Intent.

03/17 – Rosanne Elizabeth Nial, 39 of Lexington Park, MD, arrested on an Arrest Warrant for Burglary 4th Degree.  Arrested by Deputy M. Beyer.


Summons Services:
03/07 – James Douglas Dennison, 39 of California, MD, charged via criminal summons for Assault 2nd Degree. 

03/09/17 – Marcus Devon Shorter, 29 of Mechanicsville, MD, was charged via criminal summons for Assault 2nd Degree.

03/10 – Heather Marie Stone, 25 of Callaway, MD, was charged via criminal summons for (2 counts) CDS Possession: Not Marijuana and (2 counts) CDS Possession: Paraphernalia.

03/10 – Aaron Jamaal Hudson, 22 of Lexington Park, MD, was charged via criminal summons for Assault 2nd Degree.

03/11 – Courtney Lauren Turner, 24 of Lexington Park, MD, charged via criminal summons for Credit Card: Steal another’s, Credit Card of another’s: Charge less than $1,000, Credit Card – Personation less than $1,000, and Theft: Less $1,000.

03/11 – David William Thompson Jr., 34 of Leonardtown, MD, charged via criminal summons for Unauthorized removal of property.

03/13 – Eric Lee Robinson, 31 of Lexington Park, MD, charged via criminal summons for Assault 2nd Degree.
03/14 – Linda Marie Short, 40 of Leonardtown, MD, charged via criminal summons for Assault 2nd Degree.