Thursday, February 22, 2018

Assault/Handgun Arrest


On February 20, 2018, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 30000 block of Mary Helen Lane in Leonardtown, for a report of shots fired into a residence.  Upon arrival, deputies discerned there were numerous occupants in the residence, and one victim had been directly fired at, however the victim was uninjured.  A description of the suspect to include clothing worn was disseminated to responding deputies.  It was also discovered the victim’s vehicle had been intentionally damaged with spray paint and other corrosive materials.

 

Responding officers located Nicholas Bruce Osborne, age 18, of California, on foot in the area, after locating his abandoned vehicle.  Osborne was wearing clothing which matched the description disseminated, and Osborne also had the same color spray paint used to damage the victim’s car on his person.  Contact with witnesses in the area revealed Osborne was in a neighboring yard, following the shooting.  Subsequently, a search of the area revealed a handgun concealed in the same vicinity.  Osborne was found to be in possession of a significant quantity of a controlled dangerous substance and other prohibited firearms related items.

 

Osborne was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center and charged with the following criminal violations:

 

·         Assault 1st Degree (3counts)

·         CDS Distribution with a Firearm

·         Possession with Intent to Distribute Narcotics

·         Dangerous Weapon-Conceal

·         Reckless Endangerment

·         Handgun on Person

·         Malicious Destruction of Property (2 Counts)


                                                            Nicholas Bruce Osborne
                                                

"See Something Say Something"


On February 16, 2018, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding two male juveniles, who attend Leonardtown High School, who were overheard discussing a recent school shooting.  According to a concerned citizen, the juveniles made statements about bringing firearms to school, and how they were too smart to be caught.  The Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division, and the School Resource Officer (SRO), immediately began an investigation into this matter, assisted by the St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS).

 
During the course of the investigation, information was learned one of the juveniles had access to numerous firearms, and made concerning statements and posts on social media.  The investigation also yielded information which indicated someone associated to the juvenile had a Federal Firearms License (FFL).  With collaboration from the State’s Attorney’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF)-Baltimore Field Office, several search warrants were obtained. As a result of the search warrants, semi-automatic rifles, handguns and other weapons were seized, along with ammunition.  The weapons were not secured from juvenile access as required by law.     
 

Two arrests have been made in reference to this investigation; two male juveniles ages 15 and 16, of Leonardtown, were charged with Threat of Mass Violence, and charges have been issued for David William Fairfax, age 39, of Leonardtown, for the following charges; two counts of Reckless Endangerment, one count of Access to a Firearm by a Minor, and one count of Illegal Transfer of a Firearm. 

This investigation began with a concerned citizen providing essential information; the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office encourages citizens to please report any suspicious activity; "See Something Say Something."
 
 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Missing juveniles


On February 20, 2018, Coltan Anthony Smoak, age 12, and Airyonna Alissa Hamby, age 12, both from Mechanicsville, were reported missing.  Both Smoak and Hamby are considered critically missing due to their age, and at this time it is believed the missing juveniles are together. Smoak and Hamby were last seen in the area of Margaret Brent Middle School, located on Pt. Lookout Road, in Mechanicsville.

 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Coltan Anthony Smoak, or Airyonna Alissa Hamby, is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (301) 475-8008.  Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333 or text their tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). 

 

Airyonna Alissa Hamby
W-F age 12
4'7" 80lbs w/brown eyes
 
 
Coltan Anthony Smoak
W-M age 12
5'1" 100lbs w/blue eyes

Monday, February 19, 2018

Leonardtown Middle School Dance Incident


 
UPDATE:
 
A juvenile female, age 13, from Leonardtown, Maryland, was charged with False Report in reference to this investigation.  The juvenile provided statements which were conclusively refuted from video surveillance reviewed.  The juvenile was charged and released to a parent and is awaiting disposition from the Department of Juvenile Justice. 
 
On February 16, 2018, an allegation of inappropriate touching was made by a female student who was attending a school sponsored dance at Leonardtown Middle School, located on Pt. Lookout Road, in Leonardtown, Maryland.  The student stated a male chaperone, who is not employed with St. Mary’s County Public Schools, touched her and made her feel uncomfortable.  When the allegation was reported, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and St. Mary’s County Public Schools immediately launched a joint investigation. 
 
During the course of the investigation deputies collaborated with school officials, interviewed witnesses, spoke with parents, and reviewed video surveillance footage of the reported incident. The initial allegation was not supported by video evidence reviewed during the investigation. 
 
This incident is under review and the Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with any information to contact Deputy First Class Schultz at (301) 475-4200 extension *1953 or by email at Austin.Schultz@stmarysmd.com.  The St. Mary’s County Public Schools have fully cooperated with this investigation; both the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and St. Mary’s County Public Schools remain committed to ensuring the safety and welfare of all students.
 

 

Friday, February 16, 2018

St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Welcomes New Deputies


The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office congratulates the eight new deputies who were sworn in and graduated the Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy, (SMCJA), on February 9, 2018.  After a rigorous thirty week training program at the SMCJA, which consisted of physical training, and classroom courses on criminal law, crisis intervention, constitutional law, traffic law, community policing, emergency vehicle operations, etc., these new deputies will start their Field Training Program in the Patrol Division. The new deputies will be trained and mentored by a senior deputy for the next four months, while they complete required objectives. After successful completion of the Field Training Program, the new deputies will be released to solo patrol and serve the citizens of St. Mary’s County.   Please join Sheriff Cameron and the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office in welcoming our new deputies:

 

Deputy Diane Carty# 343

Deputy Robert Chase# 346

Deputy John Fenwick# 338

Deputy Richard Forbes# 341

Deputy Warren Forinash #344

Deputy Benjamin Raley# 345

Deputy Thomas Snyder# 342

Deputy Tyler Westphal# 337


 
 
 
Dep. Carty
 
 
Dep. Chase
 
 
Dep. Fenwick
 
Dep. Forbes
 
Dep. Forinash
 
Dep. Raley
 
Dep. Snyder
 
Dep. Westphal

 

Sex Offense-Arrest


On February 14, 2018, an adult female reported a possible sex offense to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, involving an adult male and a seven year old juvenile.  Based on the information provided by the complainant, the investigation was continued by the Criminal Investigations Division (CID).  Investigation revealed Zachary Lee Thomas, age 23, of Lexington Park, engaged in a sex act with the juvenile at a private residence in St. Mary’s County.  Detectives made contact with Thomas on February 15, 2018; Thomas was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center.  Thomas was charged with one count of sexual abuse of a minor, and is currently being held without bond.  Further criminal charges are forthcoming pending a review with the State’s Attorney’s Office.

 

 
Anyone with further information about this matter is asked to contact Detective Trevor Teague at (301) 475-4200 extension *8128, or by email at Trevor.Teague@stmarysmd.com.

 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

On View Arrests/Warrants/DUI's

On View Arrests:

Disorderly- On February 4, 2018, DFC. Lawrence was at the  WAWA, located in the 23000 block of Three Notch Road, in California, in reference to a large crowd.  While on scene conducting crowd control, Miesha Cherise Thomas, age 23, of Great Mills, was yelling and creating a disturbance.  Thomas was asked numerous times to cease her behavior.  Thomas continued to yell obscenities and cause a disturbance and was arrested.  Thomas was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Fail to Obey a Lawful Order.  CASE# 6307-18
                                                               Miesha Cherise Thomas


Weapons Violation- On February 5, 2018, Dep. McClure responded to a motor vehicle accident in the 28000 block of Pt. Lookout Road, in Leonardtown.  The vehicle was operated by Joseph Francis Yates, age 58, of Mechanicsville.  The vehicle was disabled and needed to be towed from the accident scene.  A vehicle inventory was completed and the handle of a pistol was observed under the front driver's seat of the vehicle; further search revealed a loaded .380 pistol under the driver's seat.  A check of the pistol revealed it was reported stolen, and Yates is a convicted felon, thus it is illegal for him to possess ammunition or a handgun.  Yates was arrested and charged with Illegal Possession of Ammunition, Illegal Possession of a Regulated Firearm, Handgun in Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, and Possession of a Firearm w/Felony Conviction. CASE# 6525-18
                                                                 Joseph Francis Yates

Alter Drug Test- On February 5, 2018, Dep. Edwards responded to the St. Mary's County Detention and Rehabilitation Center, located in Leonardtown,  in reference to an altered urinalysis.  Investigation revealed Rashaun Montgomery Peebles age 39, of Charlotte Hall, was court ordered to provide a urinalysis; Peebles attempted to alter the test and provide a false sample.   Peebles was charged with Alter Drug/Alcohol Test.  CASE# 6566-18
                                                               Rashaun Montgomery Peebles

Assault- On February 5, 2018, Dep. Edwards responded to the St. Mary's County Detention and Rehabilitation Center, located in Leonardtown, in reference to an assault.  Investigation revealed Jessica Ann Bonacci, age 32, of Great Mills, was in a verbal argument with the victim and then pushed the victim.  Bonacci was charged with Assault 2nd Degree.  CASE# 6526-18
                                                                 Jessica Ann Bonacci

Violation of Protective Order- On February 5, 2018, Dep. Payne responded to the 42000 block of Redgate Farm Lane, in Leonardtown, in reference to a protective order violation.  Investigation revealed Aleksandar Andreev Ivanchev, age 35, of Lexington Park, violated a valid protective order by sending a message to a protected party of the order.  Ivanchev was arrested and charged with Violate Exparte/Protective Order.  CASE# 6516-18
                                                               Aleksandar Andreev Ivanchev

Warrants:

2/5/18- James Aaron Eugene Justice,  age 34, of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding Charles County warrant for FTA: Theft by Dep. Edwards# 335. CASE# 6539-18
                                                            James Aaron Eugene Justice
                                                           
2/5/18- Tara Lyn Ropel, age 31, of Baltimore, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for FTA by Dep. Edwards# 335.  CASE# 6586-18
                                                                      Tara Lyn Ropel

2/5/18- Matthew Francis Niland, age 25, of St. Leonard, was arrested on an outstanding Violation of Probation warrant for Driving While Impaired by CDS by Dep. Edwards# 335.  CASE# 6548-18
Matthew Francis Niland

2/5/18- Eric Eugene Hennager, age 47, of Oxon Hill, was arrested on an outstanding Parole Retake Warrant for Burglary 1st Degree by Cpl. Flerlage# 241.  CASE# 0341-18
                                                              Eric Eugene Hennager
                    




DUI's:

2/3/18- Joseph Manning Milburn, age 40, from Great Mills, was charged with Driving While Impaired by Alcohol, Driving While Intoxicated, and Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol Per Se, by DFC. Lawrence# 279.  CASE# 6262-18 (No Photograph Available)


2/4/18- Shavondra Nicole Hawkins, age 32, of Norcross, GA, was charged with Driving While Impaired by Alcohol , Driving While Intoxicated, and Driving Under the Influence by Cpl. O'Connor# 138.  CASE# 6305-18
                                                              Shavondra Nicole Hawkins

Theft Suspects-ID Needed


The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the persons pictured.  On January 26, 2018, the suspects stole a blue mountain bike from the rear parking lot of MJ’s Barber Shop, which is located on South Shangri-La Drive, in Lexington Park. 

 
Anyone with information about the identity of the individuals pictured is asked to contact Cpl. Daniel Snyder at (301) 475-4200 extension *8070, or by email at Daniel.Snyder@stmarysmd.com.  Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” and their message to “CRIMES” (274637).  Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.


 

Robbery


On February 13, 2018, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to Lighthouse Liquors located on Three Notch Road, in Charlotte Hall, for the report of an armed robbery.  Contact was made with an employee/victim who advised an unknown suspect entered the business armed with a knife, and demanded money.  A brief struggle ensued between the victim and the suspect; ultimately the suspect was able to flee the business with an undisclosed amount of money.  As a result of the struggle, the victim sustained injuries which required medical treatment from a local hospital.  The investigation was continued by the Criminal Investigations Division, and the suspect is described as a black male with a thin build, between the ages of 25-35 years old.  At the time of the robbery the suspect was wearing a dark colored jacket, hat, and blue jeans.

 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Melissa Hulse at (301) 475-4200 extension *1996, or by email at Melissa.Hulse@stmarysmd.com. Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” and their message to “CRIMES” (274637).  Through the Crime Solvers Program, tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Robbery Arrests


On February 9, 2018, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to St. Mary’s College, located in St. Mary’s City, for the report of an armed robbery.  Deputies learned at approximately 3:30PM, four suspects entered the victim’s dormitory room, and demanded property. One of the suspects displayed a firearm and the victim was physically assaulted during the confrontation.

 
Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division continued the investigation and identified four suspects who are students at the college; Marquis Xavier Bullett, age 18, from Columbia, MD, Kevin Louis Makle, age 18, from Finksburg, MD, Judge Clifford Payne, age 18 from Laurel, MD, and Kyndle Joshua Terrell-Jones, age 18, from Owens Mills, MD.   From the results of the investigation, it does not appear this is a random crime on campus. Search and seizure warrants were obtained for the suspects’ dormitory rooms, and arrest warrants for the four suspects were obtained as well. On February 13, 2018, the suspects were located at St. Mary’s College, arrested, and charged with the following:

 
·         Armed Robbery

·         Robbery

·         Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony

·         Theft $100-$1,500

·         Assault Second Degree
 
                                                         Marquis Xavier Bullett
 
                                                            Kevin Louis Makle
 
                                                            Judge Clifford Payne
                                                         Kyndle Joshua Terrell-Jones