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:
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."
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,
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).
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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