Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Leonardtown Man Arrested for Sex Offense

 

In March of 2021, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse involving a minor that occurred in the late 1990s. The suspect was identified as Allen Briscoe Weiland, age 59 of Leonardtown. During the course of the investigation evidence was obtained supporting the allegations.

The investigation was presented to the Grand Jury for St. Mary’s County and an indictment issued for Weiland’s arrest. On April 9, 2021, Weiland was arrested and charged with the following:

Sex Offense Second Degree (two counts)

Sex Offense Third Degree (two counts)

Anyone with information regarding Allen Weiland, or this case is asked to contact Detective Trevor Teague at (301) 475-4200 extension 78128 or by email at Trevor.Teague@stmarysmd.com.

Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus 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.

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Allen Briscoe Weiland 


 

Identity Needed for Theft Suspect

 

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person shown in a theft investigation. On Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 5:05 pm, the suspect used the self-checkout register at the California Walmart and did not scan all the items that she put into plastic bags. The suspect then headed out of the store and passed all points of sale when she was stopped by loss prevention staff. The suspect fled the store and left the area in an older model blue SUV.

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call Deputy Michael Walker at 301-475-4200, ext. 78092 or email michael.walker@stmarysmd.com. Case # 19530-21

Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus 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.

Identity Needed for Motor Vehicle B&E Suspect

 


April 13, 2021 update: The suspect has been identified. Thank you. 


The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured in motor vehicle breaking and entering investigation. On Monday, April 5, 2021 at 6:15 pm, the suspect entered the victim's car while it was parked at the California Walmart and removed cash from the vehicle. The suspect was last seen getting into a white SUV assisted by an unknown person.

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call Deputy Travis Wimberly at 301-475-4200, ext. 71956 or email travis.wimberly@stmarysmd.com. Case # 18317-21

Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus 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.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Former Sheriff Joseph Lee Somerville Sr. Laid to Rest

Sheriff Joseph Lee Somerville Sr.
 

The men and women of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office escorted former Sheriff Joseph Lee Somerville Sr. on Saturday to his final resting place, accompanied by the Charles County Sheriff's Office, Calvert County Sheriff's Office and many other emergency first responders in St. Mary's County as well as other jurisdictions.

Somerville was the first black deputy in St. Mary's County when he joined the Sheriff's Office in 1966 and became Maryland's first black Sheriff in 1977 when he was appointed to finish the remaining term of his predecessor Sheriff Sanger. Sheriff Somerville then went on to win election as the county's top law enforcement official in 1978 for a four-year term. 

Rest in Peace, Sheriff Somerville. 

The funeral procession to St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Morganza


Captain Steven Hall and the Sheriff's Office Color Guard

The Color Guard escorting Sheriff Somerville's casket into St. Joseph's

Sheriff Somerville's funeral procession entering Charles Memorial Gardens in Leonardtown

Citizens expressing their thanks


Friday, April 9, 2021

Sheriff Joseph Lee Somerville Sr. Funeral Procession on Saturday

Motorists can expect delays on the morning of Saturday, April 10, 2021, for the funeral procession of former Sheriff Joseph Lee Somerville Sr. as it moves through St. Mary’s County.

Starting at approximately 8:30 am, the funeral procession will depart from the Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home in Mechanicsville, head south on Route 5 and Route 235 to Hollywood Road, loop through the St. Mary's County Governmental Center Campus, and then head north on Route 5 in Leonardtown to St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Morganza.

Following Sheriff Somerville's Mass at St. Joseph's, the procession will head south on Route 5 to Charles Memorial Gardens in Leonardtown.

Motorists should expect traffic impacts in those areas Saturday morning and early afternoon.

As space is very limited at St. Joseph’s Church, the Somerville family has provided the following online links so that others may pay their respects and watch the final proceedings for Sheriff Joseph Lee Somerville Sr.

The Facebook links are:

Mass of Burial: https://fb.me/e/3KJfP2xht

Viewing Services:

https://fb.me/e/28FqFzgkk

A Facebook account is not required for viewing.

 

 

Identity Needed for Theft Suspect

 

April 13, 2021 update: The suspect has been identified. 

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person shown in a theft investigation. On Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 3:15 pm, the suspect placed two Vankyo movie projectors into his backpack and left the California Walmart store without paying for them. On Saturday, April 4, 2021 at 1:57 pm, the suspect placed merchandise under his shirt at the Walmart store and passed the last points of sale. Loss prevention staff stopped the suspect and recovered the items, but the suspect fled the store.

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or these incidents is asked to call Deputy Zachary Jerew at 301-475-4200, ext. 78154 or email zachary.jerew@stmarysmd.com. Case # 18056-21 and 18059-21

Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus 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.