Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Handgun in Vehicle Arrest-Lexington Park


On February 16, 2019, Deputy Westphal observed a vehicle operating at a high rate of speed in the 21300 block of Three Notch Road in Lexington Park.  Dep. Westphal attempted to catch up to the vehicle, however the vehicle accelerated and pulled away. Dep. Westphal  ultimately located the vehicle which had crashed into a traffic signal pole, in the area of Three Notch Road and Hermanville Road. Dep. Westphal observed an individual, later identified as Knealand Antonio Strain, age 37 of Lexington Park, running from the accident scene.  Strain was detained and was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun.  Investigation determined the handgun had been reported stolen, and Strain was prohibited from legally possessing a firearm.  Strain was arrested and charged with the following:

Handgun on Person
Handgun in Vehicle
Illegal Possession of Ammunition
CDS-Possession of Firearms
Firearm-Possession with Felony Conviction

Strain is currently incarcerated at the St. Mary's County Detention and Rehabilitation Center on a no bond status.

Knealand Antonio Strain 

On View Arrests, Warrants, DUI, Criminal Citation

On View Arrests:

Assault-  On February 13, 2019, Cpl. Maloy responded to the 46100 block of Ellenbee Court in Lexington Park, for the reported assault.  Contact was made with the victim who advised Jose Manuel Murillo Ayala, age 31 of Lexington Park, assaulted the victim by choking and throwing the victim down in the bathroom.  Murillo Ayala was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree.  CASE# 9055-19
Jose Manuel Murillo Ayala 

Disorderly Conduct-  On February 13, 2019, Dep. Forinash responded to the Dollar General located on Great Mills Road in Lexington Park, for the reported check the welfare of a female in the restroom.   As Dep. Forinash was on scene Megan Leanne Murphy, age 25 with no fixed address, exited the restroom; at the complainant's request, Dep. Forinash began the paperwork for a no trespass notice.  Murphy became hostile and began cursing and making a scene in the business.  Murphy did not cease her actions when advised to do so by Dep. Forinash; Murphy was arrested and charged with Disturb the Peace/Disorderly and Fail to Obey/Reasonable Lawful Order.  CASE# 9197-19
Megan Leanne Murphy

Assault-  On February 14, 2019, DFC. Molitor responded to the St. Mary's County Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Leonardtown, for a reported assault between two inmates.  Investigation determined Thomas Franklin Hill, age 44 of Mechanicsville, and Adam Silcott Roberts, age 26 of Lexington Park, assaulted each other while the parties were arguing at indoor recreation.  Hill and Roberts were both charged with Assault 2nd Degree.  CASE# 9360-19
  
                                         Thomas Franklin Hill              Adam Silcott Roberts

Assault-  On February 14, 2019, Dep. Edwards responded to 45700 block of Guenther Drive in Great Mills, for the reported assault.  Investigation determined Chelsie Monet Stanley, age 24 of Great Mills, assaulted the victim during an argument.  The victim advised Stanley knocked the victim to floor, sat on the victim, pulled the victim's hair, and would not allow the victim up.  Dep. Edwards observed injury to the victim and Stanley was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree.  CASE# 9406-19
Chelsie Monet Stanley

Trespassing-  On February 14, 2019, DFC. Payne and Dep. T. Snyder responded to the Walmart store located on Miramar Way in California, for a reported trespassing.  Investigation determined Wayne Darnell Somerville Jr., age 31, and Samantha Ann Somerville, age 30, both with no fixed address, were inside the store after previously being served notices not to trespass.  Both were arrested and charged with Trespass: Private Property.  CASE# 9429-19
  
       Wayne Darnell Somerville Jr.      Samantha Ann Somerville 



Assault-  On February 16, 2019, Cpl. Corcoran responded to the 45400 block of Westmeath Way in Great Mills, for the reported assault.  The victim advised Nakeya Charmaine Wharton, age 25 of Great Mills, assaulted the victim during an argument by striking the victim repeatedly with her hands during the argument.  Visible injury was observed to the victim and Wharton was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree.  CASE# 9843-19
Nakeya Charmaine Wharton 

Threat of Arson-  On February 16, 2019, Cpl. Kerby responded to the 37900 block of Lawrence Place in Mechanicsville for the reported property destruction.  Investigation determined Derrell Charles Swann, age 32 of Mechanicsville, arrived at the victim's property and a dispute ensued.  Swann then drove his vehicle through the victim's fence damaging the fence.  Swann also made verbal threats to burn down the victim's residence.  Swann was arrested and charged with Arson/Threat and Malicious Destruction of Property.  CASE# 9885-19 (No Photograph Available)



Warrants:


02/12/19-  Jens Edwin Hanson, age 43 of Leonardtown, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Escape 2nd Degree-Condition of Release by Cpl. Stone# 183.  CASE# 8995-19
Jens Edwin Hanson 

02/12/19-  Robin Anne Laabs, age 47 of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Escape 2nd Degree- Condition of Release by Cpl. Stone# 183.  CASE# 8994-19
Robin Anne Laabs 

02/12/19-  Frederick William Pegher,age 35 of Lusby, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for FTA/Driving While Suspended by Cpl. Stone# 183.  CASE# 8987-19
Frederick William Pegher 

02/13/19-  Michael Ryan Norfolk, age 29 with no fixed address, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Escape 2nd Degree by Dep. Raley# 4869-19
Michael Ryan Norfolk 

02/13/19-  Jacqueline Loye McCarthy, age 33 of Leonardtown, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for FTA/Theft and two counts of CDS: Possess-Not Marijuana by Dep. Forinash# 344.  CASE# 9222-19
Jacqueline Loye McCarthy 

02/14/19-  Bobby Craig Wishard, age 24 of Park Hall, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Assault 1st and 2nd Degree, and Handgun on Person by Cpl. Foor# 235.  CASE# 2608-19
Bobby Craig Wishard 

02/14/19-  Dennis Martin Evans Jr., age 50 of Valley Lee, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Violation of Probation/Property Destruction by Dep. Forbes# 341.  CASE# 9467-19
Dennis Martin Evans Jr. 

02/14/19-  Constance Juliet Wade, age 40 of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for FTA/Driving While Suspended by DFC. Holdsworth# 305.  CASE# 9504-19
Constance Juliet Wade 

02/16/19-  Benjamin Alexander Chase Jr., age 38 of Mechanicsville, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Assault 1st and 2nd Degree, and Malicious Destruction of Property by DFC. D. Smith# 297.  CASE# 9702-19
Benjamin Alexander Chase Jr. 

02/16/19-  Anthony Michael Newman, age 21 of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Assault 1st and 2nd Degree, and Reckless Endangerment by Cpl. Beishline# 252.  CASE# 9868-19
Anthony Michael Newman 



DUI:

2/16/19-  Jameson Clay Fritsch, age 23 of Hollywood, was stopped for spinning tires in the 44900 block of St. Andrew's Church Road in California.  Fritsch was determined to be operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.  Fritsch was arrested and charged with Driving Vehicle While Impaired by Alcohol, and Driving Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol by Cpl. Maloy# 137.  CASE# 9790-19
Jameson Clay Fritsch 





Criminal Citation:

02/15/19-  Dawn Marie Hierstetter, age 45 of Great Mills, was charged with Theft via a Criminal Citation by Cpl. Corcoran, after changing UPC codes on items to pay less for the items, and also not scanning one item at checkout at the Target store located in California.  CASE# 9662-19 (No Photograph Available)






Robbery Update


Feb. 20, 2019 update: Anthony Martise Barnes, age 38 with no fixed address, has been arrested and charged with Armed Robbery, Robbery and Theft: $100-$1,500. Anyone with further information on this case is asked to contact Detective Melissa Hulse at (301) 475-4200 extension *1996 or by email at melissa.hulse@stmarysmd.com. 

On Feb. 16, 2019, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Donut Connection at 21801 North Shangri La Drive in Lexington Park for a reported robbery.  Preliminary investigation revealed a black male suspect threatened an employee with a weapon and forced entry to the business. Once inside of the business, the suspect stole an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency and fled the area.   

The suspect is described as follows:
Black male with short black hair, scruffy facial hair in a beard and goatee, a black hooded jacket with fur lining on the edge of the hood, blue jeans, and gray sneakers.

Anyone with any information on the suspect should contact Detective Cpl. Melissa Hulse at 301-475-4200 ext. *1996 or email melissa.hulse@stmarysmd.com.   



Anthony Martise Barnes 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Belk Theft Suspect Identified


The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured. On Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 at 7 p.m. and again on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 at 2:51 p.m., the suspect exited the Belk store in California with a large plastic bag of clothing that he did not pay for. Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call Cpl. Patrick Handy at 301-475-4200 ext. *8023 or email patrick.handy@stmarysmd.com. CASE# 8969-19


IDENTIFIED

Identities Needed for Theft Suspects

The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office is seeking the identities of the persons pictured. On Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 at 10:45 a.m., the male and female suspects exited the Walmart store in California with a 65-inch Samsung television without paying for it. Anyone with information about the identities of the suspects or this incident is asked to call Cpl. Alvin Beishline at 301-475-4200, ext. *8019 or email alvin.beishline@stmarysmd.com. CASE# 8726-19






Traffic Tip Tuesdays: Avoiding Traffic Signals



In an effort to promote awareness of state traffic laws, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office posts excerpts of the 2018-2019 edition of The Maryland Vehicle Law Annotated on Tuesdays.

Adhering to the law will make roadways in St. Mary’s County and in Maryland safer for drivers, passengers, bicyclists, horse-and-buggy operators and pedestrians.

#TrafficTipTuesdays

Avoiding a Traffic-Control Device:

Sec. 21-201.(a)(2) Traffic Signs, Signals and Markings

“The driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection controlled by a traffic-control device may not drive across private property or leave the roadway for the purpose of avoiding the instructions of a traffic-control device.”

This illegal driving behavior is sometimes observed on northbound Three Notch Road (Route 235) during the evening commute.

The fine for avoiding a traffic-control device is $90 and one point assessed on a driver’s license or $130 and three points if contributing to an accident.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Motor Vehicle Collision Update


UPDATE: Kyle Andrew Capps, age 20 of Mechanicsville, succumbed to his injuries on February 17, 2019. The parents of Kyle Andrew Capps, would like to share with the public that several of his organs were donated so that others may continue to live.

On Feb. 7, 2019 at 8:09 p.m., St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a motor vehicle collision involving a single vehicle into a tree. Units arrived on the scene to find a Ford Focus had left the roadway and struck a tree, trapping the driver. Fire and EMS personnel removed the driver from the vehicle and the St. Mary’s County Collision Reconstruction Unit members were called to the scene.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2009 Ford Focus, operated by Kyle Andrew Capps, 20 of Mechanicsville, was traveling southbound on Thompsons Corner Road. The vehicle had just negotiated a sharp curve in the area of Bethel Church Road when the operator lost control of the vehicle. The car crossed the center-line and ran off the northbound edge of the road where it struck a tree, trapping the driver inside.

The driver was transported from the scene to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown and then transferred to Washington Hospital Center for further treatment.

At this time, speed appears to be a contributing factor in the collision. Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or events leading up to the crash are asked to contact Cpl. Brian Connelly at 301-475-4200, ext. *8031 or email brian.connelly@stmarysmd.com.


                                                
                     

Motor Vehicle Collision Under Investigation


On February 18, 2019, at approximately 4:46 a.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a single vehicle collision in the 22800 block of Three Notch Road, in the area of Miramar Way, in California, Maryland.  Upon arrival officers located the vehicle, with the operator trapped inside. The operator, and sole occupant of the vehicle, was extricated and transported to an area hospital with incapacitating injuries. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded and continued the investigation.

Preliminary investigation determined a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe operated by Gina Marie Polo, age 32 of Leonardtown, was traveling northbound on Three Notch Road when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree.  Polo was initially transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, and subsequently transported to Washington Hospital Center for further treatment. 

At this time, speed and weather appear to be contributing factors in the collision.  Anyone who witnessed the collision or events leading to the collision, is asked to contact Corporal Dale Reppel at (301) 475-4200 extension *8059, or by email at Dale.Reppel@stmarysmd.com.

For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.


                                                
                     

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Suspect Sought in Store Robbery

On Feb. 16, 2019, deputies of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Donut Connection at 21801 North Shangri La Drive in Lexington Park for a reported robbery. Preliminary investigation revealed a black male suspect threatened an employee with a weapon and forced entry to the business. Once inside of the business, the suspect stole an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency and fled the area.

The suspect is described as follows:

Black male with short black hair, scruffy facial hair in a beard and goatee, a black hooded jacket with fur lining on the edge of the hood, blue jeans, and gray sneakers.


Anyone with any information on the suspect should contact Detective Cpl. Melissa Hulse at 301-475-4200 ext. *1996 or email melissa.hulse@stmarysmd.com.

Friday, February 15, 2019

On View Arrests/Warrants/DUIs

On View Arrests:

Violation of Protective Order-  On February 9, 2019, Dep. Chase responded to the 23300 block of Holly Hill Lane in California, for the reported violation of a protective order.  Contact was made with the victim who provided Dep. Chase with text messages and voicemails from Audra Mignon Deitz, age 41 of California, that were sent to the victim.  There is an active court order preventing Deitz from contacting the victim.  Deitz was located and arrested and charged with Violate Protective Order.  On February 10, 2019, Dep. Forbes contacted the victim who reported another violation.  The victim advised once Deitz was released from the detention center, she again sent messages to the victim.  Dep. Forbes observed the messages and located Deitz who was again arrested and charged with Violate Protective Order.  CASE#'s 8609-19 & 8434-19
Audra Mignon Deitz

Assault-  On February 10, 2019, Cpl. Steinbach responded to the 46800 block of Hilton Drive in Lexington Park, for the reported assault.  Contact was made with the victim who advised James Donald Karhan, age 26 of Lexington Park, pushed the victim out of the residence, injuring the victim's arm during an argument.  Visible injury was observed to the victim and Karhan was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree.  CASE# 8576-19
James Donald Karhan 

Assault/Violation of Protective Order- On February 11, 2019, Dep. Forbes responded to the 18200 block of Waterview Drive in St. Inigoes for the reported assault.  The victim advised during an argument David NMN Roche, age 40 of St. Inigoes, struck the victim in the face causing injury.  Dep. Forbes observed injury and bruising to the victim's face.  Investigation also determined an active protective order was in place prohibiting Roche from assaulting the victim.  Roche was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree and Violate Protective Order.  CASE# 8629-19
David NMN Roche 

Assault-  On February 11, 2019, Dep. Shelko responded to the 29700 block of Boundary Drive in Mechanicsville, for a reported assault.  Investigation determined the victim and Matthew Aaron Hall, age 32 of Mechanicsville, were involved in a verbal argument, when a struggle ensued over property.  During the incident the victim sustained injury to her hands.  Hall was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree.  CASE# 8791-19
Matthew Aaron Hall

Warrants:

2/11/19-  Tremaine Javon Berry, age 29 of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Driving While Suspended by DFC. Lawrence# 279.  CASE# 8794-19
Tremaine Javon Berry

2/11/19-  Iyonna Kashae Baker, age 18 of Leonardtown, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Robbery, Theft, and Assault 2nd Degree by Cpl. Handy# 132.  CASE# 60293-18
Iyonna Kashae Baker 

2/12/19-  Malik Shavon Jordan, age 22 of California, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for FTA/Driving Without a License by DFC. D. Smith# 297.  CASE# 8870-19
Malik Shavon Jordan

2/12/19-  Michael Christopher Damewood, age 34 of Baltimore, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for FTA/Child Support by Dep. Hersh# 343.  CASE# 8915-19
Michael Christopher Damewood 

2/12/19-  Ricky Ray Adkins, age 60 of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for FTA/Malicious Destruction of Property and Consumption of Alcohol Beverage in Public Place by Cpl. Pontorno# 257.  CASE# 8951-19
Ricky Ray Adkins 

DUI's:

2/9/19-  Dep. Beyer conducted a traffic stop in the 22600 block of Chancellor's Run Road in California.  Contact was made with the vehicle operator, Timothy Allen Dlouhy, age 54 of Lusby.  It was determined Dlouhy was operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.  Dlouhy was charged with Driving Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol, and Driving Vehicle While Impaired by Alcohol.  CASE# 8419-19 (No Photograph Available)

2/10/19-  Dep. Chase responded to the 22300 block of Three Notch Road in Lexington Park for a reported reckless operation.  Dep. Chase observed the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop.  The operator was identified to be Norman Kenneth Dickerson, age 58 of Lexington Park.  It was determined Dickerson was operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.  Dickerson was charged with Driving Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol, Driving Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol Per Se, and Driving Vehicle While Impaired by Alcohol.  CASE# 8493-19
Norman Kenneth Dickerson 

2/10/19-  Dep. Chase responded to the 20100 block of Point Lookout Road in Great Mills, for the reported reckless operation.  The vehicle was located and the operator identified as Hope Ashley Jones, age 22 of Hollywood.  Jones was determined to be under the influence of alcohol and charged with Driving Vehicle While Intoxicated, Driving Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol, and Driving Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol  Per Se. CASE# 8635-19 (No Photograph Available)