Sunday, July 21, 2019

Fatal Collision in Mechanicsville Under Investigation


On July 20, 2019, at 11:14 p.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the reported motor vehicle collision in the 27400 block of Three Notch Road, in the area of Harpers Corner Road in Mechanicsville. Deputies arrived on scene and were advised by Marvin Leander Jones Jr., age 49 of Waldorf,  that he was driving on Three Notch Road when another vehicle collided with his vehicle, however he was unable to locate the other vehicle. Deputies began checking the area and observed motorcycle debris. Deputies quickly located an injured subject who was lying in  bushes, off the roadway.  The individual was later identified as Steven Marcus Gilmore, age 22 of Mechanicsville.  Lifesaving measures were attempted on scene however Gilmore ultimately succumbed to his injuries. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and continued the investigation.

Preliminary investigation determined Jones was traveling southbound on Three Notch Road operating a 2013 Dodge Durango. Gilmore was also traveling southbound on Three Notch Road operating a 2018 Suzuki GSX motorcycle. For unknown reasons Gilmore ran into the back of the Durango, causing Gilmore’s motorcycle to leave the roadway, strike a curb, and Gilmore being ejected from the motorcycle.

At this time speed and alcohol appear to be contributing factors in the collision.  Anyone with information on the collision is asked to contact Corporal Christopher Beyer at (301) 475-4200 extension *8004 or by email at Christopher.Beyer@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.

                                                
                     

Friday, July 19, 2019

Animal Cruelty Investigation-UPDATE


UPDATE: July 19, 2019- Necropsies were completed on both dogs at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University and valuable investigative information was obtained. Results of the necropsies will not be released due to the sensitive nature of the information and adverse effects to the ongoing investigation. The remains of the dogs will be retained for return to the owner(s), if not complicit in the crime, or for a humane burial at a later date. At this time, the owner(s) of the dogs remain unidentified and the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking public assistance with information on the identity of the owner(s). Anyone with information on this case, is asked to contact Detective Edward Vogt at (301) 475-4200 extension *8145 or by email at Edward.Vogt@stmarysmd.com.

3 p.m. UPDATE: July 16, 2019-   St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab Technicians transported both dogs to a local veterinarian hospital for an assessment and evaluation.  The dogs were determined to be male and ages are unknown at this time. The dogs are being transferred to Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University where necropsies will be performed in attempt to gather additional investigative information. Updates will be provided as warranted.
UPDATE: July 16, 2019 The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is continuing the animal cruelty investigation. The Sheriff’s Office is requesting public assistance with information identifying the owner(s) of the dogs. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Edward Vogt at (301) 475-4200 extension *8145 or by email at Edward.Vogt@stmarysmd.com. This is a very focused investigation and an update will be released later today.

Initial Release: The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking public assistance with an ongoing animal cruelty investigation.  On July 14, 2019, Deputy First Class Roszell responded to the 40400 block of Parlett Morgan Road in Mechanicsville, for the reported animal cruelty.  Located in a wooded area were two deceased dogs. The dogs were determined to be Black Labrador Retrievers, both weighing over 80 pounds. The dogs had been decapitated and discarded in the wooded area.  Animal Control responded to the scene, and it was determined the dogs had been discarded within the last 48 hours.
Anyone with information on the possible owner(s) of the dogs, or anyone with information on this case, is asked to contact DFC. Rachael Roszell at (301) 475-4200 extension *8108 or by email at Rachael.Roszell@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.

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





Thursday, July 18, 2019

On View Arrests/Warrants/Criminal Citations/Juvenile Arrests

On View Arrests:

Violate Protective Order-  On July 11, 2019, Cpl. Tirpak made contact with the victim who advised Brian Christopher Landry Sr., age 53 of Mechanicsville, had contacted the victim numerous times by phone, in violation of a current protective order.  Landry was located and arrested; he was charged with four counts of Violate Protective Order.  CASE# 39739-19
Brian Christopher Landry Sr. 

Assault-  On July 12, 2019, DFC. Roszell responded to the 26100 block of Yowaiski Mill Road in Mechanicsville, for the reported assault.  Investigation determined Rauphael Denziel Holland, age 24 of Mechanicsville, assaulted the victim during an argument by grabbing the victim around the neck, pinning the victim against a refrigerator and attempting to take the victim's phone.  Holland was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree.  CASE# 39928-19
Rauphael Denziel Holland 

Assault-  On July 12, 2019, Dep. Graves responded to the 22000 block of Oxford Court in Lexington Park, for the reported assault.  Investigation determined Christopher John Tyler, age 29 of Lexington Park, knocked the victim to ground, and utilized pressure on the victim's neck to hold the victim on the ground.  Tyler was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree.  CASE# 40065-19
Christopher John Tyler 

Assault-  On July 12, 2019, DFC. Molitor responded to the the St. Mary's County Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Leonardtown, for the reported assault.  Investigation determined Serenity Faith Byrd, age 27 of Great Mills, and Desirae Belle Sullivan, age 28 of Chesapeake Beach, were involved in a mutual altercation in the facility.  Byrd and Sullivan were both charged with Assault 2nd Degree.  CASE# 40056-19

Serenity Faith Byrd 

Desirae Belle Sullivan

Disorderly Conduct-  On July 14, 2019, Dep. Graves responded to the 21600 block of Cinnamon Way in Lexington Park for the reported disturbance.  While on scene, Dionta Quantiaus Taylor, age 32 with no fixed address, was outside the residence yelling and causing a disturbance.  Taylor continued to yell, and disrupted nearby residents.  Taylor was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct.  CASE# 40272-19
Dinota Quantiaus Taylor

Assault-  On July 14, 2019, Dep. T. Snyder responded to the 24500 block of Pin Cushion Road in Leonardtown, for the reported check the welfare of an individual screaming.  Located at the scene was Ashley Elizabeth Angle, age 23 of Leonardtown.  Investigation determined Angle had been in an argument with the victim, and assaulted the victim by striking the victim in the head and neck.  Angle was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree.  CASE# 40416-19
Ashley Elizabeth Angle

Theft-  On July 14, 2019, Dep. Graves located Jonathan Christian Steinbach, age 29 with no fixed address.  Steinbach was being sought, after he was identified in two previous thefts which occurred on July 8th and 9th at a business located on Great Mills Road. Steinbach previously left the establishment with alcohol and cigarettes which were not purchased.  Steinbach was arrested and charged with two counts of Theft.  CASE# 40277-19
Jonathan Christian Steinbach 

Assault/Disorderly Conduct-  On July 15, 2019, Dep. Fenwick responded to the 21200 block of Great Mills Road in Lexington Park, for reported disturbance.  Investigation determined Heavenly Hattie Keemer, age 18 of Lexington Park, assaulted the victim by punching the victim, as well as punched the victim's vehicle.  Keemer then created a disturbance on scene, disturbing numerous customers of the business.  Keemer was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree and Disorderly Conduct.  CASE# 40554-19
Heavenly Hattie Keemer

Warrants:

07/10/19-  John William Carey, age 31 of California- two counts of Violate Protective Order and Burglary 4th Degree by DFC. Ball# 315.  CASE# 36151-19
John William Carey

07/10/19-  Brian Christopher Landry Sr., age 53 of Mechanicsville- 23 Counts of Violate Protective Order, Harass-Course of Conduct, and Telephone Misuse by Cpl. Beishline# 252.  CASE# 33385-19
Brian Christopher Landry Sr. 

07/11/19-  Ashley Shana James, age 33 of Lexington Park- Escape 2nd Degree-Condition of Release by Dep. Kilgore# 347.  CASE# 36542-19

Ashley Shanna James

07/15/19- Phillip Edward Meagher III, age 48 of Tall Timbers- Arson-Threat by Cpl. Connelly# 151. 
Phillip Edward Meagher III


07/16/19-  Justin Darrell Biscoe, age 32 of Leonardtown- Robbery, two counts of Assault 2nd Degree, and Malicious Destruction of Property by Dep. Raley# 345.  CASE# 38526-19
Justin Darrell Biscoe 

Criminal Citations:

07/15/19-  Lewis Tyler Yates, age 26 of Mechanicsville- Theft by Cpl. Tirpak# 270.  CASE# 40560-19
Lewis Tyler Yates 

07/15/19-  Peter Edward Lahoste, age 29 of Mechanicsville- Theft by Cpl. Tirpak# 270.  CASE# 40560-19
Peter Edward Lahoste 



Juvenile Arrests:

07/07/19-  Juvenile male age 15 of Charlotte Hall- Assault 2nd Degree and Malicious Destruction of Property by Dep. Shelko# 326.  CASE# 38970-19

07/09/19-  Juvenile female age 12 of Leonardtown- Malicious Destruction of Property by Dep. Edwards# 335.  CASE# 39385-19

07/11/19-  Juvenile male age 16 of Lexington Park- Driving Without a License by Dep. Henry# 333.  CASE# 39756-19

07/12/19-  Juvenile male age 16 of Hollywood- Two counts of Theft of Motor Vehicle, Burglary 2nd Degree, Burglary 4th Degree, and three counts of Rogue and Vagabond by Dep. Beyer# 319.  CASE# 35653-19

07/15/19-  Juvenile male age 15 of Mechanicsville- Assault 1st Degree by DFC. Ball# 315.  CASE# 39543-19

07/15/19-  Juvenile male age 17 of Great Mills- Trespass-Private Property and Fail to Obey Reasonable/Lawful Order by Dep. Forbes# 341.  CASE# 40613-19

07/15/19-  Juvenile Male age 15 of Great Mills- Trespass Private Property and Fail to Obey/Lawful Order by Dep. Wynnyk# 351.  CASE# 40613-19

07/15/19-  Juvenile female age 16 of Mechanicsville- Three Counts of Assault 2nd Degree, and three counts of Mace/Chem Device by Dep. Hersh# 343.  CASE# 40602-19

Identity Needed for Theft Suspect






The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured. On Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at 8:08 pm, the suspect walked out of the AutoZone store in Charlotte Hall with several items that he did not pay for. Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call Cpl. Steven Kerby at 301-475-4200, ext. *8122 or email steven.kerby@stmarysmd.com. Case # 36862-19

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Employees Recognized in Sheriff's Office First Quarter Awards

Several men and women of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office were recognized on Wednesday for exemplary work during the First Quarter of 2019.

Major Michael Merican and Deputy Phillip Henry 
Deputy Phillip Henry was awarded as Deputy of the Quarter as he has been a reliable asset to Patrol Squad 2B and to the agency as a whole during the first three months of the year. Deputy Henry is truly a team player, routinely contributing to high productivity levels on his squad.

Major Michael Merican and Sgt. Sherry Harrison 
Sgt. Sherry Harrison was awarded as Correctional Officer of the Quarter as she has a great attitude and never complains about her duties and responsibilities. She is a hard-working individual and a strong team player.

Sheriff's Salute:

- Lt. Christiana King

Major Michael Merican and Lt. Christiana King 

- DFC Daniel Holdsworth

Major Michael Merican and DFC Daniel Holdsworth 

- Frances Gunn

Major Michael Merican and Frances Gunn 

- CO Brandon Reynolds 

- Sgt. Cory Ellis

- DFC Dale Smith

- Kelly Crosby

- Cpl. David Corcoran

- Cpl. Timothy Snyder

- Cpl. Glen Knott

- Cpl. Vincent Pontorno

- DFC John Davis

- Cpl. Scott Ruest

- Cpl. Michael Worrey

- DFC Carl Ball

- Deputy Courtney Edwards

- Deputy Thomas Snyder

- Sgt. Todd Fleenor

- Cpl. Jason Graves



Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Animal Cruelty Update


3 p.m. UPDATE: July 16, 2019-   St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab Technicians transported both dogs to a local veterinarian hospital for an assessment and evaluation.  The dogs were determined to be male and ages are unknown at this time. The dogs are being transferred to Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University where necropsies will be performed in attempt to gather additional investigative information. Updates will be provided as warranted.

UPDATE:  The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is continuing the animal cruelty investigation. The Sheriff’s Office is requesting public   assistance with information identifying the owners of the dogs. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Edward Vogt at (301) 475-4200 extension *8145 or by email at Edward.Vogt@stmarysmd.com. This is a very focused investigation and an update will be released later today.

Initial Release: The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking public assistance with an ongoing animal cruelty investigation.  On July 14, 2019, Deputy First Class Roszell responded to the 40400 block of Parlett Morgan Road in Mechanicsville, for the reported animal cruelty.  Located in a wooded area were two deceased dogs. The dogs were determined to be Black Labrador Retrievers, both weighing over 80 pounds. The dogs had been decapitated and discarded in the wooded area.  Animal Control responded to the scene, and it was determined the dogs had been discarded within the last 48 hours.

Anyone with information on the possible owners of the dogs, or anyone with information on this case, is asked to contact DFC. Rachael Roszell at (301) 475-4200 extension *8108 or by email at Rachael.Roszell@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.




Update: Counterfeit Suspect ID'd

July 18, 2019 update: The suspect has been identified. 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured. On Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at 3:40 p.m. the suspect passed a suspected counterfeit bill in an attempt to purchase items at the Stop & Shop store in Great Mills. Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call Deputy Tyler Payne at 301-475-4200, ext. *8010 or email tyler.payne@stmarysmd.com. Case # 38209-19

Cpl. Harris Congratulated Upon Retirement



The Commissioners of St. Mary's County and members of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office congratulated Cpl. Douglas Harris on Tuesday for his retirement on July 1.
Harris began his career with the Sheriff's Office on June 11, 1999 as a Correctional Officer and became a Deputy Sheriff in 2006, reaching the rank of Corporal in 2013. Harris will be rejoining the Sheriff's Office later this summer as a civilian. Thank you for your years of service and dedication, Doug.

Animal Cruelty Investigation-UPDATE


UPDATE:  The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is continuing the animal cruelty investigation. The Sheriff’s Office is requesting public assistance with information identifying the owners of the dogs. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Edward Vogt at (301) 475-4200 extension *8145 or by email at Edward.Vogt@stmarysmd.com. This is a very focused investigation and an update will be released later today.

Initial Release: The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking public assistance with an ongoing animal cruelty investigation.  On July 14, 2019, Deputy First Class Roszell responded to the 40400 block of Parlett Morgan Road in Mechanicsville, for the reported animal cruelty.  Located in a wooded area were two deceased dogs. The dogs were determined to be Black Labrador Retrievers, both weighing over 80 pounds. The dogs had been decapitated and discarded in the wooded area.  Animal Control responded to the scene, and it was determined the dogs had been discarded within the last 48 hours.

Anyone with information on the possible owners of the dogs, or anyone with information on this case, is asked to contact DFC. Rachael Roszell at (301) 475-4200 extension *8108 or by email at Rachael.Roszell@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.

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





Traffic Tip Tuesdays: Noise Limits


Sec. 21-1122. Noise limitations on use of sound amplification systems

Prohibited: When a motor vehicle is being operated on a highway, the driver of the vehicle may not operate or permit the operation of a sound amplification system from the vehicle that can be heard outside the vehicle from 50 or more feet.

A sound amplification system means a compact disc player, a radio, a tape player, or a similar device.

A violation is not considered a moving violation. The fine is $70.

Exempted vehicles are: Authorized emergency vehicles; vehicles operated by communications, electric, gas or water utilities; a sound amplification system operated to request assistance or to warn of a hazardous situation; or a sound amplification system used for advertising, parades or for political or other special events, unless otherwise prohibited by local law.