Thursday, September 21, 2017

Arrests 9-21-17


Assault – On 8-22-17 Deputy Jason Smith responded to the 4100 block of Courthouse Drive in Leonardtown for a reported domestic assault. The victim alleged suspect Geoffrey Lamont Stone Jr., age 29, of Waldorf, struck the victim in the head with his fist. Deputy Smith observed visible sign of injury. Stone was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Second Degree Assault. CASE #44463-17
Geoffrey Lamont Stone
 

Drug Arrest – On 6-9-17 an inmate at the St. Mary’s County Detention Center was found unresponsive and transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment. The investigation determined the inmate had overdosed on suspected fentanyl which had been brought into the facility by another inmate identified as Saeed Akhil Handon, age 21, of California. The fentanyl was obtained by suspect Mary Frances Pressel, age 38, of Lexington Park, who then gave it to Handon. Handon then gave the fentanyl to Pressel’s boyfriend, Andrew Allen Klock, age 31, of California, also an inmate at the detention center. Klock gave a portion of the fentanyl to the inmate who subsequently overdosed. The investigation was conducted by the Narcotics Division. CASE #30319-17
Handon was charged on 8-24-17 by Corporal G. Knott with Possession Controlled Dangerous Substance, CDS Deliver Confinement, Possess Contraband Place of Confinement, Possession CDS while Confined, Contraband Delivery by Criminal Summons Service.
Saeed Akhil Handon

Pressel was charged on 9-6-17 by Corporal D. Corcoran with Possession Controlled Dangerous Substance, Contraband Delivery, CDS Delivery Confinement by Criminal Summons Service. No photo available.

Klock was charged on 8-24-17 by Corporal G. Knott with Possession Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession Contraband Place of Confinement, and Possession CDS while Confined by Criminal Summons Service.  
Andrew Allen Klock
 
Assault - On 8-27-17 Deputy T. Siciliano responded to the 47000 block of South Hampton Drive in Lexington Park for a reported domestic assault. The victim alleged suspect James Edward Daniels, age 45, of Lexington Park, grabbed the victim by the hair and threw the victim to the floor and into a wall causing visible signs of injury. Daniels was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Second Degree Assault and Property destruction. CASE #45348-17
James Edward Daniels
 
Indecent Exposure – On 8-26-17 Deputy J. Bush responded to the 46000 block of Chapman Drive in Lexington Park. The victim alleged suspect Rodolfo Palacios Ramirez, age 52, of Lexington Park, knocked on the victim’s door. The victim answered the door and went outside to find Ramirez exposing his genitalia in public. Ramirez was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Indecent Exposure. CASE #45214-17
Rodolfo Palacios Ramirez
 
Violation Protective Order – On 8-26-17 Deputy T. Payne responded to a residence in the 37000 block of Dogwood Court in Mechanicsville for a violation of a protective order. The victim alleged suspect Marc Ryan Gill, age 37, of Mechanicsville, was located inside the home in violation of an active protective order. Gill was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Violation of a Protective Order. CASE #45235-17
Marc Ryan Gill
 
Violation of Protective Order – On 8-26-17 Deputy M. Beyer responded to the 21000 block of Ritz Drive in Lexington Park for a reported violation of a protective order. The victim alleged suspect Ashley Lee Roberts, age 20, of Lexington Park, was on the property in violation of an active protective order. Roberts was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with Violation of a Protective Order. CASE #45156-17
Ashley Lee Roberts
 
Disorderly Conduct – On 8-26-17 Deputy D. McClure responded to the 21000 block of Brighton Avenue in Lexington Park for a disturbance. Deputy McClure located suspect Demetrius Roy Dyson, age 27, of Lexington Park, in the roadway yelling at another subject. Dyson refused all orders to stop and was placed under arrest. He was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Disorderly Conduct. CASE #45087-17
Demetrius Roy Dyson


Assault – On 8-29-17 Corporal Carberry responded to a residence in the 22000 block of Colton Street in Leonardtown for a reported disturbance. The victim alleged suspect Sean Marino Goins, age 36, of Leonardtown, grabbed the victim by the neck and hit the victim’s head into a table. Goins was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Second Degree Assault. CASE #45580-17
Sean Marino Goins
 
Disorderly Conduct – On 9-19-17 DFC A. Beishline responded to the area of St. Lo Place in Lexington Park for a disturbance. Suspect Brandon Clarence-Anthony Spiller, age 24, of Lusby, was cursing at neighbors and making threats. After several attempts to get Spiller to leave the area, Spiller was placed under arrest. Spiller was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Disorderly Conduct and Fail to Obey Lawful Order. CASE #49688-17   
Brandon Clarence-Anthony Spiller

Incident Briefs 9-21-17


9-20-17 Attempted Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) attempted to make entry into a residence located in the 31000 block of Point Lookout Road in Mechanicsville. Corporal Handy is investigating. CASE #49902-17
9-21-17 Burglary to Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered an unlocked vehicle and stole property in the 46000 block of Walnut Court in Lexington Park. Corporal Worrey is investigating. CASE #49941-17

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

#SMCSO MURPH Fitness Challenge

On October 22, 2017, the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Recruitment Committee will host a Cross Fit style MURPH WOD, (workout of the day), at Meidzinski Park in Leonardtown. Everyone 16 years of age or older is welcome to participate. Pre-register before September 25th for a FREE T-SHIRT!


Participants must be 16 years of age, with parent/guardian permission, or older. Each participant must have a signed waiver with them the day of the event. Waivers can be downloaded at www.firstsheriff.com.

Registration/Check in begins at 9:00 am. The vent will take place from 10:00 am to noon with a raffle at 1:00 for participants.

Make MURPH proud! Make your community proud! Think you have what it takes? Our personnel will be on site for questions. Check us out with a tour of #SMCSO Headquarters beginning at 1:30 pm.

Finish first in the challenge and #BeTheFIRST with the premier law enforcement agency in Maryland. The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office is currently hiring Deputy Sheriff's and Correctional Officers.

For questions, contact Lt. Eva Jones at 301.475.4200 ext. *8069 or by email at eva.jones@stmarysmd.com.


Who Am I? - Wallet Theft Suspects


The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help in identifying the suspects pictured below. 
 
On Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at 11:45 AM, both suspects were seen rummaging through the employee office area of the Rent-A-Center store located at 21600 Great Mills Road, in Lexington Park, Maryland.
 
An employee later discovered her wallet had been stolen from her purse which was in the same office. 
 
Anyone with information regarding the identity of either suspect or about the crime in general is asked to contact  DFC Potter at 301.475.4200 ext. *8037 or by email at David.Potter@stmarysmd.com CASE #48647-17

Callers may also call CRIME SOLVERS at 301.475.3333 or TEXT a TIP to "TIP239" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637). Calls to CRIME SOLVERS are NOT RECORDED and callers can remain ANONYMOUS. St. Mary's County CRIME SOLVERS offers REWARDS of up to $1,000 for information about a crime that leads to an arrest or indictment.    

Who Am I? - Theft Suspect


The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help in identifying the suspect pictured below. 
 
On Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 12:18 PM, the suspect used a stolen Target gift card at the Target store located at 45155 First Colony Blvd. in California, Maryland. 
 
The gift card had been inside a birthday card which was stolen from a mailbox in the 21800 block of Oscar Hayden Road in Bushwood, Maryland.
 
Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or about this crime in general is asked to contact  Deputy Dale Smith at 301.475.4200 ext. *8098 or by email at Dale.Smith@stmarysmd.com CASE #47255-17. 
 
Callers may also call CRIME SOLVERS at 301.475.3333 or TEXT a TIP to "TIP239" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637). Calls to CRIME SOLVERS are NOT RECORDED and callers can remain ANONYMOUS. St. Mary's County CRIME SOLVERS offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information about a crime that leads to an arrest or indictment.  
 
  

Incident Briefs 9-20-17

Theft of Motor Vehicle - On 9-19-17 a victim reported unknown suspect(s) stole a vehicle from the 28000 block of Lockes Hill Road in Mechanicsville. Corporal J. Yingling is investigating. Case #48388-17

Burglary - On 9-19-17 an employee reported unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a shed at the Joseph Sacco Fire School located in Valley Lee and stole property. Deputy Holdsworth is investigating. Case #49555-17

Counterfeit Complaint - On 9-19-17 a victim reported she received a counterfeit bill from a known suspect at the 13000 block of Point Lookout Road in Ridge. DFC Potter is investigating. Case #49615-17

Burglary - On 9-20-17 unknown suspects forced entry into a residence located in the 21000 block of Pegg Road in Lexington Park. Unknown suspect(s) stole property. DFC Beyer is investigating. Case #49725-17

Burglary to Motor Vehicle - On 9-20-17 unknown suspect(s) entered a vehicle while it was parked on Expedition Drive in Lexington Park at the Extended Stay America. Cash and other property was stolen. Deputy Bush is investigating. Case #49765-17

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

ALERT - Check Fraud Scam


Leonardtown, Maryland - The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office has recently received multiple complaints involving a check fraud scam. In this scam, a potential victim will receive, what appears to be, a legitimate bank check in the MAIL; typically by 2 day or 3 day US Priority Mail service. Instructions will accompany the check directing victims to cash the check then contact someone for additional information. Victims are subsequently directed to purchase items and deposit the left over money into a separate account belonging to the scammer.
Cashing the check and sending the money to the scammer will result in the victim losing their own money. 
DON'T BE A VICTIM. If you receive a check similar to those pictured below, DO NOT ATTEMPT to cash it without first verifying the check's authenticity. 

If you have any questions or if you are a victim of a scam, contact the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office at 301.475.8008.

Monday, September 18, 2017

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision

On September 17, 2017, at 7:59 PM, patrol deputies from the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office responded to the area of Piney Point Road and Blake Creek Road for the report of a serious motor vehicle collision. Due to the nature of the collision, The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Collision Reconstruction Unit was requested.

The preliminary investigation determined a 1999 Toyota Corolla operated by Shelia Marie Hardesty, 54, of Leonardtown, MD, was traveling southbound on Piney Point Road when, for unknown reasons, the vehicle crossed the center line and into northbound traffic. The vehicle then struck a 2005 GMC Sierra 2500 operated by James Matthew Bowes Jr., 24, of Leonardtown, MD. 

Hardesty was pronounced deceased at the scene. Bowes was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Preliminarily, neither speed nor alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor.

Anyone with further information regarding this collision, please contact Deputy John Davis at (240)496-6695 or by email, John.Davis@stmarysmd.com.

Incident Briefs 9/15/2017 – 9/18/2017

9-15-2017
Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle and stole property in the 23000 block of Grampton Road in Clements. Corporal Knott is investigating the case. CASE# 48849-17

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a victim’s residence in the 25000 block of South Sandgates Road in Mechanicsville. Nothing appeared to be stolen from the residence. Corporal Knott is investigating the case. CASE# 48923-17

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a residence and stole property in the 40000 block of Lake and Breton View Drive in Leonardtown. Deputy Shelko is investigating the case. CASE#48928-17

9-16-2017
Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a residence in the 25000 block of South Sandgates Road in Mechanicsville. Deputy First Class McCuen is investigating the case. CASE# 48970-17

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) attempted to force entry into a residence in the 19000 block of Piney Point Road in Piney Point. Deputy Budd is investigating the case. CASE# 48969-17

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) attempted to enter a residence in the 21000 block of Willows Road in Lexington Park. Deputy Ball is investigating the case. CASE# 49102-17


As part of our continued effort to increase public awareness, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office provides a daily (excluding weekends) report called Incident Briefs. The report contains selected crimes, which are of interest to the residents of St. Mary’s County. Addresses shown indicate blocks and not specific locations. This report is not a comprehensive list of every police event in St. Mary’s County during the stated time frame.
Note: The information contained in the Incident Brief report is based on initial reports made to the Sheriff’s Office. Follow-up investigations may reveal different information.

If you have any questions regarding information contained in the Incident Report contact Jennifer Stone, Public Information Officer, at 301-475-4200, ext. 1922, or by email at Jennifer.Stone@stmarysmd.com.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Incident Briefs – 9/15/2017



Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – Sometime between 9/12 and 9/13, unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle and stole property in the 46000 block of Chapman Drive in Lexington Park. Deputy Bare is investigating the case. CASE# 48663-17

As part of our continued effort to increase public awareness, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office provides a daily (excluding weekends) report called Incident Briefs. The report contains selected crimes, which are of interest to the residents of St. Mary’s County. Addresses shown indicate blocks and not specific locations. This report is not a comprehensive list of every police event in St. Mary’s County during the stated time frame.

Note: The information contained in the Incident Brief report is based on initial reports made to the Sheriff’s Office. Follow-up investigations may reveal different information.

If you have any questions regarding information contained in the Incident Report contact Jennifer Stone, Public Information Officer, at 301-475-4200, ext. *1922, or by email at Jennifer.Stone@stmarysmd.com.



Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Incident Briefs – 9/13/2017


Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a residence in the 28000 block of Lockes Hill Road in Mechanicsville causing destruction to the property. Deputy Bowie is investigating the case. CASE#48388-17

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a shed and stole property in the 46000 block of Rue Purchase Road in Lexington Park. Deputy Bowie is investigating the case. CASE#48361-17

As part of our continued effort to increase public awareness, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office provides a daily (excluding weekends) report called Incident Briefs. The report contains selected crimes, which are of interest to the residents of St. Mary’s County. Addresses shown indicate blocks and not specific locations. This report is not a comprehensive list of every police event in St. Mary’s County during the stated time frame.

Note: The information contained in the Incident Brief report is based on initial reports made to the Sheriff’s Office. Follow-up investigations may reveal different information.

If you have any questions regarding information contained in the Incident Report contact Jennifer Stone, Public Information Officer, at 301-475-4200, ext. *1922, or by email at Jennifer.Stone@stmarysmd.com.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Incident Briefs – 9/12/2017


Burglary – During the overnight hours, unknown suspect(s) entered a shed and stole property in the 45000 block of Blackistone Circle in Hollywood. Deputy First Class Tirpak is investigating the case. CASE#48134-17

Theft – Unknown suspect(s) forced entry through the fence of Winegardner Chevrolet and stole property. Corporal Knott is investigating the case. CASE#48150-17

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a shed and stole property in the 25000 block of Three Notch Road in Hollywood. Corporal D. Snyder is investigating the case. CASE#48201-17


As part of our continued effort to increase public awareness, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office provides a daily (excluding weekends) report called Incident Briefs. The report contains selected crimes, which are of interest to the residents of St. Mary’s County. Addresses shown indicate blocks and not specific locations. This report is not a comprehensive list of every police event in St. Mary’s County during the stated time frame.


Note: The information contained in the Incident Brief report is based on initial reports made to the Sheriff’s Office. Follow-up investigations may reveal different information.

If you have any questions regarding information contained in the Incident Report contact Jennifer Stone, Public Information Officer, at 301-475-4200, ext. *1922, or by email at Jennifer.Stone@stmarysmd.com.


Monday, September 11, 2017

Incident Briefs – 9/8/2017 – 9/11/2017


9/8/2017
Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – During the overnight hours of 9/7 into 9/8, unknown suspect(s) entered multiple motor vehicles and stole property on Scarlet Oak Court in California. Corporal Maguire and Deputy First Class Potter are investigating the cases. CASE#47513-17, 47521-17, 47530-17

Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle and stole property from a vehicle sitting on Route 5 near Bob Green Siding in Mechanicsville. Corporal J. Yingling is investigating the case. CASE#47528-17

9/9/2017
Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a residence in the 22000 block of Breton Bay Drive in Leonardtown and stole property. Deputy Payne is investigating the case. CASE#47642-17

Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle in the 23000 block of Spalding Lane in Leonardtown and stole property. Corporal Flerlage is investigating the case. CASE#47643-17

As part of our continued effort to increase public awareness, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office provides a daily (excluding weekends) report called Incident Briefs. The report contains selected crimes, which are of interest to the residents of St. Mary’s County. Addresses shown indicate blocks and not specific locations. This report is not a comprehensive list of every police event in St. Mary’s County during the stated time frame.

Note: The information contained in the Incident Brief report is based on initial reports made to the Sheriff’s Office. Follow-up investigations may reveal different information.

If you have any questions regarding information contained in the Incident Report contact Jennifer Stone, Public Information Officer, at 301-475-4200, ext. *1922, or by email at Jennifer.Stone@stmarysmd.com.



Sunday, September 10, 2017

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision

On September 8, 2017, at approximately 4:02 P.M., St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office patrol units were dispatched to a serious motor vehicle collision on St. John’s Road in the area of Daniel Farm Lane in Hollywood. Units arrived on scene to find a single vehicle with two occupants into a telephone pole. 

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene. The preliminary investigation revealed a 2002 GMC Envoy, operated by Michael Emerson, age 41, of Leonardtown, was traveling West on St. John’s Road towards Hollywood Road. A passenger, Carrie Emerson, age 39, of Leonardtown, was in the front passenger seat. The vehicle left the roadway for unknown reasons, and the operator attempted to regain control of the vehicle. The operator over-corrected, causing the vehicle to leave the roadway again and strike a telephone pole. The operator was pronounced deceased at the scene. The passenger was transported by Trooper 6 to Prince George’s Shock Trauma Center for treatment. 

At this time speed and alcohol appear to be contributing factors. 

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or any events leading up to the collision is asked to contact Deputy Smith at 301-475-4200 ext. *2328.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Suspect Charged With Sex Offense of a Minor


On September 5, 2017, an adult female responded to the lobby of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's to report a sexual offense involving a family member. Based on the victim's statements, the investigation was transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division for further action. The investigation revealed, William Jeffery Digregorio, age 48, of Mechanicsville, forced the victim to engage in vaginal intercourse with him.

The acts occurred at several locations in St. Mary's County between 1998 and 2005 when the victim was between the ages of 8 and 15. 

DiGregorio was located at his residence. He was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center and was charged with the following criminal violations: 

Sex Abuse of a Minor

Sex Offense Second Degree

Sex Offense Third Degree

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective Melissa Hulse at 301-475-4200, ext. *1996 or by email, Melissa.Hulse@stmarysmd.com.


William Jeffery Digregorio

An Epidemic Hits Home: St. Mary’s County not immune to devastating effects of Opioid epidemic

As an Emergency Medical resident with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Eric Kiechle, MD, was prepared to treat patients coming to the D.C. hospital who had overdosed on opioids or heroin. But during a rural emergency medical rotation at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, a ride along with the Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad gave him a different perspective.

“Walking into a home where people are overdosing really put things in perspective for me,” Eric said. “I could see that the opioid and heroin epidemic has hit the area pretty hard. Obviously, I see it in D.C., but seeing it here was eye-opening to me.”

Just as in other areas of the country, St. Mary’s County continues to deal with the impact of the opioid and heroin crisis. In June, St. Mary’s saw its first overdose from the powerful drug carfentanil, a synthetic opioid 10,000 times stronger than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl.

In the first half of 2017, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office has responded to 14 overdose deaths all linked to the use of — or a combination of — heroin, cocaine, fentanyl and/or carfentanil.

“On the law enforcement front, we are going after the drug dealers, and if we can identify a dealer in a fatal overdose, we’re going to work with the State’s Attorney’s Office to hold those dealers responsible,” said Capt. Eric Sweeney, Vice/Narcotics. “Our approach to the opioid epidemic is comprehensive: we are investigating, we are arresting, and we are educating.” 

The sheriff’s office works closely with the St. Mary’s County Health Department, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, St. Mary’s County Public Schools, the Young Marines, and other county organizations to host prevention programs. Its headquarters in Leonardtown is also a collection site for unwanted medications through an anonymous 24/7 drop-box program. This initiative ensures proper disposal of medications, so they never enter the streets and minimizes the opportunity for an individual to become a target of crime by having unused medications in their home. Additionally, every September the Sheriff’s Office collects medications directly from the homebound who otherwise may not have the opportunity to dispose of their unused medications. 

Every deputy at the sheriff’s office is equipped with and trained to use naloxone (Narcan). The sheriff’s office responded to 106 non-lethal opioid overdoses in the first half of 2017 and administered 99 doses of Narcan to 50 recipients. In 2016, only 49 doses of Narcan were administered by deputies. 

“What we see on the streets is that this epidemic does not discriminate — it impacts all ages, genders, backgrounds, and races. This is a nationwide problem and St. Mary’s County is not immune,” said Sheriff Tim Cameron. “If you have a family member or friend struggling with addiction, please get them help. It’s a horrible epidemic, and the help is out there.”

Visit MedStarStMarys.org/Opioids for more information on lifesaving resources and information.

Written by:
Deborah P. Gross
Marketing and PR Writer 
MedStar St. Mary's Hospital
Healthy Living Magazine published my MedStar St. Mary's Hospital


Incident Briefs 9-8-2017


Theft – Unknown suspect(s) removed a victim’s ATV from their yard in the 27000 block of Brothers Lane in Mechanicsville. Corporal Carberry is investigating the case. CASE# 47360-17

As part of our continued effort to increase public awareness, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office provides a daily (excluding weekends) report called Incident Briefs. The report contains selected crimes, which are of interest to the residents of St. Mary’s County. Addresses shown indicate blocks and not specific locations. This report is not a comprehensive list of every police event in St. Mary’s County during the stated time frame.

Note: The information contained in the Incident Brief report is based on initial reports made to the Sheriff’s Office. Follow-up investigations may reveal different information.

If you have any questions regarding information contained in the Incident Report contact Jennifer Stone, Public Information Officer, at 301-475-4200, ext. *1922, or by email at Jennifer.Stone@stmarysmd.com.



Community Invited to Attend Charity Softball Tournament: Hollywood Moose vs. SMCSO

The Hollywood Moose Lodge will host a charity softball tournament on Sunday, September 17, 2017, at 1 p.m. to raise funds for the Callaway Hospice House. 

There will be 50/50 raffles, food sales, and after the game, everyone is invited back to the Hollywood Moose Lodge on Mervell Dean Road.  The event will be held at Tippet's Field in Hollywood.

Bring the family and come cheer on the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office or the Moose Lodge -- or both! 



Thursday, September 7, 2017

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office to offer medication disposal at the St. Mary’s County Fair

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office will collect unwanted medications at the St. Mary’s County Fair from September 21 – September 24, 2017. Residents are encouraged to drop off their unwanted medications to uniformed officers at the drop-boxes located next to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Command Post.

This take back effort ensures that medications in our community are disposed of properly. Proper disposal of prescription medications helps protect you, your family and the environment. Avoid health problems that occur from accidentally taking the wrong medicine, too much of the same medication, or medicine that has expired.

Additionally, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office hosts a medication drop-off program 24 hours a day, seven days a week at our headquarters in Leonardtown. Through this program, residents may safely dispose of unused or expired medications in the collection boxes. All deposits through the program are completely anonymous.


The Sheriff’s Office accepts all forms of medications – except for syringes. 


Incident Briefs – 9/7/2017


Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle in the 21000 block of Great Mills Road in Lexington Park and stole property. Deputy First Class Schultz is investigating the case. CASE# 47124-17

Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle in the 45000 block of Hampton Boulevard in Leonardtown and stole property. Deputy Davis is investigating the case. CASE# 47139-17

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a camper and stole property in the 48000 block of Sea Side View Road in Ridge. Deputy Robinson is investigating the case. CASE# 47201-17

As part of our continued effort to increase public awareness, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office provides a daily (excluding weekends) report called Incident Briefs. The report contains selected crimes, which are of interest to the residents of St. Mary’s County. Addresses shown indicate blocks and not specific locations. This report is not a comprehensive list of every police event in St. Mary’s County during the stated time frame.

Note: The information contained in the Incident Brief report is based on initial reports made to the Sheriff’s Office. Follow-up investigations may reveal different information.

If you have any questions regarding information contained in the Incident Report contact Jennifer Stone, Public Information Officer, at 301-475-4200, ext. * 1922, or by email at Jennifer.Stone@stmarysmd.com.



Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Incident Briefs – 8/24/2017 – 9/6/2017


8/24/2017
Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a business in the 21000 block of Great Mills Road in Lexington Park and stole property. Deputy First Class Lawrence is investigating the case. CASE# 44837-17

8/25/2017
Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a residence in the 46000 block of Flower Drive in Lexington Park. Nothing appeared to be stolen from the residence and the suspect(s) were observed leaving the area in a white SUV. Deputy First Class Potter is investigating the case. CASE# 45025-17

8/26/2017
Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a residence in the 39000 block of Lady Baltimore Avenue in Leonardtown and stole property. Deputy First Class Flerlage is investigating the case. CASE#45044-17

Theft – Unknown suspect(s) removed a victim’s wallet from their purse while they were shopping at BJ’s Wholesale club in California. Corporal Reppel is investigating the case. CASE# 45053-17

Burglary – During the overnight hours of 8/25 into 8/26, unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a victim’s shed and stole property in the 40000 block of Grandview Street in Morganza. Deputy Holdsworth is investigating the case. CASE# 45141-17

8/27/2017
Motor Vehicle theft – During the overnight hours, unknown suspect(s) stole a motor vehicle from Take it Easy campground in Callaway. Deputy Bush is investigating the case. CASE# 45285-17

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a residence in the 46000 block of Columbus Drive in Lexington Park. Deputy Sidorowickz is investigating the case. CASE# 45315-17

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) stole clothes from a business in St. Mary’s Square in Lexington Park. Deputy McClure is investigating the case. CASE# 45352-17

Theft – Unknown suspect(s) stole a victim’s wallet during a party in the 45000 block of Lord Baltimore Way in Lexington Park. Deputy Bush is investigating the case. CASE# 45362-17

Theft – An unknown suspect stole liquor from the Hermanville Car Wash and Liquor Store in Lexington Park. Deputy Molitor is investigating the case. CASE# 45365-17

8/28/2017
Burglary to Motor Vehicle – During the overnight hours of 8/27 into 8/28, unknown suspect(s) entered a victim’s motor vehicle and stole property in the 21000 block of Liberty Street in Lexington Park. Deputy Shelko is investigating the case. CASE#45428-17

Theft – Unknown suspect(s) removed a camper from the 27000 block of Morganza Turner Road in Mechanicsville. Deputy Carl Ball is investigating the case. CASE# 45484-17
8/29/2017
Assault – Unknown suspect(s) assaulted a victim in the 40000 block of Kavanagh Road in Mechanicsville. Deputy D. Smith is investigating the case. The suspect fled the scene prior to police arrival. CASE#45555-17

8/30/2017
Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle in the 44000 block of Maidens Court in Leonardtown. Nothing appeared to be stolen from the vehicle. Deputy Sidorowicz is investigating the case. CASE# 45748-17

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a residence and stole property in the 45000 block of Foxchase Drive in Lexington Park. Deputy Siciliano is investigating the case. CASE# 45859-17

9/2/2017
Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle in the 21000 block of Great Mills Road in Lexington Park and stole property. Deputy First Class Schultz is investigating the case. CASE# 46370-17
Burglary – Between 8/31/2017 and 9/2/2017, unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a victim’s residence in the 46000 block of Lucca Way in Lexington Park; nothing appeared to be stolen. Deputy First Class Schultz is investigating the case. CASE#46419-17

9/3/2017
Assault – A victim was assaulted by unknown suspect(s) at an establishment in the 28000 block of Point Lookout Road in Leonardtown. Deputy First Class McCuen is investigating the case. CASE#46500-17

Burglary to Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle in the 21000 block of Shangri-La Drive in Lexington Park. Deputy First Class Tirpak is investigating the case. CASE# 46629-17

9-4-2017
Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a shed and stole property in the 28000 block of Hancock Drive in Mechanicsville. Deputy D. Smith is investigating the case. CASE#46649-17

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a shed and stole property in the 28000 block of Hancock Drive in Mechanicsville. Deputy D. Smith is investigating the case. CASE# 46669-17

Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – During the overnight hours of 9/3 into 9/4, unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle and stole property in the 25000 block of Scenic View Street in Morganza. Deputy Holdsworth is investigating the case. CASE# 46751-17


As part of our continued effort to increase public awareness, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office provides a daily (excluding weekends) report called Incident Briefs. The report contains selected crimes, which are of interest to the residents of St. Mary’s County. Addresses shown indicate blocks and not specific locations. This report is not a comprehensive list of every police event in St. Mary’s County during the stated time frame.

Note: The information contained in the Incident Brief report is based on initial reports made to the Sheriff’s Office. Follow-up investigations may reveal different information.

If you have any questions regarding information contained in the Incident Report contact Jennifer Stone, Public Information Officer, at 301-475-4200, ext. * 1922, or by email at Jennifer.Stone@stmarysmd.com.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

SMCSO Investigating Attempted Shooting in Lexington Park

UPDATE (September 6, 2017) - Shubrooks was located and is in the custody of the Criminal Investigations Division detectives. 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Warns Drivers of Common Back-to-School Traffic Violations

St. Mary’s County's 2017-2018 school year officially begins Tuesday, September 5. While parents and students prepare to head back to school – the community should, too.
The St. Mary's Sheriff's Office urges residents to make themselves aware of school zones and speed limits throughout St. Mary's County before the first day of school. The influx of school buses and parents transporting their kids to school increases the opportunity for traffic accidents, especially during the first week of school.

Sheriff’s Office deputies will be on heightened alert for residents speeding and passing school buses. In Maryland, fines are doubled for speeding in a school zone or designated school crossing. The law also states that it is illegal to pass a school bus when it displays a stop signal and alternating red flashing lights. Failure to stop for a school bus will result in a $570 fine and three points on a license.

Drivers should follow these safety tips to avoid a fine or points on their license:

• Allow for extra time traveling, and be patient as bus drivers pick up and drop off students.

• Obey the speed limits and be aware of the reduced limits in the school zones.

• Do not pass school buses when flashing lights are activated and/or crossing arm is deployed.

• Watch for students walking on, standing near, and crossing roadways.

• Avoid electronic distractions (cell phone, radio, etc.)

Safety reminders for students and parents:
• When waiting for the bus, stay away from traffic and avoid roughhousing or other behavior that can lead to carelessness. Do not play in the roadway.

• Line up away from the street or road as the school bus approaches.

• Wait until the bus has stopped and the door opens before stepping onto the roadway.

• Use the hand rail when stepping onto the bus.

• If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, walk at least ten feet ahead of the bus along the side of the road; keep going until you can see the driver when you turn around.

• Make sure the bus driver can see you.

• Wait for a signal from the driver before beginning to cross the street.

• When the driver signals, walk across the road, keeping an eye out for sudden traffic changes.

• Do not cross the center line of the road until the driver has signaled that it is safe for you to begin walking.

• Stay away from rear wheels of the bus at all times.

• Talk quietly and remain in your seat while riding the bus.




Saturday, September 2, 2017

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and St. Mary’s County Public Schools Recognized for Outstanding Commitment to Safety in Schools

Since 2015, Sheriff Tim Cameron and Superintendent Scott Smith have made collaboration on safety issues a top priority. They host a myriad of Opioid Awareness events for students and their parents, train and increase partnerships between school resources officers and administration, and continue to work on their safety plans in the event of a crisis. 

This past March, several organizations gathered for an active shooter drill at Great Mills High School. One month later, the organizations reconvened for a table top exercise. They are working together to plan, update, and revisit their safety plans while keeping the principal goal in mind – safeguarding the safety of students, teachers, and individuals in a school in the event of a crisis.  
(L-R Sheriff Cameron and Superintedent Smith)
Included in the tabletop exercise was Edward Clarke, Executive Director of the Maryland Center for School Safety, an agency established by a unit of the State government in 2013. The agency provides a coordinated and comprehensive policy for school safety in Maryland. The center collaborates with local school systems, law enforcement agencies, State and local government, community organizations, parents, and other groups to disseminate information on best practices, programs, and resources. 

Clarke was so impressed by the agencies that he recognized Sheriff Tim Cameron and Superintendent Scott Smith during the awards luncheon at the Maryland Center for School Safety Conference held in Annapolis on Tuesday, August 15, by presenting them with the first-ever School Safety Superintendent and Law Enforcement Executive of the Year Award for 2016/2017. The award was presented in recognition of their outstanding commitment to working together to keep students and staff safe throughout the school year. During his recognition speech, Clarke added, “They lead by example; they lead strongly by example with their teams and colleagues. They set the tone for school safety in St. Mary’s County and throughout the State of Maryland as these two executives work lockstep together to create a safe and secure learning environment for students, staff, and parents.”
(L-R Corporal Holton, Sheriff Cameron, Corporal Nelson)

During the awards ceremony, Corporal Kristi Nelson and Corporal Andrew Holton were also recognized for their efforts. Corporal Andrew Holton received the School Safety Team of the Year Award in recognition of his outstanding efforts and commitment to working with the Assistant Principal, Mark Priner, at Chopticon High School in creating a safe and secure learning environment for students, staff, and parents. 

Corporal Kristi Nelson was recognized as the School Resource Officer of the Year for her commitment to creating a safe and secure environment at Great Mills High School. Safety and Security Director Mike Wyant commented, “Your [Nelson’s] positive influence has had a tremendous impact on students and staff on a daily basis, making the school environment not only safer but more available for everyone.”

Wyant was recognized as the School Safety and Security Director of the Year. The award encompasses all 24 counties in Maryland. 

At the conclusion of the awards ceremony, the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed. The MOU is a collaborative effort which joins the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office and St. Mary's County Public Schools in a partnership with the Maryland Center for School Safety. Through the Maryland Center for School Safety, St. Mary's County was selected to participate in a Department of Justice Grant to establish and execute a model MOU between public schools and law enforcement partners. The model MOU outlines all duties and protocols related to their ongoing partnership. 
St. Mary's County is one of the first jurisdictions in the state of Maryland to execute the model MOU through the grant. This partnership is critical to improving relationships within the local community between law enforcement, school administration, and the parents, students and staff served on a daily basis.

Please join us in congratulating Sheriff Tim Cameron, Superintendent Scott Smith, and the teams of school resource officers and safety professionals within the public schools.


Sheriff  Cameron, Superintendent Smith and teams of school resource officers, safety professionals, and law enforcement officers.



Sex Offender Fails to Notify of Address Change

The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office, Criminal Investigations Division, received information about a registered sexual offender that was possibly residing in Lexington Park, Maryland without the knowledge of law enforcement officers. The investigation revealed Brandon Matthew Weare, age 28, was a registered sexual offender stemming from a conviction in 2011 from the state of Wisconsin. 

On August 29, 2017, Detective Melissa Hulse responded to the residence in Lexington Park, and contact was made with Weare who confirmed he had been residing at the given address for an extended period of time. Weare was also unable to provide Detective Hulse with a valid reason as to why he had not reported his address to the sheriff's office as required by law. 

Subsequently, he was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center and charged with the following criminal violation: 

Sex Offender Reg-Fail to Notify/Include

Anyone with questions or concerns pertaining to the sex offender registry in St. Mary's County is asked to contact Detective Hulse at 301-475-4200, extension *1996 or at melissa.hulse@stmarysmd.com.


Brandon Weare

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Sobriety Checkpoint Scheduled for Thursday, August 31, 2017

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of other agencies, will be conducting a roadside sobriety checkpoint during the evening of Thursday, August 31, in central St. Mary’s County.

Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills three people every two hours, according to the United States Department of Transportation. In partnership with the Maryland State Police, officers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. 

The funds for this checkpoint are provided by the Maryland Highway Safety Office.



Saturday, August 26, 2017

Vice/Narcotics Arrests

Dayshawn Nolan

On May 2, 2016, Deputy D. McClure of the Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division made contact with Dayshawn Martel Nolan (age 24 of Lexington Park), who was an occupant of a vehicle parked in the rear lot of Lancaster Park located at 21550 Willows Rd. in Lexington Park, Maryland. Dep. McClure subsequently placed Nolan under arrest for an outstanding warrant for trespassing. A search incident to arrest of the vehicle revealed suspected heroin and cocaine packaged for resale and a loaded .22 caliber revolver. McClure identified the vehicle’s operator as Deuan Manuel Herndon (age 31 of Lexington Park).

Numerous items of evidence found in proximity to the revolver were analyzed and determined to be both heroin and cocaine. 

The facts of this investigation were presented to the Grand Jury for St. Mary's County, Maryland, by a detective assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Division. As a result, both Nolan and Herndon were indicted on one count each of the following: possession of heroin, possession of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, wear, carry, and transport a handgun on person, and possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.

Nolan was subsequently served the five-count indictment while already incarcerated on an unrelated matter at the St. Mary’s County Detention & Rehabilitation Center (SMCDRC) in Leonardtown, Maryland.

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On the evening of August 14, 2017, deputies from the Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division responded to the front lobby of the SMCDRC in Leonardtown and made contact with Herndon. Upon being informed of the active arrest warrant regarding the indictment, Herndon fled on foot in an attempt to elude the uniformed deputies prior to being apprehended. Along with being served the five-count indictment, Herndon was additionally charged with resisting arrest and issued a civil citation for possession of less than ten grams of marijuana.

Deuan Manuel Herndon



Vice/Narcotics Arrests

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Vice Narcotics Division received complaints about drug activity at a residence on St. Lo Place in Lexington Park. As a result of the investigation, a search and seizure warrant was obtained for the residence.

The search and seizure warrant was executed on August 17, 2017 with the assistance of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services Team, and Sheriff’s Office K-9 resulting in the recovery of a large quantity of suspected cocaine, Alprazolam pills, Oxycodone pills, US currency, and digital scales and packing material indicative of drug distribution.

Three Pit Bulls were removed from the residence by Animal Control due to the improper shelter. One of the dog’s choke collar was so tight it was embedded into his neck.

Charles A. Plater, age 31, of Lexington Park, was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine. Additional charges are pending a review with State’s Attorney Richard D. Fritz.

Charles Plater

Thursday, August 24, 2017

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Armed Robbery




On Monday, August 21, 2017, at approximately 8:30 PM, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office patrol division responded to Queen Anne Park Apartment Complex in Lexington Park for an armed robbery of a pizza delivery driver. The suspects, described as three teenage black males, fled on foot from the area. 

Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division are continuing the investigation. Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to contact Corporal Teague at 301-475-4200, ext.*8128 or by email, Trevor.Teague@stmarysmd.com.