The Charles County Commissioners announce the appointment of Deputy County Administrator Deborah Hall as acting county administrator, effective Thursday, Dec. 18. In this role, Hall will oversee all county departments and be responsible for the day-to-day management of county government, in accordance with the policies and directives of the Commissioners. Hall began working for Charles County Government in October 2007 as director of Administrative Services.
“I look forward to working with the Board of Commissioners in this acting role. While changes have been made, we are all committed to achieving the Commissioners' goals and objectives and getting business done to serve the citizens,” said Hall.
The Commissioners appointed Elizabeth D. Theobalds as acting county attorney and Marcia Keeth as acting director of Economic Development, effective Thursday, Dec. 18. Hall, Theobalds, and Keeth will continue serving in their acting roles until replacements are appointed. The Commissioners plan to conduct a competitive screening process to fill the positions.
Commissioner Vice President Ken Robinson (District 1) said, “All three individuals are uniquely qualified for the roles they have been asked to fill. They have been with county government for years, and they each possess the expertise required for county operations to continue in a seamless fashion. I applaud them for stepping up.”
Thursday evening at around 6:40 p.m., Maryland State Police troopers along with 4 firefighters from the Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department and 2 staff members from the Prince Frederick Volunteer Rescue Squad responded to the Green Turtle in Prince Frederick for a suspicious package under a vehicle. The State Fire Marshal Bomb Technicians and a Deputy State Fire Marsahl were also called to the scene. After an investigation it was learned that the owner of a vehicle that was parked in front of the Green Turtle discovered a supicious item under the vehicle and notified the local Maryland State police barrack. Troopers arrived to find the item had wires and ilghts on it and it was lodged under the vehicle. They requested the State Fire Marshal's Bomb Squad to respond. Bomb technicians worked with Maryland State Police to secure the area while robot operations were deployed. The item was found to be of no threat and it was removed and propertly taken into custody. No injuries or damage resulted from the incident.
Lexington Park, Maryland - On December 10, 2014, deputies responded to the area of North Shangri La Drive for the report of an attempted armed robbery. Deputies made contact with the male victim who stated he was in the area of Sheriff Miedzinski Way when he was approached by two black males, one of which produced a knife and demanded his money. The victim refused to hand over money at which time the suspect swung the knife cutting the victim's jacket. The victim was able to flee on foot from the area and call 9 1 1.
Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. Two suspects were identified during the investigation and warrants were issued for thier arrest.
On December 17, 2014, suspect Tyriel L. Gantt, age 18, of no fixed address, was located by members of the Lexington Park COPS Unit and placed under arrest. Gantt was transported to CID where he was interviewed by detectives. Gantt was later transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center, charged with Armed Robbery, Robbery, Assault 1st Degree, Assault 2nd Degree and incarcerated under a $30,000 bond.
A second suspect in the case has been identified as Cepada J. Hicks, African American Male, age 20, 6’00 tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds with shoulder length braided black hair. Hicks is known to frequent the Lexington Park area and also has ties throughout Southern Maryland. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Hicks is asked to contact Detective Corporal Michael Boyer at 301.475.4200 X 9120 or citizens may contact Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333. Citizens may also text tips to “TIP239” plus your message to “CRIMES” (274637).
Cepada J. Hicks
Starting on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, VanGO is starting a new St. Charles D Route to service the Gleneagles South community in Waldorf, White Plains Regional Park, St. Charles High School, and Regency Furniture Stadium. Service will begin at 6:30 a.m. and end at 10 p.m., operating Monday through Saturday.
In addition to the new route, service on the Indian Head Route will increase from every hour and thirty minutes to every hour. The increased service will give patrons more transit options and better connections to other routes at the Waldorf transfer point.
Visit www.go-vango.com to view VanGO route information or call the Department of Community Services, Transportation Division at 301-934-9305. Citizens with special needs who wish to donate may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.
Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Kim Redden, 28, who has ties to Newburg, MD, but is from Florida. Redden currently has an outstanding warrant charging her with failure to appear in court for a felony theft charge of over $10,000. Redden is 5’4”, 165lbs., and has blonde hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information about Kim Redden’s whereabouts is asked not to approach her, but rather call the CCSO Warrant Unit at (301) 932-2222. Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to her arrest. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or Text CHARLES your tip to CRIMES or visit www.ccso.us to submit a web tip. For additional information about Crime Solvers see www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com.
Greenbelt, Maryland – Donnell Edward Harris, age 21, of Burtonsville, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to robbing a convenience store in Waldorf, Maryland, and to brandishing a gun during the robbery.
The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge William P. McMullan of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department; and Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry.
According to Harris’ plea agreement, on September 11, 2013, Harris, Charles Johnson and Madani Tejan robbed a convenience store on St. Ignatius Drive in Waldorf. Harris brandished a firearm during the robbery and the conspirators forced the store employee at gunpoint to open the store’s cash register. The robbers stole $90 in cash and several packs of cigarettes.
Harris also admitted that after he was arrested for the robbery and while he was incarcerated, he threatened to hurt co-conspirator Charles Johnson if Johnson did not lie to law enforcement by stating that he (Johnson) had brandished the firearm during the robbery.
Johnson, age 20, of Beltsville, Maryland, and Madani Ilara Tejan, age 32, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, previously pleaded guilty to the robbery.
Harris, Johnson and Tejan each face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the robbery. Harris also faces a mandatory seven years, consecutive to any other sentence, and up to life in prison, for brandishing a gun in relation to a crime of violence. U.S. District Judge George Jerrod Hazel has scheduled sentencing for Harris on March 20, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. Johnson and Tejan are both scheduled to be sentenced on January 12, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., respectively.
Wednesday morning at 10:05 a.m., 35 firefighters from Leonardtown, Hollywood, Bay District, Second District, Seventh District, Solomons Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call at 40315 Breton Beach Road in Leonardtown.
A passer-by discoverd the fire and contacted 911. The house was completely consumed with fire when the fire department arrived. Subsequently, the house was completely destroyed and the family has been displaced. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but the origin of the fire was determined to be in the laundry room. The estimated total loss in the fire is $250,000.
CRIME SOLVERS OFFERING CASH REWARD FOR ROBBERY SUSPECTS’ IDENTITIES: Charles County sheriff’s detectives are seeking the identities of two men who robbed a jewelry store. Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward for information that leads to the arrest of the suspects. On Dec. 9 at 10:13 a.m., a man entered a jewelry store at 3227 Crain Highway in Waldorf, brandished a handgun and ordered an employee to the floor. A second masked suspect entered the business and both suspects ransacked the jewelry cases. The suspects fled in a green 1996-1999 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight sedan.
Through investigation, detectives linked the suspects to two prior attempted burglaries at two different pawn shops. A surveillance camera captured images of the suspects and their car (see photos above). The armed suspect was described as a black male, dark skin, 20 to 30 years old, eye glasses, 5’9” to 5’10”, thin build, wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, black knit cap with white trim, and dark brown boots. The second suspect was described as a black male, light skin, mid twenties, 5’10”, stocky build, wearing a black mask, and a black jacket. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. A. Celia at (301) 609-6518. Tipsters who want to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com.
MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED BURGLARY: On Dec. 14 at 3:11 a.m., officers were conducting an investigation at a business in the 3000 block of Old Washington Road in Waldorf when they heard a loud noise and someone yelling. Officers responded to the area and observed a man with bloody hands standing outside of another building. Investigation showed the subject, Joseph Robert McCabe, 23, of Ft. Washington, had attempted to break into the business and had smashed three windows. McCabe was charged with attempt burglary. PFC D. Walker investigated.
DETECTIVES ARREST SUSPECT CONNECTED TO MULTIPLE BURGLARIES: Charles County sheriff’s detectives have charged Craig Steven Hughes, Jr., 34, of Newburg in connection with multiple burglaries of businesses throughout the county since June 2014. Detectives served a search warrant at Hughes’ residence on Dec. 11 and recovered evidence linking him to more than a dozen cases. Hughes was charged with burglary. Det. E. Weaver is continuing the investigations.
MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED BURGLARY: On Dec. 10 at 11:36 a.m., officers responded to the 2200 block of Aubrey Manor Court in Waldorf for the report of a suspicious person walking in between homes. Officer H. Burgess and Officer E. Caballero arrived and observed a man fitting the suspect’s description at the bottom of a stairwell of a nearby house. Officers observed pry marks on the basement door and found a knife on the man. Detectives investigated further and linked the man to a burglary in the same neighborhood that occurred on Nov. 21. Devonte Marquis Patterson, 18, of Waldorf was charged with burglary and attempted burglary. Det. J. Morales investigated.
Theft – On Friday, December 12, 2014 at 4:18 pm, TFC M. Pitcher responded to the Kohl’s Department Store for a reported theft. Investigation revealed that Patricia A. Bates, 30, of Lexington Park, had stolen several items from Kohl’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Further investigation revealed that Ms. Bates had also stolen items from Kohls on December 7, 2014. Ms. Bates was arrested and charged with Theft Scheme Less than $1000 and
Theft Less than $1000. She was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner. (14-MSP-041472)
Assault – On Monday, December 15, 2014 at 6:34 pm, TFC S. Ditoto responded to the 25000 block of Point Lookout Road in Leonardtown for a reported malicious destruction of property. Investigation revealed that Brett Ryan Miller, 31, of Leonardtown, had engaged in an altercation with a female victim at the residence. During the dispute, Mr. Miller damaged the victim’s vehicle and assaulted her. TFC Ditoto made contact with Mr. Miller and placed him under arrest for Assault Second Degree and Malicious Destruction of Property under $1000. Mr. Miller was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner. (14-MSP-041871)
Assault – On Monday, December 15, 2014 at 9:05 pm, Tpr. D. Buckalew responded to the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack for a reported domestic assault. Investigation revealed that Dylan A. Sedgewick, 21, of Lexington Park had assaulted two female victims, an adult and a juvenile. Mr. Sedgewick was placed under arrest for Assault Second Degree and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner. (14-MSP-041893)
Adam D. Davis, 28, of Lexington Park, served on 12/14/2014 at 1:00 pm for Failing to Follow Conditions of Probation (2014-00467935)
Gabrielle Aud Rutter, 26, of Hollywood, served on 12/11/2014 at 11:50 am for Failure to Appear in Court (2014-00463635)
12-15-14 PROPERTY DESTRUCTION - A victim, who resides on Baja Lane, reported unknown suspect(s) slashed the tires on her vehicle during the night. CASE #66416-14
12-16-14 BURGLARY MOTOR VEHICLE - A victim, who resides on Premier Lane in Lexington Park, reported unknown suspect(s) broke a window on her vehicle and stole property. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy Siciliano. CASE #66588-14
12-16-14 THEFT - A victim, who resides on Elmer Way, reported packages were stolen from her mailbox. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy L. Johnson. CASE #66752-14
12-16-14 BURGLARY MOTOR VEHICLE - A victim, who resides on Poplar Ridge Road, reported unknown suspect(s) entered her vehicle and stole property. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy D. Smith. CASE #66754-14
12-16-14 BURGLARY MOTOR VEHICLE - A victim, who resides on Poplar Ridge Road, reported unknown suspect(s) entered her vehicle and stole property. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy D. Smith. CASE #66733-14
12-16-14 PROPERTY DESTRUCTION - A victim, who resides on East Edinview Court, reported unknown suspect(s) broke the rear window out of her truck. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy Bare. CASE #66710-14
12-16-14 BURGLARY TO MOTOR VEHICLE - A victim reported unknown suspect(s) forced entry into his work van and stole tools, while the vehicle was parked at the Food Lion in Charlotte Hall. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy Bare. CASE #66799-14
12-17-14 BURGLARY - A victim reported unknown suspect(s) entered a detached garage on St. Andrew's Lane and stole property. Case remains open and is assigned to Corporal Rogers. CASE #66843-14
12-17-14 BURGLARY - A victim, who resides on Autumnwood Drive, reported unknown suspect(s) entered here vehicle and stole property. Case remains open ans is assigned to Deputy Murphy. CASE #66824-14
Mike Hart, Tom Hejl, Pat Nutter, Evan K. Slaughenhoupt Jr. and Steven R. Weems were sworn in Tuesday as the 62nd Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and Mike Evans was sworn in as the Calvert County Sheriff.
Former State Sen. Bernie Fowler was master of ceremonies at the event held at the College of Southern Maryland Prince Frederick campus. In its first session, held immediately after the ceremony, the new BOCC elected Commissioner Weems as board president and Commissioner Slaughenhoupt as its vice president.
The BOCC thanks everyone who participated in the ceremony, including: County Administrator Terry Shannon; Clerk of the Circuit Court Kathy Smith; musicians from Northern, Patuxent and Calvert high schools; Dan Simmons of Calvary Bible Church; the Huntingtown High School NJROTC Honor Guard; Eagle Scout Lane Canada; retired Calvert County employee Gertrude Brown for giving the benediction and Rachel Cole from Huntingtown High School who sang a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem.
Vice/Narcotics detectives, assisted by Support Team members and patrol deputies, conducted a two day sweep dubbed “Operation Season’s Greetings”. The following arrests were made.
Detectives received information regarding a fraudulent prescription for Promethazine-Codeine in the name of “Victoria Myles” which was passed at a local pharmacy. Promethazine-Codeine is mixed with soda and is known on the street as “Purple Drank”. Detectives arrested Corey Richard Benford (Age 29 of Bowie, MD) for “Obtaining a Prescription by Fraud”. Suspect Benford is under investigation in other jurisdictions for the same criminal offenses. This investigation continues and additional charges are expected.
Husband and wife, Robert Oran Rice Jr. (Age 37) and Melissa Leigh Rice (Age 35) both of Hughesville, were indicted and charged with “Obtaining Codeine by Fraud” and “Conspiring to Obtain Codeine by Fraud”.
Jerome Antonio Herbert aka “Big Mac” (Age 28 of Lexington Park) was indicted and charged with “Possession of Cocaine with the Intent to Distribute”.
Jessica Lynn Grannis (Age 27 of Lusby, MD) was indicted and charged with “Distribution of Oxycodone”.
Barbara Jean McGuinnis aka “BJ” (Age 50 of Leonardtown) was indicted and charged with “Possession of Oxycodone with the Intent to Distribute”.
Husband and wife, William Anthony West (Age 39) and Lisa Marie West (Age 45) both of Lexington Park, were indicted for “Distribution of Oxycodone” and “Conspiring to Distribute Oxycodone”.
Joshua Alan Moore (Age 25 of Mechanicsville) was indicted and charged with “Possession with the Intent to Distribute Hydromorphone” and “Possession of Alarazolam with the Intent to Distribute”.
William Justin Horton (Age 23 of Sunderland, MD) was charged with possession of marijuana paraphernalia after being involved in a fight in Leonardtown.
Crystal Lee Carter (Age 42 of Lexington Park) was indicted and charged with “Manufacturing Marijuana” after several marijuana plants and growing items were seized from her home.
Francis Terrell Robinson (Age 32 of Piney Point, MD) was indicted by the Charles County Sheriff’s at the conclusion of their narcotics investigation. The indictment was for charges which included “Possession of Cocaine and Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute”. Charles County Narcotics detectives discovered Suspect Robinson was in possession of a handgun as well. That handgun was stolen from a residence in St. Mary’s County. The additional charge of “Theft under $1,000” was placed on Suspect Robinson by St. Mary’s County deputies.
Detectives served a Charles County indictment for “Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute” on Suspect Laura Renee Johnston (Age 48 of Mechanicsville).
Vaughn Jerome Chase (Age 47 of Upper Marlboro, MD) was arrested on an open warrant for “Intimidating a Witness”. Suspect Chase is a defendant in a cocaine distribution case which is awaiting trial and has threatened a witness in the case against him. This was done on several occasions over the last several weeks, one of which was in the presence of a Deputy Sheriff.
Jeramie Davon Neal (Age 21 of Deltona, Florida) was indicted after being found in possession of nearly $1,400 of counterfeit money. The counterfeit currency was in both $50 and $20 dollar bills.
Area residents are encouraged to participate in a public forum for the Indian Head Joint Land Use Study (JLUS), a cooperative land use planning effort, on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Village Green Pavilion at 100 Walter Thomas Road, Indian Head.
The Indian Head JLUS, in collaboration with Naval Support Facility (NSF) Indian Head, the Town of Indian Head, and Charles County, is investigating how changes in land use around the installation could affect the Navy’s mission, as well as how current and future operations at the base may impact the surrounding areas.
“The community’s help is needed to identify impacts and find solutions,” says Project Manager Amy Blessinger, Charles County Department of Planning & Growth Management. “The public is a vital participant in the JLUS, and your concerns and recommendations will help shape the JLUS, ensuring it is responsive to your needs.”
The public forum will present information on the JLUS process and give area residents an opportunity to share their thoughts on Navy operations and surrounding land use.
Through the JLUS, the community and NSF Indian Head are working to identify potential conflicts and strategies to maintain compatibility between community development and Navy missions. The study’s goal is to sustain the Navy mission while supporting continued economic and community growth, as well as protect the public’s health, safety, and welfare. Compatibility issues may include:
· Community Growth
· Land Restrictions
· Energy Compatibility and Availability
· Frequency Spectrum Interference
· Height Restrictions
· Noise and Vibration
· Impacts from Blasts
· Current and Planned Range Operations
· Unexploded Ordnance and Munitions
· Transport of Hazardous Materials
· Security (Anti-terrorism and Force Protection)
· Endangered Species and Critical Habitat
· Water Quantity and Quality
· Wetlands Protection
· Marine Resources
· Historic, Scenic, and Cultural Resources
· Viewshed Protection
To learn more about the Indian Head Joint Land Use Study or to provide input, visit www.indianheadjlus.com or contact Project Manager Amy Blessinger, Department of Planning & Growth Management, at 301-645-0650 or BlessingA@CharlesCountyMD.gov.
The Indian Head Joint Land Use Study is sponsored by Charles County and funded by a Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) grant.
Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel sentenced John David White, age 42, of Waldorf, Maryland today to 248 months in prison, followed by four years of supervised release, for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and heroin, possession and attempt to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and heroin, maintaining a drug-involved premises and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Karl C. Colder of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Field Division; Colonel Michael Kundrat, Chief of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police; Chief Mark A. Magaw of the Prince George’s County Police Department; Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry; and Chief Mark Fronterotta of the Inglewood, California Police Department.
According to evidence presented at the six-day trial, from at least August 2010 through June 6, 2013, White purchased illegal narcotics in California and shipped the drugs to Maryland for distribution. During this time period, White sent shipments from the East Coast to California via FedEx and private freight carriers. In April 2011, law enforcement intercepted one of the shipments and found $30,000 in vacuum sealed packaging. The evidence further established that from August 2010 through May 2013, White sent 25 shipments, weighing at least 140 pounds each, from California to Maryland, through several private freight carriers.
On May 28, 2013, law enforcement intercepted a crate shipment from California to a self-storage facility in Hyattsville, Maryland. Hidden inside a toaster oven within the crate were two bricks of cocaine weighing over two kilograms. The next day, a freight shipping company delivered the crate to the storage unit which was leased to White and a company that he controlled called City Urban. Later that same day, White arrived at the storage facility, unlocked his storage unit, pushed the crate inside and then closed his storage unit. As White attempted to leave the storage facility, he was arrested.
Law enforcement executed a search warrant on May 30, 2013 at White’s storage unit and found several empty crates; packaging material; two digital scales; metal measuring spoons, one of which had heroin residue; and three plastic bags containing approximately 185 grams of heroin. Law enforcement later executed a search at White’s residence on June 6, 2013, and seized $7,967; a .45 caliber pistol; ammunition; drug paraphernalia that contained heroin residue; and numerous cell phones, at least two of which contained text messages, in coded language, regarding the purchase and sale of narcotics.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the DEA, Maryland Transportation Authority Police, Prince George’s County Police Department, Charles County Sheriff’s Office and Inglewood, California, Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nicolas Mitchell and Adam Ake, who prosecuted the case.
Burglary Case #14-68830:
Unknown suspect(s) entered a building under construction at 3995 Old Town Road in Huntingtown between December 6 and 8. A Hilti hammer drill was stolen and $500 in damage was done. DFC R. Wilson is investigating.
Theft from Vehicle Case #14-69023:
A homeowner in the 8000 block of Portland Court in Owings reported to Dep. T. Mohler that on December 8 at approximately 1:45 a.m. he was in his garage when he looked out the window and saw someone inside his vehicle that was parked in his driveway. When he started to open the garage door, the suspect fled. Nothing was stolen from inside the vehicle, which had been unlocked. Mohler canvassed the neighborhood and noticed an interior light on in a vehicle parked outside a neighboring home on Arbor Way. Mohler made contact with the owner who advised nothing appeared to be missing.
Theft from Vehicle Case #14-69043:
A victim in the 3900 block of Sixes Road in Prince Frederick reported to DFC R. Kreps that between December 8 and 9, someone entered two of his unlocked vehicles and stole approximately $40. The investigation continues.
Theft from Vehicle Case #14-69129:
A second victim on Sixes Road reported to Dep. S. Moran that she had items stolen from inside her unlocked vehicle between December 8 and 9 also.
Theft from Vehicle Case #14-69125:
DFC J. Livingston is investigating the theft of $50 worth of items out of an unlocked vehicle parked outside a home in the 100 block of Chesapeake Avenue in Prince Frederick. The theft occurred between December 7 and 8.
Theft from Vehicle Case #14-69131:
Another victim on Chesapeake Avenue reported to Dep. S. Moran that during the same timeframe, someone entered two of her vehicles, stealing 2 navigation systems, earphones and a purse. The navigation systems were found two days later by a citizen walking her dog on a nearby road. They were returned to the victim. The investigation is continuing.
Theft from Vehicle Case #14-69143:
Someone rummaged through an unlocked vehicle but did not steal anything while the vehicle was parked outside a home in the 1900 block of Harvest Grove Lane in Prince Frederick between December 7 and 9. Several other vehicles in the driveway had been locked and were not entered. Dep. S. Moran investigates.
Burglary Case #14-69261:
DFC M. Quinn is investigating the theft of a 4-wheeler from a shed behind the victim’s residence in the 700 block of Lower Marlboro Road in Huntingtown between December 8 and 10. The 4-wheeler is a Kawasaki KFX 450 R, lime green and black. The investigation continues.
Theft from Vehicle Case #14-69365:
Several items were stolen from an unlocked vehicle in the 4600 block of Cummins Avenue in Prince Frederick on December 7 between 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. A Tom-Tom GPS unit was stolen and later found by a citizen walking along a nearby road. The investigation is continuing by Dep. J. Buck.
CDS Violation Case #14-69508:
On December 11 at 11:43 a.m. Dep. G. Gott conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Md. Rt. 4 and Patuxent Point Parkway in Solomons. He made contact with the driver, identified as Juliette Elizabeth Ledman, 35 of Lusby. Ledman arrested and charged with driving while suspended and two counts of drug possession for Alprazolam and Hydrocodone and paraphernalia possession, a modified straw.
To improve roadway drainage, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is starting a $3.3 million safety and resurfacing project along a nearly half-mile section of US 301 (Robert Crain Highway) in Upper Marlboro in Prince George’s County. The project involves replacing existing inlets and curb and gutter, manhole and storm drain pipe work and slope stabilization to prevent roadway erosion between Old Crain Highway near the CSX railroad crossing to just south of MD 4 (Pennsylvania Avenue).
Other improvements include replacement of roadside and median guardrail, resurfacing of all traffic lanes and new pavement markings. More than 33,000 vehicles travel this section of US 301 each day, so travelers should plan extra commute time.
Crews will perform road patching, slope stabilization and drainage grate repairs and replacements. Crews are permitted to close lanes between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
In spring 2015, crews will also be permitted to work between 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday nights for road resurfacing activities. SHA awarded the contract to Francis O. Day, Co., Inc. of Rockville. The entire project should be complete by late fall 2015, weather permitting.
SHA may use electronic message boards, construction cones, barrels, arrow boards and a flagging operation to direct motorists through the work zone. As crews work to keep work zones safe, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. Stay alert – look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and don’t follow too closely. Safer Driving. Safer Work Zones. For Everyone.
AAA projects over 98 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holiday season, an increase of four percent from last year.
This upward trend marks the highest forecast growth rate for the year-end holiday season since 2009 and the highest travel volume for the holiday period on record. (AAA data dates back to 2001.) Continued consumer confidence along with lower gas prices are factors in this year’s significant rise in travel volume. The calendar is also having a positive effect due to a holiday travel season that is one day longer this year, which allows more options for departures and return trips and thus the flexibility for more people to fit holiday travel into their schedule.
The national average price of gasoline was $2.55 per gallon Monday, December 15, which was at the lowest level in five years since 2009 and 68 cents per gallon lower than last year. As of Monday, gas prices have fallen for 81 consecutive days, helping to increase Americans’ disposable income 3.5 percent from year-ago levels, which has had a positive effect on travel.
The year-end holiday period is defined as Tuesday, December 23 to Sunday, January 4.
Theft: On 12/8/14 at 6:55 pm, Trooper First Class Saucerman responded to the 2200 block of Adelina Rd. in Prince Frederick for a reported theft. Numerous items including cash, jewelry, and tools, were reported stolen from the residence. A pawn search was implemented and a suspect has been developed. Investigation continues.
Possession of Marijuana: On 12/12/14 at 11:55 am, Trooper First Class Oles responded to the Lusby Shell Station for a CDS complaint from Master Trooper Goldston. A strong odor of burnt marijuana was emitting from the inside of the suspect’s vehicle. Joseph E. Miller 3rd, 22 of Lusby, was found to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was issued appropriate Civil and Criminal Citations and released.
Saturday night at 7:56 p.m., 40 firefighters from Bay District, Hollywood and Seventh District Volunteer Fire Departments responded to a call at 22453 St. Clement Ave, Lexington Park. The owner of the home, Ruth Stewart (91), accidentaly left unattended grease on the stove causing a fire. Ms. Stewart made several attempts to extinguish the fire, but was unsuccessful. Ms. Stewart was transported to the St. Mary's Hospital due to smoke inhalation. The house was destroyed by the fire and the victim will be assisted by family. The estimated total loss in the fire is $200,000.
2-11-14 PROPERTY DESTRUCTION - A victim, who resides on Spring Valley Drive in Lexington Park, reported a known suspect damaged her vehicle by scratching it. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy J. Smith. CASE #65765-14
12-11-14 BURGLARY - A victim, who resides on Fox Chase Drive in Lexington Park, reported unknown suspect(s) entered her residence by unknown means and stole property. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy L. Johnson. CASE #65748-14
12-12-14 FRAUD - A victim, who resides on Aspen Way in Lexington Park, reported unknown suspect(s) made unauthorized charges through her Groupon Account. Case remains open. CASE #65920-14
12-12-14 FRAUD - A victim, who resides on Vista Road in Hollywood, reported unauthorized charges to her Verizon account. CASE #65932-14
12-13-14 THEFT - A victim, who resides on Monterey Lane in California, reported unknown suspect(s) stole jewelry from her home. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy Wesner. CASE #66172-14
12-14-14 - BURGLARY - A victim reported unknown suspect(s) entered her storage unit at County Line Storage in Charlotte Hall and stole property. CASE #66233-14
12-14-14 BURGLARY MOTOR VEHICLE - A victim, who resides on Christian Way reported unknown suspect(s) entered her unlocked vehicle and stole property. Case remains open.