[Prince Frederick, MD] – The Super Bowl is America’s most watched sporting event. On Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, there will be lots of game day socializing that may include drinking. The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office is urging football fans to choose sides now: drinking OR driving. If you plan on having any alcohol on Super Bowl Sunday, make a plan now to get home safely and stick to your plan on game day.
“Drunk and drugged driving has been responsible for the deaths of more than 850 people across Maryland over the last five years,” stated Sheriff Mike Evans, “We are urging everyone to have a sober ride home if they plan on drinking.”
Maryland crash data shows that impaired driving was a factor in roughly one third of all roadway deaths in 2013. A driver is legally considered intoxicated when their Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) reaches .08 but impairment begins with the first drink. Police officers in Maryland made more than 23,000 arrests for DUI last year through checkpoints and DUI patrols, and every one of those could have been avoided.
“We want people to enjoy the game,” said Evans “but the bottom line is that if you drink and drive, you will be caught and worst of all, you could kill someone. The last thing you want is for your sober ride to be in the back of a police car.”
Sheriff Evans also reminded motorists to always wear a seat belt and make sure everyone in the vehicle is belted. A properly worn seat belt is the best defense against injury in any crash.
If you’re attending a Super Bowl party or watching the game at a sports bar or restaurant:
Download Maryland’s new smartphone app known as ENDUI (pronounced END-DUI) for free from the iTunes store and the Google Play store;
o With key features such as creating a designated driver list or instantly locating the nearest taxi service or public transportation, ENDUI makes it easier than ever to prevent impaired driving.
Designate your sober driver, or plan another way to get home safely before the party begins.
If you don’t have a designated driver, then ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend, or family member to come and get you; or just stay for the night.
Use your community’s sober ride program.
Never let friends drive if they have had too much to drink.
If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party:
Make sure all your guests designate a sober driver in advance, or arrange for alternate transportation to ensure they get home safely.
Serve food and include non-alcoholic beverages at the party.
Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game and begin serving coffee and dessert.
Keep the numbers for local cab companies handy, and take the keys away from partygoers as they come in the door.
Note: Maryland's Toward Zero Deaths campaign focuses on preventing impaired driving, aggressive driving, and distracted driving, while also promoting seat belt use and pedestrian safety. For more information on the Toward Zero Deaths campaign or for additional resources, please visit www.towardzerodeathsmd.com
THEFT – On January 13, 2015, Corporal Smolarsky responded to the McKay’s Food Store located in Leonardtown, for a reported theft. Store management allegedly observed suspect John Solomon Clayton, age 64, of no fixed address, place several containers of crab meat in his coat pockets and leave the store. The manager confronted Clayton and called police. Clayton was charged with Theft Under $100.00 by criminal citation. CASE #2212-15
ARSON – On January 15, 2015, Deputy Schultz responded to a residence on Colderall Court in California, for disturbance. The victims alleged their daughter Ashley Renee Harvey, age 20, of California, came home intoxicated, which caused an argument. Harvey eventually went upstairs to her bedroom. A short time later, the victims heard loud banging noises coming from upstairs. As they went upstairs to investigate, Harvey threw items out of her bedroom. Deputy Schultz attempted to contact Harvey, however she barricaded herself in the bedroom. She threatened to set the room on fire if Deputy Schultz came in. Deputies made entry into the bedroom as Harvey was attempting to set the mattress on fire with a lighter. Harvey resisted arrest and was placed in handcuffs after a brief struggle. Harvey was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with 1st Degree Arson, Threat of Arson, Property Destruction, and Resisting Arrest. CASE #4691-15
ASSAULT – On January 21, 2015, Deputy D. Smith responded to a residence located on Cambridge Avenue in Lexington Park, for a reported assault. The victim alleged suspect Audrey Madison Watson, age 36, of Lexington Park, was upset over divorce proceedings and an argument ensued. Watson struck the victim in the face during the argument. Deputy Smith observed fresh injuries on the victim’s face. Watson was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with 2nd Degree Assault. CASE #3876-15
ASSAULT – On January 23, 2015, Deputy L. Johnson responded to a residence located in the 21000 block of Chancellor’s Run Road in Great Mills, for a reported assault. On arrival, Deputy Johnson observed the victim on the floor with a bleeding head injury. The victim was transported to the MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital by ambulance for treatment. Witnesses indicated suspect Sean Aaron McCampbell, age 35, of Lexington Park, and the victim were arguing when McCampbell pushed the victim out of a chair. The victim’s head struck the floor causing the injury. McCampbell, who fled prior to the arrival of deputies, was located a short time later and placed under arrest. He was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with 2nd Degree Assault. CASE #4182-15
OBSTRUCTION/HINDERING – On January 24, 2015, Deputy J. Wilson responded to Willows Road to assist another deputy who had conducted a vehicle stop and was attempting to administer field sobriety tests on the driver. The passenger identified as Marco Morris Fenwick, age 23, of Lexington Park, began to curse loudly at deputies and refused to calm down. After several requests for Fenwick to stop he was placed under arrest. A partially smoked cigarette containing suspected marijuana was found in his coat pocket. Numerous items of paraphernalia were located throughout the vehicle. Fenwick was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged Obstruction/Hindering and Possession Paraphernalia. CASE #4586-15
ASSAULT – On January 27, 2015 at 5:16 PM, Corporal J. Somerville responded to a residence in the 39000 block of Golden Beach Road in Mechanicsville, for a reported assault. The victim alleged him and his brother Joseph Allen Woodland, age 52, of Mechanicsville, began to argue over missing tools. Both had been consuming alcohol. The argument escalated when Woodland grabbed the victim around the neck with one hand and began swinging a kitchen knife with the other. Woodland subsequently forced the victim between two pieces of furniture and cut the victim with the knife on the side of his back. The victim was able to grab a pole to hold Woodland back and call 9 1 1. The victim refused medical treatment. Woodland was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 1st and 2nd Degree Assault. CASE #5040-15
Theft – On Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 6:22 pm, Cpl. S. Murphy responded to the Kohls Department Store for a reported theft. Investigation revealed that Stacey Lynn Wilkinson, 28, of Lexington Park and Skye M. Reader, 26, of Lexington Park, had stolen numerous items from the store and bypassed all points of sale. Ms. Wilkinson and Ms. Reader were arrested for Theft Under $1000 and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. They were held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner. (15-MSP-003248)
Assault – On Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 7:32 pm, Tpr. W. Couter responded to the 40000 block of Holt Road for a reported assault. Investigation revealed Michael A. Mason, 57, of Mechanicsville, had assaulted a female victim. Mr. Mason was placed under arrest for Second Degree Assault and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner. (15-MSP-003256)
Shannon Lynn Mulcahey, 30, of Waldorf, served on 1/22/2015 at 10:57 am for Failure to Appear in Court (2015-00031038)
Sidney Hilton Thompson, 20, of no fixed address, served on 1/25/2015 at 8:10 pm for Assault Second Degree (2015-0035650)
Frederico C. Figueroa, 37, of Lusby, served on 1/26/2015 at 2:45 pm for Assault Second Degree (2015-00036558)
Jesse Richard Johnson, 28, of Mechanicsville, served on 1/27/2015 at 3:50 pm for Failure to Appear in Court (2014-00409542)
Ronald Eugene Clarke, 51, of California, served on 1/24/2015 at 9:00 am for Failure to Appear in Court (2015-00033259)
Cameron Alexander Dent, 23, of Prince Frederick, served on 1/22/2015 at 2:45 pm for Failure to Appear in Court (2015-00031277)
Gina Patricia Kennedy, 26, of Mechanicsville, served on 1/27/2015 at 2:47 pm for Failure to Appear in Court (2015-00032103)
Colton Tyler Marek, 19, of Bushwood, served on 1/25/2015 at 10:06 am for Fail to Pay Deferred Payment (2015-00034828)
Derrick Alan Boyd, Sr., 44, of Great Mills, served on 1/28/2015 at 2:15 pm for Failure to Appear in Court (2015-00010254)
MAN CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS: On Jan. 28 at 5 p.m., Officer J. Pogar initiated a traffic stop on Route 228 near Trumpeter Court in Waldorf. The driver failed to pull over and continued several miles before stopping in front of a residence in the 11700 block of Cygnet Drive. The driver, William Lorenzo Robinson III, 27, of Waldorf was arrested without further incident. A check revealed he had an open warrant. In addition, he was operating an uninsured and unregistered motor vehicle, driving with a suspended license, driving a car with false registration plates and had marijuana in the vehicle. Robinson was charged with fleeing and eluding and multiple traffic violations.
BURGLARY: On Jan. 28 at 4 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 2500 block of Mill Hill Road in Waldorf for the report of a burglary. Investigation revealed sometime between 3 p.m. Jan. 26 and 4 p.m. Jan 28, unknown suspect(s) stole a Cargo Mate enclosed trailer with miscellaneous items inside. Officer V. Warker is investigating.
POSSESSION OF DRUGS: On Jan. 28 at 2:55 p.m., Officer R. Kimble conducted a traffic stop for speeding on Crain Highway near Faulkner. Investigation revealed marijuana and paraphernalia in the vehicle. The driver, Rachel Elizabeth Connell, 22, of La Plata and the passenger, Alex Christian Trollinger, 22, of Indian Head were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. Trollinger was also charged with possession of a concealed weapon (switchblade).
THEFT: On Jan. 27 at 8:13 p.m., officers responded to the 11100 block of Mall Circle in Waldorf for the report of a theft. Upon arrival, officers discovered the suspects had fled the scene. Officers located the suspects in a vehicle nearby with the stolen merchandise. Matthew Allen Prisen, 29, of Lexington Park, Joshua David Faunce, 22, of Abell and Edward Allen Paddy, 39, of Ocean City were arrested and charged with theft of less than $1,000. Officer M. Hunt investigated.
BURGLARY: Sometime between 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 27, unknown suspect(s) broke into the garage of a residence located in the 3500 block of Neale Court in Waldorf. The suspects were not able to get in the house and it appeared nothing was stolen. There was damage to the garage door. Officer T. Morgan is investigating.
THEFT OF ATV: On Jan. 27 at 5 p.m., officers responded to the 6000 block of Valley Drive in La Plata for the report of a theft. Investigation revealed that sometime between 7 p.m. Jan. 24 and 5 p.m. Jan. 27, unknown suspect(s) stole a lime green and purple 2003 Kawasaki 4-wheeler that was secured on a trailer in the driveway of the residence. Officer B. Cox is investigating.
Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward for information leading to the whereabouts of two people. Jeffrey Alan Dement, 49, of no fixed address, has open warrants charging him with violating probation relating to two theft schemes over $500. He has open warrants in other jurisdictions as well. He is 5’10”, 185 lbs., and has black hair and green eyes. His wife, Francesca Maria Daniele, 48, of Charlotte Hall is also wanted for writing bad checks. She is 5’4”, 250 lbs., and has brown hair and brown eyes.
Francesca Maria Daniele
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Jeffrey Alan Dement and Francesca Maria Daniele are asked not to approach them, 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 their 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.
In accordance with Section 113-5 of the Code of St. Mary’s County, the St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission (MetCom) will hold a Public Meeting to notify and inform the community regarding the proposed Patuxent Park Water Main Replacement Phase 3 Project No. 8122WR and Patuxent Park Sewer Replacement Phase 3 Project No. 8124SR. These projects are MetCom’s third phase of Patuxent Park’s water & sewer replacement and rehabilitation efforts that include systems on Saratoga Drive (from Great Mills Road to Franklin Road), Midway Drive (from Saratoga Drive to Bunker Hill Road), Card Road, Wasp Road, Yorktown Road, St. Lo Place, Cabot Place, Suwanee Place, and Kearsage Place, located in the Patuxent Park subdivision. The infrastructure within the Patuxent Park subdivision was constructed by the U. S. Navy in the mid 1940's and the water & sewer systems require replacement and/or rehabilitation.
The project will include replacement of approximately 7,500 linear feet of water line, 170 water services, fifteen (15) fire hydrants, appurtenances and associated restoration. Project construction will also include rehabilitation and/or replacement of approximately 7,500 linear feet of sewer line, 170 sewer services, and installation of three (3) new manholes, appurtenances and associated restoration. Project construction is anticipated to start approximately June 2015. The estimated total Phase 3 cost for this water and sewer system rehabilitation is $4,576,000.
The Public Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 19, 2015, 6:30 p.m. at the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department, Station 3 – Social Hall, 46900 South Shangri-La Drive, Lexington Park, Maryland. The proposed contract documents, which include plans and specifications, can be inspected at the time of the meeting or at MetCom’s Engineering Department office located at 23121 Camden Way, California, MD, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday.
All interested persons are invited to attend this Public Meeting to ask questions or present their comments and suggestions regarding this project. Please contact the Metropolitan Commission offices at 301-737-4700 Ext. 301 for more information, or if you cannot attend the meeting and would like to submit questions or provide comments.
Tonight at 6 p.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room in the Chesapeake Building in Leonardtown, Sheriff Tim Cameron and the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Command Staff will present the draft budget for 2016 to the Citizens Advisory Board. The public is invited to attend to ask questions and make comments.
More Calvert County Public Schools students are receiving high school diplomas than ever before, according to data released by the Maryland State Department of Education. As the graduation rate hit a new high, the dropout rate declined.
The 2014 four-year cohort graduation rate reached 94.09 percent after hovering at just over 91 percent every year since 2010. The dropout rate declined from 5.95 percent in 2010 to 4.01 percent in 2014.
Dr. Daniel D. Curry, Superintendent of Schools, said, “We are pleased to see the hard work of our staff and students pay off. More graduates and fewer dropouts are just what we need to fuel economic recovery in Calvert County. This is a great place to go to school. ”
The principals of the four high schools attribute the increase to the diligent work of staff members who provide interventions and establish relationships with students to create a supportive school culture.
Significantly, the gaps between students in racial and ethnic groups are small. Four-year cohort graduation rates for African-American, Hispanic, and white students all improved between 2010 and 2014. The graduation rate for African-American students is 94.14 percent; for Hispanic students, 94 percent; and for white students, 93.94 percent. Students who identify as two or more races graduated at a rate of 94.37 percent and Asian students at over 95 percent.
While gaps in graduation rates between student groups receiving special services remain, the numbers improved in 2014. The graduation rate for students receiving special education services increased to 75.34 percent from 73.26 percent in 2010. The graduation rate for students receiving free or reduced-price meals increased to 90.65 percent from 83.98 percent in 2010.
In 2010, Maryland moved to the cohort graduation rate, which follows a set group of students from freshman year through senior year, as does the dropout rate.
NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. - NAS Patuxent River starts the annual Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield force protection training Monday, Feb. 2. The two-week training runs through Friday, Feb. 13, 2015.
Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield is an annual Navywide exercise designed to enhance the training and readiness of Navy Security Forces. Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield is not in response to any specific threat, but is a regularly scheduled exercise.
Measures have been taken to minimize disruptions to normal base operations at NAS Pax River, but there may be times when the exercise will cause increased traffic around the installation or delays in base access. Area residents may also see increased security activity associated with the exercise.
Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is preparing to administer a new form of testing beginning in March for students in grades 3 through 11. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, also known as PARCC, assessments in reading and mathematics will be administered in two different windows this school year – March 2-27 and April 20-May 15.
Staring with this school year, PARCC assessments replace the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) exams in reading and math, and the High School Assessments (HSA) in English II and Algebra I. Students in grades 5 through 8 will still take the MSA exam in science in April, and high school students will still complete the HSA exams in Biology and Local, State and National (LSN) Government.
The first part of PARCC testing is the performance-based assessment (PBA), which will be given in March. For the English/language arts portion, students will read several passages and be required to write responses, including evidence that can be used to make a persuasive argument. The mathematics PBA requires students to solve problems, express math reasoning and apply concepts to solve real-world problems. The second part of PARCC testing is the end-of-year assessment (EOY), which will be administered in April and May. Students will be required to demonstrate content specific skills and knowledge by answering a series of multiple-choice questions. PARCC assessments also include accommodations for students with disabilities and English Language Learners.
The change in testing for students is a result of the implementation of the Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards, which CCPS began last school year. The standards define the skills and knowledge students need to be successful in the workplace and postsecondary education, ensuring that students receive a high quality education. The goal of Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards is to assure that children leave school with the real-world skills and knowledge they need to succeed in college and/or careers. In 2011, the Maryland State Department of Education developed Maryland’s College and Career-Ready Standards from the Common Core State Standards.
CCPS has a resource page on their website, http://www.ccboe.com/academics/parcc/index.php, which features information about the PARCC assessments, as well as materials provided by MSDE.
On January 26, 2015 funeral services were held for Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Lt. William “Bill” Soper. In excess of 300 family, friends and agency personnel attended the funeral services which were held at Grace Brethren Church in Owings. An escort involving numerous allied police agencies, volunteer fire and EMS and a motorcade lead Lt. Soper to his final resting place in Miranda Cemetery in Huntingtown.
Lieutenant William “Bill” Soper was born on October 1, 1957 in the Panama Canal Zone where his father was stationed in the Air Force at the time. Bill was raised in Montgomery County, Maryland and graduated from Thomas S. Wootton High School in 1975. After graduation he attended Montgomery College where he obtained an Associates of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice. Lt. Soper then went to the University of Maryland and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology in 1980.
In 1980, Bill landed a job at the University Park Police Department as a Police Officer while still attending the University of Maryland. In 1983, he transferred to the Rockville City Police Department. During Bill’s tenure at the Rockville City Police Department he was not only assigned to the patrol bureau, but spent over three years in narcotics assigned to a task force working with U.S. Park Police in Washington DC. In 1984, Lt. Soper was nominated for Police Officer of the Year by the Rockville Chamber of Commerce.
In 1988, Lt. Soper was hired by the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office. He worked in patrol for one year and was transferred to the Southern Maryland Narcotics Task Force where he worked for 3 years. After leaving the Task Force, Lt. Soper worked in the Criminal Investigation Unit for 9 years and in 1993 he was promoted to Sergeant. In 2001, he was transferred to the Internal Affairs Unit.
On June 27, 2005, he was promoted to the rank of First Sergeant and transferred to hold the position of Assistant Commander of the Administrative and Judicial Services Bureau. In July 2013, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and became the Commander of the Administrative and Judicial Services Bureau, where he remained until his death. Lt. Soper was a Polygraph Examiner for over 20 years and was currently managing the Bike Patrol Team and Conflict Management Team. While at the Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Soper received numerous awards including Law Enforcement Officer of the Year and Detective of the Year.
Lieutenant Soper was married to his beloved wife Molly for over 20 years. He is survived by a son, Trevor, a step-daughter, Lauren and grandson, Carter, all of Huntingtown and a daughter, Christi Milam in Texas. In his spare time, Bill enjoyed running, motorcycle riding, water sports, snow skiing, and spending time with his family. He was a leader and mentor for a Boy Scout troop in Huntingtown for many years. In 2003 he completed his first marathon and was proud to receive the Marine Corps Marathon Medal.
Lt. Soper’s grandfather was a Montgomery County Police Officer for 36 years and retired as a Sergeant. Lt. Soper was proud to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and serve in the Law Enforcement community for 35 years. He will be greatly missed by his friends and colleagues at the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office.
LEONARDTOWN, MD – St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS) high school students are graduating at a record high rate, according to newly released data from the Maryland State Department of Education.
The four-year cohort graduation rate continued to climb this past year as 93.5 percent of the class of 2014 – students who entered school in the fall of 2010 – graduated on time. The new rate represents an increase of 10.7 percent over five years. At the same time, the four-year cohort dropout rate fell from 10.98 percent in 2010 to 4.44 percent in 2014. Both measures outpace the Maryland State Average.
“Our teachers, counselors, administrators, and support staff never give up on our students,” said J. Scott Smith, Interim Superintendent of Schools. “This graduation rate is a testament to their effectiveness and the persistence of our students and their parents.”
High school graduation numbers are calculated in what is commonly called the “cohort rate.” The four-year adjusted cohort rate is the number of students who graduate with a regular high school diploma divided by the number of students who form the adjusted cohort for the graduating class. For any given cohort, students who are entering 9th grade for the first time form a cohort that is later “adjusted” by adding students who transfer in during the succeeding years, and subtracting those who transfer out.
Overall SMCPS Progress:
• 93.46% is the highest recorded on-time graduation rate for SMCPS.
• SMCPS has increased the graduation rate 10.7% in the past five years.
• SMCPS outpaces the Maryland Average by 7% and the Nation by 13%.
• The dropout rate for SMCPS has decreased by 6.54% over five years.
OFFICERS APPREHEND BURGLARY SUSPECTS: On Jan. 26 at 3:26 a.m., officers were patrolling in Waldorf when they were informed of a suspicious vehicle at a vacant home in the 3200 block of Green Meadows Drive. When officers arrived, they located the car and observed copper piping and other items inside. The vacant home also had damage to the basement and water system. Paul Daniel Panholzer, 31, of Callaway and Joshua Scott Schellhase, 30, of Leonardtown were arrested and charged with malicious destruction of property, second- and fourth-degree burglary and theft. Officer B. Moore and Sgt. C. Strafella investigated.
BURGLARY: On Jan. 25 at 9 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 3400 block of Milstead Court in Waldorf for the report of a burglary. Investigation revealed holes had been cut into walls and copper piping had been stolen. The incident was believed to have happened sometime between Jan. 18 and Jan. 25. Officer A. Duckett is investigating.
CONCEALED WEAPON: On Jan. 25 at 4:21 p.m., officers responded to King Street in Waldorf for the report of a male carrying a handgun. Officers located the subject who was standing with a group of people and a gun was found in the subject’s waistband. As officers attempted to arrest the suspect, another male – who was with the subject - grabbed one of the officer’s arms and hampered the arrest. After a brief struggle, both subjects were arrested. The gun the officers recovered turned out to be a pellet gun, but all of the safety markings had been removed. A 13-year-old male was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, concealing an air gun and possession of drug paraphernalia. The other suspect, a 14-year-old male, was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
BURLGARY: On Jan. 22 at 9 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 9500 block of Kline Drive in La Plata for the report of a burglary. Investigation revealed unknown suspect(s) broke the lock to a shed, stole several items and fled the scene. Officer J. Sapienza is investigating.
FOURTH-DEGREE BURGLARY: Sometime between 10 p.m. Jan. 22 and 3 a.m. Jan. 23, unknown suspect(s) broke into a shed in the 6000 block of Fire Tower Road in Welcome and stole several items including a blue and white 2012 Polaris Outlaw 90 ATV. Officer J. Mejia is investigating.
RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT: On Jan. 23 at 4:09 p.m., officers responded to the 700 block of University Drive for the sound of gunshots. Officers heard gunshots upon arrival and began searching the wooded area. Officers located the suspects nearby and detained them. Investigation revealed the suspects were target shooting without a proper backstop. No damages were reported. A search of the area revealed two shotguns and multiple rounds of ammo. Charges are pending. Det. J. Elliott, Cpl. R. Gottschall, and Officers D. Walker and S. Hooper investigated.
FOURTH-DEGREE BURGLARY: Sometime between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Jan. 23, unknown suspect(s) broke into multiple sheds located in the 9100 block of Twinberry Drive in Bel Alton. Investigation revealed the suspect(s) broke the locks, stole several items and fled the scene. Cpl. P. Tona and Officer J. Dewberry are investigating.
FIRST-DEGREE BURGLARY: On Jan. 22 at 4:10 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 2600 block of Rooks Head Place in Waldorf for the report of a burglary. Investigation revealed unknown suspect(s) broke the lock to the back door, stole several items and fled the scene. Officer B. Cox is investigating.
MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT: On Jan. 22 at 6:10 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 10700 block of Cedarwood Drive in Waldorf for the report of a vehicle theft. Investigation revealed two unknown suspects stole the victim’s vehicle while it was running and unattended in the driveway. The stolen vehicle is a white 2010 Chevrolet Silverado with Georgia plates. The suspects may have been armed with a long gun. Officers canvassed the area and located other cars that had been broken into. Officer M. Tyner is investigating.
THEFT: Sometime between Dec. 21 and Jan. 23, unknown suspect(s) stole an outside A/C unit at a residence in the 6200 block of Whistlers Place in Waldorf. Officer J. Kelly is investigating.
THEFT MOTOR VEHICLE – On January 12, 2015, Deputy Murphy responded to a residence on Locke’s Crossing Road in Mechanicsville. The victim alleged suspect Timothy Dale Murray, age 19, of Mechanicsville, became angry after the victim refused to take him to a friend’s house. Murray threw items in the residence causing damage. He then began to strike a fence post outside with a bat. When the victim told Murray she was going to call police, he took the keys to her vehicle and left in her 1996 Ford E-150 van. Murray was subsequently located at a friend’s residence and placed under arrest. He was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Unauthorized Removal of Property, Theft Under $100.00, and Property Destruction Under $1,000.00. CASE #2043-15
ASSAULT – On January 12, 2015, Corporal Kirkner responded to a residence on Tree Top Road in Lexington Park, for an assault. The victim alleged suspect Harold G. Toting, age 38, of Lexington Park, struck the victim in the head several times with his fist. Corporal Kirkner observed fresh evidence of injury on the victim. Toting was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd Degree Assault. CASE #2023-15
VIOLATION PROTECTIVE ORDER – On January 15, 2015, Deputy Kevin Molitor, contacted a victim, who alleged the suspect Kelly Joseph Fordham, age 24, of Lexington Park, was driving the vehicle when he suddenly steered into oncoming traffic while threatening to kill the victim in violation of an active protective order. Fordham was located and placed under arrest. He was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Violation of Protective Order and Reckless Endangerment. CASE #2578-15
ASSAULT – On January 19, 2015, Deputy Wilson responded to a residence on Deerwood Park Drive in Leonardtown, for a domestic assault in progress. The victim alleged suspect Robert Jeffery Greenberg, age 59, of Leonardtown, grabbed the victim by the shoulders and turned to the victim around. The victim fell to floor in the process. Deputy Wilson observed fresh evidence of injury on the victim. Greenberg was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd Degree Assault. CASE #3436-15
BURGLARY – On January 19, 2015, DFC Bowen responded to a residence on Warwick Drive in Lexington Park, for a burglary. The victim reported unknown suspect(s) entered the home by breaking glass out of the back door and stole several game consoles, wrist watches, an IPhone, and Apple laptop computer. Deputy Bowen’s investigation identified Dashawn James Lee Lawson, age 20, of Lexington Park, as a suspect after he was located at an area pawn shop with some of the stolen items. A second suspect was subsequently identified as Leonard Charles Hall, age 20, of Lexington Park. Both suspects were placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. Both were charged with 1st Degree Burglary, Theft $1,000.00 to $10,000, and Property Destruction. CASE #3361-15
FALSE STATEMENT TO POLICE OFFICER – On January 19, 2015, Deputy L. Johnson conducted a vehicle stop on a black Nissan Altima in the area of Pacific Drive in Lexington Park. The driver provided, what was determined to be a false name to Deputy Johnson. The driver was positively identified as Oliver Thomas Smith, age 27, of Lexington Park. Smith’s privilege to drive in Maryland was suspended. During a search of the vehicle 41 blue pills, identified as Oxycodone, were located. Smith was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Controlled Dangerous Substance Possession – Not Marijuana, False Statement to Police Officer, and cited for traffic violations. CASE # 3300-15
Calvert County Crime Solvers and the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the person or persons responsible for a recent rash of slashing or puncturing of vehicle tires. Several deputies received reports from victims in Lusby that between January 22 and January 25, one or more tires were punctured on one or more of their vehicles while parked in their driveways. This wave of vandalism began with a report to DFC J. Denton from a victim in the 500 block of Balsom Road. Three other incidents occurred on Skyview Drive, one on Poplar Road and three more on White Sands Drive. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 410-535-2800.
Citizens with information on these crimes or any criminal activity in Calvert County who wish to report it anonymously can now access the Calvert County Crime Solvers link through the Sheriff’s Office website.
Go to http://www.co.cal.md.us/residents/safety/law/sheriff/ and click on the Crime Solvers link to leave an anonymous tip on-line. Information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect could result in a $1,000 reward. You can also contact the Sheriff’s Office at 410-535-2800 to leave information.
CDS Violation Case #15-3864:
On January 20 at 11:07 a.m. Dep. S. Rediker conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Md. Rt. 4 and Fowler Road in Owings. He found both the driver, Robert Edward Masincupp, Sr., 32, and single passenger, William Michael Bowen, 29, both of Chesapeake Beach, to be in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Masincupp was charged with possession of Heroin and drug paraphernalia; a metal spoon and a hypodermic syringe, and carrying a concealed dangerous weapon; a collapsible baton. Bowen was charged with the same drug offenses.
Attempted Burglary Case #15-4139:
DFC M. Velasquez is investigating an attempted burglary at a home in the 600 block of Lisa Lane in Lusby. The homeowner reported that on January 17 sometime between 3:00 a.m. and noon someone tried to remove a window screen but did not gain entry into the home.
CDS Violation Case #15-4354:
On January 22 at 4:30 p.m. Dep. J. Buck was assisting two other deputies at the Prince Frederick Library while they attempted to serve a warrant on David Edward Wilson, 21, of Chesapeake Beach, who was inside the library. Wilson fled the library by way of a side door. Dep. Buck pursued him and he was apprehended near Nick’s supermarket. He was served with the outstanding warrant. A search incident to arrest revealed two used hypodermic needles. Wilson has been charged with possession of and intent to use drug paraphernalia; a hypodermic needle, failure to obey a lawful order, resisting arrest and disorderly.
Destruction of Property to Vehicles Cases #15-4605, 4661, 4703, 4831, 4893, 4895, 4897 and 4901:
Several deputies received reports from victims in Lusby that between January 22 and January 25, one or more tires were punctured on one or more of their vehicles while parked in their driveways. This wave of vandalism began with a report to DFC J. Denton from a victim in the 500 block of Balsom Road. Three other incidents occurred on Skyview Drive, one on Poplar Road and three more on White Sands Drive. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 410-535-2800.
Destruction of Property Case #15-4881:
A victim in the 300 block of White Sands Drive in Lusby reported to DFC Y. Bortchevsky that a No Trespassing sign from her fence had been removed and found in a neighbor’s yard. It appeared to have puncture marks in it. The damage occurred during the same timeframe as the vandalism to vehicle tires in the same area
Detectives received information from a local pharmacy of a possible fraudulent prescription being passed for “Promethazine-Codeine”. This powerful cough syrup is used to create a drug drink known on the street as “Purple Drank”. As the investigation continued, all area pharmacies were notified of the particulars related to the case. By sharing this information with our community partners, we learned of another fraudulent prescription was passed at a separate pharmacy in Lexington Park. Detectives responded and conducted surveillance while awaiting the arrival of the suspect.
The suspect, identified as the same suspect from the first fraudulent prescription, entered the store and took possession of the prescription. He exited and immediately entered a waiting vehicle. An assisting patrol deputy and a uniformed Narcotics Support Team member attempted to stop the vehicle. The suspects fled from the vehicle, two of which were caught quickly and the third was apprehended while hiding in a nearby hair salon. Once all three suspects were detained, detectives discovered bottles of “promethazine-codeine”, “oxycodone”, approximately $1,000 in cocaine, a ledger, marijuana, 5 cell phones and more than $400.00 in cash.
One of the suspects provided the name “Londell Andre Malone”, however he has been positively identified as Alexis Ercillo Santos (Age 24 of Oxon Hill, MD). He was the original suspect in both fraudulent prescriptions and charged with “Attempting to Obtain Prescription by Fraud”, “Possession of Oxycodone”, and “Possession of Promethazine-Codeine” and was issued a civil citation for Possession of Marijuana.
Kevin Lewis (Age 21 of Washington, D.C.) was charged with “Possession of Oxycodone”, “Possession of Cocaine, “Possession of Promethazine-Codeine” and was issued a civil citation for Possession of Marijuana.
Emmanuel David Johnson (Age 30 of Washington, D.C.), “Possession of Oxycodone”, “Possession of Promethazine-Codeine” and was issued a civil citation for Possession of Marijuana as well as numerous traffic citations.
Additional charges on all the listed suspects are pending a review with State’s Attorney Richard D. Fritz.
Possession of Marijuana: On 1/20/15 at 2:54 pm, Trooper First Class Palumbo stopped a vehicle for traffic violations on Calvert Towne Rd. in Prince Frederick. The odor of raw marijuana was detected from inside the vehicle. Three juveniles were cited on Juvenile Civil Citations for possession of marijuana and one juvenile received appropriate traffic citations. All were released.
Possession of Marijuana: On 1/21/14 at 9:43 pm, Trooper First Class Lewis stopped a vehicle on Rt. 260 near St. Andrews Dr. in Chesapeake Beach for traffic violations. A strong odor of burnt marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle. Robert G. Hight, 55 of Upper Marlboro, was cited on a Civil Citations for possession of marijuana and was released.
Possession of Marijuana: On 1/25/15 at 11:30 am, Trooper Jones stopped a vehicle for traffic violations at Rt. 4 and Parran Rd. in St. Leonard. The odor of burnt marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle. Erica V. Norfolk, 23 of Prince Frederick, was cited for possession of marijuana on a Civil Citation and was released.
Possession of Marijuana: On 1/25/15 at 8:46 pm, Senior Trooper Dawson stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 near Dares Beach Rd. in Prince Frederick for traffic violations. An odor of marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle. Bradley P. Ruest, 20 of Alexandria, VA, was cited for possession of marijuana on a Civil Citation and was released.
PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Jan. 26, 2015 – Calvert County Government urges citizens to be prepared for winter weather. During extreme cold weather events, the primary concern is the potential loss of heat, power, telephone service or a shortage of supplies if storm or weather conditions continue for more than one day. Residents should have the following items available:
· Flashlight and extra batteries
· Battery-operated NOAA weather radio and portable radio to receive emergency information; these may be your only links to the outside
· Extra food and water; high-energy food and food requiring no cooking or refrigeration is best
· Extra medicine and baby items
· First aid supplies
· Heating fuel
· Emergency heating source (fireplace, wood stove, space heater, etc.)
· Fire extinguisher and smoke detector
If travel or outside activity is required, citizens should:
Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat.
Watch for frostbite. Symptoms include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately.
Watch for hypothermia. Symptoms include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion. If symptoms are detected, get the victim to a warm location, remove wet clothing, warm the center of the body first and give warm, non-alcoholic beverages if the victim is conscious. Get medical help immediately.
Residents are encouraged to consider family members or neighbors with special needs and assist them in preparing for the winter weather. To stay informed on approaching weather events, residents should monitor local television channels, radio stations and the Internet.
Early this moring at 1:26 a.m., a citizen traveling on Gallant Green Road noticed a 2008 Dodge Charger on fire on the shoulder of Falston Road. Four firefighters from the Hughesville Volunteer Fire Department responded and had the fire under control in about a minute. The vehicle's owner is listed to a woman of Greenbelt, Maryland and it was reportedly stolen. Any information about this crime should be forwarded to State Fire Marshal's Office at 443-550-6835.