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Valley Lee Man Arrest For Child Pornography

In January 2015, Detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigations Division, began an investigation into the electronic sending and receiving of pornographic images utilizing Facebook messaging service between an adult male suspect and a 14 year old female. 
Detectives determined between November 2014 and January 2015, the suspect sent nude photographs of himself to the victim and requested she send nude photographs of herself in return.  The victim informed the suspect of her age refused his request at the beginning of their corresponding with each other. The victim refused multiple requests for photographs; however the suspect began offering tangible gifts to the victim. The victim subsequently sent a partially nude photograph of herself to the suspect.  After receiving the photograph, the suspect began to repeatedly ask to meet the victim in person. The victim became frightened and informed her mother of the incidents who notified police.
Detectives identified the suspect in the case and on January 27, 2015, Detective Corporal David Alexander arrested Lance K. Cutchember, age 33, of Valley Lee, at his residence without incident.  Cutchember was subsequently charged with Possession of Child Pornography – Visual Representation and Child Pornography – Solicit / Engage a Minor. He transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center pending an appearance before the District Court Commissioner. 
Lance K. Cutchember, age 33, of Valley Lee

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House Bill Set to Commemorate Local Civil Rights Hero

Annapolis, MD- The Calvert County Delegation has introduced House Bill 354, that seeks to memorialize the accomplishments of local civil rights hero, Harriet Elizabeth Brown.

Ms. Brown was a teacher at Mt. Hope Elementary School in Sunderland, MD. She discovered that as an African American teacher she was paid $600.00 a year compared to the $1,100.00 earned by her white counterparts.

In 1937, she sued the Calvert County School Board, with the help of her attorney Thurgood Marshall, to equalize the salaries of all teachers regardless of race. Ms. Brown won her case which paved the way for other civil rights cases across the State of Maryland and the Country.

Delegate Mark N. Fisher (District 27C), the Chair of the Calvert County Delegation, said “It took enormous courage for Harriet Brown to take on the issue of pay inequality. Her strength of character opened doors for thousands of people across our State and led to the Maryland Teachers Pay Equalization Law.”

House Bill 354 would create a task force to study the commemoration of Ms. Brown. She is recognized in Calvert County by a small historical marker on Pushaw Station Road in Sunderland. However, if you did not know it was there already, you probably would not have known it existed.

“We are trying to find a way to appropriately memorialize and commemorate a Calvert Educator who was a leader and visionary”, said Delegate Tony O’Donnell (District 29C). Ms. Brown was a true Civil Rights trailblazer before the Civil Rights movement had even begun. This bill would ensure that Ms. Brown receives the statewide recognition she deserves. “That is great and I am pleased to have a small role in it.”

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County and State Partner to Clear Snow Covered Sidewalks

Leonardtown, MD – The State of Maryland and St. Mary’s County Government have begun cleanup efforts to remove snow and ice from sidewalks, intersections and crosswalks along Great Mills Road (MD 246).

State Highway and the Department of Public Works and Transportation have mobilized forces to begin the process of clearing the snow and ice. The work is expected to continue through the upcoming weekend. Snow and ice gathered from the sidewalks will be stored on the Great Mills Swimming Pool property.

“The recent recurring winter storms and freezing weather are unusual events for St. Mary’s County,” said Dr. Rebecca Bridgett, County Administrator. “As such, the Department of Public Works and Transportation is moving ahead with the State to clear the sidewalks, intersections and crosswalks and make them safe for pedestrians.”

Maryland Transportation Code § 8-630 (c) (6) (i) states “after sidewalks and bicycle paths are constructed (by the Administration) … they shall be maintained and repaired by the political subdivision in which they are located.” For unusual weather events, DPWT may request quotes for removal of snow/ice in certain areas. The department estimates the cost to clear the sidewalks, intersections and crosswalks along Great Mills Road to be between $20,000 and $30,000.

“The commissioners have heard from citizens about icy and snow covered sidewalks on Great Mills Road and are unanimous in our determination to get them cleared,” said Commissioner President Randy Guy. “Our number one concern is for the safety of pedestrians in the area. We don’t want to see anyone get injured or killed because the sidewalks are inaccessible.”
Historically, the county’s operational plan has relied on the willingness of residents and businesses to clear sidewalks in front of their homes and businesses because funds and forces were not available. Residents and businesses are encouraged to clear the walks at least one shovel’s width within 24 hours after snowfall ceases.

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Leonardtown Man Abuses 2 Year Old Girl

Leonardtown, Maryland - On February 26, 2015, a two year old female victim was taken to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital by her grandparents after she arrived at their home for visitation with multiple injuries. The victim suffered from bruises all over her body, a laceration on her head and another on her buttocks. She was also missing hair from her scalp which appeared to have been pulled out by force. The Criminal Investigations Division was contacted by hospital staff. Detectives immediately responded to the hospital and assumed the investigation.

Detectives determined a relative of the victim caused the injuries while disciplining her on several separate occasions. Suspect Justin Michael Cave, age 22, of Leonardtown, was subsequently located and placed under arrest by Detective Ashley Croyle.

Cave was transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center and charged with 2nd Degree Child Abuse and 2nd Degree Assault. He is being held on a $75,000 bond.

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SMECO Files to Reduce Energy Charges

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) has filed an application with the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) to reduce its energy charges by more than 12 percent for residential customers.  
SMECO is filing to reduce the residential winter energy charge from 9.25 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to 8.13 cents per kWh. Winter energy charges appear on bills rendered October through April. Residential energy charges for summer will decrease from 8.61 cents per kWh to 7.53 cents per kWh, a reduction of 12.5 percent. The filing was submitted February 27, and, if approved by the PSC, the reduced charge will appear on customer-members’ May 2015 bills.
Austin J. Slater, Jr., SMECO president and CEO, explained, “The cost of energy makes up the largest portion of the monthly bill. So this energy rate decrease—which affects residential customers, commercial customers, schools, government and sports facilities, and even street lights—will deliver substantial savings to customers. And this rate reduction is significant. The average residential customer with monthly usage of 1,300 kWh this summer will save about $17 each month as compared to last summer.
Slater added, “As a cooperative, we are happy to provide reduced energy rates to our customer-members, because SMECO does not make a profit on energy charges. The value of the cooperative business model, in which savings are passed on to customers, distinguishes us from other energy companies.”  
SMECO uses a portfolio approach to purchasing power, aggregating power supply agreements with a variety of suppliers to purchase energy for its base load and peak load. SMECO’s residential energy rates peaked in the summer of 2009 at 12.53 cents per kWh. Prices for energy peaked again in March 2014 throughout the northeast because of the dramatic drop in temperatures which resulted in an increased use of electricity.
“The co-op’s power portfolio produces stable energy rates and helps to save money for customer-members overall,” Slater said. “Natural gas prices are down about 34% from last year, which helps to lower the cost of power supply for SMECO. We project our cost for the energy portion of wholesale power to be more than 17% lower than last year, and these savings are passed on to our customer-members.”
SMECO’s Standard Offer Service (SOS) rate is made up of the energy charge and the Power Cost Adjustment (PCA). On SMECO’s monthly electric bills, lower power supply costs have been reflected in the PCA, which has been a credit every month since September 2014. With the PCA credit, the SOS rate for February was, in effect, reduced from 9.25 cents per kWh to 8.60 cents per kWh. The total SOS rate in May will be the combination of the new reduced energy charge and the PCA, which changes monthly.

SMECO is a customer-owned electric cooperative providing electricity to more than 158,000 services in southern Prince George’s County, and in Charles County, St. Mary’s County, and all but the northeast portion of Calvert County. Co-ops are distinctly different from investor-owned utilities because co-ops are owned by their customers, and these members elect the men and women who serve on the Board of Directors.
Co-ops also issue capital credits to their members. What are capital credits? They are the member’s share of the co-op’s margins, based on how much electricity the member purchased and the rate at which the account was billed. SMECO’s margins—revenue less expenses—are used as working capital for new construction and system improvements. When SMECO’s Board of Directors determines that a percentage of the capital credits can be distributed to members through a general refund, capital credits will be issued by check or credited to members’ electric bills.

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Officers Looking For Arsonist In Bel-Alton

On Thrusday February 26th, a citizen traveling on Bel-Alton Newtowne Road noticed a car in a field and on fire. Four members of the Bel-Alton Volunteer Fire Department and the Sheriff's Office responded to the scene and requested the State Fire Marshal's Office. The firefighters had the blaze under control in about 5 minutes. An investigation by said organization revealed that the car belongs to a Mr. Derrick Smith of Waldorf. The Ford was reported stolen and is being investigated. Anyone with information about this fire is asked to contact the Fire Marshal's Office at 443-550-6835. The total loss in the fire was estimated at $15,000.

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St. Mary's County Drug Arrests

St. Mary’s County Detectives, being assisted by the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, began an investigation into Teresa Lynn Glaze aka “Teresa Hall” (Age 44 of Leonardtown) and her possible involvement with diverting “oxycodone”. Suspect Glaze began working for a doctor in the Prince Frederick area and was terminated. During her time at the doctor’s office she wrote approximately 72 fraudulent prescriptions using a stolen blank prescription pad. She wrote prescriptions in the name of friends and family members, who passed the prescriptions before returning the “oxycodone” tablets to her for sale. In all, detectives discovered the pills obtained were “Oxycodone” 4,104 tablets, “Xanax”- 150 tablets and “Adderall”-180 tablets for a value on the street of more than $35,000. Suspect Glaze’s brother, James Joseph Hall (Age 37 of Leonardtown) was indicted as he obtained 1,632 “oxycodone” tablets as part of this fraud scheme. Additional arrests are anticipated as the investigation is ongoing.

Krista Chastain (Age 29 of Bryantown, Maryland) was a former employee of two doctors and utilized their information in order to fraudulently manufacture prescriptions and obtain several thousands of dollars in controlled substances to include “Hydrocodone” and “Adderall”. In all there were 32 fraudulent prescriptions written. Suspect Chastain utilized her health insurance to pay for this scheme. She was indicted for “Obtaining Hydrocodone by Fraud” and Theft-$1,000-10,000.

Judy Nickole Jones (Age 30 of Lexington Park) was indicted for “Distribution of Suboxone”.

Lawrence Edward Keister (Age 48) is an inmate in the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was court ordered to be released to attend a doctor’s appointment in Leonardtown and detectives had received information he would be receiving “Suboxone” to smuggle back into the jail. Suspect Keister met with a female, obtained the “Suboxone” which was inside of a balloon and swallowed it. Detectives immediately approached the suspect and confirmed he had ingested the controlled substance. A medical review confirmed the balloon inside his stomach and it was recovered. It was found to be “Suboxone” and he was charged with “Possession with Intent to Distribute” and “Possession of Contraband with the intent to Deliver inside a Correctional Facility”.

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Detectives Arrest Bank Robbery Suspect

DETECTIVES APPREHEND BANK ROBBERY SUSPECT: On February 25, detectives assigned to the CCSO Criminal Investigations Division, with the assistance of officers assigned to COPS and the Southern Maryland Intelligence Center (SMIC), were conducting surveillance at various banks in the county due to recent bank robberies. At approximately 1:42 p.m., investigators observed a man run from the BB&T Bank at 2140 Old Washington Road in Waldorf and get into a Toyota Camry which was parked nearby. Suspecting a robbery had just occurred, the detectives attempted to block the vehicle in, but the driver struck the detective’s car, disabling it. Two suspects bailed out of the vehicle and fled. The detectives apprehended one suspect, but the second suspect escaped. Simultaneously, 911 received calls from the bank that they had just been robbed. According to bank employees, a lone male entered the bank and passed a note to the teller demanding money. The teller complied and the suspect fled.

Tysean Deonta Daughtry, 21, of Washington, D.C. was charged with robbery, assault and reckless endangerment. Based on evidence detectives recovered, CCSO investigators linked Daughtry to a recent bank robbery that occurred in Berwyn Heights, MD. They notified Prince George’s County detectives who subsequently charged Daughtry in connection with the Berwyn Heights case. Detectives have tentatively identified the second suspect. Det. Hemsley is investigating.

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Juvenile Shoots 12 Year Old Friend In Leg With An Arrow

On February 26, 2015, at approximately 11:45 a.m. units from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to an address on Valley Lee Court in Prince Frederick, Maryland in reference to an accidental injury involving a juvenile. Upon arriving on location, units discovered a 12 year old male suffering from a single arrow impaled in his leg.  The juvenile victim was alert and talking to police and medical personnel on the scene.  On scene investigation revealed the juvenile victim and his friend were playing, when his friend pulled a bow back and accidentally released the arrow in the direction of the victim.  The juvenile victim was transported via MSP helicopter to Children’s Hospital to have the impaled object removed.  The juvenile victim is said to be listed in stable condition.  Calvert County Sheriff’s Office personnel have ruled this incident accidental.

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Non-Profits Fleeced By Gaming Machine Operators

In January of 2015 the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, Vice/Narcotics Division initiated two separate investigations involving the operation of gaming devices at two locations in St. Mary’s County, Maryland.

The first investigation was initiated on January 21, 2015 when detectives visited the Patuxent Moose Lodge in Hollywood, MD upon receiving “anonymous” information regarding the presence of “illegal slot machines.”  Detectives quickly dispelled the allegations by determining the devices were not “slot machines” but were in fact “gaming devices” which were legal.  However, the investigation revealed the gaming devices were not being operated in accordance with the St. Mary’s County Gaming  provision and therefore in violation of the statewide provision.  

Investigators discovered Roger Lee Benfield, SR. is the owner of R.E. Enterprises, Incorporated, a Maryland corporation that provides coin operated amusement games to retail establishments, and that in 2013 Roger Lee Benfield, SR. and the Patuxent Moose Lodge entered into an agreement that permitted Roger Benfield to place five (5) gaming devices within the establishment.  

The agreement permitted the proceeds of the gaming devices to be divided between Roger Benfield’s company and the Patuxent Moose Lodge with Roger Benfield being responsible for the maintenance of the gaming devices which required, among other tasks, collecting money from the devices and ensuring the proper disbursements to the Patuxent Moose Lodge and to his company.

The gaming devices, financial records, and other items of evidence were seized from the Patuxent Moose Lodge pending further investigation.  An analysis of the financial documents revealed from about August of 2013 through January 21, 2015 Roger Benfield retained approximately $27,987.10 in proceeds from the operation of the gaming devices.  Detectives also uncovered evidence that suggest Roger Benfield became a member of the Patuxent Moose Lodge for the sole purpose of giving the appearance of compliance with  the criminal statute which requires the gaming devices to be operated by a member of the qualified organization.

The second investigation was initiated on January 23, 2015 when detectives visited the Brass Rail Sports Bar located in Great Mills, MD to investigate the presence of additional gaming devices that were being operated by Roger Benfield.

Investigators made contact with Charles Benedict “Dickie” Gatton and Hilda Mae Gatton who own and operate the establishment.  The investigators also discovered the presence of five (5) gaming devices.  An inspection of the devices revealed four of the devices operated in the same manner as the devices located in the Patuxent Moose Lodge and one device that functioned as a pull-tab vending machine, both of which are gaming devices.

The investigation revealed, in 2008 Charles “Dickie” Gatton entered into an agreement with the Leonardtown Lions Club that permitted a gaming device to be placed inside the Brass Rail Sports Bar and the proceeds from the gaming device to be divided evenly between the Leonardtown Lions Club and the Brass Rail Sports Bar.  The device, which was the previously described pull-tab vending machine, was managed exclusively by Hilda Mae Gatton and required her, among other tasks, to collect money from the device and ensure the proper disbursement to the Leonardtown Lions Club and to the Brass Rails Sports Bar.

The investigation also revealed that in January of 2012 Roger Benfield and Charles “Dickie” Gatton entered into an agreement that permitted Roger Benfield to place four (4) gaming devices inside the establishment and required Roger Benfield to manage the devices, which included collecting money from the devices and ensuring the proper disbursement to the Brass Rail Sports Bar and R.E. Benfield Enterprises, Incorporated.

All of the gaming devices were seized from the establishment and additional items of evidence were obtained by the investigators.  An inspection of those documents revealed from January of 2012 through December of 2014 Hilda Mae Gatton and the Leonardtown Lions Club both received approximately $24,460.00 in proceeds from the operation of the gaming device. Furthermore, those same documents and records indicate Charles “Dickie” Gatton and Roger Benfield both received approximately $109,498.00 from the operation of the four (4) gaming devices from January of 2012 through December of 2014.  With respect to Charles Gatton, it is believed that he retained approximately $73,892.00 of his share of the proceeds for personal benefit while giving  just $35,606.00 to the Leonardtown Lions Club.  With respect to Roger Benfield, it is believed he retained his entire share of the proceeds for personal benefit.

During the course of the investigation several search and seizure warrants were obtained which lead to the seizure of gaming devices and more than $129,000.00 in cash from proceeds of the gaming devices in the possession of Charles (Dickie) and Hilda Mae Gatton.  

In summary, the investigations revealed Roger Benfield, Charles Gatton, and Hilda Mae Gatton received portions of the proceeds generated by the gaming devices for personal benefit.  Although the Patuxent Moose Lodge and the Leonardtown Lions Club are qualified organizations permitted to operate gaming devices, the proceeds generated from the operation of the gaming devices were intentionally diverted to the three subjects, contrary to the laws which require all proceeds to be retained by the organization.

On February 23, 2015, Narcotics detectives applied for charges against Roger Benfield, Charles Gatton and Hilda Mae Gatton related to this investigation.  More specifically, with respect to the investigation at the Patuxent Moose Lodge, Roger Benfield was charged with one count of having an interest in a gaming table, one count of keeping a gaming table at the Patuxent Moose Lodge, and one count of perpetrating a theft scheme having a value between $10,000.00 and $100,000.00.

With respect to the investigation at the Brass Rail Sports Bar, Roger Benfield was charged with one count of having an interest in a gaming table, one count of keeping a gaming table at the Brass Rail Sports Bar, and one count of perpetrating a theft scheme having a value more than $100,000.00.  Charles “Dickie” Gatton was charged with one count of having an interest in a gaming table, one count of permitting a gaming table to be kept at the Brass Rail, and one count of perpetrating a theft scheme having a value between $10,000.00 and $100,000.00.  Hilda Mae Gatton was charged with one count of having an interest in a gaming table and one count of perpetrating a theft scheme having a value between $10,000.00 and $100,000.00.

In total, the gaming devices at the Brass Rail Sports Bar alone generated more than $300,000.00 in gross proceeds, of which the Leonardtown Lions Club received only $60,000.00. By law, all of the proceeds must be directed to the charity. The investigation is continuing and detectives will continue to work with the State’s Attorney’s Office to determine if additional charges and/or arrests will be made.

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Update On Officer Involved Shooting

MAN CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE COUNTS OF FIRST-DEGREE ASSAULT/OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING: On February 24 at 11:20 p.m., officers responded to the 3400 block of Azalea Place in Waldorf for the report of a domestic-related assault in progress. Upon arrival, officers made contact with the victim who fled the house and was waiting nearby for police. The victim reported the suspect, her boyfriend, had just assaulted her, choked her and threatened to shoot her. The victim indicated the suspect had several guns in the house and may be armed. Officers approached the residence and observed the suspect standing at the front door, which was open, holding a shotgun pointed in their direction. Officers immediately took cover and gave numerous commands for the suspect to drop the weapon. The suspect ignored the requests and suddenly walked outside with the gun still pointed in their direction. One of the officers, who was in the direct line of fire and feared for his life, discharged his firearm striking the suspect. The suspect fell but continued reaching for the shotgun. A police K9 was released and distracted the suspect while officers moved in to secure him and the weapon. Officers took immediate action to render medical aid to the suspect who had a serious injury to his leg. The suspect, 39, was flown to a hospital where was admitted in stable condition. The woman, 41, had injuries consistent with being choked and was treated on the scene by EMS. The suspect will be charged with multiple counts of first-degree assault and reckless endangerment.
The officer involved is a 22-year-veteran of law enforcement and has been with the CCSO for two years. He has been placed on administrative leave in accordance with Agency policy. The investigation is continuing.

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Sheriff Cameron Appointed to Governor's Heroin and Opioid Task Force

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland – Governor Larry Hogan today joined with Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford to announce the establishment of both the Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force and a separate Inter-Agency Coordinating Council. Both groups will work and support efforts to address Maryland’s growing heroin and opioid crisis.

“For far too long, state and local agencies have worked in silos with little communication and less coordination,” said Governor Hogan. “The purpose of the inter-agency council and task force is to connect the dots of prevention, treatment, and recovery and maximize our resources and expertise to come up with real solutions to save and restore lives.”

By signing Executive Order 01.01.2015.12, Governor Hogan formally created the Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force, a group which is made up of law enforcement professionals, elected officials, and substance abuse experts. The task force will meet regularly and solicit input and guidance from a wide variety of sources throughout the state. The group will also meet with and receive guidance from educators, families of those suffering from addiction, and other vested stakeholders.

The members of the Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force are:
•The Honorable Julie S. Solt, Frederick County Circuit Court
•Delegate Brett Wilson, District 2B, Washington County
•Sheriff Timothy Cameron, St. Mary’s County
•Tracey Myers-Preston, MD Addiction Directors Council
•Dr. Bankole Johnson, UMD School of Medicine, Psychiatry Department Chair
•Michael B. Finegan, Peninsula Mental Health Services
•Dr. Marc Fishman, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
•Elizabeth Embry, Attorney General’s Office, Chief of the Criminal Division

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Two Fire Destroy Barns In Southern Maryland - Both Fires Under Investigation

Tuesday afternoon at 4:58 p.m., forty firefighters from Mechanicsville, Hollywood and Seventh District Volunteer Fire Departments responded to a barn fire at 28200 Mechanicsville Road in Mechanicsville. They had the fire under control in about 30 minutes. The barn fire remains under investigation at this time. Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact the Office of the State Fire Marshal at 443-550-6820. The estimated total loss in the fire was $50,000.


Early Wednesday morning at 12:48 a.m., fifty firefighters from La Plata, Bel Alton, Bryans Road, Indian Head, Marbury, Potomac Heights and Waldorf Volunteer Fire Departments responded to a garage fire at the First Baptist Church of La Plata at 9070 Hawthorne Road in La Plata. They had the fire under control in about 45 minutes. The barn fire remains under investigation at this time. Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact the Office of the State Fire Marshal at 443-550-6820. The estimated total loss in the fire was $150,000.

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Officer Involved Shooting In Waldorf

On Feb. 24th at 11:21 p.m., Charles County Sheriff's officers responded to the 3400 block
of Azalea Place in Waldorf after a woman called 911 and reported a domestic
situation in which a male in her residence was armed with a gun and threatening
her. Officers arrived on the scene and ordered the man out of the house. When
the man walked out to the front porch, he was armed with a handgun. At some
point one of the officers, fearing for his life, discharged his firearm at the
armed man. The suspect was arrested and was transported to a nearby hospital where he was admitted and is being treated. A gun was recovered on the scene.
At this time detectives assigned to the Charles County Sheriff's Office Criminal
Investigations Division are conducting an investigation. Sheriff Troy Berry
responded to the scene. More information will be released as it becomes available.

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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Arrests

FALSE REPORT – On February 17, 2015, Deputy H. Smith responded to the intersection of Great Mills Road and Old Great Mills Road, for a hit and run vehicle collision. The driver who remained on the scene reported he was traveling westbound on Great Mills Road when a vehicle turned in front of him from Old Great Mills Road. The driver did not have time to stop and the two vehicles collided head on. The white female driver of the other vehicle, a silver Mercedes, briefly stopped then drove off. Deputy Smith located the silver Mercedes on Tower Lane unoccupied. The owner of the vehicle indicated her daughter, identified as suspect Melissa Lynn Boyd, age 45, of Lexington Park, had possession of the vehicle. In the meantime, Boyd called the Sheriff’s Office to report the car stolen. Boyd indicated she believed one of her friends stole the vehicle. Boyd was subsequently identified as the driver of the Mercedes who caused the collision and fled the scene. Boyd was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with False Statement to Police Officer, Driving While Suspended, and Failure to Remain at the Scene of an Accident. CASE #9422-15
Melissa Lynn Boyd

DOMESTIC ASSAULT – On February 18, 2015, Deputy Teague responded to a residence on Valley Court for an assault. The victim alleged suspect Sirquon Derrick Brooks, age 31, of Lexington Park, slapped , punched and scratched the victim after an argument over infidelity. Deputy Teague observed fresh evidence of injury on the victim. Brooks was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd Degree Assault. CASE #9597-15
Sirquon Brooks

PROPERTY DESTRUCTION – On February 20, 2015, Deputy Teague responded to Susie Court in California, for the report of a burglary to a motor vehicle. The victim alleged Roger Lee Pritchard III, 23, of Clements, was inside her vehicle. Deputy Teague located Pritchard who indicated he had been in the vehicle and had stolen the fuse to the fuel pump in an effort to render the vehicle inoperable. Witnesses reported Pritchard entered the vehicle and was looking around inside. He then opened the hood to take the fuse. Pritchard was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Rogue and Vagabond, Property Destruction Over $1,000, and Theft Under $100.00. CASE #9862-15
Roger Lee Pritchard III

ASSAULT – On February 23, 2015, Deputy D. Smith responded to a residence on Sugar Maple Court in California, for a reported assault. The victim alleged suspect Tammie Lynn Boyle, age 52, of California, grabbed the victim’s forearm during an argument. Boyle scratched the victim’s arm in the process. Deputy Smith observed fresh evidence of injury on the victim’s arm. Boyle was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with 2nd Degree Assault. CASE #10573-15  

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Applications For The Academy Programs Available From St. Mary's County Public Schools

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The opening date for accepting Applications for the Academy programs for St. Mary’s County Public Schools is March 2, 2015.  The deadline for students to apply for the Academy programs is Wednesday, April 8, 2015.  We remind students and families to ensure all parts of the application are complete, including teacher recommendations.  Applications and the link for recommendations can be found at http://www.smcps.org/academies.
Students can apply for the following differentiated pathways:
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Academy:  This rigorous and unique program of study emphasizes the core areas of mathematics and science with an infusion of technology and engineering.  This program is open to students in grades 4-12.  NOTE: Current STEM students transitioning from 5th to 6th or 8th to 9th will need to reapply.
Academy of Finance:  This program offers students in grades 9-12 opportunities to develop professional skills, receive specialized instruction in business finance and management, and gain an awareness of the marketable skills needed to be successful in the field. 
Academy of Global and International Studies:  Students in grades 9-12 participating in this program, develop understanding and knowledge of world regions, cultures, and global/international issues. 
Academy of Visual and Performing Arts:  This program, open to rising grade 9-10 students only, provides students the opportunity to understand and appreciate the dedication needed to find success as a performer or artist, with an emphasis on creative thinking, problem solving, and collaboration.
For more information contact your school counselor or the Office of the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction at 301-475-5511, ext. 32133 or email classof2019@smcps.org.

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Charles County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

BURGLARY: On Feb. 23 at 5:17 p.m., officers responded to the 14300 block of Smallwood Drive in Waldorf for the report of a burglary. Investigation revealed unknown suspect(s) entered a house and stole several items including clothing and a handgun. Officer G. Cook is investigating.
BURGLARY: On Feb. 23 at 3:19 p.m., officers responded to the 3600 block of Forest View Drive in Waldorf for the report of a burglary. Investigation revealed unknown suspect(s) broke into a house, which was vacant at the time, and stole several items. Officer G. Cook is investigating.
BURGLARY:  Sometime between 5:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 23, unknown suspect(s) broke into a house in the 6100 block of Lands End Court in Bryans Road and stole jewelry and other items. Investigation revealed the suspect(s) broke a window in the basement to get inside. Officer M. O’Shields is investigating.
Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive 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. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Learn more at the CCSO’s website.

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Local Women Injured During Transport Of Portable Propane Tank

(February 24, 2015) – Deputy State Fire Marshal’s are investigating the cause of an accidental flash fire inside a vehicle during the transport of a 20 lb propane tank. Margaret Reese (47) and Stacy Goode (37) were returning home at approximately 5:30 p.m. on February 23, 2015, when the incident occurred inside the 2004 Jeep Liberty.
The flash fire caused both women 1st and 2nd degree burns to their upper torsos, arms and faces. Stacy Goode got out of the vehicle and performed stop, drop and roll techniques to extinguish the flames on her person and waited for an ambulance in the area of 21726 Great Mills Road while Margaret Reese continued to her home approximately a ½ mile away at 21436 Ritz Drive in Lexington Park to tend to the children that were alone at her dwelling. Both victims were treated by EMS staff from the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department and Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad before being flown by MSP Aviation to MedStar Burn Center where they were treated and released for non-life threatening burn injuries. The specific cause for the flash fire remains under investigation at this time. The vehicle received an estimated $1,500 in damage to the interior.

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Man Trying To Pass Counterfeit Cash Caught By Police

California, Maryland - On February 24, 2015, Corporal Reppel responded to the WaWa located on Three Notch Road, after an employee reported a suspect was attempting to pass a counterfeit twenty dollar bill. The suspect had left the store prior to the arrival of police, however the employee provided a description of the vehicle being operated by the suspect - white, Pontiac, 4 door. Deputies saw the vehicle matching the description while responding and were able to stop it. A male in the back seat matching the description of the suspect who attempted to pass the counterfeit bill provided by the store employee was found in the back seat. The suspect was identified as William Edward Johnson 3rd, age 24, of Oxon Hill. Located in his pocket was the counterfeit twenty dollar bill.

Suspect John Delonte Johnson, age 22, of Landover, was located in the back seat of the vehicle as well. A counterfeit twenty dollar bill was located in his pocket. A third counterfeit twenty was located in the back seat of the vehicle.

Both suspects were placed under arrest, transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center and charged with Currency: Make Image and Possession Forged Currency (both felony charges).

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NAS PAX RIVER Sets Noise Advisory For Feb. 23 Through March 10

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. - Communities surrounding the Webster Outlying Field in St. Inigoes are advised that Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) nighttime testing events are scheduled to take place in the evenings Feb. 23 through March 10. Residents near Webster Outlying Field may notice increased aircraft activity due to these operations.

As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing activities on the community. For more information call 1-866-819-9028.









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