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Monday morning at 9:40 a.m. forty firefighters from Mechanicsville, Hollywood, Leonardtown, La Plata, Seventh District Volunteer Fire Departments responded to a call at 28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville for a vacant house fire. They had the blaze under control in about five minutes. After an investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office, it was discovered that unknown person(s) entered the secure structure and intentionally set a fire in the kitchen area of the vacant house. Anyone with information about this fire is asked to call the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office, Southern Region at (443)-550-6834.

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Leonardtown, MD - The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County have selected Chris Kaselemis as the new Director of Economic Development. He will assume his duties on June 15, 2015.
 
Mr. Kaselemis comes to St. Mary’s County with extensive experience in economic development, as well as planning and community development.  Currently he serves as the Program Director for the Economic Initiatives Office for the City of Tucson, Arizona and works closely with the City Manager, Mayor, and Council members to accomplish key strategic objectives for the City of Tucson. Mr. Kaselemis has also led the Planning and Community Development and Comprehensive Planning Divisions for the City of Tucson.  
 
His career highlights include establishment of the first Tucson Economic Initiatives Office, numerous revitalization projects in downtown Tucson, and implementation of several significant financial incentive programs targeted at spurring the economy in Tucson. 
 
Mr. Kaselemis holds a BS in Business and Accounting as well as an MBA in Business, both from the University of Arizona. 
 
“Economic development is a high priority in St. Mary’s County,” said Commissioner President Randy Guy. “Mr. Kaselemis has a diverse background and brings the expertise needed to push forward St. Mary’s County’s economic development initiatives.  We are excited to have him as a key player in the future growth of our community.” 
 

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Leonardtown, MD – St. Mary’s County residents, looking for an opportunity to take a more active role in the community, can now have their chance to serve.
 
The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County is seeking citizens interested in volunteering their time to the community by serving on various Boards, Committees and Commissions. Detailed descriptions of the various boards and application can be found at www.stmarysmd.com/voluntr/.  All applications must include a resume and be submitted no later than May 29, 2015.
 
Some of the Boards, Commissions and Committees with vacancies include:
 
Airport Advisory Committee                       Commission on the Environment
Agriculture, Seafood & Forestry Comm.     Historic Preservation Commission
Board of Trustees, Museum Division           Social Services Board
Building Code of Appeals                            Transportation Advisory Commission
Commission for Women                             Wicomico Scenic River Commission
Commission on Aging
 
The following vacancies have special requirements:
 
ï?¶ Adult Public Guardianship Board – Registered Nurse
ï?¶ Electrical Examiners Board – Licensed Electrician
ï?¶ Family Violence Coordinating Council – Family or Survivor of Violence, Member of the Clergy and Advocate Member
ï?¶ Length of Service Award Program for Fire/Rescue/ALS Volunteers – Must have financial/investment experience
ï?¶ Metropolitan Commission Board – Must live in the 3rd District
ï?¶ Property Tax Assessment Appeal Board – Must complete a biographical information form and Disclosure form found at www.stmarysmd.com/voluntr/Tax Appeal.asp 
ï?¶ Tri County Community Action – Must attend classes while sitting on this board. Call Swynice Hawkins at 301-274-4474 ext. 253 for more information.
 
Citizens with questions or need for additional information can call Diane Gleissner at 301-475-4200 ext. 1700.

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RECOVERED STOLEN VEHICLE: Sometime between 8 p.m. April 16 and 6:50 a.m. April 17, unknown suspect(s) stole a vehicle parked in front of a residence in the 3800 block of Kearnys Inn Place in Waldorf. The vehicle was later  located on the shoulder of Mattawoman Beantown Road near Idlewood Park.  The passenger side window was shattered and the ignition was removed. Officer D. Arends is investigating.
 
POSSESSION OF DRUGS: On April 16 at 7:42 p.m., officers responded to Sugar Mill Court in Waldorf for the report of a suspicious vehicle. Officers located the car and observed marijuana in plain view. A search of the vehicle revealed a large amount of promethazine with codeine syrup, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a loaded gun. Devon Navarre Kennedy, 20, of Waldorf was arrested and charged with possession of drugs with intent to distribute, drug-trafficking and possession of a handgun. Officer A. Duckett is investigating.
 
WARRANT SERVICE: On April 16 at 11:46 p.m., officers were patrolling Charles Street in La Plata when they observed a suspicious car. Investigation revealed the license plates did not belong on the vehicle and the car was not insured or registered. Officers approached the vehicle and an occupant fled on foot. Corness Maro Gray, 48, of Waldorf, was located and a check revealed he had an open warrant. Officer A. Coulby investigated.
 
MAN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH FIRST-DEGREE ASSAULT: On April 16, members of the Warrant Unit, along with the U.S. Marshals Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, located and arrested Robert Derek Sims, 26, of Waldorf who was wanted in connection with a first-degree assault that occurred on April 12 in the 9600 block of Daffodil Place.  During the assault, Sims fired gunshots at an acquaintance’s unoccupied car after the two argued. Sims was charged with first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, possession of a loaded handgun, using a gun in a violent crime and malicious destruction of property. He is being held at the Charles County Detention Center.

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Leonardtown, MD – The next Commissioners of St. Mary’s County Public Forum will occur on Tuesday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m. The forum will be held in the commissioners meeting room, inside the Chesapeake Building, at 41770 Baldridge Street in Leonardtown.
 
New with this forum … citizens who wish to voice a concern or ask a question, and are unable to attend in person, can take to social media to present their issue or question. Citizens can post comments or questions using the hashtag #CSMCforum to the county’s Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/StMarysCountyGovernment) or twitter feed (@StMarysCoGov.) Time permitting, comments and questions will be read at the forum. Citizens are asked to include their full name and mailing address as the comments will become part of the official record.
 
The remaining Commissioner Public Forums for 2015 are scheduled to take place as follows:
 
 Tuesday, September 1
 Tuesday, October 6
 
All Commissioner of St. Mary’s County Public Forums are televised live on St. Mary’s County Government TV 95 (SMCG TV 95) on Metrocast Cable and streamed live for online viewing on the county’s website at http://www.stmarysmd.com/broadcast.asp. Click on the LIVE link at the top of the page (note:  this feature is not available on Apple or mobile devices). 
 
The May 5 Public Forum will be rebroadcast on SMCG TV 95 on Sunday, May 10 at 7 p.m. Forums are also available for viewing on the county’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/StMarysCoMDGov?feature=mhee.
 
Individuals wishing to speak at the Public Forum will be allowed up to three (3) minutes to address the Commissioners (those representing a group will be allotted five (5) minutes to speak.) Anyone wishing to provide more detailed comments may do so via email or regular mail. 
 
The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County can be reached via e-mail at csmc@stmarysmd.com or by U.S. mail at Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, P.O. Box 653, Leonardtown, Maryland  20650.

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The Charles County Department of Public Works would like to remind citizens that the first household hazardous waste collection for this year will be held on Saturday, May 2.  The household hazardous waste collection site is located in the parking lot of the Department of Public Works building, located at 10430 Audie Lane, off of Radio Station Road in La Plata.   Collection hours are 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Items accepted free of charge include: pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer, gasoline, oil-based paint, cleaning supplies, pool chemicals, fluorescent lights, mercury thermometers, and other poisons found in the home. Please remember to mark any container that does not have a readable, original label.
 
Unacceptable materials include bio-medical waste (sharps, needles, anything with bodily fluids), latex paint, prescription drugs, and ammunition.  Used motor oil, anti-freeze, propane tanks, and batteries are accepted on a regular basis at various collection sites.  Latex paint is not considered hazardous waste and can be placed in your household trash as long as it is solidified.  This can be accomplished by adding kitty litter, shredded paper, paint hardener, or sawdust to aid in drying it out.
 
Household hazardous waste collection will occur on the first Saturday of each month through December.  Upcoming 2015 collection dates are:  May 2, June 6, July 11* (Due to July 4th Holiday), Aug. 1, Sep. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7, and Dec. 5.
For more information, call the Charles County Department of Public Works, Environmental Resources Division at 301-932-3599 or 301-870-2778, or the landfill and recycling information line at 301-932-5656. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD:  800-735-2258.

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Firefighters and the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office responded to a call at 21 Willow Lane in La Plata Sunday afternoon around 3:00 p.m. A Molotov Cocktail was constructed and thrown into the front yard of the residence. The incendiary device ignited the brush and spread toward the house, however the fire was extinguished prior to damaging the house. Four firefighters from the La Plata Volunteer Fire Department responded and had the blaze out in about a minute. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the State Fire Marshal’s Office’s Southern Region at 443-550-6833.

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Theft / Shoplifting:  On 4/13/15 at 5:28 pm, Trooper First Class Matthews responded to the Kmart Store in Prince Frederick for a theft with shoplifter in custody.  Shaquanda N. Cooke, 23 of Huntingtown, was found with $130.00 in merchandise which she attempting to leave the store without paying for the items.  During a search incident to arrest, CDS was located in her wallet.  Ms. Cooke was transported to the MSP Barrack in Prince Frederick for processing.  Cooke was provided with a Notice Not to Trespass on Kmart property indefinitely.  An application for charges for theft has been submitted.  Investigation continues.
 
Warrant Service / False Statement to Police Officer:  On 4/14/15 at 7:39 am, Trooper First Class Costello stopped a vehicle at Rt. 4 and Church St. in Prince Frederick for traffic violations.  A passenger in the vehicle became very nervous and when asked for his identity gave a name that was later determined to be false in an effort to avoid arrest for an open warrant.  Once his true identity was determined, he was placed under arrest for an open warrant with the U.S. Marshall’s office.  He will also be charged with giving a false statement to a police officer.  He was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
 
Theft:  On 4/14/15 at 9:42 pm, Trooper First Class Wiesemann responded to the 500 block of Cody Trail in Lusby for a theft complaint.  The victim stated that Heather A. Jones, 26 of Leonardtown had stolen cash from his bedroom while retrieving laundry from the residence.  Jones responded to the MSP Barrack in Prince Frederick and was issued a criminal citation and was released.
 
Possession of Heroin:  On 4/16/15 at 1:28 pm, Trooper First Class Esnes stopped a vehicle at Rt. 4 and Fox Run Blvd. in Prince Frederick for traffic violations.  The driver, Shawn M. Spicer, 26 of Owings, appeared to be extremely nervous.  A probable cause search revealed Heroin.  Spicer was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
 
Theft / Shoplifting:  On 4/17/15 at 5:37 pm, Trooper First Class Wiesemann responded to the Walmart in Prince Frederick for a theft/shoplifting complaint.  Stacy L. Brown, 22 of Lusby, was observed placing several items in a large purse and exiting the store failing to pay for the items.  She was stopped by the store loss prevention officer and was detained in his office until police arrived.  She was arrested and transported to the MSP Barrack in Prince Frederick for processing.  Brown was issued a criminal citation and was released.

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Robbery Case #15-20325:
On April 13 at 5:15 p.m. DFC P. Wood was driving past the Prince Frederick Giant when he observed a store employee attempting to stop a man exiting the store when the man turned and punched the employee two times and then threw him to the ground.  Wood made contact with the victim, who advised he had seen the man steal items from the store and leave without paying.  Wood also made contact with the subject, identified as Steven Ralph Hill, Jr., 18, of Prince Frederick.  Hill was arrested and charged with robbery, 2nd degree assault and theft less than $100.  The victim suffered minor injuries.
 
Burglary Case #15-20487:
A home in the 900 block of Main Street in Prince Frederick was burglarized sometime between March 14 and April 14.  Nothing was stolen.  DFC N. Gilmore is investigating.
Burglary Case #15-20634:
Someone entered a home in the 12500 block of Gun Road in Lusby between April 14 and 15 and stole a handgun and black leather wallet.  DFC J. Migliaccio is continuing the investigation.
 
CDS Violation Case #15-20729:
On April 15 at 8:22 a.m. Dep. D. Clark responded to the 7-11 Convenience store located at 3675 Hallowing Point Road in Prince Frederick for the report of a man inside a truck making lewd hand gestures at patrons.  Clark and Cpl. T. Smith made contact with the man, later identified as Scott Alan Cunningham, 34, of Prince Frederick.  Cunningham was found to be in possession of suspected drugs and dangerous weapons.  He was arrested and has been charged with CDS possession; Adderall, and six counts of concealing a dangerous weapon; two brass knuckles, two switchblade knives, and two expandable batons.
 
Burglary Case #15-20940:
A woman advised Dep. B. Pounsberry that overnight between April 15 and 16, someone entered her home in the 100 block of Dares Beach Road in Prince Frederick and may have spent the night.  The woman’s belongings had been rummaged through but nothing was stolen.  Pounsberry is continuing the investigation.
 
Assault Case #15-21374:
On April 18 at 7:25 p.m. Sgt. V. Bortchevsky while working the Tiki Bar opening weekend celebration, he observed two males engaged in a verbal altercation which escalated into a pushing match.  Bortchevsky advised the two males to exit the property.  As the men began to exit, one of them, later identified as Michael Ryan Hunter, 26, of Mechanicsville, turned to Bortchevsky, took a step toward the officer, with his hands curled into fists, and loudly yelled an obscene remark.  Hunter was advised he was under arrest and began flailing in an attempt to avoid being handcuffed.  After a struggle, Hunter was handcuffed and arrested.  He was charged with second degree assault on a law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct, failure to obey a reasonable order, alcoholic beverage intoxication and resisting arrest.

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Greenbelt, Maryland - Russell Edward Johnson, age 23, of Lusby, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to distributing heroin to a person who died as a result of ingesting the heroin.
 
The plea agreement 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; Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans; and Calvert County State’s Attorney Laura Martin.     
 
According to his plea agreement, on July 18, 2013 in St. Leonard, Maryland, Johnson sold heroin to an individual who ingested the heroin.  A few hours later, Johnson again sold heroin to the individual.  The individual ingested the additional heroin, and died shortly thereafter.  The victim’s cause of death was determined to be heroin intoxication.
 
Johnson and the government have agreed that if the Court accepts the plea agreement, Johnson will be sentenced to between 10 and 12 years in prison.  U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm has scheduled sentencing for June 18, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. 
 
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the DEA, Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, and Assistant State’s Attorney Lisa Ridge of the Calvert County State’s Attorney’s Office, for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Arun G. Rao and Daniel C. Gardner, who are prosecuting the case.

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4-17-15 Theft - A victim, who resides on Trinity Church Road in St. Mary's City, reported unknown suspects stole property from the home. Case remains open. CASE #21913-15
 
4-17-15 Property Destruction - A victim, who resides on Chapman Drive in Lexington Park, reported unknown suspect(s) damaged her vehicle's windshield with a BB gun. Case remains open. CASE #21939-15
 
4-19-15 Theft - A victim, who resides on Leachburg Road in Lexington Park, reported unknown suspect(s) stole property from the bed of his pick up truck. Case remains open. CASE #22287-15
 
4-21-15 Property Destruction - A victim, who resides on Yorktown Road in Lexington Park, reported hearing glass break upstairs. Unknown suspect(s) possibly shot the window out with a BB gun, however no projectiles were found. CASE #22680-15
 
4-21-15 Burglary - A victim, who resides in Lexington Park, reported unknown suspect(s) entered his shed and stole property. Case remains open. CASE #22888-15
 
4-21-15 Burglary - A victim, who resides in Lexington Park, reported unknown suspect(s) forcibly entered 3 sheds on her property. Nothing appeared to have been stolen. Case remains open. CASE #22890-15
 
4-21-15 Burglary - A complainant reported unknown suspect(s) entered a shed on the property of a vacant residence in Lexington Park. Nothing appeared to have been stolen. Case remains open. CASE #22896-15 

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Lexington Park, Maryland - On April 22, 2015, at 10:20 PM, Deputy Muschette responded to Fox Chase Drive, for the report of a man with a gun. A caller to 9 1 1 provided a description of  the suspect with the gun. Deputy Muschette observed two subjects in the area matching the description and they were detained. 
 
The investigation revealed, the victim, a tow truck driver for Precision Towing, alleged the two subjects became angry at him for being in the apartment complex. During the exchange, one of the two subjects, identified as suspect Mark Albert Fenwick, age 22, of Lexington Park, produced a handgun. Fenwick then pointed the handgun at the victim. Fearing for his life, the victim quickly got into the truck and left, while Fenwick ran into a nearby stairwell in the apartment complex. 
 
During the incident, Fenwick threatened to shoot another resident in the apartment complex after the resident looked outside to see what was happening. 
 
Mark Albert Fenwick
 
Fenwick was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center. He was charged with 1st Degree Assault. CASE #23060-15

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OFFICERS APPREHEND PEEPING TOM AFTER WITNESS CALLS POLICE: On April 23 at 12 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 1100 block of Heritage Place in Waldorf for the report of a male standing outside of a building, peeping through several windows of an apartment. The witness provided 911 with a description of the suspect and stayed on the phone with call takers until police arrived. Officers located the suspect nearby. Further investigation revealed the suspect was in possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. William Thomas Chisley, Jr., 44, of Waldorf, was arrested and charged with trespassing and possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. Officer S. Hooper investigated.
 
ATTEMPTED THEFT: On April 22 at 2:55 a.m., officers responded to the 2900 block of Marsh Hawk Drive in Waldorf for the report of a theft from a vehicle. Upon arrival, officers located numerous vehicles that had been broken into. Officer C. Chamblee is investigating.
 
BURLGARY: Sometime between 5 a.m. and 4 p.m. April 21, unknown suspect(s) broke into a residence in the 100 block of Cypress Place in Indian Head and stole several items. Officer E. Caballero is investigating.
 
BURGLARY: Sometime between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 21, unknown suspect(s) broke into a residence in the 2000 block of Rosewood Drive in Waldorf by using an axe to get in through a back door. The suspect(s) entered the house, broke open a safe and stole several items including two handguns. Officer R. Johnson is investigating.
 
ATTEMPTED BREAKING AND ENTERING: Sometime between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. April 21, unknown suspects attempted to break into a residence in the 8300 block of Venture Drive in Waldorf but did not get in. Investigation revealed the wooden interior frame of the front door had been damaged. Officer B. Moore is investigating.
 
THEFT: On April 21, a technician was checking the site of a cell tower in the 3900 block of Crestwood Place in Indian Head regarding a problem that was reported on April 19. Investigation revealed property had been stolen from the site. Cpl. R. Cadrette is investigating.
 

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Detective Corporal Raddatz of the Criminal Investigations Division received information alleging suspect James Deshawn Bowman, age 35, of Callaway, had engaged in sexual intercourse with a 15 year old victim. The sexual encounters occurred several times over the last year and while the victim and other family members were living with Bowman in St. Mary's County. 
 
On April 22, 2015, Bowman was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center. He was charged with 3rd Degree Sexual Offense and Sexual Abuse of a Minor. 

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Lexington Park - On April 19, 2015, deputies responded to the Queen Anne Park Apartment complex on Great Mills Road, for a reported assault. Deputies located 2 male victims with significant injuries. One of the victims had a large cut on his face and a possible head injury. He was flown to an area hospital for treatment. The second victim was transported to MedStar St. Mary's Hospital by ambulance. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. 
 
The investigation revealed a female began to argue with the two victims over a parking space. The female told her boyfriend, identified as suspect Tavon Mariando Thompson, age 18, of no fixed address, and his friend identified as suspect Deodis Lee Clyburn, JR., age 20, of Lexington Park, who then confronted the two victims in front of an apartment on Eric Road. Thompson and Clyburn began to strike the victims in the face. Clyburn struck one of the victims knocking him out. As the victim lay on the pavement, Clyburn stomped the victim's face with his foot. Clyburn then stole the same victim's property while he lay on the pavement unconscious. Meanwhile, Thompson was assaulting the second victim by punching him in the face until bystanders intervened. Thompson tried to steal the second victim's wallet, however the victim was able to stop him. 
 
Thompson and Clyburn were placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center. 
 
Thompson was charged with Robbery, 1st Degree Assault, and 2nd Degree Assault.
 
Tavon Thompson
 
 
Clyburn was charged with Robbery, 1st Degree Assault, 2nd Degree Assault, and Theft Under $1,000.   
 
Deodis Clyburn, JR.

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Great Mills, Maryland - On April 22, 2015, at 5:19 PM, deputies, fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel responded to Boothe Farm Lane located off of Flat Iron Road, for a serious motor vehicle crash. Deputies located a single vehicle that had crashed into a tree. The driver and sole occupant of the 2000 Chrysler Cirrus, identified as Ashley Lauren Taylor, age 25, of California, Maryland, was pronounced dead on the scene.

Sheriff's Office Collision Reconstruction Unit members responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. The preliminary investigation indicated Taylor was traveling westbound on Boothe Farm Lane when she lost control of the vehicle, left the roadway, and struck a tree. At this time, speed is believed to be a contributing factor. Anyone who may have witnessed or who has information regarding this crash. that has not already provided a statement, is asked to contact Corporal Brian Connelly ID #151 at 301.863.4816 X 1456.

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The Airport Land Use Study public meeting previously scheduled for Monday, May 4 is rescheduled for Monday, July 13 at 6 p.m. in the Commissioners’ meeting room at the Charles County Government Building (200 Baltimore Street, La Plata).
 
The purpose of this study is to evaluate land uses around the Maryland Airport located in Charles County. This study will also evaluate the airport impacts on nearby populations and the environment. The Planning Commission will consider public comments at this meeting.
 
The proposed Airport Land Use Study is available online at www.charlescountymd.gov/pgm/planning/planning or by e-mail upon request. 
 
For more information, contact Ms. Theresa Pickeral, Clerk to the Planning Commission, at 301-645-0638 or PickerTh@CharlesCountyMD.gov.

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Drug Possession – On April 17, 2015, Deputy Flerlage stopped a silver Dodge sport utility vehicle for a traffic violation. Upon making contact with the driver and sole occupant, identified as Joseph Jeremiah Reed, age 33, of Waldorf, Deputy Flerlage smelled an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A probable cause search was conducted at which time a cellophane baggie containing two (2) blue pills, (suspected oxycodone), was located under the passenger side front seat.  Reed was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Possession Controlled Dangerous Substance: Not Marijuana. CASE #21836-15
 
Assault – On April 18, 2015, Deputy Schultz responded to a residence on Park Pines Drive in Lexington Park, for a reported assault. The victim alleged suspect Edwin Standford Foote, JR., age 52, of Lexington Park, poked the victim in the face then grabbed the victim’s chin. The victim attempted to leave in a vehicle, however Foote stood in front of the car door. Foote moved after the victim threatened to call police. Foote was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd Degree Assault. CASE #22132-15
 
Assault – On April 18, 2015, Deputy H. Smith responded to a residence in the 39000 block of Mount Wolf Road in Charlotte Hall, for a reported attempted burglary. The victim alleged suspect, Marc Joseph Batholomew, age 47, of Charlotte Hall, began arguing with the victim over damage to a window. Batholomew picked the victim up under the armpits and pushed the victim into a hallway. Batholomew was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd Degree Assault. The burglary was unfounded. CASE #22161-15
 
Theft – On April 18, 2015, Deputy Knott responded to the California Walmart for a reported theft. A loss prevention employee alleged suspect Katherine Marie Higgs, age 37, of Avenue,entered the self-checkout with a cart full of merchandise. She scanned and paid for a few of the items then attempted to leave the store with entire cart of merchandise. The value of the stolen items was over $130.00. Higgs was charged with Theft Under $1,000 by criminal citation. CASE #22182-15
 
Trespassing – On April 19, 2015, Deputy K. Molitor responded to St. Mary’s College for a reported trespasser on the campus. On 4/18/15 at 11:07 PM, suspect Andrew Dennis Richardson, age 22, of North Potomac, was issued a notice not to trespass on the college property. A few hours later, Richardson returned to the campus. He was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Trespassing on School Grounds. CASE #22356-15
 
Theft/Drug Possession – On April 19, 2015, Corporal Seyfried responded to the California Walmart for a reported theft. A loss prevention employee reported suspects Patricia Josephine Fields, age 23, of Leonardtown, and Amber Renne Stewart, age 24, of Lusby, stole items of merchandise from the business. They concealed the items and had passed all points of sale when they were stopped by loss prevention. The total value of merchandise was over $80.00. During a search conducted after their arrest, both suspects were found to be in possession of hypodermic needles used to inject heroin. Fields and Stewart were transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Theft Under $100 and Possession Paraphernalia. CASE #22428-15
 
First Degree Assault – On April 20, 2015, Corporal Corcoran responded to a residence on Columbus Drive in Lexington Park, for a reported assault involving a knife. The victim alleged suspect Kenyada Sharna Scriber, age 26, of Lexington Park, grabbed a knife from a bedroom and stabbed the victim in the hand during an argument. Scriber was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with 1st and 2nd Degree Assault. CASE #22521-15      
 
Drug Possession – On April 20, 2015, Deputy Fennessey responded to a residence on Horseshoe Road in Clements, at the request of members of the Maryland Department of Public Safety Warrant Apprehension Unit. Detectives responded to the residence to serve an arrest warrant on Laffan Xavier Price, age 57, of Leonardtown. Detectives observed a male suspect matching the description of Price fleeing on foot. The male was subsequently apprehended and identified as Laffan Price. As Price fled on foot, detectives saw him throw a clear plastic bag under a vehicle. Inside the bag were several smaller folded pieces of paper containing suspected heroin. Price was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Possession Controlled Dangerous Substance – Not Marijuana. CASE #22549-15

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As the weather warms and boating season begins, DNR reminds boaters to be on the lookout for zebra mussels and to take precautions to prevent their spread. Department biologists recently found a significant increase in this harmful invasive during their most recent zebra mussel monitoring effort in the upper Chesapeake Bay.
 
Every fall for the last three years, DNR has inspected marker buoys and anchors as they are brought aboard the Department’s buoy-tending vessel, the A.V. Sandusky, for winter storage. This past fall, there were approximately 35 times more attached mussels and colonized anchors compared to the year prior.
 
Also during this time, two alert watermen submitted specimens of zebra mussels that had colonized their fishing gear on the Susquehanna Flats. Citizen sightings ─ such as zebra mussel larvae entering water system intakes, and adults attaching to infrastructure ─ help DNR assess trends in the population.
 
Boaters and anglers who use the lower Susquehanna River and upper Bay can help prevent the spread of zebra mussels to other Maryland waters by taking these precautions:
 
Remove all aquatic plants and mud from boats, motors and trailers; and put the debris in trash containers.
Drain river water from boat motors, bilges, live wells, bait buckets and coolers before leaving to prevent these aquatic hitchhikers from riding along.
Dispose of unused live bait on shore, far from the river or Bay or in trash containers.
Rinse boats, motors, trailers, live wells, bait buckets, coolers and scuba gear with high pressure or hot water between trips to different water bodies.
Dry everything at least two days, and preferably five days, between outings.
Limit boating from place to place ─ particularly between the Susquehanna and upper Bay to other water bodies in Maryland ─ where zebra mussels haven’t invaded.
DNR also asks that people who live, recreate and work on the water report any suspected sightings to invasivemussels.dnr@maryland.gov or 410-260-8604. More information is available at dnr.maryland.gov/invasives/ZebraMussel.asp, including a reporting form and fact sheet that differentiates zebra mussels from their lookalikes.
 
Since its inadvertent introduction into the Great Lakes in the mid-1980s, the zebra mussel has spread rapidly throughout freshwater habitats of the United States, causing billions of dollars in damage to infrastructure. In places where they have established, they have out-competed native freshwater mussels, altered aquatic ecosystems and contributed to the rise of harmful algal blooms.  In Maryland, they are currently restricted to the lower Susquehanna River and upper Chesapeake Bay, but their impacts are unknown.

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(La Plata, Maryland) – On April 20, 2015 at approximately 3:48 p.m., troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata barrack responded to a collision on U.S. Route 301 at Mitchell Road, La Plata, Maryland. The collision occurred directly in front of the La Plata Barrack. As a result of the collision a female driver was killed after the car she was driving was struck by another vehicle and overturned.
The victim has been identified as Agnes Dyson, 46, of White Plains, Maryland. She was
pronounced dead at the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center, La Plata, Maryland after being transported from the scene by ambulance. Her body has been taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy.
A preliminary investigation conducted by troopers from the La Plata Barrack, with the
assistance of the Maryland State Police Crash Team, indicates a 2012 Audi A3 was travelling northbound on U.S. Route 301 approaching Mitchell Road. At the same time, a 1991 Volvo 940 was traveling southbound on U.S. Route 301 at Mitchell Road. As the Audi approached Mitchell Road on a steady green signal, the Volvo attempted to make a left turn onto Mitchell Road. The Volvo pulled into the path of the Audi subsequently causing the Audi to strike the passenger side of the Volvo. The Volvo came to rest against the traffic light support pole at the northeast corner of the intersection. The
Audi came to rest in the same area resting on the driver’s side.

 

Due to the severity of the crash, troopers closed northbound U.S. Route 301 for approximately 2 hours for the collision reconstruction. State Highway Administration personnel assisted with road closures. The Maryland State Police Aviation Section, Trooper 2, responded to the scene for a medevac, however was not utilized.
Sergeant S. Van Bennekum, the barrack Duty Officer, immediately responded to the area from the barrack and was joined by other troopers. Sergeant Van Bennekum, Corporal J. Zimmerman, and Trooper First Class W. Scarlett conducted the on-scene investigation and reconstruction.

 

Anyone who may have witnessed this crash is asked to contact the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack at (301) 392-1200. The investigation is continuing.

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