Charles County Sheriff’s detectives are continuing their investigation into the death of Ji’Aire Donnell Lee, 3, who was found deceased last month at Wills Memorial Park in La Plata. On June 24, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore ruled the manner of death a homicide and the cause of death dehydration and hypothermia.
The investigation started on May 22, at 6:55 a.m., when officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office and La Plata Town Police responded to the park upon being notified of a woman who had been pushing a toddler in a swing for an unusually long period of time. When officers arrived, they found Ji’Aire’s mother pushing him in the swing but Ji’Aire was deceased. There were no obvious signs of trauma. Ji’Aire’s mother, 24, was transported to a hospital for an evaluation.
The investigation showed Ji’Aire and his mother arrived at the park on Wednesday, May 20 at about 11:15 a.m. Ji’Aire, who was alive, was placed in the swing where he stayed until he and his mother were discovered. Additional details are not available at this point and the case will be reviewed by the Charles County State’s Attorney’s Office.
BURGLARY: On June 29 at 8:50 a.m., officers responded to Keepsake Place in Waldorf for the report of a burglary. The homeowner reported suspect(s) broke into his house and stole several new tires he had just purchased. PFC D. Walker is investigating.
BURGLARY: On June 29 between 9:15 a.m. to 12:20 p.m., unknown suspects broke into a house in the 4600 block of Grebe Place in Waldorf and stole jewelry, shoes and electronics. Witnesses say the suspects may have been in a light-colored pick-up truck. PFC D. Butler is investigating.
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: On June 29 at 2:08 a.m., officers responded to the 2400 block of Lake Drive in Waldorf for the sound of possible gunshots. When officers arrived, they saw two juveniles fleeing on foot. The teens were apprehended and investigation showed the juveniles – a 14-year-old female and a 15-year-old male – had broken several windows in the area of Lake Drive, Holly Station and Calico Woods. The juveniles were charged with destruction of property. Officer C. Gustafson is investigating.
THEFT OF MOTOR SCOOTERS: Sometime between June 28 and June 29, unknown suspect(s) stole two Razor E100 motor scooters from an open garage in the 4100 block of Arthur Ross Place in Indian Head. One scooter is lime green and the other is blue. PFC D. E. Raby is investigating.
BURGLARY: On June 28 at 5 a.m., officers responded to the 5300 block of Emma Lane in Indian Head for the report of a burglary. A witness said she was outside with her dog when she heard a noise coming from the garage area, but she thought it was her relatives and she did not investigate. An hour later, the woman went to the garage where she noticed a TV, a game system and some fishing poles had been stolen. PFC. D. E. Raby is investigating.
THEFT FROM AUTO: On June 28 at 5:55 a.m., officers responded to the 1000 block of Kenneth Court in Indian Head for the report of a theft from an auto. The victim said he left his work truck unlocked and someone broke into it during the overnight hours and stole tools, copper, and a GPS unit. PFC D. E. Raby is investigating.
STOLEN FIREARM RECOVERED: On June 27 at 1 a.m., Cpl. M. Sokoloff initiated a traffic stop in the area of St. Patrick’s Drive. Upon approaching the driver, Cpl. Sokoloff detected a strong odor of alcohol. The driver was arrested after failing several sobriety tests. Upon searching the car, Cpl. Sokoloff found a semi-automatic handgun which had been reported stolen in North Carolina. Further investigation showed the driver, Erik William Schmidt, 29, of Washington, D.C. is prohibited to have firearms due to prior convictions. While at the detention center, Schmidt made threats to harm Cpl. Sokoloff and his family. Schmidt was charged with driving under the influence, possession of a stolen firearm, felon in possession of a firearm and making threats against a police officer.
BURGLARY: On June 24 between 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., unknown suspect(s) broke into a house in the 3600 block of Old Washington Road in Waldorf and stole money and the car keys to the victim’s truck. When the homeowner arrived home, he noticed his 1998 Dodge Dakota had been stolen. PFC P. Morgan is investigating.
The Board of Education of Calvert County and the Calvert Association of Supervisors and Administrators (CASA) reached tentative agreement for a multi-year collective bargaining agreement beginning FY16.
Under the tentative agreement reached on June 25, 2015, the parties agreed to a three-year contract with FY17 and FY18 open articles to include salary/compensation and up to one other article selected by each party.
The new agreement includes language regarding the 10- and 11-month employee work year, leave, evaluation, hiring selection process, and placement on salary schedule.
No salary or step increases were included in the tentative agreement; however, the parties agreed that further negotiations may occur if additional unrestricted operating funds, in excess of that necessary to support programs and services deemed by the Superintendent as essential to the operation of the system, become available to the school system from the state or county funding sources during FY’16.
CASA and the Board must now ratify the tentative agreement.
Destruction of Property Case #15-34071:
Overnight between June 22 and 23, someone slashed two tires on a vehicle belonging to Chesapeake Security Services. The damage occurred while the vehicle was parked outside a home in the 2800 block of Lochness Lane in Chesapeake Beach. Dep. A. Curtin is investigating.
CDS Violation Case #15-34241:
On June 24 at 1:13 a.m. Dep. D. Naughton conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Md. Rt. 4 in Solomons. He found the driver, Christopher Alexander Staley, 22, of Lexington Park, to be in possession of suspected drugs. Staley was arrested and charged with possession of Oxycodone, possession of Suboxone, and possession of drug paraphernalia; a one dollar bill.
Theft Case #15-34274:
DFC J. Lord is investigating the theft of $1,000 worth of copper wiring from a home in the 3900 block of 3rd Street in North Beach that occurred between June 23 and 24.
Burglary Case #15-34382:
A home in the 12000 block of Catalina Drive in Lusby was discovered on June 24 to have been burglarized. Copper piping valued at $300 was stolen and damage in the amount of $1,200 was done. Dep. G. Gott is investigating.
CDS Violation Case #15-34396:
On June 24 at 9:48 p.m. Dep. C. Idol observed a vehicle being driven erratically that had been called in by a citizen who reported the vehicle had almost hit another vehicle. The vehicle driver turned into the Kmart parking lot and came to a stop. Idol made contact with the driver who appeared to be under the influence. The driver, identified as Chase Kenneth Tasker, 30, of Chesapeake Beach, was found to be under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance and was charged with that offense as well as possession of Oxycodone in sufficient amount to indicate an intent to distribute.
Theft from Vehicle Case #15-34429:
Someone smashed out the passenger side front window of a vehicle at a home on Cross Point Road in Owings overnight between June 24 and 25 and stole a purse containing a wallet with a credit card inside that was discovered to have been in used at various locations in Prince George’s County. DFC J. Hardesty is continuing to investigate.
Destruction of Property Case #15-34833:
Unknown suspect(s) smashed the driver side window of a vehicle outside a home in the 4700 block of Maryland Avenue in St. Leonard between June 26 and 27. Nothing was missing from inside the vehicle. Cpl. E. Basham is investigating.
CDS Violation Case #15-35100:
On June 28 at 6:50 p.m. Dep. T. Holt responded to a call for a fight that was occurring on Oyster House Road in Broomes Island. One of the subjects involved in the fight was reported to be leaving the scene in a vehicle and witnesses advised the driver was noticeably intoxicated. DFC J. Denton and Cpl. E. Basham observed the suspect vehicle and were attempting a traffic stop but the vehicle would not stop. They cornered the vehicle at Church Road and School Road. The driver of the vehicle, identified as Karen Sue Nims refused to exit the vehicle. She was assisted out of the vehicle by Basham and Dep. Holt. Holt detected a strong odor of alcohol emitting from Nims and her speech was slurred. Nims advised she would submit to a field sobriety test then became upset and started to walk away, falling into the rear of her vehicle. While being placed under arrest she kicked at the officers, striking Holt in the leg. She was arrested and placed into the patrol vehicle, at which time she began to yell and scream profanities. Nims was found to have suspected drugs on her. She was charged with possession of Oxycontin and resisting arrest as well as driving under the influence.
The Calvert County Division of Parks and Recreation announces the Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center in Prince Frederick will be temporarily closed for eight weeks starting July 13, 2015, to complete warranty repairs to the competition pool’s surface.
Patrons holding active passes to the Hall Aquatic Center will have their passes honored at Kings Landing and Cove Point pools from July 13 through Labor Day. There will be extended lap swimming available at Cove Point from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., Monday through Friday and 12 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. In addition, lap swimming will be available at Kings Landing from 6 to 8 a.m., Monday through Friday.
Current pass holders whose passes expire after Aug. 16, 2015, will receive a five-week extension on their passes. Individuals who purchase a pass before July 13, 2015, may purchase their pass at a pro-rated cost or extend their pass five weeks.
To learn more about Calvert County Parks and Recreation aquatic operations, visit online at www.co.cal.md.us/parks or call 410-535-1600, ext. 2649.
For more information on Calvert County Government, visit www.co.cal.md.us. Like Calvert County Government on Facebook.
New lower toll rates effective July 1, 2015. Visit mdta.maryland.gov and click on Toll Rate Calculator. The new cash toll rate for two-axle vehicles at the Bay Bridge is $4 and the new E-ZPass Maryland rate is $2.50.
With the summer travel season underway and the July 4th holiday falling on a Saturday this year, the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) anticipates heavy traffic volumes on the Bay Bridge Thursday, July 2, through Sunday, July 5. Weather permitting, the MDTA will implement two-way traffic operations to help alleviate eastbound delays.
The MDTA offers the following travel tips for this holiday weekend:
- Travel off-peak when heading to and from the Eastern Shore. The best times to travel the Bay Bridge this weekend include :
Thursday – Before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
Friday– before 7 a.m. and after 8 p.m.
Saturday, 4th of July – before 10 a.m. and after 5 p.m.
Sunday – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
- Don't Wing It. Plan Ahead!
Call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for 24/7 Bay Bridge traffic conditions.
Visit baybridge.com to view traffic cameras and to sign up for email alerts.
Follow the MDTA at twitter.com/TheMDTA and facebook.com/TheMDTA.
Ease your travel with E-ZPass. Visit ezpassmd.com to enroll on-line and for a list of E-ZPass "On the Go" retail locations.
Know Before You Go - To view traffic cameras on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov. Call 511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information.
I-95 in Baltimore City
A major rehabilitation project is underway on I-95 in Baltimore City. Expect reduced lane widths, lane shifts and split traffic lanes along I-95 between the Fort McHenry Tunnel and Caton Avenue (Exit 50).
- The left lane on northbound I-95 between Exit 50 (Caton Avenue) and Exit 52 (Russell Street) is continuously closed (24/7).
- Current traffic patterns and project details are available at i95bmore.com or use #i95bmore on Twitter.
- Motorists should consider the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695) or the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895) if their destinations are north or south of Baltimore.
The MDTA will lift construction-related temporary lane closures from Friday, July 3, at 5 a.m. through Monday, July 6, at 8 p.m.
For your safety and the safety of other motorists and emergency personnel:
- Do not park along highway shoulders or stop on bridges to watch fireworks.
- Pay attention to lane markings and rumble strips on the Bay Bridge westbound span. Lane changes between the westbound left and center lanes are prohibited for the entire span, whether or not two-way operations are in effect.
- Headlights are required at all times on the Bay Bridge.
- Obey posted speed limits and overhead lane-use control signals.
- Devote your full attention to driving – it is illegal to text or use hand-held cell phones while driving in Maryland.
- State law requires that every passenger in a moving vehicle be secured with a seat belt or child safety restraint.
- Do not tailgate - keep a safe following distance.
- Do not change lanes while traveling over bridges and through tunnels.
- Keep your eyes on the road – do not sight-see.
- Make sure your vehicle is "road ready."
- If your vehicle becomes disabled, remain inside and call #77 for assistance.
- State law requires vehicles to move over when approaching an emergency vehicle or tow truck using visual signals. If you are unable to move over, slow down.
For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA.
The MDTA thanks motorists for their patience. Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt!
For Statewide traffic conditions, visit md511.org.
Monday morning at 12:16 a.m., firefighters from the Seventh District Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call at Coltons Point Road and Bill's Way, Clements for the report of a fire. After an investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office it was determined that two separate Mailboxes were destroyed as a result of an incendiary fire. The second mailbox located at 36740 Hayes Lane, Maddox, MD was discovered a short time after the first was extinguished. There were no injuries as a result of either fire. Anyone with information about either fire is urged to call 443-550-6833.
On Thursday June 25, 2015 the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Bureau (CIB) with assistance from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and the Southern Maryland Information Center (SMIC) conducted an operation targeting Prostitution and Human Trafficking. During the operation numerous contacts with individuals soliciting prostitution were made. During the course of the day's operation six adult males, who were soliciting sex in exchange for US Currency, were arrested and charged with Solicitation of Prostitution.
Typically, the encounters between individuals engaged in prostitution are facilitated through the use of cellular phones, web-based classified ads and/or social media sites. The ads are posted by both those who seek prostitutes and those who are seeking clients. Meeting locations vary from parking lots to rooms in local hotels.
An operation of similar type was conducted by CIB in April of 2015 resulting in two arrests of adult males who were charged with Solicitation of Prostitution. CIB continues to monitor the prostitution culture through various investigative methods and assistance from the community. Prostitution offenses often go hand in hand with drug and alcohol abuse, as well as robberies of prostitutes and/or clients soliciting sexual encounters. The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office continues to work diligently to eliminate these quality of life crimes, while aggressively combating a Human Trafficking aspect associated with prostitution.
To ensure the success of this operation, approximately 20 law enforcement officers and a multiagency coordinated effort was put together by CIB detectives.
LEONARDTOWN, MD (June 29, 2015) – Vibriosis (vibrio) is a rare but potentially dangerous infection associated with swimming in natural waters, particularly warm bodies of salt or brackish water such as the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Maryland averages approximately 25 cases of vibrio infection each year, according to state officials.
The vibrio vulnificus bacterium can cause an infection of the skin when open wounds are exposed to warm seawater. These infections may lead to skin breakdown and ulceration. While healthy people can also get sick, people with weakened immune systems, particularly those with chronic liver disease, are at increased risk for invasion of the organism into the bloodstream and potentially fatal complications.
There are steps that can be taken to avoid this bacterial infection:
Wait at least 48 hours after a significant rain event before swimming, and then swim in open waters. Rain events often create high bacteria counts in natural waters due to storm water runoff.
Use caution and avoid swimming when the natural water temperatures rise past 80 degrees.
Don’t swim in natural waters if your immune system is compromised, if you have an infection, or if you have existing cuts or sores.
If you are injured while swimming (e.g., cut a finger while crabbing, get scraped by a shell or sharp object), thoroughly wash the wound when you get out of the water.
Shower thoroughly after swimming and before eating anything.
Wear gloves when handling raw shellfish or crabs and their drippings.
Keep open cuts and sores away from raw shellfish or crabs, their drippings, and coastal waters.
Do not eat raw or undercooked shellfish or crabs. Cook these items completely and throw away shellfish that do not open during cooking. Vibrio vulnificus bacteria are not a result of pollution so, although oysters should always be obtained from a reputable source, eating oysters from “clean” waters or in restaurants with high turnover does not provide protection. Only heat can destroy the bacteria.
Symptoms of vibrio can start from 12 to 72 hours after exposure. If you notice any symptoms of fever, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach pain after eating shellfish or crabs, or if there is increased swelling, redness, pain, or blistering at the site of a cut or sore, call your health care provider immediately.
For more information about vibrio vulnificus, visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website.
The Charles County Commissioners are providing support to residents affected by the June 27 storm event in Wayside/Morgantown area of the county. Vegetative debris removal is available starting today, June 29 through Friday, July 10.
Homeowners are encouraged to bring their limbs and branches to the side of the road to be removed by Department of Public Works staff. To participate in this program and arrange for pickup service, call 301-932-3440.
For more information on the county’s debris removal efforts, contact the Department of Public Works at 301-932-3440. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.
Theft: On 6/22/15 at 11:36 am, Trooper Warrick responded to the 3700 block of Bedford Dr. in North Beach for a domestic dispute in progress. The parties had ended the dispute prior to Tpr. Warrick’s arrival. Tony F. Hubbert Jr., 36 of North Beach, had left the area at that time taking the victim’s cell phone without her permission. Mr. Hubbert was located later in the day and was served with a criminal summons for the theft and assault.
Burglary & Destruction of Property: On 6/25/15 at 6:47 am, Trooper First Class Costello responded to the St. Leonard Elementary School in St. Leonard for a burglary and destruction of property complaint. Unknown suspect(s) entered a shed and destroyed school property. Investigation continues.
Open Warrant / Possession of CDS: On 6/26/15 at 3:56 pm, Trooper First Class Costello located and arrested Leondre D. Commodore, 25 of Lusby for an open warrant. During a search incident to arrest suspected CDS was located on Commodore. He was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
DUI / Possession of Marijuana: On 6/27/15 at 9:11 am, Trooper Rucker responded to a reported hit and run accident at the split on Rt. 2 and Rt. 4. Both vehicles were located by an Off Duty Trooper at Rt. 4 and Kyler Rd. in Huntingtown. The driver, Kelsey L. Hardister, 25 of Clayton, NC, was arrested for DUI. A search revealed she had a knife concealed on her person and a counterfeit $100 bill. She was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. The passenger, Adolph J. Scott, 30 of Henderson, NC, was found to be in possession of less than 10 grams of Marijuana and was issued a Civil Citation and was released. Ownership of the Jaguar they were driving was unable to be established at that time and it was placed in storage. The owner was later identified and was notified of the vehicle storage.
Possession of Suboxone: On 6/28/15 at 3:31 pm, Trooper Warrick stopped a vehicle for traffic violations on Rt. 260 and Sansbury Rd. in Owings. Thomas H. Miller Jr., 32 of Owings, was able to perform the Standardized Field Sobriety Test successfully. While performing the test, a K9 unit from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Department arrived and a scan of the vehicle was positive. A probable cause search revealed Suboxone. Miller was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
The Charles County Sheriff’s Office recently purchased two new RADAR speed trailers to address and track traffic complaints throughout Charles County. The new solar-powered units are designed to remind motorists of their speed, alert them when they exceed the speed limit, and compile statistics on speeding trends in a particular location. No traffic tickets will be issued from the speed trailers nor do they photograph vehicles. The statistics will be used to conduct enforcement activities when appropriate.
Citizens may call (301) 932-3062 to request that a unit be placed in their neighborhood. Each unit will remain in one location for 5 to 7 days unless other circumstances exist, and a log of the rotation and speed survey results is being maintained by the Charles County Sheriff’s Office.
For more information about automated speed enforcement cameras visit http://www.ccso.us/automated-speed-enforcement-program/.
Calvert County Independence Day Schedule
The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners announces that county offices will be closed Friday, July 3, 2015, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. In addition:
• The county senior centers will be closed and Meals on Wheels will not be delivered Friday, July 3.
• There will be no county bus service Friday, July 3 or Saturday, July 4.
• Calvert Library locations will be closed Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4.
• Mt. Hope, Southern and Northeast community centers will be closed Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4.
• The Appeal Landfill and county convenience centers will be open Friday, July 3, with regular hours. The landfill and convenience centers will be closed Saturday, July 4.
• Chesapeake Hills Golf Course will be open with regular hours July 3-4.
• The Calvert Marine Museum will close 2 p.m., Friday, July 3, to prepare for the Barenaked Ladies, Violent Femmes and Colin Hay concert. The museum will be open Saturday, July 4, from 10 a.m.to 5 p.m.
• Flag Ponds Nature Park will be open Friday, July 3, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, July 4, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• Battle Creek Cypress Swamp will be open Friday, July 3, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, July 4, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Kings Landing Park will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4.
• Edward Hall Aquatic Center and Kings Landing and Cove Point Park pools will have normal operating hours Friday, July 3. All three pools will close at 5 p.m., Saturday, July 4.
Charles County Facility Closures for Independence Day Weekend
The Charles County Commissioners wish to remind residents of the following offices and facility schedule changes for Independence Day Weekend.
• All Charles County Government offices are closed Friday, July 3
• Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville will be closed Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4
• All Senior Centers are closed Friday, July 3.
• The Nanjemoy Community Center, Elite Gymnastics and Recreation Center, Port Tobacco Recreation Center and all other Community Centers will be closed from Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5
• VanGO will not be operating Saturday, July 4
• The Charles County Landfill and Recycling Center, Pisgah Recycling Center, Breeze Farm Convenience Center, Gilbert Run Convenience Center, and Piney Church Road Mulch Facility will not be operating Saturday, July 4
• Pools will be open 12 p.m. -5 p.m. for open swim on Saturday, July 4. Any patrons wearing red, white and blue on July 4 will only pay $2 for daily admission
• Charles County Department of Health will be closed Friday, July 3
• All branches of the Charles County Library will be closed Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5
For questions about County Government holiday closures, contact the Public Information Office at 301-885-2779 or PressRoom@CharlesCountyMD.gov. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.
St. Mary's County Independence Day Closures
All St. Mary’s County Government Administrative Offices will be closed Friday, July 3, 2015 for the Independence Day holiday. Offices will reopen Monday, July 6.
The St. Andrews Landfill, six (6) Convenience Centers, and St. Mary’s Transit System (STS) will be closed on Saturday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. The Convenience Centers and STS will operate under normal business hours on July 3 and July 5. However the Landfill, which is closed on Sundays, will reopen Monday, July 6.
The Statewide Special Transportation Assistance Program (SSTAP) will not be available Friday, July 3. Regular SSTAP hours will resume Monday, July 6.
All three St. Mary’s County libraries will be closed Friday - Sunday, July 3, 4 & 5 and reopen Monday, July 6 at 9 a.m.
All Senior Activity Centers will be closed on Friday, July 3 and there will be no Meals on Wheels delivery.
The National Weather Service confirmed Two tornadoes touched down in southern Maryland Saturday. The two EF-1 tornadoes, with peak winds of 90 miles per hour, were briefly on the ground at the same time as the "first was nearing its end, and the second was just getting started," the Weather Service said in a statement.
The tornadoes ripped up trees and damaged siding and shingles on homes. Falling trees flattened several barns and outbuildings, the Weather Service said.
13 structures, ranging from the roofs of 3 homes to 10 barns and other farming structures, are reported to have been damaged by the storms and heavy winds. There are no reports of any injuries.
The first tornado touched down in southern Charles County near Morgantown. It was on the ground from 4:28 p.m. until 4:36 p.m. for about 2.1 miles, the Weather Service said.
The second tornado was on the ground for more than a half-hour, from 4:32 p.m. until 5:07 p.m., and scraped a path of more than 16 miles, nearly crossing the width of St. Mary's County.
Mechanicsville, Maryland - On June 27, 2015, at 1:00 PM, deputies responded to the report of a serious motor vehicle crash on All Faith Church Road in the area of New Market Turner Rd. Deputies located a 1993 Dodge Dakota pickup truck off the roadway in the woods. The operator and sole occupant of the truck, identified as Eden Elizabeth Elrod, age 42 of Mechanicsville, was pronounced dead on the scene by Emergency Medical Services personnel.
St. Mary’s County Sheriff's Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. The preliminary investigation indicated the truck was traveling northbound on All Faith Church Road. The driver lost control while negotiating a sharp turn on the wet pavement and left the roadway. The truck traveled over a guardrail and struck a tree.
The investigation into this crash is ongoing. Speed is believed to be a factor in this crash. At this time, it is unknown if the driver was impaired by drugs and or alcohol. Anyone with information regarding this crash is asked to call Deputy First Class Brandon Foor ID#235 at 301.475.4200 x 2265.
Update: Morgantown Rd is now open. Use caution in the area for possible debris.
Glen Albin Rd is open to all traffic EXCEPT in front of 7448 Glen Albin Rd. There is a large sink hole in the roadway. Only one lane gets by at this location. USE EXTREME CAUTION in the area....Roads that remain closed are Morgantown Rd between Piccowaxen Creek Rd and 9995 Morgantown Rd.Use caution in area of Rock Point Rt 257 at Mill Run Rd part of the road is washed away. Use caution in these areas.
The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office needs the public's help in locating ROBERT DAMON PROCTOR, age 26, of no fixed address. Proctor is currently wanted for Failure to Appear in Court on an ARMED ROBBERY charge.
Anyone with information regarding Proctor's whereabouts is asked not to approach him and to call CRIME SOLVERS at 301.475.3333, or text a tip to "TIP239" plus your message to '"CRIMES" (274637). Or call the Sheriff's Officer at 301.475.4040. You may also contact Detective Melissa Hulse at 301.475.4200 x 1996.
St. Mary’s County CRIME SOLVERS offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary's County that leads to an arrest or indictment. Calls to CRIME SOLVERS are NOT RECORDED. CALLERS CAN REMAIN ANONYMOUS.
Leonardtown, MD – A suspected tornado has left damage in the Maddox section of the county.
Chief J.A. Nelson with the Seventh District Volunteer Fire Department reports about 50 trees are down in the area at this time along with power lines.
13 structures, ranging from the roofs of 3 homes to 10 barns and other farming structures, are reported to have been damaged by the storms and heavy winds. There are no reports of any injuries at this time.
The path of the storm appears to have been along MD 242 north with most of the initial damage reports coming from Horseshoe Road, Sunnyside Road, Pincushion Road and the Dr. Johnson Road area. Initially there were reports of a tornado which touched down in the area however those reports are unconfirmed at this time.
Several roads affected by the storm, including Marrow Road, Horseshoe Road and Hurry Road, are now open and passable. Drivers are asked to proceed with caution as some debris remains in the roadway.
Crews from the St. Mary’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation and State Highway Administration remained in the area to clear debris. Crews from the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) were also in the area to repair downed power lines.
On Friday June 26, 2015 at approximately 0730 hours, Troopers responded to the area of north bound MD Rt 5 and Mechanicsville Rd, Mechanicville, STM, MD for the report of a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle. Upon arrival a male was found unresponsive on the slow shoulder of MD Rt 5 south of Mechanicsville Rd with CPR being performed. EMS personnel arrived and the victim was transported to Charles Regional Memorial Hospital. While investigating the incident, it was determined the victim was jogging on the north bound slow shoulder of MD Rt 5 and collapsed. Several drivers passing by stopped to assist the victim, including EMS Personnel. During the ongoing investigation the unidentified male victim has been identified as Alejandro Timbol Bermudo, 51 years old, of Mechanicsville, MD. Next of kin has been notified. Anyone with additional information about the incident is requested to contact the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack. No foul play is suspected at this time.
The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is investigating several reports of a scam in which someone is calling residents claiming to be a police officer and warns the person they missed jury duty and must pay a fine or risk being arrested. The caller tells the person in order to clear their name, they must pay the fine over the phone and respond to the court house within a few days to see a judge. In some cases, the caller has provided specific names of judges and in once case, the caller altered their call back number to appear as the CCSO’s non-emergency line. Once the caller gains trust, they instruct the person to purchase a money card (similar to a charge card) and put a prepaid amount on the card. Once completed, the person is told to call back and provide the caller with the card’s pin number. In other cases, the scammer asks victims to provide credit card information or personal bank account information. The Charles County Sheriff’s Office does not make phone calls regarding jury duty nor does the Charles County Office of the Clerk call or email anyone for financial purposes. Anyone who receives a call of this nature is urged to hang up immediately. Persons who believe they may have been victims of this scam are asked to call Det. S. Webster at (301)609-6558.