ST. MARY’S COUNTY – Deputy State Fire Marshals investigated a room and contents fire at the Lexington Park Senior Apartments located at 21895 Pegg Road in Lexington Park.
The 72-year-old female occupant in Apartment 119 awoke to a small fire on her bed at approximately 11:30 a.m. this morning. As she evacuated the bedroom the fire grew large enough to activate the smoke detection system and the fire sprinkler located inside her room. As a result of the quick acting fire sprinkler, fire damage was contained to the bedroom and the estimated loss was limited to $1,500. The victim received mild smoke inhalation injuries and was treated and released at the scene.
Nearly 15 firefighters responded from Bay District, Hollywood and Pax River Fire Departments and placed the situation under control within one minute after arrival. Investigators determined the fire was caused by discarded smoking materials. No other injuries were reported during the incident. The victim is being relocated temporarily while the apartment is properly cleaned.
State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci stated, “Residential fire sprinklers are proven to save lives, prevent injuries and protect property and valuables. This is yet another example of how the presence of an automatic fire sprinkler system protected occupants and prevented substantial fire damage to residential property.”
Charles County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating three armed robberies that occurred at drug stores over the past few days. It appears one suspect committed two of the robberies, and two different suspects committed a similar robbery. Officers apprehended one suspect after the most recent robbery, and detectives are trying to establish whether or not all of the cases and suspects are connected. Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward.
On Feb. 8 at 9:09 p.m., officers responded to the CVS located in the 4200 block of Altamont Place in White Plains after receiving a 911 call about a robbery in progress. According to employees, a white male entered the store, approached the pharmacist, displayed a handgun and demanded Xanax – pills used to treat depression. Fearing for his safety, the pharmacist complied and the suspect fled. Patrol officers, detectives and a police K9 responded to the scene and began a canvass. During their search, Det. J. Riffle observed the suspect emerge from a wooded area near the CVS and get into a van that was parked nearby. Det. Riffle stopped the van and observed the suspect in the back. The suspect was positively identified as the person involved in the robbery and was arrested. Investigators determined the suspect, Robert Allan Krell, 32, of La Plata, fled after the robbery and went to a nearby store where he called a taxi. He then took a taxi back to the CVS where his intent was to pick up a backpack he left after the robbery. Detectives believe Krell may have been involved in a similar robbery that occurred on Feb. 7 at the CVS in La Plata. In that case, a lone white male brandished a handgun at a pharmacist and stole prescription Oxycodone pills. That investigation is continuing. Krell was charged with armed robbery, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and use of a handgun during a violent crime in the Altamont case. Anyone with additional information about these cases is asked to call Det. Det. C. Gregory at (301) 609-6507.
In another robbery that occurred on Feb. 8, two black males armed with a metal pole entered a CVS in the 3000 block of Technology Place in Waldorf and approached the pharmacy area. They jumped over the counter and stole several bottles of Promethazine – a drug often used as histamine or for pain control. A security camera captured images of the suspects as they committed the robbery. Anyone with information about their identities is asked to call Det. Hemsley at (301) 609-6470. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com. A cash reward of up to $1,000 is being offered by Charles County Crime Solvers.
Businesses that sell prescription drugs should take precautions by looking for unusual activity and reporting suspicious actions immediately.
In response to concerns about disorderly crowds, members of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Lexington Park COPs Unit coordinated an enforcement effort the night of February 5. Assisting in the effort were members of patrol, the K-9 division, alcohol enforcement coordinator, Leonardtown COPs officer, and Maryland State Police.
Deputies responded to calls in several locations throughout the evening regarding large disorderly crowds loitering, fighting, CDS, and alcohol citations. These areas included a private party at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department (HVFD), The Lexington Lounge, Pegg Road Shell Station, and IHOP.
As a result of the joint effort, several violations and arrests were issued:
- Two marijuana civil citations were issued by Deputy First Class A. Beishline on February 5. One was at the HVFD and the other at the Lexington Lounge.
- Four alcohol citations were issued by Corporal W. Ray, Deputy First Class V. Pontorno, and Deputy First Class A. Beishline. Three were at the HVFD, and one was outside the Lexington Lounge.
- Dontevious Trevon Dorsey, age 22, of Lexington Park, who was charged with assault on officer, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest at the IHOP, by Deputy First Class A. Beishline
- Kentwuan Lionel Wills, age 18, of Great Mills, who was charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct, at the IHOP by Sergeant C. Safford.
- Michael Andrew Dorsey, Jr., age 25, of Lexington Park, who was charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct at the IHOP, by Deputy First Class V. Pontorno.
- Michelle Angela Dorsey, age 26, of Lexington Park, who was charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct at the IHOP, by Corporal J. Stone.
- Steven Michael Ryan, age 26, of Lexington Park, who was charged with disorderly conduct and littering, on Great Mills Road, by Corporal J. Stone
- James Nathaniel Watkins, age 32, of, Lexington Park, who was arrested for multiple outstanding warrants, at the HVFD by Deputy J. Bittner.
(White Plains, Maryland) - On February 6, 2016, at approximately 8:39 p.m., Troopers from the Maryland State Police Barrack responded to a four vehicle collision on US Route 301 at Billingsley Road, White Plains, Maryland. As a result of the collision, a female passenger succumbed to her injuries at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
A preliminary investigation conducted by Troopers from the La Plata Barrack, indicates a Toyota Avalon operated by Charles Brockett of Chesapeake, Virginia was traveling northbound on US Route 301 at Billingsley Road, White Plains, Charles County, MD, in lane two approaching the red signal. At that time, a Ford Focus operated by Harold Rice of La Plata, MD, along with his front seat passenger, Theresa Wise of Waldorf, MD, was traveling eastbound on Billingsley Road crossing US Route 301 on the green signal. Mr. Brockett failed to stop at the steady circular red signal and struck the Ford on the passenger side of the vehicle in the intersection. The collision forced the Ford Focus to strike a Honda Accord operated by Jeanine Church of Charlotte Hall, MD, and a Pontiac Vibe operated by Danielle Boatman of Indian Head, MD, who were stationary on westbound Billingsley Road at the traffic light for US Route 301. As a result of the collision the passenger, Theresa Wise was flown by Maryland State Police Trooper 2 to Medstar Washington Hospital Center where she was pronounced deceased. Brockett and Rice were transported to University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries. Church and Boatman were not injured as a result of the collision. Upon completion of the investigation, the case will be presented to the Charles County States Attorney’s Office for determination of charges. The investigation is continuing…
Anyone who may have witnessed this collision is asked to call Cpl. Zimmerman of the Maryland State Police Crash Team at (301) 392-1231 or the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack at (301) 392-1200.
A team from Milton M. Somers Middle School advances to the state MathCounts event after finishing in second place overall among 21 competing teams at the Southern Maryland competition held Feb. 4 at Calvert Middle School. The top five competing teams advance to the state MathCounts competition, which will be held later this spring. Middle school teams from Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties competed in the regional competition.
Members of the Somers team are seventh graders Jack Glassman, Erin Possehl and Emily Smith, and eighth grader Brandon Luton. The team coach is Jennifer Rowland, math teacher at Somers. This is the fourth consecutive year that a team from Somers advanced to the state level.
Smith earned first place among competing students in the individual rankings. Piccowaxen Middle School eighth grader Jake Burgess also advances to the state-level tournament based on his individual performance. The competition consists of four rounds in which students compete and earn points both as team members and individuals.
In the sprint round, students individually complete a 30-question test. In the target round, students have four sets of math problems and are given six minutes to complete each set of two questions. During the team round, students receive 20 minutes to complete 10 questions as a team. The final round is a Jeopardy-style countdown round in which the top 12 students compete against each other.
MathCounts is one of the country's largest and most successful education partnerships involving volunteers, educators, industry sponsors and students. The regional competition is sponsored by the three Southern Maryland public school systems, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, Inc., and the National Society of Professional Engineers. For more information about MathCounts, visit https://www.mathcounts.org/.
Burglary Case #16-6443:
On February 4, 2016 Deputy R. Wilson was called to Pinewood Court in Chesapeake Beach for the report of a home burglary. Sometime between January 27 - February 4, someone entered the unoccupied home and stole a heat pump motor.
Burglary Case #16-5821:
On February 1, 2016 Deputy T. Holt was dispatched to Catalina Drive in Lusby for the report of a burglary. Sometime earlier in the day someone forcibly entered the home and stole a 40” Sony TV and the victim’s checkbook.
Burglary Case #16-5676:
On February 1, 2016 Deputy M. Trigg responded to Skipjack Road in Prince Frederick for a burglary that took place in the overnight hours of January 31 - February 1. The suspect (s) entered unlocked sea containers and removed several Zhejiang Qiye 4-wheelers and a Generac 3250 watt generator. If anyone recalls seeing suspicious activity in the area during this time period, they are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office.
Destruction of Property Case #16-6598:
On February 4, 2016 Deputy T. Mohler was dispatched to Lottie Fowler Road in Prince Frederick for the report of a damaged vehicle. Sometime overnight the suspect(s) gained entry to a vehicle by breaking out the window. At this time nothing appears to be missing.
Destruction of Property Case #16-6057:
On January 31, 2016 Deputy G. Shrawder was called to Hallowing Point Road in Prince Frederick for the report of damage to property. A vehicle was driven through the front yard of the victim’s property, causing tire tracks and ruts. There are no suspect(s) at this time.
Disorderly Conduct Case #16-6876:
On February 6, 2016 Deputy T. Mohler received a radio dispatch regarding a suspicious vehicle seen in the Prince Frederick Crossing subdivision and the sole occupant was armed with a knife. After a vehicle pursuit involving a PIT maneuver, the vehicle was brought to a stop. After a brief struggle, James Stewart Brown, III, 34, of Chesapeake Beach was removed from the vehicle and ultimately transported to the Detention Center where he was charged with Failure to Obey a Lawful Order, Disorderly Conduct and served with an open Warrant.
Theft Case# 16-6624:
On February 4, 2016 Deputy T. Mohler received a call of a theft from vehicle, which was parked at the shopping center on Market Square Drive, in Prince Frederick. The vehicle owner mistakenly left the vehicle unlocked and their wallet on the seat.
Theft Case #16-6567:
On February 5, 2016 Deputy M. Trigg was called to Lottie Fowler Road, in Prince Frederick, for the report of a theft from vehicle. Sometime during the night a suspect(s) entered the victim’s unlocked vehicle and stole two (2) 12” Buck hunting knives.
Theft Case #16-6041:
On February 2, 2016 Deputy E. Basham responded to the Prince Frederick Giant grocery store for the report of a stolen wallet. When the victim entered the store he had his wallet in his pocket. At some point, while shopping, someone bumped into him and he suspects that is when he was the victim of a pickpocket.
Theft Case #16-6007:
On February 2, 2016 Deputy P. Mosely was dispatched to Lake Drive in Lusby for the report of a theft. Sometime between January 21 - January 22, 2016 someone removed the rear registration plate from the victim’s vehicle.
Theft Case #16-5700:
On February 1, 2016 Deputy E. Basham was called to Jibsail Drive, in Prince Frederick, for the report of a possible theft. Sometime overnight suspect(s) cut the locks off storage trailers and moved items around. Nothing appears to be stolen and there are no suspects at this time.
PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Feb. 8, 2016 – The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners announced today that Dominion Cove Point will construct a 50,000-square-foot warehouse and office facility at Patuxent Business Park (PBP) in Lusby. Construction of the new facility, the first to be located in the business park, will commence in late spring 2016.
Dominion Cove Point will build the warehouse and office facility on an 8.3-parcel in the business park, with completion expected by the end of 2016.
"Patuxent Business Park is an excellent location for our new warehouse and office space,” said Mike Frederick , vice president LNG operations, Dominion Cove Point. “It meets our needs for a nearby location with easy access to Route 2/4. The project will help strengthen our ties with the southern Maryland community and we appreciate Calvert County’s support in helping to bring it to fruition."
“We congratulate and thank Dominion for their continued investment in our community and are thrilled to announce this new project,” said Evan Slaughenhoupt Jr., president of the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners. “Dominion is currently constructing the largest economic development project ever seen in the state of Maryland at its Cove Point liquefied natural gas terminal in Lusby. Dominion remains actively engaged with county government throughout the course of the terminal expansion and maintains open lines of communication. We know this collaboration will continue as they embark on construction of a new building at Patuxent Business Park.”
“Dominion Cove Point is a vital part of our community,” said Calvert County Director of Economic Development Linda Vassallo. “We are proud of Dominion’s contributions to our local economy and quality of life. This new project continues that commitment and fits perfectly with our development goals for Patuxent Business Park.”
PBP is a 92-acre business campus designed to accommodate a variety of uses including Class A office and flex space. The park was created in 2002 through a partnership with the Maryland Department of Commerce, the Maryland Economic Development Corporation (MEDCO) and the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners.
“Dominion’s decision to build a new facility in Patuxent Business Park is great news for Calvert County and the state and we thank Dominion for their commitment to growing and investing in Maryland,” said Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike Gill. “Patuxent Business Park offers a unique advantage to businesses looking to locate or expand in Southern Maryland, with its proximity to our nation’s capital as well as the growing community in and around the Patuxent Naval Air Station. We look forward to working with our county partners and MEDCO to welcome more companies to the park.”
“MEDCO has been a partner in developing Patuxent Business Park since its inception,” said Robert Brennan, MEDCO executive director. “As part of our mission we assist jurisdictions and other partners to increase business activity and commerce in Maryland. “PBP remains a development priority for MEDCO and we are excited to have Dominion Cove Point as our first construction project at PBP.”
For information on the Calvert County Department of Economic Development and the many services the county offers the business community, contact the department at 410-535-4583 or 301-855-1880; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Like Calvert County Government on Facebook.
Leonardtown, MD - The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County will host the fifth Code Home public hearing, regarding a proposed move to Code Home Rule form of government, on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at the Second District Volunteer Fire Department. The department is located at 45245 Drayden Road, Valley Lee, MD 20692. The hearing will begin at 6:30 p.m.
A move to Code Home Rule would authorize County Commissioners to enact local laws on a number of subjects without having to await action by the Maryland General Assembly. Under Code Home Rule commissioners could not enact any new taxes or regulatory fees.
Code Home Rule would give the Commissioners legislative authority throughout the year. Public hearings on legislation would be held in Leonardtown, rather than in Annapolis during the winter. The public could demand a referendum on any new public local law, something which does not currently exist. St. Mary’s County is one of six counties in Maryland which has yet to adopt some form of home rule.
St. Mary’s County voters would have to approve a referendum to adopt Code Home Rule on the ballot in the November, 2016 general election.
Remaining Code Home public hearings will be held as follows:
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Dept. Golden Beach Volunteer Fire Department
22733 Lawrence Avenue 29848 Therese Circle
Leonardtown, MD 20650 Mechanicsville, MD 20659
All hearings begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.
More information about Code Home Rule can be found at www.stmarysmd.com/pio/codehome.asp Questions and comments can be sent to: CodeHomeRule@stmarysmd.com.
Theft: On 2/1/16 at 7:09 am, Trooper Warrick responded to the 100 block of Buckler Rd. in Huntingtown for a theft complaint. The victim reported a cell phone had been removed from the residence without permission and car keys had been removed from the location where they are normally kept. Later the same day, the victim located the car keys in the home and the cell phone was later returned. An application for charges of theft has been sent to the District Court Commissioner’s Office. Case remains open.
Possession of Heroin: On 2/4/16 at 9:08 am, Trooper Warrick stopped a vehicle on Rt. 231 in Prince Frederick for traffic violations. Several criminal indicators were observed and a K-9 scan was requested. A positive K-9 scan provided probable cause search of the vehicle. Heroin and drug paraphernalia were located in the vehicle. James E. Stratchko, 29 of Upper Marlboro, was arrested for possession of these items and was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
On February 4 at 9:16 p.m., officers responded to the 6300 block of Barnett Smith Place in Indian Head for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located a 42-year-old male with a single gunshot wound to his back. The victim was flown to a hospital with serious injuries. An investigation revealed that Thomas Michael Smith, 69, of Indian Head was responsible for the shooting which took place during an argument between Smith and the victim, who was an acquaintance. Smith was arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder, first and second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment. Detective J. Elliott is investigating.
On 02-06-16 CCSO units responded to Whirlaway Dr and Gate Dancer Ct, Prince Frederick, Calvert County, MD for the report of a white Dodge Charger that was abandoned. Once on scene it was determined the vehicle was occupied. The sole occupant of the vehicle jumped out of the vehicle and stood behind the vehicle’s door with a knife in his hand. The subject told Dfc. Wood that he had a knife and that he was just going to have to shoot him. Dfc. Wood was at a safe distance and was able to call for additional units to respond to the scene.
As additional units arrived the subject jumped in his vehicle and locked the door while still armed with a knife. CCSO deputies boxed the vehicle in and approached the vehicle to attempt to break out a window in order to gain access to the subject. The subject placed the vehicle in Drive, drove over a curb and a pursuit ensued. It was a nice Saturday afternoon and deputies had observed citizens in the neighborhood out walking while responding to the call. The deputies knew they had to get the vehicle stopped before it got near where the citizens had been walking. Cpl. Phelps initiated a PIT on the vehicle to stop the pursuit and Dep. Mohler assisted by boxing the vehicle in.
Deputies again approached the vehicle and broke out the windows to extract the armed subject from the car. The subject was yelling for deputies to shoot him while he held the knife to his neck. Deputies on scene told the subject numerous times to drop the knife. The subject refused and began cutting his neck with the knife. Two Deputies had to deploy their assigned CCSO Tasers to get the subject to stop cutting himself with the knife and to comply to commands so he could be taken into custody. The subject was eventually securely detained without injury to any deputies.
The subject was identified as James Stewart Brown III, a 34 year old white male of Chesapeake Beach. It was determined Brown had an open felony warrant for multiple sex offense charges. According to witnesses the vehicle Brown was operating had been in the area for a couple of days. Brown had to be transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital to be treated for self-inflicted superficial injuries prior to being transported to the Calvert County Detention Center.
Brown was charged criminally with failure to obey a lawful order and disturbing the public peace. In addition he was charged with multiple traffic violations that occurred during the brief pursuit.
Two CCSO units were damaged during the PIT and Box-In maneuvers which were used to safely terminate the pursuit. The damage sustained to both CCSO vehicles was cosmetic allowing both vehicles to be driven from the scene.
Illegal goose hunting and oyster poaching were among the cases handled recently by the Maryland Natural Resources Police.
Three Charles County men were charged with multiple hunting violations on Wednesday after officers found them with 24 geese over the limit.
Reid Nathaniel Franklin and Eric Matthew Robertson, both 22 of Newburg, were charged with exceeding the daily bag limit for geese and received written warnings or hunting without written permission. Franklin also was charged with hunting without a license. John Timothy Darbie, 18, of Port Tobacco, was charged with failing to have a migratory game stamp and received a written warning for hunting without written permission.
Acting on a phone tip, officers checked an area off Mount Victoria Road in Newburg and found the poachers, who admitted they shot too many birds.
The geese were seized and donated to charity.
The three men are due in Charles District Court on April 20. The maximum fine for exceeding the daily bag limit and hunting without a license is $1,500. Failing to obtain a migratory bird stamp carries a fine of $250.
Sunday night at 8:11 p.m., 40 firefighters from Prince Frederick VFD, Huntingtown VFD, Dunkirk VFD, Benedict VFD, Hughesville VFD and St Leonard VFD responded to a call at 5100 Leitches Wharf Road, Prince Frederick for the report of a house fire. After an investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office, it was determined the fire was discovered by a passer-by on Route 231. The house was vacant at the time of the fire. There were no injuries as a result of the fire. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is urged to the contact the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Southern Regional Office, at 443-550-6831.
The estimated loss in the fire was $50,000 and there were no injuries reported.
Calvert County Public Schools will open for students on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 instead of having a professional development day as previously scheduled. That day will be a two-hour early dismissal for students to allow for contractual teacher work time.
Dr. Daniel Curry, Superintendent, said, “As much as I hate to miss quality professional development, especially when it is specifically targeted to close achievement gaps, I hate to miss quality instructional time even more. We are making the decision to open schools for students on February 10 because we have already had four snow days, and we still have six weeks of winter. Since the teacher contract calls for two hours of teacher work time on February 10, we will dismiss two hours early on that day for that purpose.”
Families with previously scheduled commitments for February 10 should speak with an administrator in the school their child attends.
A decision about the professional development time will be made at a later time.
(St. Mary’s County, MD) In January 2016, patrol troopers from the MSP Leonardtown Barrack initiated an investigation into a residential burglary at a home in the Leonardtown area of St. Mary’s County, Maryland.
During the course of the investigation, investigators from the MSP Criminal Enforcement Division, Central South Region obtained additional information identifying a residence in the Lexington Park area that contained evidence pertaining to the above burglary. After reviewing the facts with the St. Mary’s County States Attorney’s Office, a search and seizure warrant was applied for and obtained.
On February 5, 2016, members from the MSP-Criminal Enforcement Division, Central South Region, patrol troopers from MSP-Leonardtown Barrack, MSP Special Tactical Assault Team Element (S.T.A.T.E.) and a detective from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office-Criminal Investigation Division executed a search and seizure warrant at the Lexington Park residence.
A search of the residence revealed evidence pertaining to the burglary, suspected Heroin and a 32 year old female by the name of Rita Marie Reece with no fixed address. She had an open warrant through the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office. Reece was arrested and later released to a deputy with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office.
Additional charges are pending a review with Mr. Richard Fritz, States Attorney for St. Mary’s County.
Anyone having additional information pertaining to this investigation and/or other crimes is urged to contact Trooper First Class K. Morris of the Maryland State Police-Criminal Enforcement Division, Central South Region at 410-535-1400, “TIP” Line at 1-888-210-1450 or 410-257-4925 or email at: email@example.com.
Charles County Sheriff’s detectives have charged Anthony Darrell Taylor, 23, of no fixed address with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, and possession of a handgun in connection with an officer-involved shooting that occurred on Feb. 4 near the intersection of St. Charles Parkway and Post Office Road.
Investigation revealed the suspect was attempting to gain entry into an SUV that was stopped in traffic at a red light. PFC L. Blake, a K9 officer and a seven-year veteran of the CCSO, was in the area and observed Taylor acting aggressively and pulling on the car door handle. PFC Blake stopped to assist the motorist at which time Taylor fled. The driver of the SUV left as well. PFC Blake gave several commands for Taylor to stop and show his hands, but Taylor refused. Instead, he reached for his waistband while turning toward the officer. Fearing for his safety, PFC Blake discharged his firearm, striking Taylor twice. An off-duty Secret Service agent was in the area and assisted PFC Blake in apprehending Taylor. A handgun was found in Taylor’s waistband. Officers secured the weapon and immediately rendered first aid to Taylor until paramedics arrived. Taylor was transported to a hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. A check of the weapon found on Taylor revealed the gun had been reported stolen during a burglary in Pennsylvania. The driver of the SUV contacted investigators and reported he did not know Taylor and thought Taylor was trying to get inside his car and commit a carjacking.
Detectives assigned to the CCSO Criminal Investigations Division are investigating. Anyone with additional information is asked to call Det. Sgt. T. Miner at (301) 609-6481. In accordance with Agency policy, PFC Blake was placed on Administrative Leave pending the completion of the investigation.
1-29-2016 – Possession – Deputy J. Kerns responded to the 23000 block of Three Notch Road in California, for the report of an accident that occurred in the parking lot of Outback Steakhouse. A strong odor of suspected marijuana was emitting from the vehicle. Further investigation revealed the suspect, Lauren Ashley Mahon, age 22, of Charlotte Hall, appeared to under the influence of alcohol. A search of Mahon’s car revealed paraphernalia consistent with marijuana use. Mahon was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Two Counts of CDS Possession – Paraphernalia. CASE# 4806-16
1-30-2016 – Disorderly Conduct – Deputy D. Mcclure responded to the 21000 block of Three Notch Road in Lexington Park, for crowd control due to a large gathering. The suspect, Troy Markel Hebb, age 31, of Lexington Park, was observed attempting to fight another male. Hebb was asked several times to calm down and stop yelling. He refused to comply and continued to yell and push towards the victim. Hebb was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Disorderly Conduct. CASE# 4864-16
1-31-2016 – Theft – Deputy T. Siciliano responded to the 45000 block of Alton Lane (Food Lion) in California, for a reported theft. The suspect, Tammy Nannette Mcginnis, age 47, of No Fixed Address, attempted to conceal merchandise and exit the store without paying. Mcginnis was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with Theft less than $100 and served an active Bench Warrant. CASE# 5254-16
2-1-2016 – Trespass – Deputy A. Manns responded to the 30000 block of Three Notch Road (Exxon) in Charlotte Hall, for a welfare check. The suspect, Joseph Aubrey Dement, age 41, of No Fixed Address, was observed laying on the sidewalk. Dement was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Trespass(ing). CASE# 5517-16
2-1-2016 – Theft – Corporal M. Smolarsky responded to the 40000 block of Merchants Lane (Family Dollar) in Leonardtown, for the report of a theft in progress. The suspect, Stacey Ann Murphy, age 29, of Mechanicsville, was observed concealing merchandise and attempting to leave the store without paying. She was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. Murphy was charged with Two Counts of Theft less than $1000 and Theft Scheme Less Than $1000. CASE# 5472-16
2-4-2016 – Assault – Deputy D. Mcclure responded to the 48000 block of Park Pines Road in Lexington Park, for the report of a disturbance. The victim alleged the suspect, Shandelle Topaz Henson, age 24, of Lexington Park, struck the victim several times with a closed fist, retrieved a knife, and then attempted to stab the victim. Henson was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with First Degree Assault and Second Degree Assault. CASE# 5953-16
2-3-2016 – Trespass – Deputy T. Siciliano responded to the 45000 block of Bolden Court in Lexington Park, for the report of a civil dispute. While the deputies were assisting with the dispute the suspect, Sharaine Marie Francis Wood, age 23, of Lexington Park, became very disorderly. She created a public disturbance, screamed, and used foul language several times. Deputies asked Wood several times to calm down. Wood was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with Failure to Obey Lawful and Reasonable Order and Trespass(ing) Private Property. CASE# 5938-16
The Maryland State Board of Elections announced yesterday a change to how the new voting system equipment will be used during early voting for the
2016 Presidential Primary Election. For this election, most early voters will manually make their selections on paper ballots and feed the marked ballots into a digital scanner. Voters with disabilities may use an accessible ballot marking device at each early voting center to make selections independently. With this change, the voting process during early voting will be identical to the election day process.
“Because of the number of candidates on this election’s ballot, I was concerned that voters
may not be able to easily find their candidates of choice,” stated Linda H. Lamone, State
Administrator. “When we heard from voters having troubles making selections and navigating in contests with many candidates, we thought that hand marking paper ballots was the best option for most voters and candidates.”
“With the State Board’s action today, I am confident that the voting experience in the 2016
Primary Election will be simple and easier to navigate,” stated David J. McManus, Jr., Chairman of the State Board of Elections. “We look forward to using the ballot marking device in future elections but believe today’s decision is the right outcome for Maryland voters and candidates.”
As initially designed, all voters during early voting would have used an accessible ballot
marking device to make selections. The voter would then feed into a digital scanner the ballot printed from the ballot marking device. This equipment configuration was designed to allow for the smoothest possible transition for voters and election officials as the State moves to a new paper-based voting system.
The ballot for Maryland’s 2016 Presidential Primary Election, however, has an exceptionally
large number of contests with multiple candidates. The large number of candidates means that candidates’ names in at least ten contests will be displayed on more than one screen on the ballot marking device. For example, there are currently eleven Republican nominees for President of the United States and nine Democratic nominees for Congressional District 8. After reviewing the final list of candidates and the number of contests with multiple screens, the State Board of Elections decided to use hand-marked paper ballots as the primary means voting at this time.
Although most voters will not use ballot marking devices in the 2016 Presidential Primary
Election, the State Board of Elections is confident in the ballot marking device technology and will be expanding its use in future elections.
In 2015 Special Operations K-9 implemented the Puppy Program - a test/pilot program to determine if purchasing a puppy directly from a breeder at 8 weeks of age is a viable alternative to buying adult dogs from venders at a much greater cost. A puppy costs $1,500 vice an import 15 month old dog with no training for $6,000 - $8,000. There are guarantees with an older dog; however, older dogs come with very little training. The pilot program will help determine questions such as 1) would we increase the quality of our working dogs if they were raised from a puppy and 2) would this create a significant cost savings for the Agency.
In late 2015 the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office purchased its first puppy from Avisa K9 in Miami, Florida. On January 27th 2016, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office received a 9 week old male Belgian Malinois puppy named Arn. Arn will live with Sgt. Gregory for the next 15 months. Sgt. Gregory will continue to work with Arn every day until he is ready for service. Arn will go through a systematic routine that will enhance his bite, nose use, agility, confidence, socialization and learning.
In the end, Arn will be ready for his handler and a Police Service Dog Class. The goal is for Arn to be assigned to Dfc. Funchion and replace K-9 Jax as the S.O.T. SWAT dog in the fall of 2017.