Burglary Case #15-53134
Deputy D. Naughton responded to Asbury Circle in Solomons for a reported burglary that took place sometime between September 4 - September 7. There were no signs of forced entry or known suspects at this time. The case is still being investigated by Deputy Naughton.
Burglary Case #15-52922
On September 28 Deputy C. Ward responded to a report of a prowler on Old Bayside Road in Chesapeake Beach. It was later learned that Anthony Pessagno, Jr., 27, and Dexter Holland, 33, both from Owings, MD were habiting the home and found to be in possession of paraphernalia (hypodermic needle). They were arrested for 4th degree burglary, paraphernalia possession and transported to the Detention Center.
CDS Violation Case #15-53570
On October 1, Deputy D. Clark conducted a traffic stop on N. Solomons Island Road, in Prince Frederick, for a vehicle being operated in an unsafe manner by Linda Ball, 61, of North Beach. She was charged with multiple driving offenses along with three (3) counts of CDS (Oxycodone and Diazepam) and possession of paraphernalia (pill crusher). She was transported to the Detention Center.
CDS Violation Case #15-53352
On September 30 Deputy G. Gott conducted a traffic stop off of Dowell Road, in Lusby, and discovered the driver, Richard Griffiths, III, 36, of Leonardtown, MD was in possession of paraphernalia (metal smoking device). He was charged on a Criminal Citation.
CDS Violation Case #15-53238
On September 30 Deputy R. Kreps responded to a traffic accident at the intersection of 5th Street and Ridge View Drive in Owings. Deputy Kreps subsequently discovered the driver, Alexander Guest, 19, of Owings to be in possession of paraphernalia (smoking device). He was charged on a Criminal Citation.
CDS Violation Case #15-53092
On September 29, while Deputy M. Trigg was processing Bradley Rawlings, 38, of Prince Frederick at the Detention Center, he discovered Mr. Rawlings was in possession of crack cocaine, marijuana and paraphernalia. He was charged with CDS intent to distribute and possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, paraphernalia (packaging) and other drug charges.
CDS Violation Case #15-53062
On September 28 Deputy M. Trigg conducted a traffic stop near White Sands Drive in Lusby and charged Damont Barnes, 32, of California, MD with possession of paraphernalia (baggie).
CDS Violation Case #15-52960
On September 28 Deputy P. Aurich responded to a ‘check welfare’ call at the Dunkirk Walmart parking lot. Upon assisting the driver, Deputy Aurich discovered Rory Lohman, 40, of Huntingtown to be in possession of paraphernalia (pipe). He was transported to the jail without incident.
Destruction of Property Case #15-52953
On September 28, Deputy D. Naughton responded to Long Beach Drive, in St Leonard for a report of a vehicle window having been broken between the hours of 12:30 am - 8:30am. The investigation is continuing.
Disorderly Conduct Case #15-52899
On September 28, Deputy R. Wilson responded to Howard Place in Chesapeake Beach and arrested Renee Patterson, 28, of Chesapeake Beach, for disorderly conduct and Failure to Obey Lawful Order. She was transported to the Detention Center and processed.
Theft Case #15-53568
On October 1, Deputy R. Weems responded to Pawnee Lane, Lusby, for the report of a theft of an 18-foot metal trampoline frame, which was stolen sometime between September 28 - October 1st. The investigation is continuing.
Theft Case #15-53481
Sometime between September 28 - October 1st, a registration sticker was removed from a work truck belonging to a local business located on Investment Court in Dunkirk. Deputy A. Woodford is investigating.
Theft Case #15-53418
On September 30, at approximately 10:15 pm, someone stole a blue Mongoose Freestyle bicycle located on Black Mesa Court, Lusby. No leads at this time; Deputy R. Weems is investigating.
Theft Case #15-53192
Sometime in early September, an AC/Heat Pump was removed from the backyard of a home on Deerfield Lane, Chesapeake Beach. Deputy T. Phelps is investigating.
Theft Case #15-53142
On the morning of September 29, someone removed a piece of mail from a mailbox on Chaney Road, Dunkirk. Deputy J. Wahlgren is investigating.
Theft Case #15-53051
Deputy W. Durner responded to a report of stolen jewelry (necklace and two rings) from a home on Hazels Way, Sunderland. It is not known exactly when the crime had taken place but possibly over the last several months. Deputy Durner is investigating.
Theft Case #15-53019
Deputy A. Curtin is investigating the report of money stolen from a vehicle on Trail Pass, in Owings. This theft took place sometime between September 27 between 8:00 pm - September 28 at 6:10 am. Anyone with information is asked to contact Deputy Curtin.
DEATH INVESTIGATION: On October 1 at 4 p.m., a corrections officer at the Charles County Detention Center observed a female inmate hanging from a bed sheet – which was affixed to a towel hook – inside her cell. Upon seeing this, the officer took immediate action by calling for assistance and medical help. The officer then swiftly removed the sheet from the woman’s neck. Medical personnel – who work inside the detention center – performed CPR, activated an automated electronic defibrillator and were able to bring the woman’s pulse back. Paramedics arrived and transported the woman to Charles Regional Medical Center where she was admitted in critical condition. On Oct. 4 at 6:22 p.m., the woman, Cara Rachell Dorwart, 27, of Waldorf died. She was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore where an autopsy will be performed. A preliminary investigation showed Dorwart was arrested on Sept. 29 for failing to appear in court on a theft charge; she was being held on a $5,000 bond. At the time of the incident, she was the sole occupant of her cell. Det. J. Elliott is investigating.
(Pikesville, MD) – Troopers investigated several crashes involving impaired drivers and made numerous arrests this past weekend across Maryland.
This past weekend, October 2, 2015 through October 5, 2015, troopers investigated 15 collisions involving suspected impaired drivers. One of those crashes involved a Maryland State Trooper occurred in the Annapolis area while attempting to stop a suspected drunk driver. He was arrested and charged.
Forty-seven additional motorists were arrest for a vehicle while impaired. Troopers remind everyone that impaired driving crashes are completely preventable by never driving after you have been drinking.
These collisions included:
Charles Co. – Route 231 at Latham Court, Prince Frederick, MD – 10:43 p. m. – October 2 – Troopers responded to a single vehicle crash involving a car that ran off the roadway into a ditch. The driver was transported to the hospital. The driver was subsequently charged with DUI.
Charles Co. – Route 257 at Route 254, Cobb Island, MD – 3:13 a. m. – October 3 – Troopers responded to a crash in which the vehicle struck a tree. The driver was found to be impaired and was charged with accordingly.
Charles Co. – Route 301 at Vernon Road, Waldorf, MD – 7:12 p. m. – October 3 – Troopers responded to a single vehicle crash involving a car that left the roadway and struck tree. Driver was flown to University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center. Charges are pending.
Charles Co. – Route 201 at Glymont Road, Indian Head, MD – 12:26 a. m. – October 5 – Troopers responded to a two vehicle crash. One of the drivers was found to be intoxicated and was subsequently charged.
On September 16, 2015, Deputy H. Smith responded to the 30000 block of Business Center Drive (Anchor at Walden Sierra) in Charlotte Hall, for a reported CDS violation. An employee of Anchor discovered a writing pen with white residue and several pieces of burnt foil in a bag appearing to belong to suspect, Christina Gold-Bowen, age 20, of Leonardtown. Bowen was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with Possession of Paraphernalia. CASE# 54646-15
On September 18, 2015, Deputy B. Fennessey responded to the 24000 block of Pin Cushion Road, for a reported domestic assault. The victim alleged the suspect, William E. Walter, age 53 of Leonardtown, threw the victim to the ground and kneeled on the victim’s neck during an argument. The victim displayed injuries consistent with the allegations. Walter was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd Degree Assault. CASE# 55170-15
On September 18, 2015, Deputy M. Pleisse responded to the 25000 block of Phillip Thomas Lane in Mechanicsville, for a report of a subject in a vehicle parked on the shoulder of the roadway. Deputy Pleisse made contact with the suspect, Thaddeus X. Crawley Geneus, age 20, of Mechanicsville, who appeared to be sleeping in the driver’s seat with the vehicle running and keys in the ignition. Geneus eventually woke, and a field sobriety test was performed. During a search of his vehicle, the deputy recovered parapherphernalia consistent with marijuana use. Geneus was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. During a search at the detention center, correctional officers located marijuana in the suspect’s socks. He was charged with Possession with Intent to Use Drug Paraphernalia: Marijuana, Possession of a Control Dangerous Substance while in a place of Confinement. CASE# 55394-15
On September 18, 2015, Deputy S. Tirpak responded to the 45000 block of Miramar Way (Wal-Mart) in California, for a reported theft. Upon arrival, contact was made with a store employee who identified the suspect, Daniel A. Alioto, Jr., age 23, of Great Mills. Alioto attempted to leave the store without paying for merchandise. He was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center, where he was charged with Theft less Than $1000. CASE# 55276-15
On September 21, 2015, Deputy D. Holdsworth responded to the 26000 block of North Sandgates Road in Mechanicsville, for a reported disturbance. The victim alleged the suspect, Joseph M. Bowles, age 29, of Hollywood, cut the victim’s hand during an argument. The victim displayed injuries consistent with the allegations. Bowles was placed under arrest, and a search of the suspect revealed pills consistent with the Schedule II Narcotic: Vicodin. Bowles was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with First Degree Assault, Possessing a Controlled Dangerous Substance: Schedule II, and Openly Carrying a Weapon with the Purpose of Causing Injury. CASE# 55850-15
On September 22, Deputy G. Mushchette responded to the 21000 block of Indian Bridge Road in California, for the report of a violation of peace order. The victim alleged the suspect, Kimberly B. Bowles, age 41, of California, yelled at the victim from her front step. Bowles was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with Violation of Peace Order. CASE# 56015-15
On September 22, 2015, Deputy D. Holdsworth responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center, for a reported assault. The victim alleged the suspect, Kyle W. Jones, age 22, of St. Inigoes assaulted the victim on the arm with a bar of soap in a sock. The suspect displayed injuries consistent with the allegations. Jones was charged with Second Degree Assault. CASE# 55886-15
On September 18, 2015, Sgt. Clay Safford investigated a suspicious vehicle parked in front of the Leonardtown Burchmart located on the 250000 block of Point Lookout Road. Upon activation of the patrol car emergency lights, the suspect Robert C. Russell III, age 21, of California, hastily began putting items toward the driver, Melinda M. Davis, age 30 of Lusby. The occupants were directed to leave the vehicle, and a K-9 scan revealed a suspected CDS smoking device that contained crack cocaine residue. A probable cause searched revealed suspected crack cocaine wrapped in plastic and two hypodermic needles. Russell and Davis were both placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. They were charged with CDS Possession – Not Marijuana: Cocaine and CDS Possession Paraphernalia. CASE# 55344-15
Saturday night at 7:09 p.m., 52 firefighters Bryans Road, Potomac Heights, Accokeek, NSWC Heights, Indian Head, Waldorf, LaPlata and Allentown Volunteer Fire Departments were called to a house fire at 2795 Shiloh Church Road, Bryans Road. The accidental fire was the result of a candle being left unattended on the computer stand. There were no reported injuries and the occupants were being assisted by the American Red Cross. The total loss in the fire is estimated at $5,000.
Nanjemoy, Md. – Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a Notice of Intent to initiate a full public procedure and Environmental Impact Statement concerning the designation of Mallows Bay as a new National Marine Sanctuary. Mallows Bay, located on the Potomac River in Charles County, MD, is home to the “Ghost Fleet,” the largest collection of historic shipwrecks in the Western Hemisphere, which has become a unique ecological habitat and tourist attraction.
The Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary Nomination was submitted to NOAA for consideration by the State of Maryland in September 2014. There are currently 14 National Marine Sanctuaries in the United States. A broad based coalition of businesses, non-profits, and educational, fishery and conservation organizations joined together to support the nomination. Today, many applauded this milestone in the designation process.
“We’re thrilled to learn of NOAA’s Notice of Intent, as Mallows Bay –Potomac River is now a step closer toward becoming the first National Marine Sanctuary designated in more than 20 years and the first ever in the Chesapeake,” President and CEO Joel Dunn, Chesapeake Conservancy, a lead partner in the coalition, said. “We’re now calling on the public for their help to make this dream a reality by attending the public meetings and telling NOAA officials why this designation is important. The public’s participation during this critical phase can help protect Mallows Bay for generations to come.”
NOAA has scheduled two public meetings to solicit public comments, concerns, and visions for the proposed new sanctuary. The first will occur on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at the Charles County Government Building, 200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, Maryland. The second will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 2nd St, Annapolis, Maryland. Both sessions will begin with an open house from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m., followed by an official program and public comments from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Donald G. Shomette, author of The Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay and widely considered to be the foremost expert on Mallows Bay, celebrated this milestone, stating, “"Mallows Bay is a veritable time capsule, a unique sanctuary of history embedded in nature, a living laboratory for all the ages to come."
“The College of Southern Maryland wholeheartedly supports the Mallows Bay Marine Sanctuary. Our faculty are very interested in developing academic programs around the Sanctuary and will also use it for field-trips and other academically related-endeavors,” President Dr. Bradley Gottfried, College of Southern Maryland, said.
“On a broader scale, this is a project that has been embraced by the entire community. It is wonderful to see the local schools, government, and nonprofit organizations working together to assist in moving the project forward. It will truly be a boon to Charles County and the entire region.”
“Mallows Bay offers a unique combination of nature and history for the outdoor enthusiast. One can explore the bay itself, loaded with hundreds of shipwrecks that have formed many oddly shaped islands,” Judy Lathrop of Atlantic Kayak Company and the Piscataway Creek Discovery Center, said. “If you are interested in birding or fishing, you will be thrilled with the diversity and abundance of wildlife. If paleontology is your thing, you can search the beaches for sharks teeth and other fossils. I urge those who are interested to attend the upcoming meetings to show your support for making Mallows Bay a marine sanctuary and to preserve it in perpetuity.
For more information, members of the public are invited to contact Charlie Stek, chair, of the Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary Nomination Steering Committee, at email@example.com or Jody Couser, director of communications for the Chesapeake Conservancy, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission is reporting a sanitary sewer overflow in the area of 16668 Piney Point Road, St. George Island. The sanitary sewer overflow is a result of a broken sanitary sewer main. Public contact of flood and standing waters in the general area of the St. George Island Wastewater Pumping Station should be avoided for ten days. For additional information, please contact the St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission at
Governor Larry Hogan on Sunday rescinded the state of emergency that was issued in advance of Hurricane Joaquin.
St. Mary's County has reached two feet in some areas, and is expected to continue over the next couple of high tide cycles.
The Charles County Commissioners wish to notify residents that applications are being accepted to participate in the fiscal year 2016 Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) Program. All applications must be stamped received by the Department of Planning and Growth Management by close of business Friday, Nov. 27, 2015.
In November 2014, the Commissioners approved a Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) Program for Charles County. The development of a county PDR Program was a long standing recommendation of the county’s Comprehensive Plan, and the Land Preservation Parks and Recreation Plan.
The PDR Program allows the county to purchase and retire transferrable development rights from willing sellers, thereby preserving productive agricultural and forest land for future generations. The program will also augment the private market for transferrable development rights by providing an additional funding source and market for their sale.
The PDR Program adds an additional preservation tool to the county’s existing land preservation programs, including the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation, Rural Legacy, and Transferrable Development Rights Programs. Collectively these three programs have permanently preserved 16,387 acres of farm and forest land throughout the county’s rural areas.
During fiscal year 2015, the county permanently preserved 1,200 acres of prime farm and forest land, not only contributing significant county funds, but leveraging funding from the state and the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission for a combined budget of $6 million.
For more information on program requirements, and to obtain an application, landowners may visit www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/PGM/Planning/Environmental Programs/Land Preservation or contacting:
Charles Rice, at (301) 645-0651 or RiceC@CharlesCountyMD.gov
Aimee Dailey, at (301) 645-2721 or DaileyA@CharlesCountyMD.gov
PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD - Communities surrounding Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River are advised that noise-generating testing events are scheduled to take place Monday-Friday, Oct. 5 - 9.
Pilots at Pax will be continuing their training for realistic flight scenarios including Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP). These training scenarios are essential for the precision and safety of our military men and women and the success of their mission. Residents may notice increased noise levels due to these operations.
As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing activities on the community. For more information call 1-866-819-9028.
Charles County Sheriffs detectives are investigating the deaths of a man and a
woman whose bodies were found at about 7 a.m. Saturday in a wooded area near Drury
Drive in La Plata. The couple, who appeared to be in their 50's, were found by a
passerby and it appeared they had been living at that location. There were no
obvious signs of trauma. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore
will perform autopsies to determine the cause of death. Investigators are in the
process of identifying the couple. The investigation is continuing.
Charles County Residents are asked to avoid travel on Route 254 approaching Cobb Island during high tide. Higher than normal tides are expected tonight, Oct. 4, from approximately 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 5, approximately 8 a.m. to noon.
From the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office:
We are receiving reports of flooding due to the incoming tide in the area of Rt. 249 and St. George's Island.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has rescinded the State of Emergency in eight Maryland counties.
While some of the central and eastern parts of the state, including the beaches, remain under a state of emergency, Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Frederick, Carroll, Montgomery, Howard, and Prince George’s do not.
Hogan said based on the weather projections sending Joaquin off to seas, the remaining 15 Maryland counties and Baltimore City will remain under the state of emergency until further notice.
“With the storm moving away from our coasts, we are directing state resources to the counties and areas with the highest potential to need assistance,” said Governor Hogan. “However, the majority of the state still remains under a state of emergency and rain and wind gusts could cause power outages and flooding in low-lying areas. We continue to encourage Marylanders to use common sense and look after family members and neighbors who might need help during this time.”
The Charles County Department of Emergency Services has received additional sandbags for county residents who need them to protect property. Sandbags and sand will be available on Friday, Oct. 2 from noon to 8 p.m. or until bags and/or sand supply is depleted. This will be the last day for sandbag distribution.
Leonardtown, MD - With heavy rains impacting much of St. Mary’s County, on top of significant rainfall earlier this week, residents should make appropriate preparations for flooding that may be occur over the next 48 hours. Emergency Services & Technology is also monitoring Hurricane Joaquin, which is currently located in the Bahamas but may turn to the north on Friday.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has signed an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency for Maryland and has instructed state agencies to begin readying resources in the event the Hurricane makes landfall near Maryland. Local agencies and Emergency Services & Technology will work closely with the State to ensure an efficient response.
There are a number of actions that citizens can take to prepare for severe weather and flooding:
• Clean storm drains and gutters on your house to prevent overflow and water buildup.
• Don’t wait. Communicate. Know how to get in contact with your friends and family during any emergency.
• Because of the saturated soil, even minor winds could cause power outages. Be prepared to be without electricity. While the power is still on, keep cell phones, tablets, other devices and back-up batteries fully charged.
• Fuel up your automobile before any storm and make sure to have car chargers available for devices. In a power outage, you can use your car to charge cell phones and tablets.
• If you have a basement in your house, shelve household items and make sure any electronic equipment is not lying directly on the floor.
• Listen to instructions from local officials and know the current forecast by following your local emergency management office, forecasters, and news stations.
The National Weather Service has noted that the exact path of this system will not be clear until later this week; however, any impact could bring additional rain and wind.
At 4 p.m. today, Oct. 1, 2015, Commissioner President Peter F. Murphy signed an order declaring a local state of emergency in Charles County. The declaration is made to ensure the Department of Emergency Services has authority to engage, deploy, and coordinate available resources to protect Charles County residents’ lives and property in the event of severe weather impact from Hurricane Joaquin.
Detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division (CID) are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying suspect(s) involved in a debit card skimming scam. Over the last several weeks, numerous victims reported their debit card had been compromised by unknown means. Unknown suspect(s) were able to withdrawal an undisclosed amount of currency from the victims’ bank accounts utilizing automated teller machines (ATM) in Frederick County, Baltimore County, Harford County and Virginia. Subsequently, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division (CID) assumed the investigation.
Through the course of the investigation, detectives discovered a skimming device had been placed on an automated teller machine (ATM) in Lexington Park, Maryland. A skimming device is an electronic device that attaches to an ATM and captures data associated with the debit card and personal identification numbers (PIN) of customers.
On September 12, 2015, security footage shows two disguised females approaching the ATM in question. The following day September 13, 2015, a male approached the same ATM and removed the skimming device from the machine then fled on foot.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Melissa Hulse at 301-475-4200, ext. 1996 or by email at Melissa.Hulse@stmarysmd.com.
Anyone with information is asked to call CRIME SOLVERS at 301.475.3333 or text a tip to "TIP239" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637). Or call the #SMCSO Duty Officer at 301.475.8008
St. Mary's County CRIME SOLVERS offers rewards 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.
California, MD. - As southern Maryland prepares for Hurricane Joaquin,
St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission (MetCom) encourages all customers
to prepare an emergency water supply and to take the following actions to
prevent damage and flooding of the wastewater systems:
ï· If your basement or yard is equipped with a sewer drain access, make
sure that your building sewer drain access cap is not broken and it is
securely tightened; never remove this cap.
ï· If your property is equipped with a sewage grinder pump, make sure
the vault lid for the pump is not ajar.
If you experience a power outage, please conserve your water usage, especially
if your property is equipped with a sewage grinder pump. The sewage grinder
pump will sound an alarm for several minutes once electrical power is restored;
however please contact MetCom at 301.373.5305 if the alarm continues.
Gov. Larry Hogan has declared a state of emergency in Maryland ahead of Hurricane Joaquin.
Hurricane Joaquin gained momentum Thursday afternoon, strengthening to an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm by 2 p.m., according to the US Hurricane Center.
By 3 p.m. Hogan had placed Maryland under a state of emergency, "out of abundance of caution."
"While we're hoping for the best, we're preparing for the worst," Hogan said.
Maryland Emergency Management Agency officials say they are in constant contact with the national hurricane center as well as the National Weather Service members serving the Maryland area.
Maryland is taking steps to activate resources and mobilize in case Hurricane Joaquin becomes a more direct threat to the state.