The Charles County Department of Public Works would like to remind residents that the next household hazardous waste collection for this year will be held on Saturday, June 3. The household hazardous waste collection site is located in the parking lot of the Department of Public Works building, located at 10430 Audie Lane, off of Radio Station Road in La Plata. Collection hours are 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Items accepted free of charge include: pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer, gasoline, oil-based paint, cleaning supplies, pool chemicals, fluorescent lights, mercury thermometers, and other poisons found in the home. Please remember to mark any container that does not have a readable, original label.
Unacceptable materials include bio-medical waste (sharps, needles, anything with bodily fluids), latex paint, prescription drugs, and ammunition. Used motor oil, anti-freeze, propane tanks, and batteries are accepted on a regular basis at various collection sites. Visit www.charlescountymd.gov/HHW for a list of prescription and non-prescription medication dropped off locations.
Household hazardous waste collection will occur on the first Saturday of each month through December. Upcoming 2017 collection dates are: June 3, July 1, Aug. 5, Sept. 2, Oct. 7, Nov. 4, and Dec. 2.
For more information, call the Charles County Department of Public Works, Environmental Resources Division at 301-932-3599 or 301-870-2778, or the landfill and recycling information line at 301-932-5656. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.
VANDALISM: On May 22, during the daytime hours, unknown suspect(s) vandalized several areas of the skate park located at 1019 St. Charles Parkway in White Plains. Officer J. Ryan is investigating.
THEFTS FROM AUTOS: On May 20, officers responded to the 2000 block of Wedgewood Place in Waldorf for the report of thefts from autos. Investigation showed unknown suspect(s) broke into two cars in the neighborhood and stole money and other items. Officer D. Spencer is investigating.
STOLEN MOTORCYCLES: On May 19 at 12:42 p.m., officers responded to the 6000 block of Suzanne Drive in Waldorf for the report of two stolen motorcycles. One motorcycle is a white Kawasaki with Florida tags and the second motorcycle is an orange and black Honda with unknown tags. It was not clear when the thefts occurred. Officer D. Spencer is investigating.
MAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF DRUGS AND HANDGUN: On May 17 at 7:08 p.m., officers initiated a traffic stop in the area of Hunt Place and Bannister Circle in Waldorf. As officers approached the car, an odor of marijuana was detected. Further investigation showed the driver was in possession of a loaded handgun, seven ounces of marijuana, two grams of cocaine, and drug packaging materials. Deandre Marcus Smith, 20, of Waldorf, was charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance and illegal possession of a handgun. Cpl. P. Morgan, III made the arrest.
Leonardtown, MD - The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County are seeking two interested volunteers to serve on a Task Force to offer proposed amendments to the Code of St. Mary’s County Chapter 113: Sanitary Districts. The Task Force would convene once/twice monthly between June and October 2017 according to a published meeting schedule.
The Task Force would review the following documents: St. Mary’s County Code Chapter 113; MetCom Task Force June 2010; Recommendations of the Water/Sewer Connection Policy Study Group April 2014; Water & Sewer Financing and Connection Policy April 2016; Comprehensive Water and Sewerage Plan; and other key documents. The Task Force will synthesize the information and recommend any amendments to the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County and Metropolitan Commission in November 2017. Considerations of recommendations by the Task Force may be utilized as part of the legislative proposal for the Joint Legislative Meeting of the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County and the Legislative Delegation in preparation for the 2018 Legislative Session.
Applicants should live and/or work in St. Mary’s County. Appointees will serve for six months and should plan to attend all meetings, as scheduled.
Appointees are subject to the provisions of the St. Mary’s County Public Ethics Ordinance. Proceedings of the Task Force are subject to the provisions of the Maryland and St. Mary’s County Open Meetings Acts. Records of the Task Force are subject to the provisions of the Maryland Public Information Act.
Applications are available on the county’s website at http://www.co.saint-marys.md.us/voluntr/. All applications must include a resume and be submitted no later than Thursday, June 1, 2017.
Interested citizens can download an application from the county’s website or call Diane Gleissner at 301-475-4200 ext. *1700.
At approximately 1:52 pm on Tuesday, a tractor trailer with a load of water, driven by Mr. James Bryan of Lexington Park, was traveling eastbound on Maryland Route 231 in the area of Barstow Rd. At the same time a 2016 GMC, driven by Ms. Patricia Mento of Waldorf, was traveling westbound on Maryland Route 231 when it crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic and struck the tractor trailer. The GMC came to rest on the right side of the west bound lane and the tractor trailer left the roadway into the parking lot of Home Place Hair Studio. The tractor trailer struck three vehicles in the parking lot, one of which was occupied by Ms. Kelly Roth of Huntingtown. The tractor trailer then rolled over and came to rest just east of Home Place Hair Studio. Mr. Bryan was flown by Trooper 7 to PG Shock Trauma. Ms. Mento and a 4 year old child were treated on the scene and released. Ms. Roth was transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The accident is still under investigation and charges are pending.
On Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 at approximately 4:07 pm deputies were dispatched to the area of Calvert Towne Way and Calvert Towne Drive in Prince Frederick for a report of a juvenile bicyclist struck by a motor vehicle. A detailed investigation revealed a vehicle being driven by Mr. Robert Lehman, of Prince Frederick, was slowing down as he was approaching the intersection. At the same time a 12 year old juvenile on a bicycle entered the roadway from a wooded area next to the road. The vehicle struck the bicyclist before being able to come to a stop. As a result of the crash, the bicyclist was ejected from the bike onto the roadway. The juvenile was transported via ambulance for minor injuries.
The investigation ultimately determined the juvenile was at fault in this accident.
On May 22 at 9:48 a.m., officers responded to Olivers Shop Road between Route 6 and Wheatley Road for the report of a crash. A preliminary investigation revealed the driver of a Nissan sedan was travelling south on Olivers Shop Road when she lost control and struck a Chevrolet truck which was travelling north. The driver of the Nissan, Shaina Honeycutt, 22, of Bryans Road, was pronounced deceased at the scene. There were no other occupants in the car. The two occupants of the Chevrolet were transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The CCSO Traffic Operations Unit is investigating.
Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is participating in the Lunch on Us summer meals program. Starting June 26 at several locations, children and teens ages 18 years and younger who live in Charles County are eligible for a free lunch. The program runs Monday through Friday until Aug. 18. Meals must be consumed on site and are prepared by CCPS Food Nutrition Services staff.
Lunches are served at various times and locations. A typical lunch may include a sandwich, fruit, vegetable and milk. All lunch sites will be closed on July 4.
Hot lunches are available at the following locations:
· Westlake High School, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
· Henry E. Lackey High School, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
· J.P. Ryon Elementary School, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
· Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School, 12 to 1 p.m.
Cold bag lunches will be available at the following mobile sites:
· Eva Turner Elementary School, 11 to 11:20 a.m.;
· Children’s Aid Society, 3000 Huntington Circle, Waldorf, 11:30 to 11:50 a.m.;
· Ell Lane Apartments, 12151 Ell Lane, Waldorf, Management Office, 12:30 to 12:50 p.m.;
· Kid Stream Camp, 3825 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, 12:30 to 12:50 p.m.;
· Idlewood Trailer Park, Waldorf, 1 to 1:20 p.m.;
· Elite Gymnastics, 2745 Old Washington Road, Waldorf, 1:30 to 1:50 p.m.;
· Milton M. Somers Middle School, 11:30 to 11:50 a.m.;
· Phoenix Run, 651 Piscataway Run, La Plata, 12 to 12:30 p.m.;
· Oak Manor Drive, Waldorf, 12:45 to 1:15 p.m.;
· Charles Landing Apartments, Jameson Court, Indian Head, playground area, 12 to 12:30 p.m.; and
· Woodland Village Park, Thompson Lane, Indian Head, 12:45 to 1:15 p.m.
Lunch on Us is provided in partnership with CCPS, Charles County Government, LifeStyles, Inc. of Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Library, Charles County Children's Aid Society, Charles County Department of Social Services, No Kid Hungry and the Tri-County Youth Services Bureau.
Possession of Heroin:â€‹ On 5/15/17 at 2:27 pm, Trooper First Class Davis responded to
a broadcast for a person having distress in the Bucket’s Liquor Store parking lot in
Lusby. Brandy M. Staples, 30 of Lusby, was located and was slurring her speech and
her movements were delayed. A plastic straw was observed on the center console. A
probable cause search revealed quantities of heroin. Staples was arrested and
incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
Possession of Heroin:â€‹ On 5/16/17 at 10:32 am, Trooper First Class Matthews
conducted a traffic stop at Rt. 4 south of Rt. 231 in Prince Frederick for traffic
violations. John F. Marshall, 34 of St. Leonard, was visibly showing several criminal
indicators and a K-9 scan was requested. The K-9 scan was positive and a search was
conducted. Heroin was located in the vehicle. Marshall was arrested and incarcerated
at the Calvert County Detention Center.
Theft from a Vehicle:â€‹ On 5/17/17 at 9:56 am, Sergeant Bennett received a report of a
theft of a vehicle registration tag. The complainant advised the tag was removed from
the vehicle parked at the residence on Cassell Blvd. in Prince Frederick. The tag, MD
9CV4939 has been entered into METERS/NCIC.
Possession of Cocaine:â€‹ On 5/19/17 at 9:42 pm, Trooper Stull stopped a vehicle on Rt.
4 south of Sherry Lane in Prince Frederick for traffic violations. Russell C. Tayman, 21
of Lothian demonstrated behavior that indicated an attempt to conceal something. A
search was conducted and Cocaine was located. Tayman was arrested and incarcerated
at the Calvert County Detention Center.
Public Intoxication:â€‹ On 5/20/17 at 5:55 pm, Trooper Backus responded to Merrimac
Ct. in Prince Frederick to check on the welfare of an unconscious individual. John F.
Brady, 52 of St. Leonard was located partially lying in the roadway on Merrimac Court.
Brady was arrested for being intoxicated and causing a public disturbance and was
incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
Possession of Cocaine:â€‹ On 5/22/17 at 12:17 am, Trooper First Class Robinson
responded to Project Echo in Prince Frederick for a trespassing complaint. Cynthia M.
Bobick, 37 of Bowie, had been asked to leave the property by the manager and refused.
When the manager contacted the police, Bobick left. She was located, stopped by
police and advised on behalf of Project Echo, not to return to the property. A short time
later, the manager called stating that Bobick had returned. Troopers located Bobick and
while conducting a search incident to the arrest located cocaine. She was arrested and
incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
On May 21, 2017, suspect Kathleen K. Crank, age 55, of Bowie was arrested by St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office deputies at the Lexington Park Library.
The investigation revealed, Crank registered for a class being held at the library as a teenager. When she arrived, she was denied entry into the class. Crank refused requests to move from her location and caused a disturbance.
She was arrested and charged with Trespassing on public property, disturbing the peace, hindering passage, and failure to obey a lawful order by Corporal T. Snyder of the Lexington Park COPs Unit.
Kathleen K. Crank, age 55, of Bowie
Burglary Case #17- 25338:
On May 15, 2017, at approximately 8:15pm, Deputy K. Parks responded to a reported burglary on Serenity Court, in Prince Frederick. Upon arriving the victim advised they were gone between 4:30pm and returned around 7:30pm and noticed the wood frame around the front door was cracked. Upon further exam they realized someone tried to kick in the front door. Nothing of value appears to be stolen.
CDS Violation Case #17-25519:
On May 16, 2017, at approximately 3:00pm, Deputy T. Rzepkowski responded to a check welfare call on several persons passed out inside of a vehicle that was parked at the Park Place Medical Building, in Prince Frederick. Upon investigating Heather Davis, 34, of St. Leonard, was found to be in possession of an orange prescription bottle with no label. Inside of the prescription bottle was two different kinds of pills, seven (7) Oxycodone and fourteen (14) Methadone. Davis was charged and arrested for two (2) counts of Possession of a Synthetic Narcotic (Oxycontin and Methadone).
CDS Violation Case #17-25513:
On May 16, 2017, at approximately 2:30pm, Deputy N. Buckler responded to the area of Ponds Wood/Hardesty Road for the report of an auto accident. Upon arrival he observed a pickup truck lying on its’ side in a field, with the occupants and multiple witnesses to the accident standing outside the vehicle. He spoke with the driver, Zachary Duran, 27, of Prince Frederick, and passenger, David Snider, 26, of Owings, who confirmed they were not injured and refused medical treatment. After confronting the subjects about a bag they tossed into the woods, Deputy Buckler located a small fabric bag containing marijuana and multiple pills (Morphine and Temazepam). He also located a set of nun chucks jammed in between the driver’s seat and the center console. The driver, Duran, had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath and had lethargic and slurred speech. Duran was arrested and charged with DUI, DWI, Possession of CDS (Morphine), Obstructing and Hindering and a Concealed Dangerous Weapon (nun chucks). Snider was arrested for Possession of CDS (Morphine).
Destruction of Property Case #17-26027:
On May 18, 2017, at approximately 11:00pm, Deputy E. Yates responded to Serenity Court, in Prince Frederick, for the report of damaged property. He met with the victim who advised they believe someone had intentionally slashed a tire on their vehicle the previous evening. They noticed the air in the tire was leaking and attempted to repair the tire using the ‘fix-a-flat’ product. After fix-a-flat did not work, they spoke with a neighbor who stated they had seen someone standing next to their vehicle that same evening. The case is suspended pending further suspect information.
Disorderly Conduct Case #17-26041:
On May 19, 2017, at approximately, 12:30am, Deputy R. Shrawder observed a patron in the Buckets Sports Bar, in Lusby, become highly intoxicated after consuming numerous drinks throughout the night. Edwin Foote, Jr., 27, of Lusby, was loud, belligerent and became disrespectful towards the bartenders when told numerous times to discontinue going behind the bar. Due to his behavior and intoxication, he was told he needed to leave for the night. He refused to listen and continued to yell and cuss outside the bar. He attempted to re-enter the bar and was told he could not go back inside. At this time he started to run and refused to comply with Deputy Shrawder’s verbal commands. He was placed under arrest for Disorderly Conduct, Fail to Obey a Lawful Order, Trespass on Private Property and Resist/Interfere with Arrest. He was also issued a no trespass order for Buckets Sports Bar.
Motor Vehicle Theft Case #17-25586:
On May 16, 2017, at approximately 9:15pm, Deputy T. Buckler responded to the area of Dayton Avenue/7th Street for a reported hit and run accident. The complainant advised he witnessed a vehicle strike a parked car in front of a residence and drove off with a flat front right tire. Deputy R. Cress notified Deputy Buckler that he had located the suspect vehicle behind the Boys and Girls Club in North Beach. After responding to the location and seeing no suspects on the scene, he was contacted by the vehicle owner who confirmed the damaged vehicle was his and it had been stolen from the Dunkirk parking lot. He explained that he allowed Travis Watts, 29, of Oxon Hill, MD, to sit in his car while he was working but at no time did he give Watts permission to drive the vehicle, knowing Watts' license was suspended. The investigation further revealed William Parran, II, 28, of Chesapeake Beach, got behind the wheel and was responsible for striking the parked car. He continued driving and eventually parked the vehicle at the Boys and Girls Club. The investigation also revealed Manuel Osborne, Jr., who initially denied any involvement with the vehicle, had picked up Watts and provided him a ride back to Dunkirk after the accident took place. Watts was arrested for Motor Vehicle/Unlawful Taking; Parran, II, was charged on an application for Destruction of Property/Traffic Offenses; Osborne was charged on an application for Providing False Information to a Peace Officer.
Theft Case #17-25934:
On May 18, 2017, Deputy B. Sampson met with a citizen at the Sheriff’s Office who wanted to report a theft. The victim explained they had stopped at the 7-11, in Huntingtown, around 1:30pm the day before and placed their Samsung Galaxy 6 cell phone (with purple case) down while shopping. The victim forgot to pick the phone back up and left it in the store. After gathering the victim’s information and returning to the 7-11, Deputy Sampson determined the phone may have been stolen from a different location, as 7-11 employees could not locate video confirming a theft had taken place. At this time this case will be suspended.
If you know who committed these crimes or any other criminal activity in Calvert County, you can report it anonymously online by clicking the Crime Solvers link at www.CalvertCountySheriff.us or by calling 410-535-2800.
Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person involved in criminal activity.
Charles County Public Schools is seeking feedback about the school system and its 36 schools from the parent community. A confidential survey was launched today to gather parental input about schools. The survey is available on the school system website, www.ccboe.com, under the What’s New section of the main homepage. The survey can be accessed directly at https://www.research.net/r/2017CCPS_ParentSurvey.
Parents with more than one child enrolled in a Charles County public school can complete the survey for each school their child attends. Responses are confidential and will help the school system learn what parents think about the success of their child’s school and what can be improved. The survey is available for input until Friday, June 9.
Items included on the survey include student learning, school climate, safe and orderly environment, parental involvement and extracurricular activities. Questions about the survey can be directed to the Charles County Public Schools Office of Accountability at email@example.com or 301-934-7313.
The survey is also available in Spanish at https://www.research.net/r/2017CCPS_ParentSurveySpanish.
On April 17, 2017, patrol deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to a suspicious incident in the Willow Woods subdivision of Lexington Park. The preliminary investigation revealed a juvenile in the neighborhood was approached by an adult female in a dark sedan, who was unknown to her. The juvenile became concerned and reported the incident to her family members.
The investigation was continued by the Criminal Investigations Division. Through their investigation, detectives obtained additional information including part of the interaction captured by a surveillance camera in the area.
Anyone with information as to the identity of the adult female or additional information is asked to contact Detective Scott Ruest at 301-475-4200, ext. *2297 or by email, Scott.Ruest@stmarysmd.com.
On May 21st charges were issued against Sean Christopher Urbanski in connection with Saturday's homicide. he is charged with 1st Degree Murder, 2nd Degree Murder and 1st Degree Assault.
On Saturday, May 20th at approximately 3:05 a.m., the University of Maryland Police Department was notified of an assault with a knife on Regents Drive near montgomery Hall. Officers immediately responded to the area and located the male victim, Richard Wilbur Collins III, 23, of Owings, on the sidewalk suffering from serious injuries. Officers provided medical assistance until paramedics arrived. Collins was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced deceased by medical staff.
Prince Georg's County Police stopped an individual on Regents Drive near Montgomery Hall. Witnesses positively identified the individual as the male who assaulted the victim.
Collins was a student at Bowie State University and was set to graduate on Tuesday.
The FBI is assisting in investigating to determine if the incident was a hate crime. Urbanski is white and Collins was black.
LEONARDTOWN, MD (May 22, 2017) – May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S., and it affects all skin types. One form of skin cancer, melanoma, can spread to other parts of the body if not treated early.
The best way to prevent skin cancer is to avoid overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, either from the sun or from artificial sources like tanning beds. Other risk factors for melanoma include having a history of sunburns during childhood, certain types of moles, fair skin, freckles, red or blond hair, and personal or family history of skin cancers.
You can reduce your risk for melanoma and other skin cancers by avoiding tanning devices, limiting exposure to sunlight – especially between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. when the sun’s UV rays are the most hazardous - wearing sun-protective hats, clothing and sunglasses with UV protection, and using sunscreens with a SPF of at least 30 when exposed to the sun, even in cloudy conditions or cool days.
Remember that a tan is the body’s response to injury from UV rays, so there is no such thing as safe tanning. Always report any unusual moles or skin changes to your health care provider. For more information about sun safety for you and your family, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
Leonardtown, MD – Flag Day 2017 festivities, co-sponsored by the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County and the Leonardtown Commissioners, will take place on Wednesday, June 14 at 6 p.m.
The event will take place on the Governmental Center Lawn in Leonardtown. If inclement weather should occur, the ceremony will be moved inside the Leonard Hall Recreation Center, adjacent to the lawn.
The event will feature a procession by various color guards and veterans groups from around the county. A formal ceremony and Pause for the Pledge of Allegiance follows the procession.
For the first time, at the conclusion of the formal program, members of the American Legion Post in Avenue, Maryland, will hold a flag retirement ceremony. Legion members will demonstrate the dignified and proper method of disposing of worn, torn and/or tattered flags.
The Seventh District Optimist Club will be on hand to provide refreshments and free hand-held American Flags will be distributed to everyone in attendance.
For more information, contact the St. Mary’s County Public Information Office at 301-475-4200, ext. *1340.
On the afternoon of May 19, 2017, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into a report of a sex offense involving a juvenile female, after initially responding to a private residence in Mechanicsville for a reported disturbance.
Detectives and Crime Lab Technicians from the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) were contacted and continued the investigation. As a result of their investigation, suspect Anton Cortez Queen, 22, of Mechanicsville was later arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Rape and Sexual Abuse of a Minor.
Cortez is being held at the Detention Center on a no bond status.
Anyone with additional information about this crime is asked to contact Detective Skyler LeFave at 301-475-4200, ext. *1983 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Callers may also call Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333 (callers can remain anonymous, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus your message to “CRIMES” (274637).
Anton Cortez Queen, 22, of Mechanicsville
05/09/17 - Trespassing Private Property – Deputy First Class V. Pontorno observed the suspect Keon Williams Sanders, age 29, of Lexington Park, MD, on the property of Millison Plaza after being duly notified not to do so via a “No Trespass” notice issued by Deputy First Class V. Pontorno. The suspect was issued a Uniform Criminal Citation for Trespassing on Private Property. CCN# 24611-17
05/10/17 –Possession CDS, not Marijuana and Possession Paraphernalia – Deputy First Class D. Potter observed a passenger vehicle occupied by two subjects parked on the side of the road. The deputy was passing back through the community when he saw the subjects still inside of the vehicle. A check of the vehicle's temporary registration revealed there was no record found through the Motor Vehicle Administration. An additional investigation revealed the vehicle's temporary registration was expired and the vehicle was unregistered. While the deputy was speaking with the occupants, he observed the suspect pick up a folded white piece of paper from the cup holder in the vehicle and drop it between herself and the driver side seat. The driver, suspect Erin Neveal Stokes, 25 of Lexington Park, MD, initially provided a family member's name instead of her own. The investigation revealed the true identity of the suspect and that the folded piece of paper contained suspected Heroin. The suspect was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where she was charged with Possession CDS, not Marijuana and Possession paraphernalia. CCN# 24737-17
05/10/17 – Fail to comply with a Peace Order – Deputies responded to the 21000 block of Liberty St., Lexington Park, MD, for a reported violation of a Peace Order. Deputy First Class R. Beyer located the suspect Brian Alan Williamson, 48 of Lexington Park, MD, within the residence. The investigation revealed a Peace Order was served on the suspect on May 10, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. by Deputy J. Smith. The suspect was then located at the residence on May 10, 2017, at approximately 9:06 p.m., in direct violation of the Peace Order. Deputy First Class R. Beyer arrested the suspect and transported him to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Violation of a Peace Order. CCN# 24800-17
ï»¿ï»¿05/11/17 – Possession of CDS, not Marijuana – Deputy Sidorowicz responded to the Comfort Inn located in the 21000 block of Three Notch Rd., Lexington Park, MD, for the report of two subjects passed out inside of a truck in the parking lot. Witnesses report that although the vehicle was parked, the driver's foot was stuck on the peddle causing it to accelerate. When deputies arrived on the scene, the fire department was putting out a fire underneath the hood of the vehicle, and both suspects were alert and sitting on the curb. The investigation revealed both suspects were unconscious inside the vehicle and the engine area was on fire when fire personnel arrived. Fire department personnel woke both suspects, identified as Tavon Irving Huffin, 25 of Lexington Park, MD, and Brandon DJ Peterson, 31 of Mechanicsville, MD. Fire department personnel identified Peterson as the operator of the vehicle and Huffin as the passenger. Deputy D. Sidorowicz confiscated suspected Heroin and related paraphernalia from the suspects and inside the vehicle. Both suspects were arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where they were charged with Possession of CDS, not Marijuana. CCN# 24940-17
05/11/17 – Assault 2nd Degree – Corporal D. Reppel responded to the 18000 block of Wood Rd., Lexington Park, MD, for the report of assault and property destruction. The investigation revealed the suspect and victim were involved in a verbal fight that escalated when the suspect struck the victim in the face. The victim then proceeded to damage numerous items within the residence including the suspect's vehicle. The victim left before the deputies arrival but was located a short time later. The victim displayed visible injuries consistent with the victim’s account of what happened. The suspect, Earle Emerson Gates, 56, of Lexington Park, MD, was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Assault 2nd Degree. The suspect was also provided directions on how to file charges against the victim for the destruction of property. CCN# 24969-17
05/12/17 – Assault 1st Degree – Deputies responded to the 41000 block of Courthouse Dr., Leonardtown, MD, for a reported domestic disturbance. Deputies made contact with the parties involved who indicated they were engaged in a verbal fight. The victim advised the suspect, Mary Lee Fuller, 29 of Leonardtown, MD, threw the victim’s belongings into the hallway. The suspect still enraged, grabbed a kitchen knife lunging several times at the victim in an attempt to stab the victim. The victim was able to exit the residence and call 911 after the suspect threw hot coffee in the victim's face. At the conclusion of Deputy M. McCuen’s investigation, he placed the suspect under arrest and transported her to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where she was charged with Assault 1st Degree. It was also discovered the suspect had an active Arrest Warrant for Assault 2nd Degree, which was served at the time of arrest. CCN# 25201-17
05/12/17 – Assault 2nd Degree – Deputy First Class V. Pontorno responded to the 46000 block of Midway Dr., Lexington Park, MD, for an alleged assault. The investigation revealed the victim was angry with the suspect, Machiavelli Tyzhae Savoy, 19 of Lexington Park, MD, and threw his clothes into the trash can. The suspect then donned a boxing glove and punched the victim in the face twice. Deputy First Class V. Pontorno arrested the suspect and transported him to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Assault 2nd Degree. CCN# 25138-17
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05/11/17 – Carlonte Antoine Knott, 25 of Hollywood, MD, was arrested on a District Court Warrant for Theft of $1000 to under $10,000. Arrested by Deputy T. Payne – CCN# 23485-17
05/11/17 – Latasha Renee Armstrong, 30 of Lexington Park, MD, was arrested on a District Court Warrant for Confining Unattended Child. Arrested by Deputy G. Muschette – CCN# 19748-17
Criminal Summons Services:
Tifany Nycole Gross, 41 of Lexington Park, MD, was charged on a Criminal Summons for Threats of Arson. Served by Deputy J. Davis – CCN# 23741-17
Clifton Leon Shorter Jr., 25 of LaPlata, MD, was charged on a Criminal Summons for Theft less $1000. Served by Deputy D. Holdsworth – CCN#7130-17
Anthony (nmn) Young, 49 of St. Leonard, MD, was charged on a Criminal Summons for Assault 2nd Degree. Served by Deputy P. Henry – CCN# 24410-17
04/26/17 – 14-year-old male juvenile of Mechanicsville, MD, was arrested at Chopticon High School for Assault 2nd Degree and Disruption of School Activities. Arrested by School Resource Officer, Corporal A. Holton - CCN# 22214-17
05/13/17 – Assault 2nd Degree - Deputies responded to the 19000 block of Greens Crossing Court in Great Mills, MD, for a reported assault. The investigation revealed the victim and the suspect, Nathaniel Richard Kitchen, 18 of Great Mills, MD, initially engaged in mutual horseplay. The situation escalated when the suspect knocked the victim down causing the victim to strike their head on the floor, rendering the victim temporarily unconscious. When the victim regained consciousness, the physical confrontation continued between the suspect and victim. There were visible signs of injuries. Corporal J. Stone arrested and transported the suspect to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Assault 2nd Degree. CCN# 25283-17
05/13/17 – Dangerous Weapon – Conceal – Deputy First Class R. Steinbach was conducting a patrol check of the St. Georges Island Boat Ramp in Piney Point, MD, at approximately 3:30 a.m., on May 13, 2017. During the patrol check, the deputy observed a motor vehicle in the parking lot. The wharf is duly posted with signs indicating the wharf and parking lot are closed from sunset to sunrise. Upon making contact with the six occupants inside, Deputy First Class R. Steinbach detected the distinct odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. The deputy had the driver, suspect Kevin Preston Bertsch, 18 of Great Mills, MD, exit the vehicle. Upon the suspect exiting the vehicle, Deputy First Class R. Steinbach observed what appeared to be a handgun partially underneath the driver’s seat. Additional investigation determined what originally appeared to be a handgun, was actually a pellet pistol designed to look like a Glock handgun. Additionally, a set of metal knuckles and less than 10 grams of Marijuana was also located in the vehicle. The suspect was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was issued a Civil Citation for Possession of Marijuana less than 10 grams and criminally charged with Concealing a Dangerous Weapon. CCN# 25240-17
05/14/17 – CDS: Possession not Marijuana/CDS: Possession Paraphernalia/Multiple Traffic Citations – Deputy First Class R. Steinbach initiated a traffic stop for a minor traffic infraction. Upon contact with the driver, suspect Thomas Ronald Morgan, 51 of Piney Point, MD, the deputy learned the suspect's license status and privilege to drive in Maryland was suspended and revoked. The registration plates on the vehicle were suspended as well. During contact with Morgan, Deputy Steinbach observed in plain view, within the vehicle, a metal smoking device containing suspected crack cocaine residue. The suspect was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession, not Marijuana/CDS: Possession Paraphernalia and issued multiple traffic citations. Citations – CCN# 25381-17
05/14/17 – Violation of Protective Order and Malicious Destruction of Property valued over $1000 –Deputies responded to the 45000 block of Sayre Dr., Great Mills, MD, for a reported civil dispute. Upon arrival, Deputy First Class A. Schultz met with the suspect Earl Keith Goss, 30 of Great Mills, MD, who was angered with the victims over a family issue. During contact with the suspect and victims, the deputy learned a Temporary Protective Order had been issued and served on the Goss by Corporal J. Stone, prohibiting the suspect from being at the residence or on the grounds surrounding the residence. While on the property, the suspect utilized a sharp object to create numerous puncture holes into the wall of a pool belonging to the victims. The suspect was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Violation of Protective Order and Malicious Destruction of Property. - CCN# 25485-17
05/14/17 – Malicious Destruction of property less than $1000 – Corporal J. Vezzosi had arrested the suspect Tracy Evan Hemsley, 23 of Lexington Park, MD, for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. During the transport to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center, the suspect began to forcefully kick the plastic divider installed in the police vehicle. The suspect then spits on the surface of the windows, leaving bodily fluids. Once at the St. Mary’s County Detention Center, the suspect was additionally charged with Malicious Destruction of Property. – CCN# 25480-17
05/15/17 - Assault 2nd Degree and Assault 2nd Degree on DOC Employee ETC – Deputy J. Smith responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center for a reported Assault. The investigation revealed the suspect, Paul Daniel Panholzer, 33 of Lexington Park, MD, attacked another inmate by attempting to strike the victim with a closed fist leading to a fight between the suspect and victim. The suspect was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree and Assault 2nd Degree on DOC Employee ETC. – CCN# 25681-17
05/14/17 – Eugene William Barnes, 43 of Lexington Park, MD, was arrested on a Parole Retake Warrant and served a Criminal Summons for Assault 2nd Degree. Arrested by Deputy C. Edwards.
05/14/17 – Hernondez Diangelo Cromwell, 36 of Clinton, MD, was arrested on a District Court Arrest Warrant for Assault 2nd Degree. Arrested by Deputy First Class J. Maguire
05/13/17 – Molly Rebecca Raymond, 25 of Baltimore, MD, was charged on a Criminal Summons with Theft less $100 and Burglary 4th Degree. CCN# 3314-17 - Served by Deputy B. Fennessey
05/13/17 – Bryan Wayne Duvall, 47 of Lexington Park, MD, was charged on a Criminal Summons with Disorderly Conduct. CCN# 21220-17 - Served by Corporal J. Vezzosi
05/13/17 – Antonio Javon Bowen, 27 of Lexington Park, MD, was charged on a Criminal Summons with Credit Card Theft and Theft under $1000. CCN# 14791-17 – Served by Corporal M. Worrey
05/13/17 – Troy Allen Jones, 24 of Hollywood, MD, was charged on a Criminal Summons with Unlawfully receiving a Credit Card and (two counts) Theft less $1000. CCN# 20443-17 – Served by Corporal M. Worrey
05/13/17 – David Michael Smith, 51 of Callaway, MD, was charged on a Criminal Summons with Theft less $1000. CCN# 22123-17 – Served by Deputy S. Bowie
05/15/17 – Alexa Taylor Smith, 21 of St. Inigoes, MD, was charged on a Criminal Summons with Theft Scheme less $1000 and (3 counts) Theft under $1000. CCN# 18068-17 – Served by Corporal J. Yingling
05/15/17 – Venusia Marin Ellis, 43 of Lexington Park, MD, was charged on a Criminal Summons with (2 counts) Assault 2nd Degree//(3 counts) Malicious Destruction of Property valued under $1000 and Malicious Destruction of Property valued over $1000. CCN# 24969-17 – Served by Deputy First Class B. Gaskill
05/11/17 – A 17-year-old male juvenile, of Lexington Park, MD, was arrested for Assault 2nd Degree. CCN# 25004-17 – Arrested by Deputy G. Muschette
05/12-17 – A 12-year-old male juvenile, of Lexington Park, MD, was arrested for Vandalism inside of a residence. CCN# 20380-17 – Arrested by Deputy A. Schultz
05/14/17 – A 14-year-old male juvenile and 17-year-old male juvenile, both of California, MD, were arrested for Burglary, Vandalism, and Theft to several California, MD, businesses. CCN# 18642-17 – Arrested by Deputy P. Robinson
PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – May 19, 2017 – The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is pleased to announce the promotion of Jennifer Moreland to director of the Calvert County Department of Community Resources. She will replace Maureen Hoffman upon her June 2017 retirement after 15 years of service.
“Maureen leaves big shoes to fill,” said board President Tom Hejl. “But I am confident Jennifer will continue and build upon Maureen’s outstanding commitment to the health and human services issues facing our county’s most vulnerable citizens.”
“I am passionate about the well-being of people in the community,” shared Moreland. “With my background in collaboration and data-driven planning, I look forward to
working with the Board of County Commissioners, county department heads and the community to gain insight on the successes and challenges they face in their work on behalf of our citizens.”
Moreland has been the Calvert County Department of Community Resources Family Network Coordinator for the past two years. In her current role, she manages multiple state grants and secures funding for social programs that improve the well-being of children, youth and families in Calvert County. Before joining Calvert County Government, Moreland was with the United Way of Calvert County where she served as director of community impact and the ‘Success by 6’ coordinator. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Communication Studies from Towson University. Her promotion will take effect June 1.
On May 11, 2017, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies responded to a reported rape in Lexington Park. The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect, Rainier Nazal Dizon, age 35, forcibly raped the victim. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division continued the investigation and gathered evidence that supported the victim’s account of events.
An arrest warrant was obtained for Rainier for First Degree Rape, Second Degree Rape, Third Degree Offense, and Second Degree Assault.
He was arrested and remains at the St. Mary’s County Detention Center on a no bond status.
Rainier Nazal Dizon
PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – May 19, 2017 – The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Linda Vassallo as director of the new Calvert County Department of Communications & Media Relations. The appointment is an important part of the reorganization plan the board approved April 25 to improve overall county government operations and services to the public.
Vassallo, who is currently director of the Calvert County Department of Economic Development (DED), has worked for Calvert County Government for 21 years. Hired as the county’s first marketing and communications specialist in 1996, she quickly moved through the ranks to become DED director in 1999.
“Linda has done a fantastic job for the business community and for the taxpayers of Calvert County,” said board President Tom Hejl. “She is the true definition of a public servant. Over the last 21 years, she has worked hard to more than double our business base from less than 1,700 businesses in 1996 to the more than 4,650 businesses we have today, increasing the commercial tax base more than 200 percent or by nearly $900 million.
“She and her team played a vital role in two of the county’s most important economic legacies,” Hejl continued. “She helped coordinate the Dominion Cove Point LNG expansion and her team’s work on cultivating a robust commercial tax base was a key factor in Calvert County Government earning its first triple-A rating from all three credit rating agencies last year.”
“The experience I have obtained on the economic development side of the house has been invaluable,” shared Vassallo. “I am honored to have played a role these last several years in building an economic development climate that is sustainable and growing to meet the needs of business owners and the citizens.
“It has been a great run, but I am truly excited to lead the new Department of Communications & Media Relations,” she continued. “Our communication team brings an impressive skill set to the table. We look forward to the opportunity to grow our existing communications program into a more robust operation.”
Vassallo earned her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Towson University and held several public information and public affairs positions before joining Calvert County Government. She is currently a board member of the College of Southern Maryland Advisory Council, the Patuxent Partnership and Leadership Southern Maryland Leadership Council, and she is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Maryland. Vassallo will transition to the position of director of the new Communications & Media Relations Department July 1. Recruitment is currently underway to fill the DED director’s position.
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