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St. Mary’s Maryland – St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Crime Report for September 8, 2009

By admin • Sep 8th, 2009 • Category: News

DISCLAIMER - Any Charges Reported in these Press Releases are Merely Accusations and the Defendants are Presumed Innocent Unless and Until Proven Guilty.

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Bureau of Criminal Investigations Detectives are investigating a reported assault which occurred on August 29, 2009 at approximately 1530 hours at Mark’s Electronics in California. A black male, described as being approximately 5’6”, 140 pounds, wearing blue jeans, black shirt and tan gloves, entered the store and physically attacked the female clerk. The clerk resisted the attacker and he fled on foot. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333.

On August 30, 2009 at approximately 1430 hours, police and EMS personnel responded to Abell’s Wharf in Leonardtown for the reported drowning. Alejandro Bardales Ortiz, age 39 of Leonardtown, waded into the water and disappeared. He was found in approximately 6 feet of water not breathing by a friend and other people in the area, who then started cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). He was pronounced dead at St. Mary’s Hospital. Bureau of Criminal Investigations Detectives are investigating and there is no indication of foul play.

On September 1, 2009 at approximately 1835 hours, Vehicle #2, a 1994 Mercury Sable driven by Crystal Hall, age 24 of Lexington Park, was stopped in the southbound lane of Point Lookout Road waiting to turn left onto Aster Drive. Vehicle #1, a 2002 Ford F-350 driven by James Tippett, age 39 of Piney Point, was traveling southbound on Point Lookout Road and attempted to pass Hall’s vehicle on an improved shoulder, but struck the rear of Hall’s vehicle.

The impact sent Hall’s vehicle into the path of oncoming traffic on northbound Point Lookout Road. Hall’s vehicle was struck head on by Vehicle #3, a 1997 Mercury Marquise driven by Joseph Moschler III, age 19 of Leonardtown, which was traveling northbound on Point Lookout Road. Moschler’s vehicle caught fire but was quickly extinguished. Tippett and a juvenile passenger were not injured.

Moschler and a juvenile passenger were transported to St. Mary’s Hospital. Hall sustained severe injuries in the collision and went into cardiac arrest on the scene. She was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. Catherine Hall, age 51 of Lexington Park, was a front seat passenger in Vehicle #2. She was transported to Prince George’s Hospital Center.

Neither Crystal Hall nor Catherine Hall were wearing seatbelts. Also in Vehicle #2 was a two-year-old male who was injured and transported to Children’s Hospital. The two-year-old was not restrained in a car seat. Speed and alcohol are not believed to be contributing factors in the collision. Members of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Team responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. Anyone with information about the collision is asked to contact Deputy First Class Michael George at 301- 475-4200 x2269.

On September 1, 2009, Deputy Scott Ruest responded to the Wal-Mart Store in California for a report of a theft. The investigation revealed Jennifer Marie Money, age 24 of California, was witnessed by Wal-Mart’s Loss Prevention Officer placing store items into her purse and walking past all points of purchase without paying. Money was stopped and detailed by the Loss Prevention Officer as she attempted to exit the store without paying for the items. Money was charged with Theft Under $100.00.

On September 2, 2009, Deputy Michael Worrey responded to Lancaster Park in Lexington Park for a report of an individual exposing himself. The investigation revealed Kenneth Paul Stone, age 34 of no fixed address, was standing in Lancaster Park completely nude exposing himself to citizens bike-riding in the park. Stone was located, identified, arrested and charged with Indecent Exposure.

On September 2, 2009, Deputy Robert Nielson and Deputy Heather Allen were patrolling Trinity Church Road in St. Mary’s City conducting a patrol check. The deputies walked to the beach area of the property and observed two individuals attempting to walk away. As the deputies approached, they observed Kevin Richard Paul, age 19 of Frederick, drop an object on the ground by his feet.

Deputy Nielson retrieved the object, which was identified as a smoking device containing suspected marijuana. Further investigation revealed Joseph Ellsworth Clemens, age 20 of Keedysville, was in possession of a controlled dangerous substance (suspected marijuana). Paul and Clemens were arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance and Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance Paraphernalia.

On September 3, 2009, the Alcohol Enforcement Officer, Deputy First Class James Stone, in cooperation with the CSAFE (Collaborative Supervision And Focused Enforcement) Officer, Corporal Robert Russell, and assisted by the Traffic Safety Officer, Corporal Michael Peacher, conducted an enforcement operation in an effort to address loitering and public intoxication in Lexington Park.

The following individuals were observed and arrested for Consuming Alcoholic Beverages on a Public Sidewalk along South Coral Drive: Lawrence Maurice Anderson, age 49 of no fixed address, James Francis Darnell Butler, age 47 of no fixed address, Michael Donnall Brown, age 43 of Lexington Park, Rebecca Theresa Herbert, age 50 of no fixed address, and April Jasmine Briscoe, age 28 of no fixed address. The maximum penalty for consuming alcoholic beverages on a public sidewalk, if convicted, is punishable by up to five days incarceration.

On September 3, 2009, Deputy Nicole Chimko-Fahey responded to a residence on Ranger Road in Lexington Park for a report of a disturbance. The investigation revealed Tamara Elizabeth Higgs, age 40 of Leonardtown, was engaged in a verbal dispute with the victim, which caused a disturbance. Deputies asked Higgs several times to lower her voice and calm down. Higgs refused and became louder. Neighbors exited their residence and witnessed the commotion and Higgs’ disorderly conduct. Higgs was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct and Disturbing the Peace.

Bureau of Criminal Investigations Detectives investigating thefts from vehicles and burglaries, which occurred during July and August in Hollywood and Leonardtown, arrested a 17- year-old male juvenile from Hollywood on September 3, 2009. He was charged with First Degree Burglary, Theft Scheme, nine counts of Rogue and Vagabond, seven counts of Theft and two counts of Attempted Theft. Additional charges are pending and the juvenile was released to the Department of Juvenile Services.

On September 4, 2009, Corporal Patrick Handy attempted to stop a 1989 tan Buick with Maryland registration for a vehicle equipment violation. The driver of the vehicle refused to stop and attempted to flee and elude Corporal Handy. The vehicle abruptly stopped on Lincoln Avenue and the driver fled on foot into the South

Hampton neighborhood of Lexington Park. Investigation into the vehicle revealed that the vehicle was sold two days prior to Jerome Antonio Gladden, age 27 of Lexington Park. Gladden was located at his residence on Brighton Avenue, which is located two streets down from where the tan Buick stopped and the driver fled. Corporal Handy recognized Gladden as the driver of the vehicle and arrested him. Gladden made a false statement to Corporal Handy when he (Gladden) reported his 1989 tan Buick stolen.

A computer check of the vehicle revealed the vehicle had not been reported stolen as Gladden tried to tell Corporal Handy. Further check of the vehicle revealed the vehicle was not currently registered or insured and the tags displayed on the vehicle did not belong to the vehicle. Gladden was charged with several traffic violations and Making a False Report to a Police Officer.

On September 4, 2009 at 2137 hours, deputies responded to a residence in Hollywood for the report of a subject peering into windows of the victim’s residence. Deputies were able to locate the suspect, Edward A. Deans, age 49 of no fixed address, hiding in the woods to the rear of the residence. Upon being placed under arrest, Deane became combative and a short struggle ensued. Deane was placed in the rear of the police unit where he attempted to kick the rear window out of the vehicle. Deane was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center, charged with Trespassing, Resisting Arrest, Property Destruction and incarcerated pending an appearance before the District Court Commissioner.

On September 5, 2009 at 0459 hours, deputies responded to a report of a burglary in progress in Park Hall. The investigation revealed Patrick B. Zelinski, age 25, of Silver Spring, was intoxicated and entered the victim’s home though a rear door. Zelinski was confronted by the victim and fled the residence.

A short time later, Zelinski returned to the residence and entered through the front door and was again confronted by the victim. Zelinski advised the victim he was sorry and left the residence. Zelinski was located on the front porch of the victim’s residence and placed under arrest, charged with two counts of Burglary and incarcerated in the St. Mary’s County Detention Center pending an appearance before the District Court Commissioner.

On September 7, 2009 at 0232 hours, Deputy Michael Boyer responded to St. Mary’s College for the report of a subject trespassing on school property after being served a Notice Not to Trespass. College Public Safety Officer M. Colvin confronted Alan R. Dobson, age 18 of Leonardtown, after Dobson was observed in the area. Dobson provided a false name to Colvin and was placed under arrest. Dobson was charged with Trespass on Private Property and incarcerated in the St. Mary’s County Detention Center pending an appearance before the District Court Commissioner.

On September 6, 2009, during a search of Cecelia A. Marshall, age 45 of Mechanicsville, Correctional Officer Amanda Holton discovered a controlled dangerous substance in the bra of Marshall. Marshall had entered the St. Mary’s County Detention Center following sentencing on an unrelated matter in District Court. Marshall was charged with Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance – Not Marijuana, Possess Contraband in a Place of Confinement, and Removing the Label on a Controlled Prescription Bottle.

If any additional information is needed, please contact the Duty Officer at 301-475-4200 x1900.
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