LaPlata Church Burglarized; Waldorf School Vandalized With Racial Slur; More... - Southern Maryland Headline News

LaPlata Church Burglarized; Waldorf School Vandalized With Racial Slur; More...

BURGLARY: Sometime between 8:30 p.m. on March 27 and 6:30 a.m. on March 28, suspect(s) forced entry into a storage shed at New Life Wesleyan Church at 9690 Shepherds Creek Place in La Plata and stole a riding lawn mower, snow blower, weed eater, chain saw and leaf blower. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Charles County Sheriff's Office at 301-932-2222. Officer J. Crizer is investigating.

RACIAL/RELIGIOUS/ETHNIC INCIDENT: On March 31 at 8 a.m., PFC P. Anderson was in the area of Eva Turner Elementary School at 1000 Bannister Circle in Waldorf when he observed racial slurs and "KKK" spray painted on the school. Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Charles County Sheriff's Office at 301-932-7777.

FLEEING POLICE: On March 31 at 4:12 a.m., the United States Park Police notified the Charles County Sheriff's Office that Park Police officers were in pursuit of a 2003 Mitsubishi traveling southbound on Indian Head Highway, heading into Charles County. Charles County Sheriff's officers responded to the area to assist, however, they did not become involved in the pursuit. The U.S. Park Police pursued the vehicle into Indian Head. The suspect stopped the vehicle just south of McWilliams Drive and surrendered without further incident.
Charles County Sheriff's officers arrested the suspect, Edwin Gerard Johnson, 22, of Oxon Hill, Md., and charged him with Fleeing and Eluding, Driving on a Suspended Driver's License and Failing to Stop for a Red Signal.

FLEEING POLICE: On March 30 at 11:23 p.m., Officer R. Gilroy was on Livingston Road in Indian Head when he observed a vehicle that was the subject of a lookout broadcast earlier in the evening. The occupants of the vehicle were believed to be involved in the theft of cigarettes from Dash In in Bryans Road. The vehicle - a black 1997 Dodge Neon - was occupied by two males. Officer Gilroy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, but the driver refused to stop. Officer Gilroy pursued the vehicle a short distance but the driver lost control of the vehicle on Pomfret Road near Foxburrow Place. The vehicle left the roadway and struck at tree. The two occupants of the vehicle sustained incapacitating injuries and were flown to Prince George's County Hospital Center. Investigation revealed the vehicle was stolen in Prince George's County and the driver was in possession of marijuana. Charges have not been filed. The driver is a 20-year-old La Plata man and is in critical condition and the passenger is a 17-year-old Fort Washington boy and is in stable condition.

Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in Charles County that leads to an arrest or indictment. Anyone with information about a crime may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. All callers may remain anonymous.

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