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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Reports


On August 8, 2006, the Sheriff’s Office was notified that a wanted felon was in the area from the State of Ohio. Corporal Stephen Myers, Deputy First Class Patrick Handy and Deputy Sarah Lacey responded to a residence in the Mechanicsville area in an attempt to locate suspect Keith Allan Romig. While interviews were taking place at the front of the residence, deputies were set up in various locations around the residence. Suspect Romig attempted to flee the residence and was immediately confronted by Deputy First Class Handy. After a brief struggle, suspect Romig was placed into custody. Suspect Romig was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he will await extradition to the State of Ohio. His warrant was for an unlawful sexual contact and no other details surrounding the incident are available at this time.

Deputies Robert Merritt and Jason Graves responded to the Target Store in California for the reported theft. Upon arrival, officers made contact with suspect Gina Alma Holroyd, age 30 of California, and found that she had stolen several items from the establishment. The items stolen included bed linens and moisturizer valued at $82.51. She was charged with Theft Under $100.00 and is awaiting a preliminary hearing before the District Court.

Deputy Jason Graves served an open bench warrant on Charles Vernon Burroughs for Failure to Appear in District Court. The original charges were Theft Under $500.00, Driving While Suspended, Driving While Revoked and Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle. Suspect Burroughs was being held without bond.

On August 8, 2006 at 2310 hours, patrol officers responded to the parking lot of a Mini Mart located in Mechanicsville for a reported shooting. Investigators were immediately contacted and the investigation was assumed by the St. Mary’s County Bureau of Criminal Investigations. Investigation revealed that a physical altercation began on the property of the Mini Mart involving several witnesses, victims (undisclosed names) and the suspect, Dempsey Wayne Herring Jr., age 25 of Mechanicsville, and several of his friends. Witnesses reported that Herring struck one of the victims in the face after which a mutual physical combat occurred between associates of Herring and the undisclosed victims/witnesses. Herring left the Mini Mart and responded to his residence which is located in the area. He then returned to the Mini Mart with a 12-gauge shotgun and fired several rounds into the crowd. As a result, three victims were injured. One victim suffered a shotgun wound to the hand and was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment before being released. Another victim suffered a shotgun wound to the right arm and was transported to Washington Hospital Center for treatment and remains in stable condition. The remaining victim suffered a shotgun wound to the back and legs and was also transported to Washington Hospital Center for treatment and also remains in stable condition. Upon completion of the investigation, Herring was charged with two (2) counts of Attempted Murder 2nd Degree, three (3) counts of Assault 1st Degree, four (4) counts of Assault 2nd Degree and four (4) counts of Reckless Endangerment. Herring is incarcerated in the St. Mary’s County Detention Center pending a bond review.

Deputies responded to a 911 call for a reported stabbing at a Lexington Park residence. Deputies found that Mary Agnes Morgan, age 36 of Lexington Park, was intoxicated and engaged in a verbal dispute with her boyfriend, Marshall Rothwell. Upon returning home intoxicated, suspect Morgan and victim Rothwell began to argue, which led to the suspect obtaining a knife from the kitchen area and stabbing the victim twice. The wounds were to the upper chest and arm. The victim was treated on the scene by the Lexington Park Rescue Squad and refused any additional medical treatment. Suspect Morgan was arrested by the investigating officer, Deputy Michael George, and charged with Assault First and Second Degree. Her current bond status is unknown.

Deputy Charles Dodson responded to Target in California for the reported shoplifter. Once on the scene it was determined that suspect Martin Ugonna Onyegbado, age 24 of Bowie, had stolen Sony Movie Software valued at $94.49. Suspect Onyegbado was charged with Theft Under $100.00 and released pending a Preliminary Hearing before the District Court.

Deputy Patrick Handy responded to a Lexington Park residence for the reported domestic incident. Upon arrival he made contact with victim Theresa Wanda Coles and her boyfriend, suspect Dajuan Lendell Stillwell. The intoxicated suspect came home and a verbal dispute began which led to suspect Stillwell assaulting victim Coles, leaving visible signs of injury. Suspect Stillwell was arrested and charged with one (1) count of Assault Second Degree.

On August 10, 2006, Patrol Deputies served the following Criminal Summonses and Warrants. They are as follows:

Terry Lynn Brown, age 36 of Chesapeake Beach, was charged on a Criminal Summons for several bad checks valued at more than $800.00. Charging officer was Deputy Sarah Lacey.

Anthony Allen Thompson, age 24 of Leonardtown, was charged on a Criminal Summons for Trespassing. Suspect Thompson returned to an apartment complex after being notified in writing to stay off the property. Charging officer was Deputy Sarah Lacey

Francis Otha Stewart, age 50 of Great Mills, was charged on a Criminal Summons for Assault. During a dispute, suspect Stewart assaulted Brenda Hebb-Stewart. Charging officer was Deputy David Corcoran.

Joselita Sison Lonzanida, age 29 of California, was charged a Circuit Court Criminal Summons for Burglary and Theft Under $500.00. No additional details were available. Charging officer was Deputy Charles Dodson.

Brian Patrick Abell, age 34 of Leonardtown, was arrested on a Circuit Court Warrant for Failure to Appear on the original charge of Driving While Revoked. Arresting officer was Deputy Shawn Cathcart

Terrell Devon Swales, age 18 of Great Mills, was arrested on a District Court Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear on the original charge of Deadly Weapon on School Property. Arresting officer was Deputy David Corcoran.

Charles Glenwood Johnson, age 33 of Park Hall, was arrested on a Circuit Court Warrant for Failure to Pay Court Ordered Fine. Arresting officer was Deputy Patrick Handy.

James Sterling Thompson, age 42 of Mechanicsville, was arrested on a District Court Bench Warrant for Violation of Probation. Arresting officer was Deputy Michael George.

Crystal Sue Feather, age 31 of Brucetown, West Virginia, was arrested in the State of West Virginia for a Circuit Court Warrant for Failing to Appear. She was extradited back to the State of Maryland and is currently being held without bond. Arresting officers were Deputies Zorana Sipos and Charles Earle.

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