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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Reports

On August 24, 2006, Deputy J. Kirkner responded to the reported assault at a Lexington Park residence. Upon arrival he made contact with an eleven-year-old victim and their guardian. Deputy Kirkner noted visible signs of injury (minor) to the victim. The victim stated that while on a school bus returning home from school, he was assaulted by being hit in the head with a water bottle and punched in the face. A suspect was developed and located. The suspect, a thirteen-year-old, was arrested and charged with Second Degree Assault. The suspect will be awaiting a hearing before the Juvenile Court.

On August 27, 2006, Deputies Zorana Sipos and Shawn Cathcart encountered a group of unruly patrons at a Lexington Park eating establishment. One of the members of the group, suspect David Thomas Johnson, age 20 of Great Mills, was continuously being disorderly. He was warned several times to cease and leave the property and failed to do so. He was arrested and charged with one count of Disorderly Conduct.

On August 24, 2006, Deputy J. Kirkner was flagged down by a citizen while he was patrolling Great Mills Road. Deputy Kirkner was advised that a suspect by the name of “Barbara Trossbach” had attempted to “run over” victim Thomas Alvin Campbell. A description of the vehicle was given and the investigation revealed a potential location as well. Deputy Terry Kile responded to a residence in California and located the intoxicated driver, suspect Trossbach, age 44 of California, and a passenger. Suspect Trossbach was positively identified as the operator of the vehicle and was arrested. The suspect was charged with one count of First Degree Assault and one count of Second Degree Assault.

On August 27, 2006, Deputy Jason Maletto responded to a call for a disturbance at a Chaptico residence. His investigation revealed that victim Amber Ruth Getscher, age 22 of Chaptico, and suspect Antowon Devon Rustin, age 28 of Chaptico, are boyfriend and girlfriend and reside in the same home. The victim, who is seven (7) months pregnant, was involved in a verbal altercation with the suspect. According to the victim the suspect grabbed her by the neck, shoved her to the ground and rubbed her face in the dirt. Deputy Maletto arrested suspect Rustin and transported him to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center for the assault.

On August 27, 2006, Corporal Cara Grumbles responded to a California hotel for the reported disorderly subject. Upon arrival, contact was made with suspect Anthony Thomas Doran III, age 24 of Alfa, New Jersey. The suspect had been consuming alcohol and acting disorderly, disturbing numerous other guests. He failed to heed Corporal Grumbles’ warning to cease and leave the property. It was at that time that he was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct.

On August 25, 2006, deputies were patrolling the Maryland International Raceway when an assault took place. Deputy William Raddatz witnessed Roderick Nathaniel Catlett, age 34 of Fredericksburg, Virginia, punch another male in the face with a closed fist. The victim, Towan Rynfill Smith, fell to the ground. Deptuy Raddatz ran to the victim’s aid but not before suspect Lesley Yvonna Coles, age 36 of Fredericksburg, Virginia, began to kick the victim. The victim is a former boyfriend of suspect Coles. Both suspects were arrested and charged with Assault Second Degree.

On August 26, 2006 deputies responded to a call for a fight in progress with shots fired. Upon arrival it was discovered that a group of juveniles were fighting outside of a set of mobile homes in a Lexington Park neighborhood when a homeowner emerged from his home and fired one (1) round in the air, telling the crowd to leave. Due to the location of the homes and the area in which the weapon was fired, suspect John Francis Biscoe Jr., age 32 of Lexington Park, was arrested and charged with Reckless Endangerment. The arresting officer was Deputy Mark A. Smith.

On August 28, 2006 at 2315 hours, Allen W. Smith, age 38 of California, was northbound on Route 235 south of Park Pines Drive in Dameron. For unknown reasons the driver crossed over the center lines into the southbound lane and continued off the roadway on the southbound side of the highway. The vehicle, a 1987 Suzuki Samurai, struck a culvert at Park Pines Drive and went airborne for over 50 feet. The driver was ejected from the vehicle during the impact and was pronounced dead at the scene. No other occupants were in the vehicle and the deceased was not wearing seatbelts at the time of the collision. Alcohol is being investigated as a contributing factor in the collision.

On August 27, 2006, Deputy Robert Gill responded to a California eatery for the reported theft. Deputy Gill’s investigation revealed that suspect Darlene Melissa Cradle, age 39 of Lexington Park, was an employee of the establishment and was observed by a customer stealing a tip left behind for another employee. Suspect Cradle was arrested and charged with Theft Under $100.00 and is currently awaiting a Preliminary Hearing before the District Court.

On August 28, 2006, off-duty Sergeant Christopher Medved observed suspect Richard Raymond Adkins and confirmed that there was an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear for him. Suspect Adkins was in a private neighborhood where he had been issued a notice not to trespass and was charged with an additional count of a Trespass Violation. The charging officer was Deputy J. Kirkner.

On August 24, 2006, Senior Deputy First Class Robert A. Russell responded to a California home for the reported “burglary that just occurred”. Senior Deputy First Class Russell’s investigation revealed that a female homeowner walked from one location in her home to another and found a white male, unknown to her, seated on her couch. She ran outside and screamed for her husband who had the intruder leave the home. The deputies responded and the couple was able to identify the suspect, James Bertram Higgs, age 36 of Lusby, who was located walking along Route 4. Suspect Higgs, who was intoxicated, was arrested and charged with Burglary.

On August 28, 2006, Deputy First Class Patrick Handy responded to the reported domestic disturbance at a Lexington Park home. Upon arrival he learned that the 14-year-old juvenile female had an altercation with her 15-year-old sibling. The argument was over the use of a computer. The 14-year-old obtained a meat cleaver from the kitchen and placed it to the neck of the older sibling, threatening to “kill” them. The family was able to disarm the juvenile. Deputy First Class Handy recovered the knife and placed the juvenile under arrest. Contact was made with the Department of Juvenile Services and the suspect was detained pending a hearing before the Juvenile Court.

On August 29, 2006, Deputy First Class Patrick Handy responded to a call for a domestic dispute. Upon arrival he encountered the female half of the disturbance, victim Vinaya Rathnaamahi Solomon, age 39 of Great Mills, suffering from a large contusion to her head. It was revealed that during a verbal dispute her husband had assaulted her by punching her in the head with a closed fist. The victim refused medical treatment. The suspect, Rajendra Charles Solomon, age 62 of Great Mills, was located inside the marital home, suffering from minor stab wounds to his arm. Although the suspect stated that the wounds were sustained in “self defense”, that is not what the evidence suggested. As the investigation continued it was discovered that the wounds to the suspect were self-inflicted. Suspect Solomon was arrested and charged with Second Degree Assault and False Statement to an Officer.

On August 29 2006, deputies responded to a call for a domestic dispute. Officers responding to the scene were advised that the suspect was intoxicated and making threats towards law enforcement officers. Upon arrival, Deputy Shawn Cathcart noted the side door of the residence had been kicked in. He encountered the uncooperative suspect, Scott Williams, age 32 of Leonardtown. As the investigation continued, the victim, Jennifer Marie Williams, age 32 of Leonardtown, was discovered in a locked upstairs bedroom along with the parties’ four (4) children. The investigation revealed that the suspect had thrown food at the victim after a verbal altercation before assaulting her by kicking her in the side.

Senior Deputy First Class Wayne Milam located and arrested suspect Kevin Benjamin Berry, age 19 of Lexington Park, for Second Degree Escape. The suspect failed to return to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center after his work release assignment.

On August 25, 2006, deputies were in the area of a Lexington Park apartment complex conducting a follow-up investigation to a reported sexual assault. Deputy Kevin Meyer located a suspect that fit the description and attempted to speak to him. The suspect, Tammary Faheema McKnight, age 24 of Lexington Park, interfered with Deputy Meyer and stood between the two. She was loud and shouting profanities in protest of her family member being interviewed. She was physically restrained and removed by onlookers and friends in an attempt to prevent her from being arrested. Suspect McKnight left the area, only to return acting in the same disorderly manner. Suspect McKnight used profanities as she demanded to know the particulars of what was taking place. There were an estimated one hundred (100) residents and onlookers forming. She failed to leave again after several requests were made and deputies attempted to place her in custody for disorderly conduct and hindering their investigation. She resisted arrest and was eventually placed into custody. She was charged with Disorderly Conduct, Failure to Obey a Lawful Order, Obstructing/ Hindering and Resisting Arrest.

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