Charles County Sheriff's Reports

LA PLATA, Md. (March 20, 2008) - The Charles County Sheriff's Department today released the following incident and arrest reports.

BURGLARY: Sometime between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. March 19, suspect(s) forced entry into a residence in the 200 block of Stoddert Avenue in Waldorf by shattering a first floor window. Once inside, the suspect(s) stole a laptop computer and a bottle of liquor and fled the scene through a sliding glass door. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Charles County Sheriff’s Office at 301-932-7777. Officer J. Walter is investigating.

INTOXICATED DRIVER: On March 19 at approximately 2 a.m., Charles County Sheriff’s Officer M. Bourgeois conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driving erratically in the 6000 block of Chapman’s Landing Road in Indian Head. Investigation revealed the driver, Phillip Marshall Wheeler, 20, of Indian Head, was intoxicated. Wheeler was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving while impaired by alcohol. He was released from the Charles County Detention Center on his personal recognizance.

SCHOOL BUS CRASH: On March 18 at 3:03 p.m., Charles County Sheriff’s officers responded to the intersection of St. Charles Parkway and St. Thomas Drive in Waldorf for the report of a motor vehicle crash involving a school bus. Investigation revealed a 2002 Lexus ES300 was traveling north on St. Charles Parkway and failed to stop for a red light. The Lexus was subsequently struck by a Charles County Public Schools bus proceeding through a green light on St. Thomas Drive. The Lexus spun into the median and struck a drainage grate. The driver of the Lexus, Karen A. Flanigan, 43, of Prince Frederick, and two children, ages 10 and 14, who were passengers in her vehicle, were uninjured and were wearing their seatbelts. The driver of the bus, Dawn Maria Savoy, 34, of Hughesville, who was wearing her seatbelt, and the 24 students on the bus from Benjamin Stoddert Middle School were also uninjured. No charges were filed. Officer R. Glover of the Traffic Operations Unit investigated.

SCHOOL BUS CRASH: On March 18 at 12:32 p.m., Charles County Sheriff’s officers responded to Crain Highway near Theodore Green Boulevard in White Plains for the report of a motor vehicle crash involving a school bus. Investigation revealed a Charles County Public Schools bus struck the back of a 2004 Honda Civic after the bus driver became distracted by a broom behind his seat that fell as he approached stopped traffic. The driver of the Civic, Helen Yaneth Alvarez, 24, of Waldorf, was wearing her seatbelt. She sustained non-life-threatening injures and was transported by ambulance to Civista Medical Center. The bus driver, Andrew Michael Crovo, 49, of Waldorf, was also wearing his seatbelt and was uninjured. There were no children on the bus at the time of the crash. No charges will be filed against Crovo. Officer R. Glover of the Traffic Operations Unit investigated.

DRUG POSSESSION: On March 17 at 11:30 p.m., Det. D. Gross was traveling west on Berry Road near Bunker Hill Road in Waldorf when he observed a Chrysler Pacifica displaying an unreadable Virginia tag. When Det. Gross stopped the vehicle to investigate further, he discovered the driver, Aaron Nigel Blaine, 40, of Waldorf, was wanted in Charles County for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving with a suspended out-of-state license. Blaine was arrested and a subsequent search revealed he was in possession of marijuana, cocaine, a digital scale, packaging material and a large amount of cash. Blaine was additionally charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was being held at the Charles County Detention Center pending an appearance before a district court commissioner.

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