St. Mary's County Sheriff's Reports

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (Aug 11, 2008) - The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Department today released the following incident and arrest reports.

INFANT HEAD TRAUMA: On August 9 at approximately 3:30 p.m., St. Mary's County Sheriffs Deputies, and EMS personnel responded to an injured infant in Great Mills. The three month old infant, Violette Noell Sheluga, was reportedly sitting in a bouncy seat on a washing machine with it running, while her mother folded laundry and fell off, causing head trauma. She was transported to St. Mary's hospital and then flown to Children's Hospital where she later died from her injury. BCI detectives are continuing their investigation into the incident.

PLANNED SOBRIETY CHECKPOINTS: The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office and the Maryland State Police, Leonardtown Barrack, in an ongoing effort to get drunk drivers off the road will conduct a joint Sobriety Checkpoint sometime during the week of August 11, 2008. Sobriety Checkpoints are set up to identify impaired drivers and are funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

COPS IN SHOPS: On Aug. 8, between the hours of 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm, Senior Deputy First Class Emory Johnson and Deputy First Class Cindy Allen of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office conducted an undercover "Cops in Shops" operation at Fred's Liquors in Mechanicsville, Maryland. During the operation no violations were observed.

Cops in Shops is an undercover operation in which police officers in plain clothing pose as customers or store employees in order to detect under aged persons attempting to purchase and or using false identifications to obtain alcoholic beverages. Cops in Shops is sponsored in part by the Century Council and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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