St. Mary's County Sheriff's Reports

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (Sept. 1, 2008) - The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office today released the following incident and arrest reports.

DEATH THREAT: On Aug. 30 Senior Deputy First Class D. Snyder responded to a residence on Prospect Hills Road in Mechanicsville for a report of a disturbance. Investigation revealed David Louis Coombs, 54, of Mechanicsville, got into a verbal disputed with another person at the residence. The verbal dispute escalated and Coombs pulled out a folding razor pocket knife, opened it, and stated he was going to kill the victim. David Coombs then chased the victim around the dinning room table attempting to cut the victim.

THEFT, ALCOHOL IN PUBLIC: On Aug. 30 Deputy J. Vezzosi responded to a residence on Chapman Drive in Lexington Park for a report of a theft. Investigation revealed a subject removed a motorized scooter (valued at $1500) from the victim's porch. Also taken was child's toy car ($50.00). A detailed description of the suspect as well as the suspect's name was obtained. Deputy Vezzosi conducted a neighborhood canvass of the area in an attempt to locate the suspect. Deputy Vezzosi observed the suspect, Terrcell Ernest Thompson, 28, of Lexington Park, walking down the road carrying and consuming an alcoholic beverage. The witnesses identified Mr. Thompson. The motorized scooter was recovered. Mr. Thompson was charged with theft over $500.00, theft under $100, and consuming an alcoholic beverage in public.

POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA: On Aug. 31 at approximately 2:23 am in the parking lot of the Burger King in Lexington Park, Deputy M. Boyer investigated two suspicious vehicles parked close together occupied by several subjects. The restaurant was closed. Upon contact with the vehicles and occupants, Deputy Moyer detected a moderate odor of an alcoholic beverage on a subject who appeared to be under the legal age to drink alcohol. The subject was identified as Robert James Pennington, 18, of Leonardtown. For officer safety Deputy Moyer asked Mr. Pennington for a consent search of his person and Mr. Pennington agreed. Deputy Boyer located a silver pocket scale with suspect marijuana on Mr. Pennington's person. In addition Deputy Boyer also located a large size zip lock baggie containing suspected marijuana on Mr. Pennington's person.

SEXUAL ABUSE OF MINOR: On Aug. 28 St. Mary's County BCI detectives served a criminal summons for sexual abuse of a minor on Joseph Norman Herbert, 56, of Great Mills. The charges stemmed from an investigation into the abuse of a 12-year-old girl in 2004 by Herbert while she temporarily resided in his home.

PROPERTY DESTRUCTION: On Aug. 30 Sdfc. D. Mills observed a 16 year-old juvenile writing on the bleachers with a Sharpie permanent marker at Chancelors Run Regional Park during a Park Rock Concert event. The juvenile was arrested, charged with property destruction and released to a parent pending further action by juvenile authorities.

RESISTING ARREST, DRIVING WITHOUT A LICENSE: On Sept. 1 at 2:44 a.m. Dfc. K. Moritz initiated a vehicle stop at Hermanville Rd. and Devin Circle in Lexington Park. The operator of the vehicle, John Otha Dickens, 27, of no fixed address, was operating the vehicle without a valid operators license. Dfc. Moritz attempted to place Dickens under arrest at which time Dickens resisted the arrest. He was subsequently placed under arrest after a short struggle. Dickens was charged with driving without a license and resisting arrest and incarcerated in the detention center pending an appearance before the District Court Commissioner.

TRESPASSING: On Aug. 31 at 11:54 A.M. Dfc. M. Worrey observed three subjects trespassing in the area of St. Georges Island Bridge which is posted with several "No Trespassing" signs. The three subjects, Francis Russell of Hollywood, Lawrence Swann of Capitol Heights, and Randolph McClain of Clinton, were issued criminal citations, provided a preliminary inquiry court date and released on their personal recognizance.

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