LEONARDTOWN, Md. (Dec. 29, 2009) - The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office today released the following incident and arrest reports.
ATTEMPTED ROBBERY, SECOND DEGREE ASSAULT: On December 25, Deputy M. Green responded to the CVS on Great Mills Road in Great Mill for a report an attempted robbery. Investigation revealed the victim was seated in his vehicle at the CVS when a black male approached the vehicle and told the victim he was homeless and asked the victim for money. As the victim was reaching in his wallet to give the male a few dollars, the suspect reached through the vehicle window and grabbed the victim's wallet. After a brief struggle, the victim was able to regain control of his wallet and the suspect fled on foot. Deputy Green reviewed the CVS surveillance tape and identified Willie Sheldon Miller, 43 of no fixed address, as the suspect. A few hours later Miller was located walking along Great Mills Road, arrested and charged with attempted robbery and second degree assault.
TELEPHONE MISUSE: On December 27, Deputy D. Harris responded to a residence on Three Notch Road in Lexington Park to investigate a telephone misuse complaint. Ralph Arthur Tawney, Jr. 50 of Lexington Park, had called the sheriff's office and 911 a total of 9 times in a 2-½ hour period to report "illegal activity" which was not in progress. Tawney's complaint and information was taken and Tawney was told that his information would be investigated. Deputy Harris made contact with Tawney, who appeared to be intoxicated. Deputy Harris also told Tawney that his complaint would be investigated and instructed Tawney not to call 911 or the Sheriff's Office any further unless he had another crime to report. Approximately 30 minutes after Deputy Harris left Tawney's residence, Tawney called 911 again regarding his previous reported suspicious activity. Deputy Harris responded by to Tawney's residence and arrested him for telephone misuse.
VICE/NARCOTICS COMMANDER ATTENDS TRAINING: St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Vice/Narcotics Commander Captain Daniel Alioto recently graduated the Drug Enforcement Administration's, Drug Unit Commanders Academy, No. 68. (DUCA) DUCA is a two-week training program specifically designed for commanders of state, local, federal, and foreign drug enforcement units. The program provides training on topics including new trends in drug trafficking, asset forfeiture, money laundering, risk management, operational planning, clandestine laboratory operations, computer investigations, conflict resolution, legal issues for management, and executive decision-making.