St. Mary's County Sheriff's Reports

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (Feb. 4, 2009) - The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office today released the following incident and arrest reports.

ASSAULTS: On Feb. 3 at 2:30 p.m., victim Debbie Harvey, 37, of Lexington Park, and suspect John Henry Janifer, 38, of Lexington Park, were involved in an argument over the use of the victim's vehicle. The argument escalated and Janifer retrieved a large kitchen knife from within the residence. Janifer allegedly approached Harvey and held the knife to her in a threatening manner and chased her out of the residence, threatening to "cut" her. As the victim ran away to call 911, Janifer passed the knife to a neighbor, who hid it in the woods. The neighbor turned the knife over to deputies on the scene. The victim sustained no injuries. It is further alleged Henry Maxwell Harvey Sr., 39, struck Janifer in the head with a wooden cane after learning of the incident involving Debbie Harvey. Janifer was arrested by Deputy Licausi and charged with 1st and 2nd degree assault, along with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in a related case. Janifer was treated at SMH for a laceration to his head. Henry Harvey was also arrested by DFC Kirkner and charged with 1st and 2nd degree assault related to the assault on Janifer. Both Janifer and Harvey were incarcerated in the Detention Center pending an appearance before the District Court Commissioner.

ILLEGAL DRUGS: On Feb. 3 at 10:22 p.m., Cpl. C. Earle initiated a vehicle stop for a traffic violation in Leonardtown. Contact was made with the operator, Paul K. Plymire, 24, of Mechanicsville, who had pulled onto the roadway from a known drug area. After conversing with the operator regarding his reason for being in that area the operator consented to a search of his vehicle. During the search a plastic baggie containing suspected cocaine was located from a wallet belonging to the passenger, Katie M. Bowling, 22, of La Plata. Plymire admitted to purchasing the suspected cocaine and gave it to Bowling to hold while he was being stopped by Cpl. Earle. Both Plymire and Bowling were placed under arrest, charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and incarcerated in the Detention Center pending an appearance before the District Court Commissioner.

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