LEONARDTOWN, Md. (April 29, 2009) - The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office recently released the following incident and arrest reports.
POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA: On April 27 at approximately 11:40 p.m., deputies responded to Rogers Drive in Lexington Park for a report of disorderly subjects and possible controlled dangerous substance violations. Upon arrival Corporal P. Handy observed three subjects standing in the area of the complaint and detected a strong odor of burnt marijuana. Located on the ground next to the subjects was a clear plastic baggie containing suspected marijuana. Further investigation revealed Antwun Marquis Somerville, 19 of Great Mills, was the owner of the baggie. Somerville was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana.
CHILD ABUSE: On April 28, BCI detectives arrested Clyde J. Gainer, Jr., 47, of Charlotte Hall, and charged him with Child Sexual Abuse, Child Abuse, and Child Sexual Abuse in a Continuing Course of Action. The arrest was a result of a BCI investigation into the sexual child abuse of an 8 year-old female, who Gainer had temporary care and custody of over a two year period in California, Maryland. He was incarcerated at the St. Mary's County Detention Center.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT - THEFTS FROM MOTOR VEHICLES
The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office has once again seen a rise in thefts from motor vehicles throughout St. Mary's County. Examples of items taken during these thefts from motor vehicles include:
1. Purses and Wallets
2. US Currency
3. Cellular Telephones
4. GPS and other navigation systems
5. Electronic devices such as IPODS and MP3 players
Sheriff Timothy Cameron and the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office would like to remind citizens to please take the following precautions in securing vehicles:
1. Lock your vehicle
2. Make sure windows are completely up and secured
3. Lock passenger compartments inside of your vehicle such as the glove box and center console
4. Never leave valuable items in plain view. Remove the items from the vehicle or secure them in the trunk
5. Park in well-lit areas
The public should be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity such as unfamiliar person and/or vehicles in the area. Carefully observe the suspicious person's physical features including the individual's sex, race, approximate age, height, weight, build and clothing. Writing down the license plate number of suspicious vehicles and reporting it to the Sheriff's Office is extremely helpful.
A deputy will respond and complete a Field Information Report on calls for suspicious persons and/or activity. Those reports are then recorded and each suspicious incident is compared at the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office weekly CompStat meeting.
Often the same individual is involved in committing multiple crimes of this type. Being proactive and reporting suspicious incidents is extremely helpful in identifying criminal activity and solving crime.
The non-emergency number to report suspicious activity is 301-475-8008. If you believe a crime is in progress please call 911. When in doubt, report the information to the Sheriff's Office.