LEONARDTOWN, Md. (May 7, 2009) - The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office today released the following incident and arrest reports.
SECOND DEGREE ASSAULT, WEAPONS VIOLATION: On May 5, deputies responded to a motor vehicle collision involving property damage in the area of Chaptico Road and Longwood Lane in Mechanicsville. The operator of the 1987 Chevy S-10 truck had fled the scene. A motor vehicle computer check revealed the truck belonged to John Lee Farrell, Jr. 26 of Chaptico, and was unregistered. Later that evening deputies were dispatched to a residence on Point Lookout Road in Helen for an assault in progress involving Farrell. Investigation revealed Farrell was involved in a verbal dispute with the victim, which escalated into a physical assault when Farrell threw the victim down and punched her. Further investigation revealed Farrell had been driving the Chevy S-10 truck that was involved the motor vehicle collision in the area of Chaptico Road and Longwood Lane. Farrell was arrested and charged with second-degree assault and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.
THEFT: On May 5, Deputy H. Allen responded to JC Penney in California for a report of a theft. Investigation revealed Sherri Lynn Newby, 32, of Avenue, took several items from the store, placed them in a bag, and walked past all points of checkout. Newby was stopped by store security and detained until Deputy Allen arrived. Newby was charged with theft under $500.
TRESPASSING: On May 5, Deputy J. Reithmeyer responded to Big Lots in Lexington Park for a report of a trespasser. Investigation revealed Steven Wayne Carter, 50, of no fixed address, was asked numerous times to leave the facility by store employees but refused to do so. Carter was still at Big Lots when Deputy Reithmeyer arrived. Carter was arrested and charged with trespassing.
POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA: On May 5, deputies responded to a possible burglary on Guenther Drive in Great Mills. A description was given for a black male attempting to enter a residence through a window. While investigating the burglary report deputies contacted a neighbor, Frank Lewis Bryan, 25, of Great Mills. As deputies entered Bryan's residence, they smelled a strong odor of burnt marijuana. Deputies discovered a plastic bag containing suspected marijuana in the residence. Bryan was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance - marijuana.
HINDERING AN ARREST, DISORDERLY CONDUCT, FAILING TO OBEY LAWFUL ORDER OF OFFICER: On May 6, Dfc. K. Meyer was arresting a subject on an open bench warrant. Thomas Allen Proffer, 25, of Great Mills, a friend of the arrestee, confronted and attempted to interfere with the arrest and was told by Dfc. Meyer to leave. Proffer refused and began yelling obscenities, which drew the attention of others living in the Greenview Village apartment complex. Proffer was arrested and charged with hindering an arrest, failing to obey a lawful order of a police officer, and disorderly conduct.