LEONARDTOWN, Md. (November 15, 2010)The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office today released the following incident and arrest reports.
TRESPASSING: On October 24, Steven Wayne Carter, 51 of no fixed address, was issued a notice not to trespass on the property of the Lexington Park Rescue Squad in Lexington Park. On November 12, Carter knocked on the front door of the Lexington Park Rescue Squad. Carter was asked if he had a medical emergency and he did not respond to the question. Carter had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage upon his breath and person. Members of the rescue squad were familiar with Carter and knew he had a notice not to trespass so they asked him to leave the property. Carter became belligerent and refused to leave. Carter was still on the rescue squad's property when deputies arrived. He was arrested and charged with trespassing.
DISORDERLY CONDUCT: On November 13, deputies responded to the area of Three Notch Road and Old Village Road in Mechanicsville for a report of a subject running and chasing cars in the roadway causing a traffic hazard. Upon arrival deputies observed Daniel Elam Ross, 28 of Mechanicsville, in the roadway. Deputies tried to interview Ross but he was intoxicated and not responsive to questions. Several witnesses were on the scene and explained to deputies that Ross was running in the roadway forcing cars to swerve or completely stop to avoid hitting him. Ross was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, and being intoxicated as to cause a danger to himself.
DISORDERLY CONDUCT: On November 13, deputies responded to the ABC Liquors and Lounge in California for a report of a fight. Upon arrival deputies observed Arthur Edward Lyall, 38 of Great Mills, and Max Suivai Poyer, 32 of Great Mills, engaged in a heated argument in the parking lot. Both parties were yelling profanity and refused to calm down and stop cursing as requested by the deputies. Lyall and Poyer's disorderly behavior caused several patrons of ABC Liquors to exit the establishment to investigate the noise. Lyall and Poyer were both arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.
SECOND DEGREE ASSAULT: On November 13, deputies responded to Ironwood Way in Lexington Park for a report of a domestic dispute. Investigation revealed Joseph Richard Tonna, 24 of Lexington Park, was engaged in a verbal dispute with the victim which escalated into a physical assault when Tonna struck the victim in the face. Tonna was arrested and charged with second degree assault.
QUESTIONABLE DOOR-TO-DOOR SOLICITATIONS
The sheriff's office has recently received inquiries and complaints concerning individuals selling magazines door-to-door in the Mechanicsville, California, and St. Clements areas of St. Mary's County. These individuals claim they are soliciting magazine subscriptions for Rocky Mountain USO to benefit United States soldiers overseas. In another complaint received by the sheriff's office, the individuals claim to be selling advertisements for MD Networks based in Colorado. Neither company has yet been verified as a legitimate business by the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office. All of the peddlers are from out-of-state and peddling door-to-door without a peddler's license.
Individuals seeking to sell items or magazine subscriptions door-to-door must first obtain a peddler's license from the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office. Peddler's licenses are only issued after the prospective seller has completed a peddler's license application, provided proper identification, and has passed a criminal background check. Once all of the application requirements have been met a license will be issued by the sheriff. The door-to-door salespersons must have the license in possession when conducting business in the community.
Sheriff Timothy Cameron advises all citizens to be cautious when approached by a door-to-door salesperson. Request to see identification and a peddler's license. If the individual does not produce proper identification and a license, contact the police immediately.