St. Mary's County Sheriff's Reports

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (July 14, 2011)—The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office released the following incident and arrest reports.

PATROLS TO TARGET LEXINGTON PARK: The Sheriff's Office in a continuing effort to reduce crime; improve driver safety and awareness; and address quality of life issues such as loitering, drinking in public, vagrancy and panhandling will conduct several high visibility operations in the Lexington Park area over the next few weeks. Citizens may notice an increased police presence in specific target locations throughout the area. Officers will use a variety of methods such as bicycle patrols, marked and unmarked patrol vehicles, motor vehicle tag reader, and stationary and moving radar to address criminal and traffic violations.

ARRESTS IN PAPA JOHNS ROBBERY: On June 29, officers responded to an armed robbery at the Papa Johns Pizza located on Three Notch Rd. in Hollywood. Upon arriving at the business, it was learned that an employee was approached by a man with a gun demanding money. The employee provided an undisclosed amount of money and the man fled on foot to a waiting vehicle. Patrol officers attempts to locate the persons involved were not successful. BCI detectives responded and assumed the investigation. On July 11, detectives with assistance from the Calvert Investigative Team (CIT) and the Calvert County Sheriff's Office Special Operations Team (SOT) served several search and seizure warrants in Calvert Co. During the investigation Steven Edward Garner, 21, of St. Leonard, and Robert Michael Morris, 33, of Huntingtown, were identified as the persons who committed the robbery. Morris and Garner were charged with Armed Robbery and Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery.  Additional charges are pending a review with the State's Attorney's Office. Morris and Garner are being held in the St. Mary's Detention Center on no bond.

CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE: On July 1, detectives with BCI began an investigation into allegations that Ryan William Snow, 35, of Lexington Park, had sexually abused two children in Lexington Park. On July 7, BCI detectives arrested Snow at his residence and charged him with Child Sexual Abuse and Continuing course of conduct with a child. Snow remains incarcerated at the St. Mary's County Detention Center. Additional charges are pending a review with the State's Attorney's Office.

SERIOUS MOTOR VEHICLE COLLISION: On July 11 at approximately 8:15 a.m., deputies responded to a serious motor vehicle collision in the intersection of Three Notch Rd. and Millstone Landing Rd. Preliminary investigation revealed a 2008 Audi TT driven by Maria Morgan, 46, of Lexington Park, was making a left turn from Millstone Landing Rd. onto southbound Three Notch Rd. A 2002 Ford F-150 driven by Michelle Mason Malone, 26, of Mechanicsville, was northbound on Three Notch Rd. approaching the intersection. Witnesses reported Morgan had a green light and Mason Malone had a red light. The Ford F-150 struck the Audi TT on the driver's side. The impact sent the Audi into a 2005 Nissan Armada operated by Regina Eckley, 50, of Mechanicsville, which was waiting in the left turn lane of southbound Three Notch Rd. at Millstone Landing Rd. There was incidental contact between the Audi and the Nissan. Morgan was transported to Prince George's Hospital Center via MSP Trooper 7 with life threatening injuries. Mason Malone was transported via ambulance to St. Mary's Hospital with non life threatening injuries. Eckley was not injured. Speed and alcohol do not appear to be contributing factors. Members of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Collision Reconstruction Team responded and assumed the investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed the collision is asked to contact DFC Timothy Reese at 401-475-4200 ext. 9115.

FATAL PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT: On July 10 at approximately 8:03 p.m., a 2009 Volkswagen Touareg, operated by Julie Payette, 47, of Piney Point, was traveling southbound on Point Lookout Road approaching the intersection of Hollywood Road. A pedestrian, Theresa Agnes Potts, 55, of Leonardtown, entered the roadway from the Northbound Point Lookout Road Shoulder and attempted to cross the North and Southbound lanes. As Potts attempted to cross the roadway, she was faced with a do not cross signal and failed to walk within the marked crosswalk. Potts crossed the Northbound lanes and when she entered the southbound lanes of Point Lookout Road, she was struck by the Volkswagen. Potts was transported to Prince Georges Hospital by helicopter, where she succumbed to her injuries. The operator of the Volkswagen was not injured. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor and the case is being investigated by the St Mary's County Crash Reconstruction Team. Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is asked to contact Cpl. Brian Connelly at 301-475-4200 x9010.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT: On July 9, deputies were on Princeton Drive in Lexington Park conducting a warrant service when they observed Sheena Renee Ferrall, 27, of Lexington Park, standing in the middle of the road yelling profanity at another individual. Several residents of the neighborhood looked outside their homes to see what was causing the disturbance. Deputies told Ms. Ferrall to stop yelling and leave the area. She refused and was arrested for disorderly conduct.

FALSE STATEMENT TO A POLICE OFFICER: On July 9, deputies made contact with Heather Rae Beck, 26, of Mechanicsville, who reported she was robbed. During the investigation Ms. Beck was asked to provide a written account of the incident. Ms. Beck became uncooperative, refused to provide any further information and then recanted her story by telling the deputies she made the whole thing up. Deputies interviewed Ms. Beck further. Ms. Beck again stated she made the story up. Ms. Beck was arrested and charged with making a false statement to a police officer.

URINATING IN PUBLIC: On July 11, deputies responded to North Essex Drive in Lexington Park for a report of an intoxicated subject. Investigation revealed Steven Wayne Carter, 52, of no fixed address was witnessed exposing his himself and urinating in public. Carter was arrested and charged with indecent exposure.

MAN FOUND LYING IN ROADWAY: On July 13 at approximately 3:14 a.m., a man was found lying in the roadway at the intersection of Westbury Blvd and Pegg Road in Lexington Park. The man sustained substantial injuries and was flown to local area trauma center. The St. Mary's County Bureau of Criminal Investigations is assisting the St. Mary's County Collision Reconstruction Team to determine the cause and circumstances surrounding the individual's injuries. The name of the man is not being released at this time. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact TFC Leo Nims at 301-475-4200 extension 1947 or Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333. Tipsters can also text their tips in to "TIP239" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637).

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