LEONARDTOWN, Md. (December 28, 2012)The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office released the following incident and arrest reports.
DRUG ARREST: On December 21, Cpl. D. Mills stopped Blake Sumner Dotson, 21 of Mechanicsville, for operating a motor vehicle with suspended registration plates. Darren Robert McCauley, Jr., 20 of Mechanicsville, was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop. As Cpl. Mills was speaking with Dotson he detected an odor of burnt marijuana emitting from the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed suspected marijuana and controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia. Dotson and McCauley were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia.
CHILD ABUSE, NEGLECT OF A MINOR: On December 21, deputies responded to a residence of Broad Creek Drive in Hollywood for a report of a propane gas-filled residence. Upon arrival deputies met the complainant who advised she left her two minor children in the overnight care of Jeremy David Northup, 36 of Hollywood. The next morning when she arrived home from work, she smelled a strong odor of propane and noticed the gas stove had been left turned on. Further investigation revealed Northup left the gas stove on during the night causing the residence to fill with propane gas. As deputies entered the residence they could still detect a strong odor of propane gas. Northup left the residence prior to the arrival of deputies but was located a short time later and arrested. He was charged with 2 counts of child abuse and 2 counts of child neglect.
SECOND DEGREE ASSAULT: On December 22, deputies responded to a residence in Mechanicsville for a report of an assault. Investigation revealed that Melinda Ann Wenger, 38 of Mechanicsville, was involved in a verbal dispute with the victim which escalated in a physical assault when she struck the victim in the face and neck. Melinda Wenger was arrested and charged with second degree assault. As deputies were attempting to place Melinda Wegner under arrest, Jerry Lee Wegner, 44 of Mechanicsville, tried to interfere and obstruct the arrest. Jerry Wegner was arrested and charged with obstructing/hindering an arrest.
DISORDERLY CONDUCT: On December 22, deputies responded to the Wal-Mart in California for a report of an intoxicated subject. Upon arrival deputies found Jerry John Weller, 32 of Lexington Park, carrying an alcoholic beverage as he was walking in the parking lot of the business. Deputies attempted to speak with Weller but he was uncooperative and belligerent. His disorderly behavior caught the attention of shoppers at the business. Weller was arrested for disorderly conduct.
TRANSPORTING A HANDGUN IN A VEHICLE, CONCEALED DEADLY WEAPON: On December 22, deputies were patrolled Missouri Avenue in Lexington Park when they noticed a suspicious vehicle in the middle of the roadway. The vehicle was occupied and the engine was running. As deputies approached the vehicle they noticed a black semi-automatic handgun lying in plain view on the front passenger seat within the reach of the driver. The driver was identified as Kashif Delouis Dyson, 28 of Lexington Park. Dyson was removed from the vehicle and the handgun was secured by deputies. Further investigation revealed the handgun was loaded with a round in the chamber and the serial number scratched so it was unidentifiable. Dyson was arrested and charged with transporting a handgun in a vehicle, concealed deadly weapon and knowingly altering a firearm identification number.
DISORDERLY CONDUCT: On December 24, deputies responded to Valley Court in Lexington Park for a report of a disturbance. Deputies initially made contact with Keith Sebastian Brown, 22 of Lexington Park, inside of an apartment. Brown was uncooperative and raised his voice as he was speaking with deputies. At that time Brown's voice was not loud enough to disturb other. Deputies exited the apartment to speak with the complainant who was standing in the parking lot of the apartment complex. Brown exited the apartment, began yelling obscenities and approached the complainant in an aggressive manner. Deputies had to intervene. Brown was told several times to lower his voice and return to the apartment. He refused and was arrested for disorderly conduct.
SECOND DEGREE ASSAULT: On December 24, deputies responded to a report of a fight in progress outside of Canopy Liquors in Lexington Park. Investigation revealed Patrick Leon Short, 45 of Lexington Park, was engaged in a verbal dispute with a store employee which escalated into an assault when he pushed the victim. As deputies were speaking with the victim, Brown began screaming. Several patrons observed Brown's disorderly behavior. Brown was told several times to stop yelling. He refused and was arrested. Brown was charged with second degree assault and disorderly conduct.
SECOND DEGREE ASSAULT: On December 25, deputies responded to a residence on Castaway Circle in Hermanville for a report of an assault. Investigation revealed Patrick Obryan Irving, 21 of Hermanville, was engaged in a verbal dispute which escalated into an assault when Irving choked and punched the victim. Irving fled the scene prior to the deputies' arrival but was located a short time later, arrested and charged with second degree assault.
TRESPASSING: On December 25, deputies responded to the Three Oaks Shelter in Lexington Park for a report of a disorderly subject. Upon arrival deputies contacted the complainant who told deputies that Jordan David Galbraith, 21 of no fixed address, arrived at the shelter extremely intoxicated. The shelter manger told Galbraith several times to leave the property but Galbraith refused. Deputies made contact with Galbraith who was still on the property. Galbraith was arrested and charged with trespassing.
Disclaimer: In the U.S.A., all persons accused of a crime by the State are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presumption_of_innocence. Additionally, all of the information provided above is solely from the perspective of the respective law enforcement agency and does not provide any direct input from the accused or persons otherwise mentioned.