SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT RESULTS: On March 30, the Sheriff's Office conducted a sobriety checkpoint on Indian Bridge Road in the vicinity of Bean Family Lane in California. Sixty-four vehicles passed through the sobriety checkpoint with no arrests.
"STOP ON RED, CHILDREN AHEAD" SCHOOL BUS TRAFFIC SAFETY INITIATIVE: Recently the Sheriff's Office has received complaints of motorist failing to stop for school buses stopped to load or unload children. Maryland motor vehicle law requires motorists to stop and remain stopped for school vehicles which are stopped with alternately flashing red lights activated.
A violation for Failure to stop for a Stopped School Vehicle Operating Alternately Flashing Red Lights carries a $570.00 fine with three/3 points. Failure to Remain Stopped for a Stopped School Vehicle Operating Alternately Flashing Red Lights carries a $570 fine with two/2 points. If motorists, approaching a stopped school vehicle with alternately flashing red lights, are unsure if a stop is required use good judgment, err on the side of safety and stop.
Remember the safety of the children is of the utmost importance. From now through the end of the school year, the Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Unit will conduct several school bus traffic safety initiatives. Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron requests motorist be vigilant on the roadways and look for school buses which are stopping to board or discharge students. With the communities help we can ensure our children get to school and back home safely.
POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE: On March 18, Deputy Potter conducted a traffic stop on Three Notch Road in the area of Loveville Road in Mechanicsville. Errol Cory Payton, 44 of Nanjemoy, was the front seat passenger in the vehicle. As Deputy Potter was speaking with the driver, he noticed Payton appeared to be very nervous. A check of the driver's license revealed his privilege to drive in Maryland was suspended. As Deputy Potter was completing the paper work to issue the driver a traffic citation, Dfc. Adams and his canine partner, Nero, a narcotics detection canine, conducted a scan of the vehicle. Canine Nero alerted on the front seat passenger area the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed suspected cocaine on Payton's seat and suspected marijuana on the floor board in front of Payton. Payton was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of cocaine. Deputy Potter was the arresting officer.
Tyler Allen Messick, 20 of no fixed address, was arrested after threatening to torture and murder a woman who had a protective order against him. He was already wanted on four/4 active warrants. Three were related to violating a protective order. (Arrest photo)
VIOLATION OF PROTECTIVE ORDER (4 COUNTS) & VIOLATION OF PROBATION: On August 16, 2012 Tyler Allen Messick, 20 of no fixed address, was served with a protective order specifying that Messick have no contact by any means with the petitioner/protected individual of the order. On March 22, deputies responded to a report of a violation of a protective order. The protected individual contacted deputies and reported that Messick called her house phone and told her he was down the street from her. Messick told the individual he was on his way over to her house to kill her. Messick told the protected individual he was going to stab her in the stomach and watch her bleed to death. He went on to say that he was also going to choke her and slit her throat.
Messick had four active warrants for his arrest. Three of the warrants were for violating the conditions of protective orders dated: January 23, February 22, and March 19, 2013. In addition, Messick also had an open arrest warrant for violating the conditions of his probation (original charges - second degree assault & failure to stop vehicle at the scene of an accident involving injury.) Deputies had been attempting to locate Messick since January but he had moved out of state. On March 22, deputies tracked the telephone number Messick was calling from to a residence in Mechanicsville. Deputies responded to the residence and found Messick hiding in a storage area of the garage. Messick was arrested. He is currently being held in the St. Mary's County Detention on no bond. Cpl. Reppel was the arresting officer.
THEFT: On March 22, deputies responded to the Wal-Mart in California for a report of a shoplifter in custody. Investigation revealed Rosilee Mary Bryant, 51 of Ridge, entered Wal-Mart, removed several items from the shelves and concealed the items in her purse and under her jacket. Bryant then walked past all points of purchase and attempted to exit the store without paying for the items. Bryant was stopped by Wal-Mart loss prevention and detailed until deputies arrived. Bryant was charged with theft. Dfc. Ruest was the arresting officer.
POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE: On March 22 at approximate 12:05 a.m., Deputy Potter stopped a white passenger van for a traffic violation. Krishan Raj Saini, 18 of Park Hall, was identified as the operator of the van and [REDACTED; Court granted expungement on 23-JAN-2015], was the passenger. As Deputy Potter was speaking with Saini, he smelled an odor of burnt marijuana emitting from the van. A probable cause search revealed suspected marijuana and a glass smoking device containing suspected marijuana. Saini and [REDACTED] were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (suspected marijuana) and possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia.
ARMED ROBBERY: On March 22, deputies responded to the St. Mary's Square Plaza in Lexington Park for a report of a robbery. The victim reported he was walking behind the shopping center when he was approached by two males, later identified as Kevin Thomas Cooper, 18 of Lexington Park, and Kevin Maxwell Proctor, 17 of Lexington Park. Cooper and Proctor demanded money from the victim. When the victim refused, Cooper produced a knife and threatened the victim. The victim picked up a tree branch to defend himself. The victim then ran to escape. Cooper and Proctor chased the victim until he reached the shopping center. Cooper and Proctor then fled but were located a short time later and arrested. Both Cooper and Proctor were charged with Armed Robbery, Robbery and Conspiracy to Commit a Robbery. Proctor was charged as an adult. Deputy Shomper was the arresting officer.
DISORDERLY CONDUCT: On March 23, deputies responded to a disorderly call on Shangri-La Drive in Lexington Park. Upon arrival deputies made contact with Jerome NMN Washington, 36 of no fixed address. Washington appeared to be extremely intoxicated and he was belligerent. His disorderly behavior was attracting the attention of others. Deputies made several attempts to calm Washington but he refused and continued to yell profanity. Washington was arrested and placed in the back seat of a police cruiser. While seated in the vehicle, Washington released the seat belt, kicked and shattered the right rear window. As deputies were attempting to remove Washington from the vehicle he kicked Cpl. Maguire. Washington was again secured and transported to the detention center. He was charged with disorderly conduct, assault on a police officer and destruction of property. Cpl. Maguire was the arresting officer.
FOURTH DEGREE BURGLARY & TRESPASSING: On March 24, deputies conducted a premise check of an unoccupied house on Midway Drive in Lexington Park. Upon arrival the deputies found the front door to the house unlocked. They checked the interior of the house and found Allan Michael Joy, 22, of Lexington Park and Jessica Ann Bonacci, 28 of no fixed address, sleeping on the floor in an upstairs bedroom. Neither Joy nor Bonacci had permission to be inside of the house. Both were arrested and charged with fourth degree burglary and trespassing. Deputy Bunkhead was the arresting officer.
FATAL MOTOR VEHICLE COLLISION: On March 15 around 8:02 a.m., a 2005 Hyundai being operated by Dennis Anthony Gingles, 46 of Lexington Park, was southbound on Point Lookout Road. Mr. Gingles illegally passed two vehicles on the southbound shoulder of the roadway. While on the shoulder, Mr. Gingles lost control and over-corrected, causing his vehicle to spin sideways. The Hyundai crossed the southbound lane and entered the northbound lane of travel striking a northbound 2009 International School Bus being operated by Sandra Marie Adkins, 44 of Lexington Park. The bus contained 8 Great Mills High School students traveling to the Tech Center. The bus number was #626. Mr. Gingles, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle as a result of the collision. He was transported to St. Mary's Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. There was no injuries to the driver of the school bus or any students. Speed is a contributing factor.