St. Mary's Co. Sheriff's Reports

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (Sept. 6, 2013)—The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office today released the following incident and arrest reports.

ASSAULT: On September 3, Deputy Beshline of the Lexington Park COPS Unit responded to St. Clements Crossing for an assault in progress. Upon arrival, he located Shawn Michael Miles, 21, of Lexington Park. Deputy Beshline’s investigation determined Miles assaulted a female victim. Miles was arrested and charged with second degree assault.

DRUG ARREST: On September 3, Deputy Wood of the Lexington Park COPS Unit initiated a traffic stop on Great Mills Road. During the traffic stop, a K9 scan was performed on the vehicle resulting in a positive alert. A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of two pipes with suspected Marijuana residue, prescription medications not in their labeled prescription bottles (Trazedone and Clondine) and two syringes containing an unknown liquid. The four occupants of the vehicle were arrested and charged with CDS Possession – Marijuana, CDS Possession – not Marijuana, Possession of CDS Paraphernalia and possession of prescription medicine not in labeled prescription bottle. Those arrested were Shelby Lynn Carroll 20 years old of Leonardtown; Brittany Ann Vega, 20 of Piney Point; Austin Cameron Darling, 19 of Piney Point; and Charles Patrick Hancock, 18 of no fixed address.

WARRANT SERVICE: On Sepember 3, Deputy Wood of the Lexington Park COPS Unit located Johnathan Gabriel Davis in the parking lot of a local business along Great Mills Road. Davis was found to be wanted on a warrant for Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance and was arrested.

TRESPASS: On September 4, members of the Lexington Park COPS Unit were patrolling the area of Lei Drive and came in contact with Thomas Oakley Burch, III, 49, who was on the property of the Three Oaks Shelter. Burch was previously issued a notice not to trespass for the property. He was arrested by Deputy Krum and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center.

SUMMONS SERVICE: On September 5, Deputy Krum of the Lexington Park COPS Unit served a District Court Criminal Summons to Latisha Anita Bush, 30, of Lexington Park, charging her with Second Degree Assault and Property Destruction. The charges stem from a September 3 incident in which Deputy Krum responded to a disturbance at a residence on Great Mills Road involving Bush. During the incident, the victim alleges Bush punched through a window in an attempt to strike them.

BURGLARY, THEFT: On September 4, members of the Lexington Park COPS Unit were conducting patrols of the Patuxent Homes Neighborhood when Deputy Krum observed Tracy Otis Braswell, 18, of Lexington Park, operating a dirt bike illegally on the roadway. Braswell attempted to elude Deputy Krum and eventually, was apprehended after a short foot chase. Further investigation revealed the dirt bike had been stolen during a burglary of a residential storage shed in August. Braswell was charged with 2nd Degree Burglary, Theft and numerous traffic offenses.

WARRANT SERVICE: On September 4, Cpl. Ray of the Lexington Park COPS Unit was patrolling the area of North Shangri-La Drive when he observed Lloyd Irving Jones, 53, of Lexington Park. Upon making contact with Mr. Jones, Cpl. Ray learned he was wanted on an District Court Warrant for Contempt. He was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center.

ACCIDENT INVOLVING 2 MOTORCYCLES AND AMISH HORSE & BUGGY: On September 5 at approximately 3:43 p.m., members of the Patrol Division responded to the area of Route 6 and Culver Lane in Charlotte Hall for the reported motor vehicle collision involving a motorcycle and horse and buggy. Upon arriving on the scene deputies found two crashed motorcycles, one in the roadway and one in the eastbound ditch line with a horse down in the roadway. The operator of one of the motorcycles was found to be unconscious lying in the eastbound ditch. The request for reconstruction was made and Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Team Members responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.

Preliminary investigation revealed that Donald Lee Fridell, Jr., 52, and Lawrence Francis Jones, 81, both of Lothian, were operating their Harley Davidson Motorcycles two abreast westbound on Route 6 approaching Culver Lane. An Amish horse and buggy operated by Luna Hertzler Fisher, 48, of Mechanicsville, was traveling westbound on the westbound shoulder of the road and attempted to make a left hand turn across the westbound and eastbound lanes onto Culver Lane. The Amish buggy failed to yield and pulled directly into the path of the motorcycles.

Mr. Fridell was unable to take any evasive action, struck the horse, his motorcycle went down and he was fully ejected. Mr. Fridell and his motorcycle came to rest in the eastbound ditch line. Mr. Jones locked the rear brake on his motorcycle and swerved at which time he lost control of his motorcycle sending it to the ground and ejecting him.

Mr. Jones sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to Civista Medical Center. Mr. Fridell sustained life threatening injuries and was flown from the scene to John Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore by Maryland State Police Helicopter Trooper 2.

At this time there are no indications that speed, alcohol or drugs were contributing factors in the crash. Anyone who may have observed the crash and has not already provided their information to police is asked to contact Corporal Brian Connelly # 151 of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office at (301)475-4200 Ext. 9010. This crash remains under investigation.

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: 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. You can find additional information about the case by searching the Maryland Judiciary Case Search Database using the accused's name and date of birth. The database is online at . Persons named who have been found innocent or not guilty of all charges in the respective case, and/or have had the case ordered expunged by the court can have their name, age, and city redacted by following the process defined at .

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