So. Md. Police News Briefs

Sexual Assault by House Guest

On December 29, St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office patrol units responded to MedStar St. Mary's Hospital for the report of a adult female victim alleging she had been sexually assaulted by a known male subject. The Criminal Investigations Division was contacted and detectives responded to assume the investigation.

An investigation by detectives determined that the female victim had taken a prescribed medication prior to retiring for the night which rendered her incapacitated. Upon waking, the victim said her clothing was in disarray and she believed she had been sexually assaulted by the known suspect whom she stated had been a house guest. The victim was treated by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and later released from the hospital. Sufficient evidence was obtained during the investigation and detectives were able to confirm the victim's account of the incident and the suspect involved.

On January 1, detectives located Robert Maurice Scriber, 40, of Lexington Park, at an apartment in California and placed him under arrest without incident. Scriber was charged with one count of a Second Degree Sex Offense and incarcerated in the detention center under no bond.

Fatal Accident in Calvert

On January 2 at approximately 2:32 p.m., members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the intersection of South Solomons Island Road (MD Route 2/4) and Patuxent Point Parkway in Solomons for a report of a motor vehicle collision involving a passenger vehicle and commercial motor vehicle. Upon arrival on the scene, units located a 2005 Toyota Camry in the southbound grass shoulder of MD Route 4. Located partially in the southbound grass shoulder and partially on the paved portion of MD Route 4 was a 1995 International three axle truck, equipped with a tank to carry petroleum product.

Preliminary investigation revealed the following:

A 2005 Toyota, operated by Herbert Spear Sawyer, 86-year-old male, of Solomons, was traveling northbound on MD Route 4 and intended to turn left onto Patuxent Point Parkway. The Toyota was also occupied by a front seat passenger, Eugenie Rieder Sawyer, 97-year-old female, of Solomons. At the time of the collision, the Maryland State Highway Administration was conducting traffic light maintenance in the northbound lanes of MD Route 4. The left turn lane onto Patuxent Point Parkway was open to traffic. Number one through lane of MD Route 4 was occupied by two SHA warning vehicles and one SHA bucket truck. Number two through lane was open to traffic. As the Toyota approached the intersection the left turn signal arrow onto Patuxent Point Parkway was displaying red and the through lanes were displaying a steady red. As the through lanes traffic signal changed from red to a steady green, Sawyer made a left turn onto Patuxent Point Parkway from the northbound number two through lane, without yielding to southbound traffic. The left turn arrow remained at a steady red. As the Toyota entered the intersection a 1995 International truck, operated by Kelly Ronnell Silver, 41-year-old male, of College Park, was traveling southbound in the number one lane of MD Route 4. Silver attempted to avoid striking the Toyota by applying the brakes and steering to the right, however was not able to avoid the collision and subsequently struck the Toyota on the right side of the vehicle.

The Toyota was destroyed as a result of the collision and the International truck sustained significant damage to the front end and drivetrain.

Herbert Sawyer was transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead by the CMH medical personnel. Eugenie Sawyer was pronounced dead on the scene by the EMS units. Kelly Silver refused medical treatment on the scene. The bodies of Herbert Sawyer and Eugenie Sawyer were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, where autopsies will be performed in order to determine the cause of death.

Although still under investigation, it appears that driver error was a contributing factor to this collision.

Cpl. G. Shrawder of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Team is conducting an investigation into the event that lead up to the collision. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Cpl. G. Shrawder at 410-535-2800 or via e-mail at .

Charles Co. Crime Solvers Case

Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Diantra Lashaune Gant, 33, who has no fixed address. Gant, who also goes by the name of Deontre Gant, currently has four outstanding warrants for first-degree assault, second-degree assault, carrying a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct. Gant is 5'6", 160 lbs., and has black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information about Gant's whereabouts is asked not to approach him but rather call the CCSO Warrant Unit at (301) 932-2222. Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to his arrest. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or Text CHARLES + your tip to CRIMES or visit to submit a web tip. For additional information about Crime Solvers see

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