St. Mary's Co. Sheriff's Reports

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (June 3, 2014)—The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office released the following incident and arrest reports.

FUNDS FROM ILLEGAL CASINO GO TO SAVING HORSES: In June of 2013, detectives from the Vice/Narcotics Division received several complaints from the community regarding the TPR Casino operating in Charlotte Hall, Maryland. Detectives identified George Wells as the manger of the casino, which was reportedly being operated to benefit Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc., (TPR); a charitable organization located in Prince George's County, Maryland, recognized by the Internal Revenue Service.

During a lengthy investigation, evidence revealed Wells used TPR, Inc.,'s non profit charitable status as a front and intentionally used proceeds from the casino operation for his personal benefit. Wells maintained thousands of dollars in proceeds were routinely being given to TPR, Inc., and they were not. TPR, Inc.,'s president had no knowledge of the casino's existence.

In December 2013, George Raymond Wells, 56, of Huntingtown, was formally charged with running a gambling house and theft scheme $10,000 - $100,000.

On May 14, Captain Dan Alioto and Assistant State's Attorney Daniel White presented the president of TPR, Inc., Kimberly Clarke, with a check in the amount of $18,981.00; proceeds obtained by Wells as a result of his scheme.

5/27/2014 THEFT OF MOTOR VEHICLE: On May 27, Deputy John Davis responded to Hickory Hallow Lane in California to attempt to locate a stolen vehicle (2008 red Ford Fusion). The vehicle had been reported stolen by the Lexington Park Ford dealership on 5/24/2014 after suspect Javon Antonio Epps, 22, of no fixed address, used fraudulent paperwork from USAA bank to make the purchase. upon his arrival to Hickory Hallow Lane, Deputy Davis found Epps sitting inside the vehicle. Epps was placed under arrest. Additional evidence was recovered from the vehicle. Epps was out on bail for theft charges stemming from thefts of other vehicles at the time of this arrest. Epps was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Unlawful Taking Motor Vehicle, Theft Scheme $10,000 to $100,000, and Unauthorized Removal of Property.

5/27/2014 VIOLATION OF PROTECTIVE ORDER: On May 27, Deputy Phelan responded to Liberty Street in Lexington Park for a domestic disturbance. Dispatch advised that the suspect had left in a burgundy Ford Explorer. Deputy Phelan saw the vehicle while in route to the scene and stopped it. He identified the driver as suspect Devin Diontre Perry, 23, of Waldorf. The investigation revealed Perry had contacted the victim in violation of an active protective order. Perry was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Violation of Protective Order.

5/29/2014 PROVIDING FALSE IDENTIFICATION TO AVOID APPREHENSION: On May 29, Deputy Fennessey responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. Correctional staff believed an inmate had provided a false name and date of birth when he was brought in on 5/24/2014. The inmate’s true name, Cory Brian Jones-Hurley, 21, of Hollywood, was discovered after his fingerprints returned to Jones-Hurley. Jones-Hurley was wanted on several active warrants when he provided the false name. He was charged with Knowingly Assuming Identity to Avoid Identification, Apprehension, or Prosecution by Deputy Fennessey.

5/29/2014 THEFT: A loss prevention employee at the Kohl’s Department Store observed 3 female suspects stealing merchandise from the store. The suspects fled on foot from the store after confronted by loss prevention; however they have been identified and charges are pending. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy L. Johnson. Case #29187-14

5/30/2014 ARMED ROBBERY: at 9:35 PM, deputies responded to the Blue Moon Café located on Gunston Drive in Lexington Park for a reported armed robbery. Employees reported 2 black male suspects with handguns entered the restaurant and demanded money. Suspects then fled the scene. No injuries were reported. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene. Case remains open. Case #29403-14

5/30/2014 ASSAULT: A victim arrived at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital suffering from a non life-threatening stab wound on his right forearm. The investigation revealed the victim was stabbed by Janet Theresa Wilson, 45, of Lexington Park, during an argument. A warrant had been obtained for her arrest. Case #29204-14

5/30/2014 POSSESSION CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE: On May 30, Corporal W. Ray assigned to the Lexington Park COPs UNIT saw a several subjects standing near a residence on Carmen Woods Drive which had been recently burglarized. Corporal Ray saw one of the subjects, later identified as Deont’re Trycell Shade, 19, of Callaway, smoking what he believed to be marijuana. He further saw Shade attempt to conceal a plastic bag inside his pants. Shade then entered a 1997 Chrysler Concord and left. Corporal Ray advised Sergeant Safford over the radio what he had seen. Sergeant Safford was able to stop the vehicle. Sergeant Safford detected an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. During a probable cause search, a cigar containing suspected marijuana was found inside the door handle. Also found was a quantity of suspected marijuana inside the vehicle’s trunk. US currency was found on Shade and seized. A check of the vehicle’s registration revealed it had no valid insurance and the registration was suspended. Shade was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Possession Controlled Dangerous Substance – Marijuana, Possession Marijuana Under 10 grams, Possession Paraphernalia, Driving an uninsured vehicle, and Driving on a suspended registration by Deputy First Class T. Snyder.

5/30/2014 VIOLATION OF PROTECTIVE ORDER, RESISTING ARREST: On May 30, deputies responded to a residence on Dahlia Circle in California for a reported disturbance. The victim alleged suspect Joseph Daniel Arnold, 40, of Lusby, was inside the home, extremely intoxicated, and violent. The victim had returned home and found Arnold inside the home in violation of an active protective order. The victim immediately called 911. Deputies contacted Arnold who was initially asleep. Suddenly, Arnold woke up and came at Corporal Corcoran with his fists closed. Deputies were able to gain control of Arnold; however he continued to actively resist. During the struggle, Arnold kicked Corporal Corcoran in the head. A straw containing suspected cocaine was found during a search of Arnold after he was arrested. Arnold was placed inside Deputy S. Cameron’s patrol vehicle at which time Arnold kicked the door repeatedly and shattered a side window with his head. Arnold was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Violation of Protective Order, 2nd Degree Assault, Possession Paraphernalia, Resisting Arrest, and Property Destruction Under $1,000.

5/31/2014 BURGLARY TO MOTOR VEHICLE: A victim, who resides on Dockside Drive in Drayden reported unknown suspect(s) entered his unlocked vehicle and stole property and US currency. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy John Davis. Case #29457-14

5/31/2014 BURGLARY: A victim, who resides on River Road in Tall Timbers reported unknown suspect(s) entered his unlocked vehicle and garage and stole property. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy Beasley. Case #29486-14

5/31/2014 BURGLARY: A victim, who resides on River Road in Tall Timbers reported unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a shed and stole several items of property. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy Beasley. Case #29471-14

5/31/2014 FIRST DEGREE ASSAULT: On May 31, Deputy Lawrence responded to a residence on Ryan Lane in Great Mills for a reported domestic assault. The investigation revealed suspect Tallulah Rachel Slater, 33, of Great Mills, struck the victim in the left arm with a garden hoe during an argument. Slater was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with 1st and 2nd Degree Assault.

6/1/2014 CHILD ABUSE: Deputy Tirpak responded to a residence on Maguire Way in California for a reported child abuse and assault. The victim, a babysitter for the suspect, alleged the suspect assaulted her and the suspect’s child. Case remains open. Case #29603-14

6/1/2014 THEFT: A victim alleged that a known suspect stole her prescription medication. Case assigned to Deputy Vezzosi. Case #29636-14

6/1/2014 UNATTENDED CHILD: Deputy Vezzosi responded to a residence on Military Lane in California to check the welfare of small children inside the residence. Deputy Vezzosi found 3 children ages 5, 8, and 11 home alone. Charges are pending against the male suspect. Case #29649-14

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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