Charles Co. Sheriff's Reports

LA PLATA, Md. (July 22, 2014)—The Charles County Sheriff's Office today released the following incident and arrest reports.

THEFT: Between July 20 and July 21, during the overnight hours, someone broke into a shed in the area of Ridge Grove Estates in Hughesville and stole tools. A tractor was also damaged. Cpl. R. Heishman is investigating.

THEFT: Between July 20 and July 21, someone stole parts to an air conditioner in the 9800 block of Leighland Court in Waldorf. PFC. D. Warker is investigating.

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: Sometime between July 20 and July 21, unknown suspect(s) broke out several back windows of Wade Elementary School, 2300 Smallwood Drive West and Barnhart Elementary School, 4800 Lancaster Circle, both in Waldorf. Anyone with information is asked to call PFC R. Gass at (301) 932-2222. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or submit a tip via the web at

FIRST-DEGREE ASSAULT: On July 19 at 10:11 p.m., officers responded to the area of Caroline Drive at Cedar Court in La Plata for the report of a stabbing. Investigation showed a male suspect stabbed the victim - a 26-year-old male - during an altercation. The victim was flown to a hospital and treated for an injury that was later determined to be non life threatening. Detectives are pursuing leads. Det. C. Shankster and Det. G. Higgs are investigating.

BURGLARY: On July 19 at 7 a.m., officers responded to the Dorchester Recreation Center at 5005 Dorchester Circle in Waldorf for the report of a burglary. Investigation showed someone broke into a pool house and stole a small amount of cash. Officers are pursuing leads in this case. PFC R.E Gass and Det. J. Morales are investigating.

THEFT: On July 16 between 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., unknown suspect(s) stole two large children’s outdoor party inflatable’s which were stored on a trailer in the area of Ann Harbor Drive in Port Tobacco. One inflatable is an obstacle course with a water slide about 70’ in length and the other is a playground inflatable about 54' in length. The victim said at least two people would have to carry the items due to their weight. Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Myers at (301) 932-2222.

TWO MEN CHARGED WITH POSESSION OF DRUGS AND A WEAPON: On July 17 at 3:43 p.m., Officer C. Shaw initiated a traffic stop in the area of Crain Highway and Sub Station Road in Waldorf after observing the driver of a car operating in an erratic manner. Upon approaching the car, Officer Shaw smelled the odor of marijuana. Further investigation revealed a handgun in the car and a large amount of marijuana (bulked and ready for sale). The driver and a passenger were arrested and the car was seized for forfeiture. Thaddeus Cornell Edwards, 19, of Clinton, and Eric Brandon Branch-Simpson, 20, of Clinton, were arrested and charged with possession with intent to sell drugs and possession of a firearm.

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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