LEONARDTOWN, Md. (July 24, 2014)The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office released the following incident and arrest reports.
DOMESTIC ASSAULT: on July 23, Deputy L. Johnson responded to a residence on Morningside Lane in Lexington Park for a reported assault. The victim alleged suspect John William Kegley, 31, of Lexington Park, strangled the victim with his hands during an argument over property. The victim blacked out during the assault. Deputy Johnson observed evidence of injury on the victim. Kegley was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Marys County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd Degree Assault.
TRESPASSING: On July 23, DFC Beishline assigned to the Lexington Park COPs UNIT, observed suspect Joseph Kenneth Morgan, 50, of Lexington Park, on the property of Lexs Apartments. Morgan had been served with a no trespass notice for the property on 9-13-14 by DFC T. Snyder. Morgan was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Marys County Detention Center. He was charged with Trespass: Private Property.
PUBLIC INTOXICATION: On July 22, DFC Beishline assigned to the Lexington Park COPs UNIT, was flagged down by citizens on South Shangri La Drive in Lexington Park. Citizens reported seeing a white male subject with long gray hair walking in the roadway. He was nearly struck by vehicles. 3 additional callers to 911 reported seeing the same subject intoxicated in the roadway. DFC Beishline subsequently located suspect Steven Wayne Carter, 55, of no fixed address, sleeping in the back parking lot of the Bay District Fire Department. Carter appeared to be extremely intoxicated. DFC Beishline placed Carter under arrest. He was transported to the St. Marys County Detention Center and charged with Alcoholic Beverage Intoxication: Endangerment.
THEFT SCHEME: On July 23, Deputy Potter responded to the BJs Wholesale Club in California for a reported employee theft. The store manager alleged suspect Patrick Louis Campbell, 20, of Lexington Park, stole nearly $16,000 in cash, gift cards, and merchandise while employed from March 5 to July 22. Campbell would purchase a low price item and then use the receipt to create a fraudulent return for cash or gift cards. Campbell was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Marys County Detention Center. He was charged with Theft Scheme $10,000 to $100.000.
FRAUD: On July 23, a victim, who resides on Midway Drive in Lexington Park, reported he received a phone call from a Hispanic male suspect claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service. The suspect told the victim he needed to pay $2,500 immediately to avoid being arrested. The victim purchased (5) $500 Green Dot cards and provided the suspect with the information. Case #40112-14.
THEFT: On July 23, unknown suspect(s) stole the air conditioning unit from a building in the 21000 block of Great Mills Road in Lexington Park, sometime during the last week. Case #40114-14.
COPS UNIT ASSISTS ELDERLY DRIVER: On July 22, DFC Tim Snyder and DFC Al Beishline assigned to the Lexington Park COPs UNIT, observed a green passenger vehicle traveling the wrong direction on Great Mills Road. The vehicle then parked in Millison Plaza where the operator was contacted by DFC Snyder and DFC Beishline. The operator was a 76-year-old female from Dale City, Virginia. She left her home to go shopping at approximately 10:00 AM, when she became confused and got lost. She had been driving for over 12 hours, ending up in St. Mary's County. Deputies contacted her daughter who was about to file a missing person's report in Virginia. DFC Snyder and DFC Beishline then assisted in returning her safely to the Virginia State line where she was reunited her family.
TRESPASSING: On July 22, Deputy Al Beishline observed Anthony Charles Wright, 45, of Lexington Park, on the property of St. Mary's Square after having been served a no trespass notice for the property. Wright was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center. He was charged with Trespass Private Property.
THEFT: On July 22, a victim, who resides on Mason Drive, reported unknown suspect(s) stole several solar lights from her yard. Case #39847-14.
BURGLARY: On July 22, a victim, who resides on Leopard Lane, reported unknown suspect(s) entered her unsecured shed and stole a leaf blower. Case remains open and is assigned to DFC Knott. Case #39853-14.
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT: On July 23 at 11:26 PM, Corporal Moritz responded to Medley's Neck Road in the area of Tower Hill Lane for a motor vehicle accident. Preliminary investigation revealed, David Burst, 22, of Leonardtown, was operating a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado truck at a high rate of speed when he lost control. The vehicle flipped and Burst suffered a head injury. He was flown to an area hospital for precautionary measures. Case #40038-14
ALCOHOL VIOLATION: On July 22 at 9:36 PM, DFC Tim Snyder observed suspect Robert Keith Long, 54, of Lexington Park, drinking an alcoholic beverage on the property of the Checkers restaurant in Lexington Park. Long was charged with the Alcohol Violation by criminal citation.
ALCOHOL VIOLATION: On July 22 at 10:29 PM, DFC Al Beishline observed suspect Robert Keith Long, 54, of Lexington Park, on the property of Lex's Apartments located on Great Mills Road in Lexington Park, drinking an alcoholic beverage. Long was charged with the Alcohol Violation by criminal citation.
TRESPASSING: On July 22, Deputy Al Beishline arrested William Cornelius Curtis, 55, of Lexington Park, on an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear in Court. The original charge was Trespassing Private Property.
TRESPASSING: On July 22, Deputy Krum arrested Eric Dwayne Dickerson, 41, of no fixed address, on an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear in Court. The original charge was Trespass Private Property.
DOMESTIC ASSAULT: On July 21, DFC Knott responded to a residence on Eric Road in Lexington Park, for a reported domestic assault. The victim alleged suspect Matthew Taylor Burnside, 22, of Lexington Park, grabbed the victim by the throat and threw the victim on to a bed. Burnside also broke the victims phone during the incident. Burnside was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Marys County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd Degree Assault.
ASSAULT: On July 21, Deputy Roszell responded to the St. Marys County Detention Center for a fight between inmates. The investigation revealed inmates Jamarr Sherman Mackall, 21, of Lexington Park, and Joe Derrick Young, 26, of no fixed address, entered the victims cell and assaulted him. The victim sustained facial injuries during the assault. Mackall and Young were both charged with 2nd Degree Assault.
PROTECTIVE ORDER VIOLATION: On July 22, Deputy Pleisse responded to a residence on Shenandoah Drive in Mechanicsville, for a violation of a protective order. The victim alleged suspect Joseph William Vestraci Jr., 70, of Mechanicsville, drove by the victims residence repeatedly in violation of an active protective order. Vestraci was located and placed under arrest. He was transported to the St. Marys County Detention Center and charged with Violation of Protective Order.
DISORDERLY CONDUCT: On July 22, Deputy Schultz responded to Indian Way in Lexington Park, for an assault. After conducting the investigation into the assault, Deputy Schultz advised all parties to leave the area. Suspect Shantell Shanese Swales, 21, of Lexington Park, began yelling profanity at one of the victims involved in the assault. Deputy Schultz ordered Swales several times to stop yelling and leave the area. Her actions caused the individuals involved in the original incident to return to the scene. Swales refused all orders and was placed under arrest. She was transported to the St. Marys County Detention Center and charged with Disorderly Conduct and Failure to Obey a Lawful Order.
STOLEN MOTORCYCLE REPORT LEADS TO ARREST FOR FALSE STATEMENT: On July 6, Gary Lee Weaver, 26, of Mechanicsville, reported his 2012 Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle, (pictured), stolen to the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office. Weaver reported the motorcycle had been stolen from his residence in the early morning hours on 7-6-14. Detective M. Green from the Criminal Investigations Division assumed the investigation. During the course of the investigation, Detective Green received information regarding the location of the motorcycle and subsequently located it at a residence in Lexington Park on July 16. Detective Green further determined Weaver had filed a false police report regarding the theft of his motorcycle in order to receive insurance money. On July 23, Weaver was charged with False Statement to Police Officer Causing Investigation and False Statement to Police Officer by criminal summons.
UPDATE 7-23-14: Fatal Accident at Maryland International Raceway
Further investigation revealed, Aaron Slemker (correct spelling), age 21, of Clayton, Ohio, was participating in a motorcycle drag racing class. After the warm up lap, Slemker was returning to the staging area operating his 2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the motorcycle.
Additional details will be released as they are developed.
ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE: on July 22 at 12:45 PM, deputies responded to the Maryland International Raceway for an accident involving a motorcyclist. Preliminary investigation revealed the operator of a racing motorcycle, identified as 21 year old Aaron Slemkez, was participating in a training session on an access road behind the drag-strip when he lost control and struck a cement barrier. Life saving efforts were administered; however Slemkez succumbed to his injuries. The next of kin have been notified. Sheriff's Office accident reconstruction team member Corporal W. Watters responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.
Tracy Lavell Holliman Jr., 23, of La Plata, on 7-20-14 by Deputy Murphy
Gilbert Hernandez Cortoba, 29, of Lexington Park, on 7-20-14 by Deputy Logue
Dana Leigh Belkov, 30, of Mechanicsville, on 7-23-14 by Corporal Watters NP
Andrew Nathan Patton, 22, of Chaptico, on 7-24-14 by Corporal E. Johnson NP
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