Charles Co. Sheriff's Reports

LA PLATA, Md. (Oct. 8, 2014)—The Charles County Sheriff's Office released the following incident and arrest reports.

HOME INVASION: On Oct. 7 at 11:43 a.m., officers responded to the 10000 block of Tallahassee Place in Waldorf for a home invasion involving two groups of young adults. When officers arrived, two suspects had already fled the house. A witness indicated one of the victims, who may have been armed with a knife, chased after the suspects. As a precaution, North Point High School was placed in a lock down status while officers and K-9 teams searched the area. Theodore G. Davis Middle School and William A. Diggs Elementary School were placed on shelter-in-place status for a short time. Officers quickly learned the victims knew one of the suspects and officers were able to locate the suspect at a residence about a mile away. That subject was taken into custody along with another person who was with him. At this time, investigators say the event was not a random act and the victims were intentionally targeted. Detectives are sorting through information and are working on establishing a motive. Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Charles County Sheriff’s Office (301) 932-2222.

MAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE DRUGS: On Oct. 3 at 10:22 p.m., officers initiated a traffic stop near the intersection of Crain Highway and Sub Station Road after a computer check showed the tags on the car were suspended. Upon approaching the vehicle, Officer J. Pogar detected a strong odor of marijuana. After further investigation, officers found a digital scale, approximately 200 unused small plastic bags, one box of clear sandwich bags, multiple twisted bags with the corners missing, two jars containing marijuana residue, and three operating cell phones. The driver was also in possession of nine bags of marijuana. Antonio Lorenzo Belton, Jr., 25, of Fort Washington was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute drugs, po ssession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, and possession of drug production equipment.

CCSO adds new automated speed enforcement camera site to rotation and reactivates other sites

Effective Monday, November 3, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Automated Speed Enforcement Unit will be adding Grace Christian Academy of Maryland in Waldorf to the list of school zones in which automated speed enforcement cameras can be activated. The camera will be on the northbound side of Route 5 in front of the school near Billingsley Road.

In addition, the cameras for Thomas Stone High School and General Smallwood Middle School (which were already approved sites) will be put back into rotation. The camera for Thomas Stone High School is near the 3700 block of Leonardtown Road (northbound and southbound). The camera for General Smallwood Middle School is located near the 4900 block of Indian Head Highway (northbound and southbound). All speed enforcement cameras are placed inside school zones which are identified with signage that the speed limit is photo enforced.

The CCSO has a total of three mobile cameras which are generally rotated on a weekly basis among the following approved school zones: Berry Elementary School, Dr. James Craik Elementary School, Grace Christian Academy of Maryland, Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School, Malcolm Elementary School, Maurice J. McDonough High School, General Smallwood Middle School, Thomas Stone High School, William B. Wade Elementary School, and Westlake High School.

As a courtesy, the locations of the cameras are posted weekly on the sheriff’s office Facebook page. Also:

-- Cameras are activated Monday through Friday, all year long, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. with the exception of Wade Elementary School which operates from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m.

-- Citations are issued to the registered owner of the vehicle and only if the speed was 12 mph or more over the posted speed limit.

-- A school zone speed camera violation is a $40 fine with no points.

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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