PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. (Nov. 24, 2014)The Calvert County Sheriff's Office today released the following incident and arrest reports.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: During the week of November 17 through November 23, deputies responded to 1,516 calls for service throughout the community.
CDS VIOLATION CASE #14-65000: On November 18 at 11:24 P.M. Dep. C. Idol responded to 98 Solomons Island Road in Prince Frederick to assist another officer on a traffic stop. He made contact with the driver of a vehicle who was found to be in possession of a suspected schedule I synthetic drug, K2/Spice, packaged as Scooby Snax. There were several empty packages of blue and pink colored Scooby Snax. A partially smoked cigarette containing the suspected synthetic drug was also confiscated. The driver, Philipp Edwin Roy, 20, of Lusby, was arrested and charged with CDS: possession not marijuana and CDS: possession of paraphernalia.
CDS VIOLATION CASE #14-65063: DFC R. Cress was stopped a traffic light on Md. Rt. 4 north and Chaneyville Road in Owings on November 19 at 9:49 a.m. Operating police equipment on his vehicle, he was alerted that a nearby vehicle's registered owner's license was suspended or revoked. DFC Cress then conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle near Yellow Bank Road and contacted the driver, identified as Sharita D. Gross, 32, of Lexington Park. He detected the smell of fresh marijuana. Gross was subsequently arrested and charged with driving on a suspended and revoked license, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana in the amount of at least 10 grams, and possession of paraphernalia; plastic baggies.
THEFT FROM VEHICLE CASE #14-65163: Sometime between November 17 and 19, a Remington Express 12 gauge shotgun was stolen from inside a vehicle. It is unknown when and where this occurred but there is no damage to the vehicle to indicate that it had been locked at the time of the theft. Dep. T. Buckler is investigating.
THEFT CASE #14-65219: Overnight between November 19 and 20, someone stole a 4x8 foot utility trailer that had been parked behind a residence in the 3900 block of 5th Street in North Beach. DFC C. Johnson is investigating.
THEFT FROM VEHICLE CASE #14-65349: Someone stole a can of pepper spray from inside an unlocked vehicle at a home in the 4500 block of Sixes Road in Prince Frederick. DFC J. Denton is investigating the theft that occurred sometime between November 16 and 20.
THEFT CASE #14-65400: An employee at the Chesapeake Beach Fastop on Bayside Road advised Dep. T. Buckler that $200 in cash was stolen from her purse while she was working at the store between November 19 at 9:30 p.m. and November 20 at 7:30 a.m. The investigation continues.
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY CASE #14-65518: A vehicle parked in the garage of the Oyster Bay Place Community in Dowell sustained a large scratch on each of the vehicle's doors sometime between November 20 and 21. DFC J. Bell is investigating.
THEFT CASE #14-65549: DFC J. Lord is investigating the theft of a Stihl chainsaw from Dunkirk Hardware located on Town Center Boulevard in Dunkirk. A store employee advised that a Hispanic male entered the store on November 21 at 5:55 p.m., picked up the chainsaw and fled the store without paying. The male left the area in a red pick-up truck. The chainsaw is described as being white and orange in color and model number MS211C valued at $299.
You Choose: Drink OR Drive
Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving
The holiday season is right around the corner. As Americans prepare for festivities with family and friends, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants to remind all drivers that it's dangerous to drive after drinking. You have to choose your role before drinking begins: will you drink or will you drive? Remember, even if you only have a little bit to drink and think you're "okay to drive," you could still be over the legal limit, because Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.
Sheriff Mike Evans explained the slogan: "A lot of folks think they know their own limits. They think that if they're just a little 'buzzed,' then they're still good to drive. Time and again, drivers who may have only had a couple of drinks put themselves and others at serious risk. Driving with any alcohol in your system can be dangerous."
In every state in the country, it's illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or higher. And for some people, it doesn't take much to reach that level. "We really want all drivers to understand that you don't have to be falling-down drunk to be too impaired to drive," said Sheriff Evans. That's why the Calvert County Sheriff's Office is working with NHTSA to spread the message: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.
This anti-drunk-driving campaign aims to inform all Americans about the dangers of driving after drinking-even after drinking just a little. Drunk driving has become a terrible killer on our nation's roads. Every year, more than 10,322 people are killed by drunk drivers in America. This time of year is especially dangerous due to holiday celebrations and frequent parties. In December 2012 alone, 830 people were killed in crashes involving at least one drunk driver or motorcycle operator. On average, a third (31%) of all crash fatalities in America involve drunk driving.
So this holiday season, NHTSA urges you to plan ahead: designate a sober driver. If you plan on drinking at all, don't plan on driving. Don't just assume that you'll know whether you can safely drive or not at the end of the night.
In Calvert, Sheriff Evans urges drivers, please remember these tips to avoid a DUI and keep our roads safe:
-- Even one drink can impair your judgment and reaction time and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk or having a crash.
-- If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins.
-- When you know you'll be drinking, leave your keys at home or give them to someone else.
-- If you have been drinking, do not drive-even a short distance. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
Remember, it is never okay to drive after drinking. Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.
Citizens with information on any of the reported crimes above, or any criminal activity in Calvert County, who wish to report it anonymously can now access the Calvert County Crime Solvers website via http://somd.me/calvertcrimesolvers. Information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect could result in a $1,000 reward.
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: http://somd.me/presumed-innocence. 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 http://somd.me/mdcasesearch . 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 http://somd.me/expungeme .