PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. (May 25, 2015)The Calvert County Sheriff's Office released the following incident and arrest reports.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: During the week of May 18 through May 24, deputies responded to 1,484 calls for service throughout the community.
THEFT FROM VEHICLE CASE #15-27393: Overnight between May 18 and 19, someone entered two unlocked vehicles in front of a home in the 7600 block of Old Bayside Road in Chesapeake Beach and stole a debit card and cash. Dep. W. Beisel is investigating.
THEFT CASE #15-27646: Someone stole an orange colored BMX bicycle valued at $300 from the front porch of a home in the 14300 block of Solomons Island Road in Solomons between May 17 and 20. The victim's car was also entered and documents were taken. Dep. T. Holt is investigating.
THEFT CASE #15-27726: Two packages that had been delivered to the doorstep of a home in the 9500 block of Sea Gull Court in North Beach were stolen on May 21 between 11:05 and 11:41 a.m. DFC P. Mosely is investigating.
THEFT CASE #15-27729: A dark gray 18 horsepower Craftsman lawnmower valued at about $1,000 was stolen from the yard of a home in the 1900 block of Kingswood Drive in Prince Frederick on May 20 between 2:00 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Dep. T. Mohler is continuing the investigation.
CDS VIOLATION CASE #15-27834: On May 21 at 11:08 a.m. a lookout was broadcast for a vehicle leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash in the area of Thunderbird Drive and Lake Lariat. Dep. T. Holt was notified that the vehicle had parked at a home in Lusby. He responded to the address and made contact with the driver of the suspect vehicle, later identified as Michael Jerome Worsham, 44, of Lusby. Worsham appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Worsham was administered a field sobriety test which he failed. He was also administered a drug influence evaluation and determined to be impaired and under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance. Worsham was taken into custody and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia; a straw, negligent driving, driving on a suspended license, and driving under the influence of CDS.
STABBING: On Sunday, May 17 at approximately 8:30 p.m., the Calvert Control Center received a 911 call from a home in the 7600 block of Solomons Island Road in Owings. The caller advised that someone inside the home had been stabbed during a domestic altercation. DFC P. Aurich arrived on the scene and observed that a 58-year-old woman had been stabbed in the abdomen and arms by her 38-year-old son, later identified as Darrell Lee Adams, of Owings. Det. H. Rich of the Criminal Investigations Bureau arrived and assumed the investigation. The victim was later med-evacuated to Prince George's County Hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Three other family members were present during the altercation attempting to assist the victim and keep the suspect from harming her. No one else was injured in the fight; however, the suspect, Adams, also suffered wounds on his hands, which were treated before he was taken to the Calvert County Detention Center. Adams has been charged with four counts of each of the following offenses: first degree assault, second degree assault, reckless endangerment and possessing a dangerous weapon with intent to injure.
FATAL ACCIDENT: On May 13 at approximately 5:48 p.m., the Calvert Control Center received a 911 call for a serious motor vehicle crash on Broomes Island Road in the area of Howard Drive. Upon arrival Calvert County Sheriff's Office units confirmed the severity of the crash, assessed the scene, deployed resources, and coordinated road closures. Broomes Island Road was closed to vehicular traffic from Grays Road to Chippingwood Drive in an effort to secure the scene. An emergency room nurse stopped at the scene on her way to work, assessed the patients and began caring for the injured. EMS personnel from the St. Leonard Volunteer Fire Dept. and Rescue Squad responded to the crash scene and tended to the patients. Members of the Calvert County Sheriff's Office Crash Reconstruction Team were called to the scene and assumed the investigation.
Preliminary investigation revealed a 2009 Ford Edge operated by Karen Veid of St. Leonard was traveling south on Broomes Island Road (towards Broomes Island) when it crossed over the double yellow center line striking a 2014 Ford Focus in a head on offset type collision. The Ford Focus was being operated by Linda Burke of Port Republic. Also in the Ford Focus were two young boys ages 8 and 11. Both children were transported to Children's Hospital by Trooper 6 for treatment of various non-life threatening injuries. Linda Burke was transported to MedStar by Trooper 7 for Life Threatening injuries sustained during the crash. Karen Veid was transported to Prince Georges Hospital Center by Trooper 6.
Despite lifesaving efforts from EMS, flight medics, nurses and doctors, Linda Burke succumbed to her injuries shortly after her arrival at MedStar. Investigation into the cause of this crash is continuing.
SERIOUS VEHICLE ACCIDENT: On May 18 at approximately 6:21 p.m., units from Calvert County Sheriff's Office Patrol Bureau and Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the area of Adelina Road and Sixes Road, Prince Frederick, for the report of a serious motor vehicle collision involving two vehicles. Between the two vehicles there were seven occupants involved in the collision.
Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2013 Nissan Armada was traveling northbound on Adelina Road approaching Sixes Road when a 2014 Hyundai Elantra entered the path of the Nissan from the right. The Nissan struck the Hyundai on the right rear axle causing the Hyundai to spin counterclockwise to final rest.
The Nissan Armada was operated by Joseph Edward Berry Jr., a 63 year-old male from Prince Frederick. The Nissan was also occupied by a 17 year-old juvenile male, who was seated in the right front seat, a 14 year-old female was seated in the left rear seat and Pamela Thomas-Berry, a 50 year-old female of Prince Frederick was in the right rear seat. All occupants were transported by ground to Calvert Memorial Hospital where they are listed in stable condition.
The Hyundai was operated by Brenda Lynn Stahl, a 52 year-old female from Port Republic. The Hyundai was also occupied by a 15 year-old male seated in the right front seat and a 15 year-old male seated in the right rear seat. Stahl was transported to Baltimore Shock Trauma via MSP Trooper 7 and is listed in stable condition. The front seat passenger was transported to Baltimore Shock Trauma via MSP Trooper 6 and was initially listed serious, but stable condition. The rear seat passenger was transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital and was initially listed in stable condition.
The operator of the Hyundai failed to yield the right of way to the Nissan Armada when accessing Sixes Road from Adelina Road. DFC J. Hardesty of the Crash Reconstruction Team is investigating the events that led up to the collision.
WOMAN DELIBERATELY RAMS POLICE VEHICLE: On May 4 at approximately 3:10 p.m., units were called to 3131 Bayside Road for a report of a motor vehicle ramming a Calvert County Sheriff's Office marked K-9 patrol vehicle off the road and a radio transmission by the involved officer of "Shots Fired."
During the investigation it was determined that Deputy First Class R. Wilson was traveling southbound on MD Route 261 in the area of Quale Drive when a blue 2006 Toyota Tacoma, operated by Jaime Marie Stroud, DOB 11/21/1983, struck DFC R. Wilson's vehicle on the left rear door. During the at-scene investigation numerous witnesses were interviewed, as well as roadway and vehicle evidence documented.
During the investigation a witness, who was traveling southbound behind the Toyota, was interviewed. The witness stated that the driver of the Toyota was traveling southbound with one vehicle between the Toyota and the marked K-9 patrol vehicle. Just after Quale Drive, the operator of the Toyota accelerated and passed the vehicle directly behind the marked k-9 patrol vehicle in a no passing zone. Once the Toyota passed the civilian vehicle, the witness described the Toyota "intentionally ramming" the marked K-9 patrol vehicle on the left rear door. The witness further stated that the Toyota continued to push the marked K-9 patrol vehicle causing it to spin out in a counterclockwise direction. Upon forcing the police vehicle off the road and into the front yard of 3131 Bayside Road, Stroud remained on the accelerator pedal of the Toyota continuing to strike and force DFC Wilson's vehicle backwards with hers. At one point the Toyota overrode the hood of the marked K-9 Ford Crown Victoria that DFC. Wilson was occupying and was making forward progress over the hood towards him. The witness also stated that she heard gunshots. The witness observed Stroud exit the vehicle and run towards the officer. After a brief struggle and assistance from another witness Stroud was handcuffed.
Another witness also provided a statement regarding seeing the Toyota truck operated by Stroud aim her vehicle right at police car and "putting him in the ditch." The witness reported hearing tires screech followed by a sound of gunfire. The witness also reported that after the shots stopped, Stroud exited the vehicle yelling profanities and advancing toward the officer. Another witness assisted DFC R. Wilson in handcuffing the suspect after a brief struggle.
Another witness also provided a statement to the investigators regarding assisting DFC R. Wilson with handcuffing Stroud as she failed to obey DFC R. Wilson's verbal commands and resisted his attempts to control her movements while she was on the ground. This witness retrieved the handcuffs from DFC R. Wilson's cruiser, assisted with handcuffing and controlling Stroud.
Fire and EMS personnel were summoned to the scene and assessed both Stroud and DFC R. Wilson. Stroud was transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital as a precaution. While at Calvert Memorial Hospital Emergency Room Stroud started to become very violent and was trying to kick people. Stroud was later restrained by CMH security and awaited the arrival of Cpl. Moschetto and DFC M. Robshaw to conduct the DRE.
DFC M. Robshaw, a Drug Recognition Expert, made observations based on contact with Stroud. DFC Robshaw believed that the indicators observed were consistent with being under the influence of a CNS Stimulant, Dissociative Anesthetic, and or a Hallucinogen.
DFC R. Wilson was transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries sustained during the incident.
Physical evidence captured and reviewed by members of the Calvert Investigative Team and Crash Reconstruction Team revealed transfer marks on the left rear door of the police vehicle that were produced by the front bumper and right front tire of the Toyota operated by Stroud. Further vehicle examination revealed blue paint transfer located on the hood of the police vehicle. This physical evidence is an indication that Stroud continued to accelerate and driver over the marked K-9 patrol vehicle occupied by DFC Wilson after the initial contact with his vehicle on the roadway. As Stroud continued to force DFC Wilson's vehicle backwards through the split rail fence and down the hill Stroud attempted to override his vehicle and further injure the officer inside the vehicle.
Roadway evidence also showed that as a result of a DFC R. Wilson's vehicle being deliberately struck by Stroud's vehicle caused DCF. Wilson to lose control of his vehicle as it rotated nearly 270 degrees counterclockwise. Stroud steered towards DFC. Wilson's vehicle as it was spinning and again struck the front of DFC. Wilson's marked k-9 patrol vehicle. Stroud continued to propel DFC Wilson's vehicle backwards forcing it off the roadway. The Crash Reconstruction Team determined that roadway evidence also indicated that Stroud continued to accelerate and drive her vehicle even after the initial impact.
Based on the facts of the investigation, roadway evidence, vehicle evidence and multiple witness statements Stroud intentionally targeted a Calvert County Sheriff's Office marked K-9 cruiser operated by DFC R. Wilson and caused injuries to DFC R. Wilson as a result.
Jamie Marie Stroud was placed under arrest and after being released from Calvert Memorial Hospital transported to Calvert County Detention Center where she was charged with First Degree Assault and Second Degree Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer.
HOMICIDE LEADS TO SUICIDE: On May 2 at approximately 4:42 p.m., members of the Calvert County Sheriff's Office patrol Bureau responded to 8296 Sycamore Road, Lusby, for a report of an unconscious male. Upon arrival units discovered a male, later identified as Levi Buck, a 48 year-old male. It became apparent that Buck was suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. CPR was performed; however after another assessment it was determined that Buck's injuries were incompatible with life and he was pronounced dead on the scene.
Due to the nature of the crime, Calvert Investigations Bureau (CIB) assumed the investigation into the death of Levi Buck. During the investigation numerous witnesses were interviewed and were cooperating with the investigation. Shortly after assuming the investigation, CIB detectives developed a person of interest in the case. Robert Scott Slaughter, 43 years-old, of Mechanicsville, Maryland, was sought for questioning by the detectives. A multi-jurisdictional broadcast was conducted containing description of Slaughter and his vehicle, a 2006 red Ford Mustang GT. Officers from Calvert County Sheriff's Office, St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office, Charles County Sheriff's Office and Maryland State Police were attempting to locate Slaughter on the roadways, as well as at various places Slaughter was known to frequent. The Calvert County State's Attorney's Office assigned Asst. State's Attorney A. Rappaport to the case in effort to provide support to detectives during the investigation.
The Calvert County Sheriff's Office CIB deployed numerous detectives throughout the Southern Maryland region in an attempt to apprehend Slaughter, as he was considered armed and dangerous following the shooting on Sycamore Road.
On May 2 at approximately 8:49 p.m., Det. M. Mudd, of the Criminal Investigations Bureau, made contact with Slaughter via telephone and spoke with Slaughter for approximately five minutes. Slaughter indicated to Det. M. Mudd that he was in Huntingtown and was coming to the Calvert County Sheriff's Office in order to speak with detectives regarding the incident on Sycamore Road. Slaughter never came to the Sheriff's Office and that was the last conversation Slaughter had with anyone known to investigators. Prior to speaking with Det. M. Mudd on the phone, Slaughter had a brief conversation with his wife and exchanged a limited number of text messages throughout the evening. Based on the contents of Slaughter's messages it was believed that he may have been considering suicide.
Units from the Calvert County Sheriff's Office, St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office and Charles County Sheriff's Office continued to follow-up leads, canvass southern Maryland roadways and neighborhoods and work with cell phone providers in order to locate Slaughter. The efforts continued from the time of the call until May 3 at approximately 5:30 a.m.; however, Slaughter was not located.
On May 3 at 11:30 a.m., CIB detectives were deployed to the White Sands neighborhood and canvassed the area in search of additional witnesses to the shooting. Additional interviews, with witnesses who were already identified, were also conducted by detectives. The search for Slaughter resumed and continued until the evening hours on Sunday, May 3.
On May 4 at approximately 7:00 a.m., an officer with the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office observed Slaughter's vehicle in the rear parking lot of Mount Zion Church, Mechanicsville. Slaughter was observed in the front seat and was not moving. With assistance from the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Emergency Services Team the vehicle was secured and entry was gained.
Detectives from CIB responded to the scene and assisted the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office with scene processing. Robert Scott Slaughter was found in the driver's seat suffering from a single gunshot wound to the head. Slaughter was pronounced dead on the scene. Investigation revealed that Slaughter's injury was self-inflicted. A small caliber rifle was located in Slaughters right hand. Slaughter appeared to be deceased for some time, although the exact time of death is pending an autopsy by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore.
Based on the information learned during the investigation, facts of the case, electronic data, and witness statements, Slaughter shot and killed Levi Buck on May 2. Slaughter fled the scene and subsequently took his own life sometime on the evening of May 2 or the early morning hours on May 3.
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.
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