Calvert Co. Sheriff's Reports - Southern Maryland Headline News

Calvert Co. Sheriff's Reports

Top row, left to right: Brett Lott, age 34, of Friendship; Michael Swearingen, age 24; Paul Kramer, age 64, of Huntingtown. Bottom row: Sherman Stepney, 53, of Lusby; Laura Puffenbarger, 35, of Chesapeake Beach.
Top row, left to right: Brett Lott, age 34, of Friendship; Michael Swearingen, age 24; Paul Kramer, age 64, of Huntingtown. Bottom row: Sherman Stepney, 53, of Lusby; Laura Puffenbarger, 35, of Chesapeake Beach.

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. (Jan. 4, 2016)—The Calvert County Sheriff's Office released the following incident and arrest reports.

WEEKLY SUMMARY: During the week of December 28, 2015 through January 3, 2016, deputies responded to 1,329 calls for service throughout the community.

BURGLARY CASE #15-69982: On December 30, Deputy W. Rector responded to Simpson Farm Drive, Owings, for the report of a burglary from an unsecured shed. Sometime on December 27, 2015, two Poulan chain saws and a gas powered power washer were stolen.

BURGLARY CASE #15-69976: On December 30, Deputy D. Denton responded to Mill Bridge Road, Lusby, for the report of a burglary from an unlocked shed. Sometime between December 22–29, someone entered the shed and removed a Honda dirt bike. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office.

BURGLARY CASE #15-69961: On December 30, at approximately 6:00am, deputies were called to a residence on Rudolph Lane in Lusby for the report of a burglary in progress. A male had entered the victim's home and fled upon setting off an audible alarm. The occupants were able to relay information so that Deputies were able to identify the suspect, Michael Swearingen, age 24. Deputies responded to his home on Alamo Trail and observed him in his home. After multiple attempts to make contact with him were ignored, the Special Operations Team was called in for a barricade situation at 6:15am. He was taken into custody and charged with 4th degree burglary and was also served an outstanding warrant for resisting arrest.

BURGLARY CASE #15-69873: On December 29, Deputy B. Robinson was dispatched to an apartment on West Dares Beach Road, in Prince Frederick, for the report of a burglary. Sometime on December 25, between 4:00pm–9:00pm, someone entered the unlocked apartment and stole a VCR and DVD player.

BURGLARY CASE #15-69639: On December 28, Deputy G. Gott responded to Asbury Circle, in Solomons, for the report of a burglary. Sometime between October and mid-November money and jewelry were removed from a victim's locked apartment.

CDS VIOLATION CASE #16-419: On January 2, Deputy C. Ward conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driving at a high rate of speed on Rt. 260 near Brickhouse Road in Dunkirk. He arrested Laura Puffenbarger, 35, of Chesapeake Beach for CDS Possession with intent to Distribute (Xanax, Marijuana), Possession of Marijuana, CDS Possession-not Marijuana (Xanax, Dexedrine) and Paraphernalia Possession (metal grinder and digital scale).

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY CASE #15-69773: On December 29, Deputy M. Velasquez responded to Grays Road, in Port Republic, for a report of a destruction of property. An unknown person scratched a vehicle, which was parked in the victim's driveway. This crime took place sometime between 9:30pm on December 28 and 3:00am on December 29. If anyone observed any suspicious behavior during this time frame, they are asked to report it to the sheriff's office.

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY CASE #16-538: On January 3, Deputy R. Evans responded to a destruction of property call located on Huntingtown Road, in Huntingtown. The victim's sliding glass door was shattered by an unknown object sometime overnight.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT CASE #16-00002: On January 1, units from the Maryland State Police and Calvert deputies were called to the Brick Wood Bistro Restaurant, located on Sherry Lane, Prince Frederick, for a fight in progress. Deputy M. Trigg arrested 64-year old, Paul Kramer, of Huntingtown for Affray, Disorderly Conduct and Alcohol Beverage/Retail Area Drink.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT CASE #16-561: On January 3, Deputy J. Migliaccio arrived at the Huntingtown United Methodist Church located on Hunting Creek Road, Huntingtown, in response to a disorderly person at the location. Sherman Stepney, 53, of Lusby, was intoxicated and arrested for Disorderly Conduct. He was transported to the detention center for booking and processing.

ROBBERY CASE #15-69771: On December 29, at approximately 2:00am, Calvert deputies were dispatched to the BP Gas Station located on West Chesapeake Beach Road in Dunkirk for the report of a robbery. A lone suspect jumped over the counter, removed money from the cash register and was able to flee on foot. A canvas of the area was conducted with the assistance of the Maryland State Police, Anne Arundel County Police and Deputy T. Smith and his K-9 partner, Loki. 34-year old Brett Lott, of Friendship, Md., was later identified as the person responsible for the robbery. With the swift action by all agencies involved, Detective N. DeFelice apprehended the suspect and he was taken to the detention center where he was charged with strong armed robbery and theft less than $1000.00.

THEFT CASE #16-303: On January 2, Deputy B. Robinson was dispatched to a business located on Central Square Drive, Prince Frederick, for the report of a theft. Sometime between January 1–2, a registration plate was removed from a vehicle.

THEFT CASE #16-101: On January 1, Deputy A. Ostazeski responded to Perry Lane, Lusby, for the report of a theft. A package which contained make-up was stolen from a mailbox sometime during the day. If anyone has information, they are asked to contact the sheriff's office.

PEDESTRIAN-INVOLVED CRASH: On December 15, 2015 at approximately 2:58 p.m., members of the Patrol Bureau and Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the area of Radio Drive and South Solomons Island Road, Prince Frederick, for the report of a serious motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian. Preliminary investigation revealed a 2013 Chevy Sonic was traveling southbound on Solomons Island Road in the area of Radio Drive. The vehicle was in the right turn lane for West Dares Beach Road. Traffic in lanes 1 and 2 were both stopped when a 14-year-old female juvenile attempted to cross all lanes of traffic from the North Side of Solomons Island Road. The juvenile was struck by the Chevy Sonic when she entered the turn lane. The juvenile impacted the 2013 Chevy Sonic on the driver's side front panel. The juvenile sustained critical injuries and was transported to Johns Hopkins Medical Center by the Maryland State Police Aviation Unit. The 2013 Chevy Sonic was operated by Tami M. McDowell, a 39-year-old female of Prince Frederick. McDowell was uninjured and remained on the scene to be interviewed by sheriff's office personnel. There is no indication that speed or driver error contributed to this crash.

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://so.md/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://so.md/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://so.md/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://so.md/expungeme.

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