LA PLATA, Md. (April 9, 2013)The Charles County Sheriff's Office released the following incident and arrest reports.
SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE LEADS TO DRUG RECOVERY AND ARRESTS: On April 9 at 2:40 a.m., Officer M. Armstrong observed an occupied vehicle in the parking lot of a closed business in the 100 block of Smallwood Drive in Waldorf. When Officer Armstrong approached the car, he observed two people inside and smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Officer Armstrong continued investigating and subsequently located several mason jars inside the car which were filled with marijuana wrapped in small individual baggies, ready for sale. In addition, a large bag of marijuana, a digital scale, a drug grinder and several counterfeit bills were also discovered in the vehicle. The occupants, Vertel Taborro Deal, Jr., 24, of Hughesville and Antoine Valintino Hughes, 23, of Upper Marlboro, were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of counterfeit bills.
ATTEMPTED ROBBERY: On April 9 at 12:09 a.m., a masked man approached a clerk as he was working the drive-through window of a liquor store in the 3200 block of Crain Highway in Waldorf. The suspect displayed a handgun and demanded money. The clerk fled to a back room and officers were notified. A review of surveillance footage showed two males actually approached the window but they fled when the clerk ran. Nothing was stolen. A K-9 track was conducted and officers processed the scene for evidence. The Criminal Investigations Division is investigating.
VANDALISM: Between April 4 - April 8, unknown suspect(s) spray painted construction equipment in the 2300 block of Mill Hill Road in Waldorf. The word AURA was painted in black with a small circle and an X through the middle of it under the word. Pfc. M. Wagner is investigating.
THEFTS FROM MOTOR VEHICLES: Between April 7- April 8, during the overnight hours, unknown suspect(s) entered unlocked vehicles parked on Weymouth Court, Millbrook Court and Lancaster Drive and stole valuables which were left inside the cars. Some of the items stolen include a Garmin GPS Navigator, a Tom-tom GPS Navigator, 10 music discs, and cash. PFC K. Newman is investigating.
RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT: On April 7 at 8:40 p.m., officers responded to the 1600 block of Boarman Court in Waldorf after a resident called and said he heard the glass on his front door shatter. When he went to investigate, he noticed someone had fired a shot at the door and a bullet was recovered on the front porch. Officers canvassed the area and processed the scene for evidence. No other homes had been vandalized. Pfc J. Foster is investigating.
BURGLARY OF VACANT RESIDENCE/ DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: On April 7 between 12 midnight and 2:15 p.m., unknown suspects broke into a private unoccupied residence in the 10800 block of Allens Fresh Road in Charlotte Hall. It appeared the suspects had a bonfire outside of the house and then broke inside the house and threw a TV out of a large bay window, destroying the glass and frame. The suspects also went through the house and broke several French doors and punched holes in the drywall. Numerous alcoholic beverage containers were also found outside. Damage was estimated to be about $30,000. Anyone with information is asked to call Officer D. Proctor at (301) 932-2222. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or Text CHARLES + your tip to CRIMES or visit www.ccso.us to submit a web tip.
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: During the overnight hours of April 5 - April 6, unknown suspect(s) shot out the windows of two cars with a BB gun on Dowitcher Court and Breakwater Court. A house was also shot at on Wildmeadows Street in Waldorf. Pfc. E. Baker is investigating.
DOUBLE FATAL MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH: On April 7 at about 4:24 a.m., officers responded to the 9100 block of Crain Highway in Bel Alton for the report of a car crash. A preliminary investigation showed the driver of a Hyundai was traveling south in the north bound lanes of Crain Highway when she struck a Dodge Caravan head-on which was heading north. The driver of the Caravan, Tornelle Prentice Williams, 32, of Baltimore, was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver of the Hyundai, Desiree Angel Osvatics, 22, of Cobb Island, was ejected from her car; she was transported to Civista Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. At this point, it is unclear why Osvatics was traveling on the wrong side of the highway. Investigators would like to hear from anyone who may have been on the roadways near La Plata through Bel Alton just prior to the crash to call Cpl. B. Saunders of the Traffic Operations Unit at 301-609-6225. The investigation is on-going.
DEATH INVESTIGATION: On April 5 at about 4 p.m., officers responded to the 2900 block of Eutaw Forest Drive in Waldorf for the report of an injured child. A preliminary investigation showed Leilah Dawn Coady, 3, was in the garage portion of her house when she apparently pushed a garage door button which was affixed to the wall and within her reach. The girl ran under the door as it was closing and became pinned underneath as the door went down. She was discovered by her mother a short time later. Emergency responders arrived and transported the victim to Civista Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. Investigators from the Criminal Investigations Division and the CCSO Forensics Unit responded and processed the scene for evidence. The garage door did have sensors on either side and detectives are working to determine if the door was functioning properly. The manner of death appears to be accidental. The investigation is on-going.
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