St. Mary's Co. Sheriff's Reports

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (June 5, 2013)—The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office today released the following incident reports.

BOMB THREAT PROVES BOGUS: On June 4 at approximately 2:00 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (ECC) was contacted by school officials at the St. Johns School in Hollywood. A written bomb threat had been located within the school. School officials immediately contacted law enforcement, evacuated the school and quickly notified parents. Upon arriving on scene, officers and a bomb detecting K-9 thoroughly checked the school. Nothing suspicious was located during the search.

Detectives with the Bureau of Criminal Investigations and Crime Lab Technicians promptly responded and assumed the investigation. School officials at the St. Johns School are fully cooperating with detectives to quickly resolve the incident. At no time does it appear any students at the school were in danger.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Cpl. Sarah Russell at 301-475-4200 x 9105, or Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333. Tipsters can also text their tips in to "TIP239" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637). Callers and tipsters do not have to leave a name, just the information. If the information leads to the arrest and conviction, the caller/tipster may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

MARYLAND'S SMOOTH OPERATOR CAMPAIGN: The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office would like to remind the community that Sunday June 2, kicked of the 1st Wave of the Smooth Operator Enforcement Campaign, which will run through June 8.

Deputies from The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office along with law enforcement officers across the State of Maryland issued nearly 400,000 citations and written warnings during the four waves of the 2012 campaign. The goal of the Smooth Operator Campaign is to reduce the speed which people are traveling with the hope it will reduce crashes, reduce injuries from motor vehicle crashes and ultimately reduce the number of fatal crashes occurring in the State of Maryland.

The efforts of Officers across Maryland and the Smooth Operator Enforcement Campaigns have contributed greatly to the downward trend in fatal motor vehicle crashes since 2006. This downward trend across the State works toward the overall objective of Maryland's Strategic Highway Safety Plan which is to reduce fatalities and injuries and work "Toward Zero Deaths." Smooth Operator adheres to a multi-pronged 4 E's approach:

1. Enforcement - Stepped-up patrols and police activity.

2. Education - Public education, relations and awareness campaigns.

3. Evaluation - Constant research and evaluation of campaign activities.

4. Engineering - Physical transportation and roadway solutions.

Members of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office will again be stepping up enforcement efforts during this wave of the Smooth Operator Campaign looking for speeders, aggressive drivers, reckless drivers and negligent drivers. Deputies will take strict enforcement actions.

Motor vehicle operators who drive safely, buckle up and are responsible will help the Sheriff's Office make St. Mary's County a safer place to live and drive!

For more information on Maryland's Smooth Operator Program visit

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