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St. Mary’s law officers are seeking the public’s help through the county Crime Solvers program in their continuing probe of the shooting death on Aug. 24, 2011, of 20-year-old Deandre Agustus Hawkins, found that night with a fatal gunshot wound in his upper torso and seated in a car that had struck a tree on Sell Drive in Lexington Park.

Citizens with information about the case can call detective R.J. McCoy at 301-475-4200, ext. 9119, and also may collect a cash reward of as much as $10,000 by calling Crime Solvers 24 hours a day at 301-475-3333 with information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. They can withhold their name and later collect their reward through a number-identification system.

The Crime Solvers program assists law enforcement in solving open investigations that may not have been closed without the extra incentive of anonymity and an offer of a reward, providing the information leads to an arrest or indictment.

The Crime Solvers board of directors meets at 10 a.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the county’s Northern Senior Center in Charlotte Hall. To be considered for membership on the board, attend a meeting or call the Crime Solvers chairperson at 301-884-5417 for details.

Contributions to the Crime Solvers reward fund can be mailed to St. Mary’s Crime Solvers Inc. at P.O. Box 221, Mechanicsville, MD 20659.

Sheriff welcomes text-message tips

Cell phones and other handheld communication devices can be used to send text messages with tips for the St. Mary’s sheriff’s office, by texting TIP239, plus the message, to CRIMES, numerically 274637. For more information on the text-message program, go online to

Police tips line open

Maryland State Police in Leonardtown operate a Tips Line at 301-475-2936, inviting anyone with information about a crime that has occurred, or they expect may occur, to anonymously report that information 24 hours a day to authorities. Citizens may use the same telephone number to report concerns to police that do not involve criminal activity.