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Shotgun blast outside motel alleged

Robert M. Hirschberg, 35, of Mechanicsville was released this week on $3,500 bond following his arrest on a charge of reckless endangerment alleging he fired a shotgun into the air last Saturday evening in the parking lot of the Charlotte Hall Motel.

An off-duty St. Mary’s sheriff’s deputy saw someone fire the weapon and go back into a motel room; additional officers arrived and found three people in the room including Hirschberg, identified by the off-duty lawman as the shooter, according to a statement of probable cause filed by sheriff’s Cpl. Shaun Carberry. Police found five long guns in the room, including two shotguns.

Hirschberg admitted discharging the round of “birdshot,” charging papers state, and he also was charged with two intoxication offenses in the court papers alleging a preliminary breath test indicated that he had a blood-alcohol level of .26 percent.

A public defender said at a court hearing Monday that Hirschberg has given up drinking because of its consequences.

“You mean as of yesterday?” St. Mary’s District Court Judge Christy H. Chesser asked.

“Saturday night, I just had a couple,” Hirschberg said.

Loveville man charged with burglary, assault

Marlo Lionel Herbert Sr., 34, of Loveville was released this week on $3,500 bond following his arrest on charging papers alleging he forced his way into a former girlfriend’s home in Mechanicsville on Nov. 20 and chased her outside to Hills Drive, where he pushed her to the ground.

Herbert was charged with committing a third-degree burglary and second-degree assault on Vicky Diann Fuller, through the investigation by Trooper Eric Reuschling of the Maryland State Police. Herbert also was charged with violating a protective order that he have no contact with the woman.

Reward offered for tips on stabbing

Law officers are seeking the public’s help through the Crime Solvers program in their probe of an Oct. 10 break-in and attempted robbery carried out by unknown culprits at a home on Village Court in Great Mills where three occupants were assaulted, including a woman, a child with special needs and a man who was repeatedly stabbed and severely injured during a struggle with the intruders.

Citizens with information about this case can call detectives at 301-475-4200, ext. 9119, or collect a cash reward by calling St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers 24 hours a day at 301-475-3333. 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 www.smscrimetips.com.

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.

JOHN WHARTON