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Drug suspects indicted

A St. Mary’s judge set a bond requirement Monday of $10,000 for the pretrial release of Lona Lee Plumb, 43, of Mechanicsville after her arrest on an indictment charging her with the possession of oxycodone last June in Hollywood with the intent to distribute the drug. Grand jurors also charged Plumb with unlawfully removing a label on a prescription drug.

In a separate matter, James Melvin Butler, 48, of Lexington Park was released last Thursday on 10 percent of $2,500 bond after his arrest on an indictment charging him with the possession of cocaine last August in Lexington Park with the intent to distribute the drug.

Two hurt in foggy crash

Seventh District volunteer firefighters report that occupants from each of two vehicles involved in a crash Saturday morning amid foggy conditions on Route 234 near Clements were taken to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown to be treated for injuries from the crash.

St. Mary’s 911 dispatchers initially received calls shortly after 8:30 a.m. that day that several accidents had occurred, involving as many as seven vehicles, but “further investigation [revealed] the callers were hearing vehicles locking up their brakes to avoid the collision, and no other vehicles were involved,” 7th District Fire Chief J.A. Nelson wrote in an online report.

Burglary alleged

Joseph Deontay Jenkins, 19, of Lexington Park was released Friday on $10,000 bond after his arrest on charging papers alleging he committed a burglary at an apartment last week, and tried to commit a burglary at another residence.

St. Mary’s sheriff’s deputies responded Nov. 27 to Indian Way off Great Mills Road, court papers state, where Melissa Hawkins reported seeing a male teenager leaning in her front door, and Hope Dyson reported that her children had detected that someone had been trying to open their front door.

No DUI charges filed in checkpoint

St. Mary’s sheriff’s deputies report checking on 706 motorists Friday during a sobriety checkpoint on Route 5 in Charlotte Hall, where one motorist was temporarily detained and released after passing a field sobriety test.

Seven other motorists were stopped, the sheriff’s office reports, and they received citations or warnings for infractions ranging from minor motor-vehicle violations to driving while suspended.

Reward offered for tips on theft

St. Mary’s law officers are seeking the public’s help through the county Crime Solvers program in their probe of the Nov. 28 theft of a bottle of liquor by a man who entered D.J.’s One Stop Shop in Mechanicsville and left the area in silver Saturn sport-utility vehicle.

Citizens with information about unsolved crimes in St. Mary’s can 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

Cellphones 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.