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Boy’s shooting ruled self-inflicted accident

St. Mary’s detectives reported this week that a shooting Friday evening that injured a teenager in a community near Great Mills was the result of a self-inflicted mishap.

The 15-year-old boy arrived at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown with a gunshot wound in his leg, according to law officers, and they responded there to take an initial report on the attack. The teenager was treated at the hospital for his injury, which was not life threatening, detectives report.

Police initially were told that the boy and two other male teenagers were walking in the West Westbury neighborhood at about 7:30 p.m. Friday, when a small passenger vehicle drove by and gunshots were fired from the vehicle toward the teenagers. Detectives reported Monday that their investigation determined that the boy accidentally shot himself while holding a firearm, and that the matter now has been referred to county prosecutors and juvenile services authorities.

Hollywood man accused of taking car

Jerry Allen Simmons Jr., 22, of Hollywood was released Sunday on personal recognizance after he was charged with unlawfully taking a motor vehicle, drunk driving and attempting to elude police during a brief pursuit into Charles County.

Trooper B.M. Weber of the Maryland State Police filed court papers stating she saw the Mazda car repeatedly drift over roadway lane markings as it traveled north on Route 5 shortly after 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, and that its speed rapidly increased in Charlotte Hall before it pulled onto the right shoulder several times, paused briefly on the shoulder and proceeded on to where Simmons got out of the car in Hughesville.

Police were having Simmons attempt a roadside sobriety test, court papers state, when Kelly Ann Stone, the car’s owner, arrived at the scene and said it had been stolen from the parking lot of the Big Dogs Paradise bar in Mechanicsville.

Va. pair charged with taking car in St. Mary’s

Earl Joseph Lee, 22, and John James Makowelski, 38, both of Colonial Beach, Va., have been charged through summonses with unlawfully taking a motor vehicle in court papers alleging they removed a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air last month from a backyard in Mechanicsville.

Lee told police that he and Makowelski were looking for a vehicle to buy in St. Mary’s on the morning of Dec. 3 when they saw the Chevrolet marked for sale and parked along a road, and that Makowelski drove the car to Virginia before he sold it for $600 to Carl Auto Salvage in King George, according to a charges application filed by St. Mary’s sheriff’s Cpl. Joseph Somerville Jr. The salvage business’ owner initiated the police investigation, court papers state, after he learned that the car owned by Harry R.D. Alvey had been reported stolen.

Jewelry theft alleged

Charlie Orbin Carter Jr., 32, of Valley Lee has been charged through a summons with a theft offense in court papers alleging he stole jewelry valued at $550 last November from a residence in California.

The jewelry missing from Sara Frances Shlemon was sold to the Apple Basket store in Mechanicsville, where the store’s owner told police that he had held onto the items in case it turned out that they had been stolen, according to a charges application filed by St. Mary’s sheriff’s deputy J.E. Davis.

Reward offered for tips in cases

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

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