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Robbery suspect charged

Christopher Bryan Cox, 28, of Leonardtown has been charged through a summons with robbery in court papers alleging he got out of a pickup truck last week in a California neighborhood, repeatedly punched another man in the head and stole a backpack and a cellphone.

Maryland State Police went shortly after midnight on the morning of Jan. 15 to Bellwood Lane, where Andrew Steven Turkovich Jr., 20, told police that he was walking to his home when the robbery occurred, according to a charges application filed by Trooper E. T. Reuschling. Turkovich had cuts and bruises on his face.

Theft from restaurant alleged

Michael Allen Bassford, 44, of Mechanicsville has been charged through a summons with a theft offense in court papers alleging he stole $1,997 last month from an Arby’s restaurant in Charlotte Hall while he worked there as a general manager.

Bassford told police that he spotted a back door left open at the business on the morning of Dec. 14, court papers state, and that he later discovered that deposit bags and cash were missing from a safe.

An assistant manager told police that Bassford had a plastic bag under a jacket when he came out the back door of the business and put them in his car, according to a charges application filed by Sgt. Richard Hill of the St. Mary’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations. Bassford told police that he had only the jacket and possibly a pack of cigarettes.

Barricade ends with trip to hospital

St. Mary’s sheriff’s deputies report that a 44-year-old man was taken to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital for an emergency mental evaluation after he was taken into custody at the end of a standoff with police that took place last Wednesday night, Jan. 16, at a home on Kearsarge Place in Lexington Park.

Police surrounded the home after the man threatened to kill his family and himself, the sheriff’s office reports, and a handgun and shotgun eventually were taken from the home when he was apprehended. The man’s name was not released by the sheriff’s office, and no charges were reported.

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

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.