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Burglary suspect released

Eric R. Holt Sr., 43, of Mechanicsville was released on $5,000 bond after his arrest this week on charges including first-degree burglary from an alleged break-in at a former girlfriend’s apartment in Lexington Park.

St. Mary’s 911 dispatchers received a call Sunday from Terri Reagan that she had locked herself in her bathroom because an intruder was in her home off Willows Road, court papers state, and responding police were forcing their way through a sliding glass door when they saw a man run out the front door.

Holt was apprehended and detained without incident, and Reagan told police that she was watching the Super Bowl when Holt twice beat on her front door before he got inside through the glass door, according to a statement of probable cause filed by St. Mary’s sheriff’s deputy Trevor Teague.

Man indicted for oxycodone, gun

Chad Richard Rison, 27, of Leonardtown faces arraignment later this month on an indictment charging him with possessing oxycodone with the intent to distribute the drug last October in Leonardtown.

St. Mary’s grand jurors also charged Rison with unlawfully possessing a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.

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