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Teens charged with heroin, marijuana possession

Robert Joseph Baker, 19, of Great Mills remained in custody at the St. Mary’s jail Monday in lieu of $10,000 bond after his arrest on charging papers alleging a police search of a motel room in Lexington Park found suspected heroin, marijuana and 55 ecstasy pills.

Baker and Maisie Jayne Farnon, 18, of Tall Timbers were charged with the possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, the possession of heroin, and the possession of drug paraphernalia including a heroin syringe. Farnon was released Friday on $10,000 bond.

Law officers went to the Days Inn last Thursday morning on a call to check on the well-being of the room’s occupants, and police found seven plastic bags of suspected marijuana with a combined weight of more than 90 grams, and a small block of suspected heroin, according to a statement of probable cause filed by Trooper Eric Evans of the Maryland State Police.

Motorist, 64, charged with DUI twice in three hours

Ralph Carter Bellamy, 64, of Lexington Park was released last week from jail on personal recognizance after his arrest on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, the second time he was cited for that offense in a three-hour period.

Bellamy initially was charged with DUI from a traffic stop of a Mazda car at 12:17 a.m. on Feb. 4 on Route 245 in Hollywood, court papers state, and a breath test at the Maryland State Police barrack in Leonardtown showed that Bellamy had a blood-alcohol level of .10 percent. He was released to a sober adult.

At about 3 a.m. that day, court papers state, Trooper E.R. Mersman saw the same car traveling on Route 235 in California, and saw that Bellamy was driving.

When police stopped the car again, Bellamy “advised he was just arrested for DUI, and presented all the paperwork,” court papers state, and another breath test at the barrack showed he had a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent.

Police warn against bogus ransom demands

St. Mary’s sheriff’s deputies issued an alert this week about a scam in which six people reported receiving calls from a man demanding that ransom money be wired to him in exchange for the release of a relative injured in a motor-vehicle accident.

The calls are coming from a number using Maryland’s 301 area code, the sheriff’s office reports, and the scam follows similar activities earlier reported in other states.

Deputies urged anyone receiving a call of that type to not divulge any personal information about themselves or family members, and to immediately call the sheriff’s office at 301-475-4200, ext. 1900.

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.