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Baby monitor blamed in house fire

The electrical malfunction of a baby monitor caused a house fire at 26815 Fowler Court in Mechanicsville on Tuesday, the Maryland state fire marshal’s office reported. There were no injuries or deaths reported in the fire, which burned the basement of the house, causing $20,000 in damage to the home and $5,000 in property losses.

It took five minutes for 20 volunteer firefighters from Mechanicsville, Hughesville and 7th District to control the blaze. The family was assisted by family members, the fire marshal’s office reported.

Second-degree assault alleged

A Lexington Park man was charged with second-degree assault Sunday after deputies responded to a residence on Glouchester Court for a report for a disturbance, according to the St. Mary’s sheriff’s office.

Carroll Michael Milburn, 29 of Lexington Park was engaged in a verbal dispute with the victim which allegedly escalated into a physical assault when Milburn struck the victim in the face, ribs and head, according to the sheriff’s office.

Man arrested while removing belongings

Deputies were keeping watch Feb. 10 as Joseph Aloysius Curtis, 49, of Great Mills removed personal belonging from a residence. According to police reports, Curtis was told that any property with disputed ownership must be left at the residence. Curtis became upset and was asked to leave the residence, police said. Once outside, Curtis allegedly assaulted a man by pushing him in the chest. Deputies witnessed the assault, and Curtis was arrested and charged with second-degree assault, according to police.

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.