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Second suspect charged with gun at party

Traevon Dale Medley, 19, of Mechanicsville has been released on $75,000 bond following his arrest last week on a charge of first-degree assault in court papers alleging he pointed a handgun at people during a party this month where a man was shot in the back.

St. Mary’s sheriff’s detectives earlier obtained assault and reckless endangerment charges against Eric D. Burgess, 21, of Bushwood in court papers alleging witnesses identified him as the shooter who fired shots into a garage on Feb. 9 at the home on Jenny Lynn Lane in Clements, striking Matthew Taylor Bryant. Police report that the 23-year-old injured man was treated at a hospital and released.

Burgess, also listed as having an Oxon Hill address, was arrested last week and released last Thursday on $5,000 bond.

Burglary suspect jailed

A judge ordered Monday that Aaron Jamal Hudson, 18, of Lexington Park remain jailed in lieu of $3,500 bond on charging papers alleging he broke into a home on Friday, resisted arrest, disturbed the peace and repeatedly failed to obey police.

Hudson was charged with committing a third-degree burglary at Triaa Ann Burtis’ home on North Essex Drive, and he tried to break free from a responding law officer and run away, according to a statement of probable cause filed by Trooper Rhett Jackson of the Maryland State Police.

Two charged with burglary

Brandon Robert McMillan, 20, of Leonardtown and Tracy Evan Hemsley, 18, of Lexington Park were released on bond after their arrest last week on charging papers alleging they broke into a Great Mills area home on the night of Feb. 17, destroying a kitchen window.

The two suspects were charged with committing a first-degree burglary at Dennis Jack Hubscher’s residence off Chancellor’s Run Road. Hubscher told police he was walking upstairs when he heard the glass breaking, according to a statement of probable cause filed by St. Mary’s sheriff’s deputy Brandy Weber.

Hemsley also was charged with the possession of marijuana.

Woman accused of theft offense

Joyce Dawn Ferrell, 41, of Indian Head has been charged through a summons with a theft offense in the stealing of a chain saw, leaf blower, miter saw, skill saw, watch and diamond anniversary band last month from a Hollywood residence.

The items were reported missing on Jan. 12 from Michael Edward Obrien’s home off McIntosh Road, and the three saws were sold by the suspect to the All Pawn business in Waldorf, according to a charges application filed by sheriff’s deputy J.E. Davis.

Drug suspects charged

A judge set a $10,000 bond requirement Monday for the pretrial release of James Louis Clarke, 32, of Lexington Park on an indictment charging him with the possession of oxycodone with the intent to distribute last November in Charlotte Hall.

A public defender said in court that Clarke had a prescription for the 120 pills allegedly found during the investigation by narcotics investigators.

In a separate matter, Robert Alan Mandley Sr., 54, of Huntingtown was charged through a summons with possessing a counterfeit prescription for oxycodone, and court papers allege it was rejected last October in St. Mary’s at Tidewater Pharmacy and St. John’s Pharmacy.

In addition, Manuel Joseph Moreland, 56, of North Beach was charged through a summons with possessing a counterfeit prescription for oxycodone, which court papers state he unsuccessfully tried to have filled last July in St. Mary’s at Tidewater Pharmacy.

Drivers ticketed in traffic crackdown

Sheriff’s deputies taking part in two traffic enforcement operations last week report that 23 motorists were ticketed Thursday evening on Great Mills Road, and 34 citations were issued Saturday evening on Route 5 in Leonardtown.

Maryland State Police assisted in the crackdown on violators at the two locations, to deter speeding and aggressive driving.

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.