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Attempted knife assault at Walmart alleged

Ofari Holmes, 31, of Leonardtown was jailed in lieu of $7,500 bond on charges including attempted first-degree assault in court papers alleging he confronted another man inside the Walmart store in California on Monday night and swung a knife at him.

A loss prevention employee at the store directed police attention just before 10 p.m. to a car in the parking lot driven by Jonathan Christopher Taylor, who told law officers that Holmes approached him in the store, began causing a disturbance, “brandished a knife and attempted to cut him with it by swinging it in a slashing manner,” St. Mary’s sheriff’s deputy William Wood wrote in a statement of probable cause.

Police found Holmes in the store, court papers state, and he told them that he was approached and yelled at, and that he was almost hit before he took out the pocket knife.

Burglary suspect jailed

A judge ordered Monday that Jamal Dante Parker, 25, of Lexington Park remain in St. Mary’s jail in lieu of $15,000 bond on charging papers alleging he entered a California home on Friday through a rear door and stole items valued at more than $1,800.

Police found Parker with his vehicle in a nearby driveway and charged him with committing a first-degree burglary at Curtis A. Seltzer Jr.’s home off Indian Bridge Road, through the investigation by St. Mary’s sheriff’s deputy Rozier Steinbach.

Drug, gun charges filed

Tyreise Divron Nelson, 20, of Lexington Park was released last week on $50,000 bond after his arrest on charges of a handgun offense and the possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, filed after a motorist ran away from police near Great Mills Road.

Cpl. L.N. Nims of the Maryland State Police chased the driver of the sport-utility vehicle on the morning of March 5 from a Pegg Road access lane to a nearby field and woods, and the fleeing man threw down a handgun and several bags that spewed clouds of white powder, the law officer wrote in a charges application.

As other police arrived, court papers state, Nims went back to the vehicle, found a knotted plastic bag behind the driver’s seat and determined that Nelson was the owner of the vehicle.

Pair charged with handgun offense

Travis Dewayne Burrell, 23, and Amanda Marie Smith, 32, both of Piney Point, were released on $10,000 bond each after their arrest last Thursday on charges of firearms offenses from a state police investigation that morning in Callaway.

Police learned that Burrell was trying to sell a silver-plated Davis Industries 380 handgun without the required paperwork, and that he had said in a text message that he wanted to keep the transaction on the “down low,” according to a charges application filed by Cpl. L.N. Nims.

Burrell was arrested by law officers converging at a rear parking lot of the Callaway Village shopping center, court papers state, and Smith was found in the Volkswagen Beetle that Burrell was driving, along with the handgun and a .22-caliber rifle. The woman was prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a felony domestic-violence conviction from 2003 in South Carolina, court papers state, and police report that both suspects also have an address in Hickory Grove, S.C.

Police called to truck fire

Mechanicsville volunteer firefighters report that they responded last Thursday afternoon to the Wicomico Shores public landing’s pavilion to douse a nearby fire that destroyed a pickup truck and extended into nearby woods.

Firefighters were on the scene for about 30 minutes, and called for law-enforcement officers to further investigate the matter, according to an online report by Sgt. Ryan Raley of the fire department.

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.