Learning how fire behaves

Learning how fire behaves

Leonardtown volunteer firefighters conduct a flashover training at the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday morning. An online post from the Leonardtown fire department says that the training “allows firefighters to further their skills and understanding of fire behavior.”

Lexington Park man accused of cutting wife with pocket knife during argument

A Lexington Park man was charged with first-degree assault and reckless endangerment on allegations that he cut his wife’s hand with a pocket knife, leaving an inch-deep wound.

Michael Andrea Johnson, 38, was arrested after police spoke to his wife in the hospital, where she received stitches on her hand, according to charging documents filed by Deputy Alvin Beishline of the St. Mary’s sheriff’s office.

The documents say the woman told police Johnson pulled out the approximately 5-inch-long blade during the course of an argument, and “began stating he was going to kill her,” then cut her left hand, leaving a laceration “approximately 3 inches long and 1 inch deep.” The documents say the woman “believed she was going to die and feared for her life” during the altercation.

In the hospital’s waiting room, charging documents say that Johnson told police the woman was “playing with his pocket knife” when she accidentally stabbed herself.

Man charged with littering over 100 pounds of furniture outside business

A Great Mills man was charged with littering over 100 pounds last Thursday on allegations that he left multiple items of furniture outside of a business in October.

Charging documents allege that an employee of JWE Electric on Great Mills Road contacted police and showed them surveillance video of a man pulling his “very unique” truck behind the business and unloading a beige love seat, a black office chair and a pillow off of the bed of his truck, and left.

Police later made contact with David Warren Cole, 58, of Great Mills, the owner of the truck, who told police he had left the items there because a man named “Joe” owned a business there and wanted the items, and that he could not provide “Joe’s” full name or business name, according to charging documents.

Leonardtown man accused of violating court’s protective order twice again

A Leonardtown man who was arrested and held without bond on allegations that he violated a protective order by staying at his wife’s residence after being release from jail earlier this month, has been charged with two additional counts of violating a protective order.

Charging documents allege that Gilbert Estevez, 30, violated the protective order, which was put in place against him when he was accused of raping a minor child within the house in September, contacted a mutual friend of his twice since his detention, asking her to contact his wife and ask her questions about the family.

The protective order, signed by Circuit Judge Christy Holt Chesser in September, prevents Estevez from having contact with his wife and minor children within the household. That protective order expires in September of 2020.

Estevez was charged with two counts of violating a protective order in this case.

Estevez’s rape case was dismissed earlier this month after charges were not filed in the circuit court before a Nov. 8 deadline.

Maryland State Police say they will boost patrols over Thanksgiving holiday weekend

The Maryland State Police will be increasing traffic patrols over the Thanksgiving holiday, according to a release from the state police.

Troopers will begin focusing enforcement on “impaired driving, aggressive driving, speeding, distracted driving, and other violations that contribute to highway tragedies” beginning on Wednesday, according to the release.

The release also says that the troopers will be saturating areas “known to have a higher frequency of impaired driving arrests or crashes.”

DAN BELSON

Sheriff posts crime news on blog

The St. Mary’s sheriff’s office posts news and information on incidents and arrests, including photographs of suspects, online at http://firstsheriff.blogspot.com.

The sheriff’s office also posts surveillance images and other information on the website when the public’s assistance is being sought during ongoing investigations, and the website’s links include access to NIXLE alerts and sheriff’s office Twitter posts.

Email addresses can be entered on the website, to receive a daily sheriff’s office summary of information.

In addition, the sheriff’s office posts photos on Instagram, under the username stmaryssheriff, along with the agency’s ongoing entries on its Facebook page.

Sheriff’s office offers online reporting option

The St. Mary’s sheriff’s office offers citizens a web-based method to report minor crimes where there is no information about a suspect or other investigative leads. The system can be used to report any suspicious incidents, lost property, theft or vandalism.

Citizens can go online to www.firstsheriff.com/citizenreport, or through the sheriff’s office website at www.firstsheriff.com.

When no suspect is known or seen in connection with these incidents, the sheriff’s office urges residents to use the online reporting system, including in cases involving missing cellphones, wallets and other items of value.

If information about a suspect is known, residents should continue to call the sheriff’s office’s non-emergency line at 301-475-8008, for a deputy to be dispatched to take a report of the incident. As always, if there is an emergency, a crime in progress, or an immediate need for medical assistance, dial 911.

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.

Contributions to the St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers reward fund can be mailed to St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers Inc. at P.O. Box 221, Mechanicsville, MD 20659. St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers Inc. is a designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The full amount of gifts is tax deductible to the extent of the law, since no goods or services were provided in relation to the contribution.

St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers Inc. does not receive any taxpayer dollars to help in its efforts. All money is raised through Crime Solvers’ fundraising efforts, and donations from businesses and the public.

Sheriff welcomes text-message tips

Cellphones 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 410-257-4925 or 888-210-1450, 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.

Information also can be submitted by email to centralsouth@maryland.gov, and police investigators can be followed on Facebook at CED-Central South.