Going to the dogs

Going to the dogs

St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron (R), left, Jay Lipoff and Sgt. Harold Young mark a donation on Aug. 12 made by Lipoff, owner of Back at Your Best Chiropractic and Physical Therapy in California, to the sheriff’s office K-9 unit.

Lexington Park pair accused of assaulting woman, roommate during home invasion

Cassidy Howard and Tevin Greer, two Lexington Park residents, have been charged with assault after allegedly being involved in a large fight at an apartment on Hilton Drive. According to court documents, a large group of people followed Blake Howard to her apartment as she was coming home one evening.

The documents say that Blake Howard and her roommate, Carmen Hancock, told police that Cassidy Howard, 19, and Greer, 25, along with “a large group” of other unidentifiable individuals, proceeded to enter the building as Hancock opened the door. They then alleged that Cassidy Howard and Greer proceeded to physically attack the roommates. The report states Blake Howard told police “there were so many people there she did not remember everyone who hit her.”

According to the documents, a witness stated there were “approximately 10 people up and downstairs.”

The court documents say that Cassidy Howard and Greer told police that “it was just the two of them” and that they had gone to confront Hancock over infidelity issues. Cassidy Howard had “claimed to be assaulted by the victims,” according to the documents, and Greer “was trying to get the victims off … Cassidy Howard.” Blake Howard and Hancock were charged on Monday with second-degree assault.

Cassidy Howard and Greer face charges of home invasion, third-degree burglary, and second-degree assault. Cassidy Howard was released on house arrest, and may not contact Blake Howard, Hancock or Greer and may not discuss the incident on social media, according to the state’s attorney’s office. Greer was also released on Thursday and may not contact anybody involved in the incident or discuss it online.

Lexington Park man charged with using false name while being on sex offender list

Frederick T. Smith, a 39 year-old man who resides in Lexington Park, was charged with falsely identifying himself to police and failing to register himself as a sex offender, after an incident that allegedly occurred Saturday night.

Smith, who had allegedly moved from North Carolina to Lexington Park approximately two months ago, reportedly identified himself to officers as “Richard Lawrence” and claimed that he did not have any form of identification, according to court documents.

The documents state that Smith was then searched, and a prescription bottle addressed to him was found along with his North Carolina drivers license and an inmate ID.

Smith “is a non-expiring sex offender and should have registered with St. Mary’s County within 10 days of his arrival,” according to the documents. The report says that his home county has “made recent unsuccessful attempts to locate [Smith] to confirm his residency.”

According to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, Smith was convicted of sexual battery in 2008. He is being held without bond at the St. Mary’s County Detention Center in Leonardtown.

California barricade ends peacefully

A police barricade near Locust Ridge Road in the Wildewood community of California was declared at about 1:56 p.m. on Thursday after St. Mary’s sheriff’s deputies and state police responded to a reported armed suicidal subject.

The barricade lasted for over five hours as police and crisis negotiators from the sheriff’s office attempted to communicate with the individual, who surrendered to law enforcement at 7:07 p.m. that evening, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.

According to the release, the individual was taken to an area hospital for emergency evaluation.

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

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

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.

The sheriff’s office has described the online reporting system as a valuable adjunct to direct contact with the sheriff’s office in situations where the citizen reporting the offense does not know who committed the crime. The new program saves crime victims time when reporting a minor offense, according to the sheriff, and it allows deputies to perform their investigations more efficiently.

Citizens can access the reporting system by going online to www.firstsheriff.com/citizenreport, or through the sheriff’s office website at www.firstsheriff.com. For more information, call 301-475-8008.

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.

DAN BELSON

DAN BELSON