Man pleads guilty to shooting roof, wall
A 22-year-old Waldorf man entered a plea of guilty to a first-degree assault charge on Wednesday afternoon in a case where he was accused of firing a gun at a Charlotte Hall residence.
In the early-morning hours of May 4, Joseph Matthew Lockard was seen holding a gun by a family friend who was cleaning out his car, according to a statement of charges filed by Deputy Austin Schultz of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office. That friend then heard shooting which “sounded so fast he assumed there were two firearms,” and heard a truck leaving which had a “distinct sound” that he identified as Lockard’s vehicle.
The charges noted multiple bullet holes were located on the roof of the residence, in the siding, and on the window, and projectiles were found “in various locations on the residence,” in which nine people were inside.
A co-defendant, Tray Ogg, was also charged via a criminal summons on allegations that he pushed the man onto the ground before the shots were fired. Lockard is awaiting a sentencing hearing. The case was prosecuted by senior Assistant State’s Attorney Jaymi Sterling.
Woman charged with drug, weapon possession
A third individual has been identified and charged in connection with a search warrant executed in September, where two arrests were made on allegations that drugs and firearms were located in a house.
On Sept. 13, Maryland State Police troopers conducted a search warrant on a Lexington Park home off of Ronald Drive, where Joshua A. Mason and Davante D. Brooks were detained and later held without bond in the county detention center. Their cases are pending transmittal to the circuit courthouse.
A woman, Lawanda Bertina Ford, was seen exiting the house and was detained and later released, according to charging documents, which now allege that in the last week of July, a confidential informant working with police contacted Mason to purchase a quantity of heroin, which was allegedly delivered at a predetermined location in Lexington Park by Ford, who the informant told police is Mason’s wife.
During the September search, police allegedly found a handgun which was reported stolen, a 12-gauge shotgun, and a blender containing cocaine.
Charges against Ford were filed in the district court Tuesday, including possession with intent to distribute of cocaine, manufacturing cocaine, firearm possession in relation to a drug trafficking crime, and possession of controlled dangerous substances.
Man accused of causing disturbance at hospital
A 23-year-old California man was charged with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct on allegations that he made death threats and struck a police officer at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital.
Charging documents allege Dequan Morgan “made threats to kill all officers and hospital staff” in the hospital’s emergency room, then allegedly attempted to leave his room, took an “aggressive stance” and struck Cpl. Scott Ruest in the arm.
Sheriff posts crime news and information 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.
Reward offered for tips
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and police investigators can be followed on Facebook at CED-Central South.