Woman accused of locking children on apartment’s balcony
A woman at a Lexington Park apartment was charged with two counts of neglect of a minor on Monday on allegations her children were locked on the balcony for four hours, charging documents say.
Charging documents allege police arrived at a Cameo Lane address and saw a 13-year-old boy locked outside on an upstairs balcony one evening late last month, with no shoes on and a thin jacket in 40-degree weather.
The boy “stated he was not allowed inside the residence for approximately four hours,” charging documents say, and remained in clothing he had urinated upon because he was not allowed to use the bathroom.
“Investigation revealed the child … has behavioral issues and at the direction of his mother … is restricted to the outside balcony when an adult is not at the residence,” charging documents allege.
A 16-year-old boy at the residence allegedly told police he and his brother “must remain outside on a daily basis and are left with blankets, food and water, but had to remain on the balcony until they were advised to come back inside,” according to the documents.
And the homeowner said the 13-year-old “has behavioral issues and as his punishment he is kept outside for hours regardless of the temperature,” the documents say.
The children’s mother, Irma Brown, 54, allegedly said she “keeps the children outside because they are not trusted without adults home watching them,” charging documents say, and explained “anyone watching them is directed to follow guidelines set forth by her to include withholding use of facilities when needed.”
Troopers charge teen for starter pistol in vehicle
An 18-year-old man was released from his detention on a $3,000 bond on Wednesday on charges which allege he possessed a starter pistol in his glove box.
A statement of probable cause filed by Trooper Kevin Bauer alleges he responded to a reported suspicious vehicle early Wednesday morning, and on arrival Maryland State Police Detective Sgt. Jeffery Linger had possession of a Kimar .380-caliber starter pistol that had been located in the vehicle, which Linger alleged had been sitting in the Wildewood community park parking lot with headlights on and the car running.
The vehicle’s operator, Jash Patel of California, was handcuffed and a search of his vehicle yielded marijuana wax residue, charging documents say.
The documents say that Patel “openly admitted that the firearm was fake and that it was his friend’s,” adding that “he had told his friend three days ago” to take the firearm.
Patel was charged with possession of a handgun in a vehicle and possession of a handgun while underage.
Man indicted for alleged bar robbery in Callaway
A St. Mary’s grand jury indicted Rex D. Reese, 48, this week on allegations he robbed Abell’s Tavern on New Year’s Eve this year, at one point allegedly brandishing a knife at bar employees.
Charging documents allege Reese was seen in video footage approaching the Callaway bar and placing a white cloth around his face.
The eight-count bill charges Reese with one count of armed robbery, three counts of robbery, two counts of second-degree assault and two counts of attempted theft.
Sterling to be sworn in today at courthouse as deputy state’s attorney
Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Jaymi Sterling will be sworn in as a deputy state’s attorney this morning, Friday, joining the current deputy state’s attorney, Theodore Weiner, in that position.
An announcement of her promotion last Friday adds that the prosecutor will continue to work her caseload of overdose deaths and violent felonies, as well as appear on behalf of St. Mary’s State’s Attorney Richard Fritz (R).
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.
Sheriff posts crime news
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 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 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’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.
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.
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 email@example.com, and police investigators can be followed on Facebook at CED-Central South.