Fireworks lit off in mailbox

The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating a reported mailbox explosion that occurred in Marbury June 7, according to a press release. An unknown suspect or suspects “intentionally placed and ignited fireworks in the mailbox.” The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Southern Regional Office, at 443-550-6834.

Woman charged with assault

A 60-year-old La Plata woman was arrested Friday after allegedly attempting to stab a man during an argument, according to charging documents.

The report states officers met with the victim at University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center after being called there in response to an earlier assault. The victim was not being treated for reasons related to the alleged assault, according to the report. The victim told police he was in a car with Sharon Marie Barnes when an argument ensued between them. According to the report, Barnes allegedly began hitting the man in the head and attempted to stab him in the chest with a pair of scissors. She then made him exit the vehicle. The victim told police Barnes has allegedly stabbed him previously.

Originally held without bond beginning Friday, Barnes was released on her own recognizance Monday according to online court records. A felony dismissal hearing is scheduled in Charles County District Court on July 10.

Woman arrested for alleged assault

A Waldorf woman was arrested Sunday afternoon and charged in connection with an argument that allegedly turned violent.

According to charging documents, 65-year-old Barbara Ann Powell-Diggs was charged with first- and second-degree assault, intoxicated endangerment, reckless endangerment, theft, robbery, malicious destruction of property and weapons charges related to the incident. The report states that officers were called to a Heathcote Road residence around 12:30 p.m. Sunday for an assault in progress.

At the scene, officers learned an argument that began between Powell-Diggs and the victim the previous night allegedly carried over into Sunday morning. The victim was attempting to leave the home, the report says, when Powell-Diggs allegedly followed him outside and began striking him in the face and head. She allegedly snatched a necklace the victim was wearing off his neck and shortly thereafter went inside and got a butcher knife, which she pointed at the victim. When he fled, Powell-Diggs allegedly slashed two tires on the victim’s vehicle. She allegedly told officers she had “four shots of wine” that morning prior to the incident.

Powell-Diggs was arrested at the scene and taken into custody at the Charles County Detention Center, where she was originally held without bond and later released on her own recognizance Monday morning.

LSD, marijuana found during search of Waldorf home

A Waldorf man was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute and drug possession charges following the execution of a search warrant at his home Friday, according to charging documents.

Circuit Court Judge William Greer signed off on a search warrant for the home of William Lee Beitz Jr. Thursday, according to the report, and the warrant was executed Friday morning. A search of Beitz’s residence allegedly returned 31 sheets of the hallucinogen LSD, 102.36 grams of marijuana and four pills of “suspected Acetaminophen and Oxycodone Hydrochloride.” The LSD has a street value of $310 and the marijuana $2,040, according to the report.

Beitz has a preliminary hearing in Charles County District Court on July 2, according to online court records.

Two charged with drug possession after car accident

Two Nanjemoy women were charged with two counts apiece of drug possession and one with resisting arrest following a traffic accident Friday evening in Pomfret.

Charging documents state officers arrived to the 4100 block of Middletown Road Friday night following a report of a motor vehicle accident. When they arrived, officers saw two vehicles that had gone off the road and were in a ditch. The driver of one of the vehicles, later identified as 23-year-old Stephanie Lorraine Bryant, was allegedly trying to flee the scene as first responders removed three small children from the car. When officers attempted to take Bryant into custody, she allegedly continually tried to evade them and pull her hands away. Bryant and the children were taken for treatment at University of Maryland Charles Medical Center, according to the report.

Officers learned from the other driver involved in the accident that another woman had left the scene on foot shortly after it occurred, according to the report. The woman, 28-year-old Christine Nicole Smoot, was located up the road from the site of the accident shortly thereafter. When officers searched the vehicle, they allegedly found small pieces of folded-up paper containing suspected cocaine, heroin and marijuana, along with corresponding paraphernalia.

Bryant passed a field sobriety test administered at the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, indicating she was not driving while intoxicated. Both women were released on their own recognizance and have an Aug. 6 trial scheduled in Charles County District Court.

Fire marshal protects citizens

The Office of the State Fire Marshal is an agency of the Department of State Police dedicated to helping protect citizens from fires and explosions through a comprehensive program of education, inspection, investigation and fire engineering.

For more information on fire safety, call 1-800-525-3124 or go to

Cash reward offered

For those with information that will lead to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County, Crime Solvers offer rewards up to $1,000. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive will remain anonymous and may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS.

Tips can also be submitted online at or by using the P3Intel mobile app on a smartphone, which can be found in the Android Store and Apple store by searching P3tips.

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