Backing up traffic in La Plata

An accident at the intersection of U.S. 301 and Mitchell Road temporarily snarled traffic heading into La Plata and points south Friday morning. Maryland State Police reported that two cars were involved. No injuries were reported.

Forestville man indicted for Waldorf porch explosion

A Forestville man was indicted May 31 in Charles County Circuit Court for his alleged role in an April 25 explosion at a Waldorf home.

Rashad Leon Board, 24, is charged with three counts each of attempted first and second-degree murder, possession of a destructive device, three counts of reckless endangerment, harassment, malicious destruction of property valued at more than $1,000 and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. Two charges brought against Board in District Court — extortion and disturbing the peace — were not listed in the indictment.

The Maryland Independent previously reported Board allegedly left a device that later exploded on the porch of a woman with whom he was going through a breakup, charging documents stated at the time.

Officials from the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office and Charles County Sheriff’s Office, along with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, responded to the home around 1:20 a.m. to investigate a reported explosion. While examining the scene, CCSO officers told officials from the fire marshal’s office that they had seen signs of a detonation and had packaged the evidence for inspection. The front door, the report says, had signs of “blast damage associated with an explosive device being initiated.” A nearby window shattered and had a bent frame, and about 2 feet from the door was “a scorch mark in the shape of a star pattern on the concrete.” Debris was lodged in the roof and scattered around nearby.

One of the residents told officers he had been upstairs when he heard a noise like lightning outside, but “didn’t think much of the sound.” The damage was discovered when his daughter, the alleged target, returned home and saw it, according to the report.

Originally held without bond, Board was released from custody on $50,000 bond April 30, online court records show. Board has an initial appearance in Circuit Court scheduled for June 28.

Man charged with burglary of empty Waldorf apartment

A 23-year-old Fort Washington man was arrested after police allegedly caught him fleeing the scene of a vacant apartment he’d broken into, according to charging documents.

Charging documents state officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Adams Crossing development in Waldorf around 1 p.m. Tuesday. A property manager there told police it was suspected someone had “made entry into the” vacant unit that had recently been cleaned and re-painted, as it was full of fast food trash and ash, along with a white trash bag full of clothes.

When officers went to the apartment to investigate, no one was found inside but “the front door was unlocked and the back door latch was stuck as if the handle was being twisted.” Shortly thereafter, the officer allegedly observed “two black males jumping over the fenced in patio” in the back of the apartment. The report states that as the defendant, later identified as Monte Terrell Ball, was attempting to jump the fence he was caught. Ball allegedly was carrying a bag of clothes officers had seen in the apartment.

Ball was charged with two counts of third-degree burglary and one count of malicious destruction of property and taken to the Charles County Detention Center, where he was held on $5,000 bond that was posted May 29.

Student held in alleged school robbery, assault

An 18-year-old student at the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center was arrested May 30 for an alleged assault and robbery that took place at the school, according to charging documents.

The documents state that officers responded to the school around 11:30 a.m. for a report that a student “had been jumped in the bathroom and had a dislocated shoulder.” The victim told officers that the defendant, Jadiss Bruce Allen Adney, and another juvenile co-defendant followed him into a bathroom, where both grabbed him and took $100 from him. The victim fought back, he told officers, at which point “one grabbed his right arm, and pulled it back, causing him to lose feeling in his arm.”

When officers went to place Adney under arrest, the report says, “the defendant was continuously jerking away from our grasp, swinging his elbows in our direction and trying to go back into the school.” While resisting, the report says, Adney allegedly hit an officer, bending his thumb backward “possibly causing dislocation.”

In connection to this case, Adney was taken to the Charles County Detention Center and charged with resisting arrest, disturbing school operations, disorderly conduct, robbery, theft of less than $100 in value, second-degree assault on law enforcement and first and second-degree assault. Online court records show his bond was set at $2,500 on May 31. A felony dismissal hearing is scheduled for June 28 in Charles County District Court.

Adney was also charged with second-degree assault and theft of less than $100 in value in an unrelated matter on May 18, according to online court records, and has a preliminary hearing June 24 in regard to that case.

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 mdsp.maryland.gov/firemarshal/Pages/StateFireMarshal.aspx.

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 www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app, which can be found in the Android Store and Apple store by searching P3tips.

LINDSAY RENNER-WOOD

Twitter: @LindsayIndyNews