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Man charged with arson

A La Plata man was charged with arson of a family home.

According to a press release from the Office of the State Fire Marshal, on March 15 at 4:30 p.m., multiple Charles County fire departments responded to a reported fire that took place in the 7700 block of Oliver Shop Road.

Upon arrival, firefighters discovered a fire within the home of a sole occupant. The alleged arsonist was identified as Mark Holley, 36.

Deputies from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and detained Holley. Subsequently, deputy state fire marshals requested to conduct an investigation which allegedly determined that Holley ignited a room within the interior of the house.

Holley was then arrested and transported to the Charles County Detention Center where he was charged with first-degree arson. He is currently being held without bond.

If found guilty, Holley faces a maximum 30 years in prison.

Benedict man charged with rape

A Benedict man was arrested and charged with second-degree rape and second-degree assault on March 12.

According to charging documents from Charles County Sheriff’s Office deputy Bringley, Deandre Davis allegedly assaulted and raped the victim.

Officers responded to the Benedict Post Office for the reported sexual assault where the incident allegedly took place.

After flirtatious small talk, Davis allegedly asked the mail worker to come around the counter. The victim opened the door to the customer area and Davis entered the employee area. Davis allegedly began groping the victim and was then asked to stop and was pushed away in the process.

Davis allegedly resisted and continued forcing himself on her. He then allegedly spun her around so her back was against his chest, put his hand down the front side of her pants and penetrated her with his fingers. A customer then pulled into the parking lot, causing him to stop.

Davis then allegedly apologized and walked back into the customer area asking the victim to relax after apologizing. Davis was then taken to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division for questioning.

Davis is currently being held without bond. A preliminary hearing is set for April 7.

Nanjemoy man charged with intent to distribute

A Nanjemoy man was arrested and charged on March 10 for allegedly possessing cocaine in sufficient quantity with the intent to distribute.

According to charging documents from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office deputy Toland, a red Ford Explorer was pulled over to the shoulder on Route 6 near Massey Place. After a few moments, Toland pulled up behind the vehicle.

Toland asked the driver of the vehicle, Bert Carroll, if everything was okay and if he needed any help. Deputy Garrison was called to the scene and recognized Carroll. After Carroll was asked to exit the vehicle, Toland smelled the odor of marijuana and performed a search allegedly recovering marijuana and a glass pipe used to smoke crack cocaine.

Toland then went to search his person and allegedly found individually wrapped bags of a white powdery substance. The substance was then tested and determined to be cocaine.

Carroll was taken to the Charles County Detention center and charged.

Man charged with property destruction

A Clinton man was arrested on March 7 and charged with two counts of destruction of property after allegedly maliciously damaging a black Nissan Altima and five electric porch lamps.

According to charging documents from Charles County Sheriff’s Office deputy Tyler, officers responded to Goshawk Place for a reported destruction of property. Upon arrival, officers made contact with a victim who was arriving home from dinner.

Upon the victims arrival at home, property was noticeably destroyed on the front porch and the back patio. The defendant, Keith Matthis, advised officers that his vehicle had been damaged.

Officers spoke to neighbors in the area who said the defendant admitted to damaging the vehicle. At that moment, Matthis was placed under arrest and taken to the Charles County Detention Center where he allegedly admitted to the property destruction.

The total cost of the destruction is reported as $1,000.

Mechanicsville woman charged with resisting arrest

A Mechanicsville woman was determined to be impaired, was arrested and subsequently charged with resisting arrest after an incident that allegedly took place Sunday.

Charging documents from Charles County Sheriff’s Office deputy Chamblee stated that officers responded to Gallery Place for a possible intoxicated driver. The passenger Brianna Boatman, 18, allegedly appeared to have thrown up and urinated on herself, unable to carry on a conversation.

After exiting the vehicle, Boatman entered the Apartments of St. Charles. Boatman was later found banging on an apartment door on the bottom floor of the complex and screaming.

Chamblee advised her to go back to her vehicle, as someone was on their way to assist her. Approximately 10 minutes later, she started yelling, disturbing the apartment residents in the process. After several attempts to place her under arrest, Boatman was wrestled to the ground and taken to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office.

Washington woman charged with theft

A Washington, D.C., woman was charged with theft of a 2019 Nissan Sentra from Enterprise Car Rental in Washington, D.C. The incident allegedly took place at 8:31 p.m. on March 6.

Charging documents from Charle’s County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Harris states that Harris used his License Plate Reader System and the alarm sounded for a stolen vehicle. Additional units were called to the scene.

The defendant, Kariah Shepherd, claims she had no idea the vehicle was stolen, stating she allegedly purchased it from a friend for $1,000.

The car has a total value of $11,000

Waldorf man charged with drug trafficking

A Waldorf man was charged with drug trafficking with intent to distribute as well as possession of a regulated firearm and illegal possession of ammunition. The incident allegedly took place on March 8.

Charging documents from Charles County Sheriff’s Office deputy Wagner, a red Dodge Charger was observed passing several vehicles. The vehicle had a Virginia temporary license plate and allegedly a strong odor of marijuana.

The driver, Taejon Gray, told Wagner he had a gun inside the vehicle. Gray was then placed in handcuffs. A vehicle search allegedly returned a handgun with 10 rounds, 40.6 grams of marijuana, a digital scale and $111.

MORGAN DUNLOP

Man arrested for alleged assault on family

A Waldorf man was arrested March 8 and charged with two counts of second-degree assault after allegedly assaulting his wife and daughter.

According to charging documents from Charles County Sheriff’s Office deputy Knight, shortly before 9 p.m., officers responded to Cochise Court for a reported assault in progress. Upon arrival, officers made contact with a victim who advised that she and her daughter were assaulted by her husband, Joseph Lorenzo Thomas, 57.

The victim stated that she was having an argument with Thomas regarding her daughter. Thomas was allegedly saying hurtful things to the victims, so they removed themselves from the argument and were followed by Thomas. Thomas allegedly grabbed the victim by the arm to stop her from walking away, while the victim began crying and asked Thomas multiple times to let her go.

The victim’s daughter was allegedly in her room when she heard arguing and attempted to exit the room. Thomas allegedly became irate, yelled profanities and lunged toward the victim’s daughter. The victim attempted to block Thomas from her daughter, but Thomas allegedly began to grab her daughter by the neck and choke her.

The victim attempted to pull Thomas away from her daughter, but was unsuccessful and was pushed to the ground by Thomas. Police were called and Thomas allegedly stopped attacking both victims and walked outside the residence. Thomas allegedly said he had been drinking and was unhappy about the living situation.

Thomas was released on his own recognizance on March 9 and his trial is scheduled for April 24.

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 on a smartphone, which can be found in the Android and Apple stores by searchingP3tips.

Fire marshal protects

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.

Sheriff’s office established in 1658

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service law enforcement agency comprised of more than 600 police, corrections and civilian personnel responsible for protecting more than 160,000 residents. The sheriff’s office was accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies in 2001 and has been designated as a CALEA Gold Standard of Excellence agency since 2011. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visit www.ccso.us.

RYAN VOLLAND

LINDSAY RENNER-WOOD

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