Decorating with heart

Decorating with heart

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office corrections staff earlier this week visit the St. Mary’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Leonardtown to present Valentine’s Day decorations. Pictured are Cfc. Steven Vandevander, left, CO Jonathan Rosado, Sgt. Jeffrey Knight and Sgt. Sherry Harrison along with Ruby Slade and Phil Woodburn, residents of the center.

Man, 24, accused of handgun in vehicle and fleeing scene

2020欧联杯预测A Hampton, Va., man is facing several misdemeanors and one felony charge on allegations he possessed a loaded handgun while driving in Lexington Park on Tuesday night.

A charges statement filed by deputy Robert Chase of the St. Mary’s sheriff’s office says Melvin Jones, 24, was pulled over for not wearing a seat belt in the Pegg Road/Ronald Drive area of Lexington Park, and officers allegedly smelled burning marijuana.

Jones allegedly first identified himself as “Eric Jones” and began running away, and when detained, officers noticed a handgun protruding from his pants which was found to be a Glock .22-caliber pistol with a loaded magazine inside.

Police later found that Jones is prohibited from owning firearms due to a previous conviction, charging documents say.

Lexington Park diver charged with theft of oysters

Natural resource officers filed charges this week against a man accused of diving for oysters at Deep Cove in Smith Creek in January, charging documents say.

The documents accuse George H. Russell, 49, of Lexington Park who was near a work boat named Golden Eye, of harvesting oysters in an active aquaculture lease area.

Officers arrived as Russell was underwater, charging papers say, and he later allegedly surfaced and returned to the boat with “several oysters in a bag,” handing them to a codefendant who has not been charged.

An officer spoke to the lease’s owner, who confirmed nobody was allowed to harvest oysters on his lease bottom, charging documents in the case say.

2020欧联杯预测Russell allegedly told natural resource officers he had checked the natural resources website and did not see the area was listed as an aquaculture lease.

Twenty-one bushels of oysters were seized, and Russell was charged with theft between $100 and $1,500 in addition to several natural resources violations.

Woman accused of assaulting her roommate

A Lexington Park woman was jailed and later released on allegations she assaulted her roommate in a dispute over an electric bill.

Charging documents accuse Diane F. Pratt, 23, of assaulting her 62-year-old roommate, who was allegedly observed with a bleeding lip. Pratt allegedly told police her roommate was “sizing her up” and she “defended herself” after he grabbed her jacket.

The roommate alleged to police Pratt had grabbed him by the chain on his neck and threw him on the steps, charging documents say.

Sheriff posts crime news, info on blog

2020欧联杯预测The St. Mary’s sheriff’s office posts news and information on incidents and arrests, including photographs of suspects, online at .

2020欧联杯预测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.

Agency offers online reporting option

2020欧联杯预测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 , or through the sheriff’s office website at .

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.

2020欧联杯预测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.

Reward offered for tips in cases

2020欧联杯预测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.

2020欧联杯预测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.

DAN BELSON

DAN BELSON