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Calvert County Government Urges Citizens to Prepare for Winter Weather

 PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Jan. 26, 2015 – Calvert County Government urges citizens to be prepared for winter weather. During extreme cold weather events, the primary concern is the potential loss of heat, power, telephone service or a shortage of supplies if storm or weather conditions continue for more than one day. Residents should have the following items available:

·         Flashlight and extra batteries

·         Battery-operated NOAA weather radio and portable radio to receive emergency information; these may be your only links to the outside

·         Extra food and water; high-energy food and food requiring no cooking or refrigeration is best

·         Extra medicine and baby items

·         First aid supplies

·         Heating fuel

·         Emergency heating source (fireplace, wood stove, space heater, etc.)

·         Fire extinguisher and smoke detector

If travel or outside activity is required, citizens should:

Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat.

Watch for frostbite. Symptoms include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately.

Watch for hypothermia. Symptoms include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion. If symptoms are detected, get the victim to a warm location, remove wet clothing, warm the center of the body first and give warm, non-alcoholic beverages if the victim is conscious. Get medical help immediately.

Residents are encouraged to consider family members or neighbors with special needs and assist them in preparing for the winter weather. To stay informed on approaching weather events, residents should monitor local television channels, radio stations and the Internet.

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Arsonist Burns Car In Near Gallant Green Road

Early this moring at 1:26 a.m., a citizen traveling on Gallant Green Road noticed a 2008 Dodge Charger on fire on the shoulder of Falston Road. Four firefighters from the Hughesville Volunteer Fire Department responded and had the fire under control in about a minute. The vehicle's owner is listed to a woman of Greenbelt, Maryland and it was reportedly stolen. Any information about this crime should be forwarded to State Fire Marshal's Office at 443-550-6835.

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Detectives Continue To Seek Witnesses In Lexington Park Shooting

Lexington Park, Maryland - The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigations Division, is continuing to investigate a shooting which occurred on 1/18/15 at approximately 7pm, near the intersection of North Essex Drive and Saratoga Drive. Detectives are asking for the community’s assistance in identifying a suspect vehicle captured on surveillance.


Additionally, information has been developed confirming that multiple witnesses were walking along North Essex Drive and may have seen this vehicle and/or have information helpful to investigators. Those individuals who have not already done so are urged to contact Detectives.

If you have information regarding this vehicle, please contact the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Duty Office at 301.475.4040. Tipsters can also call CRIME SOLVERS at 301.475.3333, or text a tip to "TIP239" plus your message to '"CRIMES" (274637).

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Charles County Man Charged With Impersonating A Fire Official

Deputy State Fire Marshals have charged 41 year-old Richard Donald Francisco II, with Impersonating Member of anEmergency Squad. On January 3, 2015, fire officials were operating on the scene of an apartment fire at 4740 Crain Highway in White Plains. The suspect, wearing Prince George’s County Fire Department gear, approached the Incident Commander and advised he was a chief officer and requested to assist with the incident. Believing he was a member of the department he was representing, Francisco was assigned a position at the scene. After the incident, fire officials revealed he was no longer affiliated with the department. Investigators secured a criminal summons and served it to Francisco at his residence today without incident. If convicted of the charge, he faces up to three years imprisonment.

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Suspect Takes On K-9 And Is Apprehended After Chase

Lexington Park, Maryland - On January 21, 2015, at 8:18 PM, deputies responded to a residence in the 19000 block of Three Notch Road for a reported assault. While responding to the residence, the Emergency Communications Center, (ECC), advised the suspect identified as Christopher Lee Cotsford, 32, of no fixed address, stole a vehicle, (1997 Ford Explorer), and fled the scene. Corporal Jason Graves saw the vehicle traveling northbound on Three Notch Road at Tulagi Place. The vehicle ran the red light while making a left turn onto Great Mills Road. Corporal Graves activated his emergency lights and sirens at which time the vehicle turned off it's headlights and refused to stop. The vehicle entered the Lord Calvert Trailer Park where it crashed into the porch of a residence and came to a stop. Cotsford was subsequently taken into custody with the help of K9 Hakan after he refused to exit the vehicle. He was initially transported to MEDSTAR St. Mary's Hospital and treated for minor bite wounds. Cotsford was then transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center and charged with Unlawful Taking Motor Vehicle, Theft $1,000 to $10,000, Unauthorized Removal of Property, 2nd Degree Assault, and numerous traffic citations; to include Driving Under the Influence and Driving While Suspended/Revoked.  

Christopher Lee Cotsford

The investigation revealed, the victim and Cotsford were engaged in an argument when Cotsford, (who was intoxicated), attempted to strangle the victim with his hands. The assault ended after another person at the residence intervened. Cotsford picked up the keys to the Ford Explorer, (belonging to the person who intervened), and fled the residence.  CASE #3874-15

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Both Shooting Suspects Now in Custody - Chase and Strain

 Lexington Park, Maryland - On January 18, 2015, deputies responded to the area of Ronald Drive, for the report of shots being fired. Deputies determined multiple gunshots had been fired at an occupied vehicle, which left the area prior to their arrival. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.

A short time later, the vehicle was located in the Westbury subdivision and the operator was subsequently identified. Following an extensive investigation, detectives were able to identify a suspect in the case.  Warrants were obtained for the arrest of Sydney Antwan Strain, age 26, of no fixed address.  On January 22, 2015, Strain was taken into custody, charged with 2 counts of Assault 1st Degree and 2 counts of Assault 2nd Degree and incarcerated in the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he is being held on a $250,000 bond.
Detectives are continuing their investigation into additional shooting incidents in the Lexington Park area on January 18, 2015.
Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to contact CRIME SOLVERS at 301. 475.3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus your message to “CRIMES” (274637).


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St. Mary's Sheriff's Office Looking For Car In Shooting (Photos)

The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division is seeking the community's assistance in identifying a suspect vehicle in reference to a shooting on North Essex Drive near Saratoga Drive on Saturday January 18th at approximately 7 p.m.

If you have information on this vehicle, please contact the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Duty Office at 301-475-4040. Tipsters can also call Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333, or text a tip to 'TIP239' plus your message to 'CRIMES' (274637). Callers can remain anonymous.

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Detectives Searching Fugitive

Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Bushraa Sudani Perry, 24, of Indian Head. Perry currently has an outstanding warrant charging him with failure to pay child support. Perry is 5’11”, 125 lbs., and has brown hair and brown eyes.


Anyone with information about Bushraa Perry’s whereabouts is asked not to approach him, but rather call the CCSO Warrant Unit at (301) 932-2222. Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to his arrest. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or Text CHARLES your tip to CRIMES or visit to submit a web tip. For additional information about Crime Solvers see

Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Learn more at the CCSO’s website.

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Charles County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

FIRST-DEGREE BURGLARY: On Jan. 21, officers responded to a residence in the 11600 block of Monaghan Place in Waldorf for the report of a burglary. The suspect(s) broke a window in the back of the residence, stole several items and cash and fled the scene. Officer A. Coulby is investigating.

SECOND-DEGREE BURGLARY: On Jan. 21 at 3:27 a.m., officers responded to a business located in the 15200 block of Prince Frederick Road in Hughesville for an alarm. Investigation revealed unknown suspect(s) entered through a side door and stole several items. Officer R. Smith is investigating.

BURGLARY: On Jan. 21 at 9:35 a.m., Officer C. Garner was conducting a patrol check in the 2200 block of Harford Court in Waldorf when he noticed the front door of a residence was wide open. Investigation revealed unknown suspect(s) broke into the house through the front door and stole a copper pipe.

TIRE THEFT: On Jan. 21 at 12 p.m., Officer A. Bringley responded to the Park and Ride located on St. Patricks Drive in Waldorf for the report of a tire theft. Investigation revealed unknown suspect(s) removed all four tires from a 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche and left the vehicle on milk crates.

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY:  On Jan. 21 at 12:30 p.m., officers responded to Malcolm Elementary School located at 14760 Poplar Hill Road in Waldorf for the report of suspicious activity. Investigation revealed a teenaged male was seen walking around the school, possibly taking pictures.  When staff approached, the male ran to a silver SUV and left. There were no students outside at the time. The subject is described as a black male in his teens, 5’9”, with short hair. He was wearing a red jacket and blue jeans. School Resource Officer J. Foster is investigating.

ATTEMPTED BURGLARY: Sometime between 10:30 a.m. and 6:24 p.m. on Jan. 20, unknown suspect(s) attempted to break into a residence located in the 7200 block of Glen Albin Road in La Plata. The suspects damaged the lock but did not get into the house. Officer R. Kimble is investigating.

THEFT FROM MOTOR VEHICLES: On Jan. 20 at 5:30 p.m., Officer J. Ryan responded to a residence in the 10300 block of Stewards Chance Lane in White Plains for the report of a theft. Investigation revealed the suspect broke into the vehicle at 4:23 a.m. and stole a dash mounted radio from the vehicle. The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 6 feet tall and 250 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray sweat suit, gray hat and black gloves.

THEFT: Sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. on Jan. 15, unknown suspect(s) stole copper wire and piping from a vacant house in the 3600 block of Kempsford Field Place in Waldorf. Officer A. Duckett is investigating.

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Board of Education Seeks Ethics Panel Member for Opening

The Board of Education of Charles County is looking for applications from county residents interested in serving on the Charles County Board of Education Ethics Panel.

The Board has one opening on its all-volunteer, five-member panel, which interprets ethics regulations and provides advisory opinions to Board Members and employees subject to the regulations. The panel also reviews complaints concerning any alleged ethics violation and receives and maintains all forms required to be filed under the ethics regulation. Ethics panel members meet at least once annually to review disclosure forms and as necessary to respond to inquiries.

Members of the Charles County Board of Education Ethics Panel must be eligible to vote in Charles County.

Panel members may not be current members of the Board of Education; candidates for the Board; officials, employees, contractors or students of Charles County Public Schools; owners of or persons employed by a business entity doing business with the Board; any person registered with the Board as a lobbyist; or spouses of such persons.

Panel members serve four-year terms and may be reappointed. Anyone interested in serving on the panel should send a letter of interest and resume to Board Chairman Virginia McGraw, Charles County Board of Education, Ethics Panel, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646, by Feb. 6.

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NAS Pax River Warns Communities Of Noise Advisory For Today Through This Weekend

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. - Communities surrounding the naval air station are advised that noise-generating testing events are scheduled to take place Thursday through Tuesday.
Scheduled times:
* 8-10 a.m. Jan. 22, 23, 26 and 27
* 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 24
* Noon to 2 p.m. Jan. 25

Pilots at PAX will be training for realistic flight scenarios including Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP). FCLP training is essential for the precision and safety of our military men and women and the success of their mission. Residents may notice increased noise levels due to these operations.

As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing activities on the community. For more information call 1-866-819-9028.

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Mechanicsville Man Charged With Arson

Deputy State Fire Marshals have charged, Nicholas Anthony O’Brien (21), after determining he was responsible for intentionally setting his 2006 Subaru Legacy ablaze in an attempt to commit Insurance Fraud. On October 29, 2014, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office was notified of avehicle in a pond along Yowaski Mill Road. Deputies determined the car had been set on fire before being rolled into the pond. Deputy State Fire Marshal’s
were requested to the  scene and determined the fire had been intentionally set and collected evidence from the vehicle. Investigators also revealed a stolen vehicle report was initiated on September 5, 2014 by the suspect. The vehicle loss was estimated at $15,000. O’Brien was served a criminal summons at his place of employment. He was
charged with Arson 2nd Degree, Malicious Burning 1st Degree and Insurance Fraud. If convicted of the charges, he faces up to 30 imprisonment and/or $40,000 in fines. O’Brien is scheduled to appear on February 27, 2015 at the St. Mary’s District Court.

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Maryland State Police Leonardtown Arrests And Warrants

Drug Arrest – On Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 8:17 pm, Senior Tpr. E. Evans initiated a traffic stop on a black truck on Three Notch Road and Macarthur Blvd for a minor traffic infraction.  The driver, Steven R. Lee, 22, of California, informed Senior Tpr. Evans that he had CDS in the vehicle.  Mr. Lee was subsequently arrested and charged with Possession of CDS: Oxycodone and Possession of Paraphernalia.  He was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner. (15-MSP-002289)

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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

Burglary Case #15-2276:
Unknown suspect(s) broke into a shed near a home in the 700 block of Hickok Trail in Lusby sometime between January 11 and 12.    A 1994 Honda CR250, which is white and pink with a pink seat, valued at $1,500 and a 2001 Honda CR which is red, white and black with gray duct tape on the air box and valued at $1,700 were both stolen.  DFC M. Velasquez is investigating.

Theft from Vehicle Case #15-2329:
Someone smashed the front passenger window on a vehicle parked behind Jerry’s Subs in Dunkirk on January 12 between 10:00 a.m. and noon.  A black and silver iPad2 that was in a black and green case was stolen.  Dep. J. Buck is investigating.

Theft from Vehicle Case #15-2448, 2452 and 2516:
Three unlocked vehicles were entered overnight between January 12 and 13 in the 12000 block of Spring Cove Drive in Lusby.  A Garmin GPS, binoculars, mechanics gloves and sunglasses were stolen out of one vehicle, a pool cue was taken and then located a short distance away from a second vehicle, and some money and a cell phone charger were taken from inside the third vehicle.  Det. R. Hawkins is handling the investigation of these cases.

Theft from Vehicle Case #15-2534:
A victim reported to DFC G. Gott that sometime between January 8 and 11, someone stole towing equipment off the back of his work truck while it was parked outside his home in the 11500 block of Durango Drive in Lusby.  The tools are valued at over $1,900.  The investigation continues.

Theft Case #15-2555:
A three-ton Amana heat pump was stolen from the outside rear of a home in the 700 block of Skyview Drive in Lusby.  The theft was discovered on January 13.  The heat pump is valued at $6,000.  DFC J. Migliaccio is investigating.

CDS Violation Case #15-2822:
On January 15 at 9:42 a.m. Dep. S. Rediker responded to a call for a reckless driver traveling northbound on Md. Rt. 4 near Ward Road in Dunkirk.  He located the suspect vehicle passing Lyons Creek Road.  The vehicle made a sudden lane change causing another vehicle to swerve onto the shoulder of the roadway to avoid a collision.  Rediker attempted a traffic stop but the vehicle continued and began accelerating and weaving in and out of traffic.  The vehicle continued to flee until reaching Anne Arundel County on Md. Rt. 4 at Fishers Station Road.  The suspect pulled off the road, stopped the vehicle and then opened and closed the driver door.  DFC R. Cress and Dep. Rediker exited their police vehicle and approached the suspect vehicle with agency firearms drawn and ordered the suspect to slowly remove himself from the vehicle, which he did.  He was identified as James William Gearhart, Jr., 48, of North Beach.  Gearhart was arrested and charged with fleeing and eluding, driving while impaired by a controlled dangerous substance, speeding and possession of a schedule IV drug; Alprazolam.

Destruction of Property Case #15-2838:
Someone attempted to break into the coin machine at the Solomons Car Wash on HG Trueman Road in Solomons sometime between January 13 and 15.  About $80 in damage was done.  Dep. S. Moran is investigating.

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Teens Caught Impersonating Officers

UPDATE 1-20-15:
As a result of the public's help, both suspects were quickly identified and have now been charged. On January 16, 2015, Nicholas Philip Gibson-Mancuso, 18, of Mechanicsville, was charged by criminal summons. The second male suspect, age 16, of Mechanicsville, has also been charged. Both were charged with 2 COUNTS of Impersonating Police Officers.


Nicholas Philip Gibson-Mancuso


Original Press ReleaseSt. Mary's County, Maryland - On January 8, 2015, the Sheriff's Office received multiple reports of 2 white males alleging to be law enforcement or law enforcement related personnel at various businesses in St. Mary's County.

They entered the Papa John's located on Great Mills Road in Lexington Park, and indicated they were bounty hunters looking for a wanted subject.

At the Seabreeze Restaurant located on North Sandgates Road in Mechanicsville, the pair indicated they were going to local bars because of recent disturbances.

They were also spotted at the WaWa located on the corner of Route 5 and Route 235 in Mechanicsville. One of the suspects indicated he was a police officer investigating drug sales. He displayed an unknown badge.

The suspects were operating what is described as a 1980's model Jeep, black or primer gray with silver lightening bolts on the front. The Jeep was possibly a Commando model with a pick up truck bed.

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Charles County Sheriff's Office Incident Brief

THEFT: On Jan. 20 at 5:20 a.m., officers responded to the 4000 block of Tahoe Place in White Plains for the report of a theft. Upon arrival, officers discovered unknown suspect(s) broke into a locked vehicle and stole the stereo and cash. The suspects fled the scene in an unknown direction. PFC S. Hawkins is investigating.

THEFT: Sometime between Jan. 17 and Jan. 18, unknown suspects cut a hole in a metal fence surrounding a business in the 8200 block of Crain Highway in Waldorf. Investigation revealed the suspect(s) stole several rims and tires and fled the scene. Officer C. Chamblee is investigating.

BURGLARY SUSPECTS ARRESTED:  Sometime between 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Jan. 16, two male suspects wearing ski masks entered a residence in the 5200 block of Vaughan Court in Waldorf. The suspects were confronted by someone in the residence and fled the scene. Further investigation led to the identification of the suspects, both who are 17-years-old. The suspects were apprehended and charged with burglary.

BURGLARY: On Jan. 16 at 10:58 a.m., Officer S. Hooper was conducting surveillance near the area of Hintze Place in Waldorf when he observed three males exit their vehicle and enter unoccupied trailers. The suspects walked out with various pieces of metal and other items. Investigation revealed they did not have permission from the owner to enter or remove the property. Christopher Richard Owens, 44, of Newburg, Erik Schroeter, 47, of Waldorf and Justin Darin Frederick, 27, of Waldorf were arrested and charged with theft, trespassing and fourth-degree burglary.

SHOPLIFTING ARREST: On Jan. 16 at 6:21 p.m., officers responded to a department store on Mall Circle for the report of a shoplifting in progress. Investigation revealed the suspect stole numerous items and fled to her car. Officer R. McMullen attempted to stop the vehicle, but the suspect fled, striking a vehicle as she attempted to escape. After a brief pursuit, Corrine Elize Flowers, 34, of Oklahoma City, was apprehended. Flowers was arrested and charged with theft and multiple traffic charges.

BREAKING AND ENTERING: On Jan. 15 at 7:10 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 3100 block of Knolewater Court in Waldorf for the report of a breaking and entering in progress. Upon arrival, officers learned that the victim heard a noise coming from an upstairs bedroom and as she entered the room she observed a hand through a partially opened window. The suspect fled after the victim screamed. Further investigation revealed several cut screens to the rear of the residence. Officer C. Garner is investigating.

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Fire From Wood Stove Destroys Home

Saturday night at 9:07 p.m., firefighters were called to 3875 Hunting Creek Road in Huntingtown for the report of a home on fire. 35 firefighters from Huntingtown, Dunkirk, North Beach, Prince Frederick and St. Leonard Volunteer Fire Departments responded and had the blaze under control in about 20 minutes. Three firefighters were transported to Calvert Hospital with non-life threatening minor burn injuries sustained while fighting the fire.
The accidental fire, caused by a malfunctioning wood stove, completely destroyed the house and its contents. The occupants are being assisted by the American Red Cross. The estimated total loss in the fire is $215,000.

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Update: One Suspect In Lexington Park Shootings Caught

Suspect Antonio Wendell Chase has been apprehended. SMCSO is still looking for suspect SIDNEY ANTWAN STRAIN.

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Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Incident Report

Disorderly Conduct:    On 1/12/15 at 5:38 pm, Trooper Jones responded to the Super 8 Hotel in Prince Frederick for a disturbance involving intoxication.  Sharron E. Moore, 52 of Hollywood, was uncooperative and disturbing others in an extreme intoxicated state.  She was arrest for disorderly conduct and was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.

Possession With Intent to Distribute Prescription Drugs:  On 1/13/15 at 1:44 pm, Trooper First Class Barlow stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 near Patuxent Point Parkway in Solomons for traffic violations.  Several drug indicators were observed while speaking with the driver.  Walter Loyd Jr., 55 of Leonardtown, was found to be in possession of both Morphine and Oxycodone that he did not have prescriptions for.  Loyd was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.

Theft:  On 1/15/15 at 4:31 pm, Trooper Megelick received a report of a theft.  The victim reported that unknown suspect(s) had removed items from his wallet while he was playing basketball at the Northeast Community Center. The Center’s security camera will be utilized to assist with the investigation.  Investigation continues.

Possession of Prescription Drugs:  On 1/16/15 at 12:51 am, Trooper Warrick stopped a vehicle on Dares Beach Rd. near Central Village Dr. in Prince Frederick for traffic violations.  Three prescription bottles were observed while speaking with Holly A. Demarr.  Two of them were prescriptions prescribed to her.  One was determined to be Clonazepam for which she did not have a prescription.  She was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.

Fleeing & Eluding Police:  On 1/17/15 at 1:12 am, Trooper First Class Oles observed a motorcycle being driven recklessly in the Solomons area.  He activated his emergency equipment in an attempt to initiate a traffic stop.  The motorcyclist ignored the trooper and sped away obtaining speed of 103 MPH in a 45 MPH zone.  A lookout was issued for the vehicle in St. Mary’s County.  The suspect, Robert K. Wirt, 21 of Hollywood, was located and arrested for fleeing and eluding police.  He was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.

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St. Mary's Sheriff's Office Looking for Shooting Suspects - Chase & Strain (Photos)

The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating Antonio Wendell Chase and Sidney Antwan Strain. Both suspects are being sought in connection with the shootings which occurred over the last 3 days. Chase and Strain are currently wanted on charges stemming from cases unrelated to these shootings.

Antonio Wendell Chase
Date of Birth 7-7-1986
6'00 in height/160 lbs. in weight
WANTED for Violation of Probation


Sidney Antwan Strain
Date of birth 6-12-1988

Chase and Strain frequent the Lexington Park/Great Mills/California areas of St. Mary's County.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of ANTONIO CHASE or SIDNEY STRAIN is asked to call the SMCSO duty office at 301.475.4040 or 9 1 1 in the event of an emergency. DO NOT APPROACH either suspect and call local law enforcement immediately. Tipsters can also call CRIME SOLVERS at 301.475.3333, or text a tip to "TIP239" plus your message to '"CRIMES" (274637). CALLERS CAN REMAIN ANONYMOUS.

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary's County that leads to an arrest or indictment.

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