Woman accused of knifepoint assault
Diana Cecelia Briscoe, 52, of Great Mills was released from custody Tuesday on a $5,000 unsecured bond following her arrest on charging papers alleging she choked a boyfriend at their home and held a small kitchen knife to his throat.
Briscoe was taken into custody on a charge of committing a first-degree assault on Anthony Jerome Neal, who told police responding shortly after midnight that morning to the apartment off Iverson Drive that he “told Briscoe to calm down and put the knife down, and she did,” according to a statement of probable cause filed by Trooper Jason Mulhearn of the Maryland State Police.
Briscoe “denied any of the allegations against her,” the court papers state, including that “she never held a knife to Neal’s throat.”
Burglary, theft of air compressor alleged
Ohmer Watson Webb, 33, of Mechanicsville was arrested this week on a charge of second-degree burglary in court papers alleging he went into a shed at a neighbor’s residence and stole an air compressor.
Webb also is accused in charging papers of destroying hinges on the outbuilding owned by Lester Godfrey Thompson Jr., at the Mill Seat Drive address where the Oct. 5 theft occurred, and the compressor valued at $200 was placed in a sport-utility vehicle, according to a charges application filed by St. Mary’s sheriff’s Cpl. Glen Knott.
A witness “took pictures of the defendant breaking into the shed,” according to charging papers.
Man accused of stealing woman’s shoes
Malik Shavon Jordan, 21, of Lexington Park was released on a $7,500 unsecured bond following his arrest last week on charging papers alleging he committed a burglary at a woman’s home and stole five pairs of her shoes.
Jordan was charged with committing a first-degree burglary on Sept. 12 at the Lexington Park residence of Larissa Latisha Briscoe, and the shoes taken from her bedroom later were found in the trunk of a vehicle that the suspect was driving, according to a charges application filed by sheriff’s deputy Austin Schultz.
Burglar’s theft of photos under investigation
One or more culprits carried out a burglary on Sunday, Oct. 8, at a home on Janet Lane in Lexington Park, the sheriff’s office reports, and the missing items included electronic devices containing photographs of the resident’s deceased son.
Citizens with information about this case and other unsolved crimes in St. Mary’s can collect a cash reward by calling St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers 24 hours a day at 301-4753333. They can withhold their name and later collect their reward through a number-identification system.
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. St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers Inc. is a designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The full amount of gifts is tax deductible to the extent of the law, since no goods or services were provided in relation to the contribution.
St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers Inc. does not receive any taxpayer dollars to help in its efforts. All money is raised through Crime Solvers’ fundraising efforts, and donations from businesses and the public.
Sheriff welcomes text-message tips
Cellphones and other handheld communication devices can be used to send text messages with tips for the St. Mary’s sheriff’s office, by texting TIP239, plus the message, to CRIMES, numerically 274637. For more information on the text-message program, go online to www.smscrimetips. com.
Sheriff posts crime news and information on blog
The St. Mary’s sheriff’s office posts news and information on incidents and arrests, including photographs of suspects, online at http://firstsheriff.blog- spot.com. 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, sheriff’s office Twitter posts and written comments by Sheriff Tim Cameron (R).
Sheriff’s office offers online crime reporting
The St. Mary’s sheriff’s office offers citizens a web-based method to report minor crimes where there is no suspect information or other investigative leads.
The online reporting system can be used to report any suspicious incidents, lost property, theft, or vandalism.
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 cell phones, wallets and other items of value.
If information about a suspect is known, residents should continue to call the sheriff’s office’s non-emergency line at 301-4758008, 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.
Sheriff Tim Cameron (R) has dCitizens can access the reporting system by going online to www.firstsheriff.com/citizenreport, or through the sheriff’s office website at www.firstsheriff. com. For more information, call 301-475-8008.
Bay District volunteer firefighters remove debris around one of at least four vehicles in a Wednesday afternoon crash that briefly blocked northbound traffic on Route 235 in Lexington Park. No life-threatening injuries were reported.