Po­lice briefs

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Man held on charges al­leg­ing at­tack on girl­friend

A judge or­dered Fri­day that Stephen Michael Dud­ley, a 33-year-old man of no known ad­dress, re­main in cus­tody on charg­ing pa­pers al­leg­ing he choked and re­peat­edly punched a girl­friend last month at a home in Lex­ing­ton Park.

Po­lice were told on Oct. 28 by Sheri Lynn Tors that the sus­pect grabbed her by the throat and pre­vented her from breath­ing as he said “Just go to sleep” and “Once you’re gone, I’ll fol­low,” along with a state­ment that he would kill him­self with his ri­fle, ac­cord­ing to a charges ap­pli­ca­tion filed later that day by St. Mary’s sher­iff’s deputy Sheena Tir­pak.

Dud­ley was charged with first-de­gree as­sault in the charg­ing pa­pers al­leg­ing that the wo­man’s bruised face was “swollen to the point that it ap­peared dif­fi­cult for her to talk,” and her “left eye was so swollen she was un­able to open it.”

Dud­ley left the scene be­fore po­lice ar­rived, court pa­pers state, and he was jailed Thurs­day on the as­sault charge.

As­sault charge fol­lows col­li­sion out­side hos­pi­tal

Cas­san­dra Denise Greene, 37, of Cal­i­for­nia was re­leased from cus­tody Sun­day on a $7,500 un­se­cured bond fol­low­ing her ar­rest on charg­ing pa­pers al­leg­ing she drove her car into another ve­hi­cle and slapped a man’s face out­side the hos­pi­tal in Leonard­town.

Greene, who told a court com­mis­sioner that she works in house­keep­ing at MedS­tar St. Mary’s Hos­pi­tal, was charged with at­tempt­ing to com­mit a first-de­gree as­sault that day on An­to­nio Wash­ing­ton and Krys­ten Colon, who were rid­ing in the other ve­hi­cle and al­leged that “the de­fen­dant in­ten­tion­ally drove her 2006 black Lin­coln sedan into [the] front left side of the ve­hi­cle,” ac­cord­ing to a state­ment of prob­a­ble cause filed by St. Mary’s sher­iff’s Cpl. John Kirkner.

Greene ini­tially blocked Wash­ing­ton’s ve­hi­cle near the hos­pi­tal’s emergency room en­trance, fol­low­ing an ar­gu­ment that morn­ing, the deputy wrote in court pa­pers, adding that “as I was mak­ing con­tact with the par­tic­i­pants, I ob­served the de­fen­dant … strike vic­tim An­to­nio Wash­ing­ton on the right side of his face with an open hand.”

Wash­ing­ton suf­fered no vis­i­ble in­jury, the court pa­pers state, and his ve­hi­cle sus­tained mi­nor dam­age.

Weapons charge fol­lows traf­fic stop

Lavon Khary Bal­lard, 31, of Leonard­town was re­leased from cus­tody Fri­day on per­sonal recog- nizance fol­low­ing his ar­rest ear­lier that day on a weapons charge of il­le­gally car­ry­ing metal knuck­les dur­ing a traf­fic stop in Budds Creek.

A sedan that the sus­pect was driv­ing was stopped for speed­ing, and af­ter an odor of mar­i­juana was de­tected, the metal knuck­les were re­cov­ered from him as po­lice were “con­duct­ing a pat-down for weapons,” ac­cord­ing to a state­ment of prob­a­ble cause filed by Trooper B.H. Meur­rens of the Mary­land State Po­lice.

Bal­lard also was is­sued a civil ci­ta­tion for the pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana, ac­cord­ing to the charg­ing doc­u­ments.

Help deputies as­sist lo­cal food pantries

St. Mary’s sher­iff’s deputies with the com­mu­nity polic­ing pro­gram in Lex­ing­ton Park are invit­ing the pub­lic to take part from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Satur­day, Nov. 25, in a “Stuff the Squad” food drive at the COP’s of­fice lo­cated at 21614 Great Mills Road, to help load the trunk of a vin­tage squad car.

The goal is to stock the shelves of all Lex­ing­ton Park food pantries, the sher­iff’s of­fice re­ports, in time for the hol­i­day sea­son with non­per­ish­able canned or boxed foods and other items such as di­a­pers and baby wipes. All dona­tions will be di­vided equally be­tween food pantries.

The COPs UNIT will also be col­lect­ing gen­tly used or new coats, scarves, hats and gloves.

Fam­i­lies are in­vited to stop by and meet the mem­bers of the COPs Unit. There will be bal­loons and give­aways, and chil­dren are wel­come to take a free book home from the COPs of­fice’s Lit­tle Li­brary.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call sher­iff’s Sgt. Cara Grum­bles at 240577-0581, or send email to cara.grum­bles@stmarysmd.com.

Sher­iff posts crime news, info 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.blogspot.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 web- site’s links in­clude ac­cess to NIXLE alerts, sher­iff’s of­fice Twit­ter posts and writ­ten com­ments by Sher­iff Tim Cameron (R).

Re­ward of­fered for tips in cases

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.

Tax-de­ductible 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.

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