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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.