Piney Point man faces sex charges with juvenile girl
A St. Mary’s County grand jury has indicted Philip Charles Edwards Jr., 54, of Piney Point on charges of second-degree rape, third-degree sexual offense, second-degree assault and sexual solicitation of a 14-year-old minor.
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding a possible sexual offense in July and the criminal investigations division investigated.
The investigation revealed Edwards met the juvenile in the summer of 2016. Through the course of their contact, Edwards propositioned the juvenile and engaged in a sexual act with the juvenile against her will, the sheriff’s office reported.
Edwards was arrested Nov. 10 and transported to the St. Mary’s County Adult Detention Center.
Woman charged following stabbing incident in town
On Nov. 7, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on Lawrence Avenue in Leonardtown for a disturbance call. Upon arrival the victim was contacted and was observed to have sustained a laceration to the right arm. Investigation revealed the victim had been stabbed by a known suspect; Shuree Sinese Weems, age 36, of Leonardtown. Weems was arrested and charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and resisting arrest. The victim’s injury was not incapacitating, the sheriff’s office reported.
Avenue man accused of assault
Scott Wesley Yount, 45, of Avenue, has been charged with first- and second-degree assault by the Maryland State Police for threatening a former girlfriend in California on Nov. 12.
Yount entered the victim’s home late Sunday night and was told to leave when he pulled out a long military style knife, charging documents state, raised and pointed the weapon and approached the victim. Yount sheathed the knife and said he wouldn’t hurt the victim, but added, “If I really wanted to do anything I would have cut power to your house and bring my jammer so you couldn’t use your cellphone,” court records state. Yount also said he would “take a mallet on all of them” in reference to the victim’s former husband and children, charging documents said.
Mechanicsville man charged with assault on woman
Thomas J. Daly, 35 of Mechanicsville, has been charged after allegedly choking someone described as his live-in girlfriend, according to the statement of probable cause.
On Nov. 9 around 2 a.m., St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s deputies reported to Daly’s home for reported domestic assault. The victim stated Daly “accuse[d] her of infidelity,” and he “grabbed her by her neck and threw her to the ground,” according to court documents. The victim also sustained an injury to her nose after she attempted to yell out the window and Daly was reported to have “closed the window on her head.”
Daly told deputies that he had accidentally closed the window on the victim to prevent her from waking the neighbors, and that she had hit and kicked him. Daly has been charged with second degree assault.
Sheriff posts crime news, other 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.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 website’s links include access to NIXLE alerts, sheriff’s office Twitter posts and written comments by Sheriff Tim Cameron (R).
Email addresses can be entered on the website, to receive a daily sheriff’s office summary of information.
Sheriff’s office offers online crime reporting option
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 cellphones, wallets and other items of value.
If any 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.
Sheriff Tim Cameron (R) has described the online reporting system as a valuable adjunct to direct contact with the sheriff’s office in situations where the citizen reporting the offense does not know who committed the crime. The new program saves crime victims time when reporting a minor offense, according to the sheriff, and it allows deputies to perform their investigations more efficiently.
Citizens can access the reporting system by going online to www.firstsheriff. com/citizenreport, or at www.firstsheriff.com. For more, call 301-475-8008.
Reward offered for tips in cases
Citizens with information about un- solved crimes in St. Mary’s can collect a cash reward by calling St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers 24 hours a day at 301475-3333. They can withhold their name and later collect their reward through a number-identification system.
The 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 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 Crime Solvers does not receive any taxpayer dollars to help in its efforts. All money is raised through fundraising efforts, and donations from businesses and the public.
Sheriff welcomes text 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.
Police tips line open
Maryland State Police in Leonardtown operate a 24-hour Tips Line at 410-2574925 or 888-210-1450, inviting anyone with information about a crime that has occurred, or they expect may occur, to anonymously report that information.