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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.

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