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Judge jails bur­glary sus­pect

A judge has or­dered that James M. Kim­ble, 32, of Me­chan­icsville re­main in jail with­out bond on charg­ing pa­pers al­leg­ing he stole two bows, a pel­let gun and fish­ing reel dur­ing a bur­glary last month at a neigh­bor’s ad­dress off Harpers Cor­ner Road. Po­lice found the sus­pect near the res­i­dence dur­ing their Aug. 24 re­sponse to the neigh­bor­hood, and the items miss­ing from Thomas Mur­phy’s res­i­dence were re­cov­ered, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment of prob­a­ble cause filed by St. Mary’s sher­iff’s deputy Robert Chase. The re­cov­ered items were val­ued at $800.

Kim­ble was charged with sec­ond-de­gree bur­glary, a theft of­fense, the pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia and the un­law­ful pos­ses­sion of subox­one. A judge con­curred last week with a court com­mis­sioner that the sus­pect was not el­i­gi­ble for pre­trial re­lease.

Theft of gift cards and cash al­leged

Thomas Lee Cromwell, 38, of Me­chan­icsville was re­leased from cus­tody last Thurs­day on an un­se­cured $5,000 bond fol­low­ing his ar­rest on charg­ing pa­pers al­leg­ing he stole gift cards val­ued at $4,900, and $200 in cash, last fall at a neigh­bor’s home.

The cards and cash were taken dur­ing a bur­glary last Septem­ber or Oc­to­ber while Jef­frey Stu­art En­gle was away from his Queen­tree Road res­i­dence, court pa­pers state, and the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­cluded re­view­ing sur­veil­lance video at the Lowes home-im­prove­ment store in Cal­i­for­nia show­ing peo­ple us­ing 17 stolen Lowe’s gift cards at the busi­ness.

Three peo­ple ques­tioned by po­lice re­ported that “Cromwell sold some [of the] cards to them and gave other[s] away, telling them he ob­tained the cards as pay­ment for a job he had done,” ac­cord­ing to a charges ap­pli­ca­tion filed by sher­iff’s Cpl. Glen Knott.

Man ac­cused of tak­ing truck

Wil­lard Dou­glas Bright, 54, of Cal­i­for­nia has been ac­cused in a charges ap­pli­ca­tion, filed with a sum­mons, of tak­ing a woman’s pickup truck last month from a North Patux­ent Beach Road ad­dress after he was or­dered to leave the prop­erty. Bright was served with a pro­tec­tive or­der on the evening of Aug. 24 at that lo­ca­tion, and Sunora Knill Wil­bar re­ported that night that Bright took her 2015 Ford F-150, with­out her per­mis­sion, ac­cord­ing to the court pa­pers filed the next day by Trooper Ja­son Mul­hearn of the Mary­land State Po­lice.

Home im­prove­ment vi­o­la­tions al­leged

Ron­nie Mack­all, 57, of Lex­ing­ton Park has been charged through a sum­mons with fail­ing to per­form a home-im­prove­ment con­tract, act­ing as a con­trac­tor with­out a li­cense and sell­ing home im­prove­ment ser­vices with­out a li­cense.

At a Loveville Road ad­dress last March, Mack­all re­ceived $18,000 from a $25,000 writ­ten con­tract with Sarah Richard­son for an ad­di­tion to her home, and he “failed to com­plete the job and re­fused to do so” by late June, ac­cord­ing to a charges ap­pli­ca­tion filed last month by Michael Miller, an in­ves­ti­ga­tor with the Mary­land Home Im­prove­ment Commission.

In a sep­a­rate mat­ter, Brian Scott Fer­gu­son, a 35-year-old Col­lege Park res­i­dent, has been charged in St. Mary’s through a sum­mons with a theft of­fense and fail­ing to per­form a con­tract last July at a Char­lotte Hall ad­dress.

Fer­gu­son gave Floyd Thomas Gris­som a quote of $2,285 to com­plete a sump pump sys­tem, re­ceived and cashed a check for $1,142, and “for the next five days … by way of text mes­sag­ing, the sus­pect con­tin­u­ally gave rea­sons as to why he could not com­plete the work,” with no fur­ther re­sponse to sub­se­quent calls and mes­sages, ac­cord­ing to a charges ap­pli­ca­tion filed last month by Mary­land State Po­lice.

Po­lice tips line open

Mary­land State Po­lice in Leonard­town op­er­ate a Tips Line at 410-257-4925 or 888-210-1450, invit­ing any­one with in­for­ma­tion about a crime that has oc­curred, or they ex­pect may oc­cur, to anony­mously re­port that in­for­ma­tion 24 hours a day to au­thor­i­ties. Cit­i­zens may use the same tele­phone num­ber to re­port con­cerns to po­lice that do not in­volve crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity.

In­for­ma­tion also can be sub­mit­ted by email to cen­tral­south@mary­land. gov, and po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors can be fol­lowed on Face­book at CED-Cen­tral South.

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 to www. sm­scrimetips.com.


A dam­aged sedan sits along Chap­tico Road after over­turn­ing and hit­ting a util­ity pole last Thurs­day evening, ac­cord­ing to Me­chan­icsville vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers re­port­ing that the driver, who got out of the ve­hi­cle and was found at an edge of nearby woods, was flown by a Mary­land State Po­lice he­li­copter crew to a hos­pi­tal to be treated for in­juries from the col­li­sion.

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