School trespassing suspect released
Ernarde Delovestein Banks, 37, of Lexington Park has been released on a $5,000 unsecured bond to await a trial on court papers stating police efforts to detain him last week ended with his arrest on a school-trespassing charge.
A lockdown notification was requested for Greenview Knolls Elementary School off Chancellor’s Run Road last Thursday, the court papers state, before Banks, who had entered onto the school’s property, “changed his course of direction when he saw [a law officer who then] attempted to detain the defendant, at which time they both fell to the ground.”
Banks also was charged with disturbing school activities and a public-intoxication offense in the court papers stating he initially was seen waving his hands while standing in the highway, and that he explained he was trying to get help to repair his daughter’s vehicle. “He was extremely uncooperative and belligerent,” St. Mary’s sheriff’s deputy Tyler Westphal wrote in a statement of probable cause, alleging that Banks continued walking away from the officer, went through the yards of multiple homes and briefly hid behind a shed before his encounter on the school grounds with deputy Joshua Krum. “The defendant continued to yell and curse,” the charging papers allege, “after being detained.”
Woman accused of animal cruelty offense
Emily Lynne Ridgell-Webb, 21, of Lexington Park has been charged through a summons with an animal-cruelty offense in court papers alleging that her dog was left in a locked pickup truck for almost two hours last week in a parking lot.
An animal control officer’s thermometer “determined the internal temperature of the vehicle was 117 degrees,” according to a charges application filed by sheriff’s deputy John Davis from the Wednesday, May 2, investigation at a Lexwood Drive address.
Man charged with taking car
William Justin Gray Jr., 37, of Prince Frederick has been released on a $5,000 unsecured bond following his arrest on a charge of taking a motor vehicle that court papers state was recovered last week in St. Mary’s after it was reported stolen.
Police followed the Mercury Grand Marquis into a California convenience store’s parking lot on Wednesday night of last week, where Gray said that he had the permission of the car’s owner, Blake Ward Gadway, to use the vehicle, according to the court papers filed by Trooper Marcus Manning of the Maryland State Police. “Gray stated [that] morning, he asked Blake if he could borrow his car to take two females they met last night [from a motel to the women’s] home, and Blake agreed,” the trooper wrote in a statement of probable cause. “Gray advised he took [the] car and drove both females home and when he returned to the Motel 6 to return the vehicle, Blake was not there. Gray stated he does not have a working phone, so he was unable to make contact with Blake to figure out what was going on.”
The vehicle was returned, the court papers state, to its owner, who “advised the vehicle was in good condition, and there were no visible signs of damage caused by the suspect.”
Theft of old newspaper clippings alleged
David Lee Douglas, 49, of Great Mills has been charged through a summons with a felony theft offense in court papers alleging he stole historic newspaper clippings valued at $3,000 last week from a relative’s home at New Market Turner Road.
On Wednesday of last week, Billy Dodson, the suspect’s half-brother, told police that he noticed the 20 newspaper clippings “about various important historical events and figures” were missing after a visit from Douglas and the suspect’s female companion, accord- ing to a charges application filed Thursday by sheriff’s deputy Benjamin Raley.
Hawaii man accused of abandoning boat
Alex Joseph Roy, 44, of Honolulu was charged Thursday in St. Mary’s through a summons with a littering offense and abandoning a vessel that court papers state was found in early March in Maryland waters of the Potomac River, along the Virginia shoreline.
The 21-foot cabin motorboat at a Montross, Va., address, near Coles Point, was titled to Roy, who had left St. Mary’s in 2011, and “multiple attempts to contact Mr. Roy [in March and April] … never received any response,” according to a charges application filed by Officer Emily Beckhardt of the Maryland Natural Resources Police.
Tips sought in alleged change-theft scam
Law officers are seeking the public’s help in identifying a culprit who the investigators allege made small purchases with a $100 bill on April 16 at Hobby Lobby in California and Buffalo Wild Wings in Lexington Park, presented some additional money during the transactions, and left both businesses with his $100 bill and the change received from the $100 bill.
Citizens with information about these incidents and other 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 later collect their reward through a number-identification system.