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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.

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