Hospital scuffle leads to arrest
Michael Douglas MacKenzie, 23, of Mechanicsville has been released from custody on a $1,000 unsecured bond following his arrest on charging papers alleging he assaulted two lawmen, a nurse and a security guard on Thursday at a hospital.
Staff members at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown told sheriff’s deputies that the suspect, being treated for a hand injury, was throwing and smacking things in a room, including a plastic pan that struck the nurse in the face, court papers state, and he calmed down after the law officers arrived.
“However, a short while later, he started to yell his fiancee’s name and becoming belligerent again,” according to the charging papers alleging he pushed the security guard in her stomach and chest, and kicked sheriff’s deputies Cpl. Glenn Knott and Carl Ball.
MacKenzie was charged with four offenses of second-degree assault. A court commissioner found no probable cause to detain the suspect on the charges of assaulting the two law officers.
Stores’ employees accused of underage alcohol sales
A police alcohol-enforcement compliance operation last week in northern St. Mary’s led to a charge against Daniel Han, 61, of Charlotte Hall of selling an alcoholic beverage to an underage police informant, at a liquor store in Charlotte Hall.
A sheriff’s deputy monitored the June 24 transaction at Lighthouse Liquors, where charging papers allege that Han never requested an identification card from the 19-year-old informant purchasing a 25-ounce container of “Mang-O-Rita.”
Han told police that “I always check the IDs,” but that he thought the police informant looked “old enough,” according to a charges application filed by sheriff’s deputy Joshua Krum. A court commissioner issued a summons on Thursday charging Han with the misdemeanor offense.
In addition, Sherrie Elizabeth Johnson of Mechanicsville was charged Thursday through a summons with the same offense in court papers alleging she sold an alcoholic beverage to a 19-yearold police informant on June 24 at DJ’s One Stop Shop in Mechanicsville.
The informant purchasing a 24-ounce container of a Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy flavored beer was not requested to show an identification card, according to a charges application filed by Krum.
During police questioning, court papers state, Johnson, whose age was not listed in charging papers, said that “she believed the [informant] ‘looked old enough,’ and … she was very busy being the only employee within the store and running three cash registers, on top of handling customers’ requests for fuel and grocery transactions.”
Attempt to alter drug test alleged
Mark Anthony Morgan, 30, of Mechanicsville was released from custody Thursday on a $10,000 unsecured bond after his arrest on charging papers alleging he intended last week to defraud the outcome of a drug-screening test at the county jail.
Morgan arrived at the jail on June 27 for a weekly check-in and was sent to a bathroom to provide a urine sample, and he was “fidgeting” before correctional officers saw a red string and a search recovered a condom possibly filled with tea, according to a statement of probable cause filed by sheriff’s deputy Dale Smith.
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.
If 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.
Citizens can access the reporting system by going online to www. firstsheriff.com/citizenreport, or through the sheriff’s office website at www.firstsheriff.com. Call 301-475-8008.
Sheriff posts crime news, info 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 web- site’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.
Cash reward offered for tips in cases
Citizens with information about 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 withhold their name and later collect their reward through a number-identification system.
The Crime Solvers 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.