Police briefs

Friday, May 1, 2009

Child abuse alleged

A judge ordered Wednesday that Clyde Joseph Gainer Jr., 47, of Charlotte Hall remain jailed without bond on charging papers alleging he forced an 8-year-old girl to perform sexual acts on him at a residence.

The offense occurred on numerous occasions during the past two years, charging papers allege.

Maryland State Police Trooper Fred Dolinger of the St. Mary's Bureau of Criminal Investigations charged the suspect with sexual child abuse and related offenses.

Teen charged with vandalism

St. Mary's sheriff's deputies report that a 17-year-old Lexington Park boy has been charged with property destruction offenses in an investigation of 15 incidents this week of BB pellet rounds destroying vehicle windows in Lexington Park.

A witness gave police a description of a suspect vehicle, the sheriff's office reports, and deputy Anthony Whipkey stopped the car and found the suspect, along with BB rounds lying throughout the vehicle.

A BB gun, CO2 box and box of BBs also were in the vehicle.

The boy was released to his mother to await further action by juvenile services authorities.

Electrical malfunction burns trailer home

A malfunction in a bedroom circuit breaker box started a fire that heavily damaged a trailer home in Ridge on Wednesday evening, state officials report, and Red Cross volunteers are assisting the displaced occupants.

Forty Ridge, Bay District and Webster Field firefighters responding to a 6 p.m. alarm battled flames for 30 minutes to control the blaze at the Hatties Lane home of Steven Pratt and his daughter, Jamie Morris, according to a notice of investigation by deputy state fire marshal Jeffrey Frye. The two occupants were not at home at the time of the fire, which caused $20,000 damage to the trailer and its contents.

Runaway horse found, burglary probed

Maryland State Police report that the safe recovery of a runaway horse found early Tuesday morning on Bull Road in Leonardtown led to its return to the owner's barn at Heron Way, and the discovery of a burglary.

The horse's owner told police that one or more culprits broke into the barn, letting three horses loose, and that 45 bags of mulch were stolen two days earlier, according to a release from the investigation by state police Trooper J.C. Hardesty.

No arrests were reported.

Sheriff's office warns of thefts from cars

The St. Mary's sheriff's office reports a recent increase in the thefts of money, cell phones, navigation devices and MP3 players from vehicles, prompting a warning to motorists to lock their vehicles.

Valuables should be stored in locked compartments or out of view, the sheriff's office reports, and vehicles should be parked in well-lighted areas.

The sheriff's office asks that anyone seeing suspicious people or vehicles to call 301-475-8008 with detailed information from their observations.

The information is compiled for discussion at weekly sheriff's office meetings.

Woman charged with assault in Leonardtown

Cynthia Annette Woodland, 45, of Leonardtown has been charged through a summons with first-degree assault in court papers alleging she cut her husband's chest with a knife during an argument Sunday night at their residence.

Darius Timothy Woodland called the state police from his mother's home in California, and an ambulance crew took him to St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown for treatment of the small puncture wound, according to a charges application filed by state police Trooper J.C. Hardesty.