Police briefs

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Man charged with escape from facility

A judge ordered Monday that Michael Thomas Collins Jr., 24, of Waldorf be held without bond in St. Mary's jail on court papers alleging he escaped from a drug abuse treatment facility while serving a sentence for assault.

Collins was detained at the Anchor residential program in Charlotte Hall, when on the night of March 29, he "escaped the facility through the rear door," according to a charges application filed by sheriff's Cpl. Deborah Milam.

Collins was arrested in October 2005 in St. Mary's, court papers state, on charges of third-degree burglary, a property destruction offense and second-degree assault. Collins pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor assault charge, court papers state, and he was charged early last year with violating the terms of his probation in the case. A judge ordered last October that Collins serve 18 months in jail, with work-release privileges and authorized release for substance abuse treatment.

A conviction for first-degree escape carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

Woman charged with assault

Coretta Pamela Thompson, 29, of Leonardtown was released on personal recognizance after her arrest on charging papers alleging she repeatedly swung a knife last week at her boyfriend at her apartment.

Thompson was charged with first-degree assault from the alleged attack on May 12 on Paul Terrell Stewart, who incurred small cuts on his right hand and left eye, according to charging papers filed by sheriff's deputy Patrick Bowen. Stewart declined medical treatment for his injuries, and Thompson was arrested at the Norris Street residence.

Two charged with battery thefts

John Edward Clopper III, 28, of Lexington Park and Giuseppe Andrea Clopper, 23, of Hollywood were released Friday on personal recognizance after they were charged with stealing used batteries from Carroll's Equipment in Dameron.

Old lawn tractor batteries completely filled the bed of Giuseppe Clopper's pickup truck when police examined it at his home on Friday, the day after they were stolen, according to charging papers filed by detective Michael Grimes. John Clopper was an employee of the business, charging papers state, and the value of the 60 missing batteries was estimated at $480.

Woman charged with theft, assault

A judge ordered last week that Anita Louise Schriver, 29, of Leonardtown be held in lieu of $5,000 bond on charging papers alleging she stole clothes and perfume at a department store and assaulted two employees.

Schriver agreed to go to the loss prevention office at the Belk store in California when she was confronted during the May 11 incident, but she pushed her way past Karyn Rae Khatiblou and Edith Denise French when they said that police would be called, according to charging papers filed by sheriff's deputy Melissa Green.

Schriver was detained at the scene until her arrest on misdemeanor charges of theft and second-degree assault. Schriver was living at a residential drug treatment facility, court papers state, while serving an 18-month burglary sentence.

Cab torched in Lexington Park

One or more culprits set a fire last Thursday evening inside a 1997 Dodge Caravan owned by Chesapeake Cab Inc., state investigators report, while it was parked outside the Lexington Park business.

Bay District volunteer firefighters responding to a 6:32 p.m. alarm quickly doused the blaze at Great Mills Road, according to a notice of investigation by deputy state fire marshal Caryn Moreland. The loss from the fire was estimated at $1,000.

The fire marshal's office has requested that anyone with information about the blaze call the state agency at 443-550-6831.

Reward offered in probe of theft

Law officers in St. Mary's are seeking the public's help through the county Crime Solvers program in their probe of the theft of a gas-powered generator reported missing May 1 from the garage at a home on Bell Boy Lane in Valley Lee.

Citizens with information about this case and other crimes in St. Mary's County can collect a cash reward by calling Crime Solvers 24 hours a day at 301-475-3333.