Police briefs

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Woman indicted for child abuse

Lashanda Shalan Cardwell, 26, of Great Mills was released on personal recognizance Monday at her arraignment on an indictment charging her with physically abusing and committing a second-degree assault on two girls last summer.

St. Mary's detectives filed initial district court charging papers last July alleging that one of the girls, who was 2 years old, had bruises and welts on her body, and that a belt "consistent with the size and shape of the victim's injuries" was seized during a police raid at the suspect's home.A judge ordered Monday that the suspect have no unsupervised contact with the two girls as a condition of her pretrial release.

Police report arrest after shotgun fired

Jason Anthony Adams, 37, of Lexington Park was released on personal recognizance after his arrest Saturday night on a charge of reckless endangerment in court papers alleging he fired a shotgun round into the air in his neighborhood.

St. Mary's sheriff's deputies report that they responded at about 9:10 p.m. Saturday to the intersection of MacArthur Boulevard and Novosel Court in San Souci, and that they found Adams leaning against a van, within reach of the shotgun. Deputies report that they ordered Adams to put his hands in the air, and that they eventually took control of him and the loaded Mossberg shotgun outside his residence.

The suspect, who police observed to be "extremely intoxicated," told the officers that "he became involved in a dispute with several individuals in the neighborhood," detective Cpl. Vyvyan Walker wrote in a statement of probable cause. The suspect also told police, court papers state, that when he fired the weapon that night, he was "shooting at a bird."

Adults and children were walking in the area, and the shot was fired within about 100 feet of other homes in the community, according to charging documents.

Motorist hurt in crash at St. Mary's City

A car caught fire and a person who got out of the vehicle was flown to a hospital, St. Mary's officials report, after it crashed at about 11 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of Route 5 and Old State House Road in St. Mary's City.

Ridge, Bay District and Webster Field firefighters responded to the scene, along with Ridge and Lexington Park rescue volunteers, a county advanced life-support unit and a Maryland State Police helicopter crew.

Police tips line open

Maryland State Police in Leonardtown operate a Tips Line at 301-475-2936, inviting anyone with information about a crime that has occurred, or they expect may occur, to anonymously report that information.