St. Mary's County Sheriff's Reports

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (Jan. 5, 2010) - The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office recently released the following incident and arrest reports.

SECOND DEGREE ASSAULT: On January 4, Corporal J. Molitor responded to a residence on Hemlock Way in California for a report of an assault. Investigation revealed Michael John Beard, 28 of California, was involved in a verbal dispute with the victim which escalated into a physical assault when Beard struck the victim in the face. Beard was arrested and charged with second-degree assault.

CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE VIOLATION: On January 1, at approximately 10:40 p.m. Deputy E. Croyle was conducting an after hours patrol check of Lancaster Park in Lexington Park. Lancaster Park is posted with a sign notifying the public that the park closes at dusk. Deputy Croyle she passed a Cadillac with Mississippi registration heading out of the park after hours. Deputy Croyle stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Alfred Edward Lassiter, Jr. 45 of Vicksburg, Mississippi and passenger Onita Carter Lassiter, 46 of Lexington Park. Deputy Croyle smelled a strong odor of burnt marijuana emitting from the vehicle as she spoke with the occupants. Deputy Croyle had the female passenger exit the vehicle for a probable cause search. During the search Deputy Croyle discovered suspected marijuana in the passenger compartment of the vehicle. Deputy Croyle arrested both occupants and discovered suspected marijuana paraphernalia. Both Lassiters were charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (marijuana) and possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia.

ASSAULT, DISORDERLY CONDUCT, TRESPASSING: On January 3, Deputy H. Allen responded to the A&E Motel in Lexington Park for a report of a fight in progress. The victim reported being assaulted by the male occupying room 140 at the motel. The victim and a witness provided a description of the suspect but the suspect was not at the motel. Later that evening Deputy Allen returned to the motel for a disturbance call. The suspect of the previous assault and current disturbance was identified as Thomas Oakley Burch 4th, 20 of Lexington Park. Deputy Allen made contact with Burch who had dried blood on his hands. Burch's information was gathered to make application against him for assault and he was told to leave the property of the A&E Motel and not to return. A short time later Burch returned to the A&E Motel. Burch was yelling. Burch was told to stop yelling by deputies, which he refused. Burch was arrested and charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct and second degree assault.

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