So. Md. Police News Briefs

Police pursuit in Calvert Co.

PRINCE FREDERICK—On February 15 at 8:19 p.m., the Calvert Control Center received a 911 call from a victim stating his vehicle had just been stolen from 1608 Mint Ct. in Prince Frederick. The victim described the vehicle as a 2012 white Dodge Charger with Maryland registration 3AP6740.

Dep. Ward of the Calvert County Sheriff's Office observed the vehicle travelling north bound on RT4 in area of Calvert Memorial Hospital and attempted to stop the vehicle. The operator of the vehicle accelerated and a pursuit ensued.

Sheriff's Office units coordinated the deployment of stop sticks in the area of Cherry Hill Road and Maryland Rt. 4. The driver's side front tire was deflated by the stop sticks. The vehicle continued north on Rt. 4. The tire which had been deflated by the stop stick deployment separated from the rim of the vehicle in the area of Skinners Turn Road. The vehicle continued north driving on only the rim at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.

The pursuit continued into Anne Arundel County and then into Prince Georges County. The vehicle took the exit for Water Street at the Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro where it crashed into a tree in the wooded area along the access ramp that leads back to Maryland Rt. 4 north.

The suspect fled the wreckage on foot. K-9 and a helicopter with FLIR were deployed in an effort to locate the suspect. After an extensive search the suspect was not located and his whereabouts and identity are unknown at this time.

The PG County Police Department responded to assist with the search and assumed the crash investigation. Maryland State Police and Park Police assisted with the search also. There was a substantial amount of blood around the crash scene and blood drenched clothing was also located nearby indicating the suspect received substantial injury during the crash.

Should you have any information that could help lead to the arrest of the suspect in this case please contact Dep. Ward at 410-535-2800. Calvert County Crime Solvers pays cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of suspects. You can reach crime solvers at 410-535-2880.

Fugitive located

ST. MARY'S COUNTY—During nearly a three year investigation, Investigators from MSP -Criminal Enforcement Division, Central South Region, located Shelly Michelle Ritter, 35, of California, St. Mary's County in Fayetteville, N.C. With the efforts of the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit, Ritter was apprehended and incarcerated at the Cumberland County Detention Center.

On February 13, 2015, with the assistance of the Maryland State Police Aviation Unit, Ritter was extradited back to St. Mary's County. She was charged with theft $1,000-$10,000 and theft less $1,000. Ritter was incarcerated pending a hearing with the District Court Commissioner.

Ritter has 6 other criminal cases against her in Maryland dating back to 1999, ranging from assault to uttering bad checks.

This investigation was conducted in collaboration with the Maryland State Police Aviation Unit, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Cumberland County Sheriff's Office and the St. Mary's County States Attorney's Office.

Attempted bank robbery

LA PLATA—The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an attempted bank robbery that occurred at the SunTrust Bank at 3070 Leonardtown Road in Waldorf. On Feb. 13 at 11:37 a.m., the suspect entered the bank, approached a teller and passed a note which implied he had a weapon and wanted money. Before the teller could do anything, the man left. Surveillance photos show the suspect entered the bank with an adolescent boy, possibly 10 to 13 years old. The youth walked up to the teller’s window with the suspect, but suddenly turned around and went back to the front doors where he waited. Both subjects left the bank together. The suspect is described as possibly being in his 30’s to 40’s, 5’10” to 6’0”, wearing a bright-colored jacket, a knit hat and dark glasses. The youth was wearing a bluish/gray coat, a gray and black knit hat, and red shoes.

Anyone with information about the identity of either subject is asked to call Det. C. Gregory at (301) 609-6507. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES + the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at

Theft scheme

CALVERT COUNTY—On July 14, 2014, members from the Maryland State Police-Criminal Enforcement Division, Central South Region, initiated an investigation into a theft scheme originating from Calvert County, MD. The investigation encompassed Calvert County and Anne Arundel County.

Through the investigation, investigators identified Ryan Michael Reffitt, 30, of Lusby, Calvert County, as the suspect. Reffitt obtained the victims credit cards and made several illegal purchases.

On January 15, 2015, Reffitt was located at his residence in Lusby. He was served with a Criminal Summons, charging him with Theft less than $1,000 and Theft Scheme.

This investigation was conducted in collaboration with the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Calvert County States Attorney's Office and Anne Arundel County States Attorney's Office.

Promotions in Calvert Co. Sheriff's Office

PRINCE FREDERICK—Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans announced the recent promotions of several deputies. The following were recognized for their accomplishments:

Lieutenant Todd Ireland was promoted to the rank of Captain.

First Sergeant Brent Parrott was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.

Sergeant Ronald Naughton was promoted to the rank of First Sergeant.

Corporal David Canning was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

Deputy First Class Elvis Carter was promoted to the rank of Corporal.

16-year-old girl in Calvert stabs, assaults two other females

CALVERT COUNTY—On Wednesday, January 7 at approximately 755 p.m., patrol troopers from Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Barrack were dispatched to the area of Bandera Lane and Catalina Drive in Lusby, Calvert County Maryland for a reported fight between two females.

As Troopers arrived on scene they located a female suffering from multiple stab wounds to the upper chest and lower abdominal area. The female was identified as Kayla Marie Wallace, 19, and a second victim, that was not stabbed, but had non-life threatening injuries was identified as Hali Lynn Marie Gribble, 20, both of Chesapeake Beach. The two females were transported to a local hospital to be treated for their injuries. Wallace was later transported to a local Trauma Center for further treatment. Wallace's injuries were not life threatening.

Investigators from Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division, Central South Region responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. MSP Crime Scene Technician from MSP Forensic Science Division also responded to process the scene.

Through several investigative leads, a 16-year-old female of Lusby was identified as the suspect in the stabbing. The juvenile was located at her residence and transported to the Prince Frederick Barrack for further questioning. She was subsequently charged with First Degree Assault and Second Degree Assault and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center.

This investigation was conducted in collaboration with the Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Barrack, Maryland State Police Forensic Science Division, Calvert County Sheriff's Office Patrol Division and Calvert County States Attorney's Office.

Calvert patrol deputies trained to use NARCAN

The number of heroin overdoses in Calvert County and across the nation continues to increase annually. Prescription drug abusers are finding it more difficult to get their hands on the often abused prescription pills and have subsequently turned to heroin as a cheaper more easily accessible alternative. Fraudulent prescriptions continue to be a significant problem, in addition to the heroin epidemic.

As a result of the increase in heroin overdoses in Calvert County, the Sheriff's Office has trained and equipped the majority of our patrol deputies with NARCAN. When deputies arrive on the scene of overdoses with unconscious subjects they administer NARCAN which reduces the side effects of the substance the individuals have overdosed on. Individuals who have overdosed and receive NARCAN are transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital where they are seen by a doctor before they are released. While the NARCAN takes the side effects away and brings the subjects out of their unconscious state, it does not take the substance out of their system. If the subjects "shoot up" or ingest heroin or other opiates after being administered NARCAN without being seen by a doctor, the potential for a fatal overdose is significantly increased. Individuals who call for assistance for subjects who have overdosed are exempt from facing criminal charges.

Calvert County Sheriff's Office patrol personnel continue to make arrests for violations of the controlled dangerous substance laws. The CCSO Drug Enforcement Unit focuses on arresting and prosecuting those selling controlled dangerous substances. While law enforcement throughout the state continues to battle the heroin epidemic, it is a far bigger problem than law enforcement can address alone. Citizens are encouraged to contact Calvert County Crime Solvers at 410-535-2880 to report any tips on drug or illicit activity.

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