Posted On: April 25, 2013

Southern Maryland Woman Charged with Criminally Negligent Manslaughter

A Southern Maryland motorist who was driving when her car crashed, killing her front-seat passenger, has a scheduled appearance in a St. Mary’s Courtroom to be arraigned on a charge of criminally negligent manslaughter. Courtesy of somdnews.com, the charge stems from a car crash last year on North Sandgates Road.

A Mechanicsville area resident, age 22, was behind the wheel of a 1996 Dodge Intrepid on April 28 when the vehicle veered off the road and crashed into two utility poles. The crash occurred at 2:26 a.m. The driver’s 23-year-old passenger, riding in the front seat, also from Mechanicsville, died from the injuries she received. The driver and an additional passenger were thrown from the vehicle, found conscious nearby and were transported to a local hospital.

The criminal charge of negligent manslaughter was not, according to Laura Caspar, St. Mary’s Assistant State’s Attorney, due to the presence of alcohol in her blood. The speed the car was traveling was instead the basis of the criminal charge. Criminally negligent manslaughter is a misdemeanor version of Maryland’s felony vehicular manslaughter law.

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Posted On: April 23, 2013

Two Suspects Arrested and Charged in Violent Robbery

According to Calvert County Police News Briefs, two suspects in a violent assault and robbery have been arrested. Each has been charged with the following:

  • Robbery
  • Armed robbery
  • Intent to injure with a dangerous weapon
  • First degree assault
  • Second degree assault
  • Theft of less than $1,000
A vehicle belonging to one of the men arrested and charged was seized, a 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup. Additional search warrants were issued after the arrests which yielded more evidence. Both men were positively identified by the victim of the robbery and assault.

The initial investigation revealed that the victim had been jumped from the rear and hit with a metal object that may have been a pipe. The suspects stole $700 cash from the beating victim, took some other items and then fled the scene, Kappatos Way at Hardesty Road in Sunderland.

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Posted On: April 19, 2013

Revised Maryland Gun Control Bill Ready for Governor’s Signature

Maryland’s gun laws are about to become among the strictest in the U.S. As reported by Fox News, the new gun control bill received final passage in the Maryland Senate after slight changes to the bill were approved on Wednesday by the House of Delegates. The Senate vote was 28 in favor, 19 opposed. The measure is now on its way to the desk of Governor Martin O’Malley who proposed the new legislation.

The new bill restricts firearms access for the mentally ill, bans 45 types of assault rifles, and limits gun magazine capacity to ten. Those who purchase handguns will be required to submit fingerprints to the state police, making Maryland the first state in almost 20 years to pass such a requirement. Fingerprints are required in only five other states: New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Hawaii.

Governor O’Malley said the bill’s success demonstrated that the majority of Maryland’s citizens support reducing gun violence through advancing legislation that will save lives.

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Posted On: April 17, 2013

Gun Control Receives Final Approval in Maryland House of Delegates

As reported by somd.com, a slightly changed version of Governor Martin O’Malley’s gun control bill was approved by Maryland delegates on Wednesday, April 3rd, after two long days of debate on the House floor.

All of the most significant provisions of the version passed by the Senate were kept intact. Those include the following:

  • Limit the mentally ill’s access to firearms
  • Ban assault rifles
  • Lower magazines’ ammunition capacity from 20 to ten
  • Require fingerprinting of individuals who purchase handguns
  • Require at least eight hours of safety training for those who purchase handguns
Conservative Democrats and Republicans made several attempts to amend the bill. Efforts were made to narrow the definition of assault rifle, get rid of the mandate for fingerprinting those who buy handguns, and to delay the date the bill would take effect.

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Posted On: April 8, 2013

Investigation Underway in Calvert Shooting Death

The man who shot and killed one of two alleged intruders outside his Huntingtown home was in fear of being killed, according to Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans. The shooting occurred on March 31 at around 10:30 p.m., according to the police report. As reported by thebaynet.com, the shooting happened on Harlequin Court near a private residence.

Sheriff Evans told reporters that the man who feared for his life was a retired, Washington D.C. police officer himself. According to the preliminary investigation by the Calvert Investigative Team (CIT) the home owner was inside his home at the time and heard a loud knock or banging on his front door. Before opening the door, the resident found his handgun. When he opened the door, he saw two people. Both acted aggressively and made threatening statements. One had a weapon, which he proceeded to brandish. The resident was afraid of losing his life, so he shot at the suspects. One was hit and fell dead near the home’s driveway. The other suspect left the scene of the incident in a vehicle.

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Posted On: April 8, 2013

Sex Offender Wanted for Home Invasion

Public assistance is being requested by the St. Mary’s County Bureau of Criminal Investigations in locating a Mechanicsville man who is wanted on charges of home invasions. Courtesy of Southern Maryland News Net, the home invasion happened on March 18 near Leonardtown. According to the arrest warrant, the accused has been charged with multiple offenses of home invasion.

The accused was convicted of a sex crime involving a minor in 2009. He was sentenced to seven years jail time with all but 18 months suspended. Additionally, the suspect was convicted of first degree burglary in 2009, which resulted in a five year prison sentence. Only 18 months were served after the rest of the sentence was suspended.

The St. Mary’s County criminal defense attorneys at the law firm of Alpert Schreyer believe that all who are accused of facing criminal charges deserve a fair trial and the chance to protect their future. Facing the legal system can be a daunting task. We pursue the best possible outcome in each individual case while protecting our client’s rights.

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Posted On: April 4, 2013

Charles County Woman Charged with Theft Crimes

A 21-year-old woman who lives in Hughesville, Maryland in Charles County has been arrested and charged with theft. As reported by thebaynet.com and Southern Maryland News Net, and published on March 28, a search-and-seizure warrant was executed at a private residence in Charles County, Maryland. St. Mary’s County Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) was aided by Charles County Criminal Investigations Division officers in the execution of the warrant. The St. Mary’s County BCI is a team of investigators made up of detectives from the Maryland State Police — Leonardtown Barrack as well as detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office. The investigatory unit is based in Leonardtown and was founded on the first of July, 2003.

The report of the arrest and charges issued was released to reporters by the St. Mary’s County BCI. The woman arrested at the home was charged with the following: