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Thursday, January 4, 2007

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Sports and Community Interest B Heartbreaker at Ryken

Knights Lose to Top Basketball Team in Maryland

Photo by Andrew Knowlton

Knight point guard Julius Brown looks to make a pass as he dribbles the top of the key. He led his team in scoring with 19 points.

By Andrew Knowlton Staff Writer Ryken’s boys basketball team threw everything they could at the DC Metropolitan’s top-ranked team, DeMatha, Tuesday night, but still came up short, losing 65-62 on their home court.

The Knights proved throughout the game that they could hang with the Stags, but minor mistakes prevented them from coming away with the victory. “It’s very disappointing,” Ryken head coach Danny Sancomb said. “”It wasn’t a good job for us. We lost the game.

Raiders Knock Braves to Last in Tournament By Andrew Knowlton Staff Writer Leonardtown’s boys basketball team, led by Donardis Bradshaw’s 16 point performance, beat Chopticon 59-46 on the Braves’ home turf Friday. The 15 – point win, which came a day after losing to Great Mills for the second time this season, earned the Raiders third place in the Four Star Pizza

Southern Maryland Holiday Basketball Tournament. According to Leonardtown head coach Jake Heibel, it was that game that gave the Raiders confidence to go out and beat Chopticon, despite the loss. “I thought last night was a confidence booster,” he said after the Chopticon game. “We had two games where we didn’t compete and we didn’t play as

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Our goal tonight was to win the game.” In the first half, the Knights used tremendous three-point shooting to build a 30-25 lead. Point guard Julius Brown and shooting guard Janko Kajtez each knocked down two three’s and combined for 16 points in the second quarter.

“Janko and Julius are good shooters,” Sancomb said. “If they’re open, they’re going to make shots. They spaced the ball out, they came off screens…if they’re open, they’re going to make them.” The Stags held a 16-11 lead

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Hornets Speed Past Wildcats By Andrew Knowlton Staff Writer

cats. “You’ve got to give them that. But we’re a good team period. We’ve got great players, shooters, passers. We’ve got everything on our team, so you can’t stop that.” In the end, it was the Hornets’ speed that proved to be their best weapon. Walter Johnson showed signs of fatigue in the fourth quarter while Great Mills capitalized on fast breaks. The Hornets were also patient offensively and spread the ball

In Friday night’s championship game of the Four Star Pizza Southern Maryland Holiday Tournament, the Great Mills boys’ basketball team beat Walter Johnson 65-56 and put on a show doing it. The Hornets had the entire crowd at Chopticon on their feet early in the game. It started with a one-handed dunk by 5’10’’ Joseph Brown. On the following play, Hornet’s pointguard Cody Kohn stole the ball from a Walter Johnson guard, passed it to Will Smith, who ran the fast break and threw an alleyoop pass to Trae Jacobs, who soared high and dunked the ball with authority. Kohn then grabbed another steal and sprinted the court for two more easy points. This run stunned the Wildcats, who cruised to victory over Chopticon the day before. But after a timeout, Walter Johnson worked their way Photo by Andrew Knowlton back into the game with strong shoot- Great Mills guard Joseph Brown rises high for ing. By halftime, an easy two points in the championship game against Walter Johnson. He led the Hornets with they were only 22 points in their 65-56 victory. down by three. “They’re a good shooting See Speed page B- team,” Jacobs said of the Wild-

Great Weekend For Hornets

Girls Top Chopticon to Win Four Star Pizza Holiday Tourney By Andrew Knowlton Staff Writer Great Mills’ and Chopticon’s girls basketball teams are seeing a lot of each other this year. The Hornets have gotten the best of the Braves in both of the team’s meetings so far, but Chopticon gets another crack at them tomorrow at Great Mills. On Friday, the Hornets beat Chopticon 58-21 to win the Four Star Pizza Southern Maryland Holiday Basketball Tournament. Megan Matheny and Corleda Naylor each earned spots on the all-tournament team for their roles in winning the tournament, but they couldn’t have done it without the help of Ashley Lindsey, named the tournament’s “most outstanding player”. The Hornets beat Leonardtown 57-44 Dec. 28 to advance to the championship game. Ma-

Photo by Andrew Knowlton

Great Mills Forward Ashley Lindsey drives to the rack in a win over Leonardtown. Lindsey scored 23 points in the Four Star Pizza Southern Maryland Holiday Basketball Tournament to earn the “most outstanding player” award.

theny scored 16 points, Lindsey had 13, and Naylor contributed with 11. “Everyone was seeing the open person,” Matheny said. “So that was amazing. We were sharing the ball. Everyone was sharing the ball and everyone was seeing the open person. That’s how we’re scoring.” In the championship game, the Hornets jumped on Chopticon early, giving up just six points in the first half. “It wasn’t the margin of victory, it was the way we went out. I thought we played really hard. I thought we were very aggressive,” Great Mills head coach Brian Weisner said. “ I think that was the difference in the game. We were much more aggressive.” Eleven Hornet players put

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Ladies Come Back

Raiders Snatch Victory from La Plata By Andrew Knowlton Staff Writer

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Leonardtown’s Donardis Bradshaw gets up for two points over Great Mills’ Leon Little. Bradshaw was voted onto the all-tournament team and was a key factor in the Raiders’ win over Chopticon in the consolation game.

The Leonardtown Lady Raiders were down 33-26 to La Plata with less than four minutes remaining in the game. The Warriors seemed to have the victory sealed, until L-Town center Misty Stachowski suffocated La Plata’s offense. Her two key blocks and steal in the last minutes of the game gave the Raiders the momentum they needed to plot their comeback. She scored three quick points cutting the lead to four. Then, forward Katherine Mar-

tin pulled down an offensive rebound and scored on a put-back. She turned around on defense and came up with a steal and assist to Dana O’Neil who scored on a layup to tie the game. La Plata controlled the ball for the next minute, but couldn’t get the ball in the net. O’Neil grabbed the rebound on a Warrior miss, giving the Raiders an opportunity to win the game with 25 seconds on the clock. The ball swung to Emily Jones on the wing with 12 seconds to go. She released the ball immediately and watched her shot sail up and through the

net. La Plata had time to score, but their desperation shot at the buzzer bounced hard off the backboard, and the Raiders earned the 35-33 win for third place in the tournament. Jones only had two points (off foul shots) before swishing the game-winner. “It was really exciting to be able to pull through for the win,” Jones said. “I was a little nervous.” Although Jones was nervous about taking the last shot, Raiders’ head coach Ed Carney saw his team play more confidently than they had in their

57-44 loss to Great Mills the day before. “We started executing,” Carney said. “We got back to running our offense with a little more confidence. I thought we played hard yesterday, but we played [Great Mills’] game too much.” The Raiders struggled offensively at times, making bad passes and turning the ball over. La Plata scored the first four points of the game, but Leonardtown adjusted quickly and went on a 10-0 run to end the first

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Sports Speed Continued from page B- until they found an open player. “I think we had 18 assists, and that’s one of the stats we usually look for,” Peck said. “That tells us what success we had in that game.” One player who repeatedly found himself open was Brown, who exploded for 22 points. Walter Johnson was unable to stop his 15-footers, fast break layups, or put-backs all night long. “He does a very good job of finding the open hole and I think the guards did a very good job of finding him,” Hornet head coach Frank Peck said. Brown also had a tremendous block in the fourth quarter that sent the ball deep into the bleachers. Along with Brown’s season high 22 points, Kohn scored 19 and Jacobs had 12. Jacobs earned the “most outstanding player” award for the tournament. He scored 19 points in a victory over Leonardtown on the opening night. “He’s coming along,” Peck

Hornets Continued from page B- points on the board, and Lindsey led the way with 10. Guard Tyneisha Baker was close behind with nine. The Hornets faced Chopticon in the championship game of Tip-Off Tournament earlier this season and won 43-25. “I think we didn’t play as good as we did last time,” Chopticon point guard Jennifer Allison said. “In our last tournament, we definitely stepped it up to Great Mills. We were only down six at halftime.” Friday’s game was a different story. The Braves struggled all night to put together a scoring drive against Great Mills’ strong defense, and frustration quickly set in. Allison led the Braves with 10 points after scoring 17 the night before in a win against La Plata. Those numbers gave her a spot on the all-tournament team as well. “It feels good,” Allison said of the award. “With a loss like that, it definitely made my day a

Heartbreak Continued from page B- in the first quarter, but Brown and Kajtez’s scoring helped the Knights outscore DeMatha 19-9 in the second. DeMatha opened up the second half with an alley-oop dunk by Austin Freeman. Ryken did not panic after that play, but the Stags kept the pressure on and took a one-point lead late in the third quarter after a layup by Jeff Peterson. “We didn’t want to give [DeMatha] second-chance points,” Sancomb said. “But they prob-

said of Jacobs. “If he gets the ball in there and just goes strong to the basket, he’s going to be a force that teams will have to reckon with.” Kohn and Smith provided the outside balance against Leonardtown by contributing 16 and 10 points each. Jacobs put an exclamation point on the victory over Walter Johnson in the last minute when Sidney Ridley threw him another alley-oop pass. This time, Jacobs hung on the rim and earned himself a technical foul. By then, though, the Hornets already had the victory wrapped up. “It feels good,” Jacobs said. “First dunk of the season, second dunk of the season in the same game.” Great Mills improved to 6-1 (1-0 SMAC) with their tournament wins. They have also established themselves as the top team in the county. But the Hornets are not content with just being the best team in St. Mary’s County, “e want to try to win SMAC and states,” Brown said.

little better.” After the tournament, the Braves are 3-4 on the season and left wondering how to beat Great Mills. The Hornets, on the other hand, have mixed feelings about having to play the Braves so much. “It doesn’t matter what team it is, you don’t want to continue to play the same team because it’s hard to play the same team over and over. It’s always hard,” Weisner said. Hornet players are enjoying their weekly match-up with Chopticon. “It’s fun,” Lindsey said. “We know we can beat them, so I like it.” Tomorrow, the teams will meet for the third time. Weisner assures that his team will take it as seriously as any game. “No team wants to lose to a county rival, ever,” Weisner said. “It doesn’t matter when it is, you always want to play hard against your county rival and they’re going to come out and they’re going to give us a heck of a game next time and we’re just going to have to be ready.” ably had 12 to 14 in the second half on second-chance points.” The Knights also made several key turnovers in the second half that probably cost them the victory, according to Brown. “On defense we were killing them,” he said. “I think if we had cut down on our turnovers a little bit more, we could have won the game.” Ryken called a timeout after DeMatha’s run and reclaimed the lead when forward John Flowers tipped in a missed shot. Forward Jon Taylor then stole the ball and scored to give the Knights a three-point lead. But a few turnovers by Ryken led to another

L-Town Continued from page B- hard as I would have liked. We were blown out by Great Mills a couple of weeks ago and we got blown out by Northern. We played well last night against Great Mills. I think we got our confidence last night.” The first time Leonardtown and Great Mills met, the Raiders were downed 54-25. On Thursday, the Raiders lost by 15. “The first time we played Great Mills, we didn’t really make shots, we didn’t play as a team, we didn’t really hustle,”

Bradshaw said. “This time we picked it up, and a lot of it had to do with our post game.” The post game was the key to Leonardtown’s victory over Chopticon. The Raiders centers and forwards combined for 35 points and made outside shooters more dangerous as well. The Raiders were able to push the ball down low and then kick it out to open shooters when Chopticon’s defense collapsed. “We’ve got a lot of good shooters, but in order for us to get shots off, we’ve got to look inside first,” Bradshaw said. “Our post game is going to help us win a lot of games.”

The Raiders jumped to an eight point lead by halftime and increased it to 17 in the early minutes of the third, but Chopticon ended the third by going on an eight point run capped by a buzzer beating layup by forward Ivan Cerkez. The run brought the score to 47-38 going into the fourth quarter. “We had an opportunity to put the game away midway through the third but we did some fundamental things that we tell them not to do,” Heibel said. “I told the kids I don’t care how we do it, we’ve got to find a way to win the game, and we did.” The Raiders held on for the

win by playing strong defense and making frequent trips to the foul line. Half of their fourth quarter points were from the charity stripe. “I think today we picked up our offense from last night a lot,” Bradshaw said. “We stepped up our defense too, so I think we just played more as a team today.” With the win over Chopticon, the Raiders snapped a three game losing streak and hope to ride the wave of momentum. They faced Westlake last night at home, but results were unavailable at press time. Scores will be updated at www.somd. com.

Raiders Continued from page B- quarter. The lead went back and forth until the start of the fourth quarter, when the Warriors went on a six-point run. La Plata was in position to win the game, until the Lady Raiders went on a ninepoint run to steal the victory. Stachowski’s strong inside play throughout the tournament was a key factor in building confidence for the Raiders. She scored 15 on La Plata and had 14 against Great Mills to earn a spot on the all-tournament team. “Misty played much more physical inside,” Carney said. “She used her post moves a lot more than she has been. We hadn’t been doing that enough. That was one of our focuses – to get the ball inside.” “Personally, I was just thinking that we really needed to win this game,” Stachowski said. O’Neil was the second highest Raider scorer with six points. Against Great Mills, Arlene Carney followed Stachowski’s 14 points with seven, while Jones chipped in six. “We’ve come so far since the beginning of the season,” Stachowski said. The Raiders are now 2-3

Photo by Andrew Knowlton

Leonardtown’s Emily Jones, right, dribbles her way past Great Mills’ RyShawn Butler. Jones scored the game winning shot in the Raiders consolation game against La Plata.

overall and looking to even their

record tomorrow as they face La

basket by Peterson and another a quick bucket. The Stags hit two again, but DeMatha made both alley-oop dunk by Freeman as foul shots, but Flowers respond- foul shots. With 4.3 seconds time expired. ed with two of his own after ref- left, Julius Brown pushed the “We’ve got to take care of erees called an intentional foul ball up the court and took a shot from the top of the key. The ball the basketball,” Sancomb said. on Peterson. “We turned it over too much in the second half. When you play a team like DeMatha, you have to protect the basketball. Every possession is important.” After cutting the lead to three in the fourth quarter, Brown knocked down a critical three-pointer to tie the game. Freeman scored on the ensuing possession and then Ryken’s Thaddeus Brown hit a floater to tie the game once more. From there, DeMatha was Photo by Andrew Knowlton able to build a 60-52 advantage and wasted over a minute of Ryken guard Thaddeus Brown, left, runs past a DeMatha opponent in search of an open teammate. Brown scored a critical basket late in the clock time with just one posses- game to tie the score, but the Knights still lost 65-62. sion. Down eight, the Knights Down four and with less bounced hard off the backboard looked defeated, but Kajtez came in big with a fade-away three than 10 seconds in the game, as the buzzer sounded and Dewith 50.8 seconds left. Ryken guard R.J. Buck knocked down a Matha escaped with the three fouled as quickly as possible and three-pointer to put victory back point win. The loss was hard to swalDeMatha missed their one-and- in sight for Ryken. The Knights fouled once low for the Knights (7-3), who one free throw. Julius Brown sprinted up the court and scored

Plata again at home. have proven themselves to be a top team in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. “We really wanted this game right here,” Julius Brown said. “We don’t accept losing by three because we wanted to win this game.” “We tried everything,” added Kajtez. “It’s really disappointing.” Julius Brown led the Knights with 19 points in the game. Kajtez recorded 18, 12 of which were on three-pointers, and Flowers scored 12 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Ryken will have a second chance at DeMatha Jan. 30, but for now, they will try to move past the loss and focus on their next game. “We’ve got to get ready,” Sancomb said. “DeMatha is a great team, but so is everybody else in our league. We can’t hold our heads down, we’ve got to get ready for Bishop Ireton tomorrow.”

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Sports In the Knowl

The State of the (Sports) Union Address

By Andrew Knowlton Staff Writer Fans, athletes, coaches, distinguished countrymen and fellow citizens: Every year, by law and by custom, we meet to

discuss the state of our area’s professional sports teams. This year, we gather deeply aware of decisive days ahead. You and I, loyal fans of Washington and Baltimore sports teams, fulfill our duties day in and day out. At the start of every season, we are hopeful and confident in the skills of our favorite players and teams. And every season, we are by their side to encourage them to the best of our abilities. (Applause.) Most years, we are let down by poor performances, making our jobs harder and harder. In the year 2006, we saw the

Baltimore Orioles finish with a 70-92 record, finishing (as they do every year) second to last in their division. The Washington Nationals had a record of 71-91. (Boo’s.) The team that most of us DC sports fans rely on every year DC United- was eliminated in the playoffs by the New England Revolution and one of the star players -Freddy Adu- was traded away to Salt Lake. (Boo’s.) Currently, the Washington Capitals are on a five-game losing streak and boast a 16-17 record. They are in 11th place in the Eastern Conference. (Boo’s.)

The Mighty Washington Redskins, with all the talent they have, are the most disappointing team of the year with their 5-11 record and last place finish in the NFC East. (Bottles thrown.) Now let us look at the positive, the things we loyal fans can be thankful for in this new year. The Baltimore Ravens are one of the strongest teams in the NFL with a 13-3 record. Their defense reminds many of the 2001 Ravens team, which won Super Bowl XXXV. (Thunderous applause.) The Washington Wizards are in first place in the Southeast

Division currently with a 17-13 record and have won 12 of their last 16 games. Gilbert Arenas is third in the league in scoring, averaging 30.3 points per game. He scored 60 on Kobe Bryant and the Lakers in overtime. Arenas and his teammates Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison are the league’s highest scoring trio. (Thunderous applause.) Of course, we must not forget the Washington Mystics, who are neither in the good nor bad news categories. They hold an 18-16 record and are mid-pack in the Eastern Conference. (Sighs.) As we can see, this area has many challenges. We will not deny, we will not ignore, we will not hope to pass them along to others. We will confront them with determination and courage. (Applause.) My fellow DC area sports

fans, we have seen dark days. But let me assure you that the worst is over. We have looked down the eye of the storm and we have prevailed. Now, only brighter days await us. (Applause.) DC area sports will rise to the top, starting with a Super Bowl Championship from the Ravens and followed by an NBA Championship from the Wizards (Deafening cheers.) We fans have faith in ourselves, but not in ourselves alone. We have faith in our teams and players. In 2007, our years of dedication will finally pay off. (Tears of joy.) Thank you and may God bless our sports. (Applause.)

Wonderful People

Hospital Foundation Volunteers Come up Big Emily Finch Staff Writer In 1996, St. Mary’s Hospital felt a strong need for greater revenues. Thus, the Board of Directors brainstormed, and gave birth to the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation to carry out this mission. The Foundation, made up of just over one dozen members, has succeeded in a big way, raising nearly $200,000 this year in two events. Bob Russell, president of SMHF, said this is “thanks to the generosity of both individuals and sponsoring businesses.” The newest event, just two years running, is held mid-September at the Blue Wind Gourmet in California. The Epicurean Experience offers guests an entire evening of professionally prepared cuisines creatively paired with unique wines for new tasting experiences. Although the event is a once per year affair, it brings in roughly $12,000. This year, the Epicurean Experience was held Sept. 21. The annual Gala, sponsored by the SMHF is held on the Friday before Thanksgiving. It is “a great kickoff event for the holiday season, and the black-tie social event of the year,” Russell said. For the past few years, the Gala has been held in the social

hall of the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department (HVFD). “It’s nice to be able to use the HVFD hall, because our revenue is only limited by the amount of people we can fit in the building,” Russell said. “And that

raised by these events is placed into a fund for the SMHF Scholarship program, which has awarded opportunities for higher education and long-lasting careers to students since 2001. “The Scholarship program

Resources for the hospital. Hendricks, as she puts it, works as “a liaison between the Foundation, the Scholarship program and the hospital.” Three more volunteers run the Scholarship program. In the past, the Scholarship

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This People Who Care Tree can be seen in the lobby of the St. Mary’s Hospital.

hall can hold almost 600 people, which means a lot of revenue for the hospital.” The majority of the money

was initially set up to the nursing shortage Mary’s Hospital,” said Hendricks, director of

address for St. Barbara Human

program was only available to students pursuing an associate’s degree in nursing, but recently, the Foundation opened the op-

portunity up to those seeking a degree in the general Allied Health area. This includes, but is not limited to, Radiology, Physical Therapy, Ultrasound, and Health Management. St. Mary’s Hospital recognized the shortages in these areas and decided to make this change to the program. The Foundation will also meet this month to discuss opening the Scholarship program to those students seeking four-year bachelor’s degrees. These scholarships pay for tuition, lab fees, books and even uniforms, if needed. After receiving their degree, the awardees have a one-year obligation to work with St. Mary’s Hospital. This provides the hospital with needed employees and the graduates with work experience and a guaranteed job right out of school. Receiving the SMH Foundation Scholarship does not require county residence, a health-related background, or for applicants to be recent or upcoming high school graduates. “Most of our applicants actually come from men in their late 20s and early 30s,” Russell said. “Recent high school graduates and older females make up the minority of our applicants.” Applicants do not need prior medical training or to have at-

tended the James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center while in high School. The program, according to Russell, is open to anyone in the tri-county area of St. Mary’s, Calvert and Charles Counties wishing to pursue a degree in Allied Health or Nursing and start a career with St. Mary’s Hospital. The number of students accepted is based on the number of applications received. However, “this year and last year the program has awarded about 12 or 13 applicants with scholarships,” says Hendricks. The St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation, run solely by volunteers, “brings in more and more revenue for the hospital each year,” Russell said. “We have wonderful people that are excellent about rolling up their sleeves, getting the work done and raising the money for their hospital.” Applications for the St. Mary’s Hospital Scholarship program are available on their website: foundation.html or in the Human Resources Department at the St. Mary’s Hospital, which can be reached at 301-475-6017. The deadline for the applications this year is Feb. 14.

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Police Briefs Resisting Arrest

Inmate Acts Out

During a dispute at their home over Christmas gifts, Charles Edward Danford, 33, of California, assaulted Thomas James Duclos, 57, of California. Deputy Jamie Reithmeyer attempted to place Danford under arrest and he briefly resisted before Deputies got him into custody. Neither the suspect nor the officers were injured.

Deputy James Stone responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center for a reported assault. The inmate, 21, of Washington D.C., flooded his cellblock and was being moved to another area of the Detention Center while a clean up was conducted. The inmate became aggressive and attempted to strike the Correctional Officers. His attempt was unsuccessful, and when he was detained he spit in the face of one Correctional Officer and on the person of a second. Additional charges are pending a State’s Attorney Office review.

Thief Caught Forging Check Deputy Michael George responded to a Piney Point residence for a reported theft. The suspect, Brandon James Smith, 18, of Piney Point was located at a local convenience store. A check revealed an open warrant for the suspect. He was placed into custody when a crack cocaine smoking device and the stolen check was located on his person. Police report that Smith stole the check, forged it and attempted to cash it when George arrived.

Woman Charged with Disorderly Conduct Deputy David Cowan responded to a reported disturbance in a Leonardtown neighborhood. Upon arrival, he encountered an intoxicated female later identified as Shenandoah Dornell Benton, 30, of Leonardtown. Benton reportedly bit another female in the face and that victim declined to press charges. Benton acted disorderly and failed numerous times to cease those actions after being warned by Cowan to do so. She was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct.

Failure to Support


RX Fraud Deputy Harold Young responded to a local pharmacy and located suspect Anthony Guy Cundiff, 39, of Great Mills inside the store. Deputy Young found that Cundiff had submitted a fraudulent prescription for filling. He was arrested and charged with Prescription Fraud.

Ourstanding Warrant Leads to Assault and Theft Arrest Deputy Zorana Sipos located Antonio Wendell Chase, 20, of Lexington Park, and arrested him on an outstanding warrant through Anne Arundel County. An additional warrant through St. Mary’s County for Assault First Degree and theft was served by Deputy Jaime Reithmeyer .

DWI Arrest

Deputy Zorana Sipos arrested Brandon Ashley Birchfield, 21, of Hollywood, on an open warrant through Worchester County.

Deputy Jason Graves conducted a vehicle stop on Baptist Church Road and identified the operator of the vehicle as Matthew Boyd McDonald, 25, of Mechanicsville. McDonald was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated.

Attempted Robbery Arrest Deputy Harold Young arrested a suspect on a St. Mary’s County Grand Jury Indictment for Attempted Robbery. The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

Cocaine Dealer Caught Alonzo Tyer Preston, 33, of Mechanicsville, was arrested on an open warrant by Deputy Margaret Smolarsky. The warrant was a St. Mary’s Count Grand Jury Indictment for Possession of Cocaine and Possession of Cocaine with the Intent to Distribute. The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Criminal Investigations Narcotics Division.

Theodore Xavier Dorsey, 45, of no fixed address, was arrested by Deputy Patrick Handy for Failure to Pay Child Support.

DWI Stop Leads to Possession Arrest

Theft Arrest

Probation Violation

Deputy David Cowan arrested Brian Christopher Hancock, 28, of Annapolis, Md., on an outstanding warrant for multiple counts of theft.

DWI and Marijuana Arrestt While off duty, Deputy Lieutenant Daniel D. Alioto conducted a vehicle stop in the Valley Lee area. The operator of the vehicle was identified as Jeffrey Brian Koenig, 33 of Hollywood. Koenig was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and other violations including violation of an alcohol restriction and violation of the inter-lock program. It was Koenig’s third arrest for DWI. A search incident to arrest revealed a large quantity of marijuana and a smoking device. Charges were completed by Deputy Mumper.

Duo Arrested for Assault Child Support Evader Caught

Deputy William Watters arrested Christopher Allan Millstead, 22, of Great Mills, on a Calvert County Warrant for two counts of telephone misuse.


Deputy David Corcoran located and arrested Gary Orlando Harrod on an open Calvert County Sheriff’s Office warrant for Failure to Pay Child Support.

Open Warrant

Deputy William White conducted a vehicle stop in California and identified the operator of the vehicle as a 15-year-old female from Patuxent River. The female was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and other citations before being processed and released to await a hearing in the Juvenile Court. A second female was also arrested for possession of marijuana. The second suspect was a 16-year-old female from Ridge.

Phony Calls

Thursday, January 4, 2007

Harry Magruder Long, 26, of Lexington Park, was arrested on an open Calvert County warrant for Violation of Probation. The arresting Officer was Deputy Kevin Meyer.


What’s Yours

Katherine Elizabeth Norton, 28, of Lexington Park, and Virginia Duane Ortiz, 35, of no fixed address) were both served a Criminal Summons by Deputy Kevin Meyer for Assault Second Degree. The victim suffered a fracture wrist as a result of the assault committed by the two suspects.

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Failure to Appear Randy Lee Garner, 35, of Leonardtown, was arrested by Corporal Gene Hill on an open warrant through Charles County for Failure to Appear.

Trespassing Queen Ella Champion, 24, of no fixed address, was arrested by Deputy Marci Faulkner for Trespassing. Champion was reportedly served with a notice not to trespass and failed to remain off the property.

Assault Arrest



William Scott Spicer, 25, of no fixed address was arrested by Deputy David Cowan on an open warrant for Assault Second Degree and Property Destruction.

Escapee Brought In Emanuel Jones, 30, of no fixed address, was arrested by Deputy Mark A. Smith for First Degree Escape. Jones had been sentenced to the Detention Center and failed to return from the Work Release Program.

Deputy Mark A. Smith responded to Cadillac Jack’s nightclub for a reported fight in progress to the rear of the parking lot. Upon arriving at the scene, a witness/victim advised Deputies that suspect Donald A. Townsend had grabbed a female by the throat and was holding her against the rear wall of the building. The witness/victim ran over to the suspect and told him to stop and let her go. The suspect reportedly struck the witness/victim causing her to fall to the ground. The original victim in this case was the suspect’s wife. Townsend was arrested and charged with Assault Second Degree.

Vandalism A Seventeen-year-old Mechanicsville male was arrested by Deputy James for Property Destruction. The suspect reportedly smashed out a window of the victim’s home because he believed one of the occupants of the home had flattened his tire.

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Boy, 16, Arrested for Assault A 16-year-old male from Lexington Park was arrested for Assault Second Degree. The 11year-old victim was inside a California store playing a video game when the suspect struck him in the back of the head. The victim and suspect do not know one another. The suspect was processed by Deputy Joseph Labrack and released to a guardian.

A ten-year-old Lexington Park female was arrested after allegedly shooting another juvenile, an 11-year-old male, with a BB gun. The victim was shot in the leg and the forehead. She was processed and released to a guardian to await a hearing in the Juvenile Court.

Phone Misuse Arrest Deputy David Goff responded to a Lexington Park residence for reported telephone misuse. While investigating the incident, the suspect, Jose Madrid, 32, of Lexington Park, called and spoke to the victim. The victim told the

Open Parole Warrant Ruby Ann Young, 43, of La Plata, Md., was arrested by Deputy William Rishel on an open Parole Retake Warrant.

Failure to Pay Child Support Deputy Douglas Harris arrested Scotty Ray Mallette, 30, of Lexington Park, on two open warrants. Both warrants were for the suspect Failing to pay Child Support.

Child Abuse Deputies Jason Maletto and Kevin Somerville arrived at a Leonardtown residence for a reported domestic dispute. It was reported by police that suspect Scott Franklin Greenwell, 37, of Leonardtown, had repeatedly pushed and struck the 14year-old victim, causing visible signs of injury. Greenwell was located by Officers attempting to hide under his bed inside the residence. He was charged with Child Abuse and Second Degree Assault.

Bad Check Deputy Joseph Labrack served Stacey Synnette Nelson with a Criminal Summons for passing a worthless check. The summons stated the amount was $207.

Possession Charges

Assault 2 Arrest

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suspect again not to call and that police were investigating the incident. According to Police, the suspect became infuriated, shouted profanities and hung up the phone. He called again and Deputy Goff attempted to explain to him the crime he was committing at which the suspect began to threaten to “kill” the Deputy. The suspect had called the victim’s home numerous times attempting to speak with her 16-year-old daughter. Deputy Goff located the suspect at a Lexington Park residence and placed him into custody.

Deputy Timothy White conducted a vehicle stop in the Leonardtown area and identified the operator of the vehicle as David James Abell, 29, of Leonardtown. Abell was reported to be in possession of marijuana and a marijuana smoking device.

Theft Scheme Arrest Made Shellie Marie Karis, 39, of Mechanicsville, was charged on a Criminal Summons by Deputy Jason Graves with six counts of bad checks over $500, three counts of theft under $500 and Theft Scheme for the numerous worthless checks the suspect has reportedly been passing.

Domestic Assault Arrest Deputy Robert Merritt responded to a Lexington Park residence for a reported domestic assault in progress. Upon arrival, suspect Sherri Myong Debevoise, 25, of Lexington Park, refused to allow access to the other party involved in the domestic dispute. She was warned several times that she was hindering the investigation and Merritt advised her she was under arrest. Debevoise resisted and Merritt, with assistance of Maryland State Police Trooper Thomas Quade, placed the intoxicated suspect in custody.

Failure to Appear Rajabn Delmon Hampton, 27, of Prince Frederick, was arrested by Deputy Shawn Carberry for an open Failure to Appear warrant related to non-payment of child support.

Assault and Driving While Suspended Anthony Tyrell Robinson, 32, of Lexington Park, was arrested by Deputy John Logalbo for an open District Court warrant. The warrant was related to Driving While Suspended and Assault Second Degree.

Drug Bust Neomi Santos Lopez, 29, of Lexington Park, and Brett Allan Lopez-Robinson, 29, of Lexington Park, were arrested on an open Grand Jury Indictments for Possession of Heroin and Possession of Heroin with the intent to distribute. The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Criminal Investigations Narcotics Unit and the warrant was served by Deputy William Rishel.

DWI No License to Drive While off duty, Deputy Lieutenant Daniel D. Alioto conducted a traffic stop in the Great Mills area on a vehicle operating without headlights on. The vehicle operator was found to be operating the motor vehicle while intoxicated and without a license. He was arrested and Deputy Douglas Harris conducted the charging process.

LEONARDTOWN, Md. The Leonardtown Barrack of the Maryland State Police (MSP) today released the following incident and arrest reports.

CDS and Marijuana Tpr. McCartney was patrolling Golden Beach road in the area of All Faith Church Road in Mechanicsville Dec. 27 at 12:15 a.m., when he observed a 2001 Dodge passenger car. A routine traffic stop was initiated for passing another car on a double line. Tpr. McCartney made contact with the driver, Bethel V. Hunley, 29, of La Plata. Further investigation revealed a glass-smoking device containing marijuana in the vehicle. Hunley was arrested for possession of marijuana and CDS paraphernalia.

Equipment Failure Leads to Arrest


TFC Quade was patrolling Route 246 in Lexington Park Friday, at 11:40 p.m., when he observed a 1988 Ford Bronco. A routine traffic stop was initiated for an equipment violation. Contact was made with the driver, Matthew Dario Iaconianni, 22, of Great Mills. Further investigation revealed Mr. Iaconianni had a small plastic bag of marijuana and a CDS smoking device in his possession. Mr. Iaconianni was arrested for possession of marijuana and CDS paraphernalia and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center pending a bond review.

Domestic Assault and Suspended License TFC Moore responded to a report of a disturbance the area of 20000 Old Great Mills Road in Great Mills Dec. 30, 7:40 p.m. While en route, TFC Moore initiated a traffic stop on a 1999 Dodge Neon, believed to be the suspect, for an equipment violation. Contact was made with the driver, Keith Tyrone Briscoe, 38, of Great Mills. A strong odor of alcohol was emitting from his breath. A routine check of Mr. Briscoe’s driver’s license revealed his driving privileges were suspended. Mr. Briscoe was arrested for driving while suspended and DUI. He was taken into custody and transported to the scene of the reported assault. Once on the scene contact was made with St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s deputies who advised that the victim, a black female, 42, of Great Mills and her 8 year old daughter were assaulted by Mr. Briscoe. Both victims were transported to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment. Mr. Briscoe was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center pending a bond review.

Suspended Driver Armed to the Teeth TFC Quade was patrolling Pegg Road in Lexington Park Saturday at 10:50 p.m. when he observed a 2003 Mercury Marauder exceeding the posted speed limit. He initiated a routine traffic stop for speeding. Contact was made with the driver, Christopher Scott Watters, 32,

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The County Times

Thursday, January 4, 2007

Keeping the Faith at St. John’s for 300 Years By Emily Finch Staff Writer St. John’s Catholic Church in Hollywood is nearly 320 years old. Its presence in Southern Maryland is prominent not only because of its age, but because of its tradition. For many catholic Southern Maryland families, generations upon generations have attended weekly mass together at St. John’s. Parents continue the tradition of sending their children to St. John’s Catholic School, now literally attached to the parish, because they too attended grade school there. Other parents have sent their children to St. John’s Sunday School (CCD) for the same reasons. Many youngsters can walk through the graveyards on either side of the church and trace their family tree back eight or 10 generations, if not more. The Knights of Columbus have also paired up with St. John’s and offer a country breakfast once a month in the school’s

cafeteria. This tradition began several years ago and continues today. Bingo also carries on a tradition. Every Sunday, community members bring their dotters and dollars to St. John’s to benefit the church and school. Whether the jackpot is in 53 numbers or 60, faithful members of the community gather in to support a good cause, and maybe even come away with a few extra bucks in their pockets. Since the arrival of Fr. Ray Schmidt, St. John’s bingo has been working with ADF Bingo in Mechanicsville. Although it’s tradition remains largely intact, some things at St. John’s have changed. The most recent changes include the renovated building connection between the parish and the school. This new addition is a 1,600 square foot social hall used for school athletic events, CCD, community and parish social functions and group meetings, among other things. The $2.5 million project began in the summer of 2005 and is just about

finished. This also included renovations of the parking lot to accommodate more parishioners. Before that, in 1997, the steps to the front doors of the parish were renovated, making them wider and with strong railings on either side. This was done to accommodate more of the older parishioners, to provide easier burial access and to make the steps safer for everyone. At the same time, the old orange carpet was ripped up and replaced with new blue carpet. Marazzi tile was also added to the interior of the parish. A new roof was constructed in 1995 to replace the temporary tin roof applied in August of 1898, after a major hailstorm broke down much of the plaster from the old roof. The white vinyl siding seen today was added in 1989. In 1987, Monsignor Martin P. Harris commissioned new ceiling fans inside the church, as well as the oak pews, which are still there today, to be installed in 1987. Before that, the most

Assault Arrest

Small Theft

On Monday at 3 am, TFC Quade was patrolling on N. Shangri La Drive when he observed a large crowd in the area of the Donut Connection Store in Lexington Park. TFC Quade observed Shanika Nicole Campbell, 20, of Lexington Park assaulting a black male, 18, of Solomons. Campbell was arrested for second-degree assault and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center in Leonardtown pending a bond review.

On Monday, at 12:17 am, TFC Quade responded to the report of a theft from the 7-11 Store, 21909 Three Notch Road in Lexington Park. The suspect, James Calvin Morgan, 42, Great Mills was observed walking on FDR Blvd in the area Great Mills Road. He was in possession of the stolen property, a bottle of Boones Farm malt liquor beverage. Morgan was charged with theft under $100 on a criminal citation, issued a no trespass notice and released.

Police Continued from page B-4 of Great Mills. A check of his Georgia driver’s license revealed his privileges to drive in Maryland were suspended. Watters was arrested for driving while suspended. Police report that a search incident to arrest turned up a Street Wise 900K stun gun and a Lorcin 380 handgun were seized. Mr. Watters was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center in Leonardtown where he was charged for the traffic and criminal charges.

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recent renovations to the church were in 1905, when Fr. Clement Lancaster (Pastor at St. John’s 1904-1906) arranged the installation of 19 stained-glass windows. On the current church grounds there are a number of sculptures. The largest was also the first. Our Lady of Grace Shrine, located to the right of the church, and next to the new graveyard, was dedicated in 1954. It was damaged in 1997 by a fallen tree, but fully restored by the following year. In 1955, the Pieta grotto, to the left side of the parish, was dedicated by St. Peter’s Church out of New Jersey. The last of the current memorial sculptures is in the shape of a gravestone and was dedicated to Mother Theresa in 1998 by the St. John’s Knights of Columbus. The gravestone reads, “Abortion is the greatest destroyer of peace in the world today,” in honor of her divine objection to abortion. This stone sits on a grassy area next to the church. The renovations from 1898 until now have all been on the same building, but St. John’s Catholic Church was not always been in the same Photo by Emily Finch building. Since its birth in 1690, there have been three St. John’s Catholic Church, located in Hollywood has served the St. Mary’s different church buildings Community for more than 300 years. on the grounds. The first was current building was constructed adults and children alike form but a simple log cabin. It sat 180 in 1898. Fr. Richley, with the rest three different choirs that sing at yards northeast of the present- of the St. John’s parishioners, the masses. Boys and girls are day parish building. spent more than $4,000 to com- offered the opportunity to beIn 1780 when the congre- mission Joseph Wood of Leonar- come alter servers. The school gation grew too large for the dtown to build the new church. also provides education to stusimple building, a new church He was considered to be the best, dents in grades K-8. A youth was constructed slightly west- and just a few years before had group is also available for eighth ward of the first. It was just completed the construction of through 12th graders. 40’x30’x12’, but much larger Sacred Heart Church in BushSt. John’s Church is availthan before. This building lasted wood. The new St. John Francis able for weddings and baptisms. in its original form for almost Regis Catholic Church in Hol- For more information or enroll100 years, until 1875 when a 15- lywood was dedicated on July ment into any of these services foot addition was generated for 18, 1898. Soon after, the second visit their website at www.stmore seating, as well as two gal- church was demolished because or leries added above the windows, it was considered hazardous. contact St. John’s Church at and a bell tower. St. John’s offers many op- 301-373-2281. The second church served portunities for the community to as a social hall after the third and get involved. Within the parish

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The County Times

Thursday, January 4, 2007

Historical Southern Maryland, where the Potomac, Patuxent and Chesapeake meet. Other historic sites in Southern Maryland include: in Calvert County: St. Peter’s Chapel in Solomons, Middleham Episcopal Chapel in Lusby, Christ Church Parish in Port Republic, St. Edmond’s United Methodist Church in Chesapeake Beach, Smithville United Methodist Church in Dunkirk, Mt. Harmony United Methodist Church in Owings, Mt. Hope United Methodist Church in Sunderland, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Prince Frederick, American Chestnut Land Trust in Port Republic, Battle Creek Cyprus Swamp Sanctuary in Prince Frederick, Breezy Point Beach and Campgroup in Chesapeake Beach, Calvert Cliffs State Park in Lusby, Calvert Country Market in Prince Frederick, Flag Ponds Nature Park in Lusby, King’s Landing Park in Huntingtown, Amphibious Training Base in Solomons, Arthur Storer Planetarium in Prince Frederick, Drum Point Lighthouse in Solomons, J.C. Lore and Sons Oyster House in Solomons, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory Visitor Center in Solomons, Historic Lower Marlboro in Prince Frederick and Old Field Inn in Prince Frederick.

in Charles County: Trinity Church, Newport – Oldfields Chapel in Hughesville, Christ Church in LaPlata, St. Ignatius Church in Chapel Point, Christ Church, Wayside Parish in Newburg, St. Josephs Church in Pomfret, St. Mary’s Church in Newport, St. Peter’s Church in Waldorf, Bryantown Historic District, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, Hughesville, Cedarville State Park, Myrtle Grove Wildlife Management Area, Chicamuxan Wildlife Management Area, Smallwood State Park, Doncaster Forest, Purse State Park, Chapel Point State Park, Laurel Springs Regional Park, Gilbert Run Park, Oak Ridge Park, Walls Bakery Wigwam in Waldorf, Twin Kiss Ice Cream in Waldorf, Amish Craftsman at the Hughesville Bargin Barns, Captain Billy’s Crabouse in Popes Creek, Robertson’s Crabhouse in Popes Creek, Captain John’s Crabhouse in Cobb Island, Marshall Hall in Bryans Road and The Port Tobacco Courthouse – One Room Schoolhouse in Port Tobacco.

in St. Mary’s County: All Faith Episcopal Church in Charlotte Hall, St. Ignatius Church in St. Indigoes, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Parish Church in California, St. Francis Xavier Church in Compton, St. George’s Episcopal Church in Valley Lee, Trinity Episcopal Church in St. Mary’s City, All Saints Episcopal Church in Avenue, Dent Chapel in Charlotte Hall, St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church in Hollywood, St. Mary’s Chapel in Ridge, Greenwell State Park in Hollywood, St. Mary’s River State Park, Tudor Hall – Commissioners Building/Library in Leonardtown, Old Jail Museum in Leonardtown, Chesapeake Bay Field Lab in St. Georges Island, Charlotte Hall Farmers Market and Auction in Charlotte Hall, Mechanicsville, Loveville, Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek, Potomac Speedway in Budds Creek, Budds Creek Professional National Motorcross in Budds Creek and Smith Island Cruises as Point Lookout State Park.

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