The following is a sample of recent Charles County Sheriff’s Office investigations. For information about crimes not included in this report, visit CrimeReports.com and search by county, city, zip code or street address.
IMPAIRED DRIVER CHECKPOINT: On December 16, 2015, between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., the CCSO Traffic Operations Unit, joined by allied agencies, conducted an impaired driver checkpoint on eastbound Berry Road, east of Jennifer School Road in Waldorf. The checkpoint was coordinated in response to the death of Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta who was struck by an impaired driver on December 3, 2015 and died December 10, 2015. Officer Leotta was working an impaired driver patrol at the time of the incident. Officers from the Community Policing Unit joined the effort by conducting impaired driver saturation patrols. Commanders from Special Operations and the Executive Command Staff assisted with a briefing and at the checkpoint site. Other officers from the agency participated in the checkpoint using funding from a grant provided by the Maryland Highway Safety Office. The Charles County Sheriff’s Office welcomed members from the Montgomery County Police Department, Maryland State Police, Maryland Transportation Authority Police, Maryland Natural Resources Police, Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, La Plata Town Police, and Joint Base Andrews Security Forces who assisted in conducting the checkpoint. A photo of Officer Leotta and a Montgomery County Police cruiser were displayed at the checkpoint along with a sign dedicating the effort to him.
As a result of the checkpoint, 1,437 drivers were contacted. Multiple vehicles were stopped for traffic violations and equipment violations. Three vehicles were stopped for registration suspensions and two vehicles were stopped for suspended drivers. One impaired driver was arrested and one person was charged with drug possession.
SCHOOL BUS STRIKES PARKED CAR: At 5 p.m. on December 15, a school bus occupied with students struck an occupied parked car at Southwinds Drive at Nautica Place in White Plains. There were no injuries as a result of the accident. All students were released to their parents at the scene.
BURGLARY: On December 12 at 1:03 a.m., unknown suspects shattered a window to the College of Southern Maryland La Plata Campus book store, went inside, and stole property. Cpl. J. Walter is investigating.
Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES + the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Learn more at the CCSO’s website.
The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service law enforcement agency comprised of more than 600 police, corrections and civilian personnel responsible for protecting more than 150,000 residents. The CCSO was accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2001 and has been designated as a CALEA Gold Standard of Excellence agency since 2011. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visit www.ccso.us.