News Release, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office
Joseph Patrick Collins IV
Drug Arrest- On January 29, 2019, Dep. Fenwick conducted a traffic stop in the 27700 block of Three Notch Road in Mechanicsville. The operator of the vehicle was identified to as Joseph Patrick Collins IV, age 19 of Mechanicsville. Dep. Fenwick smelled the strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle as well as observed a container of suspected marijuana in the vehicle.
Search of the vehicle yielded four pills, suspected Alprazolam, and suspected marijuana greater than 10 grams. Collins was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana Greater than 10 grams, and two counts of Possession of CDS-Not Marijuana. CASE# 6009-19
Assault- On January 30, 2019, DFC. Muschette responded to the 21700 block of North Essex Drive in Lexington Park, for the reported assault. Contact was made with the victim who advised Misty Ann Morgan, age 27 of Lexington Park, struck the victim in the face, and also dragged the victim by the victim’s hair down a set of stairs.
Injury was observed to the victim, and Morgan was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree.
Stolen Vehicle- On January 31, 2019, Dep. Chase responded to the 20800 block of Flour Mill Court in Lexington Park, for the report of an individual in the area attempting to break into vehicles. A witness advised an individual, later identified as Travis Dimitri Smoot, age 31 with no fixed address, drove a truck into the area, and parked the vehicle partially in the roadway and partially in a yard.
Smoot was then observed walking the neighborhood and attempting to enter multiple vehicles. Dep. Chase canvassed the area and located Smoot, and the truck he was operating. A check of the truck indicated it had been reported stolen. Smoot was also found to have gift cards, loose change, and other items that had possibly been stolen from vehicles on his person. Smoot was arrested and charged with Motor Vehicle/Unlawful Taking and Rogue and Vagabond. CASE# 5571-19
Assault- On February 1, 2019, Dep. Hersh responded to the 41600 block of Shadrick Street in Leonardtown, for the reported assault. Investigation determined Daniel Bernard Underwood, age 61 of Leonardtown, repeatedly struck the victim in the head with his fist. Visible injury was observed to the victim and Underwood was arrested.
Underwood began yelling and making threats while outside on the way to Dep. Hersh’s vehicle, and continued to be disruptive throughout the investigation. Underwood was charged with Assault 2nd Degree and Disorderly Conduct. CASE# 6588-19
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