News Release, Maryland State Police-Leonardtown Barracks

Child Neglect/CDS (19-MSP-003829): Shortly after 6 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, 2019, Tfc A. Opirhory responded to Dorsey Memorial Park, Hollywood, MD for a report of a child welfare check. According to investigators, the mother of the suspect’s son contacted police after her son video chatted her apparently upset and crying while inside of his father’s (Brandon Michael Gohl, 35 of Hollywood) truck. The mother told troopers that the child was unable to provide any information on their location. A phone ping was conducted on Gohl’s phone, which revealed the phone was in the area of Forest Park Road in Lexington Park, Md. Several police units responded to the area and began to actively search for the truck. A trooper located the vehicle and observed two males passed out inside of it. The trooper then saw the child, who was in the back seat of the truck screaming and crying, and immediately removed him from thevehicle.

A search of the vehicle revealed 23 capsules containing suspected heroin, U.S. currency and several bags containing suspected marijuana, totaling 889 grams. Investigators also located a suspected drug

/price ledger. The other male passenger in the truck, Zackery Taylor Ricker, 23, was charged with possession of marijuana. He was issued a civil citation and released at the scene. The operator, Brandon Michael Gohl, 35 of Hollywood, Md. was charged with possession of drugs with intent to distribute and child neglect. He was taken to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center, where he is waiting to appear before a court commissioner.

The child was examined by EMS personnel and returned safely to his mother. The investigation is ongoing.


CDS Possession (19-MSP-004643): On February 2, 2019 at approximately 10:30 a.m., Tpr T. Howard conducted a traffic stop in the Mechanicsville area. Upon making contact with the driver, identified as Deyonta Terrell Gross (25 of Great Mills, MD) and 3 passengers, a strong odor of marijuana was emitting from the vehicle. During a probable cause search, a plastic baggie containing approximately 9 grams of suspected Ecstasy/MDMA was recovered. Investigation revealed the MDMA belonged to Mr. Gross. He was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Possession of CDS: NotMarijuana.


Fleeing & Eluding (19-MSP-005092): On February 4, 2019 at approximately 2:00 a.m., Tpr M. Posch attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area of Norris Road and Rt. 237, Lexington Park, MD. The vehicle refused to stop and a traffic pursuit ensued. The pursuit ended on Great Mills Road when the suspect failed to negotiate the turn, struck the curb/median and overturned. The driver, later identified as Tatiana Nicole Young, 18 of Lexington Park, MD, attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended. As a result of the accident, Ms. Young was transported to Medstar St. Mary’s Hospital
for an evaluation. She was treated and released to the custody of Tpr. Opirhory and then transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Fleeing & Eluding.

The following people were arrested for Driving under the Influence:

  • On 1/30/2019, Mark Alan Bowman, 60 of Great Mills, MD was arrested by Tfc M.Manning
  • On 1/30/2019, James Melton Miles, 64 of Lexington Park, MD was arrested by Tpr E.Ruggles
  • On 2/1/2019, Douglas Lee Austin Johnson, 30 of White Plains, MD was arrested by TprJ. Powis
  • On 2/1/2019, Brandon Scott Gardiner, 26 of Hollywood, MD was arrested by Tfc J.Mulhearn
  • On 2/2/2019, Thurman Alexander Harmon, 68 of St. Inigoes, MD was arrested by TprE. Ruggles
  • On 2/2/2019, Christopher Michael Schick, 27 of Mechanicsville, MD was arrested by TfcM. Manning
  • On 2/3/2019, Jenny Rebecca Gandara, 41 of La Plata, MD was arrested by Tpr M.Posch
  • On 2/3/2019, Wilbur Kenner 3rd, 30 of Upper Marlboro, MD was arrested by M/Tpr J.Preston
  • On 2/3/2019, John Alexander Chase, 64 of Waldorf, MD was arrested by Tfc A.Opirhory
  • On 2/3/2019, Wilbur Kenner 3rd, 30 of Upper Marlboro, MD was arrested by M/Tpr J.Preston

The following people were arrested for OpenWarrants:

  • On 2/1/2019, Sheri Noel Peterson, 25 of Lexington Park, MD was arrested by Tfc M.Johnson for FTA-Driving without RequiredLicense
  • On 2/3/2019, Stephanie Denise Cole, 43 of Leonardtown, MD was arrested by Cpl J. Pilkerton for FTA-Driving on SuspendedLicense.
  • On 2/3/2019, Teia Marie Craig, 31 of Lexington Park, MD was arrested by Tfc M. Johnsonfor Violation of Probation-Theft Less than $100.
  • On 2/3/2019, Geovanny Valasco, 20 of Lexington Park, MD was arrested by Tpr K. Bauerfor FTA-DUI
  • On 2/5/2019, Tina Marie Tippett, 30 of Lexington Park, MD was arrested by Tpr M. Whitman on 2 active warrants for FTA- Driving without RequiredLicense.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...