News Release, Charles County Sheriff’s Office
On March 27 at 10:53 p.m., officers responded to the 15000 block of Lukes Lane in Hughesville for the report of a large group of people at a single location in violation of Governor Hogan’s emergency order which prohibits planned gatherings of more than 10 people in response to the COVID-19 emergency.
When officers arrived, they observed approximately 60 people at a bonfire. This is the second time officers have responded to this house for a large gatheringsince the emergency order went into effect: On March 22, officers were dispatched to the house for a similar complaint.
At that time, the homeowner, Shawn Marshall Myers, 41,(external link) was advised of the emergency order and he agreed to disperse the crowd. During the second incident, Myers refused multiple requests to comply with the emergency order.
Mr. Myers has a lengthy criminal history including an Alford Plea for First Degree Murder in 2004,(external link to case search) theft, firearm charges, and assaults. Mr. Myers is also a Tier III Sex Offender. People on this tier level must remain on the list for the rest of their lives. The offenses include but are not limited to the rape of any type, incest, kidnapping, murder with the intention of raping, assault with the intention of raping, and the sale of a minor.
Myers is also the owner of the Hughesville-based Bam’s Body Shop. A tattoo and body piercing facility.
After conferring with the Charles County State’s Attorney’s Office, Myers was subsequently charged with violating the Governor’s order.The CCSO is reminding citizens of the emergency order and urging everyone to comply with the safety, health, and well-being of all communities.