ST. MARY’S SHERIFF STEVE HALL BANNED FROM WEARING A FIREARM IN MARYLAND DUE TO HIS CRIMINAL RECORD
BY KEN ROSSIGNOL
THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY
LEONARDTOWN, MD. – St. Mary’s Sheriff Steve Hall has recently been seen in public in uniform without a firearm. Apparently, there is a reason Hall visits area businesses without a gun to use in case he wanders upon an armed robbery taking place. Maryland law prohibits those with violent backgrounds from possessing firearms.
Hall is not the only Maryland Sheriff prohibited from carrying a gun. Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins is under indictment for participating in an alleged scheme with a gun dealer who contributed to his political campaign to allow the dealer to obtain multiple machine guns to rent out for a profit. As a condition of his release on bail pending trial in Federal Court in the District of Maryland, Jenkins was ordered by the Federal Magistrate Judge not to have possession of a gun.
After resuming his duties as sheriff, which Jenkins voluntarily suspended himself from performing for several months, he requested the prohibition against carrying a gun be removed, and the Judge refused.
A check with the Maryland State Police reveals that Sheriff Hall is prohibited by Maryland law from possessing a gun.
…crime of violence or assault in any degree in any degree in any other state besides Maryland…
During the Republican Primary Election campaign, St. Mary’s Sheriff Captain Steve Hall posted negative information about his GOP opponents on his campaign website. The information posted supporting Hall’s bid to become the Republican nominee in the 2022 election noted traffic and misdemeanor offenses by County Commissioner John O’Connor and St. Mary’s Sheriff Sgt. Todd Fleenor.
The scorecard posted was intended to show that only Steve Hall was suitable to become Sheriff.
Fleenor was involved in a minor scuffle, and O’Connor had an impaired driving infraction in Prince George’s County, which cost him his job as he dealt with the PTSD aftermath of military service in which he was awarded the Purple Heart.
O’Connor owned his mistakes as he embraced recovery and did so in a no-holds-barred article he wrote in POLICE ONE and in interviews. The Maryland Manual lists the following about Commissioner John E. O’Connor: Kaplan University, A.A.S. (criminal justice administration); The Johns Hopkins University, B.S. (management). Served in the U.S. Army as a military police officer, serving in Kosovo and Iraq (purple heart; army commendation medal with valor device).
Following the effort by Steve Hall to bring forward the negative information on his opponents, a tip came from a reader of THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY that the scorecard was incomplete as Hall neglected to include his own run-in with the law. The tip was that Steve Hall had served time in a Colorado jail. A check of official records with the Colorado Bureau of Investigations revealed that Steve Hall was convicted of a violent assault in Gunnison County, Colorado, and was sentenced in 1991 by a judge to serve six days in jail.
In 1994, Hall was hired by St. Mary’s Sheriff Wayne Pettit as a correctional officer without revealing his criminal record. Had Steve Hall’s record been provided with his application, he would have been denied employment, and his subsequent employment as a deputy would have been denied.
Polygraph examinations and background checks were routinely used to deny the employment of young black men and women in St. Mary’s by the Sheriff’s Department, as proven by the settling of a ten million dollar federal civil rights lawsuit brought by five black deputies and applicants for an undisclosed sum of money in 1994.
STEVE HALL LED AN ATTACK ON THE CHILD’S NURSERY, WITH LIVE ROUNDS LANDING NEAR A SLEEPING INFANT
Buffoon only begins to describe the Sheriff of St. Mary’s County. However, he is well-suited for the job given the decades of Keystone Cops antics led by previous sheriffs and embraced by the many retired bozos of the agency who supported Hall in the 2022 campaign.
After leading a training drill, including allowing a vendor with the Sheriff’s Department to show up for a bunch of free high-powered automatic weapon blasting on a private farm next to the Wildwood community in Hollywood, Maryland, Steve Hall was suspended by Sheriff Tim Cameron for several weeks while an investigation into the event was undertaken.
After a few weeks of an outside agency probing the Good Old Boys club and the mess supervised by Cameron that led to the near massacre of a child by a group of law officers and a civilian who were yucking it up with assault weapons, Sheriff Cameron, who had stated to THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY that he was “mortified” over the incident, pulled the plug on the investigation and reinstated Steve Hall as Captain in charge of Special Operations.