A woman became the first person in Frederick County to be charged with violating Gov. Larry Hogan’s stay-at-home order on Sunday, according to court documents.

The charge, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of a year in jail and a $5,000 fine upon conviction, was filed against 39-year-old Leigh Anne Topolansky after sheriff’s deputies responded to her home off Woodchuck Lane north of Frederick to investigate a 911 hang-up at 8:20 p.m. Sunday.

Deputies found a domestic argument at the home and learned from two witnesses that Topolansky drove to a relative’s home earlier in the day to pick up a relative to help Topolansky move several appliances around her home, according to charging documents.

Deputies determined that Topolansky’s reason for leaving her home was not essential and was not an exception to the governor’s March 30 directive ordering all residents who did not have essential jobs to stay home to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to the documents.

A spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office was not immediately available for comment Tuesday, but Frederick County State’s Attorney Charlie Smith, responding by email to The Frederick News-Post’s questions, said the case appeared to be one of, if not the first example of the order being enforced in the county.

“There is a possibility that citations have been issued, but I am not aware of any,” Smith wrote.

A search of online court records from the date the order went into effect through Tuesday did not show any other cases involving people charged with violating orders issued during a state of emergency.

Frederick County law enforcement agencies, including the sheriff’s office, clarified early on after the stay-at-home order that their patrol officers and deputies would not be randomly stopping drivers, using checkpoints or other such methods to enforce the order. The sheriff’s office indicated its approach would be to consider citing individuals who are found to be in violation of the order during the normal course of an investigation or traffic stop.

Topolansky was also charged with a single count each of second-degree assault, second-degree child abuse and failure to obey a lawful order by a law enforcement officer after deputies determined that she assaulted a teen girl during the argument. Topolansky also ignored orders to stop shouting over them as they attempted to speak to others, the documents state.

Additionally, Topolansky was charged with malicious destruction of property in excess of $1,000 after deputies said she pulled a fire sprinkler head off the wall in a holding cell at the Frederick County Law Enforcement Center following her arrest. The lower level of the law enforcement center was partially flooded as a result, damaging carpeting, electronics and boxes, the documents state.

Topolansky was released early Tuesday after she was granted an unsecured personal bond in the amount of $10,000, according to online court records.

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Jeremy Arias is the Frederick city and government reporter for The Frederick News-Post.

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Hmmmm

Makes you wonder why a Frederick Co Sheriff that lives in Smithsburg had 10 + cars (one of them being the cruiser) parked at his house this Saturday evening with a bonfire in the backyard.

bosco

What'll be next? The cops dragging somebody off a bus because they aren't wearing a mask? It happened right up the road in Philadelphia.

"SEPTA says it will no longer enforce a short-lived policy requiring riders to wear facial coverings after a widely shared video showing a man being dragged off a bus, allegedly for not wearing one, prompted confusion about whether masks were mandatory while riding public transit. The video shows several Philadelphia police officers forcibly removing the man, who is later heard saying he was taken off the bus for not wearing a mask."

https://www.inquirer.com/transportation/septa-face-masks-requirement-coronavirus-20200410.html

should have charged those people out shopping at home depot for plants. either enforce the order or get rid of it. cant pick and choose whatever is most convenient.

public-redux

I’ll bet the taillight on her car was broken too!

tstright

She's going to have a payday....Sheriff is an idiot.

MSAMV55

Did you miss the parts about the charges of assault, child abuse, and destruction of property? Read down to the end of the article.

KellyAlzan

Each individual charge is separate.

The other charges do not legitimize any false charges

DickD

[thumbup][thumbup] I don't like what she did, but there is no good reason for the charge of nonessential. If it is upheld it would mean any of us could be charged for simply going for a walk.

Brookhawk

She admitted she didn't have a legitimate "essential" reason to be out.

KR999

Dick, anyone is allowed to go for a walk. I suggest you read the order:

https://governor.maryland.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Gatherings-FOURTH-AMENDED-3.30.20.pdf

Brookhawk

She admitted she didn't have an essential reason to be out, and she's got a few other charges listed at the end of the article. It's like they do (or at least used to) with marijuana charges - you didn't get charged for having it unless you were charged with something else.

MSAMV55

Heh...talk about a buried lede. The charge for violating the stay-at home-order was a very teeny-tiny cherry on top of that hot mess of felonious madness.

marinick1

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jloo

You sound like a racist.

jayel86

She sounds like some sort of ape woman, how do you pull down a sprinkler??

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bosco

Do you just make this stuff up or is it from some fake news feed?

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cindy62060

You mean like this guy?

https://nypost.com/2020/04/06/ohio-man-flouting-stay-at-home-order-for-party-arrested/

steelersfan2005

You are allowed to go to a relatives house during the stay at home order. Idiot Sheriff's can't read.

cindy62060

Are you also allowed to do the other things she was charged with doing? Someone called 911.

cindy62060

Please point that out for me.

https://governor.maryland.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Gatherings-FOURTH-AMENDED-3.30.20.pdf

KellyAlzan

"Engaging in activities essential for the health and safety of one’s self, family, household members"

Laws are not black and white. This looks like the charge could be argued. Moving appliances could be for health and safety. Gotta be able to watch TV to stay current of the virus. And so forth (with other appliances)

The Grape of Wrath

What a fine and responsible American citizen. Illegal immigrants behave better than her.

dancing donna

As for the post office, some people are mailing masks to loved ones in other states. People are helping people in anyway possible.

The Grape of Wrath

They need not go to the post office to do that.

steelersfan2005

If they need stamps, then they would.

dirtorsoil

Nope- there is this thing called click and ship. Pay online at USPS and print your own labels... Are we in 1946? Technology people...... its a thing.....

bosco

Sounds like her alligator mouth overloaded her hummingbird @ss. A sure way to talk your way into trouble.

DaisyMae17

hilarious

Postman9119

What a joke. I bet 90% of the people out there are violating the order. Just have a police officer stand at the post office. People coming in left and right for stamps or mail a Easter package. How is this essential. It’s a joke

The Grape of Wrath

Go to any post office and listen to the conversations, watch what the customers do. Over 95% are there to buy stamps, mail a large envelope or mail a package, No need at all to go to the post office for any of that. Post offices should close for now and operate in the pick up and delivery only mode.

rbtdt5

Why were at the post office? How many people were there buying stamps and how many total people were in there?

steelersfan2005

Post Office is essential. The Mail is still essential.

bosco

So, how much time are you spending watching people at post offices? Which ones?

Dwasserba

We "lost" our neighborhood mailbox years ago, "Postman," and I was told we don't need it, but our mailbox was regularly compromised by kids as we are on the walking route to a middle and an elementary school, so we never put anything in it, and just coped as we can with broken flags and occasional sprays of mail on the lawn or whatever. One time we got a drawing, that was nice...my husband INSISTS on driving to the post office to post mail INside and has done so for years. And so would you.

DaisyMae17

the officers probably would have just had a chat with her, but it sounds like she started mouthing off

shiftless88

She sounds like a real winner

galbak1

Check out her charges previously, 25 times for various offense pens.

marinick1

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