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Shorebound This Fourth Of July?


With the summer travel season underway and the July 4th holiday falling on a Tuesday this year, the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) anticipates heavy traffic volumes on the Bay Bridge Thursday, June 29, through Tuesday, July 4.
 
Weather permitting, the MDTA will implement two-way traffic operations to help alleviate eastbound delays.
 
The MDTA offers the following travel tips for this holiday weekend:
 
· Travel off-peak when heading to and from the Eastern Shore. The best times to travel the Bay Bridge this weekend include :
 
Thursday - before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
Friday - before 8 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
Saturday - before 6 a.m. and after 8 p.m.
Sunday- before 8 a.m. and after 7 p.m.
Monday- before 8 a.m. and after 8 p.m.
Tuesday, 4th of July - before 9 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA.Call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for 24/7 Bay Bridge traffic conditions. Visit baybridge.com to view traffic cameras and to sign up for email alerts.
 
MDTA Police patrols will be on the lookout for impaired drivers at Maryland toll facilities.
 
For your SAFETY and the SAFETY of other motorists and emergency personnel:
 
· Devote your full attention to driving - it is illegal to text and use hand-held cell phones while driving in Maryland.
 
· Buckle Up! Every Seat. Every Time.
 
· State law requires vehicles to move over when approaching an emergency vehicle or tow truck using visual signals. If you are unable to move over, slow down.
 
· Obey posted speed limits and overhead lane-control signals.
 
· Avoid changing lanes while traveling over bridges and through tunnels.
 
· Headlights are required at all times on the Bay Bridge.
 
· Keep your eyes on the road - do not sight-see.
 
· Do not tailgate - keep a safe following distance.
 
· Make sure your vehicle is "road ready."
 
· If your vehicle becomes disabled, remain inside and call #77 for assistance.
 
· When contacting a dispatch center, motorists should be prepared to provide:
 
The location of the emergency;
A call-back telephone number; and
Details of the incident/disabled vehicle or other circumstances.
The E-ZPass Maryland Customer Service Centers will be closed on Tuesday, July 4. Visit ezpassmd.com or use the automated system at 1-888-321-6824.
 
The MDTA thanks motorists for partnering with us. Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt!

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Traffic Advisory: 9th Annual Independence Celebration at Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department


The Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department will host its 9th Annual Independence Day Celebration on July 1, 2017. Residents can expect traffic delays, heavy pedestrian, and motor vehicle traffic, as well as multiple lane closures in the area.
 
The delays are expected from approximately 4 p.m. until 11 p.m.
 
The following road and lane closures are:
 
- Three Notch Rd. (MD-235) from Old Three Notch Rd. to Hollywood Rd. (MD-245) will be shut down to one lane traffic both northbound and southbound.
 
- Old Three Notch Rd from Three Notch Rd. (MD-235) to Sotterley Rd. will be shut down for through traffic.
 
- Vista Rd. At Old Three Notch Rd. will be shut down for through traffic. All vehicles heading west on Vista Rd. Towards Three Notch Rd. (MD-235) will have to take Old Three Notch Rd. to Sotterley Rd.
 
- Sotterley Rd. from Three Notch Rd. (MD-235) to Old Three Notch Rd. will be closed for through traffic.
 
- Vehicles entering Three Notch Rd. (MD-235) from Sotterley Rd. will be forced to go northbound on Three Notch Rd. (MD-235).
 
- Vehicles entering Three Notch Rd. (MD-235) from Hollywood Rd. (MD-245) will be forced to go southbound on Three Notch Rd. (MD-235).
 
- All the intersections on Three Notch Rd. (MD-235) Starting from Joy Ln. to Dean Lumber Company will be closed. Vehicles must remain either northbound or southbound on Three Notch Rd (MD-235) until Jones Wharf Rd. or St. Johns Rd. Those intersections are Three Notch Rd. (MD-235) at Joy Ln., Three Notch Rd. (MD-235) just north of The Center for Life Enrichment, Three Notch Rd. (MD-235) at Old Three Notch Rd., Three Notch Rd. (MD-235) at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department, Three Notch Rd. (MD-235) at Hollywood Rd. (MD-245), Three Notch Rd. (MD-235) at the Northern entrance to Mervell Dean Rd, and Three Notch Rd. (MD-235) at the Dean Lumber Company.
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department encourages residents to use extra caution if traveling in the area and thanks residents for their patience.
 
For more information about the event or questions, visit www.HVFD7.com.

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Maryland State Board of Education Takes Next Step on State ESSA Plan


The Maryland State Board of Education yesterday approved the State’s plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the federal law requiring state action on school improvement.
 
The ambitious plan sets into place targets for schools and systems and outlines assistance programs for schools that are not meeting the grade.  Maryland developed its plan after unprecedented outreach to citizens across the State.
 
The Governor, General Assembly, and the general public will weigh in on the plan over the next month.  The State Board in August is set to review feedback and take its final vote.  Maryland will submit its plan to the US Department of Education by September 18.
 
Yesterday’s approval came after 16 months of research and outreach by the Maryland State Department of Education.  That effort compiled input from scores of educators, parents, and other stakeholders.  MSDE held five regional listening sessions, solicited ideas through surveys, and met regularly in external groups since the process began in February 2016.
 
The result is a comprehensive plan to help navigate Maryland’s highly regarded public education system to a new level of student and school success.
 
·        Accountability
 
Maryland’s ESSA plan aligns accountability measures to school improvement efforts in order to provide equitable opportunities for all students.  By simplifying the current accountability system and its related school and local school system improvement programs, both educators and parents will gain a better understanding of how schools are doing.
 
Systems for elementary, middle, and high schools all focus on academic achievement, English language proficiency, and school quality/student success. While elementary and middle schools also focus on academic progress, high schools will be held accountable for the graduation rate.
 
Schools and school systems will be placed into one of five categories with a star ranking. Based on performance on the accountability measures, schools may be identified for supports to help them improve beginning in the 2018-19 school years.  School success will be measured as follows:
 
Elementary School and Middle School Levels:
 
Academic Achievement - 20 percent on proficiency on English/Language Arts (ELA) and
 
mathematics
 
Academic Progress - 25 percent on growth for ELA and mathematics
 
                                    10 percent on credit for completion of a well-rounded curriculum
 
 English language Proficiency - 10 percent in achieving English language proficiency
 
 School Quality/Student Success - 15 percent on chronic absenteeism
 
                                    10 percent on a climate survey
 
                                    10 percent on opportunities and access to a well-rounded curriculum
 
 High School Level:
 
Academic Achievement - 20 percent on proficiency composite for English/Language Arts
 
                                    (ELA) and mathematics
 
 Graduation Rate - 15 percent for adjusted cohort graduation rate composite
 
English language Proficiency - 10 percent in achieving English language proficiency
 
 Readiness for Postsecondary Success - 10 percent on track for graduation in 9th grade
 
                                    10 percent on credit for completion of a well-rounded curriculum
 
 School Quality/Student Success - 15 percent on chronic absenteeism
 
                                                10 percent on a climate survey
 
                                                10 percent on opportunities and access to a well-rounded curriculum
 
Student Group Size:
Maryland has established the minimum number of students for purposes of accountability as 10.  The minimum will protect individual students from possible identification, consistent with the Family Education Rights to Privacy Act (FERPA).
 
·        Support for Educators
Maryland’s ESSA plan also is designed to make certain that well-prepared teachers are available for all students.  To do so, the plan seeks to improve the skills of educators, expand certification options, provide additional support to all educators, and set in place programs to ensure equitable access to effective educators.
 
Strengthening the Skills of Educators - Through establishing regional teacher learning centers, developing an online hybrid teacher education program, strengthening new teacher induction programs, and other ideas.
 
Expanding Certification Options - Through allowing National Board Certification as a route to Maryland certification for out-of-state teachers; adding an adjunct certificate to expand the pool of candidates in certain areas; revising the renewal requirements for the conditional certificate, and other ideas.
 
Improving Professional Development - Through expanding leadership capacity through the implementation of professional learning communities, online courses, and regional workshops; improving data literacy; creating a state-wide collaborative project for curricular support materials that will provide local systems the opportunity to share information, and other ideas.
 
Ensuring Equitable Access to Effective Educators - Through developing regional centers to support seamless teacher preparation and professional development, and by working with local systems to launch new incentives to help staff struggling schools with outstanding teachers.
·        Support for Students
The State will use federal funding to increase the capacity of local systems and schools to provide students with access to a well-rounded curriculum.
Maryland’s ESSA plan will support local systems in providing programs that improve access and opportunity, strengthen access to STEM core concepts and programs, provide more college preparatory support, and boost fine arts options.
·        More Information
Maryland’s complete ESSA plan will be available soon at MarylandPublicSchools.org.

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Calvert County Public Schools Seeks Interpreters


Calvert County Public Schools is seeking interpreters to support communication with families of students whose native language is not English.  Currently, we are seeking adults proficient in English who also have advanced oral and written proficiency in Chinese, Hindi, Urdu, Vietnamese, Russian, Korean, Portuguese, Pashto, or Spanish.  We are also seeking adults proficient in American Sign Language.  Speakers of other world languages are encouraged to inquire as well, as our language communication needs routinely change. Interpreters are paid at a rate of $25 per hour. 
Please contact the Supervisor of ESOL, Mrs. Britta Sparks, at 443-550-8043 for information about language requirements, examples of services needed, and orientation training.
 

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Modest Changes Coming to Maryland's Commercial Crab Harvest


Following weeks of scientific review and discussion among key stakeholders, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is making modest but important changes to the commercial harvesting of Chesapeake Bay female hard crabs later this season.
 
Harvesting will close Nov. 20, and bushel levels for the month of November will be reduced compared to the previous harvest year.
 
These modifications are based on the results of the 2016-17 Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey, and subsequent review and approval by the Blue Crab Industry Advisory Committee and Tidal Fisheries Advisory Commission.
 
“Since the release of the winter dredge survey, experts have cautioned that a scarcity of juvenile crabs could result in more challenging harvest conditions later this year and next,” said Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton. “This decision is the result of partners in science and industry developing consensus to achieve what is best for the health and ongoing productivity of the Chesapeake Bay blue crab fishery.”

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Western Parkway and Holly Tree Lane Intersection to Close for Roadway Improvements


The Department of Public Works announces that the Western Parkway and Holly Tree Lane intersection will be closed to all through traffic on or about July 13, 2017, and will reopen on or about September 11, 2017. 
 
Western Parkway will be closed between Hadley Drive and Eden Woods Drive/Jefferson Farm Place.  Holly Tree Lane will be closed between Lake Drive and Hollins Lane. Signs will be posted notifying the public of the closure and detour routes.
 
The closure may be postponed and/or extended if weather or other conditions create construction delays. For more information, please contact Brian Kagarise, Project Manager at 301-645-0729.  To view the intersection closure map, visit www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/pw/cs/capital-services-transportation. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.  

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Help Scientists Track Dolphins In Chesapeake Bay


SOLOMONS, MD (JUNE 28, 2017)—The University of Maryland Center forEnvironmental Science invites everyone who spends time on or near the Chesapeake Bay to report dolphin sightings with a new online tracking system. Chesapeake DolphinWatch allows users to mark the location of their dolphin sightings on a map of the Chesapeake and its tributaries so scientists can better understand where the dolphins are and where they go. The online tracker is accessible at www.chesapeakedolphinwatch.org.
 
“We’d like to increase people’s awareness of the dolphins and collect data at the same time,” said Helen Bailey, a scientist at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. She specializes in studying the movements of marine mammals. “Whether you’re at home, whether you have a community pier, you live near the water, or you go out on the water, we need your eyes on the sea telling us where are the dolphins.”
 
Bottlenose dolphins are frequently spotted in the Chesapeake Bay during the summer with reports of them leaping in the air or bow riding boats. However, very little is known about how often dolphins actually come into the Bay, how long they spend there, what areas of the Bay they are using and why.
 
“Right now we have such scarce information. This is really the first time we are systematically recording this,” said Bailey. “We are hearing anecdotally that dolphins are becoming more frequent visitors to the Chesapeake Bay, but we really don’t have much information at all about where they are going and when. The more eyes we have on the water the better to report dolphin sightings. We think that citizens can make very good citizen scientists,” she said.
 
The online tracker has four main sections. There is a map page where users can see all of the reported sightings and tap to report their own sighting. Users can either enter the location where they saw the dolphins or have the device use the current location to mark the sighting. Users will be able to view how many users are accessing the tracker and the dolphin sightings in real time. There is also an information page with responsible wildlife viewing guidelines and to learn more about dolphins and the Chesapeake Bay.
 
“We are excited to be using new technology that will enable everyone to help us understand more about dolphins,” said Tom Miller, director of UMCES’ Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. “Citizen science, such as the DolphinWatch tracker, is becoming more and more important and helps connect everyone to our work to protect, restore, and sustain the Bay.”
 
Bailey notes that changes in climate, improvements in water quality, and improvements in fish stocks upon which dolphins feed could be factors in a surge in dolphin sightings. She already has a few underwater microphones in the Patuxent and Potomac Rivers where they meet the Chesapeake Bay listening for the echolocation click sounds dolphins make. The data collected through Chesapeake DolphinWatch will help inform where to put more devices to help understand where the dolphins are going and where are feeding.
 
“People have been really excited to tell us about their sightings, but there was no easy way to report them before,” said Bailey. “Dolphins are very iconic, and they are in our backyard.”
 
More information on the DolphinWatch program is available on the UMCES website at www.umces.edu/dolphinwatch. Tag your photos of dolphins to @dolphinwatch_cb on Instagram.
 
Funding for ChesapeakeDolphinWatch.org was provided by the Chesapeake Bay Trust. 

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SPIDRE Team To Be Out In Force This July 4th Holiday


(Jessup, MD) – With the July 4th holiday quickly approaching, the Maryland State Police and other police agencies across Maryland will be out in force removing impaired drivers from the highways.  For the fourth straight year, the State Police Impaired DRiving Effort (SPIDRE) team will continue its goal to make Maryland’s roads safer during the July 4th holiday.  The SPIDRE team has made nearly 2,300 DUI arrests over the past four years.
 
Impaired driving is the cause of more than 170 traffic deaths each year, roughly one-third of traffic fatalities in Maryland. On average, more than 7,400 crashes involve an impaired driver occur on Maryland’s roads each year.  The SPIDRE Team is a series of data-driven, highly focused patrols dedicated to removing impaired drivers from Maryland’s roadways.

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Behavioral Health Services and Administration is Transitioning to Health Department


Leonardtown, MD - Effective July 1, the St. Mary’s County Health Department will assume the administration of behavioral health services and programs from the Human Services Division of the St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services (DAHS). These programs include substance use treatment, prevention, and mental health programs. 
 
Over the past year DAHS has worked with the Health Department to ensure a smooth and seamless transition of these services.
 
DAHS Human Services Division will continue to administer homelessness prevention programs, Christmas Caring, Teen Court, children and family related services, community development, Local Management Board and non-profit agency monitoring.
 
For more information about these programs, visit the DAHS website at www.stmarysmd.com/aging.  Information about behavioral health programs administered by the St. Mary’s County Health Department can be found at www.smchd.org.

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Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant Sirens to be Tested


Leonardtown, MD - A full-cycle test of the alert and notification sirens throughout St. Mary’s, Calvert and Dorchester counties will occur on Monday, July 3, at noon.
 
The full-cycle test includes a three-minute activation of all sirens within the 10-mile area around the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. Citizens are asked to remember the scheduled testing and relay the information to friends, family and neighbors.
 
The test is being conducted to check siren operation and increase public awareness of the alert and notification siren system. If the sirens sound at any other time, residents should tune to one of our local radio stations. 
 
Knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count. To learn about Disasters & Hazards, Being Prepared and Being Informed visit: prepare.stmarysmd.com.

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Members Appointed to Boards,Committees and Commissions


Leonardtown, MD – At their June 20 and 27 weekly business meetings, the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County approved membership for the following citizens to various St. Mary’s County Boards, Committees and Commissions to terms indicated as follows:
 
 
 
 
Board, Committee or Commission                                              Term Expiration
 
 
 
Agriculture, Seafood and Forestry Board
 
Richard Polk (Partial Term)                                                            12/31/19
 
 
 
Airport Advisory Committee
 
Eric Pratson                                                                                        6/30/20
 
Robert Lightstone                                                                                         12/31/19
 
Jimmy Hicks (Partial Term)                                                              6/30/19
 
Andre Swygert (Alternate)                                                               12/31/17
 
                 
 
Commission for Women 
 
Joanna Colvin  (Reappointment)                                                       6/30/20
 
Mary Ludwig  (Reappointment)                                                        6/30/20
 
 
 
Commission on Aging
 
Gregory Havens (Partial Term)                                                       12/31/17
 
Mary Novotny (Partial Term)                                                            6/30/18
 
Linda Fry (Reappointment)                                                               6/30/20
 
Gail Murdock (Reappointment)                                                         6/30/20
 
 
 
Commission on the Environment
 
Thomas Brewer (Reappointment)                                                                  6/30/21
 
James Hensley (Partial Term)                                                           6/30/18
 
                 
 
Economic Development Commission
 
Tracy Harris (Reappointment)                                                           6/30/20                      
 
 
 
Ethics Commission
 
 
John Austerman (Reappointment)                                                    6/30/20
 
 
 
Historic Preservation Commission
 
Carol Moody                                                                                    6/30/20
 
Anibal Delgado                                                                                6/30/20
 
 
 
Human Relations Committee
 
Joshua Brewster (Reappointment)                                                    6/30/21
 
Mary Fearns (Reappointment)                                                          6/30/21
 
Captain Steven Hall (Partial Term)                                                12/31/18                                    
 
Metropolitan Commission Task Force
 
Joseph Russell (Citizen Member)                                                         12/31/17
 
John Walters (Citizen Member)                                                     12/31/17
 
 
 
Plumbing and Fuel Gas Board
 
Daniel Garrison (Reappointment)                                                                6/30/20
 
Richard Montgomery (Reappointment)                                           6/30/20
 
 
 
Social Services Board
 
Rose Frederick (Reappointment)                                                      6/30/20
 
Annette Wood (Reappointment)                                                       6/30/20
 
 
 
Soil Conservation District Board                       
 
Carl Dyson                                                                                        6/30/22
 
 
 
Transportation Advisory Committee                            
 
James Andreacci (Reappointment)                                                   6/30/20
 
 
 
Tri-County Animal Shelter
 
Diane Harris (Reappointment)                                                          6/30/21

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Volunteer Fire Association Warns Of Traveling Out Of Maryland To Buy Fireworks


Charles County, Maryland- as your Volunteer Fire and EMS Departments plan the Fourth of July events just 1 week away; we know many residents head to other states to buy fireworks. In Maryland, fireworks are largely illegal. where only gold-labeled sparklers, novelty items; such as party poppers, snap pops and snakes, and ground-based sparkler devices are allowed in our county.
Violating these laws can lead to fines and/or jail time. The state law for possessing or shooting off illegal fireworks is $250.
Some examples of illegal fireworks in Maryland are:
• Firecrackers, Cherry Bombs, Black Cats, M-80’s, Crackling Ball’s, and Smoke Bombs
• Roman Candles, and Bottle Rockets (whistling and/or with report)
• Sky Rockets, Helicopter-type Rockets, Spinning Wheels, Moving Tanks or Other Vehicles
• Any firework that is shot from a mortar tube
So before heading out to get any fireworks for your celebrations, make sure to check your local jurisdiction and follow all safety precautions. As for our county, here is what is allowed and we strongly encourage all residents to attend a free public event listed below
Charles County: ALLOWED: Hand-held sparklers, Ignitable snakes, Party poppers, Snap and Pops
PUBLIC EVENTS IN CHARLES COUNTY:
 
Hawthorne Country Club in La Plata
Smallwood Village Association @ Benjamin Stoddert Middle School in Waldorf 
Charlie Wright Sports Field in Indian Head
Regency Stadium in Waldorf
Charles County Fire Grounds in Bel Alton
 
On behalf of all your volunteer fire and EMS departments
 
PLEASE BE CAREFUL, ENJOY YOUR FREEDOM SAFELY!!
 

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2 Houses - 3 Cars Damaged By Shots Fired In Waldorf


Two houses and three cars were damaged by gunfire Sunday night in Waldorf, police say.
Shortly after 11 p.m., officers responded to reports of gunshots in the 3000 block of Heathcote Road in Waldorf.
Three suspects on foot moved from the area of Huntington Circle to Heathcote Road. One of the suspects pulled a handgun and shot at the houses and cars.
No reason is known for the shootings, which is being investigated as a first-degree assault, according to a statement from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office.

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Army Corps of Engineers Accepting Comments on Environmental Assessment for Navigation Improvement Project on Smith Island


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District has opened a public comment period ending July 7 for an environmental assessment for a navigation improvement project at Rhodes Point in collaboration with Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Somerset County.
 
The Corps’ Baltimore District proposes to realign a portion of the federal navigation channel in Sheep Pen Gut through hydraulic dredging; construct two jetties to prevent shoaling in the channel and to reduce the continual need for dredging; and create a stone sill along the shoreline to prevent further erosion and contain the clean dredged material from the project. The construction contract is anticipated for award in late summer/early fall, if all necessary requirements are met.
 
“People living on Smith Island rely on channels for transportation to schools and the delivery of critical goods and services; the water supports their livelihoods,” said Col. Ed Chamberlayne, Baltimore District commander. “Severe erosion and shoaling have caused watermen to have to take inconvenient routes around Smith Island, increasing travel time and fuel costs. This project increases navigational clearance, so boaters don’t run aground due to shoaling, and it provides boaters from Rhodes Point and Tylerton with more direct access to the Chesapeake Bay.”
 
“Effective navigation is the lifeline to the citizens and communities of Smith Island, and Maryland is dedicated to assuring safe passage along the waterways,” said Mark Belton, secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. “This important federal, state and local project at Rhodes Point will bolster the crucial link between the mainland and Smith Island and provide for both greater protection from shoreline erosion and restoration of wetlands.”
 
While the project’s primary purpose is for navigation improvement, the project area will also benefit from wetland restoration and protection. Native vegetation will be planted on the placed dredged material behind the stone sill to restore or enhance about 5 acres of wetlands. In addition, approximately 10 acres of existing wetlands south of the federal channel behind the newly-restored acres will be protected.
 
“The county looks forward to working with the Army Corps and Maryland Department of Natural Resources on this important project for Smith Island residents,” said Randy Laird, Somerset County Commissioners president. “The proposed jetty project and a nearly-completed shoreline stabilization project will not only benefit all residents, including those living and working in Rhodes Point, Ewell and Tylerton, but also all of Somerset County, as we strive to preserve the island and its unique way of life for generations to come. We’re appreciative of the support we’ve received from federal and state agencies, including the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, and a special thanks goes to the island residents who have waited patiently for these projects to come to fruition.”
 
Baltimore District is accepting comments until July 7 on the draft environmental assessment, in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, that documents the proposed plan and environmental impacts associated with the project. Potential project impacts assessed as part of the environmental assessment include impacts to physical, chemical and biological characteristics of the aquatic and land ecosystems; air and water quality; endangered and threatened species; hazardous and toxic materials; aesthetics and recreation; cultural resources; and the general needs and welfare of the public.
 
The district found that the project’s net benefits outweigh any potential negative impacts, and that most of the potential impacts would be minor or temporary in nature and would cause no significant negative impacts to the environment; therefore, an environmental impact statement is not required for the project.
 
The environmental assessment, along with other project information and maps, is housed on the project’s web page. In addition, physical copies are placed at Crisfield Public Library and Smith Island Cultural Center in Ewell.
 
Comments can be sent digitally to CENAB-CC@usace.army.mil. Comments will also be accepted via mail to the following address and must be postmarked by July 7, 2017:
 
Attn: Anna Compton, Planning Division
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District
10 South Howard St., Suite 11600-V
Baltimore, MD 21201
 
Comments on the EA will be considered, compiled and placed in an appendix within the final report. Substantial comments will be addressed within the report, itself, and any changes made will also be annotated within the appendix.
 
This project is implemented through the Corps of Engineers Continuing Authorities Program (CAP), Section 107, which is for navigation improvements. The total project construction cost is estimated at approximately $9 million; it is cost shared 90 percent with federal money and 10 percent with non-federal money through Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Somerset County. CAP provides the Corps with the authority to solve a variety of water-resource problems in partnership with local sponsors without the need to obtain specific Congressional authorization. CAP allows the Corps to more efficiently plan and implement projects that are smaller, less complex and less costly.
 
If a contract is awarded, project construction and dredging would occur between November and April to meet environmental windows. The project would take roughly eight months to complete.

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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Investigating Motor Vehicle Collision In Hollywood


On June 26, 2017, at approximately 8:23 PM, patrol officers from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to a serious single motor vehicle collision on Vista Road in the area of Whiskey Creek Road in Hollywood. Officers located a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe off the roadway and into a tree with both the operator and front seat passenger trapped in the vehicle suffering from serious injuries.
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded and assumed the investigation. The preliminary investigation revealed the Tahoe was traveling east on Vista Road when for unknown reasons, the vehicle left the roadway.
 
The operator of the Tahoe, Dominique Ofano, age 20, of Hollywood attempted to regain control of the vehicle; however, overcorrected, causing the vehicle to leave the roadway again and strike a tree. Ofano and the passenger, Angela Goldsborough, age 21, of Hollywood were transported by Trooper 7 to MedStar Washington Hospital Center. At this time speed is believed to be a contributing factor. 
 
Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or any events leading up to the collision is asked to call Deputy First Class Vincent Pontorno at 301-475-4200, ext. *2337.

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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report


CDS Violations:
Shantell Renee Hurley, 29, of Prince Frederick, Tyrone Conde Claggett, 30, of Lexington Park
and Desmond Curtis Freeland, 27, of Chesapeake Beach were arrested and charged for Conceal a
Dangerous Weapon, DWI by drugs (marijuana dipped in PCP), Fail to Obey Lawful Order and
CDS Possession.
 
Shelly Marie Dodson, 45, of Lusby was arrested for possession of Methadone and Theft.
Dodson
Burglaries:
12800 area of Lake View Dr in Lusby, residence entered
11500 block of Ropeknot Rd in Lusby, residence entered
8200 block of Sycamore Rd in Lusby, residence entered
2100 block of Sixes Rd in Prince Frederick, residence entered
 
Thefts:
The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office received a call for a suspect pulling on door handles of
vehicles in the area of the Rod and Reel located in Chesapeake Beach. William Lafayette
Brown, 59, of Huntingtown was arrested.
 
 
Destruction of Property:
Between June 13th and June 23rd
, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office received calls for the
following areas having eggs thrown at their property.
3500 block of Dotty Court in Huntingtown,
8800 block of Dayton Ave in North Beach,
11500 block of Bootstrap Trail in Lusby
8400 block of Clear Spring Dr. in Chesapeake Beach.
 
On June 20, two residents in the 12000 block of Palisades Dr. in Dunkirk had their mailboxes
stolen.
 
Request for Information:
The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office is asking the publics assistance in identifying a white
male driving a newer model, dark blue Ford Mustang, with a loud exhaust. This vehicle has
repeatedly driven through their neighborhoods, in the Huntingtown area, doing burnouts in the
cul de sac on Carries Ct and other neighboring subdivisions.
 
Check Welfare:
Calls for children and or the elderly left in vehicle: 3
Calls for pet left in vehicle: 1
 
The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind citizens the dangers of leaving children,
pets and the elderly in vehicles during the hot summer months could result in a fatality.
Cracking a window open and parking in the shade are not sufficient safeguards.
A child’s body temperature can rise up to five times faster than adults can. A
child dies with 107-degree body temperature.
Even if it is 60 degrees outside, your car can still heat up to well above 110
degrees.
Sources:http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/hot-cars-and-kids/death-hot-cars-facts-figuresprevention-n153776
Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or
indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Calvert County. Anyone with information
about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive may contact the Calvert County Sheriff’s
Office at 410-535-2880. Any criminal activity can be reported anonymously online by clicking
the Crime Solvers link at www.CalvertCountySheriff.us.

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VanGO Awards Operations Contract


The Department of Planning and Growth Management is pleased to announce the operations contract for VanGO, Charles County's public transit service that operates both fixed route and specialized door to door programs, has been awarded to MV Transportation.  The current contract is expiring and per County policy, the services were competitively bid this past March. 
 
MV Transportation, a national transit operations firm, will assume operations on Saturday, July 1.  They are taking steps to hire employees currently working with VanGO Transportation.
 
“Transit staff has been working closely with MV Transportation’s transition team members since award of the contract and is confident of a seamless turnover on July 1,” said Chief of Transit Jeffry Barnett. “Riders should expect to see an immediate improvement with the addition of new buses complimenting this contract award.”
 
Due to the contract transition, the VanGO DoubleMap bus tracking system will not be reporting bus locations on Saturday, July 1 but is expected to be operational by the afternoon of Monday, July 3. The County regrets any inconvenience this may cause.

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Charles County Sheriff's Office Incident Report


FIRST-DEGREE ASSAULT: On June 25 at 11:05 p.m., officers responded to the 3000 block of Heathcote Road in Waldorf for the report of gunshots. Investigation showed three unknown suspects approached Heathcote Road from the area of Huntington Circle on foot. For reasons unknown, one suspect pulled out a handgun and fired several shots. Two houses and three cars were damaged from the gunfire. Officer K. Collins is investigating.
 
ASSAULTS / CRIME SOLVERS OFFERING CASH REWARD: On June 25 at 12:21 a.m., officers responded to the 11000 block of Berry Road in Waldorf for the report of unknown suspects firing paint balls at a vehicle. Investigation showed the victim was traveling west on Berry Road when unknown suspects in a black car shot paint balls at her vehicle. The woman, who was not injured, stopped at a nearby gas station and called police. As responding officers began to canvass the area, the suspects fired several rounds of paint balls at an officer’s cruiser. The suspects fled into a wooded area. Officers believe the same suspects are responsible for at least two other incidents. On June 24 between 7:22 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., a group of suspects in a black car fired at a vehicle on Acton Lane near Gates Avenue, striking a female passenger in the face. Afterwards, the suspects fired paint balls at a pedestrian on St. Patricks Drive in Waldorf. Both victims were injured.
 
Anyone with information is asked to call Officer M. Nauman or Officer P. Monaghan at (301) 932-2222. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES + the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for the tip that leads to the arrest of the suspects. 
 
ATTEMPTED THEFT: On June 23 between 6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., unknown suspect(s) stole a tire from a car parked at the park and ride in the 3200 block of Mattawoman Beantown Road in Waldorf. Pfc. M. O’Shields is investigating.

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Hogan Highlights Significant Progress On MD 5 Interchange Improvements In Brandywine


BRANDYWINE, MD –  One of the record number of road projects happening across the state this summer has reached a construction milestone.  The $55.7 million project at the MD 5 (Branch Avenue) interchange with MD 373 (Accokeek Road) and MD 381 (Brandywine Road) in Brandywine began last summer and is now one-third complete with construction of the Spine Road overpass underway.
 
This project is one of the prime examples of Governor Larry Hogan’s commitment to bring congestion relief to Maryland and will result in a safer commute for thousands of residents in Charles County and southern Prince George’s County.
 
“Our administration promised to fix Maryland’s crumbling roads and bridges, as well address the worst traffic in the nation, and with the MD 5 interchange project, we are doing exactly what we said we would do,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “This important project will help remove a major bottleneck in Prince George’s County and ensure safer and more efficient travelling for our citizens.”
 
Today, MD 5 carries three lanes in each direction and is divided by a median.  During morning and evening rush hours, drivers experience delays at two congested intersections – Accokeek and Livingston roads – which directly connect to neighboring communities.
 
Construction crews recently began primary construction of the Spine Road overpass, which will connect two new service roads on each side of Branch Avenue.  Pile driving for the new bridge began this month, in conjunction with waterline installation on both sides of MD 5.  Drivers will see the formation of the Spine Road overpass with the placement of structural steel and foundational concrete in the coming months. 
 
Once the MD 5 interchange project opens to traffic in summer 2019, motorists will enjoy a safer, more efficient ride on Branch Avenue in southern Prince George’s County.  Drivers will use a two-lane service road via a roundabout west of MD 5 at Accokeek Road and a two-lane service road via Brandywine Road Relocated east of MD 5.  Area commuters also will have a new 247-space ridesharing lot as an additional option – a transportation benefit for those in the Washington and southern Maryland regions.
 
Funding for the $55.7 million project is part of the $1.97 billion investment in highway and bridge improvements Governor Hogan announced in June 2015. 
 
The e-Road Ready 2017 electronic construction brochure is now available by clicking here.  The e-brochure highlights major road construction and maintenance projects in each of Maryland’s 23 counties.
 
While SHA and its transportation partners work hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones, each driver need to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. Stay alert and look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers.  Slow down and don’t follow too closely. Work Zone Safety is in Your Hands.
 
Maryland drivers can also Know Before They Go! by calling 511 or visiting www.md511.org for live traffic updates, including construction delays and lane closures.

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Van Hollen Statement on CBO Score of Senate Republican Health Care Bill


Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen released the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis of the Senate Republican health care bill:
 
“Senate Republicans are hearing it from their constituents, their colleagues, and now from the CBO – this bill is rotten to the core and bad news for American families. It would leave working people in Maryland and across the country with increasing health care costs but give them less coverage. Just like the House Republican plan, it takes coverage away from more than 20 million people. It would also slash Medicaid and leave millions of sick kids, seniors in nursing homes, and people with disabilities without the coverage they need to survive.
 
“In fact, as I hear from Maryland families, advocacy groups, and health care providers, I’m hard-pressed to find anyone who thinks this proposal would help them – except for the very wealthy and special interests, who are getting a windfall tax break. The Republican health care plan isn’t just mean – it’s immoral. After being drafted behind closed doors, the Senate Republican plan is finally seeing the light of day, and we must join together to fight it tooth and nail.”

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Cardin Reacts to SCOTUS Ruling on Trump's Travel Ban


WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday after the Supreme Court ruled to allow part of President Trump’s travel ban to move forward while also announcing it will take up the full case in October:
 
“I am hopeful the Supreme Court will ultimately act with clarity that we will not allow religious tests as to who can come to America. That is the question that must be answered, because the selection of Muslim majority countries by the Administration was purposeful and continues to serve as a recruitment tool for extremist groups.
 
“I am very disappointed and disheartened about the ban moving forward as it relates to refugees. There will be people hurt because of the refugee ban. The refugees seeking to come to America from these countries have not caused problems for American national security. They go through the most stringent screening in the world, including the UN refugee agency and the Department of Homeland Security and other U.S. government agencies, undergoing extensive background, medical and security screenings. They in fact are often the victims of terrorists in their own countries.
 
“The President claiming he is keeping America secure through his travel ban is in fact a phony argument about American security.
 
“The United States should continue to be a leader in resettling refugees, not turn our back on the most vulnerable in the world. Such a ban runs contrary to everything we stand for as Americans.”

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Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Blotter


Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle:​ On 6/12/17 at 3:11 pm, Trooper First Class
Costello responded to the 500 block of Patuxent Reach Drive in Prince Frederick for a
reported attempted vehicle theft. Investigation revealed a juvenile had removed the
keys without permission with a plan for friends to remove the vehicle from the premise.
Ryan T. Graves, 18 of Prince Frederick and the juvenile were both arrested. Graves was
incarcerated in the Calvert County Detention Center and the juvenile was released to the
custody of Juvenile Services.
 
Theft from Motor Vehicle:​ On 6/15/17 at 8:57 am, Trooper Jones handled a report for
the theft of the registration year sticker being stolen from a vehicle. The victim was
unable to report when or where the sticker had been removed. Investigation continues.
 

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Maryland State Police Leonardtown Arrests And Warrants


Assault/Disorderly Conduct/MDOP: On May 19, 2017 at 11:23 p.m., Trooper K. Bauer responded to IHOP in Lexington Park for a reported fight in progress. Upon arrival, he observed the manager attempting to separate two juvenile females from fighting.  Damage to property, as a result of the altercation, is estimated at approximately $200.  Both juveniles (14 years of age) were arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Assault, Disorderly Conduct and Malicious Destruction of Property.  They were transported to the Leonardtown Barrack for processing and they were later released to custody of their guardians. (17-MSP-020942) 
 
Burglary and Malicious Destruction of Property: On June 4, 2017 at 5:17 p.m., TFC A. Opirhory responded to the 21000 block of Atalanta Street, Lexington Park for a reported burglary. Upon arrival, the victim advised he arrived home and heard noises coming from his bedroom. When the victim entered his bedroom, he observed an unknown white male who had blood on his arms and legs attempting to steal his personal items. The suspect fled from the residence.  Witness information was obtained, which led to a possible suspect, who lived in the neighborhood.  TFC Opirhory responded to the suspect’s residence and identified the suspect as Adam James Mantz (36 years old).  Mr. Mantz was arrested for Second Degree Burglary and Malicious Destruction of Property.  (17-MSP-023385)
 
Burglary and Malicious Destruction of Property: On June 8, 2017 at approximately 1:37 p.m., TFC C. DiToto responded to the CVS located at 24288 Three Notch Road, Hollywood for a reported destruction of property. Upon arrival, contact was made with the store manager who reported a concrete trash can had been knocked over and pushed to the side of the store.  She advised there was damage to the rear fence and drain spout on the same side of the building.  Upon further inspection of the building, there was a large hole in the wall.  Video surveillance revealed that on June 5, 2017 at approximately 12:15 a.m. a white male dressed in all black, to include a mask and gloves, carrying what appeared to be a sledge hammer, walking around the exterior of the store. Damage to the exterior of the store is approximately $850. Investigation is continuing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Leonardtown Barrack at 301-475-8955.  (17-MSP-023970)
 
Theft: On June 16, 2017 at 10:50 a.m., Trooper J. Rutkoski responded to the 45000 block of Buck Hewitt Rd, Great Mills, for a reported theft.  The victim stated on June 13th between the hours of 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. a package was delivered by UPS.  Upon her arrival home, the victim discovered the unknown suspect(s) stole her package from her front porch.  (17-MSP-025196)
 
Possession of Marijuana Less Than 10 Grams
Austin David Ack, 21 of Hollywood, on 5/9/2017
Camisha Royshonda Person, 26 of Callaway, on 5/15/2017
Nicholas Luke Kennedy, 21 of California, on 5/16/2017
Tyron Anthony Butler Jr., 18 of Avenue, on 5/23/2017
Stephen Charles Quijada, 23 of Lusby, on 5/24/2017
Jervon Young, 33 of Mechanicsville, on 5/26/2017
Lawrence Cliffton Bankins, 34 of Lehigh Acres FL, on 5/26/2017
Ashley Anne Banks, 20 of Leonardtown, on 5/28/2017
Hannah Sophia Rothman, 20 of Tucson AZ, on 6/1/2017 
Lawrence Jackson Bissett, 20 of Oakland MD, on 6/1/2017
Rusheme Jabari Richards, 19 of Charlotte Hall, on 6/3/2017
Jonathan Matthew Hall, 20 of Lexington Park, on 6/3/2017
Zequay Demonte Tillman, 18 of Waldorf, on 6/3/2017
Johnny Earl Greene, 30 of California, on 6/6/2017
Nakita Laquette Williams, 40 of Lexington Park, on 6/8/2017
John Thomas Allen Linkous, 23 of Mechanicsville, on 6/10/2017
Travis Nathaniel Nelson, 32 of Lexington Park, on 6/10/2017
Coren Eunikua Butler, 24 of Lexington Park, on 6/11/2017
Richard Lee Mattingly, 30 of Dameron, on 6/11/2017
Marcus Deshawn Pollock, 32 of Laurel MD, on 6/11/2017
Autumn Brook Zeigler, 32 of Clements, on 6/18/2017
Amanda Desiree Simko, 26 of Luzerne PA, on 6/19/2017
Karen Bernadette Chase, 53 of Lexington Park, on 6/19/2017
David Wandell Dickerson, 18 of Lexington Park, on 6/19/2017
 
 
DUI Arrests
James Lee Stuart, 69 of Mechanicsville, on 6/2/2017
Marc Considine Savage, 52 of Leonardtown, on 6/3/2017
Michael Jereme Raley, 24 of St. Inigoes, on 6/4/2017
Andrew Scott Thomas, 40 of Lexington Park, on 6/4/2017
Tamika Danielle Stewart, 32 of Mechanicsville, on 6/7/2017
Susan Lynn Summers, 41 of California, on 6/8/2017
Lloyd Scott Harris, Jr., 41 of California, on Point Pleasant Mason, WV on 6/9/2017
Evan Mychal Russell, 23 of California, on 6/10/2017
Joseph Cornell Young, 43 of Mechanicsville, on 6/10/2017
Joshua Tyrone Wimbush, 46 of Waldorf, on 6/10/2017
Jennifer Marie Hemming, 31 of Leonardtown, on 6/16/2017
Kody Alan Adkins, 20 of Bryans Road, on 6/17/2017
Ahmed Ali Bryant, 44 of Chaptico, on 6/18/2017
Oscar Charvaria Cambara, 24 of Lexington Park, on 6/18/2017
Michael Gregory Bond, 35 of Mechanicsville, on 6/22/2017
Jeremy Michael Carr, 30 of Leonardtown, on 6/22/2017
Daniel Philip Morgan, 40 of Hollywood, on 6/23/2017
 
Warrant Service
Anna M. Hamilton, 53 of Lexington Park, on 5/7/2017
Patricia A. Burroughs, 75 of Abell, on 5/24/2017
Ginard S. Hall, 23 of Washington DC, on 5/26/2017
Regina R. Jackson, 48 of Washington DC, on 5/27/2017
Amanda R. Wedding, 31 of Lexington Park, on 5/30/2017
Teia M. Craig, 30 of Lexington Park, on 6/1/2017
Michael Milligan, 57 of Bushwood, on 6/2/2017
Brian Oneal Johnson, 31 of Lusby, on 6/3/2017
Joseph Robert Keys, 21 of Brandywine on 6/5/2017
Angela Nadean Wardle, 47 of Chaptico, on 6/6/2017
Johnny Earl Greene, 30 of River Rouge, MI on 6/7/2017
Serenity Faith Byrd, 25 of Mechanicsville, on 6/7/2017
Cheryl Lynn Nelson, 54 of Mechanicsville, on 6/8/2017
Brandi Marie Beckett, 34 of Great Mills, on 6/9/2017
Joshua Tyrone Wimbush, 44 of Lexington Park, on 6/10/017
John Francis Abell, Jr., 40 of Leonardtown, on 6/10/2017
Jacob Dakota Beagle, 20 of Lexington Park, on 6/13/2017
Jeana Elise Ferdig, 28 of Great Mills, on 6/13/2017
Timothy Scott Fritsch, 42 of Kinzsers, PA, on 6/14/2017
Amy Felicia Harris, 47 of Lexington Park, on 6/14/2017
Jamie Lee Rose Emory, 24 of California, MD, on 6/15/2017
Jasmine Taylor Ashley, 21 of Lexington Park, on 6/19/2017
Dale Lee Buckler, 49 of Hollywood, on 6/18/2017
Edgar Gabriel Cerda, Jr., 24 of Houma, LA, on 6/18/2017
Blakie Neil Jones 2nd, 29 of Chaptico, on 6/19/2017
Anthony Mason, 24 of Mechanicsville, on 6/20/2017
Sandra Jeanette Thomas, 33 of Great Mills, on 6/20/2017
Brook Lynn Kessler, 35 of Pennsylvania, on 6/20/2017
Nathan Josephy Alvey, 25 of Charlotte Hall, on 6/22/2017
Troy Allen Jones, 24 of St. Inigoes, on 6/23/2017
Zachary Joseph Grant, 26 of Lexington Park, on 6/22/2017

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Early June 2017 Hypoxia Report


Dissolved oxygen conditions in the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay mainstem were near average in early June. The hypoxic water volume (areas with less than 2 mg/l oxygen) was approximately 0.93 cubic miles, which is slightly above the early June 1985-2016 average of 0.86 cubic miles. No anoxic zones (areas with less than 0.2 mg/l oxygen) were detected.
 
In the beginning of June, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Geological Survey, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and University of Michigan scientists predicted a slightly larger than average hypoxic volume for the bay due to higher spring flows (January-May) and nitrogen loading from the Susquehanna River.
 
Crabs, fish, oysters and other aquatic creatures require oxygen to survive. Scientists and natural resource managers study the volume and duration of bay hypoxia to determine possible impacts to bay life.
 
Each year (June-September), the Maryland Department of Natural Resources computes these volumes from data collected by Maryland and Virginia monitoring teams. Data collection is funded by these states and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay Program. Monitoring and reporting will continue through the summer.

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North Point Graduate Uses First Aid Training To Help Injured Driver


A 2017 North Point High School graduate who spent three years in the Academy of Health Professions Science, Technology and Industry (STI) program, was put to the test recently when she responded to an accident scene, rendering aid to an injured driver. 
 
 Alexis Marshall was celebrating her birthday at the National Harbor in late May and as she and her mother were driving home, a car coming in the opposite direction flipped over. 
“I have to get out,” Marshall told her mother, who was not happy about her 18-year-old’s insistence. 
 
    When Marshall got to the scene, she and other Good Samaritans found the driver unresponsive in the car. Police officers arrived on the scene and pulled the driver from the car, but didn’t render first aid, telling Marshall the emergency medical technicians were on their way. Marshall and a nurse who had stopped were the only ones who moved to start CPR. “All these people were there,” Marshall said. “I thought someone else is CPR-certified.” But they weren’t. The nurse checked the driver’s pulse and couldn’t find one. “He wasn’t breathing,” Marshall said. “I started compressions. By the time EMS got there, the driver was breathing and he had a pulse.” Marshall said she didn’t really think about what she was doing; she just did it. “It was all instinct,” she said. “We just went in and knew what to do.” 
 
      Marshall, who is going to New York University, wants to be a psychiatrist. Mental health is just as important as physical health, she said. “It’s underestimated how much people need mental health care,” said Marshall, who said she saw a therapist for depression in her early years of high school. “The help is really not there.” 
 
She is excited to move to New York City, and she’ll keep her CPR certification current and up-to-date, while advocating for others to learn the lifesaving technique. “You can be the only person [in an emergency situation] who can save a life,” she said. For the past three years she’s been learning about health professions and found a field of study that she wants to pursue. “This is just the beginning,” Marshall said. 
 

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Calvert County Division of Emergency Management to Test Alert and Notification System Sirens July 3, 2017


PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – June 23, 2017 – The Calvert County Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management, will conduct a full-cycle test of the alert and notification sirens throughout Calvert, St. Mary’s and Dorchester counties Monday, July 3, 2017, at noon.
The full-cycle test includes a three-minute activation of all sirens within the 10-mile area around Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. All citizens are asked to remember the scheduled testing and relay the information to friends, family and neighbors.
The testing is conducted to check siren operation and increase public awareness of the alert and notification siren system. If the sirens sound at any other time, residents should tune to one of our local radio stations. 
Residents are also encouraged to stay informed and prepared in the event of an emergency by downloading the “Prepare Me Calvert” app for iOS (Apple) and Android devices for free through the Apple App Store or the Google Play market. 
It puts critical, real-time information at users’ fingertips in the event of a regional emergency and helps residents stay prepared.
Residents can also sign up for Calvert County ALERT to receive timely information about various emergency and non-emergency situations in the county. Calvert County ALERT messages can be sent by a variety of methods including cell phone, landline, email, text messaging, fax, pager and more. Sign up for Calvert County ALERT online at www.co.cal.md.us and click on the Emergency Alerts button. Those without internet can contact the Calvert County Division of Emergency Management at 410-535-1600, ext. 2638, to sign up for additional emergency preparedness information.
For information on Calvert County Government, visit www.co.cal.md.us or like us on Facebook.

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Scheduled for July 1


The Charles County Department of Public Works would like to remind residents that the next household hazardous waste collection for this year will be held on Saturday, July 1.  The household hazardous waste collection site is located in the parking lot of the Department of Public Works building, located at 10430 Audie Lane, off of Radio Station Road in La Plata.   Collection hours are 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
 
Items accepted free of charge include: pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer, gasoline, oil-based paint, cleaning supplies, pool chemicals, fluorescent lights, mercury thermometers, and other poisons found in the home. Please remember to mark any container that does not have a readable, original label.
 
Unacceptable materials include bio-medical waste (sharps, needles, anything with bodily fluids), latex paint, prescription drugs, and ammunition.  Used motor oil, anti-freeze, propane tanks, and batteries are accepted on a regular basis at various collection sites.  Visit www.charlescountymd.gov/HHW for a list of prescription and non-prescription medication dropped off locations.  
 
Household hazardous waste collection will occur on the first Saturday of each month through December.  Upcoming 2017 collection dates are: July 1, Aug. 5, Sept. 2, Oct. 7, Nov. 4, and Dec. 2.
 
For more information, call the Charles County Department of Public Works, Environmental Resources Division at 301-932-3599 or 301-870-2778, or the landfill and recycling information line at 301-932-5656. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD:  800-735-2258.

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Charles County Sheriff's Office Incident Report


DETECTIVES IDENTIFY AND ARREST FOUR SUSPECTS IN ARMED ROBBERY: On April 18 at approximately 5:07 a.m., four masked men entered the Dash-In in White Plains and demanded money from the clerk. After obtaining the cash register, one of the suspects fired two shots from a shotgun, striking the ceiling and a display case. The suspects fled in a minivan, which was found a short time later on fire. During the course of the investigation, detectives identified and arrested all four suspects. Nathan Ellsworth Proctor, 34, of Bryans Road; Corey Kelton, 25, of Marbury; Anthony Walls, 23, of Indian Head; and Tyrel Adams, 20, of Indian Head, were charged with armed robbery, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and other related charges. They are being held in the Charles County Detention Center. Det. C. Gregory investigated.
 
BURGLARY: Between June 20 – June 21, unknown suspect(s) broke into a house in the 7100 block of Henson Landing Road in Welcome and stole hunting equipment and tools. Officer J. Harley is investigating.
 
FIRST-DEGREE ASSAULT: On June 19 at 10:44 p.m., officers responded to the 12200 block of Goldstone Court in Waldorf for the report of a domestic-related assault. Upon arrival, officers learned a 37-year-old male had been stabbed in the chest by a relative with whom he was arguing. The victim was transported to a hospital where it was later determined his injuries were not life threatening. The investigation is ongoing. Det. J. Elliott is investigating.
 
FIRST-DEGREE ASSAULT: On June 18 at 10:28 p.m., officers responded to the 4000 block of Tims Place in Nanjemoy for the report of a stabbing. Upon arrival, officers located a 22-year-old male with a stab wound to the abdomen. He was flown to a hospital where his injuries were later determined to be non-life-threatening. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division responded and learned the victim and suspect, Tremaine Vondell Dorsey, 24, of Nanjemoy, were attending a birthday party and became engaged in an altercation. During the altercation, witnesses observed Dorsey stab the victim with a knife. After the stabbing, Dorsey fled in the woods towards Clarice Place. With the assistance of a K9, officers were able to track the suspect and take him into custody. Dorsey was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment. Det. C. Shankster is investigating.

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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Arrests


5-30-2017 - Theft - DFC D. Potter observed the suspect, Steven Ray Lee, California, age 24 of, California, leave the Walmart store without paying for merchandise.  DFC Potter followed the suspect and provided identifying information to responding deputies.   The vehicle was located and the stolen merchandise was recovered.  Lee was charged with Theft Under $1000.
 
Criminal Summons and Warrant Services:
 
05/31/17  - Shannon Elizabeth Johnson, 39, Huntingtown, MD, was charged via Criminal Summons for Assault 2nd Degree and Malicious Destruction of Property. Served by Dep. K. Molitor CASE#18629-17
 
06/01/17 - Laura Ann Marini, 36, Mechanicsville, MD was charged via Criminal Summons for Theft Less than $100.  Served by Dep. C. Edwards CASE#28430-17
 
 Adult Arrests 06/01/17
 
6-1-2017 - Assault - DFC J. Maguire responded to the 44000 block of Watson Lane for a reported domestic assault. The victim alleged the suspect, David William Thompson, age 34, of Leonardtown, assaulted the victim leaving visible signs of injury to the victim's left hand and elbow. Thompson was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center where he was charged with Second Degree Assault. CASE#02849-17
 
6-2-2017 - Theft - Deputy D. Sidorowicz responded to a reported theft at the Walmart in California. The investigation revealed, the suspect, Daniel Holly Dement, age 50, of Lexington Park, filled a shopping cart with items and utilized a small child to push the cart past all points of sale into the parking lot. Loss prevention made contact with the suspect who then dropped the bags full of merchandise and fled with the child. Using surveillance the suspect was identified and then located. He was charged via criminal citation for Theft Less Than $1000. CASE#29037-17
 
6-2-2017 - Assault on Inmate - Cpl. E Johnson responded to the St. Mary's County Detention Center for a reported assault. The investigation revealed the suspect, Keith Demar Young, age 28, of Waldorf, assaulted another inmate by hitting the inmate on the head, and then continued to hit assault the victim in the head and face. The victim displayed visible signs of injury. Young was charged with Assault on DOC employee and released back to the custody of the detention center. CASE#29070-17
 
6-10-2017 - Theft - Deputy D. Sidorowicz responded to the Lowe's in California for a late report of a theft. The investigation revealed that on May 10, 2017, the suspect, Evan Thomas Jenkins, age 28, of Mechanicsville,  exited the store without paying for merchandise. The suspect was located and charged for Theft Less than $1000.CASE#24697-17
 
6-5-2017 - Assault - Deputy P. Henry responded to the 21000 block of Tammies Drive in Great Mills for a reported assault. The victim alleged the suspect, William Howard Grantham, age 57, of Great Mills assaulted the victim causing visible sign of injury. Grantham was transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center and charged with Two Counts of Second Degree Assault.CASE#29565-17
 
6-6-2017 - CDS Violation - Deputy E. Edwards responded to the St. Mary's County Detention Center for a reported CDS Violation. The suspect, Steven Rene Tharpe, age 26, of Great Mills, was ordered by the District Court Judge to take a urinalysis test prior to sentencing. During the test, something fell out of the suspect's pants. The correctional officer advised it appeared to be a condom containing an unknown liquid. The suspect was charged with altering a drug/alcohol urinalysis test. CASE#29720-17

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St. Mary's Sheriff Investigating Possible Rape In Charlotte Hall


It has been brought to our attention posts are circulating on social media regarding a rape that occurred in the Charlotte Hall area.
As with all active investigations, we are limited in the amount of information we can release. However, we can confirm the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an alleged sexual assault that occurred on Mount Wolf Road on June 13, 2017.
This an isolated incident and no similar incidents have been reported.
At the conclusion of the investigation, any substantiated information will be released to the public.
As always, if you believe you see something suspicious, please call the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office immediately at 301-475-8008.
To our concerned citizens, thank you for reaching out to us.

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Governor Larry Hogan Announces Appointments to Maryland State Board of Education


ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today announced the appointments of David Steiner, Ph.D., Dr. Justin Hartings, Michael Phillips, and Kyle Smith to the Maryland State Board of Education. 
 
“These talented individuals represent our administration’s continued commitment to ensuring that our already strong education system continues to improve while providing a world-class education for all Maryland students,” said Governor Hogan. “Their strong academic backgrounds and educational expertise have prepared them well, and I look forward to seeing all the great work they will accomplish as we continue to Change Maryland for the better.”
 
David Steiner, Ph.D. currently serves as the executive director for the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy and a professor of education at Hopkins. He has served on many education-related boards across the country, and was previously dean of the School of Education at Hunter College, and served as the New York State Commissioner of Education.
 
Pastor Michael Phillips is currently the senior pastor of the Kingdom Life Church in Baltimore, an also serves as the chairman and founder of the Better Life Community Development Corp. He serves on the board of Green Street Academy and on the 50CAN Maryland Can and Faith Leaders for Excellent Schools.
 
Justin Hartings, Ph.D. is the founder and president of Biaera Technologies of Hagerstown, a company that does aerobiology program management, quality control, and creates customized aerosol systems in the life science field. He has twice been elected to the Washington County Board of Education and served a term as president.
 
Kyle Smith, the fourth nominee to the board, is from North Point High School in Charles County, and will be serving as the student member. Smith was appointed by the governor after receiving the recommendation from the Maryland Association of Student Councils.
 
These appointments will be subject to confirmation of the Maryland Senate during the 2018 session of the General Assembly.

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Public Feedback Sought for Calvert County Hazard and Flood Mitigation Plans


PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – June 22, 2017 – The Calvert County Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management, and the Department of Planning and Zoning seek public feedback on the county’s Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan was recently updated and will be presented to the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners for review July 25.
The goal of the Hazard Mitigation Plan is to reduce or eliminate long-term risks to people and property from the effects of natural hazards such as tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, severe storms, droughts, landslides and other events. Calvert County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan identifies and assesses potential natural hazards and man-made events, evaluates local mitigation measures that should be undertaken – including public outreach before and during major events – and outlines procedures for monitoring the implementation of mitigation strategies.
Residents have until Wednesday, July 5, to review and comment on the Hazard Mitigation Plan. It can be found online at www.co.cal.md.us/HazardMitigation. Comments should be directed to Emergency Management Specialist Shelly Gooding via email at goodinss@co.cal.md.us or by calling 410-535-1600, ext. 2302.

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Department Awards $10.5 Million to Enhance Boating Access and Navigation


The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is providing $10.5 million in Waterway Improvement Fund grants to improve public boating access and navigation throughout the state.
 
Passed by the Maryland General Assembly and signed by Governor Larry Hogan, this critical funding will go toward 49 projects in 18 counties from Allegany to Worcester.
 
“Through this grant program, we are improving the quality of life of our citizens and visitors through the development and enhancement of various water access sites throughout the state, while expanding opportunities for the public to appreciate all that the Chesapeake Bay, coastal bays and their tributaries have to offer,” Governor Larry Hogan said. “The boating industry supports thousands of jobs in Maryland and contributes billions to our economy.”
 
Funded projects include the dredging of local navigation channels, maintaining public boating access facilities, improving parking and upgrading existing infrastructure such as bulkheads, piers and ramps. Funding is also provided to local first responders to enhance water rescue operations.
 
“From cruising the Chesapeake Bay to maneuvering the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean, boating is a way of life in Maryland,” Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “The Waterway Improvement Fund is a vital state resource that ensures that residents and visitors alike will continue to benefit from Maryland’s world-class recreational boating opportunities for years to come.”
 
The Waterway Improvement Fund was created in 1966 to support the development, enjoyment and use of Maryland’s waters for the benefit of the general boating public. It is primarily derived from a five-percent vessel excise tax on boat purchases and titling.
 
In Southern Maryland:
 
Anne Arundel: Broadwater Creek, Deale: Main channel dredging to restore boating access
Anne Arundel: Carrs Creek, Deale: Main channel dredging to restore boating access
Anne Arundel: Citywide Annapolis: Public boating facilities improvements
Anne Arundel: Parrish Creek, Shady Side: Install single lane boat ramp with floating pier and paved turnaround
 
Calvert: Hallowing Point Boating Facility, Prince Frederick: Develop master plan for expanded Hallowing Point facility
Calvert: North Beach Volunteer Fire Department: Purchase of a new fire/rescue boat
 
Charles: Smallwood State Park, Marbury: Re-deck the boating ramp piers and the marina concession pier at Sweden Point Marina
Charles: Smallwood State Park, Marbury: Design of bulkhead replacement along the Sweden Point Marina waterfront
 
Prince George’s: Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad: Purchase new fire/rescue boat motor
Prince George’s: Prince George’s County, Fort Washington: Purchase new high performance all-terrain airboat for water rescue
 
St. Mary’s: Countywide: Public boating facilities improvement
St. Mary’s: Point Lookout State Park, Scotland: Re-deck marina boardwalk and piers
St. Mary’s: St. Clements Island, Coltons Point: Re-deck the north and south light house piers

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Calvert Sheriff Invites Residents To Attend Community Policing Workshop


Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans is asking for the Community to attend a Community Workshop. “Community Policing and Building Relationships of Trust”
An opportunity to strengthen the bonds between the Sheriff’s Office and the community they serve. On Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at the College of Southern MD, Prince Frederick Campus, Building A, Room 119. “Public trust is based on a relationship that is reciprocal in nature, fostered by deputies who demonstrate the highest ethical standards while being supported by an engaged community.”
~ Sheriff Mike Evans
Free Workshops – 2 Sessions Available, Session 1: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Session 2: 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Sheriff Evans invites: Community Leaders, Activists, Interested Citizens, Law Enforcement and their families.
Workshop Leader is Dr. Melanye Smith:
A 20-year Law Enforcement Vet & Administrator, Metropolitan Police Dept. (Ret.)
A community policing expert, and an author and contributing faculty member at Walden and Ashford Universities. 
Workshop participants will: 
Work together in an environment designed to encourage open engagement and enhanced understanding of each other’s' positions and concerns;
Focus on the interdependency of the police and their family members with the community;
Explore leadership capabilities, emotional intelligence, mindfulness, hope, and compassion;
Learn about the research on and practice of communication and building trusting relationships; and
Be part of an effort to create a sustained positive community change.
“The workshops are geared towards moving each participant from their current position along an ideological continuum, by generating dialogue that enhances understanding and meaning and helps to create a shared vision.”
~ Dr. Melanye Smith
To RSVP or for more information contact:
Capt. Dave Payne via email at paynedp@co.cal.md.us or by phone at 410-535-1600 x 2593.

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Noise Advisory – Supersonic Flight Test In Vicinity Of Pax River June 22


PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD – Residents of communities surrounding
Patuxent River (PAX) Naval Air Station are advised that a noise-generating event is scheduled to
take place on June 22 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. within the NAS Patuxent River airfield boundaries.
This event will produce a single loud booming noise that may be heard by nearby residents.
As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing
activities on the community. For more information call 1-866-819-9028.

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Calvert County Hosts Public Safety Information Workshop June 27


PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – June 21, 2017 – The Calvert County Department of Public Safety Division of Emergency Management will be hosting a public workshop Tuesday, June 27, 7-8:30 p.m., to discuss all hazards, natural and man-made, that residents might face and offer tips on how to prepare for them. Citizens are encouraged to attend the workshop at Calvert Pines Senior Center, located at 450 West Dares Beach Road in Prince Frederick.
“We’ll provide examples of how our citizens can be better prepared to respond and protect themselves and their families in all types of emergencies,” explained Division of Emergency Management Chief Al Jeffery. “We will also explain how we routinely drill with federal, state and other local responders to ensure our protective plans are rigorous.”
Residents are also encouraged to stay informed and prepared in the event of an emergency by downloading the “Prepare Me Calvert” app for iOS (Apple) and Android devices for free through the Apple App Store or Google Play. Residents can also sign up for Calvert County ALERT to receive timely information about various emergency and non-emergency situations in the county. Sign up for Calvert County ALERT online at www.co.cal.md.us by clicking on the Emergency Alerts button.
For more information about the apps or about the workshop, contact the Calvert County Division of Emergency Management at 410-535-1600, ext. 2638. 

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Comptroller Franchot Reports $5.7 Million Rebate from State Purchasing Card Program


Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced that the State of Maryland has received a $5.7 million rebate from U.S. Bank. The rebate is the result of 76 state agencies spending more than $286 million on small purchases through Maryland’s Corporate Purchasing Card program for the period of April 26, 2016 through April 25, 2017.
“Taxpayers want and expect us to do everything we can to watch out for their financial best interest and to save them money,” Comptroller Franchot said. “In my role as the state’s fiscal watchdog, it’s what my office does each day. The Corporate Purchasing Card program allows state agencies to make small purchases in an efficient and effective way, providing accountability and allowing vendors to be paid in a timely manner.”
Under this program, the Comptroller’s Office issues one payment each month to U.S. Bank for all card purchases made during the previous month. Merchants are paid directly by VISA, usually within two business days of the purchase, which is shorter than the normal 30-day payment cycle. U.S. Bank pays a rebate when the state reaches pre-set purchase volumes. This contract for purchasing card services was approved by the Board of Public Works in 2013, with U.S. Bank offering a higher rebate percentage than the previous vendor.
The State of Maryland first began using the VISA corporate purchasing card program in March 1997.  Since then, the state has purchased approximately $4.1 billion worth of goods and services, while earning $56.9 million in rebates.

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Bill Hunt Named Land Use and Growth Management Director


Leonardtown, MD – Following a nationwide search, the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County have appointed Bill Hunt director of Land Use and Growth Management (LUGM). His appointment is effective June 30.
 
Mr. Hunt stepped into the role of interim director following the retirement of Phil Shire in January. Previously he had served as LUGM deputy director since December 2012.
 
“I am excited about getting started with meeting the immediate challenge of implementing the Lexington Park Plan and coordinating this with the Department of Economic Development and the stakeholder businesses and residents in the development district,” said Hunt. “I also look forward to the duties of the Calvert-St. Mary’s Metropolitan Planning Organization as transportation continues to expand with new federal and state requirements.”
 
Prior to his arrival Mr. Hunt was the Principal Planner and headed the Planning Division in Lake County, Illinois from 2000 to 2010. He began his career as an urban planner in Ocala, Florida in 1984 and was promoted to Planning Director before departing in 2000.
 
“We are extremely fortunate to have Bill Hunt serve as our new LUGM director,” said Commissioner President Randy Guy. “Though there were a number of excellent candidates, the commissioners believe Mr. Hunt is uniquely qualified to handle the land use issues before us here in St. Mary’s County.”
 
Mr. Hunt‘s annual salary will be $130,000.

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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report


Indecent Exposure: Between May 14 and June 3, 2017, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office
received calls for a black male, in his early 50’s, with a beard sitting in a white Lexus exposing
himself to passersby in the CVS, Solomon’s Island parking lot. Deputies were able to locate the
subject in the area of HG Trueman Rd. He was identified as Lamar Antonio Allen, 49, of
Solomon’s Island. He was charged with Indecent Exposure.
 
Traffic Violations and CDS Arrests: On June 17, 2017 Dana Michelle Domanow, 37, of
Mechanicsville was stopped for a traffic complaint and was found to be in possession of crack,
oxycodone and paraphernalia.
 
Destruction of Property: On June 14, 2017, a vehicle located in the 11000 block of Rousby
Hall Rd, Lusby had a “male organ” spray-painted on his vehicle.
On June 16, 2017, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office received numerous calls for
 
Destruction of Property. A residence on Dayton Ave in North Beach had eggs thrown at
it. A vehicle located on 27th Street, Chesapeake Beach had its hood damaged and on
Keith Lane in Owings a motorcycle had sugar put in the gas tank.
On June 17, 2017, a vehicle located in the 8300 area of G Street, Chesapeake Beach had
its tires cut.
On June 17, 2017, boat located at the Fishing Creek Marina in Chesapeake Beach had the
interior of it damaged.
 
Theft: Between June 1 and June 8, 2017, the Cheseapeake Beach and Huntingtown area had
numerous unlocked vehicles entered and items of value stolen. Members of the Calvert County
Sheriff’s Office, along with the Maryland State Police were able to identify the suspects as
juveniles. They were charged with theft and released to their parents. The Calvert County
Sheriff’s Office is reminding its residences to please do not leave items of value in site in their
vehicles and to keep their vehicles locked at all times.
 
On June 16, 2017, a dirt bike was stolen from a home within the 1000 block of Gringo
Court Lusby.
On June 17, 2017, a vehicle was reported stolen from the 1000 block of Golden West
Way, Lusby and recovered at Sea Horse Beach.
On, June 17, 2017, an unlocked vehicle in the 8000 area of Hilltop Way, Lusby was
entered and change was stolen.
On June 17, 2017, an unlocked vehicle in the area of Horizons on the Bay in North Beach
was entered and items of value stolen.
 
Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or
indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Calvert County. Anyone with information
about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive may contact the Calvert County Sheriff’s
Office at 410-535-2880. Any criminal activity can be reported anonymously online by clicking
the Crime Solvers link at www.CalvertCountySheriff.us.

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Calvert Sheriff's Warns Motorists Of Speed Enforcement Cameras In School Zones Are Year Round


The Calvert County Safety for Students Speed Enforcement Program is in effect year round.  The speed cameras will be moved randomly between the school zones.  As a courtesy, the locations of the cameras are posted on the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office website and Facebook page.   
Cameras are active year round, Monday through Friday, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.   This does not alter any posted speed reduction times.  
Citations are issued to the registered owner of the vehicle, and only if the speed was 12 mph or more over the posted speed limit.  The camera will adjust for the reduced speed times.  
A school zone speed camera violation is a $40 fine with no points.
If you have any questions or concerns about the Calvert County Safety for Students program, please contact Captain Brent Parrott at 410-535-1600 ext. 2584, or email at parrottb@co.cal.md.us.  

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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office deputies recognized for roles in schools


On Wednesday, St. Mary’s County Public Schools expressed their appreciation for the support of law enforcement at their schools and on their safety teams. During a ceremony, they recognized Safety and Security Assistants, Maryland State Police, and deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office for their public safety efforts in the public school system. Principals who submitted nominations, commanders and members of the school board, along with Superintendent James Scott Smith and Safety & Security Director, Mike Wyant, bestowed the awards.
 
“For every day of this school year, there has been at least one unsung hero,” Wyant said. “Law enforcement officers have helped make a difference in a child’s life, and the partnerships we continue to forge provide confidence in our systems.”
 
Following an opening by Smith, Sheriff Cameron said, “Our partnerships create a great synergy, and we have a positive relationship that exists today.”
 
The following officer from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office was nominated for Adopt-A-School Officer of the Year: Timothy Snyder, Lexington Park Elementary, and George Washington Carver Elementary School.
 
“Deputy Snyder grew up in Lexington Park and finds his life experiences a benefit in supporting the children in the community regardless of their age,” Dr. Rebecaa Schou, Principal of Lexington Park Elementary said. “Deputy Snyder also finds time to support his community as a member of the Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad, providing care and comfort to families who are experiencing a medical emergency.”
 
“The Carver team wishes to express our utmost gratitude for the hard work Deputy Timothy Snyder has displayed in safeguarding the school, staff, and students,” Principal Deanna Mingo of George Washington Carver Elementary School said. “He has shown to the Carver community the highest professionalism in every interaction. Deputy Snyder’s concerted effort exceeds expectation.”
 
The following officers from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office were nominated for School Resource Officers of the Year: Corporal Andrew Holton, Chopticon High School; Corporal Kristi Nelson, Great Mills High School; and Corporal Gray Maloy, Leonardtown High School.
 
Selected for School Resource Officer of the Year was Corporal Andy Holton, Chopticon High School and Margaret Brent Middle School 
 
“Holton is always on time, always on duty, and always interacts with students with nothing but respect and support,” Mark Priner of Chopticon High School said. “Every interaction I have with him is marked by professionalism, respect and a steady focus on the task of ensuring that Chopticon is run as safely as possible.” 
 
“He is firm, consistent, and holds students to high expectations,” Principal Janet Fowler of Margaret Brent Middle School said. “However, he also provides a safe outlet for students to confide in him. He models appropriate behavior for our young men and women, and his positive impact reaches beyond the walls of our building into our community.” 
 
Sheriff Cameron, along with the men and women of the sheriff’s office, extends congratulations to every individual who was nominated and received an award. The Sheriff’s Office also thank the board of education, Superintendent Smith, St. Mary’s County Public School staff, and the principals of our local schools for honoring the nominees and winners. 
 

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Officer Awarded Policeman of the Year from Waldorf Moose Family Center #1709 during Annual Valor Awards Ceremony


Charles County Sheriff Troy D. Berry is proud to announce M/Cpl. Patrick McCue was named Policeman of the Year during the Waldorf Moose Family Center #1709 Annual Law Enforcement and Firefighter/EMS Awards Ceremony held on June 16. Mr. Larry Dean, Prelate and Valor Awards Chairman, served as emcee and presented M/Cpl. McCue with the award. “We appreciate our first responders and the work they do to protect us day in and day out,” said Dean.  
 
On April 9, 2016, M/Cpl. McCue was on a special saturation detail in the Wakefield neighborhood, when he was flagged down by a citizen who stated a man was walking toward the Wakefield Recreation Center with a long gun.  M/Cpl. McCue responded to the center, where he observed the man walking with an AR-15 rifle. Upon seeing M/Cpl. McCue coming toward him, the suspect ducked behind a vehicle in the parking lot.  M/Cpl. McCue immediately engaged the suspect, ordering him to the ground. The suspect, who had hidden the rifle under another vehicle, gave himself up and was placed under arrest.  M/Cpl. McCue searched the area and located the gun, which was loaded with 27 rounds and had been reported stolen through Fayetteville, NC.
 
Further investigation revealed the suspect was attending an event at the recreation center when he was punched by another man. The suspect left the event to retrieve the assault rifle.  People inside the center saw the suspect approaching with the rifle and, fearing for their lives, quickly locked the doors to keep the suspect from entering.  It was at this time the citizen flagged down M/Cpl. McCue to report the armed suspect in the area.
 
Also during the awards ceremony, Emmett O’Hare, La Plata VFD, was named Firefighter of the Year. Nominated by Chief Jason Moore, O’Hare was honored for his work in teaching fire safety to Charles County school students, homeowners and business owners.
 
“It’s always nice when local civic organizations take time to recognize the outstanding work of emergency workers. We thank the Waldorf Moose Family Center for honoring our police officers and firefighters with such prestigious awards,” said Sheriff Berry.
 
M/Cpl. McCue also received a Meritorious Service Award for his actions in this case during the CCSO’s 2016 Awards and Retirement Banquet last October.  

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Health Department Seeking Child Care Centers to Implement Wellness Practices


LEONARDTOWN, MD (June 19, 2017) – The St. Mary’s County Health Department is seeking child care center organizations to participate in School and Child Care Center Wellness Grant activities. The School and Child Care Center Wellness grant focuses on health and wellness efforts for implementing policies and practices in schools and child care centers and creating an action plan for a healthy child care environment. For more information about this request for proposals, please visit the health department’s website at www.smchd.org/rfp. 

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SMECO Refunds Capital Credits


Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) is issuing capital credit refunds totaling nearly $3.8 million. Of that total, a general refund of approximately $2.2 million will be issued in early July. Active eligible customer-members will receive credits on their bills and checks will be issued to eligible former members. Special refunds of about $1.6 million will be paid throughout the year to estates of deceased members and unpaid final bills.
“When SMECO refunds capital credits to customer-members, we’re putting our words into action and making good on a promise,” said Austin J Slater, Jr., SMECO president and CEO. He added, “Our customers realize the benefit of being electric cooperative members when they receive a portion of the co-op’s margins. Passing savings on to customers demonstrates the value of the cooperative business model, and that differentiates us from other utilities.” 
SMECO’s margins for 2016 totaled $12 million. Because SMECO is a cooperative, margins—revenue minus expenses—are retained to provide working capital for new construction and system improvements. Slater explained, “SMECO’s customer-members invest in their co-op every time they pay their bill. They share the responsibility of ownership by financing the cooperative’s operations, but they also share its rewards.” 
SMECO’s margins are allocated to customers’ capital credit accounts at the end of each year. Margins are refunded to customer-members in the form of capital credits when SMECO’s Board of Directors determines that the co-op’s financial conditions can be met.  
Each member’s share of the co-op’s margins is based on how much electricity the member purchased and the rate at which the account was billed. All eligible active customer-members will receive a credit on the bill for their primary account. If customers wish to contact SMECO to designate their primary account, they may call 1-888-440-3311. Inactive eligible members will receive a full refund of the balance in their capital credit account if the balance is $100 or less. Capital credits may also be used to pay any amount due if a customer had an unpaid final bill for electric service. 
 

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Charles County Sheriff's Office Incident Report


ROBBERY SUSPECTS APPREHENDED BY OFFICERS: On June 9 at 12:57 a.m., an officer was parked in the parking lot of a business in the 6200 block of Crain Highway in La Plata when he observed two males enter the CVS Pharmacy. The males had their hoods up, wrapped tightly around their heads, and appeared to be trying to cover their faces. Suspecting a robbery might occur, the officer immediately called for backup, and additional officers from the CCSO and La Plata Police Department responded. The suspects suddenly ran out of the pharmacy and fled with bags in their hands. They were apprehended after a brief foot pursuit. Employees confirmed the suspects entered the store in disguise, jumped the pharmacy counter, assaulted the pharmacist, and demanded narcotics from the safe. Indrick Lightfoot-Taylor, 19, of no fixed address, and Leslie Lightfoot Taylor, 23, of Clinton, were charged with theft, assault, and armed robbery. Det. R. Johnson is investigating.
 
THEFTS FROM AUTOS: On June 13 between midnight and 5 a.m., unknown suspect(s) broke into three unlocked cars in the area of Helen Court in Indian Head. Clothing and headphones were stolen. Anyone with suspect  information may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES + the tip to CRIMES (274637), or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for the tip that leads to an arrest in this case. Officer S. Griffith is investigating.
 
THEFTS FROM AUTOS: On June 12 at 4:10 a.m., four males were observed trying to break into cars in the area of Marlin Court in Waldorf. Officers responded, but the suspects were gone. Further investigation showed the suspects broke into cars on Moonfish Court, Night Sergeant Court, and Paddlefish Court. Anyone with suspect  information may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES + the tip to CRIMES (274637), or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for the tip that leads to an arrest in this case. Officer R. Logsdon is investigating.
 
WOMAN CHARGED WITH TRESPASSING AND ASSAULTING AN OFFICER: On June 10 at 11:18 a.m., officers responded to the 2900 block of Crain Highway in Waldorf for the report of a disorderly female. When officers arrived they learned it was the same woman who had been banned from the business the day before. As officers were attempting to arrest the suspect, she kicked one of them. Kayla Wynn, 19, of Atlanta, GA, was charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct, and assault. Cpl. J. Timko investigated.
 
THEFTS FROM AUTOS: On June 5 at 11:56 a.m., an officer was patrolling the area of the park and ride, 3220 Mattawoman Beantown Road in Waldorf, when he observed three cars with the passenger-side window broken out. All three vehicles were Chevy or GMC SUV’s, and the after-market speakers and radios had been stolen. The owners were contacted, and no other vehicles were reported damaged.  Anyone with suspect  information may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES + the tip to CRIMES (274637), or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for the tip that leads to an arrest in this case. Pfc. S. Hooper is investigating.
 
HIT AND RUN / ASSAULT ON POLICE OFFICER:  On June 2 at 6:29 p.m., officers responded to the area of Mall Circle in Waldorf for the report of a hit-and-run crash. The victim advised a woman hit her car and took off. The victim used her cell phone and recorded the suspect’s car as the driver fled. Officers were able to obtain a description of the car and subsequently spotted the car on Route 925 near Route 5, where they initiated a traffic stop. The driver, Ronna Curelea, 24, of VA, had an odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath and appeared to be intoxicated. She refused to follow any commands and was subsequently arrested. As officers were taking her into custody, she attempted to bite them. Curelea was subsequently transported to the Charles County Detention Center, where she was charged with hit-and-run, driving while impaired, and assault. Pfc. R. Gass is investigating.

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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Arrests


05/26/17: A 13 year old male juvenile of Lexington Park was arrested for Second Degree Assault at Esperanza Middle School.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by School Resource Officer Cpl. C. Hartzell. CCN# 27716-17
 
05/23/17: A 13 year old male juvenile of Leonardtown was arrested for Second Degree Assault by Cpl. J. Davis. CCN#27716-17
 
05/22/17: A 17 year old female juvenile of Lexington Park was issued a juvenile civil citation for Possession of Marijuana by Cpl. J. Stone.  CCN# 27046-17
 
05/29/17: A 14 year old male juvenile of Clements was arrested for Burglary at Dynard Elementary School.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by Cpl. E. Johnson. CCN#23953-17
 
05/18/17: A 13 year old female juvenile of Lexington Park was arrested for Assault Second Degree at Esperanza Middle School.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by School Resource Officer Cpl. C. Hartzell. CCN# 25867-17
 
5/22/17: A 13 year old male juvenile of Lexington Park was arrested for Assault Second Degree, as well as Disturbance of School Operations at Spring Ridge Middle School.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by Cpl. C. Hartzell. CCN# 26089-17
 
05/23/17: A 13 year old male juvenile of Lexington Park was arrested for Assault Second Degree, as well as Disturbance of School Operations at Spring Ridge Middle School.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by Cpl. C. Hartzell. CCN# 26089-17
 
05/26/17: A 14 year old female juvenile of Lexington Park was arrested for Assault Second Degree.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by Cpl. M. Worrey.  CCN# 27767-17
 
05/26/17: A 10 year old male juvenile of Lexington Park was arrested for Assault Second Degree.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by Cpl. M. Worrey.  CCN# 27767-17
 
05/27/17: A 15 year old male juvenile of Hollywood was arrested for Assault Second Degree.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by Deputy C. Ball. CCN# 27836-17
 
05/25/17: A 16 year old female juvenile of Drayden was arrested for Assault Second Degree and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by Dep. P Henry. CCN#27793-17
 
05/28/17: A 17 year old male juvenile of Lexington Park was arrested for Assault Second Degree.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by Cpl. J. Vezzosi.  CCN# 28047-17
 
 
06/02/17: A 15 year old male juvenile of Lexington Park was arrested for Assault Second Degree.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by Deputy D. McClure. CCN# 29085-17
 
06/02/17: A 16 year old male juvenile of White Plains was arrested for four counts of Burglary, Vandalism and Theft.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by Cpl. D. Alexander.  CCN# 28267-17, 28293-17, 28297-17, 28303-17.
 
06/07/17: A 14 year old male juvenile of Lexington Park was arrested for Theft.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by Deputy M. McCuen.  CCN#29801.
 
06/06/17: A 12 year old female juvenile of Lexington Park was arrested for Assault.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by Deputy C. Ball. CCN# 29708-17
 
06/07/17: A 16 year old male juvenile of Lexington Park was arrested for Theft.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by DFC R. Steinbach. CCN# 29806-17
 
06/06/17: A 7 year old male juvenile of Lexington Park was arrested for Vandalism.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by DFC R. Steinbach.  CCN# 29746-17
 
06/06/17: A 16 year old male juvenile of Lexington Park was arrested for Theft.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by Cpl. M. Worrey. CCN# 29733-17
 
06/06/17: A 16 year old male juvenile of Lexington Park was arrested for Assault, Disturb School Operations at Great Mills High School.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by School Resource Officer Cpl. K. Nelson.  CCN# 29697-17
 
06/07/17: A 9 year old male juvenile of California was arrested for five counts of Vandalism.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by Dep. D. Holdsworth. CCN# 29916-17,29902-17,29898-17,29989-17,29990-17
 
06/09/17: A 16 year old male juvenile of Leonardtown was arrested and charged with Sex Offense 2nd and 4th Degree and Assault.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by Lt. E. Jones CCN# 27846-17
 
 
Arrests: 5/23/2017 - 5/29/2017
 
5-25-2017 – Alcohol Violation – Cpl. W. Ray was on patrol on Great Mills Road in the area of Checker’s Restaurant when he observed the suspect, James Calvin Morgan, age 51, of Lexington Park, consuming a beverage out of a brown paper bag and in a public place. He was issued a citation for possession of an open container in public. CASE# 02754-17
 
5-28-2017 – Theft – DFC A. Schultz responded to the Walmart in California for a reported theft. While traveling to the store, he observed the loss prevention officer from Walmart pointing towards a male walking down the sidewalk parallel to MD Route 235. Further investigation revealed, the suspect Calvin Parker Broxson, age 41, of Great Mills attempted to conceal electronics and exit the store without paying. When confronted by loss prevention, Broxson dropped the bag containing the merchandise and fled on foot. He was charged with theft under $1000. CASE#028041-17
 
5-25-2017 – Burglary – St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Units responded to a reported burglary in progress in the 45000 block of West Point Comfort Lane in Piney Point, MD. A victim called and advised he was notified that his home intrusion alarm was sounding. When the victim remotely accessed his home’s security cameras, he observed a suspect inside of his garage. He also provided additional identifying information to include a description of the suspect’s vehicle. Patrol units located the vehicle in the area of MD-249 and Driftwood Drive in Tall Timbers. Deputies made contact with the suspect, Vernon Frederick Hammer, age 44, of Lexington Park, who advised he was dropping signs off at a model home for his employer, but the key he was given didn’t work. He decided to use a credit card to gain access. While inside the residence, he removed a grill and propane tank that was inside of the garage. Those items were recovered from the back of the suspect vehicle. Further investigation revealed the suspect had in entered the wrong residence, despite the model home being clearly marked. The suspect was placed under arrest by DFC Blaine Gaskill and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he charged with 2nd Degree Burglary, 4th Degree Burglary, Theft Less than $1000, as well as Driving while Suspended and Driving while Revoked. CASE# 027490-17
 
5-26-2017 – Assault – Dep. D. McClure responded to a reported domestic assault in progress in the 46000 block of Yorktown Road in Lexington Park. Upon arrival, he made contact with the victim who alleged the suspect, Anthony Macio Wilson, age 44, of Lexington Park, assaulted the victim several times leaving visible signs of injury. Wilson was placed under arrest and charged with Second Degree Assault. CASE#027654-17
 
5-27-2017 – Violation of a Protective Order – DFC D. Lawrence responded to the 20000 block of Willows Road in Lexington Park for a reported violation of a protective order. The investigation revealed, the suspect, Craig Wesley Norton, age 46, of Lexington Park, violated several conditions of a valid protective order. He was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Violating a Final Protective Order. CASE#027860-17
 
5-27-2017 –Possession – Deputy C. Ball responded to a reported theft in the 27000 block of Gold Lane in Mechanicsville. The investigation revealed the suspect, Matthew Joseph Lusby, age 44, of Mechanicsville, stole a victim’s medication. Deputies recovered the medication from a trash can at a nearby gas station. Lusby was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Theft Less than $1000 and Possession of CDS – Not Marijuana. CASE#027865-17 
 
5-23-2017 – Indecent Exposure – Deputy D. Sidorowicz responded to the 48000 block of Beachville Road in California for a reported indecent exposure complaint. The investigation revealed the suspect, Kenneth Allen Woodburn, age 32, of St. Inigoes exposed himself to a victim several times. He was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Indecent Exposure. CASE#027339-17 

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Parking Lot Repairs to Impact Availability of Spaces At St. Mary's Buildings


Leonardtown, MD – Parking lots at county government owned and buildings and facilities will be undergoing repairs during the remainder of June. Lots are being seal coated in phases so as to minimize impact to employees and visitors.
 
Today (June 16) visitors to the Governmental Center campus in Leonardtown may experience some difficulty finding a parking space near the Chesapeake and Potomac Buildings and Garvey Senior Activity Center. Contractors are re-lining the parking lots adjacent to those buildings. The STS bus stop on the Governmental Center campus is temporarily relocated. Signage will direct riders to where they may pick up an STS bus.
 
Parking adjacent to the Board of Elections location in Leonardtown will be limited due to initial seal coating of that lot. Work at that location should be completed by Saturday. Lot closures are being phases so as to ensure a sufficient supply of parking spaces.
 
Below is a complete list of the dates and parking locations contractors will be working. Employees and visitors are asked to plan ahead to locate an alternate parking location when possible.    
 
June 15 and 16:  Chesapeake Building, Garvey Senior Center, Potomac Building
June 16 and 17:  Board of Elections
June 19 and 20:  Arnold Building (DPW&T)
June 20 and 21:  Old Carver School
June 22 and 23:  Patuxent Building (LUGM, Sheriff, Rec and Parks, Treasurers Office)
June 23 and 24:  Emergency Operations Center
June 24:  Drill Hall (if procurement process has been completed)
June 26:  Welcome Center in Charlotte Hall

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Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $97,662 for Farm to School Programs in Maryland


WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-MD) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a grant of $97,662 to the Maryland Department of Agriculture through its Farm to School Program, designed to increase the amount of local foods served in schools.
 
“Every child has a right to healthy meals, and this grant represents a federal investment both in them and in our local farmers,” said Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee. “These funds will go a long way toward fighting chronic hunger, promoting Maryland’s farms, and supporting healthy eating habits for our kids.”
 
“This grant will help ensure healthy foods are available to school children while supporting local Maryland farmers in the process,” said Senator Van Hollen, member of the Senate Agriculture Committee. “Combatting hunger, promoting healthy eating, and supporting Maryland agriculture will continue to be priorities of my work in the Senate.”
 
The Maryland Department of Agriculture, in partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education, will engage all of Maryland’s 24 school systems to expand the amount of locally-grown foods procured in the Summer Meals program and increase enrichment programming activities. Statewide activities will include a local food market feasibility study of supply chain partners in Summer Meals, Harvest of the Month summer campaign, technical assistance training, a rural culinary school vegetable processing pilot, and agricultural and nutrition-based activities with a focus on farmers markets and on-site gardens.

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Citizens Academy to be Offered for Fourth Year


Leonardtown, MD – County citizens have many questions about governmental operations. They want to know which county department is responsible for a particular service, who may be responsible for making certain decisions and how are those decisions arrived at. If you’re interested in learning more about how county government works, sign up for the St. Mary’s County Government Citizens Academy.
 
Now in its fourth year, Academy sessions will take place on seven Tuesday evenings, between September 5 and November 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. Sessions will be held at various county operated locations. The mission of the Academy is to provide an overview of county programs and services. Participants will gain a better understanding of county government operations and will receive a certificate upon successful completion.  Persons residing in St. Mary’s County, 18 years of age and older, are eligible to participate. Enrollment is limited to 25 pre-registered applicants.
 
“The Citizens Academy is a wonderful opportunity for residents to learn about county government from the inside,” says Commissioner President Randy Guy. “Participants can ask questions and get answers regarding county government operations.”
 
The opening session will feature an overview of county administration. Subsequent sessions will be hosted by the departments of Aging and Human Services, Economic Development, Land Use and Growth Management, Recreation and Parks, Public Works and Transportation and Emergency Services and Technology.
 
“Citizens taking part in our Citizens Academy will become more engaged with county government by becoming advocates in their communities,” says County Administrator Dr. Rebecca Bridgett. “The Academy’s goal is to educate and inform about county government programs and services.”
 
Citizens interested in learning more about the academy, can go to www.stmarysmd.com/citizensacademy/ to download the brochure. Online applications will be available beginning Monday, July 3. Deadline to apply is Friday, August 18. Those selected to participate will be notified by Friday, August 25

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Charles Board Approves Elementary Redistricting Plan


The Board of Education on June 13 unanimously approved Superintendent Kimberly Hill’s recommendation to adopt elementary school redistricting Plan A without modifications.
 
The recommendation moves approximately 2,221 elementary school students. All elementary schools, with the exception of Gale-Bailey, Dr. Thomas L. Higdon, Indian Head, Malcolm, T.C. Martin and Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy elementary schools, are impacted in some way by the redistricting. 
 
Proposal A establishes an attendance zone for Billingsley Elementary School, which opens in September 2018, and an expanded zone for Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School. CCPS is starting a complete renovation and expansion of Mudd this summer. Redistricting also relieves overcrowding at most elementary schools. Several elementary schools remain over state-rated capacity; however, kindergarten additions at Mary H. Matula, Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer and upcoming kindergarten additions at Dr. James Craik and Berry elementary schools will increase the state-rated capacity at these schools.
 
The Board’s vote finalized the yearlong redistricting process and provides for more than a year’s notice before it takes effect in September 2018 to coincide with the opening of Billingsley. The new school will open with a projected enrollment of 637, leaving room for growth. Billingsley is located off Billingsley Road in White Plains and has a state rated capacity of 758 students. Hill announced on June 13 that Sabrina Robinson-Taylor, principal at Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School, will be the first principal at Billingsley.
 
For a complete overview of redistricting, fact sheets, presentations and other information, visit http://www.ccboe.com/redistricting/.

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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit Handlers Earn Certifications


On May 31, DFC Lacey Johnson and K-9 Brix finished the Basic Canine Handler Course and were certified at the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Center by Master Canine Trainer Todd Fleenor. Master Canine Trainer Brian Fleig from the Anne Arundel County Police and Rene Cuyler from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office also witnessed the certification.
 
The Basic Canine Handler Course started on Feb. 13 and ended on June 2. The Canine Team is now certified in the areas of Patrol and Narcotics Detection. In order to be certified in those areas, the canine team had to demonstrate obedience, agility, tracking, building searches and aggression control for patrol and vehicle searches, open area searches and building searches for narcotics detection.
 
(L-R) Cathcart, Fleenor, Layla, Johnson, and Cpl. Rishel
At the traditional K-9 pinning ceremony on June 6, Johnson received the canine team’s certificates. Corporal Shawn Cathcart was presented with a certification as an Assistant Canine Trainer in the areas of patrols, narcotics and explosives detection.
 
During the ceremony, Fleenor congratulated Johnson by saying, “I am super proud; she did an awesome job.”
 
He also thanked Cathcart for his leadership in assisting and serving as a mentor to Johnson. After, Layla, an 11-year-old who raised $1300 for the unit was thanked for her selfless efforts.
 
"I think DFC Johnson and Laya displayed some of the most important and valuable things," Captain Steven Hall said, "time, due to how little we have of it, and effort because the measure given is often the difference between reaching a goal or falling short.”
 
Johnson will be formally certified and recognized in November with the International Police Work Dog Association (IPWDA) at the 2017 Maryland Canine Workshop. Cathcart will attend the 2017 IPWDA Canine Nationals in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He will then undergo written testing and an interview board to become a Canine Trainer with the organization.
 
Please join Sheriff Tim Cameron and the men and women of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office in congratulating Cathcart on his certification as an Assistant Canine Trainer and Johnson and K-9 Brix for completing the Basic Canine Handler Course.

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Charles County Commissioners Adopt Climate Change Resolution


On Tuesday, June 13, the Board of County Commissioners adopted a resolution to affirm and restate Charles County’s commitment to promoting environmentally sustainable initiatives to help deter the harmful effects of climate change.
 
Commissioner President Peter F. Murphy said, "I believe the risks of climate change warrants thoughtful action, and this resolution shows Charles County’s commitment to protecting our environment."
 
The resolution shows Charles County’s commitment to utilizing environmental protective measures that help protect the health, safety, and welfare of county residents and natural resources; and the goals and ideals of the Paris Climate Accord and the United States Climate Alliance. 
 
“This resolution is an act of unity. It shows our citizens that we prescribe to the belief that climate change is real and that our local policies will do everything we can to combat it. There is no fiscal note attached because it does nothing more than put an exclamation mark on what we already are doing," said Commissioner Ken Robinson (District 1).
 
Charles County supports renewable energy including: the new solar parking canopy installation at the Government Building, which is an expected annual cost saving of $35,300; and the existing Crain Memorial Welcome Center, which is operated by the county and partially powered by an on-site wind turbine. The County Commissioners recently passed legislation that created the Watershed Conservation District where objectives include, but are not limited to, the protection of the Mattawoman Creek Stream Valley and the headwaters of the Port Tobacco River and the watershed areas natural resources, protection of water resources and Tier II streams, protection of wildlife habitat, and implementation of the total maximum daily load thereby restricting pollutants.

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Mudd Teachers And Staff Pack Up School, Ready For Move


Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School’s teachers and staff are boxing up classrooms and preparing to move into their new — but temporary — home. 
 
Furniture, classroom equipment and other necessities will be taken to the 32-room transition school between J.P. Ryon Elementary School and John Hanson Middle School in Waldorf, where Mudd will be housed for two years while its building is renovated. 
 
The renovation starts this month and is expected to be complete for the opening of school in August 2019. 
 
Cleaning out Mudd for the construction to start has been a process. “I found a microscope in a wooden box,” said Kim Daniel, a science teacher at Mudd. “The microscope was rusty.” She wonders if the equipment was new when the school opened in 1967. 
 
She also tackled the “scary closet.” It was a classroom closet that was jammed packed with items collected over 50 years and stored away. As of Wednesday afternoon, Daniel was taping shut the 101 packing box. She is looking forward to teaching at the renovated school. “It’s going to be great,” she said.  

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Community Engagement Meetings about the Calvert County Public Schools Strategic Plan


Calvert County Public Schools (CCPS) prides itself on educating and preparing each student to succeed in a changing world. Serving more than 15,000 students, the district must rise to the challenge of meeting the unique needs of every student. In order to focus the district’s efforts and ensure positive student outcomes, CCPS consulted with a number of constituent focus groups and convened a Strategic Planning Steering Committee. The committee, comprised of the Superintendent, a school board member, and central office and school-based staff, worked for the past several months to guide the development of a long-term strategic plan. This plan will be a living document that will guide the academic and operational direction of the district for the next five years.
A preliminary draft of the district strategic plan (including the district’s theory of action, priorities, and measurable goals) has been developed through numerous discussions among the Strategic Planning Steering Committee and other central office and school-based staff. 
The next step within the strategic planning process is to share the draft, hold discussions, and seek feedback from members of the CCPS community. The district is therefore hosting four community engagement sessions to gather input on the proposed strategic plan. The sessions will be held on:
June 21 at 9:00 am in the Media Center at Windy Hill Elementary;
June 21 at 7:00 pm in the Media Center at Calvert Middle School;
June 22 at 9:00 am in the Media Center at Huntingtown High School; and
June 22 at 7:00 pm in the Media Center at Southern Middle School.
All community engagement sessions are open to the public, and anyone wishing to share thoughts and feedback on the strategic plan is encouraged to attend. The district hopes for representation at these sessions from various members of the public—including parents, teachers, education experts, business and community leaders, and students.
Community members who are not able to attend one of the sessions may review the draft strategic plan at http://bit.ly/ccpsplan and provide feedback by emailing ThePlan@calvertcounty.education. All comments must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 23. 
Once the strategic plan has been finalized, CCPS will begin implementing the strategic vision by planning specific initiatives and action steps. These initiatives will outline how CCPS will achieve success in meeting the established priorities and will be monitored regularly by the articulated measurable goals to ensure progress is being made.
 

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Two Troopers Injured In Crash On Rt. 4


(FORESTVILLE, MD) -- Two troopers were injured late last night as they responded to a call for an impaired driver driving southbound in the northbound lanes of Rt. 4 and collided with each other.  
 
Trooper Warren Thompson and Trooper Kamil Kozoil, both assigned to road patrol duties at the Forestville Barrack, were injured.  Trooper Kozoil was taken by ambulance to Prince George's Hospital.  Trooper Thompson was flown by Maryland State Police helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.  Both are expected to survive.  
 
At about midnight yesterday, a call was dispatched for an apparently impaired driver, who was driving southbound in the northbound lanes of Rt. 4.  The troopers responded and were following each other in separate patrol vehicles.  
 
The preliminary investigation indicates that as they were responding, Trooper Thompson struck the rear of Trooper Kozoil's patrol car in the area of southbound Rt. 4 south of Green Landing Road.  Trooper Kozoil's car then traveled across the median and down an embankment.  No other vehicles were involved in the incident.
 
The driver of the car the troopers were attempting to locate was later stopped by a Maryland Natural Resources Police officer.  The driver was arrested for DUI.  
 
The investigation is continuing. 
 

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Record White Catfish Caught in Lower Potomac River


The Maryland Department of Natural Resources confirmed a St. Mary’s County man has set a new state fishing record for white catfish. The fish was recognized as a game fish a few years ago, but until now nobody had broken the seven-pound minimum weight to be eligible for state records.
 
Jacob Vosburgh, 20, of Lexington Park, caught the fish recorded at 8.27 pounds June 1 in the lower Potomac River. The white catfish was 23 inches in length.
 
Using bloodworms as bait and a Carolina sinking rig–designed for finding fish on the river bottom–Vosburgh caught several small fish that morning but decided to be a little more patient and see what else was biting. Vosburgh, who was fishing with a friend, would see his patience pay off when he made his record catch.
 
“Even before we took it out of the water, just judging by the size of its head we knew it was state record,” said Vosburgh.
 
Veronica Beck of Crabknockers, a seafood market in Leonardtown, certified the fish’s weight.
 
The department maintains state records for sport fish in four divisions–Atlantic, Chesapeake, Nontidal and Invasive–and awards plaques to anglers who achieve record catches. Fish caught from privately-owned, fee-fishing waters are not eligible for record consideration.
 
Anglers who think they have a potential record catch should download and fill out the state record application and call 443-569-1381 or 410-260-8325. The department suggests the fish be immersed in ice water to preserve its weight until it can be checked, confirmed and certified.

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Operational Changes for St. Clements Island Water Taxi and Piney Point Pier


Leonardtown, MD - The St. Clement’s Island Water Taxi will not operate this Saturday, June 17. A boat captain is unavailable for the day. Visitors interested in riding the water taxi to St. Clements Island are advised to call 301-769-2222 to ensure hours of operation and weather conditions. High wind, rough water, rain or storms will cancel service.
 
Also, due to ongoing repair work, the pier at Piney Point is closed to pedestrians and boats until further notice.

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Maryland Open Air Burning And Burn Ban Questions Answered


Marylanders are reminded of safety and jurisdictional requirements when burning outdoors.  Open air burning is defined as a fire where any material is burned in the open or in a receptacle other than a furnace, incinerator, or other equipment connected to a stack or chimney.  It also includes other fires such as campfires.
 
      Alternatives to open air burning include: composting, disposal at a local landfill where the yard debris can be turned into mulch or periodic curb-side pick-up by your regular trash collector (where available).
 
      If you must burn, take the time to ensure that all safety and regulatory precautions have been taken.  Permits may be required for all open air burning except for small recreational fires such as campfires.  The permit from the Department of Natural resources is in addition to and does not substitute for a permit from the local health department.  For permit information, please call your local health department, fire department or contact the Department of Natural Resources Forest Service Office at (410) 260-8531 or go online at: http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/forests/wfm.asp
 
Tips for open air burning:
 
·        Don’t burn on windy days.
 
·        Have hand tools and a ready water supply on site.
 
·        Never leave the fire unattended.
 
·        Clear the area around the site for a minimum of ten feet.
 
·        Burn at a safe distance from your home, shed or other structures.
 
·        Never use gasoline! Gasoline fumes can ignite and cause serious injury and possible death.
 
·        Check your local and state regulations before burning.
 
      Hazardous items are never allowed to be burned.  Proper disposal of hazardous items such as tires, plastics, aerosol cans, oil, etc., can be disposed of through means provided by your local government.
 
       The Maryland State Fire Marshal, Brian S. Geraci states, “Marylanders need to use caution when burning outdoors.  The expense associated with extinguishment of out of control fires can be easily controlled by being attentive and following established guidelines provided by local authorities.”
 
      The MDE open burning ban is in effect annually between June 1st and September 1st. This burn ban involves the following counties: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s and Baltimore City.  The ban does not affect backyard barbeque grilling or open fires for recreational purposes, such as campfires.  For more information on the burn ban contact Maryland Department of the Environment Office of Air Quality at (410) 537-3231 or go online at:
 
http://www.mde.maryland.gov/programs/researchcenter/
 
          Open Air Burning regulations are enforced by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.  Violations carry fines up to $1000 and/or one year in prison.  The landowner can be charged with all of the costs associated with extinguishing the fire.  Even small campfires can cause wildfires if they are not fully extinguished.  Soak the coals with lots of water and make sure they are out cold! 

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St. Mary's County Board Of Appeals Notice of Public Hearing


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the St. Mary’s County Board of Appeals will hold a Public Hearing on July 13, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Commissioners Hearing Room, Chesapeake Building located at 41770 Baldridge Street in Leonardtown, Maryland to take testimony and receive evidence in the following matters pursuant to the Rules of Practice and Procedure of the             St. Mary’s County Board of Appeals:
 
In the Matter of the Appeal of Pamela & William Johnson Case # VAAP-16-0957
 
The public is invited to attend. Property owners with standing may testify and offer evidence and thereby become parties to the proceeding. The administrative record is available for inspection in the Office of the County Attorney, 41770 Baldridge Street in Leonardtown, Maryland. Copies of the Rules of Practice and Procedure are available on the web page of the St. Mary’s County Board of Appeals.
 
 By: George R. Sparling, County Attorney

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Residents Asked to Reduce Mosquito Population by Eliminating Standing Water


The best way to prevent mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases is to get rid of mosquito breeding habitats. Now that mosquito season is here, the Calvert County Department of General Services, Mosquito Control Program is asking residents to assist in the control of mosquitoes. Any area or container that holds water for a week or more has potential to produce hundreds, or even thousands, of mosquitoes.
The county Mosquito Control Program team encourages residents to take steps to reduce the number of mosquitoes around homes and properties by eliminating standing water. In addition, residents are urged to:
·         Drain or dump tarps, buckets and flower pots
·         Keep roof gutters free of leaves and other debris
·         Fill in tree stump holes from blown over trees as soon as possible
·         Dispose of cans, plastic containers and anything else that can hold water
·         Cover or drill holes in recycling containers or outside trash cans
·         Turn wheelbarrows, wading pools, children’s toys and other similar items over or put them away
·         Store boats covered or upside down
·         Clean and put fresh water in birdbaths or wading pools regularly
·         Make sure your home’s windows and doors have proper screening
·         When outdoors wear light-colored long pants and long sleeves
·         Use an approved insect repellent according to manufacturers’ instructions
The Calvert County Mosquito Control Program provides countywide integrated pest abatement of nuisance and vector (disease carrier) mosquitoes. For a comprehensive overview of the program, visit online at www.co.cal.md.us/MosquitoControl, by email at Mosquito Control at mosquitocontrol@co.cal.md.us or via phone at 410-535-6924.

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New Law Expands Naloxone Access to All Marylanders


ANNAPOLIS, MD — The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene recently announced that Dr. Howard Haft, the agency’s Deputy Secretary for Public Health, issued a new statewide standing order that allows pharmacies to dispense naloxone, the non-addictive lifesaving drug that can reverse an opioid overdose, to all Maryland citizens. The order follows legislation passed by the Maryland General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Larry Hogan that included a Hogan administration proposal to enable all citizens to access naloxone. Previously, naloxone was available only to those trained and certified under the Maryland Overdose Response Program.
 
"As the opioid epidemic has evolved, we have worked steadily to expand access to naloxone," said Dr. Haft. "Pharmacies play an important role in providing access to naloxone and counseling on how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose. This order is yet another tool to fight this crisis and to provide immediate assistance to overdose victims.”
 
The Heroin and Opioid Prevention Effort (HOPE) and Treatment Act, a bipartisan omnibus bill passed during the 2017 legislative session that contains provisions to improve patient education and increase treatment services, included the Hogan administration’s proposed Overdose Prevention Act. This updated standing order resulting from the new law further eliminates barriers to naloxone access for anyone who may be at risk of opioid overdose or in a position to assist someone experiencing an opioid overdose.
 
“By allowing even more people access to naloxone, we're helping to save lives,” said Clay Stamp, executive director of the Opioid Operational Command Center. “We must remember though, that ultimately, those suffering from the disease of addiction or substance use disorder must be linked to additional treatment to aid in their recovery.”
 
Single doses of naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, have been demonstrated as effective in reversing a heroin overdose. However, more potent drugs such as fentanyl tend to require multiple doses to reverse an overdose. Emergency services—calling 911 or taking someone to a hospital’s emergency department—should always be sought in an overdose situation.
 
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's 2016 Drug-and Alcohol-Related Intoxication Deaths in Maryland Report, released earlier this month, revealed that 2,089 individuals died from overdoses last year, a 66 percent increase from 2015’s data. For more information on opioid overdose recognition and response, click here.
 
In March, Governor Hogan declared a State of Emergency in response to the heroin and opioid crisis ravaging communities in Maryland and across the country. This declaration activated the governor’s emergency management authority and enables increased and more rapid coordination between the state and local jurisdictions. The Opioid Operational Command Center, established by Governor Hogan in January through an Executive Order, facilitates collaboration between state and local public health, human services, education, and public safety entities to combat the heroin and opioid crisis and its effects on Maryland communities.
 
Before It’s Too Late is the state’s effort to bring awareness to this epidemic—and to mobilize resources for effective prevention, treatment, and recovery. Marylanders grappling with a substance use disorder can find help at BeforeItsTooLateMD.org and 1-800-422-0009, the state crisis hotline. 

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Calvert County Government Opens Cooling Centers For Extreme Heat


The Calvert County’s Community Centers and the Calvert Library’s Prince Frederick Branch will be open during regular hours and safe drinking water is available in each of them.  Residents who need to take refuge in a safe, cool place may go to one of the following locations:                                                                                                                                                             Harriet E. Brown Community Center
901 Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick
Open Sunday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Friday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
 
Northeast Community Center                               
4075 Gordon Stinnett Ave., Chesapeake Beach 
Open Sunday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
 
Southern Community Center
20 Appeal Lane, Lusby
Open Monday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; closed Sunday
 
Calvert Library, Prince Frederick Branch
850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick
Open Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, noon-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Sunday
 
The Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center
130 Auto Drive, Prince Frederick
Open Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
 
The Mt. Hope Community Center in Sunderland is not available as a cooling center until after July 9 due to construction.
Emergency cooling centers are opened when the need arises. The Calvert County Emergency Management staff is closely monitoring the National Weather Service’s excessive heat warnings and will make a determination to keep certain cooling centers open past normal business hours if the need arises.
Calvert County residents are urged to take the following precautions to protect themselves and their families when temperatures rise:
·      Drink plenty of fluids; water is best.
·      Avoid beverages containing alcohol, caffeine or large amounts of sugar as they can dehydrate the body.
·      Stay in an air-conditioned room or building during the hottest part of the day.
·      Stay out of the sun.
·      Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
·      Check on elderly relatives and neighbors.
·      Never leave children or pets in parked cars since temperatures can rise to 130 degrees inside vehicles in only a few minutes even with the windows rolled down.
            Heat can affect anyone, but most at risk are the very young, senior citizens and people with underlying health problems. Symptoms of heat illness include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness, nausea, weak but rapid pulse and headaches. People with these symptoms should find shade, drink water slowly and make sure there is good ventilation. Those with severe symptoms should seek medical attention. 

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Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Blotter


Destruction of Property:​ On 6/5/17 at 3:38 pm, Trooper First Class Warrick received
a complaint for a reported malicious destruction of property. A juvenile student
reported after driving to school at the end of the day discovered unknown suspect(s) had
keyed the vehicle. The estimated damages totaling over $1750. Investigation
continues.
 
Trespassing:​ On 6/11/17 at 2:56 pm, Trooper First Class Davis responded to the
FaStop in St. Leonard for a disorderly complaint. Marcus Chase Jr, 23 of Port Republic
was located nearby and appeared to be highly intoxicated but refused medical treatment.
Further investigation revealed Chase was previously issued a no-trespass order for “Fast
Stop.” Charges are pending.
 

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Calvert County Holds Free Household Hazard Waste Disposal Event


The Calvert County Department of Public Works Solid Waste Division is hosting a free household hazardous waste collection event for residents Saturday, June 17. The collection event will be held at the Mt. Hope Convenience Center located at 106 Pushaw Station Road in Sunderland from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine.
Safe disposal of household hazard waste materials minimizes environmental risks and protects human health. A product is considered hazardous if it ignites easily, reacts or explodes when mixed with other substances, is corrosive or toxic.
“It is imperative for residents to check disposal directions on product labels that bear the words or symbols for caution, warning, danger, poison or toxic,” explained Calvert County Solid Waste Division Recycling Coordinator Bill Teter. “Those are the types of materials residents should bring to this event so our staff can assist in the proper disposal of them.”
In addition, ammunitions and old or unused medications will also be accepted. Citizens must present proof of Calvert County residency. Materials from commercial businesses are prohibited. For a listing of accepted hazardous waste materials or for more information on household hazardous waste collection events, call the Calvert County Solid Waste Division at 410-326-0210 or visit www.co.cal.md.us/recyclingevents.

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Dispose of Old and Worn Out Flags


Leonardtown, MD - Do you have old or worn out American or state flags? Now you can give them the proper retirement they deserve!
 
The Department of Aging & Human Services, in cooperation with the American Legion, is collecting and will properly dispose of, torn and tattered flags. Collection points will be established at all three senior activity centers. Flag collection will take place year-round. A formal disposal ceremony will take place during the annual Flag Day event at the Governmental Center campus in Leonardtown, this Wednesday (June 14) at 6 p.m.
 
Flag collection points will be located at:
 
Northern Senior Activity Center
29655 Charlotte Hall Road
Charlotte Hall, MD
 
Garvey Senior Activity Center
41780 Baldridge Street
Leonardtown, MD
 
Loffler Senior Activity Center
21905 Chancellors Run Road
Great Mills, MD

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Cooling Centers Available During Summer Months


As the summer heat begins, it is important to stay cool and hydrated. When the National Weather issues a Heat Advisory, Excessive Heat Watch, Excessive Heat Warning, or Air Quality Alert of Orange or greater, the following public buildings are open during regular business hours for use by residents:
 
Capital Clubhouse (Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
3033 Waldorf Market Place, Waldorf
 
Richard R. Clark Senior Center (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
1210 Charles Street, La Plata
 
Nanjemoy Community Center (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
4375 Port Tobacco Road, Nanjemoy    
 
Charles County Public Libraries
 (All branches:  Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m; Friday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.)
La Plata Branch, 2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata
P.D. Brown Memorial Branch, 50 Village Street, Waldorf
Potomac Branch, 3225 Ruth B. Swan Drive, Indian Head
Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf   
 
Outdoor Pools (Monday through Friday, Noon – 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon– 6 p.m.)
La Plata High School, 6035 Radio Station Road, La Plata 
Thomas Stone High School, 3785 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf
McDonough High School, 7165 Marshall Corner Road, Pomfret
 
Indoor Pools 
Monday through Sunday, noon- 5 p.m.
Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center at St. Charles High School, 5305 Piney Church Road, Waldorf
North Point High School, 2500 Davis Road, Waldorf
 
Monday through Friday, Noon – 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon– 5 p.m.
Lackey High School, 3000 Chicamuxen Rd, Indian Head
 
To avoid heat-related issues, take additional precautions if you work or spend time outside during extreme heat. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.  Visit www.charlescountymd.gov/es/em/emergency-management for the latest list of cooling centers. 
 
Citizens should call 9-1-1 in the event of any emergency, heat-related or otherwise.  For additional preparedness information, visit: 
Preparedness Tips for Extreme Heat: www.ready.gov/heat or www.nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/index.shtml
Heat safety resources: www.nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/ww.shtml
Air Quality Safety information: www.nws.noaa.gov/airquality/ 
Heat illness Information: health.maryland.gov/extremeheat/facts/Pages/home.aspx

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Trooper Injured In Prince George's County Crash


(FORESTVILLE, MD) -- A Maryland state trooper is hospitalized for injuries he sustained early this morning when his patrol car was struck by an alleged impaired driver, while the trooper was parked at the scene of a traffic crash in Prince George's County.
 
The trooper is identified as Trooper Solomon Flash, who is assigned to road patrol duties at the Forestville Barrack.  He was injured and taken to Prince George's Hospital for treatment.
 
The driver involved is identified as Chris M. Dent, 37, of Upper Marlboro, Md.  He did not report injury in the crash.  He was arrested for driving under the influence.  Additional traffic charges will also be filed.  
 
Just before 3:30 a.m. today, Trooper Flash was investigating a traffic crash that had occurred on northbound Rt. 4 at Presidential Parkway.  He was using his patrol car, with its emergency lights activated, to block lane three of Rt. 4, while protecting a disabled vehicle in the roadway.  
 
While awaiting the tow truck, Trooper Flash's patrol car was struck from behind by a 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe, driven and owned by Dent.  Troopers and emergency medical personnel responded to the scene.  Trooper Flash was transported to the hospital by Prince George's County Fire Department personnel.  
 
Troopers investigating the crash noticed Dent exhibiting signs of being under the influence.  Further investigation led to his arrest. 

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Economic Development Department Appoints Freeman-Buster as Chief of Business Development


The Economic Development Department (EDD) announced today the hiring of Lucretia Freeman-Buster as Chief of Business Development. Freeman-Buster will begin her employment with the EDD on Monday, June 12.
 
As Chief of Business Development, Freeman-Buster will develop, implement, and manage day-to-day coordination of comprehensive business retention, expansion, and attraction programs. Freeman-Buster will oversee all business attraction and retention outreach, lead generation activities, and correspondence with site selectors and interested companies.
 
“We’re thrilled to have Lucretia bring her extensive business development and financial experience to our Economic Development team,” said Economic Development Department Director Darréll Brown. “I’m confident that her years of experience will benefit our business community and help us in our overall mission to drive economic development in the county.”
 
Freeman-Buster brings to EDD more than 20 years of experience in business development, commercial lending, and financial management. Prior to joining EDD, Freeman-Buster served as acting executive director of the District of Columbus Small Business Development Center (DC SBDC), where she directed the implementation of its vision and strategy, directed and monitored its programmatic activities, and managed the budget of the DC SBDC network.  Freeman-Buster boasts years of experience in banking and finance, having served as the vice president of commercial lending for the Washington Savings Bank, and was the assistant vice president of business banking for BB&T Bank and SunTrust Bank. She provided professional consulting services to corporations and non-profit organizations with particular emphasis on financial management, business planning and risk management.
 
“Access to capital is always a challenge for businesses,” said Freeman-Buster. “I look forward to bringing my finance and commercial lending expertise to Charles County, and working closely with the area entrepreneurs and businesses.”
 
Freeman-Buster holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Maryland University College, a bachelor’s of science degree in management from Potomac College, a certificate in international business management from Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, and other professional certifications.

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Comptroller Franchot Stops Processing Returns from Upper Marlboro Tax Preparer


In his ongoing effort to combat tax fraud and identity theft, Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced that, effective immediately, he has suspended processing electronic and paper tax returns from Yawn Tax and Tech Services LLC, 605 Halifax Place in Upper Marlboro.
 “We continue to be vigilant and resolute in our commitment to protect Marylanders’ financial information and the integrity of our tax system,” Comptroller Franchot said. “I want to commend my Questionable Return Detection Team as it continues to work tirelessly to identify these fraudulent returns that try to drain our state coffers and ultimately cheat all Maryland citizens,” he said.
Pursuant to his agency’s Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Internal Revenue Service, Comptroller Franchot has shared this information with other tax agencies.  The Comptroller’s Office also has advised the Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation of the decision so that they can take any additional appropriate actions.
The suspicious characteristics detected on the tax returns prompting the determination included:
·       Business income reported when taxpayers did not own a business.
·       Refund amounts requested much higher than previous year tax returns.
·       Inflated and/or undocumented business expenses.
·       Dependents claimed when taxpayer did not provide required 50 percent support or care.
·       Inflated wages and withholding information.
 
The total number of process suspensions stands at 98 tax preparation offices at 112 locations, accounting for tax preparers removed from last year’s list because they now are in compliance. Since 2007, the Comptroller’s Office has detected and blocked nearly 76,000 fraudulent tax returns worth more than $174.2 million.
Taxpayers should carefully review their returns for these issues and should be suspicious if a tax preparer deducts fees from their refund, does not sign their tax return, or fails to include their preparer taxpayer identification number "PTIN" on the return. In the event that a taxpayer suspects fraud, they are asked to immediately report the issue to the Comptroller's Office by calling 1-800-MD-TAXES (1-800-638-2937) or 410-260-7980 in Central Maryland or by emailing TAXHELP@comp.state.md.us.
To review the list of previous preparers from which Comptroller Franchot has suspended processing returns, visit the Comptroller’s website at http://www.marylandtaxes.com/
If taxpayers want to check to see if the Comptroller’s Office is processing returns from a particular tax preparer, or on their status for a previously filed claim, they are asked to contact the Maryland Comptroller’s Office Ombudsman at 410-260-4020 or email at ombudsman@comp.state.md.us.
If taxpayers suspect fraud, they are asked to immediately report the issue to the Comptroller's Questionable Return Detection Team at QRDT@comp.state.md.us.
 

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State Police Barracks Become 24-HR Drop Off Locations For Unused Prescription Meds


(PIKESVILLE, MD) – As part of Maryland’s combined effort to reduce opioid abuse, Maryland State Police barracks across the state have become around-the-clock drop-off locations for unused prescription medications.  
 
Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel William Pallozzi directed that all barracks be ready any time to accept unused medications.  “The Maryland State Police is a full partner in the state’s coordinated response to the opioid crisis,” Colonel Pallozzi said.  “It is important that we are ready to assist in citizen efforts to reduce the amount of unused prescription medications available in their homes, thereby reducing the potential for those drugs to end up on the street.  Making our 23 barracks full-time collection points will make it easier for people to turn-in these medications as soon as possible, instead of waiting for a specific drug collection day.”  
 
“Giving Marylanders more places to safely and properly dispose of any old and unused medications is just one more way to fight the heroin and opioid epidemic that is devastating our state’s communities,” said Clay Stamp, executive director of the Opioid Operational Command Center.
 
About half of the State Police barracks already had drug collection boxes.  In an effort to equip all the barracks with collection boxes, a State Police Criminal Investigation Bureau commander recently contacted the RiteAid Corporation after learning of a grant program.  Through their KidCents program, The RiteAid Foundation immediately donated 13 American Security Cabinets steel drug collection boxes to the Maryland State Police.
 
All 23 Maryland State Police barracks are now equipped with secure drug collection boxes and available around-the-clock for unused medication drop off.  No questions will be asked when deposits are made.  All drugs collected will be destroyed according to Maryland State Police policy.  
 
Citizens can locate the closest Maryland State Police barrack by visiting: http://mdsp.maryland.gov/Organization/Pages/FieldOperationsBureau/allbarracks.aspx
 
Maryland State Police barracks are open 24-hours-a-day.  Drug collection boxes are located in the front lobby of each barrack, are easily accessible and are in-view of the barrack duty officer.  
Maryland State Police barracks had previously participated in DEA’s Drug Take-Back Day initiatives, which prompted citizens to turn-in unused prescription medications on a specific day.  On April 29, 2017, the most recent Drug Take-Back Day, Maryland State Police barracks collected 2,669 pounds of medications, the most ever collected in a single day.  
 
The Maryland State Police is a partner in the Opioid Operational Command Center, which facilitates collaboration between state and local public health, human services, education, and public safety entities to combat the heroin and opioid crisis and its deadly impact on Maryland communities. Before It’s Too Late is the state’s effort to bring awareness to this epidemic—and to mobilize resources for effective prevention, treatment, and recovery. 

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Governor Larry Hogan Announces Funding for Chesapeake Bay Water Quality Improvements


ANNAPOLIS, MD - Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has awarded funding to 18 recipients through the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund to improve the health of Maryland’s waterways. The Trust Fund directs critical grant funding to the most cost-effective and efficient water quality improvement projects in the state that result in the highest level of pollution reduction as a return of the state’s investment.
 
Governor Hogan has continued to demonstrate his commitment to Chesapeake Bay restoration by becoming the first governor in Maryland history to fully fund the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund the last two years. Additionally, after years of raiding by the previous administration, the Hogan administration has also fully funded Program Open Space, the state’s premier land conservation and recreation program.
 
“We have invested the most ever – nearly $145 million dollars – in the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund. Last year was the first time it has ever been fully funded in our state’s history, and we fully funded Bay restoration efforts again this year,” said Governor Hogan. “These 18 shovel-ready projects, totaling more than $21 million dollars of investments, will have a long-lasting, positive impact on the Bay and the environment.”
 
The Trust Fund grants announced today will provide funding to watershed projects from Frederick to Talbot County, including stream and wetland restoration, innovative stormwater management, riparian tree buffer plantings and more.
 
“The Trust Fund allows us to engage local communities in discovering cost-effective and innovative approaches aimed at protecting our waterways,” Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “Through pioneering partnerships, Maryland is realizing lower costs for the removal of nutrients and sediments, a benefit for the environment and taxpayers.”
 
The Trust Fund is administered by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and guided by the Chesapeake Bay Cabinet. Department staff works with local partners on stormwater infrastructure improvements and employing the latest technologies to improve water quality. Since its creation in 2007, the Trust Fund has supported more than 2,000 projects across the state, creating and supporting approximately 2,300 jobs.
 

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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office announces 34th Annual National Night Out celebration


The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is excited to announce that on Tuesday, August 1, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., neighborhoods across St. Mary’s County can join in the celebration of National Night Out.
 
“You don’t have to have a lot of money, if any, to organize a National Night Out celebration in your neighborhood,” Corporal Angela Delozier said. “The sheriff’s office supports the neighborhoods and will participate in their National Night Out celebrations by bringing law enforcement officers, incentives, and giveaways – compliments of the sheriff’s office.”
 
National Night Out is a crime prevention event sponsored nationally by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office.
 
The sheriff’s office is always seeking out new neighborhoods interested in participating. To register, all a neighborhood needs is the desire to meet and have fun with your neighbors, a kick-off packet, and the registration of your community by July 24.
 
National Night Out is designed to:
 
-           Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness.
 
-           Generate support for and participation in anti-crime efforts.
 
-           Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships.
 
-           Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized.
 
To register for National Night Out, contact Delozier at Angela.Delozier@stmarysmd.com or by phone at 301-475-4200, ext. *8094.
 
 
“Remember, a neighborhood that invests time and care into each other is a safe and informed community,” Delozier said.

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Calvert Sheriff Reminds Residents How To Be Safe This Summer


Sheriff Mike Evans and the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the citizens of Calvert County.  As we approach the upcoming summer season, Sheriff Evans would like to remind the public of a few simple safety tips to keep you out of harm’s way. 
One of the best ways to stay safe this summer is to wear a helmet and other safety gear when biking, skating, skateboarding, and when riding scooters and all-terrain vehicles. Studies on bicycle helmets have shown that they can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent.  While bicycling, obey the rules of the road. Wear bright-colored or reflective clothing while riding and always ride with traffic – never against it. 
When jogging with others on the roadway, run in single file. Utilize sidewalks where available and always jog while facing traffic. Use extreme caution when crossing streets and at intersections, as passing motorist may not see you. Wear light colored or reflective clothing to aid visibility.
If children are home alone, make sure that they have a list of phone numbers (neighbors, friends, family) that they can call if they should become frightened or in the event of an emergency. Assure that the children know how to call 911 when it is appropriate to do so. Also, establish a schedule for the child to check in with parents during the day.
Children should always be required to check in with a parent or trusted contact person before leaving the house and when returning home. Parents should know the route the child will be taking to and from a given location. Remind the child never to take shortcuts or deviate from the agreed upon route.  Make sure your children know that they should never talk to anyone that they do not know. Teach your children that it is best to travel as a group when going places. There is safety in numbers. 
Most importantly, watch your speed. As many neighborhoods are full of children in the summertime, it is imperative that motorists obey the posted speed limits. Our goal is to save lives; drivers need to be aware and responsible while behind the wheel.  Drive the way that you want people to drive in front of your home.
Please remember the school zones are in effect all year round, to include the summer months.  The speed cameras are active throughout the year, Monday through Friday, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.  They will monitor the school zones and issue a citation to any vehicle that is 12 mph or more over the speed limit.  The camera will adjust the limits for the reduced speed times.  A violation carries a $40.00 fine with no points.  
 
If you have any questions or concerns about the Calvert County Safety for Students program, please contact Captain Brent Parrott at 410-535-1600 ext. 2584, or email at parrottb@co.cal.ms.us.

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Charles County Man Arrested for Firing on Anglers


A Charles County man was arrested on criminal assault charges after anglers on Middletown Branch complained that he fired on them.
 
The victims told Maryland Natural Resources Police officers that they were bowfishing at about 10:30 p.m. May 13, when a man began yelling obscenities at them and shining a light on them. They then heard what they thought was a gun shot and heard a splash near their boat.
 
The investigation led officers and the Charles County Sheriff’s Office to Ronald L. Manning, 58, of Newburg. Manning told officers that he did not want the anglers near the property and that he went onto the pier carrying a flare gun and air rifle. He said he fired the flare gun into the water.
 
Manning was charged with three counts each of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, and one count of disorderly conduct.
 
The case has been turned over to the Charles County State’s Attorney Office for review.

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Dr. Seaman Appointed as Emergency Services Medical Director


Charles County Administrator Michael D. Mallinoff, Esq., ICMA-CM announces the appointment of Kevin G. Seaman, M.D., FACEP as the part-time jurisdictional medical director for the Department of Emergency Services. The jurisdictional medical director is a new position reporting to Director of Emergency Services William Stephens. Seaman began his employment with Charles County Government on June 12. 
 
As jurisdictional medical director, Seaman oversees the quality of patient care provided by the Emergency Medical Services Operational Program (EMSOP), composed of the Charles County Department of Emergency Services and the Charles County Association of Emergency Medical Services.  Seaman provides medical expertise, including planning, development, and operations, to EMSOP.
 
“I am honored to be selected as the Medical Director of the Charles County Department of Emergency Services. The department has implemented many important accomplishments which have improved care for the citizens and residents of Charles County,” Seaman said. “I look forward to joining this great team and contributing to future innovations that benefit patients, EMS providers, and the department.”
 
Seaman brings to the county medical expertise from a variety of health professions, serving most recently as the medical director for the Maryland Resuscitation Academy in Marriottsville, Maryland. He is currently the chairman of the Maryland Cardiac Arrest Steering Committee and conference developer/moderator of the Maryland Resuscitation Academy. Seaman successfully accomplished subspecialty board certification in emergency medical services (EMS), one of the first 400 physicians in the U.S. to take part in the newest subspecialty in medicine. He was awarded a Fellow status in EMS by the National Association of EMS Physicians, based upon special contributions to EMS, in the inaugural group of approximately 200 fellows nationwide. He has also served as a captain and commander in the United State Naval Reserve. 
 
Seaman holds a Bachelor of Science degree and Doctor of Medicine degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He completed his residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego in San Diego, California. 

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