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Calvert County Board of County Commissioners Adopts Growth Tier Map


PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – April 28, 2017 – The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Tuesday adopted a Growth Tier Map to identify areas where new major and minor residential subdivisions may occur and the type of sewage disposal systems to serve them. The Growth Tier Map puts Calvert County in compliance with Maryland’s Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012.
“By adopting a Growth Tier Map, we hope citizens discover that Calvert County is rural and will remain rural for years to come,” said BOCC President Tom Hejl. “There is a lot of misconception about the possibility of over-developing Calvert County and the fact is, we can’t, nor do we want to. I hope residents take the time to look at this map and discover that we will maintain our rural character.”
In 2012, the state of Maryland adopted the act to limit creation of new residential subdivisions served by private septic systems. The act, also known as the “Septics Law,” was adopted to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency limits on Chesapeake Bay nutrient and sediment pollution. Under the act, local governments such as Calvert County were prohibited from approving major residential subdivisions outside areas served by public sewerage systems until adopting the growth tiers. In Calvert County major subdivisions are those with eight or more lots.
Four growth tiers are established:
·         Tier I: Areas already served by public sewerage systems;
·         Tier II: Areas proposed to be served by public sewerage systems or mapped as locally designated growth areas;
·         Tier III: Areas planned and zoned for large lot or rural development. They are not planned for sewerage service and are not dominated by agricultural or forest land. They are also not planned or zoned for land, agricultural or resource protection; and
·         Tier IV: Areas not planned for sewerage service and which are planned or zoned for protection. These are “areas dominated by agricultural, forest lands or other natural areas;” Rural Legacy Areas, Priority Preservation Areas or areas subject to preservation easements.  Tier IV is the most restrictive tier and creation of a major subdivision (eight lots or more) is not allowed within Tier IV.
            In 2016 Calvert County Government embarked on a two-year process to update the Calvert County Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance. The state act requires jurisdictions that have adopted Growth Tiers to incorporate them into their next comprehensive plan updates.
Visit www.co.cal.md.us/GrowthTiers to learn more and view a map showing all Growth Tiers in Calvert County. For more information on the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance update visit online at www.co.cal.md.us/FutureCalvert. Information on Calvert County Government services can be found online at www.co.cal.md.us. Find Calvert County Government on Facebook.

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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Locates Suspect Involved in Motor Vehicle Pursuit in Ridge


On April 27, 2017, at 7:38 p.m., St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office deputies located a stolen 2001 Buick Regal in the area of Route 5 and Route 235. The investigation revealed the suspects were involved in a theft from a vehicle in the parking lot of Giant in California, Maryland. St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office units attempted to stop the vehicle which continued traveling on South Route 5 before striking a tree on Rodo Beach Drive in Scotland, Maryland.
 
The driver, identified as Shandra Etzweiler, age 33, of Pennsylvania was placed in custody while the passenger continued to elude police by fleeing on foot in the area of Ridge, Maryland. The driver was flown to shock trauma for the treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The driver and passenger are both residents of Pennsylvania.
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office did not have information that the subject was armed.
 
The search concluded the morning of April 28 when the suspect was located in a dollar store in Ridge, Maryland.
 
The Sheriff’s Office thanks the Maryland State Police and Maryland State Police “Trooper 7” for their assistance in the investigation, along with residents for their cooperation, and the dollar store for providing information that led to the apprehension of the suspect.
 
At this time, the suspect’s name is not available.

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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Arrests


04/25/17 - Assault 2nd Degree on DOC Employee - Corporal J. Davis responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center for the report of an alleged assault on personnel.  The iInvestigation revealed the suspect Jackson Columbus Sage, 61 of Lexington Park, MD, struck the victim, a  Correctional Officer with a food tray.  The suspect was charged with Assault 2nd Degree of a DOC Employee and released back to the custody of the detention center.  CCN# 22113-17
 
04/26/17 – Possession of Contraband in place of confinement - Deputy D. Sidorowicz responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center for a reported contraband violation.  The investigation revealed the suspect Kanard Jaivon Bishop, 19 of Leonardtown, MD, returned from work release and attempted to conceal a cellular phone in the waistband of his pants after securing his other belongings in his assigned locker, in an attempt to enter the housing area with the cell phone.  Cell phones are not allowed within the housing area of the facility and are considered prohibited contraband.  The suspect was charged with Possession of Contraband in place of confinement and released back to the custody of the detention center.  CCN# 22191-17
 
04/26/17 – Disturbing peace/Hinder passage.  The Emergency Communications Center received multiple telephone calls for a subject blocking traffic by walking in the middle of Loveville Rd, in the area of Kavanaugh Rd.  Deputy D. Sidorowicz arrived on scene and observed the suspect Dwayne Anthony Thompson, 54 of Loveville, MD, walking in the travel portion of the roadway.  The suspect refused directions to stay out of the roadway, yelling profanities at the Deputies and threatening to physically engage them.  Deputy Sidorowicz arrested the suspect and transported him to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Disturbing the peace/Hinder passage.  CCN# 22222-17
 
 
Criminal Summons Services:
04/24/17 – Kacey Grace Medeiros, 24 of St. Inigoes, MD, was charged on a Criminal Summons for Credit Card Theft and two counts of Theft less $500.  Charged and served by Corporal M. Worrey, CCN# 20443-17
04-26-17 – David James Abell, 39 of Leonardtown, MD, was charged on a Criminal Summons for Theft under $1000.  Charged and served by Corporal D. Reppel, CCN# 18303-17
04/26/17 – Joseph Earl Bush, 43 of Lexington Park, MD, was charged on a Criminal Summons for Theft less $1000.  Charged and served by Deputy G. Muschette, CCN# 7931-17
 

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Calvert County Commissioners Approve Four-Year Public Schools Funding Plan


The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Tuesday approved a four-year public schools funding formula that will provide education appropriations of nearly $121 million in fiscal year (FY) 2018.
The funding formula will be used to determine the amount of annual county appropriations to Calvert County Public Schools from FY 2018 through FY 2021. The measure must also be approved by the Calvert County Board of Education at its May 11 meeting before taking effect.
Three factors are included in the education funding formula. Starting with the prior year's appropriations, funding will be based on 1) student enrollment increases; 2) changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI); and 3) an additional adjustment factor of 1 percent. A decline in student enrollment will not decrease funding and the CPI factor is capped at 3.5 percent.
The funding agreement has a new school adjustment to provide for up to $1 million in additional funds to offset operating costs for new schools. It also specifies that any unassigned public schools fund balance, or savings, in excess of $5 million will be contributed to the school system’s Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) trust fund. OPEB are benefits, other than pensions – such as health insurance – that employees receive as part of retirement benefits.
“We believe this is a generous funding formula that provides stability and predictability for county education appropriations,” said BOCC President Tom Hejl. “It will help ensure our school system remains among the top systems in Maryland.”
Additional one-time allocations for the next two fiscal years are included in the funding agreement. FY 2018 funding will include a $500,000 allocation and FY 2019 will include a $2 million allocation, each of which will be offset by reducing contributions for OPEB by the same amounts.
Public schools funding formula agreements have been a part of the county budget process since FY 2006. The last such agreement expired at the end of the 2012 fiscal year.
The BOCC approved the FY 2018-2021education funding formula as part of the FY 2018 county budget process. The Commissioners’ Budget will be presented during a public hearing May 23 at 7 p.m. at Calvert Pines Senior Center in Prince Frederick.
Information on Calvert County Government services can be found online at www.co.cal.md.us. Find Calvert County Government on Facebook.

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SMECO Warns Customers about Scams


Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) was recently contacted by customer-members who received phone calls from scammers targeting the Southern Maryland area. Scammers may identify themselves as SMECO employees and demand prepaid debit cards in order to avoid having electric service cut off. 
According to Tom Dennison, managing director of government and public affairs at SMECO, “Scammers often target businesses. They have higher monthly bills and scammers will take advantage of that, claiming the business customer owes a large sum of money. Businesses may have more than one person authorized to pay bills, and scammers exploit the lack of communication between employees and business owners.” 
To cause further confusion, scammers can make the name of the utility appear on a customer’s caller ID, and they have improved their ability to trick people by duplicating voice recordings and imitating utility phone systems. 
Dennison said, “If customers receive a phone call from someone threatening to disconnect their power, they may hang up. If they want to verify account information, they can call SMECO directly. Our contact center is open 24 hours a day, every day. SMECO’s phone number is 1-888-440-3311, and it’s printed on every customer bill.” The following describes SMECO’s routine for collecting payments from customers.  
SMECO will mail a termination notice if a bill is past due.
SMECO calls customers who owe a past due balance using an automated phone system with a recorded message; rarely will SMECO employees make personal “collection” phone calls.  
Collection calls are made about 10 days before service is to be terminated. SMECO does not require payment at the time of the call. 
Unknown callers who give short deadlines and threaten to cut off service within an hour or two are probably running a scam.
SMECO does not make collection calls or terminate service on weekends or holidays. 
If service is going to be terminated, a SMECO collector will knock on the customer’s door before turning off service.  
SMECO collectors will accept credit card payments, checks, or money orders, but they do not accept cash.
SMECO has issued alerts when customers have notified the co-op that these scams are taking place. “Not only are scams a nuisance, but these crooks can steal thousands of dollars from unsuspecting residents and businesses,” said Dennison. “We want to help prevent this type of crime by educating our customers whenever we hear about people being tricked out of their hard-earned money.”
For customers who believe they have received a fraudulent email or phone call, some basic guidelines follow. 
Customers should use the phone number printed on their monthly bill and only give payment information over the phone if they initiate the contact. 
Customers should not provide personal information, banking information, user names, passwords, or account information to unauthorized callers or in an email.  
Customers should not provide Green Dot, Western Union, or Moneygram payments to unauthorized callers. 
Customers should never meet unauthorized callers at a local store or bank to make a payment—their personal safety could be at risk.

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Sheriff's Office Looking For Robbery Suspects (Photos)


On April 25, 2017 at 10:32 pm deputies were dispatched to the BP gas station at 2975 West Chesapeake Beach Road, Dunkirk, for a report of a robbery in progress.  When deputies arrived the suspects were already gone.  The investigation revealed a total of 4 suspects, one of which displayed a handgun, robbed the clerk of money and merchandise.  The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating this case, and is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying these individuals.  Anyone with any information is urged to contact Detective Quinn at 410-535-1600 ext 2596 or quinnmj@co.cal.md.us. 

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Young Boy Injured In Lusby Crash


On April 26, 2017 at approximately 3:02 pm deputies were dispatched to the intersection of HG Trueman Road and Cove Point Road Lusby for a report of an accident with injuries.  An investigation revealed a 2003 Mitsubishi, operated by Tobriana Destiny Gantt of Lusby, was traveling north on HG Trueman and attempting to make a left turn onto Cove Point Road.  There were also 2 male juvenile passengers in the vehicle.  At the same time a 2003 Jeep, operated by Taylor Renee Bromwell of Prince Frederick, was heading south on HG Trueman at Cove Point Road.  Witnesses on the scene stated the light turned yellow as the Jeep entered the intersection.  The Mitsubishi had a circular green light, but did not yield the right of way and struck the Jeep head-on.  Both of the drivers were transported via ambulance to Calvert Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.  One of the juveniles in the Mitsubishi, a 4 year old male, was flown to Children’s Hospital.  His injuries also appear to be non-life threatening.  Charges are pending in this case.

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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Arrests


04/20/17 - Alter Drug/Alcohol Test - Deputy J. Davis responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center in Leonardtown, MD, for the report of an inmate who allegedly altered a urinalysis test.  The iInvestigation revealed the suspect Nicholas (nmn) Kelson, 22 of Lusby, MD, was observed via video surveillance altering a drug screening test.  Kelson was arrested and charged with Altering a Drug/Alcohol Test and released back to the custody of the St. Mary’s County Detention Center.  CCN# 21229-17
 
04/24/17 - Burglary 2nd Degree and Theft less than $100 -  Deputies responded to Pawtuxent Bread and Biscuit located in Hollywood, MD for a reported theft.  The investigation revealed while employees were tending to animals at the rear of the business, the suspect later identified as Zachary Joseph Grant, 25 of Chaptico, MD, entered the front of the business and stole U.S. currency from the cash register.  Detective Cpl. D. Alexander assisted Deputies in the investigation and was able to positively identify the suspect through the businesses video surveillance system.  The suspect was then located, arrested, and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with 2nd Degree Burglary and Theft less $100. CCN# 20807-17
 
04/21/17 – Assault 2nd Degree - Deputy G. Bare responded to a residence on the 21000 block of Ronald Dr., Lexington Park, MD, for a reported domestic assault.  Deputies met with the victim who advised there was a verbal altercation with the suspect, who was identified as Shirley Ann Grice, 45 of Lexington Park, MD.  The victim advised the suspect was on the victim’s cell phone and cursing at the victim’s mother.  When the victim took the cell phone away from the suspect, the suspect bit the victim on the right arm.  Deputy G. Bare observed the victim’s injuries to be consistent with the account of the incident.  The suspect was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where she was charged with Assault 2nd Degree. CCN# 21352-17
 
04/22/17 - 1st Degree Escape -  Cpl. B. Foor responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center in Leonardtown, MD, for the report of an attempted escape by suspect inmate John Robert Garner, 35 of Mechanicsville, MD.  The investigation revealed that Garner concealed himself inside of a food tray cart that was removed from his housing unit at the conclusion of lunch.  The suspect remained concealed inside of the cart when he was subsequently discovered by Correctional Officer Hersh.  The suspect was arrested and charged with 1st Degree Escape.   CCN# 21565-17
 
04/22/17 – Theft Less $100.  On 02/26/17 Cpl. B. Foor responded to the Designer Shoe Warehouse in California, MD, for the report of a theft.  The investigation revealed two suspects entered the business and acquired a pair of shoes. The suspects placed the shoes into the baby stroller they had with them and exited the store failing to pay for the merchandise.  The suspects were subsequently identified as Hayley Ann Christensen, 20 of Great Mills, MD, and Triston Dennis Sweat, 20 of Great Mills, MD.  Both suspects were charged on Criminal Citations for Theft less $100. CCN# 10928-17
 
04/24/17 – Violation of Protective Order.  Deputies responded to Iverson Drive, Lexington Park, MD, for an alleged harassment.  Deputies met with the victim who advised the suspect had called the victims cell phone while an active Protective Order was in place.  While Deputies were on scene, the suspect identified as Yelena Marie Mcafee, 19 of Lexington Park, MD, called the victim’s phone again several times.  The investigation revealed the suspect was in violation of an Active Protective Order which protected the victim from the suspect having any form of contact with the victim.  Deputy P. Henry located and arrested the suspect.  The suspect was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where she was charged with Violation of Protective Order.  CCN# 21961-17
 
 
Warrant Services:
 
04/23/17 – Troy Dewayne Cutchember, 25 of California, MD, was arrested on a District Court Arrest Warrant for Violation of Exparte/Protective Order.  Arrested by Deputy J. Bare.
 
04/25/17 – Norman Lester Sloop, 50 of Vandergrift, PA was arrested on District Court Arrest Warrant for Forgery of Private Documents/two counts of Theft Less than $100/Unalwful taking motor vehicle.  Arrested by Deputy P. Henry
 
Criminal Summons:
 
04/21/17 – Federico Correa Figueroa, 40 of Mechanicsville, MD, charged on a Criminal Summons for Fraudulently obtain identifying information of another/Theft under $1000. Charged and served by Corporal K. Flerlage
 
04/22/17 – Sabrina Renee Parker, 44 of Lexington Park, MD, charged on a Criminal Summons for Theft less $100.  Charged and served by Corporal K. Flerlage
 
04/22/17 – Maurice Delante Stoney, 50 of Lexington Park, MD, charged on a Criminal Summons for Theft less $100.  Charged and served by Corporal K. Flerlage
 
04-03-17 - A 15-year-old male juvenile of Hollywood, MD, was arrested and charged with Disruption of School Activities and a 15-year-old female juvenile of Leonardtown, MD, was arrested for Disruption of School Activities and Assault 2nd Degree while at Leonardtown High School.  Both Juveniles were arrested and charged by School Resource Officer Corporal G. Maloy.  CCN# 18113-17 and CCN #18137-17
 
04-03-17 - A 15-year-old male juvenile of Hollywood, MD and a 15-year-old male juvenile of Leonardtown MD, were arrested and charged with Disruption of School Activities and Affray, while at Leonardtown High School.  Both juveniles were arrested and charged by School Resource Officer Corporal G. Maloy.  CCN# 18280-17
 
04/23/17 -  Two, 15 year old male suspect(s), both of California, MD, were arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Burglary, Trespassing and Property Destruction over $1000.  The juveniles were arrested and charged by Deputy D. Holdsworth.  CCN# 21682-17
 
04/24/17 – A 13 year old female juvenile of Hollywood, MD, was arrested and charged with Theft less $1000 and Rogue & Vagabond.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by Deputy D. Lawrence.  CCN# 21847-17
 
04-25-17 – A 17 year old male juvenile of Lexington Park, MD, was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree.  The juvenile was arrested and charged by Deputy P. Henry.  CCN# 19574-17
 
04/19/17– Theft Less $1000 –  Deputies were effectuating an eviction in the 45000 block of Foxchase Dr, in Lexington Park, MD, when a 12 gauge shotgun was located inside the residence.  A serial number check was conducted and found the shotgun to be listed as stolen from Arkansas.  The shotgun was determined to be in the possession of the defendant, Maurice Owen Toon, 60 years of age, of Lexington Park, MD.  Toon was arrested by Deputy D. Smith and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Theft Less $1000 – CCN# 20990-17
 
04/19/17– Burglary 1st Degree and Assault 2nd Degree - Deputies responded to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office for the report of an alleged Assault.  Upon arrival, Deputy J. Davis met with the victim who advised the suspect identified as Christopher Allen Williams, 27 of Mechanicsville, MD, unlawfully entered a residence located in the 27000 block of Glenn Ct., Mechanicsville, MD.  Upon entry, the suspect and victim became engaged in a verbal altercation over a personal item of the victim’s.  The altercation escalated when Williams attempted to take possession of the item and a physical struggle ensued.  The investigation revealed, Williams was not welcomed at the residence and assaulted the victim.  Deputy J. Davis arrested Williams and transported him to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center, where he was charged with Burglary 1st Degree and Assault 2nd Degree – CCN #21034-17
 
04/05/17 – CDS Possession – Not Marijuana – Cpl. J. Stone responded to a motor vehicle accident in the area of Three Notch Rd., and St. Andrews Church Rd., California, MD.  The investigation revealed the suspect Richard Casey Quade, 28 of Hollywood, MD, was operating his motor vehicle when he struck another vehicle in transport.  The investigation also indicated that suspect Quade was operating his motor vehicle while under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance.  Cpl. J. Stone located numerous pills identified as oxycodone, hidden within the vehicle Quade was operating.  Cpl. J. Stone arrested and transported Quade to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS Possession – Not Marijuana.  CCN #18617-17
 
04/20/17 - Assault 1st Degree and Assault 2nd Degree.  Deputies responded to the 48000 block of Park Pines Rd., Lexington Park, MD, for a reported disturbance.  Upon arrival, Sgt. K. Moritz met with the victim who advised, suspect Adam Silcott Roberts, 24 of Lexington Park, MD, and the victim share an apartment.  There was an ongoing dispute due to the victim wanting Roberts out of the apartment.  The suspect arrived at the apartment that afternoon and began to throw the victim’s personal belongings out the back door of the apartment.  The victim indicated a verbal altercation ensued and to avoid the altercation turning physical, the victim turned to walk away when the suspect struck the victim in the back of the head.  The suspect then allegedly displayed a knife, holding it to the victim’s neck and threatened to kill the victim.  The victim and witness were able to flee the apartment and call 911.  Sgt. K. Moritz observed injury to the victim consistent with the chain of events described by the victim and the witness.  The suspect Roberts was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Assault 1st and 2nd Degree. CCN# 21179-17  
 
 
Warrant Services:
 
04/19/17 - Nicole Leanna Mccginnis, 27 of Leonardtown, MD, was charged on a District Court Arrest Warrant for 4th Degree Burglary to a Dwelling.  Arrested by Corporal J. Davis.
 
04/19/17 - Jake Travis Marble, 31 of Lexington Park, MD,  was charged on a Circuit Court Warrant for 1st Degree Burglary.  Arrested by Corporal G. Knott.
 
04/20/17 - Carlonte Antoine Knott, 25 of Hollywood, MD, was arrested on several outstanding District Court Arrest Warrants; two counts of Theft less $100 and one count of Robbery.  Arrested by Cpl. T. White
 
 
Criminal Summons Services:
 
04/19/17 - Amber Nicole Queen, 22 of Bushwood, MD, was charged on a Criminal Summons for Credit Card Fraud and Theft Less $1000.  Charged by Deputy First Class B. Steinbach and summons served by Cpl. D. Snyder.
 
04/20/17 - Donald Calvin Oliver Jr., 37 of Mechanicsville, MD, was charged on a Criminal Summons for Assault 2nd Degree.  Served by Deputy M. McCuen
 
04/20/17 - Jake Travis Marble, 31 of Leonardtown, MD, was charged on a Criminal Summons for two counts of Theft less than $1,000.  Served by Deputy D. Smith
 
04/20/17 - Osie Mae Shade, 57 of Fort Washington, MD, was charged on a Criminal Summons for Assault 2nd Degree and Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult.  Served by Cpl. J. Davis

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St. Mary's Government Invites Public Comment On Rogers Drive Extention To Willows Road


Notice is hereby given that the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County will hold a Public Hearing on May 16 at 10 a.m. in the Chesapeake Building, located at 41770 Baldridge Street in Leonardtown, Maryland to receive comments and questions on community development and housing needs and to offer citizens the opportunity to review a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application. This grant will enable the construction of an extension of Rogers Drive to intersect with Willows Road in the vicinity of John G. Lancaster Park in Lexington Park, MD. The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County proposes to submit a CDBG application on behalf of the St. Mary’s County Community Development Corporation to the State to fund this community development project. Citizens are encouraged to attend and participate in the public hearing.
 
Project Title:              Rogers Drive Extended Project
Public Agency:           St. Mary’s County Community Development Corporation
Purpose of Project:     To extend Rogers Drive approximately 350 ft. from the Colony Square neighborhood to Willows Road in the vicinity of John G. Lancaster Park in Lexington Park, MD.
Total Project Cost:     $453,773
 
CDBG is a federal funded program administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development designed to assist units of local government with activities directed toward neighborhood and housing revitalization, economic development and improved community facilities and services.
 
CDBG reflects the State’s economic and community development priorities and provides public funds for activities that meet one of the following national objectives in accordance with the Housing Community Development Act of 1974, as amended:
 
Give maximum feasible priority to activities that will benefit low and moderate income persons and households having an income equal to or less than the Section 8 lower income limits  established by the Department of Housing and Urban Development
Aid in the prevention of elimination of slums or blight; and
Meet other community development needs of an urgent nature or that cause an immediate threat to community health and welfare.
 
For interested participants, public transportation using the county’s STS bus system is available. Efforts will be made to accommodate non-English speaking residents with a notice of 5 days to Robin Finnacom at 301-475-4200, ext. *1407 or for the Deaf/hard of hearing to the Maryland Relay Service at 1-800-735-2258 (VTTY). The hearing location is fully accessible.
 
Written comments, questions and suggestions may be submitted on or before May 23, 2017 to Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, Post office Box 653, Leonardtown, MD 20650.
 
COMMISSIONERS OF ST. MARY’S COUNTY

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Maryland State Police Leonardtown Arrests And Warrants


Drug Arrest – On Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 1:04 am, Tpr. Manning initiated a traffic stop on a passenger car on Route 235 at Exploration Drive for a traffic violation.  Tpr. Manning made contact with the driver, Andarius Ocyrus Conner, 20, of Waldorf, and detected the strong odor of marijuana.  A probable cause search was conducted, resulting in the recovery of multiple plastic baggies containing a total of approximately 61 grams of suspected marijuana and a digital scale.  Mr. Conner was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center.  He was charged with CDS Possess with Intent to Distribute, CDS: Possession- Marijuana, and CDS: Possess Paraphernalia and held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner. (17-MSP-013789)
 
Drug Arrest – On Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 2:05 am, Tpr. Manning initiated a traffic stop on a truck for a traffic violation.  While the vehicle was coming to a stop, Tpr. Manning observed the driver throw a plastic baggie out of his window.  Tpr. Manning recovered the baggie, which contained suspected cocaine, and made contact with the driver, Terence Llewelyn Mason, 52, of Mechanicsville.  Mr. Mason was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance and Possession of Paraphernalia.  He was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner. (17-MSP-014200)
 
Theft – On Friday, April 14, 2017 at 2:07 pm, Tpr. Mulhearn responded to the Wal-Mart for a reported theft.  Investigation revealed Vincent Douglas Smith, 56, of Lexington Park, had placed several items in a backpack.  Mr. Smith proceeded to the checkout register and paid for some items, but none of the items in his backpack.  Mr. Smith was placed under arrest and issued a “Notice Not to Trespass”.  He was transported to the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack and issued a criminal citation for Theft Less than $100. (17-MSP-015491)
 
Burglary- On Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 1:50 am, TFC S. Ditoto responded to the Vapor 99 in Lexington Park for an alarm.  TFC Ditoto observed that the front glass door of the business was shattered and spotted a suspect fleeing the scene on foot.  The suspect ran to the area of the Golden Corral and was joined by a second suspect.  One suspect, a juvenile male, 14, of California, was apprehended.  The second suspect, a juvenile male, 17, of California, was apprehended a short time later.  Both suspects were placed under arrest and transported to the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack for processing.  They were charged with Burglary – Second Degree, Malicious Destruction of Property Less than $1,000, and Theft Less than $1,000 on a Juvenile Release. (17-MSP-016010)
 
Theft – On Monday, April 24, 2017 at 5:00 pm, Senior Trooper Evans responded to the Wal-Mart for a reported theft.  Investigation revealed that Rebecca Leeann Wathen, 19, of Bushwood, had placed items in a bookbag and attempted to leave the store.  Ms. Wathen was issued a “Notice Not to Trespass” and transported to the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack for processing.  She was issued a criminal citation for Theft Less than $1,000. (17-MSP-017089)
 
 
Possession of Marijuana Less Than 10 Grams
 
Antoine Markel Yates, 24, of Loveville, on 4/1/2017
Robert Clayton Whitfield, 38, of Norfolk, VA, on 4/2/2017
Winters, Mary Rose Christina, 23, of Rockville, on 4/3/2017
Daequan Deshawn Chappelle, 21, of Lusby, on 4/5/2017
Nicole Tanya Middleton, 31, of California, on 4/6/2017
Sheldon Starr Howe, 21, of Leonardtown, on 4/8/2017
Kent Joseph Green, 27, of Lanham, on 4/10/2017
Ravyn Alexis Hicks, 29, of Hollywood, on 4/10/2017
Blakie Niel Jones 2nd, 29, of Chaptico, on 4/11/2017
Tiffany Lashawn Cook, 21, of Port Tobacco, on 4/11/2017
Davon Antonio Burks, 22, of Port Tobacco, on 4/11/2017
Anderson, Dylan Thomas, 19, of Gainesville, GA, on 4/11/2017
Corey Michael Arias, 24, of Mechanicsville, on 4/12/2017
Noah Samuel Jackson, 21, of Leonardtown, on 4/17/2017
Keith Tyrone Stewart, Jr, 24, of Mechanicsville, on 4/18/2017
Devonte Ali Thomas, 21, of Waldorf, on 4/19/2017
Brian Deandre Buse, Jr., of Mechanicsville, on 4/19/2017
Charles Nicholas tharaldson, 19, of Lusby, on 4/20/2017
 
 
DUI Arrests
 
Antoine Markel Yates, 24, of Loveville, on 4/1/2017
Timothy Dyshawn Hall, 23, of Lexington Park, on 4/6/2017
Andre Ladawl Turner, 54, of Great Mills, on 4/9/2017
Joseph Walter Carter III, 56, of Mechanicsville, on 4/10/2017
Gregory Bertrand Gagnon, 51, of Mechanicsville, on 4/10/2017
Darren U. Humphries, 37, of Chicago, IL, on 4/11/2017
Blakie Neil Jones 2nd, 29, of Lexington Park, on 4/11/2017
Jackie Marie West, 23, of Leonardtown, on 4/11/2017
Michael Edward Knick, 46, of Mechanicsville, on 4/12/2017
Joyce Elaine Hart, 39, of Waldorf, on 4/13/2017
Michael Anthony Guerra, 55, of Fort Madison, IA, on 4/14/2017
Thomas Joseph Mayo, Jr., 56, of Waldorf, on 4/15/2017
Ross Phillip Ogilvie, Jr., 28, of Great Mills, on 4/15/2017
Victori Ashley Lynch, 26, of Saint Inigoes, on 4/17/2017
Alfred Johnathan Thomas, 44, of Lexington Park, on 4/21/2017
Nicholas Stellway, 21, of Leonardtown, on 4/21/2017
Dennis Andrew Gibson, 34, of Chaptico, on 4/22/2017
Sebastian R. Melendez, 32, of Glenn Dale, on 4/23/2017
Zachary Joseph Grant, 25, of Hollywood, on 4/24/2017
Michaun Renee Hunt, 25, of Harrisonburg, VA, on 4/25/2017 

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Comptroller Franchot Announces Members of "Reform On Tap" Task Force


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 26, 2017) – Working to modernize Maryland’s beer laws and promote economic growth across the State, Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced the members of the “Reform On Tap” Task Force.
The task force, chaired by Comptroller Franchot and composed of 40 members representing key stakeholder groups within the beer industry, will perform a comprehensive review of the State’s antiquated laws that govern the manufacturing, distribution, and sale of Maryland craft beer.
 “Current laws and regulations pose an existential threat to the industry's future growth in Maryland; and with it, the jobs, economic activity, tax revenue and tourism opportunities generated by this community of innovators and entrepreneurs,” said Comptroller Franchot. “In the absence of comprehensive reform, Maryland's reputation within the national craft brewing industry will continue to suffer and the economies of our neighboring states will benefit at our expense.”
Task force members come from every region of the state and represent both large and small breweries, distributors, restaurants, bars and retailers, consumers, and local and state elected officials.
“I’m grateful to the men and women who have volunteered their time, talents, and energy by serving on this important task force,” Comptroller Franchot added. “The vast majority of the members are business owners who are making meaningful contributions to our state’s economy while giving back to their communities. I look forward to working with each of them over the next several months.”
The first meeting of the “Reform On Tap” Task Force will be May 24 at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore City. All meetings and town halls, to be held throughout the spring and summer across the state, are open to the public and the press. Locations and dates of future meetings will be announced soon. 
The task force will develop legislative proposals based on extensive review of Maryland’s beer laws and other states’ laws. Additionally, feedback from industry stakeholders and the public will be incorporated, all with the goal of facilitating the growth and success of Maryland’s craft beer industry and other independent businesses.
Marylanders are encouraged to submit comments, questions and feedback to ReformOnTap@comp.state.md.us and follow the “Reform On Tap” Facebook page for updates.
 
The members of the task force are:
1.      The Honorable Peter Franchot, Comptroller of Maryland, Task Force Chairman
2.      Mr. Adam Benesch, Co-Founder, Union Craft Brewing, Baltimore
3.      Mr. Eric Best, General Manager, Bob Hall LLC, Upper Marlboro
4.      Mr. Justin Bonner, Founder and CEO, Jailbreak Brewing Company, Laurel
5.      Mr. Chris Brohawn, Co-Owner, Reale Revival (RaR) Brewing, Cambridge
6.      Mr. Patrick Brady, CFO, The Fin City Brewing Company, Ocean City
7.      Ms. Betty Buck, President, Buck Distributing Co. Inc., Upper Marlboro
8.      Mr. Thomas G. Coale, Attorney, Talkin & Oh, LLP, Ellicott City
9.      The Honorable Jake Day, Mayor, City of Salisbury
10.   Mr. Chuck Ferrar, Owner, Bay Ridge Wine & Spirits, Annapolis
11.   Mr. Tom Flores, Brewmaster, Monocacy Brewing & Brewer's Alley, Frederick
12.   The Honorable Mike Gill, Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce (ex-officio)
13.   Mr. Gary Hailey, Partner, Venable LLP, Rockville
14.   Mr. Mike Haynie, Board Chair, Maryland Tourism Coalition
15.   Mr. Neal Katcef, President, Katcef Brothers Inc., Annapolis
16.   Mr. John Knorr, Owner, Evolution Craft Brewing Company, Salisbury
17.   Ms. Carolyn Marquis, Owner, Chesapeake Brewing Company, Annapolis
18.   Mr. E. Randolph Marriner, President and CEO, Manor Hill Brewing, Ellicott City
19.   The Honorable John Mautz, Maryland State Delegate, Legislative District 37B (Mid-Shore)
20.   Mr. Cory McCagh, Owner, 1812 Brewery, Cumberland
21.   Mr. Jack Milani, Owner, Monaghan’s Pub and Legislative Chair, Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association, Woodlawn
22.   Ms. Liz Murphy, Beer Writer, Naptown Pint, Annapolis
23.   Mr. John (Phil) Muth, Co-Owner, Brookeville Brewing LLC, Brookeville
24.   Ms. Carly Ogden, Co-Owner, Attaboy Beer, Frederick
25.   Mr. Dick O'Keefe, Owner, Peabody Heights Brewery, Baltimore
26.   Mr. Joe Petro, Owner, Hair O' The Dog Wine & Spirits, Easton
27.   Mr. John D. Porcari, President, U.S. Advisory Services, WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff, Cheverly
28.   Mr. Phillip D. Rhudy, Co-Owner and Brewer, Independent Brewing Company, Bel Air
29.   The Honorable Johnny Ray Salling, Maryland State Senator, Legislative District 6 (Baltimore County)
30.   Mr. Ben Savage, Chief Marketing Officer, Flying Dog Brewery, Frederick
31.   Mr. J. Michael Scarborough, Managing Partner, Calvert Brewing Company, Upper Marlboro
32.   Ms. Leslie Schaller, Director of Media and Marketing, Bond Distributing Company, Baltimore
33.   Mr. Hugh Sisson, Owner, Heavy Seas Brewing Company, Halethorpe
34.   Ms. Hilda Staples, Owner, Volt Restaurant Group, Frederick
35.   Ms. Beth Swoap, Board of Liquor License Commissioners, Calvert County
36.   Ms. Julie Verratti, Co-Founder and Director of Business Development, Denizens Brewing Company, Silver Spring
37.   The Honorable Mary Washington, Maryland State Delegate, Legislative District 43 (Baltimore City)
38.   The Honorable Steve Weems, Commissioner, Calvert County; Owner, Wemyss Liquors, St. Leonard
39.   Mr. Keith Wolcott, Director of Sales, Atlantic Custom Solutions/Brand My Beverage, Baltimore
40.   The Honorable Ron Young, Maryland State Senator, Legislative District 3 (Frederick)

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Van Hollen Announces Bill to Raise Federal Minimum Wage to $15


Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and 21 other Senators in announcing the Raise the Wage Act, which would raise the federal minimum wage to $15. By phasing in a pay raise for tens of millions of workers, the legislation will raise living standards, lift millions of Americans out of poverty, and provide a much-needed boost to our economy. 
 
“If you work full time in America, you should be able to support yourself and your family without worrying about putting a roof over your head or food on your table,” said Senator Van Hollen. “But for too many Marylanders, the minimum wage is not a living wage. Wages have not kept up with inflation or worker productivity, but the Raise the Wage Act would finally give working families a much needed boost.”
 
Since 1968, the minimum wage – currently only $7.25 an hour – has lost over 30 percent of its purchasing power due to inflation. After increasing it gradually to $15 by 2024, the minimum wage would be indexed based on the annual percentage increase of the median hourly wage of all workers. Raising it nationally would also ensure every community is on an equal playing field.
 
While labor productivity has more than doubled since the late 1960s, pay for workers generally and for low-wage workers in particular has either stagnated or fallen since the 1970s. At the same time, income for those at the top has skyrocketed. The richest 1 percent have seen their income grow by 15 percent since 2009 and by more than 130 percent since the late 1960s.
 
This legislation would give more than 41 million low-wage workers a raise, increasing the wages of almost 30 percent of the U.S. workforce. A $15 minimum wage by 2024 would generate $144 billion in higher wages for workers, benefiting their local economies.
 
The bill will also gradually eliminate the loophole that allows tipped workers and workers with disabilities to be paid substantially less than the federal minimum wage, bringing it to parity with the regular minimum wage. Moreover, it would also phase out the youth minimum wage, which allows employers to pay workers under 20 years old a lower wage for the first 90 calendar days of work.
 
Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) are original co-sponsors of the legislation.

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Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $10 Million in Funding to Combat Maryland Opioid Crisis


WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $10,036,845 in federal funding to fight Maryland’s opioid health crisis. The grant is funded by the 21st Century Cures Act, which was backed by both Senator Cardin and Senator Van Hollen and signed into law by President Obama in 2016. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will provide the funds through the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants, which is administered by HHS’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
 
“The primary job of the federal government is to keep our citizens safe and healthy, which is precisely what this investment in Maryland’s opioid response efforts aims to do. I was proud to support the 21st Century Cures Act that made this grant a reality, and thank President Obama for having worked so closely with us to see it through,” said Senator Cardin. “Between 2014 and 2015, opioid-related deaths in Maryland rose by 22.6 percent. That number is shocking, and indicates a rapidly growing, nationwide health crisis. This funding must represent the beginning of a comprehensive response.”
 
“Last year’s passage of the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act was an important step forward in our efforts to combat opioid addiction and confront this public health crisis,” said Senator Van Hollen. “I’m pleased that Maryland is now getting additional resources to help those suffering from addiction. We must continue to fight to finally turn the tide on this heartbreaking epidemic.”  
 
Grants are being awarded to all 50 states, as well as the District of Colombia, totaling $485 million nationwide. The 21st Century Cures Act authorizes the funds for opioid abuse response efforts, such as implementing prevention programs, training healthcare workers, and expanding access to opioid treatment programs.

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Graduations Set For June 1-3 in Convocation Center At North Point


Graduation ceremonies for high school seniors in the Charles County Public Schools Class of 2017 are planned for June 1-3 at the Convocation Center at North Point High School in Waldorf.
 
The ceremony for St. Charles High School is Thursday, June 1. Ceremonies for Thomas Stone, La Plata and North Point high schools are Friday, June 2. Seniors from Henry E. Lackey, Maurice J. McDonough and Westlake high schools are set for Saturday, June 3.
 
St. Charles’ ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. on June 1. School will be closed June 1 for all St. Charles students.
 
The schedule for Friday, June 2 is
 
·         Stone, 9 a.m.;
·         La Plata, 2 p.m.; and
·         North Point, 7 p.m.
 
The schedule for Saturday, June 3 is
 
·         Lackey, 9 a.m.;
·         McDonough, 2 p.m.; and
·         Westlake, 7 p.m.
 
All Charles County public high schools, with the exception of St. Charles, and the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center will be closed Friday, June 2. The childcare center at North Point will be closed on June 1 and June 2. School is open June 2 for students who attend St. Charles.
 
Additionally, students who attend William A. Diggs Elementary School and Theodore G. Davis Middle School will not attend school on Friday, June 2. This is to accommodate expected traffic on the Davis, Diggs and North Point campuses.
 
Graduation ceremonies will stream live on the school system website, www.ccboe.com. The Convocation Center is located at 2500 Davis Road, Waldorf, Md., 20603. Questions about a specific school’s planned graduation activities should be directed to the specific school. 

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Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Blotter


Possession of Marijuana:​ On 4/20/17 at 11:34 am, Corporal Esnes stopped a vehicle
in the 900 block of Costley Way in Prince Frederick for traffic violations. A strong
odor of burnt marijuana was emitting from within the interior of the vehicle. A search
revealed a large amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle.
Amanda R. Rush, 20 of Stafford, VA was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert
County Detention Center.
 
Theft and Destruction of Property:​ On 4/20/17 at 11:32 pm, Trooper First Class
Costello responded to the 1400 block of Woods Rd. in St. Leonard for a reported theft.
The victim reported a Go-Kart had been taken from the residence and damage to the
rear door had occurred during the theft. Ralph A. Woodward, 27 of St. Leonard was
found to be in possession of the Go-Kart and was arrested. Woodward is incarcerated at
the Calvert County Detention Center.
 
Possession of Heroin:​ On 4/21/17 at 3:55 pm, Trooper First Class Costello stopped a
vehicle for traffic violations on H. G. Trueman Rd. in Lusby. Paul A. McGinty was
operating the vehicle on a suspended license. The Standardized Field Sobriety Tests
were given and McGinty was unable to complete them successfully. He was arrested
for Driving Under the Influence. A K-9 scan of the vehicle was requested and a bag
containing heroin powder was located.
 

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Calvert County Board of County Commissioners Announce Government Organization Restructure


Prince Frederick, Md. – April 25, 2017 – The Calvert County, Maryland, Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) today approved a reorganization plan designed to improve overall government operations and services to the public. The plan does not call for staff reductions. Changes in the county’s organizational structure will take effect July 1, 2017.
The BOCC reviewed and approved the proposed organizational structure in open session during its regular meeting. To better meet the needs of the citizens, changes in the departments of Economic Development, Finance & Budget, General Services, Personnel and Public Safety are planned. The reorganization is a response to guidance established by the BOCC to ensure the effective and efficient use of county resources by determining alternative approaches to the way government is run.
“These changes set the foundation for a more effective county government now and in the years to come,” said BOCC President Tom Hejl. “More effective management of operations will help us provide improved service to Calvert County residents and also help identify talents and skills in the organization that can be grown and better utilized. The reorganization accomplishes a board goal for restructuring and efficiency and its implementation will have long-term benefits to Calvert County.”
“Restructuring has been a personal goal of mine since being selected for office in 2010,” said Board Vice President Evan Slaughenhoupt Jr. “It allows an organization to review and apply efficiencies and processes that make for better government operations. Today’s decision will lead to a better-aligned government that will ultimately better serve the public and our employees.”
As part of the reorganization, two new departments will be created: Parks & Recreation (formerly under the Department of General Services) and Communications and Media Relations (formerly under the Department of Economic Development). In addition, two departments will be renamed. The Office of Personnel will become the Department of Human Resources and the Department of Community Planning & Building will return to its designation as the Department of Planning and Zoning.
The departmental reporting structure will also be realigned along two primary functions. Departments responsible for operations and public services – Planning and Zoning, Community Resources, Economic Development, Parks & Recreation, Public Safety and Public Works – will report to County Administrator Terry Shannon. Departments providing internal support and administrative services – Communications & Media Relations, Finance & Budget, General Services, Human Resources and Technology Services – will report to Deputy County Administrator Wilson Parran.
Specific organizational changes include:
·         Department of Economic Development – marketing and communications, public information, statistics and related functions will relocate to the new Department of Communications and Media Relations. The remaining functions in Economic Development will allow for a more focused effort on business development, business retention, agri-business and tourism.
·         Department of Communications and Media Relations – the  new department will take the county’s outreach program to the next level, providing a stronger emphasis on internal and external communications, media relations, website services and intergovernmental relations.
·         Department of General Services – the department’s Division of Parks and Recreation will become the  new Department of Parks & Recreation. Responsibility for the Calvert Marine Museum and the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum will move from General Services to the Office of the County Administrator. The remaining functions in General Services will enhance the operations of the county’s buildings and grounds, capital projects and mosquito control.
·         Department of Parks & Recreation – the new department will place a stronger emphasis on program management and will absorb from the Department of General Services oversight of aquatics, business management, parks (including the Division of Natural Resources), recreation and the Chesapeake Hills Golf Course.
·         Department of Community Planning & Building – the department will be renamed the Department of Planning & Zoning.
·         Department of Finance & Budget – the Benefits Office will relocate to the new Department of Human Resources and the Purchasing Office will be renamed the Procurement Office.
·         Office of Personnel – the office will be renamed the Department of Human Resources to better reflect its functions. It will include the Benefits Office to better align with the services and functions of personnel operations.
·         Department of Public Safety – Animal Control will relocate from the Sheriff’s Office to Public Safety, along with management and oversight of the county’s new animal shelter.
The reorganization creates three new positions: director of Parks & Recreation, director of Communications and Media Relations and an executive assistant position. Costs associated with the creation of these new positions are approximately $300,000.
The governmental restructure is the first part of a two-phase process. The second phase, to be launched during Fiscal Year 2018, will include initiatives to enhance employee training, government accountability and problem solving. Like Calvert County Government on Facebook.

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Children Injured In Accident In Indian Head


(Indian Head, Maryland) – On March 24, 2017 at approximately 3:56 p.m., Troopers from the
Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded to a personal injury collision involving two vehicles on southbound Indian Head Highway at Lackey Drive.
An investigation conducted by Troopers indicates that a 2009 Ford Econoline van, operated by
William Cooper, was attempting to turn left from Lackey Drive onto northbound Indian Head
Highway when it failed to yield the right-of-way to, and was struck by, a 1992 Chevrolet LLV postal truck, operated by Russell Brann, as it was traveling southbound on Indian Head Highway.
The Ford Econoline, owned by a martial arts company, had just departed Indian Head
Elementary School with 8 students, ages 6-10, on board. As a result of the collision, Brann and 4
children were injured and transported by EMS to local hospitals for treatment. The remaining 4
children were not injured and were reunited with their parents on scene.
Driver error was found to be the cause of this collision and Cooper, who was uninjured, was
issued a citation for failing to yield the right-of-way. 

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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report


Burglary Case #17-20834:
On April 22, 2017, Deputy A. Ostazeski responded Cowpoke Circle, in Lusby, for a report of a burglary.  The complainant explained that after hearing a loud noise outside their home around 1:30am, they looked around outside and found the lock on their shed broken and the door left wide open.  Items stolen from the shed:  a red and white Honda 70 dirt bike and two (2) five-gallon cans of Kerosene.
 
Burglary Case #17-20321:
On April 19, 2017, at approximately 11:00am, Deputy C. Johnson was dispatched to Southern Maryland Blvd, in Dunkirk, for the report of a burglary. He made contact with the property manager who stated someone(s) broke into a vacant office space.  The property was last inspected on April 17, when the front door to the business was locked. Today, April 19th, he discovered the front door unlocked and entry was made by an unknown object(s).
 
Burglary Case #17-19984:
On April 17, 2017, Deputy A. Ostazeski spoke with a complainant at the Sheriff’s Office who wanted to report a burglary that occurred on Decatur Street, in St. Leonard.  Around 9:00pm, on the evening of April 15th, the victim had inadvertently left a pair of 14K gold diamond stud earrings in the console of one of their vehicles.  The vehicle was parked in the garage but it was left unlocked.  Sometime during the night, an unknown person entered the garage and rummaged through their vehicle, stealing the earrings. Nothing else appears to be missing from the vehicle or garage. 
 
CDS Violation Case #17-21000:
On April 23, 2017, at approximately 2:30pm, Deputy N. Buckler was able to locate and conduct a traffic stop, at Northbound Rt. 4/Sheckells Road, in Huntingtown, on a vehicle that was broadcast as being driven all over the road.  As he approached the vehicle from the passenger side, he observed the passenger side mirror was broken.  When the driver and sole occupant, Grace Hammett, 31, of Glen Dale, MD, rolled down the window, he immediately detected the odor of raw marijuana and alcohol emitting from the vehicle. Hammett spoke with slurred speech and had red glassy eyes.  A search yielded an orange pill bottle with marijuana, a clear plastic bag with marijuana on the driver’s side floorboard, a cut plastic straw with residue, a pill bottle with no label, containing multiple CDS pills and an opened bottle of vodka.  She was charged with DUI, DWI, Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance-Not Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia and multiple traffic offenses.
 
Damaged Property Case #17-21080:
On April 23, 2017, at approximately 2:00pm, Deputy J. Ward responded to the area of Windcliff Road and Goldstein Road, in Prince Fredrick, for the report of damaged property.  He spoke with one of the victims who stated a neighbor notified him that his mailbox was one of two (2) that were damaged.  The damage occurred sometime between 8:00pm on April 22 – 7:00am on April 23.
 
Damaged Property Case #17-20669:
On April 21, 2017, at 11:00am, Deputy R. Shrawder responded to HG Trueman Road, in Lusby, for the report of damaged property.  He spoke with the victim who stated that they noticed 2 holes in the siding of their house.  The home sits along the edge of the golf course and the holes appear to be the size of a golf ball.  Although it does not appear there was any intent behind the damage, there was no golf balls recovered from the area. 
 
 
Theft Case #17-20743:
On April 21, 2017, Deputy A. Ostazeski responded to the Patuxent High School for the report of a stolen iPhone 5s.  The complainant explained that around 3:00pm they had placed their phone on a table within the Theater Department; when returning to retrieve it, discovered the phone missing.  This case is suspended at this time.
 
Theft Case #17-20679:
On April 21, 2017, Deputy J. Ward spoke with a complainant at the Sheriff’s Office who wanted to report a theft.  The victim explained that back in January he had parked his truck and trailer on Holiday Drive, in Solomons, and today discovered the tag on the trailer was missing.  Due to the length of time, it is unclear when the theft actually took place.
 
Theft Case #17-19997:
On April 17, 2017, Deputy A. Ostazeski was dispatched to Sedalia Trail, in Lusby, for the report of a theft.  The victim explained his Jon Boat, that he stores along the edge of Lake Lariat, has been stolen.  He last saw it around 11:00pm on April 15 and noticed it missing, today, around 5:30pm.  The boat is silver/gray aluminum, twelve feet long and has a dent in the bow (front).
 
Theft Case #17-20003:
On April 17, 2017, at approximately 6:00pm, Deputy A. Locke was called to Christiana Parran Road, in Chesapeake Beach, for the report of a theft.  Upon arrival he made contact with the victim who stated someone stole a rear registration plate off of his motorcycle. The bike was parked on their back deck and was covered with a tarp on January 7th.  It was on April 14th that he uncovered the motorcycle and discovered the tag missing.
 
Theft Case #17-19944:
On April 17, 2017, Deputy P. Wood responded to Daybreak Drive, in Prince Frederick, for the report of a theft.  He met with the victim who stated that an unknown suspect(s) had stolen the left front headlight and assembly out of their vehicle.  The vehicle was last seen with the headlight on April 16, at approximately 2:30pm.  It was parked in front of the house and was unlocked. Nothing in the vehicle other than the headlight was tampered with.
 
If you know who committed these crimes or any other criminal activity in Calvert County, you can report it anonymously online by clicking the Crime Solvers link at www.CalvertCountySheriff.us  or by calling 410-535-2800. 
 
Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person involved in criminal activity. 

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Suspect Charged with Multiple Sexual Offenses Involving a Juvenile Female


The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office received information about a possible sexual offense involving a juvenile female. The investigation revealed on April 16, 2017, a 14-year-old victim was solicited for a sex act by an unknown male. The victim admitted she and the male engaged in a sexual act inside his vehicle while in the area of Great Mills, Maryland. 
 
Several investigatory tools were utilized during the course of the investigation identifying Joseph Aloysious Maddox, age 51, of Mechanicsville, Maryland as the male in question. 
 
Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) obtained an arrest warrant for Maddox charging him with the following criminal violations: 
 
Sexual Solicitation of a Minor 
 
Sex Offense Third Degree 
 
Child Porn Solicit Subject 
 
Assault Second Degree
 
Maddox was located and placed under arrest. He was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center to await a bond review before the District Court Commissioner.
 
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Melissa Hulse at 301-475-4200, ext. *1996 or by email, Melissa.Hulse@stmarysmd.com.
Joseph Aloysious Maddox, age 51, of Mechanicsville

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Seasonal Maintenance to Close Great Mills Pool


Leonardtown, MD – The spring season is a time of transition from the cold winter months to days of warm, sunny days. As summer rapidly approaches, the Great Mills Swimming Pool is also transitioning in preparation for the summer season.
 
This transition will force the pool to be closed for seasonal maintenance, beginning Monday, May 15 through Friday, May 26.  The pool reopens Saturday, May 27 for normal operating hours to kick off the summer season.
 
During the closure, the pool’s air supported “bubble” structure will be removed, transforming the pool into an outdoor facility. Other seasonal maintenance and staff training will also occur during this time.   
 
Recreation and Parks regrets any inconvenience the temporary closure of the pool may cause.  For more information, please contact the Great Mills Swimming Pool at 301-866-6650. The pool is located at 21100 Great Mills Road in Great Mills. 
 
For information on activities and programs at the Great Mills Swimming Pool, visit the Department of Recreation and Parks website at www.stmarysmd.com/recreate/aquatics.

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Children Seriously Injured In Lusby Crash


At 8:06 pm on April 23, 2017, units from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and the Maryland State Police responded to the area of northbound Maryland Route 2/4 and White Sands Drive Lusby, in reference to a serious single vehicle crash.  A preliminary investigation revealed an unknown truck towing a trailer with what appeared to be “children’s playground equipment”, dropped a large green plastic pipe (part of a slide) in lane #2 on the northbound side of Maryland Route 2/4.  A blue 2004 Ford Explorer, operated by Bertina Thompson  (26 of Lusby), was traveling northbound in lane #2, swerved to the right to avoid the debris in the roadway.  In an attempt to steer back into lane #2, the Sport Utility vehicle over corrected and induced a spin in a counter-clockwise direction.  Roadway evidence indicated that the front right tire rolled (off the rim) causing the vehicle to rollover 3 times in the roadway.  
 
During the rollover, a 5 year old female child, name withheld, who was seated in the third row bench seat, unbelted/unsecured/no child safety seat (exact position unknown), was ejected from the vehicle.  The front right passenger was identified as Bertha Thompson (58 of Lusby) and was not wearing her seatbelt.  Rudolph Mackall (62 of Huntingtown) was seated in the right seat of the second row bench seat and was not wearing his seatbelt.  A female infant (2 months), name withheld, was seated in the second row middle seat, in a carrier, but was not secured.  A 10 year old female juvenile, name withheld, was seated in the third row bench seat, exact position unknown, and was also not secured by a seat belt.
 
Bertina Thompson, sustained serious injuries and was flown by MSP Aviation Medivac Trooper 7 to Washington Hospital Center ( Medstar), where she is listed in serious but stable condition.  The 5 year old, who was ejected, was also transported by Trooper 7 to Children’s National Medical Center (Washington, DC), where she is listed a critical condition with life threatening injuries.  Rudolph Mackall and Bertha Thompson were transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital by ground transport with non-life threatening injuries.  The 10 year old female Juvenile and the 2 month old infant female were transported by MSP Aviation Medivac Trooper 2 to Children’s National Medical Center, where they are both listed as stable and being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
 
    This investigation is ongoing.  If anyone has information regarding the truck/trailer combination transporting the playground equipment, please contact DFC. Hardesty or Cpl. Moschetto of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Crash Reconstruction Team (410)535-2800.  
 

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'The Fate Of The Furious' Cruises To No. 1 Again At The Box Office


“The Fate of the Furious” is racing to defend its title at the top of the box office, while a number of new releases including “The Promise” and “Unforgettable” are being left in the dust.
 
Universal’s eighth installment in the Fast and Furious franchise proved to be a global box office titan when it opened last weekend to a record-shattering $532.5 million. This time around looks to tell mostly the same story ― while domestic grosses slipped 61% from its first to second weekend, the movie is still easily topping the box office with $38.7 million from 4,329 locations.
 
But slipping domestic earnings (and lower U.S. grosses than “Furious 7,” which pulled over $250 million in its first two weekends versus “Fate’s” current sum of $163.6 million) are majorly overshadowed by the movie’s international appeal. A bankable, diverse cast including Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel and Charlize Theron is leading the film, directed by F. Gary Gray, to a two-frame global total of $744.8 million and worldwide sum of $908.4 million.
 
While studios wait for summer season to commence, there are no surprise hits to come of this weekend’s releases. Warner Bros.’ “Unforgettable” seems to have slipped audiences’ minds, earning $4.8 million in its first weekend from 2,417 theaters.
 
 “It just didn’t resonate with the intended audience,” said Jeff Goldstein, the president of domestic distribution at Warner Bros. Goldstein stressed that the movie was made for a moderate price, and the marketing was “targeted and appropriate” for the audience.
 
The directorial debut of Denise Di Novi stars Katherine Heigl as a scorned ex-wife, and Rosario Dawson as a woman who is newly engaged to the same man. In his review for Variety, critic Peter Debruge lauded Heigl’s “terrific” performance, and wrote that her casting “savvily exploits the actress’s prickly reputation within the industry.”
 
“Unforgettable” joins a string of so-so to disappointing releases from Warner Bros. so far this year, including “Chips” and “Fist Fight.” At least the Heigl movie had a low production budget ( about $12 million) to minimize losses.
 
“The Promise,” too, couldn’t follow through, despite a social media push from stars including Leonardo DiCaprio, the Kardashian sisters and Cher. The movie, from Open Road Films on behalf of Survival Pictures, looks to round out the weekend with about $4.1 million from 2,251 locations ― barely cracking the top ten for the weekend.
 
While “The Promise” could be considered a massive disappointment for its $90 million price tag, the film’s backers hoped it would raise awareness more than earn money. Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon and Christian Bale make up the central love triangle in the movie directed by Terry George (”Hotel Rwanda”). The film is set during the Armenian Genocide, and bankrolled by the late businessman Kirk Kerkorian who wanted to bring visibility to the systematic extermination to 1.5 million Armenians at the order of the Ottoman empire in 1915 ― a politically fraught subject that Turkey continues to deny happened. All proceeds made from the movie will be donated to charity.
 
“We certainly hoped for a better box office result,” said Open Road’s president of marketing Jonathan Helfgot, adding that the film’s mission was not purely box office-related. “It was about bring the world’s attention to this issue,” he said. “And looking at the amount of conversation ... it’s undeniable that there’s been more focus and attention in the past two weeks than the past hundred years since the atrocity took place.”
 
Disney’s latest animal documentary “Born in China,” a co-production between Disneynature and Shanghai Media Group, is making $5.1 million from 1,508 theaters. Narrated by John Krasinski, the docu earned more than previous films “Monkey Kingdom” ($4.6 Million) and “Bears” ($4.8 Million), and is the highest grossing Disneynature opening since 2012’s Chimpanzee ($10.7 million).
 
Cinelou’s “Phoenix Forgotten” opened at 1,592 theaters to an estimated $2 million this weekend. A24’s “Free Fire” raked in only $1 million from 1,070 spots in its first weekend.
 
In its fourth frame, Fox’s “The Boss Baby” will bottle up $12.8 million from 3,697 locations, putting it in second place behind “Fate.” Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” should hold onto third with $10 million from 3,315 theaters.
 
Warner Bros.’ “Going in Style” should slide into fourth with $5 million from 3,038 spots. The heist comedy starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin is targeting an older demo, and saw only a 20% decline in ticket sales from its second to third weekend. “Born in China” looks to round out the top five.

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Kris Jenner 'I'm done' With Caitlyn Jenner After Book's Lies


On Keeping up with the Kardashians, Kris Jenner and Caitlyn Jenner were making an effort to spend some quality time together by sharing wine and getting facials and massages at Kris' home. They also looked back at their shared past and Kris recalled how her makeup used to go missing mysteriously and it turned out that Caitlyn had been taking it and letting Kris blame it on the kids. Despite the efforts at bonding, their already strained relationship took a turn when Caitlyn finally shared the book she'd been writing about her life with Kris. Kris, who was featured prominently throughout the book, did not like how she was portrayed claiming that everything in it is all made up and that Caitlyn only said Kris was nice one time at a party. When Kris confronted Caitlyn about how she was portrayed, things did not improve. Though we didn't see their conversation on camera, Kris said Caitlyn said, "You would just never understand." And in the end, Kris decided that her relationship with Caitlyn was "done."

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Erin Moran's Tragic Life After 'Happy Days': From TV Star to Living in a Trailer Park


After appearing on the hit sitcom Happy Days and the spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi, Erin Moran - who was found dead at age 56 on Saturday afternoon in Corydon, Indiana - seemed to have struggled with life outside of the spotlight.
 
Although she did not appear as a series regular after her two shows ended, Moran continued acting on TV, taking small roles on The Love Boat and Murder She Wrote in the ’80s. She also appeared on episodes of Diagnosis Murder and The Bold and the Beautiful in 1998 and 2009, respectively. She also is credited with having small roles in the films Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, Broken Promises and Not Another B Movie. Moran also appeared on the VH1 reality show Celebrity Fit Club in 2008.
 
Despite working on and off as an actress, Moran reportedly lost her Palmdale, California, home to foreclosure in 2010, according to documents obtained by TMZ. According to the documents, the house was sold at public auction for $291,150. TMZ also reported that Moran refused to leave the home after it was sold and was served with eviction papers.
 
In June 2012, Moran’s publicist confirmed to ABC News that Moran and her husband Steve Fleischmann - a Walmart employee she married in 1993 - had moved into Fleischmann’s mother’s trailer in Indiana so Moran could act as her caregiver.
 
“Erin and her husband did in fact move in with her ailing mother-in-law over a year ago,” Moran’s publicist told ABC News. “They are helping take care of her, as any loving family would do.” 
 
However, it appears the couple did not live with the mother-in-law for too long. In September 2012, E! News confirmed that Moran and her husband had staying at a Holiday Inn Express in Corydon. The owner of the hotel told E! News that the couple stayed there for a few days and Moran had “caused a disturbance of some type” but was not kicked out of the hotel.
 
A photographer also told E! News that Moran was often spotted hanging out with locals at bars in Corydon. She apparently remained in Corydon until her death on Saturday.
 
It’s unclear if Moran was currently employed at the time of her death - her last listed acting credit is 2010’s Not Another B Movie, though she continued to make appearances as herself on reality TV through 2012.
 
In 2012, Moran reached a legal settlement for an undisclosed amount after suing CBS for breach of contract, claiming that she had not been paid for merchandising relating to Happy Days.

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


On April 23, 2017, at approximately 12:30 a.m., St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 43000 block of Drum Cliff Road in Hollywood for a motor vehicle collision. The preliminary investigation reveals an unknown suspect was traveling on Drum Cliff Road in Hollywood when for unknown reasons the operator failed to negotiate a turn, departed the roadway, and entered a front yard striking an unoccupied police vehicle causing significant damage to the rear bumper and quarter panel.
 
It is believed the striking vehicle fled towards Jones Wharf Road and is described as a white 2000-2001 Toyota Camry.
 
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office at 301-475-8008.

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Board, Officials Break Ground At Billingsley Elementary School Site


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) broke ground on Billingsley Elementary School today during a ceremony held at the school site. Construction of the school will soon begin, and Billingsley is set to open at the start of the 2018-19 school year for nearly 600 students.
 
The school site is located off Billingsley Road, across from the Worthington neighborhood in White Plains. The state-rated capacity for the school is 758 students. The new school allows for future growth, and will also help to alleviate overcrowding at the elementary school level.
 
Board of Education Chairman Michael Lukas welcomed guests to the groundbreaking ceremony and highlighted design aspects Billingsley will feature.
 
“Instead of grass fields and tall trees, there will be a nearly 95,000 square-foot building ready for its doors to open to students on the first day of the 2018-19 school year. Design aspects focus on the natural environment of the property, including the forest, a small stream and wetlands areas. Instructional activities will focus on a green philosophy and environmental literacy,” Lukas said.
 
Students from the Thomas Stone High School Army JROTC unit presented the colors at the start of the ceremony, followed by a student performance of the “Star Spangled Banner” by the Maurice J. McDonough High School Madrigal Lords and Ladies.
 
Da’Juon Washington, a North Point High School senior and Student Member of the Board of Education, served as the master of ceremonies. The groundbreaking of Billingsley signifies the increase of the total number of Charles County Public schools to 37 and is the 22nd elementary school. 
 
Maryland State Sen. Thomas “Mac” Middleton shared greetings on behalf of the Southern Maryland delegation and said several groups of people helped Billingsley transform from an idea to a reality. “This project would not have been possible without the cooperation of the school Board, County Commissioners and the delegation. We are all dedicated to making sure that every future leader that comes through these school doors has access to endless possibilities,” Middleton said.
 
Rachel Jones, a representative of Sen. Benjamin Cardin, attended the groundbreaking and presented a citation on his behalf to Board of Education Vice Chairman Barbara Palko. In presenting the citation, Jones said Senator Cardin is continually impressed with Charles County Public Schools.
 
“Charles County Public Schools is a role model school system for others in the state. Senator Cardin is aware of the excellent educational programs here in Charles County and your support of children. The senator is honored to continue to support the excellence here,” Jones said.
 
Board Chairman Lukas and Vice Chairman Palko, as well as Board members Victoria Kelly, Margaret Marshall and Virginia McGraw, and Superintendent of Schools Kimberly Hill, were joined by several groundbreaking ceremony guests in the actual breaking of ground on the school site at the conclusion of the event.
 
Joining them were Charles County Commissioner President Peter Murphy, Commissioners Ken Robinson and Amanda Stewart, Middleton, Del. Susie Proctor, Washington, CCPS staff and other guests.
 
The 94,797 square-foot school can house 758 students. Design aspects include 35 classrooms, environmentally friendly landscaping, four outdoor activity areas including softball fields, a nature and exercise trail, and a soccer field in front of the school.

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White Plains Mans Dies In Crash


On April 23 at 2 a.m., officers responded to the area of Turkey Hill Road near Crain Highway in White Plains for the report of a single vehicle crash. Upon arrival, officers found a passenger car had struck a tree and was engulfed in flames. Citizens and officers attempted to put the fire out, but to no avail. A preliminary investigation showed the driver, Wayne Edward Willett Jr., 50, of White Plains, was traveling alone in his car when, for unknown reasons, his vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. Willett was pronounced deceased on the scene. The Traffic Operations Unit is investigating.

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Charles County Land Preservation, Park, and Recreation Draft Plan Available for Viewing


The Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism has released the Charles County Land Preservation, Park, and Recreation Plan (LPPRP) draft plan for online viewing.  To view the Charles County Land Preservation, Park, and Recreation Plan online visit, www.CharlesCountyParks.com.
 
The LPPRP is a comprehensive document used as a planning tool by local governments to protect natural resources and provide public parks and recreation facilities. To maintain eligibility for Program Open Space funding, and other programs related to land resource elements the State of Maryland requires LPPRP be updated every five years.  Charles County’s last LPPRP was completed in 2012.
 
A public comment period will be available to residents at a later date.
 
If you have any questions or comments, contact the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism at ccpr@CharlesCountyMD.gov or 301-932-3470.  Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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Noise Advisory - NAS PAX RIVER sets noise advisory for April 27-28


PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD – Communities surrounding the naval air
station are advised that noise-generating testing events are scheduled to take place April 27- 28,
2017 between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon.
Pilots at NAS PAX will be conducting Field Carrier Landing Practices (FCLPs). FCLPs are
simulated carrier landings conducted to prepare the pilot to land safely on an aircraft carrier. The
practices consist of series of touch-and-go maneuvers, called “bounces.” Airspeed, altitude and
power are all precisely choreographed in order for a pilot to approach the ship within an acceptable
window to land on the deck safely. FCLP training is essential for the precision and safety of our
military men and women and the success of their mission. Landing on an aircraft carrier is a
complex skill, and requires intense periods of training. Residents may notice increased noise levels
due to these operations.
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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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office to Conduct Saturation Patrols


he St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, partnering with the Maryland State Police and Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, will conduct enhanced impaired driving initiatives surrounding the Tiki Bar opening, extending from Friday, April 21, 2017, through Sunday, April 23, 2017.
 
The efforts include saturation patrols throughout the weekend. Officers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment, in addition to other traffic infractions. Appropriate actions will be taken against drivers operating a motor vehicle while impaired.
 
Citizens who observe individuals who appear to be driving under the influence are urged to call 301-475-8008.
 
 

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Memorial Service For Soldier killed In Black Hawk Training Flight


There will be a memorial service for Spc. Jeremy Darrell Tomlin, a UH-60 crew chief from the U.S. Army Aviation Brigade, who was killed during a routine training flight April 17 at Breton Bay Golf Course in Leonardtown, Maryland. The service will take place Friday, April 21, at 10:30 a.m. at Belvoir Memorial Chapel Fort Belvoir, Virginia. 

Tomlin, 22, was assigned to the 12th Aviation Battalion and is originally from Chapel Hill, Tennessee. He was pronounced dead at 1:34 p.m., by a St. Mary's County first responder.
 
* The cause of the crash is under investigation. A team from the Army Combat Readiness Center, Fort Rucker, Alabama is conducting the investigation.

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Let Troopers Dispose Of Unwanted Prescriptions During National Drug Take Back Day April 29th


The Maryland State Police in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration are asking citizens dispose of unwanted prescription drugs during the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, April 29, 2017 from 10:00 am to 2:00 p.m. at state police barracks.
 
State police barracks throughout Maryland will be participating in the National Drug Take Back Day.  Each barrack will act as a collection station giving citizens an opportunity to dispose of all unwanted and unused prescription drugs.  The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
 
Second only to marijuana, non-medical prescription drugs are the most commonly used drug in the country.  According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs are finding an unlimited supply in their family’s medicine cabinet.
 
Locally during the last initiative in October 2016, troopers collected over 2,100 pounds of prescription drugs.  Nationally, 672,000 pounds (336 tons) of prescription medications were collected from members of the public.  When added to the collections from the previous Take-Back events, more than 7.1 million pounds of prescription medications have been removed from circulation.
 

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St. Mary's County Recreation and Parks Director Loewe Resigns


Leonardtown, MD – Brian Loewe, Director of St. Mary’s County Recreation and Parks, has resigned his position effective immediately.
 
Loewe headed the department since April 23, 2012 after arriving from Charles County, where he served in various positions, including Sports Program Coordinator and Parks Manager.
 
“I would like to thank St. Mary’s County Government for the opportunities that were provided to me over the past five years as director of Recreation and Parks,” said Loewe. “I’d like to thank the Recreation and Parks staff for their hard work and dedication during our time together.”
 
“I’m saddened to learn of Brian’s decision to resign as head of our Recreation and Parks department,” said Commissioner President Randy Guy. “Brian brought a number of innovative programs to the department and was a champion of recreation programs throughout the county. I join my fellow commissioners in thanking him for his service to St. Mary’s County and wish him well in his future endeavors.”
 
Former Recreation and Parks Manager Arthur Sheppard has agreed to serve as interim Recreation and Parks director effective April 24.

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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Arrests


4-17-2017 – Possession – The Emergency Communications Center received a call for a motor vehicle operating in a reckless manner heading northbound on Point Lookout Road in the area of Lattimore Road in Leonardtown. Corporal B. Foor located the vehicle and observed the vehicle traveling in and out of its lane. Corporal Foor stopped the vehicle and discovered the operator, Thomas Erik Pinekenstein, age 38, of Great Mills, showed signs of impairment. During the stop, suspected Vyvanse capsules were discovered for which Pinekenstein did not have a prescription. He was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS Possession – Not Marijuana. CASE# 20677-17
 
4-13-2017 – Trespass: Private Property – Deputy J. Bare responded to Pat’s Seafood in Lexington Park for an individual who was trespassing. The investigation revealed, the suspect James Ernest Wright, age 52, of Lexington Park, entered the restaurant and began yelling. There was an active notice not to tresspass issued by Deputy S. Bowie on Jan. 1, 2017. Weight was issued a criminal citation for trespassing on private property. CASE#20044-17
 
4-13-2017 – Theft –  Deputy G. Muschette responded to the Kohl’s in Lexington Park for a reported theft. The investigation revealed, Lesvia Lorena Carrillo-Morales, age 32, of Lexington Park, stole items from the store. Morales was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Theft Less than $1000. CASE# 19889-17
 
4-17-2017 – Assault – Sergeant J. Yingling responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center for a reported fight between inmates. The investigation revealed inmates, Joshua Michael Goodard, age 24, of Centerville, Maryland and Wyatt Naquan Zimmerman, age 23, of Lexington Park, were involved in a verbal argument that turned physical inside a cell. The inmates both displayed visible signs of injuries. The inmates were charged with Second Degree Assault on DOC Employee. CASE#20656-17
 
 
Criminal Summons
 
4-17-2017 – Hayden Paul Cabada, age 21, of Mechanicsville, charged via criminal summons for altering drug/alcohol test by Deputy T. Payne. CASE# 17174-17
 
4-16-2017 – Shawnee Elaine Anderson, age 46, of Montross, Virginia, charged via criminal summons for seconddegree assault by Sergent H. Young. CASE# 16980-17
 
 
4-17-2017 – Dallas Patrick Terry, age 19, of Lexington Park charged via criminal summons for eight counts of theft scheme less than $100 and two counts of theft scheme less than $1000 by Corporal J. Vezzosi. CASE# 8229-17
 
4-15-2017 – Ashley Justine Burroughs, age 23, of Leonardtown charged via criminal summons for second-degree assault by Corporal D. Snyder. CASE# 17950-17
 
4-14-2017 – David Eugene Gray III, age 18, of Mechanicsville, charged via criminal summons for second-degree assault by Corporal D. Snyder. CASE# 17950-17

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Deputy Seriously Injured In Crash


On April 18, 2017 at approximately 4:45 p.m. Deputy First Class Timothy Mohler was on the shoulder of the road on the northbound side of Maryland Route 4, south of Old Field Lane in Prince Frederick.  He was seated in the driver’s seat of a marked Calvert County Sheriff’s Office vehicle.  Dfc. Mohler was completing paperwork from the previous traffic stop when his vehicle was struck from the rear by a van.  The van was operated by Mr. Robert Miller, a 74 year old male from Huntingtown.  As a result of the accident Dfc. Mohler was flown to Baltimore Shock Trauma.  Mr. Miller was transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.  This investigation is ongoing, and charges are pending.  However, alcohol is not believed to be a factor in this crash.  Sheriff Mike Evans relayed, “Dfc. Mohler was released from Baltimore Shock Trauma and is resting at home.  We all wish Tim a speedy recovery.”       

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Victim Identified In Black Hawk Crash


WASHINGTON - One crew member died and two were injured when a UH-60 Black Hawk crashed during a routine training flight, April 17 at approximately 1:37 p.m., at Breton Bay Golf Course in Leonardtown, Maryland.
 
Spc. Jeremy Darrell Tomlin, 22, a UH-60 crew chief assigned to the 12th Aviation Battalion originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina died at the scene.
 
Tomlin was pronounced dead at 1:34 p.m., by a St. Mary's County first responder. 
 
Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Nicholas, a pilot, and Capt. Terikazu Onoda, Charlie Company commander, were injured in the incident. Both are listed in critical condition at the University of Maryland R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore, Maryland.
 
Both service members are assigned to the 12th Aviation Battalion. 
 
The crash site was secured shortly after the incident. 
 
The cause of the crash is under investigation. A team from the Army Combat Readiness Center, Fort Rucker, Alabama arrived on site at 4:23 p.m., to begin the investigation.
 
"Our thoughts and prayers are with our soldiers, their families and friends," said Col Amanda Azubuike, director of public affairs, Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington. "Our top priority is the health of our soldiers and ensuring that their family members are provided the support they need." 
 
"The families of the service members request that we respect their privacy during this challenging time," said Azubuike. 
 
We will provide additional information as it becomes available. 
 

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St. Mary's County Commissioners to Host Public Forum May 2


Leonardtown, MD – The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County will host their next Public Forum on Tuesday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. The forum will be held in their meeting room inside the Chesapeake Building, at 41770 Baldridge Street in Leonardtown.
 
Citizens unable to attend and wishing to voice a concern can do so on social media. Residents can post comments or questions using the hashtag #CSMCforum to the county’s Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/StMarysCountyGovernment) or twitter feed (@StMarysCoGov). Time permitting, comments and questions will be read at the forum. Citizens should include their full name and the area of the county in which they live when posting to social media as the comments will become part of the official record.
 
Commissioners of St. Mary’s County Public Forums are televised live on St. Mary’s County Government TV 95 (SMCG TV 95) on Metrocast Cable and streamed live for online viewing on the at http://www.stmarysmd.com/broadcast.asp. Click on the LIVE link at the top of the page.  
 
The forum will re-air on SMCG TV 95 on Sunday, May 7 at 7 p.m. Videos of the Forums are also available for viewing on demand on the county’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/StMarysCoMDGov?feature=mhee as well as the St. Mary’s County Government TV 95 video on demand site at https://stmarysmd.viebit.com/.
 
Individuals wishing to speak at the Public Forum will be allowed up to three (3) minutes to address the Commissioners (those representing a group will be allotted five (5) minutes to speak.) Anyone wishing to provide more detailed comments can do so via email or regular mail.
 
The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County can be reached via e-mail at csmc@stmarysmd.com or by U.S. mail at Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, P.O. Box 653, Leonardtown, Maryland  20650.

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Charles County Sheriff Office Investigating Armed Robbery / Charles County Crime Solvers Offering Cash Reward


On April 18 at approximately 5:07 a.m., officers responded to the Dash In located in the 4700 block of Crain Highway in White Plains for the report of an armed robbery. Investigation revealed four suspects entered the business, one brandishing a gun. They robbed the store of cigarettes and cash, and as they were exiting, the suspect with the gun shot a display case and also shot one round into the ceiling. The suspects fled in a minivan which was located a short time later, on fire, on Padgett Road. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division responded and were assisted by the Maryland State Fire Marshal. The suspects were wearing dark-colored clothing, and their hands and faces were covered. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. C. Gregory at (301) 609-6507. 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. Crime Solvers is offering a $1,000 cash reward for tips that lead to an arrest in this case.

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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Arrests


4-9-2017 – Theft – Deputy G. Muschette responded to the Wal-Mart in California for a reported theft. The investigation revealed the suspect, Brittany Nicole Hughes, age 19, of Lexington Park, stole items totaling less than $100 from Walmart. She was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where she was charged with Theft Less Than $100. CASE# 19241-17
 
4-7-2017 – Violation of Protective Order – While on patrol, Deputy J. Smith made contact with a victim who had an active protective order against a suspect who was with and communicating with the victim. The suspect, Casey Lynn Beach, age 32, of California was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with Violation of (Out of State) Protective Order. CASE# 19003-17
 
4-12-2017 – Theft – Corporal P. Handy responded to the Rite Aid in Charlotte Hall for a reported theft in progress. The investigation revealed the suspect, Amanda Marie Stewart, age 31, of Mechanicsville, attempted to conceal multiple items in her purse and leave the store without paying. The items were recovered and Stewart was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with Theft Less than $1000. CASE# 19686-17
 
Criminal Summons
 
3-25-2017 - James Roshawn Garrett, age 35, of Hollywood, was charged via Criminal Summons for Second Degree Assault by Deputy M. Beyer. CASE#7917-17
 
4-19-2017 - Joshua Michael Bruce, age 30, of Lusby, was charged via Criminal Summons for Second Degree Assault by Sergeant D. Mills (No Photo). CASE#7917-17
 
4-8-2017 - Charles Edward Summers, age 34, of California, was charged via Criminal Summons for Theft Less Than $100 by Deputy First Class K. Flerlage. CASE#15418-17
 
4-9-2017 - Robyn Frances Alexis Smith, age 34, of Tall Timbers was charged via Criminal Summons for two counts of  $1,000 to under $10,000, Theft Less Than $1000, and three counts of Theft Less Than  

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No Injuries In Bus Fire


On April 18, at approximately 7:43 a.m., St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the area of Point Lookout Road and Fairgrounds Road for the report of a school bus on fire. The preliminary investigation revealed school bus #639, was in the process of transporting a bus full of students to Leonardtown High School when the engine compartment began to smoke. The bus driver pulled over to the shoulder of the road in front of Leonardtown Middle School and immediately evacuated the students off the bus. After all students had been removed, the bus caught fire.
 
At this time, there does not appear to be any injuries as a result of the incident.
 
The portion of the roadway in front of the school is temporarily closed.
 
The St. Mary’s County Public Schools administration is actively working to notify the parents of the students. Parents with questions are asked to contact their child’s school directly.
 
The investigation as to the exact cause of the fire is on-going by the St. Mary's County Public Schools Department of Transportation as well as St. Mary's County Emergency Police & Fire Personnel.

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One Dead, Two Injured In Blackhawk Training Flight


WASHINGTON – Monday, one crew member died and two were injured as a
result of a helicopter crash during a training exercise at approximately 1:37 p.m.,
at Breton Bay Golf Course in Leonardtown, Maryland.
The UH-60 Blackhawk is from the 12th Aviation Battalion, stationed at Davison
Airfield, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. At the time of the incident, it was conducting a
routine training flight.
Three crew members were on board. The two injured crew members, one in
serious and one in critical condition, are at the University of Maryland R. Adams
Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore, Maryland. The names will be released
upon notification of next-of-kin.
The cause of the crash is under investigation. A team from the Army Combat
Readiness Center, Fort Rucker, Alabama will be at the site of the incident,
Tuesday, April 18 to conduct the investigation.
“We are deeply saddened by this loss within our community,” said Maj. Gen.
Bradley A. Becker, commanding general, Joint Force Headquarters National
Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington. “Our
condolences go out to the families and friends affected by this tragedy, and our
team is focused on supporting them during this difficult time.”
We will provide additional information as it becomes available. For media queries,
send an email to the U.S. Army Military District of Washington Public Affairs Office
at usarmy.mcnair.mdw.mbx.mediadesk-omb@mail.mil or call 202-685-4645.

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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report


CDS Violation Case #17-18867:
On April 11, 2017, Deputy T. Mohler conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle speeding over the legal limit.  He made contact with the driver, Charles Ramey, 34, of Bryans Road, MD, and was advised the reason for the stop.  A K9 unit responded to the scene and gave a positive alert.  Ramey was found to have a short straw and a one-dollar bill “fold” containing a white powdery substance in his left pants pocket.  He was charged on a Criminal Citation for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (cut straw) and issued the appropriate traffic citation for speeding.
 
Disorderly Conduct Case #17-19756:
On April 15, 2017, at approximately 11:45pm, Deputy J. Harms conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near Barreda Boulevard/Rousby Hall Road, in Lusby, after witnessing the vehicle spinning tires in the roadway.  While making contact with the driver, the passenger, Brandon Cornwell, 23, of Lusby, began yelling and cursing and would not remain in the vehicle.  He was instructed several times to return to the vehicle and stop yelling, as he had drawn attention to himself, causing occupants to look outside and several vehicles to slow down to watch.  After several futile attempts to get Cornwell to cooperate, he was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct and Failure to Obey a Lawful Order.
 
Theft Case #17-19497:
On April 14, 2017, at approximately 5:00pm, Deputy C. Callison spoke with a victim reporting a theft from vehicle they had parked in the K-Mart parking lot, in Prince Frederick.  The victim stated they left the vehicle for about 4 hours (8:00am – 12:00 noon) on April 11th.  Upon returning they discovered several items missing from a tool bag they had left on the seat.  Items include:  a Snap-On Jacket, Power Probe, GPS Stream Light Flashlight, wrench set, multiple “hunting calls” (duck, goose, predator, turkey, deer) along with a box of turkey shot ammunition.
 
Theft Case #17-19101:
On April 12, 2017, at approximately 5:00pm, Deputy G. Gott responded to Dusty Hoof Road, in Lusby, for the report of a theft.  The complainant stated they called the police because someone had stolen a girl’s white and blue bike they had hidden under an outside tarp up against their house.  The bike was last seen around 1:00pm on April 10 and found missing on April 11 at 3:00pm.  The victim also advised while searching for their bike, they located a silver and black bike lying along the wood line near their home (placed into property held for safe keeping until the owner can be located).
 
Theft Case #17-19076:
On April 12, 2017, Deputy A. Locke was dispatched to Carter Avenue, in Dunkirk, for the report of a stolen bicycle.  Upon arrival he made contact with the complainant who stated on either April 3rd or April 4th, someone stole a girl’s white and pink mountain bike (had a malfunctioning gear shifter).  If anyone has information pertaining to this missing bike, please contact the Sheriff’s Office.
 
Theft Case #17-19071:
On April 12, 2017, at approximately 1:30pm, Deputy A. Ostazeski was dispatched to the Prince Frederick Walmart store for the report of a shoplifter in custody.  He made contact with the store’s loss prevention officer who advised he observed a female customer, Dana  Lee, 47, of Alexandria, VA , attempting to conceal clothing items and leave the store without paying.  Due to the fact that Lee is not a Maryland resident, Deputy Ostazeski transported her to the Detention Center where she was charged with  Theft Less Than $100.00.
 
Weapon Violation Case #17-19335:
On April 13, 2017, at approximately 8:00pm, Deputy R. Shrawder conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle travelling without a working tail light on St Leonard Road/Governor Run Road, in St. Leonard.  He was advised this same vehicle was reported to be illegally transporting firearms.  He made contact with the driver, Aaron Honeycutt Sr., 49, of St. Leonard, while Deputy R. Burgraff and his K9 partner, Taz, arrived on the scene and made a positive alert.  Found inside the vehicle’s trunk were three (3) guns and a silver box containing several types of ammunition.  Due to a prior conviction which bans Honeycutt from possessing firearms or ammunition, he was arrested for Illegal Possession of Ammunition and Rifle/Shotgun Possession.  He was also issued a repair order for the inoperative tag light.
 
If you know who committed these crimes or any other criminal activity in Calvert County, you can report it anonymously online by clicking the Crime Solvers link at www.CalvertCountySheriff.us  or by calling 410-535-2800. 
 
Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person involved in criminal activity. 

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Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Blotter


Theft from Vehicle:​ On 4/10/17 at 10:21 am, Sgt. Stern received a report of a stolen
automobile registration tag. The victim reported the front registration tag 9CF0464 was
removed from the front of the vehicle sometime during the previous weekend. The tag
has been entered into NCIC.
 
Possession of Marijuana:​ On 4/12/17 at 12:32 pm, Trooper First Class Robinson
handled a call of two suspicious males possibly doing drugs in the 300 block of
Cambridge Pl. in Prince Frederick. A strong odor of marijuana was emitting from
inside the vehicle. A search revealed a jar containing a large amount of marijuana.
Connor J. Kretzing, 19 of Huntingtown and a 16 yr. old juvenile were arrested for
possession of marijuana. Kretzing was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention
Center and the juvenile was arrested and released to a parent.
 
Possession With Intent to Distribute:​ On 4/13/17 at 11:56 am, Trooper First Class
Davis stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 at Southern Connector Blvd. in Lusby for traffic
violations. The strong odor of burnt marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle. A
search was conducted and quantities of marijuana, heroin and suboxone were found
prepared for distribution. Lance K. Cutchember, 35 of Valley Lee was arrested and
incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
 

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Black Hawk From Fort Belvoir Crashes On Breton Bay Golf Course


A UH-60 Helicopter based out of Fort Belvoir crashed on Breton Bay golf course near Society Hill in Leonardtown aournd 1:30 this afternoon. 
Three people were on board at the time of the "hard landing" and one person was "medically evacuated from the scene," according to Fort Belvoir's Facebook page.
Kevin Bowman, who said he was in the Breton Bay Golf Course pro shop when the helicopter crashed, said the Black Hawk went down near the third hole. He told the Associated Press the helicopter was "flying low" and then "saw it spinning."
According to a Fort Belvoir sokesperson, one of the three crew members on board was medically evacuated from the scene.
 
Officials have not released details about that person’s condition.
 
St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is asking people to avoid the Society Hill area of Leonardtown.

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Two Dead After Hughesville Crash


(Hughesville, Maryland) – On April 15, 2017 at approximately 10:53 p.m., Troopers from the
Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded to a personal injury motor vehicle collision on
northbound Leonardtown Road north of Cracklingtown Road.
A preliminary investigation conducted by Troopers indicates that a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
was traveling northbound on Leonardtown Road north of Cracklingtown Road in lane #1 when it was struck in the rear by a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban, which witnesses reported was traveling at a high rate of speed. Following the initial collision, the Suburban traveled off the right side of the roadway and over several embankments. The Suburban continued into a wooded area where it struck several trees as well as a telephone pole which it severed. The Suburban then overturned and caught fire. Four passengers were able to escape the Suburban and were assisted in doing so by witnesses, one of whom suffered minor burns during their effort to assist.
The four passengers who escaped the Suburban were transported to D.C Children’s Hospital,
MedStar Washington Hospital Center and Prince George’s Hospital Center by Maryland State Police Aviation Command helicopters Trooper 2 and Trooper 7 for treatment of their injuries. The operator and passenger in the Grand Cherokee were also injured and transported by ambulance to the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center for treatment.
As a result of injuries sustained in the collision and resulting fire, the driver and front seat
passenger of the Suburban were pronounced dead at the scene. They were both transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for autopsy.
Investigators conducted multiple interviews and collected evidence on scene. As a result of
their findings, speed, driver error and alcohol are believed to be the causes of this collision.
La Plata Barrack personnel were assisted on scene by the Maryland State Police CRASH Team
and Deputies from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office. Additionally, personnel from the Hughesville Volunteer Fire Department, the Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department, the Benedict Volunteer Fire Department, the Charles County Rescue Sqaud, the Charles County Department of Emergency Services EMS Division, the Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad and Dentsville EMS provided assistance as well.
This investigation is being continued by Corporal J. Zimmerman, a Collision Reconstruction
Specialist assigned to the Maryland State Police CRASH Team. Anyone who may have witnessed or who has information regarding this collision is asked to contact the La Plata Barrack Duty Officer at (301) 392-1200 and reference case number 17-MSP-015718. 

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Laws Regarding Off-Road Vehicles Being Operated On Roadways And Private Property; St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office To Begin Issuing Citations


The change of weather has caused an increase of illegally operated off-road vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, and similar vehicles being operated throughout St. Mary’s County on roadways, private property, and in residential areas. These vehicles pose a considerable safety threat to riders and residents, whether on the public or private property.
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office has investigated over 545 complaints since 2015 and responded to nearly 300 traffic calls for service involving off-road vehicles. The Sheriff’s Office will begin issuing citations to offenders and increase parent responsibility for juvenile riders. The Sheriff’s Office wants to ensure citizens are familiar with the laws regarding requirements for off-road vehicles being operated on roadways and private property not owned by the rider.
The Sheriff’s Office is working in concert with the State’s Attorney Richard Fritz on this initiative.
The difference between motor vehicles and off-highway recreational vehicles, as defined by Maryland Vehicle Law:
Maryland vehicle law defines motor vehicles as vehicles that are self-propelled or propelled by electric power obtained from overhead electrical wires and are not operated on rails. Under this definition, off-highway recreational vehicles (three wheeler, pocket bike, golf cart, four-wheeler, utility vehicle/side by side)  are not considered motor vehicles.
For purposes of Maryland Vehicle Law only, off-highway recreational vehicles means a motor vehicle that is
 1. motor-assisted or motor-driven
is designed to carry only the operator of the vehicle on a seat or saddle designed to be to be straddled by the operator or is designed to carry only the operator of the vehicle and one passenger;
Is commonly known as an all-terrain vehicle, three wheeler, pocket bike, golf cart, four-wheeler, utility vehicle, also knows as a side by side.
2. A motorcycle that is designed for off-highway operation  and is not eligible for registration as a Class D (motorcycle) vehicle under this article, commonly knows as a dirtbike;
3. Snowmobile
The following is information regarding where off-road vehicles can and can not be driven:
Any vehicle that is not registered in the state of Maryland may not be driven on Maryland highways. Maryland vehicle law defines highways as the entire width between the boundary line of any way or thoroughfare of which any part is used by the public for vehicular travel, whether or not the way or thoroughfare has been dedicated to the public and accepted by any proper authority. This means off-road vehicles are for use on PRIVATE PROPERTY only, with the permission of the owner/agent. According to Maryland Vehicle Law, they cannot be operated on public sidewalks, public roads, streets or highways.
 
In addition to any other traffic violations observed, the following are a list of Maryland Transportation Article Charges that one could face if observed operating an off-road vehicle contrarily to the law.
 
13 402 by – Driving unregistered motor vehicle - $290/0 points
 
16 101 a –  (Driving, Attempting to Drive) motor vehicle on highway without required license and authorization – *Must Appear/5 Points
 
16 101 b – Operating a (moped, motor scooter) on the highway without required license or permit – *Must Appear/5 Points. Although, “motor assisted” and “motor driven,” a moped and motor scooter can be operated on the highway if the operator has a valid license or a moped permit obtained through the MVA.
 
Knowingly permitting (child, ward) under 15 to drive motor vehicle on Highway – $290/5 points
 
17 107 – Driving Uninsured Vehicle – *Must Appear/5 points
 
An individual operating an off-road vehicle will run the risk of having their ATV towed and stored by the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office.
*A person issued a MUST APPEAR CITATION will receive a court date in the mail and must see the judge; there is no pre-set fine.
Anyone with additional questions is asked to contact our Traffic Safety Unit at 301-863-4816, ext *1456 or by email, Brian.Connelly@stmarysmd.com.

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Tree Falls On Toddlers - One Pronounced Dead


On April 13 at 6:19 p.m., Charles County Officers responded to the 8900 block of Turkey Hill Road in La Plata for the report of two injured children. Upon arrival, officers found a two-year-old male and a five-year-old male (siblings) suffering from injuries after a tree fell on them. A preliminary investigation revealed the father of the two boys was cutting down a tree in his backyard when the tree suddenly turned toward the children who were watching from about 50 feet away. Both children were flown to a hospital where the two-year-old was pronounced deceased. The 5-year-old has serious injuries. Detective J. Elliott is investigating.

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Police Looking For Citizens With Outstanding Assault Warrants (Photos)


Do you know ME? The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in locating the following suspects with OUTSTANDING THEFT WARRANTS:

 

 

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the suspects is asked to contact Deputy Hannah Smith at 301-475-4200, ext. *8123 or by email, Hannah.Smith@stmarysmd.com.
 

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Government Closures For Good Friday/Easter


Calvert County Announces Good Friday Schedule

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners announces county offices will be closed April 14, 2017, in observance of Good Friday. In addition:

·         The three county senior centers will be closed April 14 and Meals on Wheels will not be delivered.

·         There will be no county bus service Friday, April 14.

·         Calvert Library locations will be closed April 14.

·         Mt. Hope, Harriet E. Brown, Northeast and Southern community centers will be closed April 14.

·         Edward Hall Aquatic Center will be open with normal hours on Friday, April 14 and throughout the holiday weekend.

·         Chesapeake Hills Golf Course will be open with normal hours April 14.

·         The Appeal Landfill and county convenience centers will be open with regular hours.

·         The Calvert Marine Museum will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

·         Flag Ponds Nature Park, Kings Landing Park and Battle Creek Cypress Swamp will be open with normal park hours.

 

Charles County Government April Holiday Schedule

The County Administrator wishes to remind residents of changes to normal operating schedules for the month of April.  All offices, facilities, and services not listed will be operating their normal hours.

Monday, April 10 –Thursday, April 13

• All school based community centers are closed.

• Lackey, Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center, and North Point High indoor pools will be open from 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Friday, April 14 (Good Friday)

• All Charles County Government offices and the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville will be closed.

• The Nanjemoy Community Center, senior centers, Port Tobacco Recreation Center and all school based community centers are closed.

• Lackey, Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center, and North Point High indoor pools will be open from 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.

• Charles County Public Library is closed (all branches).

• Charles County Department of Health is closed.

Saturday, April 15

• Charles County Public Library is closed (all branches).

• School based community centers are closed.

Sunday, April 16 (Easter)

• Lackey, Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center, and North Point High indoor pools are closed.

• The Crain Memorial Welcome Center is closed.

• Port Tobacco Village (Port Tobacco Courthouse, Burch House, Stagg Hall) is closed.

Monday, April 17

• Lackey, Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center, and North Point High indoor pools will be open from 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.

• School based community centers are closed.

For questions about County Government holiday closures, contact the Public Information Office at 301-885-2779 or PressRoom@CharlesCountyMD.gov.  Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

 

Leonardtown, MD – All St. Mary’s County Government administrative offices will be closed Friday, April 14, in observance of Good Friday. Administrative offices will reopen for normal business hours on Monday, April 17.

 The St. Andrews Landfill, six (6) Convenience Centers and St. Mary’s Transit System (STS) will operate normal hours and schedules on Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15. The landfill, Convenience Centers and STS will be closed on Sunday, April 16, in observance of Easter.  SSTAP (Statewide Special Transportation Assistance Program) will not be available on Good Friday (April 14). SSTAP will resume normal operations on Monday, April 17. 

 All three branch locations of the St. Mary’s County Library will be closed on Friday, April 14 for Good Friday. All locations will be open on Saturday, April 15. The Lexington Park Library will be closed on Sunday, April 16 for Easter.

 The three Senior Activity Centers (Garvey, Loffler and Northern) will be closed Friday, April 14 and there will be no Wheels on Meals deliveries.

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Calvert County's 2017 Business Survey Gets Underway


The Calvert County Department of Economic Development launched the 2017 Business Survey today and seeks input from county business owners. Data collected from the survey will be used to support local businesses, enhance the programs and services that are currently available and report trends to the Board of County Commissioners.
“This bi-annual survey helps us understand what is working for our businesses and what areas need improvement, and also assists us in identifying ways to further provide a supportive business climate,” explained Linda Vassallo, director of the Department of Economic Development. “It is geared toward giving us a broad view of the issues and helps us monitor trends and tailor business support programs. It is yet one more way we check in with our business owners and we encourage all to participate.”
The survey will take about 10 minutes and individual answers will remain confidential. Please visit www.ecalvert.com/survey to complete the survey. It will remain open through May 22. Overall results will be announced later in the year.
For more information on the Calvert County Department of Economic Development and the many services the county offers the business community, contact the department at 410-535-4583 or 301-855-1880; or by email at info@ecalvert.com.

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Rockfish Season Opens on the Chesapeake Bay April 15


The state’s spring rockfish season begins Saturday, April 15, and anglers of all experience levels are invited to set out for the Chesapeake Bay from the shores of Calvert County. Home to the bay’s largest charter boat fleet, Calvert County’s experienced boat captains are standing by to help fishing enthusiasts reel in “the big one.”
Also known as rock, striped bass and stripers, the rockfish is Maryland’s official state fish and is widely known for its size and fighting ability. The rock can grow as long as 6 feet and weigh as much as 125 pounds. The record for a striped bass stands at 67 pounds, 8 ounces for a fish caught off Bloody Point in 1995. Are you ready to break some records?  Last year, a 47.2 pounds rockfish earned John Weber Jr., the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association Spring Tournament’s $75,193 purse.
The 2017 trophy season runs through May 15. Anglers may catch one striped bass per day measuring 35 inches or larger. Learn more about Calvert County’s charter boat opportunities, or where to launch your own boat, by visiting www.choosecalvert.com/water.  For more information, contact the Calvert County, Maryland, Department of Economic Development at 410-535-4583 or via email at info@ecalvert.com. 

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Arrest Made in Upper Marlboro Townhouse Arson Fire (Video)


An Upper Marlboro man has been arrested for crimes related to a fire that occurred on Dunloring Drive.  On Monday, April 3, at around 12:30 pm, Prince George’s County Firefighters responded to a townhouse fire in the 11500 block of Dunloring Drive in Upper Marlboro.  Firefighters arrived to find fire showing from all 3 levels of a townhouse.  Fire extended to and damaged two additional townhouse before being extinguished.  Two firefighters sustained minor injuries while battling the fire.  Both were treated and released from a hospital.
 
Personnel from the Fire/EMS Department Office of the Fire Marshal arrived and conducted a cause and origin investigation and determined the fire was incendiary and worked to develop suspect information.  The fire caused an estimated $320,000 in fire loss to the three structures and their contents.  Eight adults and one child were displaced.
 
On Tuesday evening, April 11, personnel from the Department’s Office of the Fire Marshal, with assistance from the Prince George’s County Police and Baltimore City Police, arrested Aaron Christopher Davis, DOB 9-20-1988.  Davis is facing numerous charges to include Arson – 1st Degree and Attempted 1st Degree Murder.
 
Fire Investigators are continuing to seek information about this incident including additional suspects.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Arson Tip Line at 301-77-ARSON (301-772-7766).  Callers may remain anonymous.
 
The video shows the suspect on location and subsequent fire.  Again, these are a compilation of select clips.  
 
 

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Charles County Sheriff's Office Joins DEA in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day


On Saturday, April 29, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the Charles County Sheriff’s Office will join the Drug Enforcement Administration in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day – a program held annually to encourage people with unwanted prescription medications to dispose of them safely and in a way that is environmentally friendly.  Although the CCSO offers residents the opportunity to dispose of unwanted medications at any time, the Agency is promoting this national event to highlight the importance of ridding homes of medicines that are no longer needed.
Rates of prescription drug abuse are alarmingly high, particularly among teens and young adults who often get the drugs from a family member or friend, including the home medicine cabinet. “Removing unwanted or unused medications from homes is critical to the safety of those who might abuse them,” said Sheriff Troy D. Berry. “There is also an environmental component,” he added. “This program disposes of these drugs in a safe way that protects our planet.”
Prescription drugs, such as Oxycodone and Percocet, are popular among addicts who often turn to stealing or robbing to feed their habits. “There is a link between drug addiction and crime,” said Sheriff Berry. “In this way, addiction affects us all. We all need to do our part in ridding our homes of unwanted medications so that we can put a stop to prescription drug abuse.” During the most recent National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in April of 2016, the DEA and over 4,200 of its state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners collected a record-setting 893,498 pounds of unwanted medicines—about 447 tons – at almost 5,400 sites across the country. Agencies in Maryland alone collected more than 11,400 pounds at 78 collection sites.
To drop off unwanted medications, simply bring the medicines to either the Waldorf station at 3670 Leonardtown Road or the La Plata station at 6855 Crain Highway.
Prescription, non-prescription, pet medicines, and vitamins are accepted, but they must be in tablets, capsules, and other solid dosage forms. Intravenous solutions, injectibles, and syringes are not accepted. For additional information, visit www.ccso.us. 

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St. Mary's County Health Department Suspends Perc Testing


LEONARDTOWN, MD (April 12, 2017) – Due to declining seasonal groundwater levels, St. Mary’s County Health Department’s Environmental Health Services division has suspended wet season perc testing.  Health department staff will conduct the last perc tests for the season on Thursday, April 13.  Officials at the health department are citing declining groundwater levels as the reason, made clear by observing conditions within a network of monitoring wells in the county.  
 
All perc test applications that were not scheduled and evaluated will be placed on hold and scheduled first when ground water levels are adequate for the next “wet season”, expected in 2018.  Applicants may also request a refund; however, they must reapply when the “wet season” returns and will lose their place in line for scheduling.
 
For more information, please contact Environmental Health Services at 301-475-4321. Additional information on perc testing can be found at the St. Mary’s County Health Department website at www.smchd.org. 

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Comptroller Franchot Announces Formation of Task Force to Examine Maryland's Alcohol Laws


Comptroller Peter Franchot announced the creation of a statewide task force that will conduct a comprehensive review of the outdated laws governing Maryland’s alcohol industry.
The announcement of the “Reform On Tap” task force comes just hours after the conclusion of the Maryland General Assembly session that saw passage of legislation (House Bill 1283), which will severely restrict growth of the state’s thriving craft beer industry.
“The events of the 2017 legislative session are further confirmation that Maryland’s beer laws are antiquated, dysfunctional, anti-small business and anti-consumer,” said Comptroller Franchot, who made the announcement during a visit to Attaboy Beer, which opened in January as one of the newest entrants into Frederick’s flourishing craft beer community. “This task force will examine national practices, beer laws of neighboring states, and will study ways we can remove statutory impediments that hurt Maryland’s beer industry.”
Task force members will include craft brewers, consumers and other industry stakeholders. All meetings, which will be held across the state in the coming months, will be open to members of the press and the public. Marylanders will have opportunities to provide input at several town halls being scheduled and consumers are also encouraged to weigh in on the “Reform On Tap” Facebook page.
            The task force will develop legislative proposals based on extensive review of other states’ laws, and feedback from industry stakeholders and the public, all with the goal of facilitating the growth and success of Maryland’s craft beer industry and other independent, locally-owned businesses.

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Governor Larry Hogan Signs More Jobs for Marylanders Act Into Law


ANNAPOLIS, MD - Governor Larry Hogan, along with Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller and Speaker of the House Mike Busch, today signed 120 bills into law during the first signing ceremony in the State House following the conclusion of the 2017 session of the Maryland General Assembly. The bills signed included top priority administration legislation to eliminate conflicts of interest for elected officials (HB 879) and enable the state to move forward with 73 top priority transportation projects (SB 307).
 
The final bill of the signing ceremony was the governor’s More Jobs for Marylanders Act (SB 317), which was the centerpiece of his Maryland Jobs Initiative. The bill achieved nearly unanimous passage in both the House and Senate in the final hours of the session on Monday night.
 
“Since day one the focus of our administration has been on restoring Maryland’s economy and putting more people to work. We have already seen incredible success – we have added nearly 105,000 new jobs and lowered unemployment to 4.2 percent,” said Governor Hogan. “This morning we are taking the next important step by signing the More Jobs for Marylanders Act, which will incentivize and encourage manufacturers to create thousands of jobs in the areas of the state that need them the most, like Baltimore City, Western Maryland, and the Lower Eastern Shore, while also offering benefits to both workers and job creators across the state.”
 
The legislation – which takes effect June 1, 2017 – provides tax incentives for new and existing manufacturers to create thousands of jobs, along with additional workforce development initiatives that the governor supports. New manufactures opening shop in high-unemployment (Tier 1) counties would receive a 5.75% wage tax credit, a state property tax credit, and a sales and use tax credit for ten years. The legislation also waives state filing fees, and all incentives are contingent on the company creating at least five jobs. Existing manufactures that create at least five new jobs anywhere in the state would also receive the same wage tax credit.
 
“This is a huge step forward for Maryland’s manufacturing industry and will our great employers put even more Marylanders to work and bring even more high-quality products to consumers,” said Regional Manufacturing Institute President Michael Galiazzo, Ph.D. “I commend Governor Hogan and the Maryland General Assembly for recognizing the incredible value our manufacturing job creators bring to our great state, and for helping ensure the industry will continue to grow and thrive in the years to come.”
 
The legislation also bolsters the state’s workforce so that Maryland workers have the skills needed to fill these new jobs. It provides $1 million in Workforce Development Scholarships for eligible students enrolled in job training programs at community colleges, and contains measures to encourage high schools to offer additional vocational training, as well as requiring state agencies to analyze their registered apprenticeship programs. This builds on the Hogan administration’s strong commitment to encouraging apprenticeships throughout Maryland’s nationally recognized Employment Advancement Right Now (EARN) workforce training program, which has already provided training for nearly 2,000 unemployed or underemployed workers.

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Increase in Calvert County Textile Collection Boxes Helps Citizens and D.A.R.E Program


 The Calvert County Department of Public Works Solid Waste Division added nine textile donation/collection containers throughout the county to provide more convenience for residents and increase its share of profits generated from the sale of the textiles. In addition, Mid-Atlantic Textile Company, the county’s textile recycling contractor, donated $900 to the Calvert County Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E) program and placed D.A.R.E emblems on the new containers as well as on the existing containers at the county’s seven customer convenience centers to help raise awareness of drug abuse and prevention.
“The D.A.R.E. program is the key component used by sheriff’s deputies to teach students good decision-making skills at a young age and help them lead safe and healthy lives,” said Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans. “We are thrilled that the Solid Waste Division secured this donation in the course of doing good business for the citizens of Calvert County.”
“Instead of these resources being landfilled, the profitable and recyclable textiles are sold on the market for reuse by others or for fibers,” explained Calvert County Recycling Coordinator Bill Teter. “And by using these D.A.R.E. textile recycling containers, you are putting a percentage of Mid-Atlantic’s resale profits back in the county’s coffers. I hope residents think about where the profit goes next time they are choosing a drop-off box to place their gently used clothes.”
Look for the new D.A.R.E. textile recycling containers located outside of the following nine public facilities: Calvert Pines Senior Center, Harriet Brown Community Center, Southern Community Center, Cove Point Park, Dunkirk District Park, Hallowing Point Park, Calvert Library’s Fairview Branch and Southern Branch and the Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center.
The Solid Waste Division accepts almost 100 percent of clean fabric and leather products for recycling. Tattered or frayed clean items are also accepted. For a full listing of acceptable textile products or to locate the 16 county-sponsored textile recycling locations, call the Calvert County Solid Waste Division at 410-326-0210 or visit www.co.cal.md.us/recycle.

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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Investigating Incident Involving a Victim with a Gunshot Wound


On April 8, 2017, at approximately 5:18 p.m., victim Lori Milligan, age 56, drove to the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department on South Shangri-La Drive suffering from a gunshot wound to her chest. The victim was flown to Prince George’s Hospital Center for treatment.
 
The circumstances surrounding the incident remain under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Skyler LeFave at 301-475-4200, ext. *1983 or by email, Skyler.Lefave@stmarysmd.com.
 

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Successful Session for the St. Mary's County Delegation


Annapolis, April 11, 2017 – St. Mary’s County Delegation Chair, Delegate Deborah C. Rey announced the passage of 18 delegation bills.  Originally 20 bills were filed at the behest of the Board of County Commissioners, the Metropolitan Commission and other individuals in the community.  Two bills were withdrawn for additional work and the remaining 18 bills were passed.  This included a Public Facilities Bond for $26.3 million for Metcom borrowing and a responsible new debt limit- plus a $500,00 property tax cut.
It also included higher salaries for the Sheriff, Treasurer and States Attorney, and two new alcohol licenses for beauty salons and art establishments, as well as repealing archaic County laws.
“The Delegation worked hard this session to clear the books of previously requested legislation.  I’m most proud of the new alcohol licenses.  This legislation was specifically requested by businesses in the community wanting to create a niche market for their services,” said Delegate Rey.
 
“The bills passed were introduced as a package of legislation in the Senate and House simultaneously to address several interlocked problems.” noted Senator Steve Waugh. “ I feel good that we could work together for the citizens of St. Mary’s County.”
 
“Several bills were simple repeals of obsolete statute. These bills were introduced in order to clean up the books.”  Delegate Jerry Clark remarked.
 
“This session marked one of the more successful sessions in terms of Delegation legislation.  We passed more legislation this year for the county than recent history.  St. Mary’s set the pace for Annapolis!”  Delegate Matt Morgan stated.
 
Following is a list of legislation passed:
 
HB 108/SB 104  Regulation of Animals – Dogs
HB 109/SB 902  Farm Fences – Repeal
HB 163/SB 162  Mobile Home Parks - Repeal
HB 187/SB 103  Foxes and Hounds - Repeal of Provisions
HB 194/SB 101  Licensing and Operation of Amusement - Repeal
HB 207/SB 140  Local Plumbing Code - Repeal
HB 208/SB 163  Electricians and Board of Electrical Examiners - Repeal
HB 209/SB 124  Vocational Training Facility - Repeal        
HB 243/SB 394  Auditing Requirements - Repeal
HB 404/SB 234  Land Records- Repeal
HB 431/SB 297  Tax Exemptions - Repeal of Local Provisions
HB 526               Alcoholic Beverages – Art Establishment - Licenses
HB 538               Alcoholic Beverages – Beauty Salon - Licenses
HB 679/SB 395  St. Mary's County - Metropolitan Commission – Personnel
HB 682/SB 298  Sheriff, County Treasurer, and States’ Attorney - Salaries
HB 892/SB 736  Public Facility Bonds
HB 914/SB 735  Metropolitan Commission - Authority to Borrow Money
HB 1055/SB 737  Bonds and Other Evidences of Indebtedness – Limitations and Repayment

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St. Mary's 5th Grader Wins DNR Arbor Day Poster Contest


Fifth-grade students from around the state have snared spring tree plantings for their schools, thanks to their award-winning Arbor Day posters submitted to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
 
The Maryland Forest Service accepted hundreds of entries for their 2017 Arbor Day Poster Contest.
 
Fifth-graders created posters using varied artistic techniques, including crayons, paint, colored pencils and markers, all illustrating this year’s theme, “Trees are Terrific and Energy Wise!” Their original artwork featured trees from a wide range of species and colors set in a variety of different climates, weather patterns, locations and surroundings.
 
The first-place statewide winner is Clara Pham from St. Mary’s County. Her school will receive a prize of 15 trees.
 
The second-place statewide winner is Morgan Robb of Baltimore County, bringing back to school 10 trees for planting.
 
 
The third-place statewide winner is Tyler Koshar from Frederick County, who’s having 5 trees newly planted at school.
 
The Arbor Day Poster Contest is hosted annually by the Maryland Forest Service’s Tree-Mendous Maryland Program. 

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Charles County Sheriff's Office Incident Report


DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY / CRIME SOLVERS OFFERING CASH REWARD: On April 9 at approximately 4:15 a.m., unknown suspect(s) fired multiple shots from a shotgun at a parked, unoccupied vehicle in the 5500 block of Indian Head Highway in Indian Head. The vehicle had significant damage. Anyone with information is asked to call Officer S. Griffith at (301) 932-2222. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous 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. Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case.  
 
MAN CHARGED WITH DUI AND POSSESSION OF DRUGS: On April 7 at 12:02 p.m., officers initiated a traffic stop in the area of Piney Church Road and Billingsley Road in Waldorf after the driver of a vehicle suddenly pulled out in front of an officer and then swerved between two lanes of traffic. Upon contact, the driver exhibited numerous signs of impairment. As the driver exited the vehicle, he attempted to hide two cigarettes he was holding. The cigarettes had a strong chemical odor, and officers learned they were laced with PCP. The driver, Gregory Allan Deavers, 50, of Hughesville, was arrested and charged with several traffic violations including driving on a suspended license and driving while impaired. He was also charged with possession of drugs. Officer R. Ondrish investigated.

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Governor Larry Hogan's Top Legislative Priorities Passed by Maryland General Assembly


ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan’s top legislative priorities have achieved final passage by the Maryland General Assembly, ensuring that the governor’s proposals to create thousands of new jobs, restore integrity to state government, and move forward with dozens of critical transportation projects across the state will become law. These priority items included the More Jobs for Marylanders Act, the Public Integrity Act, and the Road Kill Bill Repeal.
 
“Today is a great day for the legislative process and a win for bipartisanship – but most importantly, it is a win for the people of Maryland, who deserve more jobs, improved roads, and the highest level of integrity from their elected officials,” said Governor Hogan. “Creating jobs, building roads, and ensuring ethical and transparent government will always be top priorities of our administration. I want to thank Senate President Mike Miller, Speaker of the House Mike Busch, and all of the members of the Maryland General Assembly who worked with us to achieve these tremendous results for the citizens of our great state.”
 
The governor’s More Jobs for Marylanders Act continues the administration’s focus on creating jobs and improving the state’s economy. While over 105,000 jobs have been created and employment reduced to 4.2% - the lowest in nearly a decade - since Governor Hogan took office, some regions of the state continue to experience higher unemployment. This legislation will target job creation to the areas that need it the most – such as Western Maryland, Baltimore City, and the Lower Eastern Shore – by incentivizing manufacturers to relocate and expand in these areas. The legislation provides major tax incentives for new manufacturing companies that move into these areas, as well as tax credits for any new jobs created by existing manufacturers.
 
Governor Hogan campaigned on a promise to clean up the mess in Annapolis and restore public trust in state government. As part of these efforts, the governor introduced the Public Integrity Act of 2017 to help expand transparency in government and eliminate conflicts of interest that erode confidence in public institutions and officials. In a great example of forward progress and bipartisanship, this legislation was unanimously passed by the Senate and House of Delegates. The Public Integrity Act of 2017 legislation reaffirms the administration's and state’s commitment to provide the accountability, transparency, and fairness that Marylanders deserve.
 
From the outset of the 2017 legislative session, Governor Hogan made it clear that repealing the disastrous Road Kill Bill passed in 2016 would be a top priority. As a result of close collaboration between the administration and leadership in both houses of the legislature, the governor’s Road Kill Bill Repeal passed unanimously in both the House and Senate. This important, bipartisan progress will enable the Maryland Department of Transportation to move forward with 73 top priority transportation projects in every jurisdiction of the state – 66 of which would have been jeopardized had the legislation remained in place.
 
These three initiatives are part of the robust legislative agenda Governor Hogan proposed at the beginning of the 2017 session, the vast majority of which have been passed or are nearing final passage in the Maryland General Assembly.
 

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Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Blotter


Possession of Cocaine:​ On 4/6/17 at 1:01 am, Trooper Stull and Trooper First Class
Barlow stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation on Rousby Hall Rd. and Rt. 4 in
Lusby. Several criminal indicators were noted and a K-9 scan was requested. As a
result, a passenger, William T. Harrod, 54 of Lexington Park, was found to be in
possession of cocaine. He was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County
Detention Center.
 
Possession of Marijuana and Hydrocodone:​ On 4/6/17 at 11:39 pm, Trooper First
Class Matthews stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 near M. F. Bowen Rd. in Prince Frederick for
a possible tag violation. A strong odor of raw marijuana was emitting from inside the
vehicle. A probable cause search revealed both marijuana and hydrocodone pills.
Jamar D. Mackall, 40 of Prince Frederick was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert
County Detention Center.
 
Possession of Alprazolam:​ On 4/7/17 at 8:32 am, Trooper First Class Costello
responded to the 4700 block of William Wharf Rd. in St. Leonard for a CDS complaint.
James A. Stone, 29 of St. Leonard was found to be in possession of Alprazolam pills for
which he did not have a prescription. He was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert
County Detention Center.
 
Active Warrant/Resisting Arrest/Disorderly Conduct:​ On 4/7/17 at 9:39 am,
Trooper First Class Costello responded to the Calvert Village Shopping Center in Prince
Frederick for a report of a wanted subject. Richard F. Virgin, 27 of Prince Frederick,
was observed running into the woods. After a foot pursuit involving crossing Rt. 4, he
was located at a nearby restaurant in the men’s room. Virgin caused a disturbance for
both staff and patrons in the restaurant during arrest. He was incarcerated at the Calvert
County Detention Center.
 
Possession of Marijuana / Amphetamine Dextroamphetamine:​ On 4/8/17 at 9:43
am, Trooper First Class Costello stopped a vehicle on Dares Beach Rd. in Prince
Frederick for traffic violations. Caleb M. Fry, 26 of Prince Frederick was observed
driving without his seatbelt. A distinct odor of marijuana was emitting from inside the
vehicle. A probable cause search revealed both marijuana and amphetamine
Dextroamphetamine. He was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention
Center.
 
Possession of Dextroamphetamine:​ On 4/8/17 at 6:49 pm, Trooper First Class
Warrick and Trooper Backus responded to the 190 block of Armory Rd. in Prince
Frederick to check the welfare of a person. Veronica M. Disney, 55 of no fixed address
was located and appeared to be extremely distraught and unable to give her name. A
check of her backpack revealed an identitfication card. While checking for the ID,
Dextroamphetamine was found in the backpack and it was confirmed that Ms. Disney
did not have a prescription for the drug. Once Ms. Disney was cleared by EMS
personnel, she was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center

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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report


Burglary Case #17-16973:
On April 1, 2017, at approximately 1:00 pm, Deputy D. Naughton was dispatched to Our Lady Star of the Sea (Church), located in Solomon’s Island, for the report of a burglary. A church employee stated they noticed the lobby area had been rummaged through and multiple items (donated for a children’s Easter Raffle) were missing. Deputy Naughton approached two (2) persons walking in the Church parking lot and discovered they stole the missing items.  Christina Tomco, 37, of Prince Frederick, and Salvatore Gallodoro, 38, also of Prince Frederick, were arrested for 2nd Degree Burglary, 4th Degree Burglary and Theft Less than $100.00.  Gallodoro was also found with straws containing Xanax residue in his shoe; he received an additional charge of CDS Paraphernalia (straw).
 
Burglary Case #17-16462:
On March 29, 2017, at approximately 8:00pm, Deputy K. Williamson responded to Archers Lane, in Owings, for the report of a burglary. The victim advised someone stole a Pramac EG2800 T-Bar generator, model # EG2800 from their shed some time between March 15 – 29th.  The victim was not certain whether the shed was locked but there was no damage to the shed.   Tire tracks were also seen across their property.
 
Burglary Case #17-16446:
On March 29, 2017, Deputy K. Williamson responded to Coxtown Lane, in Owings, in regards to a burglary.  The victim advised someone broke into their storage shed and stole numerous tools sometime between March 9th - 29th.  Missing tools include: a (red) self-propelled Honda lawn mower, an (orange) tiller, a lime green and black Ryobi 2016 1700PSI pressure washer (model RY14122), an (orange) Stihl weed whacker, a Husqvarna chainsaw, a (red) Craftsman leaf blower and a Stihl ax. Tire tracks were observed cutting across the yard.
 
CDS Violation Case #17-17384:
On April 3, 2017, at approximately 11:30pm, Deputy R. Shrawder conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of St. Leonard Road/Fountain Lane, in St. Leonard.  He made contact with the driver, Ebou Smith, 40, of Lexington Park, MD, and discovered he was in possession of Cocaine, Paraphernalia, a bottle of urine and was driving with a suspended license and had an active Calvert County Warrant.  He was arrested and charged with Alter Drug or Alcohol Test, CDS Possession of Paraphernalia (scale), CDS Possession of Cocaine, Driving with a Suspended License and served his outstanding Warrant.
 
CDS Violation Case #17-17112:
On April 2, 2017, Deputy B. Sampson conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Traskers Boulevard/North Solomons Island Road, in Prince Frederick.  He made contact with the driver, Darien Chase, 19, of St Leonard, who was found to have a large plastic bag containing marijuana in his possession.  He was transported to the Detention Center and charged with CDS Possession greater than 10 grams (25.3 grams).  He also received a repair order for a broken rear center brake light.
 
CDS Violation Case #17-16920:
On April 1, 2017, at approximately 1:30am, Deputy R. Kreps conducted a traffic stop on North Solomons Island Road, in Sunderland, and approached the driver, Amber Roberts, 25, of Chesapeake Beach.  Roberts was found to be in possession of a wrapper containing several pills.  She was transported to the Detention Center and charged with CDS Possession of a Synthetic Narcotic (Oxycodone) and Possession of Paraphernalia (cellophane wrapper).
 
CDS Violation Case #17-16310:
On March 29, 2017, at approximately 9:00am, Deputy G. Gott conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of HG Trueman Road/Village Center Drive, in Lusby. Deputy C. Childress and his K9 partner, Flip, arrived on the scene to assist and gave a positive alert to contraband.  The driver, Derrick Estep, 27, of St. Leonard, was driving on a suspended license.  The passenger, Ashley Ballenger, 25, of Mechanicsville, MD, was found with heroin on her person, inside of a modified plastic straw.  Ballenger was charged with Possession of Heroin and Possession of Paraphernalia (straw).   While conducting an inventory search of Derrick’s wallet at the Detention Center, a modified plastic straw containing heroin residue was discovered.  Derrick was issued the appropriate paperwork for his traffic violation and Possession of Paraphernalia (cut straw).  
 
CDS Violation Case #17-16184:
On March 28, 2017, at approximately 4:30pm, Deputy M. Trigg conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Traditional Way/North Solomon’s Island Road, in Prince Frederick.  Deputy R. Wilson arrived on the scene with his K9 partner, who positively alerted to contraband in the vehicle.  The driver, Jeanine Bishop, 31, of Prince Frederick, was found to be in possession of a prescription pill bottle containing Alprazolam, not belonging to her, with a large quantity unaccounted for.  Bishop was arrested for Possession of a Dangerous Nonnarcotic Drug (Alprazolam), Possession of Paraphernalia (bottle) and received a Citation for Driving with Suspended Tags.
 
CDS Violation Case #17-15994:
On March 27, 2017, at approximately 4:00pm, Deputy B. Sampson was dispatched to Bandit Al Lane, in St. Leonard, for a trespassing complaint.  Responding officers made entry into the home and determined that Kathleen Bauman, 53, of Prince Frederick, was the trespasser and would not leave the complainant’s home.  She was searched and found to have pills (Zolpidem) and a small amount of marijuana on her person.  Bauman was placed under arrest for Trespassing on Private Property, CDS Possession of a Dangerous Nonnarcotic Drug (Zolpidem) and received a Civil Citation for Possession of Marijuana under 10 grams.
 
Disorderly Conduct Case # 17-17546:
On April 4, 2017, at approximately 6:00pm, Deputy A. Moschetto responded to Mint Court, in Prince Frederick, to assist the Maryland State Police with a Warrant service. Seen at the location was a disorderly subject who was cursing at Cpl. Esnes and disregarded instructions to stay put until  MSP’s investigation was complete.  Deputy Moschetto advised Trooper Matthews to stop the fleeing vehicle because the disorderly subject had failed to obey a lawful order.  The vehicle was stopped at Yardley Drive/MD Rt. 231 and the driver, Tray Ball, 25, of Huntingtown, was detained.  Deputy Moschetto arrived on the scene and observed a purple and silver aluminum T-ball bat, located between the driver's door and seat, and a claw hammer, in the driver’s door pocket.  He attempted to place Ball under arrest for failure to obey a lawful order but Ball continued to flail his arms to avoid arrest.    Mr. Ball continued to curse and a crowd started to gather.  He was charged with Failing to Obey a Lawful Order, Disorderly Conduct, Resisting/Interfere with Arrest, Obstructing and Hindering, two (2) counts of Possession of a Concealed Weapon (bat and claw hammer).
 
Destruction of Property Case #17-17833:
On April 6, 2017, at approximately 11:00am, Deputy T. Holt responded to Hisperia Road, in Lusby, for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised someone had damaged their vehicle sometime between 11:30pm on April 5 and 8:00am the morning of April 6.  The driver’s side panel was damaged with orange spray paint; it appears the gas tank was also tampered with, as the gas cap was missing and the vehicle began to shake and sputter when driven.
 
Destruction of Property Case #17-17485:
On April 4, 2017, Deputy G. Gott was dispatched to McMichael’s Drive, in Lusby, for the report of damaged property.   The complainant explained that someone had driven through their yard around 6:30pm on April 2 and destroyed several trees on their property.
 
Destruction of Property Case #17-16925:
On April 1, 2017, Deputy D. Naughton responded to the parking lot of Vera’s Beach Club, located on White Sands Drive, in Lusby, for a destruction of property complaint.  The victim  advised they parked their vehicle in the parking lot overnight on March 31st; at approximately 8:00am the next morning, they returned to their vehicle to discover the rear window was shattered.
 
Mail Tampering Case #17-16855:
On March 31, 2017, Deputy R. Kreps was dispatched to Chaney Road, in Dunkirk, in reference to mail tampering.  Upon arrival the victim advised that mail was removed from their mailbox and was found on the ground.  At least one envelope was opened and personal information was missing.  This crime took place sometime between 6:00pm on March 29 – 7:45pm on March 30.
 
Theft Case #17-17217:
On April 3, 2017, at approximately 7:30am, Deputy S. Rediker responded to the 7-11 on Hallowing Point Road, in Prince Frederick, regarding a theft in progress.  Upon arrival he spoke with the complainant who stated the suspect, Matthew Hutchins, 25, of Lusby, was seen on video, stealing an Energy Drink.  Hutchins was patted down and found to have a cut straw, containing crushed powder (Percocet), in his left front pocket.  Hutchins was issued a Criminal Citation for the Paraphernalia Possession (cut straw)  and charged with Theft Less Than $100.00 (Energy Drink).
 
Theft Case #17-16647:
On March 30, 2017, Deputy A. Ostazeski responded to Soller’s Wharf Road, in Lusby, for the report of a theft.  Upon arrival the victim stated a rear license plate was stolen off of their vehicle sometime between 12:00pm on March 29 – 1:30pm on March 30.  No suspects at this time. 
 
Theft Case #17-16418:
On March 29, 2017, Deputy A. Ostazeski was dispatched to Rimrock Road, in Lusby, for the report of a theft.   He made contact with the victims who advised their deck furniture was stolen - two (2) plastic Adirondack style chairs, two (2) matching foot stools and two (2) cushions for the chairs.
 
 
Theft Case #17-16394:
On March 29, 2017,  Deputy A. Ostazeski was dispatched to Algonquin Trail, in Lusby, for a similar report of stolen deck furniture – a two-person metal gliding chair, two (2) metal chairs matching the glider and a metal table with a glass top matching the set.  The victim stated the furniture was last seen around 2:30pm on March 27 and was noticed missing on March 28 around 7:30pm.
 
Theft Case #17-16277:
On March 28, 2017, at approximately 12:00am, Deputy R. Kreps and Deputy M. Trigg responded to Wawa on Kirksville Lane, in Dunkirk, in reference to a theft in progress.  They were able to detain both shoplifting suspects, Ashley Tilch, 28, of Owings, and Brian Loy, 28, of Lothian, MD.  A search of Tilch’s purse was conducted and a light gray/brown powder (heroin) was found in her wallet.  Loy was advised to leave the property or he would be arrested.  He began to argue, use profanity and cause a scene.  At that point Loy was placed  under arrest for Trespassing on Private Property, Disorderly Conduct and Failure to Obey a Lawful Order.  Tilch was transported to the Detention Center and charged with CDS Possession of Heroin, Possession of Paraphernalia (paper) and Theft Less than $100.
 
Theft Case #17-16189:
On March 28, 2017, at approximately 4:30pm, Deputy R. Wilson was dispatched to Old Town Road, in Huntingtown, for the report of a theft in progress. The witness reported a black male had stolen items from the 7-11 store by placing them in a red duffle bag, left the store and jumped into a get-away vehicle.  The vehicle was followed and contact was made with the driver, Vincent Matthews, 45, of College Park, MD.  The second subject, carrying the duffle bag, had exited the vehicle and ran away.  A foot chase ensued and Samuel Jones, 31, of Temple Hills, MD was located in the Dollar General Store, where he immediately complied with orders to surrender.  He was placed in handcuffs and transported back to the 7-11.  The red duffle bag,  tossed by Jones into a nearby  dumpster, was retrieved along with five (5) stolen DVD’s from the  Huntingtown 7-11; eight (8) additional DVD’s (stolen from the Chapline 7-11) and found in the vehicle, were all recovered and returned to the respective 7-11 stores.  A search of Matthews’ wallet revealed a package of suboxone.  He was placed under arrest and charged with two (2) counts of Theft Less Than $100.00 and Possession of a Synthetic Narcotic (Suboxone).  Jones was charged with two (2) counts of Theft Less Than $100.00 and Disorderly Conduct.
 
Theft of Mail Case #17-15989:
On March 27, 2017, Deputy S. Moran was dispatched to HG Trueman Road, in Lusby, for the report of a theft.  Upon arrival he made contact with the victim who stated two (2) shirts they had ordered arrived in the mail but the package was opened, and the contents were missing.   This theft took place between March 23 – March 27.

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SMECO Nominating Committee to Meet


Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative’s (SMECO) Board of Directors has appointed nine members to the 2017 Nominating Committee scheduled to meet on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at SMECO’s headquarters at 15035 Burnt Store Road in Hughesville. This committee will select a slate of candidates for the five available Board positions to be elected this year. Elections will be held to fill one position in Calvert County, one position in Charles County, one in Prince George’s County, and two in St. Mary’s County. 
The 2017 Nominating Committee members follow: 
Calvert County: Terence N. Gibson, Prince Frederick.
Charles County: Joseph L. Gardiner Jr., La Plata; Edward Holland III, Waldorf; and William B. Young Jr., Waldorf.
Prince George’s County: Manning Clagett, Accokeek; and Ernest H. Riess, Brandywine.
St. Mary’s County: Edith M. Bell, Chaptico; George A. Brown, Loveville; and Catherine Brenda Coates, Lexington Park. 
SMECO customer-members interested in being nominated should complete a Board of Directors Candidate Application. To obtain a candidate application, contact Terrie Barringer at 240-528-9747 or Terrie.Barringer@smeco.coop. Completed candidate applications should be submitted to SMECO, Attention: Joseph Densford, Board Attorney, by Friday, May 5, 2017. Applications may be mailed to P.O. Box 1937, Hughesville, Maryland 20637, or delivered to Terrie Barringer at 15035 Burnt Store Road in Hughesville.
In addition to nominations made by the committee, any 15 or more SMECO members acting together may make other nominations by petition by Friday, June 23, 2017. Members running by petition should also complete and submit a Board of Directors Candidate Application.
SMECO’s Annual Meeting will be held Wednesday, August 23, 2017; however, the election will be conducted by mail. Customer-members will receive ballots in the mail and completed ballots must be returned by mail prior to the Annual Meeting. The meeting, which will be strictly a business meeting, will be held at Middleton Hall in Waldorf, and there will be no entertainment, no food and drinks, and no attendance prizes. Election results will be announced at the meeting, but no voting will occur on-site. 
Selection of the Nominating Committee members is in compliance with SMECO’s bylaws. For more information regarding the committee, nominations, and qualifications of directors, refer to Article IV, Sections 4.02 and 4.03, of SMECO’s bylaws. Bylaws may be obtained from a SMECO office or online at www.smeco.coop.

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Maryland Lowers Juvenile Incarceration Rate through Reform


Baltimore, MD –- High praise is being given to a program that has transformed the way Maryland's court system handles juvenile offenders. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) is now in its 25th year, focused on community-based alternatives to detention for kids in trouble. Comments from Lisa Gary, director, Office of Equity and Reform at the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services.
Lisa Gary, who heads the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, says in the past, judges had to make a decision whether to lock kids up or send them home – but now, there are options other than detention.
"We've been able to reduce our commitment rates for kids who were not doing well, under just general probation supervision. So, our commitment rate is down by more than 30 percent," says Gary.
Gary says the ideas in the J-D-A-I model have been used statewide to reduce the use of detention while improving public safety. She adds the justice system is now focused more on helping kids who are struggling with substance abuse or mental-health issues.
Gary says many different agencies are collaborating to do what's best for young people. Before adopting the J-D-A-I model, she says judges across the state weren't exactly on the same page.
"We had 24 different tools, so we had 'justice by geography.' By making one tool statewide, we've been able to change use of secure detention for only our highest-risk youth, and govern the release and the supervision of kids who are low- or medium-risk to the community."
The Casey Foundation says the J-D-A-I model affects about one-quarter of the U-S youth population, and has reduced the use of detention more than 40 percent.

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Statement from Governor Larry Hogan on Final Passage of Ethics Reform Legislation


ANNAPOLIS, MD –  Governor Larry Hogan issued the following statement regarding the final and unanimous passage of the administration’s Public Integrity Act of 2017 by the Maryland General Assembly:
 
“Today is a great day in our historic state capital. I commend Senate President Mike Miller, House Speaker Mike Busch, and the Maryland General Assembly for working with our administration in a bipartisan fashion to unanimously pass the most important and transformative ethics reform legislation in over a decade. Together, we have made major progress in fulfilling our shared obligation to preserve the honor and the foundation of public trust that our proud institutions of government should always command.
 
“With this legislation, we are reaffirming our promise and commitment to the accountability, transparency, and fairness that the people of Maryland deserve. I look forward to joining with both presiding officers in signing the Public Integrity Act of 2017 into law.”

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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Announces Annual Unwanted Medication Collection Day


Do you have expired or unwanted medication in your medicine cabinet, but find it difficult to leave your home due to mobility or health issues? Perhaps, you’re a caregiver and find it difficult to leave your home to dispose of unwanted medications?
 
If this is you, you’re invited to take advantage of the fourth annual St. Mary’s County Medication Collection Day on Saturday, April 29.
 
Working in cooperation, the St Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office offers this collection effort to those who, due to mobility or health issues, cannot otherwise safely dispose of their medication.
 
Anybody who is interested in participating in having a uniformed officer from the Sheriff’s Office come to their home and pick up medications should contact Sarah Miller, St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services Community Programs & Outreach Manager, at 301-475-4200, ext. *1073, or sarah.miller@stmarysmd.com. 
 
The deadline to schedule a pick-up is Friday, April 21.
 
This effort is in support of the National Take Back Day where Americans in communities across the country have safely discarded more than 350 tons of unused, expired, or unwanted drugs as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Initiative, 
 
In addition to this annual collection day initiative, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office offers the means for safe disposal of unwanted medications every day, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 
 
Collection boxes are located in the front lobby of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office at the Sheriff’s Office headquarters in Leonardtown. Any unwanted medications, prescribed or over-the-counter, may be discarded in the drop-box. All deposits through this program are completely anonymous.
 

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NAS Patuxent River Named Tree City for 28th year


PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD – Naval Air Station Patuxent River was
named a 2016 “Tree City USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation March 24 in honor of the
installation’s commitment to effective forest management. The award marks the 28th consecutive year NAS Patuxent River has earned the title of a Tree City USA.
NAS Patuxent River is one of more than 3,400 Tree City USAs, with a combined population of 140 million. The Tree City USA Program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. The installation received the recognition by meeting the Tree City programs four requirements of having a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance.
“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,” said Dan Lambe, Arbor Day Foundation president. “Additionally, recognition brings residents together  and creates a sense of community pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”
NAS Patuxent River marked the occasion with a tree planting April 5, held by Capt. Scott Starkey, NAS Patuxent River commanding officer, and Kyle Rambo, installation conservation director.
Starkey signed a proclamation during the event declaring April 5, 2017 as Arbor Day 2017 at NAS Patuxent River before he, Capt. Jason Hammond, NAS Patuxent River executive officer, and guests S. Andrew Sochanski of the Environmental Protection Agency, and Rick Grills of the Maryland Department of the Environment, planted a hackberry tree at a playground on the installation to mark the occasion.
The hackberry tree is common to the eastern United States and is helpful in erosion control while providing nesting for birds and shelter for rabbits and deer.
PATUXENT RIVER, Maryland (April 5, 2017) – From left, Horace Henry, Maryland Department of Natural Resources forester; Capt. Jason Hammond, NAS Patuxent River executive officer; S. Andrew Sochanski, remedial projects manager for the Environmental Protection Agency; Rick Grills, Maryland Department of the Environment Federal Facilities Division geologist project manager; and Capt. Scott Starkey, NAS Patuxent River commanding officer, plant a hackberry tree at NAS Patuxent River in honor of Arbor Day 2017. NAS Patuxent River was named a “Tree City USA” by the Arbor Day foundation for the 27th consecutive year.
 

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Calvert School System Announces Last Day Of School


At the Board of Education meeting today, Dr. Daniel D. Curry, Superintendent, announced that June 8, 2017 will be the last day of school for students. In the event of future school closures for inclement weather or other emergencies, the date of the last day of school will change accordingly. 
He also announced that the last day of school for students at Patuxent Appeal Elementary Campus will be June 6. In March, the Board of Education approved a plan to shift grade levels and programs between the two buildings. Grades one through five and Title 1 will be housed in the primary building, the former Patuxent Elementary. Pre-K, kindergarten, the Judy Center and Head Start will be based in the intermediate building, the former Appeal Elementary. Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, gave her approval to shorten the student year by two days to provide time for the staff to prepare for the move. Over the summer, the School Facilities department will complete the necessary physical changes to the buildings to accommodate the new configuration of grades and programs.

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Judge Sentences Child Rapist To Life In Prison


LA PLATA, MD—Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County announced that on April 6, 2017, visiting Prince George’s County Circuit Court Judge Erik H. Nyce sentenced Jamie Antonio Rivera, 27 of La Plata, to life plus 25 years in prison for first degree rape and child sexual abuse.
 
During the week of June 6, 2016, the victim, who was under 13 years of age, told friends at school that she was being sexually assaulted by Jaime Rivera. Her friends subsequently reported the allegation to a school counselor, who notified the Charles County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Social Services. The victim was immediately taken to Charles County Regional Medical Center for a forensic exam, where it was revealed that she suffered physical traumatic injuries consistent with sexual assault.
 
An investigation revealed that over a four year period, the defendant repeatedly sexually assaulted the victim, oftentimes by threatening to use or actually displaying a knife. The last sexual assault occurred a few days before she revealed the crimes to her friends.
 
Investigators recovered an article of the victims clothing. That clothing was submitted to the Maryland State Police Crime Lab for DNA analysis. That analysis revealed that there were body fluids found on the clothing and further analysis determined that the body fluids were that of the defendant.
 
At sentencing, Assistant State’s Attorney, Sarah Freeman told the judge that, “This particular case is extremely volatile and heinous; the victim has permanent physical and emotional scarring but her 8 year old sister also is permanently scarred, emotionally.  Rape, should never happen let alone of an 11 year old, but to do so by waking up another child and having her move to the top bunk and subject her to the cries of the victim for the Defendant to stop, is unthinkable.“
 
Judge Nyce told Rivera during sentencing, “I presided over this case alongside Judge Greer. I do find that you are a sexually violent predator.  Dr. Grant (the psychologist and forensic evaluator for Charles County) found that due to the heinous nature of this matter, you are at a higher risk for recidivism. The level of harm in this case was excessive. We are dealing with extreme mental and physical damage to a child who was in the comfort of her own home. I think about her vulnerability. Because of all of these factors, I believe it is appropriate to depart from the sentencing guidelines”.
 
Rivera has a separate case still pending in which he allegedly participated in a gang rape in 2010. That case is set for April 24, 2017.

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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Arrests


04-04-17 – Assault 2nd Degree and Disorderly Conduct
Deputies responded to the 45000 block of Fox Chase Dr., Lexington Park, MD, for a reported disturbance. Upon arrival, Deputies met with the victim who advised, suspect Frances Elizabeth Barnes, age 61, of Lexington Park, MD, threw a beer can and a pair of scissors in an attempt to hit the victim.  Deputy First Class V. Pontorno met with the suspect who was intoxicated and uncooperative with the investigation, however, did admit to throwing scissors at the victim.  During the investigation several children were outside playing while the suspect was yelling and belligerent, causing them to stop playing and watch.  The suspect was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where she was charged with Assault 2nd Degree and Disorderly Conduct. CCN #18360-17
 
04/05/17 – CDS: Possess - Not Marijuana and Warrant Services for Failure to Appear/Possess-Not Marijuana
Deputy First Class R. Steinbach observed the suspect Kese Eman Lyles, age 36, of Lexington Park, MD, walking along Midway Dr., in Lexington Park, MD.  DFC. R. Steinbach recognized the suspect to have four active warrants through the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office.  DFC. R. Steinbach detained the suspect and search incident to arrest located suspected Heroin in his possession. The suspect was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possess-Not Marijuana and served two Bench Warrants for Failure to Appear and two Arrest Warrants for Possess-Not Marijuana.  CCN #18547-17  
 
04/06/17 – Possess contraband in place of confinement/Possession of CDS while confined/CDS possess -not marijuana
Corporal Brandon Foor responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center for a reported CDS violation.  The investigation revealed Correctional Officer M. Labanowski was conducting a search of an inmate’s property when he located a suboxone strip in the inmate's possession.  The inmate was identified as suspect Sean Marino Goins, 35 of Leonardtown, MD. Corporal Brandon Foor arrested and charged the suspect with Possessing contraband in a place of confinement/Possession of CDS while confined/CDS possess not marijuana.  The suspect was released back to the custody of the St. Mary’s County Detention Center.  CCN #18630-17
 
03/29/17 – Theft over $1000 less than $10,000/Malicious Destruction of Property/Burglary 4th Degree.– Deputies responded to the 19000 block of Secluded Way Ct., in Drayden, MD, for the report of two subjects stealing HVAC units from a vacant residence.  A witness maintained visual contact of the suspects and the suspect vehicle, providing continuous updates of their location to the Emergency Communications Dispatcher.  Deputy G. Muschette intercepted the vehicle on Wildewood Parkway in California, MD, where the driver, suspect Mark Edward Stuart II, age 24, of Waldorf, MD, and suspect passenger Lloyd Howard Isenberg, age 36, of Waldorf, MD, were identified.  The investigation revealed the suspects had been contracted out previously to winterize the home and make small repairs back in March.  The suspects did not have permission to return to the residence and remove the two HVAC units.  Both suspects were arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where they were both charged by Deputy J. Bush with Theft over $1000 less than $10,000/Malicious Destruction of Property/Burglary 4th Degree. CCN # 
 
03/31/17 -  Theft less $100/Property Destruction/False Statement to Peace Officer/CDS possession not marijuana/Warrant service for Theft less $100 – Deputies responded to McKay's on Merchant Lane in Leonardtown, MD, for a reported theft.  Upon arrival, Corporal  J. Davis met with a store representative who advised the suspect entered the store, picked up a package of meat valued over $40, failed to pay for the meat, caused damaged to it and then attempted to return it to the store under the pretense that she had purchased it for the listed value.  The suspect advised store personnel she wished to return the product because it was damaged.  Corporal J. Davis met with the suspect who initially identified herself as Tammy Lynn Henson.  The suspect was arrested and transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center.  Upon arrival, correctional staff recognized the suspect not as the alias given but as Teresa Lynn Martone, 47, of Waldorf, MD.  It was then discovered the suspect had an active arrest warrant through District Court for Failing to Appear for a prior theft case.  The suspect was also found to be in possession of a Temazepam pill without a prescription.  The suspect was charged with Theft less $100/Property Destruction/False Statement to Peace Officer, and CDS possession, - not marijuana.  CCN #17526-17
 
03/31/17 – Possess contraband in a place of confinement - Deputy J. Davis responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center for the report of an inmate in possession of contraband.  The investigation revealed suspect, Charles Patrick Hancock, 22 of Hollywood, MD, was observed by a Correctional Officer attempting to hide loose tobacco in a paper towel.   The loose tobacco was secured and the suspect was charged with possession of contraband while in a place of confinement.  The suspect was then released back to the custody of the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. CCN# 17586-17
 
04/02/17 – Disorderly and Fail to Obey Reasonable and Lawful Order - At approximately 1:00 a.m., deputies responded to a residence on the 21000 block of Galatea Street in Lexington Park, MD, for a reported noise complaint.  Upon arrival, deputies could clearly hear loud music coming from within the residence.  Deputies made contact with the suspect, Michael Alexander Mancil, age 25, of Lexington Park, MD, and advised him of the complaints and that the music needed to be turned down.  The suspect initially complied, then turned the music back up which was clearly heard from the street.  Corporal E. O’Connor made contact with the suspect again at the front door.  When the suspect opened the door the distinct and overwhelming smell of burnt marijuana emanated from the residence.  The suspect due to his actions and failure to obey a lawful order was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Disorderly House and Fail to Obey a Reasonable and Lawful Order. CCN #17812-17
 
03/30/17 – Possession Open Container Public – Deputies responded to the 21000 block of Great Mills Rd., for a report of subjects trespassing at the rear of a commercial building.  Corporal T. Snyder and Deputy First Class V. Pontorno located the suspects Joseph Michael Curtis, age 52, of Lexington Park, MD, and William Alexander Sledge, age 58, of Lexington Park, MD, to the rear of a commercially owned building and actively consuming alcoholic beverages.  The investigation revealed neither suspect had permission from the property owners to be on the property.  Both suspects were issued Criminal Citations of Possession of Open Containers in Public and both were served Notices Not To Trespass on the property.  CCN #17311-17
 
03/31/17 –Theft less $100 – Corporal T. Snyder responded to the St. Mary’s Caring Soup Kitchen for a reoccurring theft of toilet paper.  The investigation revealed the suspect, Christina Rebecca Davis, age 36, of California, MD, removed toilet paper from the bathroom in the soup kitchen, concealed it in a plastic bag and then exited the facility.  The suspect was located and issued a Criminal Citation for theft less $100 and issued a No Trespass Notice for the establishment.  CCN #17520-17
 
04/01/17 – Assault 2nd Degree – Deputies responded to the 46000 block of Morning Side Ln., Lexington Park, MD, for a reported disturbance.  Upon arrival, Deputy P. Robinson made contact with the victim and suspect, Ciara Ceressa Drake-Sams, age 26, of Lexington Park, MD.  The victim advised the suspect and victim were engaged in a verbal argument over the suspects drinking and intoxication.  The verbal argument escalated when the suspect physically lashed out at the victim, scratching the victim on he cheek. Deputy P. Robinson observed the cut to the victim's face and the suspect was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where she was charged with Assault 2nd Degree.  CCN # 17653-17
 
04/03/17 – Confine Unattended Child – Deputies responded to the Target parking lot in California, MD, for the report of two small children left unattended in a running vehicle.  Upon arrival, deputies located the vehicle in the parking lot and observed the vehicle to be locked, running, and two children, ages three and one,  in the back seat.  The suspect Cheryl Ann Knott, age 31, of St. Inigoes, MD, returned to the vehicle after several minutes had lapsed from the initial complaint received at the Emergency Communications Center and her arrival back to the vehicle.  The suspect was identified as the children's mother and was issued a Criminal Citation for Confine Unattended Child.  Arrested by Corporal B. Foor.  CCN #18171-17
 
04/04/17 – Violation of Protective Order – Deputy D. Smith served a District Court Interim Protective Order on the suspect Lee Mountie Wedding Jr., age 46, of Clements, MD.  Within minutes of the suspect leaving the residence, the suspect made contact with the protected party in the Protective Order and made derogatory comments to the victim.  Deputy D. Smith was notified of the violation and subsequently made contact with the suspect, who was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Violation of Protective Order.  CCN #18247-17

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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Looking For Suspects (Photos)


THEFT -- On Sunday, March 26, 2017, at 11:45 AM the suspect stole a set headphones from the Kohl’s Department Store located at 46240 Lexington Village Way, Lexington Park MD. Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect and/or about this incident is asked to call Deputy Bush at 301-475-4200, *8021 or by email Jason.Bush@stmarysmd.com Reference: CCN 16541-17. 
 
 
         
 
THEFT - On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at 11:20 AM the suspect placed her grocery items on the register belt of the checkout counter in the Leonardtown, Maryland Food Lion grocery store. While the checker was busy with the customer in front of her, the suspect walked out of the Food Lion with a birthday cake and then came back without the cake and checked out and paid for the items she had left at the register. Prior to the theft, the suspect had the bakery inscribe the cake with “Inas 15” and “Paige 12”. The Leonardtown Food Lion is located at 40955 Merchants Lane. 
 
 
Anyone with information about the identity of the suspects and/or about this incident is asked to call Dfc. Flerlage at 301-475-4200, ext. *2237 or email Kenneth.Flerlage@stmarysmd.com 
Reference: CCN 15609-17. 
 
 
On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at 1:20 PM, the suspect took several items of snack food from a display in the Charlotte Hall, Maryland Wawa and left without bothering to pay for them. She was last observed getting into a dark blue Chevy S-10 pickup with MD tags MKW895 driven by an unknown subject. The Charlotte Hall Wawa is located at 30320 Three Notch Road in St. Mary’s County.
 
 
Anyone with information about the identity of the suspects and/or about this incident is asked to call Cpl. Snyder at 301-475-4200 ext *8070 or email Daniel.Snyder@stmarysmd.com 
 
Reference: CCN 18523-17. 

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Be Prepared When Calling 9-1-1 During an Emergency


In recognition of National Public Safety Telecommunications Week (Sunday, April 9 –Saturday, April 15), the Department of Emergency Services, 9-1-1 Call Center wants to ensure that you or your loved one knows what to do when placing a 9-1-1 call.  To accurately assess each emergency situation and send the best response possible, callers are asked to:
Be patient.
Stay calm and speak clearly.
Know the location of the emergency.
Pay attention to the call taker’s questions.
Follow the instructions given and do not hang up the phone until instructed to do so.
9-1-1 call takers are trained to ask questions necessary for your particular emergency.  Answer ALL questions and provide the best possible response to your situation.  The information you provide will prepare responders to give precise assistance when they arrive at the scene.
 
Prepare your child by:
Teaching them to dial 9-1-1, what 9-1-1 is used for, and to call only during an emergency.
Having your child learn their full names and their parent’s names.
Teaching your child to look at their surroundings.
Having your child go to a trusted neighbor’s house before calling 9-1-1 in the event of a dangerous situation.
Reminding them to answer all questions, providing as much information as possible, and do not hang up unless told to do so.
For more information or questions, visit www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/es/communications/fire-and-ems-communications. 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 Crime Solvers Offering Cash Reward That Leads To Arrest Of Robbery Suspect (Photos)


CRIME SOLVERS OFFERING CASH REWARD THAT LEADS TO ARREST OF ROBBERY SUSPECT: Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of a suspect wanted in connection with a citizen robbery. On March 28 at 11:09 p.m., the victim was withdrawing money from an ATM on Prospect Avenue in Indian Head when she was approached by a lone male who pushed her to the ground and stole the money that was dispensed. The suspect is a white male, possibly in his teens to early 20’s, 5'7" to 5'9", with a thin build. He fled on foot toward Strauss Avenue. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. C. Gregory at (301) 609-6507. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous 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.

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