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Overview of the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program


The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office will receive $19,464 in grant funds per the Edward Bryne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program: FY2017 Local Solicitation (CFDA #16.738). As part of the application’s requirement, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is providing the citizens the opportunity to comment before the application submission.
 
 Overview of the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program:
 
The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance is pleased to announce that it is seeking applications for funding under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program.  This program furthers the Department’s mission by assisting state, local and tribal efforts to prevent or reduce crime and violence.
 
The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to States and units of local government. BJA will award JAG Program funds to eligible units of local government under this FY 2017 JAG Program Local Solicitation.  In general, JAG funds awarded to a unit of local government under this FY2017 solicitation may be used to provide additional personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, training, technical assistance, and information systems for criminal justice, including for anyone or more of the following: law enforcement programs; prosecution and court programs; prevention and education programs; corrections and community corrections programs; drug treatment and enforcement programs; crime victim and witness initiatives (other than compensation); and mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs, including behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams. 
 

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St. Mary's County Arrests, Criminal Summons Services, and Juvenile Arrests


Criminal Summons:
 
7-13-2017 – Sylvia Nicole Freddie Marjanowics, age 46 (6-19-1971), of Leonardtown, served a criminal summons for second-degree assault, by Deputy P. Robinson. CASE#33796-17
 
On-View Arrests
 
07/20/17 – False Identification – Deputy First Class D. Potter stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation in the area of Pegg Road and Westbury Blvd in Lexington Park.  The operator, later identified as suspect, Joseph William Smith, age 24, of Lexington Park, gave a false name.  Potter was able to determine the defendant’s real identity, and the defendant was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with providing a false name and issued other traffic violations.   CASE#38088-17
 
Juvenile Arrests:
 
07/19/17 - A 17-year-old male was arrested on an active arrest warrant for First Degree Assault, Second Degree Assault, Reckless Endangerment and Malicious Destruction of Property, by Deputy J, Smith. CCN# 37855-17
 
Warrant Services:
 
7-1-2017 - Jeffery Allen Purdy, age 47, of Dumfries, Virginia, was arrested on an active arrest warrant for Violation of a Protective Order, by Deputy D. Sidorowicz. CASE#37230-17
 
Criminal Summons:
 
7-19-2017 – Jeffery Allen Purdy, age 47, of Dumfries, Virginia, was arrested on a criminal summons for Second Degree Assault, Harass: A course of conduct, and Harass following with the intent to alarm after warning to desist, by Deputy D. Sidorowicz. CASE#36847-17 and 34992-17
 
On-View Arrests:
 
07/12/17 – Alcohol Violation – Corporal W. Ray and Corporal T. Snyder were in the area of Shangri-La Drive in Lexington Park when they observed defendants Joseph W. Young, age 62, of Lexington Park and James A. Courtney, age 59, of no fixed address, consuming alcoholic beverages in a public place.  Suspect Courtney was charged on a Uniformed Criminal Citation for Possession of an open alcoholic beverage. When approached, Young became disorderly and was placed under arrest by Snyder and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Disorderly Conduct/Public Disturbance, and Failure to Obey a Lawful Order.  CASE#36640-17
 
Warrant Services:
 
07/17/17 - Lawrence Alvin Hoffman, age 23, of Hollywood, was arrested by Corporal K. Nelson on an outstanding District Court Warrant for Second Degree Escape. CASE#37068-17
 
Criminal Summons:
 
07/17/17- April Marie Quade, age 20, of Mechanicsville, was charged via Criminal Summons by Corporal S. Kerby, for Delivery of Contraband in Place of Confinement.  CASE#36004-17
 
On-View Arrests: 
 
07/17/17 – Theft –Corporal T. Seyfried responded to the Leonardtown McKay’s Foodland for a reported theft. The investigation revealed the suspect, Taneesha Shantel Washington, age 25, of Leonardtown, had failed to pay for crab legs. She paid for other items, but not the two packages of crab legs.  Washington fled the area but was located a short time later and placed under arrest for the Theft Less than $100, as well as for an open District Court Warrant Theft $1000 to Under $10,000. She was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. CASE # 37614-17
 
07/17/17 – Burglary – Corporal  J. Davis responded to the 40000 block of Coles Drive in Hollywood for a reported burglary.   Davis observed the suspect, James Russell Boley, age 39, of no fixed address, exiting the residence. The investigation revealed the suspect had been evicted by the Sheriff’s Office Eviction Unit, and there were several signs of forced entry to several of the residence’s door locks.  It was confirmed by the Sheriff’s Office eviction unit that the damage was not present at the conclusion of the eviction.  The suspect was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Burglary 1st Degree, Two counts of Malicious Destruction of Property and having a Concealed Deadly Weapon.  CASE #37569-17
 
Criminal Summons:
 
07/19/17-Ronald Keith Raley, age 38, of Piney Point, was charged via Criminal Summons by Corporal E. Johnson, for Harass, Failure to Obey  Lawful Order, Disturb the Peace, Violation of an Ex Parte. CASE#29860-17
 
07/19/17-Kyree Truvell Miles, age 20, of Great Mills, was charged via Criminal Summons by Deputy First Class C. Beyer for Assault 2nd Degree. CASE#37392-17
 
07/19/17-Amber Michelle Coppage, age 23, of Charlotte Hall, was charged via Criminal Summons, by Deputy C. Edwards,  for Theft Less Than $1000. CASE#30689-17
 
 
On-View Arrests:
 
07/24/17 – Assault on Police – Deputy P. Robinson initiated a traffic stop on Great Mills Road in the area of Chancellors Run Road for a motor vehicle that failed to come to a complete stop at a flashing red light.  The operator of the vehicle, Carla Evette Blanton, age 47, of Lexington Park,  was determined to have an outstanding criminal warrant with the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office. While being placed under arrest, she resisted and assaulted two deputies. Deputies also determined her privilege to drive in the state of Maryland was suspended.  She was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with two counts of Assault 2nd Degree on Law Enforcement Officers, one count of Resisting/Interfering with Arrest, as well as Driving While Suspended.  CASE #38939-17
 
07/24/17 – Alter Drug Test – Corporal J. Kirkner responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center for a reported altering of a urine test.  The suspect, Daniel Holley Dement, age 50, of Lexington Park, was required to provide urine samples as a condition of his pretrial release.  It was determined that he was using a device that allowed him to provide an alternate urine sample. He was arrested and charged with Altering a Drug/Alcohol Test.  CASE# 38967-17
 
 
Juvenile Arrests:
 
07/24/17: A 17-year-old male juvenile of Leonardtown was arrested for Assault 2nd Degree. The juvenile was arrested by Cpl. J. Kirkner. CASE#39020-17
 
Criminal Summons:
 
07/24/17-Marcus DeVon Shorter, age 29, of Mechanicsville, was charged via Criminal Summons by Deputy D. Sidorowicz for Assault 2nd Degree.  CASE#32753-17
 
07/24/17- Markus Antonio Carter, age 20, of Lexington Park, was charged via Criminal Summons, by Deputy T. Siciliano for Theft Less Than $100.  CASE#16979-17
 
On-View Arrests:
 
07/25/17 – CDS Violation – Deputy First Class D. Potter was on foot patrol in the 45000 block of Fox Chase Drive when he observed several subjects with open containers of alcohol.  Upon approaching the subjects, one of them,  James Price, age 55, of Great Mills, stepped back and on the ground was a suspected CDS Smoking Device, along with a bag of suspected CDS; Not Marijuana. The suspect was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Possession of CDS Not Marijuana and Possession of CDS Paraphernalia.  CASE # 39091-17
 
07/25/17 – CDS Violation – Deputy J. Bare was on foot patrol in the 45000 block of Fox Chase Drive when several subjects were observed with open containers of alcohol.  When deputies approached the subjects, one of them, Wendell Lavon Blackiston, age 30, of Leonardtown, fled the area on foot. Bare gave chase and observed the suspect throw items, which were recovered by another officer.  The baggie that was recovered contained several pills of suspected CDS. Bare was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with two counts of Possession of CDS:  Not Marijuana.  CASE# 39090-17
 
Criminal Summons:
 
07/25/17-Kelley Marie Busby, age 36, of Great Mills, was charged via Criminal Summons by Deputy T. Siciliano for Assault 2nd Degree. Served by Deputy T. Siciliano. CASE#16393-17
 
07/20/17-Irvina Nicole Dyson, age 42, of Piney Point, was charged via Criminal Summons by Deputy D. Holdsworth for Assault 2nd Degree.  CASE#31842-17
 
07/20/17-Misael Connery Guy, age 18, of Mechanicsville, was charged via Criminal Summons by Corporal A. Holton for Assault 2nd Degree. CASE#26541-17
 
07/20/17-Ian Patrick Jones, age 18, of California, was charged via Criminal Summons by Deputy D. Holdsworth for Sex Offense:  4th Degree Sexual Contact.  CASE#34484-17
 
07/20/17- Louis Windfield Price, age 60, of Great Mills, was charged via Criminal Summons by Corporal D. Reppel for Assault 2nd Degree. CASE#31157-17
 
07/20/17- Dwayne Maurice Young, age 46, of Hyattsville, was charged via Criminal Summons by Corporal E. Johnson for Assault 2nd Degree.  CASE#31157-17
 
07/21/17 Francis Xavier Curtis, Jr., age 19, of Leonardtown, was charged via Criminal Summons by Corporal S. Kerby for Theft Less than $1000. CASE#35972-17
 
07/22/17- Maxwell Lewis Scroggs, age 26, of Mechanicsville, was charged via Criminal Summons by P. Handy for CDS Possess Not Marijuana. CASE# 36908-17
 
07/22/17- John Edward Butler, age 41, of Mechanicsville, was charged via Criminal Summons by Corporal P. Handy for Assault 2nd Degree. CASE#36738-17
 
07/23/17-Garry Victor Shubrooks, age 49, of St. Inigoes, was charged via Criminal Summons by Deputy S. Bowie for Malicious Destruction of Property Under $1000.  CASE#28126-17
 
07/23/17- Kevin Adam Howell, age 33, of California, was charged via Criminal Summons by Corporal G. Knott for Possession CDS Not Marijuana. CASE#19110-17
 
 
On-View Arrests:
 
07/26/17 – Theft – Deputy First Class R. Steinbach responded to the Kohl’s Department Store in Lexington Park for a reported theft. The investigation revealed, the suspect, Richard Howard Tucker, age 32, of California, concealed clothing and left the store without paying for the merchandise.  He was issued a Criminal Citation.  CASE # 39373-17
 
07/26/17 – Assault 2nd Degree on DOC – Deputy C. Ball Responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center for a reported assault.  The investigation revealed the suspect, Adam Thomas Wilkins, age 21, of Lexington Park, assaulted the victim.  He was charged with second-degree assault on an inmate and released back to the custody of the Detention Center.  CASE #39431-17
 
07/26/17 – Burglary 4th Degree – Deputy First Class M. McCuen responded to the 46000 block of Kent Drive in Lexington Park for a reported burglary.  The investigation revealed the suspect, Martin NMN Garcia, age 49, of Lexington Park, had entered the victim’s residence for unknown reasons; the victim was not familiar with the suspect. The suspect fled on foot and was later located before being transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Burglary 4th Degree.  CASE #39310-17
 
Warrant Services:
 
07/27/17-Garret Brady Harim, age 21, of Colton’s Point, was arrested on an outstanding District Court Warrant for Assault Second Degree, Violation of a Protective Order by Corporal J. Davis.CASE#37052-17
 
On-View Arrests:
 
07/29/17 – Burglary – Deputy First Class D. Potter responded to the 21000 block of Castaway Circle in Lexington Park for a reported burglary.  Upon arrival, it was determined Martel D Angelo Morgan, age 29, of Mechanicsville, entered the victim's residence without their permission to assist a co-suspect who had also come into the victim's residence to assault the homeowner.  Morgan was forced out and retreated to his vehicle retrieving a weapon before entering the residence to attempt to assault the victim, again.  The suspect was arrested by Potter and was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center where he was charged with Burglary 1st and 3rd and Assault 1st and 2nd Degree.  CASE #39986-17
 
07/29/17 – Possession – The St. Mary’s Emergency Communications Center broadcasted a lookout for a vehicle involved in a hit and run involving property damage to a lawn.  Deputy D. Holdsworth responded to the last known address of the vehicle involved and observed the vehicle in the driveway with what appeared to be fresh mud on it.  No one answered the door, and a short time later Deputy Holdsworth observed the vehicle again being operated by the suspect, later identified as Amanda Marie Stewart, age 32, of Mechanicsville. The investigation revealed the motor vehicle left the roadway in the same area as the first accident.  Holdsworth stopped the vehicle and made contact with Steward. She was placed under arrest for driving while under the influence and was found to be in possession of suspected CDS Not Marijuana.  She has transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center where she was charged with the traffic charges as well as Possession of CDS; Not Marijuana.  CASE #39987-17
 
07/29/17 – Assault – Deputy D. McClure responded to the 45000 Block of Lois Marie Lane in Piney Point for a reported Assault.  While conducting that investigation, it was determined the suspect, Richard Alan Miner, age 49, of Grantsville, had an active warrant.  The suspect refused to comply with orders to put his hands behind his back and actively resisted being arrested.  During the struggle, the suspect grabbed Deputy McClure’s hand and attempted to injure him.  The suspect was eventually taken into custody and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center where he was charged with Assault 2nd Degree and Resisting Arrest.  CASE #39960-17
 
07/30/17 – Assault on DOC – Deputy D. Holdsworth responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center for a reported assault on an inmate. The investigation revealed the suspect Diamante R’quan Butler, age 19, of Lexington Park, assaulted another inmate leaving visible signs of injury.  He was charged with Assault 2nd Degree/DOC and remains in custody at the Detention Center.  CASE# 40146-17.
 
07/30/17 – Assault – Deputy M. Beyer responded to the 22000 of Parkview Drive in California for a reported assault.  The investigation revealed the suspect, Sherry Lynn McManus, age 44, of California, assaulted the victim with an edged weapon causing visible injuries. McManus was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center where she was charged with Assault 1st and 2nd Degree.  CASE #40112-17
 
07/29/17 – Escape 2nd Degree – Deputy D. McClure responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center for a reported escape. The suspect, Tamika Danielle Stewart, age 33, of Mechanicsville, failed to report to the detention center as ordered by a District Court Judge.  CASE#39932-17
 
Warrants:
 
7/29/17 – Burglary and Assault – Deputy First Class D.  Potter responded to the 21000 block of Castaway Circle in California for a reported burglary.  Upon arrival, it was determined the suspect, Rodene Lee Foster, age 29, of No Fixed Address, came into the victim’s residence uninvited and assaulted the victim.  Potter applied for a warrant, which was served on July 30, 2017.  The suspect was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center where he was served the District Court Warrant which charged him with Burglary 3rd and 4th Degree, as well as 2nd Degree Assault.  CASE #39986-17
 
07/28/17-Assault 2nd Degree-Joseph Eimyad Young, age 19, of  Lexington Park, was served a District Court Warrant by Deputy D. McClure for Assault 2nd Degree. CASE#21345-17
 
Criminal Summons:
 
07/28/17-Possession of CDS Not Marijuana- Charles Edward Summers, age 34, of California was charged via a criminal summons by Deputy G. Muschette for Possession of CDS Not Marijuana. CASE# 17380-17
 
07/28/17-Burglary 4th Degree-Kyle Steven Bryant, age 19, of Charlotte Hall, was charged via Criminal Summons by Lt. Stephen Simonds for Burglary 4th Degree. CASE# 35280-17
 
07/28/17-Assault 2nd Degree-Lester Marvel Scriber, age 44, of Valley Lee was charged via a criminal summons by Deputy M. Beyer for Assault 2nd Degree.  CASE#24937-17

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Farm Bill Conservation Programs Help Maryland's Birds


Annapolis, MD -? The 2018 Farm Bill will soon be debated in Congress, and a new report shows the benefits of investing in conservation on private lands. According to the findings from the North American Bird Conservation Initiative, conservation practices on land can benefit water and soil health, and protect wildlife. Comments from 
 
While the Farm Bill is crucial policy for agriculture, it?s also quite literally for the birds. The "State of the Birds 2017" report from the North American Bird Conservation Initiative says Farm Bill conservation programs are helping farmers and ranchers keep their land productive, while supporting birds and other wildlife species. Two-thirds of the land in the lower 48 states is privately owned, and Andrew Schmidt with the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies says it provides critical habitat.
 
Andrew Schmidt, agriculture policy program manager, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies says, "If you look at migratory birds, they?re certainly not coming down that flyway avoiding private lands. So, how do we create that habitat throughout their range to allow those birds and species to thrive, keeping birds off the endangered species list, keeping common birds common?" 
 
Schmidt says conservation provisions in the Farm Bill have helped stabilize populations of grassland birds, like Maryland?s beloved Eastern Meadowlark. The report notes that grassland birds suffered a nearly 50-percent population drop before grassland easements were introduced in 2003.
 
The report makes recommendations for the 2018 Farm Bill, including increased funding for the voluntary, incentive-based conservation programs that benefit farmers and ranchers as well as grasslands and wetlands. Schmidt explains habitat work goes hand-in-hand with soil and water quality improvements.
 
"If you?re trying to create good grassland habitat, that habitat is going to restore that landscape to its native plant community ? which by extension will also assist with soil health, nutrient runoff and water quality and quantity issues."
Other recommendations include working with individual states to improve the impact of conservation programs on priority wildlife species, and monitoring and evaluating the programs over time to maximize efficiency.

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Solar Eclipse Safety


On Monday, August 21, 2017 there will be a partial solar eclipse in St. Mary’s County, beginning around 1:15 p.m. The maximum effect will occur around 2:40 p.m. and the eclipse will end around 4:05 p.m. The St. Mary’s County Health Department urges residents to avoid looking directly at the sun without a certified solar filter (such as eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer) at any point during this eclipse. Looking directly at the sun can cause permanent damage to your eyes. 
 
What is a solar eclipse?
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon moves between the sun and the earth. The moon causes the light of the sun to be blocked from reaching earth, casting a shadow on earth. A total solar eclipse is when the moon completely blocks the sun. The sun’s outer atmosphere (called the solar corona) glows around the moon when it is blocking the sun. A partial solar eclipse is when the moon only blocks part of the sun. Viewing a partial solar eclipse can expose your eye to the sun’s rays causing damage to the eye.
 
How can your eyes be affected by a solar eclipse?
Exposing your eyes to the sun without proper eye protection during a solar eclipse can cause “eclipse blindness” or retinal burns, also known as solar retinopathy. This exposure to the light can cause damage or even destroy cells in the retina (the back of the eye) that transmit what you see to the brain. This damage can be temporary or permanent and occurs with no pain. It can take a few hours to a few days after viewing the solar eclipse to realize the damage that has occurred.
 
What symptoms can occur from looking at a solar eclipse without proper eye protection?
Loss of central vision (solar retinopathy)
Distorted vision
Altered color vision
If you notice any symptoms after viewing a solar eclipse or if you have any changes in vision, seek treatment from an eye care professional. 
 
Safe Watching
The only way to look directly at the sun when it’s not eclipsed or is only partly eclipsed is with a special solar filter, such as eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer. Goggles, homemade filters, or sunglasses, even very dark ones, will not protect your eyes. Also, always avoid looking at the sun through an unfiltered camera, smartphone, telescope, or any other optical device. You’ll need to add a certified solar filter to these devices to safely look at the sun. 
 
For more information, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/features/solar-eclipse-safety/index.html or https://www.preventblindness.org/solar-eclipse-and-your-eyes. 

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Mobile Integrated Healthcare Program Paves the Way to a Healthier Community


Charles County Government, in partnership with the Charles County Department of Health and the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center, are working to pave the way to a healthier community with the Mobile Integrated Healthcare (MIH) program. Mobile Integrated Healthcare is a program that gives patients the option to have a nurse, paramedic, and a community health worker visit their home to ensure they reach wellness. The MIH team members are trained to provide home assessments, as well as address acute emergencies in a 9-1-1 setting.
 
The first visit will occur soon after a patient is in the hospital or in other healthcare settings. The patient’s consent will be requested prior to this visit. Follow-up visits may occur if determined to be needed by the staff and the patient agrees. There is no fee for the home visit.
 
Available services include:
Assisting with hospital discharge instruction including medication and disease education.
Providing physical assessment and obtain vital signs.
Identifying gaps in healthcare of citizens.
Providing a home safety assessment.
Connecting patient with primary and specialty care.
Connecting patient to county and regional resources such as food banks or meal services, and transportation services.
Assisting in chronic disease management.
Discussing  patient’s goals and ways to improve health.
For additional information about the MIH program or to speak with a MIH team member, call 240-320-6399.  Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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MDOT - SHA AND MTA Offer Travel Advice For Rare Solar Eclipse


On Monday, August 21, many parts of the country will experience a total solar eclipse, an event which has not occurred since June 8, 1918. The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) and Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) expect increased traffic volumes along I-95, MD 295 and US 1, as people travel to prime-viewing locations beginning Friday, August 18.
 
According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), approximately 200 million people (a little less than 2/3 the nation’s population) live within a day’s drive of the path of the total eclipse. Maryland is expected to get an 83 percent “partial” eclipse and nighttime-like conditions beginning at 1:18 p.m., with maximum coverage at 2:42 p.m. and ending at 4:01 p.m.
 
FHWA, MDOT SHA and MDTA offer the following travel advice:
 
• Don’t stop along the interstate or park on the shoulder during the event.
 
• Exit the highway to a safe location to view and/or photograph the eclipse.
 
• Don’t take photographs while driving – keep your attention on the road ahead.
 
• Don’t try to wear opaque eclipse glasses while operating a vehicle.
 
• Turn your headlights on -- do not rely on your automatic headlights when the eclipse blocks out the sun.
 
• Use extra caution if your travels take you through a work zone during the eclipse.
 
• Watch out for pedestrians and bicyclists. People may be randomly parking and walking alongside the roadside during the time of the eclipse to get a good view.
 
• Prepare for extra congestion, especially on the interstates the day before, day of and day after the eclipse.
• Avoid travel during the eclipse or in an area with expected eclipse viewers.
 
MDOT SHA and MDTA will be monitoring traffic conditions closely from the 24-hour-a day/seven day a week Statewide Operations Center near BWI Marshall Airport.
 
NASA also offers advice to those who want to watch the solar eclipse:
 
• Wear opaque eclipse glasses when viewing the eclipse. Sunglasses do not provide the same protection.
 
• Do not look at the eclipse through a camera lens, telescope or binoculars even if you are wearing eclipse glasses.
 
• Do not look at the sun directly as this can cause significant and permanent eye damage.
 
To explore more about the rare full solar eclipse of 2017, visit the following website: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/eclipse.htm.

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Stolen Vehicles And Items Found In Waldorf


OFFICERS RECOVER STOLEN VEHICLES AND OTHER ITEMS: On August 15, officers responded to the 8200 block of Melody Acres Drive for the report of a stolen Toyota Tacoma. While on the scene, officers observed an abandoned black Chevy Impala with the keys in the ignition. A check of the registration plates revealed the Impala had been reported stolen from Linden Lane. Officers found numerous items in the car, which had been reported stolen as well. The Toyota was later recovered abandoned in a ditch on Maryland Point Road in Nanjemoy. Investigators linked both vehicles to a series of thefts from unlocked cars on St. Mary's Avenue, Coventry Court, Newcastle Court, and Graymar Lane. Anyone with information about these thefts is asked to call Pfc. S. Miller at (301) 932-2222 or email millers@ccso.us. 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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Man Arrested For Molesting 7 Year Old


On August 13, 2017, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office received information pertaining to a possible sex offense involving a seven-year-old female. An initial investigation was conducted by St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office patrol deputies and based on the allegations, the investigation was continued by the Criminal Investigations Division. With assistance from Child Protective Services, the investigation revealed, Mark Anthony Wathen, 51 years old of no fixed address, performed a sex act on the juvenile female. 
 
Wathen was located in Charles County, Maryland and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center without incident. He was charged via an arrest warrant with the following criminal violations: 
 
Sex Abuse of a Minor
Sex Offense Second Degree
Third Degree Sex Offense
Fourth Degree Sex Offense-Sex Contact
 
Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective Mellissa Hulse at 301-475-4200, ext. *1996 or by email, Melissa.Hulse@stmarysmd.com. 
 
Mark Anthony Wathen, 51

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State Police Investigating Armed Robbery At A Home In Calvert County


(Calvert County, MD) Maryland State Police Troopers from the Prince Frederick Barrack and
the Criminal Enforcement Division – Central South Region are investigating an armed
residential burglary in the Owings area on August 14, 2017.
During the course of the investigation investigators determined that three unidentified African American males wearing face masks and black clothing entered the residence of the
complainants in Owings. At least one of the perpetrators was reported to have used a handgun
during the course of the burglary. Several items of value were stolen from the residence.
Suspects are believed to have utilized a vehicle to flee the area, but a precise description is
unknown at this time. One of the suspects reportedly has long hair styled in dreadlocks. The
Maryland State Police are requesting the public’s assistance at this time with any information
which may lead to the identification and capture of these suspects.
The public should also be aware of the importance of securing their residence via the best
resources they have available to them, door locks, security systems, cameras, Beware of Dogs
signs or warning signs regarding security systems etc.
Anyone having additional information pertaining to this investigation and/or other crimes is
urged to contact Trooper First Class J. Kispert of the Maryland State Police-Criminal
Enforcement Division, Central South Region at 410-761-5130, “TIP” Line at 1-888-210-1450
or 410-257-4925 or email at: msp.centralsouth@maryland.gov.
 

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Maryland Has Successful Sale of $1.33534 Billion in General Obligation Bonds


– Maryland State Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp announced that
the Board of Public Works (BPW), composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter
Franchot and Treasurer Kopp, successfully completed the sale of $1,335,340,000 of General
Obligation Bonds today in two series.
Competitive sales for Series A and Series B occurred at this morning’s BPW meeting. The
State received bids for the $550,000,000 of Tax-Exempt General Obligation Bonds (Series A)
and the $785,340,000 of Tax-Exempt Refunding Bonds (Series B).
In today’s competitive sales:
? $550 million in tax-exempt bonds in Series A sold at a true interest cost of 2.285%; the
winning bidder was Citigroup Global Markets Inc.; and the net premium was
$94,089,802;
? $785.3 million in tax-exempt refunding bonds in Series B sold at a true interest cost of
1.657%; the winning bidder was Bank of America Merrill Lynch; and the debt service
 
There were six bidders on Series A and five bidders on Series B.
Treasurer Kopp commented “The State of Maryland has done very well today. Clearly
investors see our AAA bonds as a high quality investment, especially given the very volatile
times facing our nation and the U.S. economy. This confidence translates into the State paying lower debt service costs, which is good news for Maryland taxpayers. In addition, our
successful sale of tax-exempt refunding bonds will save Maryland taxpayers almost $76
million (on a present value basis) in debt service costs. Overall, Maryland’s citizens benefit
from the investment in Maryland’s schools, colleges, hospitals, and cultural projects that will
be supported with these bond proceeds.”
Maryland is one of only 11 states to currently hold the AAA rating, the highest possible rating,
from all three major bond rating agencies. The AAA was affirmed by Fitch Ratings, Moody’s
Investors, and S&P Global Ratings as recently as August 3, 2017, in anticipation of this bond
sale.
The Maryland State Treasurer’s Office expects to conduct another bond sale in February or
March, 2018.
 

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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report


Damage Property  17-42687
On August 10, 2017 Sergeant M. Naecker responded to the Walnut Creek subdivision for a report of damage property.  The complainant located a mailbox that had been removed from the ground and a street light that had been damaged.  A stop sign in the area was also removed from the ground.  No suspects in the case.  Approximate damage is $500
 
Theft  17-42366
On August 8, 2017 Deputy First Class Weems responded to Bay Drive, Lusby for a theft complaint.  The victim stated that 4 landscaping pavers had been removed from their landscaped wall.  There are no suspects in the case.  The value is $250.
 
Theft 17-43150
On August 12, 2017 Deputy First Class Hardesty responded to Maple Way, Lusby for a theft complaint.  The victim stated that sometime between August 11th  – August 12th  someone removed the front tag from their vehicle.   The value is $25
 
Theft 17-43123
On August 12, 2017 Deputy Williamson responded to Lyons Creek Rd., Dunkirk for a theft complaint.  The victim reported a lion statue was stolen from the end of their driveway.  The theft occurred sometime between August 10th – August 12th.  The value is $500.  
 
 
Arrests:
 
8/10/27 – William Brown Jr. 59 of Huntingtown, Indecent Exposure & Trespassing
 
8/10/17 – Barry Quigley 51 of Pasadena, CDS Possession Marijuana 10+ grams, Possession of Paraphernalia
 
8/12/17 – Joseph Young Jr. 27 of Leonardtown, Disorderly Conduct
 
8/13/17 – Rashaun Peebles 39 of Prince Frederick, Theft less than $100

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Charles County Sheriff's Office Incident Report


THEFT OF RIMS: Between August 13 – August 14, unknown suspect(s) stole rims and wheels from two cars parked at a car rental business in the 2200 block of Crain Highway in Waldorf. Pfc. R. Gass is investigating.
 
RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT: On August 13 at 10:36 p.m., officers responded to the 7300 block of Tottenham Drive in Waldorf for the report of gunshots. Officers located a car matching the description of the suspect vehicle. A traffic stop was initiated, and officers observed a handgun in the car. Jerrome Leon Martin Jr., 36, of White Plains, was charged with reckless endangerment and carrying a handgun illegally. Pfc. K. Barry investigated.
 
OFFICERS IDENTIFY SUSPECTS IN MULTIPLE THEFTS FROM AUTOS: Recently, a large number of thefts from motor vehicles occurred in the LaPlata area. A joint investigation between the LaPlata Police Department and the CCSO resulted in the arrests of several suspects. Search and seizure warrants were served, and evidence linking the suspects to the crimes was recovered. Kemonte Fleet, 18, of La Plata, and two juvenile males were arrested and charged with multiple counts of theft. The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with additional information should contact Sgt. G. Draheim at (301) 609-6451.
 
SUSPECT IN WHEEL THEFT APPREHENDED: On August 8 at 11:08 p.m., officers responded to the rear of the 7-11 located at 2850 Crain Highway in Waldorf for the report of the theft of rims from a motor vehicle. The caller reported seeing a male wearing dark clothing stealing rims from a vehicle parked behind the store. The caller advised the suspect vehicle was a tan Lexus. Officers arrived and observed the male placing tires in the back of the Lexus. Kevin Levelle Holloway, 49, of Suitland, was arrested and charged with theft. Pfc. S. Cook investigated.  
 
SUSPECT IN MULTIPLE THEFTS IDENTIFIED AND CHARGED: Over the last few months, multiple thefts and vandalisms resulting in significant loss and damage occurred at construction sites in Waldorf.  Through investigation, detectives identified and arrested Johnathan Pugh, 18, of Bryans Road, in connection with the thefts. Pfc. A. Bringley is investigating.

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Residents Urged to Protect Eyes during Solar Eclipse


On Monday, Aug. 21, there will be a partial solar eclipse in Charles County, beginning around 1:18 p.m. The maximum effect will occur around 2:43 p.m., and the eclipse will end around 4:02 p.m. The Department of Emergency Services urges residents to avoid looking directly at the sun at any point during the eclipse. 
 
The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters. Homemade filters or sunglasses are not safe for looking at the sun. For a list of reputable vendors of solar filters and viewers, visit the American Astronomical Society website at https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters.  
 
Reminders for using solar filters and viewers:
•Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.
•Always supervise children using solar filters.
•Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.
•Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.
•Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer. The concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye, causing serious injury.
•If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them.

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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Incident Report


8-11-2017
 
Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a residence in the 18000 block of Point Lookout Road in Park Hall and stole property. Deputy Beyer is investigating the case. CASE#42462-17
 
Theft – Unknown suspect(s) stole property from outside a residence in the 22000 block of Bayside Road in Leonardtown. Deputy Holdsworth is investigating the case. CASE# 42457-17
 
8-12-2017
 
Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) rummaged through a motor vehicle in the 46000 block of Lynch Lane in Lexington Park; nothing appeared to be stolen. Deputy Bush is investigating the case. CASE#42481-17
 
Burglary to a Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) stole a package from a motor vehicle on North Essex/Saratoga Drive in Lexington Park. Deputy First Class Potter is investigating the case. CASE# 42627-17
 
Theft – Unknown suspect(s) entered the employee break room at the Petco in California and stole property. Deputy Beyer is investigating the case. CASE# 42602-17
 
Theft – During the overnight hours, unknown suspect(s) stole a rear registration plate from a motor vehicle in the 38000 block of Pleasant View Drive in Charlotte Hall. Deputy Fennessey is investigating the case. CASE# 42580-17
 
8-13-2017
 
Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a motor vehicle in the 22000 block of Armsworthy Court in California. It does not appear anything was stolen from the motor vehicle. Deputy Muschette is investigating the case. CASE# 42721-17
 
Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered an apartment and stole property in the 22000 block of Iverson Drive in Great Mills. Deputy Beyer is investigating the case. CASE# 42862-17
 
8-14-2017
 
Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) made entry into a residence in the 22000 block of Valley Estates Drive in Lexington Park. It does not appear anything was stolen from the residence. Deputy Robinson is investigating the case. CASE# 42976-17
 
Theft – Unknown suspect(s) stole an ATV from a residence in the 29000 block of Hearts Desire Drive in Mechanicsville. Deputy Ball is investigating the case. CASE#43201-17
 
Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a residence and stole property in the 21000 block of Scarborough Drive in Lexington Park. Sergeant Watters is investigating the case. CASE# 43038-17
 
Reckless Endangerment – A victim reported hearing gun shots in the 39000 block of Thomas Drive in Mechanicsville after having an argument from the front porch with subjects stopped in front of the victim’s residence. Deputy Smith is investigating the case. CASE#43605-17
 
Assist Other/Reckless Endangerment – The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Maryland State Police with a shooting complaint at Dorsey Park in Leonardtown. Maryland State Police are continuing the investigation. CASE# 43041-17
 
8-15-2017
 
Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a detached garage in the 37000 block of Asher Road in Mechanicsville and stole two motorcycles. Corporal Handy is continuing the investigation. CASE# 43167-17
 
Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle in the 26000 block of Lynndale Court in Mechanicsville and stole property. Deputy Ball is continuing the investigation. CASE# 43179-17
 
 
As part of our continued effort to increase public awareness, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office provides a daily (excluding weekends) report called Incident Briefs. The report contains selected crimes, which are of interest to the residents of St. Mary’s County. Addresses shown indicate blocks and not specific locations. This report is not a comprehensive list of every police event in St. Mary’s County during the stated time frame.

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Statement from Governor Larry Hogan on the Justice Roger B. Taney Statue


ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today released the following statement regarding the Justice Roger B. Taney statue on the grounds of the Maryland State House:
 
"As I said at my inauguration, Maryland has always been a state of middle temperament, which is a guiding principle of our administration. While we cannot hide from our history – nor should we – the time has come to make clear the difference between properly acknowledging our past and glorifying the darkest chapters of our history. With that in mind, I believe removing the Justice Roger B. Taney statue from the State House grounds is the right thing to do, and we will ask the State House Trust to take that action immediately."

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Public Hearing for Animal Shelter Option to Lease Scheduled for Aug. 29, 2017


The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will hold a public hearing Aug. 29 to hear and consider public comment regarding the option to lease the Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter with an option to purchase. The hearing will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Commissioners Hearing Room, located in the Circuit Courthouse at 175 Main St., Prince Frederick. Citizens can view the option agreement online at www.co.cal.md.us/DocumentCenter/View/16432.
For additional information, contact Calvert County Department of General Services at 410-535-1600, ext. 2327. Individuals who cannot attend the public hearing may submit written comments. In order for the board to receive and consider written comments, they must be received by noon, Aug. 28, 2017, and may be submitted by emailing COMMISS@calvertcountymd.gov or through the U.S. mail to the BOCC at 175 Main St., Prince Frederick, MD 20678.

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Bishop Road Closed In St. Mary's Until Friday


Advisory: Temporary Road Closure
 
The Department of Public Works & Transportation has informed the Sheriff's Office that beginning this morning Bishop Road in the area of Lone Spruce Lane will be temporarily closed for emergency roadwork. The temporary closure is currently expected to run through Friday. 

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Emergency Construction to Close Bishop Road


Leonardtown, MD – Emergency road work to repair deterioration due to recent heavy rains
will force Bishop Road to be closed beginning Tuesday morning (August 15).
 
County crews will replace the culvert at Burnt Mill Creek, approximately ¾ mile north of Friendship School Road. Access for nearby residents will be unaffected. 
 
Motorists should use Parsons Mill Road as an alternate route between Friendship School Road and Loveville Road. Changeable message signs and detour signs will be provided to route unfamiliar motorists around the closure.
 
Roadwork should be complete and the roadway re-opened on or about Friday afternoon (August 18).

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Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Blotter


Possession With Intent to Distribute:? On 8/10/17 at 12:48 pm, Trooper First Class
Costello stopped a vehicle on Armory Rd. in Prince Frederick for traffic violations. The
distinct odor of marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle. A probable cause
search was conducted and a large amount of marijuana was located. Michael W.
Thomas, 18 of Prince Frederick was arrested for possession with the intent to distribute
the marijuana. He was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
 
DUI & Possession of Methadone & Oxycodone:? On 8/10/17 at 11:05 pm, Trooper
Stull stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 south of Rt. 402 in Prince Frederick for traffic
violations. The driver, Kenneth S. Moss, 38 of Laurel was found to be driving under the
influence of alcohol. A passenger, Craig M. Carter, 45 of Laurel was found to be in
possession of Methadone and Oxycodone pills. He was arrested and incarcerated at the
Calvert County Detention Center.
 

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Charles System Launches New Online Gradebook and Student Information System


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is launching a new online gradebook program this school year for parents, students and teachers to track academic progress, attendance, class and locker assignments, testing data, homework and more. The system is called YouVue and replaces the Edline gradebook as well as an aging student information system used by CCPS for nearly 40 years. YouVue includes parent access, called ParentVUE, student access, or StudentVUE, and teacher access, called TeacherVUE.
 
CCPS is printing account activation letters for each parent/guardian on file for all students. Parents must pick up their account activation letter from their child’s school and provide photo identification. Parents with two or more children attending CCPS schools only need to pick up one activation letter.
 
Several schools are holding orientation events the week of Aug. 28 through Sept. 1. Parents can pick up their account activation letters at orientations. A list of orientation dates and times, separated by school, is posted at http://www.ccboe.com/pr/schools-plan-orientation-events-for-parents-students-2/.
 
Schools will also provide activation letters at open houses planned for September and October. A list of open house dates and times is posted at http://www.ccboe.com/pr/open-houses-planned-for-schools-centers-2/. Schools will also create additional opportunities for parents to pick up their activation letters. 
 
Parents with more than one child enrolled in CCPS only need one account to access data for all of their children. Only parents with educational rights on file with CCPS will be able to access their child’s data in the new system.
 
Student record data, such as name, home address, school, grade level, class schedules and course history will be live in the system on Aug. 29. The gradebook feature of the system will be live for parent access in mid-September. Teacher training on the gradebook component of the program begins this month and continues after the start of the school year.
 
Teachers and administrators will also use the system to mainstream discipline and health records, medical conditions for students, and eligibility for participating in extracurricular activities. CCPS will update parents with a target date for accessing the gradebook function of YouVue. Student access to the system will be available at some point prior to the second semester of the 2017-18 school year.
 
There are free apps in both the Apple and Android stores. Search for ParentVUE, StudentVUE or TeacherVUE by Edupoint Educational Systems. The gradebook component is also referred to as Synergy.

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Charles Health Department Hosting Vaccination Clinics


The Charles County Department of Health is holding several immunization clinics for children who need vaccines required to attend school. Maryland law requires students to have minimum immunization levels to attend school. Required vaccines depend on the age and grade level of the child and include DPT, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, hepatitis B, Hib, Prevnar, Tdap and meningococcal.
 
For the 2017-18 school year, all students in kindergarten, first-, second-, and third-grades are required to have two doses of the varicella, or chickenpox, vaccine. All seventh and eighth graders, as well as high school freshmen and sophomores, must have a Tdap and meningococcal vaccine.
 
The Health Department is holding three clinics for children who need any vaccine to attend school. They are:
 
·         Tuesday, Aug. 29, 1 to 3 p.m.
·         Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1 to 3 p.m.
·         Thursday, Sept. 7, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.
 
The clinics are by appointment only. Call 301-609-6900, ext. 6024 to set up an appointment and inquire about costs of the clinic. Children can also receive any required vaccines from their physician.
 
Students can be admitted to school without completed immunizations, but parents have to show proof of an appointment occurring within 20 calendar days of the first day of school.
 
Questions about vaccines can be directed to the school nurse or your child’s family physician.

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Organizations Sought to Educate Youth on Health Risks of E-Cigarettes


The St. Mary’s County Health Department is seeking organizations to educate local youth on the health risks of electronic cigarettes. These community organizations may include student groups, faith-based organizations, and civic organizations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that the number of middle and high school age students who have never smoked a cigarette but who have used an e-cigarette increased three-fold from 2011 to 2013. These youth are also nearly twice as likely to have an intention to smoke conventional cigarettes over those who have never used an e-cigarette. Funding for this award is provided through the Maryland Department of Health Cigarette Restitution Fund. For more information about this request for proposals, please visit the health department’s website at www.smchd.org/rfp.

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Van Hollen: Sanctions, Diplomacy, Leadership Key to Lessening North Korea Threat


U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen Joined MSNBC’s Morning Joe to discuss tensions with North Korea and his bipartisan North Korea sanctions legislation, the BRINK Act. Below is a transcript of the interview, and the video is available here.
WILLIE GEIST, MSNBC: Joining us now from Washington, a member of the Senate Appropriations and Banking Committees, Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland. Senator, good to see you. Let's pick up right where we just left off, talking about North Korea, the President's rhetoric. And not just the President, by the way. Yesterday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaking in strong terms about what could happen to North Korea if it continues in the direction of the pursuit of nuclear weapons. What's your reaction just to the dialogue of the last 24-48 hours?
U.S. SENATOR CHRIS VAN HOLLEN (D-MD): I think the overheated rhetoric and statements from President Trump have aggravated the situation. They play into the hands of the North Korean leader. This is Kim Jong Un’s game, as your guest just said. This is something the North Koreans have done for 15 years. And when President Trump engages in the same kind of rhetoric, he actually elevates the North Korean leader and diminishes the United States.
So we should focus on diplomacy, backed up by very strong economic sanctions. One thing on the sanctions – we have had them in place for a long time, but they have not been adequately enforced. And the Chinese, especially, have looked the other way while Chinese banks and firms have dealt with North Korea.
So Senator Toomey and I have introduced bipartisan legislation, modeled after the Iran sanctions legislation, that would really ratchet up the pressure.
SAM STEIN, MSNBC: Senator, Sam Stein here. This obviously does fall in the purview of the executive. But there are some legislative vehicles that Congress can consider. You talked about one with respect to sanctions. I know Senator Markey has a bill that would essentially prohibit first strike unless an act of Congress came before that.
What do you expect lawmakers to do once they get off of August recess, come back and let's say this North Korea issue is still lingering? Are there going to be hearings? Are you going to get momentum behind one of these bills? How will your chamber respond?
VAN HOLLEN: Well, I'm absolutely confident we will have hearings in the Banking Committee. There will probably be hearings in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. And I expect us to take up legislation.
Congress did pass some Korea sanctions legislation as part of the Russia sanctions and the sanctions on Iran. But many of us believe we need to go much further in terms of the Iran sanctions model.
Back then, we remember, the U.N. passed sanctions on Iran. They didn't really bite. They didn't really have any teeth until the United States passed what are called secondary sanctions, where we say to countries like China or others, you have a choice. Either you do business with North Korea, or you do business with the United States. But you can't do both. So that is what got people's attention with the Iran sanctions. That's what we need to do now.
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MIKE BARNICLE, MSNBC: Senator, you mentioned, with regard to North Korea, the need for China to play a larger role in helping to get us to some form of negotiation. And despite the great piece of chocolate cake at Mar-a-Lago, it appears the Chinese are not playing the role that we want them to play. And it raises the question in some circles, a legitimate question. People we rely on, countries we rely on throughout the world – Pakistan, supposedly our ally. Not really. Saudi Arabia, supposedly our ally. Not really.
What is going on with the role of the United States and the world? I realize it's a big question. But what is going on here?
VAN HOLLEN: Well, I think you're right. I think our influence is being diminished. We have seen the Pew polls from overseas that show that people's sense of the U.S. leadership is at an all-time low. And that makes it hard to translate our policies into successful influence overseas.
So I think when it comes to North Korea, it's really important that we dial back the rhetoric, that we reach out to our allies. China was, at first, the best bud of the president. As you mentioned, he met at Mar-a-Lago. He tweeted out, best buds. Then weeks later, he said he was very disappointed in China.
The only answer here is steady, firm leadership. And we do need to ratchet up the pressure through the secondary sanctions. I do think that lots of Chinese banks and firms are continuing to deal with North Korea. We need to put an end to that through these sanctions.
GEIST: All right. Senator Chris Van Hollen, Democratic of Maryland. Senator, thanks for your time this morning. We appreciate it.
VAN HOLLEN: Thank you.

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St. Mary's County Native Serves with the U.S. Navy Half a World Away in Japan


SASEBO, Japan – A Great Mills High School graduate and St. Mary's County, Maryland native is serving in the U.S. Navy with the forward deployed unit, Naval Beach Unit 7.
 
Seaman Joshua Hall is operating forward in Sasebo, Japan.
 
A Navy seaman performs many essential functions to run a ship, including serving as a helmsman and lookout, standing security watches while in port or underway, paint and rust removal, compartment cleaning and numerous other deck-related responsibilities.
 
“Right now we’re doing ship-to-shore movements, moving Marines and equipment to the beaches so they can practice live fires in Thailland, Malaysia, Phillippines, and beaches in Guam,” said Hall, who recently received a Navy Achievement Medal for that effort. “I"ve been to 10 different countries so far.”
 
With more than 50 percent of the world's shipping tonnage and a third of the world's crude oil passing through the region, the U.S. has historic and enduring interests in this part of the world.
 
Commissioned in August of 2012, Naval Beach Unit 7 was formed to combine the three forward deployed naval forces detachments in Japan.  The unit functions as the forward deployed naval force responsible for manning, organizing, training, maintaining and equipping all naval beach assets.
 
"Our alliance is rooted in shared interests and shared values," said Adm. Harry Harris, U.S. Pacific Command Commander. "It's not hyperbole to say that the entire world has benefited from the U.S.-Japan alliance. While our alliance helped stabilize the region after the Second World War, it also enabled the Japanese people to bring about an era of unprecedented economic growth. And for the last six decades, our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen have worked side by side with the Japan Self Defense Force to protect and advance peace and freedom."
 
“Serving in Japan has given me a new respect and pride for my own country,” Hall said.
 
Sailors serving abroad in Japan are highly motivated and quickly adapt to changing conditions. 
 
“I joined the Navy because I wanted to travel and get away from home, I wanted to put my life on a fast track,” said Hall. “I’ve been given that opportunity here.”
 
The Navy's presence in Sasebo is part of a long-standing commitment to the region.
 
“The U.S.-Japan alliance remains the cornerstone for peace and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region,” said Harris.

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St. Mary's County Public Schools Announce 2017-2018 Open House Schedule/First Day of School/Bus Stops


LEONARDTOWN, MD – St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS) is pleased to announce that the 2017-2018 Open House Schedule is now available for online viewing at www.smcps.org.
The first day of school for students is Tuesday, September 5, 2017, with the exception of the Chesapeake Public Charter School, who began their first day on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.  
 
Parents and students can also locate their school bus stops by clicking on the “Bus Stop and School Locator” link. School bus transportation information for students attending the Chesapeake Public Charter School, a STEM Academy, the Academy of Finance, the Global and International Studies Academy, and the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts can be found by clicking on the “Bus Routes” link, which is also available on the Bus Stop and School Locator page.
 
For more information on the open house schedule and first day of school preparation, please contact your child’s individual school.  For transportation inquiries, please contact the SMCPS Department of Transportation at 301-475-4256, ext. 2.

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NAS PAX RIVER Sets Noise Advisory for August 14- August 18


PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD – Communities surrounding the naval air
station are advised that noise-generating testing events are scheduled to take place August 14 –
August 18, 2017 between the hours of 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Pilots at NAS Patuxent River 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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Public Hearing for Proposed Sign Regulations Scheduled for Aug. 22, 2017


The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and the Calvert County Planning Commission will hold a joint public hearing to consider proposed amendments to several zoning ordinances regarding sign regulations. The hearing will begin at 7 p.m. at the Calvert Pines Senior Center, located at 450 West Dares Beach Road in Prince Frederick.
The proposed amendments are for the Calvert County Zoning Ordinance, the Dunkirk Master Plan, the Dunkirk Zoning Ordinance, the Huntingtown Zoning Ordinance, the Lusby Town Center Zoning Ordinance, the Owings Town Center Zoning Ordinance, the Prince Frederick Zoning Ordinance, the St. Leonard Zoning Ordinance and the Solomons Town Center Zoning Ordinance.
Citizens can view the proposed sign regulations online at www.co.cal.md.us/SignRegs. For additional information, contact Calvert County Department of Planning & Zoning Deputy Director Mary Beth Cook at 410-535-2348 or via email at Marybeth.Cook@calvertcountymd.gov. Individuals who cannot attend the public hearing may submit written comments. These comments must be received by 4:30 p.m., Aug. 22, 2017, and may be submitted by emailing COMMISS@calvertcountymd.gov or through the U.S. mail to the BOCC at 175 Main St., Prince Frederick, MD 20678.
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Four Marylanders- Including La Plata Man - Discover More Than $564,000 in Unclaimed Property


Four Maryland residents – two from Baltimore and one each from Hyattsville and La Plata – have joined the list of this year’s Unclaimed Property recipients who have been identified with accounts as part of Comptroller Peter Franchot’s annual publication. The four separate claims total more than $564,000 from a list published this spring and distributed in newspapers statewide. The publication included more than 80,000 new unclaimed property accounts worth more than $61 million.
The latest recipients include a Baltimore woman with an insurance account of more than $241,000, a Baltimore man with an $80,000 account and a La Plata man with a $157,200 account. Those cases involved estates of family members. The three recipients asked not to be identified.
The fourth recipient, Harry Yeide III of Hyattsville, was notified of more than $85,000 that had been passed from his late father to his mother, who passed away earlier this year. The Unclaimed Property unit sent a letter to Mr. Yeide informing him of the account’s existence. He said his father had had several accounts and this one had been unknown. The discovered Unclaimed Property funds will be dispersed to his mother’s beneficiaries.
“I was super impressed by the proactive outreach by the Unclaimed Property unit,” Mr. Yeide said. “It made me feel good as a Maryland taxpayer.”
Earlier this summer, a Bethesda woman claimed more than $100,000 in a listed bank account. Since January, 33,695 claimants have received funds worth nearly $51.7 million.
“This is welcome news for these Unclaimed Property recipients and I’m glad my Unclaimed Property staff were able to make the connection to pass along this good news to the rightful owners, “Comptroller Peter Franchot said. “I encourage everyone to check the unclaimed property insert or to visit marylandtaxes.com to look for your name.”
This year, Comptroller Franchot appears on the cover of the insert in The Franchot Zone (or Unclaimed Property cache) full of possessions and financial payoffs that banks, insurance companies and financial institutions were unable to return to the rightful owners. Any of the goods not claimed by their owners eventually go to the state. Visit the Comptroller’s YouTube channel to watch his newest video (available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5LayKI2wzE).
Along with the unclaimed property list, which is published annually as required by law, the Comptroller’s Office also searches tax records to try and locate property owners. In addition, the agency has a booth at the Maryland State Fair, and other events throughout the year, to allow people to check the unclaimed property database.
            Marylanders also can check to see if their name is on the unclaimed property list through the Comptroller’s website. Here’s how:
·       Go to marylandtaxes.com
·       Enter your name in the agency’s database 
·       Claim your property
Financial institutions, insurance companies and corporations are required to notify the Comptroller’s Office of any property that has gone unclaimed, or without activity, for more than three years.  This is usually wages, bank accounts, stocks or dividends, life insurance policies or from safe deposit boxes. When the Comptroller’s Office receives property that isn’t monetary, as required by state law, the items are appraised and the auctioned off on eBay (www.ebay.com/usr/mdcompfranchot). The proceeds are held for the owner in perpetuity. Funds are available to be claimed at any time, with no statute of limitations and are not subject to taxes.
Franchot urges anyone who finds his or her name on the list to contact his office at 410-767-1700 (Central Maryland), or toll-free at 1-800-782-7383, to find out how to reclaim their lost property.
The Comptroller's Office honored nearly 43,225 claims totaling more than $62 million in Fiscal Year 2016. Since 2007, the Comptroller’s Office has returned more than $585 million in unclaimed property. In total, the agency has more than 1.2 million accounts worth more than $1.5 billion in its Unclaimed Property accounts.   
To search the Unclaimed Property database online, visit www.marylandtaxes.com.
 

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Six Suspects Indicted on Murder Charges in Connection to Drug Overdose Deaths in St. Mary's County


Pursuant to a long term investigation conducted by the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, the St. Mary’s County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Maryland State Police, certain drug dealers, were identified, who caused the death of six citizens throughout the distribution of illicit drugs in St. Mary’s County.
 
As a result, State’s Attorney Richard Fritz has secured six separate indictments on individuals for second-degree murder, manslaughter, reckless endangerment, and additional distribution and possession charges. 
 
The six individuals charged include: 
 
Latece Cantelle Greer
Latece Greer is currently incarcerated with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services - Division of Corrections (DOC), where she is serving a sentence related to drug trafficking crimes in St. Mary’s County. The criminal indictment for Latece Greer has been provided to the DOC and her appearance in the Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County is anticipated in the near future at which time a bond hearing will be held.
 
Latece Cantelle Greer
 
 
 
Geoffrey Walter Uhall
On August 2, 2017, Geoffrey Uhall was apprehended by members of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Division and Special Operations Division’s COPs Unit.  Uhall was located and arrested at his residence in Leonardtown, MD.  He was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention.  At his bond hearing in the Circuit Court, he was held on a “no bond” status pending trial.
 
Geoffrey Walter Uhall
 
 
 
Marcell Davon Blackiston
Marcel Blackiston is currently incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center, where he is serving a sentence for failing to pay child support.  The criminal indictment for Marcell Blackiston has been provided to the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and his appearance in the Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County is anticipated in the near future at which time a bond hearing will be held.
 
Marcell Davon Blackiston
 
 
Tyreise Divron Nelson
On August 3, 2017, Tyreise Nelson was apprehended by members of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Division.  He was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center.  At his bond hearing in the Circuit Court, he was held on a “no bond” status.
 
Tyreise Divron Nelson
 
 
Christina McCauley Granados
On August 2, 2017, Christina McCauley was apprehended by members of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Division and Special Operations Division’s COPs Unit.  McCauley was located and arrested at her residence in Leonardtown, MD.  She was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention.  At her bond hearing in the Circuit Court, she was held on a “no bond” status pending trial.
 
 
Christina McCauley Granados
 
 
Desmond Lamar Sloan
On August 8, 2017, Sloan was apprehended by the United States Marshals Service in Norfolk, Virginia. He remains in Norfolk where he awaits extradition to St. Mary’s County.
 
 
Desmond Lamar Sloan

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Multiple Drug Dealers Charged With Murder - Official Announcement Tomorrow


Governor Larry Hogan, Sheriff Tim Cameron, State's Attorney Richard Fritz, Colonel William Palozzi, Maryland State Police, and Captain Eric Sweeney, St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office will hold a press conference beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday announcing the identification of particular drug dealers, who caused the death of six citizens through the distribution of illicit drugs in St. Mary's County.
 
As a result, State's Attorney Richard Fritz has secured six separate indictments on the individuals for second-degree murder, manslaughter, reckless endangerment, and additional distribution and possession charges.
 
The press conference will be streamed live on the Governor's Facebook (Larry Hogan), as well as several news sites in St. Mary's County.

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Lennar Corporation Acquires the St. Charles Planned Unit Development and Works with the County on a New Vision for the Community


In one of the largest acquisitions in the State of Maryland in recent history, Lennar Corporation, d/b/a Lennar purchased the membership interest in St. Charles Community, LLC, an entity that owns the St. Charles Planned Unit Development (PUD) in Waldorf, Maryland. The acquisition of the 2,400-acre development, which includes residential, commercial, and industrial properties, supports the county’s economic development policy and sparks a new relationship with the county for the future of the PUD. With this new relationship, it is anticipated the number of future homes built in the community will be reduced by more than 2,500 units, leading to enhancements in roads, parks, public safety, and school facility renovations. It also brings to this new relationship an amicable resolution to the longstanding litigation between the prior owners of St. Charles Community, LLC and Charles County Government regarding school allocation commitments.
 
Charles County Government and Lennar are working in partnership to improve the standards and development guidelines of St. Charles, to benefit Charles County residents. As the second largest home builder in the nation, Lennar has a tremendous amount of experience developing and building communities that meet the needs of the homebuyers, surrounding residents, and government agencies across the nation. Lennar has been successfully selling and building new homes in the St. Charles Community since 2004, but with the recent acquisition will now also take over the role of owner and developer of substantially all of the remaining PUD.
 
“Charles County is a wonderful place to live, work, and play. The Commissioners voted unanimously for this change and are excited about the new management of the St. Charles Community and the positive changes this acquisition will mean for the residents and county as a whole,” said Commissioner President Peter F. Murphy.
 
“This commitment to Charles County from one of the country's top home builders supports the economic development strategic plan, as adopted by the Commissioners. The focus on ‘enhancing the product’ is attracting investment and making the county more competitive in the Washington, D.C. metro area and in the State of Maryland,” said Darrell Brown, director of the Economic Development Department.
 
St. Charles, Maryland, is one of the best-selling new home communities in the Washington area, and is considered one of the most successful master planned communities in the country. St. Charles is home to more than 45,000 residents, and has been featured multiple times in The Washington Post and was profiled alongside the Washington area’s top master planned communities in The Washington Times. Homebuyers and renters recognize the advantages of a mixed-use community with unique features such as the Regency Furniture Stadium, the new Waldorf West Library, and the new St. Charles High School. Named by CNN’s Money Magazine as one of the top 20 small cities to live in America, St. Charles is known for its diverse and abundant neighborhoods, lively retail centers, recreational opportunities, and excellent schools. St. Charles appeals to all ages and lifestyles, and was named by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s top bargains for places to retire.
 

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Man Killed In ATV Accident In Leoanardtown


On Monday, August 7, 2017 at approximately 5:36 p.m., Troopers from the Leonardtown Barrack responded to a wooded area in the 22,000 block of Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown, St. Mary’s County, for a subject not breathing.  Investigation revealed Kristopher B. Gray, 30, had been operating an ATV (4 wheeler) on private property and for reasons unknown, he lost control and was thrown from the ATV.  Mr. Gray suffered life threatening injuries and was subsequently pronounced deceased on scene.  Mr. Gray’s body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, pending an autopsy.  
     The incident is under investigation, anyone with information is urged to contact TFC C. Ruth at 301-475-8955.  

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CCSO Patrol Supervisor Appointed State CommanderChief Officer for DC Air National Guard


The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to recognize Sgt. Charles Gass, Patrol Operations, for his recent promotion with the District of Columbia Air National Guard. Sgt. Gass, 13-year-veteran of the CCSO, was recently appointed to serve as the State Command Chief Master Sergeant (SCCM) for the District of Columbia Air National Guard (DCANG). The DCANG has approximately 1200 personnel, 900 of whom are enlisted.  “I am extremely proud of Sgt. Gass and his commitment to serve in the National Guard. This appointment speaks volumes to his strong work ethic both here at the Charles County Sheriff’s Office and in his military assignment,” said Sheriff Troy D. Berry.  
 
The Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force represents the highest level of enlisted leadership, and as such, provides the direction for the enlisted corps and represents their interests to those in all levels of government.  These positions carry a broad scope of responsibility and influence. Chief Master Sergeants selected to serve in a Command Chief Master Sergeant position become the senior enlisted leader for their respective commander, chain of command and non-commissioned officer support structure. They are responsible for channeling communications from the commander to all enlisted members. “I am honored to have been appointed to this position, and I will dutifully serve in this new capacity to the best of my abilities,” said Sgt. Gass.
Sgt. Gass has previously been assigned to the CCSO’s Criminal Investigations Division in both the Financial Crimes Unit and Special Victims Unit. He has been with the DC Air National Guard for nearly 25 years.
 

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Approved Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Book Available Online


Leonardtown, MD – The St. Mary’s County fiscal year 2018 budget book has been released and is available for online viewing. The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County voted on May 16 to approve the General Fund budget at $221,324,105. The figure represents a 0.4 percent decrease over fiscal 2017. The balanced budget was adopted with a modest decrease in property tax rates. Funding for education, county departments and elected officials, along with public safety, accounts for nearly 87 percent of the General Fund budget. The adopted budget supports a fiscal year 2018 Capital budget of $50,581,291.
 
The FY2018 budget highlights include …
 
·     Real Property Tax Rate is reduced to $.8478 per $100 of assessed value (Constant Yield Rate). The decrease amounts to about $12 per household.
 
·     Certain elderly individuals and Veterans are eligible for a 10% property tax credit for up to five years
 
·     Income Tax Rate remains at 3% of net taxable income
 
·     St. Mary’s County Board of Education receives a funding increase of $2,472,539 over fiscal 2017 to $102,189,940. The county’s investment supports salary increases for teachers and other school employees. State mandated Maintenance of Effort is $100,850,888 based on an increased enrollment of 192.5 students.
 
·     The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office will realize a $1.7 million increase over fiscal 2017 to $38,575,373.
 
·     Various increases were approved for county employees for performance-based merit increases as well as funding for other one-time costs.
 
‘This year’s budget proved to be challenging in every aspect,” said Commissioner Randy Guy. “We were able to provide a small tax decrease while holding the line on spending. I thank our hard working finance staff for all of their work through this year’s process.”
 
The full budget can be viewed at: http://www.stmarysmd.com/docs/Final%20FY2018%20Approved%20Budget%20for%20Print.pdf  

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Coming August 19


Leonardtown, MD – The time to clean out barns, basements, sheds, garages, storage areas under kitchen sinks, etc. to properly discard of potentially toxic/dangerous materials is coming on Saturday, August 19.
 
The St. Andrew’s Landfill will host its Hazardous Waste Collection day between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
 
Hazardous waste items which will be accepted for collection include Acids, Ammonia, Bleach, Cleaners, Fuels, Gas/Oil Mixtures, Gasoline, Household and Lawn Pesticides, Mercury Thermometers, Photography Chemicals, Pool Chemicals, Solvents, Wood Preservatives, Paint Thinners, and Alkyd (oil-based) Paint. Since Latex Paint is not considered hazardous, it can be disposed with your regular trash collection as long as the mixture is harden by adding absorbents (cat litter, sand, sawdust, or paint drying crystals) prior to disposal. If, however you are unable to do so, Latex Paint will also be accepted.     
 
Items which will not be accepted include Ammunition, Asbestos, Explosive Materials, Medical Waste, Pharmaceuticals, Radioactive Materials, and Picric Acid.
 
Last year’s event collected just over 40 tons of materials. Citizens can help us collect even more and dispose of it through safe, environmentally responsible practices.
 
For more information contact the St. Mary’s Department of Public Works and Transportation at 301-475-4200 or log on to the department’s website at http://www.stmarysmd.com/dpw/Household.asp
 

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Charles County Sheriff's Office Welcomes New Addition To K9 Unit


Sheriff Troy D. Berry and the Charles County Sheriff’s Office are pleased to announce the arrival of Copper, the newest addition to the K9 Unit. Copper is a 10-week-old bloodhound from Lietchfield, KY, and will soon begin training to work alongside his partner, Pfc. Darin Behm. 
Pfc. Behm, a K9 Officer with the CCSO, said that Copper is a fifth generation man-trailing bloodhound, meaning that he is trained specifically to follow certain scents. Both of his parents are used for search and rescue across the state of Kentucky as well as surrounding states.
“He will be used mostly for search and rescue efforts to track missing persons,” Behm said. Copper will also be trained in aged and extended distance tracks. Copper’s training is expected to take approximately five to six months.
For now, Copper is settling into life as a puppy with Pfc. Behm, his wife, Laura, and their two children, Hunter (4) and Kenley (1). Hunter has taken a particular liking to him and was even the one to give Copper his name.
Sheriff Berry and the CCSO would like to thank Judy Braun from Bluegrass Bloodhounds in Lietchfield, KY, who was Copper’s original owner. Sheriff Berry also thanks the generous organization, who wishes to remain anonymous, who donated the funds that made Copper’s purchase possible.

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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Incident Report


8-4-2017
 
Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) left five-gallon buckets inside a residence in the 27000 block of Oxley Drive in Mechanicsville. It does not appear anything was stolen from the residence. Corporal Snyder is investigating the case. CASE# 41246-17
 
Vandalism – Unknown suspect(s) threw a rock through a driver’s side window in the 46000 block of Valley Court in Lexington Park. There was no entry gained. Deputy First Class Maguire is investigating the case. CASE# 41253-17
 
8-5-2017
 
Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) attempted to enter a residence in the 39000 block of Middleton Lane in Clements. No entry was made and nothing appeared to be stolen. Deputy Shelko is investigating the case. CASE# 41115-17
 
Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a shed in the 36000 block of Pratt Road in Bushwood. Nothing appeared to be stolen. Deputy First Class Schultz is investigating the case. CASE# 41202-17
8-6-2017
 
Breaking and Entering to a Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a motor vehicle in the 22000 block of Rose Hill Drive in Leonardtown. Deputy Ball is investigating the case. CASE# 41379-17
 
Vandalism – While conducting a neighborhood canvas, deputies located a broken window at a residence in the 41000 block of Miles Court in Leonardtown. No entry was made to the residence. Corporal Knott is investigating the case. CASE# 41379-17

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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report


Damage Property  17-40759
On July 31, 2017 Deputy First Class Clas responded to Beach Elementary School for a destruction of property.  The complainant stated someone kicked out wooden ramp slats to a trailer.  The incident occurred between July 28th at 5:00 p.m. – July 31st at 8:30 a.m.  
 
Damage Property 17-41159
On August 2, 2017 Deputy First Class Clark responded to 26th St, Chesapeake Beach, for a damaged property call.  The victim stated the tires on their vehicle had been slashed sometime around August 1, 2017 at 10 p.m. - August 2, 2017 8:45 a.m.  The damaged value is approximately $500.
 
Damage Property  17-41249
On August 2, 2017 Deputy Rzepkowski responded to a call for damaged property.  The victim stated their vehicle was parked at the Giant on Rousby Hall Rd, Lusby,  when he noticed someone used an unknown object to scratch the vehicle.   The damage value is approximately $2,000.   
 
Theft/Damage Property  17-41506
On August 3, 2017 Deputy First Class T. Buckler responded to Kellam Field, Chesapeake Beach for a reported theft and destruction of property.  The complainant states that 2 baseball statues had been tipped over and a flag was stolen between August 2, 2017 8:30 p.m. and August 3, 2017 5:30 p.m.   The value is $220.  
 
Theft  17-41822
On August 5, 2017 Deputy First Class Holt responded to a residence on Dogwood Circle, St. Leonard for a theft.  The victim states between August 3, 2017 and August 5, 2017 someone stole jewelry from the residence.  The Value of the property is $6,060.  
 
Arrests:
 
7/31/17 – Tykee Dallas  36 of Baltimore, CDS Possession not marijuana & possession of paraphernalia
 
8/1/17 – James Zalovick 30 of Prince Frederick, Trespassing, Fraud and Obstruct/Hinder.
 
8/1/17 – Charles Lake 62 of Odenton, Trespassing
 
8/3/17  – Chyenne Lee  37 of Forestville, Burglary, Destruction of Property, Trespassing & Disorderly.
 
8/3/17 – Joshua James 21 of St. Leonard, Alter/Drug Alcohol Test
 
8/3/17 – Jennifer Hilton 45 of Huntingtown,  Assault 2nd degree
 
8/3/17 – Lity Thompson 43 of Lexington Park, Theft $1000 to under $10,000 and Theft Scheme $1000 to under $10,000
 
8/6/17 – Tonika Neal 36 of Lanham, Theft less than $1,000.

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Motorcycle Accident Leave Injured In Calvert


On August 06, 2017 at approximately 11:58 A.M. deputies of the Sheriff’s Office responded to a serious personal injury accident at the intersection of Maryland Route 261 and Ponds Wood Road in Huntingtown.  A preliminary investigation revealed that a 2009 Ford Flex, operated by Ms. Roxana Elizabeth Villatoro, a 26 year old female from Washington, DC, was traveling eastbound on Ponds Wood Rd.  At the same time, Mr. Melvin Douglas Harris, a 66 year old male from Huntingtown, was operating a 1998 Harley FLH Motorcycle northbound on Maryland Route 261.  The operator of the Ford failed to stop and yield at the stop sign for traffic on Ponds Wood Rd at Route 261.  The Ford entered the travel path of the Harley and was struck on the passenger side.  The operator of the motorcycle was ejected and received serious injuries from the collision.  He was transported to Baltimore Shock Trauma by Maryland State Police Aviation.  An infant from the Ford was transported to Children’s Hospital with minor injuries.  The remaining passengers from the Ford were transported to Calvert Memorial by Ambulance for minor injuries.  At this time it appears that the failure of the operator of the Ford to stop and yield at a stop sign is the contributing factor to the collision; however, the investigation is on-going.  Anyone with additional information about the accident is asked to contact Sgt. Phelps, of the Crash Reconstruction Team, at 410-535-2800 or via e-mail at: phelpsts@co.cal.md.us. 

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Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Blotter


Concealed Weapon:​ On 7/31/17 at 12:06 am, Trooper Backus stopped a vehicle for
traffic violations on Rt. 4 north of Industry Lane in Prince Frederick. During the search
incident to the arrest a metal baton was located in the vehicle. Justin L. Pagliocchini, 28
of Prince Frederick was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention
Center.
 
Destruction of Property:​ On 8/2/17 at 12:27 pm, Trooper First Class McCombs
responded to the 2000 block of Timberlake Drive in Owings for a reported destruction
of property. The victim reported the gate lock/handle and four trespassing signs had
been removed from the swimming pool area of the home. A K-9 scan of the area was
conducted. Investigation continues.
 

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Alternate Energy Suppliers Soliciting Door-to-Door


In response to calls received from concerned citizens and recent social media posts, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office investigated reports of suspicious persons in the Wildewood area claiming to be representatives of SMECO.
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the individuals are NOT affiliated with SMECO; they are alternate energy suppliers of the companies Maryland Gas and Electric and U.S. Gas and Electric. The companies may legitimately contact customers by phone, email or through door-to-door to offer their services. Customers should never feel obligated to provide their account information.
 
SMECO adds, “SMECO employees do not go door-to-door asking for access to customers' homes to "look around." As part of our smart meter deployment, our technician will knock on your door to let you know there will be a short interruption of service while the meter on the outside of the home is switched. Under no circumstances would one of our employees or contractor employees need to be inspecting the inside of a customers' home. SMECO has been made aware of the incident in Wildewood, and we are investigating.”
 
If customers have questions, they are encouraged to call SMECO at 1-888-440-3311. If customers believe they are in danger, please contact the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office immediately by calling 9-1-1.

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Video Released In Green Turtle Robbery


Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward for information leading to the identities and arrests of three suspects involved in a robbery. On March 2 at 2:12 a.m., three males wearing masks and dark clothing entered an unlocked door of the Green Turtle on St. Mary’s Avenue in La Plata and approached an employee. One of the suspects was armed with a knife and ordered the employee to give them cash. After obtaining money, the suspects fled. No one was injured. Officers canvassed the area, and detectives are pursuing leads. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Wimberly at (301) 609-6491. 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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Charles County Crime Solvers and CCSO Offering up to $5,000 Reward in Robbery Case


Charles County Crime Solvers and the Charles County Sheriff’s Office are offering a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspects involved in a commercial armed robbery. Detectives are hoping the increased reward will prompt anyone with information to call the Crime Solvers’ tip line.
 
On May 4 at 6:08 p.m., officers responded to Modell’s Sporting Goods in the 3000 block of Festival Way in Waldorf for the report of a robbery. Investigation showed three females and a male entered the store carrying large handbags and a back pack. Upon entering, the suspects quickly grabbed large quantities of clothing and stuffed them inside their bags. An employee observed the suspects and called 911. The suspects sprayed the employee with pepper spray and knocked him to the ground before fleeing to a tan-colored car which was parked nearby. The victim was transported to a hospital where he was admitted with a life-threatening condition.
 
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective R. Johnson at (301) 609-6453. 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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Governor Hogan Appoints White Plains Resident To Transportation Authority Board


BALTIMORE, MD – Governor Larry Hogan has appointed real estate
executive Dontae Carroll of White Plains in Charles County to serve as the
newest board member at the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA).
Mr. Carroll was appointed on July 22 for a four-year term on the MDTA
Board.
“I am confident Mr. Carroll’s background in sales and operations will be an
asset to an already strong and diverse MDTA governing body,” said MDTA
Chairman and Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn.
As Long & Foster Real Estate’s Senior Vice President and Regional Manager
for Northern Virginia and West Virginia, Mr. Carroll oversees the company’s
largest and most profitable region, which produces $10 billion in annual sales
and more than 15,000 settled transactions. Previously, he served as Vice
President of Business Development, Mid-Atlantic Region, for Century 21
LLC.
Mr. Carroll received his bachelors of business administration degree in
marketing from Loyola University Maryland.
“I am honored to receive this appointment and look forward to working with
MDTA’s well-respected organization and talented team,” said Mr. Carroll.

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Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $1.3 Million Grant for St. Mary’s Regional Airport


WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced a $1,323,906 Department of Transportation (DOT) grant for St. Mary’s County Regional Airport (2W6) in Leonardtown, Md. Authorities will use the funds to construct a 1,200 foot runway extension that will help the airport meet its operational needs.
 
“St. Mary’s County Regional Airport is a hub for regional economic activity, serving as a key link between the local community and businesses,” said Senator Cardin. “This federal funding enables necessary enhancements to an important Southern Maryland resource. I will continue working to ensure that St. Mary’s Regional Airport has what it needs to continue safe, secure and efficient operations.”
 
“Regional and General Aviation airports serve as an important resource to communities in our state and are vital to maintaining a strong economy,” said Senator Van Hollen. “I’m committed to making sure Maryland has the funding it needs to keep all of our airports – both large and small – safe and accessible to our residents.”
 
This DOT grant will be awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program. The program funds various types of airport infrastructure projects, including runways, taxiways, and airport signage, lighting, and markings which helps to create thousands of jobs.

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Charles School System Sponsors Bus Hotline For Parents, Students


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is sponsoring a bus hotline for parents to call with questions about school bus routes. Call 301-932-6655 to access the hotline. The hotline is available Aug. 31-Sept. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sept. 5-6 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
Parents can access bus routes through the School Locator feature available on the CCPS website, www.ccboe.com. School Locator is designed to allow the public to enter an address and see which three schools - elementary, middle and high - an address is zoned for. It also indicates if the address is eligible for bus transportation to a particular school, the bus number for each route and the location of the closest bus stop to the address.
 
School Locator can be accessed at www.ccboe.com. Select Transportation from the bottom of the Quick Links section of the home page, and then choose School Locator/Bus Information from the left-side menu. School Locator uses mapping data from the county and filters it by the system's current school zones.
 
Bus stops within established subdivisions are permanently placed at specific locations to ensure consistency and equity among riders and will not be changed. Buses may run later than normal during the first week of school to adjust for changes in routes and/or established stops.
 
For more information about bus routes, contact your child's school, or the transportation department at ccpstransportation@ccboe.com or 301-934-7262. Bus stop change requests must be submitted online through the school system website at http://www.ccboe.com/busrequest/.

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Charles County Sheriff's Office Incident Report


FRAUD ALERT: On August 1 at 10 a.m., an unknown person called a residence in Charles County and identified himself as an officer from the Charles County Sheriff's Office. The suspect said he had an arrest warrant for the victim, claiming the victim missed jury duty. The caller told the victim he could avoid being arrested by paying a fine immediately. The victim was instructed to purchase cash cards and provide the caller with the card and pin number. The victim complied, and the suspect removed the funds. The CCSO is reminding people the Courts relay information about jury duty through mailed correspondence, not via telephone. Further, no one from the CCSO will ever call a person to collect money. For more information about this type of fraud, visit www.ccso.us. Pfc. J. Harley is investigating.
 
TEEN CHARGED AGAIN WITH MULTIPLE BURGLARIES: During the early morning hours of July 31, officers responded to multiple intrusion alarms at several businesses in Waldorf. Officers arrived and discovered the front window of a business broken out. Officer B. Clark and his K9 partner, Dino, quickly initiated a track, which led to the area of Snow Owl Place where a suspect was located. Investigation revealed the suspect – a 17-year-old male – was the same teen who had been arrested and charged with breaking into ten businesses just a few weeks earlier. In each case, the suspect threw a large landscaping rock through the front window or door to gain entry. The teen was charged with multiple counts of burglary, theft, and destruction of property. Detective H. Burgess is investigating.
 
THEFT FROM AUTO: On July 29 between 12 a.m. to 8 a.m., unknown suspect(s) broke into an unlocked car in the 400 block of Garner Avenue in Waldorf and stole a laptop and books. Cpl. P. Morgan is investigating.
 
OFFICERS APPREHEND SUSPECTS IN HIT AND RUN CRASH / RECOVER STOLEN CAR: On July 28 at 4:16 a.m., a patrol officer observed two vehicles on Route 228 making an illegal U-turn. The rear vehicle's operator had flashing lights on and appeared to be pursuing the first vehicle. The officer activated his emergency equipment, and the rear vehicle pulled over where the driver indicated the first vehicle, a Cadillac SUV, had struck him and took off. The officer located the Cadillac, but the driver refused to stop. Instead, the driver turned onto Water Hickory Court where the SUV struck a tree in the front yard of a house and then a parked car.  Upon approaching the SUV, the officer found three female occupants inside, and he observed a handgun on the floorboard. Further, the SUV had been reported stolen from La Plata. Jasmine Maria Toplyn, 22, of Waldorf, Kirah Gabrielle Adney, 18, of La Plata, and Maira Luz Gonzalez, 19, of Waldorf, were arrested and charged with theft and traffic violations. Pfc. M. Nauman investigated.

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CSX Transportation Announces Temporary Road Closures at Crossings


CSX Transportation has announced the following road closures at the railroad crossing, for maintenance and repair work:
Crossing on Demarr Road: Monday, Aug. 7 – Thursday, Aug. 10
 
Crossing on Acton Lane: Tuesday, Aug. 8 – Friday, Aug. 11
 
Crossing on Sub Station Road: Friday, Aug. 11 – Wednesday. Aug. 16
Please note the length of the closure will be dependent on track time and/or equipment or weather related issues.
 
For more information on traffic control, please contact Project Coordinator Lisa McCauley at 304-964-0683 or Traffic Control Designer Greg Bishop at 304-993-8293.  Questions pertaining to this project should be referred to 202-626-4939.   Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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Calvert Man Pleads Guilty To Murder Of Two Woman


Authorities say a Maryland man has pleaded guilty to killing two women in 2012 and 2016.
Twenty-nine-year-old Christopher Scheibeof Calvert County faces up to life in prison at his October sentencing after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in the death last year of 24-year-old Holly Smith.
 
Scheibe faces up to 30 years behind bars for second-degree murder in the 2012 killing of 20-year-old Jessica Lee.
 
Investigators said both women died from multiple stab wounds.
Smith's body was found in a wooded area in Annapolis on May 31, 2016. Lee's body was found in the wooded area club in Pasadena on August 26, 2012.

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Lt. Governor Rutherford Joins Maryland Commerce to Announce State Support for Research Professorships at Three Universities


ANNAPOLIS, MD – Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford today announced that the College of Southern Maryland (CSM); Johns Hopkins University; and the University of Maryland, College Park, in partnership with the Maryland Department of Commerce, have endowed a total of $8.6 million in three new research professorships. The endowments were made through the state’s Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative (MEI), a state program created to spur basic and applied research in scientific and technical fields at the colleges and universities. The schools raised a total of $5 million in private funding for each chair and Maryland Commerce approved matching grants of $3.6 million to support the endowments. The announcement took place during Lt. Governor Rutherford’s visit to CSM’s Leonardtown campus today.
 
“Maryland boasts some of the top academic institutions in the world,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford. “We are proud to support the groundbreaking work these schools are doing, from drug discovery research to cybersecurity, to ensure both our local businesses and our residents are the first to benefit from these inspiring academic achievements.”
 
“The College of Southern Maryland, Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland, College Park are significant economic drivers for the entire state of Maryland,” said Commerce Secretary Mike Gill said. “The research they conduct and the bright young minds they nurture fuel Maryland’s economy and keep our state on the cutting edge of technology and discovery. We are proud to partner with these institutions and look forward to seeing the fruits of the professorships for years to come.”
 
The College of Southern Maryland received $500,000 for the Entrepreneur and Innovation Institute, an initiative to support the college and their existing technology transfer activities, students, local businesses, and federal researchers at the nearby PAX River. The specific initiatives will focus on training and education, technology commercialization, workspace for startups, and the growth and establishment of businesses and their resources for local companies.
 
“The College of Southern Maryland is honored to be among the three institutions in Maryland to be awarded this endowed matching fund,” said Dr. Maureen Murphy, president of the College of Southern Maryland. “These funds will allow the college to create a more sustainable and vibrant innovation ecosystem through public-private partnerships that support and impact the critical and innovative research being conducted at the Navy research labs in Southern Maryland.  The Entrepreneur and Innovation Institute will not only support technology transfer initiatives, but will also enhance the regional and state economic and workforce development expansion. ”

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Calvert County Government Changes Email Designation


The Calvert County Department of Technology Services (TS) announces that Calvert County Government employee email addresses have changed. Emails sent from Calvert County Government will now come from @calvertcountymd.gov. 
“When we first established our email designation in the 1990s our options were limited and rather cryptic,” explained TS Director Joe Klausner. “With all the options out there now, it made sense to make our email addresses more intuitive and easier for our employees to identify themselves and Calvert County Government as part of county government’s recent reorganization.”
Calvert County employees’ old email addresses will remain active so it will not be necessary to update contact lists, Klausner continued. “We are simply notifying the public to make sure everyone understands the change is deliberate.”
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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SMCSO Seeking To Identify Individuals In Baseball Bat Brawl (Nicolet Park) -PHOTOS


On Sunday, July 23, at approximately 2:57 p.m., St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Nicolet Park in Lexington Park for a reported disturbance.
 
Upon arriving on the scene, deputies located a large crowd dispersing and fleeing the area. It was later learned the crowd gathered to watch a fight that was also broadcast live on social media. 
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying individuals in the broadcast. 
 
Anyone with information is asked to contact Deputy Shawn Bowie at 301-475-4200, ext. *8066 or by email, Shawn.Bowie@stmarysmd.com. Callers may also call Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333 (callers can remain anonymous, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus your message to “CRIMES” (274637).
 

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SMECO Files To Reduce Distribution Rates


Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) submitted a filing to the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) on August 1, 2017, to reduce its Distribution Service charges for customers. The lower rates are the result of a redistribution of SMECO’s transmission costs, which will save SMECO customers more than $1.85 million per year. The new rates are expected to go into effect in February 2018, if approved.
 
In November 2014, SMECO completed its Southern Maryland Reliability Project transmission system upgrade. SMECO’s 230,000-volt loop—which includes the Reliability Project, as well as the Ryceville to Hewitt Road line and other 230-kilovolt facilities—helps to ensure reliable service for all of SMECO’s customer-members. After meeting strict requirements for utilities with transmission facilities greater than 100,000 volts, regulatory agencies registered SMECO as a transmission owner in January 2017. 
 
“SMECO’s primary objective in investing in its transmission facilities is to better serve our customers in terms of reliability and capacity; however, these facilities will also offer benefits to the entire regional high-voltage grid. Now that other utilities’ customers will benefit, they will also share the cost,” said Austin J. Slater, SMECO president and CEO. “The costs for transmission facilities throughout a region are paid for by all the customers within that region, and this sharing of costs will reduce the monthly bill for SMECO’s customers,” Slater explained. 
 
In preparation for the rate filing, SMECO conducted a cost-of-service study to evaluate the expenses the Cooperative incurs to serve its customers. Items such as new line construction, transformer replacement, and underground cable repairs are included. SMECO re-examined these and other costs to ensure that charges will be properly aligned with expenses. In addition, SMECO has taken cost-cutting initiatives, such as reducing staff, decreasing the number of vehicles in its fleet, and consolidating offices. While the costs to serve customers have increased over the past few years, the net cost-of-service increase is outweighed by the decrease resulting from SMECO’s cost-cutting measures and the redistribution of the Cooperative’s transmission costs.  
 
In a separate matter, SMECO filed with the PSC on May 31 to reduce its base energy charges by more than 10 percent for residential customers. The new rates will go into effect August 1, 2017, and at $0.065829 per kWh, the base energy charges have not been this low in more than 12 years. 
 
If approved as filed, the new distribution rate, along with the lower energy rate, will reduce a residential customer’s bill by nearly eight percent. A February bill for 1,300 kWh will be $13.53 less in 2018 than it was in 2017. 

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Schools Open September 5 For The 2017-18 School Year


he 2017-18 school year officially begins Tuesday, Sept. 5 for Charles County Public Schools students in grades kindergarten through 12. The school system expects to welcome more than 25,000 students this school year. Students in the three-year-old and prekindergarten programs start school on Tuesday, Sept. 12.
 
Dates for the coming school year are available on the CCPS website in the 2017-18 Parent Handbook/Calendar posted at http://www.ccboe.com/aboutus/calendar/201718CCPSCalendar.pdf.
 
Students and staff receive a copy of the calendar during the first week of school. To ensure all students, parents and staff receive a calendar, community requests will not be honored until after the first week of school.
 
Additional back-to-school information, including school open house and orientation dates and times, is posted under the In the News section of www.ccboe.com.
 

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Man Killed In Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision On Rt. 5 In Waldorf


(Waldorf, Maryland) – On Tuesday, August 01, 2017, at approximately 12:48 p.m., Senior Trooper M. Moore, of the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division (CVED) came upon a motor vehicle collision on northbound Maryland Route 5 in the area of Legacy Farm Place.  Trooper Moore located a subject not breathing and began life saving measures with the assistance of an off-duty nurse until paramedics arrived.  Troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded to assist and investigate the collision.  Due to the circumstances, the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack requested the Maryland State Police Crash Team to assume the investigation.
 
    A preliminary investigation conducted by Troopers from the La Plata Barrack and the MSP Crash Team indicates a 2004 Lexus IS 300 was disabled on the right northbound shoulder of the roadway with the pedestrian/operator, Brian K. Smith, of Lexington Park, in front of the vehicle, working on the engine.  A 2012 Acura MDX operated by Wendy Moore, of Mechanicsville, was traveling northbound on Maryland Route 5 approaching the Lexus from behind.  The operator of the Acura traveled onto the right shoulder and collided into the rear of the Lexus.  The Lexus then collided with Brian Smith who was thrown into a grassy area adjacent to the shoulder.  Wendy Moore was transported by ambulance to University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata, Maryland for the treatment of minor injuries.  Brian Smith was pronounced deceased at the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata, Maryland.
 
      Anyone who may have witnessed this crash is asked to contact the MSP La Plata Barrack Duty Officer at (301) 392-1200.  The investigation is continuing and being investigated by Corporal J. Zimmerman of the Maryland State Police Crash Team.  (17-MSP-032358)

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Residents Asked to Reduce Mosquito Population by Eliminating Standing Water


PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Aug. 1, 2017 – The best way to prevent mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases is to get rid of mosquito breeding habitats. Because it is the height of mosquito season and the area just endured a significant 24-hour rain event, the Calvert County Department of General Services Mosquito Control Program urges residents to assist with mosquito control by inspecting their properties for standing water. Any area or container that holds water for a week or more has the potential to produce hundreds, or even thousands, of mosquitoes.
The county Mosquito Control Program team offers the following tips:
·         Drain or dump tarps, buckets and flower pots.
·         Keep roof gutters free of leaves and other debris.
·         Fill in tree stump holes from blown over trees as soon as possible.
·         Dispose of cans, plastic containers and anything else that can hold water.
·         Cover or drill holes in recycling containers or outside trash cans.
·         Turn over wheelbarrows, wading pools and similar items or put them away.
·         Store boats covered or upside down.
·         Clean and put fresh water in birdbaths or wading pools regularly.
·         Make sure your home’s windows and doors have proper screening.
·         When outdoors wear light colored long pants and long sleeves.
·         Use an approved insect repellent according to manufacturers’ instructions.
The Calvert County Mosquito Control Program provides countywide integrated pest abatement of nuisance and vector (disease carrier) mosquitoes. For a comprehensive overview of the program, visit online at www.co.cal.md.us/MosquitoControl, and for more information contact Mosquito Control via email at mosquitocontrol@calvertcountymd.gov or via phone at 410-535-6924.

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Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Blotter


Possession of Heroin:​ On 7/24/17 at 4:27 pm, Trooper First Class Costello stopped a
vehicle on Dares Beach Rd. near Fairground Rd. for traffic violations. Several possible
drug indicators were noted. Susan Furr, 30 of Prince Frederick was found to be in
possession of heroin. Furr was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County
Detention Center.
 
Disorderly Conduct:​ On 7/25/17 at 6:28 pm, Trooper First Class Costello responded
to the Calvert Village Shopping Center in Prince Frederick for a reported disorderly
subject. Frederick E. Donahue, 56 of Emmitsburg was located and appeared to be
intoxicated. While speaking with Donahue, he continually shouted profanity causing a
public disturbance. Donahue was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County
Detention Center.
 

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Police Investigating Death Of Infant In Lusby


(LUSBY, MD) – Maryland State Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of an infant.
 
On Sunday morning, an eight month old baby was found unresponsive in the family home.  A 911 call was made.  Law enforcement and emergency medical personnel responded to the scene.  They attempted life saving measures, which were unsuccessful. The infant’s body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.
 
Troopers from the Prince Frederick Barrack responded to the scene. Investigators from the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division Central-South responded to take the lead in the investigation. A forensic investigator from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s office also responded to assist. Further assistance was provided by sheriff deputies from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and personnel from the Solomons Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department.
 
The investigation is continuing.

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Stoddert Principal Reassigned, Marvin Jones Named Interim Principal


Benjamin Stoddert Middle School Principal Kenneth Schroeck was reassigned today to the Charles County Public Schools Office of Supporting Services. Marvin Jones, executive director of schools, will serve as Stoddert’s interim principal effective immediately. 
 
Schroeck’s reassignment follows today’s release of additional information learned as part of an investigation of Carlos Bell, a former instructional assistant at Stoddert. Charles County State’s Attorney Tony Covington released a 119-count indictment charging Bell with multiple counts of sexual abuse and other crimes against children. Bell was formerly charged by the Charles County State’s Attorney’s Office on July 3 with charges of production of child pornography and assault. 
 
Jones will work with the administrative team at Stoddert to ensure a smooth opening of school for students, staff, parents and the Stoddert community. Jones will also lead the next Stoddert parent meeting set for 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 16. 
 
Stoddert staff and parents were notified this afternoon of the change. 

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Officials: HIV Positive Former Maryland Coach And Teachers Aid Indicted On 119 Counts-24 Victims Reported


Maryland State's Attorney Tony Covington announced Monday afternoon that Carlos Bell, a former Charles County Public School instructional assistant who is HIV positive, assaulted 24 students and has been indicted on 119 counts dating back from May 2015 to June 2017.
Bell also faces 12 counts of child sexual abuse, according to Covington. Officials say the indictment of Bell also includes three counts of transmitting or attempting to transmit the HIV virus.
 
An investigation is still ongoing and officials are asking anyone with information to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
 
According to sources, an investigation following the arrest of Bell revealed even more child porn victims than initially announced by officials.
 
Bell, 30, worked as an instructional assistant at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School in Waldorf and as a track coach at La Plata High School. Police say he also worked at JP Ryon Elementary in Waldorf and McDonough HS in Pomfret. He was arrested in late June and charged for production of child porn and three counts of second-degree assault.
 
Police believe Bell sexually abused several males on school property, at his home, and possibly other locations.
 
The Charles Co. Sheriff's Office said at the time that as many as 10 middle school students were assaulted, seven were identified from videos, and that they were actively searching for more victims.
 
Sources said that after further investigation, officials believed there were more victims of Bell than initially announced.

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Comptroller, Maryland Retailers Announce Social Media Contest for Tax-Free Week, Aug. 13-19


EASTON, Md. (July 31, 2017) – Comptroller Peter Franchot joined with the Maryland Retailers Association today to announce a new contest coinciding with Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week that will see two winners receive $1,500 and $500 scholarships, respectively, to any Maryland university, college or trade school. Comptroller Franchot will also visit 9/10 Condition Sneaker Boutique in Baltimore on Tuesday at 1 p.m. to promote tax-free week and the contest.
Leading up to and during the annual Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week, which takes place August 13 to 19, shoppers should like or follow the official social media pages on Facebook (Shop Maryland Tax Free), Twitter (@shopmdtaxfree) and Instagram (@shopmdtaxfree).
Then during the tax-free week, take a picture, write a creative caption and use #shopmdtaxfree to submit an entry on any or all of the social media platforms.
After tax-free week ends, the Maryland Retailers Association, which is providing the scholarships, will select the two entries that best reflect the spirit of Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week.
“This year, Marylanders can not only save money during tax-free week, but they have the opportunity to win a big scholarship, while supporting local businesses, all with a few clicks on their phone,” said Comptroller Franchot. “It’s so easy to participate, and the scholarships being provided by the Maryland Retailers Association are a great incentive to help defray the cost of tuition.”
            “Tax-free week provides a much-needed boost to brick-and-mortar retailers in our state and we encourage all consumers to support their local businesses,” said Cailey Locklair Tolle, president of the Maryland Retailers Association. “This year we are thrilled to help promote shopping local and tax-free week by offering scholarships to our contest winners.”
During tax-free week, any single qualifying article of clothing or footwear priced $100 or less – regardless of how many items are purchased at the same time – will be exempt from the state’s 6 percent sales tax. New this year is the addition of backpacks and bookbags to the list of tax-exempt items, although it only applies to the first $40 of the purchase.
In the weeks leading up to and during Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week, the Comptroller will join the Maryland Retailers Association at promotional events across the state to encourage shoppers to take advantage of these savings and to participate in the contest.
To get the latest details about Tax-Free Week and to enter the contest, like or follow the social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And be sure to check out the promotional video for the Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week contest.
Resulting from legislation passed by the Maryland General Assembly in 2007, the tax-free week is held annually during the second week in August.  Businesses selling items that are not eligible for inclusion in the tax-free week can still participate in Shop Maryland. Under “Sellers Privilege,” other unqualified merchandise can be sold tax-free, but the retailer is responsible for paying the sales tax owed to the state.
For more information on qualifying items, visit www.marylandtaxes.com, email taxhelp@comp.state.md.us or call 410-260-7980 in Central Maryland or toll-free at 1-800-MD-TAXES.

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Charles Officers Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident


On July 28 at approximately 8 a.m., officers responded to the area of Piney Church Road near Renner Road in Waldorf for the report of a single vehicle car crash. A preliminary investigation showed the driver, a 20-year-old male from Waldorf, was traveling north on Piney Church Road in a Honda Civic when he lost control of the car and hit a utility pole. The driver and two passengers - a 19-year-old male and a 20-year old female - were transported to a hospital by ambulance with serious injuries. A fourth occupant, Leia Jessica Bettis, 20, of Waldorf, was pronounced deceased on the scene. It is not immediately clear why the driver left the roadway. Cpl. B. Saunders of the Traffic Operations Unit is investigating.

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Patrol Officers and Detectives Apprehend and Charge Two Suspects with Multiple Burglaries


Charles County Sheriff’s detectives have charged two suspects in connection with 10 burglaries of local businesses. Taqon Wade Nelson, 18, of Waldorf, and a 17-year-old juvenile male were arrested on July 24 at about 1 a.m. shortly after they fled the scene of a burglary they just committed. Responding officers and detectives obtained a description of the suspects from the store surveillance camera and searched nearby neighborhoods where they spotted the suspects on the front porch of a residence. The clothing the suspects were wearing matched the clothing seen on security cameras. Investigators subsequently linked the pair to burglaries that occurred at Eastern Chinese Restaurant; Davis Nails; Dominican Salon; Crown and Glory Dental; WOW Café and Wingery; Pho D’Lite; Payless Shoes; Foster’s Grille; Subway; and Massage Envy.
 
In most cases, the suspects threw a large landscaping rock through the front window of the business and then went inside where they quickly tried to locate any cash that was near the front counter. Most of the burglaries occurred during the overnight hours. Detectives served search warrants at the suspects’ homes and recovered evidence linking them to some of the cases. Both suspects were charged with burglary and theft. Detective H. Burgess investigated.

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Maryland State Police Warn Motorists Of Possible Flooding Dangers


(PIKESVILLE, Md.) — With the National Weather Service issuing a flash flood watch from 2 p.m. today through Saturday afternoon, Maryland State Police are warning motorists to be cautious while driving.
 
Maryland State Police will be working in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency to address any safety concerns over the weekend.
 
Flash floods can come quickly and without warning during times of excessive rainfall. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, it takes just 12 inches of rushing water to strand a small vehicle, while 24 inches of fast flowing water can carry away most vehicles.
 
Following the simple advice of “Turn Around, Don’t Drown,” could save lives during flash flooding conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of flood-related deaths occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water.
 
Here are some simple tips to avoid flood-related injuries:
 
“Turn Around, Don’t Drown.” A driver, especially at night, has no idea how deep the water is or whether the road underneath is still intact. Pay attention to road signs that close roads.
Delay commuting until precipitation moves away and stream and river flooding has a chance to recede and safe travel is possible.
Pay close attention to local weather forecasts and plan accordingly.
If a traffic signal is flashing completely out due to a power interruption, motorists on all legs of an intersection must stop and treat the intersection as a four-way stop according Maryland
Never maneuver around low hanging trees or wires or try to move branches or downed wires out of the travel lanes.
Be aware of the potential for hydroplaning. Often during heavy rainfall, water pools quickly on a roadway surface. At high speeds, even a small amount of water can cause you to lose traction and ultimately control of your vehicle.
Increase following distances between vehicles. Remember to use low-beam headlights when windshield wipers are in operation.
Be familiar with areas that have a history of flooding and plan an alternate route.
Log onto md511.org or call 511 from a hands-free device to obtain the latest, real-time travel conditions.
Live traffic cameras can be accessed by logging onto roads.maryland.gov and clicking on the CHART icon.
Also, don’t forget to buckle up and avoid driving aggressively or distracted. In addition, don’t forget to adhere to Maryland’s “move over” laws aimed at increasing safety for police, fire and emergency medical services personnel working on Maryland roadsides.

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Calvert County Urges Preparations for Predicted Heavy Rainfall


PRINCE FREDERICK, MD – July 28, 2017 – The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for our area through Saturday afternoon with significant rainfall expected over a 24-hour timeframe. The Calvert County Department of Public Safety is urging county residents to be prepared and is making sand and sand bags available for residents who need them to protect property.
Up to 10 sand bags per vehicle may be picked up today, Friday, July 28, from noon until 8 p.m. at the following three salt dome locations:
·         Calvert County Government Highway Maintenance Building, 335 Stafford Road, Barstow
·         Appeal Landfill, 401 Sweetwater Road, Lusby
·         Mt. Hope Convenience Center, 96 Pushaw Station Road, Sunderland
Residents are responsible for filling the sand bags. Shovels will be provided and county staff will be available to assist.
To keep abreast of local conditions and emergency information, residents are encouraged to download the free “Prepare Me Calvert” emergency preparedness mobile application available for iOS (Apple) and Android devices through the Apple App Store or the Google Play market. Residents can also sign up for Calvert County ALERT online at www.co.cal.md.us and click on the Emergency Alerts button.
Those without Internet can contact the Calvert County Division of Emergency Management at 410-535-1600, ext. 2638, to sign up or for additional emergency preparedness information.
For information on Calvert County Government, visit www.co.cal.md.us or like us on Facebook.

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Notice of Public Hearing Proposed Amendment to the St. Mary's County Comprehensive Water and Sewerage Plan for Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County will conduct a public hearing in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room of the Chesapeake Building, located at 41770 Baldridge Street, Leonardtown, Maryland, on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, beginning at 6:40 p.m., for the purpose of receiving public testimony concerning proposed amendments to the St. Mary’s County Comprehensive Water and Sewerage Plan (CWSP).
 
The proposed amendments would change the water and sewer service categories for 3.2 acres described in a deed recorded among the Land Records of St. Mary’s County in Book No. 641, Page 279, located at 23848 Mervell Dean Road in Hollywood and further described as parcel 651 on tax map 34. The Property is located on the northeast side of Mervell Dean Road approximately nine hundred feet south of the intersection with Clarke’s Landing Road. The water service category would change from W-6D (service in 6 to 10 years, developer financed) to W-3D (service in 3 to 5 years, developer financed). The sewer service category would change from S-6D (service in 6 to 10 years, developer financed) to S-3D (service in 3 to 5 years, developer financed). These amendments are requested in anticipation of providing public water and sewerage service for proposed commercial development. The applicant will bear all installation costs involved in connecting the subject development to existing water and sewer service. Properties between existing lines and the proposed connection to Dollar General will not be affected by the installation of new service lines and will not be required to connect under current regulations.
 
A copy of the proposed amendment is available for viewing at the St. Mary’s County
Department of Land Use and Growth Management, 23150 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown, Maryland, and at www.stmarysmd.com.
 
Note that as a result of the evidence and comments made at the public hearing, changes may be made to the proposed amendments.
 
 
Kathleen Easley, Senior Planner
St. Mary’s County Department of Land Use and Growth Management
(301) 475-4200 ext. *1541

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Sandbag Distribution Available Today for Charles County Residents


Due to the National Weather Service forecast, the Charles County Department of Emergency Services is providing sandbags to county residents who need them to protect property.  Sandbags and sand will be available today, Friday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
Residents can pick up empty sandbags at the Department of Emergency Services building (10425 Audie Lane, off of Radio Station Road in La Plata).  Sand will be available in the first parking lot at Laurel Springs Park (5940 Radio Station Rd, La Plata).
 
There is a limit of 10 bags per person. Residents should bring a shovel to fill the bags. No shovels or other tools will be provided. Please be prepared to provide proof of county residency.
 
Get the latest Charles County severe weather updates:
Charles County Government website: www.CharlesCountyMD.gov
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/CharlesCounty
Twitter: www.Twitter.com/CharlesCoMD
Charles County Government Television (CCGTV): Comcast channel 95 or Verizon channel 10
SMECO Power Outage Map: stormcenter.smeco.coop (Call 877-747-6326 to report an outage.)
 
Sign up for the Citizen Notification System (CNS), the county’s free emergency notification system, at www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/CNS to receive weather, traffic, and road closure notices by text message, email, or phone. Call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD:  800-735-2258.

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St. Mary's Adds Additional Back-to-School Vaccination Clinic Scheduled


The St. Mary’s County Health Department has scheduled an additional back-to-school vaccination clinic for children ages birth through 18 years old. The clinic will be held Thursday, August 24 from 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the St. Mary’s County Health Department located at 21580 Peabody Street in Leonardtown. Parents are encouraged to contact their primary health care provider with questions about their child’s vaccination status. Immunizations will be provided regardless of insurance and on a first come, first served basis – no appointments are necessary. The following immunizations will be available:
MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough)
Meningococcal
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
Varicella (chickenpox)
For more information about childhood immunizations, please call the St. Mary’s County Health Department at 301-475-4330 or visit their website at www.smchd.org.

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Hogan Administration Announces New Reforms to Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program


ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today announced regulatory reforms that will save Maryland taxpayers time and money, as well as protect the health of our environment, through common sense changes to the Motor Vehicle Administration’s (MVA) Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP). The changes include extending initial VEIP inspections for new vehicles by one year. This announcement implements a recommendation from the governor’s Regulatory Reform Commission’s 2016 report, released in December.
 
The 2016 report tasked the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) to amend VEIP regulations to expand the use of emerging technologies and provide opportunities to enact driver-friendly improvements.
 
“Our administration remains committed to enacting common sense solutions that provide increased value for Maryland taxpayers and improve customer service, while protecting the health of our environment,” said Governor Hogan. “This change will put more than $2 million back into the pockets of Maryland taxpayers and maintain critical environmental protections.”
 
Numerous advancements in vehicle technology over the years have allowed for streamlined VEIP regulations. For example, computerized on-board diagnostic testing is now occurring on the overwhelming majority of vehicles in Maryland.
 
By extending the initial VEIP inspection for new vehicles by one year, new vehicles will have to complete the initial inspection within 36 months. Currently, new vehicle owners must complete the initial test within two years. All pre-1996 model year light duty vehicles (cars and light trucks) would also be exempt from VEIP inspections. An on-board diagnostic test will continue to be conducted on 1996 and newer light-duty vehicles, as well as 2008 and newer medium and heavy-duty vehicles.
 
"These targeted improvements for vehicle emissions testing increase customer convenience, while maintaining our progress on air quality and the Chesapeake Bay," said Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles.
 
Approximately 1.6 million vehicles are inspected annually as part of VEIP. If the revised regulations are implemented, an anticipated 209,000 vehicles would be delayed for the initial inspection in 2018, a figure expected to stay constant in future years. Additionally, approximately 24,000 pre-1996 light duty vehicles would be exempt in the first year.
 
The VEIP program is required by the federal Clean Air Act to reduce ground-level ozone air pollution. Nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds react with sunlight to produce ground-level ozone. Modeling shows reductions of those substances attributable to the VEIP program to be about 10 tons per day.  
 
These proposed regulatory reforms are the latest move by the Hogan administration to make the VEIP process more customer-friendly. Between August 2015 and October 2016, the state installed 10 new, convenient VEIP self-service kiosks that are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Jointly administered by MVA and MDE, the kiosks allow Maryland vehicle owners to test vehicle emissions at their own convenience and at a reduced price of $10 compared to $14 at the test stations. For a complete list of self-service kiosk locations, click here.
 
The regulations will be submitted to Maryland General Assembly's Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR). When implemented, the enhancements will take effect January 1, 2018. In addition to taxpayer savings, the regulatory change will also save the state approximately $90,000 annually in reduced mailing and credit card fees.

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Snow Hill Park Now Open on Weekends


Leonardtown, MD – St. Mary’s County’s newest recreation area, Snow Hill Park, located at 26590 South Sandgates Road in Mechanicsville, is officially open to the public. This beautiful waterfront park along the Patuxent River is available on Saturdays and Sundays, from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. through October 1. Operating times may be adjusted following the Labor Day weekend.
 
Fees to enter the park are as follows:
St. Mary’s County Residents Non Residents
Car:  $5 Car:  $10
Season Pass:  $20 Season Pass:  $30
 
Visitors can enjoy the beach and shaded picnic areas. Coolers are allowed but alcohol is not permitted. Dogs are welcome but remain leashed while in the park. Portable restrooms are available.
 
For more information about Snow Hill Park contact Tyrone Harris at 240-434-6669.
 

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Coming in August


Leonardtown, MD – The St. Andrew’s Landfill will host its fall Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday, August 19. The event will take place between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
 
The program allows residents to clean out their barns, basements, sheds, garages, storage areas under kitchen sinks, etc. and properly discard potentially toxic/dangerous materials.
 
Hazardous waste items which will be accepted for collection include Acids, Ammonia, Bleach,
Cleaners, Fuels, Gas/Oil Mixtures, Gasoline, Household and Lawn Pesticides, Mercury Thermometers, Photography Chemicals, Pool Chemicals, Solvents, Wood Preservatives, Paint Thinners, and Alkyd (oil-based) Paint. Since Latex Paint is not considered hazardous, it can be disposed with your regular trash collection as long as the mixture is harden by adding absorbents (cat litter, sand, sawdust, or paint drying crystals) prior to disposal. If citizens are unable to do so, Latex Paint will also be accepted.
 
Items which will not be accepted include Ammunition, Asbestos, Explosive Materials, Medical Waste, Pharmaceuticals, Radioactive Materials and Picric Acid.
 
Almost 54 tons of materials were collected during last year’s event. Help us collect even more this year and dispose of it through safe and environmentally responsible practices. 
 
For more information please contact the St. Mary’s Department of Public Works and Transportation at 301-475-4200, ext. 3500 or log on to www.stmarysmd.com/dpw/Household.asp.
 

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Calvert Man Charged With Distribution Of Fentanyl


On July 25, 2017, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) and Special Operations Team (SOT) executed a search warrant at 1023 Gringo Ct. in Lusby, Calvert County, Maryland.  The target of the search warrant was 31 year old Desmond Lamont Sloan.  Desmond Sloan was suspected of distributing the controlled dangerous substance fentanyl. 
During the execution of the search and seizure warrant, the search team located 6.3 grams of suspected fentanyl and a loaded .22 caliber handgun in Sloan’s bedroom.  The items were seized and Sloan was taken into custody.  DEU detectives charged Sloan with Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl and for being in Possession of a Firearm during a Drug Trafficking Crime.
Sloan was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center to await his hearing before a District Court Commissioner. 

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MDOT SHA Invests More Thank $30 Million In Improving Southern Maryland Roads


Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties Getting Resurfacing Projects
 
The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is resurfacing roads in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties.  The approximately $32.2 million in resurfacing projects will be completed over the next two years, weather permitting.
 
Crews will patch, mill (remove the top layer of pavement), pave and restripe the roads.  MDOT SHA will work on the following roads:
 
Calvert County ($10.4 million*)
 
• MD 760 (Rougby Hall Road) between MD 765 (H.G. Truman Road) and the roundabout at Olivet Road/Southern Connector Boulevard (1.2 miles);
 
• MD 765 (Mount Harmony Lane) between MD 2 (Solomons Island Road) and Little Tree Lane (1 mile); and
 
• MD 778 (Old Solomons Island Road) between MD 2 and the Anne Arundel County line (1 mile).
 
MDOT SHA’s contractor is Aggregate Industries of Greenbelt.
 
 *Additional roads are being evaluated for resurfacing and will be added to the list early next year as part of this contract.
 
Charles County ($10.9 million)
 
• MD 257 (Rock Point Road) between Cobb Island Road and Swan Point Road (1.6 miles);
 
• Southbound MD 5 (Leonardtown Road) between Gallent Green Road and MD 488 (La Plata Road) (3.5 miles);
 
• Northbound MD 5 (Leonardtown Road) between Gallent Green Road and Pine Tree Place (one-half mile);
 
• MD 6 (Port Tobacco Road) between Annapolis Woods Road and Chicamuxen Road (5.3 miles); and
 
• Westbound MD 228 (Berry Road) between Middletown Road and Western Parkway (2.5 miles).
 
MDOT SHA’s contractor is F.O. Day, Inc. of Rockville.
 
St. Mary’s County (10.9 million)
 
• MD 242 (Colton Point Road) between MD 234 (Budds Creek Road) and MD 5 (Point Lookout Road) (4 miles);
 
• MD 249 (Piney Point Road) between Piney Point and Oliver Drive (4.7 miles);
 
• MD 472 (North Sandgates Road) between MD 235 (Three Notch Road) and Allison Drive (2.5 miles); and
 
• MD 520 (Whites Neck Road) between Gibson Road and MD 239 (Bushwood Wharf Road) (2.6 miles).
 
MDOT SHA’s contractor is Aggregate Industries of Greenbelt.
 
Crews may need to close one lane and control traffic with flaggers Mondays through Fridays between 9 a.m. and 5 a.m. and Sundays through Friday mornings between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.  Motorists are encouraged to add extra travel time during work hours.
 
The e-Road Ready 2017 electronic construction brochure is now available by clicking here.  The e-brochure highlights major road construction and maintenance projects in Maryland’s 23 counties.
 
Stay alert and look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers.  Slow down and don’t follow too closely. Work Zone Safety is in Your Hands.  Maryland drivers can also know before they go by calling 511 or visiting www.md511.org for live traffic updates

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Filer Appointed to Statewide Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council


County Administrator Michael D. Mallinoff, Esq., ICMA-CM is pleased to announce the appointment of Chief John Filer to the Statewide Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (SEMSAC) as the representative of the Metro Fire Chiefs.  Members are appointed by the EMS Board with the approval of the Governor.
 
Chief John Filer said, “I am both honored and pleased to serve the State of Maryland and Charles County in this capacity.  Having the opportunity to make positive changes in the state's EMS system is a tremendous responsibility, and I am humbled by the confidence my colleagues have placed in Charles County.”
 
SEMSAC is a 31 member body that advises and assists the State Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Board.  SEMSAC is responsible for advising the State EMS Board on issues regarding the state EMS plan, finances and coordination of efforts to provide excellence in the delivery of emergency medical care within the State of Maryland.
 
The SEMSAC meets monthly in Baltimore, Maryland. Filer will begin his role on Thursday, Sept. 7.

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Scheduled for Aug. 5


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

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