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Maryland to Receive $66 Million to Fight Opioid Epidemic

ANNAPOLIS, MD — Maryland’s Opioid Operational Command Center and the Maryland Department of Health announce more than $66 million in funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to support efforts to fight the heroin and opioid epidemic.

Over the next two federal fiscal years, Maryland will receive an additional $66.2 million through the State Opioid Response (SOR) grant, which supports a comprehensive response to the opioid epidemic and expand access to treatment and recovery support services.

“In Maryland we are fighting the heroin and opioid crisis with an all-hands-on-deck approach that includes prevention, treatment, and enforcement, and this funding will support our efforts,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Combating this crisis requires every level of government to work together with communities and organizations across our state, and federal support is a critical component as we work to turn the tide of this epidemic.”

“Combating Maryland’s opioid epidemic and supporting the recovery of those who have overcome an addiction to drugs or alcohol continues to be a top priority for our state,” said Maryland Department of Health Secretary Robert R. Neall “The projects that will be supported through this grant will not only further our state’s collaborative response effort to combat this epidemic, but improve access to treatment for those who need it most.”

Funding will be used to support the following in Maryland:

Expansion of statewide 24/7 crisis treatment services
Naloxone distribution to local jurisdictions
Local outreach and support
Public awareness campaigns
Expansion of student assistance program
Adolescent education and treatment support services
Expansion of Screening, Brief-Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) to local emergency departments, obstetrics/gynecology practices, and school- and university/college-based health centers
Medication assisted treatment (MAT) expansion and support
Recovery support services, such as housing for young adults, homeless, and veterans
“All of these efforts are critical to fighting the opioid crisis,” said Clay Stamp, executive director of the Opioid Operational Command Center. “With this additional funding for initiatives like continuing naloxone distribution to our local communities and expanding crisis services, we are meeting those with substance use disorder where they are.”

Before It’s Too Late is the state’s effort to bring awareness to this epidemic—and to mobilize resources for effective prevention, treatment, and recovery. Marylanders grappling with a substance use disorder can find help at BeforeItsTooLateMD.org or by calling 211 and pressing 1. Additional support is available through MDCrisisConnect.org, which has information on both text and chat features.

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Calvert County Solid Waste Division Advises Citizens to Take Caution at County Convenience Centers

In an effort to help safeguard customers, the Calvert County Department of Public Works, Solid Waste Division, is working to address the seasonal proliferation of wasps and bees congregating around disposed items at county convenience centers. This is a natural, annual occurrence that will subside with the arrival of cooler weather.

Precautionary and remediation efforts are underway to deter the insects away from high use areas of the convenience centers. Citizens are asked to assist in efforts by replacing caps and lids on bottles and containers before recycling or disposal. Residue inside bottles and containers can attract insects. Individuals with bee sting allergies are advised to take caution when visiting convenience centers or avoid the sites temporarily.

Convenience center staff are available on site to assist customers if a difficulty arises. Citizens can learn more about Calvert County’s six convenience centers by visiting online at www.calvertycountymd.gov/recycle.  For information on Calvert County Government, visit www.CalvertCountyMd.gov or like us on Facebook.

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Breezy Point Beach Reopens With Full Beach Access

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Sept. 21, 2018 – The Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation announces Breezy Point Beach and Campground will reopen Saturday, Sept. 22, with full beach access under regular hours of 6 a.m. to dusk. The beach will be open through Oct. 31, 2018, when it closes for the season until May 1, 2019.

Storms brought flooding and debris to Breezy Point Beach and the beach was closed temporarily due to safety concerns. Breezy Point Beach and Campground is a favorite Calvert County destination. Visitors are encouraged to bring the whole family and spend a fun-filled day at the public beach while taking advantage of the many amenities offered at this scenic spot. Children will enjoy the playground, building sand castles and hunting for shark teeth along the sandy shores of the Chesapeake Bay. For fishing and crabbing enthusiasts, there is 200-foot fishing pier. It is the perfect getaway for day trips, a weekend away or a week-long escape.

For additional information, please contact the Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation at 410-535-1600, ext. 2649. For updates on Parks & Recreation services, park availability, field closures and more visit Parks & Recreation at www.Facebook.com/CalvertCountyParks. Like Calvert County Government on Facebook.

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Officers Investigating Death In Waldorf

On September 21 at 7:47 a.m., officers responded to a wooded area in the 2000 block of St. Thomas Drive in Waldorf for the report of a subject not breathing. Upon arrival, officers located the person, a male, and determined that he was deceased. This appears to be an isolated incident. Detectives are working to identify the male, who will be taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy to determine the cause of death. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective J.R. Elliott at (301) 609-6515. The investigation is ongoing.

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Solomons Boat Ramp to Close for Construction on Upgrades

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Sept. 21, 2018 – The Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation, Natural Resources Division, announces the Solomons Boat Ramp will close Oct. 15, 2018 through April 15, 2019 due to construction. During construction there will be no access to launch, dock or remove boats from the water. The fishing pier will remain open during this time.

The upgrade project for the aging boat ramp, built in 1986, includes the replacement of pilings, decking and the concrete boat ramp. Among new features to be added are floating slips compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, a floating kayak launch and solar lighting.

Boaters can visit online for a list of other boat ramps, launches and marinas in Calvert County. Learn more about the Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation, Natural Resources Division, and its comprehensive program of activities and park information by calling 410-535-5327 or by visiting online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/NaturalResources. For updates on Parks & Recreation services, park availability, field closures and more visit Parks & Recreation at www.Facebook.com/CalvertCountyParks. Like Calvert County Government on Facebook.

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Man Sentenced to 12 Years for Viciously Assaulting Ex-Girlfriend

LA PLATA, MD—Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Thursday, September 20, 2018, Charles County Circuit Court Judge Amy J. Bragunier sentenced William Alphonso Clark, Jr., 30 of La Plata, to 12 years in prison and 10 years suspended time for First-Degree Assault and Third-Degree Burglary.
 
On June 7, 2018, Clark entered a guilty plea to the above charges in Charles County Circuit Court in front of the Honorable Judge Amy J. Bragunier.
 
On December 10, 2017, officers responded to a residence in Indian Head for a possible burglary and assault in progress. Upon arrival, an officer heard loud screams coming from inside the victim’s residence and was directed by multiple neighbors to the residence. Once inside the residence, the officer found the victim being assaulted by Clark inside of her kitchen. The officer ordered Clark to stop and he complied. The female was then able to escape, and Clark was apprehended inside of the kitchen.
 
An investigation into the assault revealed that Clark and the victim were previously involved in a romantic relationship; however, they were no longer dating. Prior to the incident, Clark repeatedly tried to get in contact with the victim, but the victim declined to engage with him. On the morning of the incident, the victim received a text message from a relative of Clark that expressed concern for the victim because of Clark. Clark later showed up to the victim’s residence and began banging on the door, but the victim would not allow him entry to the residence. Clark then went to a sliding glass door in the back of the residence and shattered it to gain entrance.
 
The victim tried to escape, but Clark began to strangle her and threatened her life. The victim was able to temporarily fight him off and tried to escape again. However, Clark was able to grab the victim from the back of the neck and began strangling her and threatened her life again.  Clark then dragged the victim to the kitchen and began pulling the victim’s hair, as well as repeatedly punching her with a closed fist in the face while she was on the floor covered with glass from the broken door.
 
During sentencing, Assistant State’s Attorney Sarah K. Freeman emphasized the violent nature of the crime to the judge, “to break into a person’s home when she clearly didn’t want a relationship – repeatedly beating her, pulling her hair, and strangling her – we are lucky the officer was right down the road. Who knows what the injuries would’ve been if it wasn’t for [the officer]. ”
 
Before sentencing Clark, Judge Bragunier stated, “I’m pretty sure had the defendant been left to his own devices that day, [the victim] would be dead.”
 
Covington commented, “The Court was correct in praising Deputy Bringley’s quick response and actions which, I believe, saved this victim’s life.  I also think that the good Samaritans that heard the victim screaming for help and directed Bringley to the location deserve praise as well.  Evil wins when good people stand by and do nothing.  This defendant was held accountable for his crimes because good people took action in this life or death scenario. We need more of that in this country.”

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Detectives Identify and Arrest Suspects Involved in Fast Food Delivery Robbery

Charles County Sheriff’s detectives have identified and arrested two suspects in connection with the assault and robbery of a fast food delivery man. On Sept. 18 at 6:40 p.m., the victim made a delivery to an address in the 2600 block of Hamilton Place in Waldorf. He was confronted by a masked man who announced a robbery and struck the victim on the head with a gun. The victim fell to the ground and the suspect continued to assault him before stealing his wallet. Officers responded and learned a second suspect was involved. That person, Jarrett D’Angelo Buchanan, 17, of White Plains, was arrested on the scene. A replica handgun (BB gun) was also recovered. Through further investigation, detectives identified the masked gunman as Tyayre Evan Reynolds, 17, of Waldorf. A search warrant was served and detectives recovered evidence linking both suspects to the case. The suspects were charged as adults with armed robbery, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and other related charges. Det. Wimberly is investigating.

     

 Jarrett D’Angelo Buchanan, 17                     Tyayre Evan Reynolds, 17

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Waldorf Woman Wanted For Escape (Photo)

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of Amanda Ellen Tucker, age 31 of Waldorf, Maryland. Tucker failed to return to a program she was court ordered to attend, and is currently wanted for Escape. Tucker is 5’6” in height, weighs 150 pounds, and has blonde hair and hazel eyes.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Amanda Ellen Tucker is asked to contact Sergeant Thomas Hedderich at (301) 475-4200 extension *1961, or by email at Thomas.Hedderich@stmarysmd.com. Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.

For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.

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September 18 Charles Commissioners Meeting Update

At the meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 18, the Board of Commissioners proposed draft legislation that would ban plastic drinking straws and stirrers at all Charles County restaurants and businesses. The draft bill is intended to reduce waste, protect the environment, and keep plastics out of waterways. Commissioners are seeking public input on the content of the bill, which defines materials considered to be plastic drinking straws, enforcement actions, and an implementation date of Jan. 1, 2020. Commissioners set a public hearing on the issue to receive public comments on Oct. 16. 
 
Commissioners also proposed draft legislation to require septic risers for all new home construction that rely on private, onsite septic systems. Approximately half of all Charles County residents have private, onsite septic systems. Current owners will be encouraged, but not required to obtain septic risers. The legislation would provide reimbursement of up to $100 (based on available funding) for current homeowners who voluntarily install a septic riser. Septic risers would make septic tanks more visible and encourages homeowners to ensure that their septic tanks are regularly and properly cleaned and less costly to maintain. 
 
Open Session Briefings 
 
·         Commissioners presented several amendments to the proposed Indian Head Science and Technology Park conservation easement and scheduled a second public hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 23 to receive public comments. 
 
·         Staff presented information on an applicant-driven request for a zoning text amendment in the Core Employment Residential (CER) zone. The amendment would change the rear setback requirement from 50 feet to 20 feet for commercial uses. It would also eliminate the two-story minimum requirement for service and commercial uses. Commissioners approved a request for a public hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 23. 
 
·         Staff presented proposed amendments to the Adequate Public Facilities Manual regarding the bulk school allocations policy. School capacity needs are determined by the county’s projected growth and based on planned residential developments. Commissioners approved the request for a public hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 23. 
 
·         Staff presented information about a proposed bond sale of $60 million to pay for capital projects including sewer and road projects, school construction, stormwater management, and other investments. Commissioners approved a request for a public hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 16. 
 
·         County Administrator Michael D. Mallinoff, Esq., ICMA-CM presented an update on the County Government’s progress during July and August. He highlighted recent awards and recognitions, reviewed major accomplishments, and shared highlights on several county priorities, including economic development, capital improvement projects, public safety, and community services. 
 
·         Animal Control staff presented an update on county’s partnership with the Charles County Humane Society. Charles County Animal Control has Memorandums of Understanding with the Humane Society to provide satellite sheltering, disaster assistance, and injured or stray animal care. It is anticipated that these services will be provided directly by county staff when a new Charles County Animal Shelter officially opens in 2020. 
 
·         Department of Planning and Growth Management Director Steve Kaii-Ziegler presented an update on the department’s planned transition to EnerGov software that will be used for online permitting processes. The department will be closed to the public from Oct. 17-19 to prepare for the transition. 
 
Approval Items 
Commissioners approved an agreement between the Tri-County Animal Shelter and the College of Southern Maryland to launch an internship program for students in the veterinary assistants program. Students would be able to intern at the shelter and gain practical experience in providing animal care. It would also benefit the shelter by providing intern support at no cost to the county. 
 
The Commissioners also approved the following items: 
 
·         A $400,000 inter-category budget transfer request from the Charles County Board of Education, which would move savings from student health and personnel services to pay for variances in the cost of student transportation. 
 
·         A $106,000 inter-category budget transfer request from the Charles County Board of Education, due to increased revenue reimbursement from the federal government for food nutrition services. The program served more students last year due to growing enrollment and received additional federal revenues to pay for the costs of delivering this service. 
 
·         A $124,900 transfer from transportation capital outlay for the purchase of two buses, to transportation special revenues and shelters. A grant award was received to purchase the buses so funds were transferred to pay for enhancements to bus shelters, purchase of a specialized vehicle, and additional bus trips for residents who need transportation to dialysis centers. 
 
Recognition 
 
·         Commissioners presented a proclamation recognizing Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month, which recognizes the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the Charles County Public School English as a Second Language Program’s heritage and culture. View proclamation photo in Flickr. 
 
Next Commissioners Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 1 p.m. 

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Another Pedestrian Killed In Charles County

(Waldorf, Maryland) – On Thursday, September 20, 2018, at approximately 0502 hours, Troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded for a report of a motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian on southbound Maryland Route 5 south of Renner Road in Waldorf, Maryland.
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 2015 Mazda 3 operated by Darryl Holt, (51 yoa) of Waldorf, MD was traveling on southbound Maryland Route 5 south of Renner Road in Waldorf, Maryland. At the same time, the pedestrian, Joseph Fryer 4th, (35 yoa) of Newburg, MD was walking in the roadway. For unknown reasons, Mr. Fryer 4th entered the travel path of the Mazda and was subsequently struck. Mr. Fryer 4th was pronounced deceased on the scene by Charles County Emergency Medical Services personnel.
The operator of the Mazda, Mr. Holt was transported to Charles Regional Medical Center for
treatment. Anyone who may have witnessed this crash is asked to contact Corporal J. Zimmerman of the MSP CRASH Team at (301) 392-1231.
The investigation is continuing and being investigated by Corporal J. Zimmerman of the
Maryland State Police CRASH Team. (18-MSP-040389)

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Man Wanted For Escape (Photo)

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of Chester Termain Jones, wanted for violating the terms of Pretrial Release from the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center. Jones is also wanted on a warrant for Second-Degree Escape.
 
Jones is a 39-year-old black male with black hair and brown eyes. Height: 5’6” and 180 lbs.
 
Anyone with information about Jones’ whereabouts are asked to call Detective Cpl. Melissa Hulse at 301-475-4200, ext. *1996 or email Melissa.Hulse@stmarysmd.com.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter at @firstsheriff.

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Hogan Administration Awards Nearly $60 Million in Grants for Local Roads

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Hogan administration today announced it has awarded $57.9 million in grants to improve local roads across the state. The grants were distributed to all 23 counties, Baltimore City, and other municipalities based on the formula for the distribution of Highway User Revenues (HURs). The funding represents a nearly $20 million increase over fiscal year 2018, and continues to make good on Governor Larry Hogan’s pledge to return HURs to local jurisdictions for critical road improvements.

“Since taking office, our administration has been committed to returning Highway User Revenues to local jurisdictions across Maryland, which is exactly where they belong,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “These grants provide our counties and municipalities with vital funding to keep our roads and citizens safe.”

The grants add to the nearly $178 million in Highway User Revenues that Maryland counties and municipalities are set to receive in fiscal year 2019. Jurisdictions must use the grants for transportation projects.

For the past four years, Governor Hogan has fought to return HURs to past levels after being severely reduced by the previous administration. Despite these efforts, the funding has been cut significantly and consistently by the Maryland General Assembly.

The Hogan administration has invested $16 billion in the state’s draft Consolidated Transportation Plan for fiscal years 2019–2024. Across the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), 816 projects totaling $8.8 billion are under construction - including highways, toll facilities, the Port of Baltimore, and BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.

“We continue to invest in critical transportation projects that benefit residents and businesses across Maryland,” said MDOT Secretary Pete K. Rahn.

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Franchot to Spend Friday in Mechanicsville and Leonardtown

Comptroller Franchot will visit Southern Maryland on Friday, beginning at Forrest Hall Farm, where he will present a proclamation to owners Joe and Mary Wood for the farm's 101 years of success. The farm features a winery, store and an orchard, producing fruits, vegetable and flowers with an emphasis on tourism and agriculture education.

Next, Mr. Franchot will tour Snow Hill Farm Park in Mechanicsville. In March 2017, the Board of Public Works approved $1.5 million in Program Open Space funding to acquire the 163 acres that make up this waterfront park. Opened in July 2017, the property provides extensive shoreline and beach areas, a protected cove, a motorized boat launch and open space for recreation.  

Later, the Comptroller will stop by the newly opened Shepherd's Old Field Market, a marketplace community that aims to promote redevelopment, community interaction, grassroots local commerce and historical place attachment in Leonardtown. Gerrie L'Heureux transformed this former hardware store building into tenant spaces, pop-up shop stalls, a farmers market, food trucks and an outdoor recreation area.

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Heightened Awareness of Deer Needed

Leonardtown, MD – As we enter the fall season, citizens are reminded to remain extra vigilant of deer during the fall breeding “rutting” season. Collisions between deer and automobiles result in substantial cost, including damage to vehicles, the loss of a valuable wildlife resource and human injuries or fatalities.  As our population continues to grow, this danger increases. 

Most of these accidents occur between dusk and dawn.  Watch for deer where roads pass through wooded or rural areas. The most important thing drivers can do to reduce the chances of an accident with a deer is to drive the speed limit.  At night, reduce speeds below the limit, especially in rain, snow, or fog.  Here are some other tips to keep in mind as a driver.

·         Never “VEER” for DEER.  Slow down and avoid hitting deer, but do not swerve.  This can cause you to lose control and strike another vehicle, or to leave the highway and strike a tree or other object.  Injuries to drivers and passengers increase when the vehicle swerves.

·         Deer usually travel in groups and generally maintain a home range of about one (1) square mile.  If you see a deer cross the road, slow down and use caution.  Additional deer may be out of view and more are likely to follow.

·         A deer standing calmly in a field may suddenly jump into the road.  Anticipate the potential for this rapid change in posture.

·         Elevate your deer awareness at locations with deer crossing signs. Deer crossing signs indicate areas where heavily used deer trails cross roadways.  Slow down and watch for the eye-shine of deer near the roadway edges.

·         Be especially aware during the morning and afternoon. Deer tend to be more active during the early morning hours and late afternoon hours year round. They are moving between evening feeding areas and daytime bedding sites.

·         In the unfortunate event of striking a deer, never approach an injured animal. Pull to a safe location with hazard lights on and call the police. Make it a safe season for you … and the deer!

If you notice an animal carcass lying along or in the roadside, please report it by using the County Highways online Maintenance Request Form at http://www.stmarysmd.com/dpw/.  The icon is located on the upper right corner of the website and can be identified as an oval symbol with “311” in the center.  You may also contact the Department of Public Works & Transportation at 301-475-4200 ext. *3517.

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Pax River Sets Noise Advisory for FCLPs Sept. 19-21, 2018

PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD – Communities surrounding the naval air station are advised that noise-generating testing events are scheduled to take place Sept. 19 – Sept. 21, 2018 between the hours of noon and 2 p.m. Pilots at NAS PAX will be conducting Field Carrier Landing Practices (FCLPs). FCLPs are simulated carrier landings conducted to prepare the pilot to land safely on an aircraft carrier. 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. It is a highly complex skill that requires an intense period of training before pilots deploy. 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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Homeless Man Charged With Drug And Weapons Offenses

In August of 2018, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Vice Narcotics Division, began an
investigation into Devone Articis Hall’s (Age 30 with no fixed address) involvement into the
distribution of controlled dangerous substances. A search and seizure warrant was obtained for Devone Hall’s person and he also had an open arrest warrant reference an assault.
On September 13, 2018, members of the Vice Narcotics Division observed Hall in a vehicle in the Loveville area. Hall was taken into custody after a brief foot chase and struggle. Hall was found to be in possession of suspected fentanyl (approx. $2,480.00), suspected cocaine (approx. $1,250.00), and suspected heroin (approx. $4,400.00). A loaded handgun and ammunition were also located in the vehicle.
Hall was arrested and charged with multiple CDS, firearms related charges, and resisting arrest. Hall was incarcerated in the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center and initially held with no bond. Additional charges are pending a review with States Attorney Richard D. Fritz.

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Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision In White Plains

(White Plains, Maryland) – On Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at approximately 1846 hours, Troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded for a report of a motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian on southbound United States Route 301 south of Maryland Route 227 in White Plains, Maryland. 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 1998 Ford E-350 operated by Maria Heglmeier, (49 yoa) of White Plains, MD was traveling on southbound United States Route 301 south of Maryland Route 227 in White Plains, Maryland. At the same time, the pedestrian, Walter Coulby II, (31 yoa) of Nanjemoy, MD was walking in the median and then began to run across the roadway. For unknown reasons, Mr. Coulby II entered the travel path of the Ford and was subsequently struck. Mr. Coulby II was pronounced deceased on the scene by Charles County Emergency Medical Services personnel. The operator of the Ford, Ms. Heglmeier refused treatment on the scene.
 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 Trooper C. Hunt of the Maryland
State Police La Plata Barrack and Corporal D. Zanoni of the Maryland State Police CRASH Team.
(18-MSP-040205)

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Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision Involving Pedestrian In White Plains

(White Plains, Maryland) – On Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at approximately 1846 hours, Troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded for a report of a motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian on southbound United States Route 301 south of Maryland Route 227 in White Plains, Maryland. 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 1998 Ford E-350 operated by Maria Heglmeier, (49 yoa) of White Plains, MD was traveling on southbound United States Route 301 south of Maryland Route 227 in White Plains, Maryland. At the same time, the pedestrian, Walter Coulby II, (31 yoa) of Nanjemoy, MD was walking in the median and then began to run across the roadway. For unknown reasons, Mr. Coulby II entered the travel path of the Ford and was subsequently struck. Mr. Coulby II was pronounced deceased on the scene by Charles County Emergency Medical Services personnel. The operator of the Ford, Ms. Heglmeier refused treatment on the scene.
 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 Trooper C. Hunt of the Maryland
State Police La Plata Barrack and Corporal D. Zanoni of the Maryland State Police CRASH Team.
(18-MSP-040205)

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Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision Involving Pedestrian In White Plains

(White Plains, Maryland) – On Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at approximately 1846 hours, Troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded for a report of a motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian on southbound United States Route 301 south of Maryland Route 227 in White Plains, Maryland. 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 1998 Ford E-350 operated by Maria Heglmeier, (49 yoa) of White Plains, MD was traveling on southbound United States Route 301 south of Maryland Route 227 in White Plains, Maryland. At the same time, the pedestrian, Walter Coulby II, (31 yoa) of Nanjemoy, MD was walking in the median and then began to run across the roadway. For unknown reasons, Mr. Coulby II entered the travel path of the Ford and was subsequently struck. Mr. Coulby II was pronounced deceased on the scene by Charles County Emergency Medical Services personnel. The operator of the Ford, Ms. Heglmeier refused treatment on the scene.
 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 Trooper C. Hunt of the Maryland
State Police La Plata Barrack and Corporal D. Zanoni of the Maryland State Police CRASH Team.
(18-MSP-040205)

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Webster Field Annex Dye Tracer Study Rescheduled

LEONARDTOWN, MD (September 19, 2018) – Scientists and engineers from Maryland Department of the Environment’s (MDE), Shellfish Monitoring Program, together with staff from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Shellfish Sanitation Program will begin conducting a hydrographic dye dilution study beginning September 24, 2018.  The study was originally scheduled for earlier in September but was postponed due to inclement weather. They will be tracking the flow and dispersion of wastewater discharging into the St Mary’s and Potomac River’s from the Webster Field Annex Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP).
 
There is one 12-hour dye injection period scheduled during the study.  During this time, Rhodamine WT dye will be released from the Webster Field WWTP beginning September 24 at approximately 8:00 p.m., and will continue until approximately 8:00 p.m. on September 25.  As a result of the dye injection, portions of the lower St Mary’s River, in the general vicinity of Inigoes Creek and the Potomac River, may turn reddish in color for a brief time and will be visible from the shores along the immediate area of the wastewater treatment plants discharge.  Please note that this dye is not harmful to people or the ecosystem.
 
Information collected during this study will be used by MDE to evaluate the impact of wastewater discharges on shellfish growing areas, and will help scientists determine where shellfish may be safely harvested.
 
If you have any additional questions, you may also contact the principal investigator, Billy Evans, Environmental Program Manager at MDE, at 443-996-2373.

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Webster Field Annex Dye Tracer Study Rescheduled

LEONARDTOWN, MD (September 19, 2018) – Scientists and engineers from Maryland Department of the Environment’s (MDE), Shellfish Monitoring Program, together with staff from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Shellfish Sanitation Program will begin conducting a hydrographic dye dilution study beginning September 24, 2018.  The study was originally scheduled for earlier in September but was postponed due to inclement weather. They will be tracking the flow and dispersion of wastewater discharging into the St Mary’s and Potomac River’s from the Webster Field Annex Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP).
 
There is one 12-hour dye injection period scheduled during the study.  During this time, Rhodamine WT dye will be released from the Webster Field WWTP beginning September 24 at approximately 8:00 p.m., and will continue until approximately 8:00 p.m. on September 25.  As a result of the dye injection, portions of the lower St Mary’s River, in the general vicinity of Inigoes Creek and the Potomac River, may turn reddish in color for a brief time and will be visible from the shores along the immediate area of the wastewater treatment plants discharge.  Please note that this dye is not harmful to people or the ecosystem.
 
Information collected during this study will be used by MDE to evaluate the impact of wastewater discharges on shellfish growing areas, and will help scientists determine where shellfish may be safely harvested.
 
If you have any additional questions, you may also contact the principal investigator, Billy Evans, Environmental Program Manager at MDE, at 443-996-2373.

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Webster Field Annex Dye Tracer Study Rescheduled

LEONARDTOWN, MD (September 19, 2018) – Scientists and engineers from Maryland Department of the Environment’s (MDE), Shellfish Monitoring Program, together with staff from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Shellfish Sanitation Program will begin conducting a hydrographic dye dilution study beginning September 24, 2018.  The study was originally scheduled for earlier in September but was postponed due to inclement weather. They will be tracking the flow and dispersion of wastewater discharging into the St Mary’s and Potomac River’s from the Webster Field Annex Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP).
 
There is one 12-hour dye injection period scheduled during the study.  During this time, Rhodamine WT dye will be released from the Webster Field WWTP beginning September 24 at approximately 8:00 p.m., and will continue until approximately 8:00 p.m. on September 25.  As a result of the dye injection, portions of the lower St Mary’s River, in the general vicinity of Inigoes Creek and the Potomac River, may turn reddish in color for a brief time and will be visible from the shores along the immediate area of the wastewater treatment plants discharge.  Please note that this dye is not harmful to people or the ecosystem.
 
Information collected during this study will be used by MDE to evaluate the impact of wastewater discharges on shellfish growing areas, and will help scientists determine where shellfish may be safely harvested.
 
If you have any additional questions, you may also contact the principal investigator, Billy Evans, Environmental Program Manager at MDE, at 443-996-2373.

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Webster Field Annex Dye Tracer Study Rescheduled

LEONARDTOWN, MD (September 19, 2018) – Scientists and engineers from Maryland Department of the Environment’s (MDE), Shellfish Monitoring Program, together with staff from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Shellfish Sanitation Program will begin conducting a hydrographic dye dilution study beginning September 24, 2018.  The study was originally scheduled for earlier in September but was postponed due to inclement weather. They will be tracking the flow and dispersion of wastewater discharging into the St Mary’s and Potomac River’s from the Webster Field Annex Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP).
 
There is one 12-hour dye injection period scheduled during the study.  During this time, Rhodamine WT dye will be released from the Webster Field WWTP beginning September 24 at approximately 8:00 p.m., and will continue until approximately 8:00 p.m. on September 25.  As a result of the dye injection, portions of the lower St Mary’s River, in the general vicinity of Inigoes Creek and the Potomac River, may turn reddish in color for a brief time and will be visible from the shores along the immediate area of the wastewater treatment plants discharge.  Please note that this dye is not harmful to people or the ecosystem.
 
Information collected during this study will be used by MDE to evaluate the impact of wastewater discharges on shellfish growing areas, and will help scientists determine where shellfish may be safely harvested.
 
If you have any additional questions, you may also contact the principal investigator, Billy Evans, Environmental Program Manager at MDE, at 443-996-2373.

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Webster Field Annex Dye Tracer Study Rescheduled

LEONARDTOWN, MD (September 19, 2018) – Scientists and engineers from Maryland Department of the Environment’s (MDE), Shellfish Monitoring Program, together with staff from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Shellfish Sanitation Program will begin conducting a hydrographic dye dilution study beginning September 24, 2018.  The study was originally scheduled for earlier in September but was postponed due to inclement weather. They will be tracking the flow and dispersion of wastewater discharging into the St Mary’s and Potomac River’s from the Webster Field Annex Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP).
 
There is one 12-hour dye injection period scheduled during the study.  During this time, Rhodamine WT dye will be released from the Webster Field WWTP beginning September 24 at approximately 8:00 p.m., and will continue until approximately 8:00 p.m. on September 25.  As a result of the dye injection, portions of the lower St Mary’s River, in the general vicinity of Inigoes Creek and the Potomac River, may turn reddish in color for a brief time and will be visible from the shores along the immediate area of the wastewater treatment plants discharge.  Please note that this dye is not harmful to people or the ecosystem.
 
Information collected during this study will be used by MDE to evaluate the impact of wastewater discharges on shellfish growing areas, and will help scientists determine where shellfish may be safely harvested.
 
If you have any additional questions, you may also contact the principal investigator, Billy Evans, Environmental Program Manager at MDE, at 443-996-2373.

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Webster Field Annex Dye Tracer Study Rescheduled

LEONARDTOWN, MD (September 19, 2018) – Scientists and engineers from Maryland Department of the Environment’s (MDE), Shellfish Monitoring Program, together with staff from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Shellfish Sanitation Program will begin conducting a hydrographic dye dilution study beginning September 24, 2018.  The study was originally scheduled for earlier in September but was postponed due to inclement weather. They will be tracking the flow and dispersion of wastewater discharging into the St Mary’s and Potomac River’s from the Webster Field Annex Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP).
 
There is one 12-hour dye injection period scheduled during the study.  During this time, Rhodamine WT dye will be released from the Webster Field WWTP beginning September 24 at approximately 8:00 p.m., and will continue until approximately 8:00 p.m. on September 25.  As a result of the dye injection, portions of the lower St Mary’s River, in the general vicinity of Inigoes Creek and the Potomac River, may turn reddish in color for a brief time and will be visible from the shores along the immediate area of the wastewater treatment plants discharge.  Please note that this dye is not harmful to people or the ecosystem.
 
Information collected during this study will be used by MDE to evaluate the impact of wastewater discharges on shellfish growing areas, and will help scientists determine where shellfish may be safely harvested.
 
If you have any additional questions, you may also contact the principal investigator, Billy Evans, Environmental Program Manager at MDE, at 443-996-2373.

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Senate Committee Passes Cardin Bill to Protect the Baltimore Oriole and other Migratory Birds

WASHINGTON – A bill sponsored by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, to help sustain populations of migratory birds like the Baltimore oriole that face threats to their health and habitats, was approved Tuesday by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. The Migratory Birds of the Americas Conservation Act (S. 1537), promotes long-term conservation, education, research, monitoring, and habitat protection for more than 350 species of migratory birds, including Maryland’s state bird, the Baltimore oriole. The bill furthers investment in critical conservation programs that have demonstrated marked successes through public-private partnerships and innovative granting and conservation strategies. 

“Sustaining healthy populations of migratory birds is not only good for the birds, but critical to our farmers who benefit as these transitory populations consume billions of harmful insects and rodent pests, pollinating crops and dispersing seeds,” said Senator Cardin. “This simple legislation reauthorizes a cost-effective, budget-friendly and highly successful federal program to protect birds, including the Baltimore oriole that have seen a steady decline in their populations despite being protected by federal and state laws.”

Senator Cardin partnered with Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and defender of the Ohio’s state bird, the northern cardinal.  The legislation also was cosponsored by Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.).

“Hundreds of bird species migrate through Ohio each year, making Lake Erie one of the most popular destinations for birdwatching,” Senator Portman said. “Birding contributes more than $20 million to Ohio’s tourism industry and attracts visitors from across the world each year. I am proud to work with Senator Cardin and my colleagues on this bipartisan legislation to protect and conserve these bird populations so that they may be enjoyed by future generations. I applaud the committee for approving this legislation and urge my colleagues to support it when it comes to the floor.”

For nearly a decade, federal investment in habitat protection, education, research and monitoring of neotropical migratory birds has been vital to the well-being of our economy. Nationwide, bird watchers include more than 47 million Americans who are part of a larger wildlife watching community that spends $30 billion annually.

The S. 1537, Migratory Birds of the Americas Conservation Act, formerly the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act, has a proven track record of reversing habitat loss and advancing conservation strategies for the hundreds of species of birds considered neotropical migrants—birds that spend summers in the United States and winter in Latin America. 

The Baltimore oriole, whose song and orange plumage brightens all of the Northeastern U.S., has steadily declined in population despite its legal protection under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 and the state of Maryland’s Nongame and Endangered Species Conservation Act. Threats to these beloved Maryland birds are mainly due to habitat destruction and deforestation, particularly in the Central and South American countries where the birds winter. In addition, international use of toxic pesticides ingested by insects, which are then eaten by the birds, has significantly contributed to this decline. Conservation efforts in our country are essential, but investment in programs throughout the migratory route of these and countless other migratory birds is critical. This bill accomplishes this goal.

Since 2002, more than $66 million in grants have been awarded, supporting 570 projects in 36 countries.  Partners have contributed an additional $250 million, and more than 4.5 million acres of habitat have been improved.  In 2018, more than $3.8 million in federal funds will be matched by more than $14.2 million in partner contributions going to 29 collaborative conservation projects in 16 countries across the Americas.

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EPA Backs Maryland Plan to Improve Water Quality

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it has approved and helped fund a $327.7 million plan by Maryland to implement key water infrastructure projects, including new and upgraded wastewater treatment plants to better serve residents, increase efficiency and reduce pollution to local waters and the Chesapeake Bay.

“This federal-state partnership program allows us to assist a wide variety of communities throughout the state, especially small and disadvantaged communities that otherwise might not have the resources to resolve their water issues,” said EPA Regional Administrator Cosmo Servidio. “All Americans deserve clean and safe water, and the revolving loan program will greatly benefit Maryland communities in need of new or upgraded water infrastructure.”

The Intended Use Plan includes an award of $38.8 million from EPA’s FY 2018 Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF). The plan by the Maryland Department of the Environment is also funded with a $7.8 million state match, repayments from prior CWSRF loans, interest earnings and bond proceeds. Projects to prevent sanitary sewer overflows in Prince George’s, Montgomery and Baltimore counties are among the projects to be funded in the plan.

“Maryland appreciates EPA’s and Congress' support of our clean water investment plan to protect public health and safety and prevent water pollution in Maryland communities and the Chesapeake Bay," said Maryland Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles. "In partnership with EPA, the Maryland Department of the Environment will continue to provide financial assistance to local jurisdictions to help them comply with their pollution reduction requirements under our state’s blueprint to restore the national treasure that is the Chesapeake Bay.”

The projects targeted for funding in the state’s CWSRF plan include:

$56,654,000 to the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission for 13 projects to construct and rehabilitate miles of sewer mains to eliminate sanitary sewer overflows in Prince George and Montgomery Counties.
$11,093,679 to Cecil County to replace the Port Deposit Wastewater Treatment Plant which is in a floodplain and has outlived its useful life.
$5,245,164 to the City of Frederick to upgrade the Gas House Pike Wastewater Treatment Plant which will reduce nutrient pollutants and aid in the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.
$11,720,360 to the City of Westminster to upgrade the Westminster Wastewater Treatment Plant to improve sludge handling using biosolids as fuel.
$3,043,400 to the City of Crisfield for three projects to construct and rehabilitate sewer collection systems and facilities that are undersized and have exceeded their useful lives.
$1,924,704 to the Cecil County to upgrade the Harbour View Wastewater Treatment Plant.
$92,821,094 to Baltimore City and County for eight projects to construct, install and rehabilitate sewer lines, pipes and wet weather tanks to reduce/eliminate sanitary sewer overflows.
The CWSRF program provides low interest loans for the construction of wastewater treatment facilities and other projects vital to protecting and improving water quality in rivers, lakes and streams for drinking water, recreation and natural habitat. The loans help communities keep water and sewer rates more affordable while addressing local water quality problems. For more information, please visit: https://www.epa.gov/cwsrf

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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

Burglary: 18-49280
On September 12, 2018 Deputy Bradley responded to Bandera Lane, Lusby for the report of a theft. The complainants advised an unknown suspect(s) broke into their shed and stole multiple tools. The estimated value of stolen and damaged property is approximately $2,600. 

 

Damaged Property: 18-49256
On September 12, 2018 Deputy Lewis Jr. responded to Huntsman Drive, Huntingtown for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised sometime between 9:30 PM on September 11th and 6:15 AM on September 12th an unknown suspect(s) drove through his front yard, leaving 300 feet of tire tracks. The estimated value of damaged property is approximately $1,000. 

 

Damaged Property: 18-49260
On September 12, 2018 Deputy Deleon responded to Burr Oak Court, Prince Frederick for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised a group of unidentified teenagers damaged three concrete slabs in a gazebo and left their fast food trash there. 

 

Damaged Property: 18-49708
On September 14, 2018 Deputy Spalding responded to Golden West Way, Lusby for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised sometime between September 13th at 7:30 PM and September 14th at 6:25 AM an unknown suspect(s) slashed two tires on her vehicle. The value of damaged property is approximately $200. 

 

Damaged Property: 18-50064
On September 15, 2018 Deputy Ridgely responded to S. Solomons Island Road, Prince Frederick for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised sometime between 8:30 PM and 9:30 PM an unknown suspect(s) smashed the windshield of his rental vehicle. 

 

Theft: 18-48948
On September 10, 2018 Deputy Spalding responded to Huron Drive, Lusby for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between September 7th and September 10th an unknown suspect(s) stole the license plate from her trailer. The value of stolen property is $51. 

 

Theft: 18-48982
On September 10, 2018 Deputy Sampson responded to the KFC in Prince Frederick for the report of at theft. The victim advised sometime between 5:00 and 8:00 PM an unknown suspect(s) stole $320 from her purse.

 

Theft: 18-49343
On September 12, 2018 Deputy Bradley responded to Driftwood Lane, Solomons for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between September 7th at approximately 3:00 PM and September 12th at 9:00 AM an unknown suspect(s) stole 4 lug nuts off his Mustang. 

 

Theft: 18-49576
On September 13, 2018 Deputy Bradley responded to Swaggers Point Road, Solomons for the report of a theft. The complainant advised she left her phone at the CD Café and Lounge the night before, and when she returned to the restaurant the next morning to find it, no one had turned it in. 

 

ARRESTS:

On September 10, 2018 Deputy Bowlan conducted a traffic stop in front of the Sunderland Park and Ride. Deputy Bowlan made contact with the driver, Shaquille Larry Nabinett (25), and the passenger who refused to identify himself. Both subjects were asked to exit the vehicle and a K9 scan was conducted which resulted in a positive alert. A search of the vehicle revealed a scale, a grinder with suspected marijuana, two burnt marijuana cigarettes and a large plastic bag with half of the bag torn off. Nabinett confessed to having more marijuana in his pocket. He was placed under arrest. The passenger, later identified as Demetrious Carroll Holland (27), continued to refuse to give his name, therefore he was also placed under arrest. Both subjects were transported to the Calvert County Detention Center. Nabinett was charged with CDS: Possession with Intent to Distribute and Holland was charged with Obstructing and Hindering. 

 

On September 10, 2018 Sgt. Phelps was at Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa when Holly Macon (34) threw a cup of orange soda onto the side of his police cruiser. Macon was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where she was charged with Malicious Destruction of Property- Value Less than $1,000. 

 

On September 12, 2018 Deputy Rzepkowski conducted a traffic stop at Southern Maryland Boulevard and N Solomons Island Road, Sunderland. Deputy Rzepkowski made contact with the driver, Shane Edward Stickley (32), whose license was revoked and suspended. A search of the vehicle revealed two plastic straws with suspected cocaine residue, the bottom of a soda can with burn marks and burnt residue and over 50 containers and plastic bags which contained suspected cocaine residue. Stickley was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana and CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia.

 

On September 13, 2018 Deputy Rzepkowski assisted Cpl. Bortchevsky with a traffic stop at the Wawa in Dunkirk. While making contact with the driver, Tyler Keith Sterling (19), Cpl. Bortchevsky noticed a strong odor of unburnt marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed a pair of brass knuckles, a large amount of cash and a baggie of marijuana. Sterling was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession of Marijuana-Over 10 Grams and Concealing a Dangerous Weapon. 

 

On September 14, 2018 Deputy Bowlan conducted a traffic stop in front of the Tractor Supply in Huntingtown. While making contact with the driver, George Lewis Gerlach (32), Deputy Bowlan detected a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. A search of Gerlach’s person revealed two bags containing suspected marijuana. A search of the vehicle revealed Adderall and a baggie of suspected cocaine. Gerlach was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana. 

 

On September 15, 2018 Deputy Bowlan conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Ferry Landing Road and Old Jones Road in Dunkirk. Emergency Communications advised Deputy Bowlan that the passenger, Lea Marie Foster (33), had an active warrant. A search of Foster’s purse revealed one Suboxone strip and two prescription bottles that contained Gabapentin and Adderall; neither bottles were prescribed to her. A search of her person revealed another Suboxone strip. Foster was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where she was charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana and Possession of CDS While Confined/Detained. 

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Maryland Offers Support to Small Businesses Providing Paid Sick Leave

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Small businesses in Maryland that provide paid sick and safe leave to their employees will soon be able to apply for a refundable tax credit administered by the Maryland Department of Commerce. The Small Business Relief Tax Credit offers businesses that meet certain criteria a state income tax credit of up to $500 per employee and $7,000 per small business for every year in which they qualify.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and play a critical role in creating jobs, growing our economy, and strengthening our communities,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Our administration remains committed to working in partnership with our business community, and this tax credit is one of many steps we are taking to ensure that Maryland remains open for business.”

The tax credit program was proposed and enacted by Governor Hogan to help businesses comply with the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, which was passed by the Maryland General Assembly in early 2018 and requires businesses with 14 or fewer employees to provide unpaid sick and safe leave.

“Maryland’s small business community employs more than one million people, making it one of our most powerful and important economic assets,” said Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike Gill. “We encourage small businesses that are paying sick leave to consider applying for this credit, which will help them continue to be able to support their employees.”

Any type of small businesses, including nonprofits, may apply for the credit as long it has 14 or fewer employees. Businesses may apply every year for each employee making less than 250 percent of the annual federal poverty guidelines for a single-person household (currently $30,350 per year).

The Maryland Department of Commerce will begin accepting applications for the credit for tax year 2018 on January 3, 2019.

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Charles County Sheriff's Officer Has Medical Emergency -Crashes Car In Mechanicsville

On September 16, 2018, at approximately 6:34 a.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County
Sheriff’s Office responded to a motor vehicle collision in the 27000 block of Three Notch Road, in Mechanicsville. Upon arrival, a vehicle was located on the shoulder of the road, with the operator still inside. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and continued the investigation.
Preliminary investigation determined a 2009 Ford Crown Victoria, operated by Charles County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Sterlin Douglas, left the roadway for a suspected medical emergency.
Douglas was traveling southbound on Three Notch Road in the area of Baptist Church Road, when the vehicle left the roadway, struck a culvert, and continued on, striking two parked vehicles at the Used Car Factory. The vehicle reentered the roadway, and came to rest on the shoulder of the road. Douglas was transported to a local trauma center with incapacitating injuries.

At this time it appears Douglas suffered a medical issue, which is believed to be a
factor in the collision. Alcohol and drug use do not appear to be factors in the collision.
Anyone who may have witnessed the collision that has not yet provided a statement is asked to contact Corporal Brian Connelly at (301) 475-4200 *extension 8031 or by email at
Brian.Connelly@stmarysmd.com. Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at
(301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through
the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information
about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter
@firstsheriff.

 

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Volunteers Needed for Christmas Connection Program

Christmas Connection is a volunteer and interagency partnership providing holiday cheer to seniors and families in need. The Charles County Department of Community Services leads the “Adopt-a-Senior” portion of the project, and is seeking volunteers to prepare and deliver holiday food baskets to seniors who have been determined to be financially needy and without support of family at the holiday time.
Individuals wishing to volunteer should call the Department of Aging at 1-855-843-9725 or 301-934-9305 ext. 5737 by Friday, Nov. 2.  Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.
 

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Hogan Administration Announces $12 Million in Highway Safety Grants

ANNAPOLIS, MD – As part of ongoing efforts to prevent traffic crashes and save lives on Maryland roads, Governor Larry Hogan today announced that $12 million in federal highway safety funds will be granted to approximately 90 agencies and organizations across the state with the goal of reducing crashes and related injuries and deaths.
 
“The safety of our citizens and visitors is a responsibility we take extremely seriously, and our administration will continue to make investments to make our roadways safer,” said Governor Hogan. “This funding continues our commitment to address traffic safety challenges and get unsafe, impaired, and distracted drivers off the road.”
 
In 2017, there were 557 deaths as a result of traffic crashes in Maryland. The funds distributed through the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration’s Highway Safety Office will help fund the following traffic-safety efforts:
 
Increasing the use of seat belts in all seating positions;
Preventing impaired, aggressive, and distracted driving;
Increasing the safety of pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists;
Promoting the correct use of child passenger safety seats;
Funding overtime enforcement of Maryland’s traffic laws;
Supporting police training for highway safety and traffic enforcement; and
Increasing capability and efficiency of Maryland’s traffic data systems.
Maryland’s five-year Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) guides the funding of traffic safety-related projects and will be used by state and local agencies and non-profit groups to address the strategies set forth in the plan for meeting the Toward Zero Deaths goal of cutting the number of deaths on Maryland roads in half by 2030. The state is also working with various Maryland jurisdictions to develop local SHSPs that address community-specific traffic issues and complement the broader plan.
 
“The only acceptable goal is to reduce the number of traffic crashes, injuries, and fatalities to zero,” said Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn.
 
Secretary Rahn also recently announced MDOT’s Traffic Safety Pledge which encourages Maryland drivers to pledge to: always wear their seatbelt; have a safe and sober ride; park the phone before driving; use crosswalks and be seen while walking or biking; look for pedestrians and motorcyclists and give bicyclists three feet of clearance; wear proper protective gear while riding a motorcycle; and give themselves time. Speed is a factor in many crashes and greatly increases the severity. Take the pledge now at: http://www.mdot.maryland.gov/newMDOT/SafetyPledge.html.
 
The federal grant awards can only be used for traffic safety activities and are allocated based on crash data for each county and/or organization that applied for funding. Funds can only be spent during Federal Fiscal Year 2019 (October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019). A breakdown of the amounts granted in Southern Maryland:
Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse: $5,100.00
Calvert County Sheriff’s Office: $25,000.00
Charles County Sheriff’s Office: $92,000.00
La Plata Police Department: $10,000.00
St. Mary's County DUI Court: $21,194.80
St. Mary's County Sheriff’s Office: $42,500.00
 

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Officers Looking To I.D. Quick Shop Robbery Suspect (Photo)

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured. On
September 11, 2018, the suspect entered the Quik Shop, located in the 21000 block of Great
Mills Road in Lexington Park, and pretended to purchase items. Once the register was open, the suspect threw an article of clothing at the clerk and proceeded to steal an undisclosed amount of money from the register. The suspect then fled the area on foot.
Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Corporal Brian
Connelly at (301) 475-4200 extension *8031 or by email at Brian.Connelly@stmarysmd.com.
Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to
“TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program
tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s
County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter
@firstsheriff. 

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SMADC Encourages Commodity Farmers to Utilize Program Resources

The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) is excited to encourage commodity farmers in Southern Maryland to take full advantage of the programs and resources SMADC can offer them.
 
Programs that commodity farmers can use include various loan and grant programs (ranging from $2,000 - $20,000), the Southern Maryland Equipment Rental Program, Land Preservation Programs (in association with the County preservation programs),  FarmLink Property Exchange (sale or lease), the Farm Discussion Forum, and various farm workshops held throughout the year on current topics such as farm labor, insurance, and more.
 
Southern Maryland Grain Farmer Chip Bowling, a 3rd generation family farmer from Bunker Hill Farm, recently utilized The Southern Maryland Agricultural Equity Incentive Matching Fund, a program offered through SMADC in conjunction with MARBIDCO, to incentivize loan requests from farmers and to help them meet certain down-payment equity requirements to assist them in purchasing farm property.
 
Bowling says, “As a grain farmer that has known about SMADC for years, but only used their resources for the first time this year, I was pleased with how simple, easy, and effective the process was. The SMADC/MARBDICO partnership program made my decision to purchase another farm that much easier, and without them I would not have ended up where I needed to be so efficiently. I would recommend that anyone who can use SMADC as a resource, should do so. They have various programs available for all types of farm production, and they are always more than happy to help.”
 
SMADC’s programmatic reach encompasses farms in the five Southern Maryland Counties: Anne Arundel County, Calvert County, Charles County, Prince George’s County, and St. Mary’s County. SMADC is an association member of the National Corn Growers Association, an association member of the Maryland Farm Bureau, and a yearly sponsor of the Maryland Commodity Classic, which is hosted by the Maryland Grain Producers Board.
 
For more information about SMADC's programs and resources for the regional agriculture community, visit the 'Farmer Resources' pages at SMADC.com. 

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Governor Larry Hogan Authorizes Deployment of Maryland Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team to Assist Rescue Efforts in North Carolina

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan has authorized deployment of the Maryland Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team (MD-HART) to North Carolina as a measure to assist in rescue efforts from flooding due to Hurricane Florence. Additionally, the governor announced that Maryland will open two shelters for those seeking a safe place to wait out the storm, including potential evacuees coming from states further south.
 
The MD-HART team consists of two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters with eight crew members and three maintainers from the Maryland Army National Guard, and helicopter search and rescue technicians from Baltimore, Harford, Howard, and Montgomery Counties. The team will depart on Sunday to assist with the recovery effort. The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) continues to coordinate Maryland’s response and support to affected states through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.
 
"As coastal states feel the impact of Hurricane Florence, we are working to ensure that any travelers, evacuees, or Maryland residents seeking shelter have a safe place to stay during the storm, and we also stand ready to assist other states,” said Governor Hogan. “This elite team is an excellent example of our state and counties working together to provide support to those in need, and we are proud to have the capability to send the MD-HART to North Carolina.”
 
The MD-HART is able to support multiple missions including vehicle rescues in swift water flood zones, structure rescue through window/door/balcony insertion, and structure rescue form rooftops and confined areas in flood zones, mountain wilderness extrications, tree rescue/extrication, open/inland/swift water rescue, and mass rescue capability. This support is delivered through hoist and short-haul capable helicopters. The team is also trained in disaster assessment.
 
Yesterday, the governor toured the Maryland National Guard Brigadier General William Smallwood Readiness Center in La Plata, Md. In response to Hurricane Florence, Maryland is opening two pet-friendly shelters to support those who may need a safe place to stay during this storm. The locations are as follows:
 
University of Maryland College Park (Ritchie Coliseum)
7950 Baltimore Avenue
College Park, MD 20740
 
Chesapeake College
Health Professions and Athletics Center
1000 College Circle
Wye Mills, MD 21679
 
People seeking shelter who have specific questions about shelters in Maryland, or need disaster reunification assistance, should please call 1-888-756-7836.
 
In October 2016, Governor Hogan authorized the deployment of the MD-HART team to Columbia, South Carolina in response to the flooding from Hurricane Matthew. The team flew more than 19 hours conducting search and rescue and reconnaissance missions.
 
In addition to the HART team, MEMA is sending a Damage Assessment Team Leader to assist South Carolina.

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St. Mary's Officers Looking To I.D. Theft Suspect (Photos)

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured. On August
25, 2018, at the Great Mills Sheetz, located on Old Great Mills Road, the suspect reached into an open truck window and removed property from the victim’s truck. The suspect was traveling in a white Ford truck, which had an extended cab.
Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Deputy Tyler
Payne at (301) 475-4200 extension *8018 or by email at Tyler.Payne@stmarysmd.com. Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter
@firstsheriff. 

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All Faith Church Road Work and Closure Rescheduled

Leonardtown, MD – The planned road work and closure along All Faith Church Road will now take place on Monday September 24.
 
The road was scheduled to close September 10 to replace a culvert at Killpeck Creek, approximately ¾ mile south of Golden Beach Road and ½ mile north of New Market Turner Road. The work and closure was delayed due to potential impacts from Hurricane Florence.
 
The work will take approximately two weeks to complete, weather permitting.
 
Citizens with questions about the road work and closure can contact the Department of Public Works and Transportation at 301-475-4200.

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St. Mary's County Museum Division Museums Operating Schedule during Hurricane Event

Leonardtown, MD – Because of continuing effects of Hurricane Florence, the St. Mary’s County Museum Division is changing its operating schedule for the upcoming weekend.
 
Piney Point Lighthouse Museum & Historic Park is currently closed until further notice due to high waters. Floodwaters have the potential of going higher during and after the storm event. The Division hopes to reopen Piney Point sometime next week after flood waters have receded.
 
St. Clement’s Island Museum in Colton’s Point will be open for normal operating hours. However, the water taxi service has been cancelled this weekend due to high waters and potentially high winds. The Division hopes to resume normal water taxi service the weekend of September 22 - 23.
 
Rising waters have damaged the piers on St. Clement’s Island State Park. Private craft hoping to visit the island may not be able to access the park during this time due to the damage and flooding on the island itself.
 
For up to date information, please monitor St. Mary’s County Museum Division’s social media channels on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SCIMuseum or www.facebook.com/1836Light or on Twitter at @StClemIsMuseum or @PineyPtLHMuseum.

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Calvert County Board of County Commissioners Approves Purchase of the Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter

At its Sept. 11 meeting, the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) exercised its option to purchase the new Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter for $6.1 million, averting lease payments of nearly $46,000 per month.
 
In May 2016 the BOCC announced the shelter project as a public/private partnership with Marrick Properties that included terms for the county to lease the facility with an option to purchase it. This purchase will be funded by the issuance of general obligation bonds.
 
The Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter is an open admission animal shelter that will care for surrendered and stray animals in Calvert County. The mission of the animal shelter is to provide compassionate humane care and treatment to the shelter population and responsibly rehome animals into the community.
 
At nearly 13,000 square feet, the shelter will be able to house an estimated 200 animals within the main building.  Features include fenced-in play yards, cat condos, a cat patio, indoor and outdoor meet-and-greet areas for dogs, grooming and bathing space, an exotic animal room and a 1,380-square-foot barn to house livestock should there be an increased need. The shelter will run under the Calvert County Department of Public Safety and will house the Animal Shelter and Animal Control divisions.
 
Linda L. Kelley was an Owings resident and Calvert County commissioner from 1994-2006. Kelley was widely known as a vocal and committed advocate of animal rights and their safe and humane treatment. Throughout her years of community involvement Linda served on dozens of boards, commissions and coalitions including the Friends of Felines board and the Tri-County Animal Shelter board.
 
In December 2015, Kelley suggested the BOCC look into acquiring its own shelter and adoption center, breaking away from its partnership with Tri-County Animal Shelter. In 2017, the BOCC unanimously voted to name the proposed facility in honor of the former commissioner.
 
A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 3 p.m. The shelter is located at 5055 Hallowing Point Road in Prince Frederick. Details on the shelter are available at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/AnimalShelter.
 
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Man Sentenced to 25 years for Sexually Abusing Vulnerable Teen

LA PLATA, MD—Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County announced that on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, Charles County Circuit Court Judge Amy J. Bragunier sentenced Calvin Julius Burgess, 35, formerly of La Plata, to 25 years for Sex Abuse of a Minor.
 
Covington, commenting on the Court’s sentence said, “The Court’s sentence puts a predator behind bars where he should be.  I firmly believe that no one in our great County will find fault with the Court’s sentence.  This predator, by his actions, earned everyday he will have to serve.”
 
On  May 30, 2018, after a 2-day trial and less than 30 minutes of deliberation, a Charles County jury found Burgess guilty of the aforementioned charge.The evidence at trial revealed that on June 16, 2017, officers spoke with the victim in La Plata. The victim disclosed to officers that she was involved in a sexual relationship with Burgess while she was under 18 years old. Burgess, who served as a father figure to the victim, had begun manipulating the victim - who was particularly vulnerable  - for years with inappropriate behaviors. The behaviors included cuddling with the victim, rubbing her legs, and showing the victim affection for Burgess’ own benefit and sexual gratification. This eventually escalated to Burgess engaging in multiple sexual acts, to include intercourse,  with the victim.
 
The victim revealed to her mother the sexual nature of the relationship after her 18th birthday. Her mother and sister then alerted the police. The victim’s account of the sexual relationship was corroborated by text messages that were sexual in nature with Burgess, as well as Burgess’ confession to the sexual acts.
 
During sentencing, Assistant State’s Attorney Sarah Freeman told the judge, “The defendant is a master manipulator. He knows his audience and he will say whatever he needs to say to fit his agenda. Mr. Burgess, by his own admission, knew this victim was in a vulnerable state and exploited his position of trust. The level of harm in this case is excessive. This didn’t just affect the victim, but the entire family unit. Master manipulators are the most dangerous kind of sexual predators. That is what Mr. Burgess is.”.
 
Charles County Circuit Court Judge Amy J. Bragunier said at sentencing, “My reaction to all of this is just, wow. Mr. Burgess, you are a narcissist in the first degree. The court finds that a sentence of 25 years is appropriate in this case. This child will need counseling for the rest of her life and all her future relationships will be affected by this trauma. Was this a blood and guts case? No—but that doesn’t mean that your actions were not heinous.

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Mt. Hope Community Center to Close Temporarily Due to Maintenance

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Sept. 13, 2018 – The Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation announces Mt. Hope Community Center will close temporarily due to parking lot maintenance.
 
The center will close Thursday, Sept. 20 and Friday, Sept. 21. The center will reopen with normal hours of operation Saturday, Sept. 22. Normal hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday, 12:30-6 p.m.
 
For questions about the closure or additional information, contact the Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation at 410-535-1600, ext. 8220 or via email at Nate.Smith@calvertcountymd.gov.
 
Learn more about the Department of Parks & Recreation and its comprehensive program of recreational activities offered in community centers, aquatic facilities, public schools and county parks by visiting online at www.calvertcountymd.gov/parksandrecreation. Like Calvert County Government on Facebook.

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Whereabouts of Sex Offender Sought (Photo)

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of Tavares Antoine Sherman, a wanted sex offender.
 
Sherman is a 44-year-old black male with black hair and hazel eyes. Height: 6’1” and 230 lbs.
 
Sherman, a tier III offender and lifetime registrant, is wanted for failing to register and provide information required by the registry.
 
Anyone with information about Sherman’s whereabouts are asked to call Detective Cpl. Melissa Hulse at 301-475-4200, ext. *1996 or email Melissa.Hulse@stmarysmd.com.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter at @firstsheriff.
 

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Officers Attempting to Locate Vehicle/Driver (Photo)

On September 11, 2018, Deputy First Class Dale Smith responded to a report of a hit and run
accident involving a juvenile. The juvenile victim advised at approximately 4:30 p.m. while
riding a bicycle in the area of Miley Drive and Joy Chapel Road in Hollywood, the victim was
struck by a vehicle. The victim was knocked onto the ground, and sustained minor injuries. The victim described the vehicle as a red GMC Yukon, similar to the vehicle pictured. At the time of the accident the vehicle was operated by a black male, accompanied by a black female passenger. After striking the victim, the vehicle fled on Joy Chapel Road, towards Hollywood Elementary School.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact DFC. Smith at (301) 475-4200 extension *8098, or by email at Dale.Smith@stmarysmd.com. Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter
@firstsheriff. 

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September 11 Charles County Commissioners Meeting Update

At the meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Board of Commissioners received a briefing and approved a request for introduction of a zoning text amendment that would allow consolidated storage as a permitted use in the Core Retail Residential (CRR) and Commercial Village (CV) zones. This request came from the owners of the Bryans Road Shopping Center, which is seeking to fill some vacant retail space by leasing it for storage to enhance economic viability of the site. If approved, this text amendment would also allow other eligible applicants to submit a request for this use within these zones. For additional information, view the staff report that was presented to the Planning Commission on Aug. 20, 2018. A public hearing on this proposed legislation is scheduled on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 6 p.m.
 
Open Session Briefing
 
Commissioners received a briefing and approved a request for introduction of a zoning text amendment to add surface mining as a use permitted by special exception within the watershed conservation district zone. Commissioner approval of this request supports the policies and actions of the Mineral Resources Chapter of the 2016 Charles County Comprehensive Plan, an amendment that was approved by Commissioners in July. A public hearing on this proposed legislation is scheduled on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 6 p.m.
 
Approval Items
 
The Commissioners approved the following items:
 
A request for a road resolution to change the name of Cool Springs Farm Place to Cool Springs Farm Court.
A $41,030 budget transfer request to convert a part-time administrative associate to a full-time position in Community Services.
A $16,670 budget transfer request for the Department of Emergency Services to purchase an inventory and asset management system for medical supplies.
A minor change to the Inclement Weather Cancellation Policy for County Commissioner public hearings.
Several changes to the Automated Signing Machine Use Policy that provides a procedure and security use protocol for adding automated signatures to documents on behalf of County Commissioners and the County Administrator.
A letter of support for a grant request from the Friends of Chapman State Park to the Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium for the Preservation of Chapman Family Cemetery project.
 
 
Public Hearings
 
Commissioners received public comment on legislation to enact a 2 percent per year increase to the salaries of the Board of Commissioners, as recommended by the Charles County Compensation Commission. View the proposed legislation here. Commissioners adopted the compensation legislation, Bill #2018-03, as presented.
Commissioners received public comment on a zoning text amendment that would allow craft alcoholic beverage production facilities. Alcoholic craft beverage production would include brewing, distilling, and winemaking operations, which are anticipated to have a positive impact on tourism and economic development in the county. View the Planning Commission report in BoardDocs. Commissioners adopted the craft beverages legislation, Bill #2018-04, as amended to clarify that the 10-acre minimum for a production facility can be associated, adjoining, or related parcels, rather than contiguous parcels.
Commissioners received public comment on a proposed donation of 208.3 acres of land as a conservation easement to the Conservancy for Charles County. The proposed donation of land consists of seven contiguous parcels, located on the northwest side of Livingston Road adjacent to Chapmans State Forest. It includes non-tidal wetlands within Mattawoman Creek, endangered and threatened species, and a bird habitat for which conservation by the state is strongly encouraged. View the presentation about the proposed conservation easement here. The Commissioners left the record open for comment until close of business on Monday, Sept. 17. Comments may be emailed to PublicRecord@CharlesCountyMD.gov.
 
Recognitions
 
Commissioners presented a proclamation recognizing September as National Preparedness Month. The theme is “Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.” To learn how you can be prepared for any emergency, visit www.ready.gov. View proclamation photo in Flickr.
Commissioners presented a proclamation recognizing September as National Recovery Month, which is intended to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance abuse disorders and celebrate those who recover. This theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Hope, Purpose and Community.” For resources or additional information, visit www.recoverymonth.gov. View proclamation photo in Flickr.
Commissioners recognized Dr. Dianna Abney, who resigned as Charles County Health Officer last month after more than five years of service. They thanked her for her efforts to improve the health outcomes for all county residents through enhanced services and outreach. View photo in Flickr.
Commissioners recognized county employees who achieved milestones in years of service and welcomed new employees to County Government.
Commissioners honored members of the county’s budget staff for earning the Government Finance Officers Association’s Excellence in Budget Presentation Award for the 16th consecutive year. The award recognizes state and local governments that go beyond minimum requirements to prepare comprehensive annual financial reports that reflect the spirit of transparency and full disclosure in their presentation. View photo in Flickr.
 
Next Commissioners Meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 18
 
For More Information:
 
Commissioners meetings are aired on CCGTV, which broadcasts on Comcast channel 95 and Verizon channel 10, and are available for streaming at www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/media-services/ccgtv/ccgtv.   Materials and minutes of the Commissioners meeting will be posted at www.boarddocs.com/md/chrlsco/Board.nsf/Public upon approval.
 

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After Hours Noise at Airport Investigated

Leonardtown, MD – St. Mary’s County has received complaints regarding noise emanating from the St. Mary’s County Regional Airport after hours.
 
The county conducted a conference call Wednesday morning to ensure operations at research facilities comply with noise standards contained within the county’s zoning ordinance.  Management at the facilities has assured the county operations are being reviewed and action taken to prevent future occurrences.  Sound measurements will be conducted to establish baseline readings for future operations. 
 
Citizens who have questions about the St. Mary’s County Regional Airport should contact the Department of Public Works and Transportation at 301-475-4200.
 

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Chesapeake Hills Golf Course Reopens Front Nine Holes After Upgrades

The Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation will reopen Chesapeake Hills Golf Course’s front nine holes for play Monday, Sept. 17. Staff closed off the holes in July to plant and nurture new Bermuda grass. Until further notice, carts are limited to the cart path on holes six through nine.
 
“The sprigging project has been completed and the grass is growing in nicely,” said Chesapeake Hills Golf Course Manager Michael Maher. “Although it hasn’t reached its full potential yet, we are able to open the front nine for play. We think our customers will be very impressed with the improvements.” 
 
 Located in scenic Lusby and just minutes from historic Solomons Island, the Chesapeake Hills Golf Course offers an enjoyable and challenging experience for all golfers. Visit online to learn more about Chesapeake Hills Golf Course, Calvert County's premier public golf course, at www.ChesapeakeHills.com.
 
For updates on Parks & Recreation services, park availability, field closures and more visit Parks & Recreation at www.Facebook.com/CalvertCountyParks. Like Calvert County Government on Facebook.

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Maryland State Police Investigating Fatal Crash In Prince George's County

(FORESTVILLE, Md.) – Maryland State Police are investigating a two-vehicle crash in which one person died and another was injured Wednesday morning in Prince George’s County.
At approximately 5:30 a.m., troopers from the Forestville barrack responded on a report of a two-vehicle crash on MD Rt. 4 north of Ritchie Marlboro Road in Upper Marlboro, Md.  According to a preliminary investigation, a silver Ford Taurus was traveling south on Rt. 4 when for unknown reasons crossed over the grass median.
The Ford Taurus then crashed head-on into a white Chevy Cruze, which was traveling north on Rt. 4 at the time of the crash.  The driver of the Ford Taurus, identified as Donald Edward Keresztenyi, 64, of Silver Spring. Md., was declared deceased on the scene. The driver of the Chevy Cruze, Clinton M. Simpson, 29, of Dunkirk, Md., was extricated from his vehicle and transported by ambulance to University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center for treatment of his injuries.
Alcohol, drugs and speeding have been ruled out as potential causes of the crash. The exact cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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Kids Day at the St. Mary's County Fair to be Smoke and Vape Free

LEONARDTOWN, MD (September 12, 2018) – The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) and the St. Mary’s County Fair Association are proud to announce that for the first time, Kids Day at the St. Mary’s County Fair, held on Friday September 21st, will be entirely smoke and vape free.
 
"This is the first phase of our eventual plans for the fairgrounds to become completely smoke and vape free," said John Richards, President of the St. Mary’s County Fair Association. "We ask that our patrons refrain from smoking and vaping on Kids Day so that children and their families can enjoy the fair surrounded by clean and healthy air."
 
Other designated areas, including the indoor structures (e.g., exhibit buildings, auditorium, etc.), food court, livestock barns, grandstands and carnival sections will be smoke and vape free for the entire fair weekend. Visit www.smcfair.somd.com for more information on fair activities.
 
“Our local rates of youth tobacco use and vaping are still high in comparison to other parts of Maryland,” said Angela Cochran, director of Chronic Disease Prevention & Control for SMCHD. “Almost 30% of high school students in St. Mary’s County are currently using tobacco and vape products. Going smoke and vape free for Kids Day reduces youth exposure to secondhand smoke and other risky chemicals while sending the overall message that tobacco and kids don’t mix.”
 
SMCHD offers FREE Quit Tobacco Classes and other resources for individuals that are ready to quit using tobacco. For more information, stop by the SMCHD table at the St. Mary’s County Fair, visit www.smchd.org/tobacco/ or contact the St. Mary’s County Health Department at (301) 475-4330.

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Traffic Stop Leads To Drug Arrest

 On Thursday, September 6, 2018 Trooper R. Kreczmer #6916 conducted a traffic stop on a gray Ford Taurus for the driver not wearing his seat belt on northbound Route 301, north of Route 5, Waldorf, Charles County, MD. Upon making contact with the operator, Valentine, Paul Alonzo, 27 yoa, from Capitol Heights, MD, Trooper Kreczmer detected the odor of Marijuana emitting form the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted. The search revealed Schedule II Narcotic pills, (oxycodone and codeine) and suspected Methylenedioxymethamphetamine. Valentine was placed under arrest for CDS not Marijuana and transported to the MSP La Plata Barrack. While at the barrack, a secondary search of Valentine revealed suspected Marijuana, in his groin area. Valentine was
charged with the following: Traffic: 19731 ta 16 101 a1 : Driving/Attempting Drive Motor Vehicle on Highway without Required License and Authorization; 18613 ta 22 412.3 b :Operating Motor Vehicle With (Operator, Occupant UnderAge 16) Not Restrained by (Seat Belt, Child Safety Seat): 16824 ta 16 112 c : Fail to Display License on Demand : Criminal: 1 1111 CR, 5 601(a)(1) : CDS: Possess-Not Marijuana; and 5 3550 CR, 5-619(c)(1) : CDS: Possess Paraphernalia. 18MSP038374
All events occurred in Charles County, Maryland.
All persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. News releases are a service of the Maryland State Police.

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St. Mary's County Officers Looking For Missing Man (Photo)

St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office is attempting to locate missing person Paul Vincent Berry Jr (B-M-8/15/55). He was last seen in the Lexington Park area on 9/11/18 wearing blue shorts. If seen please contact the Sheriff's Office.

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Leaders In St, Mary's County Cocaine Conspiracy Each Sentenced To 11 Years

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel sentenced Joseph Darren
Brooks, age 42, of California, Maryland, and Marvin Leon Young, age 42, of Lexington
Park, Maryland, each to 11 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for
conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute powder and crack cocaine.
Brooks was also convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Judge Hazel
sentenced co-conspirator Brandon Darnell Bowman, age 32, of Great Mills, to 86 months in
prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Brooks and Young were sentenced on
September 5th and 6th respectively, and Bowman was sentenced today.
The sentences were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland
Robert K. Hur; Acting Special Agent in Charge Scott Hoernke of the Drug Enforcement
Administration - Washington Field Division; St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron; and
Chief Henry P. Stawinski III of the Prince George’s County Police Department.
According to Young’s plea agreement and information presented to the Court, from at
least February 2015 through December 2016, Brooks and Young conspired with others,
including Darryl Michael Franklin and Brandon Darnell Bowman, to distribute cocaine and
crack cocaine primarily in St. Mary’s County. During the course of the conspiracy, Young
and Brooks were business partners and Franklin was their source of supply for cocaine.
Young would typically acquire kilograms of cocaine from Franklin, which he would split
with Brooks. Brooks sold smaller distribution quantities of cocaine to other members of the
conspiracy and to his own customers. On occasion, Brooks would cook the powder cocaine
into crack cocaine and distribute the crack cocaine. The conspirators used Bowman’s
residence as a stash house and to cook the powder cocaine into crack.
For example, on November 2, 2016, Young, acting on behalf of himself and Brooks,
arranged to purchase two kilograms of cocaine from Franklin. Prior to meeting Franklin,
Young picked up cash from Brooks at Bowman’s house. Young met Franklin to deliver the
cash and received the cocaine in return. Young dropped off one kilogram of cocaine to
Brooks at the home of another conspirator and retained one kilogram to sell to his own
customers. Later that day, Brooks informed Young that he had already sold a good portion 
of his kilogram of cocaine. Between October 5 and November 2, 2016, Young and Brooks
purchased at least six kilograms of cocaine from Franklin.
On December 15, 2016, law enforcement executed search warrants at the homes of
Brooks, Young, Bowman and other conspirators. At Brooks’ home they recovered a loaded
.45-caliber semi-automatic handgun, three .50-caliber rifles, a shotgun, and a variety of
ammunition. Brooks, who was not home at the time of the search, was prohibited from
possessing firearms or ammunition as a result of a previous felony convictions, including a
previous conviction in St. Mary’s County for drug distribution.
When officers searched Bowman’s residence in Great Mills, Maryland, they located
Brooks in the living room. From Bowman’s residence, law enforcement recovered a total
of 228 grams of cocaine, drug distribution paraphernalia, $11,490 in cash hidden in a
speaker, and $2,165 in cash from Brooks. From the search of Young’s residence, law
enforcement recovered $5,743 in cash and three cell phones. The cash represented proceeds
of their drug dealing.
Based upon the length of the drug trafficking conspiracy, recorded telephone
conversations, surveillance, and information provided by others, the quantity of cocaine
involved in the offense and foreseeable to Young and Brooks was between 15 and 40
kilograms of cocaine.
Darryl Michael Franklin, age 44, of Waldorf, Maryland, also pleaded guilty and was
sentenced to 20 years in prison.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together
all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and
make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated
PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals,
directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and 
tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally based strategies
to reduce violent crime.
United States Attorney Robert K. Hur commended the DEA, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s
Office, and the Prince George’s County Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr.
Hur thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Erin B. Pulice and Gregory Bernstein, who are prosecuting
this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.

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Detectives Seeking Information Related To A Shooting - Crime Solvers Offering Reward

Charles County Sheriff’s detectives are seeking information from the public relating to a shooting incident that took place in Waldorf. On September 8 at approximately 11:40 p.m., the victim was walking in the 700 block of University Drive when he was approached by an unknown male. The male stole property from the victim before shooting him. The victim was transported to a hospital with serious injuries and is expected to survive. Anyone with information about the shooting or who lives in the 700 block of University Drive and has home surveillance cameras is asked to contact Detective J. Feldman at 301-609-6474. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app, which can be found in the Android Store and Apple store by searching P3tips.  Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case. Detective J. Feldman is investigating.
 

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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

Damaged Property: 18-48071
On September 6, 2018 Deputy L. Payne responded to Sixes Road, Prince Frederick for the report of damaged property. The victim advised sometime between September 1st and September 3rd an unknown suspect(s) used a rock to smash the front and rear windshields of her vehicle. 
 
Theft: 18-47659
On September 4, 2018 Deputy Parks responded to World Gym in Prince Frederick for the report of a theft. The complainant advised she believed she lost her phone in the parking lot and someone picked it up and kept it for themselves instead of turning it in. The value of the phone is $700. 
 
Theft: 18-47784
On September 5, 2018 Deputy S. Naughton responded to Mallard Point, Prince Frederick for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between September 1st at 2:00 PM and September 2nd at 2:00 PM an unknown suspect(s) stole a visual warning sign from his front yard, which he described as a silhouette of a little boy with a reflective flag in his hand, and the word “SLOW” on it. The value of stolen property is approximately $40. 
 
Theft: 18-47783
On September 5, 2018 Deputy Flynt responded to Twin Lakes Drive, Dunkirk for the report of a theft. The complainant advised the passenger side rear window was busted out of her vehicle and her purse was missing. Her purse was located and returned to her, however, her wallet was missing.
 
Theft: 18-48488
On September 7, 2018 Deputy Childress responded to Sawmill Road, Lusby for the report of a theft. The complainant advised an unknown suspect(s) stole diesel fuel from his Peterbilt truck parked in a driveway across from his residence. The estimated value of stolen fuel is $30.
 
Theft: 18-48796
On September 9, 2018 Deputy O’Donnell responded to Ruby Tuesday’s in Prince Frederick for the report of a theft. The victim advised sometime between 4:00 PM and 9:30 PM an unknown suspect(s) stole $900 out of her purse while she was working. 
 
ARRESTS:
 
On September 5, 2018 Deputy S. Naughton conducted a traffic stop in the area of Steeple Chase Drive and Armory Road in Prince Frederick. A search of the vehicle resulted in hypodermic needles, a burnt can with suspected heroin residue, a glass smoking pipe with suspected crack cocaine residue, and multiple cotton swabs with suspected heroin residue. The passenger, Craig Robert McDaniel Jr (33), claimed all items as his. McDaniel Jr was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana and CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia. 
 
On September 6, 2018 Deputy T. Buckler responded to 15th Street in Chesapeake Beach for the report of an auto accident. The complainant advised he heard a vehicle go into the woods from his residence, then saw the driver come crawling up the hill, and never saw him again after that. While checking the vehicle for other passengers, Deputy T. Buckler located a prescription pill bottle with the name Khamali Thomas (24) on it. A short period of time later, Thomas was located at the scene of another auto accident. He was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Malicious Destruction of Property > $1,000 and Failure to Control Vehicle Speed on Highway to Avoid Collision. 
 
On September 8, 2018 Deputy Parks conducted a traffic stop on Route 4 and Avery Road, Prince Frederick. While making contact with the driver, Alexa Marie Sebo (19), Deputy Parks smelled a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. Sebo admitted to having marijuana in the vehicle, and a search of her person revealed a dollar bill with a crushed white pill inside. Sebo was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where she was charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana and CDS: Opiate without Prescription. 

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Commissioners Host Final Public Forum in 2018 on September 25

Leonardtown, MD – The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County will host their final Public Forum for 2018 on Tuesday, September 25, at 6:30 p.m. The forum will take place in their meeting room inside the Chesapeake Building, at 41770 Baldridge Street, in Leonardtown.
 
Citizens unable to attend in person can submit comments via the county’s Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/StMarysCountyGovernment or Twitter feed (@StMarysCoGov) by using the hashtag #CSMCforum. Comments and questions received will be read during the forum. Citizens should include their full name and location in the county in which they live. Comments received via Social Media will become part of the official record.
 
Commissioners of St. Mary’s County Public Forums are televised live on St. Mary’s County Government TV 95 (SMCG TV 95) on Atlantic Broadband Cable and streamed live for on demand viewing on the St. Mary’s County YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/StMarysCoMDGov?feature=mhee, the SMCG TV 95 Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SMCGTV95 and SMCG TV 95 portal at https://stmarysmd.viebit.com/. The forum can also be viewed on mobile devices.
 
The forum will re-air on SMCG TV 95 on Sunday, October 1, at 7 p.m. Videos of the Forums are also available for viewing on demand on the county’s YouTube channel, SMCG TV 95 Facebook page and SMCG TV 95 portal on the county website.
 
Individuals wishing to speak at the Forum will be allowed up to three (3) minutes to address the Commissioners (those representing a group will be allotted five (5) minutes to speak.) Anyone wishing to provide more detailed comments can do so via email or regular mail.
 
The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County can be reached via e-mail at csmc@stmarysmd.com or by U.S. mail at Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, P.O. Box 653, Leonardtown, Maryland  20650.

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All Faith Church Road Work and Closure to be Rescheduled

Leonardtown, MD - Due to the impending weather of Florence, the All Faith Church Road closure has been postponed. 
 
The roadway was scheduled to close today, September 10, to replace a culvert at Killpeck Creek, approximately ¾ mile south of Golden Beach Road and ½ mile north of New Market Turner Road.
 
A revised road closure schedule will be provided as conditions improve.

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Motorcyclist Dies In Nanjemoy

(Nanjemoy, Maryland) – On Friday, September 7, 2018, at approximately 2:54 p.m., Troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded to a reported motor vehicle collision in the area of eastbound MD Rt. 6 (Port Tobacco Road) east of Spike Virginia Place, Nanjemoy, MD.
 
     Upon arrival, Troopers observed the driver, Dedric Kenya Ross, from Upper Marlboro, being treated by EMS personnel. A preliminary investigation by Troopers indicated the vehicle was traveling eastbound MD Rt. 6 and for unknown reasons, Ross drove off the roadway, struck a pole, was ejected from the motorcycle, and consequently struck a tree. After all medical treatment efforts were unsuccessful, Ross was pronounced deceased on scene by EMS personnel.
 
     Anyone who may have witnessed or who has information regarding the above mentioned incident is asked to contact the La Plata Barrack Duty Officer at (301) 392-1200. The investigation is continuing and being investigated by the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack.
 

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Body Found Of Man Who Went Missing At Myrtle Point

The body of a man who went missing while swimming in the Patuxent River has been recovered.
 
The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office said Sunday that it found the body of 22-year-old Manuel DeJesus Portillo Romero, one day after he went missing in the river in California, Maryland.
 
Romero had last been seen at Myrtle Point Park around 11 a.m. Saturday. Maryland Natural Resources Police, a Navy helicopter and the St. Mary's County volunteer fire department all joined in the search, which had to be called off late Saturday night because of the weather. 
 
Seventh District VFD
@7thDistrictVFD
 Boat 5 assisted @Bay_District3 and @MDNRPolice along with other surrounding agencies this afternoon with a search for a missing swimmer in the Patuxent River. Boat 5 utilized side scan sonar. The search by fire department personnel was called off late this evening due to weather.
 
9:05 PM - Sep 8, 2018 · Myrtle Point State Park
 
The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office was back searching for Romero Sunday morning around 8 a.m. before his body was located around 5 p.m.
 
Romero's body will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for autopsy.
 
The sheriff's office said Romero had last been seen dressed in "a navy blue Hawaiian style shirt, and black pants w/white stripe on the side," adding that he also currently has facial hair. 
 
Seventh District VFD
@7thDistrictVFD
 Boat 5 assisted @Bay_District3 and @MDNRPolice along with other surrounding agencies this afternoon with a search for a missing swimmer in the Patuxent River. Boat 5 utilized side scan sonar. The search by fire department personnel was called off late this evening due to weather.

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FEMA Actively Monitoring, Planning for Hurricane Florence

PHILADELPHIA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through its headquarters in Washington, D.C., and regional offices in Atlanta, Georgia, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as well as our federal partners, are actively monitoring the continuing track of Hurricane Florence and coordinating closely with state and tribal officials.
 
As of September 7, 2018 at 05:00 AM EDT, Florence was a Tropical Storm in the Atlantic Ocean with wind speeds of near 65mph. Florence is moving toward the west near 7 mph, which will likely continue for the next couple of days, with a turn toward the west-northwest expected by the end of the weekend. There are no coastal watches or warnings currently in effect, however Florence is forecast to regain strength and become a hurricane again over the weekend.
 
While the storms’ exact track is uncertain, FEMA and our partners encourage everyone to take steps to prepare for any scenario. “FEMA encourages everyone to monitor the storm and heed the instructions of your local officials as we continue to track this storm,” stated MaryAnn Tierney, FEMA Region III Regional Administrator. “Sign up for wireless alerts, follow local officials and trusted sources on social media, and stay tuned. Knowing what is happening can help you prepare for the steps you’ll need to take to protect yourself and your community.” FEMA has begun planning for potential response operations and will adapt our preparedness activities and posture based on continued updates from the NWS.
 
Residents and visitors in coastal and inland areas should monitor local radio or TV stations for updated emergency information, and follow the instructions of state, local, and tribal officials.
 
FEMA encourages individuals in the mid-Atlantic to visit the following resources for the latest from the National Weather Service (NWS):
 
National Hurricane Center: www.NHC.NOAA.gov/ and on Twitter @NHC_Atlantic
National Weather Service: www.Weather.gov/
Hurricane Preparedness Tips:
 
Know your area’s risk of hurricanes.
Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
Based on your location and community plans, make your own plans for evacuation or sheltering in place.
Check with your local officials for information on plans for your area.
Become familiar with your evacuation zone, the evacuation route, and shelter locations – check with local, county, or state emergency management for details.
Gather any needed supplies - keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets, children, and those with access and functional needs.
Keep important documents in a safe place or create password-protected digital copies.
Protect your property. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves in plumbing to prevent backups. Consider hurricane shutters.
Review insurance policies and ensure you are covered.
Additional preparedness information is available at www.Ready.gov/hurricanes.

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Update In Fastop Robbery

On August 31 2018 at approximately 9:35pm, Deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Fastop Convenience Store located at 9880 Southern Maryland Blvd in Dunkirk, MD for the report of an armed robbery of the establishment. The clerk reported to responding deputies that he was closing out the lottery register when a white male wearing a black mask ran into the store brandishing a handgun.  The suspect jumped the counter and then grabbed the money from the register drawer. The suspect jumped back over the counter and subsequently discharged his handgun in the direction of the wall behind the counter. The clerk was not hurt during the confrontation. 
Detectives from the Calvert County Criminal Investigations Bureau arrived on the scene and assumed the investigation. The scene was processed and numerous items of evidence were recovered. A review of the surveillance footage revealed a description of the suspect.  The suspect is described as a thin, white male wearing tan cargo pants, grey New Balance sneakers, and a black tee shirt. The suspect was possibly between 18 and 30 years of age. The suspect wore a black mask covering half of his face and was not wearing gloves. The suspect has a tattoo on his right forearm. It was confirmed that the suspect fled the area in a vehicle. 
Calvert Sheriff’s Detectives are actively working this case.  If anyone has any further information they are asked to contact Detective Mike Mudd at 410-535-1600 ext. 2469 or Michael.mudd@calvertcountymd.gov 
 

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Cardin: I will vote against the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court

“I am as confident as the extreme groups that put forth his name for nomination that Judge Kavanaugh is inclined to turn back the clock on civil rights and civil liberties, voting rights, reproductive choice, equality, the Affordable Care Act, workers’ rights, clean air and clean water, and protection from the abuses of corporate and political power.”
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement at the conclusion of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony in the Senate Judiciary Committee on his nomination to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Anthony Kennedy. Senator Cardin was a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee for the hearings of both Justice Elena Kagan and Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
 
“What I have witnessed over the last few days has been a struggle between Republican efforts to ram through a Supreme Court nomination – brushing off any and all criticism of the process and the nominee – and legitimately fulfilling a constitutional responsibility to provide ‘advice and consent’ to presidential nominees for the highest court in the land. Based on what I saw and heard – and more often, did not hear from Judge Kavanaugh— as well as his record as a judge and his writings, any reasonable person would have cause to be concerned, even fearful, of what lays ahead for the Supreme Court and individual civil liberties in this country.
 
“This entire process has been rushed and the hearing should have been postponed. I had joined my Senate Judiciary Democratic colleagues in asking that these hearings be postponed until we, the Senate, could have adequate time to review Judge Kavanaugh’s full record, just as we did during the confirmation process for all other Supreme Court nominees. I requested a meeting with Judge Kavanaugh before the hearings began so that I could talk one-on-one with him about my policy concerns. But the request was denied by the White House. The 42,000-page document dump the night before the hearings started was an especially egregious display of contempt for the constitutional process. Much of the documentation that should have been provided to the Senate still was not provided. I also agree with Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein that no Senate or committee rule grants the chairman unilateral authority to designate documents committee confidential and keep them from the American people. I was on the Judiciary Committee for the Sotomayor and Kagan hearings and I heard the calls from my Republican colleagues for more information and a need for full disclosure, which was provided. Those same colleagues now turn a deaf ear to the idea that the Senate should treat all nominees the same regardless of who controls the process.
 
“I do not and would not oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination simply on the basis that I am a Democrat and he is a Republican nominee. But I have spent the last few weeks talking with Marylanders about my concerns about this nomination, especially the hypocrisy of a confirmation process that is disconnected from Senate precedent. I cannot support Judge Kavanaugh based on (1) his judicial track record, (2) his partisan epiphany about whether presidents should be investigated while in office after he investigated President Bill Clinton for Independent Counsel Ken Starr, and (3) what little we have seen of his White House record. I am concerned that Judge Kavanaugh is inclined to turn back the clock on civil rights and civil liberties, voting rights, reproductive choice, equality, the Affordable Care Act, workers’ rights, clean air and clean water, and protection from the abuses of corporate and political power, including the President of the United States. President Trump himself promised a litmus test for his Supreme Court nominees, including reversing Roe v. Wade.
 
“Our Constitution created the Supreme Court as an independent check and balance against both the executive and legislative branches of government. It should not be a rubber stamp on presidential efforts to undermine the rule of law or the independence of the judiciary, self-pardon, or derail Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in our 2016 presidential election. The next Justice of the Supreme Court should not be predisposed to enrich corporations over consumers, or hollow out protections against abuses of power, as Judge Kavanaugh’s record as an appellate court judge reveals. 
 
“This confirmation process is a turning point in American history. I will be voting no on Judge Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. I urge all my colleagues to think carefully, before they cast their vote, about the future of our nation and the American people. The consequences of their actions will effect this nation for the next generation.”

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Calvert County Division of Emergency Management Announces September is National Preparedness Month

The Calvert County Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management, reminds citizens September is a good time to review your readiness for severe weather and other emergencies throughout the year. September is National Preparedness and Maryland Preparedness Month and government agencies, businesses, community groups, schools and families are participating in events under the theme “Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.”
 
            “We only have to look as far as our neighbors to the north in Ellicott City to see the level of damage and devastation that can occur with little to no notice,” said Emergency Management Division Chief Alfred Jeffery. “Emergencies can strike at any time and the best way to protect yourself, your family and property is to be prepared and have a plan.” 
 
Making preparations when threats are not imminent can make communities more resilient. Hazards common to Maryland include flooding, high wind, severe thunderstorms and winter storms. Below are a few tips from www.ready.gov to get you and your family on the right path to being prepared. Discuss these four questions with your family and friends to start your emergency plan.
 
•         How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
 
•         What is my shelter plan?
 
•         What is my evacuation route?
 
•         What is my family/household communication plan?
 
Be sure to fill out a Family Emergency Plan. As you develop your plan, tailor it and your supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss roles and responsibilities with people in your network and cover topics like communication, care of children, pets or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Keep in mind these factors when developing a plan:
 
•         Different ages of members within your household
 
•         Responsibilities for assisting others
 
•         Locations frequented
 
•         Dietary needs
 
•         Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
 
•         Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
 
•         Languages spoken
 
•         Cultural and religious considerations
 
•         Pets or service animals
 
•         Households with school-aged children
 
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 Google Play. Residents can also sign up for Calvert County ALERT online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov by clicking 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 to receive additional emergency preparedness information.
 
For information on Calvert County Government, visit www.CalvertCountyMd.gov or like us on Facebook.

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Webster Field Annex Dye Tracer Study

LEONARDTOWN, MD – Scientists and engineers from Maryland Department of the Environment’s (MDE), Shellfish Monitoring Program, together with staff from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Shellfish Sanitation Program will begin conducting a hydrographic dye dilution study beginning September 11, 2018.  They will be tracking the flow and dispersion of wastewater discharging into the St Mary’s and Potomac River’s from the Webster Field Annex Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP).
 
There is one 12-hour dye injection period scheduled during the study.  During this time, Rhodamine WT dye will be released from the Webster Field WWTP beginning the morning of September 11 at approximately 10:00 a.m., and will continue for 12 hours until approximately 10:00 p.m. on September 11.  As a result of the dye injection, portions of the lower St Mary’s River, in the general vicinity of Inigoes Creek, and the Potomac River may turn reddish in color for a brief time and will be visible from the shores along the immediate area of the wastewater treatment plants discharge.  Please note that this dye is not harmful to people or the ecosystem.
 
Information collected during this study will be used by MDE to evaluate the impact of wastewater discharges on shellfish growing areas, and will help scientists determine where shellfish may be safely harvested.
 
If you have any additional questions you may also contact the principal investigator, Billy Evans, Environmental Program Manager at MDE, at 443-996-2373.

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CCSO Seeks Public's Help Locating Suspect in Assault Case

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating Stanley Jerome Hatton, 40, of Marbury, who is wanted for assaulting a female acquaintance with a knife. A warrant is on file charging Hatton with first-degree assault in connection with that case. Hatton also has two open warrants: one for a domestic-related assault and the other for failure to appear in court for a child support violation. Hatton is 5’6”, 150 pounds, and has multiple tattoos. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call (301) 932-2222. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app, which can be found in the Android Store and Apple store by searching P3tips. Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to Hatton’s arrest.

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Open House Scheduled for Taxiway Relocation and Apron Expansion Project

Leonardtown, MD - The Department of Public Works and Transportation and the Airport Advisory Committee will host an Open House for the pending project to relocate the existing taxiway and expand apron area at the St. Mary’s County Regional Airport in accordance with the Airport Master Plan. 
 
The Open House will be held on Thursday, September 13, inside the Captain Walter F. Duke Terminal Building at the St. Mary’s County Regional Airport. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m.
 
Representatives will present information about the phasing plan and efforts to minimize impacts to current airport operations.
 
Questions about the meeting, or the Airport Advisory Committee, can be addressed to the Department of Public Works and Transportation at 301-475-4200.

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Man Arrested For Attempted Murder

On August 27, 2018, at approximately 3:20 a.m. Deputy First Class McClure responded to the 21000 block of Great Mills Road in Lexington Park, for the reported assault. Investigation determined Niko Tristan Jones, age 35 with no fixed address, had picked up the victim, and drove the victim to a separate location. Jones then retrieved an object from the center console of the vehicle, and began to assault the victim. The victim was strangled, punched, and bitten by Jones.
The victim was ultimately able to escape from the vehicle, at which time the victim
advised Jones then tried to strike the victim with his vehicle. The victim fled into a wooded area, and Jones left the scene. A warrant was obtained for Jones’ arrest; Jones was located and charged with the following:
Attempted First Degree Murder
Attempted Second Degree Murder
Assault First Degree
Assault Second Degree
Jones is currently incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center on a no bond status. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact DFC. Dustin McClure at (301) 475-4200 extension * 8038 or by email at Dustin.McClure@stmarysmd.com.
Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to“TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program
tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s
County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter
@firstsheriff. 

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Traffic Stop Leads To Numerous Charges

On Thursday, August 30, 2018, at approximately 1838 hours, Trooper M. Foster was working a stationary speed enforcement assignment in the area of Mattawoman Beantown Road, south of Shlagel Road, Waldorf, MD. Trooper Foster observed a GMC Yukon exceeding the posted maximum speed limit of 45 mph. Trooper Foster initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the driver, Butler, Terrell Derico, 36 yoa, Bryans Road, Charles County, MD. A check revealed the registration on the vehicle was suspended, and Anne Arundel County Sheriff’s Office had an open warrant for Butler for violating a protective order. A search incident to the arrest revealed a plastic bag containing
suspected Marijuana. Butler requested that his phone and wallet be retrieved from the vehicle.
Trooper Foster retrieved the phone and located two wallets. Trooper Foster retrieved Butler’s license from one wallet and discovered credit cards and other cards belonging to Natarsha Renee Haskins and Farhan Ali M. Alanazi. Butler was transported to Charles County Detention Center for further processing. During the secondary search of Butler at the detention center, a bag fell out from Butler’s crotch onto the ground. Correctional Officer 2 Williams #2672 opened the bag and discovered one glass vial containing suspected PCP. Butler was charged with the following: Traffic Violation: TA 21-801.1 – Exceeding the posted maximum speed limit: 63 mph in a posted 45 mph zone (0740T54);
TA 13-401(H) – Driving vehicle on highway with suspended registration (0750T54). Criminal
Offenses: CR 7-104 (3) – Theft less than $100.00; CR 8-204 (a)(i) – Credit Card: Steal another(s);
CR 5-601 (a)(1) – CDS: Possess-not Marijuana (PCP); CR 9-412 (a)(3) – Possession of Contraband in a place of confinement; CR 9-416 (b) – Poss/Rec CDS in place of confinement. 18MSP037236
All events occurred in Charles County, Maryland
All persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

Damaged Property: 18-46201
On August 28, 2018 Lt. Naughton responded to the North Beach Welcome Center for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised on August 18th he noticed a decorative iron gate had been spray painted and ripped from its hinges. The value of damaged property is $2,218. 
 
Damaged Property: 18-46524
On August 29, 2018 Deputy Lewis responded to Terrace Drive, Prince Frederick for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised around 11:20 PM an unknown suspect(s) hit her mailbox. The estimated value of damage is $20. 
 
Damaged Property: 18-46978
On September 1, 2018 Deputy Boerum responded to Flagstaff Road, Lusby for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised sometime between 8:00 AM and 1:15 PM an unknown suspect(s) shattered the back windshield of her vehicle. 
 
Theft: 18-46265
On August 28, 2018 Deputy Flynt responded to Giant in Dunkirk for the report of a theft. The complainant advised two males entered the store, placed multiple items into a cart, and left without paying. The estimated value of stolen merchandise is $50.
 
Theft: 18-46475
On August 29, 2018 Deputy Hardesty responded to the Ranch Club Campground for the report of a theft. The complainant advised while he was in the shower, an unknown suspect(s) stole his bicycle that was parked out front. The estimated value of stolen property is $100. 
 
Theft: 18-46930
On September 1, 2018 Deputy R. Shrawder responded to Grays Road, Port Republic for the report of mail tampering. The complainant advised a package was delivered to his house, however, when he got home the package was missing. He found the package approximately 20 yards from his mailbox, ripped open and lying in the woods.
 
Theft: 18-47119
On September 2, 2018 Deputy Josey responded to Sollers Wharf Road, Lusby for the report of a theft. The complainant advised on August 30th an unknown suspect(s) stole a package from his mailbox. The value of stolen property is $13.19.
 
ARRESTS:
 
On August 27, 2018 Deputy Gilmore responded to the Chesapeake Beach Fastop for a trespassing complaint. Frederick Emmett Donahue (58), who is indefinitely banned from this location, was on the property. Donahue was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Trespassing on Private Property.
 
On August 28, 2018 Deputy R. Evans and other units responded to the Dollar General in St Leonard for a possible intoxicated driver. Deputy Deleon detained the subject, Jennifer Ashley Saunders (31), who was in possession of Lyrica, Alprazolam, hypodermic needles, spoons with suspected heroin residue and a glass pipe with crack cocaine residue. Saunders was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where she was charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana.
 
On August 29, 2018 Deputy Parks assisted Deputy Clas with a traffic stop in the area of Route 4 and Cox Road in Huntingtown. The driver, Tiffany Amber Herring (32), denied having anything illegal in her vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed hypodermic needles, crack cocaine pipes, a soda can with burn marks and residue, and a clear vile with suspected heroin. Herring was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where she was charged with CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia. 
 
On August 31, 2018 Deputy Ridgely responded to TJ Maxx in Prince Frederick to assist with a traffic stop. One of the passengers, Peter James White (33), had a warrant through Maryland State Police. A search of his person revealed a hypodermic needle, a Suboxone strip, a dollar bill with suspected heroin residue and a bottle cap with suspected heroin residue. White was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana and CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia. 
 
On September 1, 2018 Deputy Bowlan responded to the Prince Frederick Ford dealership for the report of a disorderly subject. Upon his arrival he made contact with Collin Joseph Donohue (27) and Heather Marie Brown (21) in the parking lot. A search of Donohue’s person revealed multiple glass smoking pipes, pills and suspected crack cocaine. A search of the vehicle revealed a purse that belonged to Brown which contained multiple glass smoking pipes and a prescription bottle with a variety of non-controlled substances. A search of Brown’s person revealed another glass smoking pipe and suspected crack cocaine. Both Donohue and Brown were transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana, CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia and Removing the Label from a Prescription. 

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Shred Event Featuring Rain Barrel and Compost Workshops to be Held on Oct. 13

The Department of Public Works is hosting an environmental outreach event on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Charles County Government building parking lot (200 Baltimore St, La Plata). Backyard composting and rain barrel workshops, as well as free document shredding are available. Advance registration for workshops is required.
 
Charles County Government and the University of Maryland Extension staff are offering one hour workshops for rain barrels and composting.  The first rain barrel and compost bin workshops begin at 9:30 a.m.
 
Shred Event
 
Free, secure, on-site shredding services available from 9 a.m. to noon.
Bring up to five boxes (per vehicle) of personal documents for shredding and recycling.
Event is for Charles County residents only.
For more information, call the Department of Public Works’ Environmental Resources Division, 301-932-3599 or 301-870-2778.
Rain Barrel Workshop
 
Take home a rain barrel and learn proper in-home installation techniques, practical uses for rain barrels, and how to reduce the impact of runoff on local waterways.
Become eligible for a stormwater remediation fee credit.
Advance registration is required. Register at https://go.umd.edu/CCRB, or for more information, call Erica Hahn at 301-396-5237 or Jackie Takacs at 240-393-6508.
Registration deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 10.   
 
Composting Workshop
 
In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the basics of home composting. Registrants can receive a free plastic GEOBIN or get instructions on making a wire bin at home.
Registration is required. Register at compostworkshop.eventbrite.com 
For more information, call Department of Public Works’ Environmental Resources Division, at 301-932-3569 or Luke Gustafson at 301-934-5403.
Registration deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 10.   
For registration forms and additional information, visit www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/Outreach. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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Hinkle Hired as Chief of Tourism

Charles County Administrator Michael D. Mallinoff, Esq., ICMA-CM announces Kellie S. Hinkle as the chief of Tourism. Hinkle will begin her employment with Charles County Government on Monday, Sept. 24.
 
As chief of Tourism, Hinkle will be responsible for implementing marketing programs designed to increase the economic impact of tourism in Charles County. She will promote county tourism events and sites, facilitate special events designed to attract visitors, and maintain contact with area attractions and tourist/visitor services.
 
"I look forward to working alongside our County tourism team, business community, and state and regional partners to share all that is special about Charles County to attract visitors to this amazing community,"  said Hinkle.
 
Hinkle has expertise in assisting agricultural and rural businesses with the development of business plans and securing financing to start or expand operations. She most recently served as the acting assistant director for the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development. She previously served as an agricultural development officer for Loudoun County Department of Economic Development and Jefferson County Development Authority, as well as has a background in marketing and teaching.
 
“I welcome Ms. Hinkle to the Charles County Government team,” said Michael D. Mallinoff, Esq., ICMA-CM. “Her expertise with agriculture and rural business will be very beneficial to the county’s tourism efforts, as well as our residents and visitors.” 
 
Hinkle holds a Master of Science degree in agricultural and environmental education from West Virginia University and a Bachelor of Science degree in plant and soil science from West Virginia University. 

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Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Blotter

Theft of Registration Plate:  On  8/27/18 at 9:57 am, Trooper First Class Kaitz stopped a vehicle on Rt. 260 and Cedar Run Lane in Dunkirk for traffic violations.  Investigation revealed while the vehicle was at a local auto repair business in Dunkirk for repair work, the front registration plate had been removed.  The Maryland registration plate #56419CE was entered in METERS/NCIC.
 
Theft of Registration Plate:  On 8/31/18 at 12:57 pm, F/Sgt. Roach received a report of a stolen rear registration plate.  The victim reported the rear registration on a GRUB trailer had been taken while the
trailer was parked in the Prince Frederick Shopping Center.  Suspect(s) used a pair of pliers and a screwdriver to remove the tag.  The registration plate #232245X has been entered in METERS/NCIC.
 
Possession of Marijuana:  On 9/2/18 at 4:06 pm, Trooper First Class Davis stopped a vehile on Rt. 4 near Old Town Rd. in Huntingtown for traffic violations.  While speaking with the driver, the odor of raw marijuana was emitting from inside of the vehicle.  A probable cause search revealed a large amount of marijuana.  Joseph D. Brooks, 20 of Prince Frederick was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
 
Illegal Dumping / Littering Less than 100 Pounds:  On 9/3/18 at 10:14 am, Trooper First Class Matthews responded to the 5000 block of Hardesty Road in Sunderland for a report of littering.  Several items were observed on the side of the road in front of property in the 4500 block of Hardesty Road that is owned by the complainant.  Items were checked to try to identify the person who had dumped the items but was unsuccessful.  Investigation continues.
 

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Governor Larry Hogan Announces School Accountability Initiatives

ANNAPOLIS, MD – On the first day of school in classrooms across Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan announced a series of initiatives to ensure accountability in state school systems, including an executive order creating an Office of Education Accountability. The governor also vowed to reintroduce legislation in the 2019 session of the Maryland General Assembly to create an independent Investigator General to investigate allegations of corruption, mismanagement, and criminal conduct in Maryland school systems. The governor was joined by Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford and Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, to make the announcement, as well as education advocates and school officials.
 
“Our state spends more than $6.5 billion dollars every year on K-12 education. With that kind of state taxpayer money invested in the local systems, our taxpayers, parents, teachers, and especially our students have the right to expect - and they deserve - more accountability, better local management, and the strongest oversight possible,” said Governor Hogan. “We are continuing our fight to improve Maryland local schools, as well as our fight for accountability in local school systems because the status quo simply is not good enough for Maryland’s children.”
 
During the 2018 legislative session, Governor Hogan introduced the Accountability in Education Act of 2018 to address widespread accountability concerns from parents, students, and teachers involving school systems across the state due to recent and repeated allegations of wrongdoing, corruption, and mismanagement. Despite the administration’s efforts and the strong backing of parents and education advocates, the proposed legislation was never brought to the floor for a vote.
 
On the first day of the 2019 legislative session, the governor will reintroduce legislation to create an Office of the State Education Inspector General, an independent unit of the Maryland State Department of Education that will be independently chosen by a commission consisting of appointments made by the governor and the presiding officers of the General Assembly. The new office will be charged with investigating complaints of unethical, unprofessional, improper, or illegal conduct in our schools, and will have the ability to obtain information by subpoena and hold hearings.
 
To take immediate steps toward attaining the transparency, integrity, and accountability that Maryland parents, teachers, and students deserve, Governor Hogan signed Executive Order 01.01.2018.21 establishing the Office of Education Accountability, an independent watchdog that will be housed in the Governor’s Office for Children. The governor named Valerie Radomsky, a former Baltimore County Public Schools teacher, as director of the office. Most recently, Radomsky served as the chief advisor for education policy to Comptroller Peter Franchot, and she has built extensive relationships with teachers, students, parents, board members, and education advocates across the state.
 
The office will be responsible for analyzing, coordinating, and providing recommendations on matters including procurement, child abuse, neglect, safety, grading, graduation requirements, assessments, educational facilities, and budgets. The director will also develop criteria for investigating matters based on systematic concerns related to fraud, abuse, waste, and unethical conduct. This includes the establishment of an anonymous electronic tip program to allow reporting of violations, which can be found at governor.maryland.gov/school-survey-form, which will be active when Radomsky assumes her position on September 12.
 
“Our children cannot and should not have to wait until next year - they deserve action right now,” said Governor Hogan. “As we continue our fight for accountability in local education systems, our children desperately need someone to fight for their civil rights, and that is exactly what we intend to continue to do.”

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NAS Pax River Successfully Transitions Civilian Watercraft Fuel Leak Containment, Clean Up to U.S. Coast Guard

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – Naval Air Station Patuxent River
successfully turned over containment and cleanup efforts for the partially submerged civilian
watercraft in the Patuxent River to the U.S. Coast Guard Aug. 30.
Containment efforts by NAS Patuxent River’s Port Operations Division had been ongoing since 7:15 a.m. Aug. 28, when they noticed a sheen on the water near the civilian craft during routine monitoring of the vessel. NAS Patuxent River Port Operations immediately responded with two boats and deployed a 1000-foot containment boom. Personnel from U.S. Coast Guard Station St. Inigoes were also notified and dispatched for response and investigation. By 10:35 a.m. Aug. 28, NAS Patuxent River’s Port Operations contained the 100-by-300-foot fuel sheen.
Though the vessel is a privately-owned craft and not within the jurisdictional waters of the Navy, NAS Patuxent River Port Operations quickly reacted as the closest first responder in order to prevent environmental impact to the river.
“After monitoring the vessel and responding to the leakage over the past few days, it’s clear to see that the oil or hazardous substances [OHS] leak is coming from it; Pax River’s call to action was absolutely necessary to prevent an environmental impact to the river” said David Wick, NAS Patuxent River Installation Program Director, Port Operations. “If we didn’t place a boom around this vessel, the wind would have pushed the OHS to Solomons’ shores and caused an even greater environmental impact than occurred.”
During the afternoon of Aug. 30, the Coast Guard used absorbent pads to collect the OHS that was inside the Navy’s containment boom before placing their own boom, allowing the Coast Guard and
contactor cleanup personnel to continue the containment and cleanup efforts. 
“This was truly a collaborative effort on the part of the Navy and Coast Guard,” said Wick.
“Together, we were able to prevent a serious impact to the Patuxent River .”
For more information about NAS Patuxent River visit www.cnic.navy.mil/Patuxent or our
Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NASPaxRiver.
 

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Entries for 2018 Veterans Day Parade Now Being Accepted

Leonardtown, MD – Registration is now open for those wishing to participate in the 43rd Annual Veterans Day Parade in Leonardtown. Floats, bands, schools, scouts, clubs, cheerleaders, bikes, vintage cars and horses are some of the entries which will be allowed to take part. 
 
The parade steps off at 10 a.m. on Sunday, November 11, from Ryken High School. The line of march then proceeds along Fenwick Street to the Leonardtown Town Square. The event provides an opportunity to honor our Veterans, take part in a proud tradition and promote your group. 
 
For more information or to request a 2018 Veterans Day Parade Entry Form, visit the Town of Leonardtown’s website at http://leonardtown.somd.com/events/VetDay.pdf. Information regarding Parade guidelines are included with the form.
 
Entries should be returned to Connie Pennington, Parade Organizer, by Friday, October 19. Entries received after October 19 will not be accepted.
 
The Leonardtown Veterans Day Parade is sponsored by the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County and the Commissioners of Leonardtown.

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Pedestrian Fatal In Prince George's Co. Under Investigation

(CLINTON, MD) — Maryland State Police are continuing their investigation into a Prince George’s County crash early this morning that took the life of a pedestrian.
 
The victim is identified as Jordan C. Barber, 26, of Upper Marlboro, Md.  He was pronounced dead at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center where he was taken after being struck.
 
The driver of the vehicle involved is identified as Melanie R. Middleton, 30, of Waldorf, Md.  She was driving a 1998 Toyota Corolla.  She reported no injuries following the crash.
 
Shortly after 4:30 a.m. today, Maryland State Police from the Forestville Barrack responded to a call reporting a pedestrian struck on southbound Branch Avenue, north of Woodyard Road.  Troopers responded and found the victim lying near the shoulder.  The striking vehicle and driver remained at the scene.  County EMS personnel responded and transported the injured victim to the hospital.
 
According to the preliminary investigation, the victim was a passenger in a car driven by a relative.  When they stopped at a traffic light near the scene, the victim got out of the vehicle and his relative drove further down the road so traffic would not be impeded.
 
The preliminary investigation indicates that moments later, the victim was walking in travel lane two of Branch Avenue, when he was struck by the southbound car driven by Middleton.  Troopers found no indication that the driver was impaired by alcohol or drugs.  Her vehicle was towed to the Forestville Barrack for further investigation.
 
No charges have been filed.  Upon completion of the investigation, troopers will review the case with the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office to determine if any charges are warranted.
 
The investigation is continuing.

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Dunkirk Fastop Robbed By Man Wielding Hand Gun (Photo)

On August 31 2018 at approximately 9:35pm, Deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Fastop Convenience Store located at 9880 Southern Maryland Blvd in Dunkirk, MD for the report of an armed robbery of the establishment. The clerk reported to responding deputies that he was closing out the lottery register when a white male wearing a black mask ran into the store brandishing a handgun.  The suspect jumped the counter and then grabbed the money from the register drawer. The suspect jumped back over the counter and subsequently discharged his handgun in the direction of the wall behind the counter. The clerk was not hurt during the confrontation. 
Detectives from the Calvert County Criminal Investigations Bureau arrived on the scene and assumed the investigation. The scene was processed and numerous items of evidence were recovered. A review of the surveillance footage revealed a description of the suspect.  The suspect is described as a thin, white male wearing tan cargo pants, grey New Balance sneakers, and a black tee shirt. The suspect was possibly between 18 and 30 years of age. The suspect wore a black mask covering half of his face and was not wearing gloves. The suspect has a tattoo on his right forearm. It was confirmed that the suspect fled the area in a vehicle. 
Calvert Sheriff’s Detectives are actively working this case.  If anyone has any further information they are asked to contact Detective Mike Mudd at 410-535-1600 ext. 2469 or Michael.mudd@calvertcountymd.gov 

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