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MSP Identifies Victim In Fatal Pedestrian Hit-and-Run In Prince George's County

(TEMPLE HILLS, MD) – Maryland State Police have identified the victim and are continuing to investigate a fatal hit-and-run crash that occurred late Wednesday evening in Prince George’s County.
The victim has been identified as David Reinerio Pineda Alvarez, 63, of Washington, D.C. Shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, troopers from the Maryland State Police Forestville Barrack responded on a report of a pedestrian crash in the area of southbound Branch Avenue and Coventry Way in Temple Hills, Maryland. According to a preliminary investigation, Alvarez, a tow truck operator, had arrived on the scene to assist with a vehicle that had a flat tire and was located on the shoulder of the road.
Investigators believe Alvarez exited his vehicle and began walking up the driver side on the shoulder of the road.  The suspect vehicle struck the disabled vehicle on the driver side mirror before striking the victim and possibly the tow truck. 
The truck, with its flashing yellow lights on, and the disabled vehicle were both on the shoulder at the time of the crash. Alvarez was declared deceased at the scene by Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department personnel. The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration assisted with road closures in the area of the crash.
After further investigation, state police investigators believe that the suspect vehicle may have been a 1999 to 2007 white or beige Cadillac Escalade with passenger side damage. A picture of a vehicle similar to the one in question is attached below.
This tragedy also highlights the importance of motorists to adhere to Maryland’s “Move Over” laws. The intent of the law is to provide an extra barrier of safety for police officers, fire fighters, emergency rescue personnel and service and utility workers working along Maryland roads. It is hoped that drivers will become more aware of police and emergency workers stopped along the road and move away from them or slow down as they pass by the traffic stop or incident scene.
 
The original law went into effect in 2010. In 2014, the law was expanded to not only include police cars but also, tow trucks, fire trucks and medical and rescue trucks as well. On Oct. 1, 2018, the law expanded again to transportation, service and utility vehicles, as well as waste and recycling trucks, with yellow or amber flashing lights or signal devices.
Statewide, more than 17,000 motorists have received citations or warnings from all police for violating the “Move Over” law in Maryland since the law expanded last year. Through Nov. 6, Maryland State Police have issued 1,554 citations and 5,662 warnings for Move Over violations this year. From 2014 to 2018, more than 3,400 people were injured, and 46 people were killed in work zone crashes in Maryland.
According to state law, a violation of the Move Over law is a misdemeanor:
 
• The fine is $110 and the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) must assess one point against the driver’s license. 
• If the violation contributes to a crash, the fine is $150 and three points against the driver’s license.
• If the violation results in death or serious bodily injury, the fine is $750.
The Maryland State Police Crash Team is continuing the investigation into this incident. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Forestville Barrack at 301- 568-8101.

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YMCA Exploratory Committee Announces Meeting Schedule for Remainder of 2019

Leonardtown, MD - The YMCA Exploratory Committee will meet on the following dates: Thursday, November 21, and Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at 6 p.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room inside the Chesapeake Building, located at 41770 Baldridge Street, Leonardtown, Maryland.
 
For more information, visit https://www.stmarysmd.com/boards/groups/default.aspx?board=51

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Identity Needed for Theft Suspects (Photos)

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the persons pictured for theft. On Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, at 9:30 pm the suspects removed nine Passport brand external hard drives from a locked display case at the California Walmart store and left the business without paying for the items. Anyone with information about the identity of the suspects or this incident is asked to call Deputy Michael Rycyzyn at 301-475-4200, ext. *8030 or email michael.rycyzyn@stmarysmd.com. Case # 61344-19
 
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff

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Governor Hogan Announces $6.4 Million Federal Grant to Combat Opioid Epidemic

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) has received more than $6 million from the Department of Justice for the State of Maryland to support a coordinated, statewide response to the opioid crisis in collaboration with the work of the Opioid Operational Command Center. The Maryland Statistical Analysis Center (MSAC) will support action-oriented research, performance management, and evaluation of all sites involved in this initiative. 
 
“For five years, our administration has been committed to shining a spotlight on the heroin and opioid epidemic, which has torn apart communities and families throughout our state and across the nation,” said Governor Hogan. “This grant will enable us to make critical interventions and save lives as we continue using every tool at our disposal to address this crisis.”
 
The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, along with the Maryland Department of Health, the Behavioral Health Administration, and the Office of the Public Defender, will work with local law enforcement and health agencies to support three existing and six new Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) and detention-based diversion programs for nine sites in Maryland. For its part, the Hogan administration recorded more than $674 million in opioid-related spending in FY19, which is expected to reach $747 million during the current fiscal year of FY20.
 
LEAD is a tool that empowers police to refer eligible individuals to public health services instead of making an arrest. This model has shown an improvement in public safety outcomes and reducing costs while also supporting law enforcement partners and community members.
 
“Diverting someone from arrest and toward public health resources empowers our state to meet people in their time of need and as a positive step in reducing violent crime,” said Glenn Fueston, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. “The interagency partnerships fostered by the LEAD program have proven crucial to creating a safer and healthier Maryland.”  
 
“Our goal always is to enable the treatment of substance misuse where it starts,” said Steve Schuh, executive director of the Opioid Operational Command Center. “This grant illustrates the emphasis on diversion programs such as LEAD. These programs are a powerful way to connect citizens who are struggling with the resources that will lead to a healthier lifestyle and ultimate recovery.”
 
This award is part of the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program FY 2019 statewide grant program, which provides resources to support state and local efforts to reduce violent crime and drug abuse, enhance public safety, and support victims of crime. While the Department of Health and Opioid Operational Command Center reports that more than 1,000 people died from an opioid overdose in Maryland during the first half of 2019, data also shows that Maryland experienced its first six-month decline in the total number of opioid-related fatalities in at least a decade.

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Maryland State Police Arrest Calvert CO. Man On Child Pornography Charges

(HUNTINGTOWN, MD) – Maryland State Police Computer Crimes investigators arrested and charged a Calvert County man this morning with the possession and distribution of child pornography.
 
The suspect is identified as Anthony M. Mileo, 53, of Huntingtown, Maryland. He is charged with seventeen counts of possession of child pornography and seventeen counts of distribution of child pornography. Mileo was arrested at his residence without incident.  He was transported to the Prince Frederick Barrack for processing and later taken to the Calvert County Detention Center.
 
In August of 2019, troopers from the Maryland State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received a CyberTip report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children involving the distribution of child pornography online.  The investigation led to the identification of Mileo and his residence in Calvert County.  The investigation also revealed that Mileo is currently employed as a police officer with the Maryland National Capital Park Police Department.
 
Maryland State Police investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Mileo and shortly after 8:00 a.m. today, placed him under arrest.  Subsequent to the arrest, the Maryland State Police, along with Homeland Security Investigations, served a search warrant at Mileo’s residence. During the service of the search warrant, the Maryland State Police recovered several electronic devices which will be analyzed by the Maryland State Police Digital Forensics Laboratory.
 
Anyone with information relevant to this case may contact the Maryland State Police through the Maryland Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-637-5437.
 
The Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit coordinates the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. This is a combined law enforcement effort involving police departments across Maryland that is made possible in part due to grant funds provided by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) and by a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. Task force investigators focus on identifying those involved in child pornography via the Internet and other related crimes that victimize children.

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Governor Hogan Announces Fifth Consecutive Year of Low Unemployment Insurance Taxes

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced that for the fifth straight year, Maryland employers will receive the lowest possible unemployment insurance (UI) tax rates allowed under state law. The low tax rate has been made possible by Maryland’s low unemployment and high job growth, signs of Maryland’s strong economy. 
 
Unemployment insurance claim filings, both total and initial filings, are the lowest they have been in over a decade. Benefits paid dropped nearly $62 million between fiscal year 2018 and fiscal year 2019. These factors have resulted in lower unemployment benefit payments, which have helped keep the rate at Table A.
 
“Our administration is committed to creating more jobs and greater opportunities for our state’s businesses and workforce,” said Governor Hogan. “With a state unemployment rate of 3.7% and the lowest number of unemployment filings in over a decade, we are proud to say that more Marylanders are employed and more businesses are open than ever before.”
 
In 2020, the range of rates will be from 0.3% to 7.5%. The rate for new employers will be 2.6%. The rate for new construction employers headquartered in another state, which is calculated differently under Maryland law, will be 4.5%. The taxable wage base for 2020 will remain at $8,500.
 
“Thanks to the Hogan administration’s dedication to keeping Maryland open for business, employers will continue to benefit from a low unemployment insurance tax rate in the coming year,” said Maryland Labor Secretary Tiffany Robinson. “This low rate incentivizes businesses to hire and invest in their employees, which will continue to grow the private sector and strengthen the state’s economy.”
 
Over the past five years, Maryland’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund has steadily increased. Since September 30, 2015, the fund has grown by more than $309 million to nearly $1.3 billion.
 
The Maryland Unemployment Insurance Program is financed by the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) and is administered by the Maryland Department of Labor. As required by Maryland law, the Division of Unemployment Insurance does an annual “temperature check” on the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Trust Fund. This temperature check is made using the ending balance of the Trust Fund every September 30. The reconciled ending balance is compared to the taxable wage base for the preceding four quarters. That ratio determines the UI Rate Table for the next calendar year.

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Charles County Sheriff's Office Partners with U.S. Army on Veteran Employment Initiative

La Plata, MD — The U.S. Army and the Charles County Sheriff’s Office are scheduled to sign a partnership agreement on November 14, 2019 as part of the U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program. The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. at the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Headquarters, located at 6915 Crain Highway in La Plata.
 
The PaYS Program is a strategic partnership between the Army and a cross section of private industry, academia, and state and local public institutes. The U.S. Army PaYS Program guarantees Soldiers a job interview and possible employment after their service in the Army.  The PaYS Program provides America’s youth with the unique opportunity to simultaneously serve their country and prepare for their future.  
 
The PaYS program is designed to help Soldiers prepare for a career after the Army by connecting them with employers who understand the skills, discipline, and work ethic that military service members bring to a business. This program is part of a long-term U.S. Army effort to help Soldiers forge professional relationships with businesses and encourage business owners to look to the Army as a plentiful and reliable recruiting source. Since PaYS began in 2000, more than 800 employers have partnered with the program.
 
“We are very proud to be collaborating with the U.S. Army and the PaYS program,” said Sheriff Troy Berry. “We are committed to hiring individuals who represent the values represented in CCSO P.R.I.D.E.: professionalism, respect, integrity, duty, and excellence. U.S. Army Soldiers and veterans embody these qualities through their service to our country.”
 
Members of the media who wish to cover the ceremony should RSVP to Diane Richardson at (301) 609-6557 or richardsond@ccso.us.

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Cardin Statement on the Equal Rights Amendment

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), lead Senate sponsor of a resolution to remove the deadline for ratification of the Equal Right Amendment, issued the following statement on the building momentum for ERA ratification by the states.

 

“We will ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The question is no longer if, but when. Today, we celebrate Virginians who are one step closer to making their state the 38th state, the final state needed, to complete ratification. Most Americans are surprised to learn that the ERA is not already part of the U.S. Constitution. Ratification of the ERA would expressly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in the U.S. Constitution, and we’re paying a heavy price as a society for not already establishing these protections. 

 

“As we approach the centennial anniversary in 2020 of adding women’s suffrage to the Constitution, Congress must now step up to do its job by formally removing the ERA ratification deadline by enacting a bipartisan resolution introduced by myself and Senator Murkowski.”

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The Charles County GUIDE Winter Edition is Available Nov. 15

The Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism winter edition of The GUIDE will be available online on Friday, Nov. 15 at www.CharlesCountyParks.com.  The GUIDE contains information on park locations, community events, sports leagues, after school programs, aquatic programs, historic sites, and places to visit within the county.  It has something for everyone from toddlers to seniors.
 
Online registration for most programs is available. Printed copies are available at local community centers, indoor pools, Elite Gymnastics and Recreation Center, Waldorf Senior and Recreational Center, and the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism. Connect with us and find out more about our programs on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CharlesCountyParksRecreation.
 
For more information on other events and opportunities offered by the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism, visit www.CharlesCountyParks.com or call 301-932-3470.  Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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Maryland State Police Investigating Fatal Hit-And-Run Pedestrian Crash In Prince George's County

(TEMPLE HILLS, MD) – Maryland State Police are investigating a fatal hit-and-run crash that occurred late Wednesday evening in Prince George’s County.
 
Shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, troopers from the Maryland State Police Forestville Barrack responded on a report of a pedestrian crash in the area of southbound Branch Avenue and Coventry Way in Temple Hills, Maryland. According to a preliminary investigation, the victim, a 63-year-old male tow truck operator, had arrived on the scene to assist with a disabled vehicle in the shoulder of the road.
 
Investigators believe that the victim was struck as he walked back toward his truck while in the process of loading the disabled vehicle. The truck and the disabled vehicle were both in the shoulder at the time of the crash.
 
The victim, whose identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, was declared deceased at the scene by Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department personnel. The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration assisted with road closures in the area of the crash.
 
The Maryland State Police Crash Team is continuing the investigation into this incident. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Forestville Barrack at 301- 568-8101.

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Missing Person: Meghan Noel Reid

Please be on the lookout for missing person Meghan Noel Reed age 33, of no fixed address. Reed is a white female, 5'7", weighs 125 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. Reed was reported missing on October 31, 2019 and was last seen in the Great Mills area. Anyone with information on Reed's whereabouts is asked to contact Dep. Shelko at (301) 475-4200 extension *8147. For immediate assistance please contact the non-emergency line at (301) 475-8008.

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Calvert County Enhances Emergency Services with Smart911

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Nov. 6, 2019 – The Calvert County Department of Public Safety announced today that Smart911 is now available to all individuals for 911 calls made in Calvert County. Smart911 is a free online service that allows individuals and families to automatically provide vital information to 911 call takers during an emergency.
 
Citizens can create a safety profile for their household or business that includes any information they want 911 and emergency responders to have in the event of an emergency. When an individual makes emergency calls, a personalized safety profile is automatically displayed to the 911 call taker, allowing first responders to quickly locate the correct location with key information to provide lifesaving services.
 
“Time is critical during an emergency,” said Public Safety Director Jackie Vaughan. “The additional information provided in a Smart911 safety profile will enable emergency responders to respond faster and more efficiently, particularly on a 911 call from a cell phone.”
 
Individuals can link both home and work addresses to mobile phones, which can be passed on to emergency responders for a more detailed, rapid response. Additional information such as pets in the home, vehicle details, medical information, photos and emergency contacts can be added to the safety profile.
 
All information is optional and citizens have the ability to choose what details to include. Smart911 information is used only for emergency responses and is only made available to the 911 system in the event of an emergency call.
 
Calvert County is the first county in Maryland to support Smart911, which is currently available in 40 states and more than 1,500 municipalities. An individual’s safety profile is available to responders in any county or town that supports Smart911.
 
Citizens can create a safety profile for their household at www.Smart911.com or on the Smart911 mobile app. Citizens with questions about Smart911 may contact Emergency Communications Assistant Chief Stanley Harris at 410-535-2890.
 
Find information on Calvert County Government services online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov. Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd.

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Man Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison for Attempted Murder in Parking Lot of Store

LA PLATA, MD—Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, Charles County Circuit Court Judge William R. Greer, Jr. sentenced Teion Lamon Brewer, 23 of Waldorf, to life suspend all but 50 years in prison for the Attempted First-Degree Murder of Johrel Key and Use of a Firearm During the Commission of a Violent Crime.  Upon release, Brewer will be on supervised probation for 5 years.   

 

On September 5, 2019, Brewer entered a guilty plea to the above-mentioned charges in Charles County Circuit Court.

 

On March 23, 2019, officers responded to the parking lot of Dollar General located in the 11800 block of Montgomery Lane in Waldorf for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers found victim Johrel Key lying in the parking lot suffering with a gunshot wound to his head. Key was transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma to be treated for his injuries. While at the scene, officers spoke to multiple witnesses who described the suspects and the direction they fled. After canvassing the area, officers apprehended Brewer and his juvenile co-defendant. Fortunately, Key survived the incident; however, he suffered extensive injury and is legally blind as a result of the shooting.

 

An investigation revealed that prior to the shooting, Key was seated in a vehicle outside of Dollar General waiting for Brewer and his co-defendant. Key was located in the front passenger seat of the vehicle, which was also occupied by another adult and a small child. When Brewer and his co-defendant approached the vehicle, Brewer wielded a gun, pointed it at Key, and demanded money. Moments later, Brewer shot Key in the head. Brewer and his co-defendant then fled the area.

 

During the investigation, Brewer admitted to being the shooter, which was corroborated by extensive evidence. 

           

During sentencing, Assistant State’s Attorney Constance B. Kopelman addressed the judge, “This was a brutal crime in broad daylight. The impact of this incredibly egregious act will affect Mr. Key for the rest of his life. [The victim will] live his life in darkness.”


Before sentencing Brewer, Judge Greer stated, “The victim in this case was left with life-altering injuries. – The entire episode was planned and staged for no reason. The actions showed not only disregard for the victim, but all located in the vehicle as well.”

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In Southern Maryland, Governor Hogan Highlights State Support for Cutting-Edge Navy Research Center

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today celebrated major milestones in science and technology projects for Southern Maryland, including additional state funding for the College of Southern Maryland’s (CSM) Velocity Center, set to open in Indian Head in 2020. At a second stop in La Plata, he attended the dedication ceremony for the Bill and Julie Dotson Imaging Center at the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center, which is expanding breast cancer services in the region.
 
Located within one of Maryland’s 149 Opportunity Zones, the Velocity Center will serve as an innovation and start-up facility, with dedicated space for Navy Research. The State of Maryland has committed more than $1.5 million to the development of the Velocity Center, including today’s $350,000 award from the Rural Maryland Council. The Velocity Center will support innovation and collaboration between the United States Navy, CSM, and the surrounding community. It will be home to research, training exercises, classes, competitions, and other opportunities for entrepreneurship and experimentation.
 
“Our administration is proud to have committed historically high funding to grow and revitalize Maryland’s rural communities, and today we are seeing the benefits of that record investment,” said Governor Hogan. “This incredible project is a shining example of what is possible when government, our colleges and universities, and the local community work together, and another reason why Maryland is consistently ranked as one of the most innovative states in America.”
 
Later, Governor Hogan was joined by Lieutenant Governor Boyd K. Rutherford for the ribbon cutting and dedication of the Bill and Julie Dotson Imaging Center at the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center. The new imaging center will help uninsured and underinsured individuals gain access to diagnosis, screening, and treatment services.
 
“Every cancer diagnosis is a heartbreaking story, but as I can tell you first-hand, early detection truly can make all the difference and can save lives,” said Governor Hogan. “That is why innovative, cutting-edge imaging centers like this are so crucial. This is very personal to me, and I can tell you that there is no better place in the world to receive high-quality medical care than right here in the State of Maryland.”
 
The governor commemorated the event by presenting an official Governor’s Citation to donors Julie and Bill Dotson. 

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Calvert County to Host Free Residential Paper Shredding Event

The Calvert County Department of Public Works, Solid Waste Division, is hosting a free paper shredding event for county residents Saturday, Nov. 16, 8 a.m. to noon, at Huntingtown High School located at 4125 Solomons Island Road in Huntingtown. The shred event, held rain or shine, can help prevent identity theft by destroying confidential or sensitive documents.
 
All paper must be removed from plastic bags and cardboard boxes prior to shredding. Paper clips and staples are acceptable. Binders and binder clips are not acceptable. There is no limit per resident and proof of residency is required. Certificates of destruction will be provided if requested. Businesses are prohibited from this event. Shred events are held monthly throughout the year.
 
For information about this event, call the Calvert County Department of Public Works, Solid Waste Division, at 410-326-0210 or visit www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/Recycle.
 
Find information on Calvert County Government services online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov. Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd.

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Collision with Pedestrian Under Investigation

On October 31, 2019, at approximately 10:58 p.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 22000 block of Three Notch Road in Lexington Park, for the reported motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and continued the investigation.
 
Preliminary investigation determined a 2002 Ford Freestar operated by Jeana Elise Ferdig, age 31 of California, was traveling south on Three Notch Road in the area of Pegg Road, when Ferdig struck a pedestrian who was in the roadway. The pedestrian was identified as Ryan Andrew Murray, age 34 of Mechanicsville. Murray suffered incapacitating injuries and was transported to an area trauma center for treatment where he remains in critical/stable condition. Ferdig sustained non-incapacitating injuries as a result of the collision.
 
At this time speed and alcohol do not appear to be contributing factors in the collision. Anyone who witnessed the collision or events leading to the collision that has not already provided a statement is asked to contact Corporal Vincent Pontorno at (301) 475-4200 extension *2337, or by email at Vincent.Pontorno@stmarysmd.com. The Sheriff’s Office is also seeking contact from the operator of a vehicle that was in the area prior to the collision and is requesting the operator contact Cpl. Pontorno.

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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

During the week of October 28 – November 3 deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,501 calls for service throughout the community.
 
Damaged Property: 19-63746
On November 2, 2019 Corporal McCarroll responded to Old Bayside Road in Chesapeake Beach for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised that on two different occasions between October 23rd and November 2nd, an unknown suspect(s) has driven a vehicle into their yard and done donuts. The value of damaged property is $500.
 
Theft: 19-62665
On October 28, 2019 Deputy Childress responded to Aralia Avenue in St. Leonard for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between October 7th and October 14th an unknown suspect(s) stole the rear registration plate from their vehicle. The value of stolen property is $5.
 
Theft: 19-62910
On October 29, 2019 Deputy Sturdivant responded to Bayberry Crossing in Owings for the report of a theft. The complainants advised that around 1:00am on October 29th, an unknown suspect(s) entered each of their vehicles and stole money from inside. The total value of stolen property is $850.
 
Theft: 19-63026
On October 30, 2019 Deputy Aurich responded to the marina on Gordon Stinnett Avenue in Chesapeake Beach for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime on October 29th, an unknown suspect(s) stole the registration plate from their boat trailer parked at the marina. The value of stolen property is $20.
 
Theft: 19-63435
On November 1, 2019 Deputy Gott responded to Sneades Ace Hardware in Lusby, for the report of a theft that occurred at Sneades Ace Hardware in Owings. The complainant advised that sometime between 8:30am on October 31st and 8:30am on November 1st and unknown suspect(s) stole the rear license plate from their vehicle while it was parked at the Owings location. The value of stolen property is $50.
 
Theft: 19-63767
On November 2, 2019 Deputy Wood met with a complainant in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office for a report of a theft that took place at the Tavern in St. Leonard. The complainant advised that sometime between 5:30pm on November 1st and 1:00am on November 2nd an unknown suspect(s) stole their Maryland license as well as two credit cards from their purse. The value of stolen property is $60.
 
Arrests:
 
On October 28, 2019 Deputy Savick conducted a traffic stop at Southern Maryland Boulevard and Kerry Anne Lane in Dunkirk. While approaching the vehicle, Deputy Savick detected a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. The driver, Ashley Dean Cathro (30), advised she did have marijuana in the vehicle and a search was conducted which revealed a large mason jar containing marijuana as well as a plastic bag containing (20) orange Adderall pills for which Cathro did not have a prescription. Cathro was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where she was charged with CDS: Possession- Not Marijuana. 
 
On October 29, 2019 deputies observed a drug transaction from a vehicle in Prince Frederick. Deputies conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle where they found Paul Douglas Rhodes Jr. (39) to be in possession of suspected crack cocaine and CDS paraphernalia. Rhodes 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 October 31, 2019 Deputy Bowlan responded to Rod N’ Reel in Chesapeake Beach to assist with a disorderly subject. Upon arrival, Deputy Bowlan observed Crystal Kay Sweeney (37), yelling at Deputy Parks from inside her vehicle. While approaching the vehicle, Sweeney put the vehicle in reverse, almost striking the vehicle behind her. Deputies asked Sweeney to put the vehicle in park and step outside. Sweeney refused, and was removed from the vehicle by Deputies who attempted to detain her while she continued to resist. Once detained, Deputies conducted a search of Sweeney’s vehicle which resulted in an orange prescription bottle containing a clear vial of suspected PCP, and 8 pink pills. Sweeney was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where she was charged with Disorderly Conduct, Resisting/ Interfering with Arrest, and CDS: Possession- Not Marijuana.

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Assault in Lexington Park Under Investigation (Video)

On October 26, 2019, at approximately 4:39 a.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 46500 block of Creeping Primrose Lane in Lexington Park, for the reported shooting complaint. Preliminary investigation determined a light- colored vehicle with several occupants entered the neighborhood, and another vehicle arrived shortly after the first vehicle. Several occupants in the first vehicle exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Two gunshots were exchanged between individuals on scene, and the parties then fled the area. At this time no injuries have been reported from this incident.
 

 
 
Video footage obtained from this incident can be viewed on the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office YouTube page. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Deputy Max Schell at (301) 475-4200 extension *8161 or by email at Max.Schell@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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Honor Veterans During "On Watch" Memorial Service

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Nov. 4, 2019 – The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners will hold an “On Watch” memorial service Sunday, Nov. 10, to recognize and honor veterans in Calvert County. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. at the “On Watch” monument site located at 14485 Dowell Road in Dowell. The ceremony is free and open to the public; those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by calling 410-326-2042, ext. 19.
 
The keynote speaker will be Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River Executive Officer Capt. John Brabazon, with Calvert Marine Museum Board of Governors Vice Chair Jack Fringer to recognize local veterans. NAS Patuxent River Honor Guard will serve as flag bearers for the ceremony and Sara Zylack will perform the national anthem. The ceremony will conclude with a wreath laying ceremony and light refreshments.
 
The “On Watch” Memorial Statue is a bronze statue unveiled in 2007 by Maryland artist Antonio Tobias Mendez. The statue commemorates the people and work at the Solomons Amphibious Training Base, the nation’s first, during World War II. Between 1942 and 1945, around 68,000 sailors, marines, coast guardsmen and soldiers trained to make beach landings; these forces had major roles at landings in Guadalcanal, North Africa, Sicily, Normandy and the Pacific Solomons Islands. 
 
Find information on Calvert County Government services online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov. Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd.

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Veterans Day Parade and Parking

Leonardtown, MD - The public is invited to salute America’s Veterans at the 2019 Veterans Day Parade in Leonardtown. The parade, sponsored by the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County and Commissioners of Leonardtown, steps off Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, at 9:45 a.m. from St. Mary’s Ryken High School and moves along Fenwick Street.
 
Immediately following the parade, citizens are invited to Town Square for a Veterans Memorial Ceremony. This ceremony will commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II with remarks from veterans and dignitaries and conclude with the laying of the wreaths on the memorials. Veterans and family members of those who served during this war effort are encouraged to contact Brandy Blackstone to be recognized during the ceremony. Honored dignitaries who are scheduled to attend include Lt. Governor Rutherford, Delegate Brian Crosby, Delegate Matt Morgan, the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, the Commissioners of Leonardtown, and other honored guests.
 
In the event of inclement weather, the parade will be canceled, and the Memorial Ceremony will take place inside the Leonardtown Town Hall, 22670 Washington Street in Leonardtown. The decision about cancellation will be made by 8 a.m. Nov. 11, and a cancellation notice will be posted on the Town of Leonardtown website (https://www.leonardtown.somd.com/) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TownofLeonardtown/) pages as well as on the St. Mary’s County Government website www.stmarysmd.com.
 
Parking and Shuttle Information:
Parade participants are requested to be in place at the staging area at St. Mary’s Ryken High School no later than 9:30 a.m. and be aware of the following:
 
Parade vehicles, including buses, floats, cars, trucks and motorcycles, should report directly to the staging area at St. Mary’s Ryken High School between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. All parade vehicles – except emergency vehicles – should be parked by 8 a.m.
 
Marching groups and other parade participants should park at Leonardtown Middle School and take the shuttle to St. Mary’s Ryken High School between 7:45 a.m. and 9:20 a.m.
 
For safety reasons, parents are not to drop their children at St. Mary’s Ryken High School along the roadside or at the intersection. All persons participating in the parade (and who are not riding in a parade vehicle) should ride the shuttle bus from Leonardtown Middle School.
 
Parking for Spectators:
The parking lot adjacent to the Courthouse on Courthouse Drive is reserved for school buses and shuttles only. Parking for spectators and parade participants will not be available at the Courthouse. Spectators are asked to park at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds, the St. Mary’s County Governmental Center or the College of Southern Maryland and ride one of the complimentary, round-trip shuttles into Town. Free parking and shuttles will also be available at all three of these locations. At the Governmental Center, spectators are asked to park in the lots adjacent to the Carter State Office Building (23115 Leonard Hall Drive in Leonardtown). Wheelchair-accessible shuttles will be available at both locations. The return-shuttle stop for both sites is located across from The Olde Town Pub on the corner of Washington and Shadrick Streets.
 
Spectators and participants using the shuttles may encounter delays due to crowding. Your patience and understanding are appreciated.
 
Washington Street and Fenwick Street leading into downtown Leonardtown will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m. until noon. Downtown parking and through-traffic will be limited to areas accessible from Lawrence Avenue. Deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office will provide traffic control and parade volunteers will assist with parking and street detours.
 
Handicapped Parking:
Spectators requiring handicapped parking may take Washington Street and (upon showing proof of a handicapped sticker or need) will be allowed to park in the public lot beside the Hair Company.
 
For a map of available parking areas, go to https://leonardtown.somd.com/veteransday/2019VetDayMap.jpg.
 
For more information about the parade or the Wreath Laying Ceremony, contact Brandy Blackstone, Public Relations & Events Coordinator, Commissioners of Leonardtown’s Office at 301-475-9791, or email brandy.blackstone@leonardtownmd.gov.

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2019 Economic Development Department Fall Meeting

The Economic Development Department is hosting its annual Fall Meeting entitled The Future in Focus. The Fall Meeting is an opportunity to explore the forces shaping the economic future of Charles County. 
 
Topics include a look at Charles County’s five-year strategic plan by Jay Garner of Garner Economics -- where are we now and where do we go from here; a thorough and engaging economic analysis from keynote speaker Anirban Basu, economist and CEO of Sage Policy Group; and an in-depth panel discussion on “The Future of Work.”
 
What: 2019 Economic Development Fall Meeting
 
Where: Greater Waldorf Jaycees Center, 3090 Crain Highway, Waldorf
 
When: Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to noon                      
 
Schedule:
 
8:30 a.m. Welcome
 
Reuben B. Collins, II, Esq., Commissioner President
 
 
8:40 a.m. Economic Development Update
 
Darréll A. Brown, Director
Lucretia Freeman-Buster, Chief of Business Development
Lucinia Mundy, Business Development Specialist
 
 
8:55 a.m. Shaping the Economic Future of Charles County 2.0
 
Jay Garner, President, Garner Economics
 
 
9:55 a.m. Keynote
 
Anirban Basu, Economist, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Sage Policy Group
 
 
11:10 a.m. The Future of Work
 
Moderator: Anne Balduzzi, Director of Advisory Services, TEDCO
 
Panelist:Ellen Flowers-Fields, Interim Vice-President for Continuing Education and Workforce Development, College of Southern Maryland
Michael Kelleher, Executive Director, Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Robert Kavetsky, President and Executive Director, Energetics Technology Center
 
 
11:58 a.m. Closing Remarks Darréll A. Brown, Director
 
To register for the event, visit fallmeeting2019.eventbrite.com. To learn more about Charles County Economic Development Department, visit www.MeetCharlesCounty.com.

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Cardin, Van Hollen, Senate Democrats Urge Trump Administration to Prioritize Children's Health and Keep Promise to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.) and two dozen Democratic senators sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar denouncing his delay in addressing the growing epidemic of youth tobacco use. The senators urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to finalize its promised compliance policy and clear the market of unauthorized, flavored e-cigarette products, including mint and menthol flavors.

 

In the past year, e-cigarette use has increased by more than 75 percent amongst high school students, largely fueled by the appeal of products with flavors like candy, fruit, mint and menthol. Nearly two-thirds of youth that use e-cigarettes use mint and menthol products. Though the Trump Administration has promised to address the epidemic, the FDA has yet to take any action and is even reportedly considering exempting mint and menthol flavors, despite its promise to include them in the compliance policy. As delays persist and President Trump continues to play politics with public health, e-cigarette use among children continues to increase with no signs of stopping.

 

“Because of the ever-increasing epidemic of youth e-cigarette use that has been fueled by flavors that include mint and menthol, we implore the Administration to finalize a compliance policy removing all unauthorized, non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes from the market immediately,” wrote the senators. “It must not bow to industry or political pressure at the expense of the public health.”

 

In addition to Cardin and Van Hollen, the letter was signed by Senator Patty Murray, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), as well as Senators Schumer, Whitehouse, Hassan, Leahy, Brown, Reed, Blumenthal, Shaheen, Markey, Warren, Durbin, Murphy, Harris, Klobuchar, Duckworth, King, Merkley, Casey, Kaine, Booker, Wyden, Menendez and Hirono.

 

Full text of the letter is below and the PDF is HERE.

 

October 29, 2019

 

The Honorable Alex M. Azar II                    

Secretary         

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services      

200 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20201

 

Dear Secretary Azar,

 

            We write with significant concerns about the continued delay by the Trump Administration in issuing a compliance policy to address the terrible epidemic of e-cigarette use among children. After years of delay and inaction, which fueled this epidemic, the Trump Administration announced on September 11, 2019, that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) intended to “finalize a compliance policy in the coming weeks that would prioritize the agency’s enforcement of the premarket authorization requirements for non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol, clearing the market of unauthorized, non-tobacco flavored e-cigarette products.”[1] We have long advocated for this action and were encouraged that the Administration had finally decided to act. As of today, however, the FDA has neither finalized nor announced when it will finalize the compliance policy and is reportedly considering significantly weakening this policy by exempting mint and menthol products, which your agency’s own data have demonstrated are incredibly popular among children.[2] While the Administration continues to permit the sale of unauthorized, non-tobacco flavored e-cigarette products, each day more children are becoming e-cigarette users – driven primarily by flavors.[3] We strongly urge the Administration to fulfill its promise to clear the market of all unauthorized, non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes – including mint and menthol flavors – immediately.

 

             It is imperative that the Administration promptly finalize the compliance policy. E-cigarette use among children continues to rise at an alarming rate. Approximately 20 percent of high school students reported using e-cigarettes in 2018, which is more than a 75 percent increase in use from 2017.[4] Furthermore, high school students who used e-cigarettes reported using them more often in 2018 than in 2017. E-cigarette use among middle school students increased nearly 50 percent from 2017 to 2018.[5] This appetite for e-cigarette use by children has been largely fueled by the appeal of non-tobacco flavors such as fruit, candy, and menthol or mint.[6] There are no recent signs that e-cigarette use by children is decreasing: preliminary data from the 2019 National Youth Tobacco Survey shows a continued rise in youth e-cigarette use.[7]

 

            Although the full scope of the dangers remains uncertain, it is well-known that e-cigarettes pose a serious health risk to youth. On October 11, 2018, the Washington Post published an op-ed by you and then-FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. In it, you acknowledged that “the steps we have taken thus far are not enough,” noting that e-cigarettes have been the most popular nicotine product among American teenagers since 2014; nicotine is highly addictive and can harm brain development; and children who start on e-cigarettes are more likely than non-smoking peers to end up using traditional tobacco products.[8] You stated you were “actively reconsidering our policy under which certain e-cigarettes — particularly the products with flavors that might appeal to children — can remain on the market ….”[9] In the year since, the epidemic has worsened, and we have learned that e-cigarettes are associated with a nationwide outbreak of lung illnesses, some of which have resulted in death.

On September 11, 2019, you joined President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and Acting FDA Commissioner Norman Sharpless in the Oval Office to announce your intent to finalize the compliance policy removing unauthorized, non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes from the market.[10] You stated the Administration’s intent to “clear the market of flavored e-cigarettes to reverse the deeply concerning epidemic of youth e-cigarette use that is impacting children, families, schools and communities,” and Acting Commissioner Sharpless noted that “finalization of the compliance policy will be an important step in ongoing work to ensure e-cigarettes are not marketed to, sold to, or used by kids.”[11]

 

With each day, more children continue to be lured to e-cigarettes by flavors such as fruit, candy, and mint or menthol. We are therefore deeply troubled that there is no final compliance policy more than six weeks after the Oval Office announcement. Instead, the FDA provides assurances that the agency is working “as quickly as possible” to finalize a compliance policy.[12] It is increasingly unclear what the FDA’s final compliance policy will look like.

 

The Trump Administration is reportedly considering allowing mint and menthol flavors to remain on the market even if and when the FDA does finalize a compliance policy, despite nearly two-thirds of kids who use e-cigarettes using mint and menthol flavored products.[13] This is unacceptable. The Administration has already delayed action for far too long to address this public health crisis.

Further fueling our concerns, on October 25, 2019, news reports indicated that this reconsideration follows warnings from President Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale, that a policy removing flavored e-cigarettes from the market “could backfire in the 2020 election” and that “Trump supporters who use e-cigarettes could abandon the president if he follows through on a ban.”[14] We are outraged that the President appears to be playing politics with children’s health.

 

            Because of the ever-increasing epidemic of youth e-cigarette use that has been fueled by flavors that include mint and menthol, we implore the Administration to finalize a compliance policy removing all unauthorized, non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes from the market immediately. It must not bow to industry or political pressure at the expense of the public health. If you have any questions regarding this letter, please contact Andi Lipstein Fristedt with the HELP Committee Staff at (202) 224-7675.

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Calvert County Department of Economic Development Launches Visit Calvert County Tourism Facebook Page

The Calvert County Department of Economic Development has launched a Visit Calvert County tourism Facebook page to promote local attractions, restaurants, shopping, arts and culture, events and more. Citizens can visit www.Facebook.com/VisitCalvertCounty for tourism related information and updates.
 
The new page will feature scenic spots to hunt fossils and shark teeth, tips on the best shopping to find locally made treasures, exciting community events and up-to-date information on a wide variety of things to do in Calvert County.
 
“Our new tourism Facebook page will be a great informational tool to help further promote the year-round tourism opportunities available to people visiting Calvert County – whether they are local or from out of town,” said Economic Development Director Kelly Robertson-Slagle. “Facebook is an ideal platform for promoting our fun, family-friendly and ever-changing events and activities.”
 
For more information about the Department of Economic Development, Calvert County visitor sites and attractions and the services available to assist county businesses, call 410-535-4583 or 301-855-1880, send an email to info@ecalvert.com or visit www.ChooseCalvert.com.
 
Find information on Calvert County Government services online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov. Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd.

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NAS Patuxent River to hold USS Tulip Memorial Ceremony Nov. 8, 2019

Naval Air Station Patuxent River will host a memorial ceremony Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. at the USS Tulip Memorial in St. Inigoes to honor the 47 Sailors lost when USS Tulip exploded due to a faulty boiler in 1864.

 

Tulip was a Union gunboat assigned to the Potomac Flotilla. Its mission was to support Union communications, tow, transport and land Soldiers, and maintain the Union blockade of Confederate ports.

 

With a faulty starboard boiler, the vessel had been ordered to return to Washington for repairs. Not wanting to be a slow, easy target for enemy cannons during the voyage up the Potomac River, the ship’s captain ignored the faulty boiler and ordered Tulip to proceed full steam ahead.

 

His fateful decision that day resulted in an explosion heard for miles. Tulip sank near Piney Point, not far from what is now Webster Outlying Field; only 10 men survived from the crew of 57, with two dying shortly afterward.

 

The only human remains ever recovered were eight badly burned, unidentified bodies that washed ashore and are buried near St. Inigoes Creek, where the secluded USS Tulip Monument stands, marking the smallest federal cemetery in the nation.

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Pet Licensing Fee Reduced During 11th Annual Pet Amnesty Week

Pet owners in Calvert County who need to license their dogs and cats can take advantage of Calvert County Animal Control’s annual Amnesty Week scheduled for Nov. 18-23 and get their pets licensed for a reduced fee. Visit the Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter located at 5055 Hallowing Point Road in Prince Frederick on the following dates:
 
·         Monday, Nov. 18, Wednesday, Nov. 20, Friday, Nov. 22 and Saturday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
·         Tuesday, Nov. 19 and Thursday, Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 
The reduced fee for spayed and neutered pets is $3 each. The fee for non-spayed and non-neutered pets is $10. Regular fees are $7 and $20, respectively. Bring cash, check or credit cards along with a copy of the pet’s current rabies certification and proof of spay or neuter if applicable. Pet licenses sold at a reduced fee can only be purchased at the Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter.
 
Calvert County residents who own dogs and cats are legally required to license their pets. As part of the licensing process, every dog and cat must also be vaccinated for rabies. 
 
Find information on Calvert County Government services online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov. Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd.

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