The Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation Natural Resources Division has been named Maryland’s 2018 Calvert County Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year for its oversight of the land and tributaries at the Bennett O. Hughes Memorial Tree Farm in Prince Frederick. Through an annual award given by the Maryland Tree Farm Committee, the Calvert County division was recognized for its excellence in preserving and managing timber, wildlife, recreation, soil erosion control and water quality.
“The Calvert County Natural Resources Division was selected as the 2018 Calvert Tree Farmer of the Year due to their commitment and dedication to the wise use and management of our natural resources,” said Maryland Forest Service Forester Brian Stupak, who nominated the division. ”The Natural Resources Division is a true steward of the land, managing the forest not only for the current generation, but for generations to come.”
“I’m very proud of the work staff has done to not only responsibly manage this outstanding county asset, but to provide educational and revenue generating opportunities at this site,” said Parks & Recreation Director Shannon Nazzal. “This award is a testament to their conservation and forest management efforts.”
The farm was gifted to Calvert County by Bennett O. Hughes in 1987 for forest management and to be used for passive recreational purposes. The property is one of the few
publicly owned properties in Calvert County actively managed as a tree farm and certified by
the American Tree Farm System. This allows the general public to see first-hand what a timber harvest looks like, not only immediately after
harvest, but over time. In 2017, the Natural Resources Division promoted forest management through a selective timber harvest of 200 trees, which generated close to $80,000 for the operation of the division.
“Effective forest management means maintaining forest land to support the diverse ecosystem and wildlife population in Calvert County,” said Natural Resources Division Chief Karyn Molines. “Forest resources can provide income to landowners while still allowing for recreational opportunities such as hiking and bird-watching.”
The American Tree Farm System is a nationwide program that encourages forest landowners to be stewards of the land and grow trees as a crop, with the added benefits of improved wildlife habitat, watershed protection, clean air, outdoor recreation and aesthetic value.
Learn more about the Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation, Natural Resources Division, and its comprehensive program of activities and park information by visiting online at www.co.cal.md.us/naturalresources. Like Calvert County Government on Facebook.
Leonardtown, MD - The Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) encourages residents, whose real property has been damaged by the recent severe weather, to contact the Department, as they may qualify to have their property assessments reduced. Maryland residents can click the application link, fill it out and email it to their local SDAT assessment office. A list of all SDAT offices with contact information can be found on SDAT’s website here. If you have any questions, please call your local assessment office.
SDAT offices have recently been in contact with county governments and other local organizations to offer any assistance and coordination necessary. In the coming weeks, SDAT’s assessors will begin visiting areas impacted by the severe weather, particularly in Washington and Frederick Counties, to locate and identify damaged property. When a decrease in value is confirmed by an assessor—either from an exterior inspection or from a resident submitting the attached application—the new real property assessment will be sent to the County Finance Office and a new tax bill may be issued. If a property owner has already paid their tax bill, a prorated abatement will be issued. If the extent of damage is not clear from an exterior inspection, the attached application will be delivered to the property owner for them to complete and send back.
Areas in the national capital region and western Maryland were hit with heavy rainfall earlier this week, and additional storms are in the forecast for the duration of the week. The Department joins Governor Larry Hogan and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) in reminding residents to take all necessary precautions to stay safe. Click here for more information from MEMA on how residents can be weather prepared by ensuring that they know how to receive warnings, follow safety tips, and take certain actions.
SDAT will continue to be in contact with state and local governments to ensure that residents who may qualify for a reduced assessment are aware of this application.
The Charles County Commissioners are seeking county residents who want to get involved in their community to fill vacancies on several boards, committees, and commissions. No experience required.
The Board of Appeals hears appeals of the zoning and land use decisions of the County Government, requests for approval of special exceptions, and requests for approval of variances. Application deadline is Saturday, June 30.
The Commission on Veteran Affairs is a new commission aimed to establish a consistent avenue of communication for our veteran community so Charles County can better understand and address their needs. There will be 10 veterans and three civilian members.
The Board of License Commissioners (Liquor Board) reviews and approves the issuance and renewal of liquor licenses in Charles County, and establishes penalties for violations. Members serve four-year terms. Seeking District 4 resident to fill vacancy.
Additional vacancies include:
Adult Public Guardianship Review Board
Alarm Review Board
Animal Matters Hearing Board
Area Council on Aging
Commission for Women
Commission on Individuals with Disabilities
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council
Library Board of Trustees
Mental Health Advisory Board
Positions will remain open until filled. A separate application must be submitted for each vacancy. Applications and a detailed list of all current vacancies are available on the Charles County Government website at [www.CharlesCountyMD.gov]www.CharlesCountyMD.gov or by contacting Carol DeSoto, Senior Commissioner Specialist, at 301-645-0691 or DesotoC@CharlesCountyMD.gov
Burglary – Shawn Michael Clark, 26, of Lexington Park violated a protective order on May 2, 2018 at a residence at the 16000 block of Three Notch Road in Ridge and returned the morning of May 3, 2018. The victim advised that Clark unlawfully forced entry into the residence, causing damage to the door frame and locking mechanism on the door. The victim stated a brief struggle ensued and Clark pushed the victim to the ground. Clark was charged with two counts of third-degree burglary, violation of a protective order and second-degree assault. The case was handled by Dep. Tyler Westphal. CASE# 23119-18
Clark failed to report for incarceration and charges of escape were added on May 5, 2018 by Dep. Tyler Payne. CASE# 23496-18
Disorderly conduct – Ernarde Delovestein Banks, 37, of Lexington Park was seen pacing back and forth in the area of Chancellor’s Run Road and Buck Hewitt Road on May 3, 2018. When contacted by sheriff’s deputies, Banks was belligerent and resistant to police. Banks proceeded through private property and onto the grounds of Greenview Knolls Elementary School, which started the process for the school to go into lockdown and interrupted school operations. Banks was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center where he was charged with trespassing on school grounds, School: Disturb Operation and Intoxicated Public Disturbance by Deputy Tyler Westphal. CASE# 23200-18
Child abuse/assault – Dep. Warren Forinash responded to the 46000 block of Yorktown Road in Lexington Park and made contact with several victims on May 4, 2018. It was alleged that Gary Victor Shubrooks, 26, of Lexington Park struck several victims and also swung a plastic snow shovel, which struck and broke the front porch light. Shubrooks was taken to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center charged with Child Abuse Second Degree, Assault Second Degree and Malicious Destruction of Property Less Than $1,000. CASE# 23458-18
Assault – On May 4, 2018, Cpl. Jay Kirkner responded to the 25000 block of Pinto Drive in Hollywood for a disturbance call. A victim alleged that Ashley Marie Moore, 33, of Hollywood scratched the victim's neck with her fingernails. Later that day, another victim alleged Moore struck the victim in the face several times and pulled hair. Moore appeared to be intoxicated and argumentative with persons at the scene. Moore was taken to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center and was charged with Assault Second Degree. CASE# 23499-18
Assault – On May 6, 2018, Dep. James Bare responded to the 22000 block of Donaldson Drive in Lexington Park for a reported assault. The victim alleged that Robert Russell Breon Jr., 45, of Lexington Park grabbed and bruised the victim’s wrist. Dep. Bare observed a bruise on the victim’s wrist, arrested Breon and took the suspect to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center where Breon was charged with Assault Second Degree. CASE# 23732-18
Trespassing – On May 7, 2018, Dep. Benjamin Raley responded to the Leonardtown Burchmart for a reported theft. Deputy Raley issued a criminal citation for theft of less than $100 and served notice to Stacey Lynn Goode, 40, of No Fixed Address not to trespass at the Burchmart in Leonardtown. Later that day, Goode was seen by a witness wearing no pants and walking toward the Leonardtown Burchmart. Goode was placed under arrest and taken to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center for two counts of Trespassing on Private Property. CASE# 24030-18
Goode was also arrested on May 8, 2018 at the parking lot of Father Andrew White School in Leonardtown where she was found inside of an unlocked vehicle, rummaging through the glove compartment. Goode was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center and charged with Rogue and Vagabond by Cpl. Patrick Handy. CASE# 24119-18
Assault – On May 7, 2018, Dep. First Class Kevin Molitor responded to the 48000 block of Compass Circle in Lexington Park for a reported subject running around without a shirt. Upon arrival, Molitor was advised by victims and witnesses that Marvin Jerome Smith Jr., 47, of Lexington Park, was intoxicated. While being driven out of the neighborhood by the victim and witness, Smith attempted to get out of the vehicle and after finding that the car doors were locked, began grabbing the victim from behind causing scratches on the shoulders, neck and face. Smith climbed out of the vehicle and fled, but was located, arrested, transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center and charged with Second-Degree Assault. CASE# 24024-18
Contraband/CDS Violation – On May 10, 2018, Dep. Kevin Molitor responded to the area of Route 235 and Exploration Drive in Lexington Park to take a wanted subject into custody. Vashon Lamar Hayden, 35, of No Fixed Address was found to be in possession of suspected crack cocaine and numerous tablets of Alprazolam. Hayden was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center and after his handcuffs were removed, he attempted to move the container holding the CDS from the area of his groin to his pocket. Hayden was charged with Possession of Contraband and two counts of CDS Possession, not Marijuana. CASE# 24456-18
Contraband – On May 10, 2018, Calvin Nelson Washington returned to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center from taking his GED test. A routine search of Washington upon his re-entry found a plastic bag containing tobacco on the inside of Washington’s shoes that he was wearing. Washington was charged with Possession of Contraband by DFC Kevin Molitor . CASE# 24586-18
Assault – On May 10, 2018, Dep. Daniel Sidorowicz responded to the 45000 block of Sayre Drive in California for an assault report. Sidorowicz made contact with the victim who said Nicolas James Hamm, 26, of Great Mills struck the victim four or five times on the arm and back because Hamm couldn’t use the phone. Sidorowicz saw large bruises on the victim, arrested Hamm and transported him to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center where he was charged with Second-Degree Assault. CASE# 45756-18
Theft – On May 4, 2018, Leroy John Thomas Jr., 43, of Martinsburg, WV was charged with Theft Less than $1,000 from the Fastop in Leonardtown by Cpl. Thomas Seyfried. CASE# 23376-18
Theft – On May 6, 2018, Jerry Lewis Gray, 57, of Lexington Park was charged with four counts of Theft Less Than $100 from the Weis in Lexington Park by DFC Daniel Holdsworth. CASE# 21778-18
Violation of Protective Order – On May 8, 2018 Dep. Benjamin Raley arrived at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center for a violation of a protective order. Marshall Howard Carr, 54, of Lexington Park was attempting to send a letter to someone with a protective order against him. CASE# 24042
Theft – On May 8, 2018, Dep. Tyler Westphal responded to the Target store at First Colony Way in California for a reported theft. The Loss Prevention Officer observed Katrina Lee Ann Logue, 32, of Mechanicsville put a LG Bluetooth headset into her bra and went into the ladies room. Logue then passed all points of sale without paying. She was charged with Theft Under $100. CASE# 24165-18
Trespassing – On May 2, 2018, Cpl. Alvin Beishline arrested Walter Jerome Ford Sr., 53, of Lexington Park for Trespass Private Property at 21628 Great Mills Road in Lexington Park. CASE# 23005-18
Alcohol Violation – On May 2, 2018, Cpl. Alvin Beishline arrested Robert Lee Driggers, 52, of Lexington Park for Alcoholic Beverage/Open Container/Retail Establishment at 46940 South Shangri-La Drive in Lexington Park. CASE# 22993-18
Theft – On May 8, 2018 Dep. Tyler Westphal arrested Valerie Yvonne Gross, 45, of Great Mills for Theft Under $100. Gross was observed by the Loss Prevention Officer at the Lexington Park Weis store putting family packs of steaks inside of her pants and walking past all points of sale. When she was approached by law enforcement in the parking lot, she no longer had the steaks in her possession. It was estimated that she took three family packs of steaks, valued at approximately $100. CASE# 24187-18
Possession of heroin – On May 9, 2018, Cpl. David Potter stopped a 2013 Cadillac for failing to attach registration plates at the front and rear. Sgt. Todd Fleenor and his canine partner responded to the scene and conducted a scan of the vehicle. The canine alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle. A search of the passenger, Justin Philip Gates, 34, of Great Mills found a quantity of heroin concealed in his pants and he was charged with heroin possession. The driver, Hayden Paul Cabada, 22, of Mechanicsville was charged with heroin possession and paraphernalia possession. CASE# 24415-18
Assault – On May 14, 2018, Dep. Richard Forbes responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center for the report of an assault. Mark Andrew Alvey Jr., 26, of Lexington Park was seen on video surveillance pushing the victim and was charged with Second-Degree Assault. CASE# 25294-18
Drug Arrest – On May 11, 2018, DFC Rozier Steinbach was sitting in traffic when he observed two vehicles parked at the fuel pumps of the Burchmart in Leonardtown, but neither party was pumping gas. Steinbach observed a transaction between the two. The defendant, Mark Anthony Clark, 58, of Hollywood said he had come to the gas station to buy controlled dangerous substances for $40. Steinbach found a pair of Buprenorphine and Naloxone sublingual films on Clark and Alprazolam tablets in two small plastic baggies. Clark could not provide a prescription for the medications found. CASE# 24839-18
First-Degree Assault – On May 11, 2018, Cpl. Daniel Snyder responded to the 22000 block of Wainwright Court in California for the report of a dispute with a gun involved. Snyder spoke with the victim who said when the victim came out of a bedroom and down the hall, Teresa Lynn Thompson, 63, of California pointed a gun at the victim and told the victim to return to a bedroom. The gun was recovered from a hutch and Thompson was arrested, transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center and charged with First-Degree and Second-Degree Assault. CASE# 24860-18
Property Destruction – On May 12, 2018, Dep. Andrew Budd responded to the 13000 block of Point Lookout Road in Ridge for a reported disturbance. Budd made contact with Trey Dominic Barnes, 31, of Callaway who was extremely intoxicated. Barnes was told numerous times to leave the property, which he refused and then kicked multiple pathway lights, causing damage. Barnes was placed under arrest, transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center and charged with Disorderly Conduct and Malicious Destruction of Property Less than $1,500. CASE# 24909-18
Recovered Stolen Auto – On May 12, 2018, DFC David Lawrence responded to a report of a possibly stolen vehicle. Lawrence with the assistance of several other officers, located the vehicle parked at the 22000 block of Park Drive in California and contacted Joseph Andrew Townsend, 26, of California who could not produce the vehicle’s rental agreement and none was found in the vehicle. The St. Mary’s County Emergency Communications Center confirmed the vehicle was stolen on April 4, 2018, reported to the Metro Washington Airport Authority. Townsend also had an active arrest warrant in Charles County. Townsend was arrested, transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center and charged with Theft: $1,500 – Under $25,000. CASE# 24938-18
Robbery/Assault – On May 13, 2018, Cpl. Daniel Snyder responded to the 21000 block of Great Mills Road in Lexington Park for a reported robbery. The victim advised that Francis Xavier Hill Jr., 22, of Lexington Park got on top of the victim and took a wallet containing cash, cards and driver’s license and then ran out of the apartment. The victim also received minor injuries. Hill was charged with Robbery, Assault and Theft. CASE# 25058-18.
Theft – On May 14, 2018, Dep. Robert Chase responded to the Target store in California for the report of a theft. Shailita Shorna Holt, 22, of Lexington Park was charged with Theft Less Than $100 for stealing various items of clothing. CASE# 23397-18
Assault – On May 15, 2018, Cpl. Jay Kirkner responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation for the report of an assault. David Timothy Knott, 31, of No Fixed Address was seen on video surveillance entering the victim’s cell on numerous occasions and eventually pushed the victim with two hands. Neither had visible signs of injuries. Knott was charged with Second-Degree Assault and Assault on a Corrections Employee. CASE# 25646-18
Assault – On May 15, 2018, DFC Jason Smith responded to a Mechanicsville address for the report of an assault. The victim said that Alexis Marie Collins, 20, of Mechanicsville started an argument over a text message which led to a physical altercation and caused neck scratches and struck the victim with a flashlight at the back of the head causing a visible bloody and raised injury. Collins was arrested, transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center and was charged with Second-Degree Assault. CASE# 25466-18
Burglary – On May 16, 2018, DFC Sheena Tirpak responded to Abberly Crest Apartments in Lexington Park for a reported burglary. Tirpak was advised that Callie Anne Whitney, 19, of No Fixed Address made entry into the clubhouse building by forcefully pulling on a rear door until the magnetic locking mechanism was bypassed. Tirpak located Whitney later in the day, arrested her, transported her to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center was charged two counts of Fourth-Degree Burglary and two counts of Violation of Protective Order. CASE# 25733-18.
Theft – On May 15, 2018, DFC Daniel Holdsworth responded to Guenther’s Fine Wine and Spirits in Leonardtown for a reported theft. Katelyn Nicole Strang, 23, of Leonardtown was arrested and charged with Theft: $100 to $1,500 and Theft Less than $100 for taking two 12 packs of Milwaukee’s Best beer. CASE# 25553-18
On March 17, 2018, Destiny Anne Key-Mellies, 22, of Lexington Park was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Driving Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol Per Se and Driving Vehicle while Impaired by Alcohol in Avenue by Dep. Carl Ball #315.
On April 25, 2018, Kevin Michael Kennedy, 20, of Great Mills was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol Per Se and Driving While Impaired by Alcohol on Chancellor’s Run Road by Lt. Edward Evans #88.
On May 2, 2018, David Glen Thiessen, 53, of Lexington Park was charged with Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol and Driving While Intoxicated near the Cedar Cove Beach by Dep. Tyler Westphal #337.
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On May 4, 2018, Joann Marie Tannehill, 52, of Park Hall was charged with Driving While Impaired by a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Driving a Vehicle While So Far Impaired by Drugs Cannot Drive Safely, Driving a Vehicle with Suspended Registration and Driving a Motor Vehicle without a License in the area of Lexington Park Baptist Church by Dep. Richard Forbes #341.
On May 12, 2018, Helena Machell Banks, 34, of Clements was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Driving While Impaired by Alcohol and Driver Consuming Alcoholic Beverage in Passenger Area of Motor Vehicle on Highway in the Mechanicsville area by Dep. Benjamin Raley #345.
On May 12, 2018, John Allen Hall, 52, of Brandywine was charged with Driving Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol and Driving Vehicle While Impaired by Alcohol in Hollywood by Dep. Dianne Hersh #343.
On May 15, 2018, Mayra Brenda Herrera, 24, of Lexington Park was charged with Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol, Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol Per Se and Driving Vehicle While Impaired by Alcohol in Lexington Park by Dep. Warren Forinash #344.
Jessica Nicole Michael, 27, of Charlotte Hall was arrested on an outstanding warrant on May 2, 2018 for CDS possession – not marijuana and Theft of less than $100 by Cpl. James Stone #183. Case# 23020-18
Joseph Antoni Maldonado-Marsh, 36, of Upper Marlboro was arrested for Theft between $1,500 to $25,000 and Vehicle Rented: Fail to Return by Dep. Dianne Hersh #343. Case# 03226-18
Damont Eric Barnes, 35, of California was arrested on May 3, 2018 on an outstanding warrant for Child Support (and Child Support warrant for Calvert County) and Theft of less than $1,000 by Cpl. James Stone #183. CASE# 23147-18
Kathleen Hayden Stone, 58, of Hollywood was arrested on May 4, 2018 on an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear for Driving while Suspended by Dep. Daniel Holdsworth #305. CASE# 23403-18
Jalin Atibe Lee, 23, of Lexington Park was arrested on May 4, 2018 on an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear for Assault Second Degree by Dep. James Bare #307. CASE# 23433-18
Johnathan Omar Nelson, 34, of Lexington Park was arrested on May 4, 2018 on an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear for Jury Duty by Cpl. Jay Kirkner #133. CASE# 23459-18
Anthony Kenneth Dotson Jr., 29, of Temple Hills was arrested on an outstanding warrant on May 4, 2018 for Assault First Degree, Assault Second Degree and Property Destruction by Cpl. Jay Kirkner #133. CASE# 23483-18
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Stacey Lynn Goode, 40, of No Fixed Address was arrested on May 5, 2018 on an outstanding warrant for Circuit Court Failure to Appear: Child Support by Dep. Richard Forbes #341. CASE# 23552-18
Anna Drue Mizak, 29, of No Fixed Address was arrested on May 1, 2018 on an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear: Child Support and Fraud by Dep. Kevin Molitor #304. CASE# 23656-18
Katie Jo Hamilton, 24, of Lexington Park was arrested on May 6, 2018 on an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear: Child Support by Dep. Daniel Holdsworth #305. CASE# 23708-18
Joseph Wayne Collis, 52, of Capitol Heights was arrested on May 6, 2018 on an outstanding warrant for Malicious Destruction of Property Under $1,000 by Dep. James Bare #307. CASE# 23713-18
Steven Rene Tharpe, 28, of Great Mills was arrested on May 6, 2018 on an outstanding warrant for two charges of Violation of Probation by Dep. Matthew Beyer #319. CASE# 23696-18
Jerry Lewis Gray, 57, of Lexington Park was arrested on May 7, 2018 on an outstanding warrant for FOA Calvert County by Dep. Tyler Payne #320. CASE# 23768-18
Steven Wayne Sams Jr., 38, of Waldorf was arrested on May 7, 2018 on an outstanding warrant for two counts of Violation of Probation by Dep. Carl Ball #315. CASE# 23871-18
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Warren Duane Hayes, 57, of Washington D.C. was arrested on May 7, 2018 on an outstanding warrant for Attempted First-Degree Murder by Dep. Carl Ball #315. CASE# 23900-18
Lamont Luther Johnson, 44, of Clinton was arrested on May 7, 2018 on an outstanding warrant for Attempted First-Degree Murder by Dep. Carl Ball #315. CASE# 23899-18
Nicholas Bruce Osborne, 18, of California was arrested on May 7, 2018 on outstanding warrants for Attempted First-Degree Murder and CDS Possession with Intent to Distribute by Dep. Carl Ball #315. CASE# 23895-18
Willie Matthew Coates, 43, of Great Mills was arrested on May 7, 2018 on two outstanding warrants for Child Abuse Second Degree by Dep. Carl Ball #315. CASE# 23891-18
Carlton Eugene Young, 48, of Leonardtown was arrested on May 7, 2018 on an outstanding warrant for Attempted Second-Degree Murder by Dep. John Fenwick #338. CASE# 23892-18
Claudette Hope Williams, 54, of Washington D.C. on May 7, 2018 was served a warrant for Kidnapping and multiple indictments by Cpl. Steven Kerby #242. CASE# 24025-18
Courtney Lauren Turner, 25, of Lexington Park on May 8, 2018 was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear: Assault Second Degree by Dep. John Davis #269. CASE# 24132-18
Tawni Angel Uhl-Jones, 33, of Leonardtown was arrested on May 8, 2018 on an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear for Trespass: Private Property by Cpl. Patrick Handy #132. CASE# 24109-18
Nicole Ann Kelly, 32, of Lexington Park was arrested on May 8, 2018 on outstanding warrants for Failure to Appear for Violation of Probation and Failure to Appear for Driving While Revoked by Cpl. Austin Schultz #258. CASE# 24199-18
Nicole Anne Kelly, 32, of Lexington Park was served on May 8, 2018 with a warrant for Second-Degree Assault by Cpl. Austin Schultz #258 CASE# 01192-18
Nicole Anne Kelly, 32, of Lexington Park was arrested on May 9, 2018 on an outstanding warrant for Second-Degree Assault by DFC Daniel Holdsworth. CASE# 08642-18
Rashaun Montgomery Peebles, 39, of Charlotte Hall was arrested on May 8, 2018 on an outstanding warrant for Violation of Probation by Cpl. James Stone #183. CASE# 24162-18
Tyquan Samuel Wills, 18, of Lexington Park was arrested on May 9, 2018 on an outstanding warrant for a Failure to Appear warrant for Driving without a Required License by Dep. Kevin Molitor #304. CASE# 24258-18
Krystal Marie Duffy, 24, of Lexington Park was arrested on May 9, 2018 on an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear: Theft Scheme Less $1,000 and Failure to Appear: Driving While Suspended by Dep. Dianne Hersh #343. CASE# 24277-18
Kristin Lacey Dziergowski, 29, of Leonardtown was arrested on May 9, 2018 for Circuit Court Violation of Probation by Dep. Daniel Sidorowicz #328. CASE# 24347-18
Vashon Lamar Hayden, 35, of No Fixed Address was arrested on May 10, 2018 for outstanding warrants for Second-Degree Assault and Malicious Destruction of Property Less Than $1,000 by Dep. Kevin Molitor #304. CASE# 01163-18
Crystal Dawn Faulstitch, 33, of Leonardtown was arrested on May 10, 2018 for an outstanding warrant for VOP Theft in Calvert County by Dep. Robert Chase #346. CASE# 24514-18
Becky Sue Booth, 41, of Lexington Park was arrested on May 10, 2018 for an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear: Theft by Dep. Daniel Holdsworth #305. CASE# 24488-18
Matthew Joseph Hatcher, 31, of Mechanicsville was arrested on May 10, 2018 for an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear: Driving While Suspended by Dep. James Maguire #171. CASE# 24525-18
Shawn Michael Clark, 26, of Lexington Park was arrested on May 10, 2018 for outstanding warrants for Second-Degree Assault, two Violations of Protective Order, Burglary, Assault, Second-Degree Escape and Escape Second Degree Condition of Release by DFC James Bare. CASE# 23557-18
Lewis Edmund Abbott, 72, of California was arrested on May 10, 2018 for an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear: Driving While Suspended by Dep. Daniel Holdsworth #305. CASE# 24512-18
Jason Robert Laws, 44, of Lothian was arrested on May 10, 2018 for an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear: Child Support by DFC. Timothy Wesner #284. CASE# 24544-18
Damonta Sharod Brooks, 23, of Lexington Park on May 10, 2018 was arrested for an outstanding warrant for Second-Degree Assault by Dep. Richard Forbes #341. CASE# 24564-18
Michael Allen King, 45, of California on May 11, 2018 was arrested for outstanding warrants for Failure to Appear: Arson Threat and First-Degree Assault by Cpl. Shaun Carberry #167. CASE# 24696-18
Vincent Michael Apel, 28, of Lusby on May 11, 2018 was arrested for an outstanding warrant for Violation of Probation by Dep. Shawn Shelko #326. CASE# 24776-18
William Ambrose Fenwick, 28, of Lusby on May 11, 2018 was arrested for an outstanding warrant for Child Support by Cpl. Joshua Krum #260. CASE# 24772-18
Israel NMN Holmes, 18, of Lexington Park on May 11, 2018 was arrested for an outstanding warrant for Second-Degree Rape by Cpl. Austin Schultz #258. CASE# 12807-18
Andrew Gordon Duncanson, 23, of California on May 11, 2018 was arrested for an outstanding warrant for Violation of Probation by Cpl. James Stone #183. CASE# 24815-18
Martia Shemethia Hayward, 37, of Great Mills on May 11, 2018 was arrested for an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear: Driving While Suspended by Cpl. James Stone #183. CASE# 24701-18
Joyce Dianne Nicotera, 63, of Manassas, VA on May 12, 2018 was arrested for an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear in St. Mary’s: Driving While Suspended by Dep. Benjamin Raley #345. CASE# 25041-18
Heather Nicole Lacey, 30, of Drayden on May 13, 2018 was arrested for outstanding warrants for Calvert County Circuit Court Bench Warrants and was transported to Calvert County by Cpl. James Stone #183. CASE# 25127-18
Kiersten Faye Nutter, 27, of Leonardtown on May 14, 2018 was arrested for an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear: Driving While Suspended for Calvert County by Dep. Richard Barnes #341. CASE# 25346-18
Casey Michael Shores, 26, of No Fixed Address was arrested on May 14, 2018 for two outstanding warrants for Rogue and Vagabond by Dep. Warren Forinash #344. CASE# 25404-18
Justin Dewayne Jordan, 20, of Great Mills was arrested on May 15, 2018 for an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear: Driving Motor Vehicle on Highway without Required License and Authorization by Dep. Warren Forinash #344. CASE# 25430-18
Tammy Lynn Wathen, 37, of Leonardtown was arrested on May 15, 2018 for an outstanding warrant for Driving and Uninsured by Cpl. Jay Kirkner #133. CASE# 25466-18
Katina Marie Knott, 31, of Lexington Park was arrested on May 15, 2018 for an outstanding warrant for Child Support by Dep. Richard Forbes #341. CASE# 25557-18
Tim Huu Nguyen, 45, of Mechanicsville was arrested on May 15, 2018 for outstanding warrants for Violation of Protective Order and Second-Degree Assault by Cpl. Jay Kirkner #133. CASE# 25605-18
Demonie Lashae Ford, 18, of Lexington Park was arrested on May 16, 2018 on an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear Second-Degree Assault by DFC Vincent Pontorno #257. CASE# 25784-18
David Dawayne Gatlin Jr., 21, of Cheltenham was arrested on May 16, 2018 on an outstanding warrant for Theft: $1,500 to under $25,000 by Dep. Tyler Westphal #337. CASE# 01366-18
On May 17, 2018, at approximately 6:54 a.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Lexington Park Cleaners, located on N Shangri-La Drive, in Lexington Park, for the report of an armed robbery. Several employees were inside the establishment when a black male entered the business, brandished a knife, and demanded money. Employees were able to exit the business; after the suspect was unsuccessful in opening a cash register, he left the business. The investigation was continued by detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division. Investigation determined the suspect to be Emanuel NMN Jones, “Moon”, age 48, from Lexington Park. On May 18, 2018, Jones was located and charged with the following:
First Degree Assault
Second Degree Assault
Concealing a Dangerous Weapon
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Skyler LeFave at (301) 475-4200 extension *1983, or by email at Skyler.Lefave@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.
PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – May 18, 2018 – The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for our area through Saturday afternoon as continued significant rainfall continues in our area. So far, 3-8 inches of rain has fallen across Calvert County and the National Weather Service is predicting an additional 3 inches to fall before 8 a.m.
The Calvert County Department of Public Safety is urging county residents to be prepared and is making sand and sand bags available for those who need them to protect property. Up to 10 sand bags per vehicle may be picked up today, Friday, May 18, until 4:30 p.m. at the Calvert County Government Highway Maintenance Building, 335 Stafford Road in Barstow. Residents are responsible for filling the sand bags. Shovels and bags will be provided.
To keep abreast of local conditions and emergency information, residents are encouraged to download the free “Prepare Me Calvert” emergency preparedness mobile application available for iOS (Apple) and Android devices through the Apple App Store or the Google Play market. Residents can also sign up for Calvert County ALERT online at www.co.cal.md.us and click on the Emergency Alerts button.
Those without internet can contact the Calvert County Division of Emergency Management at 410-535-1600, ext. 2638, to sign up or for additional emergency preparedness information. For information on Calvert County Government, visit www.co.cal.md.us or like us on Facebook.
Leonardtown, MD – Torrential rains which has fallen in St. Mary’s County since Thursday morning have caused a number of roads to either be closed or blocked by flood waters.
At this time the following roadways have been impacted by the rains:
Bushwood Road near Kayla’s Lane is closed due to flooding
Newtowne Neck Road, between Bay Brez Land and Merchants Lane is closed
Medley’s neck Road, between Abell Creek Land and Bogies Lane is closed
High water reported on Flat Iron Road in area of Flat Iron Farm USE CAUTION
Drivers are urged to ‘Turn Around Don’t Drown’ and avoid traveling on these roadways until the flooding has receded.
Stay up to date by visiting the St. Mary’s County Government website at www.stmarysmd.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for official storm updates and information.
PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – May 18, 2018 – The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners announces county offices will be closed Monday, May 28, 2018, in observance of Memorial Day. In addition:
· The county senior centers will be closed and Meals on Wheels will not be delivered.
· There will be no county bus service Monday, May 28.
· Calvert Library locations will be closed Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28.
· Mt. Hope, Southern, Harriet Brown and Northeast community centers, along with the North Beach Recreation Center and the Dowell House will be closed May 28.
· The Appeal Landfill and county convenience centers will be closed May 28.
· Chesapeake Hills Golf Course will be open May 28 with normal hours.
· The Calvert Marine Museum and store will be open May 28 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
· Flag Ponds Nature Park and Kings Landing Park will be open with normal park hours. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp will be open 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
· Kings Landing and Cove Point pools will open for the season Saturday, May 26 at 10 a.m. and will be open Monday, May 28. Normal pool hours are Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. through June 14.
· Edward T. Hall Indoor Aquatic Center will be open with normal hours May 28.
· The Solomons Visitor Center will be open May 28 with normal hours.
Information on Calvert County Government services can be found online at www.co.cal.md.us. Find Calvert County Government on Facebook.
Rain is in the forecast for the remainder of this week and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is reminding residents to be prepared for additional storms and flooding.
“Much of the state has already experienced heavy rain and flooding and these conditions are predicted to continue for the next several days,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “It is essential that everyone continue to monitor forecasts this week, prepare your homes and families for more rain, and avoid driving during thunderstorms. Remember – turn around, don’t drown!”
During spring, Maryland is at risk for heavy rainstorms, flooding, damaging winds, tornadoes, hail, and lightning. All of these hazards typically occur throughout the state. Residents can be weather prepared by ensuring that they know how to receive warnings, follow safety tips, and take the following actions:
Never enter an area where water is flowing over a road and you cannot see the pavement. During flooding, turn around, don’t drown!
Keep communications devices charged during storms so that you will have a way to follow weather forecasts and communicate with your family, friends, and neighbors.
If a severe thunderstorm warning is issued or if you are experiencing strong winds, get to a sturdy shelter and stay indoors and away from windows.
If you hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning. More than 98 percent of lightning casualties are from people outdoors—get indoors or inside your vehicle if possible.
Know who to contact in case of a power outage and report power outages to your utilities provider.
Document any damages to your home, property, and business and provide this information to your insurance company.
Areas in the national capital region and western Maryland were hit with heavy rainfall earlier this week. The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is currently working with local officials in Frederick and Washington counties to assess damages caused by flooding and coordinate any needed assistance from the state.
“Assessing damages is a step toward identifying, facilitating, and providing assistance to the affected areas,” said MEMA Executive Director Russ Strickland. “We have been working closely with local officials to support response and recovery efforts in every way possible.”
Residents can find additional preparedness information on MEMA’s website at mema.maryland.gov. The agency will also be posting updated information throughout the week on social media. You can follow MEMA on Twitter @MDMEMA or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MDMEMA.
The Calvert County Department of Public Works announced today that crews are finalizing the road improvement work along MD Route 231 in the area of Prince Frederick Boulevard in Prince Frederick. Several significant traffic pattern changes will occur next week, May 21-25, because of the installation of a new permanent traffic signal at the intersection of MD Route 231 and Prince Frederick Boulevard.
The new traffic signal will start as a flashing light for three days starting on or about Tuesday, May 22, pending weather and site conditions. It will shift to a permanent operational mode with red, amber and green lights on or about May 25. In addition to the new traffic signal and traffic patterns, the entrance of Thoroughbred Drive at MD Route 231 will permanently close on or about Tuesday, May 22. The alternate route to Thoroughbred Drive will be Prince Frederick Boulevard at the new traffic signal.
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration will stage message signs in all directions to highlight the new traffic signal. Commuters are urged to stay alert and use extra caution in coming weeks to accommodate the changes.
If you have any questions concerning this project, please contact Department of Public Works Project Engineer Nikunj Dave at 410-535-1600, ext. 2546, or via email at Nikunj.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) crews continue to respond to flooded areas throughout the State. Most of Maryland has been experiencing heavy rainfall for several days and the ground is saturated, so low-lying areas are prone to flooding.
Heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected Thursday night into Friday morning, exasperating already saturated regions. This increases the likelihood of vulnerable trees to topple, closing roads and creating power outages.
MDOT SHA crews are:
• Inspecting roadway drainage systems to ensure they are free of debris and vegetation growth and promote positive drainage;
• Assembling high water and road closure signs;
• Ensuring that all chain and pole saws and chippers are fueled, oiled and ready for rapid deployment; and
• Keeping generators operable and fueling sites topped off so crews can work through power outages and potential delays in fuel deliveries.
Some tips for drivers to keep in mind during heavy rain storms:
• “Turn Around-Don’t Drown” - it only takes a few inches of water to cause a vehicle to move;
• Plan for extra travel time as some roads may flood and be temporarily closed;
• Never attempt to remove a fallen tree from the roadway, especially if there are electrical wires tangled in the branches;
• Should an intersection loose power and traffic signals become non-operational, treat all approaches of the intersection as a two or four-way stop;
• Be aware of flood prone areas and avoid those routes;
• Please don’t litter. Trash clogs storm drain systems and impacts highway drainage;
• Remember State law requires the use of headlights when windshield wipers are being used; and
• “Know before You Go” with 5-1-1 or log onto www.md511.org.
MDOT SHA also advises motorists to stay aware of the forecast and, should heavy rain and high wind begin to affect the area, curtail travel as much as possible.
WASHINGTON – Maryland’s bipartisan congressional delegation has written a joint letter to Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar in support of Maryland’s waiver for a state reinsurance program, which was authorized by the Maryland General Assembly earlier this year. Reinsurance is a reimbursement system that protects insurers from very high claims by having a third party (the federal or state government) pay part of the insurance company’s claims once they pass a certain amount.
“The Governor and both Democratic and Republican leaders strongly support this effort to address premium costs and access to affordable healthcare in our state. The Maryland Insurance Administration estimates that the State Reinsurance Program would lower premium rates market-wide by as much as 30 percent and would lead to a reduction in federal payments of advance premium tax credits,” the Maryland lawmakers wrote in their letter.
The letter to Treasury and HHS was signed by the full federal delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., John K. Delaney, Anthony G. Brown and Jamie Raskin.
Earlier in May, the Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA) released the 2019 proposed rates for silver level health plans sold on the individual market. CareFirst has requested a premium rate increase of 18.5 percent for their HMO plans and a premium rate increase of 91.4 percent for their PPO plans. Kaiser Permanente requested a premium rate increase of 37.4 percent. These rates do not reflect the possibility of a state reinsurance program. MIA estimates that a state reinsurance program could have a premium reduction impact of 30 percent, which could result in 2019 rates being lower than 2018 rates.
The full letter follows and can be found at this link.
May 17, 2018
The Honorable Steven Mnuchin The Honorable Alex Azar
Secretary of the Treasury Secretary of Health and Human Services
Department of the Treasury Department of Health and Human Services
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW 200 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20220 Washington, DC 20201
Dear Secretary Mnuchin and Secretary Azar,
We write to request that the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant Maryland’s application for a Section 1332 State Innovation Waiver as soon as possible. We urge that this process include careful and thorough consideration of key stakeholder’s input such as the Maryland Medical Society.
Earlier this year, the Maryland General Assembly voted to establish a state-based reinsurance program, the Maryland State Reinsurance Program. The Governor and both Democratic and Republican leaders strongly support this effort to address premium costs and access to affordable healthcare in our state. The Maryland Insurance Administration estimates that the State Reinsurance Program would lower premium rates market-wide by as much as 30 percent and would lead to a reduction in federal payments of advance premium tax credits. By contrast, without federal approval, rates for many individual market plans could increase substantially.
The matter is urgent because the Maryland Insurance Administration must finalize the approval of the individual market rates by September 1, 2018. Accordingly, on behalf of our constituents, we urge you to complete your consideration of Maryland’s waiver application as soon as possible.
OFFICER RECOVERS STOLEN HANDGUNS: On May 11 at 5:13 p.m., Officer L. Hamilton initiated a traffic stop in the area of Crain Highway at Route 5 in Waldorf. Upon making contact with the driver, Officer Hamilton learned there were firearms inside the car. Three firearms were located, two of which were reported stolen from another state. The driver, Garland Scott Thompson, 36, of Texas, was arrested and charged with possession of stolen guns and illegal transport of firearms.
WOMAN CHARGED WITH FIRST-DEGREE ASSAULT: On May 8 at 5:15 p.m., officers responded to the area of Poplar Lane in Indian Head for the report of a fight in progress involving juveniles. Officers learned some of the people involved in the fight had left with an adult, who also was engaged in the altercation. Further investigation showed Latisha Shenita Ross, 32, of Indian Head, struck several people with a tire iron and then fled with several juveniles. She was located, arrested, and charged with first-degree assault. Six juveniles were charged with second-degree assault. Officer T. Willis investigated.
THEFT FROM MOTOR VEHICLES: On May 5, unknown suspect(s) broke into several cars in the 11600 block of Marston Moor Lane in Waldorf and stole various items that had been left inside the vehicles. PFC R. Brooks is investigating.
FUGITIVES LOCATED DURING SEARCH WARRANT: On May 4 at 7:26 p.m., officers served a search warrant at a house in the 10600 block of Quillback Street in Waldorf. Pursuant to the search, a quantity of crack cocaine, cocaine HCL, a digital scale, US currency and other drug distribution paraphernalia were located. In addition, three people inside the house had open warrants. Walter Leon Skinner, III, 28, of Waldorf, had open warrants for drug distribution; Crystal Marie Woods, 25, of Waldorf, had open warrants for failing to appear in court on theft and probation violations; and Elijah Emmanuel Taylor, 20, had two open warrants through another county.
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured. On May 3, 2018, the pictured individual forced entry into a model apartment at Abberly Crest located on Cameo Lane, in Lexington Park, and remained there for the duration of the evening.
Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Dep. Robert Chase at (301) 475-4200 extension *8079, or by email at Robert.Chase@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.
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured. On May 4, 2018, the pictured suspect used a counterfeit $100 bill to add money onto a debit card at the Walmart store located on Miramar Way in California.
Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Dep. Richard Forbes at (301) 475-4200 extension *8048, or by email at Richard.Forbes@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.
Kris Jenner doesn’t care if you’re broke: If you cross her or the rest of Kardashians, she will take you to court. Jenner said that when then-pregnant daughter Kylie told her that she suspected an employee was trying to photograph her in her own home, Kris went into full-on mama bear mode to protect Kylie’s privacy — especially because Kylie never revealed she was pregnant until she confirmed the birth of daughter Stormi in February. “We obviously will go to and spare no expense to hold somebody accountable if that happens on our team,” Kris told HuffPost in an interview released yesterday. “I don’t care how much money somebody might have ? if they have nothing,” she warned. “Some people think, ‘Oh, I don’t have any money, and they’re not going to sue me.’ Well, we’ll take payments. We’ll garner those wages for, you know, the next 10 years. But I just think that people don’t think. It’s a foolish thing to do.”
MGM-owned Epix has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order to Pennyworth, a Batman prequel. Pennyworth follows Bruce Wayne’s legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth, a former British SAS soldier who forms a security company and goes to work with Thomas Wayne, Bruce’s billionaire father, in 1960’s London. Production will begin later this year, with a series premiere slated for 2019.
The upcoming 13-episode revival of sitcom Murphy Brown will air on Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. ET in the fall, CBS has announced. The Thursday timeslot puts Murphy Brown, featuring Candice Bergen returning to the title role, after Mom and a full hour after The Big Bang Theory airs. The revival will feature Bergen and other returning characters now hosting a cable news morning show titled Murphy in the Morning as opposed to running news magazine FYI as seen in the original series which ran for 10 seasons from 1988 to 1998. Bergen's main competition will be her son, portrayed by Limitless actor Jack McDorman who hosts his own conservative morning news show. The rivalry will mirror the competition between MSNBC's Morning Joe and Fox News' Fox & Friends.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the nomination of Gina Haspel to be the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
“The Director of the CIA holds an incredible amount of sensitive information in their hands on a daily basis. As such, he or she must embrace the rule of law, transparency and accountability while striving to uphold the Constitution while keeping Americans safe. Holding firm to the rule of law is essential – we cannot allow the ‘fog of war’ or the rush to react to a terror attack drive us away from adherence to American values. I respect Gina Haspel for her decades of public service to our country and recognize the unique challenges she was forced to overcome as a woman rising to leadership within the intelligence community. She has made incredible sacrifices and made great contributions to the security of this country. But the record that senators have been asked to review in consideration of her nomination is purposefully incomplete. Hindsight and a promise to do better next time is inadequate when it comes to allowing or not allowing American operatives to engage in torture. Torture is illegal and produces unreliable information. It puts Americans at risk and weakens America’s moral standing in the world, as well as our alliances. I cannot in good conscience vote for Ms. Haspel to lead the agency given what we already know about her role in these CIA programs. I therefore will vote to oppose the nomination of Gina Haspel to be the next CIA Director.”
Maryland State Police have identified the third victim in a triple fatal crash that occurred yesterday in Charles County.
Kayle Bodensteiner, 24, of Baltimore is identified as the third victim in yesterday’s fatal crash. She was the right rear passenger in a Lincoln MKX. EMS personnel pronounced her deceased at the scene.
The other two deceased victims are identified as Theresa Robinson, 44, and Arnold Griffin, 45, both of Waldorf. Robinson was the driver and Griffin was the right front seat passenger in the Lincoln MKX.
Two other victims, seated in the back seat are identified as Taraca Graham, 27 and Dajauana Jenkins, 25, both of Washington, D.C. Both were transported from the scene by helicopter to Medstar Hospital.
The driver of the Ford dump truck involved in the crash is identified as William Demarr, 64, of Charlotte Hall. The passenger is identified as Melinda Baden, 64, also of Charlotte Hall. Both Demarr and Baden were transported to the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata.
The preliminary investigation indicates the dump truck was traveling east bound on MD Route 234 approaching the intersection of Penns Hill Road shortly before 3:00 p.m. yesterday afternoon. The SUV was traveling southbound on Penns Hill Road. Witnesses of the crash told police the SUV failed to stop at the posted stop sign when the crash occurred.
Troopers from the La Plata Barrack responded to the scene along with investigators from the Maryland State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division and CRASH Team. Deputies from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office also responded to assist. Personnel from the State Highway assisted with lane closures.
The investigation is active and ongoing.
The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will hold a public hearing Tuesday, May 22, 2018, to consider and receive comments regarding the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Commissioners’ Proposed Budget.
The hearing will begin at 7 p.m. at the Calvert Pines Senior Center located at 450 W. Dares Beach Road in Prince Frederick. Citizens are encouraged to view the proposed budget online.
For additional information, contact the Calvert County Department of Finance & Budget at 410-535-1600, ext. 2435 or via email at Timothy.Hayden@calvertcountymd.gov. Individuals who cannot attend the public hearing may submit written comments. These written comments must be received by 4:30 p.m., May 21, 2018, and may be submitted by emailing COMMISS@calvertcountymd.gov or through the U.S. mail to the BOCC at 175 Main St., Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Any reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities or linguistic barriers should be requested by contacting the BOCC office at 410-535-1600, ext. 2202.
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Leonardtown, MD – In observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 28, all St. Mary’s County Government administrative offices will be closed. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, May 29 at their normal time.
The St. Andrews Landfill, six (6) Convenience Centers and St. Mary’s Transit System (STS) will be closed on Monday, May 28. The six (6) Convenience Centers and STS will be open for normal business hours on Sunday, May 27 and Tuesday, May 29. The St. Andrews Landfill (normally closed on Sundays) will also be open on May 26 and reopen Tuesday, May 29.
All three branches of the St. Mary’s County Library (Charlotte Hall, Leonardtown and Lexington Park) will be closed on Monday, May 28.
All three Senior Activity Centers (Garvey, Loffler and Northern) will be closed on May 28 and there will be no Meals on Wheels deliveries.
The St. Clement’s Island and Piney Point Museums will be open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day throughout the holiday weekend.
At the meeting on Tuesday, May 15, the County Commissioners adopted the fiscal 2019 General Fund budget of $404,659,200 for fiscal 2019, an increase of 3.4 percent from the previous year. More information is available in the full news release here.
Open Session Briefings
A work session was held to review and discuss public comments on the Bryans Village Zoning Map Amendment. This map amendment would permit a mix of both single-family detached units and townhomes. The staff report and a record of public comments are available on BoardDocs. The Commissioners are scheduled to vote on this amendment on Tuesday, June 5.
· Commissioners approved the following budget transfer requests from the Sheriff’s Office:
$252,800 transferred from vehicle fuel savings to procure equipment not approved in the fiscal 2019 budget.
$67,000 transferred from meal service savings at the Detention Center to procure equipment.
$87,200 transferred from vehicle fuel savings to procure four civilian unmarked vehicles.
· Commissioners approved a budget transfer request from full-time salary savings to overtime costs in Public Works Utilities, to pay for staff who made repairs for a higher than usual number of water main breaks.
· Commissioners approved an intercategory budget transfer request of $5.2 million from the Board of Education to pay for instructional materials and supplies, student transportation, technology replacement, and security enhancements.
· Bonnie Williams was appointed to the Agricultural Land Preservation Advisory Board.
Commissioners presented a proclamation recognizing Emergency Medical Services Week from May 20-26, 2018. National Emergency Medical Services Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine's "front line." View photo in Flickr.
Next Commissioners Meeting: Tuesday, June 5
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There is a misconception among the general public that a certain amount of time has to elapse before reporting a missing person.
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office reminds citizens that it has no waiting period to report a person missing.
If you fear that someone is missing, do not hesitate to report it to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office by calling 301-475-8008.
Leonardtown, MD – The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County have approved the $230,155, 443 fiscal year 2019 General Fund budget. The figure represents a 4 percent increase over fiscal 2018. Funding for education, county departments and elected officials, along with public safety, accounts for nearly 86 percent of the General Fund budget. The adopted budget supports a fiscal year 2019 Capital budget of $58,702,945.
FY2019 budget highlights include …
· Income Tax Rate remains at 3% of net taxable income
· Property Tax Rate remains .8478; rate increases were approved for 2nd and 9th District Fire and Rescue as well as 8th District Rescue
· Increase in Solid Waste Environmental Fee to $91 and approximately $140,000 increase in Land Use Fees
· St. Mary’s County Board of Education receives a funding increase of $1,662,585 over fiscal 2018 to $103,852,525, or 1.6% over fiscal 2018. The county’s investment supports compensation increases for teachers and other school employees. State mandated Maintenance of Effort is $102,352,525 based on an increased enrollment of 27.5 students
· $1,085,000 of the June 2017 Unassigned Fund Balance was used for CIP Projects and $1,000,000 for School Safety
· The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office will realize an increase of 1.9% for recurring expenditures
· Full and regular part-time county employees will receive a one-step merit increase
“The FY2019 budget proved to be one of the most challenging we’ve had to work through during our term as commissioners,” said Commissioner President Randy Guy. “We managed to hold the line on spending while meeting the needs of the school system and Sheriff’s Office. Many thanks to our finance staff for all of their work through the budgeting process.”
An online version of the approved budget will be available for viewing on the county website once all of the ordinances have been signed.
On May 13, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a suspicious post on social media. The post was a photo of a gun and ammunition along with a caption that indicated the person posting was going to shoot specific students at Milton Somers Middle School located at 300 Willow Lane in La Plata. Officers launched an immediate investigation and learned the identity of the suspect – a 13-year-old male who was also a former student at the school. Detectives, along with the initial responding officer, served a search warrant at the suspect’s residence and learned the gun that was shown on social media was at a friend’s house. Officers obtained a search warrant for that house and recovered a starter pistol along with 49 rounds of blank ammunition. The gun in this case looks and sounds like a real handgun but the ammunition is blank, meaning it is incapable of being fired. The suspect was charged as a juvenile on May 14 at 4:45 p.m. with making a threat of mass violence. PFC M. McMullen, Cpl. R. Snyder, and Detective C. Gregory are continuing the investigation.
On Tuesday, May 15, the Charles County Commissioners adopted a balanced General Fund budget of $404,659,200 for fiscal 2019, an increase of 3.4 percent from the previous year. For the fifth consecutive year, the budget was balanced without raising property and income tax rates. The adopted budget protects core services, invests in education and public safety priorities, and incorporates efficiencies in county operations.
“I am pleased that the Board of Commissioners has been able to hold the line on the tax rates while continuing to deliver the high-quality services our community expects and deserves,” said Commissioner President Peter F. Murphy. “Our fiscally-responsible choices have resulted in a balanced budget that will be sustainable in the future.”
$6.45 million increase for Charles County Public Schools, to fund a step increase and other enhanced employee compensation measures to support staff recruitment and retention.
$2.96 million increase for the Sheriff’s Office, to fund increased compensation for employees, hire additional deputies and correctional officers, two new forensic examiners, and a new public safety strategic plan.
$2.84 million increase for County Government operations, to fund increased compensation for employees, and hire staff to open the new Waldorf Senior and Recreational Facility.
Real property tax rate is maintained at $1.141 for County Government and $0.064 for Fire and Rescue per $100 of assessed value.
$457.5 million allocated for the five-year capital improvement program (fiscal years 2019-23) to pay for enhanced school security, construction of a new school, upgrading the county’s 9-1-1 system and investments in new or improved assets including roads, parks, water and sewer infrastructure, and other public facilities.
“I am grateful for the dedication and collaboration of our Directors and staff, County Commissioners, and our partnering agencies for their efforts to develop a balanced budget that reflects our community’s priorities,” said County Administrator Michael D. Mallinoff, Esq., ICMA-CM. “We look forward to the opportunity to continue working together to manage our resources effectively and maintain the quality of life our community values here in Charles County.”
The adopted fiscal 2019 budget details are available online at www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/budgetprocess.
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The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured. On May 1st, 7th, and 9th, of 2018, the individual pictured placed various items inside his backpack, at the McKays Store located on Merchants Lane, in Leonardtown, and proceeded to leave the business without purchasing the items.
Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Corporal Kristi Nelson at (301) 475-4200 extension *8117 or by email at Kristi.Nelson@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
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the individual operating the pictured vehicle. On February 7, 2018, the individual operating a gold Hyundai Elantra, drove up alongside the victim, and exposed himself, in the parking lot of the Wildewood Shopping Center located on Three Notch Road, in California. The suspect is a black male approximately 40 years of age, bald, with a stocky build, and at the time of this incident the suspect was wearing khaki pants.
Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Detective Brian Fennessey at (301) 475-4200 extension *8103, or by email at Brian.Fennessey@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.
The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners announces that Maryland Governor Larry Hogan today signed a bill designating the Calvert Marine Museum as the State Paleontology Collections and Research Center. The legislation establishes the museum, located in Solomons, Maryland, as the official repository of Maryland’s rich and diverse fossil finds and collections.
“We are thrilled that our state legislature and our governor recognize the Calvert Marine Museum is not just the jewel in Calvert County’s crown,” said Board President Evan Slaughenhoupt. “It truly is a distinguished flagship museum for the state and a renowned tourist destination.”
“Being named Maryland’s paleontology center is a singular honor,” said Calvert Marine Museum Director Sherrod Sturrock. “The designation recognizes the excellent work in paleontology that staff at the museum have done over the years.”
The Calvert Marine Museum allows visitors to explore how the prehistoric past, natural environments and maritime heritage come to life and tell a unique story of the Chesapeake Bay. The museum’s staff has been collecting and preserving fossils from across the state for more than 40 years. According to John Nance, the museum’s collections manager, there are more than 100,000 fossils in the collection including 600 modern skeletons; 200 casts; 5,000 modern shells and 10,000 volumes in the Ralph Eshelman Library.
“Being located near Calvert Cliffs, the most important fossil deposit in the state of Maryland, has given us the opportunity to do in-depth collection and study of fossils,” said Calvert Marine Museum Curator of Paleontology Dr. Stephen Godfrey. “The museum has the largest collection of local Miocene marine fossils outside of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and currently it is the only institution collecting, preserving and studying this amazing Maryland treasure.”
In addition to working within the professional paleontological community, the Calvert Marine Museum shares its resources with the public through dynamic exhibits, public fossil field programs, a lecture series, a fossil club made up of avid avocational collectors, community events, classes and camps, and The Ecphora, a quarterly newsletter.
As Maryland’s Paleontology Center, the Calvert Marine Museum will further expand its collection and exhibits with fossils from across the state. Within the next five years, the museum plans to construct a new paleontology center. The new facility will include the paleo library, collections storage, office space for paleo staff, preparation areas, receiving areas for large fossils and conference space.
The Calvert Marine Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults; $7 for seniors, military with valid ID, AAA and AARP members; $4 for children ages 5 - 12; and children under 5 and museum members are admitted free. For more information about the museum, upcoming events, concerts or membership, visit the website at www.calvertmarinemuseum.com or call 410-326-2042. Follow the museum on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
The Calvert County Department of Public Works Solid Waste Division offers free mulch to Calvert County businesses and residents. Mulch is available for pickup Monday through Friday at the Appeal Landfill located at 401 Sweetwater Road in Lusby. Assistance may be available if advance notice is provided.
Mulch is only available to Calvert County businesses and residents and proof of business location or residency is required. The recycled, untreated mulch is a product of tree debris collected from recent storms. The county is not liable for any damage to plants that may occur from use of the mulch. There is no mulch limit per resident and mulch is available while
For information about the Calvert County Solid Waste Division, call 410-326-0210 or visit www.co.cal.md.us.
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On May 8, 2018 Deputy Holt responded to San Rafael Road, Lusby for the report of a burglary. The victim stated that sometime between May 4th and May 6th an unknown suspect(s) entered their residence and stole US currency from the bedroom. The value of stolen property is $500.
On May 8, 2018 Deputy S. Naughton responded to Patuxent Court, Prince Frederick for the report of a burglary. The victim stated that an unknown suspect(s) entered the residence leaving multiple boot prints throughout the residence. It was determined no items were stolen from the residence and there was no damaged property.
Damaged Property: 18-24615
On May 10, 2018 Deputy Lorenzano responded to Almost There Court, Owings for the report of damaged property that occurred on Lower Marlboro Road. The victim stated that their Caterpillar mini excavator window had been damaged by an unknown suspect(s). The estimated value of damaged property is $1,200.
Damaged Property: 18-25033
On May 11, 2018 Deputy McDonough responded to Mills Pond Drive, Port Republic for the report of damaged property. The victim stated that an unknown suspect(s) had banged on the door hard enough to leave three dents in the door.
On May 7, 2018 Deputy Bowlan responded to Mount Harmony Road, Owings for the report of a theft. The victim stated that sometime between May 6th at 9:00pm and May 7th at 5:15am an unknown suspect(s) stole three cellphones and a disposable camera. The value of stolen property is $140.
On May 10, 2018 Deputy R. Evans responded to Timber View Lane, St. Leonard for the report of a theft. The victim stated that sometime between May 5th at 11:30am and 1:30pm an unknown suspect(s) stole their package from their driveway containing a surveillance camera. The value of the stolen property is $35.
On May 10, 2018 Deputy Deleon-Suero responded to the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office for the report of a theft that occurred on Mears Avenue. The victim stated that an unknown suspect(s) had stolen their boat trailer registration plate. The value of stolen property is $50.
On May 10, 2018 Deputy Crum responded to Fowler Road, Owings for the report of a theft. The victim stated that an unknown suspect(s) had removed their registration plate to their motorcycle. The value of the stolen property is $75.
On May 7, 2018 Deputy Ridgely responded to District Court for the report of a subject altering a drug test. The Correctional Deputy advised while watching the subject later identified as Brian Melkus (32) of Catonsville take the court ordered drug test, he observed Melkus attempting to shield his body in an attempt to hide what he was doing. It was determined Melkus had someone else’s urine attached to his body in an attempt to alter the test. Once Melkus was transported back to the jail and searched again, it was determined he had cocaine concealed on his persons. Melkus was charged with Alter Drug/Alcohol Test, CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana (Cocaine), Possession Contraband- Place of Confinement, and CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia.
On May 11, 2018 Deputy Boerum conducted a traffic stop in the area of S Solomons Island Road and Broomes Island Road. Deputy Boerum made contact with the driver later identified as Bryan Gatton Jr (32) of Prince Frederick and advised him of the reason for being stopped. A check through Emergency Communications revealed Gatton was driving on a suspended license. Deputy Boerum conducted a search of the vehicle and his persons, and located paraphernalia inside the vehicle. Gatton was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with two counts of CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia.
On May 11, 2018 Deputy Ridgely was patrolling the area of N. Solomons Island Road and W. Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick when he was given a lookout for a female subject that possibly had a knife. Deputy Ridgely made contact with the female later identified as Jessica Hawk (20) of St. Leonard walking down the side of the road. While making contact with Hawk it was determined she had a butterfly knife concealed in her left hand. Hawk was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with Dangerous Weapon-Conceal.
On May 12, 2018 Deputy Yates conducted a traffic stop at the WaWa, Prince Frederick. Deputy Yates made contact with the driver later identified as Darren Hopkins (33) of Prince Frederick for the reason he was being stopped. While speaking with Hopkins, Deputy Yates could smell the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle. Hopkins was asked to exit the vehicle for a search to be conducted. A search of the vehicle was positive for narcotics. Hopkins was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana (Oxycodone).
On May 13, 2018 multiple deputies responded to the Holiday Inn, Prince Frederick for the report of a fight in progress. As units were arriving on scene Sergeant G. Shrawder observed two vehicles attempting to leave from the scene. Corporal Harms stopped one of the vehicles with three occupants inside that were being disorderly. While trying to make contact with the occupants of the vehicle Deputy Yates could smell the odor of burnt marijuana and alcohol coming from inside of the vehicle. All occupants were removed from the vehicle and later identified as Larawnn Dicks (31) of Upper Marlboro, Nerissa Snyder (31) of Upper Marlboro, and Quentin Wilbert (31) of Colorado. While trying to place Dicks into handcuffs he continued to resist and fight with deputies. He was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with Disorderly Conduct and Assault-Second Degree. Snyder was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with Disorderly Conduct and Fail Obey Resonable/Lawful Order of Law Enforcement Officer. Wilbert was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with Disorderly Conduct.
Theft: On 5/7/18 at 1:16 am, Trooper Woolman responded to the 7-11 on Prince Frederick Blvd. in Prince Frederick for a theft complaint. Two males entered the store and attempted to pay for a pack of cigarettes with a debit card. The transaction was declined. One was wearing a black “Helly Hansen” jacket and the other was wearing a black t-shirt with a black and red “Chicago Bulls” hat. They proceeded to run out of the store and left in a Maroon 4-door sedan. The case remains open at this time.
Possession of Cocaine & Marijuana: On 5/7/18 at 11:29 pm, Trooper Marsch stopped a vehicle near Rt. 4 and Commerce Lane in Prince Frederick for traffic violations. The odor of Marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed both Marijuana and Cocaine. William H. Knight, 34 of Huntingtown was arrested for possession of the CDS drugs and was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
Burglary/Assault/Theft/MDOP: On 5/8/18 at 3:48 pm, Trooper Stull responded to the 5400 block of Sheridan Point Rd. in Prince Frederick for a burglary complaint. Investigation revealed two suspects entered the home without permission, physically assaulting a juvenile in the home and stole a Iphone and a necklace and attempted to take the family dog. Investigation revealed the identity of both suspects. One suspect, John F. Peyton Jr., 18 of Port Republic turned himself into the MSP Barrack and was arrested for burglary, assault, theft and malicious destruction of property. The case remains open until the arrest of the second suspect.
The Calvert County Department of Public Works, Solid Waste Division is hosting a free paper shredding event for county residents Saturday, May 19. The event will be held at Huntingtown High School located at 4125 Solomons Island Road, Huntingtown from 8 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. The shred event helps prevent identity theft by destroying confidential or sensitive documents.
All paper must be removed from plastic bags and cardboard boxes. 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.
For information about this event, call the Calvert County Solid Waste Division at
410-326-0210 or visit www.co.cal.md.us/recycle.
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Important deadlines for the upcoming 2018 Gubernatorial Primary Election are approaching. The deadline to register to vote, change party affiliation, update an address, and request an alternate polling place for this election is 9:00 pm on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.
To vote in the upcoming primary election, Maryland residents who are eligible to vote but are not yet registered – including 17-year-olds who will be 18 years old on or before the November 6th General Election – must register by 9:00 pm on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. This is also the last day for registered voters to update their address with their local board of elections or change their party affiliation.
Residents with a Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued ID may register to vote, change their address, or change their party affiliation online at voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/OnlineVoterRegistration
Voters and members of the military, their spouses and dependents who are overseas and who do not have a Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued ID, may also register or change their address or party affiliation online using different identifying information.
Paper voter registration applications must be hand-delivered or mailed to the voter’s local board of elections. A hand-delivered application must be received by the local board of elections by 9:00 pm on June 5, 2018, and a mailed application must be postmarked by June 5, 2018.
Voter registration applications are available throughout Maryland at the following locations:
Local boards of elections
Motor Vehicle Administration offices
State Department of Health offices
Local Department of Social Services offices
Offices on Aging
Division of Rehabilitation Services
The MTA Paratransit Certification Office
Recruitment offices of the U.S. Armed Forces
Public institutions of higher education
Marriage license bureaus
State Board of Elections
You may also call 1-800-222-8683 to request an application by mail or download and print a voter registration application elections.maryland.gov/voter_registration/application.html
Most of Maryland’s polling places are accessible to voters with disabilities. An elderly voter or a voter with a disability who is assigned to an inaccessible polling place may ask to be reassigned to an accessible polling
place. This request must be submitted in writing by 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. The request form is available online at elections.maryland.gov/pdf/Request_for_Accessible_Polling_Place.pdf
Voters can also call 1-800-222-8683 to request a form by mail. On receipt of a timely request, the voter’s local board of elections will review the request and determine whether there is an accessible polling place with the same ballot as the voter’s home precinct and notify the voter of the status of his or her request.
To verify voter registration status or to find out if an assigned polling place is accessible, voters may visit voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/VoterSearch
The 2018 Gubernatorial Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, and the 2018 General Election is Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Starting the 2nd Thursday before the election through the Thursday before the election, voters can vote in person at the designated early voting center(s) in their county of residence. Early voting locations and hours and additional election-related dates and information are available at elections.maryland.gov/voting/early_voting.html.
For more information, voters may contact the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683) or visit elections.maryland.gov.
Leonardtown, MD – On Sunday, May 20, the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will perform routine maintenance to the Governor Thomas Johnson Memorial Bridge at the Calvert/St. Mary’s County border. Crews will be clearing bridge drains between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Drivers will be guided through the work zone using a flagging operation. Motorists should plan extra travel time Sunday morning.
While MDOT SHA and its transportation partners work hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. Stay alert and look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and don’t follow too closely. Work Zone Safety is in Your Hands.
For a list of all major MDOT SHA projects, click on Road Ready, MDOT SHA's electronic construction brochure. For a look at real-time commute conditions, log onto www.md511.org.
The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is beginning two bridge replacement projects, totaling $16.8 million, in Charles County. The structures are two of the 69 structurally deficient bridges that Governor Larry Hogan pledged to fix in June 2015.
“Our administration hit the road running to rebuild our aging transportation infrastructure. One by one, we are building new bridges that will last for decades,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Our commitment will continue until all deficient bridges are addressed so Marylanders and visitors to our state can get around safely and efficiently.”
MDOT SHA will replace the MD 254 (Cobb Island Road) Bridge over Neale Sound for $15.2 million. The 55-year-old bridge is safe but has outlived its useful service life and needs to be replaced. The new bridge will have 14-foot lanes and bike lane, as well as a raised sidewalk for pedestrians on the west side of the bridge providing a connection from the mainland to the island. Crews will also install pedestrian lighting along the bridge. The project will be complete fall 2020.
Traffic will be minimally impacted by construction, as the new bridge will be constructed next to the existing structure. There will, however, be times when large equipment is staged close to the roadway requiring occasional off-peak closures to move equipment and material into place. During lane closures, MDOT SHA will use a flagging operation to guide motorists through the work zone.
Cobb Island is a 290-acre triangle surrounded by the Wicomico River on one side, the Potomac River on another and Neale Sound on the third.
In Nanjemoy, Charles County, MDOT SHA has started preliminary utility relocation work in advance of a project to replace the MD 224 (Riverside Road) Bridge over Thorne Gut Branch. The $1.6 million project will be complete this fall.
The 71-year-old bridge is safe but in need of replacement. MDOT SHA will close MD 224 beginning June 16 for 10 weeks to minimize the duration of construction. Local access will be maintained up to the bridge closure. Traffic will be detoured during construction from MD 224 to MD 426 (Liverpool Point Road) to MD 6 (Port Tobacco Road) and back to MD 224.
Of the 5,286 bridges in the State of Maryland, MDOT SHA maintains 2,567 bridges, 19 of which are moveable (draw or swing bridges). Maryland has one of the lowest percent of structurally deficient bridges in the nation due to investments and proactive repairs to keep bridges safe.
While MDOT SHA and its transportation and utility partners work hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. Stay alert and look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and don’t follow too closely. Work Zone Safety is in Your Hands. For a list of all major MDOT SHA projects, click on Road Ready, MDOT SHA's electronic construction brochure. For a look at real-time commute conditions, log onto www.md511.org.
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan, together with the Maryland Department of Health and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), today announced the federal approval of Maryland's Total Cost of Care All-Payer Model, known as the “Maryland Model,” contract. This innovative approach to health care provider payment is unique to Maryland and made possible via a contract between CMS and the state. Maryland’s current model has already saved Medicare more than $586 million through 2016, compared to national spending, and the new model is expected to provide an additional $300 million in savings per year by 2023 and a total of $1 billion over five years.
Under Maryland’s current All-Payer Model, approved in 2014, hospitals have successfully reduced unnecessary readmissions and hospital-acquired conditions while decreasing the growth in hospital cost per capita. The new Maryland Model will expand this successful approach across the health care system when it takes effect on January 1, 2019 and will extend through the end of 2023. The contract can then be extended for an additional five years, pending a review of the terms.
“The new Maryland Model will expand health care access and affordability – and ultimately improve quality of life – for Marylanders, especially those with chronic and complex medical conditions,” said Governor Hogan. “Maryland continues to lead the nation in innovative health care delivery, and the expansion of our successful model is a huge step forward in our efforts to ensure that every Marylander has access to quality care.”
The Maryland Model aims to control the growth in health care costs, both at hospitals and community providers, while improving patient outcomes and quality of care. To achieve this comprehensive coordination across the entire health care system, the Maryland Model will:
Coordinate care across both hospital and non-hospital settings, including mental health and long-term care
Invest resources in care that is focused on the patient and enhance primary-care teams to improve individual patient outcomes ?
Set a range of quality and care improvement goals and provide incentives for providers to meet them
Concentrate system and community resources on population health goals to help address opioid use and deaths, diabetes, hypertension, and other chronic conditions
Encourage and facilitate programs focusing on the unique needs of Marylanders across geographic settings and other key demographics
This comprehensive approach ensures the patient is at the center of decision making and their needs are being met with greater transparency and accountability.
“It has been a pleasure working with Governor Hogan, and CMS applauds his leadership on this serious effort to drive down costs, improve the quality of care and putting patients first,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “The Trump Administration is ushering in a new era of state flexibility and local leadership, and we welcome state-level innovations, such as the All-Payer Model.”
“This approval is the result of a sustained and coordinated federal-state effort to recognize the success of Maryland’s system that manages the total cost of patient care in a cost-effective way, while maintaining quality and results,” said Senator Ben Cardin, a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, which has oversight responsibility for CMS. “There is no one-size-fits-all answer, but the Maryland Model can show other states how to successfully reward quality over quantity by moving away from ‘per admission’ and concentrating on best managing a patient’s short-term and long-term care.”
“For 36 years, the Maryland All-Payer Model has been transformative in delivering affordable, high quality health care to Maryland’s families,” said Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. “Once again, Governor Hogan is demonstrating his commitment to helping Maryland families and to driving Maryland innovation. The new, extended version of the Maryland Model will be even more effective in controlling the cost of health care while maintaining access, and in improving the quality of outcomes for Maryland patients.”
“The Maryland Model is designed to transform hospitals’ care models to a value-based system by investing in coordinated, quality care for patients across all health care settings, improving health outcomes, and constraining the growth of health care costs in Maryland,” said Maryland Department of Health Secretary Robert Neall. “Our administration is proud to extend health care efforts beyond hospitals, and we appreciate the support of Governor Hogan, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Management and Budget, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, and the various state agencies who provided assistance during this process.”
“Over the past five years, Maryland’s hospitals have laid the foundation for linking quality health care with cost containment,” said Bob Atlas, President & CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association. “During this time, the model has saved Medicare and patients hundreds of millions of dollars and has enabled hospitals to invest in innovative, proactive initiatives. Now, Maryland’s hospitals stand ready and committed to continue our work with the state by engaging our care partners to meet the health care needs of every Marylander—allowing them to live healthier, more fruitful lives.”
“MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society applauds Governor Hogan on this amazing accomplishment,” said Gene Ranson, CEO of MedChi, “Our members appreciate that the all payer contract agreement includes the Maryland Primary Care Program and other Care Redesign Programs that will help Maryland physicians achieve new value based Medicare requirements.”
The Maryland Model provides a significant incentive across the health system to provide greater coordinated care, expanded patient-care delivery, and collaboration of chronic disease management, while improving the quality of care at lower costs to the consumer.
Any additional questions or clarification can be directed via email to email@example.com.
About Maryland’s All-Payer Model
Maryland’s current approach to hospital payment is known as the “Maryland All-Payer Model Contract,” and runs from Jan. 1, 2014, through Dec. 31, 2018. The All-Payer Model’s success metrics are based on enhancing quality, improving health outcomes, and constraining the growth of Medicare costs for hospital inpatient and outpatient services.
Since 2014, Maryland’s hospitals have successfully reduced unnecessary readmissions and hospital-acquired conditions, while decreasing the growth in hospital cost per capita. However, the current approach focused on hospitals does not sufficiently provide for comprehensive coordination across the entire health care system. Because of this limitation, the federal government required Maryland to develop a new model that encompasses all of the health care that patients receive, both in the hospital and the community.
On May 12th, 2018 at approximately 3:03 p.m. deputies responded to Maryland Route 2 and Wayside Drive in Sunderland for a report of an accident involving 3 vehicles. The investigation revealed a 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier, driven by Mathew Austin Smith (DOB 6/6/88) of Bushwood Maryland, was waiting to turn at Wayside Drive. A 2013 Dodge Caravan, driven by Nicole Bland (DOB 4/23/86) from Lusby, Maryland, was travelling northbound in the same area when it struck the Cavalier and sent it into oncoming traffic. The Cavalier subsequently struck a Toyota Prius, driven by Rachel Broderick (DOB 8/24/84) from Huntingtown Maryland. The Cavalier and the Prius both caught fire. The occupants of the vehicles were removed by unknown citizens. Mr. Smith was transported by helicopter for his injuries.
The Dodge Caravan driven by Ms. Bland also had twin 6 month old passengers in the vehicles. They were secured in car seats and uninjured. Ms. Bland was charged with Driving under the influence and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center. This case is still under investigation by Dfc. Bowlan.
The opening of regular striped bass season May 16 begins with new conservation-minded regulations pertaining to the use of bait, gear and hooks.
The Maryland General Assembly Joint Committee Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review Committee recently approved Maryland Department of Natural Resources regulations, which are effective now through Oct. 12, 2018.
Effective May 16, 2018, in Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries:
Anglers must use non-offset circle hooks when live-lining or chumming;
Anglers must use circle hooks or “J” hooks when using fish, crabs or worms as bait, or when using processed baits; and
The minimum size for striped bass is 19 inches.
“The new rockfish regulations seek to address the shared concerns of anglers, charters and conservationists who have reported high mortality rates of sublegal rockfish,” Fishing and Boating Service Director David Blazer said. “The new rules aim to increase fishing opportunity and success while reducing unnecessary mortality in the bay.”
While the emergency regulations are in effect, the department is also moving forward with regulations aimed at making them permanent through the reminder of the 2018 and 2019 fishing seasons. Public comment is being accepting through May 29, 2018, with a public hearing scheduled for 6 p.m. May 17 at the Annapolis Friends Meeting House.
Staff have begun a proactive education and public relations campaign to ensure that anglers, bait-and-tackle shops, charter boat captains and the Maryland Natural Resources Police understand the new striped bass minimum size and corresponding gear requirements.
After the regulations sunset in 2019, the department will use new stock assessment data to determine if the new conservation actions were preventing mortality as designed and intended.
A 12-year-old Lusby girl succumbed on Friday, May 11, 2018, from injuries suffered in a motor vehicle crash on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.
On May 1, 2018 at 6:50 a.m., the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and emergency personnel responded to the area of Indian Bridge Road and Park Drive in Great Mills for the report of a single-vehicle collision.
Upon arrival, units located a single vehicle off the roadway which had struck an embankment, a mailbox and street signs. The operator of the vehicle, Kelly Rapert, 57 of Lusby, was found to have incapacitating injuries and was transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, while a juvenile passenger, 12-year-old Madison Clare Curran of Lusby, suffered severe incapacitating injuries and was eventually transported to Georgetown University Hospital.
Initial investigation revealed the vehicle, a 2009 Honda Accord, was traveling southbound on Indian Bridge Road when for unknown reasons the vehicle left the roadway, struck an embankment and a mailbox. The vehicle continued to travel across Park Drive and struck several street signs before coming to a stop.
The juvenile passenger was transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, transferred to Children’s Hospital and then transferred to Georgetown University Hospital due to the severity of the injuries sustained.
On Friday, May 11, 2018, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office was notified that the juvenile passenger had succumbed to her injuries at 3:37 p.m.
At this time, speed, alcohol and drugs do not appear to be factors in this collision. Witnesses to the collision are asked to contact Cpl. Brian Connelly #151 from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Reconstruction Unit at 301-475-4200, ext. *8031 or by email at Brian.Connelly@stmarysmd.com
The Charles County Board of Elections is seeking interested applicants who are willing to serve as election judges for the 2018 Gubernatorial Election. Primary Election Day is Tuesday, June 26, and the General Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Election judges are responsible for administering voting procedures in their precinct and ensuring a fair and accessible election for all eligible voters. Duties include setting up and breaking down a polling place before and after voting hours. Other duties may include checking in voters, assisting voters, and overseeing all election procedures throughout the polling place. Some positions require election judges to be able to lift boxes and other items weighing 50 pounds.
To be an election judge, you must be:
1. 17 years old or older*
2. A registered voter in the State of Maryland
3. Able to speak, read, and write English
4. Physically and mentally able to work at least a 15-hour day
5. Willing to work outside your home precinct
6. Able to sit and/or stand for an extended period
* If you are 17 years old, you can serve if you demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the County Board of Elections, that you meet the requirements for an election judge and at least one parent or guardian gives permission.
Additionally, you cannot be an election judge and a:
1. Candidate or currently hold a public or political office, including state and county political party central committees.
2. Chairman, campaign manager or treasurer for a political or candidate committee.
No experience is required, and the local board of elections in your county will provide comprehensive mandatory training. Knowledge of computers is preferred but not necessary.
If you are interested in being an election judge for the 2018 elections, email Elections@CharlesCountyMD.gov or call 301-934-8972 or 301-870-3167.
On Thursday, May 10, 2018, at approximately 2:00 pm, the 3 month old male succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. His injuries were a result of a multi vehicle accident on Monday afternoon in Waldorf at Southbound Rt. 301 and Pierce Road.
Anyone who may have witnessed or who has information regarding the above mentioned incident is asked to contact Cpl. Justin Zimmerman of the Maryland State Police Crash Team at (301) 392-1231 or email - Justin.Zimmerman@maryland.gov. Callers may remain anonymous.
The investigation is continuing and being investigated by Corporal J. Zimmerman of the Maryland State Police Crash Team. (Case # 18-MSP-019304)
NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – Residents of communities along the
Atlantic coast from Delaware to the Eastern Shore of Virginia are advised that four supersonic flights previously scheduled for April 23-April 27 are scheduled to take place between May 3 and May 11, 2018 within the Atlantic Test Track. These events could generate a loud booming noise that may be heard by nearby residents.
NAS Patuxent River is the U.S. Navy’s headquarters for the research, development, test and evaluation of all Navy aircraft, aircraft components and related systems needed to carry out their military mission. Among the tests occurring at NAS Patuxent River are evaluations of jets’ abilities to fly at the speed of sound or “supersonic.”
The Department of Defense manages a strip of airspace used for military testing that begins
approximately three miles offshore, over the Atlantic Ocean. This airspace, called the “Test Track,” is designated for the performance of specific flight tests, including those that require supersonic speeds. Military aircraft from NAS Patuxent River and neighboring military installations visit the Test Track to fly supersonic on a routine basis. The area is located offshore, as to avoid overflight of populated land areas, but close enough for the safety of the aircraft and pilots, and to conserve on jet fuel to and from the test area. Although most sonic booms generated in this area are never felt or heard on land, occasionally a sonic boom will be felt or heard due to weather conditions or the details of the test flight.
As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing
activities on the community. For more information, call the toll-free noise hotline at 1-866-819- 9028.
Leonardtown, MD - The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) will sponsor a summer collection program for empty plastic (HDPE) pesticide containers according to specific guidelines. The nearest location to St. Mary’s County which accepts out-of–county pesticide containers will be the Frederick County Landfill, 9031 Reich’s Ford Road in Frederick, MD. Collection dates are June 19, July 24, August 21 and September 18, 2018 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
MDA inspectors will supervise the collection to ensure only triple rinsed or pressure rinsed, clean, plastic HDPE pesticide containers are collected. Information on the inspection checklist for the empty pesticide containers and the recycling program itself can be viewed at:
http://news.maryland.gov/mda/press-release/2017/05/08/maryland-recycles-pesticide-containers-for-25th-year-collection-dates-open-in-june/. The pesticide containers will be chipped and transported to an approved recycling facility for processing.
For more information about recycling in St. Mary’s County, please contact the Department of Public Works and Transportation Recycling Program at 301-475-4200, or log on to www.stmarysmd.com.
Weapons Violation/DUI- On March 16, 2018, Cpl. Carberry conducted a traffic stop in the 29000 block of Three Notch Road in Mechanicsville. The operator of the vehicle Robert Mark Hirschberg, age 40, of Waldorf, was placed under arrest for Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol, Driving Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol Per Se, and Driving Vehicle While Impaired by Alcohol. Brass knuckles were located on Hirshberg's person during his arrest; Hirshberg was also charged with Dangerous Weapon-Conceal. CASE# 14097-18
Assault 2nd Degree- On March 16, 2018, Dep. Fenwick responded to the 45000 block of Jay Dee Court in Great Mills, for a reported assault. Contact was made with the victim who advised Brian Richard Russell, age 60, of Great Mills, had punched the victim in the face multiple times. Visible injury was observed and Russell was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree. CASE# 14100-18
Assault 1st Degree- On March 16, 2018, DFC. Lawrence responded to the 22000 block of MacArthur Boulevard, in California, for a reported assault. Contact was made with the victim who stated Michael Allen King, age 45, with no fixed address, charged the victim with a fixed blade knife. King was located, and a knife was discovered on his person. King was charged with Assault 1st Degree, Assault 2nd Degree, and Dangerous Weapon-Conceal. CASE# 14109-18
False Report- On March 17, 2018, Dep. Westphal made contact with the Jonathon Michael Emerson, age 22, of Leonardtown, in the 23000 block of Pine Bluff Way, in Leonardtown. Emerson reported to Dep. Westphal he had been robbed by three subjects, and claimed property had been taken during the robbery. Investigation determined Emerson had made a false report; Emerson was arrested and charged with False Statement to Officer. CASE# 14118-18
Theft- On March 17, 2018, Dep. Raley responded to the Walmart located on Miramar Way, in California, for a reported theft. Eric Alan Jett, age 34, of Lexington Park, attempted to steal various items by removing the tags, and concealing them on his person. During the investigation, a suspected Adderal pill was located in Jett's pocket; Jett was unable to provide a prescription for the pill. Jett was charged with Theft and Possession of CDS-Not Marijuana. CASE# 14214-18
Drug Arrest- On March 18, 2018, Dep. Bowie conducted a traffic stop in the 22000 block of Three Notch Road, in California. The passenger, Deandre Terille Taylor, age 29, of Bushwood, was found to be in possession of several individually wrapped baggies of suspected cocaine. Taylor was arrested and charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana. CASE# 14328-18
DUI/Trespassing- On March 19, 2018, Dep. Fenwick, responded to the 43000 block of Martin Lane in Hollywood for a report of an individual trespassing. Upon arrival Darren Ray Ballew, age 25, of Hollywood, was located on the property; he was previously issued a notice not to trespass. Further investigation determined Ballew had driven to the location under the influence. Ballew was charged with Trespass: Private Property and Driving While Intoxicated, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol Per Se, Driving While Impaired by Alcohol, and Driving Under the Influence. CASE# 14647-18
3/17/18- Gary Scott Buckler, age 52, of Great Mills, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Assault 1st Degree by Dep. Henry# 333. CASE# 12579-18
3/17/18- Mark Anthony Barber, age 35, of Great Mills, was arrested on an outstanding Fugitive Warrant through the state of Virginia by Dep. Carty# 343. CASE# 14182-18
3/17/18- Alecia Ruth-Thelma Perry, age 27, of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for FTA/Driving W/O License by Dep. Westphal #337.
3/18/18- George Patrick Holt, age 52, of Mechanicsville, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Violation of Probation by Cpl. Knott# 234. CASE# 14446-18
3/18/18- Rodta Edward Maddox, age 20, of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for FTA/Assault 2nd Degree by DFC. Lawrence# 279. CASE# 14466-18
3/18/18- German Alexis Martinez-Bonilla, age 31, of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding Anne Arundel County warrant for FTA/Driving Without a License by Dep. McDaniel #336. CASE# 14468-18
3/19/18- Amber Renee Stewart, age 27, of Callaway, was arrested on outstanding warrants for FTA/Driving While Suspended, Calvert County warrants for CDS: Possess Paraphernalia and CDS ADMIN Equipment Possess/Distribute by Dep. Bowie# 317. CASE# 14476-18
3/19/18- Dale Allen Windsor Jr., age 41, of Accokeek, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for FTA/Child Support by Cpl. White# 200. CASE# 14528-18
3/19/18- Carlos Douglas White, age 33, of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for FTA/Child Support by Cpl. Kirkner# 133. CASE# 14592-18
3/20/18- Gary Scott Flint, age 37, of Mechanicsville, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for FTA/Assault 1st Degree by Dep. Holdsworth# 305. CASE# 14738-18
3/20/18- Edwin Rowe Kline, age 39, of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding Child Support/FTA warrant by Dep. Sidorowicz# 328. CASE# 14745-18
3/21/18- Jamie Lee Clarke, age 24, of Avenue, was arrested on outstanding warrants for FTA/Theft, FTA/Assault, and Disorderly Conduct by Dep. Westphal #337. CASE# 14870-18
3/21/18- Stefanie Christin Brummitt, age 30, of Mechanicsville, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for FTA/Driving Vehicle While So Far Impaired by Drugs cannot Drive Safely by Cpl. Carberry# 167. CASE# 14881-18
3/22/18- Donna Lacey Bernich, age 39, of California, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Assault 2nd Degree and Possession-Not Marijuana by DFC. McCuen# 291. CASE# 15007-18
3/22/18- Daniel Allen Spooner Jr., age 27, of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding Child Support warrant by Cpl. T. Snyder# 225. CASE# 15018-18
Site selection for the new Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch will take another step forward on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 when the Calvert County Commissioners vote on the Board of Library Trustees (BOLT) site recommendation at their public meeting. The BOLT is recommending the North Beach site on Third Street and Chesapeake Avenue. There will be a feasibility study in fiscal year 2019 to ensure that the site can accommodate the 21st century facility the Twin Beaches community deserves.
According to BOLT President Martha Grahame, “The Chesapeake Beach offer was generous in that it included the continuation of $40,000 annual support funding plus in-kind support for landscaping, snow/ice removal, as well as waiving water and sewer fees. However, the accessibility of the Chesapeake Beach site is a challenge. Summer is the library’s busiest and most congested time. That is true for the Gordon Stinnett property as well since the same parking and road are shared by the Marina, the Northeast Community Center, Kellam’s Field and the Chesapeake Beach Water Park. The North Beach site has opportunities for access from several directions and is a site that will make the library a destination in its own right. These considerations ultimately made the North Beach site the first choice for the BOLT.”
The BOLT expressed appreciation for both towns’ engagement and responsiveness at every stage of the site review process. Library Director, Carrie Plymire is finalizing a state grant proposal to help fund the new building. Organizations in both Chesapeake Beach and North Beach have written letters of support for the grant. Calvert Library looks forward to involving the Twin Beaches community in planning an inspiring library space for transforming lives and communities through lifelong learning.
LA PLATA, MD—Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County announced that on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, Charles County Circuit Court Judge H. James West sentenced Rena Cassandra Crandell, 25, to 15 years in prison and an additional 20 years suspended time for the First Degree Burglary of Michael Beers and Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery.
On April 12, 2017, pursuant to a plea agreement, Crandell plead guilty to the charges for which she was sentenced. The agreement included that Crandell, if called as a witness, would testify truthfully in any of her co-defendants’ cases.
On January 12, 2016, officers responded to the 11500 block of Terrace Drive in Waldorf for the report of a shooting. While on the scene, officers found Michael Beers with multiple gunshot wounds to his body, as well as bruises and abrasions. Beers was pronounced dead on scene.
An investigation revealed that two masked men, one armed with a gun, arrived at the house earlier that evening in an attempt to rob Beers. Upon entrance to the residence, the masked men discovered victim Edward Glaze, Jr. asleep in the living room, then physically assaulted him and demanded him to enter a room occupied by Beers and Crandell. The owner of the residence was also forced to enter the room.
While in the room, a struggle ensued between Beers, Glaze, and both masked men. During the struggle, a ski-mask was removed from one of the men, revealing his face. Beers was shot multiple times at close range by the masked suspect during the struggle. Prior to the struggle, Crandell walked out of the room without incident. Edward Glaze escaped during the struggle by jumping through a closed window in the bedroom. The owner of the residence remained in the bedroom throughout the incident but was unharmed. After shooting Beers, the two suspects fled the scene.
The ski mask that fell off during the struggle was sent to the Maryland State Police laboratory. Results from a DNA analysis of the mask were consistent with co-defendant Reigel Paul Wamack being present during the attempted robbery and murder. Wamack also fit the homeowner’s description of the unmasked man.
The investigation also revealed that Crandell conspired with her co-defendants to rob Beers. In a statement to police that allowed the police solve the murder, Crandell admitted her role in the crime. Crandell indicated she was an acquaintance of the victim and that she was dropped off at the house by her co-defendants earlier that night. She had sex with Beers and waited for him to go to sleep. Once he did fall asleep, Crandell unlocked the front door for her co-defendants; that is how the co-defendants entered the residence. Crandell rode back to Baltimore with her co-defendants after the murder. At the trial of one of her co-defendants, Crandell did testify to her role in the crime.
At the meeting on Tuesday, May 8, the County Commissioners hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the Pope’s Creek Rail Trail and Waterfront Promenade. The property was acquired in 2015 and construction of the pedestrian trail is expected to begin next year. It will be approximately three miles in length and allow visitors to explore the natural preserve located there. The waterfront portion of the area will include visitor parking, a brick walkway, a raised boardwalk, benches, a riverfront pier, observation stations, and interpretive panels highlighting the historic, natural, and cultural resources. The county’s first power plant, built in 1938, still stands on the Pope’s Creek site. Local artist Vicki Marckel designed unique window panels that are installed in the building’s original window frames. She presented the panels at the groundbreaking ceremony to acknowledge the building’s historical significance. View photos of the groundbreaking ceremony on Flickr.
Open Session Briefings
· Staff provided an update on the status of the curbside yard waste collection program. All bids for service exceeded the program’s budget. Options for both continuing existing service and converting to a subscription service were considered. Staff recommended a subscription-based service for rural areas and maintain existing service in densely-populated areas. Approximately 16,000 residents would be moved to a subscription-based service and required to sign up for it. Current participation for the subscription-based service area is currently one to three percent. This service change will result in reduced program costs, program efficiencies, and decreased vehicle emissions. Commissioners voted to approve this service change.
· Tri-County Council staff presented an update on an initiative to improve outcomes for the 2,835 youth and young adults in Charles County, ages 16-24, who are out of work and school. These individuals are challenged with risk factors such as living below the poverty line, parental unemployment, physical or mental disability, homelessness, and racial segregation. They are unable to work because they lack skills and education needed for employment or face other systemic barriers to gainful employment. The Charles County Youth and Young Adult American Job Center addresses these challenges by providing flexible pathways to educational attainment, skills training for employment, peer support groups, and financial literacy training. Tri-County Council staff highlighted success stories from those who have participated in the program.
· A budget work session was held to review requests from Commissioners and present an update to the proposed General Fund. The Board of Education’s budget would increase by $1.7 million from the county’s proposed budget to pay for enhancements to staff compensation. The Sheriff’s Office would increase by $572,700 to pay for staff compensation adjustments related to the new collective bargaining agreement. Revenue transfers from the Cable Enterprise Fund and the Reserve Fund Balance are proposed to pay for these increases and maintain a balanced budget.
· Commissioners approved revisions to the Targeted Industry Incentive Loan Fund Operating Guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures. The changes will improve lending policies, credit administration, and the quality of the loan portfolio and enable the Economic Development Department to provide effective supervision for it.
· Commissioners approved a lease agreement with the Maryland Park Service to develop a master plan for a 49-acre section of the park that would enhance public use and access. The leased area would include a boat launch, beach access, and an area for expanded parking and a kayak launch.
· Commissioners approved a budget amendment increase of $15,000 to use the Law Library’s fund balance to purchase new furniture in fiscal 2018 instead of paying for it as a capital expense in fiscal 2019.
· Wanda Pingitore, Linda Stansbury, and Roy Krishna Naraine were appointed as citizen members to the Area Council of Aging.
· David Hancock, Sr.; Ed May; and Lisa Jennifer Hoxie were appointed as citizen members to the Agricultural Land Preservation Advisory Board.
Commissioners presented a proclamation recognizing May 6 – 12, 2018 as National Public Service Recognition Week. County employee representatives from each department received the proclamation, which honors their commitment as public servants and the collective commitment they have to connecting citizens to government. View photo in Flickr.
Next Commissioners Meeting: Tuesday, May 15
At this meeting, the Board of Commissioners is scheduled to adopt the Fiscal 2019 budget and property tax rate, 2019-23 Capital Improvement Program, and fees and charges. The vote is scheduled at 2:40 p.m.
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.
The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and the Calvert County Planning Commission will hold three joint public hearings Tuesday, May 15, 2018, to consider and receive comments on the Land Preservation Parks and Recreation Plan, the proposal for a new historic tax district in Lusby and amendments to the Calvert County and Prince Frederick zoning ordinances. The hearings will be held at the Calvert Pines Senior Center located at 450 W. Dares Beach Road in Prince Frederick
starting at 7 p.m.
Citizens can view the proposals and amendments online. For additional information, contact the Department of Planning & Zoning at 410-535-2348, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals who cannot attend the public hearing may submit written comments. These written comments must be received by 4:30 p.m., May 14, 2018, and may be submitted by emailing COMMISS@calvertcountymd.gov or through the U.S. mail to the BOCC at 175 Main St., Prince Frederick, MD 20678.
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Leonardtown, MD – The St. Mary’s County Board of Elections continues to seek individuals willing to serve as Election Judges for the June 26 Primary Election and the November 6 General Election. Judges are most needed in Northern St. Mary’s County and the Mechanicsville area. Poll locations at White Marsh Elementary School, Christ Church and Lettie Dent Elementary School have a critical shortage of Election Judges signed up.
Eligibility: who can be an Election Judge?
You are eligible if you:
Are registered to vote in Maryland
Are 16 years old or older
Are not a candidate for any public or political party office
Are detailed oriented and can speak, read and write the English language
Are a motivated person who can endure long hours (6 a.m. - 10 p.m.) Judges may not leave at any time
Can provide your own transportation to and from your assigned polling place
Enjoy meeting people and serving the public
What does an Election Judge do?
In accordance with Federal and State law, you must perform all of the duties assigned to you by the Local Board of Elections and perform your duties faithfully, diligently and without partiality or prejudice.
Prepare the polling place for voting
Check in voters
Instruct voters on how to use the voting equipment
Maintain the security of voting materials
Close the polling place
Election Judge pay
Judges receive $150 per election as well as 30.00 for attending the required training class. If you do not work the Election, you will not get paid for attending the training class. Judges receive payment from the county within 6 weeks of the election.
Individuals interested in serving as an Election Judge should contact Susan Julian at 301 475-4200, ext. *1614 (you must press * before the extension) or email Susan.email@example.com
LA PLATA, MD—Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County announced that on Wednesday, May 8, 2018, a Charles County jury, after a 6 day trial and 1 day of deliberations, convicted Antonio Ka-Juan Owens, 22, of First Degree Murder of Lydell Wood, Unlawful Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Crime of Violence related to the Murder of Lydell Wood, and related charges.
On January 6, 2016, officers responded to the 2000 block of Rooks Head Place in Waldorf for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers found one victim, Lydell Wood, with a single gunshot wound in his back. The victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.
An investigation into the shooting revealed that an acquaintance of Wood got into a confrontation with co-defendant Miguel Santana earlier that day while Wood and other men were present. The acquaintance brandished a handgun and shot at Santana. Wood had no involvement in the shooting. Santana fled the area unharmed and contacted Owens to help him retaliate.
Santana, Owens, and co-defendant Rashaad Brawner canvassed the area in Brawner’s vehicle in search of the group of men present at the earlier shooting. When Wood was spotted, Santana and Owens exited the vehicle and confronted Wood, who ran away after both men brandished guns. Santana and Owens gave chase and fired several gunshots, striking Wood in the back as he attempted to find safety and enter a house in the neighborhood. After the shooting, Owens returned to Brawner’s vehicle and was driven back to his own vehicle. All three men fled the area.
Owens was later identified as one of the shooters by accomplice testimony as well as other extensive corroborating evidence.
A sentencing date has been set for July 10, 2018. Owens faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on the whereabouts of Shawn
Michael Clark, age 26, of Lexington Park. Clark is wanted for Escape 2nd Degree for failing to
report to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center as court ordered. Clark is
5’10” and weighs 190 pounds; he has brown hair and green eyes.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Shawn Michael Clark is asked to contact Dep.
Tyler Payne at (301) 475-4200 extension *8010, 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.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources today released the results of the 2018 Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey, which shows that the population of blue crabs remains healthy and sustainable.
While this year’s cold weather and ice cover took a toll on the adult crab population, causing an estimated 35 percent mortality of adult females wintering in state waters, the number of young crabs that returned to Chesapeake Bay this year increased 34 percent. Blue crabs spend the first part of their lives in the Atlantic Ocean before returning to the bay to grow and mature.
“Despite the cold, hard winter, which extended well into the spring, the blue crab population remains healthy, resilient and sustainable,” Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “Even with the erratic weather, which included snow in April, the blue crab population remains well within parameters, showing that the state and our partners are managing the species well.”
The survey indicates a bay-wide crab population of 371 million, a decrease from last year’s estimate of 455 million, driven largely by a decrease in the number of adult crabs. In 2018, the spawning female stock decreased 42 percent from 254 to 147 million, dropping below the target level of 215 million, but remaining well above safe levels. This year’s adult female abundance remains among the 10 highest of the nearly three decade old survey. Adult male crab abundance declined 23 percent from 76 to 59 million. The juvenile crab population increased 34 percent over last year, reaching 167 million.
“Although the number of spawning-age females is down from last year, we are pleased to see that their abundance is well above the minimum safe number even with the winter weather and lackluster reproduction last year,” Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment Committee Chair Glenn Davis said. “Last year we had very few young crabs entering the bay. Those juveniles grew through 2017 and endured this year’s cold winter to become the 2018 class of spawning adults.”
The decline in numbers of adult crabs in the bay may lead to a slow start to the early harvest season, but as young crabs enter the fishery and increase their abundance in midsummer, Maryland may see an improved late season. The 2017 bay-wide crab harvest decreased slightly in 2017, from 60 to 54 million pounds, but continued to operate at sustainable levels, especially for female crabs.
“This year’s results give us optimism that our management approach is effective at conserving adequate numbers of crabs even when the number of juveniles is low and winter mortality is high,” Maryland Fishing and Boating Services Director David Blazer said. “We will continue our conversations with industry and partners throughout the season to ensure a successful and sustainable harvest.”
The Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment Committee plans to release a full analysis this summer.
The annual Winter Dredge Survey has been conducted by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Virginia Institute of Marine Science since 1990. In the survey, biologists use dredge equipment to capture, measure, record and release blue crabs at 1,500 sites throughout Chesapeake Bay from December through March.
LEONARDTOWN, MD (May 9, 2018) – The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) and St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS) will jointly host a presentation of key findings from the 2016 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) for St. Mary’s County, Maryland. This presentation and discussion is scheduled to take place on Monday, May 21, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the SMCPS Division of Supporting Services training room, located at 27190 Point Lookout Road in Loveville, behind Benjamin Banneker Elementary School.
The YRBS is a national school-based survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in partnership with state and local education systems and public health agencies. This survey monitors health-risk behaviors of the nation's high school students, including those factors which contribute to the leading causes of death, disability, and social distress among youth and young adults. Monitored topics include mental health; tobacco, alcohol and other drug use; sexual behavior; violence and injury prevention; and nutrition and exercise.
Participating students in the 2016 YRBS completed an anonymous self-administered questionnaire about their health behaviors. Survey procedures were designed to protect the privacy of students and adhered to local parental permission procedures. Data goes through months of review at the national level prior to being available for local jurisdictional use.
"Aggregate YRBS data helps us monitor some of the most pressing health concerns affecting our youth,” said Dr. Meenakshi Brewster, Health Officer for St. Mary’s County. “This information then informs community-wide efforts to promote the health and safety of our young residents.”
Community members are encouraged to attend the upcoming presentation to review results from this survey and discuss local community action to address youth health. For more information on the YRBS, visit the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/ or the SMCHD website at http://www.smchd.org/data.
(FORESTVILLE, MD) – Maryland state troopers have more than tripled traffic stops on Rt. 301 in Prince George’s County this year and enforcement efforts are expected to increase as they work to reduce injuries and fatalities caused by traffic crashes on that highway.
As May 1, 2018, there had been seven fatalities on Rt. 301 in Prince George’s County this year. Three of those involved pedestrians. Troopers attribute the causes of these fatalities to speeding drivers and careless pedestrians.
During the first three months of 2018, Maryland state troopers made 1,722 traffic stops on Rt. 301 in Prince George’s County, compared with 543 stops during the same period last year. This year’s first quarter enforcement included 830 traffic citations, 649 warnings, 243 equipment repair orders and the arrests of 15 impaired drivers. During the first quarter of 2017, troopers issued 398 citations, 223 warnings, 142 equipment repair orders and arrested 19 impaired drivers.
Troopers will be continuing focused enforcement initiatives along Rt. 301 in the coming weeks. They are urging motorists to obey the speed limit and be aware of other traffic control devices along the highway.
Pedestrians are also urged to consider the risk before walking along or crossing Rt. 301, especially at night. Bright or reflective clothing is highly recommended for pedestrians. It is vital that they be as visible as possible to approaching motorists.
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan was joined today by Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller and Speaker of the House Michael Busch to sign 213 bills into law at a signing ceremony at the Maryland State House in Annapolis. The governor and presiding officers also signed two resolutions and a constitutional amendment.
The governor signed legislation (HB 281) implementing the administration’s ACCESS Initiative (Achieving Computer Science Collaborations for Employing Students Statewide), a comprehensive computer science education and workforce development plan which includes $5 million in new funding for computer science education.
“Our top priority is to ensure that every child in Maryland has access to a world-class education, regardless of what neighborhood they happen to grow up in,” said Governor Hogan. “This legislation will inspire Maryland students at a younger age to pursue careers in computer science.”
Joining the governor for the signing were students and representatives from Code.org and Girls Who Code, who the governor thanked for their work to help close the gender gap in technology.
Additionally, Governor Hogan signed Senate Bill 1122, which will put an initiative on the ballot in the November election to create a lockbox that ensures revenues from Maryland casinos go directly toward increasing – not supplanting – school funding.
The governor also signed the administration’s Fostering Employment Act of 2018 (SB 308/HB 431), which gives foster youth and homeless youth greater access to apprenticeship programs and other workforce development opportunities, such as the nationally-recognized EARN program, through the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation.
After over a decade of tireless work by advocates, Governor Hogan signed the Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act into law, which will allow courts to admit evidence of a defendant’s prior history of sexual crimes or abuse during prosecution for subsequent sexual offenses. The Hogan administration has proposed this legislation two years in a row, and during the signing, the governor recognized Baltimore County Senator Jim Brochin and Howard County Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary for their leadership on this issue.
The governor also signed a number of additional measures to aid victims of crime or abuse in Maryland, including legislation sponsored by Baltimore County Senator Bobby Zirkin to prevent cyberbullying.
“I want to thank senators and delegates on both sides of the aisle for working together with us this session. With the over 200 bills signed into law today, we are once again sending a very clear message that – unlike Washington – here in Annapolis we are working together in a bipartisan way to change Maryland for the better,” said the governor.
Leonardtown, MD - The Tri-County Animal Shelter after hours drop-off kennel and cage area is closed to the public. The Maryland Department of Agriculture's State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners recently revised the minimum standards of care for animals in Maryland animal shelters. To comply with these standards, the public is asked not to use these facilities.
Animals will be accepted in the main lobby area of the Tri-County Animal Shelter, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
The Tri-County Animal Shelter is located at 6707 Animal Shelter Road in Hughesville. Shelter staff can be reached at 301-932-1713 or 800-903-1992. Adoption hours are Monday - Friday, noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Charles County Sheriff Troy D. Berry is proud to announce the Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy (SMCJA) celebrated the graduation of 24 correctional officers – 11 from Charles County – from the Corrections Entrance Level Training Program (CELTP), Session 59, at a ceremony held May 4 at Chopticon High School in Morganza, MD. The program requires each Correctional Officer to complete an eight-week, 320 hour Basic Corrections Academy, which exceeds the state minimum for all Correctional Officers working in local correctional facilities across Maryland.
“Correctional Officers walk one of the toughest beats in law enforcement,” said Sheriff Berry. “They are responsible for the safety and security of the inmates, but they also have a role in rehabilitation and helping inmates get back on track upon their release. CO’s have the opportunity to make a positive impact on many lives.”
During the ceremony, SMCJA instructors presented awards to three Charles County graduates who excelled in several categories: Robin Coleman received the Scholastic Achievement Award for earning a 98.18 percent grade point average, the highest in the class. Maurice Johnson won the Steve Allen Leadership Award, named after one of the original founders of the SMCJA who died of cancer several years ago, and he also won the Physical Training Award, scoring the highest in the class during PT tests administered at the beginning and end of the training program.
Sheriff Berry and the men and women of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office are proud to welcome our newest Correctional Officers to the CCSO family:
Correctional Officer Zachariah Barnhart
Correctional Officer Katherine Burroughs
Correctional Officer Robin Coleman
Correctional Officer Dylan Heishman
Correctional Officer Cortaz Hill
Correctional Officer Maurice Johnson
Correctional Officer William Leapley
Correctional Officer Arunyarat Nookong
Correctional Officer Ricardo Olivia
Correctional Officer Haven Smith, III
Correctional Officer Tyler Superior
Leonardtown, MD - St. Mary’s County Recreation and Parks will host its annual invitational track meet on Sunday, June 3, at Leonardtown High School, 23995 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown, MD. The meet runs from 1 – 4 p.m. Registration will be open from noon – 1 p.m. This fun event is for youth, ages 8 to 14 years, as of December 31, 2018.
Participants can enter two track and one field events OR two field and one track events. Spikes are not allowed. Every competitor will receive a ribbon. There is no cost to participate in this event.
100 Meter Dash
200 Meter Dash
400 Meter Dash
800 Meter Run
Save time and complete a registration form prior to the event by clicking the link below.
www.stmarysmd.com/docs/Track & Field Meet Registration Form.pdf
For additional information regarding this event, please contact Kenny Sothoron, at 301-475-4200 ext. *1830.
LA PLATA, MD—Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County announced that on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, Charles County Circuit Court Judge H. James West sentenced Lafayette Remoine Crutchfield, 44 of La Plata, to 48 years in prison for Sexual Abuse of a Minor, Sexual Offense in the Second Degree, and Sexual Offense in the Third Degree.
Covington, commenting on the Crutchfield’s sentence said, “The Court’s sentence means this predator is going to a place where he belongs, a place where he can’t abuse little girls, a place where he hopefully will stay for the rest of his natural life.”
On January 13, 2017, Detective Kristen Gross with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office and a social worker from the Department of Social Services met with the victim, who was under the age of 14, at her school after receiving a mandated report of sexual abuse. During the meeting, the victim confirmed she was sexually assaulted by Crutchfield.
An investigation revealed that on November 25, 2016, Crutchfield sent the victim a text message asking to cuddle with her. After sending the message, Crutchfield entered the victim’s bedroom and sexually assaulted her. The victim’s account of the abuse was corroborated by text messages sent to her cellular device by Crutchfield. The text messages go back in time to April 2016 when the Defendant started to groom the victim.
The victim later reported the incident to a friend, who encouraged the victim to notify a teacher at her school. The victim did so.
A further investigation revealed there were times prior to November 25, 2016 in which the Defendant had inappropriate contact with the victim in her bedroom. Each time the Defendant apologized to the victim.
On February 27, 2018, a Charles County jury convicted Crutchfield of the above listed charges after a two day trial.
In 1999, Crutchfield pled guilty and was convicted of Child Abuse in Montgomery County, Maryland.
During sentencing, Assistant State’s Attorney Sarah Freeman told the judge, “He honed in on this victim. She didn't have a father figure in her life; he knew that. He took advantage of that need and vulnerability. — I ask that the court take into consideration his prior child sexual abuse conviction, Dr. Grant's assessment and his likelihood to re-offend.”
Before sentencing Crutchfield to 48 years, Judge West told the Defendant, “You have two offenses of the same nature where the victims are both people who trusted you. Both victims were 12. I don't want to take the chance of another 12-year-old being victimized in this way. This is alarming and a serious problem. This is a 12-year-old looking for a father figure and you exploited your position of trust. The planning, the predatorial nature, the prior child sex offense...the level of harm is excessive. This is an above the guidelines case...for sure.”
Critical Missing Man From Country Lakes. David Jameson 29 year old white male. He's 5'6, 120lbs wearing a red/black shirt and jeans. If you see Mr. Jameson, please Call 301 475 8008
On May 2, 2018 Deputy Bowlan responded to Calvert Towne Drive, Prince Frederick for the report of a burglary that had already occurred. The victim advised she observed damage to the back door of the residence as if someone had kicked the door in. The home was vacant and there was no further damage. The estimated value of the damaged door is $500.
Damaged Property: 18-22401
On April 30, 2018 Deputy Flynt responded to Sheridan Drive, Owings for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised the glass on her back slider door to her basement had been shattered.
Damaged Property: 18-22371
On April 30, 2018 Deputy Lorenzano responded to Duchess Lane, Huntingtown for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised sometime between midnight and 7:00 AM an unknown suspect shattered the left rear passenger window on his vehicle.
Damaged Property: 18-22621
On May 1, 2018 Deputy Ostazeski responded to Catalina Drive, Lusby for the report of damaged property. The victim stated sometime between midnight and 7:00 AM an unknown suspect damaged the rear window of her vehicle. The estimated value of the damaged window is $290.
Damaged Property: 18-23685
On May 5, 2018 Deputy Rediker responded to Holly Drive, Port Republic for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised she arrived home to find eggs smashed on the siding of her house as well as a bag containing feces on her front porch. The estimated value of damaged property is $50.
On May 1, 2018 Deputy Flynt responded to the BP gas station in the Dunkirk Town Center for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between April 18th and May 1st, an unknown suspect stole a 5’x8’ enclosed U-Haul trailer from the business.
On May 2, 2018 Deputy Aurich responded to the Dunkirk Walmart for the report of an attempted theft. The unknown suspect was stopped at the door, and multiple items were recovered including socks, tank top t-shirts, underwear and an RCA converter box. The total value of the property is $99.
On May 3, 2018 Deputy Aurich responded to Uncle Charlie’s Spur, Owings for the report of a motor vehicle theft. The victim advised between May 2nd at 8:45 PM and May 3rd at 8:00 AM an unknown suspect stole her Ford Fusion out of her driveway.
On May 5, 2018 Deputy Crum responded to Palisades Drive, Dunkirk for the report of a theft. The victim advised two of his gold rings were stolen in mid-January. One ring with a three carat diamond was priced at $15,000. The other with 5 small diamonds was priced at $6,000.
On April 30, 2018 Deputy Fox responded to 5th Street, North Beach for the report of a disturbance. Tristao Commodore (40) was extremely obnoxious and uncooperative when confronted by officers. Deputy Fox, Deputy Cress and Deputy Crum restrained Commodore while he actively resisted arrest and put up a struggle. Commodore was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest and Second Degree Assault on Law Enforcement.
On May 3, 2018 Deputy Ridgely conducted a traffic stop at the Prince Frederick Wawa. The driver, Brian Robert Simmons (28), was asked to step out the car and was searched by Deputy Sampson. A search of his person revealed Vyvanse, marijuana, Suboxone and a substantial amount of cash. A search of his vehicle revealed an abundant amount of drug paraphernalia, more drugs, cell phones, and bank cards that did not belong to him. Simmons was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession with Intent to Distribute and CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia.
On May 5, 2018 Deputy Rzepkowski responded to the Dunkin Donuts-Baskin Robbins in Lusby for a disorderly subject. Prior to this call, the subject, Sean Luke Braziel (27) was issued a trespass warning for the Lusby Commons Shopping Center due to him being disorderly there. Braziel was placed under arrest for Disorderly Conduct and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center.
PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – May 8, 2018 – The Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation announces that the grand opening of the interim Chesapeake Hills Golf Course clubhouse complex will occur Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at its scenic Lusby location.
Club operations have moved into a double-wide trailer complex that includes a pro shop, snack bar, TV, seating, two ADA-compatible restrooms and offices. Outside of the new clubhouse complex will be a 16’ x 30’ deck and tent with sides to accommodate up to 120 people for tournaments and banquets.
“We hope everyone comes out to enjoy this beautiful weather, check out our new facility and get into the swing of things,” said Parks & Recreation Deputy Director Tim Hepler. Hepler pointed out there may be some intermittent technology issues throughout Wednesday, but the golf course is open and tee times will stay on schedule. If you are unable to reach the pro shop to schedule your tee time, please call the Department of Parks & Recreation at 410-535-1600, ext. 2649.
The original clubhouse, including the former Grille Room, pro shop and restrooms, closed after sustaining significant structural damage during the January snowstorm.
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The Summer edition of The GUIDE will be available online Tuesday, May 15 at www.CharlesCountyParks.com. The GUIDE is a convenient resource, listing current activities being offered in Charles County. The GUIDE features classes, kayak tours, sports programs, aquatic programs, amusement park discount tickets, historic sites and places to visit within the county, along with opportunities to experience the outdoors.
Read the GUIDE and see what programs interest you. Printed copies are available at local community centers, indoor pools, Elite Gymnastics and Recreation Center, and the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism. Online registration for most programs is available.
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For more information on other events and opportunities offered by the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism, visit www.charlescountymd.gov/rpt/recreation-parks-tourism or call 301-932-3470. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 866-269-9006.
On Monday, May 7, 2018, at approximately 3:48 p.m., Troopers from the
Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded to a reported motor vehicle collision in the area of Rt. 301 and Pierce Rd., Waldorf, MD. Due to the seriousness of the collision, members from the Maryland State Police Crash Team and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division (CVED) responded to the scene to assist.
Upon arrival, Troopers determined a white Nissan truck, was stopped for the red traffic signal on southbound U.S. Rt. 301 in lane 3 at Pierce Road. A blue Jeep Wrangler, was traveling behind the Nissan slowing to come to a stop. A yellow Freightliner (Penske) box truck, was also traveling southbound behind the Jeep Wrangler. Witnesses advised the Freightliner truck struck the rear of the Jeep Wrangler which was forced into the side of the Nissan. The Freightliner truck then collided into the rear of the Nissan truck. Trooper made contact with the driver of the Freightliner truck, 49 year old Michael Maurice Ford. While talking with Ford, the odor of alcohol was detected coming from his breath. Ford was put through Standardized Field Sobriety, which he failed, placed under arrest and transported to the Barrack for processing. The driver, 25 year old Victoria Lynn Willett, and the front seat passenger, 30 year old Jonathan Evans Reufly, of the Jeep Wrangler received
minor injuries, were treated on scene by medical personnel and released. The backseat passenger, a 3 months old, received life threatening injuries. Emergency Services Technicians, assessed his injuries and transported him to MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center for further treatment. He was then transported via Medivac Helicopter Trooper 7 to the Children’s National Medical Center located in Washington D.C for further treatment. The driver of the Nissan, 51 year old John Fitzgerald Neal, and the front seat passenger, 49 year old Momodou Lamin Loppy, both were treated by medical personnel on scene and released with minor injuries.
Anyone who may have witnessed or who has information regarding the above mentioned incident is asked to contact Cpl. Justin Zimmerman of the Maryland State Police Crash Team at (301) 392-1231.
The investigation is continuing and being investigated by Cpl. J. Zimmerman.
The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office congratulates and welcomes the eight graduate Correctional Officers of the Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy, Session 59, who completed the Entrance Level Training Program at a ceremony held at Chopticon High School on May 4, 2018.
Pictured are Capt. Steven Hall, Special Operations Division Commander, left, Kaitlyn R. Bobkoskie, front row left, Sarah D. Spencer, Helena M. Shokry, Jordan T. Wagner and Capt. Deborah Diedrich, Corrections Division Commander.
Pictured in the back row from left to right are Brian J. Popielski, Bradley D. Harris, Dallas M. Bonner and Joshua T. Crow.
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured. On April
30, 2018, at the Shoppers Food Warehouse located on MacArthur Boulevard, in California, the
pictured suspect used a cloned copy of the victim’s credit card to purchase gift cards and other
Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Dep. Daniel
Sidorowicz at (301) 475-4200 extension *8043, or by email at
Daniel.Sidorowicz@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.
(Prince Frederick, MD) – The Maryland State Prince Frederick Barrack is conducting a missing person investigation to locate Kevin Matthew Dillard, W/M, DOB: 08/17/1984. He is 5’6”, 205 lbs., with bald head, black goatee and green eyes and was last seen on 5/01/2018 in the area of 3015 Nutwood Lane, Bowie, MD. Kevin Dillard may be in control of a Silver Dodge Neon displaying Maryland 4AP6547. Anyone with information is requested to contact the Prince Frederick Barrack's Duty Officer at 410-535-1400, Case #18-MSP-018990.
CONTACT: Duty Officer 410-535-1400
On May 2, 2018, James Harley, Jr. entered a guilty plea to first-degree premediated murder. This plea ensured that his 9 year old son would not have to take the stand and testify against his father for the murder of his mother. This plea was only possible due to the hard work of the men and women of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office. Patrol Deputies arrived within minutes of the initial 911 call. First responding deputies, immediately recognized the homicide, secured the crime scene, established the perimeter and contacted the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) detectives. Detectives worked vigorously to locate this suspect. He was in custody within 24 hours of the murder.
Deputy State’s Attorney Kathryn Marsh said “I was personally impressed with CIB’s caring and dedication while working the scene and interviewing family members. I was on scene with them from 11 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. while Jennifer Morton was coordinating offsite reviewing the search warrants. CIB coordinated with the Metropolitan Police Department, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Team (SOT), and the Maryland State Police. The Sheriff’s office SOT spent hours working on grid searches, as well as searching every water hazard on the golf course for possible evidence. Detectives in CIB went above and beyond to include: escorting the juvenile victim to the funeral of his mother and stopping in to randomly play basketball with the juvenile. Throughout the case, as recently as last week, detectives from CIB continued to locate witnesses and secure evidence whenever Jennifer Morton and I requested their assistance. Most importantly, I am truly grateful for everyone’s hard work as it saved the juvenile victim from having to testify.”
Sheriff Evans, who attended the hearing, stated, “This was a horrific event for everyone involved, particularly for the family and friends of Tanya Harley, out detectives never stopped working to ensure justice was served.” He added, “Domestic violence related homicides occur far too often, we take them very seriously and have formed numerous partnerships over the past several years, which have led to the implementation of specific protocols to assist us with identifying and addressing domestic related issues.”
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, beginning at 11:00 a.m. in the Chesapeake Building located at 41770 Baldridge Street in Leonardtown, Maryland to consider an amendment to Ordinance No. 2017 – 15 to provide exemptions to the development impact fee for replacement dwelling units under certain conditions.
Citizens are encouraged to attend and participate in the public hearing.
Copies of the proposed amendment are available in the Department of Land Use and Growth Management, 23150 Leonard Hall Drive Leonardtown, MD 20650 and at www.stmarysmd.com.
Written comments may be submitted on or before May 22, 2018, to: Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, P.O. Box 653, Leonardtown, MD 20650.
Any reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities should be requested by contacting the St. Mary’s County Public Information Officer at (301) 475-4200, ext. *1342.
Note that as a result of the evidence and comments made at the public hearing, amendments may be made to the proposed maps.
On Wednesday, May 16 at 7 p.m., the Charles County Sheriff’s Office will host a Citizens Advisory Meeting at the American Legion located at 6330 Crain Highway in La Plata. Representatives from each of the Sheriff’s Office districts will be on hand to meet with county residents and talk about crime trends and crime prevention. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Connie Gray, Community Organizer, at (301) 932-3080.
Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Learn more at the CCSO’s website.
The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service law enforcement agency comprised of more than 600 police, corrections and civilian personnel responsible for protecting more than 150,000 residents. The CCSO was accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2001 has been designated as a CALEA Gold Standard of Excellence agency since 2011. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visit www.ccso.us.
The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) is pleased to launch an online tool for searching its Project Review and Compliance Log database. As Maryland’s State Historic Preservation Office, MHT reviews and comments on projects receiving funds, permits, and licenses from federal and/or state agencies for their effects on historic and archeological resources. Reviewing over 6,000 submittals each year for a wide range of projects throughout Maryland, MHT tracks individual submittal requests and response actions in the Log database.
Through this readily available online tool, customers may now conveniently access current information on their state and federal projects. Agencies, applicants, consultants and interested others may query the Log to find out the status of a submittal, generate a list of projects meeting specified criteria, or view a PDF copy of MHT’s response, if available. The online tool provides background information about the Log fields and useful search tips.
Effective immediately, the Tri-County Animal Shelter after hours drop-off kennel and cage area is closed to the public. The Maryland Department of Agriculture's State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners recently revised the minimum standards of care for animals in Maryland animal shelters. To comply with these standards, we ask that the public not use these facilities.
The Tri-County Animal Shelter will accept animals in the main lobby area, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays.
The Tri-County Animal Shelter is located at 6707 Animal Shelter Road in Hughesville. Shelter staff can be reached at 301-932-1713 or 800-903-1992. Adoption hours are Monday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To view animals available for adoption, visit www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/ES/AnimalShelter/Tri-County-Animal-Shelter or www.petfinder.com/shelters/MD112.html to find your “purrfect” pet. Follow the Tri-County Animal Shelter on Facebook for adoptable pets, pet tips, and more at www.facebook.com/TriCountyAnimalShelterSoMD/. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/MD112.html
Joel Andrew Brinson, age 20, of Lexington Park, has been reported missing. Brinson was last seen on April 29, 2018, in the Lexington Park area, and has family in Charles County. At this time, there are no critical factors known regarding Brinson being reported as a missing person.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Joel Andrew Brinson is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (301) 475-8008. 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.