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Charles County Department of Health Announces Flu Immunization Clinics for 2019-2020

The Charles County Department of Health is offering free community flu vaccination clinics for the 2019-2020 season. Flu vaccinations will be offered daily on a walk-in basis, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Evening community clinics are also scheduled in several schools throughout the county. Flu Mist© (nasal spray) will be available this year. 


Get a Flu Vaccine: CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.  Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.  The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine by the end of October, if possible.

Everyday preventive actions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
Wash your hands often with soap and water (Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry).  If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
To learn more about ways to protect yourself and your family from the flu, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at or the American Academy of Pediatrics at . For additional information about flu clinics, visit or call the Charles County Department of Health at 301-609-6900.


Accident in Loveville Under Investigation

On September 14, 2019, at approximately 2:29 p.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 28400 block of Point Lookout Road, in the area of Loveville Road, for the reported motor vehicle collision. Deputies arrived on scene and located two vehicles involved in the collision, with one of the operators trapped in the vehicle. Members of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and continued the investigation.
Preliminary investigation determined a 2000 Dodge Dakota, operated by Michael Lynn McDonald, age 70 of Mechanicsville, made a left turn from Loveville Road attempting to head southbound on Point Lookout Road. McDonald failed to yield the right of way to a 2000 Chrysler Town and Country Van operated by Thomas Henry Franz III, age 84 of Prince Frederick, who was traveling northbound on Point Lookout Road. After the vehicles collided, McDonald’s vehicle continued off the roadway and struck a street sign. McDonald was trapped in the vehicle after the collision. McDonald was extracted from the vehicle and flown by helicopter to an area trauma center with incapacitating injuries. A passenger in McDonald’s vehicle, Louise Therese McDonald, age 67 of Mechanicsville, was transported to an area trauma center for treatment. Franz was transported to an area hospital where he was treated and released.
At this time, speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the collision. Anyone who witnessed the collision or events leading to the collision is asked to contact Corporal Brian Connelly at (301) 475-4200 extension *8031 or by email at
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.


NSWC Indian Head EOD Technology signs Educational Partnership Agreement with Charles County Public Schools

INDIAN HEAD, Md. — Representatives from Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (IHEODTD) signed an Educational Partnership Agreement with Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) during a ceremony at the Charles County Fair, Sept. 13.


The agreement is the product of years of partnership and collaboration between the two organizations. In its signing, both parties hope to promote practical, real-world applications of STEM programs and education.


"Longstanding educational partnerships like the one we have with NSWC IHEODTD help us prepare our students for today, for the future and even for jobs that do not currently exist,” CCPS Superintendent Dr. Kim Hill said. “The support the command has provided our students for many years — without a formal partnership — has been priceless. NSWC IHEODTD provides judges for our Science Fair, mentors and funding for robotics programs and research opportunities for high school students through the Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program during the summer."


Under this agreement, NSWC IHEODTD will provide CCPS students access to U.S. Navy technology and materials deemed to be surplus, in addition to advice and mentorship from command personnel. CCPS – in turn – will make laboratory equipment and facilities available to the command, as well as providing opportunities for NSWC IHEODTD to assist in the CCPS educational curriculum.


NSWC IHEODTD STEM Coordinator Dr. Martin Chernoff said this agreement will be instrumental in training the next generation of scientists and engineers.


“This agreement is a formal step to a partnership that spans decades. The intent is to be more strategic in how we engage and educate the students of Charles County,” Chernoff said. “We want to be an active force in their education, but we want to do it as effectively as possible. By allowing them access to command technology and mentors, we can prepare them for careers in STEM and ensure the continued effectiveness of the U.S. Navy.”


Someone Tried To Burn A House Down In White Plains

Early Saturday morning fifteen firefighters from the La Plata Volunteer Fire Department responded to a single story family house fire on Rhodes Way in White Plains. It took them 15 minutes to extinguish the blaze. After an investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office, it was determined unknown suspect(s) ignited the exterior of the residence.  There were no injures as a result of the fire.  Anyone with any information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Southern Regional Office, at 443-550-6834.


Maryland State Police Remind Motorists Of The Importance Of Proper Child Safety Seats Usage

(PIKESVILLE, MD) – With this week being national Child Passenger Safety Week, Maryland State Police are reminding the public the importance of ensuring that motorists are utilizing the correct car seat and that it is being properly installed and utilized.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 723 children ages 12 and younger died and another 128,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2016. Of those, 35 percent were not buckled up, making at least some of those deaths preventable.
Proper use of car seats and booster seats, when utilized correctly greatly reduce the chances children have of getting injured or killed in a vehicle crash. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car seats can reduce the risk of fatal injury in a crash by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following:
Keeping children in rear-facing seats as long as possible, at least until age 2. This is the safest way for your little ones to travel.
Switching to forward-facing only when the child exceeds the rear-facing weight limit.  It’s okay if their feet touch the back seat. They’ll still be safe and comfortable.
Changing to a belt-positioning booster seat only after they outgrow their car seat.  Again, always consult the manufacturer instructions for weight limits.
Maryland’s current law requires that children under 8 must ride in an appropriate child restraint, unless that child is 4-foot-9 or taller. Also, every child from 8 to 16 who is not secured in a child restraint must be secured by the vehicle’s seat belt. It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure all children are correctly buckled. Violators of this law are subject to an $83 fine.
For more information and resources on child safety seats, contact Kids in Safety Seats (KISS) at 800-370-SEAT.  For more KISS resources, including free safety inspections, visit their website.


2019 Community Health & Wellness Fair

Leonardtown, MD - It’s that time of year again! The 2019 Health Fair, sponsored by the St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services, will be held on Friday, Oct. 18, from    9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, located at 44219 Airport Road in California, MD.
During this year’s Community Health & Wellness Fair, screenings will include body composition, glucose, skin cancer, hearing, vision, and blood pressure. Licensed Massage Therapist Gwynne Hill with California Total Body Massage will be on site from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. offering free mini-massages. The Pharmacy at PJ Bean will be supplying flu shots. Bring your insurance card to get your flu shot; all insurance agencies are accepted.
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and St. Mary’s County Health Department will be on-site to collect expired or unwanted medications, including diabetic supplies such as needles and lancets.
Nearly 500 people attended last year’s event to learn more about the latest health and wellness news and products. The Department of Aging & Human Services looks forward to a similar turnout at this year. Attendees can register in person or online at: Online registrants will be eligible for a special prize! Online registration closes at 12 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17. This event is free and open to the public.
The Department thanks our many sponsors for this event, including ClearCaptions, the Center for Vein Restoration, and St. Mary’s County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
For more information, contact Community Programs & Outreach Manager Sarah Miller at 301-475-4200, ext. 71073, email, visit, or find us on Facebook, keyword St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services.


Cardin, Brown Visit Child Development Center at Joint Base Andrews After President Trump Cut Funding for New Facility

Prince George’s County, Md. – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Congressman Anthony G. Brown (Both D-Md.) toured the oldest child care center at Joint Base Andrews on Friday. The center, built in 1941, has endured sewage backup, heating/ventilation/air conditioning failures, and both mold and pest management issues. Portions of the facility are off limits due to roof leaks that have created multiple hazards. The child care center was scheduled to be replaced with a larger, more secure and modern facility until President Trump cancelled funding for the project to pay for a wall on our border with Mexico. Thirteen million in federal funds had been allocated for a new, highly anticipated, much-needed on-base childcare for children of service members. Senator Cardin and Congressman Brown were told Friday that over 200 children are on the waitlist for child care at Joint Base Andrews.


“It is outrageous that military families – military children – are being forced to pay for the president’s wall,” said Senator Cardin. “What the president is doing is unconstitutional. It’s a power grab, it’s against our national security, and it dishonors the men and women of our military. We must do better for these families.”


“Donald Trump promised Mexico would pay for his border wall, but now he is stealing money from military kids,” said Congressman Brown. “The families at Joint Base Andrews has been waiting for years for a modern and safe building, and now they’re being told to wait so that the President can fulfill a campaign promise. This abuse of power will hurt morale, degrade readiness and make America less safe. President Trump should not build his ineffective, xenophobic vanity project on the backs of our service members and military families”


According to Air Force documents requesting the funding for a new child development center, “Not providing this facility forces members to use more expensive, less convenient and potentially lower quality off-base programs. These off-base child development centers typically cost $9400 more than on-base, creating a severe financial strain on military personnel. Quality of life will be severely degraded resulting in impacts to retention and readiness because Airmen and their families will not have a safe and nurturing environment for child care.” Congress heard this request and therefore authorized and appropriated the Child Development Center in fiscal year 2019 spending bills.   The President decided to ignore the will of Congress, and the needs of our Service men and women’s child care needs.


Last Co-Defendant Pretending to be U.S. Marshal in Home Invasion Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison

LA PLATA, MD—Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Thursday, September 12, 2019, Charles County Circuit Court Judge Amy J. Bragunier sentenced Bernard Green to 25 years in prison for Home Invasion and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Crime of Violence.
On June 27, 2019, Green entered a guilty plea to the above-mentioned charges in Charles County Circuit Court.
On September 3, 2017, officers responded to the 3500 block of Elsa Avenue in Waldorf for the report of a home invasion. Upon entrance to the residence, officers discovered two adult victims, one male and one female, confined in separate areas in the basement level of the home. The female victim’s hands and feet were bound with duct tape and plastic zip ties, while the male victim’s hands were handcuffed behind his back and feet were bound together with flex cuffs.
An investigation into the home invasion revealed that during the evening hours of September 3, 2017, three suspects knocked on the door of the victims’ residence. Each of the suspects wore jackets that read “US Marshals” and relayed that they were there for official business. Soon after the victims answered the door, the suspects forced the victims into the basement area of the residence, assaulting them both and bounding them. Young children were also present at the residence during the incident, but they were unharmed. Before fleeing the scene, the suspects stole marijuana, money, two handguns, and the male victim’s vehicle.
During the course of the investigation, Green, as well as co-defendants Dakevis Larry Maryland and Danzie Lee Barron were identified as the suspects who entered the home. Co-defendant Michael Damion Coffer was discovered to be a part of the home invasion by providing the victims as a target to Green; although, he was not present on the night in question and never entered the residence. A last suspect, co-defendant Jermel Andrico D’Aubrey Thomas was identified to have a limited role as a look out during the home invasion but abandoned the other co-defendants before they left the residence after committing the offense.
Based on the investigation, Green was identified as one of the organizers of the home invasion along with Coffer.
Co-Defendant Pleas and Sentencings
On November 26, 2018, Maryland entered a guilty plea to Home Invasion and was sentenced in December 2018 to 25 years with all but 12 years suspended in prison.
On January 9, 2019, Barron entered a guilty plea to Home Invasion and immediately afterwards was sentenced to 25 years with all but 10 years suspended in prison.
On November 15, 2018, Coffer entered a guilty plea to Conspiracy to Commit Home Invasion and was sentenced in December 2018 to 20 years with all but 10 years suspended in prison.
On October 16, 2018, Thomas entered a guilty plea to Conspiracy to Commit Motor Vehicle Theft and was sentenced in July 2019 to 5 years with all but one day suspended in prison and 5 years of unsupervised probation.


Joint Public Meeting In St. Mary's County

Leonardtown, MD – The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County will hold a joint meeting with members of the St. Mary’s County Legislative Delegation on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 6 p.m. The meeting will take place in the Commissioners meeting room inside the Chesapeake Building, 41770 Baldridge Street in Leonardtown.


The purpose of the meeting is to consider requests by the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, as well as proposals from organizations and citizens for the enactment of legislation during the 2020 session of the General Assembly of Maryland.


Citizens are encouraged to attend. Copies of the Legislative Proposals are available for viewing in the County Attorney’s office and online at: Proposals 2020.pdf


Any reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities should be requested by contacting the St. Mary’s County Communications Director at (301)475-4200, extension 71342.


NSWC IHEODTD, Union Sign Historic Collective Bargaining Agreement

INDIAN HEAD, Md. ?  It’s been more than 20 years since the last collective bargaining agreement (CBA) was signed between Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (IHEODTD) and American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), local 1923. On September 12, both union and command representatives officially recognized the new CBA at a signing ceremony at the NSWC IHEODTD Velocity Center.


“Reaching the agreement on the new CBA took a significant amount of work by both parties,” said Bill Shea, NSWC IHEODTD Director of Human Resources. “Collectively, we were able to come up with a new agreement that struck the appropriate balance between employee-friendly policies and mission accomplishment. At times, this required compromise by both parties. The impact of these efforts; however, will be felt for years to come, and I look forward to continuing our partnership with AFGE, local 1923 as we implement the new provisions contained within the CBA.”

Following the 2013 disestablishment of NSWC Naval EOD Technology Division  at the Stump Neck Annex in Indian Head, Maryland, and its subsequent reorganization under then-NSWC Indian Head, the newly merged organization had seven separate bargaining units, each reinforcing different  policies and practices. The different sets of rules for each bargaining unit made difficult to manage.

The command, with the backing of its union partners, filed a petition with the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) to consolidate the seven separate bargaining units into one bargaining unit to become more efficient and effective as a command.


“The signatures on the master agreement are promises made by both parties and a document worth defending,” said AFGE, local 1923 Vice President Donnie Bicknell. “The joining of commands into one, and the joining of labor unions into one is a tough road to walk; but once achieved, that pathway to the future is open to all.”


In November 2015, FLRA designated AFGE, local 1923 as the exclusive representative of the newly created bargaining unit at Indian Head. After several years of negotiations, the new CBA became effective on July 23, 2019. 


“This is a historic milestone for the command,” said NSWC IHEODTD Commanding Officer Capt. Scott Kraft. “The CBA ensures the command’s union employees are adequately represented while ensuring the warfighter and the joint services continue to receive the critical products they need with the professionalism they have come to expect from our command.”


NSWC IHEODTD – a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command and part of the Navy's Science and Engineering Establishment – is the leader in ordnance, energetics, and EOD solutions.  The Division focuses on energetics research, development, testing, evaluation, in-service support, and disposal; and provides warfighters solutions to detect, locate, access, identify, render safe, recover, exploit, and dispose of explosive ordnance threats.


Officers Looking For Missing Teen (Photo)

The St Mary's County Sheriff's Office is attempting to locate missing person Ishaan Javon Young (Blk-M-09-12-03). He is 5-07, 115lbs, with black hair, and brown eyes. He was last seen on 09-12-19 and was wearing a blue and gray jacket, white V neck tee shirt, blue jeans, and multicolor tennis shoes. He may be in the area of Patuxent Homes.


Commissioners Appoint Members to YMCA Exploratory Committee

Leonardtown, MD - On Tuesday, September 10, 2019 the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County appointed the following persons to the YMCA Exploratory Committee:
Catherine Askey, Local Business Leader
Captain John Brabazon, Patuxent River Naval Air Station                                                               
Mike Brown, Citizen-at-large
Ashleigh Dufresne, St. Mary’s County Public Schools                                             
Jenna Guzman , St. Mary’s County Health Department                                            
Tyrone Harris, St. Mary’s County Government                                                        
Beverly Johnston, Community Youth Center Campaign                                          
                        Dr. Monika Lee, Business Leader                                                                 
                        Omonigho Olumese, Commission on Aging 
                        John Parlett, Business Leader                                                
                        Donovan Weekley, Youth Advisory Committee                                                       
                        Bennett Wilson, Citizen-at-large
The committee will learn about YMCA programs and services, investigate community needs, identify potential locations for a facility, discuss potential facility amenities and gauge fundraising capacity for purposes of delivering an in-depth report to the Commissioners.                 
Announcements regarding future meetings will be forthcoming.  For more information call Diane Gleissner, Coordinator II at 301-475-4200 ext. 71700 or


Leonardtown Man Arrested for Rape

On September 11, 2019, detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, along with investigators from Child Protective Services (CPS), began an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse involving an eight-year-old victim and an adult male. The investigation determined Gilbert NMN Estevez, age 30 of Leonardtown, had sexually abused the female victim. Estevez was arrested and charged with the following:
Rape Second Degree
Sexual Abuse of a Minor
Sex Offense Third Degree
Assault Second Degree
Estevez is currently incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center on a no bond status. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Detective Taylore Nauman at (301) 475-4200 extension *8109 or by email at
Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.


eBay Scams Alert From St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office wants to alert citizens to various eBay scams that have affected several residents recently. The most recent scam reported to the Sheriff’s Office is the buyer offers to overpay for an item for sale, and the scammer will then send a fraudulent cashier’s check or personal check. Typically, by this point the item has already been sent to the scammer. A variation of this scam is to request some of the extra money sent be returned or forwarded to another party.
When selling vehicles on eBay, another common scam is the buyer will send the seller a check to cover shipping costs. The seller will wire money as directed to cover the shipping costs, and the scammer will then decline to purchase the vehicle. The seller sends the remaining funds back as directed and ultimately the seller discovers the check was fraudulent after having sent the money to the scammer. Other similar scams involve fraudulent checks wherein the sender requests gift cards be purchased and the serial numbers forwarded to them. A safe waiting period for any deposited check to be fully verified is seven business days; more than seven business days maybe required for banks outside the United States.
Tips for selling items on eBay:
· Don’t send the item before you receive payment or before the transaction has gone through
· PayPal is an electronic option and produces digital logs of the transactions
· Keep all dealings as a seller on eBay where it can be monitored
· Refuse any requests to bypass eBay or cut auctions short for a “buy it now” price


High Speed Chase With Motorcycles Leads To Arrests

On Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, at 11:41 a.m., Calvert County Sheriff’s Deputy Ostazeski was on patrol in his marked patrol vehicle traveling southbound on Rt. 4 in the area of Western Shores Blvd. and observed two sport style motorcycles traveling at a high rate of speed. Dep. Ostazeski conducted a traffic stop, activated his emergency lights and instructed both drivers to pull over to the shoulder. The drivers of both motorcycles pulled onto the right shoulder around the deputy’s patrol vehicle and then accelerated at a high speed and fled the area. The motorcycles continued northbound in a reckless manner traveling at speeds over 100 mph. 
Police units had the intersection of Rt. 4 in the area of German Chapel Road in Prince Frederick shut down. Due to heavy traffic in the area, the motorcycles had to slow quickly. During the attempted block of traffic, one of the motorcycles a 2007 black Yamaha made contact with a patrol vehicle causing the Yamaha and its driver to tip. The driver was identified as Steven Alan Burch, 27 of Fort Meyer, VA. Burch was quickly taken into custody and evaluated by emergency personnel. Burch appeared to be in stable condition and refused further medical assistance. Burch was then transported to the Calvert County Detention Center without incident.
The second motorcycle, a black 2011 Kawasaki continued north traveling at speeds over 110 mph while being pursued by multiple police units. The driver attempted to turn at a crossover in front of Chesapeake Presbyterian Church and a result of his speed, was unable to complete the turn, struck the median guardrail and was ejected from the motorcycle. The driver was identified as Michael Antonio Gaddie, 26 of Lanham, MD. Gaddie fled on foot into a nearby wooded area where he was quickly located and taken into custody. A small amount of marijuana along and drug paraphernalia was found on Gaddie’s person. Gaddie was transported to Calvert Health Medical Center and treated for minor injuries.
Investigation revealed one of the motorcycles and a pair of tags were reported as stolen through the Howard County Police Department.
Both Gaddie and Burch received numerous traffic related charges. 
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office at (410) 535-2800.


Drugs And Guns Found In Search

On Sept., 5, 2019, at approximately 6 p.m., the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit, Special Operations Team, with the assistance of members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Bureau, Road Patrol Bureau, K9 Unit and members of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Team, executed search and seizure warrants at three residences in the area of Kent Road and N. Solomon’s Island Road, Sunderland, Calvert County, Maryland.
Once all the search warrants were executed and subjects were detained, the search of the residences, vehicles, properties and subjects revealed the following:
- Approximately 79.2 grams of crack cocaine
- Approximately 65.7 grams of powder cocaine
- Approximately 305.7 grams of marijuana
- Approximately $3700.00 in U. S. currency
- One vial with trace amounts of PCP
- Misc. paperwork and CDS paraphernalia (2 digital scales)  
- One stolen loaded 40 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun
- One Harrington & Richardson Rifle 410 caliber (Shotgun)
- 11 Cellular phones 
- Two vehicles (seized)
All the above was seized and taken to the Calvert County Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) for processing.  Four individuals were arrested and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center (CCDC) for processing and were charged accordingly. 
This case remains under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office at (410) 535-2800.


Fire Destroys Home And Kills Pet In Mechanicsville

Thirty Firefighters from the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department responded to a single family home fire on Grandiflora Court in Mechanicsville. It took them thirty minutes to control the blaze. The cause of the fire which originated on the exterior of the residence, remains under investigation at this time.  Both occupants escaped the residence without injury, however the family dog perished in the fire.  The occupants are being assisted by other family members and friends. The total estimated loss in the fire is $375,000. 


September 10th Charles County Commissioners Meeting Update

On Tuesday, Sept. 10, the Charles County Board of Commissioners held a joint public hearing with the Charles County Delegation to receive comments on state legislative proposals. They considered more than 30 proposals submitted by Commissioners, County Administrator Mark Belton, Charles County Sheriff’s Office, local boards and commissions, local advocacy organizations, and individual requests from the public. These proposals will be discussed between the Delegation and the Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at a working session.
Public Hearings
Commissioners held the additional public hearings to receive comments:
Resolution to authorize submission of an application for a Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $800,000 to pay for operation of a homeless/domestic violence shelter.
Draft bill to amend the Code of Charles County to authorize the Sheriff to appoint school crossing guards if approved and budgeted by the Board of County Commissioners. 
Draft bill to make the Code of Charles County consistent regarding vehicle parking laws.
Approval Items
Commissioners received a briefing and approved a letter from the County Attorney authorizing Shlagel Farms to conduct deer-hunting activities on his property at night. The letter will be submitted with Shlagel Farms’ application to renew its Agricultural Deer Cooperator Permit.
Commissioners received a briefing and approved a request for a public hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 8, to receive comments on modifications to the Financial Assurance Plan for its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. This action is required to fulfill state permit requirements for the county’s watershed protection and restoration plan.
Commissioners approved a lease for East Coast Hockey to rent space at the Capital Clubhouse for the purpose of selling sporting equipment and pro-shop for ice skating.
Commissioners also approved a budget transfer request of $946,330 from the Water Capital Budget Contingency Fund to the Water Capital Fund Expenditure Fund to pay for costs associated with the Bryan’s Road Well #7.
Commissioners recognized and congratulated the Charles County Youth League 8U baseball and softball state champion teams. View photo in Flickr.
Commissioners proclaimed Sept. 17 – 23, as Constitution Week in Charles County and expressed appreciation to representatives from the Daughters of the American Revolution, whose organization initiated the recognition nationally. View photo in Flickr.
Commissioners presented a proclamation to Department of Emergency Services staff in recognition of September as National Preparedness Month. View photo in Flickr.


Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

Damaged Property: 19-51643
On September 4, 2019 Deputy Clas responded to Windy Hill Elementary School in Owings for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised sometime between August 30th at 3:00 PM and September 3rd at 10:00 AM an unknown suspect(s) used tools to take apart several picnic tables, stealing the nuts and bolts and leaving the seats behind. The estimated value of damaged property is $100.
Damaged Property: 19-52585
On September 8, 2019 Deputy Gott responded to Eastern United Methodist Church in Lusby for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised sometime between September 5th at 7:00 PM and September 8th at 8:45 AM an unknown suspect(s) knocked over 13 head stones, breaking one in half. The estimated value of damaged property is $500. 
Theft: 19-51486
On September 3, 2019 Deputy Ostazeski responded to Beech Drive in Lusby for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between August 30th at 4:00 PM and September 3rd at 10:00 AM an unknown suspect(s) stole several tools from a truck parked in his driveway. The estimated value of stolen property is $9,191.50.
Theft: 19-51529
On September 3, 2019 Deputy Savick responded to Ponds Wood Road in Huntingtown for the report of a theft. The complainant advised an unknown suspect(s) broke into the saddle bags on his Harley Davidson and stole the items that were inside of them. He also advised he believes the suspect tampered with the belt on the bike, causing it to break. The estimated value of stolen and damaged property is $950. 
Theft: 19-52562
On September 8, 2019 Deputy Gott responded to Epworth Court in Solomons for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between August 26th and September 7th at 3:00 PM an unknown suspect(s) stole his handicap placard from his vehicle. The estimated value of stolen property is $20. 
Theft: 19-52620
On September 8, 2019 Deputy Gott responded to K Dock at Calvert Marina in Dowell for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between September 5th and September 8th at 1:49 PM an unknown suspect(s) stole his registration plates from his vehicle. The estimated value of stolen property is $20. 
On September 4, 2019 Deputy Hardesty conducted a traffic stop on S. Solomons Island Road at Cove Point Road in Lusby. The driver and passenger were asked to exit the vehicle and a search was conducted which resulted in a marijuana grinder, marijuana flakes and seeds, a glass pipe with suspected crack residue inside, a cigarette wrapper that contained a crystal white powder and other items of paraphernalia. The passenger, Margaret Ann Hale (24), was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where she was charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana and CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia. 
On September 4, 2019 Deputy Cress was flagged down by a concerned citizen who advised a female was asleep inside a vehicle in a parking lot on Chesapeake Avenue in North Beach. Deputy Cress made contact with the female who identified herself as Daisy Sherita Landrew (35). Calvert Emergency Communications advised Landrew had an active warrant through Virginia. She was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center. A search of her person revealed a plastic baggie containing suspected marijuana. Landrew was served her warrant and charged with Possession of Contraband in a Place of Confinement. 
On September 5, 2019 Deputy Barger responded to Dollar Tree in Prince Frederick for the report of a male passed out in the store. Upon arrival he observed Travis Demetrius Harris (30) lying on the floor receiving medical attention. Once Harris was awake he became agitated which began drawing the attention of customers in the store. Harris was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Intoxicated Public Disturbance. 


False Report Made at Matthew Henson Middle School

FALSE REPORT: On September 10 at 9:56 a.m., 911 dispatchers received a call stating that there was an active shooter inside Matthew Henson Middle School. Officers responded and determined that there was no active threat. An investigation revealed that two students, who are both 14 years old, had taken another student’s phone and called in the false report. Charges are pending and Cpl. J. Thompson is investigating.
Filing a false report is a misdemeanor which carries a penalty of up to six months of incarceration and up to a $500 fine. The Charles County Sheriff’s Office remains committed to the safety and security of Charles County Public Schools, and we urge parents to talk to their kids about the severity of these crimes.


Man Charged With Attempted First Degree Murder

On September 3, 2019, at approximately 9:00 p.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 46200 block of Mako Way in Lexington Park, for the reported injured subject. A male victim, age 31 from Lexington Park, was discovered in a residential parking lot with significant injuries. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division are continuing the investigation.
Preliminary investigation determined Derrick Clifton Marshall, age 40 of no fixed address, assaulted the victim and stomped on the victim’s head, causing serious injury. The victim was transported to an area trauma center and is currently in a medically induced coma and listed in critical condition.
Marshall was arrested on September 7, 2019, and charged with the following:
Attempted First Degree Murder
Assault First Degree
Assault Second Degree
Marshall is currently incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center on a no bond status. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Detective James Bare at (301) 475-4200 extension *8118 or by email at
Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.


Public Notice - Fifth Five-Year Review Completion at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, St. Mary's County, Maryland

PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD – The Department of the Navy and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3, with concurrence from the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), completed the Fifth Five-Year Review of existing Record of Decision (ROD) documents and ongoing remedial (environmental cleanup) actions at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. A Five-Year Review is required by Section 121 of Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) for remedial actions which result in any hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants remaining at a site at levels that do not allow for unlimited use and unrestricted exposure.

The purpose of the Five-Year Review was to ensure that these remedial actions are providing adequate protection of human health and the environment. The final report was completed in March 2019 and is available to the public through the two public repositories at these libraries:


Naval Air Station Patuxent River Library

22269 Cedar Point Road, Building 407

Patuxent River, MD 20629

(301) 342-1927



Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Closed Saturday and Sunday



St. Mary’s County Public Library

Lexington Park Branch

21677 FDR Boulevard

Lexington Park, MD 20653

(301) 863-8188



Monday-Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Friday and Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Closed Sunday


The Five-Year Review contains information on the following ER Sites: Site 1 Fishing Point Landfill and Site 12, Landfill Behind Rifle Range, Operable Unit (OU)-1, Site 6/6A, OU-1 – Bohneyard Site, Site 11 OU-1 and OU-2- Former and Current Sanitary Landfills, Site 17, OU-1 – Pesticide Shop (Building 841), Site 31 – Tire Shop Building 307, and Site 39 – Waste Tetrachloroethene (PCE) Storage Area (Building 503).

Community members who have questions or information about the effectiveness of the remedies and protection of human health and environment are encouraged to contact the Public Affairs Officer:


Patrick Gordon

NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs

22268 Cedar Point Road, Building 409

Patuxent River, MD 20670-1154

(301) 757-3343


Detectives Arrest Suspect Linked To Thefts From Motor Vehicles

During the timeframe of August 27 and August 29, 2019, there were numerous occurrences of thefts from motor vehicles in several neighborhoods located near Little Cove Point Road in the Lusby, MD area and in the Mount Harmony area of Owings, MD.
Detectives within the Criminal Investigations Bureau (CIB) canvassed neighborhoods and located additional victims, one of which reported a unique silver dollar coin in a plastic case being stolen from his vehicle.
Calvert County Cpl. Harms and Dep. Freeland stopped a suspicious individual wearing a backpack riding a bicycle on Little Cove Point Road several nights after the theft incidents occurred.
Investigation revealed that the person stopped had knowledge of the individual responsible for the recent vehicle break-ins. Search warrants were executed by members of the CIB and contact was made with suspect Mark Allen Green, 27 of Owings, MD. Stolen property was recovered to include the unique silver dollar coin in the plastic case along with clothing worn during the burglaries. 
Green was placed under arrest and charged with numerous counts of Burglary and Theft. 
Further investigation revealed, Green’s primary residence is in the Mount Harmony area of Owings, MD, within walking distance of an additional neighborhood that recently reported a series of thefts from unlocked vehicles. Green is suspected to be involved in those crimes as well. 
The investigation is ongoing. If you have additional information about these crimes, please contact Detective Yates at or (410) 535-2800 ext. 2151.


The Navy Invites Public Comment On The Proposes Remedial Action Plan For Munitions Site At Webster Field

In accordance with the requirements of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), Webster Field Annex invites public comment on the Proposed Remedial Action Plan (PRAP) for Munitions Response Site UXO-0001.
During World War II, an aerial bombing target (referred to as the Former Aerial Bombing Range) was located adjacent to and just south of the runways on the southern half of the Webster Field Annex facility. The Former Aerial Bombing Range, which is now referred to as Site UXO-0001, contained three observation towers and was used for 5 to 8 years in the 1940s and early 1950s. Aerial photographs from 1954 show that the access roads to the observation towers were overgrown, implying that the range was no longer in use by 1954. The size and configuration of the former range is unknown, but the original 21-acre boundary for UXO-0001 was estimated based on the locations of the three observation towers.
The findings of the Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) and the results of the removal actions in the northern farm field and southern portions of UXO-0001, indicate that there is unacceptable risks to human health or the environment remaining in the 12.4 acres forested wetland area in the middle portion of the site. Therefore, “Action” for land use controls of the forested wetland portion is proposed for UXO-0001 site media.
Public comment begins on September 6, 2019, and closes on October 5, 2019. A public meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on October 8, 2019, at the Frank Knox Employee Development Building 2189, Room 100, to present the PRAP for Site UXO-0001 and answer questions.
PRAPs are issued as part of the Navy Environmental Restoration (ER) Program and CERCLA process. The purpose of a PRAP is to describe the background and rationale for the selection of the remedy proposed by the Navy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The PRAP includes solicitation of public comments on the remedy.
The public is encouraged to comment on the PRAP. The final remedy will be selected only after the public comment period has ended. An alternative remedy may be selected for Site UXO-0001 only after all comments have been received from the public. Relevant environmental documents for Site UXO-0001, including final technical reports and the PRAP, are available at the following repositories.
 Naval Air Station Patuxent River Library
222690 Cedar Point Road, Building 407
Patuxent River, MD 20629
(301) 342-1927
Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday
St. Mary’s County Public Library
Lexington Park Branch
21677 FDR Boulevard
Lexington Park, MD 20653
(301) 863-8188
Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Comments may be written and mailed (postmarked by the closing date of October 5, 2019) to any of the following points of contact:
Naval Air Station Patuxent River Public Affairs Officer
Attn: Patrick Gordon
22268 Cedar Point Road
Building 409, PAO
Patuxent River, MD 20670-1154
Maryland Department of the Environment
Attn: Mrs. Jenny Herman
Federal Facilities Division
Hazardous Waste Program
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 645
Baltimore, MD 21230-1719
For further information, contact the Naval Air Station Public Affairs Officer at 301-757-3343 between
the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays.


Address Canvassing Underway in Calvert County for 2020 Census

Calvert County citizens may see census takers in neighborhoods throughout the county now through early October to verify addresses in preparation for the 2020 Census.
Address canvassers help ensure an accurate and complete count by verifying address lists across a wide area of physical geography, housing structures and residence types. Part of this effort involves census takers noting where houses, apartments, shelters and other residences are located.
If visited by someone from the U.S. Census Bureau, the following tips can help citizens verify the validity of a field representative:
·         Census takers must present an ID badge that includes a photograph of the field representative, a Department of Commerce watermark and an expiration date.
·         Census workers may be carrying a Census Bureau phone or a laptop as well as a bag with a Census Bureau logo.
·         If you still have questions, call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative.
The U.S. Census Bureau provides an interactive online map that enables residents to see where the Census Bureau plans to send address canvassers. For more information about census takers, visit
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