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80 Year Old Arrested For Fondling A 4 Year Old

Charles County Sheriff’s detectives arrested Joseph Elmer Rohls, 80, of Newburg, in connection with fondling a 4-year-old girl who was at Rohls’ home with relatives recently. Rohls was arrested on November 22 at his home in the 9900 block of Morgantown Road. After speaking with Rohls, detectives learned he may have sexually assaulted other children over the years – the number is unknown – who were most likely between the ages of 4 to 7 years old. Rohls has lived in Newburg most of his life. Anyone whose children may have had contact with Rohls, and who believes their child may have been assaulted by him, should contact Det. J. Feldman at (301) 609-6474. Rohls was charged with sex abuse of a minor, third-degree sex offense, fourth-degree sex offense, and second-degree assault.

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Update: Silver Alert Issued For Calvert County Woman (Photo)

Mrs. Brindley has been found unharmed. 
 
(LUSBY, Md.) – A Silver Alert was issued for a Calvert County woman, who was reported missing Tuesday.
The missing woman is identified as Darlene Conner Brindley, 84, of Lusby.  A relative called to report her missing at about 5:50 p.m. on Tuesday.
Brindley was believed to be traveling to a family member's residence in the Halthorpe community of Baltimore County. Her last known location was in Anne Arundel County at approximately 1:30 p.m. She was on the phone with her daughter and was found to be confused.  It was believed that she may have been returning home at that time.
A trooper responded to Brindley’s home in the 500 block of Lake Drive in Lusby to check on her well-being. She was not present at the residence and her whereabouts are still unknown. She is described white, 5 feet, 5 inches tall, weighing 115 pounds with silver hair and blue eyes.
Brindley may be driving a 2010 silver BMW 535 Series with Maryland tags MVG937. 
Anyone with information on Brindley’s whereabouts is asked to contact police.

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MDOT SHA Completes Annual County Transportation Road Shows

(November 21, 2017) – The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) completed its annual Consolidated Transportation Plan (CTP) tour of the state’s 23 counties and Baltimore City to discuss transportation priorities.
 
The Hogan Administration’s investment of $14.7 billion in Maryland’s transportation network was briefed to citizens, county leaders and local officials over the course of six weeks to ensure transparency and dialogue with the customers who are affected by MDOT SHA projects in their region. 
 
Maryland’s transportation network consists of more than 31,000 miles of roadway, more than 5,000 bridges, and two tunnels providing safe, reliable and efficient movement of people and goods. Since Governor Hogan announced his $1.97 billion investment in road and bridge projects in June 2015, MDOT SHA has started 16 of the 22 promised major highway projects.
 
“The tour lets us really engage with our customers about their transportation priorities and get their feedback,” said MDOT SHA Administrator Gregory Slater. “For us to make the greatest difference and achieve the greatest value for taxpayers, we need that feedback. That is the customer experience.” 
 
Of the 69 structurally deficient bridges the Hogan Administration identified in June 2015, 41 have been rehabilitated or replaced and are no longer structurally deficient. The remaining 28 are in various stages of design and are actively moving toward construction or repair.
 
MDOT SHA has also paved, treated and improved more than 7,500 lane miles across the state since early 2015. This represents unprecedented progress and needed attention on Maryland roads.
 
The 2018 construction season will usher in major projects that will continue to address bridges, paving and safety statewide. Some projects motorists should look out for include widening
 
MD 2/4 (Solomons Island Road) between Fox Run Boulevard and MD 231 (Hallowing Point Road) from a two-lane highway to a four-lane highway in Calvert County.  Another long-awaited project is in Garrett County to construct a new four-lane divided highway on US 219 between I-68 and Old Salisbury Road.
 
Jumping ahead to spring 2018, motorists will have a significantly easier drive to the Eastern Shore as the project to add an extra lane to the US 50 Bridge over the Severn River will be complete by Memorial Day, as well as a new four-lane MD 404 between US 50 and the Denton Bypass. Life on I-270 will be getting better with the $100 million I-270 Innovative Congestion Management project.
MDOT SHA lists active construction projects on an interactive map “e-Road Ready.”  Visit the e-Road Ready site at:
 
http://maryland.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=691de498b6954e908cd16dbedbf9d695
 
Each year, MDOT SHA joins MDOT and other Transportation Business Units in updating local officials and the public about transportation priorities for the next six years. The FY 2018-2023 CTP includes 846 airport, highway, transit and bicycle projects with a value of $9 billion.

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Stoddert Students Give Back This Holiday Season

Students at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School joined together for the Thanksgiving holiday on a mission to provide for the school community. “We wanted to help those who can’t celebrate with their families. It makes us feel good knowing we are helping,” said eighth grader Tayloni Ricks. Ricks, along with nearly 60 other students, is part of the Stoddert student government association (SGA). Over the past few weeks, the SGA sponsored a schoolwide food drive with the goal of helping families in need.
 
Students and staff held a contest to see which homeroom class brought in the most donations. Items received included Thanksgiving staples such as green beans, corn, mashed potatoes and gravy, and other items families could use for meals. Charmaine Behari, a special education teacher at Stoddert and SGA sponsor, said enough items were donated for the SGA to put together food baskets for 20 families.
 
“Our staff, including our counselor, will help to identify families in need. Our instructional leadership team will help to deliver the baskets to our families,” Behari said.
Although the Stoddert school community has held food drives in past years, this year’s event was coordinated for the first time by the SGA. “We want people to know that we care; our school and community care about others,” said eighth grader Mahi Shah, also a member of the Stoddert SGA.
 
Donations were still coming in today, so the winning homeroom class will be announced later. Those students will receive a pizza party in recognition of their efforts, Behari said.
Ricks said she joined the SGA at Stoddert because of the opportunities to learn about leadership and community service. Her classmate Jasmin Sorrell agrees and said she enjoys being on the SGA so she can help others. “It is always good to give back to those in need,” Sorrell added.
 
This morning, Ricks and a few other SGA members helped sort the items into groupings so the assembly of baskets could go quickly. The goal is to deliver the baskets on Wednesday, said Brooke Trivett, a physical education teacher at Stoddert who helped with the food drive. Students in the Life Skills program at Stoddert also brought in donations and provided three baskets.
 
Plans are in the works for the Stoddert SGA to hold an additional community drive next month. This time, the students plan to ask for cold weather items such as hats, gloves and scarves. “It is good to get involved. It is exciting,” said eighth grader Jasmine Sciarillo. 
 
Stoddert Language Arts teacher Jonica Gaskill and Rita Rosenthal, a special education teacher, helped to coordinate the event for the SGA.
 

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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Arrests

Alcohol Violation- On 11/17/17, Cpl. T. Snyder, observed Suspect Antonio Dwight Booth, age 35, of Lexington Park, consuming alcohol outside a retail establishment in the 21600 block of Great Mills Road.  Booth was issued a Criminal Citation for the violation.  CASE# 60850-17
 
Trespassing- On 11/17/17, Cpl. T. Snyder, observed Suspect Shuree Sinese Weems, age 36, of Leonardtown, outside an establishment in the 21600 block of Great Mills Road, in Lexington Park, after being issued a notice not to trespass.  Weems was issued a Criminal Citation for the violation. CASE# 60834-17
 
Assault- On 11/18/17, Dep. Holdsworth, responded to the 25000 block of Vista Road, in Hollywood, for a reported assault.  The victim advised Suspect John Harris King, age 47, of Hollywood, brandished a knife and threatened the victim. King was placed under arrest and charged with Assault 1st Degree, and Assault 2nd Degree.  CASE# 60980-17
 
Assault- On 11/18/17, Dep. Holdsworth responded to the St. Mary's County Detention and Rehabilitation Center regarding an inmate who had been assaulted.  During the investigation, it was determined the victim had been assaulted by another inmate,  Antonio Thomas Dade, age 19, of Capitol Heights.  Dade struck the victim in the face and was subsequently charged with Assault 2nd Degree.  CASE# 61013-17
  
Assault- On 11/20/17, Dep. Holdsworth responded to the 45000 block of Indian Way, in Lexington Park, for a reported assault. The victim stated the Suspect Rahtaunya Rosha Briscoe, age 37, of Lexington Park, had assaulted the victim by striking the victim in the face. Injuries were observed to the victim, and Briscoe was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree. CASE# 61144-17
 
Warrants:
 
11/18/17- John Oscar Johnson, age 51, with no fixed address, was arrested on a Burglary and Theft Warrant by Dep. Muschette# 303.  CASE# 60973-17
 
11/18/17- Richard Alan Stone Sr., age 27, of Park Hall, was arrested on numerous warrants for Driving Under the Influence of CDS, Driving While Suspended, Theft, and Theft Scheme by Dep. Sidorowicz# 328.  CASE# 60986-17
 
11/18/17- Shenandoah Dornell Benton, age 41, of Ridge, was arrested on a warrant for Violation of Probation/Second Degree Assault by Dep. M. Beyer# 319.  CASE# 61023-17
 
11/19/17- Rebecca Rae Wedding, age 30, of Huntington, was arrested for Driving an Uninsured Motor Vehicle by Dep. J. Smith# 306.  CASE# 61028-17
 

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Christmas On The Square Traffic Information

On November 24, 2017, from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM, the Annual Tree Lighting will take place in downtown Leonardtown.  Planned activities at the event include fire truck rides, face painting, a living Nativity, horse and carriage rides, a petting zoo, and many more activities.  Santa Claus will arrive at approximately 7:00 PM to light the Town Christmas Tree.  
 
Due to the event, Leonardtown Square will be closed to traffic as well as some surrounding streets starting at approximately 2:00 PM.  Parking will be offered at the College of Southern Maryland and there is a free shuttle to transport citizens into town.  Handicap parking will be available in the area of Park Avenue and Lawrence Street as well as the Public Parking lot on Park Avenue.  Some handicap parking will also be available at the College of Southern Maryland.  
 
“Christmas on the Square” is sponsored by the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department, the Commissioners of Leonardtown, and the Leonardtown Business Association.  For further information, call (301) 475-9791.  

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Police Looking For Robbery Suspect- ID Needed (Photos)

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured below.  On Thursday, November 2, 2017, at approximately 5:30 PM, the victim reported he was robbed outside of Lex’s Laundromat located at 21628 Great Mills Road, in Lexington Park. The victim stated while he was at his vehicle, the suspect assaulted him and forcefully stole his wallet.  The suspect then fled the area on foot.  Anyone with information about this incident/and or the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Deputy Budd at (301) 475-4200 extension *8013 or by email at Andrew.Budd@stmarysmd.com. Citizens may also remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333 or text a tip to “TIP239” plus your message to “CRIMES” (274637).

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Police Looking For Suspected Chicken Thieves (Photos)

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the persons pictured.  On Monday, October 30, 2017, at approximately 8:37 P.M., the three men entered the Chick-fil-A Resturant located at 45150 First Colony Way, in California.  The oldest of the three, ordered food and attempted to pay with a $50 bill, and requested his change be given in certain denominations, several times, confusing the cashier.  At the end of the night, the cashier was short $50 dollars.  Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect and his companions is asked to contact DFC. Tirpak at (301) 475-4200 extension *8051 or by email at Sheena.Tirpak@stmarysmd.com.

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PGCPS and County Police Collaborate to Investigate Threats of Violence

To the Parents of Prince George’s County Public Schools Students:
 
The Prince George’s County Police Department in conjunction with the Prince George's County Public Schools has investigated numerous threats of violence at various schools over the past couple of weeks. We have determined that none of the individual and separate threats to the schools were credible, but were meant only as pranks.
 
The Prince George’s County Police Department and the Prince George’s County Public Schools take these threats very seriously and devote as many resources as needed to quell any threat in an expeditious manner. We do not consider threats of violence against our children and schools as humorous nor do we take them lightly. Please know that in every single one of these cases, we identified the student who made the threat. Several are now facing criminal charges. Any student who makes a threat of violence against a school can also face administrative discipline including expulsion.
 
We are asking you to please speak with your children and to help educate them on the severity of making false threats of violence against schools whether it is through prank phone calls or through social media outlets.
 
Please continue to help us do the best job we can to keep your children as well as the thousands of children who attend all of our schools within Prince George’s County safe.
 
Sincerely,
 
Henry P. Stawinski III
Chief of Police
Prince George's County Police Department
 
Kevin M. Maxwell, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Prince George’s County Public Schools

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Charles County Sheriff's Office Looking For Missing Man (Photo)

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office has activated a silver alert and is seeking the public’s help in locating Matthew Horace Mason, 79, of White Plains. Mason was last seen on Sunday, November 19 at approximately 3:45 p.m. in the area of Desert Rose Court in White Plains. Mason is described as a black male, 5’7”, 170 pounds, with brown eyes, white hair, and glasses. He drives a 2010 burgundy Ford Taurus with Maryland registration 7AC5251. According to family, Mason has dementia. Anyone with information is asked to call the Charles County Sheriff’s Office at (301) 932-2222. 

 

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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Arrests

Robbery-  On 11/15/17, DFC. Tirpak, made contact with the victim who stated in August, he was robbed in the area of 22000 McArthur Boulevard, in California, by an individual he knew as "James". During the course of the investigation, Suspect James Aaron Bernard Barnes, age 29, of Lexington Park, was developed as the individual who committed the robbery.  Suspect Barnes was subsequently arrested and charged with Robbery, Assault, and Theft.  CASE# 43804-17
 
Warrants:
 
11/15/17- Margaret Ellen Griffin, age 63, of Chesapeake Beach, was arrested on a  Violation of Probation warrant  by Cpl. J. Davis# 197.  CASE# 60386-17
 
11/15/17- James Ernest Wright, age 53, of Lexington Park, was arrested on a District Court FTA warrant by Dep. Budd# 325. CASE# 60392-17
 
11/15/17- Ernest Lee Sigmon 3rd, age 40, of Mechanicsville, was arrested on a warrant for Assault 2nd Degree and Trespass-Private Property by Cpl. Handy# 132.  CASE# 57944-17 (No Photograph Available) 
 
 
11/16/17- Allen Wayne Smith Jr., age 24, of LaPlata, was arrested on a warrant for FTA/Driving a Motor Vehicle on a Suspended License by Cpl. Kerby# 242.  CASE# 60552-17
 
11/16/17- Rosanne Elizabeth Nial, age 39, of Lexington Park, was arrested on a warrant for FTA/Disorderly Conduct by Cpl. J. Davis# 197.  CASE# 60620-17
 
11/16/17- Megan Rebecca Wasniewski, age 29, of Mechanicsville, was arrested on a warrant for Theft and Theft Scheme by Cpl. J. Davis# 197.  CASE# 60631-17
 
 
11/16/17- Mark Anthony Morgan, age 30, of Mechanicsville, was arrested on a DOC/Parole Retake Warrant by Cpl. Knott# 234.  CASE# 60669-17
 
11/17/17- Jessica Helen Reed, age 22, of Chaptico, was arrested on two outstanding warrants for FTA/CDS; Possess not Marijuana, CDS  Possess-Paraphernalia, CDS: Obtain by Fraud, and Theft by DFC. Schultz# 258.  CASE# 60690-17

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Plane Makes Bumpy Landing At Local Airport

 On November 20, 2017, at approximately 2:40 P.M., the Emergency Communications Center received information regarding an aircraft attempting to land at St. Mary’s County Regional Airport, located at 44200 Airport Road, in California.  The plane’s landing gear did not deploy, so the plane, a 1966 Piper PA30 twin engine airplane, was circling the area of the airport to burn fuel, to allow for an emergency landing. 

 

Emergency Services arrived on the scene along with deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office. At approximately 4:26 P.M., the airplane piloted by Anthony James Capozzi, conducted an emergency landing, on the airport runway.  Mr. Capozzi was uninjured, and damage to the plane appears to be limited to the bottom of the aircraft.  Mr. Capozzi was the only occupant of the airplane. 

 

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified of the incident, and will be continuing the investigation.  It is unknown at this time what caused the landing gear not to deploy. 

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Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Blotter

DUI & Possession of PCP:  On 11/13/17 at 6:02 am, Trooper First Class Warrick stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 at Sherry Lane in Prince Frederick for traffic violations.  Richard M. Kendall, 48 of Brandywine was arrested for driving under the influence.  A probable cause search revealed PCP.  Kendall was additionally charged for the possession of PCP.  He was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
 
DUI & Possession of Suboxone:  On 11/13/17 at 9:40 pm, Trooper First Class Davis stopped a vehicle for traffic violations on Rt. 4 at Calvert Cliffs State Park in Lusby.  David W. Lamb, 29 of California was arrested for driving under the influence.  A search incident to arrest revealed Suboxone films for which Lamb did not have a prescription.  Lamb was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
 
Firearm Violation / Reckless Endangerment:  On 11/19/17 at 1:10 am, Trooper Stull responded to the 12700 block of Blair Road in Lusby for a fight in progress with possible gunshots fired.  Investigation revealed shots were fired during an argument and the weapon, Remington 870 shotgun, was located on the ground outside the residence.  Joshua M. Bruce, 31 of Lusby was arrested.  The Maryland Gun Center advised Bruce was prohibited from possessing firearms.  Bruce was charged with unlawfully firing a firearm and reckless endangerment.  He was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.

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Important Parking and Road Access Information for Christmas on the Square in Leonardtown

Leonardtown, MD - The Town of Leonardtown is ringing in the holiday season this Friday, November 24 from 5 – 9 p.m. with the traditional "Christmas on the Square and Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.”  Event activities start at 5 p.m. and include live entertainment, rides, face painting, a living nativity, food and much more!  Come early so you have time to park and make your way to the Square promptly at 7 p.m. for Santa’s arrival and the lighting of the Town Christmas Tree! 
 
Thanks to the cooperative efforts of Town officials, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, the St. Mary’s County Emergency Management Division, Maryland State Police, St. Mary’s County Fire and Rescue Chiefs, the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department and other local volunteer fire departments and rescue squads, plans are in place for increased safety and security.  Please note the following measures and changes that will be in effect for this year’s event:
 
Downtown Leonardtown Square - including Washington Street, Fenwick Street - will be closed to thru traffic from 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 
NEW - Courthouse Drive, Guyther Drive, Camalier Drive and portions of Park Avenue, Shadrick Street, Pope Street and Church Street will also have extremely restricted access before and during the event.
NEW – the Parking lot behind the Courthouse will only be accessible via Lawrence Avenue to Tudor Hall Road (behind the Courthouse) as Courthouse Drive will be closed to through traffic.
NEW – residents living around Tudor Hall should enter Town via Lawrence Avenue to access their neighborhood, as access to Courthouse Drive will be restricted.
 
NEW – the Firehouse lot and Old Carnival Lot (Shadrick and Lawrence) will not be available for public parking this year.  It is reserved for emergency personnel only.
 
NEW – once in-Town parking lots are full, spectators will be directed to auxiliary lots.
NEW – for cars to exit Town efficiently and safely after Santa’s arrival, the Firetruck rides will be shutting down completely at 6:45 PM.  Please plan accordingly.
Spectators are encouraged to park at the College of Southern Maryland and take advantage of the free shuttle bus service which runs between the College and the Leonardtown Square from 4:30 – 9:30 p.m.  A wheelchair accessible shuttle will also be available at this location, courtesy of The Center for Life Enrichment.
Free parking can also be found at Leonardtown Elementary School and St. Mary’s Ryken High School, in addition to designated lots along Lawrence Avenue, Washington Street and Park Avenue. 
For event safety, spectators are asked to obey all posted No Parking signs as well as police and volunteer instructions.
            Christmas on the Square is sponsored by the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department, the Leonardtown Business Association and the Commissioners of Leonardtown.  For further information, please call 301-475-9791. 

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MetCom to Hold Information Meeting November 29

The St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission will hold a Public Informational Meeting on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at MetCom’s Administrative Offices, located at 23121 Camden Way, California, Maryland to discuss the following projects:
 
Interceptor Sewer Rehabilitation, Pine Hill Run Road Project No. 8152SR includes the replacement of a portion of existing 33-inch diameter sanitary sewer line with new 42-inch diameter sanitary sewer line. This section of pipe runs along the alignment of Pine Hill Run Road from Forest Park Road to the Marlay-Taylor Wastewater Reclamation Facility.  The proposed sewer line will provide increased capacity and provide new service life to a portion of the sewer system built in the late 1960’s.
 
King Kennedy Water System Replacement Phase 1, Production Well Project No. 3-1-W is MetCom’s first phase of King Kennedy’s water rehabilitation and replacement efforts.  This phase of the project includes the installation of a new 150 Gallons Per Minute (GPM) Patapsco Aquifer well located on the corner of Independence Drive and King Drive.  The existing 70 GPM well will remain in service as a backup in the event the new well has to be placed out of service. This new well will provide a more reliable source of public water.
 
The plans and specifications for the referenced projects may be inspected at the time of the meeting or at MetCom’s Engineering Department located at the address above, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
 
All interested persons are invited to attend this Public Informational Meeting to ask questions regarding these projects.  Please contact the Metropolitan Commission offices at 301.737.7400, Ext. 301 or engineering@metcom.org for more information, or if you cannot attend the meeting and would like to provide comment.

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Shooting In Lusby

On November 18, 2017 at approximately 4:38 p.m. a call was dispatched for a shooting that had occurred at 11713 Big Bear Lane in Lusby, Calvert County Maryland. Patrol units arrived on scene and found that a male had in fact been shot. Detectives and Crime Lab from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded. It was determined that a person known to the victim was sitting in a car while the victim was standing on the outside of the vehicle. The suspect then shot the victim with a handgun striking him with non-life threatening injuries. The victim was transported for medical treatment and released within 24 hours. As this is an ongoing investigation the Sheriff’s Office is not releasing the victim’s name nor the suspects name at this time. This was an isolated incident and further details will be released as the investigation progresses. Detective Josh Buck of the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Bureau is the lead Detective. Detective Buck can be contacted at 410-535-1600 Ext: 2765

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Charles County Government December Holiday Schedule

The County Administrator wishes to remind residents of changes to normal operating schedules for the month of December.  All offices, facilities, and services not listed will be operating their normal hours.
 
Friday, Dec. 8
• The Department of Planning and Growth Management will close at 1 p.m. 
• Charles County Public Library (All branches) is closed.
 
Tuesday, Dec. 12
• The Charles County Landfill and Recycling Center on Billingsley Road in Waldorf, and the Pisgah Recycling Center on Route 425 in Pisgah will close at 12 p.m.
 
Sunday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve)
• All indoor pools will be closed.
 
Monday, Dec. 25 (Christmas Day)
• All Charles County Government offices and the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville are closed.
• VanGO services will not be running.
• The Nanjemoy Community Center, senior centers, Port Tobacco Recreation Center, Elite Gymnastics and Recreation Center, all indoor pools, and all school-based community centers are closed.
• All indoor pools will be closed.
• White Plains Golf Course and White Plains Skate Park will be closed.
• The Charles County Landfill and Recycling Center on Billingsley Road in Waldorf, and the Pisgah Recycling Center on Route 425 in Pisgah are closed.
• Curbside recycling will be delayed one day for the entire week.
• The Crain Memorial Welcome Center is closed.
• Port Tobacco Historic Village is closed.
• Charles County Health Department is closed.
• Charles County Public Library (All branches) is closed.
 
Tuesday, Dec. 26
• All Charles County Government offices and the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville are closed.
• The Nanjemoy Community Center, senior centers, and all school-based community centers are closed.
• All indoor pools will be open 1 p.m. - 8 p.m. for open swim (Lackey, Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center, and North Point). 
• Charles County Public Library (All branches) is closed.
 
Sunday, Dec. 31
• All indoor pools will be closed.
 
For questions about County Government holiday closures, contact the Public Information Office at 301-885-2779 or PressRoom@CharlesCountyMD.gov.  Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.
 

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Detectives Conducting Death Investigation of Male Found Deceased on Leonardtown Road

On November 17 at 2:13 p.m., officers responded to the 13000 block of Zekiah Drive in Waldorf for the report of a deceased male lying in the grassy area between a school and Leonardtown Road. Detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division, along with Forensics personnel, responded and observed no obvious signs of trauma to the body and no signs of foul play. The man was subsequently identified as Saul David Armstrong, 46, of no fixed address. A preliminary investigation revealed Armstrong might have been walking in the grassy area along Leonardtown Road when he either collapsed or intentionally lay on the ground to rest. It also appeared Armstrong was in the area overnight, but was not wearing adequate clothing for cold temperatures. Armstrong was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death. Detective C. Shankster is investigating.

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Cardin Urges Marylanders to #ShopSmall On Small Business Saturday

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, is again urging Marylanders to support our local economy and local entrepreneurs by setting aside time on Saturday, November 25 to #ShopSmall at local small businesses. This is the eighth year for the celebration of the local businesses that help our economy grow – and can help Americans get a jumpstart on holiday shopping. As with previous years, Senator Cardin cosponsored bipartisan legislation recognizing the Saturday after Thanksgiving as Small Business Saturday.
 
“Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy. They support nearly half of all jobs in this country and create nearly two-thirds of the new jobs created every year,” said Senator Cardin. “Small Business Saturday is a chance for our local communities to support the businesses that support their local community all year long. Buying local makes a real difference, both for the families who own independent small businesses and for our state and local economy. With more than a half-million small businesses right here in Maryland, there’s no shortage of options, so I encourage everyone to plan on ‘shopping small’ and ‘dining small’ next weekend.”
 
The United States is home to more than 29 million small businesses. In total, they:
 
•                 Represent 99.9 percent of all firms in the U.S.;
•                 Employ more than 47 percent of employees in the private sector;
•                 Constitute 98 percent of firms exporting goods;
•                 Pay 41 percent of total private sector payroll;
•                 Generated more than 61 percent of net new jobs between 1993-2016.

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Maryland State Police Investigate After Pedestrian Dies In Charles County Collision

(INDIAN HEAD, Md.) –Maryland State Police are investigating the death of an Indian Head man who was struck and killed by a vehicle Thursday night in Charles County.
 
The victim, Demonte Johnson, 26, was struck shortly before 10 p.m. on MD Rt. 225 (Hawthorne Rd) west of MD Rt. 224 (Chicamuxen Rd) in Indian Head, Maryland.  According to a preliminary investigation, a black 2005 Cadillac STS, being operated by Latisha Courtney, 36 of Waldorf, Maryland, was travelling west on MD Route 225 west of MD Route 224. While traveling in that area, the vehicle struck Johnson, who was walking in the westbound lane of MD Route 225.
 
Johnson was wearing dark clothing at the time of the collision, and the area is not lit by street lights. Charles County EMS personnel pronounced Johnson dead at the scene. According to investigators, alcohol is believed to be a factor into the reason why Johnson was walking in the roadway.
 
Troopers from the La Plata Barrack were assisted on the scene by deputies from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, as well as personnel from the Potomac Heights Volunteer Fire Department and the Charles County Department of Emergency Services EMS Division.
 
Anyone with additional information regarding this collision, please contact the MSP LaPlata Barrack at 301-392-1200. 

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CCSO Detectives Seek Public's Help Solving 1980 Murder Case (Deborah Brooks)

Charles County Sheriff’s detectives are seeking the public’s help in solving a murder that occurred 37 years ago this week. Deborah Ann “Missy” Brooks, 17, was abducted on November 13, 1980, just blocks from her house in Northeast Washington, DC.  Her body was discovered the following day in a wooded area in Charles County. Her brother, Paul Brooks, said his family always thinks about Deborah and hopes one day her murder will be solved.
 
“My sister and I were exactly 364 days apart. Even though she was technically older than me, by the time we hit our teens I acted like her big brother,” said Paul. “I watched out for her and took over as the big brother when our older brother joined the Army.” 
 
Paul, a retired Sergeant Major with the United States Army who served overseas and did a tour in Iraq, said his sister’s murder devastated their tight-knit family. “Growing up it was just my mother, my older brother, Missy, and me. Missy was a nickname my grandmother gave Deborah when she was a young girl. We were very close. I can recall, vividly, the night Missy disappeared. I remember searching for her and the intense anxiety we all felt when she was not at school the next day. I remember my mother worrying and my older brother being very concerned. Missy was sweet. She was outgoing and had many friends. That someone could kill her is numbing.”
 
Although the crime occurred in 1980, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office is committed to solving the case. “We have not given up. After a review of the investigation, we started re-interviewing witnesses and using the advances of forensics attempting to solve this case,” said Detective Sergeant Tim Miner, a supervisor in the Criminal Investigations Division. His partner in this investigation, Sergeant Pat Tona said, “We are hoping to get that one tip that could break open the case and help us bring justice to Deborah and her family.” This is what is known about Deborah’s murder:   
 
On Thursday, November 13, 1980, at approximately 8:20 p.m., Deborah came home to her residence at 1425 Monroe Street in Northeast Washington, DC, and asked her mother, Constance Canty, about a prescription that Canty had picked up for her at the People's Drug Store on 12th Street in Northeast. Deborah opened the bag and saw that the prescription had not been filled properly. She said she was going to go to the drug store to get the correct prescription, but had to hurry because the drugstore would be closing soon. It was the last time anyone in the Brooks family saw Deborah alive.
 
About 3 p.m. the next day, two hunters were operating a four-wheel-drive vehicle in a wooded area off Sharpersville Road. When they were about three-quarters of a mile off the road, they observed what appeared to be a body lying face-up under a pile of drywall. The remains were identified as Deborah's. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore ruled her death a murder.
 
Charles County Crime Solvers, the CCSO, and family members have increased the reward in the case to up to $10,000 for the tip leading to the arrest and indictment of the suspect(s). Anyone with information that could help solve this case is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Tim Miner or Sergeant Pat Tona at (301) 609-6481. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. 
   

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CCSO Non-Emergency Lines to be Upgraded this Sunday,Nov. 19

On Sunday November 19, between 6 a.m. – 10 a.m., the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Management Information Systems Section will be upgrading the non-emergency telephone numbers affiliated with the Agency. During this period, the non-emergency lines will be out of service; however, the Agency has established a temporary non-emergency phone number for people to call. If you do not have an emergency, but need to speak with someone from the Sheriff’s Office, please call (301) 609-3559. If you have an emergency, please dial 9-1-1. 

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14 Year Old Arrested For Lexington Park Robberies

During the month of November, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to three separate incidents where a robbery was reported.  Deputies made contact with victims and witnesses who confirmed an unknown African American male brandished a handgun while demanding money; the suspect subsequently fled the scenes on foot.  Based on information provided it was determined the crimes had been committed by the same individual.  
 
The investigations were continued by the Criminal Investigations Division, and detectives identified a fourteen year old male from Lexington Park, as the individual responsible for the crimes.  On November 15, 2017, the juvenile was apprehended and transported to Boy’s Village of Maryland in Cheltenham.  The juvenile will remain detained at the facility pending further court proceedings.  Additional criminal charges are forthcoming. 
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Maryland State Police and the Department of Juvenile Services for their assistance with this investigation. 
 
Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Brian Fennessey at (301) 475-4200 extension *8103 or by email at brian.fennessey@stmarysmd.com. 

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Police Looking For Man On Attempted Murder Charge

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking the whereabouts of James Reginald Flanagan, age 21, of Temple Hills. 
 
On November, 11, 2017, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of River Bay Townhomes, in Lexington Park, for the report of a shooting. Through the course of the investigation, Flanagan was developed as a suspect. Flanagan currently has an open warrant for Attempted First Degree Murder, in connection with this case.  
 
Anyone with information on the incident or whereabouts of Flanagan is asked to contact Detective Scott Ruest at (301) 475-4200 extension * 2297 or by email at Scott.Ruest@stmarysmd.com. Citizens may also contact the Sheriff’s Office at (301) 475-8008, or Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, and tips can also be sent via text to “TIP239” plus your message to “CRIMES” (274637).   

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Officers Looking To I.D. Theft Suspect (Photo)

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured below.  On Friday, November 10, 2017, at 2:05 PM, the suspect stole merchandise from the Charlotte Hall Ace Hardware Store located at 30314 Triangle Drive. 
 
Anyone with information regarding this incident and/or identity of the suspect is asked to contact Corporal Snyder at (301) 475-4200 extension *8070, or email Daniel.Snyder@stmarysmd.com. Reference CCN# 59634-17.

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Thanksgiving Week Safety Advice From PGFD

The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department offers the following safety tips, to ensure that all citizens and residents will enjoy a safe and festive Thanksgiving holiday. Unfortunately, fire safety and injury prevention guidelines are often overlooked during the holidays. Prince George's County Fire Chief Benjamin M. Barksdale stated, "Everyone needs to keep Safety First and by doing so our citizens, visitors and businesses can avoid tragedy and disruption of their holiday festivities."
 
The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) United States Fire Administration (USFA) issued a special report recently examining the characteristics of Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings. The report, Thanksgiving Day Fires in Residential Buildings, was developed by USFA's National Fire Data Center.
 
The report is based on 2011 to 2013 data from the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS).  For each year, an estimated 2,100 residential building fires were reported to fire departments in the U.S. on Thanksgiving Day and caused an estimated 10 deaths, 50 injuries and $28 million in property loss.  The leading cause of Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings is, by far, cooking. Additionally, smoke alarms were not present in 20 percent of Thanksgiving Day fires that occurred in occupied residential buildings.
 
If your Thanksgiving plans include a Turkey Fryer, this is another whole story by itself, click here for Turkey Fryer Safety Tips.
 
These safety tips work for every day of the year, however, home fires increase dramatically, twice as many, on Thanksgiving Day.  While these safety and cooking tips may not make Thanksgiving dinner taste any better--they will help to avoid potential disaster;
 
•    Overnight guests should be instructed on your exit drill from the home and designated meeting place for your family.  Sleep with bedroom doors closed.
 
•    Have a fire extinguisher available not more than 10 feet from the stove, on the exit side of the room.
 
•    A standard Class ABC multi-purpose dry chemical extinguisher is recommended. Know how to use your fire extinguisher.
 
•    Start holiday cooking with a clean stove and oven.
 
•    Keep the kitchen off limits to young children and adults who are not helping with food preparations. This will lessen the possibility of kitchen mishaps.
 
•    When cooking, do not wear clothing with loose sleeves or dangling jewelry. Clothing can catch on fire and jewelry can become entangled with pot handles, causing spills and burns.
 
•    Cook on the back burners when possible, and turn pot handles inward so they don’t extend over the edge of the stove.
 
•    Never leave cooking unattended. If you must leave the kitchen while cooking, turn off the stove or have someone else watch what is being cooked. Unattended cooking is the number one cause of home fires and fire-related injuries in Prince George’s County.  According to the USFA; cooking is the leading cause of all Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings at 69 percent. Nearly all of these cooking fires (97 percent) are small, confined fires with limited damage.
 
•    If you use a deep fryer, please, exercise extreme caution and follow manufacturer instructions.  The report from the USFA found that these cooking devices accounted for about 1% of Thanksgiving Day fires.
 
•    Keep Thanksgiving decorations and kitchen clutter away from sources of direct heat.
 
•    Candles are often part of holiday decorations. The Fire/EMS Department strongly encourages the use of battery powered candles and discourages the use of candles with an open flame.  If you use candles; they should never be left burning when you are away from home, or after going to bed. Candles should be placed where children will not be tempted to play with them, and where guests will not accidentally brush against them. The candleholder should be completely non-combustible and difficult to knock over. The candle should not have combustible decorations around it.
 
•    If smoking is allowed inside, provide guests with large, deep ashtrays and check them frequently. After guests leave check inside, under upholstery, and in trash cans for cigarette butts that may be smoldering.
 
•    10-year smoke alarms will soon be required on every level of your home, in hallways just outside of sleeping areas and in every bedroom.  Sleep with your bedroom door closed and test smoke alarms on the Safety First Day of every month.
 
Working smoke alarms are required in all residences in Prince George's County.  Consider upgrading to a 10-year tamper proof with hush feature smoke alarm and never change a battery again.  The 10-year alarms and placement in your home will become law effective January 1, 2018.  If you cannot afford to purchase an alarm you can call 311.  A firefighter will install a working smoke alarm in your home; free of charge.
 
The men and women; volunteer, civilian and paid, of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department wish everyone a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!!!

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Public Comments Sought For First Draftof Calvert County Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md.  – Nov. 17, 2017 – The Calvert County Planning Commission and the Calvert County Departments of Planning and Zoning and Parks & Recreation are seeking public comment on the first draft of the updated Calvert County Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan (LPPRP). A public meeting is scheduled in December for residents to review the draft and ask questions.
The LPPRP guides land conservation and development of outdoor recreation opportunities over the next five years. The LPPRP aims to:
·   Provide Calvert County's citizens and visitors with safe and easily accessible amenities;
·         Encourage the enjoyment and stewardship of Maryland’s natural world; and
·         Balance outdoor recreation land use with natural and cultural resource protection.
It also serves as the basis for the Calvert County Program Open Space Annual Program and qualifies the county to receive Program Open Space funding from the state.
Residents are encouraged to attend the Dec. 5, meeting at the Harriet E. Brown Community Center located at 901 Dares Beach Road. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for those who want to talk with staff, and a presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Comments can be submitted during the public meeting, or in writing by U.S. mail or email no later than Dec. 15, 2017. Submit comments via mail by mailing 150 Main St., Suite 300, Prince Frederick, MD 20678, or via email at pz@calvercountymd.gov. Review the LPPRP draft online at www.co.cal.md.us/LPPRPdraft. 

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Calvert County Board of CountyCommissioners and the Calvert County Planning Commission Hold Joint PublicHearings Nov. 28, 2017

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Nov. 17, 2017 – The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and the Calvert County Planning Commission will hold three joint public hearings Nov. 28, 2017, to consider and receive comments on amendments to the existing Calvert County Comprehensive Plan, the Calvert County Critical Area Maps and a proposed Flood Mitigation Plan. The hearings will be held at the Courthouse Square Building located at 205 Main St., in Prince Frederick starting at 7 p.m. The three amendments involve:
·         Adding the approved Calvert County Growth Tier Map to the existing Calvert County Comprehensive Plan;
·         Clarifying Calvert County Critical Area Maps #32 and #35; and,
·         Consideration of the Neeld Estates and Breezy Point Flood Mitigation Plans.
Citizens can view the amendments online. For additional information, contact the Department of Planning and Zoning at 410-535-2348, ext. 2359, or email pz@calvertcountymd.gov. Individuals who cannot attend the public hearing may submit written comments. These written comments must be received by 4:30 p.m., Nov. 27, 2017, and may be submitted by emailing COMMISS@calvertcountymd.gov or through the U.S. mail to the BOCC at 175 Main St., Prince Frederick, MD 20678.
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Pedestrian Killed In Indian Head

(Indian Head, Maryland) – On November 16th 2017 at approximately 9:57 p.m., Troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded to a single vehicle collision involving a pedestrian on MD Rt. 225 (Hawthorne Rd) west of MD Rt. 224 (Chicamuxen Rd), Indian Head, Charles County, MD.  Preliminary investigation revealed a black 2005 Cadillac STS, being operated by Latisha Courtney, 36 of Waldorf was travelling westbound on MD Route 225 west of MD Route 224. While traveling in that area, the vehicle struck a pedestrian, identified as Demonte Johnson, 26 of Indian Head who was walking in the westbound lane of MD Route 225. Johnson was wearing dark clothing at the time of the collision and the area is not lit by street lights. Johnson received medical treatment on scene and was pronounced deceased by Charles County EMS Personnel. Alcohol is believed to be a factor into the reason why Johnson was walking in the roadway. 
  
La Plata Barrack personnel were assisted on scene by Deputies from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office as well as personnel from the Potomac Heights Volunteer Fire Department and the Charles County Department of Emergency Services EMS Division.

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Van Hollen, Cardin, Feinstein Introduce Legislation to Protect TPS Recipients

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), along with Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.), introduced the Safe Environment from Countries Under Repression and in Emergency (SECURE) Act. This legislation would allow qualified Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients to apply for legal permanent residency.
 
“For decades, our country has welcomed and protected immigrants fleeing violence and turmoil around the world,” said Senator Van Hollen. “These men and women have lived here legally for years – they have jobs and businesses and are our neighbors. We cannot in good faith send them back to some of the most dangerous places in the world. I urge my colleagues to pass this legislation, and give these families certainty and security.”
“Congress needs to pass legislation to protect those with TPS. We need to give predictability and safety to people who are in uncertain status, and we need to stand up for the American values of compassion and diversity that have made this country stronger,” said Senator Cardin. “Ending TPS will rip families apart and we cannot let that happen. We want the president to do the right thing, but only Congress can provide the permanent relief that is needed to take away the fear that families have right now.”
 
“Our bill would provide a path to citizenship for those who have been living, working and raising U.S. citizen children in the United States for two decades,” said Senator Feinstein. “These individuals have established deep roots in their communities. It would be cruel and inhumane to separate these families.”
 
TPS is a temporary, legal status granted to foreign citizens who are endangered by conditions in their home country such as ongoing armed conflict, environmental disaster, epidemic, or other extraordinary events. Currently, there are approximately 437,000 people with TPS in the United States from ten designated countries: El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. TPS status is granted for set periods ranging from six to 18 months, requiring the Department of Homeland Security to extend a country’s status on a recurring basis. Every time a country is recertified, recipients must reapply and pass a thorough background check.
 
TPS recipients now face uncertainty as the Trump Administration has failed to recertify their designations or to provide clarity on future designations. This uncertainty and the continued dangerous circumstances in their home countries has created considerable hardship for TPS recipients and their families, including American-born children. The SECURE Act will provide stability for these individuals and their communities by giving them the ability to apply for legal permanent residency. Under the bill, all TPS recipients who were qualified under the most recent TPS designation and who have been continuously present in the United States for at least three years would be eligible to apply for legal permanent residency.
 
Senators Van Hollen, Cardin, and Feinstein were joined in introducing this legislation by Senators Reed (D-R.I.), Hirono (D-HI), Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Markey (Mass.), Harris (D-Calif.), Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and Warren (D-Mass.).

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Cardin Calls Tax Legislation Passed By the Senate Finance Committee Bad Policy Built for Partisan Politics Only

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement after Committee Republicans moved forward their tax reform plan that would give permanent tax cuts to corporations at the expense of working and middle-income Americans. 
 
“How hypocritical can the Republicans get? This so-called tax reform is a collection of tax cuts for corporations and higher-income families. It does not target middle-income and working families despite repeated comments from the Republican senators saying that it does. It blows a $1.5 trillion dollar hole in our debt – which seems to be okay with former deficit hawk Republicans. Republicans give with one hand and take and take and take with the other. They have filled this bill with opaque gimmicks to meet their legislative needs and bend the scoring to help themselves, but ignore facts that would run counter to their talking points. They make permanent the tax breaks for corporations but sunset any cuts for low- and middle-income families and smaller businesses so that in 10 years, working families will see billions in additional tax hikes while the big corporations are still protected. It isn’t fair. It isn’t right. It isn’t going to work and it will hurt our economy.
 
“On the substance, this so-called tax reform bill is bad policy. It’s built for partisan politics only. On process, it is even worse. There is no ‘regular order’ here. Counting previous hearings about tax policy as hearings on this legislation is a farce. There were multiple amendments – including a few of mine on economic development, infrastructure and even tax credits for individuals getting help for opioid addiction and misuse – that were praised by Republicans but voted down on partisan lines. Apparently good policy is bipartisan, which for Republicans means it doesn’t belong in this bill.
 
“My hope is that we can move beyond this wrecking ball of a bill and move back to a bipartisan place that can achieve true tax reform and not an excuse for destroying the Affordable Care Act, destroying our economy and raising taxes on middle-income and working families to pay for tax cuts for the super-rich and corporations.  We need a tax reform plan that is meaningful to every American, not just the privileged few.”

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Public Hearing on Sheriff's Department Pension Plan Scheduled for Nov. 28, 2017

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will hold a public hearing Nov. 28, 2017, to consider and receive comments on proposed amendments to the Calvert County Sheriff’s Department Pension Plan. The hearing will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Commissioners Hearing Room in the Calvert County Circuit Courthouse, located at 175 Main St. in Prince Frederick.
The three amendments are:
·         Rename the “Calvert County Sheriff’s Department Pension Plan” as the “Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Pension Plan.”
·         Reflect the county’s reclassification of the position “Special Deputy Sheriff” to the positions of “Court Security Deputy” and “Field Operations Deputy.”
·         Rename the “Calvert County Sheriff’s Department Pension Plan Trust Agreement” as the “Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Pension Plan Trust Agreement.”
Citizens can view the resolution online. For additional information, contact the Department of Human Resources at 410-535-1600, ext. 2359, or email humanresources@calvertcountymd.gov. Individuals who cannot attend the public hearing may submit written comments. These written comments must be received by 4:30 p.m., Nov. 27, 2017, and may be submitted by emailing COMMISS@calvertcountymd.gov or through the U.S. mail to the BOCC at 175 Main St., Prince Frederick, MD 20678.
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St. Mary's County to Host NFIP Training for Floodplain Managers

Leonardtown, MD - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in cooperation with the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), will offer a Floodplain Manager best practices training session:
 
Date:  December 7, 2017
Time:  9 a.m.: Registration and Sign In
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.:  Training
Location:  St. Mary’s County Governmental Center
Chesapeake Building, Commissioners Meeting Room
41770 Baldridge Street
Leonardtown, MD  20650
 
For more information and to register for this FREE training please visit: https://maryland_nfip_2017.eventbrite.com. The deadline for registration is one week prior to each training date.
 
This training will inform and educate community representatives involved in the administration and enforcement of local land use and permitting processes aimed at flood risk reduction and National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) compliance, highlighting specific topics critical to effective NFIP implementation. Zoning officials, elected leaders, engineers, solicitors, and anyone with an interest in learning more about how to practically apply flood maps and requirements in his/her community, as well as understand the insurance implications of development decisions, should attend.
 
Training topics include:
 
Introduction to the NFIP and Flood Insurance Reform
Accessing and Using Flood Hazard Data
Administering Floodplain Ordinances
Permitting Process
Ordinance Enforcement
 
       - Pre and Post-Disaster Considerations
       - Changing Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insurance Reports (FIS)     
       - Useful Resources and the Community Rating System (CRS)
 
This training is eligible for 4 CFM Continuing Education Credits!
 
If you have any questions, please contact Taryn Murray, CFM, Resilience Action Partners, at tmurray@mbakerintl.com or 215-430-5514.

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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Warrant Sweep

On November 9, 2017, members of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Police, and Parole and Probation, participated in a joint warrant sweep.  The warrant sweep took place in St. Mary’s County, and as a result of the combined efforts, the following thirteen individuals were arrested:
 
Mary Alice Alexander, age 46, of Suitland, was arrested for Fraud/Bad Check.
 
Cortez Leonard Alls, age 27, of Lexington Park, was arrested for CDS Possession-Not Marijuana and CDS Possession-Paraphernalia.  
 
Tiarra Laschelle Brooks, age 41, of Lexington Park, was arrested for Fail to Comply-Peace Order.
 
Timothy Wayne Brooks, age 46, of Park Hall, was arrested for Possession with Intent to Distribute, Driving under the Influence, and Driving While Suspended. 
 
Brian Carroll Eberle, age 30, of Lexington Park, was arrested for Violation of Probation.
 
Zamantha Juana Gutierrez, age 40, of Lexington Park, was arrested for Failure to Appear. 
 
Kyle Wayne Jones, age 24, of Leonardtown, was arrested for Assault 2nd Degree. 
 
Troy Allen Jones, age 25, of Dameron, was arrested for CDS Possession-Not Marijuana. 
 
Chaude Amore Leaver, age 25, of Lexington Park, was arrested for Failure to Appear/Theft.
 
Steve Donnell Maddox, age 58, of Piney Point, was arrested for FTA/Assault 2nd Degree. 
 
Travis Renard Snyder, age 28, of Lexington Park, was arrested for Driving While Suspended. 
 
Robert Leroy Thomas, age 29, of Lexington Park, was arrested for Child Support/Non-Compliance. 
 
Andre Garrett Turner, age 32, of Great Mills, was arrested for FTA/Driving While Intoxicated. 
 
Photographs available of arrested individuals are on https://firstsheriff.blogspot.com 

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Franchot to Cross State for Shop Maryland for the Holidays Tour

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (November 16, 2017) - As the holiday season rapidly approaches, Comptroller Peter Franchot is encouraging Marylanders to Shop Maryland for the Holidays as he begins his 2017 statewide holiday shopping tour in Baltimore County today, November 16. 
 
"With one in five Marylanders directly or indirectly working in retail, the holiday shopping season is important to retailers throughout the state," said Comptroller Franchot. "Shopping at a local business helps more than 750,000 of our neighbors and friends who make up Maryland’s retail sector."
 
The retail industry contributes more than $46 billion to the state’s economy, making it the top private sector employer. according to the Maryland Retailers Association.
 
"The Maryland Retailers Association is thrilled to join Comptroller Franchot again on his statewide tour encouraging Marylanders to shop local for the holidays," said Cailey Locklair Tolle, president of the Maryland Retailers Association. "Maryland retailers create jobs, give back to their communities and provide much-needed tax revenue to the state. We continue to hope Marylanders will keep these things in mind when shopping, not just for the holidays, but year-round."
 
The Shop Maryland for the Holidays tour will stop in the following cities and towns in every corner of the state:
 
Hunt Valley/Timonium, November 16
Bethesda, November 17
Baltimore, November 25
Leonardtown, November 27
Hyattsville, November 28
Berlin and Cambridge, November 29
St. Michaels, December 1
Frederick, December 5
Annapolis, December 6
Hampstead, December 7
Cumberland, December 14
Details about each visit will be released several days ahead of the planned stops.
 
"In-state shopping puts citizens’ hard-earned money back into their communities and supports local businesses that employ friends and neighbors," said Franchot. "Shopping locally gets consumers the best product, service and experience for their dollar."

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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

Burglary: 17-59123
On November 10, 2017 Deputy Boerum responded to Calvert Drive, Chesapeake Beach for the report of a burglary. The victim stated that an unknown suspect(s) shattered the basement door to the residence, moved several items in the residence around, and stole a collection of shark teeth and fossils that had been collected over the years. The estimated value of the stolen property is $2,000.
 
Burglary: 17-59197
On November 10, 2017 Deputy D. Naughton responded to Gunsmoke Circle, Lusby for the report of a burglary. The victim stated they got home to find their bay window in the kitchen had been tampered with from the outside and the screen had also been removed. It was determined sometime between 12:15pm and 1:05pm on November 10th the unknown suspect(s) used the air conditioning unit to get to the bay kitchen window attempting to pry it open. The estimated damaged property is 500.
 
Theft: 17-58495
On November 6, 2017 Deputy Barger responded to Busters Lane, Owings for the report of a theft. The victim stated sometime between November 1st at 7:00am and November 3rd 12:00pm an unknown suspect(s) had removed their Republic Service trash can from the end of their driveway. The value of the stolen property is $88.
 
Theft: 17-58680
On November 7, 2017 Deputy Sampson responded to Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick for the report of theft from multiple vehicles. The victim stated sometime between October 28th and November 4th an unknown suspect(s) had ransacked and stole items out of three vehicles in their driveway. The items included Durham 50 piece ratchet set, Klein pocket knife, Carhartt beanie cap, loose change, and an aluminum flashlight. The value of the stolen property is $306.
 
Theft: 17-58766
On November 8, 2017 Deputy Locke responded to Greenhill Court, Huntingtown for the report of a theft from vehicle. The victim stated sometime between November 7th at 9:30pm and November 8th at 7:15am an unknown suspect(s) shattered their front passenger side door window and stole a white Michael Kors satchel and a Texas Instrument graphing calculator. The value of the stolen and damaged property is $790.
 
Theft: 17-58842
On November 8, 2017 Deputy Rzepkowski responded to Hollow Way, Huntingtown for the report of a theft from vehicle. The victim stated sometime between November 7th at 7:00pm and November 8th at 8:00am an unknown suspect(s) went into their unlocked vehicle and stole a Kate Spade purse, Maryland driver’s license, bank card, and the key fob for the vehicle. The value of the stolen property is $550.
 
Theft: 17-58825
On November 8, 2017 Deputy Rzepkowski responded to Sports-Clips on Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick for the report of a theft. The victim stated a black male approximately 30 years old with a thin build and no facial hair entered the store and stole a Mitch Matterial Puck. The male was wearing a black wind breaker style jacket with black jeans.  The value of the stolen property is $17.75
 
Theft: 17-59159
On November 10, 2017 Deputy Sampson responded to Deane Avenue, Prince Frederick for the report of a theft from vehicle. The victim stated sometime between 2:00am and 4:00am on November 10th unknown suspect(s) had broken the passenger side door window and stole their wallet and a sterling silver ring. The value of the damaged and stolen property is $353.
 
Damaged Property: 17-58457
On November 6, 2017 Deputy Y. Bortchevsky responded to 30th Street, Chesapeake Beach for the report of damaged property. The victim stated they discovered the window screen located on the south side of the residence slashed. The estimated damaged property is $50.
 
ARRESTS:
 
On November 12, 2017 Corporal Wilson was in the WAWA parking lot in Prince Frederick, attempting to locate a reckless driver when he observed a suspicious vehicle parked in the far east part of the parking lot. Corporal Wilson observed a male later identified as Graham Whitson (27) of Mechanicsville standing outside of the vehicle near the passenger side door, along with a Bud Light can that was placed on the ground under the vehicle where Whitson was standing. While speaking with Whitson outside of the vehicle, Corporal Wilson could see drug paraphernalia in plain view inside the vehicle. Deputy Wilson than made contact with the owner of the vehicle later identified as Jeffrey Whittington (26) of Mechanicsville, and asked if there was any illegal items in the vehicle. Deputy Wilson conducted a K9 scan of the vehicle, resulting in a positive alert for narcotics. A search of the vehicle was conducted resulting in narcotics found inside the vehicle. Whitson and Whittington were both placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center. Whitson was charged with CDS: Possession-not marijuana (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide) and Litter/Dump: Under 100 LBS. Whittington was charged with CDS: Possession-not marijuana (Oxycodone), CDS: Possession-not marijuana (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide), and CDS: Possession with Intent to Distribute. 
 
On November 11, 2017 Deputy Boerum conducted a traffic stop at Fastop located on HG Trueman Road, Lusby. While attempting to explain the traffic violations, the driver later identified as Donald Unkle (28) of Lusby was becoming very argumentative. Corporal Wilson responded to the traffic stop, and all occupants were asked to exit the vehicle for a K9 scan to be conducted. The K9 scan resulted in a positive alert for CDS. A search of the vehicle was completed and revealed narcotics, along with brass knuckles. Unkle was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession-not marijuana (cocaine) and Dangerous Weapon – Conceal. 
 

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Calvert County to Host FreeResidential Shredding Event

The Calvert County Solid Waste Division is hosting a free paper shredding event for county residents Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. The event will be held at Huntingtown High School located at 4125 Solomons Island Road, Huntingtown from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine.
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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Warming Centers Available During the 2017-2018 Winter Season

The public buildings listed below are available as warming centers during regular business hours for freezing temperatures during the 2017- 2018 winter season:
 
Capital Clubhouse, 3033 Waldorf Market Place, Waldorf
Open 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Daily
 
Charles County Public Library, all branches
La Plata Branch, 2 Garrett Ave., La Plata
P.D. Brown Memorial Branch, 50 Village St., Waldorf
Potomac Branch, 3225 Ruth B. Swan Drive, Indian Head
Waldorf West, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf
 
All branches open:
Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
 
Nanjemoy Community Center, 4375 Port Tobacco Road, Nanjemoy
Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
 
Richard R. Clark Senior Center, 1210 Charles St., La Plata 
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
 
If you require a warming shelter or know of someone in need of shelter after hours, please contact the Charles County Sheriff’s Department at 301-932-2222.
 
Severe weather notices are posted on the Charles County Government website, on Facebook, and on Twitter. Weather updates are also aired on CCGTV, which broadcasts on Comcast channel 95 and Verizon channel 10. Sign up for the Citizen Notification System (CNS) to receive inclement weather and traffic alerts by text message, email, or phone. For information on power outages, view the SMECO outage map. Call 877-747-6326 to report a power outage.  Call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency. 

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Fight At Esperanza Middle School Leads To Student Being Seriously Injured

On November 15, 2017, at approximately 11:38 AM, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to Esperanza Middle School located in Lexington Park, in reference to a student leaving school grounds.  During the investigation, it was determined a fight had occurred resulting in injury to a juvenile student who was involved in the altercation.  The juvenile student was transported to Children’s National Medical Center by Maryland State Police Trooper 7 for further evaluation.
 
Based on the joint investigation conducted by the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer and St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS), two students were charged with Assault 2nd Degree.  
 
The investigation is on-going at this time. 

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12 Year Old Missing In Lexington Park (Photo)

Advisory: Missing Person Damarion Donzelle Warrick
 
Missing Person Damarion Donzelle Warrick, 12 YOA, missing from Lexington Park area. Call SMCSO @ 301-475-8008 if seen.
 

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Bryans Road Man Pronounced Dead After Being Found In Burning Mobile Home

 A man is dead after a fire at a mobile home in Charles County Wednesday morning, according to authorities.
The Charles County Fire Department says that crews were called to the scene at around 5:39 a.m. for a fire at 1775 Marshall Hall Road, Bryan Road.
Authorities say firefighters went into the burning trailer and pulled the man out.
The man was later pronounced dead, officials say.
The fire has been put out and no one else was reported injured in the blaze, according to the fire department. Fire officials say they are investigating to find out what caused the fire in the mobile home.

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Calvert County Government Announces Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Nov. 15, 2017 – The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners announces county offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. In addition:
·         The three county senior centers will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24. Meals on Wheels will not be delivered either day.
·         County public transportation will not operate Thursday, Nov. 23 or Friday, Nov. 24. Normal operating hours resume Saturday, Nov. 25.
·         Calvert Library locations will close Wednesday, Nov. 22 at 5 p.m. for the holiday and will reopen Saturday, Nov. 25 with normal business hours. 
·         Mt. Hope, Harriet E. Brown, Northeast and Southern community centers will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday, Nov. 24.
·         Solomons Visitor Center will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday, Nov. 24.
·         All county convenience centers and Appeal Landfill will be closed Thanksgiving and will reopen for normal business hours Friday, Nov. 24.
·         Flag Ponds Nature Park, Kings Landing Park and Battle Creek Cypress Swamp will be closed Thanksgiving Day and will open with regular hours Friday, Nov. 24.
·         Edward Hall Aquatic Center and the Calvert Marine Museum will be closed Thanksgiving Day and will resume normal hours Friday, Nov. 24.
·         Chesapeake Hills Golf Course will be open 7 a.m.-3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and will operate normal business hours Friday, Nov. 24.
 
Information on Calvert County Government services can be found online at www.co.cal.md.us. Find Calvert County Government on Facebook.

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Police Looking To I.D. Theft Suspects (Photos)

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the persons pictured in this press release.  During the timeframe of Friday, September 29, 2017 at 10 PM to Sunday, October 15, 2017, a burglary occurred to a home in the 27000 block of Queen Tree Road, in Mechanicsville, MD.  Among the items stolen in the burglary were numerous Lowe’s Gift Cards.
 
On Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 2:30 PM, the pictured suspects used several of the stolen gift cards to make purchases at the Lowe’s Store located in California, MD.   On Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at 8:37 PM, additional stolen Lowe’s Gift Cards were again used at the Lowe’s Store in California, MD. 
 
Anyone with information about the burglary on Queen Tree Road, and/or the suspects pictured or use of the stolen gift cards is asked to contact Corporal Knott at (301) 475-4200 extension *2279 or by email at Glenn.Knott@stmarysmd.com.  Citizens may also contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus your message to “CRIMES” (274637). 

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Robbery At Mexican Restaurant In Lexington Park

On November 13, 2017, at approximately 7:36 PM, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, responded to the El Rinconcito Mexican Restaurant, located at 21703 Great Mills Road, (Millison Plaza), in Lexington Park, for a reported robbery.  
 
An employee at the establishment advised a black male, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, brandished a handgun and demanded money.  The suspect was last seen leaving the area on foot. 
 
While conducting business checks of the area, contact was made with an individual who advised while in the parking lot of Millison Plaza, at approximately 7:20 PM, he was approached by a black male wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. The victim advised the suspect was armed with a handgun, and demanded money.  The victim last saw the suspect on foot in the area of Millison Plaza.  
 
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Brian Fennessey at (301) 475-4200 extension *8103, or by email at Brian.Fennessey@stmarysmd.com.  Citizens may also contact the Sheriff’s Office at (301) 475-8008, Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus your message to “CRIMES” (274637).  

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Thanksgiving Is The Leading Day For U.S. Home Cooking Fires

 While Thanksgiving tops the charts for family and friends coming together to enjoy food and one another’s company, it’s also the leading day for U.S. home cooking fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) latest “Home Fire Involving Cooking Equipment” report, nearly four times as many home cooking fires occurred on Thanksgiving Day in 2015 as on any other typical day of the year; the day before Thanksgiving represents the second-leading day for home cooking fires.
 
Between 2011 and 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an annual average of 170,200 home structure fires involving cooking equipment, which resulted in 510 civilian fire deaths, 5,470 civilian fire injuries, and $1.2 billion in direct property damage. Unattended cooking was, by far, the leading contributing factor in these fires and fire fatalities.
 
In that same five-year period, cooking equipment was involved in almost half (47%) of all reported home fire incidents. Cooking fires caused 20% of home fire deaths, and was the source of nearly half (45%) of the reported home fire injuries. In terms of direct property damage, 17% of damage resulting from cooking fires.  
 
“At Thanksgiving, when people are cooking multiple dishes and entertaining guests, it’s easy to get distracted,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “These distractions may prompt them to walk away from the kitchen or forget something is cooking on the stovetop or in the oven. These factors can all increase the likelihood of a cooking fire.”
 
Fortunately, Carli notes, there are many simple steps you can take to greatly reduce the risk of cooking fires on Thanksgiving and beyond. Following are NFPA tips and recommendations for cooking safely:
 
Stay in the kitchen when cooking to keep a close eye on the food, especially when frying and sautéing with oil.
Use a timer to keep track of cooking times, most notably when cooking a meal that takes a long time like roasting a turkey, baking a roast or simmering. Check the stove or oven frequently. Consider putting timers in different rooms so that you can hear them over music, football games, and party chatter.
Stay alert and focused when cooking. To help minimize the risk of injury, avoid cooking when drinking alcohol or if you’re sleepy.
Keep things that can catch fire like oven mitts, wooden utensils, food wrappers and towels away from the cooking area.
Kids should stay 3 feet away from stovetops, as well as from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, or gravy could cause serious burns.
Frying turkeys at Thanksgiving has become more popular in recent years. However, NFPA discourages the use of turkey fryers, as they can lead to devastating burns, other injuries, and the destruction of property due to the extensive amount of hot oil used with fryers. NFPA urges those who prefer fried turkey to look instead for grocery stores, specialty food retailers and restaurants that sell deep fried turkeys.
 
Additional tips and resources can be found on NFPA’s Thanksgiving webpage. General cooking safety information including safety tip sheets, infographics, videos and more can be found on NFPA’s Cooking Fire Safety Central webpage.
 
The “Home Fires Involving Cooking Equipment” report also provides home fire cooking statistics for other holidays such as Christmas, Christmas Eve, and the New Year.
 
For this release and other announcements about NFPA initiatives, research and resource, please visit the NFPA press room.
 
About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission. For more information, visit www.nfpa.org. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed online for free at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.

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Cardin Urges Republican Colleagues to Make Tax Reform Truly Fiscally Responsible and Targeted to Middle-Income Families

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, released the following remarks at the start of the committee’s consideration of the Republican tax reform bill.
 
“Tax reform is a topic I’ve been deeply involved with since my work in the Maryland General Assembly. It’s important to every Marylander. Our tax code reaches every American citizen and resident. It is to be expected that Democrats and Republicans disagree on priorities in any tax effort. Until recently, however, I was under the impression that we shared at least these principles: that tax reform be fair and that it be fiscally responsible. For me, the bill before us meets neither of these conditions.
 
“Democrats and Republicans seem to be reading two different bills. Granted, Republicans have had far longer to review the text because Democrats were shut out of the creation of this major bill, but I am astounded at the way Republicans seem to be ignoring fundamental math and economic modeling in determining who truly benefits from this Senate tax reform bill.
 
“Republicans say they want to help middle-income families, but their bill doesn’t do that. I’m not just looking at high-level numbers. I’m looking at how this bill delivers its benefits to those who really need it most. Let’s also not ignore that the party that claims to be fiscally conservative is openly adding $1.5 trillion to our federal debt. While I think this is the height of fiscal irresponsibility, if Republicans insist on increasing our deficit by trillions, at least we could use that money to directly invest in our families and communities because they are going to be footing the bill for most of that deficit. This legislation doesn’t do that.
 
“When these tax cuts are ultimately paid for, these families would likely lose more in health care, education, job training, and other services than they gain in tax cuts, while high-income households would likely remain winners.
 
“Over the past 11 days that my constituents have had to view the House bill, and, believe it or not, over the holiday weekend that we’ve been given to review this bill, I’ve received many concerns from Marylanders about how they’re both bad deals. Nearly half of all Maryland filers claim the state and local tax deduction.  This bill gets rid of that deduction for individuals, but retains it for businesses. To put this another way – this bill requires that Marylanders be taxed twice on their income, their purchases, and their property. And, the bulk of that revenue goes not to the average Maryland household, but to tax cuts for large businesses and wealthy households.
 
“My constituents have other concerns with this bill outside of the SALT deduction. For example, they are worried that critical incentives for investments in struggling urban and rural areas are cut in this bill, like the Historic Tax Credit program, which has been used across my state.
 
“There is a better way to do this. If my Republican colleagues really want to create jobs and help the middle class, let’s provide incentives that directly create jobs and help the middle class. Let’s direct some of the money from tax reform to infrastructure projects, instead of hoping that jobs will be created if we give enough money away. Let’s fund public-private economic development partners that have a proven track record of helping our struggling communities thrive. Let’s provide direct incentives to the middle class and working families to help them save for retirement. Let’s invest in our workforce, especially those hit hardest by economic circumstance, like the long-term unemployed. Let’s provide tax credits for families and workers that are actually targeted at the middle class – not increased just to meet a distributional target for higher-income households.
 
“If we really want to do bipartisan and comprehensive tax reform right, let’s slow this down and get it right.
 
“This product is not transformative tax reform. It is a group of tax cuts that is being sped through this process for political reasons.  And it is a moving target.  
 
“With something as important as our tax code – again, something that touches every American resident and citizen – we should be thoughtfully and deliberatively governing based on what is best for our nation, not what is best for the next election. 
 
“Should the Congress make the mistake to speed forward with this deeply flawed process – I hope my colleagues will join me in opposing this bill.  Thank you.”
 

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Calvert County to Host Free Residential Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

The Calvert County Solid Waste Division is hosting a free household hazardous waste collection event for county residents Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. The event will be held at the Appeal Landfill located at 401 Sweetwater Road, Lusby from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine.
Hazardous household products are common in many homes and must be disposed of, as directed, in a particular and careful manner. A substance is considered hazardous if it ignites easily, reacts or explodes when mixed with other substances, is corrosive or toxic. Check for product labels that bear the words or symbols for caution, warning, danger, poison or toxic.
Acceptable hazardous waste items include auto and floor care products, medications, pesticides, gasoline, fertilizers, ammunition and more. Latex paints will not be accepted at this event. Visit online for a full list of acceptable hazardous waste disposal items. 
There is no limit per resident and proof of residency is required. 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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Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Blotter

Possession of Marijuana:  On 11/6/17 at 1:06 am, Trooper First Class Jones stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 near Ward Rd. in Dunkirk for traffic violations.  The odor of marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle.  A probable cause search revealed over 10 grams of marijuana.  Daniel M. Austin, 20 of Dunkirk was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
 
Concealed Deadly Weapon:  On 11/6/17 at 9:37 am, Corporal Esnes stopped a vehicle on Old Field Lane in Prince Frederick for traffic violations.  A large sheath knife was observed in the center console when approaching the vehicle.  The driver stated he forgot the knife was there and gave it to Cpl. Esnes as he stated “he didn’t need it anymore.”  Douglas E. Sutherland, 52 of Lusby was issued the appropriate traffic citations and was released from the scene and advised he would be charged with concealing a deadly weapon at a later date.  Sutherland was served on a Criminal Summons the following day.
 
Destruction of Property:  On 11/6/17 at 7:50 pm, Trooper First Class T. Davis responded to the 11300 block of Commanche Rd. in Lusby for a malicious destruction of property complaint.  The victim reported while sleeping, two suspects attempted to break into the home breaking a window and damaging screens.  One of the suspects threw a charcoal grill at the back door.  The victim was able to identify the suspects.  They had left the scene before police arrived.  Application of Statement of Charges has been completed for charges of Malicious Destruction of Property for Evern C. Sharpe, 37 and Rashid D. Sharpe, 20 both of Lusby.  
 
Theft:  On 11/7/17 at 9:51 am, Trooper First Class Matthews handled a complaint for theft of tools.  The business owner reported Norris S. Twining 3rd, 46 of Lusby, an employee, had removed over $700 worth of tools from a job site after being fired and has refused to return them.  An application for Statement of Charges has been completed for theft for Twining.  Case remains open at this time.
 
DUI & Possession of CDS:  On 11/7/17 at 8:39 pm, Trooper First Class Davis stopped a vehicle for traffic violations on Rt. 4 near Bowie Shop Rd. in Huntingtown.  Several signs of impairment were observed upon making contact with the driver.  Nicole M. Fant, 32 of Chesapeake Beach was arrested for driving under the influence.  A search incident to the arrest was conducted and both Alprazolam pills and Suboxone packets were located.  She was additionally charged with possession of CDS-Not Marijuana.  She was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
 
Theft from Motor Vehicle:  On 11/9/17 at 5:51 am, Trooper First Class Costello responded to the 4400 block of Woodview Lane in Prince Frederick for a theft from a motor vehicle.  The victim reported unknown suspect(s) had removed several items from inside an unlocked vehicle.  The Amazon Kindle Fire 8 HD device has been entered into NCIC.  Case remains open.
 
Burglary:  On 11/10/17 at 9:43 am, Trooper First Class Rucker responded to the 1900 block of Oriole Way in St. Leonard for a burglary complaint.  Unknown suspects broke into the home and removed an XBOX 360 console and controller and the victim’s wallet.  Investigation continues.
 
Theft from Motor Vehicle:  On 11/10/17 at 3:58 pm, Trooper First Class Harrod handled a report of a theft of rear license plate stolen from the victim’s vehicle by unknown suspects.  The missing tag has been entered into NCIC (8CZ1031).  Investigation continues.
 
Theft from Motor Vehicle:  On 11/12/17 at 10:30 pm, Trooper First Class Lewis responded to the 4400 block of Bristol Drive in Chesapeake Beach for a reported theft from motor vehicle.  Unknown suspects had removed the registration tag from the victim’s vehicle.  The missing tag has been entered into NCIC (4CL3778).  Investigation continues.

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St. Mary's County Government Operations for Thanksgiving Holiday

Leonardtown, MD - All St. Mary’s County Government administrative offices will be closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.  County offices will re-open Monday, November 27.
 
The St. Andrews Landfill, six (6) Convenience Centers will be closed and St. Mary’s Transit System (STS) will not operate Thursday, November 23. However, all will observe normal business hours on Wednesday, November 22 and Friday, November 24. The Statewide Specialized Transportation Assistance Program (SSTAP) will not operate Thursday, November 23 or Friday, November 24. The service resumes its normal operating schedule on Monday, November 27.
 
All St. Mary’s County Public Library locations (Charlotte Hall, Leonardtown and Lexington Park) will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22 and remain closed Thursday and Friday, November 23 and 24. All library locations will re-open Saturday, November 25 for regular business hours. The Lexington Park library will be open from 1 – 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 26.  
 
All Senior Activity Centers (Garvey, Loffler and Northern) will be closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 and there will be no Meals on Wheels deliveries. The centers will reopen for normal operations on Monday, November 27.

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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Arrests And Warrants

Violation of Protective Order- On 11/07/17, DFC.  Steinbach responded to the 24000 block of Beck Road, in Hollywood, for a reported dispute.  After serving Suspect Shakia Yvonne Ashe, age 23, of Hollywood, with a Protective Order, Suspect Ashe then repeatedly yelled obscenities at the petitioner/victim.  Suspect Ashe was arrested and charged with Violation of Protective Order.  CASE# 58749-17
 
Burglary- On 11/07/17, Cpl. Kerby, was responding to a report of an in-progress burglary, when he passed the suspect vehicle that was reported to be involved, in the 28000 block of Flora Corner Road, in Mechanicsville. The vehicle was stopped and ultimately stolen property from the burglary was discovered in the vehicle, as well as heroin and CDS paraphernalia.  Arrested was Suspect Andrew Wyatt Washabaugh, age 30, of Mechanicsville, and Kevin Alex Kosack Jr., age 34 of Mechanicsville.  Washabaugh was charged with Burglary 3rd Degree and Theft.  Kosack Jr. was charged with Burglary 3rd Degree, Theft, CDS Possession-Not Marijuana-Heroin and CDS: Possession Paraphernalia.  CASE# 58728-17
 
Theft- On 11/7/17, DFC. Pontorno responded to the 21000 block of Great Mills Road, in Lexington Park, for a report of a theft. Investigation revealed Suspect Jennifer Lynn Garrison, age 27, of Lexington Park, attempted to steal items from the Dollar General; Garrison was charged with theft.  CASE# 58853-17
 
Assault- On 11/09/17, Dep. J. Smith responded to the 27000 block of Yowaiski Mill Road, in Mechanicsville, for a report of an assault.  Upon arrival contact was made with the victim who displayed injury to the face and neck.  The victim advised Suspect Thomas James Daly, age 25, of Mechanicsville, had assaulted the victim by grabbing the victim's neck and closing a window on the victim.  Suspect Daly was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree.  CASE# 59104-17
 
Warrants:
 
11/06/17- Richard Edward Gray, age 40, of Lexington Park, was arrested for FTA/Possession of CDS Paraphernalia by Cpl. Kerby# 242.  CASE# 58623-17
 
11/07/17- Creighton Shields Perkins, age 34, of Lexington Park, was arrested for Assault 1st Degree by Cpl. Worrey# 152.  CASE#  58765-17
 
11/07/17- Delia NMN Rose, age 54, of Leonardtown, was arrested on two outstanding indictments for Possession of CDS: Not Marijuana by Cpl. Worrey# 152.  CASE# 58771-17 (No Photograph Available) 
 
 
11/07/17-Joseph Derrick Young, age 28, of Lexington Park, was arrested for FTA/Driving While Suspended by Cpl. Worrey# 152.  CASE# 58751-17
        
11/07/17- Christopher Glenn James Sr., age 28, of Bushwood, was arrested for Rouge and Vagabound, Theft, Malicious Destruction of Property, and Credit Card Theft by Cpl. Worrey# 152.  CASE#  58762-17
 
11/07/17- Robert Earl Smith, age 50, of Lexington Park, was arrested for FTA/Show Cause by Dep. Bowie# 317. CASE# 58741-17
 
11/07/17- Corey Robert Woodburn, age 22, of Leonardtown, was arrested for FTA/Burglary 1st Degree by Cpl. D. Snyder# 89.  CASE# 58801-17
 
11/07/17- Michael Page Barnes, age 26, of Drayden, was charged with four counts of Violate Exparte/Protective Order by Cpl. O'Connor# 138.  CASE# 58864-17
 
11/07/17- Francis Xavier Hill Jr., age 21, of Lexington Park, was charged with Escape by DFC. Schultz# 258.  CASE# 58843-17
 
11/07/17- Jennifer Lynn Garrison, age 27, of Lexington Park, was charged with Robbery by DFC. Pontorno# 257.  CASE# 58858-17
 
11/08/17- Francis Xavier Hill Jr., age 21, of Lexington Park, was charged with Assault, Violation of Protective Order, and Property Destruction by Dep. Muschette# 303.  CASE# 58952-17
 
11/08/17- Angelise Michelle Harley, age 36, of Waldorf, was charged with VOP/Theft Scheme by Dep. Muschette# 303.  CASE# 59031-17
 
11/09/17- Nathan Lee Davis, age 26, of Lusby, was charged with FTA/Theft by Dep. Muschette# 303.  CASE# 59152-17
 
11/09/17- James Andrew Zalovick, age 31, of Mechanicsville, was charged with FTA/Fraud, Trespassing, and Hindering by Dep. Edwards# 335. CASE#  59180-17
 
11/09/17- Kyle Wayne Jones, age 24, of Leonardtown, was charged with FTA/Peace Order Fail to Comply, Assault 2nd Degree by Cpl. Kirkner# 133.  CASE#  59235-17
 
11/09/17- Mary Alice Alexander, age 49, of Suitland, was charged with CDS, Forgery, and Prescription Fraud by Cpl. Kirkner# 133.  CASE#  59195-17

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Motor Vehicle Accident In Lexington Park Injures Serveral

On November 9, 2017, at approximately 6:32 PM, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Three Notch Road and Kessler Way, in Lexington Park, for the report of a serious motor vehicle collision.  Based on the severity of injuries, a request for the Collision Reconstruction Unit was made.

 

Preliminary investigation determined a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500, operated by Robert McCarson, age 30, of Ridge,  was traveling southbound on Three Notch Road when it struck the rear of a 2005 Honda Pilot, operated by Michael Tapia, age 48, of Beaver Creek, Ohio.  The Honda proceeded across the centerline and left the roadway entering the wood line, striking several trees.  Both McCarson, and Tapia were transported by Maryland State Police Helicopter to an area trauma center.  A female passenger in McCarson’s vehicle was taken by ambulance to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, and two minor children were flown to Children’s Hospital for precautionary reasons. 

 

At this time, all involved parties are in stable condition or have been released from the hospital. At this time speed appears to be a contributing factor in the collision.  Anyone who may have witnessed the collision, and has not provided a statement, is asked to contact Cpl. Brian Connelly at (301) 475-4200 extension *8031.  

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Piney Point Man Charged For Raping Juvenile

In July 2017, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding a possible sex offense involving an adult male and a fourteen year old female.  The investigation was continued by the Criminal Investigations Division (CID).
 
Investigation revealed Philip Charles Edwards  Jr., age 54, of Piney Point, met the juvenile during the summer of 2016. Through the course of their contact, Edwards propositioned the juvenile, and engaged in a sexual act with the juvenile against her will.
 
The facts of this investigation were presented to the Grand Jury for St. Mary’s County on November 1, 2017. As a result an arrest warrant was issued for Edwards charging him with the following criminal violations; Rape 2nd Degree, Sex Offense Third Degree, Sexual Solicitation of a Minor, and Assault Second Degree.
 
On November 10, 2017, Edwards was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center to await a bond review.
 
Anyone with information pertaining to this matter is asked to contact Detective Corporal Melissa Hulse at 301-475-4200, extension *1996 or by e-mail at Melissa.hulse@stmarysmd.com.

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Leoanrdtown Woman Arrested For Stabbing Victim

On November 7, 2017, Cpl. Carberry responded to the 22000 block of Lawrence Avenue in reference to a disturbance.  Upon arrival the victim was contacted and was observed to have sustained a laceration to their right arm.  Investigation revealed the victim had been stabbed by a known suspect; Shuree Sinese Weems, age 36, of Leonardtown.  Weems was arrested and charged with Assault 1st Degree, Assault 2nd Degree, and Resisting Arrest. The victim’s injury was not incapacitating. CASE# 58689-17

Shuree Sinese Weems, age 36, of Leonardtown

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Phone Service to County Government to be Interrupted

Leonardtown, MD – The Department of Emergency Services and Technology will perform maintenance on the county government telephone system on Tuesday, November 14, beginning at 5:15 p.m. Maintenance work is expected to last 30 minutes. Telephone service to county government may be unavailable during this time.
 
911 communications will not be affected by this maintenance.

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UPDATE: Police Looking For Missing Teen (Photo)

Ms. .Hammett has been located. 

 

Melanie Brianne Hammett, age fourteen, of California, was reported missing on November 9, 2017.  Hammett is 5’4 and weighs 115lbs; she has brown hair and brown eyes.  At this time Hammett is considered critically missing.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Deputy Bare at (301) 475-4200 extension *8118, or the Sheriff’s Office at (301) 475-8008.  Citizens may also contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus your message to “CRIMES” (274637).  

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Governor Larry Hogan Announces Retirement Income Tax Relief for Veterans

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today announced that he will reintroduce legislation in the upcoming 2018 legislative session to eliminate all state income tax on retirement income received as a result of military service. The Hogan administration has introduced similar legislation during the past three legislative sessions, however it has yet to pass in full.
 
The governor made the announcement at the State House during Veterans Appreciation Month and in advance of the nation’s 99th commemoration of Veterans Day on Saturday. He was joined by Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary George W. Owings III; members of the Maryland Veterans Commission, including Chairman Fred Shinbur; Commander Betty Brown of Disabled American Veterans; Maryland Military Officers Association of America President Harvey Kaplan; and Art Cooper, chair of the Senior Citizens League of the Retired Enlisted Association. Also in attendance were representatives of numerous veterans’ organizations including the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Order of the Purple Heart, the Fleet Reserve Association, AMVETS, the Vietnam Veterans Association, the Korean War Veterans Association, and the Maryland National Guard.
 
“There can’t possibly be words adequate enough to express our sincere gratitude, respect, and appreciation to all of our military veterans,” said Governor Hogan. “These heroes make Maryland stronger, and we want to do everything we can to make sure that all of our veterans can continue to live, work, raise a family, and eventually retire, right here.
 
“Not only is this a deserved benefit for those who have served our country, this bill will also help make Maryland more competitive with other states in our region that already offer this benefit. We cannot afford to lose our veterans to neighboring states.”
 
Three states bordering Maryland already offer either full or partial tax exemption for military retirement income. Delaware offers partial exemption, while Pennsylvania and West Virginia fully exempt military retirement pay.
 
This proposed legislation comes on the heels of the governor’s announcement last month that he will introduce a bill to expand the Hometown Heroes Act of 2016, which exempted retired law enforcement and fire, rescue, and emergency response personnel from state income taxes on retirement income, to include correctional officers and exempt all retirement income from state taxes, rather than just the first $15,000.
 
Since taking office in 2015, Governor Hogan has taken numerous steps to fulfill his commitment to eliminate state income taxes on all retirement income. In 2015, the governor enacted legislation to increase the tax exemption on military retiree pensions from $5,000 to $10,000 for retirees 65 years or older. During the 2016 legislative session, in addition to championing the Hometown Heroes Act, the governor introduced a bill that would have expanded retirement income tax exemption to all military retirement income. Despite the administration’s best efforts, the legislature failed to take action, and the proposed legislation did not make it out of committee.
 
“Our proposal has been championed by legislators on both sides of the aisle, and the time to act is now,” said Governor Hogan. “It is simply the right thing to do on behalf of those who have done so much for all of us. That is why I am confident that by working together, we can finally pass this critical, much-deserved tax relief for all of our Maryland heroes.”
 
"As Secretary of the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, I am honored to stand with? Governor Hogan this day and ?I ?thank him? for standing by his continued ?commitment to our military retirees?,'' said ?Secretary Owings. "By increasing the military retirement pay tax exemption to 100%, we send yet another message that Maryland is dedicated to being a military friendly state for all veterans who live and retire here."

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CCSO to Host Citizens Advisory Meeting

On Wednesday, November 15 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.

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County Government Building Visitors Entrance Temporarily Relocated

The Charles County Government building (200 Baltimore Street, La Plata) visitors entrance will be temporarily relocated, due to construction.  Starting Monday, Nov. 13, visitors will use the entrance located to the right of the original entrance.  Signage will be placed to help direct visitors. Construction is scheduled for completion by June 2018. 
 
For questions or assistance, contact the Building Security Officer John McConnell at 301-885-1310 or McConneJ@CharlesCountyMD.gov.  Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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MDOT SHA Ready And Prepared For Winter 2017/2018

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) today held its annual “Snow Show” events today at the Statewide Operations Center in Anne Arundel County and its Fairland Maintenance Facility in Silver Spring, Montgomery County. MDOT SHA is fully stocked with material and equipment is ready to keep Maryland’s roads and bridges safe and passable this winter.
 
“MDOT SHA has an expert team that thinks about snow year-round, working to continually improve our strategizes for managing snow and ice,” said MDOT SHA Administrator Gregory Slater. “It is a good time for drivers to prepare by checking tires, putting ice scrapers in vehicles as well as emergency kits including jumper cables.”
 
MDOT SHA highlighted a newer technology on roadways, infrared weather sensors, that provide data on pavement conditions, atmospheric conditions and information on salinity content of moisture on treated roadways. Coupled with detailed weather monitoring, MDOT SHA is more efficient in timing of deployment of crews and use of materials.
 
“The smarter road technology helps MDOT SHA make smarter decisions, saving $11.7 million last season,” added Administrator Slater. Additionally, this year MDOT SHA will use the data to better inform drivers real-time by automatically posting pavement conditions to overhead digital message boards.
 
Anti-icing (Pre-treating):
 
MDOT SHA pre-treats our roads with salt brine in the event of winter storms that are forecasted to be snow on the onset. If it’s rain or freezing rain, the material will simply be washed off the road, wasting labor, materials and time. The temperature must be 20 degrees Fahrenheit or higher to apply salt brine. Any colder and it could freeze on contact.  Salt brine in 23 percent salt and 77 percent water.
 
Crews spray brine on roads in the days preceding a storm, allowing it to dry, leaving familiar streaks on the road. The film on the road helps to prevent the initial bonding of snow and ice from forming.
 
Pre-wetting granular salt:
 
Another proven salt reduction technique is pre-wetting salt before dispensing it onto the roads.  MDOT SHA wets the salt with salt brine at the distribution spinner directly before its applied to travel lanes. This helps it adhere to road surfaces and prevent waste due to “bounce and scatter.” Experience and studies show that pre-wetting can lead to a 30 percent reduction in salt usage.
 
Liquid-only routes:
 
MDOT SHA has designated many routes in the State as “liquid only” snow routes. This simply means that, in normal, non-blizzard storms, MDOT SHA crews will use salt brine only during the actual treatment of these roads during a snow storm.  MDOT SHA has strategically placed an additional 196,000 gallons of salt brine in key areas across Maryland.
 
During the storm
 
MDOT SHA’s advice is to TAKE IT SLOW ON ICE AND SNOW. Remember: don’t pass snow plows or plow trains. The unplowed roads are ahead of the plows and the treated roads are behind them.
 
MDOT SHA asks motorists to clear snow completely off vehicles before driving.  A clean vehicle provides increased visibility, and packed snow on car tops can become dangerous projectiles in the days after a storm. When the weather service forecasts storms with six or more inches of snow, MDOT SHA designates certain park and ride lots where commercial truck drivers can pull off and wait out the storm. These lots serve as safe havens for truckers and lessen the chance of large trucks becoming stuck or disabled during winter weather. For a complete listing of emergency truck parking locations, click here.
 
For storms forecasted with higher accumulations, MDOT SHA deploys heavy-duty tow trucks to strategic locations where there is a history of trucks becoming disabled
 
Communication
 
MDOT SHA maintains the State’s numbered, non-tolled roads in the 23 counties. To see what agency is responsible for what road, click on “Know Your Roads.”
 
MDOT SHA crews work hard to keep roads passable during snow storms to maintain access to critical services, such as hospitals.  “Know Before You Go – Especially in Ice and Snow.”  Maryland has free 511 traveler information by logging onto www.md511.org for current travel information including current snow emergency plans. Travelers can also plan ahead by logging onto www.roads.maryland.gov  and clicking on “CHART” before heading out.

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Cardin Says Reinstating Travel Restrictions to Cuba Harms American Leadership and Micromanages American Tourists

“It is far past time for the Senate to advance broadly supported bipartisan legislation that lifts restrictions on U.S. travel to Cuba.”
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, responded with the following statement to the Treasury Department’s new regulations reinstating travel restrictions and barring many transactions by American citizens in Cuba.
"As President Trump continues down the path of retreating from U.S. global leadership, today's announcement marks another step backwards. In limiting the rights of American citizens to travel to Cuba and curtailing opportunities for U.S. businesses, the Administration is undercutting U.S. ability to encourage the political and economic change that the Cuban people want for their country.
 
"If the President was serious about advancing American values, he would reverse his proposed funding cuts for human rights and democracy programs, and recommit to a strategy that prioritizes principled engagement with Cuba through diplomacy, our citizens, and the U.S. private sector.
 
“Rather than developing a byzantine list of prohibited entities that even seeks to micromanage where Americans can eat or buy souvenirs in Old Havana, the Administration should take steps to make it easier for U.S. citizens to visit Cuba and make a positive contribution to empowering Cuban citizens. It is far past time for the Senate to advance broadly supported bipartisan legislation that lifts restrictions on U.S. travel to Cuba.
 
"Finally, at a time when the U.S. Government is dealing with the sensitive investigation into attacks against U.S. personnel in Cuba, I am concerned that today’s announcement will only stoke diplomatic tensions and complicate our ability to thoroughly investigate of these incidents.”

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Charles County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

THEFT FROM MOTOR VEHICLE: Sometime between the hours of 8 p.m. on November 6 and 7:50 a.m. on November 7, an unknown suspect(s) gained entry to the victim's vehicle in the 10800 block of Winchester Street in Waldorf by breaking the passenger side window. Once inside, the suspect(s) broke both front seats and stole a box containing two subwoofers and one amplifier from the trunk area. Cpl. P. Morgan is investigating.
 
THEFT FROM MOTOR VEHICLES: Sometime between the hours of 6:45 p.m. on November 6 and 12:30 a.m. on November 7, unknown suspect(s) gained entry into at least 20 motor vehicles in the Wakefield neighborhood in Waldorf. The vehicles were ransacked and items were stolen including an iPod touch, silver half dollar coins, a backpack, cash, and a folding knife. Officer B. Chambers is investigating.
 
STRONG-ARM ROBBERY: On November 6 at 10:50 p.m., officers responded to the 4100 block of Bluebird Drive in Waldorf for the report of a strong-arm robbery. Investigation revealed the victim was delivering pizzas when he was encountered by two males who struck him in the face and then took money and food items. The suspects then fled the scene on foot in an unknown direction. PFC R. Herbert is investigating.
 
VANDALISM: On November 5 at 12:04 p.m., officers responded to Crain Highway at Mattawoman Drive for the report of vandalism. Investigation revealed that an unknown suspect spray-painted profanities on the large brick “Welcome to Waldorf” sign. PFC J. Pogar is investigating.
 
CARJACKING: On November 4 at approximately 9:04 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 2800 block of Crain Highway in Waldorf for the report of a carjacking. Investigation revealed the victim was parked in front of the business, waiting for her daughter to finish work when a male subject approached and entered her vehicle. The victim's 6-year-old daughter was sitting in the back seat. A struggle ensued between the victim and suspect. When Patrol Officers arrived, the suspect was still in the vehicle. Arthur Lewis Gantt, 51, of Waldorf, was arrested and charged with the carjacking. PFC M. Nauman investigated.
 
FIRST-DEGREE ASSAULT: On November 4 at approximately 12:07 a.m., officers responded to a motel located in the 11000 block of Crain Highway in Newburg for the reported assault. Investigation revealed there was an argument between several parties over cigarettes when the suspect pulled out a knife and thrusted it toward a victim as if he was going to stab her. James Clifton Johnson, 35, of Waldorf, was arrested and charged with first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and robbery. PFC W. Halt investigated.
 
ATTEMPTED FIRST-DEGREE BURGLARY: Sometime between the hours of 7:50 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on November 3, unknown suspect(s) forced entry to a front door of a residence on Riverside Run Drive in Indian Head, causing damage to the door and frame. Nothing appears to have been stolen. Cpl. J. Rager is investigating.
 
ARMED ROBBERY / SHOOTING UPDATE: On October 26 at approximately 2 p.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff's Office along with troopers from the Maryland State Police responded to a motel located in the 3500 block of Crain Highway in Waldorf for the reported shooting. Officers located the shooting victim in the lobby of the business suffering from a single gunshot wound to his right hip. The victim was flown out to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The investigation revealed the victim was gambling in his motel room along with two adult male suspects, when one of the suspects pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded his money and personal property. The victim ran out of the room; however, one of the two suspects shot him as he was fleeing from the room. Both suspects fled the scene immediately following the shooting and were not located during the initial investigation. Rayvon Marquis Drayton, 20, of Waldorf, was quickly developed as one of the two suspects, and a warrant was obtained for his arrest. On November 3 at approximately 12:28 a.m., Drayton turned himself in and was arrested and charged with attempted first and second-degree murder, first and second-degree assault, and armed robbery, amongst other charges. The identity of the second suspect remains unknown at this time. Detective C. Shankster is investigating.
 
HANDGUN IN VEHICLE: On November 2 at approximately 1:30 p.m., PFC C. Chamblee conducted a traffic stop on the accused vehicle for traffic violations. When he made contact with the driver, the officer observed a handgun sticking out from beneath the floor mat under the driver’s feet. The driver, Eric Hudson, III, 24, of Waldorf, was arrested and the gun, which was loaded, was recovered.
 
BURGLARY / ASSAULT UPDATE: On October 16 at approximately 3:40 a.m., patrol units responded to the 2600 block of Avon Place in Waldorf for the report of a home invasion. Investigation revealed an unknown suspect entered the victim’s residence and stole cash and credit cards. The victim, a 91-year-old woman, confronted the intruder and was assaulted. On November 1 at approximately 2:35 p.m., the suspect, a 15-year-old male, was charged on a Juvenile Arrest Report and released to his parents. Cpl. R. Johnson and PFC C. Gustafson investigated.
 
THEFT OF TRAILER: Sometime between October 29 and October 31, unknown suspect(s) stole a 24-foot trailer from the 12000 block of La Plata Road in Waldorf. The trailer contained one Bobcat and two zero-turn lawnmowers. PFC S. Hooper is investigating.

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Commissioner-Appointed Board, Committee, and Commission Vacancies Open

he Charles County Commissioners are seeking county residents to fill vacancies on several boards, committees, and commissions.
 
The Homeowner’s Association Dispute Review Board hears and resolves disputes between a homeowners’ association and a homeowner regarding the covenants or restrictions of the homeowners’ association. Members serve three-year terms. Seeking a member who is a resident of a self-managed or professional HOA community and at-large member.
 
The Agricultural Land Preservation Advisory Board advises the county officials on establishment of agricultural districts and the approval of purchases of easements by the foundation with the county.
 
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.
 
Additional vacancies include: 
Adult Public Guardianship Review Board
Alarm Review Board
Area Council on Aging
Business Development Loan Fund for Women, Minorities, and Veterans
Board of Appeals
Board of License Commissioners (Liquor Board) District 1
Commissioner for Women
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council 
Ethics Commission
Heritage Commission 
Historic Preservation Commission
Homeowner’s Association Dispute Review Board
Library Board of Trustees
Mental Health Advisory Board
Planning Commission
 
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 or by contacting Carol DeSoto, Senior Commissioner Specialist, at 301-645-0691 or DesotoC@CharlesCountyMD.gov

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Accokeek Man Arrested For Child Pornography

(Accokeek, MD) – A Prince George’s County man was arrested and charged this morning after a Maryland State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigation developed evidence supporting charges of distribution and possession of child pornography.
 
The suspect is identified as Austin Whyte, 23, of Accokeek, Md.  He is charged with three counts of distribution of child pornography and six counts of possession of child pornography.  Whyte was arrested at his residence without incident at approximately 8:45 a.m. this morning. He is currently awaiting an appearance before a court commissioner.
 
The Maryland State Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force became involved after receiving a referral from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in reference to the distribution of child pornography from a specific internet address.  The task force assumed the investigation, which led to the identification of a residence and issuance of a search warrant for that location.
 
This morning, the Maryland State Police served the search warrant at Whyte’s residence, accompanied by law enforcement personnel from Homeland Security Investigations and Prince Georges County Police.  A preliminary forensic review of the suspect’s electronic devices indicated it held multiple files of child pornography.  Whyte was arrested at his residence without incident.
 
The Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit coordinates the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  This is a combined law enforcement effort involving police departments across Maryland that is funded by a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.  Task force investigators focus on identifying those involved in child pornography via the Internet and other related crimes that victimize children.
Austin Whyte, 23, of Accokeek, Md

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Fort Washington Woman Killed In Waldorf Accident

On November 8 at 1:06 a.m., officers responded to the report of a motor vehicle crash near the intersection of Old Washington Road and Kaine Place in Waldorf. Investigation showed the driver of a passenger car was traveling south on Old Washington Road when he struck the side of a tractor-trailer that was backing into a business. A female passenger in the car, Gloria Holley Donawa, 69, of Fort Washington, MD, had critical injuries and was transported to a hospital where she died a few hours later. The driver of the car, a 32-year-old male, and the driver of the tractor-trailer, a 38-year-old male, were not injured. PFC P. E. McPherson of the Traffic Operations Unit is investigating.

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Maryland Secretary of State John Wobensmith Announces Dissolution of Deceptive Veterans Charity

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Secretary of State John C. Wobensmith and Attorney General Brian Frosh today announced that Maryland and 24 other states have approved a settlement with VietNow National Headquarters, Inc., an Illinois nonprofit corporation, resulting in the organization’s dissolution.  
 
Since March 2015, VietNow – which also uses the name VeteransNow – had been raising money using deceptive telemarketing solicitation scripts. In response to the investigation by attorneys general from multiple states, including Maryland, VietNow admitted that it had not funded any programs assisting veterans. In addition, other VietNow scripts claimed that VietNow provided “medical facilities and treatment” to veterans but VietNow’s response identified no such programs. According to VietNow’s own fundraising report, less than 5% of funds raised went to its charitable programs. VietNow reported raising nearly $2 million nationwide.  
 
“Scam artists who falsely claim to help veterans actually harm reputable veterans’ charities who, in fact, provide essential programs and services that support our troops and their families,” said Secretary of State Wobensmith. “We urge potential donors to be wary. These scammers are on the lookout for ways to take advantage of donors, often preying on those who want to help veterans. If you choose to give, please donate to well-established charities. We urge donors to check our website to determine if a charity is eligible to solicit in Maryland. Remember, give wisely and be wary of sketchy charities.”
 
“Scam veteran charities prey upon the generosity and goodwill of consumers who choose to support our veterans and military families,” said Attorney General Frosh. “Nationwide, we’ve stopped yet another sham charity from defrauding the public.”
 
The settlement appoints a receiver to dissolve VietNow and also obtains injunctive relief against VietNow’s directors and officers. The settlement also requires their cooperation in investigations of VietNow’s professional fundraisers. Upon dissolution, VietNow’s remaining funds will be paid to two national and well-respected veterans’ charities, Fisher House Foundation and Operation Homefront.

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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

Burglary: 17-57836
On November 2, 2017 Deputy Sampson responded to Yardley Drive, Prince Frederick for the report of a burglary. The victim stated when they arrived home, they noticed the gate on their side fence had been opened along with the back shed door. A search was conducted of the residence and shed with negative results for any stolen items. However, the victim stated the ladder found leaning on the shed door, was usually inside the shed. 
 
Burglary: 17-57851
On November 2, 2017 Deputy Barger responded to Alta Drive, Sunderland for the report of a burglary. The victim stated that unknown suspect(s) had broken into their shed. The victim stated the suspect(s) had cut and removed the Tumbler combination lock and stole a 100ft extension cord from inside the shed. The victim also noticed multiple items around the back porch of the residence that did not belong to them including red plastic gas cans, a red bolt cutter, black plastic funnel, black bucket, and various copper and steel pipe fittings in the woods behind the residence. The value of the stolen property is $65.
 
Theft: 17-57206
On October 30, 2017 Deputy R. Evans responded to Caudles Way, Saint Leonard for the report of a theft from vehicle. The victim stated that sometime between October 29th at 4:00pm and October 30th at 7:30am an unknown suspect(s) entered their unlocked vehicle, stealing a backpack leaf blower and a foldout hedge trimmer. The value of the stolen property is $750.
 
Theft: 17-57519
On October 31, 2017 Deputy Hardesty responded to Clay Hammond Road, Prince Frederick for the report of a theft from vehicle. The victim stated sometime between October 30th at 3:30pm and October 31st at 8:00am an unknown suspect(s) entered two vehicles in the driveway, removing items out of each vehicle. The items included a bag containing multiple leather jackets, a tiara, a spring jacket, and a box with leftovers containing funnel cake fries. The value of the stolen property is $650. 
 
Theft: 17-57857
On November 2, 2017 Deputy Sampson responded to the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office for the report of a theft. The victim stated on October 24th their UPS package containing a TomTom 5.0 Touchscreen GPS was stolen from their front porch of their residence located on Childress Trail, Lusby. The value of the stolen property is $150.
 
Damaged Property: 17-57306
On October 30, 2017 Deputy R. Evans responded to Olivet Road, Lusby for the report of damaged property. The victim stated that sometime between October 27th at 4:00pm and October 28th at 8:50am an unknown suspect(s) intentionally damaged the weather stripping of their vehicle. The estimated damaged property is $25.
 
Damaged Property: 17-58158
On November 4, 2017 Deputy Locke responded to Beach Drive, Chesapeake Beach for the report of damaged property. The victim stated sometime between November 3rd at 11:00pm and November 4th at 8:00am unknown suspect(s) struck their vehicle with a BB gun leaving dents in the door and shattering the right rear window of their vehicle. The estimated damaged property is $500. 
 
ARRESTS:
 
On November 2, 2017 Deputy Boerum responded to the 7-Eleven located at 15 N Solomons Island Road for a trespass complaint. Deputy Boerum arrived on scene to make contact with the subject later identified as Aaron Ballard (33) of Prince Frederick, who was currently being detained by an off duty deputy. Deputy Boerum confirmed the trespass order with Emergency Communications, and placed Ballard into custody. Ballard was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with Trespass: Private Property.
 
On November 2, 2017 Deputies responded to the Prince Frederick WAWA for the report of possible CDS activity. Deputy DeFelice responded on scene and located the vehicle matching the description provided by Emergency Communications. Deputy DeFelice observed the vehicle leave the parking lot at a high rate of speed, and failed to stop at the stop sign. It was also confirmed, the registration plates displayed on the vehicle belonged to a different vehicle. Deputy DeFelice initiated a traffic stop, making contact with the driver identified as Nicholas Gegor (30) of Chesapeake Beach and the passenger as Rachel Pitcher (28) of Broomes Island. Deputy Wilson was on scene and performed a K9 scan of the vehicle which revealed a positive alert for narcotics. A search of the vehicle and persons was conducted revealing narcotics and paraphernalia. Deputy Boerum placed Gegor under arrest and transported him to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possesion-not marijuana (Oxycodone), CDS: Possession with intent to Distribute: Narcotics, and CDS: Possession Paraphernalia. Deputy Wilson placed Pitcher under arrest and transported her to the Calvert County Detention Center where she was charged with CDS: Possession with intent to Distribute: Narcotics and CDS: Possession-not marijuana (Oxycodone). 

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Former High School Teacher Indicted On Sexual Abuse Of A Minor Charge

On November 6, Charles County Sheriff’s officers arrested LaToya Niccole Parker, 40, of Waldorf, after a Charles County Grand Jury indicted her on charges of sexual abuse of a minor, displaying sexual material to a minor, and solicitation of a minor. The incidents occurred between the fall of 2016 and March 2017 while Parker was a teacher at St. Charles High School and involved a student. The allegations were reported in May 2017. The case was presented to the grand jury on November 3, during which Parker was charged in a sealed indictment. The indictment was unsealed today during a court proceeding. Parker was released from custody on a $20,000 bond. The conditions of her release include no contact with minors and electronic monitoring.  

LaToya Niccole Parker, 40, of Waldorf

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Police Warn Of Lottery Scam

Recently, a citizen was mailed a letter indicating they had won 4.5 million dollars from a European PowerBall.  The letter states there was a mix-up with the drawing of the PowerBall number, and tickets, as a result, the citizen has now won third place.  The letter requested phone contact or email, to begin the process to claim the prize. If contact is made, the “lottery employee” will request items such as bank account numbers, credit card numbers to pay the fee to transfer money, and personal information to verify you are the winner.  While the letter may appear to be authentic the Federal Trade Commission and Mega Millions Lottery Game warn it is a fake. 
 
Mega Millions offers these tips to avoid being a victim of this scam:
 
If someone says you have won the lottery, but you have never played, be suspicious. You cannot win a legitimate lottery if you have never purchased a ticket.
 
If advised to keep your “win” confidential, be suspicious.
 
No real lottery tells winners to put up their own money in order to collect a prize.  If you have to pay a fee to collect your winnings, you haven’t won.
 
If they offer to wire the “winnings” directly to your bank account, do not give them your bank account information. 
 
If you have any questions or if you have been a victim of a scam, contact the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office at (301) 475-8008.  

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Recreation and Parks Announces Project to Replace the Great Mills Pool Bubble

Leonardtown, MD - The Department of Recreation & Parks is set to replace the bubble at the Great Mills Pool. The project includes the total replacement of the inflatable bubble structure, new doors and supporting air handling units. New LED lighting will be installed to enhance visibility inside the replacement structure.
 
Work is tentatively scheduled to be done between March 5 and March 16, 2018.  Dates are subject to change based on factors such as weather and/or construction delays.
 
For more information or questions please contact Recreation & Parks at 301-475-4200, ext. *1800.

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Charles County Commissioners December Town Hall Meeting

The Charles County Commissioners invite the public to attend the December town hall meeting as scheduled below. The purpose of the Commissioner town hall meeting is to take questions from those in attendance and to discuss items of importance to the citizens and the community.
Board of County Commissioners Quarterly Town Hall Meeting (District 4)
Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m.
County Government Building in the Commissioners Meeting Room (200 Baltimore Street, La Plata) 
Future town hall meeting dates are available at www.CharlesCountyMD.gov. 
 
Residents are encouraged to email questions to be discussed at the town hall meeting to the Citizen Response Office at CitizenResponse@CharlesCountyMD.gov or call 301-645-0550.  Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 866-269-9006.

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Police Looking To I.D. Suspected Truck Thief

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured below. On Friday, October 29, 2017, between 2 AM and 7 AM, the suspect who appears to be a white female, entered the victim’s unlocked truck. The truck was parked in the 44400 block of Clarkes Landing Road, Hollywood, Maryland.  A blue gym bag containing 3 Dallas Cowboys Reebok jerseys, size 52 was stolen. The jerseys were a Dez Bryant throwback jersey, a white Jason Witten jersey, and a white Tony Romo jersey. Also contained in the bag was a men’s gray XL Dallas Cowboys hooded sweatshirt and 2 women’s Dallas Cowboys hats. Anyone with information regarding this incident and/ or about the identity of the person pictured above is asked to contact Dfc. Steinbach at 301-475-4200 x *8055 or email Rozier.Steinbach@stmarysmd.com  Ref CCN 56980-17  

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Man Arrested During Traffic Stop For Handgun Violation

On Monday, November 6, 2017, at 0806 hours, Trooper A. Roth and Trooper First Class T.
Hooten conducted a traffic stop on a black Ford Expedition for an inoperable stop light on
northbound US Route 301, north of Rosewick Road, La Plata, MD. Upon making contact with the operator, Lydon Cordell Roane, 50 , of King George, Virginia. Trooper Roth notice during his conversation with Roane that the glove box was open and revealed Federal Premium 9MM Luger ammunition.
A search of the vehicle revealed a Glock 26, 9MM handgun. A search through
NCIC/MILES/MVA revealed Roane did not have a valid handgun permit through the State of
Maryland.
Roane was transported to the Charles County Detention Center for processing. Roane was charge with
CR4203 – Handgun in Vehicle and R4203 – Handgun on Person
 

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I.D. Needed Of Suspected Purse Thief (Photo)

The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured above.  Sometime between Saturday, October 21, 2017, at 12 noon, and Tuesday, October 26, 2017, at 3 PM,  the victim's purse was stolen from the 38000 block of East Edinview Court, Mechanicsville, Maryland.  On Tuesday, October 26, 2017, at 3:32 PM, the suspect used the victim's stolen credit card to make a purchase at the California Walmart located on Miramar Way.  Anyone with information about this incident and/or the identity of the thief is asked to contact Deputy Holdsworth at (301) 475-4200 extension *8089 or by email at Daniel.Holdsworth@stmarysmd.com  REF CASE# 56561-17  

 

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Second District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad Commissions a New Rescue Boat

ANNAPOLIS, MD - Delegate Deborah Rey and Chief Gary Joy are excited to announce the Second District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad (SDVFDRS) are the proud recipients of a new rescue and fire boat obtained through the Department of Defense Fire Fighter Property (FFP) Program.  The 25-foot SAFE boat and trailer was acquired in May 2017 and enters service today.  Mike Wilson, a member of the department, spearheaded the project to acquire the vessel to replace the current Boat 6.
“I’m very thrilled this day is finally here. This vessel culminates 2 years of effort by Mr. Wilson to expand the capabilities of the department and save the taxpayers money at the same time” notes Delegate Rey. “Mr. Wilson asked me to get the state to enter into the DoD Fire Fighter Property Program.”  Rey worked with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to make that happen.  Seeing the value of the program, DNR developed the Memorandum of Understanding with the federal government so Maryland fire departments could access surplus DoD firefighting equipment for their departments.  
 
Chief Gary Joy, the Chief of the Second District Volunteer Fire Department said, “The entire department is excited about this new capability.  All our volunteers will want to be on the boat.  This vessel increases our ability to rescue boaters in a 6 foot seas where our current vessel is only rated up to 4 foot seas.”  
 
“I knew the Department of Defense declared excess or surplus a number of marine vessels each year and I felt it would be cost effective for SDVFDRS to take advantage of the opportunity to replace our current vessel with a vessel via the FPP program”, said Wilson.
 
Members Mike Scrivener, Joe Scrivener, Jason Bean and Adam Bodner took charge of outfitting the new vessel with two new Honda 225 horse-power engines and new electronics.
 
The FPP program saves the citizens of Maryland a lot of money.  Thanks to Delegate Rey and Mr. Wilson, St. Mary’s County, SDVFDRS and the citizens of the 2nd District saved $400,000 on this acquisition.
 

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The Great American Smokeout November 16th

Get ready to lose the habit and become victorious over tobacco. Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society event, the Great American Smokeout. The Great American Smokeout challenges people to stop using tobacco for this one day in the hope they may quit for good.
 
About 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. In St. Mary’s County, 14.5% of adults and 22.6% of youth are currently using tobacco products.
 
This year on November 16, encourage someone you know to use the day to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. By quitting – even for 1 day – smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk.
 
There are many resources that can help someone quit smoking:
FREE Quit Tobacco Classes are offered regularly throughout the community by the St. Mary’s County Health Department. Call (301) 475-4330 or go to www.smchd.org/tobacco for more information.
Local Nicotine Anonymous® Meetings are held weekly at On Our Own of St. Mary’s County. Call (301) 997-1066 for more information.
The State of Maryland offers a FREE Tobacco Quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW), available 24 hours a day, seven days per week, to support residents who would like to quit tobacco.
SmokefreeTXT is a free text messaging program that gives 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips for becoming smoke-free and being healthier. Sign up at: smokefree.gov/smokefreetxt.
Get involved in community action to reduce tobacco use in St. Mary’s County or access additional resources at: healthystmarys.com/tobacco-free-living.

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