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Public Assistance Sought In Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland To Identify Suspect Wanted In Cecil County Armed Home Invasion

(North East, MD) Maryland State Police continue to search in Maryland and neighboring states for one of numerous suspects wanted in connection with an armed home invasion in Cecil County.
 
Investigators believe the suspect pictured below, along with at least three others, was involved in an armed home invasion that occurred in an apartment complex in the North East area on April 25, 2019. Police believe the suspect(s) brandished handguns and violently assaulted a pregnant woman inside her apartment before fleeing the scene.  Police do not believe this is a random act of violence.
 
Investigators are seeking the assistance of citizens in both Delaware and in Maryland to help identify the man pictured below. Citizens are urged to contact the Maryland State Police via phone at 410-996-7814 or 410-996-7800 with any information.  The suspects in this case should be considered armed and dangerous.

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St. Mary's County Local Management Board Seeking Citizens to Serve on Board of Directors

The St. Mary’s County Local Management Board is seeking citizens interested in serving on its board of directors.  The Local Management Board (LMB) serves as the primary structure in the county charged with creating an effective system of services, supports and opportunities that improve the lives for all children, youth and families. 
 
The LMB designs and implements strategies to maintain standards of accountability and influences the allocation of resources to build local partnerships, eliminate fragmentation and duplication of services.  Board members must be residents of St. Mary’s County, be willing to serve a three-year term and are expected to attend all board meetings.
 
The board meets on the third Friday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Room 14 of the Potomac Building, 41770 Baldrige Street, Leonardtown, MD.
 
If you are interested in this unique opportunity, please visit the website at http://www.co.saint-marys.md.us/boards/

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Lexington Park Man Arrested For Calvert Bank Robbery

Detectives from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office spent countless hours over the past two weeks exploring all leads to apprehend the suspect in the PNC Bank Robbery that took place on May 9, 2019 in Owings, MD. Detectives were able to determine a suspect using all available technology in law enforcement investigations.
Leads took Detectives to Donald Edward Rankin, 63 of Lexington Park, MD, who has a lengthy criminal history to include illegal narcotic use and sexual abuse of a minor where he was currently wanted through a neighboring jurisdiction.
The investigation took detectives and members of the warrant apprehension unit to a hotel in Prince George’s County on May 18, 2019 where the suspect was taken into custody without incident.
Rankin was processed and charged with Armed Robbery, 1st Degree Assault, 2nd Degree Assault, Illegal Handgun Possession and Theft Over $1500. Rankin and is being held at the Calvert County Detention Center on a No Bond Status pending an additional bond review on Monday, May 20, 2019.
Detectives would like to thank the community for their assistance in this investigation and the many leads that were sent.

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Man Killed In Mechanicsville Accident - Under Investigation

On May 18, 2019, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 40900 block of New Market Turner Road in the area of Rustin Family Way, for the reported motor vehicle collision. Upon arrival a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier, with three occupants, was located off the roadway into a tree. The operator of the vehicle, Avery Leslie Stokes, age 18 of Indian Head, and the front seat passenger Alexandra Catherine Howard, age 18 of Mechanicsville, were flown to area trauma centers for incapacitating injuries. The rear seat passenger, Thomas Edward Douglas, age 63 of Mechanicsville, was pronounced deceased on scene. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and continued the investigation.
 
Preliminary investigation determined the vehicle was traveling eastbound on New Market Turner Road when for unknown reasons the vehicle crossed the centerline, overcorrected and left the roadway striking a tree. At this time driver error and lack of seatbelt usage appear to be contributing factors in the fatal collision. Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or any events leading to the collision is asked to contact Corporal Brandon Foor at (301) 475-4200 extension *2265 or by email at Brandon.Foor@stmarysmd.com.

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Deceased Man identified in Early Morning Pedestrian Collision on Crain Highway in Upper Marlboro

Upper Marlboro, Maryland– Maryland State Police have identified the deceased Waldorf man stuck and killed in an early morning, pedestrian collision that occurred on Maryland Route 301 (Crain Highway) at Rosaryville Road in Prince George’s County on Sunday.
 
On scene investigation with troopers from the Forestville Barrack, members of the Maryland State Police CRASH Team, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner revealed that Just before 5 AM Sunday morning, May 19, 2019, Adrian Harris, 26, of Waldorf, Maryland was walking southbound in the left travel lane of Crain Highway in the area of Roasaryville Road with his back to traffic when he was struck by a 2016 Chevrolet Cruze that was also traveling southbound. The driver of the Chevrolet, Lewis Walker, 24, of Waldorf stated that he believed he struck a deer in the roadway and pulled off in a safe area a short distance from the scene of the collision, where he activated the OnStar Services feature on his vehicle to report the collision. Lewis declined to have emergency services respond to the scene as he thought it was only a property damage collision with an animal.
 
At approximately 0538 hours, the MSP Forestville Barrack received a call regarding a person lying in the center median in the area of Southbound US Route 301 at Rosarvyille Road. Upon arrival on scene, the troopers located the body of Harris laying partially in the grass median. Prince George’s County EMS responded to the scene and pronounced Harris deceased at the scene.
 
Troopers located the Chevrolet Cruze driven by Walker a short distance away with front end and windshield damage. The Chevrolet was also occupied by the driver’s mother, Dorothy Jones, 56, of Waldorf. Both Walker and Jones cooperated with troopers during the investigation and there were no indications of impairment by alcohol or drugs from either.
 
A portion of southbound US Route 301 between Rosaryville Road and Frank Tippett Road remained closed for several hours for the investigation. The Maryland State Police CRASH Team, Maryland Department of Transportation, Office of Chief Medical Examiner, and Prince George’s County Fire/ EMS Department assisted with the lane closure and on-scene investigation. The investigation into the early morning collision is ongoing.
 
Citizens are reminded that Maryland law requires that anytime a driver is involved in a personal injury or property damage collision, the driver is required to remain at the scene and notify law enforcement officials. Additionally pedestrians should be sure to wear clothing or other accessories that are brightly colored or reflective for safety, especially when walking or running along roadways during hours of darkness and follow all pedestrian traffic laws.
 
Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or has information that could assist with the investigation is asked to call the Maryland State Police Forestville Barrack at 301-568-8101.

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St. Mary's County Commission On Aging Seeking New Members

The St. Mary’s County Commission on Aging (COA) is seeking members with an interest in improving St. Mary’s County for its senior population.
 
The COA is integral in bringing awareness to the needs of the senior community. Commissioners of St. Mary’s County appoint volunteer members to the COA to represent the senior citizen community. Volunteers are needed to ensure the needs and concerns of the senior community are met. The COA provides the Commissioners with advice and assistance concerning county programs and resources offered for the senior residents of St. Mary’s County. Also, the COA works with the community to develop awareness and understanding of the problems and concerns of the senior population.
 
 The nominations for the COA are open; new appointments will be made in June. Please respond by May 30, 2019. Volunteers do not need to be senior citizens to become members of the COA. Please Contact Diane Gleissner at 301-475-4200 ext. 71700; or diane.gleissner@stmarysmd.com

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Calvert County Government Announces Memorial Day Schedules

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners announces county offices will be closed Monday, May 27, 2019, in observance of Memorial Day. In addition:
 
·         The county senior centers will be closed and Meals on Wheels will not be delivered. However participants are provided shelf-stable meals in advance.
 
·         There will be no county bus service Monday, May 27. Regular service will resume on Tuesday, May 28.
 
·         Calvert Library locations will be closed Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27. Online services are available.
 
·         All community centers will be closed on Monday, May 27.
 
·         All recreation parks including Dunkirk, Hallowing Point and Cove Point parks will be open normal hours.
 
·         The Appeal Landfill and county convenience centers will be closed Monday, May 27.
 
·         The Water & Sewerage billing and customer service office will be closed. The Solomons Septage Receiving Facility will be closed.  On-call crews will be available for water and sewer service emergencies only at 410-535-3491.
 
·         Chesapeake Hills Golf Course will be open May 27 with normal hours.
 
·         The Calvert Marine Museum and store will be open May 27 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
 
·         Flag Ponds Nature Park, Battle Creek Cypress Swamp and Kings Landing Park will be open with normal park hours.
 
·         Kings Landing pool will open for the season Saturday, May 25 from noon-7:45 p.m. and will be open Monday, May 27. Normal pool hours are Saturdays and Sundays, noon-7:45 p.m. through June 14. 
 
·         Cove Point pool will open for the season Saturday, May 25 at 10 a.m. and will be open Monday, May 27 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Normal pool hours are Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. through June 14. 
 
·         Edward T. Hall Indoor Aquatic Center will be open with normal hours May 27.
 
·         The Solomons Visitor Center will be closed May 27.
 
·         The Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter and Animal Control Division will be closed on Monday, May 27.
 
Information on Calvert County Government services can be found online at www.calvertcountymd.gov. Find Calvert County Government on Facebook.

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St. Mary's County Government Operations for Memorial Day

Leonardtown, MD – In observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 27, all St. Mary’s County Government administrative offices will be closed.  Offices will reopen on Tuesday, May 28 at their normal times.
 
The St. Andrews Landfill, six (6) Convenience Centers and St. Mary’s Transit System (STS) will be closed on Monday, May 27.  The six (6) Convenience Centers and STS will be open for normal business hours on Sunday, May 26 and Tuesday, May 28. The St. Andrews Landfill (normally closed on Sundays) will be open on Saturday, May 25 and reopen Tuesday, May 28.
 
All three branches of the St. Mary’s County Library (Charlotte Hall, Leonardtown and Lexington Park) will be closed on Monday, May 27.
 
All three Senior Activity Centers (Garvey, Loffler and Northern) will be closed and there will be no Meals on Wheels deliveries on May 27.
 
The St. Clement’s Island and Piney Point Museums will be open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day throughout the holiday weekend.

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CCSO Hosts First Ever Motor Operator School; Two Officers Successfully Complete 80-Hour Program

On Friday, May 10, members of the CCSO Special Operations Division along with members of the Command Staff celebrated the graduation of two Traffic Operations Officers from the CCSO’s first ever Basic Motor Operator School. Corporal Terrell Hemsley and Corporal Ray Brooks successfully completed the rigorous 80-hour program, which was instructed by Sergeant Don Belfield and took place at Regency Furniture Stadium in White Plains.
 
Traditionally, officers were afforded the opportunity to participate in Basic Motor Operator School at other agencies throughout Maryland. This was the first year that the CCSO hosted its own course. The program, which was coordinated and executed by Sgt. Belfield and certified through the Maryland Police and Corrections Training Commission (MPCTC), included 80 hours of rigorous exercises. The officers were required to complete 16 different cone courses, off-road riding, a controlled fall, emergency braking, a long ride of over 200 miles, nighttime riding, and negotiating hills, to name a few. Upon completing Basic Motor Operator School, these officers will now join the ranks of others who participate in ceremonial escorts, presentations, and traffic enforcement.
 
At the graduation ceremony, Special Operations Section Commander Lt. Rey Aportadera commended Cpl. Hemsley and Cpl. Brooks for completing the intensive training as well as Sgt. Belfield for his dedication to making the program possible here in Charles County. “This strenuous program takes a great deal of determination and skill to complete, and we are proud that our officers were able to achieve that,” said Lt. Aportadera. “Sgt. Belfield and his motors expertise are invaluable to our Agency. We are grateful for the work he did in putting this program together.”

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Wanted for Escape-Brandon Lee Bates (Photo)

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of Brandon Lee Bates, age 26 of Charlotte Hall. Bates has an active warrant for the charge of escape second degree for violating the conditions of his pretrial release. Bates was previously arrested on theft charges. Bates is 5’10” in height, weighs 175 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes.
 
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Brandon Lee Bates is asked to contact Detective Austin Schultz at (301) 475-4200 extension *1953 or by email at Austin.Schultz@stmarysmd.com. Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.

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University System of Maryland Chancellor Not Seeking Contract Extension

BALTIMORE, Md. (May 16, 2019)—The University System of Maryland (USM) Chancellor Robert L. Caret today announced that he informed the Board of Regents on May 8, 2019 that he will step down from his position on June 30, 2020 and does not wish to be considered for a contract extension.
 
“Returning to the state where my career in public higher education began was a dream come true, but now is the time for me to move on and explore other professional options,” says Caret.
 
Caret started his career at Towson University in 1974 as a faculty member in the Chemistry Department. He subsequently served as dean, executive vice president, provost and, eventually, president. Caret left the Towson provost position to become president of San Jose State University in California and was later recruited to return as Towson University’s president. In 2011, Caret was named president of the five-campus University of Massachusetts system. In 2015, he was wooed back once again, this time returning as chancellor of USM. 
 
“Maryland launched my academic career, invited me to become president of the campus that meant so much to me and then asked me to become system chancellor,” says Caret. “Three times, Maryland has asked an immigrant’s son from a mill town in Maine to be part of this remarkable public university, and I am truly grateful to have had these opportunities to serve.”
 
Caret says he has spent the past 45 years “doing the work I was meant to do.”
 
Linda Gooden, Chair of the Board of Regents for the University System of Maryland says “During Chancellor Caret’s tenure, the system has built upon its role as an economic engine and economic catalyst for the state, with the number of degrees awarded rising to more than 42,000 per year – a figure that includes at least 80 percent of Maryland’s bachelor’s degrees.” 
 
During Caret’s tenure, enrollment has increased from 164,000 to 176,000 students across the system, coinciding with an increase in diversity and inclusion. As the representation of minority students has risen at USM, so too have success levels for USM’s underrepresented minority students. 
 
Gooden adds, “Maryland’s higher education landscape is in a much better place due to Chancellor Caret’s innovative leadership, focus on growth and commitment to shaping young lives for tomorrow. He has made an indelible mark.” 
 
In addition to achieving increased enrollment, USM has worked hard to provide access to affordable, high-quality education by maintaining tuition affordability. As a result of the progress attained under Caret’s leadership, nearly 50 percent of USM undergraduate students now graduate without debt. And, USM’s sound management and fiscal policies have translated into savings of nearly $600 million and one of the nation’s top higher education bond ratings.
 
“As a young man growing up in a fading mill town, I instinctively understood that education was the answer -- that education was the ticket to a better life,” says Caret. “That was true then and it remains true today.”
 
Caret has ensured USM continues to instill a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in its students, Maryland and its citizens. In fiscal year 2018 alone, USM institutions, faculty, students and graduates attracted more than $1.4 billion in federal and privately funded research dollars. USM also established the Maryland Momentum Fund, a venture capital fund designed to provide early funding for start-up companies emerging out of USM research. To date, that fund has invested more than $1.8 million into USM-born start-up companies which has been matched with more than $5 million in outside investment funds.
 
“Public colleges and universities truly are the bridge to a more equitable society and are pathways to a better future, and we have to do everything we can to strengthen them and protect their vital mission,” Caret explains. 
 
During his years leading public university campuses and systems, Caret has been significantly involved with a number of national higher-education organizations. He recently served as chair of the National Association of System Heads and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Board of Directors. He also sits on the board of the Business-Higher Education Forum, the Higher Ed for Higher Standards Advisory Council and the Government University Industry Research Roundtable. He serves on numerous boards in Maryland, including the Greater Baltimore Committee, the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, e-Novation and BioHealth Innovation.
 
“I look forward to working with the Board and the Presidents over the next year to continue to move the System forward, to guide the seach committees in the hiring of the Presidents at the University of Maryland College Park and Coppin State University, to continue our efforts focused on student success, and the wide range of complex initiatives on our agenda,” says Caret.
 
Caret, age 71, is the son of a French-Canadian immigrant who ran a diner catering to mill workers in the small, coastal city of Biddeford, Maine. Biddeford’s mills closed during the 1950s and 1960s, and Caret has said that a defining experience for him was seeing many of the millworkers never earn another paycheck because they lacked the education and skills to find other work. Caret received his doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of New Hampshire and his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and mathematics from Suffolk University in Boston.
 
The Board of Regents will announce the details regarding a search for a new chancellor at a later date.

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Reps Announce More than $1.5 Million in Awards for Research at Maryland HBCUs

million in federal funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for research at two of Maryland’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Morgan State University will receive close to $1.25 million for a project aimed at broadening opportunities for African-American students to succeed in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields, entitled “PERSIST – Pathways to Enhance Retention of Students in Science to Transition.” Bowie State University will receive a $300,000 award to empower junior and mid-level faculty to expand the institution’s research capacity through a project entitled “Deciphering the Molecular Mechanisms Preceding the Aging Skeletal Muscle Phenotype.” Both grant awards begin in June of 2019
 
“I applaud Morgan State University and Bowie State University for being recognized by the National Science Foundation for their work in increasing the diversity of our STEM pipeline. These federal grant awards rightly recognize both the high caliber of the current researchers at these institutions, as well as the importance of ongoing federal investment to address racial disparities among researchers and students in the sciences,” said Senator Cardin. 
 
“These groundbreaking programs at Morgan State and Bowie State underscore the great work HBCUs are doing to encourage students interested in STEM – and this investment will boost their work and our entire economy,” said Senator Van Hollen, a member of the Budget and Appropriations Committees. “Ending racial disparity in STEM fields and giving students a pathway to success is critical for Maryland’s future, and I will continue working in Congress to make sure that we have the resources needed to provide the best education possible.”
 
The National Science Foundation (NSF) supports research, innovation, and discovery that provides the foundation for economic growth in this country. By advancing the frontiers of science and engineering, our nation can develop the knowledge and cutting edge technologies needed to address the challenges we face today and will face in the future.

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Governor Hogan Announces $255 Million in Additional Education Funding

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today released $255 million in additional education funding for fiscal year 2020, continuing his commitment of record investment in K-12 education. Since taking office, Governor Hogan has invested more than $32 billion in K-12 education.
 
Additionally, in a letter to General Assembly leaders, the governor announced he is allowing Senate Bill 1030 - The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future to take effect without his signature, citing concerns about lack of fiscal planning and inadequate accountability measures.
 
“Education has been—and continues to be—my top priority,” said Governor Hogan in the letter. “However, I have significant reservations about your short-sighted methods for implementing the Kirwan Commission’s final recommendations—namely that they will lead to massive increases in expenditures without providing the fiscal safeguards and much-needed accountability our students, parents, teachers, and taxpayers deserve.”
 
Fiscal Responsibility. During the 2019 legislative session, Governor Hogan backed many of the measures in the bill but reasonably urged that any additional spending to implement the recommendations of the Kirwan Commission be accompanied by robust fiscal safeguards. Calling the legislation “a blueprint without a design,” the governor expresses concern that “there is no plan—none—for how the State will fulfill its financial obligation based on the anticipated nearly $4 billion price tag.”
 
The latest Maryland Department of Budget and Management analysis indicates that full implementation of all Kirwan Commission recommendations would force the State to face a fiscal shortfall of approximately $18.7 billion. As a result, the Department estimates Maryland households would each be forced to pay an additional $6,200 more in taxes over the next five years.
 
Accountability. Additionally, after the Hogan administration introduced Accountability in Education measures two years in a row, the General Assembly included the governor’s Education Inspector General proposal in the presented bill. However, the measures proposed still fall short, with no structural mechanisms to fix perpetually failing schools.
 
“While it is encouraging that the legislature agreed to my proposal for an Inspector General to root out corruption and mismanagement, the bill still falls short of the accountability we need,” wrote the governor.
 
In the letter, the governor points to the state’s failure to make good on the work of the Thornton Commission, noting that more funding alone has not always added up to better outcomes for students and families.
 
“We simply cannot repeat the same mistakes that have failed Maryland students, their parents, teachers, and the taxpayers of our state for decades,” he concluded. “In the coming months, I look forward to working with you to develop a fiscally responsible proposal that both increases accountability and improves performance outcomes.”

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Charles Officers Apprehend Four Robbery Suspects

On May 8 at 11:36 p.m., officers responded to a motel in the 11000 block of Crain Highway in Glasva for the report of a citizen armed robbery. The victim reported two suspects, one who was armed with a gun, approached him as he was sitting outside his room and demanded his money and medication. The victim complied and the suspects fled in a gray Audi passenger car which was occupied by a driver and a passenger. M/Cpl. Kuhnow located the suspects’ vehicle traveling north on Route 301 in the area of Preference Drive. He initiated a traffic stop and the suspects were taken into custody. Joseph Robert Ellsworth Hayes, 22, of Nanjemoy; Jeffrey Carter, 23, of Bryans Road; Annaya Rachel Liverpool, 22, of Virginia and Teziah Marquis Randall, 18, of Bryans Road were charged with robbery, second-degree assault, and other related charges. Further, prior to entering the detention center, a body scanning machine revealed hidden contraband on Hayes. Forty pills, the same amount stolen from the victim, were recovered. PFC J. Harley is continuing the investigation.

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Breezy Point Beach & Campground Water Bacteria Levels Exceed Standards for Recreational Use

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – May 15, 2019 – The Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation announces Breezy Point Beach & Campground water bacteria levels exceed standards for recreational use. After the Calvert County Health Department conducted water testing, the facility was deemed a swim-at-your-own-risk location. The Department of Parks & Recreation has posted signs throughout the facility to make visitors aware of the bacteria levels and campers are being notified. The water will be retested today, May 15. Results will be available Friday, May 17.
 
The annual Breezy Point Beach Blast-Off event is still scheduled for Saturday, May 18 from 4 p.m. until dark. Additional staff will be present at the event and orange fencing has been installed to help restrict water access.
 
For more information on Parks & Recreation programs, visit online or call 410-535-1600, ext. 2649. For updates on Parks & Recreation services, park availability, field closures and more visit Parks & Recreation at www.Facebook.com/CalvertCountyParks. Like Calvert County Government on Facebook.

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Maryland's Wild Turtles Are On the Move

Wild turtles are currently heading to their breeding and nesting sites. During this time of year, wild turtles can often be seen crossing roads and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources urges drivers to be cautious and give turtles a “brake.”
 
Common turtles found on the road include eastern box turtles, snapping turtles, painted turtles and red-eared sliders.
 
If you need to help a turtle cross the road, check for traffic and move the turtle in the direction it was traveling, until it is safely out of vehicle lanes. Do not move the turtle to the side it started from or far away from where it is found. Turtles have specific territories and moving them too far away can cause more harm than good. Some species, such as snapping turtles, lay their eggs on land, so moving a pregnant female to water can impact her ability to lay eggs.
 
Handling turtles should be done with caution. Particular care should be taken with snapping turtles, which can inflict a serious bite. The animal should only be picked up gently using two hands, with your thumbs on the top of the turtle’s shell and other fingers supporting the underside of the shell. Handle the turtle only as long as needed to get it to safety.
 
While it may be tempting to take a wild turtle home, it is important for both the well-being of wildlife and people to keep wildlife wild. Like all animals in the wild, turtles can carry diseases and parasites; conversely they can live a long time and often need specialized care. In addition, several of Maryland’s turtle species are declining in the wild.
 
To protect turtles, the law prohibits the removal of some species from the wild. It is also illegal to possess any turtle under four-inches in length. Reptiles that have been bred in captivity, or which are not native to Maryland, may not be released into the wild. Only individual animals that were taken from the wild may be released back into the wild, and only if:
 
They have not been held in captivity with any other reptile or amphibian;
They have not been in captivity for more than 30 days; or
Written authorization is given by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
People who are interested in keeping a turtle as a pet can obtain more information from the Mid-Atlantic Turtle and Tortoise Society, which provides opportunities to adopt turtles and tortoises that cannot be released into the wild. 
 
The rules and regulations surrounding the taking and keeping of turtles and other reptiles are designed to protect native wild populations and to prevent the spread of disease. More information about permits for captive reptiles and conditions for release into the wild, as well as species lists, is available online.

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Great Mills Woman Wanted For Escape (Photo)

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of Serenity Faith Byrd, 27 of Great Mills, who is wanted on warrants for first- and second-degree escape. Byrd left an inpatient treatment center in Hagerstown without approval. Anyone with information about Byrd’s location is asked to contact Detective First Class James Bare at 301-475-4200, ext. *8118 or email james.bare@stmarysmd.com.
 
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff

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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

During the week of May 6 – May 12 deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,319 calls for service throughout the community. 
 
Damaged Property: 19-25145 
On May 6, 2019 Cpl. Wilson responded to Rousby Hall Rd, Lusby for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised sometime between May 3rd at 8:30 AM and May 5th at 8:30 PM an unknown suspect(s) attempted to remove a screen from their window and left the gate to their fence open. The value of damaged property is approximately $20.  
 
Damaged Property: 19-26062 
On May 11, 2019 Deputy Flynt responded to Chesapeake Lighthouse Drive, North Beach for the report of damaged property. The complainants advised sometime between midnight and 10:00 AM an unknown suspect(s) punctured two tires on the female’s 2017 Ford Focus and all four tires on the male’s 2018 Ford Focus. 
 
Damaged Property: 19-26215 
On May 12, 2019 Deputy Freeland responded to Harvard Road, St. Leonard for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised at approximately 4:00 AM he heard a loud noise in his living room and noticed his living room window was broken as well as one of his flower pots. The value of damaged property is approximately $500.  
 
Theft: 19-25810 
On May 9, 2019 Deputy O’Donnell responded to Safeway in Prince Frederick for the report of a theft. The complainant advised at 4:50 PM an unknown female stole a package of crab legs from the seafood section of the store. The value of stolen property is approximately $20.  
 
Theft: 19-25992 
On May 10, 2019 Deputy Mason responded to White Rock Road, Lusby for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between 8:20 AM and 3:00 PM an unknown suspect(s) stole $400 from her safe as well as $1,600 worth of shoes and clothes from her residence.  
 
Theft: 19-26190 
On May 12, 2019 Deputy Aurich responded to McIntosh Drive, Dunkirk for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between 11:00 PM and midnight on May 11th an unknown suspect(s) stole his cell phone from his residence while he had people over.  
 
Theft: 19-26260 
On May 12, 2019 Deputy Aurich responded to 6th Street, North Beach for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between May 11th at 6:30 PM and May 12th at 7:30 AM an unknown suspect(s) stole the rear registration plate from his truck.  
 
ARRESTS: 
On May 6, 2019 Deputy B. Wilson responded to HG Trueman Rd, Lusby for the report of a firearms complaint. The suspect, John Earl Drury (21), was heavily intoxicated and armed with a shotgun. Drury put the gun down, came out of the residence and was placed under arrest. He was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with 1st Degree Assault, 2nd Degree Assault, Reckless Endangerment, Intoxicated Endangerment and Firearm Use/Felony-Violent Crime.  
 
On May 10, 2019 Deputy T. Buckler conducted a traffic stop in the area of Cox Road and East Chesapeake Beach Road, Chesapeake Beach. While making contact with the occupants of the vehicle, Deputy Buckler observed money ($162) laying in the driver’s lap and a large pile of white powdery substance on the passenger seat. Both subjects were removed from the vehicle and detained. A search of the passenger, Tyier C. Brooks (29), revealed a container with approximately 13 grams of suspected heroin and $171. Standard field sobriety tests were conducted on the driver, Adam Dwain Bowen (31), which resulted in his arrest. Brooks and Bowen were both transported to the hospital due to their level of impairment. After being released from the hospital, they were transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where they were charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana and CDS: Possession with Intent to Distribute as well as multiple traffic citations for Bowen for driving under the influence.  
 
On May 10, 2019 Deputy Boerum responded to Calvert Health Medical Center for the report of a disorderly subject. Darryl Washington (56) was refusing to leave after being discharged and making verbal threats to staff. Washington was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Disorderly Conduct and issued a Trespass warning from CHMC. 
 
 On May 13, 2019 Deputy Bowlan responded to Buckets Sports Bar in Lusby for the report of a disorderly subject. Complainants advised Albert Roland Thomas (54) was waving money in their faces and doing pushups inside the bar before asked to leave. Thomas was found walking on the shoulder of Rousby Hall Road. Deputy Bowlan spoke with him and advised him he was free to be on his way, but Thomas became disorderly and stumbled into the roadway. Deputy Bowlan placed Thomas under arrest and transported him to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Failure to Obey Lawful Order, Resisting/Interfering with Arrest and Disorderly Conduct. 

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May 14th Charles County Commissioners Meeting Update

On Tuesday, May 14, the Board of Commissioners approved the Fiscal 2020 General Fund Budget of $425,097,500 and the Fiscal 2020-24 Capital Improvement Program budget of $546,000,000. Commissioners also set the Fiscal 2020 Real Property Tax Rate, which remains unchanged at $1.141 for County Government. Detailed information about the approved budget is available at www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/budgetprocess.
 
 
 
Open Session Briefings
 
Dr. Jeanne Bilanin, a representative from the University of Maryland’s Institute for Governmental Service and Research, briefed Commissioners on the charter and home rule forms of local government and compared their powers and limitations of governance.  Charles County operates under a home rule form of government, and Bilanin provided an overview of the process that would be required to pursue a charter. She discussed how the change would affect the County Government’s organizational structure and statutory authority. 
Budget staff presented the fiscal 2019 general fund quarterly update, and shared details about revenue and expenditure projections through June 30, 2019.
 
 
Approval Items
 
Commissioners were briefed on the Maryland Rural Legacy Program and reviewed a letter from the Charles County Agricultural Land Preservation Board requesting possible expansion of the Zekiah Watershed Rural Legacy Area. The program would support protection of assets in this designated rural legacy area, including farm and forest properties, historic sites, natural and cultural resources, and ecologically-sensitive areas. Commissioners approved the initiation of a public process to pursue the expansion of this designated area and seek state grant funding to support its preservation. 
 
 
 
Commissioners also approved the following budget requests:
 
A fiscal 2019 budget transfer request in the amount of $300,000 was transferred from sewer operations and maintenance and a budget amendment increase of $667,300 was transferred from 2019 fund balance for a temporary filtration system to meet contractual obligations with Competitive Power Ventures. The total fiscal 2019 funding for the temporary filtration system is estimated to cost $967,300.
A fiscal 2020 budget amendment increase of $1,091,300 for a temporary filtration system to meet contractual obligations with Competitive Power Ventures.
 
 
Recognitions
 
Commissioners presented a citation to the Center for Children in recognition of its 30th anniversary. The Center for Children provides behavioral and mental health services to children throughout Southern Maryland. View photo in Flickr.
Commissioners presented a proclamation to staff from the Charles County Health Department in recognition of May as Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month. This recognition is an opportunity to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis and encourage continued research for a cure.
Commissioners recognized Sheriff Troy Berry, sworn officers, and staff from the Sheriff’s Office for their contributions to public safety and presented proclamations for National Correctional Officers Week (May 7 – 13, 2019) and National Police Week (May 12 – 18, 2019). View photo in Flickr.

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Update: Theft Suspect's Identity Needed (Photos)

Update: The suspect has been identified
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured. On Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. at the California Walmart store, the suspect fraudulently used the self-checkout system to take dozens of items that were not paid for. Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call Cpl. Michael Worrey at 301-475-4200, ext. *8080 or email michael.worrey@stmarysmd.com. Case # 27635-19
 
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff

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Charles County Commissioners Adopt Fiscal 2020 Budget

On Tuesday, May 14, the Board of County Commissioners adopted a balanced General Fund budget of $425,097,500 for fiscal 2020, an increase of 5.1 percent from the previous year. The adopted budget enhances core services and invests in community priorities that foster economic development, protect natural resources, expand school capacity, and ensure public safety needs are met.
 
“The adoption of the annual operating and capital budgets is the most important decision that the Board of Commissioners makes each year. We have approved progressive, forward-thinking budget that reflects our commitment to enhance the quality of life we enjoy here in Charles County,” stated Commissioner President Reuben B. Collins, II, Esq. “The approved budget allocations facilitate business growth, support our youth, protect vulnerable populations, and enhance public amenities. This is just a first step, but an important one, to invest taxpayer dollars in areas that prepare us for the future.”
 
Budget Highlights
 
The General Fund budget funds the ongoing costs of government, and includes:
 
$8.67 million increase for Charles County Public Schools, to fund salary raises and open Billingsley Elementary School. The total allocation, which also includes funding for the Charles County Public Library and College of Southern Maryland, is $205.43 million, or 48.4 percent, of the General Fund budget.
$4.47 million increase for the Sheriff’s Office, to fund increased compensation for employees, additional staff for a forensics science unit, two new school resource officers, and additional support staff. The total allocation is $94.75 million, or 22.3 percent of the General Fund budget.
$2.33 million increase for County Government operations, to fund a merit increase, a cost-of-living increase effective Jan. 1, 2020 for eligible employees, part-time pay adjustments, additional paramedics/EMTs and dispatchers, operations of the Billingsley Elementary School Community Center, and a youth summer jobs program with the Tri-County Council. The total allocation is $65.73 million, or 15.5 percent, of the General Fund budget.
$4.97 million increase for other local government functions, to fund two additional attorneys for the State’s Attorney’s Office, fund a reserve to match the Teacher’s Incentive Grant pending state-funding approval, support conservation initiatives, meet debt obligations for capital improvement program, fund the development of the Velocity Center in Indian Head, and pursue studies to facilitate Commissioners’ goals and objectives.
The $546 million, five-year capital improvement program (fiscal 2020-2024) funds one-time expenditures that pay for community assets (schools, roads, parks, water and sewer, etc.), and includes:
 
School modifications and improvements for Benjamin Stoddert Middle School and Eva Turner Elementary School, full-day kindergarten additions at several elementary schools and other school maintenance projects;
Transportation projects, such as the road overlay program, traffic signal program, drainage system improvements, sidewalk improvements, Billingsley Road safety improvements, Western Parkway Phase III, and Old Washington Road reconstruction;
Construction of new facilities, including an animal shelter, VanGO maintenance facility, Waldorf Park Phase I, and La Plata library relocation;
Detention Center roof replacement and other maintenance-related projects and renovations;
Healthcare training facility for the College of Southern Maryland;
County technology investments in new financial software and radio communications system upgrades;
Support of conservation programs to protect the county’s natural resources;
Maintenance for county facilities, including courthouse renovations, park and playground revitalization, and improvement projects at Capital Clubhouse and Elite Gymnastics and Recreation Center.
The real property tax rate is $1.141 for County Government and $0.064 for Fire and Rescue per $100 of assessed value. The adopted fiscal 2020 budget details are available online at www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/budgetprocess.

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Family Of St. Mary's Woman, 35, Who Went Missing In Hawaii Offering Reward For Information

HAIKU, Hawaii - The parents of a Maryland woman living in Hawaii, who was reported missing after she went hiking, have offered a $10,000 reward.
 
The Maui News reported Sunday that 35-year-old Amanda Eller of Haiku was last seen Wednesday on a trail in the Makawao Forest Reserve on Maui.
 
Eller's parents offered the reward for information leading to her safe return prior to their scheduled arrival on Maui Sunday with other members of the Maryland-based family.
 
Eller's vehicle was found in a parking lot with her cellphone and wallet inside at the reserve 12 miles (19 kilometers) from her home in Haiku.
 
Police say the physical therapist was reported missing Thursday and a ground and air search was launched.
 
Authories say the search has included tracking dogs, helicopters, drones, and hundreds of volunteers on foot. Eller's Facebook page says she is from Mechanicsville, Maryland.

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Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Blotter

Possession of Tramadol Hydrochloride:  On 5/6/19 at 6:34 pm, Trooper First Class Costello stopped a vehicle on H. G. Trueman Rd. in Lusby for traffic violations.  Several criminal indicators were observed and a K-9 scan was requested.  K-9 Kano gave a positive alert for drugs.  A search was conducted and tramadol hydrochloride pills were located.  Ashley F. Miller, 20 of Lusby was placed under arrest and was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. 
 
Possession of Marijuana, Oxycodone & Alprazolam / Failed to Obey Lawful Order:  On 5/11/19 @ 08:01 pm, Corporal Oles stopped a vehicle for traffic violations on Hospital Road in Prince Frederick.   A strong odor of raw marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle.  A probable cause search revealed marijuana, oxycodone and alprazolam..  Crystal L. Magtutu, 31 of Port Republic was placed under arrest.  Magtutu repeatedly refused to follow orders and originally gave a false name.  She was additionally charged with failure to obey a lawful order and giving a false statement to police.  Magtutu was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.

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Update: Identity Needed for Theft Suspect (Photo)

The suspect has been located. 
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured. On Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 9:38 p.m., the suspect walked out of the California Walmart store with two “hover boards” without paying for them. The suspect was last seen getting into a gold-colored SUV operated by a white female with two young black males in the rear seats. Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call Deputy Richard Forbes at 301-475-4200, ext. *8048 or email richard.forbes@stmarysmd.com. Case # 26993-19
 
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff

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Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Population Rebounds With 60% Growth In 2019

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday that the results of the 2019 Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey showed that the Chesapeake Bay blue crab population increased 60% from last year.
 
Male, female and juvenile populations all increased and now stand at an estimated total population of 594 million crabs, according to the survey.
 
“We are proud of our administration’s strong record of skilled environmental stewardship, which begins with safeguarding the Chesapeake Bay,” Hogan said. “Today’s results are further proof and a shining example that our efforts to protect Maryland's blue crab population, while ensuring the health of our state’s most important natural asset, have been successful.”
 
The rise in adult abundance of blue crabs was higher than anticipated given a poor influx of juveniles in 2017 and 2018.
 
Since 2018, the adult female population increased 29% to 190 million, the adult male population increased 38% to 80 million and the juvenile crab population increased from 167 million to 324 million this year.
 
The adult female population climbed to 190 million, a 29% gain from 2018 and the adult male population increased to 80 million or 38%. Mild winter temperatures also helped increase both juvenile and adult blue crab overwintering survival rates.
 
“The female abundance of blue crabs is close to our target and the juvenile population is above average,” said Michael Luisi, the fisheries monitoring and assessment director for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. “We expect a lot of variability in the blue crab population, and taking a conservative approach offers stability for the fisheries in the face of swings in abundance.”
 
According to the survey, it’s believed the increase in adult populations was a sign that blue crab management has been successful at allowing more crabs to reach the spawning stock. Mild winter temperatures also are said to have helped increase both juvenile and adult blue crab populations.
 
“The blue crab population is both healthy and thriving, which is great news for the entire Bay,” Maryland Department of Natural Resources secretary Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio said. “Under Governor Hogan’s leadership, these results are a clear indication of the effectiveness of our management plan for blue crabs, an iconic species that is essential to Maryland’s economy and the Bay’s ecosystem.”
 
The Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment Committee will review the results of the survey and plan to release a full analysis this summer.
 
The Winter Dredge Survey has been conducted cooperatively by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science since 1990 and the results are reviewed annually in an effort to have consistent management efforts across the jurisdictions. Throughout the survey, biologists use dredge equipment to capture, measure, record and release blue crabs at 1,500 sites throughout the Chesapeake Bay from December through March.

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