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Man Charged With Attempted Second Degree Murder

On January 9 at approximately 8:40 p.m., officers responded to Washington Avenue in La Plata for the report of an assault which had occurred earlier in the evening. Investigation revealed at approximately 6:30 p.m. in the 3000 block of Palmer Place in Waldorf, a male suspect strangled the victim and threatened to kill her. The incident was interrupted by a roommate returning home. The victim was able to force the suspect off of her and fled the residence. The suspect also fled but was identified as Claude John Boushey, 25, of Waldorf. A warrant was issued for Boushey’s arrest, charging him with attempted second degree murder, first degree assault, second degree assault, and reckless endangerment. Officers in the Domestic Violence Unit located the suspect and served the warrant. PFC B. Rash investigated.

Claude John Boushey, 25, of Waldorf

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

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured.  On September 6, 2017, five suspects entered the Chick-fil-A Restaurant, located in California, Maryland, and removed a large water jug the establishment was using to collect monetary donations for Hurricane Harvey victims. The suspects were last seen leaving in a light colored SUV; possibly a Toyota RAV4. All of the suspects have since been identified except for the suspect pictured who is possibly named “Jay” or goes by the nickname “Jay”. 
 
Anyone with information is asked to contact DFC. Tirpak at (301) 475-4200 extension *8051, or by email at Sheena.Tirpak@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). 

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Substitute Teacher Charged with Child Pornography and Other Charges

Charles County Sheriff’s detectives arrested Keith Allan Krikstan, 30, of Waldorf, in connection with child pornography, displaying sexually explicit materials to a minor, and sexual abuse of a minor after officers received information he was having inappropriate contact with an adolescent girl. On January 11, several students at John Hanson Middle School reported to a Charles County Sheriff’s school resource officer that they were aware of a substitute teacher who was having inappropriate communication with another student. Officers learned Krikstan had obtained a cell phone number of a female student in December 2017 and began texting her. Soon after, they kept in contact via FaceTime and social media. Evidence showed Krikstan convinced the girl to send explicit photos to him and he sent some to her. Krikstan was immediately removed from the school and detectives served a search warrant, during which they recovered cell phones and computers. Forensic analysis will be conducted on the devices. Parents are encouraged to talk with their children about this situation and if they report anything inappropriate about Krikstan to contact Det. E. Webster at (301) 609-6558.

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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Arrests

On View Arrests:
 
Assault- On January 7, 2018, Dep. Budd responded to the 21000 block of Chancellors Run Road, in Great Mills, for a report of an assault.  Upon arrival contact was made with the victim who displayed injuries; the victim advised the injuries were caused by Suspect Tony Sylvester Thompson, age 46, of Great Mills.  According to the victim, Thompson tackled the victim to the ground causing injury to the victim's face and elbow.  Thompson was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree.  CASE# 1152-18
 
Weapons Violation/Trespassing- On January 8, 2018, in the 23000 block of Great Mills Road, located in Great Mills,  DFC. Gaskill became aware of a trespasser who was riding his bicycle  through the hallways.  DFC. Gaskill contacted the suspect and identified him to be Donte James Jeter-Prince, age 19, of Lexington Park.  Subsequent to arrest Jeter-Prince was found to be in possession of a folding knife.  Jeter-Prince was arrested and charged with Trespass on school grounds, Dangerous Weapon on School Property, and Dangerous Weapon Conceal.  CASE# 1255-18
 
Violation of Protective Order- On January 9, 2018, Cpl. Reppel responded to the 41000 block of Shadrick Street, located in Leonardtown, for a reported protective order violation.  Upon arrival 
Suspect Nicole Corine Underwood, age 27, of Leonardtown, was found on the premises, which is in violation of a final protective order.  Underwood was arrested and charged with Violation-Final Protective Order.  CASE# 1327-18
 
Attempting to Elude Uniformed Police-  On January 9, 2018, Dep. Holdsworth was in the 38000 block of Golden Beach Road, in Mechanicsville, when he observed a vehicle he knows to be operated by an individual with outstanding warrants.  Dep. Holdsworth was able to positively identify the vehicle was being operated by Suspect Jessy James Snead, age 39, of California, who had an outstanding felony warrant.  Dep. Holdsworth attempted to stop the vehicle, at which time the suspect refused to stop and continued to Route 5; the suspect then continued to travel north into Charles County where he was ultimately stopped and taken into custody.  Snead was served the outstanding Violation of Probation Warrant/Armed Robbery; he was also charged with Attempting to Elude Uniformed Police by Failing to Stop and Elude Police by Failing to Stop Vehicle.  CASE# 1391-18
 
 
Warrants:
 
 
01/08/18- Delante Anthony Moore, age 35, of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Driving While Suspended by DFC. Roszell# 296.  CASE# 1221-18
 
01/08/18- Eric Tyler Ward, age 29, of California, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for FTA/Theft by Dep. Sidorowicz# 328.  CASE# 1274-18
 
01/09/18- Ashley Rose Dean, age 29, of Hollywood, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Unauthorized Removal of Property by Cpl. Kirkner# 133.  CASE# 359-18
 
01/09/18- Timothy James Burnett-Parker, age 20, of Waldorf, was arrested on outstanding warrants for Robbery With a Dangerous Weapon, Robbery, Burglary 1st Degree, Assault 1st Degree, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, and Conspiracy to Commit Assault by Det. Teague# 249.  CASE# 1551-18
 
01/09/18- Jerel Theodore Gaines, age 19, of Great Mills, was arrested on outstanding warrants for Armed Robbery, Robbery, and First Degree Assault by Det. Hulse# 218.  CASE# 1374-18
 
01/09/18- Neisa Jordan Gaston, age 19, of Bushwood, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Armed Robbery, Robbery, and First Degree Assault by Det. Hulse# 218.  CASE# 1552-18
 
01/09/18- Levi Lawrence Hill, age 30, of Bushwood, was arrested for two counts of Indecent Exposure by Cpl. Potter# 255.  CASE# 1421-18
 
01/09/18- Jennifer Gail Labanowski, age 34, of La Plata, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Child Support by Dep. Holdsworth# 305.  CASE# 1434-18
 
01/09/18- Divon James Chase, age 27, of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for
Violation of Probation/Animal Cruelty by Cpl. Potter# 255.  CASE# 1419-18
 
01/09/18- James Lorenzo Holt Jr., age 18, of Mechanicsville, was arrested on outstanding warrants for Robbery With a Dangerous Weapon, Robbery, Assault 1st Degree, Burglary 1st Degree, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, and Conspiracy to Commit Assault by Det. Teague# 249.  CASE# 0046-18
 
01/09/18- Suzanna Marie Fowler, age 32, of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding Child Support Warrant by Cpl. Potter# 255.  CASE# 1441-18

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Police Looking To I.D. Vandals (Photos)

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the persons pictured. On January 9, 2018, the suspects drove onto the County Lakes Athletic Field causing damage to the field and a sign.  The athletic field is located at the intersection of Asher Road and Cox Drive in Mechanicsville, Maryland.  
 
Anyone with information about the incident/and or the identity of the suspects is asked to contact Cpl. Handy at (301) 475-4200 extension *8023, or by email at Patrick.Handy@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).
 

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Man Charged With Murdering his Mother

Charles County Sheriff’s detectives arrested Mario Marchell Dunn, 32, of Waldorf in connection with the murder of his mother, Swanda Ruegenea Dunn, 57, of Waldorf, whose body was found on January 11 on Old Washington Road near Smallwood Drive. Dunn is accused of stabbing his mother while they were driving home from a relative’s house. After the murder, Dunn removed his mother from the vehicle and left her in the roadway. Dunn was arrested on January 11 after detectives identified the victim and served a search warrant at her house – where her son lived – and recovered evidence linking him to the crime. A clear motive has not been established. Dunn was charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, assault and other related charges. Det. J. Long is investigating.

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Noise Advisory - NAS PAX RIVER Sets Noise Advisory for Jan. 13-15 and 17th

PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD – Communities surrounding the naval air station
are advised that noise-generating testing events are scheduled to take place between Jan. 13, 2018 and Jan. 15, 2018 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Testing and training at PAX is essential for the precision and safety of our military men and women and the success of their mission. Residents may notice ncreased noise levels due to these operations.
As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing activities on the community. For more information call the toll-free noise hotline at 1-866-819-9028. 
 
PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD – Communities surrounding the naval air station are advised that noise-generating night-time testing events are scheduled to take place Jan. 17 through Jan.18, 2018 between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. each evening. Pilots at PAX will be testing and training in realistic night flight scenarios that are essential for the precision and safety of our military men and women and the success of their mission. Residents may notice increased noise levels due to these operations.
As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing
activities on the community. For more information call the toll-free noise hotline at 1-866-819-9028.
 

 

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Officers Arrest Mail Theft Suspects

On January 11 at 11:52 a.m., officers received a call from a citizen about people in a white Toyota passenger car stealing mail in the 11200 block of Carroll Drive in Waldorf. PFC C. Gustafson checked the area and located the vehicle on Stony Cove Drive. PFC Gustafson stopped the vehicle and identified the driver and occupant as Taylor Nichelle Cain, 23, of Fort Washington, and Brittany Re’Chelle Moten, 24, of Upper Marlboro. Cain had an open warrant through Prince George’s County. Inside the car, officers discovered mail that had been stolen from a number of addresses, as well as stolen checks and marijuana. Both suspects were subsequently linked to several mail theft cases throughout the area. PFC C. Gustafson, PFC J. Smith, and Detective E. Clark are investigating.

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Crime Down In Calvert County - Sheriff Addresses Public

On behalf of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office I would like to wish each citizen of Calvert County a very happy and prosperous 2018!  I can begin the new- year with good news. While violent crimes rose just over 4% nationally, they are down by almost 20% here in Calvert County. As your Sheriff, I am extremely proud of the efforts of both our sworn and civilian men and women of the Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center, whose efforts are endless in the pursuit of public service.   
  Although we have lowered the crime rate here at home, it is reasonably unavoidable that crimes will occur.  In most instances, new cases are quickly closed. This fact is due in no small part to the experience and determination of our deputies and troopers.  The public is a very important part of case closures.  Without the vigilance of you, the citizens of Calvert County, providing information to our office and the Crime Solvers Hotline, our jobs would be far more difficult and perhaps our efforts not as successful! This partnership is what makes us a great community.
  Currently, as a state and a nation, we are facing an opioid crisis.  To maximize our success in taking more drugs off our streets the Sheriff’s Office is working with many county and state agencies.  Through our partnership with the Health Department, Board of Education, Calvert Hospital Medical Center, Department of Social Services, the court system, State’s Attorney’s Office and the Maryland State Police, we are achieving success, but the problem is still ongoing.  I cannot emphasize enough, “If You See Something, Say Something”.  What might seem trivial or inconsequential could be just the information needed to keep drugs out of our county, lead us to the arrest of a criminal, or prevent a crime before it occurs. 
  I receive phones calls about traffic on Route 4 on a regular basis. Aggressive driving is a threat to public safety that we can all do something about. Please be courteous on our county roads.  A bad day for one person does not have to become a bad day for you.  Think before you react.  I ask each citizen to consider while driving the fact that each of us owns part of the road.  Please use your blinkers, give enough space between cars, and allow others to merge in ahead of you.  Be the driver you want the car next to you to be! 
I ask each citizen to wear your seat belt and make sure the occupants of your vehicle are doing the same. Never text while driving, obey the speed limit, never drive impaired and always move into the far lane when passing a police car that has someone pulled over.  If we each do these things, we can expect 2018 to be a safe and remarkable year. My door is always open for you.
Sheriff Mike Evans

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Officers Follow Footprints In Snow - Find Guns And Drugs

On January 4 at 1:30 a.m., officers were in the area of St. Charles Parkway and Gateview Place in Waldorf handling a traffic crash when they heard gunshots. Officers responded to the area where they heard the shots and discovered fresh footprints in the snow. At the same time, a citizen called 9-1-1, reported hearing gunshots, and saw two male suspects in the area. The citizen took a picture of the suspects and provided a description to officers. Officers followed the footprints, which led to a nearby house. Two males matching the description of the suspects were located inside. A search warrant was obtained, and officers located two handguns with ammunition matching the evidence recovered from the area where the shots were fired. In addition, 62 baggies of marijuana and drug distribution materials were also recovered. Kavon Desales Dorsey, 24, of Waldorf, was charged with reckless endangerment, first-degree assault, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs, and other related charges. A 15-year-old male was also charged in this case.  PFC S. Hooper is investigating. 

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Northern Senior Activity Center to Re-Open January 17

Leonardtown, MD - Repairs at the Northern Senior Activity Center are nearly complete and the building will re-open and be fully operational on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 8 a.m.
 
All scheduled activities and services, congregate meals, and Home Delivered Meal deliveries will resume. St. Mary’s County Government and the Department of Aging and Human Services appreciate the public’s patience while repair work at the center continues.
 
For more information, call 301-475-4200, ext. *3101.

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Calvert Board of Education Modifies Calendar

Today the Board of Education of Calvert County Public Schools affirmed the Superintendent’s recommendation to modify the school calendar to make up three snow days. The proposed calendar changes follow the inclement weather contingencies that were published on the 2017-2018 school calendar that was approved by the Board last January. 
Monday, February 19, 2018 (Presidents Day) becomes a professional development day for staff. Schools are closed for students. 
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 becomes a school day for students and staff. (Make-up day #1 for students) 
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 becomes a full day for students and staff. This was originally a two-hour early dismissal day.
Thursday, March 29, 2018 becomes a school day with a two-hour early dismissal for students and teacher work time. (Make-up day #2 for students)
Friday, June 8, 2018 becomes a full day for students and staff. This was originally a two-hour early dismissal day.
Monday, June 11, 2018 becomes a school day with a two-hour early dismissal for students and teacher work time. (Make-up day #3 for students)
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 becomes the last day for 10-month employees.
If more student days are missed due to inclement weather or emergency closings, these days will be made up beginning on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 and on consecutive days thereafter.

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John Mayer Wants To Hear From You...By Snail Mail

Remember back in the day when there was no social media or Internet, and if you wanted to tell your favorite star how much you loved them, you had to write them a fan letter? Well, John Mayer wants to return to those days, and he wants you to come with him.
 
On Instagram, John writes, "2018: a return to naturalism. Let’s correspond. Real paper. Real ink. Real names. Here’s the plan: get yourself a typewriter (@californiatypewriter and Etsy have some great ones) and send me a one page, properly formatted letter (formal or informal) and I will reply to a few every morning. Include return envelope/postage if you’re overseas."
 
John then provides an address where you can write to him: PO Box 3784, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, United States.
 
The Grammy-winner's request for fans to write to him using a typewriter isn't a coincidence: he's such a fan of them that he even appears in a documentary called California Typewriter, about one of the last typewriter shops in America. 
 
John is one of several celebrities featured in the movie talking about the joys of typing things on an old-fashioned machine.  He explains that he became intrigued at the permanence of words on paper after he saw a documentary showing Bob Dylan typing out his lyrics, and seeing other typewritten lyrics at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
 
Tom Hanks, a noted typewriter enthusiast who has more than 200 machines in his collection, is also featured in the movie.

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Cardin and Van Hollen Call on Trump Administration to Ban Drilling Off Maryland's Coast

Twenty-two senators from Rhode Island, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Virginia, Washington and Maryland say their states don’t want oil & gas drilling off their coasts and demand equal treatment
 
WASHINGTON -- A group of U.S. Senators representing coastal states is telling the Trump Administration that they don’t want oil and gas drilling off their coasts, and are demanding the same respect for their states that was recently given to Florida, which was granted a special exemption by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
 
In a letter sent to Secretary Zinke today, 22 U.S. Senators, including Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.), requested that their states be given the same treatment that the Trump Administration gave Florida and be immediately exempted from any new offshore oil or gas leases. This follows their letter last week to Secretary Zinke protesting the move.
 
Last week, the Trump Administration announced a controversial plan to dramatically expand drilling leases across 90 percent of the U.S. outer continental shelf, including the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and parts of the Arctic Ocean.  Soon thereafter, the Interior Secretary had a discussion with Florida’s Governor and took the offshore drilling expansion off the table for federal waters off the coast of Florida without any public hearings or input, stating: “I support the governor’s position that Florida is unique and its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver.”  The Trump Administration denies that Florida received a special exemption because President Trump owns property along the state’s coastline.
 
The Senators want an immediate exemption for their states too, writing: “Just like Florida, our states are unique with vibrant coastal economies. Providing all of our states with the same exemption from dangerous offshore oil and gas drilling would ensure that vital industries from tourism to recreation to fishing are not needlessly placed in harm’s way.
 
“We urge you to honor the commitment of this Administration by listening to the local and state voices that we represent and to respect their overwhelming opposition to oil and gas drilling off our coasts.  Instead of focusing on short term benefits for oil and gas companies, our country should be looking toward a clean energy future.  We hope we can work with you to protect our natural resources, our environment, and the livelihoods of coastal residents so that they remain for future generations.”
 
In addition to Cardin and Van Hollen, the letter was signed by U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).
 
These Senators strongly oppose the Trump Administration’s offshore drilling plan, which is bad for the environment and public health and could devastate coastal economies. 
 
A copy of the letter text follows:
 
January 11, 2018
 
The Honorable Ryan Zinke   
 
Secretary        
 
United States Department of the Interior      
 
1849 C Street NW     
 
Washington, DC 20240         
 
Dear Secretary Zinke:
 
 We write to you today regarding your recent decision to remove Florida from inclusion in the Trump Administration’s new proposal to open up the vast majority of the outer continental shelf to oil and gas drilling.  We request that our states also be immediately exempted from any new oil or gas leases as a part of this plan.
 
 In the statement on your decision to remove Florida, you indicated that President Trump had directed you to reestablish our country’s offshore oil and gas leasing program in a way that “takes into consideration the local and state voice.”  In addition to Florida, the states of Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Connecticut, California, Oregon, and Washington have all opposed this plan for new leases off their coasts.  Coastal cities and towns across the country have also passed resolutions in opposition while local residents, businesses, scientists, the military, and others have publicly raised serious concerns.
 
Just like Florida, our states are unique with vibrant coastal economies.  Providing all of our states with the same exemption from dangerous offshore oil and gas drilling would ensure that vital industries from tourism to recreation to fishing are not needlessly placed in harm’s way.
 
 We urge you to honor the commitment of this Administration by listening to the local and state voices that we represent and to respect their overwhelming opposition to oil and gas drilling off our coasts.  Instead of focusing on short term benefits for oil and gas companies, our country should be looking toward a clean energy future.  We hope we can work with you to protect our natural resources, our environment, and the livelihoods of coastal residents so that they remain for future generations.

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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Arrests

Theft- On January 5, 2018, Cpl. Carberry responded to the 40000 block of Merchants Lane, in Leonardtown, for a reported theft.  Investigation revealed Lisa Marie West, age 48, of Lexington Park., concealed numerous items on her person and passed all points of sale.  West was cited via a Criminal Citation for Theft.  CASE# 745-18
 
Assault- On January 5, 2018, DFC. Lawrence responded to the 23000 block of Broadrun Lane in Hollywood, for a reported assault.  Upon arrival the victim advised Suspect Jalin Atibe Lee, age 22, of Hollywood,  had assaulted the victim by choking and striking the victim with cardboard tubing.  The victim displayed signs of injury and Lee was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree.  CASE# 785-18
 
Assault- On January 6, 2018, DFC. Schultz responded to the 18000 block of Matthews Drive in Lexington Park, for a reported disturbance.  Upon arrival contact was made with the victim who stated Delmar Brandon Smith, age 23, of Lexington Park, had assaulted the victim by pushing them into the wall several times. Visible injury was observed to the victim and Smith was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree.  CASE# 952-18
 
Violation of Protective Order- On January 6, 2018, Suspect Michael Patrick Horan, age 24, of Leonardtown, was observed leaving a residence in the 22000 block of Wheatley's Way, in Leonardtown, after being served a protective order prohibiting him from being at the residence.  Horan was arrested and charged with Violate Exparte/Protective Order by DFC. Tirpak.  CASE# 956-18
 
Violation of Protective Order- On January 6, 2018, DFC. Lawrence was in the 43000 block of Pump House Lane in Leonardtown, investigating an incident, when he encountered Celester NMN Washington, age 36, of Leonardtown.  There is an active protective order preventing Washington from being at that location; Washington was arrested and charged with Violate Exparte/Protective Order. CASE# 964-18
 
Warrants:
 
01/02/18- David Logan Scopin, age 32, of Waldorf, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Assault 2nd Degree, Theft, Violation of Probation/ FTA/Burglary 4th Degree, and Escape 1st Degree by Dep. T. Payne# 320. CASE# 024-18
 
01/03/18- Robert Oscar Newland, age 31, of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for CDS-Possession of Firearms by Dep. T. Payne# 320.  CASE# 530-18
 
01/03/18- Russell Oriem Tucker, age 55, of  Avenue, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for FTA/Driving W/Out a License by Dep. Holdsworth# 305.  CASE# 428-18
                                                              
01/03/18-Bruce Wayne Proctor, age 45, of Upper Marlboro, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Deprive-Lawful Custodian by Dep. Holdsworth# 305. CASE# 399-18
 
01/03/18- Elvis Tyrell Frederick, age 32, of Loveville, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Assault 1st Degree, Assault 2nd Degree, False Imprisonment, Reckless Endangerment, and FTA/Child Support by Dep. Holdsworth# 305.  CASE# 469-18
          
01/04/18- Britney Iheah Sprowl, age 29, with no fixed address, was arrested on an outstanding Prince George's County warrant for Theft by Cpl. Delozier# 160.  CASE# 601-18 
 
01/05/18- Morgan Marie Chambers, age 28, of Glen  Burnie, was arrested on an outstanding Child Support warrant by Cpl. Knott# 234.  CASE# 788-18
 
01/05/18- Katrina Lynn Rigdon, age 52, of Mechanicsville, was arrested on an outstanding Spotsylvania County warrant for Assault/Resisting Arrest by DFC. Steinbach# 268.  CASE# 804-18 
 
01/05/18- Rashaun Montgomery Peebles, age 39, of Charlotte Hall, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Violation of Probation/Rogue & Vagabond/Theft by Dep. Budd# 325.  CASE# 835-18
                         
01/05/18- Dewitt Elwin Cooper, age 50, of Annapolis, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for FTA/Assault 2nd Degree by Cpl. Kerby# 242.  CASE# 857-18
 
01/05/18- Corey Antwain Adams, age 27, of Clements, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for FTA/Contempt-Child Support by Cpl. Kerby# 242.  CASE# 847-18
 
01/06/18- Jason Michael Weber, age 37, of Mechanicsville, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Violation of Probation/Motor Vehicle-Unlawful taking by Cpl. Knott#234.  CASE# 899-18
 
01/06/18- Theodore William Price Jr., age 35, with no fixed address, was arrested on an outstanding Charles County warrant for Assault 2nd Degree by Cpl. Handy# 132.  CASE# 927-18
 
01/07/18- James Walter Wheeler Jr., age 28, of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding Child Support warrant by Dep. Robinson# 332.  CASE# 1087-17
                                                          
01/07/18- Edwin Rowe Kline Sr., age 38, of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding Child Support warrant by DFC. Tirpak# 270.  CASE# 1133-17 
 
 
DUIs:
On January 3, 2018, Dep. Sidorowicz discovered a vehicle stopped in the turn lane in the area of Three Notch Road/ Old Rolling Road, in California, with the operator of the vehicle slumped over the wheel.  Dep. Sidorowicz made contact with the operator of the vehicle; Richard Meredith Huntzberry, age 31, of St. Leonard.  Huntzberry was ultimately arrested and charged with Driving While Impaired by Alcohol and Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.  CASE# 424-18
                                     
On January 7, 2018, a citizen called and reported a vehicle traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of traffic in the 26000 block of Three Notch Road in Mechanicsville.  DFC. D. Smith located the vehicle and identified the driver as Christopher Allen Parker, age 35, of Newburg.  Parker was ultimately arrested and charged with Driving Vehicle  While Impaired by Alcohol and Driving Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol Per Se.  CASE# 1042-18 
 
On January 7, 2018, Cpl. Corcoran was investigating a citizen report of a suspicious vehicle on their property in the 13000 block of Pt. Lookout Road, in Ridge.  Contact was made with the operator of the vehicle, William NMN Eckloff Jr., age 58, of Hollywood.  Eckloff was ultimately arrested and charged with Driving Vehicle While Impaired by Alcohol.  CASE# 1064-17

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Officers Looking To Identify Woman Found Dead By Tatoos (Photos)

Detectives are hoping to identify the victim of a homicide whose body was found last night on Old Washington Road near Smallwood Drive in Waldorf. Unfortunately she did not have any identification on her person when she was located. The victim, who is described as a black female possibly in her late 30s to 40s, had two distinct tattoos: a cherub and a design. The Cherub Angel Tattoo, is on her left shoulder blade. A design of some sorts is on her right inner wrist. She was wearing a black top with gray leggings. Anyone who believes they may know the victim based on this description, is asked to call 301-932-2222.

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Drugs Found During Traffic Stop

On January 10, 2018 at 1008 hours, Trooper Phillips #6584 stopped a black Chrysler 300 for
exceeding the posted speed limit of 45 miles per hour on northbound Route 5 at Shlagel Road,
Waldorf, Charles County, MD. Contact was made with the driver who was identified as Marcus Balil Stokes, 33 yoa, from Suitland , MD. While Trooper Phillips was speaking with Stokes, he detected a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. A probable cause search of the driver and vehicle revealed a plastic K-Pac bag containing marijuana, and 3 smaller size Ziploc bags containing marijuana with the total weight of 112.5 grams. Stokes was placed under arrest and transported to the Charles County Detention Center for processing. Stokes was charged with Possession with the Intent to Distribute. 18MSP001285.

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Officers Looking To I.D. Armed Robbers Of Safeway In Prince Frederick (Video)

This case has been added to the Crime Solvers of Calvert County Maryland.  Citizens with information on these crimes or any criminal activity in Calvert County who wish to report it anonymously can now access the Calvert County Crime Solvers link through the Sheriff’s Office website. Go to http://www.co.cal.md.us/residents/safety/law/sheriff/ and click on the Crime Solvers link to leave an anonymous tip on-line.  Information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect could result in a $1,000 reward.  You can also contact the Sheriff’s Office at 410-535-2800 to leave information.

 

The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public's assistance in identifying these two individuals.  They are wanted in connection to an armed robbery that took place on December 23rd, 2017 at the Safeway store in Prince Frederick Maryland.  If you have any information about the robbery or the identity of these two individuals you are encouraged to contact Detective Justin Livingston at 410-535-2800 ext. 2596, or Justin.Livingston@calvertcountymd.gov.  

 

 

 

 

 

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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 persons pictured.  On December 31, 2017, the suspects removed tools from a display at the Lowes Home Improvement store located in California, Maryland.  The suspects then attempted to return the tools as well as lumber they had taken from the store, for a cash refund.  The suspects were successful in getting money for the lumber, however the tools were not accepted for return; the suspects then left the store with the tools. 
 
Anyone with information about this incident/and or the identity of the suspects is asked to contact Dep. Sidorowicz at (301) 475-4200 extension *8043, or by email at Daniel.Sidorowicz@stmarysmd.com. Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333 or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637).

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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Arrests

Assault-  On December 30, 2017, Cpl. Kirkner responded to the St. Mary's County Detention and Rehabilitation Center, in Leonardtown,  for a reported assault between inmates. Investigation revealed Suspect Shatara Shanille Bowen, age 23, of Lexington Park, assaulted the victim by throwing a cup of cold tea on the victim during an argument.  Bowen was charged with Assault 2nd Degree.  CASE# 69496-17
 
Assault-  On December 31, 2017, Dep. Molitor responded to the 19000 block of Oak Court in Lexington Park, for a reported disturbance.  Upon arrival it was determined Suspect Robert Andrew Barrett, age 37, of Lexington Park,  had assaulted two victims inside of the residence. Both victims had visible injury from the incident; while on scene the suspect threatened one of the victims by brandishing a rifle and yelling threats towards the victim.  The suspect was disarmed and it was then discovered Barrett had brandished a BB gun.  Barrett was charged with one count of Assault 1st Degree and two counts of Assault 2nd Degree.  CASE# 69576-17 
 
CDS Violation- On December 31, 2017, Cpl. Potter conducted a traffic stop in the 21000 block Great Mills Road in Lexington Park.  A probable cause search was conducted on the vehicle operated by Rico Kinta Keys, age 22, of Lexington Park. The search revealed numerous individual bags of synthetic marijuana inside the vehicle.  Keys was arrested and charged with CDS Possession-Not Marijuana.  CASE# 69655-17
                                               
CDS Violation- On December 31, 2017, Dep. Edwards observed a parked vehicle in the 30000 block of Three Notch Road, in Charlotte Hall, with the occupants slumped over inside the vehicle.  While Dep. Edwards was checking their welfare, she observed a glass jar containing suspected marijuana under the operator, Marlee Lynn Stokes' left leg.  A passenger in the vehicle, Robert Gary Lyon Jr., age 35 of Clements, was observed to have a syringe cap on his person, as well as three syringes under the seat where he was sitting. Stokes was removed from the car at which time it was discovered she had numerous prescription pills on her person in a plastic container, and a metal tin.  Also discovered in the vehicle were cut up drinking straws containing a white powdery residue.  Marlee Lynn Stokes, age 32, of Clements was charged with CDS: Possession Not Marijuana and CDS: Possession Paraphernalia.  Lyon Jr. was charged with CDS: Possession.  CASE# 69665-17 (No Photograph Available of Stokes) 
 
Assault- On January 1, 2018, Dep. Muschette responded to the 22000 block of Three Notch Road, in California, for a reported assault.  Upon arrival contact was made with the victim who stated Wayne Tyrome Estep Jr., age 25, of Mechanicsville, was on the premises making noise and disturbing others while awaiting transportation. While Dep. Muschette was conducting the investigation, Estep Jr. struck the victim in the face with a cellphone.  Estep Jr. was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree. CASE# 0002-18
 
CDS Violation- On January 1, 2018, DFC. Steinbach was checking on the status of a vehicle on the side of the road that was reported to have possibly been involved in an accident, in the 23000 block of  Colton's Point Road, in Clements.  Contact was made with the vehicle operator Terence Llewelyn Mason, age 53, from Morganza. While contacting Mason,  DFC. Steinbach observed a CDS smoking device in plain view inside the vehicle. Further search of the vehicle revealed suspected cocaine in the vehicle and on Mason's person.  Mason was arrested and charged with CDS: Possession Not Marijuana and CDS: Possession Paraphernalia.  CASE# 167-18
 
Assault-  On January 2, 2018, DFC. Lawrence responded to the 45000 block of Foxchase Drive in Great Mills, for the report of an assault.  Upon arrival contact was made with the victim who advised the suspect James Allen Winters, age 38, of Great Mills, had assaulted the victim, injuring the victim's wrist.  Winters was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree.  CASE# 255-18 
 
Assault- On January 2, 2018, DFC. Schultz responded to the 20000 block of Daisy Lane in Lexington Park, for a report of an assault.  Upon arrival contact was made with the victim who advised Suspect Eric Lorenza Berger Jr., age 36, of Lexington Park., had assaulted the victim.  The victim displayed visible signs of injury and Berger Jr. was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree.  CASE# 273-18 
 
Alcohol Violation- On January 2, 2018, DFC. Beishline observed the suspect, William Alexander Sledge, age 60, of Lexington Park, to have an open container of alcohol at a retail establishment.  Sledge was issued a criminal citation for Alcoholic Beverage Open Container/Retail Establishment.  A few hours later DFC. Beishline responded to the area again for the citizen report of a man acting suspicious inside the business. The same suspect was again observed inside the  establishment with an open container of alcohol.  Sledge was issued an additional  criminal citation for Alcoholic Beverage Open Container/ Retail Establishment by DFC. Beishline.  CASE# 287-18, 304-18 
 
 
Warrant Services:
 
12/31/17- Demetrious Carrol Holland, age 27, of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding Calvert County  warrant for Theft by Dep. M. Beyer# 319.  CASE# 69616-17
 
12/31/17- Keith Alvin Raymond Robinson, age 24, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for FTA/Child Support by Cpl. Connelly# 151.  CASE# 69708-17
 
1/2/18- Charles Ray McElhaney, age 33, of Tall Timbers, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Violation of Probation/CDS Possession  by DFC. Tirpak# 270.  CASE# 0268-18
 
1/2/18- Derrick Clifton Marshall, age 39, of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Violation of Probation/Assault 2nd Degree by DFC. Tirpak# 270.  CASE# 0264-18
 
1/2/18-Michael Kelly Fitzpatrick, age 27, of Mechanicsville, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for FTA/Assault 2nd Degree by DFC. D. Smith# 297  CASE# 370-18 
                                                 
1/2/18- Katina Marie Knott, age 31, with no fixed address, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for FTA/Driving W/Out a License by DFC. D. Smith#297.  CASE# 328-18
 
DUI's
 
01/01/18- Shawnta Renee Briscoe, age 24, of Lexington Park, was charged with Driving Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol by Cpl. Kirkner# 133.  CASE# 0020-18 
 
01/01/18- Molly Brooke Evans, age 27, of Piney Point, was charged with Driving While Impaired by Alcohol by Dep. Bowie# 317.  CASE# 0109-18
 

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Maryland State Police Leonardtown Arrests

Motor Vehicle Theft/Evading (17-MSP-053954): On December 19, 2017 at approximately 9:00 a.m., the St. Mary’s County Emergency Communications broadcasted a traffic complaint for a vehicle operating in a reckless manner.  TFC M. Manning observed the vehicle in question and also noticed there were no registration plates displayed.  A traffic stop on the vehicle was attempted; however, the operator failed to yield to emergency equipment and a pursuit was initiated.  Senior Trooper Davis observed the vehicle and attempted to stop it as well.  Stop sticks were deployed by a St. Mary’s County Deputy, which were effective.  The operator lost control of the truck and the operator fled from the vehicle. After a brief foot pursuit by ST Davis and Trooper K. Bauer, the operator was apprehended.  It was determined the truck was reported stolen through the Prince George’s County Police Department earlier the same day. The operator of the stolen vehicle was identified as Angel Ceasar Nurse, Jr (B/M, 32 of Sterling, VA).  He was arrested and charged with Motor Vehicle Theft and numerous traffic citations.  
 
Disorderly Conduct/Malicious Destruction of Property/Criminal Trespassing (17-MSP-054229): On December 20, 2017 at approximately 9:30 p.m., TFC J. Mulhearn responded to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, Leonardtown, MD for a reported disturbance.  Upon arrival, TFC Mulhearn made contact with hospital security who advised there was a male visitor who was irate and screaming profanities and was asked to leave the hospital, but he refused.  The subject walked past a vending machine and punched it, causing damage.  TFC Mulhearn made contact with the suspect, identified as Michael Leroy Thompson (W/M, 21 of Mechanicsville) and advised him to leave the premises.  Mr. Thompson refused to leave and he was arrested for trespassing, disorderly conduct and malicious destruction of property.  Mr. Thompson was transported to St. Mary’s County Detention Center pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner.  
 
Evading and CDS (17-MSP-054854): On December 25, 2017 at approximately 6:00 p.m., TFC E. Krenik attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle, but the operator refused to stop and a brief pursuit ensued.  The vehicle failed to negotiate a turn, striking and destroying a brick flowerbed at PNC Bank, Lexington Park.  The operator of the vehicle fled on foot but was apprehended within a short distance.  He was identified as Robert Emanuel Clifford (B/M, 33 of Lexington Park).  A search of Mr. Clifford revealed suspected Cocaine in his wallet.  Mr. Clifford was charged with numerous traffic violations and possession of CDS-not marijuana.  
 
Evading and CDS (17-MSP-054751):  On December 24, 2017 at approximately 2:30 p.m., TFC C. Ditoto attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle, but the driver failed to stop.  The vehicle travelled a short distance and the driver fled on foot.  After a brief foot pursuit, the subject was apprehended and identified as Troy Dewayne Cutchember (B/M, 26 of California, MD).  A probable cause search of Mr. Cutchember’s vehicle revealed marijuana in an amount less than 10 grams.   Mr. Cutchember was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Fleeing and Eluding and issued a civil citation for Possession of CDS-Marijuana. 
 
Theft and CDS (18-MSP-000644): On January 5, 2018 at 5:30 p.m., TFC A. Oyler responded to Walmart for a reported theft. Upon arrival and making contact with the Loss Prevention Officer, it was determined that the subject identified as Jacqueline Marie Causey (W/F, 37 of Lusby, MD) had stolen approximately $600 of merchandise. A search incident to arrest, revealed CDS-not marijuana. Ms. Causey was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where she was charged with Possession of CDS-not marijuana, Possession of CDS paraphernalia and Theft over $100.

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Governor Larry Hogan Submits Emergency Legislation

ANNAPOLIS, MD – With the 2018 Legislative Session officially underway, Governor Larry Hogan today introduced several pieces of emergency legislation that will provide paid leave benefits to our citizens, combat violence across the state, and ensure accountability in our schools, including the Paid Leave Compromise Act of 2018, a compromise proposal to fix a deeply flawed bill passed by the Maryland General Assembly, and subsequently vetoed by the governor, during the past legislative session.
 
“For three years in a row, we have remained committed to engaging our colleagues on both sides of the aisle in thoughtful debate about issues that matter the most to our citizens,” said Governor Hogan. “Today, we have submitted several emergency pieces of legislation we believe deserve swift and immediate action. We look forward to continuing to find common sense, bipartisan solutions to the serious problems that face us over the next 90 days.”
 
The Paid Leave Compromise Act of 2018 will provide paid leave benefits to Marylanders while fixing the most problematic elements of a bill passed by the Maryland General Assembly. Under the Paid Leave Compromise Act of 2018, businesses with 25 or more employees will be required to offer paid leave to their employees by the year 2020. To give businesses time to prepare, the benefits will be phased in, starting in 2018 for businesses with 50 or more employees, in 2019 for businesses with 40 or more employees, and extending to all applicable businesses in 2020.
 
The governor also submitted three pieces of emergency legislation aimed at restoring our communities, getting gangs and violent offenders off the streets, and saving lives. The Accountability for Violent Criminals Act of 2018 delivers on the governor’s promised truth-in-sentencing initiative, which will require second-time violent criminals to serve their full sentence and make them ineligible for parole. The administration’s second bill, Crimes – Firearms – Penalties, addresses the problem of repeat violent gun offenders failing to serve adequate time for their crimes by doubling the minimum sentence from five to ten years for repeat offenders who use firearms to commit felonies and violent crimes. The bill will require that the time be served consecutively to any other sentence and includes additional penalties for individuals convicted of using a firearm in relation to drug trafficking if they are later found to illegally possess a firearm. The governor’s third bill, Crimes – Gangs – Penalties, will further strengthen Maryland’s anti-gang and RICO statutes by expanding the list of gang-related crimes that can be prosecuted across jurisdictional lines.
 
Finally, the governor recently announced the administration’s plan to submit the Protect Our Students Act of 2018 to require that academic performance be counted as 80 percent of a school’s composite score. The legislation is the result of an override of Governor Hogan’s veto of a bill that makes it nearly impossible to fix failing schools and threatens Maryland’s reputation as a national leader in education.

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Charles Board, School System Seek Community Feedback

The Board of Education of Charles County and Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) are seeking feedback about public education from community members, including parents, staff, students and Charles County residents. The Board is developing a strategic plan for the school system, including targeted goals and action steps, to determine how to best prepare CCPS students for college and career readiness.
 
The Board developed a community survey to gather information for use in the planning process. The survey is available online at http://bit.ly/2F0SXRk. All survey responses are anonymous. Community input to the strategic planning process is a main priority for the Board. The survey will be available until Jan. 31.
 
The Board will share survey results at a regular monthly meeting later this school year.

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SMADC Presents $125,000 in Funding Awards for Regional Agriculture Enhancement Projects

During the January 3, 2018 meeting of the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC), Chairman Yates Clagett, SMADC Director Shelby Watson-Hampton and Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland Executive Director John Hartline, presented checks totaling $125,000.00, to four regional entities for agricultural enhancement projects.
 
Representatives from Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation, Calvert, St. Mary’s and Charles’ County governments, the Prince George’s County Soil Conservation District and University of Maryland Extension received the funding awards on behalf of their counties for Regional Agriculture Projects (RAP) that benefit their respective Southern Maryland farming communities.
 
The Regional Agriculture Project (RAP) initiative was conceived by SMADC to further its mission to support farms and farmers in order to sustain the future of agriculture in Southern Maryland. All five Southern Maryland counties collaborated with their county Farm Bureaus, Soil Conservation Districts and Economic Development/county governments, to identify much needed enhancements for their agricultural communities. Every county provided matching funds to their projects for a total regional investment of $980,000. Resulting projects and partnerships offer potential to boost economic viability for all types of farming enterprise and strengthen cross-county relationships.
 
Projects (expected to commence in 2018 and completed within three years) address specific issues or needs expressed by the counties, include the restoration of an historic dairy barn in Anne Arundel County for agriculture education programs and meeting space, an online infrastructure and content management system for Calvert County to provide opportunity for all producers to have a presence on the internet, a soil health demonstration project for Prince George’s County to help educate the farming community on best management practices that improve soil health, and a new enclosed farmers market building for St. Mary’s County that provides utility services to allow the expanded sale of refrigerated value-added products. Charles County is supporting the St. Mary’s County market project with their share of RAP funds as the market offers opportunity for vendors/farms from both counties.

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Harris Hired as Chief of Media Services

Charles County Administrator Michael D. Mallinoff, Esq., ICMA-CM announces Jennifer L. Harris, APR as the chief of Media Services.  Harris will begin her employment with Charles County Government on Monday, Jan. 29. 
 
As the chief of Media Services, Harris will manage and coordinate the work of the Media Services Division. These responsibilities include disseminating county information to the public and media, maintaining cooperative relationships with news media, and acting as the authorized spokesperson and news media liaison for Charles County Government. 
 
“I look forward to working with the talented team here in Charles County, and our partners in the media to ensure that our citizens are informed and engaged,” said Harris. “Charles County is a remarkable place and our community offers so many unique assets. I am excited about sharing our story with residents here and with those throughout our region.” 
 
Harris has extensive expertise in strategic communications, media relations, executive counsel, and community engagement in the public sector, serving in a variety of senior communication roles in local government and public schools. Harris is accredited in public relations through the Public Relations Society of America. She most recently served as the director of communications for Arlington Public Schools and previously as a senior communications officer for the City of Alexandria, Virginia.
 
“In this key role, Jennifer brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Charles County Government,” said Mallinoff.  “I welcome her perspective and leadership in enhancing our communication efforts.”
 
Harris holds a Master’s of Public Administration degree from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University.

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Sheriff's Office Rounding Up Suspected Burglars

On January 4, 2018, Deputy Robinson responded to the 20000 block of Red Rose Court, in Lexington Park, for a report of a burglary.  Evidence from the scene indicated the victim’s garage door had been forced open, as well as the interior door leading into the residence.  Contact was made with the victim who advised numerous items had been removed from the home. Through the course of the investigation, Amy Jo Leach, age 31, from Piney Point, and Jessica Renee Miles, age 28, from Piney Point, were developed as suspects. 
On January 7, 2018, both suspects were located and arrested; Leach and Miles were both charged with Burglary 1st Degree and Theft $1,500 to under $25,000.
 
 
On January 5, 2018, Deputy Robinson responded to the 18000 block of Three Notch Road in Lexington Park, for a report of a burglary. Contact was made with the victim, who advised a shed on his property had been entered and numerous items removed.  Through the course of the investigation, Robert Francis Wayne Bridgett, age 28, of Lexington Park, was developed as a suspect. 
On January 6, 2018, Suspect Bridgett was located and arrested.  Bridgett was charged with Burglary 2nd Degree and Theft $100 to under $1,500. 

 

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Governor Larry Hogan Announces Accountability & Transparency Legislation

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today unveiled proposed legislation to enhance accountability and transparency in state government, building on the transformative ethics reform legislation successfully championed by the administration during the last legislative session. The governor was joined by Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford and Chief Legislative Officer Chris Shank to make the announcement.
 
“When I was elected, I pledged that we were going to get to work cleaning up the mess in Annapolis and restoring integrity to our state capitol. I promised to build a government that would work for the people – instead of the other way around – and that we would usher in a new era of bipartisanship,” said Governor Hogan. “From the first day of our administration, our team has been working diligently to root out wrongdoing and corruption no matter where it is taking place.”
 
In the 2017 legislative session, Governor Hogan proposed and signed into law the first comprehensive ethics reform in Maryland in 15 years. The governor’s Public Integrity Act of 2017 places new restrictions on the executive and legislative branches of government to eliminate conflicts of interest and corrupt behavior. This legislation was enacted against the backdrop of an extensive, multi-year federal investigation that exposed corrupt practices by current and former members of the legislature, as well as local government officials.
 
The governor today announced two new legislative proposals to build on the administration’s efforts to bring further transparency, accountability, and fairness to state government:
 
The Government Accountability Act of 2018 will establish terms limits for legislators equal to those imposed on the governor, in order to make state government more accountable and responsive to the citizens. Under the proposed legislation, legislators will be able to serve a maximum of two consecutive four-year terms in each chamber of the General Assembly. A large majority of Marylanders favor term limits, which have already been instituted in 15 other states, and nearly 70 percent of Montgomery County citizens recently voted in favor of term limits for local government. The governor called on legislators from both parties to come together and pass this legislation in a bipartisan manner, which would allow the measure to then be put on the ballot for Maryland voters to decide this year.
 
“Our founding fathers never envisioned professional politicians who spend their entire careers in office; what they intended was citizen legislators who would represent their constituents and then return back home to their real jobs. The rise of professional politicians has led to out-of-control partisanship, the stifling of honest debate and fresh ideas, rampant gerrymandering, one-party monopolies, and an increased potential for the type of corruption that our administration has been fighting to root out,” said the governor.
 
Governor Hogan also announced the Legislative Transparency Act of 2018, which will require all sessions of the Maryland General Assembly – including floor sessions, voting sessions and hearings – to be livestreamed to the public via both audio and video. Despite being one of just seven states in the nation not to livestream video of either house of the state legislature, Maryland legislators have repeatedly refused to act on this proposal, or even so much as bring it to the floor for a vote.
 
“I believe very strongly that the public has a right to know what their lawmakers are saying and doing during the debate on these important issues which are directly affecting the citizens and taxpayers of Maryland. Legislators should be deliberating out in the open, in the light of day, instead of behind closed doors. Our hope is that this year will finally be the year that this common sense measure is signed into law,” said the governor.
 
The initiatives announced today build on the Hogan administration’s record of consistent advocacy for greater transparency and accountability throughout state government. In addition to the major ethics reform legislation passed during the last session, the governor took action immediately upon taking office to appoint an unprecedented bipartisan cabinet and issued an executive order outlining standards of conduct for governor’s office staff, cabinet members, and all executive branch employees.
 
“Not a day goes by that I don’t think about the immense responsibility we have as public officials to serve the best interests of the citizens of Maryland,” said Governor Hogan. “I pledge that we will continue to do whatever it takes to put aside the politics and the partisanship and to work together with the legislature in a bipartisan way to ensure that the people of Maryland are being represented honestly and fairly.”

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Sheriff Tim Cameron Files Re-Election

On January 9, 2018, Sheriff Tim Cameron of Morganza, Maryland, filed his candidacy for re-election as Sheriff of St. Mary’s County. Sheriff Cameron has served three terms as the Sheriff of St. Mary’s County and began his law enforcement career with the St. Mary`s County Sheriff`s Office over 37 years ago.  During his tenure with the Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Cameron served in every Division of the Sheriff’s Office in a variety of positions and roles. With assignments ranging from Patrol Deputy to Division Commander, Sheriff Cameron is acknowledged as an innovative leader on a national scale. He has continued his education during his time as Sheriff of St. Mary’s County to better serve you.
Returning to School in 2006, Sheriff Cameron received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Management and Masters of Science in Management from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.  His diverse career in public service, command experience, dedication to professionalism, specialized training, and education set apart his candidacy from others.
Sheriff Cameron was born in 1958 in Leonardtown, MD, the son of Roy R. and Elizabeth K. Cameron. As a child he lived on his grandparent`s, William and Lydia Abell`s, farm in St. Inigoes, MD. He graduated from Bishop McNamara High School, Forestville, MD in 1977. He did post graduate studies at Massanutten Military Academy, Woodstock, VA and undergraduate studies at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.
Sheriff Cameron noted, “It has been my privilege to serve as your Sheriff since December, 2006. My goal has been, and continues to be to establish your Sheriff`s Office as a premier law enforcement agency that is responsive and accountable to its citizens. Through a shared vision, strategic management, accountability, and adaptive leadership, the members of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office have achieved excellence at many levels. We strive to improve our efforts with a goal of sustaining viable communities, and improving the quality of life in St. Mary’s County.
“I look forward to the opportunity to continue to work in partnership with the people of  St. Mary`s County, as well as the talented, dedicated members of the Sheriff’s Office.  I appreciate the community support of our Sheriff`s Office. It is a privilege to serve.”
Learn more at www.sheriffcameron.com    
 

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3 Year Old Dies In Lexington Park Collision

On January 9, 2018, at approximately 11:42 AM deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Three Notch Road near Tom’s Way, in Lexington Park, for a reported serious motor vehicle collision.  Upon arrival, deputies found two vehicles and a total of five occupants to be involved in the collision.  Due to the serious nature of the collision, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded and continued the investigation.
 
Preliminary investigation revealed a 1998 Honda Accord, operated by Kyle William Sullivan, age 21, of Lexington Park was traveling south on Three Notch Road, when the Honda slowed to make a left turn into a private driveway.  A 2011 Ford Ranger, operated by Kyle Lee Akers Redman, age 29, of Avenue, was traveling south on Three Notch Road, when it struck the rear of the Honda.  Passengers in the Honda Accord were Brittney Nicole Luzano, age 21, of Lexington Park, Sarah Elizabeth Rand, age 35, of Lexington Park, and Damian Michael Sullivan, age 3, of Lexington Park. 
 
The operator and adult passengers in the Honda Accord were transported to area Trauma Centers for treatment.  The juvenile was transported from the scene and was pronounced deceased upon arrival at the hospital.  The operator of the Ford Ranger was transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital for incapacitating injuries, and has since been released.
 
Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or any events leading up to the collision, that has not already provided a statement, is asked to contact Corporal Brandon Foor #235, at (301) 475-4200 extension *2265, or by email at Brandon.Foor@stmarysmd.com.

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Man Threatens Driver With A Kife

On January 6, 2018, at approximately 9:31 PM, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Chancellor’s Run Road and Amber Drive, in California, for a report of a disturbance involving a knife. Contact was made with the victim, who is employed as a driver.  According to the victim he was hired to transport the suspect, later identified as Andre Charles Hursey, age 28, from Ft. Washington, to an address in St. Mary’s County.  Investigation revealed while the victim and suspect were traveling in St. Mary’s County, an argument ensued between the victim and Hursey.  Suspect Hursey then produced a folding knife, extended the blade, and threatened to kill the victim.
The suspect was located walking in the area, and subsequently arrested.  Hursey was charged with Assault 1st Degree, Assault 2nd Degree, and Resist/Interfere with Arrest.
 

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Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Blotter

Burglary & Destruction of Property:  On 1/5/18 at 11:43 am, Trooper Backus responded to R & J Liquors in Dunkirk for a reported attempted burglary.  Unknown subject(s) broke both the door and the windows attempting to gain entry into the establishment.  Investigation continues.
 
Possession of Marijuana and Oxycodone:  On 1/7/18 7:56 am, Trooper First Class Costello stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 at the Naval Rec Center in Solomons for traffic violations.  The distinct odor of marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle.  A probable cause search revealed both marijuana and oxycodone.  Trentia V. Barnett, 25 of Lexington Park was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
 

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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

Burglary: 18-239
On January 2, 2018 Deputy Barger responded to Buck Board Lane, Dunkirk for the report of a burglary. The victim stated that an unknown suspect(s) entered the residence and stole multiple appliances including a block stove top, two stainless steel ovens, a stainless steel kitchen sink, a black dishwasher, and damaged the granite countertop. It was determined the suspect(s) may have entered the residence by prying the rear garage door lock open. The value of stolen and damaged property is $2,020.
 
Damaged Property: 18-183
On January 2, 2018 Deputy Sampson responded to Avery Road, Prince Frederick for the report of damaged property. The victim stated sometime between 6:00pm and midnight on January 1st an unknown suspect(s) cut their tires on two vehicles in the driveway. The estimated damaged property is $290.
 
Damaged Property: 18-849
On January 6, 2017 Deputy Callison responded to Rivershore Drive, Dunkirk for the report of damaged property. The victim stated that an unknown suspect(s) had hit their garage door and vehicle with eggs. 
 
Theft: 18-841
On January 6, 2018 Deputy Ridgely responded to Abbey Lane, Huntingtown for the report of a theft. The victim stated that an unknown suspect(s) stole their handmade log cabin mailbox and mailbox post. The value of stolen property is $200.
 
 
Arrest:
 
On January 3, 2017 Deputy Williamson conducted a traffic stop in the area of Route 4 and Chaneyville Road. While making contact with the driver later identified as Christopher Slattery (37) of Prince Frederick, Trooper McCombs arrived on scene to perform a K9 sniff on the vehicle. The K9 sniff resulted in a positive alert and a search of Slattery and the vehicle was conducted. The search resulted in narcotics and paraphernalia. Slattery was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession-Not marijuana (crack cocaine), CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia, and other appropriate traffic citations.  
 
On January 4, 2018 Deputy R. Shrawder responded to the Marriott Springhill Suites, Prince Frederick for the report of a male subject being disorderly in the lobby. Deputy Shrawder arrived on scene and was informed the disorderly subject had returned to his room. Deputy Shrawder made contact with two male subjects in the room, and observed paraphernalia and narcotics in plain view. The male subject later identified as Mark Weisner (29) of North Carolina was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession- Not marijuana (Heroin) and CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia. 
 
On January 6, 2017 Deputy Yates responded to the Walmart, Prince Frederick for the report of a theft and two subjects in the store who were possibly under the influence of narcotics. Deputy Yates made contact with the first individual later identified as Gina Gear (25) of Saint Leonard who appeared to be disoriented and slurring her speech. As Deputy Yates was speaking to Gear, the second individual identified as Joseph Fabian (32) of Saint Leonard began to speak with Gear as well. Deputy Yates was made aware that Fabian had removed an item out of a box and placed it in his jacket, and Gear possibly had stolen some clothing items while in the changing room. A search of Fabian was conducted and the stolen item was located as well as narcotics. A search of Gear was conducted, resulting in the stolen property, narcotics, and paraphernalia. Fabian was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with CDS: Possession-Not marijuana (Alprazolam) and Theft Less Than $100. Gear was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana (Alprazolam), CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia, and Theft Less Than $100.

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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Arrests

On View Arrests:
 
Protective Order Violation- On December 27, 2017, Dep. Nauman responded to the 25000 block of Pt. Lookout Road, in Leonardtown, in attempt to locate an individual reference a welfare check.  Suspect Syvie Nicole Fred Marjanowicz, age 46, of Leonardtown, was located, and found to be at a business she was prohibited from being at, per an active Exparte/Protective Order.  Marjanowicz was arrested and charged with Violate Exparte/Protective Order.  CASE# 68764-17
 
 
Obstructing and Hindering-  On December 27, 2017, Dep. Ball conducted a traffic stop in the 38000 block of Golden Beach Road, in Mechanicsville.  A probable cause search was conducted on the vehicle at which time the operator William Mark Kendall, age 36, of Newburg, became uncooperative.  Suspect Kendall remained uncooperative and failed to follow lawful instructions and was placed under arrest for Obstructing and Hindering.  CASE# 68883-17
 
Assault- On December 27, 2017, Cpl. Knott responded to the St. Mary's County Detention and Rehabilitation  Center in Leonardtown, regarding an assault between inmates.  Investigation revealed Suspect Eugene Terrill Harris, age 25, of St. Leonard, had assaulted the victim by striking the victim in the face.  Harris was charged with Assault 2nd Degree.  CASE# 68896-17
 
CDS Arrest- On December 27, 2017, DFC. Schultz conducted a traffic stop in the 21000 block of Chancellor's Run Road, in Great Mills.  While DFC. Schultz was conducting the stop, he was approached by Pierre Antonio Butler, age 40, of California, who was on foot in the area.  Butler stated an altercation had taken place with him and the operator of the stopped vehicle.  While speaking with DFC. Schultz it was discovered Butler had a quantity of marijuana on his person.  Butler was arrested and charged with CDS: Possession of Marijuana 10 GM+.  CASE# 68908-17
 
Theft- On December 28, 2017, while at the Wawa, located in Charlotte Hall, DFC. Smith observed Suspect Jeremy Tyler King, age 35, of California, place numerous items on his person, and attempt to leave the establishment without paying.  DFC. Smith stopped King and issued him a Criminal Citation for Theft.  CASE# 69125-17 
 
Assault- On December 29, 2017, Cpl. J. Davis responded to the St. Mary's County Detention and Rehabilitation Center located in Leonardtown, for a reported assault.  Investigation revealed Suspect Lance Allen Jones, age  29, of Mechanicsville, assaulted the victim after he and the victim had a disagreement.  Jones was charged with Assault 2nd Degree. CASE# 69135-17
 
Contraband - On December 29, 2017, Dep. Nauman responded to the St. Mary's County Detention and Rehabilitation Center, located in Leonardtown, for a report of contraband being found on an individual.  Investigation revealed Suspect Shawn Christopher Henderson, age 37, of Ridge, reported to the facility to serve his sentence with marijuana on his person.  Henderson was charged with Possess Contraband at Place of Confinement.  CASE# 69304-17
 
Assault- On December 30, 2017, Dep. Holdsworth responded to the 43000 block of Hugh Drive, in Hollywood, for a reported assault.  Contact was made with the victim who had visible injuries; the victim advised the injuries were caused by Suspect Lisa Marie Thompson, age 28, of Hollywood.  Thompson was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree.  CASE# 69462-17
 
Warrants:
 
 
12/26/17- Reynard Lewis Cox, age 26, of California, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Violation of Probation/Assault by Dep. Bare# 307.  CASE# 68659-17
 
12/26/17- Randall James Kelley II, age 37, of Cumberland, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Violation of a Exparte/Protective Order by Dep. Sidorowicz# 328. CASE#  3229-17
 
12/26/17- Deborah Ann Barnaby, age 52, of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Violation of Probation/FTA Trespass by Cpl. Ray# 131.  CASE# 68658-17
 
12/27/17- Trevis Lamar Butler, age 36, of Mechanicsville, was arrested on outstanding warrants for  Assault 1st Degree, 4th Degree Burglary, and Driving While Impaired by Dep. Muschette# 303.  CASE# 68780-17
 
12/27/17- Ricardo Blake McGee Jr., age 38, of Charlotte Hall, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Assault 2nd Degree by Dep. Nauman# 301.  CASE# 67783-17
 
12/27/17- Dominique Cliffton Gillison, age 25, of Mechanicsville, was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Maryland State Police (La Plata barrack) by Dep. Ball# 315.  CASE# 68844-17
 
12/27/17- Stacy Lynn Sboto, age 41, of Leonardtown, was arrested on outstanding warrants for Violation of Probation/Theft Scheme/Assault 2nd Degree by Cpl. Knott# 234. CASE# 68876-17
 
12/27/17- David Michael Faxon Sr., age 33, of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Violate Exparte/Protective Order by Dep. Henry# 333.  CASE# 57763-17 (No Photograph Available)
 
 
12/28/17- Michael Lavar Yeldell, age 40, of Great Mills, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Violation of Probation/Malicious Destruction of Property by DFC. Steinbach# 268.  CASE# 69150-17 
 
12/28/17- Devon Lawrence Thomas age 35, of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for FTA/Driving While Suspended by Dep. Ball# 315.  CASE# 69054-17 
 
12/29/17- Travis Renard Snyder, age 28, of Leonardtown, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Driving While Suspended by Cpl. Potter# 255.  CASE# 69201-17
 
12/29/17- Andre Devon Dickens, age 34, of Lusby, was arrested on two outstanding warrants for Child Support by Dep. Sidorowicz# 328.  CASE# 69212-17
                                                     
12/29/17- Michael Lavar Yeldell, age 40, of Great Mills, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Assault 2nd Degree and Destruction of Property by Dep. J. Smith# 306.  CASE# 69255-17
 
12/29/17- Neisa Jordan Gaston, age 19, from Bushwood, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Armed Robbery, Burglary 1st Degree, and Burglary 2nd Degree by Det. Hulse# 218.  CASE# 69299-17
 
12/29/17- Lavonte Devow King, age 26, from Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for CDS Possession, and CDS Distribution by Dep. Nauman# 301.  CASE# 69318-17
 
12/30/17- Natalie Marie Radford, age 36, of Ridge, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for CDS Possession Not Marijuana by Dep. M. Beyer# 319.  CASE# 69465-17
 

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Police Looking To I.D. Suspected Thief (Photo)

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured.  On January 4, 2018, at the Walmart located in California, Maryland, the suspect attempted to leave the store without paying for a cart full of merchandise. The suspect was confronted by an employee of Walmart, at which time the suspect fled the scene.
 
Anyone with information on this incident/and or the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Dep. Nauman at (301) 475-4200 extension *8109, or by email at Taylore.Nauman@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).

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Opioid Learning Series

LEONARDTOWN, MD (January 8, 2018) – In an effort to raise awareness about the opioid epidemic overtaking our community, St. Mary’s County Health Department and St. Mary’s County Library are partnering to host an Opioid Learning Series open to the public. This six part series will be held every other Thursday at the Lexington Park Library from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. beginning on January 11 and continuing on January 25, February 8 and 22, and March 8 and 22. Both the February 8 and March 22 will feature a special concurrent session geared toward adolescents.
 
Registration is not required but recommended to ensure adequate seating and hand out materials for participants. Light refreshments will be served.
 
To register, visit: https://www.stmalib.org/events/adult-events/opioid-learning-series/
For more information on the opioid epidemic, visit: http://www.smchd.org/opioid/
 
Individuals may attend all of the sessions or choose specific sessions based on their interest in the following topics:
 
January 11, 2018 (Snow date: January 18, 2018)
Topic: The Big Picture. In an effort to combat the growing epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse, the FBI and DEA have released “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict,” a documentary that explores the dangers of addiction. This session will feature a screening of this powerful documentary followed by a guided discussion on the opioid epidemic.
 
January 25, 2018 (Snow date: February 1, 2018)
Topic: The Opioid Crisis in St. Mary’s. This session will explore the opioid epidemic in St. Mary’s County. Local data, prevention and response efforts will be shared by Dr. Meenakshi G. Brewster, MD, MPH, FAAFP, St. Mary’s County Health Officer.
 
February 8, 2018 (Snow date: February 15, 2018)
Topic: Prevention & Recognition. The third session will include two simultaneous sessions, one for adults and one for teens. The adult session will include information on detecting the signs of addiction, communicating with your adolescent, relationship building and support groups. The teen session will explore how to recognize when a friend or family member is in trouble, how to talk to them, how to take care of yourself and resources that can help.
 
February 22, 2018 (Snow date: March 1, 2018)
Topic: Stigma. This session will explore stigma. What is stigma and how does it impact access to treatment services or utilization of resources? Personal experiences will be shared by affected family members and individuals in recovery.
 
March 8, 2018 (Snow date: March 15, 2018)
Topic: Treatment. This session will provide an overview of the different levels of treatment that are available for substance abuse disorders and will provide information on how to access these services in St. Mary’s County.
 
March 22, 2018 (Snow date: March 29, 2018)
Topic: How to Respond. The sixth and final session of the Opioid Learning Series will include a brief overview of the entire series, followed by information for community members on how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose. A special teen session will run simultaneously in which teens will learn about peer intervention strategies, how and when to seek help, what you can do if can you witness an overdose.

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Hogan Administration, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Announce Extension of Maryland's All-Payer Hospital Model

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan, together with the Maryland Department of Health and the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), today announced an extension of Maryland’s All-Payer Hospital Model Contract. The federal government has agreed to approve a one-year extension to allow it to complete its review and to consider additional data through the end of 2017 before finalizing the contract for the new Maryland Total Cost of Care All-Payer Medicare Model (Maryland Model), the draft terms of which were announced in August 2017.
 
As a result of this agreement, Maryland’s current All-Payer Hospital Model Contract and amendments will be extended from an expiration date of December 31, 2018 to December 31, 2019. The one-year extension was mutually agreed upon by the state and CMS and will not affect existing contractual terms, and it will ensure continuity for Maryland patients and providers.
 
“This is a significant win for Maryland’s health care delivery system, and the direct result of the tireless advocacy on behalf of all Marylanders by Secretary Dennis Schrader and his team,” said Governor Hogan. “Our administration is committed to working with our federal partners to ensure we continue to lead the nation when it comes to innovation in health care access and affordability for our citizens.”
 
“This extension reflects the Hogan administration’s continual commitment to improving health care quality while reducing costs. We look forward to working with CMS to finalize the new Maryland Model, which will extend our efforts beyond hospitals to serve even more Marylanders,” said Maryland Department of Health Secretary Dennis Schrader.
 
The Maryland Model is an innovative Medicare per capita savings model that maintains financial stability in rural hospitals and provides opportunities for health care providers to transform care delivery model by improving health and quality. The continuing negotiations will incorporate the latest directions received from stakeholders in the hospitals, physicians, insurance, and patient sectors, as well as from federal policymakers. Building on the state's track record of innovation in the health care sector, the model is designed to coordinate medical treatment for patients served in both hospital and non-hospital settings, to improve health outcomes, and to rein in the growth of health care costs.
 
The model limits cost shifting by various health care payers, including Medicare, and protects the individual consumer. It also addresses primary care and allows for greater coordination among the medical community. The model also enables the state and provider communities to collaborate on critical health care issues, including opioid use, diabetes, hypertension, and other chronic conditions. This collaborative approach draws upon a strong partnership with key players in Maryland’s health system – hospitals, payers, physicians, long-term care providers, and regulatory agencies, along with state and federal partners. 
 
The Hogan administration is proactively working with stakeholders to finalize the updated model contract as quickly as possible with common priorities which include further discussions of the Maryland Model, including the Maryland Primary Care Program, and additional updates to the Care Redesign Participation Agreement, including efforts to obtain MACRA eligibility for Care Redesign Program participants.
 
Additional details on the proposed structure of the new model, including the process and timeline of negotiations with the federal government, can be found at http://hscrc.maryland.gov/Pages/progression.aspx.
 
Any additional questions or clarification can be directed via email to hscrc.all-payermodel@maryland.gov. Implementation of the model will begin on January 1, 2019, pending final approval from the federal government. 
 
About Maryland’s All-Payer Medicare Model
 
Maryland’s current approach to hospital payment is known as the “Maryland All-Payer Medicare Model Contract,” and runs from January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2018.  The All-Payer Model’s success metrics are based on enhancing quality, improving health outcomes, and constraining the growth of Medicare costs for hospital inpatient and outpatient services. 
 
Since 2014, Maryland’s hospitals have successfully reduced unnecessary readmissions and hospital-acquired conditions, while decreasing the growth in hospital cost per capita. However, the current approach focused on hospitals does not sufficiently provide for comprehensive coordination across the entire health care system. Because of this limitation, the federal government required Maryland to develop a new model that encompasses all of the health care that patients receive, both inside the hospital and the community.

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HIV Positive Ex-School Aide Carlos Bell Pleads Guilty In Charles County

A former school aide and track coach who was arrested for allegedly assaulting several male students pleaded guilty to 27 counts in Charles County on Friday. 
 
Carlos Bell, 30, was arrested on June 30 in connection with the production of child pornography and three counts of second-degree assault.
 
Bell is scheduled to be sentenced on March 28, 2018. The maximum years he can be sentenced is 294 years, but officials say there is an agreement where Bell will serve no more than 190 years. 
 
"There is no death penalty in Maryland anymore," said Charles County State's Attorney Tony Covington. "There's not a life without parole for these types of charges. So, we had to have enough charges where realistically, if he's sentenced to the max under this agreement, 190 years, the likelihood is that he will be in jail for the rest of his life."
 
In a news conference on Friday, officials said Bell had 42 victims between the ages of 11 and 17. Only 34 of those victims have been identified. 
 
"He misused that trust [as a teacher's aide] to violate the most vulnerable people in our community, our children," said Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry.
 
According to the sheriff’s office, an investigation began in December after a high school student’s parent raised concerns about “electronic messages” from Bell to her child.
 
Bell, who was an instructional assistant at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School and also the head indoor track coach at La Plata High School, was immediately removed from the school and barred from coaching. Charles County Public Schools said Bell hasn’t worked in any school building since Dec. 22, 2016.
 
Officials said Bell later admitted to being HIV positive and evidence was recovered to corroborate his statement. As of now, investigators are not aware that any victims have contracted HIV and they will be offering testing. 
 
Bell pled guilty to several different types of charges. They included sexual abuse of a minor, filming child pornography and attempted transmission of HIV.

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Governor Larry Hogan Announces Initiatives to Protect, Empower Victims of Crime

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today announced a series of legislative proposals and an executive action to further protect, support, and empower victims of crime in Maryland. The governor’s initiatives include proposals to combat human trafficking and repeat sexual predators, as well as to aid in the restitution process and protect domestic violence victims’ personal information.
 
The governor was joined by Maryland State Board of Victim Services Chair Steve Kelly, Governor’s Family Violence Council Chair Jeanne Yeager, and Children’s Justice Act Committee Chair Arnold Eby, as well as Abby Joiner and Robin Sample, two survivors of domestic violence, and a number of victims assistance professionals, advocates, law enforcement officials, and legislators.
 
“The sad reality is that becoming a victim of a crime often shatters a person’s sense of security,” said Governor Hogan. “It can feel as if his or her entire world has been turned upside down, and – much too often – it can leave wounds that are unseen and which sometimes never truly or fully heal.”
 
The governor began by expressing his commitment to working with legislative leaders to pass the Rape Survivor – Family Protection Act, which will enable rape victims who conceive a child to terminate the parental rights of their rapist. The governor stated his support for expediting the legislation and pledged to sign it the moment it comes to his desk.
 
“No rapist should be allowed to maintain their rights as a parent, and no victim should ever be forced to interact with their attacker,” said the governor.
 
The governor announced several measures to target human trafficking, noting that Maryland has one of the highest volumes of calls to the National Human Trafficking Hotline in the nation. To ensure that information about resources to help these victims is as widespread as possible, he signed Executive Order 01.01.2018.02, which requires all state agencies and departments to prominently display information for the national hotline and the BeFree Textline on the homepages of their websites. He also issued a proclamation recognizing January as Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month and declaring January 11, 2018 as Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Maryland.
 
The governor then announced four legislative initiatives for the upcoming 2018 session of the Maryland General Assembly:
 
The Felony Human Trafficking Act of 2018 will classify felony human trafficking – cases in which the perpetrator trafficks a child or trafficks a victim with the intent to forcibly compel the victim to perform a sexual act – as a violent crime. This classification will ensure that offenders will serve more time in prison.
 
The Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act of 2018 mirrors legislation supported by the governor during the 2017 session and repeatedly proposed in the General Assembly for nearly a decade that has failed to pass despite widespread bipartisan support. The bill will allow courts to admit evidence of a criminal defendant’s prior history of sexual crimes or abuse if he or she is prosecuted for subsequent sexual offenses. It is widely documented that sexual predators follow patterns of behavior and rarely stop at a single victim.
 
The governor also proposed a measure strengthening the Maryland “Safe-at-Home” Address Confidentiality Program to enable victims of domestic violence to safely purchase a home without fear of their abuser finding their address. The program, created in 2006, provides a substitute address for victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, stalking, and sexual assault to use as a legal residential, school, or business address. The governor’s bill extends protection to deeds when a victim purchases a home, which was recommended by a task force created by legislation sponsored by Senator Susan Lee and chaired by Secretary of State John Wobensmith.
 
The governor’s final proposal will create a new victim services unit focused on restitution by centralizing data collection across state agencies. The new unit, which will be located in the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, will act as a one-stop shop for victim notification and information regarding restitution. The legislation will also allow for an additional $800,000 in federal funds to go directly to Maryland victims each year.
 
“Our administration remains strongly committed to ensuring that victims of crime have the right to information, the right to be present, the right to provide input, the right to receive restitution, and – most importantly – the expectation of being treated with the dignity and the respect that they deserve,” said Governor Hogan. “These legislative initiatives will help protect our most vulnerable citizens, create an environment in which victims feel safe coming forward, and empower Maryland crime victims to heal and to rebuild their lives.”
 
Finally, the governor called on the legislature to sustain his veto of misguided legislation passed during the last session that would have prohibited colleges and universities from using an admissions application that contains any questions about a prospective student’s prior criminal history – including violent crimes. This ill-conceived legislation did not differentiate between individuals with a violent felony or sexual assault record from those with a non-violent misdemeanor on their record. It is estimated that as many as one in five women experience a sexual assault while attending college, many of which go unreported to police.
 
The initiatives announced today build on the Hogan-Rutherford administration’s commitment to supporting and empowering victims of crime. The administration has convened the first-ever governor’s statewide victim services conferences to facilitate collaboration and recognize leaders in the victims’ rights movement. Recognizing that victims often need financial assistance and resources to become self-sufficient, the administration has awarded nearly $100 million in federal and state funds to help victims and organizations. In addition, the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention has given $46 million in grants to directly aid victims of crime, fully funding every eligible request across the state and serving over 181,000 victims in Maryland in the past year alone.

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Metcom Announces Progress On Water Towers

The Metropolitan Commission (MetCom) provides public water and sewer services to portions of St. Mary’s County.  MetCom operates 28 water supply and distribution systems throughout the County, including 67 wells, which supplied approximately 1.4 billion gallons of water in fiscal year 2017.  Likewise, MetCom owns and operates 5 wastewater treatment facilities that treated a combined average of 1.5 billion gallons, an average of over 240,000 gallons of waste per day in fiscal year 2017. MetCom also manages two private sewage treatment facilities under operating agreements with the owners of the facilities.  Recently added to the system are two (2) new elevated water storage towers and associated production wells located in Hollywood and Charlotte Hall.  These facilities are currently in the final phases of construction close-out. Both projects will be completed under budget and will include state-of-the art radio communication technology.
 
The new Hollywood elevated Water Storage Tower (WST) near the Broad Creek and Twin Ponds subdivisions will serve the Hollywood Town Center. This particular tower will provide 500,000 gallons of storage and a 400 gallon per minute (gpm) well. The new facility will ensure adequate fire suppression, improve water pressure, and provide additional storage to support planned growth in the area.  The approved capital construction budget was $3.486M and was funded through a low interest loan from the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).  The Water Appropriations and Use Permit was obtained from Maryland Department of the Environment’s (MDE) Water Management Administration.  MDE’s Certification of Potability for the well was obtained on November 6, 2017.  Water quality testing for the storage tank has been completed and the facility was placed into operation on December 27, 2017 by MetCom staff, contractor (Caldwell Tanks, Inc.) and designer (WRL).
 
The new Charlotte Hall elevated Water Storage Tower (WST) near the Maryland Transit Administration Park and Ride Facility on MD Route 6 will serve the Charlotte Hall Town Center.  This particular tower will provide 400,000 gallons of storage and a 250 gpm well.  The new facility will ensure adequate fire suppression, address storage lost due to damage to ground storage and provide storage for domestic use. The Charlotte Hall Town Center has reached the density required for an elevated water storage tank. The approved capital construction budget was $3.107M and was also funded through a low interest loan from the DHCD.  This facility is expected to be placed into operation in the very near future. 
 
George Erichsen, MetCom’s Executive Director stated, “We are very pleased at the recent progress of these two projects, but are now pressing forward to begin the construction of a much larger $ 6.297M water storage tank in Hickory Hills that was approved in prior years. The new two million gallon storage facility has an approved budget of $6.297M and is funded through a low interest loan from the DHCD.”  Final land acquisition was completed in November, 2017 and construction is anticipated in the late spring, 2018, following final site plan approval and the formal bidding process. 
To learn more about our projects, please visit our website at www.metcom.org and choose Capital Improvement Projects under the Engineering tab.

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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Arrests

Assault/Resisting Arrest- On December 23, 2017, Dep. Robinson responded to the 18000 block of Three Notch Road, in Lexington Park, for a report of a disturbance.  Upon arrival Dep. Robinson observed visible injury to the victim, and the suspect Derrick Clifton Marshall, was actively destroying property inside the residence. Marshall was placed under arrest, at which time he became combative and assaulted Dep. Robinson.  Marshall was charged with Assault 2nd Degree, Malicious Destruction of Property, and Resist/Interfere With Arrest.  CASE# 68220-17
 
Theft- On December 24, 2017, DFC. Lawrence responded to the 45000 block of First Colony Way in California, reference to a theft.  Upon contacting the complainant it was learned Suspect Lisa Marie West, age 48, of Lexington Park, stole merchandise from the business on December 21, 2017. The suspect was charged via criminal citation for Theft.  CASE# 68404-17
 
Theft- On December 24, 2017, Dep. Robinson was in the 21000 block of Great Mills Road, in Lexington Park, when he made contact with Shannon Mae Corbin, age 41, of Lexington Park.  A check of the tag Corbin had on her vehicle indicated the tag had been reported stolen out of Calvert County.  Corbin was charged via criminal citation for Theft.  CASE# 68414-17  (No Photograph Available)
 
Assault- On December 25, 2017, Dep. Siciliano responded to the 27000 block of Neale Court, in Mechanicsville, to check the welfare of an individual at the residence.  Upon arrival, Suspect Eric Alan Jett, age 34, of Leonardtown, became argumentative and confrontational.  Deputies on the scene were able to determine an assault had taken place, and while conducting that investigation, Suspect Jett assaulted the victim again.  Jett was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree.  CASE# 68585-17
 
 
Warrants:
 
 
12/22/17- Shawnita Elizabeth Johnson, age 25, of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Theft by DFC. Tirpak# 270.  CASE# 67880-17 
 
12/22/17- Tyrone Lamont Jackson, age 33, of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for CDS Possession by Dep. Muschette# 303.  CASE# 67934-17
 
12/22/17- James Edward Hackett, age 29, of Lusby, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for FTA/Child Support by Sgt. Raddatz# 99.  CASE3 68026-17 
 
12/22/17- Garrett Dewayne Butler, age 38, of Leonardtown, was arrested on an outstanding Child Support Warrant by Cpl. White# 200.  CASE# 68010-17 
 
12/22/17- Dawn Marie Fowler, age 31, of Mechanicsville, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for FTA/Intoxicated/Endangering through Worchster County by Cpl. Connelly# 151.  CASE# 68055-17
 
12/22/17- James Matthew Courtney, age 27, of Great Mills, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Malicious Destruction of Property by DFC. Steinbach# 268.  CASE# 68196-17
 
12/23/17- Jackie Lorraine McKeever, age 34, of Mechanicsville, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Assault 2nd Degree by Dep. Ball# 315.  CASE# 68232-17
 
12/24/17- Douglas Lee Oliver Jr., age 28, of was arrested on an outstanding warrant for FTA/Theft and Property Destruction by Dep. Ball# 315.  CASE# 3260-17

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Officers Looking To I.D. Fraud Suspect (Photos)

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured.  On December 22, 2017, at approximately 2:13 PM, at the 7-11 convenience store, located on Three Notch Road, in Mechanicsville, the suspect pictured used debit card information to remove money from the victim’s bank account.  
 
Anyone with information on the incident/and or the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Dep. Ball at (301) 475-4200 extension *8131, or by email at Carl.Ball@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). 

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Cardin Statement on Trump Administration Moves to Permit Offshore Drilling along Atlantic Coast

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works long opposed to offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean, today released the following statement in response to the Department of the Interior’s actions intended to allow offshore drilling along the East Coast.
 
“I am disgusted – but not surprised – by the Trump Administration’s machinations to allow drilling along our Atlantic Coast. This move comes only a week after the administration repealed safety regulations implemented by the Obama Administration to prevent another Deepwater Horizon disaster, and it needlessly places countless coastal communities, thriving local economies, and our invaluable fish and wildlife resources at extreme risk. Sadly, spill events resulting from oil and gas drilling and shipment are a daily occurrence in this country, and very few places are immune to this threat. Having recently needlessly opened one unspoiled landscape, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, to drilling in the name of pursuing the energy security from which we already benefit, the Trump Administration is now placing the entire East Coast in similar crosshairs. The administration’s actions are as ignorant of common sense and scientific realities as they are of the widespread public opposition to Atlantic offshore drilling. These moves also come despite Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s promises during his confirmation process to be highly mindful of local input when managing public lands and waters. This move is the type of publicly unsupported action we already have seen time and again from this Interior Department, which clearly places the desires of oil, gas, coal and mineral extraction executives above those of average Americans and the places they hold dear. As a person who loves and has spent my career working to protect and improve the Chesapeake Bay, I cannot condemn this maneuver in any stronger terms. I urge the Trump Administration and Interior Department to reverse course on this decision immediately, and to put the will of the American people and health of the natural world above the pipe dreams of his comrades in the fossil fuel industry – for once.”       

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Officers Investigating Shooting In Lexington Park

On January 4, 2018, at approximately 1:45 PM, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and troopers from the Maryland State Police, responded to the area of St. Mary’s Square, located on Great Mills Road, for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, a male victim, age 27, was found to have sustained a gunshot wound to the upper body.  The victim was flown by Maryland State Police Helicopter Trooper 7, to a regional trauma center for treatment. 
 
A person of interest is being sought; the individual is described as an African American male who at the time of this incident was wearing all black, and may have been wearing an orange or red knit cap/mask.  This person was last seen on foot running towards the Patuxent Homes area located on Great Mills Road.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Melissa Hulse at (301) 475-4200 extension *1996 or by email at Melissa.Hulse@stmarysmd.com. Citizens may remain anonymous and contact the Sheriff’s Office at (301) 475-8008, or Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637).
 

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Governor Larry Hogan Announces Statewide Response Efforts for Winter Storm

ANNAPOLIS, MD – With winter weather still affecting many areas of Maryland, especially the Eastern Shore, Governor Larry Hogan has directed state agencies to coordinate and work together to keep Marylanders safe and informed. On Wednesday evening, the governor signed Executive Order 01.01.2018.01 declaring a state of emergency in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties to allow the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to more easily coordinate with all state agencies throughout the duration of the storm. As snow or wintry precipitation, including blowing snow and freezing temperatures, continues throughout the morning and early afternoon, Governor Hogan is urging Marylanders to avoid unnecessary travel while crews work to clear roads.
 
“With blizzard-like conditions impacting parts of our state, I continue to urge all Marylanders to use common sense and stay off the roads,” said Governor Hogan. “Our state agencies and employees continue to work around the clock to clear roads, but continued snowfall, high winds, and freezing temperatures have created extremely dangerous conditions. Put your safety first and stay off the roads if possible and allow our crews to do their job.”  
 
Statewide actions include the following:
 
MEMA
 
MEMA has increased the State Response Activation Level and opened the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in order to coordinate state agencies and support resource requests.
MEMA continues to monitor weather forecasts in anticipation of continued snowfall, freezing temperatures, and possible refreezing Thursday night.
MDOT State Highway Administration
 
The MDOT Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) and the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) staff and contracted forces have been responding with a total of 1,893 state and contracted equipment as of 9:00 AM Thursday morning.
MDOT SHA has proactively redeployed equipment and heavy loaders from Westminster, Frederick, LeVale, Hagerstown and Keyser’s Hill Ridge locations to assist in Snow Hill, Princess Anne and Cambridge on the lower shore.
MDOT SHA is encouraging citizens to completely clear cars of snow and ice and to make sure tailpipes are not clogged with snow.
Maryland Transportation Authority
 
Limited wind restrictions are in place at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. House trailers, empty box trailers or any vehicle that, in the opinion of law-enforcement personnel, may not safely cross the bridge will be prohibited from traveling the bridge. Motorists who are denied passage will be assisted with safely turning around.
All other MDTA bridges are under wind warnings. Motorists should use caution if crossing.
MDOT Maryland Transit Administration
 
MDOT MTA has all services operating on normal schedules with only minor delays and diversions on Local Bus service.
MDOT MTA also is responding to potential delays with Light RailLink service due to mechanical issues and with Mobility service due to side roads that have not yet been treated.
To get the latest on transit updates for MARC Train and Commuter Bus to buses, mobility vehicles, Metro SubwayLink and Light RailLink, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, radio and at mta.maryland.gov.   
 BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport
 
The BWI Marshall Airport snow team worked throughout the night and this morning to treat the airfield for airline operations. Public roadways and parking lots at the airport remain open and operational for travelers.
There are a number of airline flight cancellations on Thursday morning, primarily to cities in the northeast, where the winter storm continues to intensify.  Customers with travel plans should contact their airlines for updated flight status information.
Port of Baltimore
 
The Port of Baltimore is actively working ships today and operating business as usual at the public marine terminals.
Port operations personnel are focused on salting and plowing, as needed. The public marine terminals are in good shape.
 MDOT Motor Vehicle Administration
 
The following MDOT MVA locations are closed today: Calvert County VEIP Station, Easton Branch Office, Loveville Branch Office, Salisbury Branch Office, Queen Anne's County VEIP Station, Waldorf Branch Office and Charles County VEIP Station.  
The Baltimore City and Elkton Branch Offices are currently unable to perform driver skills tests.
Remember, many MDOT MVA services are offered online and can be accessed at your convenience. Please check www.mva.maryland.gov for further updates. 
Maryland State Police 
 
Maryland State Troopers have responded to 51 vehicle crashes and 55 disabled vehicle calls during the storm. The majority of incidents have occurred in Southern Maryland and Eastern Shore counties.
Additional troopers remain on patrol.  Troopers from the Aviation Command, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division and Automotive Safety Enforcement Division have been reassigned to patrol duties as needed in affected areas.
Snow emergency plans have been implemented in the following counties: Montgomery, Queen Anne’s, Kent, Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, Calvert, St. Mary’s, Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset, and Charles.
Under a snow emergency plan, a person may not drive or attempt to drive a motor vehicle, other than a motorcycle, on any highway that is designated and appropriately signposted as a snow emergency route and for which a snow emergency has been declared and is in effect, unless the vehicle is equipped with chains or snow tires on at least one wheel at each end of a driving axle.
Road conditions will be closely monitored and the snow emergency plan will be lifted when the roads are determined to be safe for normal travel. 
Maryland National Guard 
 
The Maryland National Guard has positioned equipment and alerted personnel to hasten response time in the event National Guard assets are required.
All MDNG facilities are operational (including the Salisbury Armory). 
Maryland Department of Health
 
Established operational structure for public health emergency operations.
Notified and updated healthcare partners regarding the impending weather.
Sent out cold weather resources press release with preparation tips and information on hypothermia. 
Maryland Energy Administration
 
The Maryland Energy Administration is coordinating with Maryland electric utilities on their storm mobilization and restoration efforts.  
Maryland Department of Planning
 
Monitoring requests for information, planning, and resource support. 
Maryland Department of Human Services
 
Currently moving additional supplies, including staff to the Eastern Shore.
Contacted 3 state shelter sites on the Eastern Shore to confirm availability.
Contacted local mass care liaisons in the most impacted jurisdictions.
Distributed fleet (4-wheel drive) to emergency response staff.

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Calvert County Government Urges Citizens To Prepare for Winter Weather

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Jan. 3, 2018 – The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for our area from 10 p.m. this evening to 11 a.m. tomorrow morning and the Calvert County Department of Public Safety urges citizens to prepare.
 
“We are never certain how much snow will fall in these events,” said Calvert County Department of Public Safety Director Jackie Vaughan, “But this time we are certain that temperatures will be dangerously low for a few days due to high winds and wind chill factors.”
 
During extreme cold weather events, the primary concern is the potential loss of heat, power, telephone service or a shortage of supplies if storm or weather conditions continue for more than one day. Residents should have the following items available:
 
·         Flashlight and extra batteries
 
·         Battery-operated NOAA weather radio and portable radio to receive emergency information; these may be your only links to the outside
 
·         Extra food and water; high-energy food and food requiring no cooking or refrigeration is best
 
·         Extra medicine and baby items
 
·         First aid supplies
 
·         Heating fuel
 
·         Emergency heating source (fireplace, wood stove, space heater, etc.)
 
·         Fire extinguisher and smoke detector
 
If travel or outside activity is required, citizens should:
 
·         Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat.
 
·         Watch for frostbite. Symptoms include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately.
 
·         Watch for hypothermia. Symptoms include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion. If symptoms are detected, get the victim to a warm location, remove wet clothing, warm the center of the body first and give warm, non-alcoholic beverages if the victim is conscious. Get medical help immediately.
 
Residents are encouraged to consider family members or neighbors with special needs and assist them in preparing for the winter weather.
 
Citizens are also urged to bring their pets inside for the duration of the impending snow event and cold snap. Learn more about how to make sure your four-footed family members stay safe and warm by following guidelines provided by the humane society at their website. Please visit: www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/protect_pets_winter.html
 
To stay informed on the approaching weather event, residents should monitor local television channels, radio stations and the Internet.
 
The Calvert County government website at www.co.cal.md.us and Facebook page will have updates on local preparations and county government closures should they become necessary.

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Charles County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

BURGLARY: On January 1 at 4:47 a.m., an unknown male knocked on the front door of a house in the 11500 block of Terrace Drive in Waldorf. When no one answered, the suspect entered the house through an unlocked window. The victim heard the suspect and went to a different room where she called police. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his twenties with a medium build and long black hair. He fled in a white Honda. Nothing was reported stolen. There have been no similar reports in the area. PFC G. Cook is investigating.
 
RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT: On December 30 at 1:22 a.m., three adults had been involved in an altercation at a bar in Waldorf. When they left the establishment, the two people they had been arguing with followed them. As the victims were driving in the area of Plaza Way near Crain Highway, they heard gunshots. They continued driving a short distance and pulled over where they observed their car had several bullet holes. The suspects, who were operating a gray Chevrolet Impala, fled. No one was injured. PFC G. Cook is investigating.

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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

Damaged Property: 17-66886
On December 26, 2017 Deputy Rediker responded to Horsmon Farm Lane, Saint Leonard for the report of damaged property. The victim stated sometime between December 12th and December 26th an unknown suspect(s) drove their vehicle through their field. The estimated damaged property is $300.
 
Damaged Property: 17-67261
On December 28, 2017 Deputy Jacobs responded to Bayview Hills Drive, Chesapeake Beach for the report of damaged property. The victim stated sometime between December 27th at 4:00pm and December 28th at 10:00am an unknown suspect(s) egged their residence. 
 
Damaged Property: 17-67775
On December 31, 2017 Deputy Rzepkowski responded to Leola Helen Way, Huntingtown for the report of damaged property. The victim stated sometime between December 29th at 6:30pm and December 30th at 6:30am an unknown suspect(s) damaged two window screens at their residence. The estimated damaged property is $100.
 
Theft: 17-67031
On December 27, 2017 Deputy Barger responded to Smithville Drive, Dunkirk for the report of a theft. The victim stated sometime between December 26th at 6:10pm and December 26th at 10:30pm an unknown suspect(s) stole their seven foot tall Sasquatch silhouette from their front yard. The value of the stolen property is $100.
 
Theft: 17-67271
On December 28, 2017 Deputy Kreps responded to the PetSmart, Dunkirk for the report of a theft. The victim stated that at approximately 5:30pm a white male approximately 30 years old with short brown hair and a beard came into the store and stole an Aquen Deluxe LED 36 gallon Bow Front Aquarium kit. The value of the stolen property is $180.
 
Theft: 17-67228
On December 28, 2017 Deputy Aurich took a report for a theft at Southern Memorial Gardens, Dunkirk. The victim stated that an unknown suspect(s) removed a bronze vase from a cemetery marker. The value of the stolen property is $300.
 
Arrest:
 
On December 27, 2017 Deputy Wilson was assisting the Maryland State Police with a traffic stop in the area of S Solomons Island Road and Broomes Island Road. Deputy Wilson made contact with the passenger of the vehicle later identified as Dominic Sergi (26) of Lusby and could immediately smell a strong odor or marijuana coming from the vehicle. Sergi was asked to step out of the vehicle for a search of him and the vehicle to be conducted. While Deputy Wilson was attempting to complete the search, Sergi started to become uncooperative, tensing his body and moving it in a manner that would prevent Deputy Wilson from completing his search. Deputy Wilson placed Sergi under arrest and transported him to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Obstructing & Hindering and Possession/Receive CDS While Confined/Detained. 
 
On December 29, 2017 Deputy T. Mohler was in the Prince Frederick area attempting to locate a vehicle that had been called in for a check welfare for the occupants inside the vehicle who appeared to be nodding out. Deputy T. Mohler located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle in the area of Dares Beach Road and Hillside Drive, Prince Frederick. Deputy Mohler made contact with the driver later identified as Rebecca Boucher (28) of Prince Frederick to advise her of why she was being stopped. Emergency Communications also advised Boucher had a possible warrant through another agency. A K9 arrived on scene, and conducted a K9 scan of the vehicle resulting in a positive alert. A search of Boucher was conducted resulting in narcotics and the open warrant was confirmed to still be active. Boucher was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with CDS: Possession-not marijuana (Oxycodone Hydrochloride) and CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia. 
 
On December 30, 2017 Deputy Rediker responded to the area of Evergreen Drive and White Sands Drive, Lusby for the report of a suspicious vehicle. Upon Deputy Rediker’s arrival, he observed the vehicle sitting stationary in the roadway and also Sergeant Basham on scene talking with the occupants of the vehicle. Sergeant Basham was asking the occupants of the vehicle to step out when he observed a concealed deadly weapon between the driver’s seat and door. Both occupants stepped out of the vehicle and were detained while a search of the vehicle was conducted. A search of the vehicle revealed a concealed deadly weapon, narcotics, and paraphernalia. The driver identified as Joanne Kelson (48) of Lusby was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with Dangerous Weapon- Conceal and CDS: Possession marijuana 10 Grams +. The passenger of the vehicle identified as Keith Mackall (25) of Lusby was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia. 

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Water Main Break to Close Leonardtown Library

Leonardtown, MD – The Leonardtown branch of the St. Mary’s County Library will close at 11 a.m. and remain closed until further notice due to a water main break.
 
Patrons with questions can contact the Library locations in Charlotte Hall at 301-884-2211 or Lexington Park at 301-863-8188.

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Update: Police Looking For Missing 10 Year Old (Photo)

Stephon James Proctor has been found. 

 

Missing Juvenile-Stephon James Proctor age 10, believed to be with Bruce Proctor, who may be operating a black Range Rover SUV with MD or DC registration. Victim is 4-03, 58 lbs, black hair, brown eyes. If observed call the Duty Officer at 301-475-4040.

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Prevent Frozen and Bursting Water Pipes

Due to the unusually cold weather temperatures, residents are experiencing frozen and busted water pipes.  Please be aware that indoor pipes can freeze, depending on temperatures, insulation, and placement in the building. Pipes in attics, above ceilings, in crawl spaces and basements, and near exterior walls are highly vulnerable to freezing, especially where there is poor insulation, wall cracks, or other openings that allow entry of cold outside air. 
 
It is important for owners to know where the main water shut-off valve(s) are located, in case of a pipe break. Never attempt to thaw a frozen pipe with an open flame.
 
Monitor water-based fire protection systems such as automatic sprinkler systems, fire pumps, hoses and hydrants.   These systems must remain heated and ice-free to minimize losses from fire and water damage. 
 
To prevent pipes from bursting or ice formation within the pipes, considerer these preventive measures: 
•Always place piping in heated areas of a building.
•Properly insulate attics, exterior walls, and other areas lacking adequate heating. 
•Repair broken windows, ill-fitting doors, and other conditions that allow heat loss. 
•Keep exterior doors closed, even if not in the immediate vicinity of piping. 
•Maintain heat in buildings at all times. No area with piping should be allowed to fall below 40°F (4°C). (This requires regular maintenance, inspection, and servicing of existing heating equipment, and safe emergency measures during a prolonged power failure.) 
•Shut off water lines and drain all pipes if the building is to be left unattended for an extended period. (The exceptions are sprinkler systems unless all combustible materials are removed and the building is noncombustible or fire-resistive.) 
•Provide insulation around a pipe sufficient to reduce heat loss, or provide heat tracing, if the pipe might be exposed to freezing temperatures.
•Install low temperature alarms (with remote monitoring) in cold-prone areas. 
•Adequately maintain and prepare dry-pipe sprinkler systems for cold weather (drain low points, etc.). 
•Properly service and winterize private yard hydrants. 
•Clear snow and ice from private yard hydrants, outside hose connections, and fire protection system valves to help prevent freezing of these systems.
 
If adequate heat cannot be maintained, the main domestic water supply valve should be shut off and all water from piping should be completely drained by a qualified plumber. Sprinkler systems and other water-based fire protection systems are a special case. Every effort should be made to keep these systems in service for your safety.

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Third Victim in Triple Fatal Car Crash on Rose HillRoad Positively Identified

Today, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore positively identified the third victim of the triple fatal car crash that occurred on December 26 on Rose Hill Road in La Plata as James Edward Proctor, Jr., 50, of Hughesville. There are no further updates at this time. Cpl. K. Syvertsen is investigating. 

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Spring Ridge Middle School Incident

On January 2, 2017, school staff at the Spring Ridge Middle School located at 19856 Three Notch Rd. Lexington Park, MD were alerted to a child not feeling well after ingesting food they brought from home.  It was later determined the child had shared the food with four friends during the morning and several children were also not feeling well.  School authorities immediately notified the School Resource Officer (SRO) from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and EMS personnel were called to treat the children.  The children were transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment and evaluation.  Investigation by the SRO and St. Mary’s County Vice/Narcotics Detectives revealed the edible food items may have contained THC/CBG which is derived from marijuana plants.  St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Detectives, Child Protective Services and school officials are continuing the investigation.  All children have been treated and released to their guardians. 

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St. Mary's Commissioners to Host First Public Forum in 2018 on January 9

Leonardtown, MD – The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County will host their first Public Forum of the New Year on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. The forum will take place in their meeting room inside the Chesapeake Building, at 41770 Baldridge Street, in Leonardtown.
 
Citizens wishing to voice a concern, and unable to attend in person, can do so on the county’s social media platforms. Residents can post comments or questions using the hashtag #CSMCforum on the county’s Facebook page at  www.Facebook.com/StMarysCountyGovernment or Twitter feed (@StMarysCoGov). Time permitting, comments and questions will be read during the forum. Citizens should include their full name and location in the county in which they live when posting to social media. Social Media comments will become part of the official record.
 
Commissioners of St. Mary’s County Public Forums are televised live on St. Mary’s County Government TV 95 (SMCG TV 95) on Metrocast Cable and streamed live for online viewing on the at http://www.stmarysmd.com/broadcast.asp.  Click on the LIVE link at the top of the page. 
 
The forum will re-air on SMCG TV 95 on Sunday, January 14, at 7 p.m. Videos of the Forums are also available for viewing on demand on the county’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/StMarysCoMDGov?feature=mhee as well as the St. Mary’s County Government TV 95 video on demand site at https://stmarysmd.viebit.com/.
 
Individuals wishing to speak at the Public Forum will be allowed up to three (3) minutes to address the Commissioners (those representing a group will be allotted five (5) minutes to speak.) Anyone wishing to provide more detailed comments can do so via email or regular mail.
 
The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County can be reached via e-mail at csmc@stmarysmd.com or by U.S. mail at Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, P.O. Box 653, Leonardtown, Maryland  20650.
 
The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County will hold three additional Public Forums in 2018 on the following dates:
 
April 10, July 17, October 2
 
The Public Forums will be held in the commissioners meeting room at 6:30 p.m.

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Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Blotter

Disorderly Conduct:  On 12/26/17 at 10:15 pm, Trooper First Class T. Davis responded to Buckets Sports Bar in Lusby for a patron becoming disorderly.  Upon arrival, Josh R. Manuel, 31 of Alabama was observed leaving the establishment and walking toward the woods.  Upon observing TFC Davis, the subject jumped over a fence and began to run.  He was pursued and when caught became extremely aggressive resisting arrest.  While restraining Manuel, he struck TFC Davis in the face with his elbow.  Manuel was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.  He was charged with assault of a police officer, disorderly conduct, failure to obey a lawful order and public intoxication.
 
Possession of Heroin/Fentanyl:  On 12/28/17 at 10:12 am, Trooper Foley and TFC Matthews responded to the Calvert Health Department parking lot in Prince Frederick to assist CPL Esnes with a traffic stop.  Brandee S. Graves, 30 of Huntingtown was stopped because of traffic violations.  A K-9 unit from Calvert County Sheriff’s Office also responded.  The K-9 performed a free air scan of the vehicle and gave a positive alert.  A probable cause search was conducted and Heroin/Fentanyl was found on the center floorboard.  Graves was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
 
Possession of Crack Cocaine:  On 12/29/17 at 8:49 am,  Corporal Esnes stopped a vehicle at Rt. 4 and German Chapel Rd. in Prince Frederick for traffic violations.  A K-9 unit from Calvert County Sheriff’s Office also responded and a K-9 external free air scan of the vehicle was performed and gave a positive alert.  A probable cause search was conducted and Crack Cocaine and Marijuana were found inside the vehicle and in the shoe of the passenger.  Clarnzett P. Weems, 36 of Bowie was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center for possession of crack cocaine.  The driver was issued a civil citation for marijuana less than 10 grams and was released. 
 
Possession of Marijuana:  On 12/31/17 at 5:43 pm, Trooper First Class Harrod stopped a vehicle on Adelina Rd. in Prince Frederick for traffic violations.  An odor of marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle.  A probable cause search revealed over 10 grams of marijuana in a plastic container in the center console.  Paul Kramer Jr., 40 of Dunkirk was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.

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Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation Releases New Survey

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Jan. 2, 2018 – The Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation released a new survey seeking public input on the Dunkirk District Park operating hours. Information collected from the survey will help Parks & Recreation identify community needs and determine preferences on the park’s opening and closing times. As a part of the survey, citizens may also indicate whether they feel hours should be adjusted at any other parks.
 
Please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YGKWX7F to participate in the survey; there are only three questions to complete. The survey will remain open through Monday, Jan. 8.
 
For additional information on Calvert County Government, visit www.co.cal.md.us or like us on Facebook.

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Several Students Fall Ill At Spring Ridge Middle School

EMS Crews responded to Spring Ridge Middle School this morning at approximately 9 a.m. where a student was reported ill, possibly the result of an overdose. According to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, once on the scene, first responders found multiple students in need of medical attention. Authorities are still on the scene investigating. All the parents of the affected students have been notified. St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office will release more information as details become available.

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Maryland State Police Investigate Fatal Crash That Claims The Life Of A Pedestrian In Prince George's County

(Brandywine, MD.) – Maryland State Police are investigating a fatal Prince George’s County crash that occurred when a man crossed a highway on foot into the path of an oncoming car.
 
The identification of the pedestrian is unknown at this time. Prince George’s County EMS responded and pronounced the pedestrian deceased at the scene. The unknown pedestrian did not have any identification with him at the time of the incident.
 
The officer involved is identified as Gary L. Bottalico. He was uninjured in the incident and is a sworn officer of the Metro Transit Police Department, assigned to the K9 Unit. Bottalico was off duty, on his way into work. He was operating his agency issued, marked Chevy Silverado pickup truck at the time of the incident.
 
The preliminary investigation indicates that shortly before 1:00 p.m. today, Officer Bottalico was on his way to work while traveling northbound on 301 at Chadds Ford Drive in lane two. For reasons unknown at this time, a pedestrian reportedly walked into the street into oncoming traffic, directly into the path of the approaching patrol car and was subsequently struck.
 
The officer did not report any injuries during the incident. He has been placed on administrative paid leave, which is routine whenever a Metro Transit Police Officer is involved in a departmental incident.
 
The Maryland State Police CRASH Team responded to the scene to conduct the investigation. Upon completion, the investigation will be presented to the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office, as a standard procedure for review.
 
Officers from the Prince George’s County Police Department responded to assist along with Prince George’s County EMS personnel. State Highway Administration personnel responded and assisted with the lane closure. Due to the incident, the road closure lasted for approximately 5 hours.
 
Investigators are collecting evidence and seeking anyone who may have witnessed the incident. Witnesses are urged to call the Forestville Barrack at 301-568-8101. The investigation continues…

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Woman Killed While Walking On Road In Newburg

(Newburg, Maryland) – On December 28, 2017 at approximately 9:30 p.m., Troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded to a single vehicle collision in which a pedestrian was struck in the area of N/B Rt. 301 / S/O Branchville Road.
A preliminary investigation conducted by Troopers indicates that a 1998 Lincoln Towncar,
operated by Diana Deguzman, was travelling northbound on Rt. 301 just prior to Branchville Road in lane #1 and struck Melissa Claggett who was walking in the roadway. Medical treatment was provided to Claggett, but due to the severity of her injuries, she was pronounced deceased on scene at 9:36 p.m. Diana Dguzman and the two passengers in her vehicle, Dottie Parris and Alisa Deguzman were treated and released on scene reporting no injuries.
Pedestrian error is believed to be the causes of this collision. It is unknown at this time if
alcohol was a factor for the pedestrian. 
 
 
La Plata Barrack personnel were assisted on scene by Deputies from the Charles County
Sheriff’s Office as well as personnel from the Newburg Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad.
Anyone who may have witnessed or who has information regarding this collision is asked to
contact the La Plata Barrack Duty Officer at (301) 392-1200 and reference case number 17-MSP055290.
This investigation is being continued by Cpl. M. Galgan, a Collision Reconstruction
Specialist assigned to the La Plata Barrack.

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Second Occupant in Triple Fatal Car Crash on Rose Hill Road Identified

Members of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Operations Unit are continuing their investigation into a single vehicle car crash that killed three people on December 26 on Rose Hill Road in La Plata. The driver of the car was immediately identified as Eric La Mont Moss, 28, of La Plata. However, two other people found inside the car could not be positively identified right away. Today, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore notified investigators they have confirmed the identity of one passenger as Gonzey Kenneth Dyson, Jr., 29, of La Plata. The OCME is working with investigators to identify the other person. Cpl. K. Syvertsen is investigating.

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Officers Looking For Fairgrounds Thief (Photo)

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured.  On December 22, 2017, at approximately 4:50 PM, the female suspect burglarized the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds Office, located in Leonardtown, Maryland.   During the time of the burglary, the pictured silver colored SUV was in the area driving in a suspicious manner on Fairgrounds Road. 
 
Anyone with information about this incident/and or the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Deputy First Class 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).

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With Cold Temperatures Arriving Citizens are Encouraged to Prepare

Leonardtown, MD –  The coldest air of the season will arrive this weekend with bitterly cold wind chills of 5 below zero late Sunday into Monday and forecasted below 32 degrees all next week. The Department of Emergency Services would like to remind citizens to prepare for the unseasonably cold weather.
 
During Extreme Cold:
 
Check on your elderly friends, family members and neighbors
Bring your pets indoors
Dress in multiple layers if you go outdoors
Watch for signs of frostbite. These include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately
If the pipes freeze, remove any insulation or layers of newspapers and wrap pipes in rags. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate)
Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects
Using alternative sources of power can cause carbon monoxide (CO) to build up in a home and poison the people and animals inside. Never use a generator inside an enclosed space, as carbon monoxide fumes can build up. The generator should not be used inside your home, basement or an attached garage
Check your Smoke and Carbon Dioxide Detectors
 
 
This holiday season, the Department of Emergency Services reminds motorists to travel safely and drive drug and alcohol free when hitting the roads. For those who do plan to drink, take safety precautions in advance: designate a non - drinking driver, call a cab or stay with a friend.
 
Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season! 

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Man Wanted For Attempted 1st Degree Murder (Photo)

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 is currently wanted on the following charges:
 
 ATTEMPTED 1ST DEGREE MURDER
 
ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER
 
ASSAULT 1ST DEGREE
 
ASSAULT 2ND DEGREE
 
FIREARM USE/FEL-VIOL CRIM
 
HANDGUN ON PERSON
 
Anyone with information on the incident or whereabouts of Flanagan is asked to contact the Criminal Investigations Division at (301) 475-4200 extension *1950.  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).   Through the Crime Solvers program, tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of James Reginald Flanagan.
James Reginald Flanagan

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Police Looking To Identify Suspected Thief (Photo)

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured.  On December 23, 2017, at approximately 10:15 PM, at the 7-11, located on Three Notch Road, in Mechanicsville, Maryland, the suspect placed four packs of Newport cigarettes in his jacket and fled the establishment.
 
Anyone with information about this incident/and or the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Deputy First Class Steinbach at (301) 475-4200 extension *8055 or by email at Rozier.Steinbach@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).

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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Weekly Blotter

Burglary: 17-66406
On December 22, 2017 Deputy Spalding responded to Anchor Lane, Lusby for the report of a burglary.  The victim stated sometime between December 15th at 8:00am ad December 22nd at 10:30am an unknown suspect(s) attempted to enter their residence through the front door and also a rear door to the garage. It appeared the unknown suspect(s) used a tool to attempt to pry the locks on the door however were unsuccessful. The estimated value of damaged property is $112.
 
Damaged Property: 17-66385
On December 22, 2017 Deputy Beisel responded to Pine Boulevard, Lusby for the report of damaged property. The victim stated sometime between 6:30am and 2:30pm on December 21st an unknown suspect(s) broke a double pane window in the rear of the residence. The estimated value of damaged property is $400.
 
Theft: 17-65659
On December 18, 2017 Deputy Beisel responded to Bayside Auto Group, Prince Frederick for the report of a theft. The victim stated sometime between December 1st at 8:00am and December 18th at 3:30pm an unknown suspect(s) stole a dealer registration plate. The value of stolen property is $160. 
 
Theft: 17-65794
On December 19, 2017 Deputy Migliaccio responded to Daniels Gussie Way, Huntingtown for the report of a theft. The victim stated that their mail had been tampered with, and the envelope containing new registration stickers had been partially opened and the new stickers had been removed. The value of the stolen property is $50.
 
Theft: 17-66153
On December 21, 2017 Deputy Williamson responded to West Mount Harmony Road, Owings for the report of a theft. The victim stated that sometime between December 19th at 3:00pm and December 20th at 9:30am an unknown suspect(s) stole their black Bri-Mar dump trailer. The value of the stolen property is $5,800.
 
Theft: 17-66689
On December 24, 2017 Deputy Spalding responded to Six Gun Circle, Lusby for the report of a theft. The victim stated sometime between December 23rd at 3:00pm and December 24th at 8:30am an unknown suspect(s) stole their fourteen foot red canoe with black lettering on the side that says Explorer II and three wooden oars. The value of the stolen property is $880. 
 
Arrest:
 
On December 18, 2017 Deputy T. Buckler responded to the area of Dory Brooks Road and Dalrymple Road for a check welfare for a male subject who appeared to be passed out behind the wheel. Deputy Buckler observed the vehicle matching the description from Emergency Communications with a male subject who appeared to be passed out inside, and approached the vehicle. After several attempts to wake the male subject later identified as Nicholas Schisler (37) of Lothian, he appeared to be under the effects of narcotics. Schisler was asked to step out of the vehicle so a search of him and the vehicle could be completed. The search resulted in paraphernalia and Schisler was placed under arrest. Schisler was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia. 
 
On December 20, 2017 Deputy Trigg was conducting a random commercial motor vehicle safety inspection in the parking lot of Lord Calvert Bowling, Huntingtown. While making contact with the driver later identified as Richard Stevens (40) of North Carolina, Deputy Trigg observed a large hunting knife near the center of the vehicle. While speaking with Stevens there was a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. All occupants of the vehicle were asked to step out of the vehicle for a search to be conducted. The search revealed narcotics along with a loaded handgun, magazines, and ammunition. Stevens was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with Firearm Possession with Felony Conviction, Regulated Firearm: Illegal Possession, Illegal Possession Ammunition, Handgun in Vehicle, CDS: Possession Marijuana 10 Grams +. Another occupant of the vehicle, later identified as Jimmy Stone (26) of North Carolina was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with CDS: Possession Marijuana 10 Grams+.
 
On December 21, 2017 Deputy Trigg responded to the Calvert County Health Department, Prince Frederick for the report of a check welfare for a female in a vehicle who appeared to be passed out. Other deputies on scene with the female who was later identified as Lauren Ragan (24) of Prince Frederick advised the female was awake and talking with them. A search of the vehicle and Ragan was completed and narcotics were located. Ragan was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where she was charges with CDS: Possession-not Marijuana (Oxycodone Hydrochloride).

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SMECO Receives Approval To Reduce Distribution Rates

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) received approval from the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) on December 28, 2017, to reduce its Distribution Service charges for customers. The lower rates are the result of a redistribution of SMECO’s transmission costs, which will save SMECO customers $10 million per year. The new rates are scheduled to go into effect in January 2018.
 
The distribution rate will be an average of six percent lower for all SMECO customer classes. The new distribution rate, along with lower energy rates that went into effect in August, will result in an overall reduction of about four percent on a residential bill compared to a year ago. For January 2018, the residential distribution rate will be $0.043 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) and the base energy charge is $0.072 per kWh. An average monthly residential bill for 1,300 kWh will be more than $7 less than it was in January 2017. 
 
“SMECO’s energy rates are as low as they were 12 years ago, and that’s good news for all of our customer-members,” said Austin J. Slater, Jr., SMECO president and CEO. “When reduced energy costs are bolstered by reduced rates on other parts of the bill, customers will be able to save even more.” 
 
SMECO’s cost for investing in high-voltage facilities is being reduced because the costs for transmission facilities throughout a region are paid for by all the customers within that region. “SMECO was registered as a transmission owner in January 2017. Since the entire region benefits from SMECO’s high-voltage facilities, the cost of those facilities will be shared by customers throughout the region. In addition, SMECO has taken cost-cutting initiatives, such as reducing staff, decreasing the number of vehicles in its fleet, and consolidating offices,” Slater explained. “As a result, our customer-members will have a lower monthly bill.” 

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Police Looking For Missing Woman (Photo)

Please look out for Flechia Lynn Slaughter 53 year old black female who is often seen walking in Lexington Park/Park Hall Maryland. She is 5'04" 175lbs. last seen wearing a black "puffy" jacket.
 
If seen contact the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office at (301) 475-8008.
Flechia Lynn Slaughter

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Officers Looking For Wanted Man (Photo)

Elvis Tyrell Frederick, age 32, from Loveville, Maryland is currently wanted by the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office for the following charges:
 
Assault 1st Degree
Assault 2nd Degree
False Imprisonment
Reckless Endangerment
 
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Elvis Tyrell Frederick is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (301) 475-8008, or Detective Harris at (301) 475-4200 extension *1959, or by email at Douglas.Harris@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).
Elvis Tyrell Frederick

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Police Arrest Dollar General Robbers (Photos)

On December 13, 2017, at approximately 9:13 PM, the victim was in the parking lot of Dollar General, located in Charlotte Hall, when she was approached by a white female.  The female suspect then attempted to take the victim’s purse; after a brief struggle the suspect was able to obtain the purse and fled on foot. The victim was transported from the scene to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital for routine medical observation.  The suspect was last observed fleeing the area and running toward Mohawk Drive, in Charlotte Hall. The suspect was described as a white female in her 20’s, with blonde hair, approximately 5’0”-5’2” in height, and at the time of this incident was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, with a puffy black jacket over the sweatshirt, and black pants/leggings.
 
Through further investigation by Corporal Kerby, two suspects were developed; Karen Anne Granville, age 28, and Jessy James Snead age 38, both from Mechanicsville. It was determined Granville had committed the robbery, while Snead acted as the getaway driver.  On December 27, 2017, Cpl. Kerby located both suspects and placed them under arrest.  Granville was charged with Robbery, Assault 2nd Degree, and Theft.  Snead was charged with Robbery, Assault 2nd Degree, Theft, and Access after Statute (Accessory after the Fact to a Felony).
Karen Anne Granville                                      Jessy James Snead

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Regulatory Reform Commission Publishes 2017 Report

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Regulatory Reform Commission, established by Governor Larry Hogan and tasked with conducting a comprehensive review of Maryland’s regulatory climate, today issued its final report, which identifies over 600 individual regulations to be streamlined or eliminated. In response, Governor Hogan announced that the administration will implement all 657 recommendations. 
 
To fulfill one of the report's recommendations, the governor issued Executive Order 01.01.2017.33, requiring state agencies to use guidelines adopted by the Advisory Council on the Impact of Regulations on Small Businesses for estimating the cost of compliance and the economic impact of regulations on small businesses. Creating a common sense regulatory environment for Maryland’s hundreds of thousands of small businesses, many of which are minority- or women-owned enterprises, is critical to growing the state’s economy.   
 
“The primary focus of our administration has been on growing our economy, putting people back to work, and creating an environment of economic opportunity for every single Marylander,” said Governor Hogan. “These common sense reforms to cut red tape and bring state government into the 21st century will help Maryland job creators – especially our small businesses – grow, thrive, and put even more people back to work.” 
 
Restructuring and reforming state government is a top priority of the Hogan-Rutherford administration. In July 2015, the governor signed an executive order creating the Regulatory Reform Commission to conduct a top-to-bottom review of every single regulation on the books, with the goal of finding ways to cut through government red tape and streamline Maryland’s cumbersome bureaucracy and slow approval processes. The Hogan administration eliminated or streamlined another 187 regulations identified in the commission’s 2016 report, bringing the total number of reformed regulations since taking office to 844.
 
“This is the first comprehensive, exhaustive review of Maryland’s regulations in a generation, and delivers on Governor Hogan’s promise to reform state government to be more responsive to the citizens of our great state,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford. “We thank the Commission, numerous state agencies, and the Advisory Council on the Impact of Regulations on Small Businesses for the countless hours of work that went into this report, enabling our administration to eliminate or streamline hundreds of regulations.”
 
Regulations identified for reform in the report include:
 
Repealing 224 obsolete or redundant Department of Health regulations.
Removing a Department of the Environment requirement that small businesses with privately owned water and sewerage systems place capital into an escrow account for 20 years equal to the cost of the capital expenditure to construct or expand the system, despite the lack of any similar requirement for publicly owned systems.
Enabling the Department of the Environment to issue a single permit covering both toxic substances and pesticide application, where operators previously had to apply for two permits.
Repealing a $500 fee previously charged by the Maryland Transportation Authority to tow companies applying for a permit.
The report highlights additional Hogan-Rutherford administration initiatives to make government more accessible and responsive to Marylanders, including the Governor’s Customer Service Initiative, the Governor’s Office of Performance Improvement, and Maryland Business Express, an online portal to optimize services for the hundreds of thousands of businesses that interact with the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation.
 
Governor Hogan signed an executive order establishing the Regulatory Reform Commission in July 2015. The commission is chaired by Abba David Poliakoff and includes the Lt. Governor as an ex-officio member, plus eight additional members appointed by the governor with a range of experience in various sectors representing regions across the state. For more information, please visit http://governor.maryland.gov/ltgovernor/home/regulatory-reform.

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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Arrests, Warrants and DUIs

False Statement- On December 20, 2017, at approximately 1:30 AM, DFC. Steinbach observed Suspect Matthew Joseph Hatcher, age 32, of Mechanicsville, walking in and out of the roadway in the 27000 block of Budds Creek Road, in Mechanicsville. DFC. Steinbach stopped to check his welfare at which time Hatcher provided false identifying information to avoid apprehension for open warrants.  DFC. Steinbach was able to positively identify Hatcher and he was arrested for the following: FTA/Child Support, FTA Violate Exparte Protective Order.  Subsequent to his arrest, Hatcher was found to have CDS paraphernalia and suspected cocaine residue on his person.  Hatcher was charged with CDS- Possess- not Marijuana and CDS- Possess Paraphernalia, and False Statement to Peace Officer.  CASE# 67337-17
 
Violation of Protective Order- On December 20, 2017, DFC. Maguire responded to the 18000 block of Matthews Drive, in Lexington Park for a report of a violation of a protective order. Suspect Darren Edward Cole, age 30, of St. Inigoes, was on the victim's property after being served an order prohibiting him to be on the premises.  Cole fled into the woods, but was located a short time later and charged with Violate Exparte/Protective Order.  CASE# 67368-17
 
Assault- On December 20, 2017, DFC. Roszell responded to the St. Mary's County Detention and Rehabilitation Center, in Leonardtown,  for a report of an assault between two inmates.  Investigation revealed Suspect Christopher Michael Wall, age 42, of Hagerstown, grabbed the victim and attempted to strike the victim.  Wall was charged with Assault 2nd Degree.  CASE# 67435-17
 
Assault- On December 20, 2017, Dep. McClure responded to the 46000 block of Hilton Drive, in Lexington Park, for a report of a disturbance.  Upon arrival contact was made with a victim who indicated Suspect Oliver Glenn Malone, age 40, of Lexington Park, had assaulted the victim by grabbing the victim's arm.  Injury was observed to the victim and Malone was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree.  CASE# 67503-17
 
Assault-  On December 20, 2017, Dep. Sidorowicz responded to the 48000 block of Compass Circle, in Lexington Park, for the report of an assault.  Contact was made with the victim who indicated Suspect Marvin Jerome Smith Jr., age 46, of Lexington Park,  had assaulted the victim by pushing the victim to the ground.  Injury was observed to the victim, and Smith Jr. was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree.  CASE# 67470-17
 
Burglary- On December 21, 2017, Dep. J. Smith, made contact with a victim who reported Suspect Joseph Elisha Norwood, age 20, with no fixed address, was not abiding by the terms of the protective order the victim had against him.  While interviewing the victim, Suspect Norwood contacted the victim in Dep. Smith's presence and further investigation revealed Norwood kicked in a door to a residence in the 38000 block of Mt. Wolf Road, in Charlotte Hall, looking for the victim.  Norwood was located and arrested; Norwood was charged with Burglary 3rd Degree, Burglary 4th Degree, Violate Exparte/Protective Order, and Malicious Destruction of Property.  CASE# 66705-17
 
Warrants:
 
12/19/17- William Ambrose Fenwick, age 27, of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for FTA/Child Support by DFC. Tirpak# 270. CASE#  67166-17
 
12/19/17- Michael Antoine Johnson, age 24, of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding Department of Natural Resources Warrant for failure to pay fine for possession of undersized crabs, by Dep. J. Davis# 269.  CASE# 67179-17
 
12/20/17- Turez Lydell Creek, age 29, of Lexington Park, was arrested for an outstanding warrant for FTA/Assault 2nd Degree by Cpl. Corcoran# 129.  CASE# 67366-17
 
12/20/17- Timothy James Burnett-Parker, age 19, of Waldorf, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Burglary 1st Degree by Dep. Bare# 307.  CASE# 64649-17
 
12/20/17- James Douglas Hall, age 43, of Chaptico, was arrested on an outstanding Child Support warrant by Dep. T. Payne# 320.  CASE# 67491-17 
 
12/21/17- Carla Rachelle Dyson age 29, of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Theft and Theft Scheme by Cpl. Potter# 255. CASE# 67683-17
 
12/21/17- SeanPaul Monroe McMillon, age 36, of Great Mills, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Child Abuse and Assault by Cpl. Foor# 235.  CASE# 67667-17
 
12/21/17- Wendell Ignatius Ford Jr., age 28, of Lexington Park, was arrested on a Violation of Probation Warrant for Burglary by Cpl. Foor# 235. CASE# 67651-17
 
12/21/17- Dominique Damitrus White, age 26, of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding Child Support Warrant by Cpl. White# 200.  CASE# 67652-17
 
12/21/17- Donald Emmanuel Wilson, age 49, of LaPlata, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Driving While Suspended, Driving Uninsured, and Fail to Stop at an Accident by DFC. Roszell# 296. CASE# 67691-17
 
12/21/17- Cedric Mellam Long, age 24, of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Assault 1st Degree and Assault 2nd Degree by Cpl. Potter# 255.  CASE# 13613-17
                                                              
DUI's
 
12/19/17- John Davidson Justice age 32, of Hollywood, was charged with Driving/Attempt to Drive Vehicle While Impaired by Drugs & Alcohol and Driving While Impaired by Controlled Dangerous Substance by Dep. Sidorowicz# 328.  CASE# 67275-17
 
12/20/17- Christopher Michael Wall, age 42, of Hagerstown, was charged with Driving Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol and Driving While Impaired by Alcohol by Dep. Bare# 307.  CASE# 674170-17
 
12/20/17- Callie Anne Whitney, age 19, of Leonardtown, was charged with Driving While Impaired by Alcohol and Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol by Dep. M. Beyer# 319.  CASE# 67478-17

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Family Argument Leads To Murder Christmas Eve

On December 24, 2017, at approximately 4:04 PM, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland State Police from the Leonardtown Barrack, responded to a report of a shooting, in the 38000 block of Dukeharts Creek Road, in Coltons Point, Maryland.  Detectives and Crime Lab Technicians from the Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene to continue the investigation. 
 
The investigation determined Roger Allen Bruce, age 66, of New Market, VA was visiting relatives at the residence when an argument ensued.  Roger Bruce, began discharging a firearm towards the homeowner, Michael Allen Bruce SR, age 45, of Coltons Point, MD.  The homeowner returned fire striking Roger Bruce.  Lifesaving efforts were initiated by responding law enforcement and rescue squad personnel which were not successful.  Roger Bruce, succumbed to his injuries at the scene, and was later transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy.  
 
If anyone has information regarding this incident, please contact the assigned investigator Detective Corporal Trevor Teague at (301) 475-4200 extension *8128, or by email at Trevor.Teague@st.marysmd.com. 

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St. Mary's Tobacco And Liquor Compliance Checks

During the months of November and December 2017, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office conducted several Tobacco Compliance Checks.  During this operation, an underage confidential informant, (CI), entered the businesses and attempted to purchase tobacco products. 
 
Tobacco Compliance Checks were conducted at thirty-five establishments; the following establishments passed their compliance checks:
 
A&B Liquors
Abell’s Tavern
Big Dogs Paradise
Burchmart-Mechanicsville
Cooks Liquor- Park Hall
Dash In-Mechanicsville
DJ’s One Stop
Dollar General- Charlotte Hall
Dollar General- Lexington Park
Dollar General- Mechanicsville
Dollar General- Ridge
Family Dollar- Charlotte Hall
Family Dollar- Lexington Park
Food Lion- Charlotte Hall
Fred’s Liquors
Heavy Hitters
Hermanville C Store
Lighthouse Liquors
Mckay’s- Charlotte Hall
New Market Citgo
Race-N-Inn
Rite Aid-Lexington Park
Rite Aid- Mechanicsville
St. Inigoes General Market
St. James Deli
Sheetz- Great Mills
7-11 Charlotte Hall
2000 Liquors
Village Liquors
Wawa- Charlotte Hall
Wawa- Mechanicsville
Weis Market
 
Three establishments were found to be non-compliant; civil citations were issued to the employees selling the tobacco products at the time of the incident. 
 
Ridge Market
7-11 Mechanicsville
Vino 2- Charlotte Hall 
 
On December 22, 2017, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office conducted alcohol compliance checks countywide.  During this operation an underage confidential informant, (CI), entered the businesses and attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages. 
 
Alcohol compliance checks were conducted on twenty licensed alcohol retailers; the following retailers passed their compliance checks:
 
ABC Liquors
California Fine Wine & Spirits
Canopy Liquors
Cooks Liquor- Hollywood
Corner Liquors
DJ’s One Stop
Jug Heads Liquors
Korner Carryout
Leonardtown Sunoco
Lighthouse Liquors 
McKay’s Charlotte Hall
McKay’s Leoanrdtown 
New Market Citgo
Oceanic Gas Station
Race-N-Inn
Stop-N-Shop- Great Mills
2000 Liquors
Village’s Liquors 
Vino 2
 
One retailer was found to be non-compliant:
 
A&B Liquor-Mechanicsville- The clerk who sold alcohol to the informant was cited for selling alcohol to an underage individual and the business name has been forwarded to the St. Mary’s County Alcohol Board for review and disposition.
 

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Robber Shot By Homeowner During Break In

On December 26 at 7:41 p.m., officers responded to the 2700 block of Marshall Hall Road in Bryans Road for the report of a burglary in progress. The homeowner reported two male suspects kicked open his front door and, at gunpoint, demanded money. A male occupant of the house heard the robbery, grabbed a gun, and hid in a nearby room. The suspects entered the room and pointed the gun at the man who then fired shots at the suspect with the gun. Both suspects fled and were subsequently located nearby. One of the suspects had a gunshot wound to his neck. He was transported to a hospital and treated for an injury that was not life threatening. Investigators did determine the house was targeted and this was not a random burglary. Charges are pending against the male with the gunshot wound and detectives arrested the other suspect – a 17-year-old male. He was charged with attempted robbery, burglary and other related charges. Detective B. Long is investigating.

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St. Mary's Sheriff Looking For Mail Thief

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured.  On December 14, 2017, between the hours of 2:00-3:30 PM, in the area of Cat Creek Road and Holly Lane, in Mechanicsville, several individuals had their mail stolen from their mailboxes.  This vehicle was captured on a home surveillance system, and the vehicle is observed pulling alongside a mailbox so the operator could have access to the mailbox.  The suspect appears to be a white female with blondish hair, and the vehicle the suspect is operating is a white Kia Forte with a sunscreen protector in the left rear passenger window.  
 
Anyone with information about this incident/and or the identity of the suspect is asked to contact DFC. Roszell at (301) 475-4200 extension *8108, or by email at Rachael.Roszell@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).  

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St. Mary's County Treasurer Accepting Overpayments for 2017 Real Estate Taxes

Leonardtown, MD – Due to increasing requests from citizens, the St. Mary’s County Treasurer is accepting overpayments for 2017 real estate taxes to be applied to future tax liabilities. Overpayments are being accepted in the treasurer’s office and by mail.
Requirements:
Property owners understand that the St. Mary’s County Treasurer and staff are not providing tax advice by offering an option for overpayment of 2017 real estate tax liabilities.
Each property owner should contact their tax advisor with any questions regarding Federal and State tax laws.
All owners making walk-in overpayments will receive a receipt with the date of overpayment and the amount of their overpayment.
All owners making mail-in overpayments will need to include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) to receive a dated receipt. Overpayments received in our office will be provided a receipt in their SASE envelope with the date of their postmark.
 
 
St. Mary’s County Treasurer
P.O. Box 642,  Leonardtown, MD 20650
 
2017 tax bill are available at www.stmarysmd.com/treasurer/taxes.
Once 2018 tax liabilities are made available, any shortfall is the responsibility of the tax payer.
If the overpayment is greater than 2018 real estate tax liability the overpayment will be applied to future tax account liabilities.
Please contact the St. Mary’s County Treasurer’s Office with any additional questions at 301-475-4200 ext. *3300.

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