Possession of Clonazepam: On 3/13/18 at 9:25 pm, Trooper First Class T. Davis and Trooper Woolman while patroling the area observed a possible drug transaction near Seagate Square in North Beach. Following that observation, they noticed when the vehicle involved in the incident left the area it failed to stop at a stop sign. A traffic stop was conducted and a K-9 scan was requested and resulted in a positive alert. A probable cause search revealed both Clonazepam pills and Suboxone film. Charles R. Simacek, 40 of Chesapeake Beach was arrested and incarcerated in the Calvert County Detention Center.
Robbery/Theft: On 3/15/18 at 10:14 pm, Trooper Foley responded to the Broadcast from the Control Center reporting a robbery in progress at the Giant Store in Dunkirk. The caller reporting the incident stated the suspect stole a victim’s purse and fled in a red sedan. The victim and a store employee were able to provide a license number. The victim stated her purse was removed from her shopping cart while in the meat aisle. The purse contained the victim’s cell phone, cash, medications, and gift cards. A positive identification was made by the victim and the store employee of the suspect. Charges are pending for the arrest of Joseph W. Abbott Jr., 25 of Hughesville.
(March 19, 2018) – The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is preparing for a nor’easter that could produce accumulating snow, high winds and flooding in low-lying areas. Crews pretreated highways and bridges in northern counties in advance of the storm.
As was the case for the past three weeks, this is a coastal nor’easter storm that will, on this occasion, develop closer to the Atlantic Coast, therefore increasing the chance of accumulating snow Tuesday night into Wednesday. In addition to snow, the developing low-pressure area could produce high winds and coastal flooding, especially at high tides.
Precipitation that falls after sunrise and throughout the day will have a difficult time sticking to the road surface as the high sun angle increases each day. Pavement temperatures will rise during daylight hours, keeping snow from covering pavement, but nighttime temperatures will increase the chance of refreezing.
In addition to preparing for winter operations, MDOT SHA crews are clearing storm water management systems of debris to enable positive drainage, preparing chainsaws, chippers and generators and road closed signs. Motorists are reminded that if a traffic signal is out, they are required to treat it as a stop sign.
MDOT SHA emergency operators and maintenance staff will closely monitor roads and patrol for any icy patches as temperatures drop. Storm operations will last for several days, so motorists are encouraged to make smart travel decisions.
Travelers may obtain the latest free travel information and access to live traffic cameras by logging onto www.MD511.org. Customers may also follow MDOT SHA on Twitter @MDSHA and “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MarylandStateHighwayAdministration.
During the week of March 12 – March 18 – deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,438 calls for service throughout the community.
On March 12, 2018 Deputy Ridgely responded to the 2500 block of S. Solomons Island Road, Prince Frederick for the report of a burglary. The victim stated that sometime between 5:30am and 5:30pm on March 12th an unknown suspect(s) had kicked in the front door of the residence. After a search of the residence it was determined no items were stolen from the residence however, another bedroom had been kicked in as well.
On March 15, 2018 Deputy Flynt responded to Calvert Drive, Chesapeake Beach for the report of a burglary. The victim stated that an unknown suspect(s) used force entry to the basement door to gain access to the residence. It was determined that no items were stolen from the residence, just the damage to the door trim. The estimated value of damaged property is $50.
On March 16, 2018 Deputy Crum responded to Carpenter Road, Chesapeake Beach for the report of a burglary. The victim stated that they noticed the breeze door open with the door hinge broken off. A check of the residence resulted that there was no property stolen from inside, but items were moved around.
Damaged Property: 18-13207
On March 14, 2018 Deputy S. Naughton responded to Geronimo Road, Lusby for the report of damaged property. The victim stated that sometime between March 13th at 4:00pm and March 14th at 6:30am an unknown suspect(s) slashed the two rear tires of their vehicle. The estimated damaged property is $500.
Damaged Property: 18-13963
On March 17, 2018 Sergeant Naecker responded to the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office for the report of damaged property. The victim stated while traveling in their vehicle on S. Solomons Island Road, St. Leonard an unknown object struck their windshield. The estimated damaged property is $300.
On March 13, 2018 Deputy Ridgely responded to the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office for the report of a theft that occurred on White Sands Drive, Lusby. The victim stated that an unknown suspect(s) removed a package from their mailbox containing a Viking bag Axwell Motorcycle Sissy Bar bag. The value of stolen property is $50.
On March 17, 2018 Deputy Holt responded to Asbury Circle, Lusby for the report of a theft from vehicle. The victim stated that an unknown suspect(s) entered their vehicle and stole the US currency from inside. The value of stolen property is $105.
On March 13, 2018 Deputy Ridgley responded to the area of 200 Duke Street for the report of a disorderly subject. When Deputy Ridgley arrived on scene and met with the subject later identified as Frederick Weems (38) of Lusby. While Deputy Boerum was attempting to get an identification from Weems, Weems became very agitated and began to yell and use profanities. Weems was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with Disorderly Conduct.
On March 15, 2018 Deputy S. Naughton conducted a traffic stop in the area of Tomahawk Trail and Tomahawk Trail West. While approaching the vehicle Deputy S. Naughton could immediately smell the strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. Corporal Denton and Deputy S. Naughton had each individual step out of the vehicle for a search to be conducted. The search revealed one of the passengers later identified as Isaiah Childress (18) of Lusby to have a large amount of marijuana and paraphernalia. Childress was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with CDS: Possession with Intent to Distribute and two counts of CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia.
On March 18, 2018 Deputy Moran responded to the Calvert County Detention Center for the report of a CDS violation. Deputy Moran made contact with the Correctional Deputy who advised him of the suspected CDS and inmate involved. The inmate later identified as Latroy Hall (37) of St. Leonard had concealed narcotics and paraphernalia on his persons. Hall was charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana (Ecstasy), CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession/ Receive CDS While Confined/Detained, Possession of Contraband- Place of Confinement.
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the persons pictured. On March 14, 2018, both individuals were at the Kohl’s store located on Lexington Village Way, in California. The black male suspect pictured, tried on a pair of athletic shoes, and then proceeded to exit the store, without paying for the shoes.
Anyone with information about the identity of the persons pictured is asked to contact Deputy Tyler Payne at (301) 475-4200 extension *8010, or by email at Tyler.Payne@stmarysmd.com. Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to "TIP239" plus their message to "CRIMES" (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured. On February 25, 2018, at the Walmart store, located on Miramar Way, in California, the suspect was observed in the men’s room. The suspect was reportedly looking over an occupied bathroom stall while holding his cellphone.
Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect, or anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Deputy James Bare at (301) 475-4200 extension *1954, or by email at James.Bare@stmarysmd.com. Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to "TIP239" plus their message to "CRIMES" (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – March 19, 2018 – The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners presented certificates of completion to the graduates of the second Calvert County Citizens Academy Tuesday, March 13. The academy offered 20 residents an in-depth look at how Calvert County Government works through an informative, fast-paced and free, nine-week program.
County department directors and employees shared their departments’ mission and provided unique insight into the day-to-day operations of Calvert County Government for three hours every Thursday evening between Jan. 11-March 8. Participants also got behind-the-scenes tours of the Calvert Marine Museum, the Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center and the Calvert County Detention Center.
“It truly is an honor and a privilege to be able to offer this academy to our citizens,” said County Administrator Terry Shannon. “They were a wonderful class. This class was very passionate about learning and they asked great questions.”
“Thank you commissioners, and thanks to all the employees of Calvert County Government," said participant Lilian Lopez during the graduation ceremony. "We have learned a lot and will share this information with other citizens of Calvert County."
Pictured with the board from left are Dorothy Hill, Stephen E. Cherry, Sr., Jamie Spaulding, William H. Wright, Helenmary Ball, Kathy G. Padgett (front center), Julian Ball, Mina Kim, Lillian J. Lopez, Eric B. Hiltpold and Sheebah Smith. Not pictured are Holly H. Budd, Niurka Y. Calcano, Thomas Conrow, Elizabeth Demulling, Thomas E. Forgette, Juanita Keehn, Tia Myers, Carrie Polk and Robert P. Stevens.
Information on Calvert County Government services can be found online at [../2017/www.co.cal.md.us]www.co.cal.md.us. Find Calvert County Government on Facebook.
NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – Communities surrounding the naval air station are advised that noise-generating night-time testing events are scheduled to take place March 19 and 20, 2018, between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. each evening. Pilots at PAX will be testing and training for 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.
NAS Patuxent River appreciates residents’ understanding and will continue to take precautions to lessen the impact of flight operations on the community. For more information call the toll-free Noise Hotline 1-866-819-9028.
(LEONARDTOWN, Md.) — Maryland State Police arrested a Leonardtown man accused of stabbing his roommate late Sunday night in St. Mary’s County.
The suspect, Gary Flint Jr., 37, is accused of stabbing his 41-year-old female roommate following an argument inside a residence on the 21700 block of Potomac View Drive in Leonardtown, Md. Flint was taken into custody at about 6:10 a.m. on Monday morning after barricading himself in the home for more than five hours. He is being charged with first- and second-degree attempted murder and first- and second-degree assault.
Shortly after 10:20 p.m. on Sunday, troopers from the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack received a call about an assault in progress at a home on the 21700 block of Potomac View Drive. A witness told police that the victim was being attacked by a man who lived in the residence.
While traveling to the residence, a trooper found the victim, who appeared to be injured. The victim told the trooper that she had returned home earlier in the evening and was approached by her roommate, later identified as Flint. She said that an argument soon began and Flint assaulted her and then stabbed her with a sharp object multiple times. The victim was transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment of her injuries.
The victim told investigators that she and another person in the home were able to escape, but that Flint remained in the residence. A perimeter was soon established around the home as Flint refused to exit despite multiple attempts being made to contact him.
At approximately 4:45 a.m., members of the Maryland State Police Special Tactical Assault Team Element entered the home and found Flint in an upstairs bedroom. He was arrested at the scene and taken to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital for medical treatment. The investigation in ongoing.
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the persons pictured. On
February 9, 2018, a customer was shopping at Harris Teeter, located in California, when the
victim was approached by suspect #1, who engaged the victim in conversation. While the victim was distracted, a second suspect approached, and stole the victim’s wallet, which was inside a purse in the shopping cart. The suspects then went to two surrounding businesses and used the victim’s credit cards to purchase over $2,500 in merchandise and gift cards.
Anyone with information on the identity of the suspects is asked to contact DFC. Christopher
Beyer at (301) 475-4200 extension *8004, or by email at Christopher.Beyer@stmarysmd.com.
Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to
“TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program
tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s
County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
On Thursday, March 15, 2018, at approximately 1426 hours, TFC J. Oleksak #6300 was conducting stationary speed enforcement northbound Route 210 at Downs Drive, Bryans Road, Charles County, Maryland. TFC Oleksak observed a Gold Nissan Maxima with the driver not restrained by a seatbelt.
TFC Oleksak conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle, and made contact with the operator who was identified as Bell, Mavin Dayonde (37 yoa from Bryans Road, MD). Upon making contact with Bell, TFC Oleksak detected the strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. TFC Oleksak requested Bell exit the vehicle so a probable cause search could be conducted. The search revealed a loaded handgun and suspected Marijuana. Bell was placed under arrest and charged with the following:
18613 TA 22 412.3 b: Operator M/V With (Operator, Occupant Under Age 16) Not Restrained By (Seatbelt, Child Safety Seat): and 1 0175 CR, 4-203: Handgun: Wear/Carry and Transport In Vehicle/Public Roads, etc. All events occurred in Charles County, Maryland. 18MSP011101
All persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. News releases are a service of the Maryland State Police.
Leaders from Maryland’s 24 local school systems will meet in Annapolis on Thursday, March 22 for the 2018 Maryland Center for School Safety Summit.
Taking place in an atmosphere of heightened concern for schools, the summit will focus on state-of-the art preparation and prevention ideas and protocols during the morning sessions. School system administrators and guidance staff will discuss safety with their local law enforcement, fire departments, EMTs, and emergency management officials during the afternoon break-out sessions.
The Center is an independent unit of the State government, administered in cooperation with the Maryland State Police and the Maryland State Department of Education.
Among the highlights of the conference:
9 a.m. Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, will address the conference.
10:30 a.m. Governor Hogan’s Executive Order, Active-Assailant Incident Preparedness and Coordination, and School Safety Initiatives
11:30 a.m. The Landscape of School Shootings with William Modzeleski, former Associate Assistant Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Safe and Drug Free Schools program, and a national expert in school security matters.
When 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Thursday, March 22
Where: Maryland National Guard Armory
18 Willow Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Advisory: Missing Person Gregory Myles Garner
Gregory Myles Garner (W/M/15 YOA) last known to be riding a green bicycle in the Town Creek area at approximately 0100 hours. If seen or know his whereabouts notify the Sheriff's Office @ 301-475-8008.
Leonardtown, MD – The Recreation and Parks project to replace the bubble at the Great Mills Pool is almost complete. The project, which began March 5, included the complete replacement of the inflatable bubble structure, new doors and supporting air handling units. New LED lighting is being installed to enhance visibility inside the replacement structure.
All work is scheduled to be completed over the upcoming weekend. The pool is scheduled to reopen to the public on Monday, March 19 at 8 a.m.
On March 14, several staff members at Piccowaxen Middle School, located at 12834 Rock Point Road in Newburg, received an e-mail that contained a vague threat of violence. The sender indicated “something bad would happen” if the school wasn’t closed the following two days. There was no mention of weapons or exactly what would occur. School officials immediately notified the CCSO, and an investigation was launched. As a precaution, officers were stationed at the school as the investigation was underway. Detectives worked with school staff members and internet service providers throughout the day and into the night and subsequently identified an address of where the e-mail came from. Detectives responded to the address and, after speaking with a parent, were able to identify the sender as a juvenile male who attends the school. The juvenile was charged with making a threat of mass violence and disturbing school operations. Detective J. Elliott and Det. C. Shankster investigated.
Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Learn more at the CCSO’s website.
The Charles County Department of Health will begin wet season perc testing in lower terrace areas only. These lower terrace areas include the lower areas of Newburg and Marshall Hall. The Department will be contacting the applicants that already have submitted applications in those areas. The Department’s Environmental Health Division staff conducts perc tests which are needed for the approval and construction of residential and commercial septic systems. The Code of Maryland Regulations requires that perc testing occur during the wet season to protect groundwater quality.
Perc tests will be scheduled for a limited time only. Perc testing in other areas of the County will remain closed. The Department will continue to re-evaluate conditions to determine if additional testing can be conducted in other areas of the County. The Department will be using a 5 feet buffer for all deep perc tests and a 3 feet buffer for sandmound testing. The buffer could be updated if conditions change. For more information, please contact the Charles County Department of Health’s Environmental Health Division at 301-609-6751.
(PIKESVILLE, Md.) —As St. Patrick’s Day approaches on March 17, Maryland State Police are urging those who plan to celebrate with alcohol to be safe and smart and avoid impaired and distracted driving.
With an increase in impaired drivers expected throughout the state this weekend, state police will be conducting saturation patrols at each of the 23 barracks focusing on impaired, aggressive and distracted driving. Enforcement this weekend will be bolstered by impaired driving saturation patrol funds from the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office.
Initiatives will include saturation patrols in areas known to have a higher number of DUI crashes or arrests and sobriety checkpoints, which are also conducted in locations where experience indicates they are most appropriate. Additional troopers will be assigned as needed. Last St. Patrick’s Day weekend, state police made 88 DUI arrests, 37 criminal arrests and 12 CDS arrests. Troopers also issued 888 speeding citations, 100 seat belt citations and 2,365 other citations.
The State Police Impaired Driving Reduction Effort Team, otherwise known as the SPIDRE team, will also be out in full force this weekend. From March 8 to 11 alone, the SPIDRE team made 17 DUI arrests. Since its inception in May 2013, the SPIDRE team has made 2,604 DUI arrests, 123 criminal arrests and 7,988 traffic stops while also issuing 17,709 citations and 3,852 warnings. The goal of the SPIDRE team is to focus on reducing alcohol related crashes in Maryland by targeting areas across the state with high crash rates involving impaired drivers.
Every year more than 160 lives are lost in Maryland in crashes involving impaired drivers and thousands more are injured according to the Maryland Department of Transportation. Make sure that if you drink, you don’t drive and if you drive, don’t drink this weekend.
If you are attending a St. Patrick’s Day gathering:
Designate your sober driver in advance and give that person your car keys.
If you’re planning on driving, avoid drinking.
Consider using public transportation, call a taxi or use a ride-share service if you don’t have a sober driver.
Don’t let a friend drive if you think they are impaired.
If you see someone who you believe is driving impaired, call police.
Always buckle up.
Don’t text, use a cellphone that is not hands-free or drive distracted.
If you are hosting a St. Patrick’s Day gathering:
Remember, you can be held liable if someone you served alcohol to ends up in an impaired-driving crash.
Serve plenty of food an non-alcoholic beverages
Ensure sober drivers or alternative modes of transportation are set up in advance for guest who are planning to drink alcoholic beverages.
Have contact information for local taxi companies readily available.
Take away the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving impaired.
Update: Missing person Jeffrey Matthew Jordan has been located.
Advisory: Missing Person Jeffrey Matthew Jordan (37 yoa). If seen contact the Sheriff's Office at 301-475-8008.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Term Limits (USTL), the leader in the national, nonpartisan movement to limit terms for elected officials is proud of the congressional term limit commitments it has received from state lawmakers in Maryland. This week, three more state house delegates signed the term limits convention pledge. Delegates Barrie Cilibriti, Andrew Cassilly, and William Wivell all committed to supporting a term limits constitutional amendment proposal through the states.
Previously, State House Delegates Tony McConkey, Mike McKay, Haven Shoemaker, and Sid Saab all signed the Term Limits Convention pledge. In addition to the support of pledge signers, Delegates Mike McKay, Afzali, Corderman, Folden, Kittleman, Malone, McComas, McDonough, Metzgar, Miele, Rose, Saab, Shoemaker, Vogt, and Wivell have all cosponsored HJ4, the house joint resolution applying for a term limits amendment proposal convention. Despite the strong support, the resolution is stalled in the House Rules & Executive Nominations Committee and may die there if it is not brought to a vote.
USTL President, Philip Blumel, commented saying, “The tremendous support for term limits among Maryland lawmakers shows that there are legislators who are willing to listen to the majority of voters who want term limits. America needs a Congress that will be served by citizen legislators, not career politicians. It would be a shame if the leadership responsible for moving this bill along refuses to listen to the will of the residents of Maryland.”
The U.S. Term Limits Article V Pledge is provided to candidates and members of the state legislatures. It reads, “I pledge, that as a member of the state legislature, I will support and vote for the resolution applying for an Article V convention for the limited purpose of enacting term limits on Congress.”
In the 1995 case, Thornton v. U.S. Term Limits, the Supreme Court of the United States opined that only a Constitutional Amendment could limit the terms of U.S. Senators and House Representatives. According to Nick Tomboulides, Executive Director of USTL, the best chance of imposing term limits on congress is through an Article V Convention of state legislatures. “The Constitution allows for amendments to be proposed by either ¾ of Congress or ¾ of the states. While we’d like for Congress to impose limits on itself, our goal is to trigger the latter, a term limits convention,” claims Tomboulides. “That is why it is important to get buy-in from state legislators,” he added. Once proposed, the amendment must be ratified by 38 states to be part of the Constitution.
Blumel noted, “More than 84% of Americans have rejected the career politician model and want to replace it with citizen leadership. The way to achieve that goal is through a congressional term limits amendment. These Maryland legislators know this and are willing to work to make sure we reach our goal.”
According to the last nationwide poll on term limits conducted by McLaughlin & Associates, conducted in January 2018, term limits enjoys wide bipartisan support. McLaughlin’s analysis states, “Support for term limits is broad and strong across all political, geographic and demographic groups. An overwhelming 82% of voters approve of a Constitutional Amendment that will place term limits on members of Congress.”
The Office of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan awarded the 2018 Governor’s Customer Service Heroes Award to Charles County Government, University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center, and the Charles County Department of Health for the Mobile Integrated Healthcare (MIH) Program.
The Charles County MIH program offers patients the option of having a healthcare team—a nurse, paramedic, and community health worker—visit their home to ensure they reach wellness. The award honorees are: Pam Gantt, paramedic; Jenny Hunt, registered nurse; and Wanda Mahoney, community health worker.
The Governor’s Customer Service Heroes Award recognizes a Maryland organization going above and beyond to solve a specific challenge while developing a process that significantly improves the delivery of services, consistent with the Governor’s Customer Service Promise.
“On behalf of the Charles County Commissioners, I applaud the Department of Emergency Services and all the participating county agencies for receiving this award,” said Commissioner President Peter F. Murphy. “This is a great example of agencies working together to provide the best possible care and service for our residents.”
“Through this unique collaboration the MIH program is bringing healthcare to the homes of those needing greater access to care. The ultimate goal is offering a way for these patients to receive appropriate care in the right setting,” UM Charles Regional CEO Noel Cervino said. “For our hospital, this award is recognition of the hard work of our staff and community partners.”
"The MIH’s team customer service award is a perfect example of how the community comes together in partnership for those who have the greatest need,” said Deputy Health Officer Dr. James Bridgers.
The Charles County MIH program began bridging the gap of social determinants of health and delivering tailored healthcare to its target community in August 2017. Of the first 24 patients that met program criteria, the MIH program achieved a 74 percent reduction in emergency department visits and an 84 percent reduction in inpatient hospital admissions. The MIH team is empowering their patients’ independence and freedom through wellness and improved healthcare.
On Friday, March 9, 2018, at approximately 0014 hours, TFC K. Jeans #6483 was on patrol in the Bannister Circle neighborhood, Waldorf, Charles County, Maryland. TFC Jeans passed Reeves Place, and observed a suspicious vehicle parked on the side of the road with its engine running. TFC Jeans made contact with the driver of the Chevrolet Suburban, who was identified as Robinson, Antwon Joseph, 45 yoa, from Washington DC, and his passenger Pritchett, Kevin Lamont, 38 yoa, from Waldorf, MD. TFC Jean detected a strong odor of Marijuana emitting from the vehicle. Additional units were requested and a probable cause search was conducted and revealed suspected marijuana, 15 suspected Acetaminophen and Oxycodone Hydrochloride pills, and paraphernalia. Robinson was
arrested and charged with 1 1111 CR, 5 601(a)(1) : CDS: Possess-Not Marijuana. All events occurred in Charles County, Maryland. 18MSP10094
On Friday, March 9, 2018, at approximately 12:24 p.m., TFC J. Oleksak #6300 was conducting stationary speed enforcement on northbound Maryland Route 210 at Downs Drive, Bryans Road, Charles County, Maryland. TFC Oleksak observed a red Ford F-150 which appeared to be traveling above the posted 50mph speed limit. Utilizing his agency LIDAR speed measuring device, TFC Oleksak obtained a speed of 64mph on the red Ford. TFC Oleksak conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle, and made contact with the operator who was identified as Dominic Joseph Cambridge (24 yoa from Bryans Road, MD). Upon making contact with Cambridge, TFC Oleksak detected the strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. TFC Oleksak requested Cambridge exit the vehicle so a
probable cause search could be conducted. The search revealed a loaded handgun that was reported stolen from Virginia, suspected Heroin laced with Fentanyl and suspected Marijuana in sufficient quantity to indicate an Intent to Distribute. Also a computer check of Cambridge revealed Cambridge had an open warrant through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office for failure to appear in court. Cambridge was placed under arrest and charged with the following: TA 21 801.1 : Driving Vehicle on Highway at Speed Exceeding Limit; CR, 5-602 : CDS Possess with Intent to Distribute; and CR, 5- 621(b)(2) : CDS: Distribute Etc. With Firearm and additional charges. 18MSP010164
On Friday, March 9, 2018, at approximately 2114 hours, Trooper J. Lee #6848 was traveling
southbound Route 301 north of Demarr Road, White Plains, Charles County, Maryland when he observed the driver of a Bronze Nissan Maxima using a handheld device while operating a motor vehicle. Trooper Lee stopped the vehicle and made contact with the driver, who was identified as, Valle, Carlos Mauricio 35 yoa, of Welcome, Maryland, when he detected the strong odor of Marijuana emitting from the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted which revealed over 10 grams of suspected Marijuana and paraphernalia. Valle was placed under arrest and charged with 1 0573 CR, 5 601(a)(1) : CDS: Possession-Marijuana 10 GM+. All events occurred in Charles County, Maryland. 18MSO010245
On Saturday, March 10, 2018 at approximately 1816 hours, MSP La Plata Barrack broadcasted a look out for a hit and run single vehicle collision involving a black Chevrolet Silverado that occurred in the area of Route 5 and Old Leonardtown Rd, Hughesville, Charles County, Maryland. Corporal W. Jefferson #5349 was on patrol in the area with Trooper A. Sabock #6924. They observed the lookout vehicle which had significant front end and rear end damage. A traffic stop was conducted at the Shell gas station at the corner of Route 5 and Mattawoman Beantown Road. Contact was made with the
driver, identified as Richard Grandzealous Gray, 42 yoa of Mechanicsville, MD. Corporal Jefferson detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the vehicle. Corporal Jefferson had Gray exit the vehicle and noticed a minor child in the backseat who was not properly restrained by a child safety seat and suffered a head injury as a result of the collision. EMS responded and transported the child to CMRC for treatment. Department of Social Services was contacted. Gray was arrested and charged with the following: 19742 TA 21 902 b2 I: (Driving, Attempting to Drive) Vehicle While Impaired by Alcohol While Transporting a Minor and 14571 TA 20 102 a2: Failure to Immediately Return and Remain at Scene of Accident Involving Bodily Injury. All events occurred in Charles County, Maryland. 18MSP010396
All persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
During the week of March 5 – March 11 – deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,435 calls for service throughout the community.
On March 7, 2018 Deputy Crum responded to Greenhill Court, Huntingtown for the report of a burglary. The victim stated that during the night of March 6th they heard a loud bang, and when they checked the residence they noticed their sliding glass door to be partially opened with scratches to the paint near the door lock, and the door lock to be damaged. Deputy Crum also observed the kitchen window screen to be damaged and no items were taken from the residence. The estimated damaged property is $75.
On March 7, 2018 Deputy Ridgley responded to Sonoma Lane, Prince Frederick for the report of a burglary. The victim stated at approximately 11:06am on March 7th they heard a loud bang, and when they went to check they noticed a white male wearing a white t-shirt with dark pants standing outside of the residence. The victim stated when they checked the other side of the residence they believed to see two males running from the residence. Deputy Ridgley observed the garage door mechanism to be broken and no items were taken from the residence. The estimated damaged property is $250.
On March 11, 2018 Deputy R. Evans responded to Carpenter Beach Road, Huntingtown for the report of a burglary. The victim stated that an unknown suspect(s) entered their cottage and removed two king size comforters. The estimated value of stolen property is $60.
Damaged Property: 18-11402
On March 5, 2018 Deputy R. Evans responded to Adelina Road, Prince Frederick for the report of damaged property. The victim stated that sometime between March 4th at 6:00pm and March 5th at 8:00am an unknown suspect(s) put sugar in their gas tank. The estimated damaged property is $500.
Damaged Property: 18-11753
On March 6, 2018 Deputy Wood responded to Howes Road, Dunkirk for the report of damaged property. The victim stated that at approximately 6:20pm on March 6th they heard several rounds of gunshots. The victim noticed a bullet hole on the exterior wall of the living room and also to the interior wall where the drywall had been damaged. The estimated damaged property is $300.
Damaged Property: 18-12213
On March 9, 2018 Deputy S. Naughton responded to Exelon Nuclear Power Plant, Lusby for the report of damaged property. The victim stated sometime between March 8th at 6:15pm and March 9th at 7:30am an unknown suspect(s) scratched the paint of their vehicle from the rear driver’s side door to the rear driver’s side quarter panel. The estimated damaged is $1,000.
Damaged Property: 18-12772
On March 11, 2018 Deputy Burggraff responded to Saw Mill Road, Lusby for the report of damaged property that occurred at Exelon Nuclear Power Plant. The victim stated that an unknown suspect(s) scratched the right side of the vehicle along with a scratch on the back side of the vehicle.
On March 6, 2018 Deputy Parks responded to the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office for the report of a theft that occurred on Woods Road, St. Leonard. The victim stated they had a package delivered containing Albion clothing that was removed from the mailbox. The estimated value of stolen property is $157.
On March 8, 2018 Deputy Aurich responded to Wawa, Dunkirk for the report of a theft. The victim stated that a white female in her late twenties wearing black yoga pants and a black jacket stole a variety of food and drinks from the store. The estimated value of stolen property is $20.
On March 9, 2018 Deputy Morder responded to the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office for the report of a theft that occurred on Briscoe Turn Road, Owings. The victim stated that sometime between March 7th at 4:00pm and March 8th at 7:00am an unknown suspect(s) stole the registration plate from their dump truck. The value of the stolen property is $20.
On March 11, 2018 Deputy M. Lewis responded to the Blackbelt School of Martial Arts, Huntingtown for the report of a theft. The victim stated that an unknown suspect(s) removed their business signs from the intersections of Southern Maryland Boulevard/Chaneyville Road and Southern Maryland Boulevard/ Ward Road. The value of stolen property is $160.
On March 5, 2018 Deputy Parks responded to the Calvert County Detention Center for the report of a CDS violation. Deputy Parks made contact with the complainant who advised an inmate later identified as Freddie Commodore (53) of Port Republic had a Suboxone package inside his wallet. Commodore was charged with Possession/Receive CDS While Confined/Detained.
On March 5, 2018 Deputy M. Lewis conducted a traffic stop in the area of N Solomons Island Road and Skinners Turn Road. Deputy Lewis made contact with the driver later identified as Christina Procopio (31) of Owings, and had her exit the vehicle. A K9 scan of the vehicle was conducted resulting in a positive alert. A search of the vehicle resulted in narcotics. Procopio was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana (Alprazolam).
On March 5, 2018 Deputy Gott conducted a traffic stop in the area of S Solomons Island Road and Southern Connector Boulevard. While speaking with the driver later identified as Jessica Hunt (30) of Lexington Park, she became very nervous. Hunt and the passenger of the vehicle were asked to step out of the vehicle for a search to be conducted. The search resulted in narcotics and paraphernalia. Hunt was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana (Alprazolam) and CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia.
On March 7, 2018 Deputy Ridgley responded to the Calvert Village Shopping Center for the report of a traffic complainant on a possible impaired driver. Deputy Ridgley located the vehicle and made contact with the driver later identified as Ryan Cleaver (41) of Owings. While Deputy Ridgley was obtaining Cleaver’s driving information through Emergency Communications, Deputy Sampson and Deputy Wilson began a search of the vehicle and Cleaver’s persons. The search resulted in both paraphernalia and narcotics. Cleaver was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with CDS: Possession- Not Marijuana (Adderall) and two counts of CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia.
On March 7, 2018 Deputy T. Buckler responded to Trader’s Restaurant, Chesapeake Beach for the report of a disorderly subject. The subject later identified as Kevin Moser (54) of Owings was extremely intoxicated and asked to leave the establishment. Moser refused to leave and began yelling profanities. Moser was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with Disorderly Conduct.
On March 8, 2018 Deputy Sampson conducted a traffic stop in the parking lot of Weis, Prince Frederick. While making contact with the driver later identified as Shanan Sanchez (35) of Owings, Deputy Sampson immediately smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Sanchez was asked to step out of the vehicle for a search to be conducted. The search resulted in two marijuana cigarettes and a large quantity of Adderall pills. Sanchez was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana (Adderall), CDS: Possession with Intent to Distribute, and CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia.
On March 9, 2018 Deputy Moschetto responded to the 500 block of Stamper Court, Prince Frederick for the report of disorderly subject. When Deputy Moschetto arrived on scene he observed two males outside arguing and screaming profanities. The male later identified as Kermit Gray Jr. (58) of Prince Frederick was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with Disorderly Conduct.
On March 10, 2018 Corporal Denton, Deputy Childress, and Deputy S. Naughton conducted traffic enforcement in the area of Saint Leonard Road and Calvert Beach Road when they stopped a vehicle for speeding. While making contact with the driver later identified as David Lee (30) of Mechanicsville, Corporal Denton and Deputy S. Naughton recognized signs of possible drug use. Deputy Childress conducted a K9 scan of the vehicle resulted in a positive alert. A search of the vehicle resulted in ten syringe needles. It was also determined through Emergency Communications that Lee was driving on a suspended license. Lee was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia.
The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and Maryland Department of Natural Resources have announced a five-year partnership to monitor water quality at Mallows Bay on the Potomac River, a site being considered for designation as a national marine sanctuary.
The partnership plans for a long-term, continuous water quality monitoring site in the proposed Mallows Bay–Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary area providing real-time data to the public, resource managers and scientists via the department’s Eyes on the Bayprogram. Monitoring is expected to begin in spring.
A $62,500 grant from the Foundation will purchase a buoy and water quality monitoring equipment, while the department will provide buoy deployment and maintenance, as well as data management, communication and analysis. The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center is donating the use of a fish telemetry receiver to track movements of tagged fish for various research studies.
“Partnerships like ours with the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation are essential to our ‘all hands on deck’ approach to meeting our Chesapeake Bay restoration goals,” Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “As we look forward to designation of the national marine sanctuary, this monitoring project will help address those larger goals while also supporting the historic and recreational aspects of this Charles County gem.”
The department and its partners monitor progress at stations and buoys throughout the Chesapeake and coastal bays, but to date there has not been a permanent monitoring site within the proposed national marine sanctuary boundary. The planned monitoring will inform local resource management with data at 15-minute intervals showing chlorophyll (concentration of algae), clarity, dissolved oxygen, pH, salinity and temperature.
Scientists and resource managers can use the data to assess changes, aiding them in decision-making and other restoration efforts. Data will aid commercial watermen and recreational anglers, and benefit local tourism operators and visitors who could use the real-time data to plan trips.
“We are proud to partner with the state of Maryland to strengthen water quality monitoring at Mallows Bay,” National Marine Sanctuary Foundation President and CEO Kris Sarri said. “Through this partnership we will provide data to scientists and managers to help with restoration and information to fishermen and tourism operators to help them with their businesses. This project will benefit Mallows Bay, the greater Chesapeake Bay and the people who live, work and play there.”
Mallows Bay is renowned for its collection of historic shipwrecks known as the “Ghost Fleet,” diverse recreational opportunities and scenic beauty.
Leonardtown, MD – The Tri-County Council of Southern Maryland presented a check for $1,030,931 to the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County at the start of the board’s budget work session. The money is earmarked for the continuation of the county’s land preservation efforts.
“This will go a long way in preserving our rural county and we thank you for your efforts and the Tri-County Council for doing this for us,” said Commissioner President Randy Guy in accepting the check.
Last fall Tri-County Council donated $79,680 to assist with the relocation of the Charlotte Hall Farmers Market.
(HOLLYWOOD, Md.) — A Maryland state trooper and two others were injured after the departmental vehicle she was driving crashed into an ambulance Tuesday afternoon in St. Mary’s County.
At approximately 1:45 p.m., the trooper, identified as TFC Allison Oyler, was on duty operating a marked patrol car on MD Rt. 235 at Rescue Lane in Hollywood, Md. TFC Oyler, who is assigned to the Leonardtown Barrack, was traveling southbound with emergency lighting equipment activated while working traffic enforcement in the area. An ambulance from the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad pulled out from Rescue Lane onto MD Rt. 235 and into TFC Oyler’s path of travel. TFC Oyler’s vehicle, a 2013 Chevrolet Caprice, crashed into the ambulance.
TFC Oyler was flown by Maryland State Police medevac helicopter to Shock Trauma in Baltimore for treatment of her injuries. The driver of the ambulance, Gregory Casoni, 63, and his passenger, George Newton, 67, both of Hollywood, Md., were transported by ambulance to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment of their injuries.
According to a preliminary investigation, the ambulance operator is listed at fault. Charges are pending in this case.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Leonardtown Barrack at 301-475-8955. The investigation is ongoing.
The Department of Emergency Services, the Maryland Environmental Service, and Michael Baker International, Inc., are updating the Charles County Hazard Mitigation Plan. The Hazard Mitigation Plan will be the blueprint for reducing property damage and saving lives from the effects of future natural and man-made disasters within the county. Public comments on the plan is being accepted until Sunday, April 15.
This plan update is required to ensure jurisdictions within the county are eligible to receive certain types of state and federal funding, both before and after a disaster occurs. Municipal officials actively participate in providing local information to be covered by the Hazard Mitigation Plan.
The draft of the Charles County Hazard Mitigation Plan is available for review and comment at www.charlescountymdhmpu.com beginning Friday, March 16. This website features information on hazard mitigation, the county planning process, announcements, and a calendar of events.
A copy of the draft plan is available for viewing at the Department of Emergency Services (10425 Audie Lane, La Plata), by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, learn more or how you can get involved in the planning process, contact Michelle Lilly at 301-609-3429, LillyM@CharlesCountyMD.gov, or by mail at Charles County Department of Emergency Services, Attn: Michelle Lilly, 10425 Audie Lane, La Plata, MD 20646.
As part of updating the Maryland Land Preservation and Recreation Plan, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and its partner, GreenPlay, LLC, will be hosting a series of information sessions and workshops to solicit public comment and stakeholder feedback on land conservation and outdoor recreation. Residents and non-residents are invited to attend.
The four workshops—two sessions each day—will focus on gathering comment on the state’s outdoor activities, amenities, and services, including boating, camping, fishing, hiking, or hunting. Comments from the workshop will complement feedback provided in the Maryland Land Preservation and Recreation Plan Survey, which remains open until Tuesday, May 1. Take the Maryland Land Preservation and Recreation Plan Survey online at http://www.doit.state.md.us/selectsurvey/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=l21I98l#.
The department welcomes the public to participate in the following workshops:
March 26 (First session at 1 p.m., Second session at 6 p.m.)
Fort Frederick State Park Visitor Center
11100 Fort Frederick Road
Big Pool, Maryland 21711
March 27 (First session at 1 p.m., Second session at 6 p.m.)
Talbot County Community Center
100128 Ocean Gateway
Easton, Maryland 21601
April 18 (First session at 1 p.m., Second session at 6 p.m.)
Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
10515 Mackall Road
St. Leonard, Maryland 20685
April 19 (First session at 1 p.m., Second session at 6 p.m.)
Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area, Auditorium
5100 Deer Park Road
Owings Mills, Maryland 21117
RSVP is requested for all workshops. To RSVP, email [email@example.com]firstname.lastname@example.org. Session and survey results will be incorporated into the Maryland Land Preservation and Recreation Plan, which is required to receive federal funding from the National Park Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund. For additional information about the Department of Natural Resources, visit http://dnr.maryland.gov/Pages/default.aspx. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 866-269-9006.
Annapolis, MD: ? A bill to reform the biofuels mandate is being hailed by environmental groups as a way to protect wildlife, drinking water, and public health as it could reverse a decade of harm to those critical resources. The GREENER Fuels Act is expected to gradually reduce climate pollution by lessening the harmful impact of generating biofuels such as corn ethanol in the nation's fuel supply. The bill would stop more land from being converted into biofuel sources, and invest more than 10 billion dollars to restore lost fish and wildlife habitat in the next 10 years. Collin O'Mara, president and C-E-O of the National Wildlife Federation, says more than seven million acres have been plowed to make way for corn and soy since the fuel standard went into effect in 2007, including in Maryland.
"And then as a result, more acres going into production and then leading to more nutrients winding up in tributaries like the Nanticoke or the Choptank then winding up in the Bay (:10). And we've also seen impacts upstream in the Bay, up into the Susquehanna up in, like, Pennsylvania,"
The Trump administration has made little change to the current fuel standard, claiming that maintaining current levels ensures stability in the marketplace.
When it comes to Maryland, O'Mara, says while there is a negative impact to the environment from the old biofuel mandate, it is more significant on the economic front. O'Mara says, "Ethanol can wreak havoc on small engines for like motor boats, for smaller boats, like folks recreate in the Chesapeakee Bay. We've seen it distort economic market prices for the chicken industry that depends on different feed stocks and the corn prices have driven up some of those inputs. "
Supporters of the renewable-fuel standard say ethanol also has some environmental benefits that this bill would undermine. But O'Mara says the bill is far better because it would eliminate a loophole that allows older biofuel plants to bypass climate-pollution standards. It also would incentivize truly renewable biofuels, such as those derived from farm waste and plant cellulose.
On March 12, 2018 Joseph Windsor, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Heroin Program Coordinator, was awarded the Governor’s Citation for his outstanding work in expanding the offices analytical capabilities to allow law enforcement officers to provide a more coordinated response to the heroin epidemic. Glenn Fueston and Sarah Myers of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) awarded the citation after speaking with Sheriff Mike Evans, Lt. Col. Dave McDowell and Capt. Todd Ireland about the GOCCP’s plans to assist law enforcement with battling the heroin epidemic.
On March 12, 2018 at approximately 1:05 p.m. members of the Calvert County Sheriff's Office Patrol Bureau and Crash Reconstruction Team were dispatched to Solomons Island Rd (MD 2) and C. Jones Rd for a Vehicle Collision. The preliminary investigation of the collision revealed a 2008 Ford Ranger was stopped in the northbound lane of MD 2 waiting to make a left turn onto C. Jones Rd. Richard Williams, 61 year old of Sunderland, MD, was identified as the driver of the Ford. A 2016 Lexus E300 was stopped in the northbound lane of MD 2 behind the Ford. Joan Kocen, 69 year old of Solomons, MD was the driver of the Lexus. Elliot Kocen, 82 year old of Solomons, MD, was a passenger in the Lexus. A 1999 Mack Dump Truck, fully loaded with gravel, was traveling northbound on MD 2. Tristan Matteson, 21 of Prince Frederick, MD, was driving the Mack. A 2016 International Stake Body Truck was traveling southbound on MD 2. Jerone Harper, 26 of Laurel, MD, was the driver of the International. As the Mack approached the intersection of C. Jones Rd Matteson advised he observed the vehicles ahead stopped in the traffic lane. He attempted to swerve around the vehicles. This attempt was unsuccessful and the Mack struck the rear passenger side of the Lexus. The collision pushed the Lexus forward and to the left. The Lexus clipped the rear of the Ford and continued traveling into the southbound lane of MD 2. The Lexus was then struck by the International as it was traveling southbound on MD 2.
Joan Kocen was transported to Calvert Hospital where she died due to her injuries from the collision. Elliot Kocen was pronounced deceased on the scene. All other drivers involved in the crash refused medical treatment. Preliminary Investigation shows that Matteson’s Failure to Control Speed to Avoid a Collision contributed to this crash.
The collision is under investigation by Sgt. T. Phelps of the Crash Reconstruction Team. Anyone with additional information regarding the collision is asked to contact the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office at 410-535-2800 or e-mail the investigator at email@example.com .
Inspired by Governor Larry Hogan’s Regulatory Reform Commission recommendations, the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) today unveiled Maryland Business Express, a new website that will make it easier for Maryland’s small business owners and entrepreneurs to plan, start, manage, and grow their business. Accessible at businessexpress.maryland.gov, the new site combines information previously spread across many state agencies into one, easy-to-navigate site, while also providing a clear outline of the steps involved in starting a business.
Maryland Business Express also features a digital assistant designed to communicate with and deliver guidance to Marylanders 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This “Chatbot” is the first of its kind to be used by any state government specifically for business purposes.
“Since taking office, our administration has been committed to ensuring Maryland is Open for Business, and since that time, we have become one of the top states in the country for entrepreneurial business growth,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Now, Maryland Business Express will make it easier than ever to start a business, and will provide quick access to the many tools and resources that Maryland agencies have to offer to support our small business job creators.”
The site’s layout is based on the questions most commonly asked by existing business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs, and contains four main sections: Plan, Start, Manage, and Grow. The Plan and Start sections list orderly steps that guide entrepreneurs through the process of developing a business plan, registering a business, and applying for tax accounts and licenses. The Manage and Grow sections help business owners remain in good standing, make legal changes to their business, and find additional programs that best fit their needs.
“Our Department’s goal is to allow Marylanders to interact with the state any time it’s convenient for them, and the new Maryland Business Express will move us closer to that goal than ever before,” said SDAT Director Michael Higgs. “This new website will be a tremendous benefit to Maryland’s business community, and the feedback we receive will allow us to continually update content to better suit their needs.”
The new site was officially unveiled today at the Hogan administration’s public cabinet meeting in Calvert County.
Over the past few years, SDAT has focused on making government services more accessible to the hundreds of thousands of Maryland businesses that interact with the Department annually. Recent efforts to provide more services online have resulted in dramatic improvements in processing times, including a reduction from 10 to four weeks to start a business. Today, more than 50 percent of all documents are filed online, 40 percent of which occur outside of normal business hours and 20 percent of which are done through a mobile device. SDAT’s online services process more than 250,000 transactions annually.
The new Maryland Business Express is another step toward allowing customers to interact with the state any time it’s convenient for them. The site and Chatbot are currently in beta mode, and as users type in questions and submit feedback through the customer experience survey, Maryland agencies will continue to improve the content.
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan joined Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Secretary Pete K. Rahn and MDOT State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) Administrator Greg Slater to announce the start of construction for the much-anticipated MD 5 (Point Lookout Road) at Abell Street/Moakley Street intersection improvements project in Leonardtown. This long-awaited project, which is a priority of St. Mary’s County, will improve safety and relieve congestion at this busy intersection. The $12 million project will widen MD 5 from Clarks Rest Road to the entrance of St. Mary’s Hospital to add left-turn lanes, as well as include wide shoulders for bicyclists, horse-drawn carriages, and sidewalks for pedestrians.
“I am pleased that this priority project is moving forward and our commitment to the citizens of St. Mary’s County has been kept,” said Governor Hogan. “This project will help deliver much needed congestion relief to thousands of motorists and allow our citizens to get to work, and then back home again in a faster, safer, and more efficient manner.”
The improvements will cut commute times by 10 minutes for those who travel this section of MD 5 each day. MD 5 is a major thoroughfare from Southern Maryland to the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Approximately 26,000 vehicles travel the corridor each day, a number that is projected to reach 32,000 by 2035.
“Our department is committed to improving our roadways, and we are pleased this long-awaited project will benefit the people of Leonardtown and the commuters of Southern Maryland,” said Secretary Pete K. Rahn.
Next month, the MDOT SHA will begin phase one of the project, which includes utility relocation and grading work. Beginning spring 2019, MDOT SHA will begin construction to add the left-turn lanes, wide shoulders and new sidewalks. The project will be complete by fall 2021.
PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – March 12, 2018 – The Maryland Department of Planning will hold a public listening session Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at the Calvert Pines Senior Center. The purpose of the interactive public meeting is to hear from local residents about how the new Maryland Development Plan, entitled “A Better Maryland,” can improve statewide planning and coordination.
Maryland Department of Planning staff want to gain a better understanding of local priorities and identify the concerns and wishes of the local community. The session is from 6-8 p.m. and citizens are encouraged to attend and provide feedback. The Calvert Pines Senior Center is located at 450 W. Dares Beach Road in Prince Frederick.
For additional information about A Better Maryland, visit online. Contact the Maryland Director of Planning Coordination Chuck Boyd at 410-767-1401 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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SASEBO, Japan (Mar. 08, 2018) Personnel Specialist 3rd Class Kiana Pitts, from Waldorf, Md., takes the Navy-wide second class petty officer exam on the mess decks of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20). Green Bay is operating in the Indo-Pacific region to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Anaid Banuelos Rodriguez/Released)
Leonardtown, MD – All St. Mary’s County Government administrative offices will be closed on Friday., March 30, 2018 in observance of Good Friday. All offices will reopen for normal business hours on Monday, April 2.
The St. Andrews Landfill, six (6) Convenience Centers, and St. Mary’s Transit System (STS) will be operate as normal on Good Friday March 30. However, the Statewide Specialized Transportation Assistance Program (SSTAP) will not operate on March 30.
The St. Andrews Landfill, six (6) Convenience Centers and St. Mary’s Transit System (STS) will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018. The Landfill, Convenience Centers, and STS System will be open for normal business hours prior on Saturday, March 31 and Monday, April 2.
All three branch locations of the St. Mary’s County Library will be open Friday, March 30 (Good Friday) and Saturday, March 31. The Lexington Park Library will be closed Sunday, April 1 for Easter.
The three Senior Activity Centers (Garvey, Loffler and Northern) will be closed Friday, March 30 and there will be no Wheels on Meals deliveries.
The St. Clement’s Island and Piney Point Museums will be open and operating a normal schedule on March 30 for Good Friday and April 1 for Easter Sunday.
Help improve Charles County's waterways and combat litter by volunteering in the 30th annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup on Saturday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteer opportunities range from collecting litter to leading and organizing a cleanup site. Charles County has nearly two dozen established sites and is always interested in welcoming new sites to this program. Visit www.potomaccleanup.org for a complete listing of sites.
This is an excellent opportunity for students and scouts to earn community service hours! The Potomac River Watershed Cleanup event will be held rain or shine.
For details, please call the Charles County Department of Public Works, Environmental Resources Division, at 301-932-3599 or visit www.charlescountymd.gov/pw/litter/watershed-cleanups and click on find an event. Potomac River Watershed Cleanup is made possible with the support of the Charles County Board of Commissioners.
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford today joined End Hunger in Calvert County to distribute meal kits, greet volunteers, and present a Governor’s Citation to the organization for their services to the community. End Hunger in Calvert County is a non-profit organization who works to address issues related to hunger in the county, and seeks to help individuals create permanent solutions that help move them from dependency to self-sufficiency.
The organization recently volunteered their warehouse to serve as the third distribution hub for an initiative spearheaded by the Maryland Department of General Services (DGS), the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives (GOCI), and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to distribute shelf-stable meal kits to non-profits in the region.
“Our administration is proud to partner with Maryland’s non-profit organizations to address issues important to our communities,” said Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford. “We continue to remain committed to working with organizations like End Hunger in Calvert County to provide resources to families in need of assistance across the state.”
The shelf-stable meal kit distribution initiative was announced by Governor Hogan in late February and is a partnership between DGS, GOCI, and DHCD to coordinate the acquisition and distribution of approximately 500,000 shelf-stable meal kits, valued at over $2 million, to Marylanders in need. To date, over 156,000 kits have been distributed to 130 organizations. End Hunger in Calvert County will join the Anne Arundel County Food Bank and the Eastern Shore branch of the Maryland Food Bank in serving as a distribution hub for the food kits, with several more distribution hubs around the state expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Lt. Governor Rutherford’s visit to End Hunger Calvert is a part of Governor Hogan’s Cabinet Meeting held in Calvert County. State agency leaders have planned visits to various organizations throughout southern Maryland, including Charles, St. Mary’s, and Calvert Counties. The Regional Cabinet Meetings are a part of an initiative by Governor Larry Hogan, introduced in an effort to bring state government to all Marylanders.
The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners will welcome Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and members of his staff when he holds his Regional Cabinet Meeting in Prince Frederick Monday, March 12, 2018.
In addition, the majority of the board may attend the cabinet meeting held at the Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department at 10 a.m. The board may also participate in the various visits and meetings occurring in conjunction with the governor’s tour through Southern Maryland.
More information about Governor Hogan is available online at www.governor.maryland.gov. Information on Calvert County Government services can be found online at www.co.cal.md.us. Find Calvert County Government on Facebook.
PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – March 9, 2018 – The Calvert County Department of Public Works, Solid Waste Division is hosting a free paper shredding event for county residents Saturday, March 24. The event will be held at the Appeal Landfill located at 401 Sweetwater Road, Lusby from 8 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. The shred event helps prevent identity theft by destroying confidential or sensitive documents.
All paper must be removed from plastic bags and cardboard boxes. Paper clips and staples are acceptable. Binders and binder clips are not acceptable. There is no limit per resident, and proof of residency is required. Certificates of destruction will be provided if requested. Businesses are prohibited from this event.
For additional information, call the Calvert County Solid Waste Division at 410-326-0210 or visit www.co.cal.md.us/recycle.
On March 9, 2018, at approximately 12:23 am, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 21000 block of Enterprise Road, in Lexington Park, for the report of shots fired. Deputies arrived on scene and located multiple shell casings. No injuries have been reported, and the suspect(s) fled the area prior to the arrival of law enforcement. The Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and is continuing the investigation.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Detective Scott Ruest at (301) 475-4200 extension *2297, or by email at Scott.Ruest@stmarysmd.com. Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
LEONARDTOWN, MD – Per our published school system calendar, Monday, April 2, 2018, is a possible make-up day for inclement weather. Since schools were closed on Friday, March 2, 2018, the following modifications to the 2017-2018 school calendar are as follows:
• Monday, April 2, 2018, will be a school day for students and staff. All schools and offices will be open.
• Thursday, March 29, 2018, will be a holiday for all 12 month staff to make up for the April 2, 2018 holiday.
For more information, please call (301) 475-5511, ext. 32133.
Governor Larry Hogan will hold a Regional Cabinet Meeting in Prince Frederick on Monday, March 12, 2018. The governor will also tour Southern Maryland counties to visit with local elected officials, tour local businesses, and meet with constituents.
The governor's public schedule is as follows:
Monday, March 12, 2018
9:15 AM: Governor Hogan to deliver remarks to Huntingtown High School government classes
4125 Solomons Island Road, Huntingtown, MD 20639
10:00 AM: Governor Hogan to hold Regional Cabinet Meeting (doors open at 9:15 AM)
Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department
450 Solomons Island Road South, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
11:30 AM: Governor Hogan to meet with Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland State Police and tour Mobile Breath Alcohol Truck
Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department, Parking Lot
450 Solomons Island Road South, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
12:00 PM: Governor Hogan to have lunch at American Legion Gray-Ray Post 220
2105 Sixes Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
1:30 PM: Governor Hogan to deliver remarks at Maryland Department of Transportation groundbreaking of MD 5 at Abell and Moakley Streets Intersection
23190 Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650
2:30 PM: Governor Hogan to participate in Southern Maryland Small Business Leaders Roundtable
Calvert Marine Museum, Harms Gallery
14200 Solomons Island Road South, Solomons, MD 20688
3:30 PM: Governor Hogan to visit Asbury Solomons Retirement Community
11100 Asbury Circle, Solomons, MD 20688
4:30 PM: Governor Hogan to visit Benedict Volunteer Fire Department
18210 Hyatt Avenue, Benedict, MD 20612
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford will attend the Southern Maryland Regional Cabinet Meeting in Prince Frederick on Monday, March 12, 2018. He will also tour Southern Maryland to visit with local elected officials, tour local businesses, and meet with constituents.
The lieutenant governor’s public schedule is as follows:
Monday, March 12, 2018
9:00 AM: Lt. Governor Rutherford to participate in food kit distribution at ‘End Hunger In Calvert County’
141 Schooner Lane, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
10:00 AM: Lt. Governor Rutherford to attend Southern Maryland Regional Cabinet Meeting
Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department
450 Solomons Island Road South, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
12:00 PM: Lt. Governor Rutherford to tour Calvert Memorial Hospital
CalvertHealth Medical Center
100 Hospital Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
1:00 PM: Lt. Governor Rutherford to participate in Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration "Making It Click" Program
Calvert High School
600 Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
2:00 PM: Lt. Governor Rutherford to visit Farming 4 Hunger
6932 Serenity Farm Road, Benedict, MD 20612
3:00 PM: Lt. Governor Rutherford to visit College of Southern Maryland Center for Trades and Energy Training
83-99 Foster Lane, Hughesville, MD 20637
Drug Arrest- On February 15, 2018, Cpl. Potter conducted a traffic stop in the area of South Essex Drive and South Shangri La Drive, in Lexington Park. Contact was made with the operator of the vehicle, Deyonta Terrell Gross, age 24, of Great Mills. Cpl. Potter smelled the odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle; further search of the vehicle revealed a quantity of marijuana and suspected Oxycodone. Gross was arrested and charged with Possession of CDS-Not Marijuana and Possession of Marijuana Greater than 10 Grams. CASE# 8379-18
Assault- On February 16, 2018, DFC. Tirpak responded to the 48000 block of Keel Drive, in Lexington Park, for a reported assault. Upon arrival contact was made with two victims who advised they were assaulted by Carl Edward White, age 36, from Lexington Park, during a verbal argument. One of the victims displayed visible injury. White was arrested and charged with two counts of Assault 2nd Degree. CASE# 8676-18
Assault- On February 16, 2018, Deputy Ball responded to the St. Mary's County Detention and Rehabilitation Center, in Leonardtown, for a reported fight between two inmates. Investigation revealed Melissa Kristen Tuzzo, age 31, of Great Mills, and Serenity Faith Byrd, age 24, of Great Mills, were involved in a mutual altercation over the T.V. volume in their dayroom. Tuzzo and Byrd were both charged with Assault 2nd Degree. CASE# 8691-18
Escape- On February 17, 2018, Cpl. J. Davis responded to the St. Mary's County Detention and Rehabilitation Center, located in Leonardtown, in reference to an escape. Michael Lewis Johnson, age 56, of Mechanicsville, was charged with Escape 2nd Degree, for failing to report on February 16, 2018, as was court ordered. CASE# 8796-18
Property Destruction- On February 17, 2018, Cpl. J. Davis responded to the St. Mary's County Detention and Rehabilitation Center, for a reported property destruction. Investigation revealed Tyree Direckk Shields, age 26, of Lexington Park, damaged the fire sprinkler in his cell, causing the sprinkler to activate and the fire alarm to activate in the facility. Shields was charged with Property Destruction. CASE# 8766-18
Theft- On February 19, 2018, Cpl. Foor responded to the 13000 block of Pt. Lookout Road, in Ridge, for a reported theft. Investigation revealed Nicole Mae Frye, age 19, of Ridge, stole merchandise from the Dollar General. Frye was located, and charged with Theft via Criminal Citation. CASE# 9171-18
Drug Arrest- On February 20, 2018, Cpl. Potter observed a suspicious vehicle parked in the 45000 block of Foxchase Drive, in Great Mills. Upon contact with the operator of the vehicle, Deyonta Terrell Gross, age 24, of Great Mills, Cpl. Potter smelled the odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. Further search of the vehicle revealed a quantity of marijuana, a scale, and suspected cocaine. Gross was arrested and charged with Possession of CDS-Not Marijuana and Possession of Marijuana Greater than 10 Grams. CASE# 9211-18
Assault- On February 20, 2018, Dep. Edwards responded to the St. Mary's County Detention and Rehabilitation Center, located in Leonardtown, for a reported assault. Investigation revealed Tiffany Nycole Gross, age 42, of Lexington Park, assaulted two employees while she was being escorted. Gross began swinging her arms about, and struck one victim in the face, and struck another victim on the leg. Gross was charged with two counts of Assault 2nd Degree. CASE# 9231-18
Protective Order Violation- On February 20, 2018, Dep. M. Beyer was on a call for service in the 17000 block of Piney Point Road, in Piney Point, when Brittany Nicole Ehrke, age 27, of Bineland, New Jersey, contacted the victim in violation of an active protective order. Ehrke was placed under arrest and charged with Protective Order Violation. CASE# 9344-18
Drug Arrest- On February 23, 2018, Cpl. Stone conducted a traffic stop in the 22000 block of Three Notch Road, in California. Contact was made with the vehicle occupants; the passenger Rakeshia Janee Thomas, age 27, with no fixed address, was found to have an outstanding warrant for Child Support; further investigation revealed Thomas was in possession of suspected cocaine and Suboxone. Thomas was arrested and served the outstanding warrant and also charged with two counts of CDS Possession- Not Marijuana, and two counts of CDS Possession- Paraphernalia. CASE# 9788-18 (No Photograph Available)
Child Abuse- On February 24, 2018, Cpl. Foor responded to the 45000 block of Chancellors Run Court in Great Mills, for a reported assault. Upon arrival contact was made with the victim who advised Willie Matthew Coates, age 43, of Great Mills, had assaulted the victim by strangling the victim. Visible injury was observed to the victim and Coates was arrested and charged with Child Abuse 2nd Degree- Custodian, Child Abuse 2nd Degree -House, and Assault 2nd Degree. Coates was also wanted on an outstanding warrant for two counts of Assault and Child Abuse 2nd Degree- House. CASE# 9967-18
Drug Arrest- On February 25, 2018, Sgt. Peacher and DFC. Smith located a suspicious vehicle in the 37000 block of Golden Beach Road, in Mechanicsville. Contact was made with passenger Makenzie Leah Tharp, age 18, of Mechanicsville. Investigation revealed Tharp was in possession of a suspected LSD/Acid tablet. Tharp was arrested and charged with CDS Possession-Not Marijuana by DFC. Smith. CASE# 10130-18
Assault- On February 25, 2018, Cpl. Kirkner responded to the St. Mary's County Detention and Rehabilitation Center, located in Leonardtown, for a reported assault. Investigation revealed inmate Antonio George Queen, age 24, of Lexington Park, was involved in a verbal dispute with the victim, when Queen struck the victim several times. Queen was charged with Assault 2nd Degree. CASE# 10149-18
Threats of Arson- On February 25, 2018, Cpl. Kirkner responded to the 22000 block of Wicomico Street, in Leonardtown, for a report of threats. Contact was made with the victim who advised suspect Roger Glenn Chin, age 34, of Leonardtown, called the victim from the St. Mary's County Detention and Rehabilitation Center, located in Leonardtown. Investigation revealed during the conversation, Chin threatened to burn down the victim's home. Chin was arrested and charged with Threats of Arson. CASE# 10193-18
2/16/18- Davante Darius Brooks, age 24, of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for VOP/Assault 2nd Degree by Cpl. J. Davis# 197. CASE# 8669-18
2/18/18- Charles William Ward, age 36, of Leonardtown, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for FTA/Failure to Return & Remain at Scene of Accident Involving Attended Vehicle Damage by Cpl. Handy# 132. CASE# 9029-18
2/18/18- Keith Alvin Raymond Robinson, age 24, of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Driving While Suspended by DFC. Lawrence# 279. CASE# 9056-18
2/19/18- Jeremie Aaron Johnson, age 23, of Lusby, was arrested on an outstanding Prince George's County warrant for Driving While Suspended by DFC. Lawrence# 279. CASE# 9071-18
2/19/18- Wendell Ignatius Ford Jr., age 28, of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Violation of Probation by Cpl. Stone# 183. CASE# 9072-18
2/19/18- Douglas Bernard Mason, age 34, of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for VOP/Theft by Cpl. Potter# 255. CASE# 8381-18
2/21/18- Erin Neveal Stokes, age 26, of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for FTA/CDS: Possess- Not Marijuana, CDS: Possess Paraphernalia, and Theft by Cpl. Stone#183. CASE# 9556-18
2/21/18- Eric Stephen Peterson Jr., age 27, of Huntingtown, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for VOP/Possession of Contraband in a Place of Confinement by Cpl. Knott# 234. CASE# 9518-18
2/22/18- Michael Issiah Harrison, age 31, of Leonardtown, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Escape 2nd Degree-Condition of Release by Dep. Budd# 325. CASE# 9610-18
2/22/18- Christina Suzanne Buckler, age 39, with no fixed address, was arrested on an outstanding Charles County warrant for FTA/Rogue & Vagabond, Theft, Malicious Destruction of Property, and Conspiracy by Cpl. Corcoran# 129. CASE# 9697-18
2/23/18- Devon Lawrence Thomas, age 35, of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding Child Support warrant by Cpl. Knott# 234. CASE# 9772-18
2/23/18- Lisa Lynn Spindolini, age 36,of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for FTA/Driving Without Required License by Dep. Bowie# 317. CASE# 9760-18
2/23/18- Calvin Duane Morgan, age 39, of California, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Sex Offender/Fail to Register by Dep. Edwards# 335. CASE# 9263-18
2/23/18- Stephen Aaron Huffman, age 27, of California, was arrested on an outstanding warrant FTA/Child Support by DFC. Nauman# 301. CASE# 9895-18
2/24/18- Richard Howard Tucker, age 33, of California, was charged on an outstanding Circuit Warrant for Failure to Appear by Dep. Sidorowicz# 268. CASE# 10072-18
2/24/18- Heather Marie Garner, age 39, of Hollywood, was charged on an outstanding warrant for FTA/CDS Possession- Not Marijuana, and served a Child Support warrant by Dep. Sidorowicz# 268. CASE# 10076-18
2/24/18- Crystal Dawn Knott, age 37, of Great Mills, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Driving While Impaired by Alcohol, and Driving Under the Influence, after a single vehicle accident by Dep. M. Beyer# 319. CASE# 9989-18
Charles County Administrator Michael D. Mallinoff, Esq., ICMA-CM announces the appointment of Dina Barclay as the director of Community Services. Barclay has been serving as the acting director since October 2017 and her appointment became effective March 6, 2018.
As the director of Community Services, Barclay will be responsible for aging/senior programs; federally subsidized and non-subsidized housing, including general home ownership, loan and housing rehabilitation programs, general federal and state multipurpose grants administration; and county-wide child care services contract management. She will also oversee the Charles County Advocacy County for Children, Youth, and Families which is responsible for developing human services for youth and families as well as evaluating contracts for services provided by the County and private human services.
“I've enjoyed a rewarding career working in the Department of Community Services and am so grateful to have the opportunity to work alongside some of the most professional, dedicated employees in local government,” said Barclay. “I'm honored to lead them as we continue to serve the residents of Charles County in my new capacity."
Barclay began her career in Charles County Government in 1996 as a long-term care supervisor. She was promoted to the position of aging services administrator in 1999, and advanced again in 2009 when she became the chief of Aging and Human Services. Barclay has extensive expertise in grant writing; strategic planning for human services; management and administration of state and federal programs for older adults, persons with disabilities, and family caregivers; and decades of experience in the coordination of benefits and advocacy services for special populations. Additionally, as a longtime resident of Charles County for more than 20 years, she possesses a wealth of knowledge about the community and its resources.
“It’s great to have Ms. Barclay as the director of Community Services,” Mallinoff said. “Dina’s wealth of hands-on experience and familiarity with the department and county will serve our residents well.”
Barclay received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and criminology at the University of Maryland College Park. Prior to joining Charles County Government, she also completed a graduate fellowship in the marriage and family therapy program and a practicum in clinical psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and families.
Leonardtown, MD - The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, along with the Museum Division of the Department of Recreation and Parks, will host the annual Maryland Day program at the St. Clement’s Island Museum. This year’s event takes place Monday, March 26 beginning at 2 p.m. The one-hour commemorative program honors the first brave settlers who founded the Maryland colony at St. Clement’s Island on March 25, 1634. The event is free and open to the public.
Monsignor Edward Coyle will serve as the keynote speaker. He represents one of the early parishes in Pennsylvania founded by the Maryland Jesuits who came through St. Clement’s Island. St. Mary’s County Commissioners will also offer remarks at the ceremony and the St. Clement’s Island historical marker will be the site of a wreath-laying ceremony to wrap up the program.
Visitors attending the event will enjoy free admission to the museum, as well as free water taxi rides to the Island (weather permitting). Special exhibits by The Piscataway/Conoy Tribe, Newtown Manor and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources will be available as well as children’s activities and the opening of our photographic exhibit “On the River.” The site also hosts a 19th century one-room schoolhouse and an exterior dory boat exhibit.
Maryland Day marks the beginning of the summer season at the St. Clement’s Island Museum, the Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum & Historic Park in Piney Point and the Drayden African-American Schoolhouse. Both museums will be open seven days a week, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. through September and the Drayden Schoolhouse will be open the first Saturday of every month from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.
The St. Clement’s Island Museum is managed by the Museum Division of the St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks. It is located at 38370 Point Breeze Road in Colton’s Point at the end of route 242 south. The museum and grounds are handicap accessible.
For more information call the museum at 301-769-2222. You can also visit us on Facebook or log on to www.stmarysmd.com/recreate/museums.
NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – Communities surrounding the naval air
station are advised that noise-generating testing events are scheduled to take place March 12 - 21, 2018 between the hours of 7:45 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Pilots at NAS PAX will be conducting Field Carrier Landing Practices (FCLPs). FCLPs are
simulated carrier landings conducted to prepare pilots to land safely on an aircraft carrier. Airspeed, altitude and power are all precisely choreographed in order for a pilot to approach the ship within an acceptable window to land on the deck safely. FCLP training is essential for the precision and safety of our military men and women and the success of their mission. Landing on an aircraft carrier is a highly complex and perishable skill, and requires intense period of training before pilots deploy.
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-
(Faulkner, Maryland) – On Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at approximately 4:00 p.m., the Maryland State Police responded to a reported motor vehicle collision in the area of southbound Rt. 301 (Crain Highway) in the area of Mt. Air Road, Faulkner, MD.
Upon arrival, Troopers and deputies from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office observed the driver, 43 year old Sarah H. Hornbeck, from Baltimore, MD, walking around her 2017 Toyota Corolla, displaying Georgia registration. A preliminary investigation revealed the Toyota was travelling southbound on Rt. 301 and for unknown reasons turned onto Mt. Air Road, ran off the road and became disabled after striking an embankment. While talking with Hornbeck, Troopers detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from her breath as she spoke. Troopers conducted a further investigation and determined Hornbeck to be intoxicated and arrested her for DUI.
While on scene, Troopers were contacted by a citizen that reported the Toyota as a reckless
operation. The citizen advised the Toyota had struck their vehicle intentionally several times in the La Plata, MD area and left the scene. The citizen called 911 to report the incident and followed the vehicle until the collision occurred.
While enroute, the female was able to slip out of the handcuffs and attempted to use her cell
phone in Trooper Scarlett's car.Trooper Scarlett pulled over and attempted to get her out of his vehicle to handcuff her again. The female grabbed his mobile data computer and while being pulled out of the police cruiser, she grabbed the stylus pen attached to the MDC and broke it off. The female was resecured in handcuffs and placed in a CCSO's caged vehicle. The female was then transported to the detention center for processing.
All persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Contact the barrack, division, or unit issuing this release for more information.
Later on that evening, the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack received a phone call from another citizen indicating her vehicle was also struck intentionally several times in the Pomfret, MD area by the same Toyota as described above and left the scene.
Anyone who may have witnessed or who has information regarding the above mentioned incidents is asked to contact the La Plata Barrack Duty Officer at (301) 392-1200. The investigation is continuing and being investigated by Trooper W. Scarlett of the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack.
Case # 18-MSP-009740
LA PLATA, MD—Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, Charles County Circuit Court Judge Amy J. Bragunier sentenced Kevontae DeAngelo Stewart to 10 years all suspended but 18 months for Second Degree Burglary. Stewart also faces 10 years back up time and 5 years supervised probation for Conspiracy Theft $10,000-$100,000.
On August 8, 2017, officers responded to an intrusion alarm at the CVS located in the 4200 block of Altamont Place in White Plains. While responding, a witness notified officers of seeing a pickup truck backing into the front of the store, followed by three suspects pulling the store’s ATM into the bed of the truck and driving away in the direction of Hedgemeade Court.
Upon canvassing the area of Hedgemeade Court, an officer identified a potential suspect. After a foot chase, the suspect, later identified as co-defendant Everett Tyrone Brown, was apprehended. Within the area Brown was first observed fleeing, officers discovered an unoccupied Silver Ford F-350 in the street with the engine running. Behind the truck, officers discovered the stolen ATM machine from CVS.
Officers also determined occupants in another truck to be involved with the burglary. After a vehicle pursuit, the vehicle was successfully disabled by officers. Two suspects immediately exited the vehicle and fled on foot. One suspect, later determined to be Stewart, was discovered in a drainage ditch inside of a construction site. A pair of white gloves with red colored tips were also discovered during apprehension. The other suspect was not immediately located.
Surveillance tape from the CVS confirmed the descriptions of Stewart and Brown, who were both wearing the same clothing during their apprehension as seen in the burglary. The video surveillance also showed the suspects wearing white gloves with red colored tips.
An investigation into the Silver Ford F-350 revealed that the vehicle and registration plate were reported stolen from Montgomery County.
Covington had no comment on Stewart’s sentence.
A sentencing date for co-defendant Everett Tyrone Brown has been set for April 25, 2018.
LA PLATA, MD—Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County announced that on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, Charles County Circuit Court Judge H. James West sentenced Darren Anthony Wimbush, 35 of Waldorf, to 3 consecutive Life sentences plus 60 consecutive years for Sexual Abuse of a Minor and 5 counts of Second Degree Sex Offense.
On June 30, 2015, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office received a Crime Solver’s anonymous tip that the victim was being sexually abused by Wimbush. After receiving the anonymous tip, detectives contacted the victim, who later revealed that she was sexually abused repeatedly by Wimbush over the course of a two year timeframe.
An investigation revealed that Wimbush, a registered sex offender, began sexually abusing the victim when she was 11 years old and he was 29 years old. The abuse continued until June of 2015. Investigators also learned that Wimbush threatened to kill the victim and her family if she told anyone. A Sexual Assault Exam conducted on the victim revealed trauma that was consistent with sexual assault.
At sentencing, Assistant State’s Attorney Sarah Freeman told the judge, “As I said to the jury, the defendant was supposed to build the victim up, teach her right from wrong, teach her morals, but he did the opposite. This was gross, vicious, and heinous, and it was repeated over and over. The level of harm was excessive. The court heard the emotional and mental effect it had on the victim. The defendant was torturing her. It is our recommendation that the defendant get multiple life sentences. He should not get the opportunity to breathe air as a free man ever again.”
Before sentencing Wimbush to multiple life sentences plus 60 years, Judge West stated, “When you run into people who are gifted or have special qualities about them, the last thing you should do is abuse them. That is exactly what happened here. The level of harm is excessive. This is probably the worst abuse of trust that I’ve seen.”
Covington, commenting on the Court’s sentence said, “The Court was absolutely justified in imposing this sentence. Wimbush is a proven predator and must be kept away from all potential victims for the rest of his life. Part of the Court’s duty is to protect our citizens from those that would perpetrate evil acts – especially on our most vulnerable. The Judge did so in this case.”
Charles County Sheriff’s detectives are seeking the public’s help identifying a man suspected of using stolen credit cards and debit cards at various locations throughout Virginia. The cards had been stolen from unlocked vehicles in the Swan Point community between March 3 – March 4. The suspect used the cards at gas stations, convenience stores, Home Depot, Target, Wal-Mart, and other businesses. Some of the locations include Ashland, Doswell, Glen Allen, King George County, and Richmond. Surveillance footage revealed the suspect was operating a black Chevrolet Suburban or GMC Yukon XL. Anyone with information about the suspect’s identity is asked to contact Detective J. Hornickel via e-mail at email@example.com. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.
Maryland State Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp announced that the
Board of Public Works (BPW), composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Kopp, completed the sale of $525,000,000 of General Obligation bonds today in two series.
Competitive sales for Series A and Series B occurred at today’s BPW meeting. The State received bids for the $475,000,000 of Tax-Exempt General Obligation Bonds (Series A) and the $50,000,000 of Taxable Bonds (Series B).
In today’s competitive sales:
• $475 million in Tax-Exempt Bonds in Series A sold at a true interest cost of 2.826%; the
winning bidder was Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.; and the net premium was $69,973,234;
• $50 million in Taxable Bonds in Series B sold at a true interest cost of 2.576% and the
winning bidder was Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
There were seven bidders on Series A and twelve bidders on Series B.
Treasurer Kopp commented “This is great news for Maryland. Once again, investors recognize Maryland’s AAA bonds are the highest quality investment, especially in these very difficult times with such a volatile market. Our investors’ confidence results in saving Maryland taxpayers millions of dollars because of low interest rates, while investing $475 million in Maryland’s schools, colleges, hospitals, and other vital public projects and $50 million in important environmental and housing programs in Maryland.”
Maryland is one of only eleven states to currently hold the AAA rating, the highest possible rating, from all three major bond rating agencies. The AAA was affirmed by Fitch Ratings, Moody’s Investors Service, and S&P Global Ratings as recently as February 26, 2018, in anticipation of this bond sale.
The Maryland State Treasurer’s Office expects to conduct another bond sale in July or August 2018.
The Board of Revenue Estimates voted today to decrease the revenue projection for the State of Maryland for Fiscal Year 2018 by $39.4 million and to increase the projection for Fiscal Year 2019 by $433.6 million.
The FY 2019 revision is largely the result of federal tax reform that is expected to produce a large uptick in state revenues. However, the projected increase also masks estimated reductions to withholding and sales taxes, which reflects a continued sluggish economic recovery and an uncertain fiscal future.
Following the vote, Comptroller Franchot released the following statement:
"Today, the Board voted on a recommendation to decrease the revenue projections for the State of Maryland for Fiscal Year 2018 by $39.4 million, and increase our projection for Fiscal Year 2019 by $433.6 million.
These new estimates are heavily influenced by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump. While I am optimistic about this considerable increase in the General Fund, I want to offer a note of caution, as there are two stories to tell.
First and foremost, our revenue estimating team reports a 34 percent growth in our fourth quarter estimated payments, which was highly unusual. This is three times what we would normally witness. Attempting to determine if this was an intentional taxpayer strategy to pay tax bills in full in an effort to receive a vast federal refund before that option is gone — or something else entirely — remains to be seen.
Another concern with the new tax code is what I call Sticker Shock. While the potential federal refund may be tantalizing, citizens used to getting a state refund might not get one or may end up owing money. For those living paycheck to paycheck, this could be devastating.
In addition, this overall revenue windfall is masking another economic reality: reductions to both withholding by $30 million and sales tax by $15 million annually. Serving as a reminder that Maryland is still feeling the long tentacles of the Great Recession pulling down our economy. This is a true-up to our underlying wage and retail sales tax base that are small in the grand scheme of things, but reflective of lethargic wage growth and subdued consumer spending.
The bottom line is we continue to tread uncertain fiscal waters. Businesses both large and small still need to determine how best to navigate these new tax laws that appear on the whole mostly beneficial.
Time will bear out the reality and inform us on future spending and deficit ratios. With just a little over a month until the legislature adjourns for the year, I once again urge legislators to reject any proposals that would increase or create taxes and fees because we need to provide some stability and relief for our working-class citizens and small businesses.
I am confident that if we continue on the current path of fiscal prudence, we will be well-positioned to emerge from these economic and fiscal uncertainties stronger than before and we will be properly prepared to weather future disturbances in our economy.
Let me thank my colleagues on the Board, Secretary Brinkley and Treasurer Kopp as well as BRE Director Andrew Schaufele, the BRE staff and all the members of the Revenue Monitoring Committee for your diligent work in preparing this report."
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of Michael Troy Langley, age 31, of Leonardtown. On March 7, 2018, Langley was reported missing; he has brown hair and blue eyes, and was last seen on Friday, March 2, 2018, in the Leonardtown area. At this time no critical factors are known regarding Langley being a missing person.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Michael Troy Langley, or anyone who saw the missing person after March 2, 2018, is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (301) 475-8008. Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637).
Leonardtown, MD - The National Weather Service has extended the Coastal Flood Warning, which is now in effect until 10 p.m. this evening.
* TIDAL DEPARTURE...2 to 3 feet above normal.
* TIMING...Within a few hours of high tides today. High tide at Point Lookout is at 5:15 AM and 5:27 PM. High tide at Piney Point is at 6:07 AM and 6:46 PM. High tide at Colton’s Point is at 6:43 AM and 7:22 PM.
* IMPACTS...Water is expected to cover roads on St. Georges Island, be in yards, and approach structures. To the east, inundation is expected at multiple marinas off St. Mary`s River, Smith Creek, and Jutland Creek. Shoreline inundation is possible elsewhere.
The St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services reminds citizens it is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters.
Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters.
People underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded. A mere 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles.
For more information on Emergency Preparedness visit prepare.stmarysmd.com.
Leonardtown, MD – The St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services reminds citizens the time to spring forward has arrived.
Daylight saving time officially begins at 2 a.m. this Sunday March 11. Residents should turn their clocks ahead one hour before going to bed.
Citizens should also change the clock on stoves, microwaves and personal vehicles. Most smartphones, cable boxes and computers will spring ahead one hour automatically.
The time change is also a great opportunity to change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
Citizens are asked to remind their friends, family and neighbors to do the same.
For more information on Emergency Preparedness visit prepare.stmarysmd.com.
At Tuesday’s March 6 meeting, the Board of County Commissioners received an update regarding Chapel Point State Park. County staff have been discussing a proposed lease agreement with the Maryland Park Service to develop a master plan for a 49-acre section of the park that would enhance public use and access. The leased area would include a boat launch, beach access, and an area for expanded parking and a kayak launch. The county would benefit tremendously from the integration of recreational opportunities with tourism, by expanding the heritage trail with interpretive exhibits, promoting passive and outdoor adventure recreational activities, and linking them to Historic Port Tobacco Village and Port Tobacco River Park. The Board of Public Works anticipates review and approval of the proposed lease in April 2018.
Budget Work Session: Operating and Capital Enterprise Funds
The Board of County Commissioners held a budget work session to review the anticipated revenues, expenditures, and requests for funding from the county’s Enterprise Funds in the fiscal 2019 budget. County budget staff presented a detailed overview of the Landfill Fund, Environmental Services Fund, Watershed Protection and Restoration Fund, Inspection Services Fun, Recreation Fund, Cable Fund, Water and Sewer Fund, and the Water and Sewer capital improvement project.
Open Session Briefings and Approvals
Commissioners approved the establishment of a Charles County Scholarship to provide financial assistance to students who are continuing education and enrolled in a workforce development course at the College of Southern Maryland. A contribution of $4,600 will be made to the annual scholarship fund by April 1, 2018.
The County Attorney provided an update on the county’s state legislative package, obtained county positions on bills that have been introduced, and highlighted other issues of interest that affect the county.
The Commissioners reviewed the Compensation Commission’s recommendations for a small salary increase of 2 percent annually for individuals who serve as Orphans’ Court judges and for each of the County Commissioners. Modest stipend increases were also recommended for individuals who serve on the Board of Appeals, Board of Electrical Examiners, Board of License Commissioners, and the Planning Commission. The Commissioners previously took action to recommend that an increase be granted to Orphans’ Court judges. The Commissioners did not take any action on the other recommendations and will delay a vote on them so that they can be considered as part of the fiscal 2019 budget process.
The Commissioners approved appointment of individuals to the Commission for Women, Ethics Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, and the Homeowners Association Dispute Review Board.
The county’s actuarial advisor presented an update on preliminary results of the actuarial valuation and Governmental Accounting Standards Board Accounting Disclosure for the Charles County Pension Plan. The actuarial funding method and assumptions were discussed and Commissioners approved the actuarial assumptions recommended by the pension committee.
The county’s investment advisor presented information and recommended investment fund changes to the Sheriff’s Office Retirement Plan. The changes are anticipated to improve fund performance. Commissioners approved the pension committee’s recommendations as presented.
Commissioners approved changes to their upcoming meeting schedule. They added regular meetings on March 27, April 10, April 24, and May 8. The April 3 meeting has been canceled and the proposed fiscal 2019 budget and public hearing was moved to April 10. The final fiscal 2019 budget is scheduled for adoption on May 15.
Commissioners approved a letter of support for a $25,000 grant application that the Maryland Veterans Museum at Patriot Park that will be submitted to the Maryland Heritage Area Authority Grant Program.
Donations Received for Backpacks of Love: Representatives from the Town of La Plata Police Department and the Blue Ribbon Project were presented with more than 40 backpacks filled with supplies that will help meet the needs of children during their first 24 hours after entering foster care. The Commissioners thanked employees and the community for their generous contributions to support this initiative. View photo on Flickr.
Social Work Month Proclamation: Commissioners recognized the county’s social workers by presenting a proclamation recognizing March as Social Work Month. This year’s theme is “Social Workers: Leaders, Advocates, Champions” to highlight their important role in providing support and assistance to the most vulnerable people in our community. View photo on Flickr.
Women’s History Month Proclamation: Representatives from the Charles County Commission for Women received a proclamation from Commissioners to recognize March as Women’s History Month. Charles County will highlight several women who are important to its local history throughout the month of March. View photo on Flickr.
Next Commissioners Meeting: Tuesday, March 20
Miss Schmidt has been located...
Advisory: Missing Person Rebekah Schmidt, 17 yoa, last seen at Leonardtown High School. If seen call Sheriff's Office at 301-475-8008
The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is reminding people to take precautions when using their credit or debit card at an ATM and to be aware of skimmers, which are devices placed directly over the ATM’s card reader slot to illegally record personal data and PIN information as it is entered. Skimming devices can be placed on ATMs and other machines very quickly and inconspicuously. In fact, suspects often place the devices on machines during the overnight hours. Or, if a device is placed on an indoor machine, the suspects generally distract employees while another suspect inserts the device.
On February 24, Charles County Sheriff’s officers were alerted of a skimming device that had been placed on an ATM at the Dash-In located at 6985 Indian Head Highway in Bryans Road. So far, no one has reported any illegal activity, but people who may have used that machine are urged to check their bank accounts and report anything suspicious.
Skimmers allow criminals to obtain personal identification numbers and the encoded data on the magnetic strip of a debit or credit card. Once the skimmer has been placed on a machine, suspects use a small hidden camera to record the transactions. They can see the victim’s PIN number as it is entered and obtain all of the encoded data, which gives them access to someone’s account.
These devices have been utilized by criminals for several years, throughout the country, and have been located on many types of machines in which a credit or debit card is likely used, such as ATM’s and even gas pumps.
Skimming devices come in all shapes and sizes. To see what some look like, click on this link: https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/atm-skimming
Anyone who suspects they have found a skimmer should notify a store or bank manager and report suspicious activity to police.
On March 6, 2018, St. Mary's County Health Officer, Dr. Meenakshi G. Brewster, was recognized for her outstanding efforts to combat the Nation's opioid crisis. Sheriff Tim Cameron presented Dr. Brewster with a Sheriff's Salute, and she was also the recipient of the FBI Director's Community Leadership award, for her vigorous campaign to address the opioid crisis. Dr. Brewster has established a partnership with law enforcement, provided training to law enforcement as well as citizens on administering Naloxone, and has expanded the availability of Naloxone, which can block the effects of opioids to someone in an opioid overdose, thus saving countless lives.
On February 28, 2018 approximately 3:43 pm, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to Peppers Pet Pantry, located at 13372 H.G. Trueman Rd Dowell, MD 20629 for a fraud report. Deputies made contact with the employee who stated the suspect passed a counterfeit $100 bill. The bill had masking tape on the blue strip and appeared to be photo copied. The serial number on the bill was JF69187426B.
The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office is looking for help identifying the subject in these pictures. The subject is described as a B/M, 5’7”- 5’9”, approximately 20 years of age, braids/ dreads that come to the bottom of the earlobe and tattoos on his arms. He was wearing a gray and black shirt w/ a matching hat.
If anyone has any information please contact Deputy First Class Gott by email at Galen.Gott@calvertcountymd.gov or 410-535-2800.
On February 27, 2018 Deputy Callison responded to Mackall Road, St. Leonard for the report of a burglary. The victim stated that sometime between 11:00am and 3:00pm on February 27th an unknown suspect(s) stole their table saw, chop saw, a 12’ ladder, and 4’ ladder from their shed. The value of stolen property is $2,000.
On February 28, 2018 Deputy Gott responded to War Bonnet Trail, Lusby for the report of a burglary. The victim stated that an unknown suspect(s) entered the residence and tracked in dirt and leaves. There were no items missing from the residence.
On March 1, 2018 Deputy R. Shrawder responded to Cove View Lane, St. Leonard for the report of a burglary. The victim stated that sometime between February 25th at 3:00pm and March 1st at 8:50pm an unknown suspect(s) attempted to break into their shed. There were no items removed from the shed.
Damaged Property: 18-10132
On February 27, 2018 Deputy Bowlan responded to Vera Court, Lusby for the report of damaged property. The victim stated that sometime between 5:40am and 4:30pm on February 26th an unknown suspect(s) shot their dog with a pellet gun.
Damaged Property: 18-11036
On March 3, 2018 Deputy Crum responded to Lowery Road, Huntingtown for the report of damaged property. The victim stated that sometime between February 27th at 8:00am and March 3rd at 8:00am an unknown suspect(s) damaged their basement door. The estimated damaged is $500.
On February 27, 2018 Deputy Ridgely responded to the Calvert County Detention Center for a CDS violation. Deputy Ridgley made contact with the suspect identified as Chelsea Garrison (27) of Upper Marlboro. It was discovered Garrison had concealed narcotics on her persons to try to bring into the jail. Garrison was charged with CDS: Possession-not marijuana (crack cocaine), Possess Contraband in a Place of Confinement, and CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia.
On March 1, 2018 Deputy Gott conducted a traffic stop in the area of HG Trueman Road and Village Center Drive, Lusby. While making contact with the driver later identified as James Washington (46) of Lusby it was determined he did not currently have a valid licenses. Deputy Trigg and Deputy Gott conducted a search of the vehicle resulting in paraphernalia and narcotics. Washington 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 March 2, 2018 Deputy Wilson responded to Hillendale Way, Prince Frederick for the report of a CDS violation. Upon arrival, the complainants directed Deputy Wilson into the residence where the suspect was located. The suspect later identified as Cameron Dent (26) of Prince Frederick was located in the bathroom of the residence, and when asked to step out of the bathroom for Deputy Wilson to speak with him, he was seen flushing the evidence down the toilet. While Deputy Wilson was attempting to put Dent into handcuffs he began to resist. A search of Dent was conducted resulting in the paraphernalia. Dent was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with CDS: Possession-not Marijuana (Heroin), CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia, CDS: Administer Equipment Possession/Distribute, Resist/ Interfere with Arrest, and Obstructing & Hindering.
Assault- On February 14, 2018, Dep. M. Beyer responded to the 45000 block of Foxchase Drive, in Lexington Park, for a reported assault. Upon arrival contact was made with the victim who advised Rebecca Lynn Bowen, age 36, of Lexington Park, had poured bleach on the victim's clothes, and on the victim as well. The victim also advised Bowen had bit and struck the victim too. Visible injury was observed on the victim, as well as damaged clothing in the residence. Bowen was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree, and Destruction of Property. CASE# 8357-18
Violation of a Protective Order- On February 15, 2018, DFC. Maguire responded to the 38000 block of Bucks Way, in Clements, for report of a protective order violation. Contact was made with the victim who advised Michael Patrick Plass, age 40, of California, had repeatedly violated the protective order by sending the victim repeated text messages as well as coming to the victim's residence. Investigation revealed Plass had sent numerous messages to the victim, and had in fact been at the victim's residence which was a violation of an active protective order. Plass was arrested and charged with Violate Exparte/Protective Order. CASE# 8511-18
2/14/18- Gervan Piere Wade, age 34, of Oxon Hill, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Bad Check/Utter/NSF/$500 & Up by Cpl. Flerlage# 241. CASE# 8322-18
2/15/18- Tyler James Brookman, age 20, of Dameron, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Burglary 2nd Degree, Burglary 3rd Degree, and two counts of 4th Degree Burglary by Dep. M. Beyer# 319. CASE# 6844-18
2/15/18- Evan Thomas Jenkins, age 29, of Mechanicsville, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Violation of Probation/Theft by Dep. Holdsworth# 305. 8392-18
2/15/18- Brianna Jasmine Courtney, age 19, of Leonardtown, was arrested on an outstanding Montgomery County warrant for Trespass Private Property/CDS Possess Not Marijuana by DFC. Muschette# 303. CASE3 8426-18
2/15/18- William Edward Johnson III, age 27, of Suitland, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Armed Robbery by DFC. McClure# 299. CASE# 8428-18
2/15/18- Donald Joseph Thorpe II, age 50, of Mechanicsville, was arrested on an outstanding Baltimore City warrant for Driving While Suspended, Driving w/o License, and Possessing Suspended License by Cpl. Flerlage# 241. CASE# 8454-18
2/15/18- Anthony Leo Macon, age 52, of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Rape 2nd Degree by Dep. Payne# 320. CASE# 0837-18
2/16/18- Tyree Direckk Shields, age 26, of Lexington Park, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Burglary 2nd Degree, Conspiracy, Theft, Possession of CDS with Intent to Distribute, and Drug Trafficking with a Firearm by Dep. M. Beyer# 319. CASE# 1366-18
2/16/18- Steven Allen Brooks, age 30, of Leonardtown, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Burglary 2nd Degree by Det. Alexander# 87. CASE# 0278-18
2/16/18- Alfred Johnathon Thomas, age 45, of Lusby, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for CDS with intent to Distribute Narcotics by DFC. Wesner# 284. CASE# 8635-18
2/16/18- Andre Devon Dickens, age 33, of Lusby, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for FTA/Child Support by DFC. Wesner# 284. CASE# 8612-18
2/16/18- Ronda Leigh Smith, age 55, of Mechanicsville, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for FTA by Cpl. Connelly# 151. CASE# 8595-18
Leonardtown, MD – In an effort to assist citizens with clean-up efforts in the aftermath of Winter Storm Riley, which blew through St. Mary’s County on March 2, 2018, the county will accept only vegetative storm debris, such as logs, limbs, branches, brush and leaves, at the St. Andrews Landfill free of charge beginning Tuesday, March 6 through Saturday, March 10.
All other acceptable materials will require the normal landfill tipping fees of $10.00 per pickup truck load (approximately 1/4 ton) and $65 per ton for oversized loads. The Landfill’s normal business hours are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. until to 4:30 p.m.
Additional information is available by calling the Department of Public Works & Transportation at 301-475-4200, ext.*3517.
Charles County Sheriff Troy D. Berry and the men and women of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office are pleased to welcome Sterlin Douglas, Brianne Gray, Anthony Stephens, and Richard Swann to the CCSO.
This morning, Charles County Clerk of Circuit Court Sharon L. “Sherri” Hancock presented the Oath of Office to Officers Douglas, Gray, and Stephens, who are lateral transfers from other law enforcement agencies. “Today, these three individuals took an Oath of Office to serve and protect Charles County communities to the best of their abilities. We are happy they chose to work for us,” said Sheriff Berry. Swann is set to start as a recruit officer at the Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy in July and, upon graduation, become a Charles County Sheriff’s officer.
Prior to today, all of the individuals had been finishing the application process. “Each individual has unique experience, which will benefit our police family and the people we serve,” Sheriff Berry said.
· Sterlin Douglas served three years with the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority. He joined the CCSO because he wanted more opportunity to work directly with the public. He will join patrol after finishing comparative compliance classes.
· Brianne Gray was a 12-year-veteran with the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, where she served in patrol, COPs, narcotics, and as an instructor at the Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy. She will immediately begin field training with an officer and will be in patrol in several weeks.
· Anthony Stephens was working for the Metropolitan Police Department, where he worked for three years in patrol. He decided to join the CCSO because he is a Charles County resident and wanted the opportunity to serve where he lived and to be a role model for people in his own community. He will be assigned to patrol after he completes a comparative compliance class.
· Richard Swann served four years in the Marines and was stationed at Camp Pendleton in Florida. He decided on a career in law enforcement because he wanted an opportunity to help people. Swann is a 2010 graduate of Lackey High School, where he played football and ran track. He chose Charles County because “it’s home!”
Sheriff Berry encouraged each officer to honor the agency’s PRIDE paradigm (Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Duty, and Excellence). “We are a team here at the CCSO, and all of us take pride in the work we do. We welcome these new hires and look forward to working with them as they serve and protect our county.”
Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) has completed restoring service to customers directly affected by Winter Storm Riley, a nor’easter that brought damaging winds to the mid-Atlantic states and New England.
“The wind storm that hit our area beginning Friday morning caused more damage to SMECO’s electric system than any hurricane or winter storm we’ve experienced in the past six years,” said Austin J. Slater, Jr., president and CEO of SMECO. “The damage to SMECO’s system has been severe and widespread, affecting customers across the entire service area. In total, we experienced 114,000 customer interruptions. We’ve not had this much damage to our system since the derecho that hit in the summer of 2012.”
On Friday, March 2, at about 3:30 p.m., SMECO had more than 32,000 customers without power. By Saturday morning, that number was reduced to 14,800 after all feeder lines were restored. The sustained high winds knocked down trees and power lines across Southern Maryland. The number of outage incidents was at 1,300 Saturday morning. An incident is a damage event which can range from a blown transformer to a tree on a line or a broken pole, affecting a single or multiple customers.
SMECO had 114 line workers and more than 90 contractor personnel deployed throughout the weekend. “Field personnel began restoration efforts early Friday morning. Although we had no snow or rain, and the temperature was mild, crews were being battered by the relentless wind gusts,” explained Slater. “The high winds caused trees to continue to fall and damage power lines for three days.” The Cooperative estimates that 20 poles and 10 transformers were replaced as a result of the storm.
“Our crews in the field and our office personnel worked safely for hours on end through this crisis,” Slater added. “And our customer-members have shown a great amount of patience, resilience, and thoughtfulness throughout the aftermath of the storm.”
Customers who experience a power outage should call SMECO’s automated Outage Hotline at 1-877-74-SMECO or the Customer Care Center at 1-888-440-3311. Customers may also report their outage using the Cooperative’s website or the free SMECO 24/7 mobile app.
INDIAN HEAD, Md. – Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division signed an Educational Program Agreement with Morgan State University, Monday.
The five-year partnership enables the command to provide MSU students and faculty the benefit of the NSWC IHEODTD staff expertise, unique facilities and equipment; assist students with academic and career advice; and provide research projects relevant to U.S. Navy technical applications.
“This new partnership with MSU aligns with our strategic plan to grow 400 work-years stronger by 2025,” NSWC IHEODTD Technical Director, Ashley Johnson said. “Establishing public and private partnerships to enhance energetic materials and systems support to the fleet is one of our strategic goals – this agreement is critical in the execution of that plan.”
Some of the EPA goals include:
• Provide NSWC IHEODTD personnel access to new state-of-the-art, innovative technological methods relating to solving existing technical problems;
• Facilitate the identification of mutually beneficial partnership opportunities;
• Provide a unique opportunity for students to learn and collaborate in the many disciplines associated with aspects of energetic and other ordnance-related hazards, which are not otherwise available in a college environment;
• Encourage and facilitate student interest and expertise in science, mathematics, and engineering, particularly as these fields relate to the U. S. Navy; and
• Foster technology development and transfer initiatives between the two partners to enhance commercialization activities and provide for mutual benefit with public industry partners.
“This partnership provides us the opportunity to not only mentor these students by sharing our knowledge and expertise, but to also show them first-hand how their STEM education can have far reaching impact – hopefully inspiring some of these great minds to join us in future endeavors supporting our warfighters,” NSWC IHEODTD Commanding Officer, Capt. Scott Kraft said. “At the same time, it aids our mission by leveraging the university’s educational knowledge and capabilities of engineering and science faculty, and engineering facilities.”
This partnership is also part of the command’s continuing effort to build relationships to ensure the future strength of the Navy’s workforce by facilitating the training and recruitment of potential future NSWC IHEODTD employees.
The Charles County Commissioners are offering vegetative debris removal to residents affected by the wind storm last week. This opportunity will be available through Friday, March 23.
Homeowners are encouraged to bring their limbs and branches to the side of the road to be removed by Department of Public Works staff. Branches and logs are to be no more than eight (8) feet in length. To participate in this program and arrange for pickup service, call 301-932-3440 after the debris is placed at the curb.
Residents who choose to haul their own vegetative debris may bring it to the Piney Church Road Mulch Facility located at 5370 Piney Church Road, Waldorf, MD. The hours of operation are Monday – Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
For more information on the county’s debris removal efforts, contact the Department of Public Works at 301-932-3440. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.
Theft: On 2/26/18 at 5:15 pm, Trooper First Class Rucker responded to the KFC Restaurant in Prince Frederick for a theft complaint. Investigation revealed Ralph A. Woodward, 28 of St. Leonard, an employee, had stolen cash from another employee while on break. Charges are pending for theft for Woodward.
Disorderly Conduct: On 2/26/18 at 10:03 pm, Corporal Esnes stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 in the area of Dowell Rd. for traffic violations. After obtaining the vehicle operator’s license and returning to his patrol vehicle, the operator proceeded to turn and continue on HG Trueman Rd. Once the vehicles were again stopped as Cpl Esnes was exiting his vehicle, she again continued to travel on HG Trueman Rd. She again was stopped and was asked to exit her vehicle. Monique L. Carlton, 25 of Lusby was arrested for Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest.
SCHOOL SAFETY MEETING
St. Mary's County Public Schools and the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office hosting an Information Session
at Leonardtown High School School Auditorium
on Wednesday, March 7th at 7:00 P.M.
Discuss the proactive measures taken, to include the training conducted for staff this year by St. Mary's County Public Schools.
PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD – Communities surrounding the naval air station
are advised that noise-generating nighttime testing events are scheduled to take place March 5 through March 6, 2018 between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. each evening. Pilots at PAX will be testing and training for 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-
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on a burglary to a garage, which occurred between the dates of February 26, 2018, and February 27, 2018, in the 40000 block of Delabrooke Road, in Mechanicsville. Stolen in the burglary was a green 2017 Suzuki KingQuad 400 ATV, similar to the one pictured.
Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect(s), or the stolen ATV, is asked to contact Corporal Carberry at (301) 475-4200 extension *8045, or by email at Shaun.Carberry@stmarysmd.com. Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today issued the following statement on the passing of Maryland State Senator H. Wayne Norman Jr., and ordered Maryland flags to be flown at half staff in his honor:
“The First Lady and I are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of such a distinguished public servant, husband, and father. Our hearts go out to Senator Norman’s wife, Linda, their two children, and granddaughter.
“Senator Norman devoted decades of his life to serving his constituents in Harford and Cecil Counties, first at the local level, and then as a Delegate and Senator. His important and dedicated work on the Judicial Proceedings and Ethics Committees will not be soon forgotten, nor will his steadfast advocacy on behalf of rural Marylanders and our veterans.
“I know I am joined by the entire General Assembly and all state officials in praying for Senator Norman’s family and friends as we honor his life and service.”
On Saturday, March 3, an overflow of raw wastewater was discovered at the intersection of Crain Highway and Acton Lane in Waldorf, releasing about 15,000 gallons of wastewater from two manholes into an adjacent storm water drain.
The Department of Public Works stopped the overflow at about 8:30 p.m. Notices have been posted along the stream to Mattawoman Creek and residents are cautioned to avoid contact with the stream. For additional information, contact the Department of Public Works/Utilities Division at 301.609.7400.
Southern Maryland Radio News spoke with a representative from the Maryland Transportion Authority this morning concerning the Harry Nice Bridge. Currently there are no restrictions on the bridge and both lanes of traffic are open. However, the are urging citizens to use caution while traveling the bridge.
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today signed Executive Order 01.01.2018.09 declaring a state of emergency beginning Friday, March 2nd in the wake of damaging winds resulting in power outages, downed trees, and dangerous travel conditions across the state due to Winter Storm Riley. The executive order will allow the state to efficiently coordinate support and provide additional assistance to local jurisdictions. Dangerous conditions may continue throughout Saturday, March 3rd.
“I want to caution all Marylanders that these dangerously strong winds will continue this evening and into tomorrow. We are continuing to see a number of serious accidents on bridges and roadways, and power outages throughout the state,” said Governor Hogan. “Please use common sense, heed all warnings, and stay inside and off the roads if possible.”
The Hogan administration has directed state agencies to stand ready to respond to the effects of this storm, including the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).
For more information, residents can also go to MEMA’s website at mema.maryland.gov, follow MEMA’s Twitter feed at @MDMEMA, or follow MEMA’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MDMEMA.
Update at 10:46 p.m. 3-2-18
Due to lack of participation, the Department of Emergency Services has closed the emergency shelter at the Port Tobacco Recreation Center (8190 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco).
The Department of Emergency Services has opened an emergency shelter from 6 p.m. today, March 2 at the Port Tobacco Recreation Center (8190 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco). Any residents and their pets (cats and dogs only) in need of shelter during the high winds may report to the emergency shelter during the weather event. If possible, bring pets in a pet carrier and remember to bring pet food. Residents should bring warm clothing and blankets, flashlights, radio, personal documents and identification, and necessary emergency supplies including special food and medicine.