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Eligible State Retirees Not Required to Enroll in Medicare Part D Plan

– The Calvert County Office on Aging announces eligible Maryland state retired employees will not be required to switch to the Medicare Part D plan during the current enrollment period, now through Dec. 7, 2018.
 
In October, a federal court judge ruled Maryland cannot force state retirees to switch to a federal prescription drug plan and state government will continue to extend coverage at the same premium citizens are paying now through December 2019.
 
Office on Aging staff supported a local effort to assist more than 370 Calvert County residents with Medicare Part D training and enrollment efforts. With the temporary injunction in place, residents do not need to take further steps until a long-term solution is found by the Maryland state government.
 
Information on the Calvert County Office on Aging can be found online or by calling 410-535-4606 or 301-855-1170. Calvert County Government services can be found online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov. Find Calvert County Government on Facebook.

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MDOT Offers Holiday Travel Tips Ahead of Thanksgiving

HANOVER, MD – The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) offers Thanksgiving travel tips for Marylanders – whether they’re cruising from the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore, or using state roadways, buses, the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, or tolled facilities.

“MDOT wants you to get to your holiday destinations safely – whether you’re going by plane, train or car, across the state, across the country or just across the street,” Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn said.

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel weeks of the year and kicks off the holiday travel season.  With more people traveling between Thanksgiving and New Year, each of MDOT’s six transportation business units provided the following tips:

Highway Safety – MDOT Motor Vehicle Administration Maryland Highway Safety Office
 
• Drive sober and, if drinking, plan for a sober ride home.  Use transit, call a cab or a rideshare service.
 
• Always buckle up: every seat, every time, day and night.
 
• Driving demands your full attention. Keep your eyes on the road.

Cruising – Maryland Port Administration – Port of Baltimore
 
• Plan carefully and arrive early at the Cruise Maryland Terminal.
 
• Pack warm clothes for when you return from warm beaches to colder weather.
 
• Truckers, remember there will be more cars on the roads so plan more time to get to and from the Port of Baltimore during the Thanksgiving weekend.

Highways – MDOT State Highway Administration
 
• Travel during off-peak hours to avoid significant delays.  Typically, off-peak hours include:
 
o Tuesday and Wednesday -- before 6 a.m. and after 11 p.m.
o Thursday through Sunday -- before 9 a.m. and after 9 p.m.
 
• If your vehicle becomes disabled, remove the vehicle as far as possible from the travel lanes.
 
• Call #77 or 911 in an emergency (when able to safely make the call).
 
• Check over your vehicle’s tires and fluids.  Pack supplies and an emergency kit.  Have a backup plan for an alternate route.
 
• To help keep travelers moving safely on Maryland roads, the state is taking the following measures:
 
o MDOT SHA will suspend non-emergency lane closures in most areas from Wednesday, Nov. 21 to Monday, Nov. 26 at 9 a.m.
 
o Maryland’s Emergency Traffic Patrols, sponsored by State Farm, will be assisting motorists in need throughout the state.
 
o Maryland’s 511 system – http://www.md511.org – includes access to hundreds of cameras, weather information, real-time lane closures and much, much more.

Tolled Highways – Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA)

• Maryland Transportation Authority Police will target impaired, aggressive and distracted drivers, seatbelt violators and criminal activity.

• MDTA Police and Vehicle Recovery Units will have additional patrols on duty to respond quickly to incidents and disabled vehicles.

• MDTA will lift construction-related temporary lane closures at its facilities from 5 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, to 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26.

• MOVE OVER and SLOW DOWN when approaching emergency vehicles on the side of the road.

• It Can Wait!  Pull over to call, text or use an electronic device.  In Maryland, having a safe place to call or text is only a rest stop away, including the Maryland and Chesapeake House travel plazas on I-95 and other rest areas across the state.
 
• Tesla and Universal Electric Vehicle Charging Stations are available at both the Maryland and Chesapeake House travel plazas.
 
• It’s not too late to pick-up an E-ZPass for Thanksgiving travel.  Visit ezpassmd.com for a complete list of retail locations for E-ZPass On-the-Go.

Air Travel – Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
 
• Passengers should be prepared:
 
o Be in the airport two hours ahead of scheduled departure.
 
o Pack carefully.  Check TSA’s website - www.TSA.gov - for what you can/can’t bring through checkpoints.
 
o Local motorists picking up arriving family members or friends should either park in the Hourly Garage or use the upper level / departures roadway to avoid possible congestion along the arrivals roadway.
 
• This year, BWI Marshall Airport is offering free parking for customers “in-and-out” of the Hourly Garage within one hour from Friday, November 16 through Friday, November 30 and Wednesday, December 19 through Sunday, January 6.
 
• Commercial vehicles (hotel shuttles, off-airport parking shuttles, Uber, Lyft, and others) must use the upper level or departures level roadway to provide their services during the holiday period, November 15 through January 6.
• The Cell Phone Lot has 50 additional spaces during the holiday season.  The Cell Phone Lot provides a free, convenient location for motorists to wait for arriving passengers.
 
• The Regional Bus Stop # 1 will be temporarily closed during the holiday season, November 15 through January 6.  MTA, WMATA, and RTA bus customers should use Regional Bus Stop # 2, located on the lower level / arrivals level roadway near the International Terminal.

Transit – MDOT Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA)
 
• Customers are advised that on Thanksgiving Day, MDOT MTA will operate on its holiday schedule and return to its regular schedule on the Friday after Thanksgiving.  MARC Train will not operate on Thanksgiving Day and its Penn Line service will operate on the “R” schedule the day after Thanksgiving with no Brunswick or Camden line service that day.  Visit www.mta.maryland.gov and click on Thanksgiving Day Service to learn more.
 
• For visitors flying into BWI Airport, MDOT MTA offers easy access to virtually all parts of the region with Light RailLink and BaltimoreLink bus services.  And, MARC Train can get you to Washington, D.C., downtown Baltimore and points north, with several departures and returns each day.  For your convenience, there is free shuttle bus service from BWI Airport to the BWI MARC Train station.  For more information on transit to BWI, visit https://www.bwiairport.com/to-from-bwi/transportation/transit.
 
• For local riders, BaltimoreLink bus service offers high-frequency, reliable transit throughout the Baltimore region.  And, all CityLink bus lines provide connections to companion rail modes, including Metro SubwayLink, Light RailLink and MARC Train.

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Officers Conduct Death Investigation After Finding Man Hanging In His Cell

On November 16 at 12:10 a.m., Correctional Officers at the Charles County Detention Center were conducting routine security checks when they discovered a 35-year-old male, who was alone in his cell, hanging from a bedsheet. The officers took immediate life-saving actions to include CPR and the activation of an automated external defibrillator. EMS responded and the man was transported to the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased. In accordance with agency policy, detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division and the Office of Professional Responsibility responded. A preliminary investigation revealed the man was arrested in Charles County on November 11 for being a fugitive from justice stemming from a felony malicious domestic-related assault that occurred in Essex, Virginia. On November 13, the man was seen by a district court judge who issued a $1,000 bond and afforded him the opportunity to be released after paying 10 percent of that bond, which he did not post. He was medically evaluated prior to being placed into a cell and there were no apparent signs of physical or mental distress. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore will perform an autopsy. The investigation is continuing. 

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Charles County Officers Looking For Missing Man

On November 15, at 11:30 p.m., officers responded to Nanjemoy, MD for the report of a missing person. Family members of Walter Junior Carroll, II, said he was last seen at approximately 1 p.m. in the Nanjemoy area. Officers are currently canvassing the area near Poseytown Road and Lillians Place, where his vehicle was located. He was last seen wearing a green coat, a Redskins hat, jeans, and black shoes with white soles. Anyone with information regarding Carroll’s whereabouts is asked to call the Charles County Sheriff’s Office at (301) 932-2222.

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Commissioners Denounce Hate and Plan an Anti-Hate Resolution

Leonardtown, MD – The St. Mary’s County Commissioners addressed recent hate activities by members of the Ku Klux Klan during their Commissioners of St. Mary’s County Business Meeting on Tuesday November 13, 2018. There were several reports exclaiming Ku Klux Klan recruiting attempts such as: fliers and leaflets found outside of St. Mary’s County Neighborhoods.

 

The Ku Klux Klan recruiting materials have also been reported in Waldorf, La Plata, Calvert, Anne Arundel, North Virginia and Western Maryland. Commissioner Todd B Morgan (4th District) and John E’ O’Connor (3rd District) state there is no room in St. Mary’s County for hate.

 

“I am quite concerned about some of the literature that is being passed out in the county over the last few days, which instigates hate, and those are the brochures attempting to recruit people to join Ku Klux Klan,” said Commissioner Todd B Morgan (4th District). “There is no room in St. Mary’s County for that and I think my fellow board members would agree. We live in a civil society. The discourse that was brought forth in the election, we tried to say ratchet down some. We know that there is a lot of angst at the national level, but hate is not going to be tolerated in St. Mary’s County. If you want to hate, we can welcome you to leave.”

 

“I do not condone any type of promoting hate regardless of the group that it is coming from. Whether it is hate because of race, the uniform you wear, the morals or values that you stand for; whether you are fire and rescue, police, Black, White, Asian - it does not matter, there is no place for that in our county, state, and our country,” said Commissioner John E. O’Connor (3rd District). “A lot of people need to realize that diversity goes deeper than the color of your skin and that we as a people need to look beyond that. Once we do we will actually start moving forward. When we have people going out and spreading hate and discontent that is something we need to come together as a community and stop. I am very grateful that the community is stepping in, contacting our sheriff’s department and making it known. I hope that we as a community look at this together and denounce it the same way, and that we continue helping one another. I think that is what St. Mary’s County is really good at.”

 

In recognition of the recent events the commissioners will denounce hate via an Anti-Hate Resolution at the next Commissioners of St. Mary’s County Meeting on November 27, 2018.

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Speed Camera Locations In Calvert County

During the month of November, 2018, the Calvert County Automated Speed Enforcement cameras will be located at:
Dares Beach Road- Calvert Country School
Mt. Harmony Road- Cardinal Hickey School
Ball Road- Mutual Elementary School
Southern Connector- Mill Creek Middle School
  
As a courtesy, the locations of the cameras are also posted on the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office website and Facebook page.   
• Cameras are active throughout the year, Monday through Friday, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.   This does not alter any posted speed reduction times.  
• Citations are issued to the registered owner of the vehicle, and only if the speed was 12 mph or more over the posted speed limit.  The camera will adjust for the reduced speed times.  
• A school zone speed camera violation is a $40 fine with no points.
If you have any questions or concerns about the Calvert County Safety for Students program, please contact Deputy Julia Murphy at 410-535-1600 ext. 2540, or email at Julia.Murphy@calvertcountymd.gov. 

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Teens In Serious Accident In Dunkirk

On November 14, 2018 at approximately 5:57 p.m. members of the Calvert County Sheriff's Office Patrol Bureau and Crash Reconstruction Team were dispatched to Southern Maryland Blvd (MD 4) and Brickhouse Road in Dunkirk, MD for a Vehicle Collison.  The preliminary investigation of the collision revealed a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by a 17 year old from Dunkirk, Md, was traveling northbound on MD 4 approaching Brickhouse Rd.  A 2012 Hyundai Elantra, driven by another 17 year old from Dunkirk Md, was attempting to make a left turn from Brickhouse Rd onto southbound MD 4.  The Hyundai failed to yield the right of way to the Jeep.  The front of the Jeep struck the driver side of the Hyundai.  The Jeep came to rest in the median of MD 4.  The Hyundai traveled across southbound MD 4 and struck an embankment on the southbound shoulder. 
Due to injuries from the crash, the driver of the Hyundai was flown by Medevac to Med Star in Washington DC and is listed in serious but stable condition.  The driver of the Jeep refused medical treatment and was released from the scene with no injuries.  Preliminary Investigation shows that the Hyundai Driver’s Failure to Yield the Right of Way 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 thomas.phelps@calvertcountymd.gov .

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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

During the week of November 5 – November 11 deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,404 calls for service throughout the community.
 
Theft: 18-60249
On November 5, 2018 Deputy S. Naughton responded to the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between November 2nd at 7:00 AM and November 4th at 2:00 PM an unknown suspect(s) stole an iPad, a black leather jacket and loose change from his vehicle. The estimated value of stolen property is $950. 
 
Theft: 18-60628
On November 7, 2018 Deputy O’Donnell responded to Hellen Creek Drive, Lusby for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between October 24th and November 7th an unknown suspect(s) stole his Wildgame Innovations motion deer camera from the woods behind his residence. The value of the stolen property is approximately $60. 
 
Theft: 18-60572
On November 7, 2018 Deputy Deleon responded to Big Sandy Run Road, Lusby for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between 8:00 AM and 1:20 PM an unknown suspect(s) stole his road reflector that was in the ground at the end of his driveway. 
 
 
 
 
Theft: 18-60556
On November 7, 2018 Deputy Lewis Jr. responded to Conner Court, Prince Frederick for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between November 6th at 7:00 PM and November 7th at 11:20 AM an unknown suspect(s) stole the gas from her vehicle.
 
Theft: 18-60594
On November 7, 2018 Deputy Lewis Jr. responded to the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office for the report of a theft. The complainant advised an unknown suspect(s) stole her prescription medication sometime between shipping and delivery. The bag was cut open and she was outside when it was delivered to her mailbox. 
 
Theft: 18-60849
On November 8, 2018 Deputy Bradley responded to Asbury Circle, Solomons for the report of a theft. The complainant advised an unknown suspect(s) entered her apartment and stole several pieces of jewelry including a gold necklace, a gold bracelet and a gold chain with a pendant.
 
ARRESTS:
 
On November 7, 2018 Deputy Rzepkowski responded to the Patuxent Health Center in Prince Frederick to investigate a car alarm. The complainant advised a black male wearing a jean jacket, jeans and a dark shirt was seen walking away from the vehicle. The subject was located hiding behind a shed and fled on foot when he saw officers approaching him. Quinn McDonald Bannister (54) was apprehended and placed under arrest. Two vehicles were damaged in the area of where Bannister fled from. Bannister was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with two counts of Malicious Destruction of Property-Value $1,000, as well as served three outstanding warrants.
 
On November 7, 2018 Deputy Rediker responded to Wawa in Prince Frederick for the report of a disorderly subject. Roberta Claire Duran (59) was confrontational and uncooperative as Deputy Rediker attempted to speak with her. She continued to touch his arm and approach him in an aggressive manner. Duran was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where she was charged with Disorderly Conduct, Failure to Obey Lawful Order and Resisting Arrest.
 
On November 8, 2018 Deputy Lewis Jr. responded to Calvert County Circuit Court for a warrant service. Maurice Quintrel Vereen (40) was in the suspect vehicle with a glass pipe in plain view. A search of his person revealed a glass pipe, which he admitted to being a crack pipe. A search of the vehicle revealed a container with suspected heroin. Vereen was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana. 
 
On November 10, 2018 Deputy Bowlan responded to the 7-Eleven in Sunderland for the report of a fight. Upon his arrival, he observed Detective Rector and Deputy Callison detaining the suspect, Cameron Alexander Dent (27), who was fighting with another customer in the store. Dent was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest.

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Tourism Spending Grows in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Visitors to Maryland spent more than $17 billion in calendar year 2017, up 2.1 percent from the previous year, officials announced today at the Maryland Tourism and Travel Summit. The study, conducted by Tourism Economics, also showed that $2.4 billion in state and local taxes were generated by visitors, which saved every Maryland household $1,100.
 
“Maryland has so much to offer, it’s no surprise that tourism is one of our most important economic generators and job creators,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Our goal is to give each and every visitor, whether they are here for vacation or business, the best possible experience so travelers return again and again. Maryland tourism is open for business!”
 
Tourism is Maryland’s 10th largest private sector employer. The study showed that there was a 2 percent increase in employment to 149,000 in 2017 and a 4 percent increase in wages to $6.3 billion. While overall visitation decreased slightly to 41.5 million in 2017 from 42.1 million the previous year based on a report by DK Shifflet and Associates, there was a significant increase in visitors from targeted markets. Starting in 2015, the Maryland Office of Tourism Development began promoting Maryland as a travel destination to a number of states and cities in the region, and last year reported visitors from New York have increased 10 percent, with visitors from Pittsburgh up 4 percent, and visitors from Washington, D.C. up 3 percent.
 
“Our marketing strategy of promoting Maryland as a tourism destination in key markets is paying off, with increases in spending on food and beverages, as well as lodging and vacation rentals,” said Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike Gill. “We are continuing to work on enhancing the visitor experience, with a number of new tours like the Frederick Douglass Driving Tour and the Great Chesapeake Bay Loop, which celebrate our rich history and connection to the Chesapeake Bay.”
 
The Maryland Tourism Development Board and the Maryland Office of Tourism recently released its annual marketing plan, which can be found here. The plan will continue to build on the four strategic objectives that focus all activities on growing revenue to the state through: leveraging partnerships, maximizing opportunities, market expansion, and transactional opportunities.

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Comptroller Franchot to Spend Friday Afternoon in St. Mary's County

Comptroller Franchot will spend Friday afternoon in St. Mary's County, beginning at Chopticon High School, where he will speak about his role as Maryland's Chief Fiscal Officer and the importance of financial literacy at a National Academy of Finance event. The organization connects high school students with the world of financial services and personal finance, offering a curriculum that covers banking and credit, financial planning, global finance, securities, insurance, accounting and economics. 
 
Mr. Franchot will then continue his annual Shop Maryland for the Holidays Tour at Fenwick Street Used Books & Music in Leonardtown. The statewide tour is hosted by the Comptroller along with the Maryland Retailers Association to encourage Marylanders to shop locally instead of shopping online or at out-of-state businesses.
 
Later, the Comptroller will tour Historic St. Mary's City, a museum of living history and archaeology on the site of Maryland's first capital. 
The Board of Public Works approved $49,970 in state funding in October to provide the city with contractual archaeologists for archaeological field work, supplies and equipment for traffic calming.

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Celebrate Fall During the 40th Anniversary of Dunkirk District Park

 Join the Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation Saturday, Nov. 17 from noon-3 p.m. to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Dunkirk District Park.
 
Bring the whole family out for an afternoon of free, fun fall activities including hay wagon rides, a bonfire, face painting and much more. Children can bounce on giant inflatables and families can snap photos of a variety of unique and vintage vehicles. Food will be for sale on site. Dunkirk District Park has over 81 acres of athletic fields, playgrounds, tennis courts, shade areas, walking and jogging space and eight rentable picnic areas. It also features Calvert County’s only skate park.
 
For updates on Parks & Recreation services, park availability, field closures and more visit Parks & Recreation at www.Facebook.com/CalvertCountyParks. Like Calvert County Government on Facebook.

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Board of Public Works Expands Myrtle Grove Wildlife Management Area

The Board of Public Works unanimously approved the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to acquire 182 acres in Charles County as an addition to Myrtle Grove Wildlife Management Area.
 
The mostly forested property along a tributary of Mattawoman Creek seeks to expand public access and recreation opportunities for birding, hiking, hunting, trapping and other outdoor activities in southern Maryland.
 
The Board of Public Works is comprised of Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp. Lieutenant Governor Boyd K. Rutherford chaired the meeting in the governor’s stead.
 
“This Program Open Space acquisition will enhance and protect water quality in Mattawoman Creek and the Potomac River Basin while providing additional recreational options for residents and visitors,” Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “This property is identified by the National Audubon Society as an ‘Important Bird Area,’ making it an ideal location for birders and other wildlife observers.”
 
The Myrtle Grove Wildlife Management Area is located in western-central Charles County, near La Plata and Waldorf. Covering over 4,460 acres, it contains mature hardwood forests, early succession habitats, man-made and natural wetlands, and wildlife plantings as well as a 23-acre lake, 10-acre pond, two green-tree reservoirs and numerous streams.
 
The area, managed by the department’s Wildlife and Heritage Service, contains critical habitat for all types of waterfowl and wildlife, including the barred owl, bluebirds, bobwhite quail, mourning dove, white-tailed deer, wild turkey and wood ducks. It also includes an eight-station firearm shooting range, trap range and three-station archery range that are open to the public by permit.
 
More information on Myrtle Grove Wildlife Management Area is available by contacting 301-743-5161.

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Update: Early Morning Fatality On Rt. 5 In Waldorf

UPDATE – Pedestrian Identified - Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision
The pedestrian has been identified as Allen Tehwayee Blegay (71 yoa) of District Heights, MD. 
 
(Waldorf, Maryland) – On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at approximately 0334 hours, Troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded for a report of a motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian on southbound Maryland Route 5 north of Trotter Road in Waldorf, Maryland.
Due to the circumstances, the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack requested the Maryland State Police CRASH Team to assume the investigation.
 A preliminary investigation conducted by Troopers from the La Plata Barrack and the MSP CRASH Team indicates a 2017 Toyota Rav4 operated by Jerry Robert Hall Jr., (49 yoa) of Lusby, MD was traveling on southbound Maryland Route 5 north of Trotter Road in Waldorf, Maryland. At the same time, the pedestrian, (Name being withheld pending notification of next of kin) was walking in the roadway. For unknown reasons, the pedestrian entered the travel path of the Toyota and was subsequently struck. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased on the scene by Charles County Emergency Medical Services personnel. The operator of the Toyota, Mr. Hall Jr. refused treatment on the scene.
 Anyone who may have witnessed this crash is asked to contact Corporal J. Zimmerman of the MSP CRASH Team at (301) 392-1231.
The investigation is continuing and being investigated by Corporal J. Zimmerman of the
Maryland State Police CRASH Team. (18-MSP-049355)

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CCSO to Host Citizens Advisory Meeting

On Wednesday, November 14 at 7 p.m., the Charles County Sheriff’s Office will host a Citizens Advisory Meeting at the American Legion located at 6330 Crain Highway in La Plata. Representatives from each of the Sheriff’s Office districts will be present to meet with county residents and talk about crime trends and crime prevention. All who attend will also have the opportunity to tour the new H.O.P.E. (Heroin Overdose Prevention Effort) trailer. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Connie Gray, Community Organizer, at (301) 932-3080.

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Commissioners Mark Great American Smokeout by Urging Citizens to Commit to Smoke-Free Lives

Leonardtown, MD - The 43rd Great American Smokeout, an event sponsored by the American Cancer Society, serves as an annual call for smokers to kick the habit. The Commissioners of     St. Mary’s County have joined the American Cancer Society in encouraging citizens to commit to or recommit to healthy smoke-free lives. The 2018 Great American Smokeout takes place on November 15.

 

Statistics indicate cigarette smoking is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, accounting for 29% of all cancer deaths. The American Cancer Society says smoking kills more Americans than alcohol, car accidents, HIV, guns and illegal drugs combined.

 

“The most important thing smokers can do to improve their health is to quit smoking cigarettes and other forms of tobacco,” said Commissioner Todd Morgan (4th District). “Addiction to nicotine in cigarettes is one of the strongest and most deadly addictions one can have.”

 

In proclaiming Great American Smokeout day and in partnership with the St. Mary’s County Health Department and the American Cancer Society, the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County encourage all citizens to commit or recommit to year-round smoke-free lives.

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Ku Klux Klan Leaves Literature On Area Lawns And Roadways

Since November 11, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office has received reports from people who have found fliers containing propaganda from the Ku Klux Klan. The fliers, which appear to have been distributed in a random manner, were inside plastic bags and found along the roadway and in driveways in front of people’s homes. To date, fliers have been found in Waldorf and La Plata. Similar fliers were also found in Calvert, St. Mary’s, and Anne Arundel counties as well as in Northern Virginia and Western Maryland. Investigators assigned to the agency's Homeland Security and Intelligence Unit are working with other law enforcement agencies who have experienced similar situations. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to call (301) 932-2222. 

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Fatal Accident Involving Pedestrians In Great Mills

On November 13, 2018, at 11:22 a.m. patrol units from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 22000 block of Chancellors Run Road in the area of Clipper Drive in Great Mills, for the reported motor vehicle collision involving pedestrians. Deputies arrived on scene and found a single vehicle had struck two pedestrians. The pedestrians were transported to area trauma centers, and one pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the medical facility. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit was contacted, and continued the investigation.
 
Preliminary investigation determined a 2003 Dodge Dakota, operated by Hugo Neme Camelo, age 31 of Hollywood, was traveling north on Chancellors Run Road towards Three Notch Road, when Camelo struck two pedestrians. The pedestrians have been identified as Luz Aldave Frias, age 85, and Leandro Banaag Frias, age 87, both of Great Mills. Luz Frias and Leandro Frias were crossing the northbound lanes of Chancellors Run Road, when they were struck by the Dodge truck. Luz Frias was transported by ambulance to Prince George’s Trauma Center and Leandro Frias was flown by helicopter to Washington Hospital Center where he succumbed to his injuries. The operator of the vehicle reported no incapacitating injury. At this time, speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the collision.
 
Anyone who witnessed the collision or any events leading to the collision, is asked to contact Corporal Vincent Pontorno at (301) 475-4200 extension *2337, or by email at Vincent.Pontorno@stmarysmd.com. Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.

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Statement from Governor Larry Hogan on Amazon HQ2

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today issued the following statement following Amazon's announcement that locations in Northern Virginia and New York have been selected for headquarters facilities:
 
“Amazon’s decision to locate one of its new headquarters facilities in Northern Virginia is a tremendous win for the entire Capital region. Collectively, we will not only gain 25,000 corporate-level jobs, but also many businesses that are part of Amazon’s supply chain. I want to thank County Executive Ike Leggett and all of our partners in Montgomery County for working with us to put forth a strong proposal that highlighted the outstanding advantages of doing business in Maryland. I look forward to working closely with Governor Northam and Mayor Bowser to welcome Amazon and meet the opportunities that lie ahead.”

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State Police Salutes Veterans And Seeks To Hire More

November 13, 2018
(PIKESVILLE, MD) – In support of the Hogan Administration’s “Hire A Veteran Month,” the Maryland State Police is actively recruiting military veterans, while supporting those veterans who have joined the Department in a way that is modeled by other organizations.
 
Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel William Pallozzi, himself a former United States Army Company commander, will today present the Department’s Freedom Award to six Maryland state troopers.  These troopers were members of the last trooper candidate class and have previously or are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces.  All military veterans who serve with the Maryland State Police are presented the Freedom Award in recognition of their service not only to their state, but to their nation.
 
“We can never repay our military veterans for their service and sacrifice on behalf of our nation,” Colonel Pallozzi said.  “We are committed to recruiting these outstanding men and women by challenging them to continue their public service on behalf of the people of our state.  We are also dedicated to supporting those within our ranks who continue to serve in the military by assisting them and their families while they are deployed and during their transitions to and from military service.”
 
There are currently 419 military veterans who are sworn or civilian employees of the Maryland State Police.  Of those, 57 are current members of a military Reserve or National Guard unit.  Since September 11, 2001, at least one member of the Maryland State Police has been continuously deployed in military service somewhere around the world.
 
The Maryland State Police has a military liaison program that has become a model for other law enforcement agencies and organizations.  The Department’s military liaison officer, who is both a retired Maryland state trooper and a retired member of the United States Army, works to recruit military personnel from around the country.  He assists members of the Maryland State Police when they deploy or return home from military duty.  He also ensures their families are assisted if needs arise while their loved ones are away.
 
Military veterans are recruited for both sworn and civilian positions within the Maryland State Police.  There is a significant emphasis on recruiting military pilots to fill vacancies within the Aviation Command.  A number of Maryland State Police helicopter pilots are current and former military service personnel, who received their flight training and experience in the military.
 
Maryland State Police support for our veterans was recognized by the United States Secretary of Defense in 2016.  On behalf of the Maryland State Police, Colonel Pallozzi accepted the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor the Department of Defense gives to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees.  Only 15 employers from across the United States were selected to receive the award that year, out of thousands of nominations.
 
Military veterans or active duty personnel interested in continuing their public service through a career with the Maryland State Police are urged to visit mdsp.maryland.gov and click on ‘careers’ for more information.   https://mdsp.maryland.gov/Careers/Pages/default.aspx
 
MILITARY AWARD EVENT INFORMATION
 
WHEN:          TODAY, Nov. 13, 2018   1:00 p.m.
 
WHERE:       MD State Police Headquarters
 
Building C Classroom
 
1201 Reisterstown Road
 
Pikesville, MD
 
(parking in lot behind Building C)
 
WHAT:          Colonel Pallozzi will present the Department’s Freedom Award to six of seven members of Trooper Candidate Class 147, who have served our nation as members of the US Armed Forces.  These troopers served or still serve in the US Army, US Marine Corps, and the US Air Force.

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Officers Looking For Missing Teen (Photo)

Advisory: Missing Person - Destiny Marie Ayres, 17 year old white female. If seen call 301-475-8008.

 

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Officers Looking For Make Up Thief (Photos)

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the individual pictured. On November 7, 2018, at the Walmart store, located on Miramar Way in California, the individual placed numerous beauty products in two backpacks, and proceeded to leave the store without purchasing the items.
 
Anyone with information on the identity of the individual pictured is asked to contact Deputy Budd at (301) 475-4200 extension *8013, or by email at Andrew.Budd@stmarysmd.com. Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.
   

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

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the individual pictured. On November 11, 2018, at the Walmart located on Miramar Way, in California, the individual placed an employee’s North Face jacket in her cart, and then left the store.
 
Anyone with information on the identity of the individual pictured is asked to contact Corporal Gray Maloy at (301) 475-4200 extension *8035 or by email at Gray.Maloy@stmarysmd.com. Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.
   

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DNA Analysis Links Suspect to Armed Robbery

Charles County Sheriff’s investigators have identified and charged a man in connection with an armed robbery that occurred earlier this year. The arrest is the result of a DNA match combined with investigative work. On March 21 at 2:06 p.m., a lone male suspect entered a liquor store in the 10600 block of Crain Highway in Bel Alton. He produced a handgun and demanded money from a clerk. During the robbery, the suspect shot the clerk in his arm. The suspect then fled in a car. Evidence was recovered and submitted for DNA analysis. The DNA was subsequently linked to Raymund Antoine Bradford, 41, of Temple Hills, MD.  On November 6, detectives – along with the assistance of U.S. Marshals – located Bradford at his residence. A search warrant was served and investigators recovered additional evidence that was linked to the robbery, as well as another crime in a nearby county. Bradford was charged with armed robbery, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, and other related charges. Detective C. Gregory is investigating.

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Charles County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

OFF-DUTY OFFICER APPREHENDS GUNMAN IN ROBBERY: On November 6 at 2:01 p.m., an off-duty CCSO officer heard gunshots in the 5700 block of Karen Court in Bryans Road. The officer ran toward the area where the shots were fired and he observed a male with a shotgun. The officer was able to apprehend the suspect without incident. An investigation revealed two groups of people met in the area just prior to the shooting at which point one group tried to rob the other group. Gunshots were exchanged and a 19-year-old male was shot in the shoulder. He fled in a car with a friend and drove to a hospital where he was treated and released. Chase Green, 16, was arrested and charged as an adult with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and other charges. Detective R. Johnson is investigating.
 
STOLEN MOTOR BIKES: Between October 31 – November 8, unknown suspect(s) broke into two different sheds in the 11200 block of Mattingly Road in La Plata and stole dirt bikes and other items. Cpl. J. Rager is investigating.
 
THEFT OF WHEELS: Between November 4 – November 5, unknown suspect(s) stole the wheels from an SUV in the 10500 block of Sourwood Avenue in Waldorf.  Officer D. Butler is investigating.
 
THEFT OF WHEELS: On November 6, during the overnight hours, unknown suspect(s) stole the wheels from a vehicle parked in the 12000 block of Pierce Road in Waldorf. PFC C. Chamblee is investigating.
 
TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO RECOVERY OF HANDGUN AND STOLEN DIRT BIKE: On November 5 at 1:37 a.m., Officer T. Rickard initiated a traffic stop on Crain Highway near Clifton Drive. During the stop it was learned the driver of the vehicle had a revoked license. Further, the trailer the driver was towing was not properly registered. A check on the VIN on a dirt bike that was on the trailer revealed it had been reported stolen. In addition, a handgun and drugs were located inside the car. The driver, Brandon Jermine Williams, 29, of Richmond, VA, was arrested and charged with motor vehicle theft and traffic-related offenses. A passenger in the car, Rashann Xavier Bates, 23, of Henrico, VA, was charged with motor vehicle theft and possession of a controlled dangerous substance. Another passenger, Kraig Loggan Jackson, 28, of Richmond, VA, was charged with motor vehicle theft and possession of a firearm.
 
ARMED ROBBERY: On November 4 at 8 p.m., the victim was making a food delivery in the 8100 block of Old Leonardtown Road in Hughesville when he was robbed at gunpoint. The victim described the suspect as a white male, 5’11, thin build, possibly in his 20’s, wearing sweatpants or camouflage pants with a black sweatshirt, a black beanie cap and a mask that covered the lower half of his face and neck. The suspect was carrying a rifle. Cpl. S. Cartwright is investigating.
 
BURGLARY: On November 3 at 10:15 p.m., officers responded to the 2900 block of E Mourning Dove Place in Waldorf for the report of a burglary. Investigation revealed two occupants of a house left for a short period of time. While they were gone, they received an alert from a doorbell surveillance camera (See attached video). They observed two suspects standing at the front door; one suspect used a crow bar and pried the door open. Once inside, the alarm activated and the suspects fled. Nothing was reported stolen. PFC D. Walker is investigating. 

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WANTED: Trevis Lemar Butler (Photo)

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of Trevis Lemar Butler, age 37 of Mechanicsville. Butler has active warrants for his arrest for several felonies to include the charges of First Degree Rape and First Degree Assault. Butler is a black male, 5’8” in height, weighs 170 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes.
 
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Trevis Lemar Butler, is asked to contact Detective Skyler LeFave at (301) 475-4200 extension *1983 or by email at Skyler.Lefave@stmarysmd.com. For information requiring immediate action to apprehend Butler, please contact Emergency Communications at (301) 475-8008 or 911. 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 U.S. Marshals Service is also offering a reward of up to $800 for information leading to the apprehension of Butler.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.
 

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Cash Reward For Identity Of Handicap Placards Thief At Park And Ride (Video)

Charles County Sheriff’s detectives are seeking the public’s help identifying the suspect(s) responsible for stealing handicap placards. Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for a tip that leads to the arrest of a suspect. Over the past several weeks, officers have responded to reports of thefts of handicap placards that were stolen from the interior of vehicles, many in the Smallwood Village area. Most of the thefts occurred during the overnight hours and involved cars that had the placard hanging from the rearview mirror or were left on the dash. Several cars were parked in driveways or on public streets, and others were parked legally in handicap parking spaces. On one occasion, a placard was stolen from a car parked in a designated handicap parking space at the Old Washington Road park and ride. Surveillance footage showed the suspect was riding a bicycle in that case (See attached video). He may live in the neighborhoods in or around Smallwood Village. In another case, which appears to be unrelated, the suspect(s) stole a placard and a credit card that was left inside a vehicle on Lakeshore Court. The credit card was used at a Waldorf liquor store. Surveillance footage was recovered and shows two males using the stolen card (See attached pictures). The suspects are believed to reside in the area of the Millbrook subdivision in Waldorf and they frequent the businesses in the area of Route 228 and Western Parkway.
 
 
Detectives believe the cases near Smallwood Village are related and there may be more than one suspect involved in those thefts. The case from Lakeshore Court does not appear to be related.  
 
These types of thefts occur because there is a demand for them on the black market. Sadly, thefts of handicap placards significantly impact those with disabilities. The Sheriff’s Office is asking citizens to remove the placards from view when not in use and to be vigilant about reporting suspicious activity. Detectives are asking anyone with information about these thefts to contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app, which can be found in the Android Store and Apple store by searching P3tips. Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for a tip that leads to an arrest in the thefts. 
 
Click link below for video.
 

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Man Charged With Bryans Road Homicide

 On November 2, Charles County Sheriff’s detectives initiated an investigation into a possible missing person. Family members of Ronaj Henderson, 22, of Bryans Road, last saw him in the morning hours of October 27. During the course of the investigation, it was learned the victim had been shot in the area of Bryans Road by a person known to him and his body was left somewhere in western Charles County. The investigation led detectives to the area of Riverside Road and Smith Point Road in Nanjemoy. On November 4, Henderson’s body was found in a wooded area. Based on additional information, detectives identified the suspect as Janeal Jerome Thompson, 26, of Bryans Road. Thompson was located in Arlington, VA on November 4 and was subsequently extradited to the Charles County Detention Center on November 7 where he was charged with first-degree murder and other related charges. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Det. J. Feldman at (301) 609-6474. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS.  

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Cardin Calls Sessions' Firing a Transparent Step Toward Limiting the Mueller Investigation

“Under the current oversight of Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation must continue until a thorough conclusion can be reached.”

 

“No one under our Constitution – not even President Trump – is above the law, and Congress cannot allow the President to obstruct the Special Counsel’s investigation.”

 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement in response to President Trump firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

 

“The only transparency to be found in the Trump White House is in the president’s disdain for the Mueller investigation into the 2016 election. After multiple guilty pleas and convictions among the president’s campaign advisers, he is relentless in his campaign to find any way possible to limit the scope of the ongoing investigation. I did not support Jeff Sessions’ nomination to be Attorney General but he followed the law and rightly recused himself from overseeing the work of Mr. Mueller and his team of professional investigators. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should continue to oversee the Mueller investigation. New Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is already on-the-record making inflammatory comments on how to limit the scope of the investigation and cut off resources.

 

“Under the current oversight of Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation must continue until a thorough conclusion can be reached. The president must stop trying to impede its progress. Congress has a responsibility to finally take legislative action to protect the investigation from the White House, especially the president. Upon completion, the Special Counsel should make a full report to Congress and the American people that would disclose any misconduct by President Trump, his Administration, or campaign officials.

 

“No one under our Constitution – not even President Trump – is above the law, and Congress cannot allow the President to obstruct the Special Counsel’s investigation.”

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Statement from Governor Larry Hogan on Federal Court Redistricting Ruling

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. District Court ruling in the case of Benisek v. Lamone:
 
“This is a victory for the vast majority of Marylanders who want free and fair elections and the numerous advocates from across the political spectrum who have been fighting partisan gerrymandering in our state for decades. With this unanimous ruling, the federal court is confirming what we in Maryland have known for a long time – that we have the most gerrymandered districts in the country, they were drawn this way for partisan reasons, and they violate Marylanders’ constitutional rights.
 
“We remain steadfastly committed to moving forward in an open and transparent manner that is free of the partisan influence that has dominated the redistricting process in Maryland for far too long. It’s past time for Marylanders to choose their representatives instead of politicians choosing their constituents, and today’s ruling is a major step in that direction.”

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Elections to Conduct Canvass of Ballots

Leonardtown, MD – The St. Mary’s County Board of Elections will canvass absentee ballots and the provisional ballots on the following dates:

 

November 8, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. - Absentee 1 Canvass
November 14, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. - Provisional Ballot Canvass
November 16, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. - Absentee 2 Canvass
December 6, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. - Post Certification Canvass
 

Absentee and Provisional canvassing will be held at the St. Mary’s County Election Board warehouse, 47382 Lincoln Avenue, Lexington Park, MD 20653 (old carver elementary school). The post certification canvass will take place at the Election Office, 41650 Tudor Hall Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

 

Please contact Wendy Adkins at 301-475-4200, ext. *1613 with questions.

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Important Leonardtown Veterans Day Parade Information

Leonardtown, MD – The public is invited to salute America’s Veterans at the 2018 Veterans Day Parade in Leonardtown. The march, sponsored by the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County and Commissioners of Leonardtown, steps off on Sunday, November 11 at 10 a.m. The parade along Fenwick Street featured Veterans, dignitaries, elected officials, local high school marching bands, military units, color guards, classic and antique cars, Boy and Girl Scouts, cheerleaders, motorcycles, horses, as well as fire, police and emergency personnel and equipment. 
 
Immediately following the parade, spectators are encouraged to remain in the Town Square for a Veterans Memorial ceremony to include patriotic music, laying of wreaths and words of remembrance. The ceremony will recognize the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I as well as the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive during the Vietnam War.
 
Spectators can come to the Square early to speak with representatives from Vacations for Vets of St. Mary’s County, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Warfighter Advance, Patuxent River Detachment 1305 of the Marine Corps League and the 29th Infantry Division stationed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. These organizations will be set up in the Square to provide information on programs for Veterans and active-duty military, including ways the general public can help our military families. The Good Earth on Park Avenue will be giving out free, hot coffee and tea to Veterans during the event and Dunkin Donuts will have a sampling truck at the shuttle stop on Shadrick Street.
 
In the event of inclement weather, the parade will be cancelled and the Memorial Ceremony will take place inside the Leonardtown Town Hall, 22670 Washington Street in Leonardtown. Those wishing to lay wreaths at the monuments may choose to do so.
 
Parking and Shuttle Information
Parade participants are requested to be in place at the lineup location at St. Mary’s Ryken High School no later than 9:30 a.m. and to plan as follows:
 
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Parade vehicles, including buses, floats, cars, trucks and motorcycles, should report directly to the staging area at St. Mary’s Ryken High School between 7 and 8 a.m. All parade vehicles – except emergency vehicles – should be parked by 8 a.m.
 
Marching groups and other parade participants should park at Leonardtown Middle School and take the shuttle to St. Mary’s Ryken High School between 8 and 9:30 a.m.
 
Parents are not to drop off their children at Ryken high school along the roadside or at the intersection. All persons participating in the parade (and who are not riding in a parade vehicle) should ride the shuttle bus from Leonardtown Middle School.
 
Parking for Spectators
The parking lot adjacent to the Courthouse on Courthouse Drive is reserved for school buses and shuttles only. This area must remain clear to reduce congestion at the end of the parade. As such, parking for spectators and parade participants will not be available at the Courthouse.
 
Spectators are asked to park at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds and ride one of the complimentary, round-trip shuttles into Town. Free parking and shuttles will also be available at the St. Mary’s County Governmental Center. Spectators are asked to park in the lots adjacent to the Carter State Office Building (23115 Leonard Hall Drive in Leonardtown). From there you may walk into town or board a shuttle at the shuttle stop near the flagpoles between the Carter State Office Building and the Potomac Building. Wheelchair-accessible shuttles will be available at both locations. The return shuttle stop for both locations will be located across from The Olde Town Pub on the corner of Washington and Shadrick Streets.
 
Spectators and participants using the shuttles may encounter delays due to crowding. Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated.
 
Washington Street and Fenwick Street leading into downtown Leonardtown will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m. until noon. Downtown parking and thru traffic will be limited to areas accessible from Lawrence Avenue. Deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office will provide traffic control and parade volunteers will assist with parking and street detours.
 
Handicapped Parking
Spectators requiring handicapped parking may take Washington Street and (upon showing proof of a handicapped sticker or need) will be allowed to park in the public lot beside the Hair Company.
 
For a map of available parking areas go to http://leonardtown.somd.com/pdf/VetDayPark.jpg
 
For more information call 301-475-9791 or 301-475-4200, ext. *1342.

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October 30th Charles County Commissioners Meeting Update

On Tuesday, Oct. 30, the Board of Commissioners held a partnership dedication event recognizing a lease agreement between Charles County and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to maintain a 49-acre area of Chapel Point State Park. The county plans to make improvements to hiking and bik­ing trails, enhance beach access, expand parking, and develop a boat and kayak launch. The county will also integrate 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. View photos in Flickr.

 

Approval Items

Commissioners approved a $100,000 scholarship fund for students enrolled in a retail, hospitality, and culinary training program that is being considered by the College of Southern Maryland. The program would be located in the Bryans Road shopping center in the space formerly occupied by Safeway. S2 Capital Partners, one of the shopping center’s owners, briefed Commissioners on their effort to collaborate on plans to launch the training program and proposed options for other on-site development activities, including affordable housing and additional retail.
Commissioners approved a Deed of Conservation Easement for approximately 207.957 acres of county property, to the Conservancy for Charles County, Inc., a Maryland not-for-profit corporation. Commissioners approved the deed after making several amendments to it over the past few weeks. The property consists of seven contiguous parcels, located on the northwest side of Livingston Road adjacent to Chapmans State Forest. The property is also adjacent to Matthew Henson Middle School and J.C. Parks Elementary School to the east. It includes non-tidal wetlands within Mattawoman Creek, endangered and threatened species, and a bird habitat.
Commissioners awarded the county’s $60 million bond to Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, the winning bidder for the bond sale. The bond will be used to pay for capital assets approved in the fiscal 2019 budget.
Commissioners approved a request for a public hearing on Docket #90 and associated amendments to the Master Plan for Villages of Wooded Glen and Piney Reach in the St. Charles Planned Unit Development. It would reduce the number of permitted housing units and clarify the school allocation policy. The public hearing is scheduled on Wednesday, Nov. 14. More details are available on BoardDocs.
Commissioners approved modifications to Table F.12 of the Charles County Road Ordinance, which determines the location of access points along Western Parkway. As the design of Western Parkway Phase 3 (Pierce Road to U.S. Route 301) nears completion, it is necessary to amend the access plan to be consistent with the design.  This modification was necessary to update the access points with the final road design. Using the standards in the Road Ordinance, the spacing of access points was designated to accommodate ingress and egress to the new roadway.
Commissioner appointed Angela Renee Clark as a citizen member to the Internal Audit Oversight Committee.
Open Session Briefings

Commissioner Amanda M. Stewart, M.Ed. (District 3) proposed the establishment of a new Commission on Future Leaders. It would be composed of 19 individuals who represent students and young adults who foster greater awareness of their concerns and identify programs and services that are needed. A resolution to formally establish the Commission will be proposed at the next Commissioner meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 14.
Fiscal staff provided an update on first quarter of the fiscal 2019 General Fund budget, including details on revenues, expenditures, and a year-end estimate of the fund balance. For the full report, go to BoardDocs.
Commissioners received a briefing on the funding request for replacement of an electronic sign and billboard at the Blue Crabs Stadium. The electronic marquee was estimated to cost $38,587.37 and the scoreboard was estimated to cost $259,160. Commissioners asked for additional quotes to be obtained and for staff to return with an update on Wednesday, Nov. 14.
Public Hearing

A public hearing was held to receive comments on the VanGO operations and maintenance facility. Following the public hearing, Commissioners voted to hold the public record open until Tuesday, Nov. 20 to receive any additional comments.

 

Recognitions

Commissioners issued a proclamation for Veterans Day on Sunday, Nov. 11. To acknowledge the contributions of veterans, Commissioners invited also employees who served in the military to be recognized. View photos in Flickr.
Commissioners proclaimed November as Hospice and Palliative Care Month. Hospice and palliative care programs provide pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible. Hospice of Charles County accepted the proclamation and encouraged the community to drop in or visit to learn more about how to provide support. View photos in Flickr.
Commissioners recognized Aquatics staff in the Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism, who received a Certificate of Appreciation from the American Red Cross. Aquatics staff trained and certified more than 200 people through lifeguarding classes that teach lifesaving skills. View photos in Flickr.
Commissioners honored staff who were selected as Employees of the Quarter. They also recognized county employees who achieved milestones in Years of Service and welcomed new employees to County Government.
Next Commissioners Meeting: Wednesday, Nov. 14, beginning at 1 p.m. The location of this meeting is being moved to the Government Building Conference Room. Prior to open session, a site dedication for the new animal shelter will be held at its future location on Piney Church Road, at 11 a.m.

 

For More Information:

Commissioners meetings are aired on CCGTV, which broadcasts on Comcast channel 95 and Verizon channel 10, and are available for streaming at www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/media-services/ccgtv/ccgtv.    Materials and minutes of the Commissioners meeting will be posted at www.boarddocs.com/md/chrlsco/Board.nsf/Public upon approval.

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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

During the week of October 29 – November 4 deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,458 calls for service throughout the community.
 
Burglary: 18-59310
On October 31, 2018 Deputy Boerum responded to Tomahawk Trail, Lusby for the report of a burglary. The complainant advised sometime between 5:30 PM and 10:00 PM an unknown suspect(s) entered her residence and stole $20 from her bedroom. 
 
Burglary: 18-59885
On November 3, 2018 Deputy O’Donnell responded to Josh Way, St. Leonard for the report of a burglary. The complainant advised sometime between October 31st and November 3rd an unknown suspect(s) broke into his garage. Several items were moved but nothing was taken. 
 
Damaged Property: 18-58823
On October 29, 2018 Deputy Parks responded to Wilson Road, Prince Frederick for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised the window on her front door had a crack in it.  
 
Theft: 18-59101
On October 30, 2018 Deputy Kreps responded to Safeway in Prince Frederick for the report of a theft. The complainant advised at 7:20 PM an unknown suspect stole three clusters of Dungeness crab legs from the meat department. The value of stolen items is $36. 
 
 
Theft: 18-59099
On October 30, 2018 Cpl. Denton responded to Old Bayside Road, Chesapeake Beach for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between October 29th at 8:00 PM and October 30th at 4:00 AM an unknown suspect(s) stole US Air Force issued equipment from his vehicle. The estimated value of stolen property is $700. 
 
Theft: 18-59619
On November 2, 2018 Deputy Bradley responded to Parran Drive, Lusby for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between November 1st at 6:00 PM and November 2nd at 1:30 PM an unknown suspect(s) stole the front tag from his vehicle. 
 
Theft: 18-59794
On November 3, 2018 Deputy Rediker responded to the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between October 30th at 10:00 PM and October 31st at 8:00 AM an unknown suspect(s) stole two of her radiators from her farm on Dunn Road in Huntingtown. The value of stolen property is $1,300. 
 
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On October 29, 2018 Deputy Rediker was patrolling the Prince Frederick Shopping Center when he noticed Frederick Emmett Donahue (58), walking in and out of businesses and through the parking lot. Donahue has an active no trespassing warning for that property and all stores in that shopping center. Donahue was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Trespassing on Private Property. 
 
On November 1, 2018 Deputy Freeland assisted Trooper Matthews with a traffic stop at the Wawa in Dunkirk. The driver, Robert Edward Masincupp (36), was detained because the car he was driving had been reported as stolen. A search of the vehicle revealed marijuana, half of a white pill, a glass pipe, a grinder, suspected marijuana “dabs” and one Vyvanse pill.  A search of his person revealed 3 Suboxone strips, Buprenorphine and Naloxone. Masincupp was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with CDS: Possession of Mariuana > 10 grams and CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana.
 
On November 1, 2018 Deputy Holt responded to McDonalds in Solomons for the report of a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot. The driver provided a driver’s license with the name Anthony Johnson, which came back with an active warrant. After being placed under arrest, the driver identified himself as Anquon Dante Johnson (40), and admitted to giving an ID that was not his. After running Johnson’s real name through the Calvert County Control Center it was found that he too had an active warrant through Virginia. Johnson was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Fraud-Per Identification to Avoid Prosecution. 
 
 
On November 1, 2018 Deputy Ridgely responded to the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office for the report of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. The complainant advised her son’s father, Eric Eugene Butler (37), took her keys and took her vehicle without permission. Cpl. Morgan conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle on Cardinal Drive in Lusby.  Deputy Holt located Butler walking on Cardinal Drive. Butler was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Unlawful Taking of a Motor Vehicle, Desertion of a Minor Child and served two active warrants. 
 
On November 2, 2018 Deputy Parks responded to Shore Acres Way, Prince Frederick for the report of a fight in the parking lot. The suspect, Tracy Oneda Garner (50), was agitated and was told several times to lower her voice and calm down. Garner refused to tell Deputy Parks her name or give him her ID. Garner was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where she was charged with Disorderly Conduct and served an active warrant. 
 
On November 2, 2018 Deputy Mohler conducted a traffic stop on Solomons Island Road in the area of Ball Road, St. Leonard. A search of the vehicle revealed three Xanax pills in the front passenger’s seat. The driver, Robert Franklin Merrell Jr. (62), was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana. 
 
On November 3, 2018 Deputy Gott conducted a traffic stop in the Wendy’s parking lot in Prince Frederick. The occupants were asked to exit the vehicle and a K9 scan was conducted which resulted in a positive alert. A search of the vehicle revealed three hypodermic syringes and a metal spoon containing suspected heroin residue. The driver, Gary Wayne Leslie (42), was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Administer Equipment-Possess/Distribute. 
 
On November 4, 2018 Deputy Childress responded to Sun Park Lane, Huntingtown to check the welfare of a female lying in the roadway. Brandi Lynn Kelley (35) was agitated and denied being in the roadway. Kelley continued to use profane language, disturbing other individuals in the area, therefore, she was placed under arrest and placed in the patrol vehicle. Kelley was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with Disorderly Conduct. 

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Identities Sought for Theft Suspects (Photos)

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the persons pictured for theft. On Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 at 1:52 p.m., the male suspect removed a BB gun from its packaging and placed it under his shirt. He then used the female suspect’s jacket to cover the bulge as he walked out of the Ace Hardware store in Charlotte Hall without paying for the BB gun. Anyone with information about the identity of the suspects or this incident is asked to call Dep. Courtney Edwards at 301-475-4200, ext. *8003 or email Courtney.Edwards@stmarysmd.com. CASE# 52550-18

For official news and information, visit the Sheriff’s Office news site at https://firstsheriff.blogspot.com/, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter at @firstsheriff or see the agency’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/firstsheriff/.

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Arrest In St. Marys Robberies

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, (CID), arrested and charged an individual in two recent robberies.

On October 31, 2018, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office made contact with the juvenile victim in the Lexington Park area for the reported robbery. Investigation determined the victim arranged via social media to sell a pair of shoes, to an acquaintance, Benjamin Jamal Washington, age 18 of Lexington Park. The victim and Washington were in Lancaster Park, located in the 21500 block of Willows Road, in Lexington Park, when Washington and another individual later identified as, Micah Robert Lee, age 19 of Lexington Park, began to physically assault the victim. During the assault, both subjects removed items from the victim’s pockets, and also stole the shoes the victim was selling.

During the course of the investigation, Washington was also developed as a suspect in a similar robbery which occurred on October 3, 2018, outside the Hampton Inn, located in the 22200 block of Three Notch Road in Lexington Park. In this robbery, the victim also arranged via social media to sell shoes to the suspect. When the victim arrived at the hotel, Washington advised the victim it was a robbery, and sprayed the victim in the face with possible pepper spray. Washington then fled the area with the shoes.

On November 1, 2018, Washington was located by patrol units in the California, Maryland area, and taken into custody. During the investigation Lee was developed as a suspect, and a search and seizure warrant was executed at another Lexington Park hotel where Washington and Lee were residing. Evidence was recovered at the hotel, linking Washington and Lee to the robberies. Washington was charged with the following:

Armed Robbery

Robbery (2 counts)

Assault Second Degree (2 counts)

Theft $100-$1,500

At this time, there is an active arrest warrant for Micah Robert Lee for the charges of Robbery, Theft, and Assault Second Degree.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Micah Lee, or anyone with additional information on these robberies is asked to contact Detective Trevor Teague at (301) 475-4200 extension *8128, or by email at Trevor.Teague@stmarysmd.com. Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.

For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.

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Important Leonardtown Veterans Day Parade Information

Leonardtown, MD – The public is invited to salute America’s Veterans at the 2018 Veterans Day Parade in Leonardtown. The march, sponsored by the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County and Commissioners of Leonardtown, steps off on Sunday, November 11 at 10 a.m. The parade along Fenwick Street featured Veterans, dignitaries, elected officials, local high school marching bands, military units, color guards, classic and antique cars, Boy and Girl Scouts, cheerleaders, motorcycles, horses, as well as fire, police and emergency personnel and equipment.

 

Immediately following the parade, spectators are encouraged to remain in the Town Square for a Veterans Memorial ceremony to include patriotic music, laying of wreaths and words of remembrance. The ceremony will recognize the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I as well as the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive during the Vietnam War.

 

Spectators can come to the Square early to speak with representatives from Vacations for Vets of St. Mary’s County, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Warfighter Advance, Patuxent River Detachment 1305 of the Marine Corps League and the 29th Infantry Division stationed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. These organizations will be set up in the Square to provide information on programs for Veterans and active-duty military, including ways the general public can help our military families. The Good Earth on Park Avenue will be giving out free, hot coffee and tea to Veterans during the event and Dunkin Donuts will have a sampling truck at the shuttle stop on Shadrick Street.

 

In the event of inclement weather, the parade will be cancelled and the Memorial Ceremony will take place in the St. Mary’s Ryken High School auditorium, 22600 Camp Calvert Road in Leonardtown (inside Romuald Hall on the back campus). Those wishing to lay wreaths at the monuments may choose to do so.

 

Parking and Shuttle Information

Parade participants are requested to be in place at the lineup location at St. Mary’s Ryken High School no later than 9:30 a.m. and to plan as follows:

 

Parade vehicles, including buses, floats, cars, trucks and motorcycles, should report directly to the staging area at St. Mary’s Ryken High School between 7 and 8 a.m. All parade vehicles – except emergency vehicles – should be parked by 8 a.m.

 

Marching groups and other parade participants should park at Leonardtown Middle School and take the shuttle to St. Mary’s Ryken High School between 8 and 9:30 a.m.

 

Parents are not to drop off their children at Ryken high school along the roadside or at the intersection. All persons participating in the parade (and who are not riding in a parade vehicle) should ride the shuttle bus from Leonardtown Middle School.

 

Parking for Spectators

The parking lot adjacent to the Courthouse on Courthouse Drive is reserved for school buses and shuttles only. This area must remain clear to reduce congestion at the end of the parade. As such, parking for spectators and parade participants will not be available at the Courthouse.

 

Spectators are asked to park at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds and ride one of the complimentary, round-trip shuttles into Town. Free parking and shuttles will also be available at the St. Mary’s County Governmental Center. Spectators are asked to park in the lots adjacent to the Carter State Office Building (23115 Leonard Hall Drive in Leonardtown). From there you may walk into town or board a shuttle at the shuttle stop near the flagpoles between the Carter State Office Building and the Potomac Building. Wheelchair-accessible shuttles will be available at both locations. The return shuttle stop for both locations will be located across from The Olde Town Pub on the corner of Washington and Shadrick Streets.

 

Spectators and participants using the shuttles may encounter delays due to crowding. Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated.

 

Washington Street and Fenwick Street leading into downtown Leonardtown will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m. until noon. Downtown parking and thru traffic will be limited to areas accessible from Lawrence Avenue. Deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office will provide traffic control and parade volunteers will assist with parking and street detours.

 

Handicapped Parking

Spectators requiring handicapped parking may take Washington Street and (upon showing proof of a handicapped sticker or need) will be allowed to park in the public lot beside the Hair Company.

 

For a map of available parking areas go to http://leonardtown.somd.com/pdf/VetDayPark.jpg

 

For more information call 301-475-9791 or 301-475-4200, ext. *1342.

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St. Mary's County Government Operations for Thanksgiving Weekend

Leonardtown, MD - All St. Mary’s County Government administrative offices will be closed Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.  County Government offices will re-open Monday, November 26.

 

The St. Andrews Landfill and six (6) Convenience Centers will be closed and St. Mary’s Transit System (STS) will not operate Thursday, November 22. However, all will observe normal business hours on Wednesday, November 21 and Friday, November 23. The Statewide Specialized Transportation Assistance Program (SSTAP) will not operate Thursday, November 22 or Friday, November 23. The service resumes its normal operating schedule on Monday, November 26.

 

All St. Mary’s County Public Library locations (Charlotte Hall, Leonardtown and Lexington Park) will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21 and remain closed Thursday and Friday, November 22 and 23. All library locations will re-open Saturday, November 24 for regular business hours. The Lexington Park library will be open from 1 – 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 25.  

 

All Senior Activity Centers (Garvey, Loffler and Northern) will be closed Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 and there will be no Home Delivered Meals deliveries made. The centers will reopen for normal operations on Monday, November 26.

 

The St. Clement’s Island Museum and Piney Point Museum and Historic Park will be closed on Thursday, November 22. The museums will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday November 23, 24 and 25, from noon – 4 p.m.

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Calvert County Offers Election Day Public Transportation

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Nov. 5, 2018 – The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners announces public transportation services will be available Tuesday, Nov. 6, for Election Day.
 
Public buses will run on a regular schedule and along regular routes. However, bus routes do not include all polling places. Riders are encouraged to call Calvert County public transportation or go online to determine whether their polling places are accessible through county bus service.
 
Election Day bus service will include transportation for seniors age 60 and up and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) customers. These services offer curb-to-curb transportation by appointment only. Riders can make an appointment by calling 410-535-4268 with their location and destination information.
 
While county transportation services typically did not operate during past elections, service will be available for Tuesday, Nov. 6 due to heightened interest.
 
For information on county bus services, call 410-535-4268 or visit online at www.calvertcountymd.gov/transportation. Find Calvert County Government on Facebook.

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Subway Robbery Suspect Charged

On Nov. 1, 2018, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrested and charged a suspect in the robbery of the Subway restaurant in California, Maryland.

Christian McFarland Phillips, 35, of Lexington Park was arrested and charged with Armed Robbery, Theft: $100 to under $1,500 and Resist/Interfere with Arrest by Sheriff’s Deputies. Phillips is currently held at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Leonardtown.

On Oct. 19, 2018, law enforcement officers from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Subway restaurant at 22630 Three Notch Road in California for the report of a robbery. Two employees stated that an unknown male came into the establishment and indicated that he was in possession of some sort of a weapon. As the employees could not understand what he was saying, the suspect reached over the counter and took cash from the register and then fled the area.

Various investigative tools were employed and Phillips was developed as a suspect. During the investigation, Phillips had an unrelated warrant for his arrest. On Thursday, Nov. 1, deputies made contact with Phillips and informed him of the warrant for his arrest. As Detective Cpl. Melissa Hulse attempted to place his hand behind his back, he pulled away and began to run. After a very brief foot pursuit, the defendant was apprehended.

For official news and information, visit the Sheriff’s Office news site at https://firstsheriff.blogspot.com/, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter at @firstsheriff or see the agency’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/firstsheriff/.

 

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Calvert County Government Announces Election Day and Veterans Day Schedule

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners announces county offices will be closed Tuesday, Nov. 6, for Election Day and Monday, Nov.12, for the Veterans Day holiday. In addition:

·         The three county senior centers will be closed on Election Day and Veterans Day. Meals on Wheels will not be delivered.

·         The Appeal Landfill and county convenience centers will be open with normal business hours both Election Day and Veterans Day.

·         County public transportation will not operate on Election Day and Veterans Day.

·         Calvert Library locations will be open with normal business hours on Election Day and Veterans Day.

·         Kings Landing Park will be closed Election Day and Veterans Day.

·         Flag Ponds Nature Park will be closed Election Day and open Veterans Day.

·         Battle Creek Cypress Swamp will be open Election Day and Veterans Day with normal hours of operation.

·         Chesapeake Hills Golf Course will be open with normal business hours Election Day and Veterans Day.

·         Mt. Hope, Southern, Harriet E. Brown, North Beach and Northeast community centers will be closed both days.

·         The Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center will be open with normal operating hours Election Day and Veterans Day.

·         Calvert Marine Museum will be open on Election Day and Veterans Day.

Information on Calvert County Government services can be found online at www.calvertcountymd.gov. Find Calvert County Government on Facebook.

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Accident Leads To Injuries And PCP Arrest In Calvert

On October 31, 2018 at approximately 8:28 p.m. units from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the area of Route 4 and the Prince Frederick Rescue Squad, Prince Frederick, Maryland for a report of an accident with injuries.  Prior to the arrival of the deputies, one of the drivers advised the Calvert Control Center that one of the parties might be on a controlled dangerous substance and was attempting to fight with bystanders.  

Once deputies arrived on the scene they observed a male, later identified as the at fault driver, Steven Curtis Marlowe DOB 11/13/86, rolling around on the ground yelling uncontrollably.  Marlowe had to be detained during the investigation of the accident.  It was learned during the investigation that a white Nissan driven by Marlow was traveling North in the southbound lanes when a head-on collision occurred with a dark Nissan truck driven by Hector Aleman DOB 06/09/63, of Port Republic.  It was also learned that just prior to this accident Mr. Marlowe forced another vehicle driven by Bradley Krolczyk, DOB 02/13/73 of Prince Frederick, off of the roadway.    

Mr. Aleman and a Passenger identified as Maria Elena Arias, DOB 11/02/49 of Port Republic, were both transported to CalvertHealth Medical Center via ambulance for treatment for minor injuries.   A passenger in the vehicle with Mr. Marlow, Christopher DeSousa, DOB 01/01/94 of Chesapeake Beach, was arrested for possession of PCP and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center.  A second passenger in the vehicle, Anthony Wimer, DOB 7/13/91 of North Beach, is also pending charges for possession of PCP in this case.  Mr. Marlow was also charged with the possession of PCP, and DUI charges are pending blood results.  Mr. Marlowe was transported to Prince Georges Hospital Center via Trooper 7 with unknown injuries.

This accident is still under investigation.  Anyone with any information is asked to contact Dep. Sampson at 410-535-2800 or Bruce.Sampson@calvertcountymd.gov.  

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Police Find Body Of Man Drowned In St. Leonard

On October 31, 2018 at approximately 4:16 p.m. deputies from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to Jefferson Patterson Park in St. Leonard Maryland for a report of a missing person.  Mr. Andrew Marshall Turner, 34 year old male, was working near the water when family members last heard from him.  Several units from the Maryland State Police and the Department of Natural Resources responded to the scene to assist in the search.  Trooper 7, DNR boats, and Calvert K-9 units attempted to locate Mr. Turner.  Divers from the Calvert County Special Operations Team preforming a grid search located Mr. Turner deceased in the water at approximately 7:59 p.m.  No foul play is suspected in this case, however he was transported to the Baltimore Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. 

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End of Daylight Saving Time Means an Opportunity for Increased Crime

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The upside to the end of Daylight Saving Time is an extra hour of sleep. The downside means longer nighttime darkness when criminals are more likely to prey on victims since daylight often lessens violent crimes. As Standard Time replaces Daylight Saving Time this weekend, the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention has produced a list of safety tips to help keep Marylanders safe as darkness comes earlier in the day.
 
“Research shows a statistically significant correlation between an increase in crime when the time changes along with higher rates of aggression,”said V. Glenn Fueston, Jr., GOCCP Executive Director. “In particular, the time shift results in earlier and longer periods of darkness which can lead to more street crimes such as burglary, thefts, and rapes. Between the hours of 5-7 p.m., most people are leaving work or school and walking to their homes, cars, or buses. The cloak of darkness is an opportune time for criminals who can get away quickly, leaving their victims unable to identify them. The best advice is to be aware.”
 
Tips to keep you safe:
 
Walk with confidence and purpose.
Stay alert and listen to your surroundings; the more aware you are, the less vulnerable you are.
Avoid unpopulated areas, deserted streets, and poorly lit areas.
Trust your instincts about a person or an area. If you are unsure or feel unsafe, leave immediately.
If you feel you are being followed, change course and head for a store, lighted house, or a well-lit area.
Avoid distracted walking. Keep your eyes on what’s ahead and away from your electronic devices.
Avoid noise-cancelling headphones to ensure you are aware of your surroundings.
Travel with a friend if you can and walk to vehicles in groups or pairs.
Make sure your keys are readily accessible when approaching your vehicle and always check the backseat before getting in.
Carry a small flashlight and whistle to make yourself visible and heard if necessary.
Consider downloading a safety app for your phone that sends your whereabouts to trusted friends and family if you are in trouble.
Call police immediately if something happens to you or someone else, or you notice anything out of the ordinary.

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License Your Pets at Discounted Price During the 10th Annual Pet Amnesty Week

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Nov. 2, 2018 – Pet owners in Calvert County who need to license their dogs and cats can take advantage of Calvert County Animal Control’s annual Amnesty Week scheduled for Nov. 5-11 and get their pets licensed at a discount.
 
The reduced fee for spayed and neutered pets is $3 each. The fee for non-spayed and non-neutered pets is $10. The regular prices are $7 and $20, respectively.
 
Bring cash or a check, along with a copy of the pet’s current rabies certification and proof of spay or neuter if applicable, to one of the following locations:
 
·         North Beach Volunteer Fire Department, Monday, Nov. 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
 
·         Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter, Nov. 5, 7, 8, 9, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and
 
Nov. 10-11, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
 
·         Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department, Wednesday, Nov.7, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
 
·         Solomons Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department, Thursday, 
Nov. 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
 
Calvert County residents who own dogs and cats are legally required to license their pets. As part of the licensing process, every dog and cat must also be vaccinated for rabies.
 
“Pet owners are required to license their cats and dogs to ensure public health and safety,” shared Calvert County Department of Public Safety Chief Animal Control Officer Craig Dichter. “Pet licensing and up-to-date vaccinations can help us avoid an outbreak of rabies in the county.” Licensing also helps animal control officers reunite lost pets with their owners, he added, and failure to license pet dogs and cats could result in a $50 fine per incident.
 
For more information call Calvert County Animal Control at 410-535-1600, ext. 2526. Find Calvert County Government on Facebook.

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Lexington Park Robbery Under Investigation

On Oct. 31, 2018, at approximately 6:50 p.m., St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a robbery at the Stop-N-Shop liquor store on Great Mills Road in Lexington Park. It was reported that a white male wearing a Halloween mask entered the establishment, displayed a weapon and demanded money from the cashier. After taking an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect then fled the area on foot.

The case is under investigation by the St. Mary’s County Criminal Investigations Division.

Anyone with any further information about this case is asked to call Detective Cpl. Austin Schultz at 301-475-4200, ext. *1953 or email Austin.Schultz@stmarysmd.com.

For official news and information, visit the Sheriff’s Office news site at https://firstsheriff.blogspot.com/, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter at @firstsheriff or check our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/firstsheriff/.

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Economic Development Department Annual Fall Meeting Explores the Workforce Gap

The Economic Development Department hosted its annual fall meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 30, to discuss how to grow and maintain a successful workforce in Charles County. Influential community leaders from the public and private sectors participated in panel discussions to share their experiences with educating, training, and sustaining the workforce. The panels also addressed current workforce programs in Charles County that are helping to create a more well-rounded, local workforce.

 

“This year’s meeting was a booming success,” said Economic Development Department Director Darréll A. Brown, Esq. “We have received enthusiastic feedback from the business people who attended. They called it engaging and insightful and told us they came away with a lot of useful information.”

 

This year’s fall meeting was titled, “Closing the Workforce Gap,” and it held two distinct panel discussions: Workforce Development: Growing our Local Talent, which focused on highlighting programs within Charles County that educate, support, and retain the local workforce; and Solutions for Hire: Employers’ Workforce Strategies, which kicked off the conversation of how to find quality, competent workers and how employers and the public sector can collaborate to attract, grow, and retain local talent. More than 160 people attended the event.

 

“If we don’t simultaneously marry academia with industry as they both move forward, we can’t address the workforce gaps at all,” said Joshua Burnett, CEO and CTO of Virescit Tactical Systems, during the second panel, Solutions for Hire: Employers’ Workforce Strategies.

 

Secretary Kelly Schulz of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation was the keynote speaker. She spoke about the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program, which is a program in Maryland designed to prepare the workforce for careers by providing opportunities to apprentice for businesses looking to educate and retain valuable employees.

 

“Maryland is quickly becoming a national example of how apprenticeships can deliver results for the workforce system,” said Schulz.

 

The 2018 Charles County Workforce Study, conducted by the Regional Economic Studies Institute at Towson University, was released during the fall meeting. This study described how Charles County’s skilled workforce affected the region and how it could be an asset in attracting industry to the area. It can be viewed at www.MeetCharlesCounty.com.

 

Photos of the event are available at https://bit.ly/2ERfrbs.  To learn more about the Charles County Economic Development Department, visit www.MeetCharlesCounty.com.

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Hogan Administration Proclaims November Hire A Veteran Month

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan has signed an official proclamation designating November as “Hire A Veteran” Month in Maryland. The month-long observance raises awareness of veteran employment opportunities, and familiarizes citizens, business, and others with the many workforce services available to veteran jobseekers and employers.
 
The proclamation was presented by Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford at a special event at the Anne Arundel County Career Center in Linthicum Heights, Md. He was joined by Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh, Veterans Affairs Secretary George Owings, Labor Secretary Kelly Schulz, Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation (AAWDC) President Kirkland Murray, and Cisco Security Business Group Vice President and Chief Architect Martin Roesch.
 
“Maryland’s 380,000 veterans are a tremendous asset to our workforce,” said Governor Hogan. “Throughout the month of November, we encourage both veteran jobseekers and employers to explore the many workforce services, programs, and incentives our state offers to help employ this highly skilled part of our workforce.”
 
Throughout November, Maryland agencies will increase employers’ awareness of the services and incentives available for hiring veterans, and veterans’ awareness of Maryland’s workforce development programs that can help them build and grow in their civilian careers. More than nine percent of Maryland’s adult population have served in the U.S. military.
 
“Veterans offer Maryland businesses numerous benefits, including a unique and varied skill set, education, leadership, and dedication obtained during their service to our country,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford. “Our goal in the month of November is to increase the public’s awareness of the many ways Maryland can help ease the hiring process for both our veterans and job creators.”
 
At today’s event, the AAWDC recognized partners in their Military Corps Career Connect (C3) program, which provides employment services for transitioning service members, active duty spouses, and recently separated veterans. Funded by a $4.3 million U.S. Department of Labor National Dislocated Worker Grant, C3 offers career planning, coaching, on-the-job training, work opportunity tax credits, and more to help jobseekers and employers.
 
Further, Cisco announced the expansion of their successful CyberVetsUSA training program to eligible Maryland veterans, transitioning service members, military spouses, and members of the reserves and National Guard interested in pursuing a cybersecurity career. The self-paced, online courses in cybersecurity operations, software engineering, network security, and more are offered at no cost to program participants. The Maryland launch of CyberVetsUSA will train at least 200 veterans who live and work in Maryland, a training and support commitment exceeding $750,000.
 
“Over the past four years, we have lowered our veteran unemployment rate by five percent, but our work is not done,” said Labor Secretary Kelly Schulz. “Maryland is continuously working for our veterans, and programs like Military Corps Career Connect and CyberVetsUSA are helping us train and employ the brave men and women who have served our country faithfully, and help them begin the next chapter of their lives.”
 
To learn more about Maryland’s veteran-focused workforce development programs, visit http://www.dllr.state.md.us/employment/veteranservices.shtml.

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Man, Arguing With Driver, Jumps From Car: In Critical Condition

On October 31, 2018 at 10:01 p.m. deputies from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the area of Shields Drive and North Plantation Drive, Dunkirk, Maryland for the report of a cardiac arrest. Upon arrival it was determined that a 36 year old male from Dunkirk, identified as John Francis Earl Jr., jumped from a moving vehicle. The operator of the vehicle was a 28 year old female from Dunkirk identified as Sarah E. Martin. Ms. Martin and Mr. Earl were having an argument while traveling south on Shields Drive when Mr. Earl opened the passenger door and jumped from the vehicle. The vehicle was traveling approximately 30mph. Mr. Earl was severely injured when he struck the pavement. Lifesaving efforts were initiated on the scene until EMS arrived. Mr. Earl was flown to Prince Georges Hospital Center in critical but stable condition. Mr. Earl remains in critical but stable condition at this time. Members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Unit are actively investigating this accident. Anyone with any information is urged to contact Dfc. Jeff Hardesty at 410-535-2800 or Jeffrey.Hardesty@calvertcountymd.gov.

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Theft Suspect's Identity Needed (Photos)

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured. On Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018 at 12:20 p.m., the suspect took $20 that was left behind by the previous customer at a self-checkout register in the California Walmart store. Anyone with information about the identity of the female suspect or this incident is asked to call Cpl. Milton Pesante at 301-475-4200, ext. *8053 or email Milton.Pesante@stmarysmd.com. CASE# 46827-18
 
For official news and information, visit the Sheriff’s Office news site at https://firstsheriff.blogspot.com/, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter at @firstsheriff or check our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/firstsheriff/.

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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Warns Of Scam

The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office received information on a fraud/scam
letter sent to residents within the county and surrounding areas. The letter appears to
be from Wal-Mart and includes a check written out to the resident or homeowner.
The letter instructs the resident to deposit the check into an active checking account.
Once the check clears, they are instructed to go to a Wal-Mart and purchase
thousands of dollars’ worth of Wal-Mart and Steam Wallet gift cards. After the
purchase, they are instructed to take photos of the cards and text the photos to a
phone number with a (281) area code.
The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office has been in contact with Wal-Mart and
their investigators. Should you receive one of these letters please destroy it.
Every year law enforcement agencies take numerous reports of fraud and theft
from deception. These scams have millions of people a year losing thousands of
dollars; sometimes their life savings. The rule of thumb is “if it’s too good to be true,
it probably is” and “there’s no such thing as free money”. Never send money without
doing a little research first. Please educate yourself, the elderly, friends and family
with the multiple frauds operating throughout the United States.
 DON’T BECOME A VICTIM

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Volunteer Firefighter Sentenced to 6 Years for Vehicular Manslaughter

LA PLATA, MD— Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, Charles County Circuit Court Judge Amy J. Bragunier sentenced Daniel Juwan Butler to 6 years in prison and 5 years supervised probation for the vehicular slaying of Taylor Halbleib. Butler, 23 of Newberg, previously entered a guilty plea to the Negligent Vehicular Manslaughter of Halbleib on August 30, 2018.

 

During the early morning hours of December 7, 2017, troopers from the Maryland State Police responded to the area of Route 6 in La Plata, west of Cooksey Road, for the report of a multi-vehicle collision. Upon arrival, troopers located Butler and a passenger who was traveling in his vehicle, both conscious and emitting a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage. Troopers also discovered Halbleib, who was unresponsive, trapped in her vehicle that had extensive damage on both sides, with the vehicle’s rear being pushed into the rear passenger compartment. After being treated on scene, Butler and Halbleib were transported to the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center for treatment. Unfortunately, Halbleib succumbed to her injuries. Butler survived his injuries. The passenger of Butler’s vehicle was transported to Prince George’s Hospital Center by helicopter and also survived his injuries.

 

An investigation into the collision revealed that Halbleib, a 21-year-old student at the College of Southern Maryland, had left work prior to the collision and was operating a Hyundai Elantra traveling eastbound on Route 6. Halbleib’s vehicle came to a complete stop at a red light. There was one vehicle, a Honda Odyssey, ahead of Halbleib that was at a complete stop at the red light as well. Butler, who was driving a Ford F-150, was also traveling eastbound, but failed to slow down and stop for the red light, slamming into Halbleib’s vehicle at almost 70 miles per hour. The impact of the collision forced Halbleib’s vehicle into the Honda Odyssey in front of her. Halbleib’s vehicle then began to spin, eventually settling in a north westerly position on the eastbound shoulder. Butler’s vehicle veered off the roadway into the woods. The driver of the Honda Odyssey was uninjured and left the scene of the accident with her vehicle, but later returned. Halbleib, however, suffered extensive injuries, including a broken neck, broken back, and crushed organs.

 

Further investigation revealed that Butler and his passenger had been drinking heavily throughout the night at a bar in La Plata. The two men then purchased and consumed more beer at a bar/liquor store in La Plata where Halbleib worked. After closing, Butler and his passenger continued drinking outside of the bar. When Halbleib left work for the evening, Butler harassed her before she left in her vehicle. Butler followed her vehicle from her employment until he rammed into the back of her vehicle with his Ford F-150. Multiple open cans of beer and liquor were located inside of Butler’s vehicle at the scene.

 

A blood test was conducted on Butler which revealed a .20 blood alcohol level which is two and a half times the legal limit.

 

During sentencing, in a courtroom packed with over 100 family and friends of the victim, Assistant State’s Attorney Francis Granados, the lead prosecutor on the case, told the judge, “ the justice system does not treat fatal collisions serious enough. And nothing can be more serious than this case. What is a more violent way to die than being crushed by a truck that’s going 70 miles per hour? How terrifying must it have been for Taylor to see her killer coming and not be able to do anything about it. This case is so egregious that the defendant deserves the maximum sentence of ten years. Mercy is for those who make mistakes., not for those who willfully do wrong. This was anything but a mistake. He chose to do it. Again, he deserves the maximum sentence this Court can give. – If the sentence you impose can save one life and save another family from the horror and pain that Taylor’s family has endured and will endure for a lifetime, wouldn’t it be worth it? The community is waiting. Please do the right thing.”

 

Before imposing her sentence on Butler, Judge Bragunier said, “On the night Taylor was killed, you were anything but a nice person. The last 20 minutes of [the victim’s] life were pure terror. – You knew better and should’ve known better seeing as though you were an EMT and volunteer firefighter.”

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October 30th Charles County Commissioners Meeting Update

On Tuesday, Oct. 30, the Board of Commissioners held a partnership dedication event recognizing a lease agreement between Charles County and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to maintain a 49-acre area of Chapel Point State Park. The county plans to make improvements to hiking and bik­ing trails, enhance beach access, expand parking, and develop a boat and kayak launch. The county will also integrate 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. View photos in Flickr.
 
Approval Items
 
Commissioners approved a $100,000 scholarship fund for students enrolled in a retail, hospitality, and culinary training program that is being considered by the College of Southern Maryland. The program would be located in the Bryans Road shopping center in the space formerly occupied by Safeway. S2 Capital Partners, one of the shopping center’s owners, briefed Commissioners on their effort to collaborate on plans to launch the training program and proposed options for other on-site development activities, including affordable housing and additional retail.
Commissioners voted to donate a 208.3 acres of county property, previously designated as Indian Head Science and Technology Park, as a conservation easement to the Conservancy of Charles County. They approved the donation after making several amendments to the deed over the past few weeks. The donation of land consists of seven contiguous parcels, located on the northwest side of Livingston Road adjacent to Chapmans State Forest. It includes non-tidal wetlands within Mattawoman Creek, endangered and threatened species, and a bird habitat.
Commissioners awarded the county’s $60 million bond to Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, the winning bidder for the bond sale. The bond will be used to pay for capital assets approved in the fiscal 2019 budget.
Commissioners approved a request for a public hearing on Docket #90 and associated amendments to the Master Plan for Villages of Wooded Glen and Piney Reach in the St. Charles Planned Unit Development. It would reduce the number of permitted housing units and clarify the school allocation policy. The public hearing is scheduled on Wednesday, Nov. 14. More details are available on BoardDocs.
Commissioners approved modifications to Table F.12 of the Charles County Road Ordinance, which determines the location of access points along Western Parkway. As the design of Western Parkway Phase 3 (Pierce Road to U.S. Route 301) nears completion, it is necessary to amend the access plan to be consistent with the design.  This modification was necessary to update the access points with the final road design. Using the standards in the Road Ordinance, the spacing of access points was designated to accommodate ingress and egress to the new roadway.
Commissioner appointed Angela Renee Clark as a citizen member to the Internal Audit Oversight Committee.
Open Session Briefings
 
Commissioner Amanda M. Stewart, M.Ed. (District 3) proposed the establishment of a new Commission on Future Leaders. It would be composed of 19 individuals who represent students and young adults who foster greater awareness of their concerns and identify programs and services that are needed. A resolution to formally establish the Commission will be proposed at the next Commissioner meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 14.
Fiscal staff provided an update on first quarter of the fiscal 2019 General Fund budget, including details on revenues, expenditures, and a year-end estimate of the fund balance. For the full report, go to BoardDocs.
Commissioners received a briefing on the funding request for replacement of an electronic sign and billboard at the Blue Crabs Stadium. The electronic marquee was estimated to cost $38,587.37 and the scoreboard was estimated to cost $259,160. Commissioners asked for additional quotes to be obtained and for staff to return with an update on Wednesday, Nov. 14.
Public Hearing
 
A public hearing was held to receive comments on the VanGO operations and maintenance facility. Following the public hearing, Commissioners voted to hold the public record open until Tuesday, Nov. 20 to receive any additional comments.
 
Recognitions
 
Commissioners issued a proclamation for Veterans Day on Sunday, Nov. 11. To acknowledge the contributions of veterans, Commissioners invited also employees who served in the military to be recognized. View photos in Flickr.
Commissioners proclaimed November as Hospice and Palliative Care Month. Hospice and palliative care programs provide pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible. Hospice of Charles County accepted the proclamation and encouraged the community to drop in or visit to learn more about how to provide support. View photos in Flickr.
Commissioners recognized Aquatics staff in the Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism, who received a Certificate of Appreciation from the American Red Cross. Aquatics staff trained and certified more than 200 people through lifeguarding classes that teach lifesaving skills. View photos in Flickr.
Commissioners honored staff who were selected as Employees of the Quarter. They also recognized county employees who achieved milestones in Years of Service and welcomed new employees to County Government.
Next Commissioners Meeting: Wednesday, Nov. 14, beginning at 1 p.m. The location of this meeting is being moved to the Government Building Conference Room. Prior to open session, a site dedication for the new animal shelter will be held at its future location on Piney Church Road, at 11 a.m.
 
For More Information:
 
Commissioners meetings are aired on CCGTV, which broadcasts on Comcast channel 95 and Verizon channel 10, and are available for streaming at www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/media-services/ccgtv/ccgtv.    Materials and minutes of the Commissioners meeting will be posted at www.boarddocs.com/md/chrlsco/Board.nsf/Public upon approval.

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Update On Wilson Road Assault

Detectives are still canvasing the area looking for a white male in his 20’s approximately 5’11” and very skinny. He had no beard and a short haircut. The suspect is believed to have accosted a female in her front yard, pushing her to the ground and fleeing the area on foot. Patrols have been increased in this area and neighborhood canvasses will continue. Anyone with any information please contact Det. Buck at 410-535-2800 ext. 2765.
 
On October 30, 2018 at approximately 8:30 pm an assault occurred outside of a residence on Wilson Rd. The victim was approached by a thin white male in his 20's. He is approximately 5'11" short clean cut hair and smokes. No weapon was displayed. This case is actively being investigated by the Calvert Criminal Investigative Bureau. Anyone with any information please contact Det. Buck at 410-535-2800 ext. 2765.

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Victim Assaulted In Calvert County

On October 30, 2018 at approximately 8:30 pm an assault occurred outside of a residence on Wilson Rd.  The victim was approached by a thin white male in his 20's.  He is approximately 5'11" short clean cut hair and smokes.  No weapon was displayed.  This case is actively being investigated by the Calvert Criminal Investigative Bureau.  Anyone with any information please contact Det. Buck at 410-535-2800 ext. 2765. 

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Tashima Reese Named PIO Communications Coordinator

Leonardtown, MD – Tashima Reese has been selected as Communications Coordinator in the Public Information Office. She officially joins the PIO team on November 5.

 

Mrs. Reese comes to the Public Information Office with a wide range of professional communications experience. Most recently she has served as Communications Manager and acting Administrative Assistant at By Faith Christian Center in Waldorf.  Prior to that, she was a Communications Specialist with the Charles Crossing Homeowners Association and Communications Director for the City of Baltimore Employees and Elected Officials Retirement System.  She has also served as a writer for College Lifestyles in State College, PA.

 

Mrs. Reese earned her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Penn State University.

 

“I welcome Tashima to the PIO team,” said Tony Jones, Communications Director. “Her experience will prove to be a tremendous asset as we look to take our communications and outreach efforts to new heights in 2019 and beyond.”

 

Mrs. Reese lives in La Plata.

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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

Damaged Property: 18-57406
On October 22, 2018 Deputy Josey responded to Curve Lane, Lusby for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised sometime between October 21st at 12:30 PM and October 22nd at 2:00 AM an unknown suspect(s) broke his bedroom window using a brick that was found on the back deck. The estimated value of damaged property is $500. 
 
Damaged Property: 18-57395
On October 22, 2018 Deputy Ridgely responded to Wilson Court, Prince Frederick for the report of damaged property. The complainants advised sometime between October 21st at 7:00 PM and October 22nd at 6:00 AM an unknown suspect(s) smashed the windshields and slashed the tires of three vehicles at that address. The estimated value of damaged property is $2,250.
 
Damaged Property: 18-58474
On October 27, 2018 Deputy Ridgely responded to the Calvert Library in Prince Frederick for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised an unknown suspect(s) cut a hole in the wall in the men’s handicap bathroom. The estimated value of damaged property is $100.
 
Damaged Property: 18-58478
On October 27, 2018 Deputy Barger responded to Bullwhip Trail, Lusby for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised at 1:15 PM three unknown male suspects damaged her blow up Halloween yard ornament. The value of the damaged property is $199.99.
 
Theft: 18-57730
On October 23, 2018 Deputy Josey responded to Fireberry Court, Prince Frederick for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between 6:00 AM and 3:00 PM an unknown suspect(s) stole his recycling bin from his residence. 
 
Theft: 18-58101
On October 25, 2018 Deputy Deleon-Suero responded to Deadwood Drive, Lusby for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between 4:00 PM and 4:30 PM an unknown suspect(s) stole his heat pump from his yard. 
 
Theft: 18-58355
On October 26, 2018 Deputy T. Buckler responded to the Fastop in North Beach for the report of a theft. The complainant advised at 7:30 PM an unknown subject pumped gas and left without paying. The gas was worth $56.57.
 
Theft: 18-58417
On October 27, 2018 Deputy Ridgely responded to Matteson Supply Company in Prince Frederick for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between October 25th and October 26th an unknown suspect(s) stole two ATVs from behind the shop. The value of stolen property is $1,800. 
 
ARRESTS:
 
On October 23, 2018 Deputy T. Mohler conducted a traffic stop on Solomons Island Road in the area of Thomas Johnson Road, Solomons. While making contact with the driver, Michael Anthony Redmond (20), Deputy Mohler observed a green straw that contained a white powdery substance partially rolled into his shirt. A search of the vehicle revealed a container with suspected oxycodone. Redmond was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana and CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia. 
 
 
On October 24, 2018 Deputy N. Buckler drove past the Help Association in Owings when he noticed a vehicle parked on the side of the building. While making contact with the driver, Allen Bates Curtis (46), Deputy Buckler noticed a pile of clothing on the front passenger seat and two black boxes in the rear passenger area. A search of the vehicle revealed pieces of brillo all over the vehicle, a socket with suspected crack cocaine residue inside, 12 pieces of miscellaneous clothing,  a Nikon Camera, an Olympus camera and two speakers. All the items are believed to be stolen from the Help Association. Curtis was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana, CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia, Second Degree, Third Degree and Fourth Degree Burglary. 
 
On October 27, 2018 Deputy Sampson conducted a traffic stop in the area of Solomons Island Road and Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick. One of the passengers, Patrick Henry Nutter IV (32), was asked to step out of the vehicle. A search of his person revealed 20 unopened Suboxone strips and a plastic pouch that contained K2 Spice. A search of his belongings revealed 20 more Suboxone strips as well as two prescription bottles, both with low counts of the recently filled medication. Nutter was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana, CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia and CDS: Possession with Intent to Distribute.
 
On October 28, 2018 Deputy Yates conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Prince Frederick Boulevard and Hallowing Point Road, Prince Frederick. The passenger, Tyrone Johnson (56), admitted to having crack cocaine in his cigarette pack. Johnson was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana.
 
On October 28, 2018 Deputy N. Buckler was approached by a male, later identified as Jeremy Michael Odom Blasiar (28), while working at Abners Crab House in Chesapeake Beach. Blasiar was extremely intoxicated and continued to curse and make threatening statements towards multiple officers. Blasiar was told to leave several times but refused, therefore, he was assisted to the door. Blasiar was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Trespassing. 

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Oxon Hill Man Arrested For Mechanicsville Assault

On October 27, 2018, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to an assault involving a knife in the 39800 block of Graves Road, in Mechanicsville. Alvarez Simeon Johnson Sr., age 46 of Oxon Hill, arrived at the victims’ residence, in violation of a current protective order. Johnson then engaged in a verbal altercation with the victims in the front yard of the residence. Johnson produced a knife he was carrying on his person, and threatened to kill the victims. Johnson grabbed one victim, and began striking the victim with his hands, causing injury. The victims were able to get into a vehicle, and Johnson then attempted to gain entry to the vehicle and assault the second victim. Johnson made slashing motions with the knife he was carrying while trying to force entry to the vehicle. The victims were able to flee the residence in the vehicle; Johnson then began following the victims in his vehicle. Johnson was located operating his vehicle in the 28700 block of Three Notch Road in Mechanicsville, and subsequently arrested by Corporal Beishline. Johnson was charged with the following:
 
Assault First Degree (2 Counts)
 
Assault Second Degree (2 Counts)
 
Reckless Endangerment (2 Counts)
 
Violate Exparte/Protective Order (2 Counts)
 
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Corporal Alvin Beishline at (301) 475-4200 extension *8019 or by email at Alvin.Beishline@stmarysmd.com. Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.

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Governor Larry Hogan Statement on University of Maryland Actions

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today issued the following statement regarding the University System of Maryland Board of Regents’ announcement of the results of their investigation into the University of Maryland, College Park athletic program:
 
"First and foremost, we cannot lose sight of the events that led to the Board of Regents’ investigation. The death of Jordan McNair was a terrible tragedy that should never have occurred and must never be forgotten.
 
“I’ve said from the beginning that this was a very serious matter that required action and transparency. Although our administration was not a part of the process and I do not know how the regents arrived at their conclusions, in the weeks ahead, we will be pushing for assurances that the issues outlined in the report will be effectively addressed.
 
“University leadership still faces the considerable challenge of restoring the trust of students, families, and faculty, and proving that there is and will be accountability for any actions that adversely impact student welfare and the standing of our flagship university. The addition of an oversight board seems to be a positive step, but many will understandably question whether enough has been done to address the serious concerns that exist among many in the College Park community - I am one of them.
 
“It is incumbent upon the regents, President Loh, and the College Park athletic department leadership to build a stronger athletic program where student athletes are always treated with dignity and respect, and to ensure that UMD remains a world-class academic institution that fosters a safe and supportive environment where all students can achieve their dreams.”

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Theft Suspect's Identity Needed (Photos)

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured. On Friday, Oct. 12, 2018 at 4:19 p.m., while waiting for his female companion, the suspect stole the victim’s wallet at California Nails at 21600 Great Mills Road in Lexington Park. Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call DFC John Davis at 301-475-4200, ext. *8015 or email John.Davis@stmarysmd.com. CASE# 54808-18
 
For official news and information, visit the Sheriff’s Office news site at https://firstsheriff.blogspot.com/, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter at @firstsheriff or check our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/firstsheriff/.
 

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Time to "Fall Back" as Daylight Saving Time Ends

Leonardtown, MD - The Department of Emergency Services reminds citizens Daylight Saving Time officially ends Sunday, November 4, 2 a.m. Clocks are to be turned back 1 hour to 1 a.m. eastern standard time.

 

Residents are reminded to change the clock on stoves, microwaves and in cars. However, most smartphones, cable boxes and computers will turn back one hour automatically.

While setting the time on clocks, it's also a great time to change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends citizens replace smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries annually and test the alarms every month.

 

Be sure to remind your friends, family and neighbors to do the same.

 

For more information on Emergency Preparedness visit prepare.stmarysmd.com

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New Lexington Park Police Substation Approved

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, awarded a construction contract for a new Sheriff’s Office District Office in Lexington Park.

The $3-million contract was awarded to Rainbow Construction Corp. of Waldorf, the lowest of six bidders.

Construction is expected to start in December and should take 11 months – being completed in November 2019.

The old Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad building at 21633 Great Mills Road will be converted into the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office District 4 Office. The 6,060 square-foot building will hold processing, meeting and conference room space, three holding cells, two interview rooms, a roll call and training room, break room, evidence bay and storage.

The Lexington Park Community Policing Unit and Patrol Division will use the facility for a permanent base of operations to serve the Lexington Park community. The Maryland Department of Juvenile Justice and Parole and Probation and the State’s Attorney’s Office may also use the facility for meetings with Lexington Park-based clients.

“I am very pleased that the St. Mary’s County Commissioners have awarded the construction contract for a new Sheriff’s Office District Office for Lexington Park,” Sheriff Tim Cameron said. “And like members of the Lexington Park community, the staff of the Sheriff’s Office are eagerly awaiting its construction and completion to better serve the area in a permanent facility.”

The Lexington Park District Office is “one part of the puzzle coming together for public safety,” Major Michael Merican told the commissioners on Tuesday. “This is a huge deal. It puts us right in the middle of Lexington Park. It’s good for the community. It’s good for the Sheriff’s Office. It’s a big step forward and we thank you.”

“This has been a long time coming,” Commissioner Todd Morgan said. “It has been moving forward. It’s awarded. It’s done.”

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Upper Marlboro Female Arrested for Setting Fire to Mothers Home

A 25-year-old female has been arrested and charged with Arson and other related crimes for setting her mother’s home on fire. 

 

Prince George’s County Firefighters responded to a fire just before 1:00 am, Monday, October 29, 2018 at a mobile home park in Upper Marlboro. Public Safety Communications (PSC) had initially received a 911 call for a female damaging her mother’s property and a subsequent 911 call reported a fire at the same location.   Both the County Police and Fire/EMS Department responded to 9115 Marlboro Pike, trailer home lot #62, in Upper Marlboro and arrived to find fire showing from the mobile home.

 

The fire was extinguished without incident.  Fire loss was estimated at $80,000 to the structure and contents.

 

Personnel from the Fire/EMS Department Office of the Fire Marshal were alerted to the call and Investigators determined the fire to be incendiary in nature.

 

Through the course of the investigation it was determined that the home occupant’s adult daughter set the mobile home on fire. Amanda Hooker, 25-year-old female of Upper Marlboro was arrested and transported to the Department of Corrections in Upper Marlboro.

 

Amanda Hooker has been charged with the following crimes:

 

Arson- First Degree

Arson- 2nd Degree

Malicious Burning 1st Degree

Malicious Burning 2nd Degree

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Calvert County Government Launches New Website for the Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter

Calvert County Government has launched a new animal shelter website to promote the new Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter in Prince Frederick. Calvertcountyanimalshelter.com offers information about adoptions, lost and found pets, surrendering an animal, volunteering, fostering and so much more. The shelter will officially open this week.

The dynamic new mobile-friendly website also features a calendar of local events, tips for bringing home a new pet and information about pet health care. Users will find a simple and attractive layout that makes navigation a breeze.

“We will strive to always provide the best overall experience to anyone who visits our shelter,” said Animal Shelter Division Chief Crystal Dowd. “The launch of the new website allows us to cater to the evolving demands of our community and make the overall adoption and reclaiming process as seamless as possible. Now, every user – on any device – can access full information on all of our services in one convenient place.” 

For more information on the county’s new animal shelter, visit Calvertcountyanimalshelter.com or contact the shelter directly at 410-535-1600, ext. 8621. Like Calvert County Government on Facebook.

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St. Mary's County Government Operations for Veterans Day Holiday

Leonardtown, MD – All St. Mary’s County Government administrative Offices will be closed Monday, November 12, in observance of the Veterans Day holiday. All offices will reopen for normal business hours on Tuesday, November 13.
 
The St. Andrews Landfill, the six Convenience Centers and St. Mary’s Transit System (STS) will be open for normal business hours on Monday, November 12. All Convenience Centers and STS will be open for their normal business hours on November 11 and 13. The St. Andrews Landfill will be closed on November 11.
 
The Statewide Specialized Transportation Assistance Program (SSTAP) will not operate on November 12. SSTAP returns to normal operating hours on Tuesday, November 13
All three branches of the St. Mary’s County Library (Charlotte Hall, Leonardtown and Lexington Park) will be closed November 12. The Lexington Park Library will be open from 1 – 5 p.m. on November 11.
 
The three Senior Activity Centers (Garvey, Loffler and Northern) will be closed November 12 and there will be no Home Delivered Meals deliveries.
 
The St. Clement’s Island Museum in Colton’s Point and the Piney Point Museum and Historic Park in Piney Point will be open October 12 from 12 – 4 p.m.

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Calvert Accident Kills Motorcyclist

On October 28th, 2018 at approximately 10:07 p.m., Deputies from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Bureau and Crash Reconstruction Team responded to a single vehicle crash on Catalina Drive located in the Chesapeake Ranch Estates.  Preliminary Investigation of the collision revealed a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by Bobby Price Jr, 57 years old of Lusby, MD was traveling northbound on Catalina Drive when the vehicle left the roadway for unknown reasons.  The motorcycle entered the ditch along the northbound lane and collided with a drainage pipe vaulting the motorcycle and Price Jr. approximately 50 feet before crashing into the yard of a private residence.  Emergency Medical Services personnel responded to the scene and attempted to administer treatment to Price Jr.  Due to the nature of injuries, Price Jr succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene.  Preliminary investigation shows that speed, driver error and alcohol contributed to the collision. 
  
            The collision is under investigation by Dfc. W. Beisel 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 William.beisel@calvertcountymd.gov. 

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Maryland State Police Investigating Fatal Two-Vehicle Crash In Prince George's County

(UPPER MARLBORO, Md.) – Maryland State Police are investigating a multi-vehicle crash that killed one person and injured another early Sunday morning in Prince George’s County.
 
Shortly after 1:45 a.m. this morning, a trooper from the Forestville Barrack responded to a crash in the area of southbound Maryland Route 202 at Chelsea Lane in Upper Marlboro, Md. Upon his arrival, he witnessed a Mercedes that had collided head-on with a Dodge Ram pick-up truck.
 
The driver of the Mercedes, a male, was declared deceased at the scene. The victim’s identification is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The driver of the truck, a male, was transported by ambulance to University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center for treatment of his injuries.
 
The Maryland State Police CRASH Team responded to investigate the cause of the crash. Prince George’s Fire and EMS also responded to the scene to assist with the victims and to extinguish the fire of the Mercedes. Maryland Department of Transportation SHA personnel provided assistance with traffic and detours.
 
The investigation continues…

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Charles Officers Investigating School Bus Accident

On October 26 at 9:12 a.m., officers responded to Poplar Hill Road at Mattawoman Beantown Road in Waldorf for the report of an accident involving a school bus and a dump truck. Upon arrival, officers located the bus which had 17 students on board as well as the bus driver. All occupants of the bus were transported to a hospital for evaluation and some with minor injuries. Charles County Public Schools Officials were on the scene assisting students. The operator of the dump truck was uninjured.

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Maryland Congressional Team Announces $2.5 Million Grant to Fight Heroin and Other Illegal Opioids Statewide

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, John K. Delaney and Jamie Raskin (All D-Md.) have announced that the Maryland State Police will receive a grant of $2,544,800 through the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to support law enforcement agencies in combating the illegal manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine, heroin, and prescription opioids.


The funds come from the Anti-Heroin Task Force Program (AHTFP), a competitive grant program that provides two years of funding directly to law enforcement agencies in states with high per capita levels of primary treatment admissions for heroin and other opioids. Maryland was one of 17 states awarded funding this week. According to DOJ, these grants will support the location or investigation of illicit activities related to the distribution of heroin or the unlawful distribution of prescription opioids. AHTFP grants are managed and dispersed through COPS, the component of the DOJ responsible for advancing the practice of community policing through information sharing and financial assistance.

 

“There is no simple answer to the opioid crisis, which has touched every corner of our state, but we do know that it takes partnership at all levels of government, and all available resources, to stem this tide of opioid addiction and abuse,” said Senator Cardin. “The COPS Program continues to actively support Maryland and our communities in need. I’ll keep fighting to ensure the federal government remains an aggressive partner in Maryland’s fight to combat the opioid epidemic.”

 

“As Maryland and states across the country work to combat this public health crisis, they need a partner in the federal government. This funding will help our state combat opioids and will provide crucial resources to fight this epidemic. That’s why I have strongly supported this funding and will continue fighting for this program in the Senate. But we are only getting started. Together, we must keep fighting for prevention, treatment, and recovery services for individuals struggling with substance abuse and other mental health issues. We won't stop until we've ended this scourge and addressed the terrible personal and economic toll that the opioid epidemic and substance abuse takes on our communities," said Senator Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committees. 

 

“I’m pleased that the Department of Justice has awarded this grant funding to the state of Maryland,” said Congressman Hoyer. “These funds are an important step in addressing this crisis and will further help our law enforcement agencies tackle the heroin and opioid epidemic, which has affected thousands of families in our state. I am a strong proponent of the Community Orientated Policing Services Program, which brings together law enforcement and health providers, a critical partnership in addressing the drug epidemic.  I look forward to continuing to work with our local law enforcement, health care providers, and other stakeholders to better address the opioid crisis.”

 

“As a lifelong resident of Baltimore, I’ve seen the destructive nature of opioid and heroin addiction, which destroys lives and tears apart families and communities,” said Congressman Cummings. “The over $2.5M in grant funding for the Maryland State Police will be vital in combating the illegal manufacturing and distribution of heroin and prescription opioids in Maryland.”

 

“As an Appropriator, I fought the White House’s efforts to gut the COPS program, successfully restoring full funding in the Commerce, Justice and Science funding bill,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “Now, Maryland is getting a piece of the pie, helping our state law enforcement crack down on heroin manufacturing and distribution in our communities. The COPS program is the type of investment in the basics that our constituents want us to prioritize.”

 

“This new federal grantmaking commitment will help boost Maryland’s efforts to tackle the opioid epidemic,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “In addition to providing local and state law enforcement with the resources they need to reduce the availability of heroin and other opioids, we must continue fighting this terrible crisis by expanding addiction treatment and recovery services in communities across Maryland and around the country.”

 

“There isn’t a zip code in Maryland that hasn’t been harmed by opioids and giving law enforcement the resources they need to crack down on illicit and illegal activity is an important part of ending this terrible crisis.  There is strong bipartisan support for this program because it delivers federal assistance to the local agencies so that they can do their essential work,” said Congressman Delaney.

 

“I applaud the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services’ decision to send over $2.5 million to Maryland's police to help stem the flow of illegal opioids to our state. Like much of the country, my district is suffering from this epidemic, and relies heavily upon federal aid for local and state law enforcement officers who are working on the ground, in our communities,” Congressman Brown said. “I am proud to support this federal funding and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services; they are essential partners in our fight against the opioid epidemic.”  

 

“I am pleased that the Department of Justice has awarded this crucial funding to Maryland to help us combat the opioid crisis affecting so many people in our state,” said Congressman Raskin. “It will help Maryland State Police curb the illegal manufacturing and distribution of heroin and prescription opioids. But we can’t stop there. We have to work together with local law enforcement, health care providers, medical researchers, and other community members to work to stop prescription abuse and to end this devastating epidemic and help everyone affected by it.”

 

Earlier this week the President signed into law H.R. 6, the “Substance Use Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act,” also known as the “SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act.”  The legislation reauthorized a number of key law enforcement programs important to Maryland through the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), such as the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), drug courts, the COPS Anti-Meth Program, and the COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force Program.

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Man Who Murdered Neighbor Sentenced to 64 Years in Prison

LA PLATA, MD—Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Thursday, October 25, 2018, Charles County Circuit Court Judge H. James West sentenced Marcus Darnell Johnson, 34 of Nanjemoy, to 64 Years for the Second-Degree Murder of Wayne Proctor, Jr. and 6 counts of reckless endangerment.

 

Covington, commenting on the case, said, “I’ve been dealing with criminal law for close to 30 years. The killing of Wayne Proctor has got to be one of the most senseless, incomprehensible takings of life I can remember.  All you can do is shake your head in disbelief, feel for his family, and thank the Court for imposing a sentence that keeps this defendant behind bars for decades.”

 

On Tuesday, August 14, 2018, a Charles County jury, after a 7-day trial, convicted Johnson of the above listed charges.

 

On December 23, 2017, officers responded to the 8300 block of Bowie Road in Nanjemoy for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers discovered victim Wayne Proctor, Jr. lying unconscious on the floor, suffering from gunshot wounds to his chest and abdomen. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

 

An investigation revealed that prior to the shooting, Johnson and the victim, who were neighbors, engaged in a heated argument while standing outside of Proctor’s residence.  The argument was related to a thirty-dollar debt the victim owed the defendant. Proctor’s wife and children were also present during the argument. At some point, Johnson brandished a handgun which prompted Proctor, his wife, and children to walk inside their residence and close the door. As Proctor was closing the door, Johnson fired multiple bullets at Proctor.  Proctor was struck multiple times.  Two of the bullets entered his chest and pierced his heart resulting in Proctor’s death.  Johnson fled the scene but was apprehended by officers shortly thereafter. 

 

During sentencing, Assistant State’s Attorney Sarah Freeman told the judge, “the defendant’s response [to this petty argument] was to pull out a firearm and start firing with the victim’s children and wife standing there with the victim. – [Proctor’s family] came up and told you that Wayne Proctor was the glue to their family. He wasn’t just a man, but a family man. He was a father. Not only did his children have to witness this killing – including watching their father’s death throes - they’ll have to live their entire lives fatherless.  Johnson must be punished for taking [the victim’s] life.”

 

Before sentencing Johnson, Judge West said, “…a man, that is an active family man with five children, extended family, and contacts beyond what the eye can see in this courtroom, is basically in his home and gunned down in front of children, and his children will forever walk with that memory. It’s just really unacceptable. – If you gun down someone in front of their little children, that is way over the line of any crime I can think of.”

 

Total Sentence

 

Count 3- Second Degree Murder - 40 years DOC
Count 5 - Reckless Endangerment - 3 years DOC 
Count 6 - Reckless Endangerment - 4 years DOC 
Count 7 - Reckless Endangerment - 4 years DOC 
Count 8 - Reckless Endangerment - 4 years DOC 
Count 9 - Reckless Endangerment - 5 years DOC 
Count 10 - Reckless Endangerment - 4 years DOC


All sentences run consecutive to each other bringing the total active sentence to 64 years.

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Impaired Driving Enforcement Planned Through Halloween

October 26, 2018
(PIKESVILLE, MD) – If your Halloween plans include alcohol, the Maryland State Police is reminding drivers that troopers will be working additional impaired driving patrols beginning tonight and continuing through Halloween.
 
Barracks across Maryland are using impaired driving grant funding from the MDOT/MVA Maryland Highway Safety Office to put additional troopers on the road.  These troopers will be saturating areas known to have a higher frequency of impaired driving arrests or crashes.  The enforcement focus of the troopers in these patrols will be solely on locating and arresting impaired drivers.
 
“Our mission includes doing all we can to make Maryland roads safe,” State Police Superintendent Colonel William Pallozzi said.  “Knowing the frequency of impaired driving increases during this period, we are increasing our impaired driving patrols as part of our ongoing efforts to protect those traveling on our roads from the deadly threat of impaired drivers.  Our troopers are part of a coordinated law enforcement effort statewide to reduce this threat by taking impaired drivers off our roads.”
 
Saturation patrols for impaired drivers will be unannounced.  Locations and times of operations will vary.  The additional patrols will start tonight and will occur through October 31st.
 
Those using alcohol during upcoming celebrations are urged to make plans for a sober driver to take them home before they begin drinking.  Multiple transportation options are available for those who will be drinking that keep them from behind the wheel.
 
It is estimated to cost someone arrested for impaired driving about $10,000 for legal fees, fines, lost wages and multiple other reasons.  That cost is just for a simple arrest.  If a crash is involved, the cost goes up exponentially, since a price cannot be placed on a life lost.

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Residents Encouraged to Participate in the National Citizen Survey Online

Charles County Government is partnering with National Research Center, Inc. to conduct the National Citizen Survey™ (NCS™). The survey centers on community livability and includes questions about the quality of life in the community, local policies, demographics, rating of local government services, and residents’ use of services.
 
Earlier this month, a random and scientific sample of 1,600 households received invitations by mail. Residents who have not yet participated are invited to take the survey online at http://bit.ly/charlescounty2018 from Friday, Oct. 26 to Friday, Nov. 9.
 
The NCS™ is designed to provide a baseline of how Charles County Government is serving residents, to better gauge perceptions of the county, and to make comparisons with peer local government agencies.
 
About The National Citizen Survey:
 
The National Citizen Survey™ (The NCS™) was among the first scientific surveys developed to gather resident opinion on a range of community issues, and has been used in more than 350 jurisdictions across 46 states. The NCS™ is a high-quality cost-effective scientific survey of resident opinion and an important benchmarking tool that allows for comparison among communities. Communities using The NCS™ have reported that the tool helped improve performance, strengthen communications with community stakeholders, and identify clear priorities for use in goal and budget setting.

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Important Election Information for the 2018 General Election

 For the 2018 General Election, voters may vote in person or by absentee ballot. To vote in person, voters who reside in Calvert County may vote before Election Day at the designated early voting center in Calvert County or on Election Day at the polling place for their residence in Calvert County.
 
Early voting centers will be open for voting 10 a.m.-8 p.m. from Thursday, Oct. 25 through Thursday, Nov. 1. The early voting center in Calvert County is located at 30 Duke St., lower level, in Prince Frederick. A list of early voting locations in Maryland can be found at: elections.maryland.gov/voting/documents/2018_Early_Voting_Centers_web.pdf.
 
Voters who prefer to vote on Election Day may vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6. On Election Day, polling places will be open for voting from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To avoid delays, voters should try to vote between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
 
Voters can review the sample ballot they received in the mail to help familiarize themselves with candidates and ballot style.  They can also take their sample ballot to the polling place as a reference when they vote.
 
Where Do I Vote?
 
During early voting, Calvert County voters can vote at the designated early voting center in Prince Frederick. The center is located at an accessible facility with adequate parking and within a convenient driving distance for most voters in the county. Information about early voting centers and early voting in general is available at elections.maryland.gov/voting/early_voting.html.
 
On Election Day, Calvert County voters can vote at their assigned polling places. Voters can find their assigned precincts by looking at the voter notification card they received from the Calvert County Board of Elections or by clicking the “Find your Polling Place” link at elections.maryland.gov. Voters who have moved, but have not updated their address, should search for the polling place for their new address or contact the Calvert County Board of Elections. It is important for voters to vote in the polling place that is tied to their new address because only those contests for which voters are eligible to vote will be counted.
 
How Do I Vote?
 
Maryland elections are conducted with a paper-based voting system. Voters will cast votes by marking and scanning paper ballots. Most voters will use a pen to mark a paper ballot by hand and voters unable to mark a ballot by hand will use a ballot marking device. Instructions will be available to help voters familiarize themselves with the ballot and how to vote. Voters may also ask an election judge to explain how to vote, but a voter must vote alone, unless the voter is unable to do so because of disability, inability to write or inability to read the ballot.
 
For absentee and provisional voting, voters are issued a paper ballot. Absentee voters who choose to receive their ballot electronically will print their own paper ballot to mark by hand. Voters fill in the oval next to each candidate and ballot question response they select. An online ballot marking tool is also available. Using the tool, voters mark their ballot using their computer, then print their paper ballot and return it by mail. At the Calvert County Board of Elections, absentee ballots are fed into a scanning unit which reads and tabulates the selections made by voters. All provisional ballots and absentee ballots are reviewed in a public meeting after the election and counted or rejected according to state law and regulation.
 
How Can I Get an Absentee Ballot?
 
Voters may request to receive their absentee ballot by mail, electronically or by fax. The deadline to request a mailed or faxed absentee ballot is Tuesday, Oct. 30. The deadline to request an absentee electronically is Friday, Nov. 2. If a voter misses the above deadlines, but still wants to vote by absentee ballot, the voter or the voter’s agent must apply in person at the Calvert County Board of Elections before 8 p.m. on Election Day. If a voter misses the above deadlines, but still wants to vote by absentee ballot, the voter or the voter’s agent must apply in person at the Calvert County Board of Elections before 8 p.m. on Election Day. Visit elections.maryland.gov/voting/absentee.html to request an absentee ballot or for more information. Absentee ballots must be hand-delivered to the Calvert County Board of Elections by 8 p.m. on Election Day or mailed on or before Election Day and received by the local board by 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 16. All absentee ballots are reviewed, regardless of whether or not the absentee ballots will impact the outcome of an election.
 
What is a Provisional Ballot?
 
A provisional ballot is a safeguard to ensure that individuals who believe they are registered and eligible to vote are able to vote. Voters required to vote by provisional ballot will be asked to complete a provisional ballot application and then issued a paper ballot. It is important that voters complete the entire provisional ballot application because the information on the application is used to determine whether the provisional ballot will be counted.
 
All provisional ballot applications are reviewed regardless of whether or not the provisional ballots impact the outcome of an election. A provisional ballot will only be counted after the Calvert County Board of Elections has reviewed the provisional ballot application and determined that the individual is in fact registered and eligible to vote the provisional ballot. A provisional ballot is not an alternative to the electronic voting system. Additional information about provisional voting is available at elections.maryland.gov/voting/provisional_voting.html.
 
Voters may visit elections.maryland.gov/elections/2018/index.html for more 2018 election information or contact the Calvert County Board of Elections at 410-535-2214 or the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683).

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Theft Suspect-ID Needed (Photos)

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the individuals pictured. On October 9, 2018, the female suspect removed property from the Target Store, located on First Colony Way, in California. The parties then left the scene in a Jeep Liberty SUV.
 
Anyone with information on the identity of the individuals is asked to contact Corporal 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.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.

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Calvert County to Host Free Residential Shredding Event

The Calvert County Department of Public Works, Solid Waste Division, will host a free paper shredding event for county residents Saturday, Oct. 27. The event will be held at Northern High School located at 2950 Chaneyville Road in Owings 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 information about this event, call the Calvert County Solid Waste Division at 410-326-0210 or visit www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/recycle.
 
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Public Invited to Learn About Lexington Park Opportunity Zone

Leonardtown, MD – The St. Mary’s County Department of Economic Development will host a public information session on Thursday November 8, from 10 a.m. until noon, regarding a new, federally designated Opportunity Zone in Lexington Park.  The meeting will be held at Precise Systems’ Curtiss Room, 22290 Exploration Drive, Suite 300, in Lexington Park.

 

Frank Dickson, Director of Strategic Business Initiatives at the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, will present the benefits of Opportunity Zones and the various ways individuals, property owners and businesses can benefit.  Attendees will learn, ask questions and sign up for private meetings with the Department of Economic Development.

 

Opportunity Zones (O-Zones) were created as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2017.  Designed to bring new investment to economically-distressed areas, the first set of O-Zones was federally designated in April 2018.  St. Mary’s County is home to one O-Zone in the Lexington Park Development District.  The O-Zone encompasses an area from Buck Hewitt Road in the north to Chancellor’s Run Road and Great Mills Road, between Three Notch Road and Forest Run Drive in the south.  A link to the State-wide map of O-Zones is available at https://bit.ly/2F2ttC5

 

The O-Zones program provides tax benefits to investors who experience a capital gain and invest the capital gain in an O-Zone.  Three tiers of benefits are available based on the duration of the investment.  The purpose of the meeting is to provide property owners, local business, real estate professionals, bankers and residents with awareness and knowledge about the program.

 

St. Mary’s County has an opportunity to attract investment dollars into Lexington Park. The County’s Strategic Plan to Build an Innovation-Driven Economy names the development of walkable, mixed-use town centers as crucial to economic diversification and workforce attraction and retention.  Popular with younger workers and baby boomers alike, these locales offer opportunities to walk around and gathering places to connect with others along with shops and cultural experiences. Lexington Park, near the county’s geographic center and employment center, is a key growth area as part of the strategy. 

 

To learn more about Opportunity Zones log on to: https://www.stmarysmd.com/ded/opportunityzone/

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