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Charles County to Manage Section of Chapel Point State Park

The Board of Public Works today unanimously approved a lease agreement between the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Charles County Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism allowing the county to manage approximately 50 acres of Chapel Point State Park for public recreation.
 
The area includes access roads and approximately 3,000 linear feet of shoreline, extending from the existing boat ramp and parking area north of Deep Point southward to Chapel Point.
 
The 25-year lease agreement will enable the county to oversee the area along Port Tobacco River, while providing for enhanced collaboration with the department on the development of a master plan and implementation of various projects that will enhance recreational access, opportunity and services.
 
“This lease agreement is a great example of how the state and counties can collaborate, partner and share resources that both conserve and protect our important natural areas while also expanding recreational amenities and outdoor experiences,” Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “We look forward to working closely with Charles County in the coming months on the planned improvements to the property.”
 
As part of the lease agreement, the county and department worked to develop a conceptual plan for the leased area, which includes improvements to the existing boat launch and fishing beach, a redesigned waterfront picnic area, a new “soft” kayak launch, an enhanced paddle-in campsite, and more secure and sustainable beach access. In addition to these amenities, other projects include work on access roads, parking, trails and wayfinding. Much of the parks’ undeveloped shoreline will remain intact and natural. Other recreation uses, including hunting, will continue. Improvements are anticipated to begin in spring 2019.
 
“Charles County is excited to revitalize a 50-acre area of this park along the Port Tobacco River to offer prime waterfront access to recreational activities for our residents and visitors,” Charles County Administrator Michael D. Mallinoff said. “This hidden gem will be enhanced to provide tremendous opportunities for our community to enjoy the park, whether on foot, bicycle, kayak, or boat.”
 
Chapel Point State Park consists of 828 acres of beaches, fields, forests, streams and wetlands. In addition to significant natural resources, the state park includes several prehistoric and historic archaeological sites, as well as Chapel Point (St. Ignatius Church), the site of a Jesuit mission established by Father Andrew White around 1640.

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Commissioner-Appointed Board, Committee, and Commission Vacancies Open

The Charles County Commissioners are seeking county residents who want to get involved in their community to fill vacancies on several boards, committees, and commissions. No experience required.
 
The Board of License Commissioners (Liquor Board) reviews and approves the issuance and renewal of liquor licenses in Charles County, and establishes penalties for violations. Members serve four-year terms. Seeking District 2 and District 4 residents to fill vacancy.
 
The Nuisance Abatement Board conducts hearings pertaining to citizen complaints regarding unsightly accumulation of paper, junk, vehicle parts, trash, garbage, leaves, etc. and if grass, weeds, uncultivated vegetable growth, briars, bush and plants that are more than one foot high on private property.
 
The Internal Audit Oversight Committee advises the Board of Commissioners and the County Administrator on significant audit matters such as management’s internal controls, compliance, performance and risk assessment practices, and the work plan for internal audits performed under the Internal Audit Charter.
 
The Governor’s Property Tax Assessment Board hears appeals from Charles County property owners who disagree with the values assessed by the State Department of Assessments and Taxation, and appeals concerning local tax credits, local taxes, and other local tax matters. In addition to completing a Charles County online application, you must complete a Governor’ application at Governor.Maryland.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Application-Form.pdf.
 
Additional vacancies include:
 
Adult Public Guardianship Review Board
 
Alarm Review Board
 
Animal Matters Hearing Board
 
Area Council on Aging
 
Board of License Commissioners (Liquor Board) District 2 and District 4
 
Business Development Loan Fund for Women, Minorities and Veterans
 
Charles County Pension Plan Committee
 
Commission for Women
 
Commission on Individuals with Disabilities
 
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council (Charles County)
 
Homeowner's Association Dispute Review Board
 
Internal Audit Oversight Committee Newly Formed
 
Mental Health Advisory Committee
 
Nuisance Abatement Board
 
Property Tax Assessment Appeal Board
 
Sheriff’s Office Retirement Plan Committee (SORP)
 
Positions will remain open until filled.  A separate application must be submitted for each vacancy.   Applications and a detailed list of all current vacancies are available on the Charles County Government website at www.CharlesCountyMD.gov or by contacting Carol DeSoto, Senior Commissioner Specialist, at 301-645-0691 or DesotoC@CharlesCountyMD.gov

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Baltimore Restaurants Bar Sodas, Sugary Drinks on Kids' Menus

Baltimore, MD: ? Thanks to a city ordinance that went into effect Wednesday, Baltimore now is the biggest U.S. city and first on the East Coast to stop restaurants from including sodas and sugary drinks on kids' menus. The ordinance which was signed by Mayor Catherine Pugh earlier this year is designed to stop children from consuming too much sugary drinks, which is seen as a key factor in high rates of chronic diseases such as diabetes. Shawn McIntosh with the Maryland chapter of the Sugar Free Kids advocacy group says milk, 100 percent fruit juices, water and flavored or sparkling water without added sweeteners will now be the default option in your favorite eatery.
"Well, right now the default beverage is typically a sugary beverage, and so a parent doesn't really have a choice when they look at a children's menu on the healthy beverage, it doesn't offer that as the default choice. So now the choice is in the parents' hands."
McIntosh says one in four Baltimore children currently drinks at least one soda each day. The ordinance is opposed by the Restaurant Association of Maryland, which issued a statement Wednesday saying "public policy that interferes with the minutiae of restaurant operations exacerbates the business challenges already facing city restaurants."
Seven California cities and Lafayette, Colorado, have enacted similar ordinances, according to health officials. McIntosh says she hopes other cities will jump on board with similar changes to protect the health of the population.
"We really hope this sweeps the country. There are actually national chains doing this, so it's not something new, it's something we're hoping that all restaurants will now do. "
 According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in three school-aged kids in Baltimore is obese. Restaurants that don't comply with the ordinance will face a 100-dollar penalty.

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Public Hearing Scheduled for the Issuance of Economic Development Revenue Bonds from the City of Gaithersburg for the Benefit of Asbury Solomons

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will hold a public hearing Tuesday, July 24, 2018, to consider and receive comments regarding the approval of the issuance of economic development revenue bonds by the city of Gaithersburg for the benefit of Asbury Solomons.
 
The bonds will be used in accordance to the Maryland Economic Development Revenue Bond Act to finance and refinance all or a portion of the costs for the acquisition and improvement of the continuing care retirement facility known as Asbury Solomons.
 
Economic development revenue bonds, often referred to as industrial revenue bonds, provide financing at tax-exempt rates. Eligibility is limited by Federal tax law to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, manufacturing facilities and certain solid waste projects. When Calvert County Government considers approving economic development revenue bonds, there is no impact to government finances and no impact to the taxpayer. The bond issuance is sponsored by the county government, allowing the borrower to benefit from the government’s status as a tax-exempt entity. All costs are borne by the borrower, in this case, Asbury Solomons.
 
The hearing will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Commissioners’ Hearing Room in the Calvert County Circuit Courthouse, located at 175 Main St. in Prince Frederick. Citizens are encouraged to view more about the resolution online.
 
For additional information, contact the Calvert County Department of Finance and Budget at 410-535-1600, ext. 2435 or via email at Timothy.Hayden@calvertcountymd.gov. Individuals who cannot attend the public hearing may submit written comments. These written comments must be received by 4:30 p.m., July 23, 2018, and may be submitted by emailing COMMISS@calvertcountymd.gov or through the U.S. mail to the BOCC at 175 Main St., Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Any reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities or linguistic barriers should be requested by contacting the BOCC office at 410-535-1600, ext. 2202. Like Calvert County Government on Facebook.  

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Man Charged With Indecent Exposure

On July 15 at 10 a.m., officers responded to the parking lot of Safeway on King Street in Waldorf for the report of an indecent exposure. The victim was exiting her car when the suspect drove up next to her and asked for directions. When she went to the vehicle window to give the driver directions, she noticed his genitals were exposed. The victim walked away and went inside the store where she subsequently called police. The suspect entered the store, made a quick purchase and fled. Through investigation, the suspect was identified as Andre Donovan Bess, Jr., 27, of Waldorf.  An arrest warrant was issued, and Bess was located and charged with indecent exposure. PFC B. Chambers and PFC C. Caywood investigated.    

Andre Donovan Bess, Jr., 27, of Waldorf

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Officers Apprehend Armed Robbery Suspect / Crime Solvers Offering Reward For Identity Of Additional Suspects

On July 18 at 3:26 a.m., officers responded to the CVS located at 6260 Crain Highway in La Plata for the report of an armed robbery in progress involving three suspects, one who was armed with a gun. Officers arrived within minutes and were able to apprehend one suspect as he attempted to flee the store. Two other suspects fled in a Mercedes. Officers observed the suspect’s car near Billingsley Road and St. Francis Drive where they jumped out of the moving vehicle and fled on foot. Officers canvassed the area but the suspects escaped. Aaron Leroy Ferguson, 26, of Washington, DC, was charged with first-degree assault, armed robbery, theft and related charges. Detectives are working on leads to identify the other suspects involved. Anyone with information is asked to call (301) 932-2222. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may 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. A cash reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for the tip that leads to the arrest of the suspects.

Aaron Leroy Ferguson, 26, of Washington, DC

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Public Hearing Scheduled for Ordinance to Allow Real Property Tax Refunds for Disabled Veterans

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will hold a public hearing Tuesday, July 24, 2018, to consider and receive comments regarding an ordinance that allows Calvert County Government to issue real property tax refunds to Veteran Affairs (VA) confirmed disabled veterans.
 
The ordinance will refund county property tax to the date of the VA’s determination of disability for a qualified disabled veteran, or the date of the veteran’s death for a qualifying application from a surviving spouse of a qualified disabled veteran.
 
The hearing will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Commissioners’ Hearing Room in the Calvert County Circuit Courthouse, located at 175 Main St. in Prince Frederick. Citizens are encouraged to view ordinance online.
 
For additional information, contact the Calvert County Department of Finance and Budget at 410-535-1600, ext. 2435 or via email at Timothy.Hayden@calvertcountymd.gov. Individuals who cannot attend the public hearing may submit written comments. These written comments must be received by 4:30 p.m., July 23, 2018, and may be submitted by emailing COMMISS@calvertcountymd.gov or through the U.S. mail to the BOCC at 175 Main St., Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Any reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities or linguistic barriers should be requested by contacting the BOCC office at 410-535-1600, ext. 2202. Like Calvert County Government on Facebook.

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Jason Aul Begins as New Director of Tourism

Leonardtown, MD - The Foundational Board of Directors of Visit St. Mary’s MD has selected Jason Aul to lead the newly established tourism organization.  Mr. Aul comes to St Mary’s County from Washington, D.C. where he most recently managed tourism and brand management with Brand USA, an organization dedicated to marketing the United States as a tourism destination. 
 
Mr. Aul holds a Masters of Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Public Policy Focus, from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. 
 
"I was drawn to St. Mary's people, culture, and boundless experiences. As the first director of Visit St. Mary's MD, I look forward to immersing myself in the tourism community and working collaboratively with stakeholders to raise the bar for tourism here in this beautiful county,” said Mr. Aul.
 
Focusing on destination development and marketing, Mr. Aul will direct Visit St. Mary’s MD through implementation of the county adopted Tourism and hospitality Master plan. The master plan was a result of input from the St. Mary’s tourism community that identified key county tourism assets and amenities and provided strategies to enhance the county as a tourism destination and grow the local economy, Visit St. Mary’s MD, a 501(c)6 organization, has a ten year operating agreement with St. Mary’s County to carry out all tourism activities on behalf of the county and grow the tourism industry.
 
A five-person Foundational Board of Directors, made up of key stakeholders tasked with guiding the county through the process of establishing a separate non-profit tourism entity, conducted the search process.  Once established, Visit St. Mary’s MD will seek to expand the Board to include 12-15 individuals with broad representation from the tourism industry and business community.  The creation of this new tourism entity demonstrates St. Mary’s County’s commitment to implement the Tourism and Hospitality Master Plan in support of an innovation-driven economy in St. Mary’s County.
“This is an exciting time for the St Mary’s County’s tourism industry.  The creation of a new, nimble non-profit entity that will be led by Jason will push tourism to the next level,” said Chris Kaselemis, St Mary’s County Economic Development Director. “Jason will bring together stakeholders to improve the visitor experience and attract more tourism dollars to St. Mary’s County.” 
Visit St. Mary’s MD will be co-located with the Department of Economic Development at the Governmental Center in Leonardtown.

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Three Notch Trail Section Closure Extended

Leonardtown, MD - The closure of the Three Notch Trail section between Cedar View Court and Mechanicsville Road has been extended until August 3, 2018.  This is due to additional work which is needed to be done and allow crews to safely complete construction in the area. The closure impacts an area along the trail, between Mechanicsville Road south to Cedar View Court.
 
A re-opening date will be posted on the St. Mary’s County website. 
 
For more information, please contact the St. Mary’s County Department of Public Works & Transportation at 301-475-4200.

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Calvert County Government Launches Newly Redesigned Tourism Website

Calvert County Government launched a newly redesigned tourism website to promote the scenic beauty and unique attractions featured in this charming county bounded by the Patuxent River and the Chesapeake Bay. ChooseCalvert.com offers information about boating and water sports, tours and museums, restaurants, hiking trails and so much more to plan the perfect vacation.  
 
The dynamic new mobile-friendly website features a calendar of local events, video spotlights of Calvert County’s pristine waterways and lush parks, and provides users with a simple and attractive new layout that makes locating information a breeze. Create the perfect summer itinerary by viewing the top 10 things to do in the county including hunting for fossils and sharks teeth at the beach; sampling local wines and ales at wineries and breweries; and visiting historic lighthouses to create an unforgettable experience for the entire family.
 
“Calvert County is a wonderland of exciting things to see and do,” said Kelly Robertson-Slagle, director of Economic Development. “This new website is fresh, vibrant, colorful and easy to navigate.”
 
At ChooseCalvert.com, citizens and visitors can stay connected to all things tourism and sign up for the monthly tourism newsletter for updates on events and attractions. Visitors can also request a copy of the 2018 Visitors Guide or view the guide online.
 
For more information on county attractions and events, please contact the Calvert County Department of Economic Development at 410-535-4583 or via email at info@ecalvert.com. Visit ChooseCalvert.com to “Catch our Drift,” and check out the new Calvert County Tourism Instagram page at www.instagram.com/visitcalvertcounty. Like Calvert County Government on Facebook.

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Seven Additional Arrests Made And More Pending As Police Continue To Dismantle Heroin/Fentanyl Distribution Operation In Maryland

(ANNAPOLIS, MD) – A cooperative cross-jurisdictional and multi-state drug investigation has led to seven additional arrests with more expected as police continue to dismantle a drug trafficking organization they believe was responsible for the distribution of heroin and fentanyl throughout Maryland.
 
The seven additional arrests include two juveniles.  The remaining five arrests are adults, all of whom were transported to the Jennifer Road Detention Center in Annapolis. They are identified as:
 
Sterling Nugen, 36, of Lusby, MD, charged with conspiracy to distribute narcotics (heroin and fentanyl).
 
Richard Mattingly, 32, of Leonardtown, MD, charged with conspiracy to distribute narcotics (heroin and fentanyl).
 
Bdonshee Wells, 24, of Annapolis, MD, charged with conspiracy to distribute narcotics (heroin and fentanyl) and multiple criminal charges pertaining to criminal gang participation.
 
Keyo Fox, 18, of Glen Burnie, charged with possession with the intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance (heroin).
 
Rachel Keys, 28, of Severna Park, MD, charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (heroin).
 
The arrests of the first seven suspects occurred between June 20 and June 27, 2018. They were identified in a news release issued on June 28, 2018 as:
 
Traymont Wiley, age 27, of Columbia, MD, who was charged with being a drug kingpin (heroin and fentanyl), conspiracy to distribute narcotics (heroin and fentanyl) and multiple criminal charges pertaining to criminal gang participation.
 
Vincent Clark, age 26, of Arnold, MD, who was charged with conspiracy to distribute narcotics (heroin and fentanyl), and multiple criminal charges pertaining to criminal gang participation.
 
Willie Rhodes, age 28, of Annapolis, MD, who was charged with conspiracy to distribute narcotics (heroin and fentanyl), and multiple criminal charges pertaining to criminal gang participation.
 
Quentin Jones, age 32, of no fixed address, who was charged with conspiracy to distribute narcotics (heroin and fentanyl), and multiple criminal charges pertaining to criminal gang participation.
 
Ashley Jaxel, age 29, of Upper Marlboro, Ronald McElwain, age 33, of Baltimore and Timothy Aminzadeh, age 43, of Annapolis who were all charged with conspiracy to distribute narcotics (heroin and fentanyl).
 
The investigation began in the fall of 2015 and was led by the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division, Central South Narcotics unit in partnership with the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office. Information developed during the investigation indicates the arrestees were part of a drug trafficking operation supplying drugs, especially heroin and fentanyl throughout Anne Arundel County, Prince George’s County, Baltimore City and Baltimore County.
 
Assistance in this investigation is being provided by agents from Homeland Security Investigations, officers from the Annapolis City Police Department and the Anne Arundel County Police Department. The Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office is also actively involved in providing guidance and support as the investigation continues.  Additional arrests and charges are expected.

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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

During the week of July 9 – July 15 deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,476 calls for service throughout the community.
 
Burglary: 18-36538
On July 9, 2018 Deputy O’Donnell responded to the Tiki Bar in Solomons for the report of a burglary. The victim advised sometime between June 25th and July 9th an unknown suspect(s) broke into the establishment and stole a 42 inch television, a La-Z-Boy chair, a wooden table, a fire pit, and miscellaneous bottles of alcohol. The value of stolen property and damage to the establishment is approximately $750.
 
Burglary: 18-37028
On July 11, 2018 Deputy R. Shrawder responded to Alder Road, Port Republic for the report of a burglary. The complainant advised sometime between 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM an unknown suspect(s) broke into the community center. Nothing was taken, however, the estimated value of damage to the facility is $100.
 
Burglary: 18-37187
On July 12, 2018 Deputy Spalding responded to Cedar Lane, Lusby for the report of a burglary. The victim advised sometime between July 11th at 7:00 PM and July 12th at 2:30 PM an unknown suspect(s) broke into his shed and stole his 2002 yellow and white Suzuki RM dirt bike. The value of the stolen property is $1,500.
 
Damaged Property: 18-36797
On July 10, 2018 Deputy O’Donnell responded to the Holiday Inn in Solomons for the report of damaged property. The victim stated an unknown suspect(s) keyed his black Nissan Rogue. The estimated value of the damaged property is approximately $500. 
 
Damaged Property: 18-37732
On July 15, 2018 Deputy Gott responded to Redlands Road, Lusby for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised an unknown suspect(s) egged her siding causing $10 in damage.
 
Theft: 18-36525
On July 9, 2018 Deputy Deleon responded to St Leonard Road, St Leonard for the report of a theft. The complainant advised copper pipes on her freezer unit had been cut and stolen.
 
Theft: 18-36668 
On July 10, 2018 Deputy Lewis responded to the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office for a reported theft. The victim advised he ordered shoes online, but never received the shoes at his residence. The shoes are valued at $131.21.
 
Theft: 18-36923
On July 11, 2018 Deputy Flynt responded to Mission Court, Owings for the report of a theft that happened earlier at the Safeway in Dunkirk. The victim advised when she was leaving the parking lot she noticed her iPhone, which had a wallet case with her driver’s license and credit cards, was missing. 
 
ARRESTS:
 
On July 9, 2018 Deputy Rzepkowski responded to Terri Lane, Huntingtown for a disorderly subject. Emergency communications advised the suspect, Jerome Kyler (25), was high and being destructive in the house. Deputy Rzepkowski made contact with Kyler and placed him in handcuffs. A search of his room and belongings revealed drug paraphernalia including a glass pipe with burnt residue, a needle that was filled with a liquid substance and two prescription bottles filled with urine. Kyler was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia. 
 
On July 9, 2018 Deputy T. Buckler responded to the Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa to assist Deputy Beisel with a CDS Violation. They made contact with the suspects, Karla Freeman (40) and Chandra Staton (34), who were both heavily under the influence of PCP. Two juvenile females, ages 5 and 3, were laying in bed. Both women were transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana and Neglect of Minor.
 
On July 11, 2018 Deputy Pounsberry conducted a traffic stop at the Citgo gas station in North Beach. The driver, Robert Alan Reid (54), exited the vehicle and began yelling profanities at the officer while searching for something on the driver’s side of the vehicle. He refused to give his license or any other information. Reid was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Failure To Stop at a Stop Sign, Driving on a Suspended License and Disorderly Conduct.  
 
On July 14, 2018 Deputy Rzepkowski responded to Abner’s Crab House in Chesapeake Beach for a disorderly subject. Upon his arrival, Deputy Hicks had the disorderly subject, Gina Marie Hodge (24), in handcuffs. Prior to handcuffing her, Hodge was yelling profanities and was asked to leave multiple times, but refused. She was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with Disorderly Conduct as well as Trespassing on Private Property.

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Public Hearing To Be Held About Veterans Out Patient Clinic In Charlotte Hall

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the St. Mary’s County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing, in The Commissioners Meeting Room in the St. Mary’s County Chesapeake Building, located at 41770 Baldridge Street, Leonardtown, MD on Monday, August 13, 2018,  beginning at 6:30 p.m. for the purpose of receiving public testimony to consider the following Concept Site Plan review:
 
CONCEPT SITE PLAN # 18-13200008, VA OUTPATIENT CLINIC
 
(Zoning Ordinance 10-02) (Use #34, Outpatient Care Center)
 
OWNER: Charlotte Hall Commerce Center
 
AGENT: Soltesz & Associates
 
LOCATION: Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622
 
TM-004  GRID-10  PAR-0083  ED-05  TAX ID-062438
 
LAND USE:  Mixed Use Moderate Intensity
 
ZONING:  Town Center Mixed Use District
 
ACREAGE: 57.54
 
ACTION REQUESTED:  Review of a Concept Site Plan for a 24,000 square foot VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic.
 
This public hearing is required by law to allow the applicant and all interested parties the opportunity to present evidence and public comment regarding this proposal.  A decision will be made solely on evidence and testimony presented during the public hearing.  Information submitted after the public hearing record is closed will not be considered.
 
The file on this application will be available for review in the Department of Land Use and Growth Management, 23150 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown, MD until 2:00 p.m. the day of the meeting.  If you have any questions regarding this application, please contact Development Services Division, at the Department of Land Use and Growth Management, 23150 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown, MD or at (301) 475-4200, ext., *1506.

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Mt. Hope Community Center to Close Temporarily Due to Construction

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – July 17, 2018 – The Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation announces Mt. Hope Community Center will close temporarily due to construction to the communication towers located on the property.
 
The center will close Monday, July 23 through Wednesday, July 25, and will open with normal hours of operation Thursday, July 26. Normal hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday, 12:30-6 p.m.
 
For questions about the closure or additional information, contact the Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation at 410-535-1600, ext. 8200 or via email at Nate.Smith@calvertcountymd.gov.
 
Learn more about the Department of Parks & Recreation and its comprehensive program of recreational activities offered in community centers, aquatic facilities, public schools and county parks by visiting online at www.calvertcountymd.gov/parksandrecreation. Like Calvert County Government on Facebook.

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Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Blotter

Trespassing:  On 7/9/18 at 4:33 pm, Trooper Backus responded to the 1800 block of Hatfield Rd. in Huntingtown for a trespassing complaint.  Edwin A. Crandell, 40 of Huntingtown previously had been informed he would be charged with trespassing if coming into the victim’s property to complete a project he had failed to complete in 2017.   This week the victim arrived at the residence and noticed the project was now completed.  A request for a warrant/summons has been issued for Crandell for tresspassing.
 
Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle:  On 7/11/18 at 3:42 pm, Trooper Kelly received a complaint of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle from the victim residing in 12800 block of Rio Grande Trail in Lusby.  The victim reported Lea M. Foster, 33 of unknown address was using the vehicle with permision and agreed to make payments to the victim.  Foster has failed to make the payments and the victim requested she return the vehicle.  An application for a Criminal Arrest Warrant has been requested.
 
Possession of Marijuana and CDS:  On 7/14/18 at 12:49 pm, Trooper First Class Rucker stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 near HG Trueman Rd. in Lusby for traffic violations.  James Q. Miller, 33 of Washington, DC was found to be in possession of marijuana and Methylenedioxymethamphetamine.  He was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. 

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Virginia Man Indicted For Robbing St. Mary's Liquor Store

A St. Mary’s County Grand Jury has indicted a Virginia man on several charges stemming from a liquor store robbery in February.
Markeith Devon Wills, 40 of Alexandria, Va., has been charged with Armed Robbery, First Degree Assault and Theft after the facts of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office’s investigation were presented to the Grand Jury on July 11, 2018.
On the evening of Feb. 13, 2018, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Officers responded to Lighthouse Liquors in Charlotte Hall for the report of an armed robbery. The investigation was continued by the Criminal Investigations Division.
Wills entered Lighthouse Liquors and demanded money. A brief struggle ensued between Wills and the victim. Wills was able to flee from the business with an undisclosed amount of cash. The victim sustained injuries that required immediate medical attention.
Currently, Wills is incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center for an unrelated matter.
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office thanks the Charles County Sheriff’s Office for its
assistance in this matter.
Markeith Devon Wills

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Maryland to Expand Program to Provide Electronic Tablets to Inmates

ANNAPOLIS, MD –The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP), the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR), and Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) today announced the expansion of its successful tablet program. An innovation in correctional education, the program equips inmates with electronic tablets that provide access to applications and tools that increase motivation, personalize learning, and accelerate passage of the GED® and TABE® assessments.
 
The tablet program is jointly funded by GOCCP and DLLR; GOCCP, which funded the pilot program, will contribute an additional $25,000 grant for the new tablets, with equivalent funding from the Department of Labor. The program in total will cost $50,000.
 
“We view this as an important crime prevention strategy,” said GOCCP Executive Director V. Glenn Fueston, Jr. “Not only will the tablets prepare students for the future, it also shows them that we have faith in them outside the walls of the criminal justice system. This state investment is money wisely spent."
 
By helping students acclimate to technology, the tablets prepare them for release.
 
”“The tablet pilot program has improved instruction and increased student motivation,” said Labor Secretary Kelly M. Schulz. “Expanding the program to additional facilities will enhance DLLR’s correctional education program and change the lives of hundreds of inmates who need access to technology to be successful in their future jobs. Implementing this technology in our correctional education program prepares students for their next steps, and reduces the recidivism rate in Maryland.”
 
The devices are also expected to help in the state’s fight to reduce the smuggling of the narcotic Suboxone, which is often brought into correctional facilities through paper, fueling prison violence.
 
In the pilot program, the tablets were used by 77 inmates at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women (MCIW) and the Brockbridge Correctional Facility, and allowed for more individualized instruction.
 
Over the last year, the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services used 11 electronic tablets to teach inmates in the MCIW and Brockbridge GED programs. With the program’s expansion, the state will purchase 47 additional tablets, to be used in Adult Basic Education classes in as many facilities as possible.
 
“We understand how critical books are in educating inmates to become productive members of society when they leave our facilities,” said DPSCS Secretary Stephen T. Moyer. “And the tablets will make our prisons safer for staff and those in our custody.”
 
Inmates welcome the devices as necessary 21st century tools.
 
“The tablets have gotten me familiar with computer technology that I knew nothing about before the tablets were provided to us,” one inmate student said. “I was able to take the GED test on the computer with no problems to receive my diploma.”
 
The program is being hailed by both teachers and students for enhancing prison education.
 
“In the hands of a skilled teacher, the tablet is very powerful,” said Principal Deron Crawford of Brockbridge, a prerelease facility. “Students have the opportunity to do something meaningful.”
 
The tablets were leased from American Prison Data Systems.

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Charles County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

HANDGUN AND DRUGS RECOVERED FROM CAR: On July 16 at 1:04 a.m., officers conducted a traffic stop in the 3000 block of Leonardtown Road in Waldorf. During the stop, officers detected the odor of marijuana coming from the car. Further investigation revealed the driver had a loaded handgun, ammunition, and marijuana inside the vehicle. The driver, Elijah Daniel Young, 23, of Waldorf, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and illegal possession of a firearm. Officer A. Singh investigated.
 
Elijah Daniel Young
 
ASSAULT: On July 11 at 9:24 p.m., two construction workers were repaving St. Patrick's Drive near Western Parkway in Waldorf when the driver of an older model dark blue Hyundai Accent with at least four males inside approached and stopped across the median. One of the occupants put the rear window down and began shooting a paintballs at the victims. One man was struck in the chest, which caused minor injuries; the other victim was not hit. The suspects fled, possibly into the Lancaster area. Cpl. M. Smith is investigating.
 
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: On July 10 at 12:50 a.m., officers responded to the 3000 block of Gallery Place in Waldorf for the report of a car that was damaged and had a bullet hole. The responding officer noticed other cars in the parking lot had bullet holes as well. Officers canvassed the area and recovered evidence indicating the shots were fired from a nearby wooded area. Officer A. Singh is investigating.
 
THEFTS: On July 9 between 3 a.m. – 8:30 a.m., unknown suspect(s) entered an unlocked car on Windsor Drive in La Plata and stole tennis shoes. A purple Schwinn bicycle was stolen from a nearby carport. Cpl. J. Walter is investigating.
 
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: On July 7 at 10:34 a.m., officers responded to the 2400 block of Shade Oak Court in Waldorf after a homeowner discovered a bullet hole in the wall. Officers searched the area around the house noticed a tree to the rear of the residence also had a bullet hole. After conducting a neighborhood canvass, investigation showed several people in the area heard what sounded like gunshots at about 3 a.m., but it was not reported. PFC G. Cook is investigating.

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Health Department Seeking Organizations to Educate Youth on Health Risks of E-Cigarettes

LEONARDTOWN, MD (July 16, 2018) – The St. Mary’s County Health Department is seeking organizations to educate local youth on the health risks of electronic cigarettes. These community organizations may include student groups, faith-based organizations, and civic organizations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that the number of middle and high school age students who have never smoked a cigarette but who have used an e-cigarette increased three-fold from 2011 to 2013. These youth are also nearly twice as likely to have an intention to smoke conventional cigarettes over those who have never used an e-cigarette. Funding for this award is provided through the Maryland Department of Health Cigarette Restitution Fund. For more information about this request for proposals, please visit the health department’s website at www.smchd.org/rfp.

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Hogan Administration Announces Nearly $5 Million in Grants to be Awarded to Heritage Projects by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority

The Hogan administration announced today that 114 matching grants totaling nearly $5 million were awarded to Maryland non-profits, local jurisdictions, and other heritage tourism organizations by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA). These grant funds support heritage tourism projects and activities that draw visitors and increase economic development and tourism-related job creation throughout Maryland. 
 
“Heritage tourism fosters sustainable economic development and job creation, while making our communities better places to live and work,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Our administration is proud that this additional funding will allow for a record number of projects to move forward and congratulate Maryland’s Heritage Areas and their tourism partners for their support in changing Maryland for the better.”
 
For the past three years, approximately $3 million was available annually to fund these projects.  The Hogan administration nearly doubled the funding to $5 million in FY 2019, allowing for a record number of grants to be awarded.
 
Organizations receiving grant awards include museums, parks, educational organizations, and other entities that steward and celebrate the unique cultural and natural resources located within one of Maryland’s 13 Heritage Areas.
 
"These Heritage Areas grants encourage private investment in a tourism-related economy that is as unique as the geography of our state," said Planning Secretary Rob McCord. "The Heritage Areas continue to bring an appreciation of Maryland's long history and rich culture to people both inside and outside of our state."
 
MHAA oversees Maryland’s system of locally-administered, state-certified Heritage Areas. Today, all Maryland counties and Baltimore City have at least part of a state-certified Heritage Area within their boundaries. Heritage Areas foster broad public-private partnerships to preserve and enhance the best of Maryland’s historic sites and towns, unspoiled natural landscapes and enduring traditions.  These tangible links to both place and past encourage residents to recognize they have a special piece of the American story to treasure and share with others, and that in doing so they are contributing to the economic well-being of Maryland’s communities.
 
Tourism is the 10th largest private sector employer in Maryland, providing more than 146,000 jobs and nearly $17.3 billion of visitors’ spending annually. Maryland’s Heritage Areas contribute by saving and enhancing the places that attract heritage tourists - people who focus their travels on historic sites, museums, cultural activities, or the natural beauty of Maryland’s Atlantic and Chesapeake Bay coastal areas and unspoiled scenery of Western Maryland. Studies show heritage tourists tend to stay longer and spend more money than other categories of tourists. 
 
The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority is an independent unit in the Executive Branch of government administered by the Maryland Department of Planning. Since its creation in 1996, MHAA has awarded more than $36 million dollars in grants and helped to leverage more than $1.1 billion in non-state funding for heritage tourism projects and activities. 
 
Southern Maryland Heritage Area: Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties Total Awarded: $329,157
 
Ann's Circle, Inc. Annmarie Sculpture Garden Tree-mendous
Nature Trail & Pavilion:  $72,577.00
 
Calvert Marine Museum Society, Inc. Solomons, a Water Community:  $50,000.00
 
Calvert Nature Society, Inc. Assessing a Cypress Barn:  $20,000.00
 
Friends of The Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, Inc.
Interactive & Educational components for Smithsonian's H2O Today Exhibition: $10,000.00
 
Friends of Smallwood State Park Condition Assessment of the John Grinder
House:  $12,500.00
 
Patuxent River Naval Air Museum Association Inc (PRNAMA)
Exhibits Phase Two:  $48,080.00
 
St. Mary's College of Maryland Foundation, Inc.
Commemorating Our Shared History: Slavery in Southern Maryland: $30,000.00
 
Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland
FY 2019 Management Grant $86,000.00

 

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Public Hearing Scheduled for Adoption of the 2018 Road and Site Development Ordinance

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will hold a public hearing Tuesday, July 24, 2018, to consider and receive comments regarding the proposed adoption of the updated 2018 Road and Site Development Ordinance.
 
The ordinance covers road and site development including plans, specifications and design standards, storm drainage design criteria, permits, and construction and maintenance requirements.
 
The hearing will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Commissioners’ Hearing Room in the Calvert County Circuit Courthouse, located at 175 Main St. in Prince Frederick. Citizens are encouraged to view the updated ordinance online.
 
For additional information, contact the Calvert County Department of Public Works at 410-535-1600, ext. 8575 or via email at Danielle.Conrow@calvertcountymd.gov. Individuals who cannot attend the public hearing may submit written comments. These written comments must be received by 4:30 p.m., July 23, 2018, and may be submitted by emailing COMMISS@calvertcountymd.gov or through the U.S. mail to the BOCC at 175 Main St., Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Any reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities or linguistic barriers should be requested by contacting the BOCC office at 410-535-1600, ext. 2202. Like Calvert County Government on Facebook.

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Statement from Governor Larry Hogan on State Board of Elections Vendor

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today released the following statement following an announcement from the Maryland State Board of Elections regarding one of its vendors:
 
"It was with concern that I learned that information provided to the Maryland State Board of Elections by federal law enforcement this week indicates that a vendor contracted by the Board to provide a number of services, including voter registration infrastructure, had been acquired by a parent company with financial ties to a Russian national.
 
"While the information relayed to us did not indicate that any wrongdoing or criminal acts have been discovered, we are fast approaching an election in November, and even the appearance of the potential for bad actors to have any influence on our election infrastructure could undermine public trust in the integrity of our election system. That is why it is imperative that the State Board of Elections take immediate and comprehensive action to evaluate the security of our system and take any and all necessary steps to address any vulnerabilities.
 
"As an immediate step, the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House, and I have written a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen to collectively request that the DHS Office of Cybersecurity and Communications provide the state with technical assistance to evaluate the network utilized by the Maryland State Board of Elections, including auditing the integrity of the network.
 
"We will continue to closely monitor the situation in the coming days and weeks to ensure that all Maryland voters can have faith in the integrity of our election system."

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Update: Police Looking For Missing Teen (Photo)

Miss Harsha has been located. 

 

Advisory: Missing Person Kayla Renae Harsha. 16 years old. If seen contact the Sheriff's Office at 301-475-8008.

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Governor Larry Hogan, General Assembly Provide Assistance to State Retirees Transitioning to Medicare Part D

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan, together with Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller and Speaker of the House Michael E. Busch, today announced that the state will provide assistance to State of Maryland retirees who are transitioning to Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage on January 1, 2019.
 
As part of state pension reform legislation passed in 2011, retired state employees eligible for Medicare will be moving from the state’s prescription program to the federal Medicare Part D program on January 1, 2019.
 
To help alleviate the impact of the transition, the Hogan administration and presiding officers announced that the state will institute a one-year transition program that will reimburse all out-of-pocket pharmaceutical expenses for impacted retirees in excess of $1,500, which is the limit under the current state plan. This program will be open to all state retirees shifting to Medicare Part D prescription coverage on January 1, 2019. This announcement is the result of the Hogan administration and the presiding officers working in a collaborative, bipartisan manner to evaluate the best options in order to assist state retirees.
 
Additionally, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), with the support of the General Assembly, will provide further ongoing assistance for these retirees through the existing Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Program (SPDAP) in the Maryland Department of Health. SPDAP assists low- and middle-income Maryland residents with their Medicare Part D premium and coverage gap costs and applies to people whose income is 300 percent of the Federal Poverty Level or below (less than $36,420 for one person and $49,380 for two people.)
 
Currently the program provides a maximum of $40 per month to assist eligible participants cover their Medicare Part D premiums and $1,000 toward the coverage gap subsidy.
 
“Our administration has consistently worked to make Maryland a better place to retire, including providing tax relief for retirees three out of four years in office,” said Governor Hogan. “This is another example of the bipartisan solutions we have been able to achieve here in Maryland by working together. I am glad that our administration was able to work with legislative leadership to provide this relief for state retirees who will be affected by this change.”
 
“We have the deepest respect for people who dedicated their careers to public service, and we have an obligation to help them make this transition as seamlessly as possible,” said Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller. “The solution we’re announcing today will honor our commitment to our retirees.”
 
“The actions taken in Congress left retirees in the untenable position of having to transition to Medicare Part D more quickly than originally planned,” said Speaker Michael E. Busch. “The Governor, President and Maryland House of Delegates have been working diligently to help ease this transition for our retirees and I am pleased that we have come up with a short-term solution that gives us more time to help those retirees with overwhelming prescription drug costs.”
 
The Maryland Department of Budget and Management will work with the State Retirement Agency to actively engage state retirees who might be eligible for the program and commits to fully funding the program as it currently exists and covering additional costs as the result of new enrollment from state retirees. Program details will be shared as they are finalized and will be posted on the DBM benefits website at http://dbm.maryland.gov/benefits/pages/default.aspx.

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CCSO Invites Charles County Residents to Participate in 2018 Citizens Police Academy

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications for its 2018 Citizens Police Academy (CPA) class, set to begin in September. This 12-week program will begin on September 19, 2018, and will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. through December 12, 2018, with the exception of Wednesday, November 21. The classes will be held in various locations, to include the CCSO Headquarters, District 3 Station, Community Services Annex, Crime Lab, Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy, and the Charles County Courthouse. 
 
“This will be our third year of hosting the Citizens Police Academy, and we could not be more excited to host another class,” said Sheriff Troy Berry. “The CPA has become one of our strongest programs and has paid dividends in strengthening our police/community relations. The partnership continues even after class members graduate and join the CPA Alumni Association, which has shown outstanding support to the Sheriff’s Office.”  
 
Participants will learn about a wide range of topics including:
•           Patrol Procedures
•           Narcotics Investigations
•           Forensic Evidence
•           Criminal Law
•           Juvenile Issues
•           Use of Force
•           Criminal Investigations
•           Search and Seizure
 
 
Participants will get hands-on experiences to include a Firearms Training Simulator (FATS) and crime scene processing. They will also have the opportunity to ride with a police officer and to experience policing from an officer’s perspective. Participation in the Ride-along Program is not required but is strongly encouraged.
 
The Citizens Police Academy is a valuable opportunity for anyone who is interested in learning more about the realities of policing. Individuals who wish to apply will be subject to a background check. This program is free of charge. There are a limited number of seats available, so anyone interested in participating in the CPA should submit their application as soon as possible.  
 
Additional information and applications for the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Police Academy can be found on our website at www.ccso.us/citizens-police-academy. Applications are due no later than August 31, 2018, and should be mailed to:  
 
Charles County Sheriff’s Office
6915 Crain Highway
PO Box 189
La Plata, MD 20646
Attn: Human Resources 
 
Additional questions about the program or application process should be directed to Captain Kevin Leahy at 301-609-6541.

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Four Charles County Sheriff's Officers Graduate from Northwestern University Program

Sheriff Troy D. Berry is pleased to announce the graduation of Charles County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Jeffrey Wood (Shift Commander, Patrol Operations), Sergeant Jonathan Burroughs (Supervisor, Traffic Operations), Sergeant Scott Grove (Supervisor, Domestic Violence Unit), and Sergeant Caroline Baker (Supervisor, Patrol Operations) from the Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command, Session 438.
 
The 10-week course is designed to prepare top and mid-level law enforcement managers and supervisors for senior agency positions. “I am extremely proud of the officers who dedicated themselves to enhancing their knowledge, skills, and abilities. Certainly, the valuable lessons they learned will contribute to the work they do here at the agency and at large in our communities,” said Sheriff Berry. Students from Southern Maryland resided at the facility for the entirety of the school and earned 16 college credits for completing the course.
 
The School of Police Staff and Command covers six broad areas of study:
 
• Management and Management Theory
 
• Organizational Behavior
 
• Human Resources for Law Enforcement
 
• Budgeting
 
• Staffing Allocation
 
• Personnel Deployment
 
At the graduation ceremony, Mr. Stephen T. Moyer, Secretary of Public Safety and Correctional Services for the State of Maryland, delivered the keynote address and Sergeant Burroughs, who was selected Class President, delivered remarks to more than 200 attendees. “We all truly valued what we learned and in my position as a supervisor, I plan to pass on important information to my co-workers to better serve our county. The experience, overall, was excellent and opened my eyes to new ways of thinking and enhancing policing,” said Sergeant Burroughs. 
 
In addition to taking courses, each class is asked to participate in the University’s Legacy Project in which the class picks a local non-profit organization to promote and raise funds. The idea is to demonstrate leadership and community involvement through volunteerism. This class chose the Nathan Chris Baker Foundation, named after a 5-year-old Sykesville child who died in a swimming accident. The Foundation raises money to help fund a variety of things and provides financial, physical, and emotional support to individuals, families, and communities in need.
 
“Our class raised nearly $10,000 for the Foundation in the short time we were here,” said Sergeant Burroughs. “We wanted to be a part of this Foundation for many reasons. The family suffered a terrible loss, and their work to ensure positive things will happen to people facing difficulties was inspiring to us.”
 
The Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command has graduated more than 10,000 officers both nationally and internationally since its first session in 1983.

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Charles County Crime Solvers Offering Cash Reward For Information In Bank Robbery Case (Photos)

Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect involved in a bank robbery that occurred on July 12 at the BB&T Bank located at 10660 Stanhaven Place in White Plains. A preliminary investigation showed the suspect entered the bank at 10:16 a.m., and passed a note to the teller demanded money. He implied he had a weapon. The teller complied, and the suspect fled. No one was injured. Detectives believe the suspect is the same man who attempted to rob another bank in early June and other businesses in the region. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. K. Gross at (301) 609-6436. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers at 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.

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County Named One of the Nation's Most Digitally Advanced Counties

County Administrator Michael D. Mallinoff, Esq., ICMA-CM is pleased to announce that the Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) have selected Charles County as one of the nation’s most digitally advanced counties in the 150,000 – 249,999 population category, placing second.  This is the Department of Fiscal and Administrative Services’ Information Technology Division’s 16th consecutive year as a recipient of this award.
 
The 2018 annual survey recognizes leading examples of counties using technology to improve services and boost efficiencies. The survey, conducted by CDG and its Digital Communities program, in partnership with NACo, identifies best technology practices among U.S. counties. To be eligible for the award, a county must be a member of NACo. There are 3,069 NACo county members.
 
Chief of Information Technology Evelyn Jacobson said, “Being recognized, for the 16th consecutive year, as one of the country’s most digitally advanced counties is a tremendous accomplishment for the Charles County Information Technology Division. I am proud and honored to be part of such a dedicated and hard-working IT team, which consistently strives to provide excellent service and technology solutions to our customers.”
 
The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute focused on technology policy and best practices in state and local government. CDG is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.
 
For more information about the Center for Digital Government, and to view the full list of winners, visit http://www.govtech.com/dc/digital-counties/Digital-Counties-Survey-2018--Winners-Announced.html.

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Farmers Produce Stand Vendors Sought For Governmental Center Campus

Leonardtown, MD - St. Mary’s Government seeks to gauge interest from local produce vendors, who may be interested in providing fresh grown produce intermittently during regular business hours on the Governmental Center campus in Leonardtown. This is to also include offering produce sales and options for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Vendors who accept WIC FMNP/SFMNP and FVC are preferred. The Governmental Center is home to numerous governmental offices and receives many visitors daily.
 
Interested produce stand operators/farmers should call Jennifer Stone, Department of Human Resources, at 301-475-4200, ext. *1110. Only actively licensed vendors who carry sufficient auto liability, product liability and general liability insurance coverages will be covered.
 
This notification is only seeking interest and is not a formal solicitation or promise of a business location at the Governmental Center. The address is: St. Mary’s County Governmental Center, 23115 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650.
 
Produce stand operators should provide notification of their interest no later than August 1, 2018.

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NAS PAX RIVER Sets Night Time Noise Advisory for July 12- 13, July 17-20

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – Communities surrounding the naval air
station are advised that noise-generating night-time testing events are scheduled to take place July 12-13, 2018 and July 17-20, 2018 between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. Pilots at NAS Patuxent River will be testing and training for realistic night flight scenarios that are essential for the precision and safety of our military men and women and the success of their mission. Residents may notice increased noise levels due to these operations.
As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing
activities on the community. For more information, call the toll-free noise hotline at 1-866-819-
9028.
 

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Calvert County to Host Free Residential Shredding Event

 The Calvert County Department of Public Works, Solid Waste Division is hosting a free paper shredding event for county residents Saturday, July 28. 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 more information, call the Calvert County Department of Public Works, Solid Waste Division, at 410-326-0210 or visit www.calvertcountymd.gov/recycle.
 
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Woman Hits 10 Year Old With Car - Then She Is Assaulted By Passerbys

On July 11, 2018, at approximately 3:00 P.M. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s
Office responded to the 46000 block of Yorktown Road in Lexington Park, for the reported
motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian. Upon arrival deputies located a 2003 GMC
Envoy operated by Linda Glaser, age 72 of Lexington Park, in the roadway. Glaser was
traveling south on Yorktown Road in the area of Suwanne Place, where an ice cream truck was stopped on the opposite side of the road. As Glaser was passing the ice cream truck, a 10 year old juvenile pedestrian ran into the roadway from behind the ice cream truck. The juvenile was struck by Glaser’s vehicle and sustained incapacitating injuries. Following the collision Glaser was assaulted by an individual(s) in the neighborhood; that case is currently under investigation.
The juvenile was transported by Trooper 7 to a local trauma center; Glaser was transported to a local hospital for incapacitating injuries. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision
Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and continued the accident investigation.
Anyone who witnessed the collision and has not yet provided a statement to law enforcement is asked to contact Corporal Vincent Pontorno at (301) 475-4200 extension *2337, or by email at Vincent.Pontorno@stmarysmd.com. Anyone with additional information on the assault is asked to
contact Corporal Elizabeth O’Connor at (301) 475-4200 extension *8075 or by email at
Elizabeth.Oconnor@stmarysmd.com. 

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Smoke Testing Program to begin July 16 for Charles County Sewer Customers

Charles County Government has hired Flow Assessment Services, LLC to, perform a study of the county’s sewer system, starting on Monday, July 16. The purpose of the study is to locate storm water sources that might be connected to the sanitary sewer system. Connections such as catch basins, roof drains, area drains, broken sewer pipes, and open pipe joints will be located through a method called smoke testing.
 
The testing is performed on sewer manholes that are typically located in the streets or near your residence. Non-toxic and non-staining white smoke is inserted into the sanitary sewer system by means of a smoke generating device. During the test, smoke will be observed emitting from the manhole covers on the street and vent pipes located on the homes and local business establishments. Please do not become alarmed; this is normal.
 
In the unlikely event that smoke enters your building, do not be alarmed. Homes and businesses will receive fliers when testing will be performed within 24 to 72 hours. Heavy rain or weekends could possibly shift the testing beyond the 72-hour time frame. It is not necessary for you to be home while the testing is being performed.
 
The goal of this program is to reduce sewer maintenance costs and minimize flooding. This study will conclude after all sewer systems in the Pinefield and Waldorf area have been tested.  To learn more about this study, visit www.flowassessment.com/faq.  For additional questions or concerns, call Charles County Public Works at 301-932-3440. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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Stop the Bleed and Opioid Overdose Kits Now Available in County Buildings

Charles County Government, in partnership with the Department of Health, is proud to announce that all county-owned buildings currently equipped with Automated External Defibrillator (AED) units now have Stop the Bleed and Opioid Overdose Kits. Stop the Bleed Kits provide emergency personnel and residents with proper bleeding control tools for use in serious trauma emergencies. Opioid Overdose Kits include Narcan and other items needed to assist an individual experiencing an opioid overdose. Charles County is partnering with the Maryland Coalition of Families and local advocacy groups to provide a list of local resource numbers inside the Opioid Overdose Kits, to further assist the individuals after the overdose occurs. 
 
The Stop the Bleed and Opioid Overdose Kits are located inside AED cabinets, ready for use. There are 54 AED units in government buildings, community centers, local parks, and the Jude House (9505 Crain Hwy, Bel Alton).
 
Residents are reminded to call 9-1-1 if you are experiencing an emergency situation. Each Stop the Bleed and Opioid Overdose Kit has step-by-step instructions. Residents are encouraged to take available trainings or learn more about lifesaving-efforts before an emergency arises. The Department of Health offers Narcan trainings on Monday evenings. Call 301-609-6661 to register for a training. To learn more about stopping life-threatening bleeding, visit [www.bleedingcontrol.org/]www.bleedingcontrol.org/. Remember, your efforts could save a life. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.    

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Public Hearing Regarding Hollywood Rescue Squad Change To Zoning Maps

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the St. Mary’s County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing, in the Commissioners Meeting Room in the St. Mary’s County Chesapeake Building, located at 41770 Baldridge Street, Leonardtown, Md. on Monday, August 13, 2018 beginning at 6:30 p.m. for the purpose of receiving public testimony to consider the following:
 
Case No. 18-245-001, HOLLYWOOD VOLUNTEER RESCUE SQUAD: a request for a Zoning Map Amendment to change the property located at 43256 Rescue Lane, Hollywood, MD 20636 from Rural Preservation District (RPD) to Rural Commercial Limited (RCL). The property is described as Parcel 311 on Tax Map 26, Grid 5. Said Property contains 1.5912+/- acres. The property is owned by Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc.
 
This public hearing is required by law to allow the applicant and all interested parties the opportunity to present evidence and public comment regarding this proposal.  A decision will be made solely on evidence and testimony presented during the public hearing.  Information submitted after the public hearing record is closed will not be considered.
 
The file on this application will be available for review in the Department of Land Use and Growth Management, 23150 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown, Maryland until 2:00 p.m. the day of the meeting.  If you have any questions regarding this application, please contact Kathleen Easley, Deputy Director, at the Department of Land Use and Growth Management, Comprehensive Planning Division, 23150 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown, Maryland or at (301) 475-4200, ext. *1541.
 
Note that as a result of the evidence and comments made at the public hearing, amendments may be made to the proposed Ordinance.
 
ST. MARY’S COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION
 
By: Bill Hunt, Director
 
St. Mary’s County Department of Land Use and Growth Management

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St. Mary's Commissioners Host Next Public Forum on July 17

Leonardtown, MD – The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County will host their next Public Forum on Tuesday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m. The forum will be held in their meeting room inside the Chesapeake Building, at 41770 Baldridge Street, in Leonardtown.
 
Citizens unable to attend in person can submit comments a or questions via the county’s social media platforms by using the hashtag #CSMCforum on the county’s Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/StMarysCountyGovernment or Twitter feed (@StMarysCoGov). Comments and questions received will be read during the forum. Citizens should include their full name and location in the county in which they live. All comments received via Social Media will become part of the official record.
 
Commissioners of St. Mary’s County Public Forums are televised live on St. Mary’s County Government TV 95 (SMCG TV 95) on Atlantic Broadband Cable and streamed live for on demand viewing on the St. Mary’s County YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/StMarysCoMDGov?feature=mhee, the SMCG TV 95 Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SMCGTV95 and SMCG TV 95 portal at https://stmarysmd.viebit.com/. Viewing is also available on mobile devices.
 
The forum will re-air on SMCG TV 95 on Sunday, July 22 at 7 p.m. Videos of the Forums are also available for viewing on demand on the county’s YouTube channel, SMCG TV Facebook page and SMCG TV 95 portal on the county website.
 
Individuals wishing to speak at the Forum will be allowed up to three (3) minutes to address the Commissioners (those representing a group will be allotted five (5) minutes to speak.) Anyone wishing to provide more detailed comments can do so via email or regular mail.
 
The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County can be reached via e-mail at csmc@stmarysmd.com or by U.S. mail at Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, P.O. Box 653, Leonardtown, Maryland  20650.
 
The final Commissioners of St. Mary’s County Public Forum will take place on October 2.

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Calvert County Receives AAA Credit Ratings for Third Consecutive Year

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – July 10, 2018 – The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) announces the county received AAA credit ratings from three independent credit rating agencies for the third consecutive year. Fitch Ratings, Moody’s Investors Service and Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings assigned Calvert County their highest ratings due to the county’s consistently sound financial operations, strong reserves and economy, and conservative fiscal policies.
 
The three ratings are assigned to Calvert County’s 2018 consolidated public improvement bonds totaling $26.6 million and are reaffirmed for the county’s outstanding debt.
 
Fitch reaffirmed its AAA rating and noted “the county’s consistently strong reserve fund position and superior budget flexibility combine to establish a high level of resilience to potential budgetary stresses associated with cyclical economic downturn.”
 
Moody’s Aaa rating incorporated “the county’s healthy financial position supported by comprehensive fiscal policies, moderately-sized tax base with above-average resident wealth levels, and manageable debt and pension liabilities. The rating further incorporates “in-lieu-of tax" (PILOT) payments from Dominion Cove Point effective fiscal year 2018, which significantly enhances financial flexibility and reduces the county's long-term liabilities.”
 
Standard & Poor’s cited the county’s “strong economy” supported by broad and diverse Washington-Arlington-Alexandria and Baltimore metropolitan statistical areas; strong financial performance and budget flexibility stemming from property tax revenue growth from increasing assessed values, as well as favorable trends in income tax collections due, in part, to low unemployment; and the use of formalized financial policies and practices.
 
“This third consecutive year of top credit ratings is outstanding news for Calvert County’s citizens,” said BOCC President Evan Slaughenhoupt Jr. “Aside from affirming our commitment to conservative financial management, the ratings reflect our strong economic position, the ability to make tough decisions when needed, and phenomenal fiscal health. Most importantly, the AAA ratings save Calvert County significant amounts of money on the repayment of its bonds.”
 
“I sincerely appreciate the work of our great team under the leadership of the Board of County Commissioners. It takes many, many people to achieve this notable success,” added County Administrator Terry Shannon. “Our fiscal health and economic prosperity come through the dedication of our employees and the support of our citizens. We are very proud of the distinction.”
 
For more information on Calvert County’s financial policies, please contact Tim Hayden, director of Finance and Budget, at 410-535-1600, ext. 2435, via email at Timothy.Hayden@calvertcountymd.gov or visit online at www.calvertcountymd.gov. Like Calvert County Government on Facebook.

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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

Burglary: 18-35131
On July 2, 2018 Deputy Holt responded to Sitting Bull Circle, Lusby for the report of a burglary. The victim advised sometime between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM an unknown suspect(s) entered his home and stole his LG computer monitor and retro video games. The value of the stolen property is $500.
 
Damaged Property: 18-35056
On July 2, 2018 Deputy R. Shrawder responded to Ball Road, St Leonard for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised sometime between June 30th at 2:00 PM and July 1st at 8:30 AM a window was shattered. 
 
Damaged Property: 18-35654
On July 6, 2018 Deputy Bradley responded to Heron Lane, Lusby for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised on July 4th between 9:00 PM and 11:00 PM an unknown suspect(s) egged her house. 
 
Damaged Property: 18-35687
On July 7, 2018 Deputy Gott responded to Geronimo Road, Lusby for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised sometime between July 4th at 10:30 PM and July 5th at 7:00 AM an unknown suspect(s) egged his house and front porch. The estimated value of damaged property is $20. 
 
Theft: 18-35130
On July 2, 2018 Deputy Boerum responded to HG Trueman Road, Lusby for the report of a theft. The complainant advised the rear license plate was stolen from one of the company’s work trucks on June 27th sometime between midnight and 4:00 PM. 
 
Theft: 18-35336
On July 3, 2018 Deputy Aurich responded to Eagle Tire in Dunkirk for the report of a theft. The complainant reported he could not find his transporter registration plate, but is unsure whether it was lost or stolen. 
 
Theft: 18-35550
On July 4, 2018 Deputy Ostazeski responded to Bootstrap Trail, Lusby for the report of a theft. The victim stated sometime between July 3rd at 8:00 PM and July 4th at 1:00 PM his black Huffy bicycle was stolen from his yard. The value of the stolen property is $55. 
 
Theft: 18-35792
On July 5, 2018 Deputy Wood responded to the Dunkirk Wawa for the report of a theft. The victim advised her phone was stolen off the coffee bar while she was waiting in line for a drink. The value of the stolen property is $300. 
 
ARRESTS:
 
On July 2, 2018 Deputy Rediker responded to Mandela Court, Port Republic in regards to a suspicious vehicle/person. He made contact with the suspect, Steven Kartney Smith (29), who was smoking marijuana. A search of Smith’s person revealed a baggie of marijuana, a blue pill wrapped in plastic, brass knuckles, and two cut straws with CDS residue. Emergency Communications advised the suspect had an open warrant through Baltimore County. Smith was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia, CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana and Concealing a Dangerous Weapon. 
 
On July 2, 2019 Deputy Rediker responded to Cassell Blvd, Prince Frederick in regards to a mental subject. The victim advised her grandson, Darkari Nivek Milburn (18), has been acting extremely disorderly and damaged all of her belongings within the residence. Milburn continued to be argumentative and make derogatory threats towards the officers. He was placed in the back of Deputy Rediker’s vehicle and began hitting his head against the window in a violent manner. Milburn was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with Arson/Threat.
 
On July 6, 2018 Deputy Sampson conducted a traffic stop at Traskers Blvd and Route 4. The driver, Francesca Santini (27), gave consent to search the vehicle. Deputy Sampson located burnt copper in the passenger side door, a glass pipe with burn marks at both ends, and a napkin that contained small nuggets of suspected crack cocaine in her purse. Santini was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana and CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia.
 
On July 7, 2018 Deputy Ridgely responded to Well St, Huntingtown for the report of a vehicle theft. The victim advised she bought a 2010 Mercury Milan for her grandson, Sean Michael Tettimer (25). Tettimer advised he gave the vehicle to one of his friends for the day for $200, but did not know the friend’s name. Deputy Ridgely noticed a cut straw on the floor, and Sean advised he snorts Fentanyl. The CDS was packaged and transported to the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office. Tettimer was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with Theft: $1,500 to Under $25,000, CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana and CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia.
 
On July 7, 2018 Deputy R. Shrawder conducted a traffic stop at HG Trueman Road and Route 4. The driver, Nichole Hobar (37), was shaky and her speech was slurred, therefore, she was asked to exit the vehicle for a field sobriety test. Inside the vehicle, numerous pill bottles were discovered as well as three cell phones and a large amount of cash. Hobar was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where she was charged with CDS Possession with Intent to Distribute.

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Maryland State Police, Vehicle Theft Prevention Council Offer Tips To Secure Cars

(PIKESVILLE, Md.) – The Maryland State Police, along with the Maryland Vehicle Theft Prevention Council, are reminding motorists to take simple steps to avoid having their vehicles stolen.
 
The warnings come as July is National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month. In Maryland, a car is stolen every 40 minutes, while one is stolen every 45 seconds in the United States.
 
Overall, 50 percent of the vehicles stolen had the keys inside the vehicle while 60 percent of the vehicles stolen were left unlocked. Also, more than 66 percent of vehicle thefts occur at night and 95 percent of the vehicles stolen had no anti-theft devices.
 
Nationally in 2016, nearly 750,000 vehicles were stolen in the United States in 2016. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 42 percent of all stolen motor vehicles are never recovered.
 
Here are steps you can take to prevent motor vehicle theft:
 
Close and lock all windows and doors when you park.
Park in well-lit areas.
Do not leave the area while your vehicle is running.
Do not leave your keys in your vehicle.
Always stow away your valuables.
The Maryland General Assembly created the Vehicle Theft Prevention Council in 1994 as a statewide planning and dedicated funding resource. The Council embraces a statewide strategy directed at public awareness, vehicle theft by juveniles, law enforcement and prosecution through a grant award process.

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VanGO La Plata Transfer Point to Relocate

The Department of Planning and Growth Management Transit Division is informing residents that effective Monday, July 16, VanGO will be moving the La Plata transfer point from the La Plata Walmart to the La Plata Park and Ride lot located on Washington Avenue. 
 
A bus stop will be established on Heritage Green Parkway in La Plata for the Bryans Road, Newburg, La Plata and Nanjemoy routes to serve the La Plata Walmart and other nearby shopping centers. A stop is also being established at the Walmart Garden Center that will be served by the La Plata route, twice each hour. 
 
New schedules will be available on the VanGO website at www.go-VanGO.com or by calling the Transit Office at 301-645-0642. To access online, visit VanGO.doublemap.com, select your desired routes, and select a stop nearest you to view estimated time of arrival. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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Governor Larry Hogan Announces Appointment to Maryland House of Delegates

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today announced the appointment of Alice Sophocleus to the Maryland House of Delegates. The governor made the appointment following recommendations from the Anne Arundel County Democratic Central Committee. Alice Sophocleus will replace her late husband, former Delegate Theodore “Ted” Sophocleus, in the House.
 
“While we are still shocked and saddened by the news of Delegate Sophocleus’ sudden passing, it is our responsibility to make sure that all Marylanders are fully represented in our legislature,” said Governor Hogan. “Alice Sophocleus is a dedicated member of the community she will be representing, and I am confident she will serve the constituents of District 32 well.”
 
Over the many decades Alice Sophocleus has lived in Anne Arundel County, she has been involved in countless community organizations from the PTA and the North County Business Advisory Board to the General Federation of Women’s Clubs and the District 32 Democratic Club. Her volunteerism has touched all corners of the district. Ted and Alice Sophocleus were married for 53 years and have three children and five grandchildren. 

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SMADC Announces Funding for Two New Rounds of Farmer Mini-Grants

The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) is pleased to announce two new rounds of the Southern Maryland Agricultural Farmer Mini-Grant program. 
 
The SMADC Mini-Grant program was first launched in 2017. Since the inception of the program 24 projects representing diverse farming operations in all 5 Southern Maryland Counties have been approved for funding.
 
Mini-Grant funds can be used for a variety of projects. Examples include the purchase of foundation livestock, purchase of plant stock, marketing and promotion activities, fencing, hoop house, and on-farm upgrades to enhance food safety. SMADC will award up to $2,000 per applicant for qualified projects, with a one-to-one dollar match by the farmer. Administrative expenses and events are not eligible for program funding.
 
The first new Mini-Grant round will begin accepting applications July 1, 2018 and close September 1, 2018 with awards being made by mid-October. The second grant round is expected to open in November 2018 and close in January 2019. To access the SMADC Agricultural Farmer Mini-Grant Program information (criteria, guidelines, and application form), visit 'Farmer Resources' to find the 'Farm Grants' page at www.SMADC.com 

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'Checkpoint Strikeforce' Planned For Anne Arundel County This Weekend

“Checkpoint Strikeforce,” an initiative designed to remove impaired drivers from the road, is planned for Anne Arundel County this weekend.
 
Troopers from the Maryland State Police Annapolis Barrack and Glen Burnie Barrack, with the assistance of the State Highway Administration, will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint on Friday, July 13th, 2018 in the Annapolis area of Anne Arundel County. The Maryland State Police SPIDRE, or State Police Impaired Driving Effort team, will also be deployed to coordinate with law enforcement partners in an effort to reduce the number of alcohol-related crashes in Anne Arundel County.
 
On average, more than 7,400 crashes involving an impaired driver, occur on Maryland roads each year. In an effort to further deter impaired driving, the MBAT, or Mobile Breath Alcohol Testing truck, will coordinate with police during the initiative to streamline the arrest process by processing impaired drivers at the scene. The highly visible MBAT truck, funded by the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office, is specially equipped inside with Intoximeters, or breath testing instruments.
 
“Checkpoint Strikeforce” educates drivers on the dangers associated with driving while impaired by alcohol, drugs or a combination of both. The Maryland State Police want to remind all citizens and motorists, if you plan on consuming alcoholic beverages, plan on having a sober designated driver. Maryland State Police encourages everyone to obey all traffic laws which results in Maryland roads and highways being safer for all travelers.

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Georgia Man Arrested In Waldorf For Drug Violation

On Saturday, July 7, 2018 at approximately 2353 hours, TFC Zentkovich #6328 conducted a traffic stop on a black Chevrolet Malibu for exceeding the posted speed limit on southbound Route 301, north of Holly Lane, Waldorf, Charles County, MD. Upon making contact with the operator, Jackson, Courtney Isiah Benjamin, 29 yoa, from Hampton, Georgia, TFC Zentkovich detected the odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted. The search revealed a Schedule II Narcotic pills, suspected marijuana and a grinder. Jackson was placed under arrest and charged criminally with the following: CR 5-601(A1) CDS- Possession Not Marijuana and CR 5-619(C2) CDS- Possession Paraphernalia. Jackson also received a traffic citation:
TA 21-801.1 Speeding. 18MSP028878
All events occurred in Charles County, Maryland.
All persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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Calvert Sheriff Office Hosts Cadet Officers From Wales

Recently, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 91 had the great honor of hosting a group of four Newtown Volunteer Police Cadets from Wales.  The four cadets, Rebecca Roberts, Ffion Jones, Tomos Chick and Cheyenne Kirby were accompanied by Police Constable Andy Buckley and Special Constable Natalie Reyneke.  This trip was part of an exchange program between the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and Dyfed-Powys Police.  This is the first time the Sheriff’s Office has participated in such an exchange program.  
 
While in Calvert County, lodging was provided by Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa where some members of the group were able up enjoy crabs for the first time at the Rod N Reel Restaurant.  Mama Lucia also helped keep the group fed and a tour of the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department helped to burn off a few of those extra calories.  The Volunteer Police Cadets were also able to get inside access on how the deputies of Calvert County keep our citizens safe and protected as they were all able to experience their own individual ride along with Calvert deputies.
 
The Police Cadets and their advisors spent the week of June 25th-29th in Sykesville, Maryland at the annual Southern Maryland Junior Police Academy.  JPA is designed to give each participant an inside look of what a 6-8 month police entry level program might look like in the expedited time frame of one week.  The group engaged in pre-dawn wake up calls, obstacle courses, drill and ceremony as well as completing many classroom objectives including criminal and traffic law.  There was also a visit to the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Secret Service.
 
The Volunteer Police Cadets and their advisors presented Sheriff Mike Evans with several gifts and a letter of thanks and appreciation for hosting them during this trip. Explorer Post 91 has already begun to organize its fundraising efforts in anticipation of their trip to Wales in the summer of 2019.
 

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Police Looking For Missing Teen (Photo)

Critical Missing Person: DeAndre Marquez Mobley B,M DOB: 07-13-04 last seen at 21609 Liberty St. Lexington Park, today's date. Wearing black,orange and white shirt, blue jeans white Nike shoes. May be in Riverbay area. If seen please call 301-475-8008

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Update: Man Wanted For Escape (Photo)

Update: Michael Jonathan Kline has been located.
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of Michael Jonathan Kline,
age 25, of St. Inigoes. Kline is wanted on a retake warrant for Escape 2nd Degree for absconding from a court ordered program. Kline was initially charged with Burglary 1
st Degree and Theft.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Michael Jonathan Kline is asked to contact
Detective Austin Schultz at (301) 475-4200 extension *1953 or by email at
Austin.Schultz@stmarysmd.com. Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through
the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information
about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.

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Update: Police Looking For Missing Teen (Photo)

Updated: Miss Beale has been located

 

Missing Person Jezenia Tonyell Beale, 13 years old. If seen contact the Sheriff's Office at 301-475-8008.

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Roadway Sign Dedication to Honor Fallen Sheriff's Officer Jamel Leon Clagett

On Saturday, July 7 at 9 a.m., the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, along with the State Highway Administration, will be unveiling two road signs located in the median of Business Route 5 (Leonardtown Road between Ell Lane and St. Charles Parkway) in memory of Cpl. Jamel Clagett, a Charles County Sheriff’s officer who died in a motor vehicle crash in Virginia on December 21, 2014, after working a midnight shift. Cpl. Clagett, who was assigned to the Waldorf station, was known as a caring officer who often went above and beyond the call of duty to show kindness to his colleagues and the communities he served.  On the day he died, he had just dropped off a surprise breakfast to police dispatchers at the 911 center.
 
Family and friends of Cpl. Clagett will gather in the south parking lot at Thomas Stone High School located at 3785 Leonardtown Road in Waldorf, where Sheriff Troy Berry will share a few words, followed by the unveiling of the sign.
 
Media: There will be plenty of parking at Thomas Stone High School. Officers will escort family, friends, and media across a portion of Route 5 to be up close as the sign is uncovered. Members of our Traffic Operations Unit will control traffic for a safe event.

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Public Hearing Scheduled for Adoption of the 2017 National Electrical Code

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – July 5, 2018 – The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will hold a public hearing Tuesday, July 17, 2018, to consider and receive comments regarding the adoption of the 2017 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC) with amendments.
 
Implementation of the NEC promotes the health, safety and welfare of citizens by providing standards for the protection of consumers and electricians. Amendments to the NEC allow Calvert County Government to customize certain provisions of the national standards to address circumstances specific to Calvert County. After thorough review and discussion by the Calvert County Board of Electrical Examiners, it is recommended the BOCC adopt the NEC in its entirety along with special provisions.
 
The hearing will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Commissioners’ Hearing Room in the Calvert County Circuit Courthouse, located at 175 Main St. in Prince Frederick. Citizens are encouraged to view the resolution online.
 
For additional information, contact the Calvert County Department of Planning & Zoning, Inspections and Permits Division, at 410-535-1600, ext. 2523 or via email at Joe.Hawxhurst@calvertcountymd.gov. Individuals who cannot attend the public hearing may submit written comments. These written comments must be received by 4:30 p.m., July 16, 2018, and may be submitted by emailing COMMISS@calvertcountymd.gov or through the U.S. mail to the BOCC at 175 Main St., Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Any reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities or linguistic barriers should be requested by contacting the BOCC office at 410-535-1600, ext. 2202. Like Calvert County Government on Facebook.

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Citizens Stop Man From Jumping From Thomas Johnson Bridge

On July 03, 2018 at approximately 5:33 p.m. deputies were dispatched to the Thomas Johnson Bridge in Solomons Maryland for a report of a man attempting to jump from the bridge. While units were responding, several citizens exited their vehicles and restrained the man from jumping.          
 
Deputies arrived at the top of the bridge and made contact with an 18-year-old man from Leonardtown, Maryland who was visibly upset. The man informed deputies that he had been in a car accident earlier and was having a bad day. He informed deputies that he drove his vehicle up to the top of the bridge, exited it, and wanted to jump from the bridge before he was stopped by citizens. Deputies subsequently placed the man in custody and transported him to a local hospital for an evaluation. 
 
Sheriff Mike Evans would like to thank all of the citizens that stopped for this young man in his time of need. 

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Historic Preservation Commission Hosts Hughesville District Presentation on July 16

The Charles County Historic Preservation Commission will be hosting a presentation on the historic Hughesville Commercial and Tobacco Warehouse District on Monday, July 16 at 6 p.m. at the Port Tobacco Courthouse (8450 Commerce Street, Port Tobacco). This presentation is to document the key historic themes and resources in the Hughesville village, as well as build upon its unique history as the area redevelops.
 
The presenter is Nicole Diehlmann, a noted architectural historian who is in the process of completing a National Register of Historic Places nomination for review by the Maryland Historical Trust and the National Park Service.
 
This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Cathy Thompson by emailing [ThompsCa@CharlesCountyMD.gov]ThompsCa@CharlesCountyMD.gov. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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Water Testing for Cove Point Beach Homes Finds No Diesel Range Organics

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – July 5, 2018 – Testing of household water supplies in select Cove Point Beach community homes found no detectable traces of diesel range organic compounds following the discovery of diesel range organics in the well water supply at the Cove Point Lighthouse property in Lusby.
 
Calvert County Government offered free water testing to homes adjacent to the lighthouse site as a precautionary measure. Contamination at the lighthouse property was reported to Calvert County Government May 9 on the heels of an environmental assessment conducted as part of a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) property transfer process. The USCG is turning over the last portion of the lighthouse property to Calvert County Government.
 
Water samples from the lighthouse keeper’s duplex rental facility were found to contain diesel range organics, a contaminant, above the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) reporting level. The levels found, however, are below the state lifetime residential risk-based exposure level. Out of an abundance of caution, visitors to the lighthouse are provided bottled water while visiting the facility.
 
Calvert County Department of Public Works Water and Sewerage Division staff drew water samples from nine homes in the vicinity and submitted them to an independent laboratory for testing. The results indicate the water contamination is limited to the lighthouse property. Under USCG ownership, the site once included several above-ground and underground fuel tanks.
 
MDE reviewed the lighthouse site environmental assessment and recommended further on-site water testing along with further investigation to determine whether any underground fuel tanks are still present.

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Update: Missing Person- Jeffrey Joel Kenward

UPDATE: Jeffrey Joel Kenward has been located in another state. 
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of Jeffrey Joel Kenward, age 56, of California, Maryland. Kenward was reported missing by an acquaintance and at this time no critical factors are known. Kenward is 5’11” in height and weighs 150 pounds.
Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Jeffrey Joel Kenward, or has any information on the
missing person is asked to contact Detective Scott Ruest at 301-475-4200 extension *2297, or by email at Scott.Ruest@stmarysmd.com. Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637).
Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for
information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.

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Man Arrested For Animal Cruelty in Leonardtown

On July 3, 2018, Deputy Budd responded to the 43000 block of St. Andrew’s Church Road, in Leonardtown, to assist Animal Control in checking the welfare of numerous dogs. Animal
Control had previously been to the residence where a dog was discovered to have significant injuries which required immediate veterinary treatment. The animals were housed in a building on the property in unsanitary conditions. A total of 4 dogs were seized from the building due to unsafe conditions, and excessive heat.
As a result of the investigation, Calvin Ben Jones, age 66, of Leonardtown was charged with
Animal Cruelty, for failing to provide necessary veterinarian care, and proper drink while said
animals were in his charge and custody. This case is being reviewed with the Office of the
State’s Attorney for St. Mary’s County reference additional charges. 

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New Guidelines Announced For Free and Reduced- Price School Meals

BALTIMORE, MD (July 3, 2018) – The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has announced revised Income Eligibility Guidelines (IEGs) for free and reduced-price school meals. The guidelines are set by the federal government and adopted by MSDE. These guidelines are used to determine eligibility for free or reduced-price meals in the child nutrition programs for the period of July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.
 
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) annual adjustments to the IEGs are required by Section 9 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act. The guidelines are intended to directly benefit those children most in need and are revised annually to account for changes in the Consumer Price Index.
 
Household size and income is the most common way to determine eligibility. For example, a child from a family of four is eligible for free school meals if the household’s current annual income is below $32,630. If the family’s annual income is between $32,630 and $46,435, the child is eligible for reduced-price meals.
 
United States citizenship is not required in order to obtain eligibility for free or reduced-price meals. Meal Benefit Applications will be sent home from each child’s school at the beginning of the school year. Parents and guardians should fill out the application completely and send it back to the school. Please note schools cannot approve incomplete applications. Schools will then inform households whether children qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Parents and guardians may speak with school officials concerning disagreement with the school’s decision or appeal the decision and request a fair hearing with the school district’s administrators.
 
Children enrolled in a Head Start program or children who are certified as homeless, migrant, runaway, foster, or children living in households that receive Food Supplement Program (FSP) or Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) benefits are eligible for free meals and do not need to fill out an application.  Some FSP and TCA households will receive a letter from their school informing them that their children are eligible for free meals. FSP and TCA households that do not receive a letter by the beginning of the school year should fill out an application. Parents and guardians from households that do not qualify for any of the programs mentioned above should also complete an application.
 
Parents and guardians may reapply at any time during the school year and are encouraged to do so if the household size increases, they become unemployed, income decreases, or the household qualifies for FSP or TCA.
 
School Meals include the following programs: School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, After-School Care Snack component, and Special Milk Program. The School Meals programs are administered in Maryland by MSDE and the USDA, and must meet nutrition requirements set by the USDA. Please visit the MSDE web site at www.eatsmartmaryland.org for additional information regarding the Child Nutrition Programs operating in Maryland.
 
Individuals who want more information concerning schools or facilities that participate in one of the Child Nutrition Programs should contact a Program Specialist at 410-767-0219.
 
Income Eligibility Guidelines
 
(Effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019)
 
 
 
Household Size                      Free Meals                                                     Reduced-Price Meals
 
 
 
Year                Month             Week               Year                Month             Week
 
1                      $15,782           $1,316             $304                $22,459           $1,872             $432
 
2                      21,398             1,784               412                  30,451             2,538               586
 
3                      27,014             2,252               520                  38,443             3,204               740
 
4                      32,630             2,720               628                  46,435             3,870               893
 
5                      38,246             3,188               736                  54,427             4,536               1,047
 
6                      43,862             3,656               844                  62,419             5,202               1,201
 
7                      49,478             4,124               952                  70,411             5,868               1,355
 
8                      5,094               4,592               1,060               78,403             6,534               1,508
 
 
 
For each additional family member add…           
 
                $5,616             $468                $108                $7,992             $666                $154
 
MSDE and USDA are equal opportunity providers.

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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

Damaged Property: 18-33786
On June 25, 2018 Deputy Flynt responded to Skinners Turn Road, Owings for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised when she arrived at the location, she noticed the glass on the basement slider door had been broken. 
 
Damaged Property: 18-33914
On June 26, 2018 Deputy Ostazeski responded to Piute Court, Lusby for the report of damaged property. One of the complainants advised sometime between 11:30 PM on June 25th and 5:30 AM on June 26th three vehicles in the driveway had been entered, and two were damaged. Both vehicles had multiple scratches on them, one tire was punctured, and five knives were stolen. 
 
Damaged Property: 18-34307 & 18-34335
On June 28, 2018 Deputy R. Shrawder responded to Pine Blvd, Lusby for the report of damaged property. Deputy Shrawder noticed the letters “BLR” spray painted on the side of the residence in black and gold spray paint. The estimated cost of the damaged property is less than $1,000. On the corner of Pine Blvd and Skyview Drive, the stop sign had an “X” spray painted on it as well as the word “Go”. Later that day Deputy Shrawder responded to Nautical Court, Lusby where the same letters, “BLR”, were spray painted on the victim’s mailbox and on the street outside her house. The value of her damaged mailbox is $30. 
 
Theft: 18-33825
On June 25, 2018 Deputy Lorenzano responded to Harvey Road, Huntingtown for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between June 23rd and June 24th a baby deer statue was stolen from her front yard. The value of stolen property is $150. 
 
Theft: 18-33827
On June 25, 2018 Deputy Fox responded to Buckingham Court, North Beach for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between June 24th at 9:00 AM and June 25th at 9:00 AM his black and red mountain bike was stolen from Bayside Road, Chesapeake Beach.
 
Theft: 18-33966
On June 26, 2018 Deputy Flynt was in the area of the Dunkirk Walmart when he was flagged down by a citizen. The complainant advised his handicap placard that hangs from his rear view mirror was stolen from his vehicle. 
 
Theft: 18-34401
On June 28, 2018 Deputy Spalding responded to Cougar Court, Lusby for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between June 22nd and June 26th his orange and grey Husqvarna lawn mower was stolen from his driveway. The value of the stolen property is $1,800.
 
Theft: 18-34350
On June 28, 2018 Deputy Holt responded to Giant in Lusby for the report of a theft. The manager advised a black male entered the store, filled up a cart with goods and left without paying. When confronted, the suspect abandoned the cart with the goods in the parking lot and drove off in a green Chevy 4 door vehicle. 
 
Theft: 18-34549
On June 29, 2018 Deputy Flynt responded to Mellomar Golf Park in Owings for the report of a theft. The complainant advised that the #2 Fairway Sign had been stolen sometime between close of business the night before and opening that morning. 
 
Theft: 18-34717
On June 30, 2018 Deputy Gott responded to Beech Drive, Lusby for the report of a theft. The victim advised sometime between May 28th and June 29th an unknown suspect(s) stole her wooden sign attached to her cottage. The value of the stolen property is $40.
 
Theft: 18-34791
On June 30, 2018 Deputy Hardesty responded to HG Trueman Road, Lusby for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between June 28th and June 30th the registration plate on her trailer was stolen.
 
Arrests:
On June 26, 2018 Deputy Gott conducted a traffic stop in the area of Grays Road and Cypress Swamp. He made contact with the driver, Matthew Adam Ward (31), and the passenger, Julia Dee Ward (32). The driver was issued paperwork for driving with no insurance and driving on a suspended registration. Matthew exited the vehicle and showed Deputy Gott a transdermal Fentanyl patch on his chest. A search of Matthew’s person revealed a plastic bag filled with controlled medication that he did not have prescriptions for. While searching the vehicle, the passenger’s purse was located which contained a prescription bottle of Vyvanse that was not prescribed to her. Both subjects were placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where they were charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana. 
 
On June 30, 2018 Deputy Hardesty responded to the Thomas Johnson Bridge in Solomons for the report of a subject walking across the bridge. Deputy Deleon exited his cruiser and made contact with the subject, later identified by his driver’s license as Devin Michael Gaffney (33), at the top of the bridge. Deputy Hardesty detained the subject and placed him in his cruiser to safely get him off the bridge. Gaffney had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person. He remained quiet and refused to answer any questions, therefore he was arrested for Intoxicated Endangerment. 
 
On June 30, 2018 Deputy Y. Bortchevsky was conducting a patrol check at the Chesapeake Beach Fastop when he observed Richard Stuart McGrath (47), standing in front of the door. Once McGrath noticed the officer, he began to walk away, knowing that he is banned indefinitely from the Fastop property. Deputy Bortchevsky detained McGrath in the parking lot of Kellam’s Field. McGrath was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Trespassing. 

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Public Hearing Scheduled for Request to Re-establish Parks & Recreation Advisory Board

 The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will hold a public hearing Tuesday, July 10, 2018, to consider and receive comments regarding a proposal to re-establish the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board.
 
The purpose of the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board is to assist the Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation make decisions regarding planning, development and programming of the Calvert County parks and recreation system.
 
The hearing will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Commissioners’ Hearing Room in the Calvert County Circuit Courthouse, located at 175 Main St. in Prince Frederick. Citizens are encouraged to view the resolution online.
 
For additional information, contact the Department of Parks & Recreation at 
410-535-1600, ext. 2234 or via email at Nola.Formy-Duval@calvertcountymd.gov. Individuals who cannot attend the public hearing may submit written comments. These written comments must be received by 4:30 p.m., July 9, 2018, and may be submitted by emailing COMMISS@calvertcountymd.gov or through the U.S. mail to the BOCC at 175 Main St., Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Any reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities or linguistic barriers should be requested by contacting the BOCC office at 410-535-1600, ext. 2202.
 
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Calvert County Department of Public Safety Announces Animal Matters Hearing Board to Host Public Meeting

 The Calvert County Department of Public Safety announces the Animal Matters Hearing Board will hold a public meeting Wednesday, July 11, to consider and receive comments on a proposal to revise the Calvert County Animal Control Ordinance. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Calvert Pines Senior Center auditorium located at 450 W. Dares Beach Road in Prince Frederick.
 
The proposed revisions are only to the dangerous and prohibited animals section of the ordinance and include more frequent check-ups for known dangerous animals and the addition of a list to address potentially dangerous animals in Calvert County. Several revisions will be recommended during the meeting and public comment is encouraged.
 
Citizens can view the dangerous and prohibited animals section of the Calvert County Animal Control Ordinance online or request a paper copy from the Department of Public Safety located at 315 Stafford Road in Barstow. Individuals who cannot attend the public hearing may submit written comments. Written comments must be received by 4:30 p.m., July 10, 2018, and may be submitted by emailing Patricia.Helms@calvertcountymd.gov or through the U.S. mail to the Department of Public Safety, 175 Main St., Prince Frederick, MD, 20678, Attn: Department of Public Safety, Animal Matters Hearing Board.
 
Calvert County Government services can be found online at www.calvertcountymd.gov. Find Calvert County Government on Facebook.

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Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Blotter

Possession of Marijuana:  On 6/25/18 at 1:38 am, Trooper First Class Kaitz stopped a vehicle on Main St. north of Old Field Lane in Prince Frederick for traffic violations.  A strong odor of raw marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle.  A probable cause search was conducted and 18 grams of suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia were located in the vehicle.  A passenger, DeAndre A. Plater, 20 of Prince Frederick was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.  The driver was released from the scene.
 
Trepassing & Disorderly Conduct:  On 6/25/18 at 8:53 pm, Trooper Stull responded to the 1800 block of Squaw Valley Lane in Prince Frederick for a report of a trespasser.  Upon arrival, Trooper Stull observed a female yelling and cursing at those living at the residence.  The home owner explained that there had been previous incidents with the female and no trespassing signs had been placed in the yard because of the other occurrencees.  Brenda L. Pagliocchini, 31 of Prince Frederick was placed under arrest for trespassing and disorderly conduct.  Pagliocchini was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
 
Armed Robbery:  On 6/28/18 at 2:10 am, Trooper First Class Davis stopped to check on a vehicle parked partially in the roadway at Rt. 4 & Lore Rd. in Solomons.  During the initial contact with the driver a broadcast was given from the 911 Emergency Center of a reported armed robbery that just occurred at the 7-11 in Solomons.  During an additional broadcast of the description of the armed robber, both the driver and passenger became nervous and displayed numerous criminal indicators.  CCSO Sgt. Shrawder and his K-9 Maximus arrived to assist TFC Davis with a probable cause search.    Masks, gloves, a BB-gun and marijuana were located inside the vehicle.  Mary E. Lippencott, 30 and Nicole D. Nichols, 31 both of Lothian were arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
 
Possession of Heroin:  On 6/29/18 at 12:25 am, Corporal Oles stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 near Main St. in Prince Frederick for traffic violations.  Because of several criminal indicators a K9 scan was requested.  As the driver, Joseph R. West, 29 of Mechanicsville stepped out the vehicle the K9 officer observed him kick something under it.  A syringe containing suspected heroin was located and West was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. 
 
Warrant Service / Possession With Intent to Distribute:  On 6/30/18 @ 10:03 pm, Trooper First Class Harrod stopped a vehicle during the Sobriety Checkpoint due to an alert from Cpl. Esnes that the LPR alarm hit indicated the registered owner had a potential outstanding warrant.  K9 Benelli and his handler, TFC McCombs also participating in the Checkpoint performed a scan of the vehicle with a positive hit.  The search revealed a large amount of US currency and a large amount of suspected marijuana.  Michael E. Stiles Jr., 19 of Centreville, VA. was arrested for the outstanding warrant through Calvert County Sheriff’s Office.  Stiles and his passenger, Shawn M. Meadows, 28 of Arcata, CA were both arrested for possession with intent to distribute marijuana and were incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. 

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Co-Defendant in Deadly Armed Robbery Sentenced 40 Years

LA PLATA, MD—Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County announced that on Friday, June 29, 2018, Charles County Circuit Court Judge William R. Greer, Jr. sentenced Charles Leon Thompson, Jr., 34 of Waldorf, to 40 years in prison for Armed Robbery and Use of a Handgun During the Commission of a Crime of Violence.
 
On February 4, 2017, officers responded to the Beer 4 U Bar located in the 2100 block of Crain Highway in Waldorf for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers discovered several victims suffering from various injuries, including Emmanuel Perkins who sustained head injuries from an earlier assault and Miaquita Gray who suffered a gunshot wound to the upper body. Gray was later pronounced deceased as a result of her injuries.
 
A preliminary investigation revealed that a few moments prior to the shooting, Perkins was physically assaulted and robbed by three suspects in the bathroom of Beer 4 U. After the assault, Perkins and his girlfriend, Gray, exited the bar and stood in the parking lot of the establishment. The three suspects also exited the establishment. One of the suspects brandished a gun and began firing at Perkins and Gray, fatally striking Gray. Two other victims were struck but did not sustain life-threatening injuries.
 
Video surveillance and witness testimony identified co-defendant Anthony Deangelo Wilkins as being involved in the armed robbery and shooting. A further investigation revealed Wilkins as the shooter and identified Charles Leon Thompson, Jr. as an accomplice to the shooting and the armed robbery in the bathroom.
 
Thompson entered a guilty plea to the aforementioned charges in Charles County Circuit Court in front of the Honorable Judge H. James West on December 4, 2017.
 
While commenting on the imposed sentence, Covington said, “The sentence laid down by the Court was fair and reasonable given the senseless killing of an innocent bystander in this case.  Incapacitating violent robbers and murderers by jailing them, is the only truly proven way of reducing violent crime on our streets.  This sentence takes a dangerous person off the streets for a significant time period. That is a good thing.”

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Charles Officers Conduct Death Investigation Of 3 Year Old Girl and Father

 On July 1 at 7:35 p.m., officers responded to Gilbert Run Park located at 13140 Charles Street in La Plata, MD, for a death investigation. Upon arrival, officers located a man and a young girl inside a pickup truck; both were deceased. Detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division responded and learned the man is the girl’s biological father. He had court-ordered visitation rights with her and was supposed to return her home on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. When he did not arrive and no one could reach him, family members became concerned and began searching for them. They located his truck at the park and notified police. Investigation showed the father shot and killed his daughter and then shot and killed himself. Detectives recovered a handgun inside the truck. The victim has been identified as Maddie Sabre Davis, 3, from La Plata. The father has been identified as Brian Duncan Davis, 33, of La Plata. Detective Brion Buchanan is investigating.

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Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident In Leonardtown

On June 30, 2018 at approximately 9:56 a.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s
Office responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision on Point Lookout Road in the area of Budds Creek Road, in Leonardtown. Upon arrival deputies located two vehicles which were involved in the collision. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collison Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and continued the investigation.
Preliminary investigation determined a 2006 Toyota Tacoma, operated by Roberto Mejia-Lopez, age 36, of Lexington Park, was traveling east on Budds Creek Road, when Mejia-Lopez failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Budds Creek Road, and Point Lookout Road. MejiaLopez proceeded into the southbound lane of Point Lookout Road, and was struck by a 2016 Isuzu NPR-HD box truck which was traveling south on Point Lookout Road, operated by Kyle Freeman, age 24, of Clinton. Mejia-Lopez was transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, with incapacitating injuries. A passenger in the Toyota Tacoma, Moises Rodriquez, age 26, of Lexington Park, was ejected from the vehicle; lifesaving efforts were performed, and Rodriquez was transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. Freeman and a 25 year old passenger in the box truck sustained nonincapacitating injuries.
At this time, failure to stop at a stop sign and alcohol appear to be contributing factors in the
collision. Anyone who witnessed the collision or has any information regarding this incident is
asked to contact Corporal Brandon Foor at (301) 475-4200 extension *2265 or by email at
Brandon.Foor@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.
 

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Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision On Berry Road In Waldorf

(Waldorf, Maryland) – On Sunday, July 01, 2018, at approximately 0115 hours, Troopers from the mMaryland State Police La Plata barrack responded to a serious motor vehicle collision on eastbound Maryland Route 228 (Berry Road) west of Thumper Place in Charles County, Maryland.
On scene investigation revealed that a 2012 Volkswagen Passat operated by Breanna Rodgers (24 yoa) of Waldorf, MD and occupied by Kevin Cox (24 yoa) of Brandywine, MD was stopped in lane number one of eastbound Maryland Route 228 with the emergency flashers activated. The Volkswagen Passat was disabled after being involved in a prior collision. A 2008 Cadillac Escalade operated by Sammie Davis (43 yoa) of Upper Marlboro, MD was traveling on eastbound Maryland Route 228 west of Thumper Place approaching the Volkswagen from the rear. The Cadillac collided into the rear of the
Volkswagen. As a result of the collision, the front passenger of the Volkswagen, Kevin Cox sustained injuries not compatible with life and succumbed to his injuries on scene.
The operator of the Volkswagen was transported to Prince George's Hospital by MSP Trooper 2 with serious injuries. The operator of the Cadillac was transported by ambulance to Fort Washington Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Anyone who may have witnessed or who has information regarding this collision is asked to contact the La Plata Barrack Duty Officer at (301) 392-1200. The investigation is continuing and being investigated by Cpl. J. Zimmerman of the Maryland State Police CRASH Team. (18-MSP-027808)

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State Police Stop Car And Man Is Charged With Numerous Offenses

On June 27, 2018 at 1846 hours, Trooper Hussey #6913 was on patrol and stopped a grey
Dodge Durango for a safety equipment violation on Post Office Road at Route 5, Waldorf, Charles County, Maryland.
A check of the Maryland registration revealed the tags were reported stolen to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office on June 14, 2018. The driver, Dale Richard Smoot, 50 yoa, from Pomfret, Maryland was arrested and taken to the La Plata Barrack. Smoot was Charged with the following:
CR 7-104(g)-CJIS Code-1-0521-Theft less than $100
TA-13-409(b) Failure to display registration card upon demand by police officer
TA-16-101(a1) Driving to drive motor vehicle on highway without required license and authorization
TA-17-107(a1) Knowingly driving uninsured vehicle
TA-13-401(b1) Operating unregistered motor vehicle
All events occurred in Charles County, Maryland. 18-MSP-027229
All persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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Jones Promoted to St. Mary's County Communications Director

Leonardtown, MD – The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County have approved the promotion of Tony Jones to Communications Director.
 
Jones has served as Public Information Officer since September 2011. Since then he has led the transformation of the county’s public information effort, launching county government’s Social Media venues (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr) and enhancing the county’s overall communications strategy. He has spearheaded changes in televised coverage of meetings and special events on St. Mary’s County Government TV 95.
 
Jones has an extensive background in communications and broadcast journalism. Prior to arriving in St. Mary’s County, he served as the North Carolina spokesman for the 2010 Census and Writer/Editor for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). His broadcast journalism career included stints with TV stations in Baton Rouge, New York City, Raleigh, Mobile, Al and Greenville, NC. He has also served as a Broadcast News Workshop adjunct instructor with New York University’s School of Professional Studies.
 
“The commissioners congratulate Tony on his promotion. The work he has done since 2011 has been excellent and he is deserving of the promotion,” said Commissioner President Randy Guy. “We have enjoyed working with him and look forward to continuing to do so.”
 
The promotion is effective July 1.

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Travelers Can Expect Increased Volume Statewide Over The Next Two Weekends

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is advising motorists to plan ahead with the arrival of the Independence Day getaway weekends. The July Fourth holiday is Wednesday, so travelers will be taking routes to the Eastern Shore and other vacation spots this weekend and the following weekend in large numbers.
 
MDOT SHA is urging motorists to slow down and be alert as they travel through work zones during this time of increased volume on the roads. There were three separate crashes in the last week in work zones, including an incident on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge which resulted in a fatality. Driving posted speeds and avoiding distractions while transiting a work zone is the key to saving lives. Additionally, drivers are reminded to observe the Move Over law whenever they see emergency vehicles, tow trucks or work zone support equipment on the side of the road. Work zone safety is in your hands.
  
MDOT SHA officials highlighted the dangers today at the Statewide Operations Center with a display of two vehicles – a crash attenuator that absorbed the impact from a crash earlier this week, saving the lives of the workers on the road; and an emergency traffic patrol vehicle struck last month on I-270 while an MDOT SHA employee responded to an incident on the road.
 
Nearly 400 work zones across the state demonstrate that MDOT SHA is working to improve commutes, reduce congestion and improve safety. Check MDOT SHA’s Road Ready electronic brochure for a list of major construction projects underway to improve travel and reduce congestion.
 
Just in time for summer travel, MDOT SHA will complete the upgrade and re-paving of US 113 (Worcester Highway) Friday, June 29th. This critical Eastern Shore artery will now showcase four lanes of traffic between Five Mile Branch Road and Masseys Branch (Phase 3) in Worcester County.
 
MDOT SHA also expects to have the final phase of widening of US 113 between MD 365 (Public Landing Road) and Five Mile Branch Road open for travelers by spring 2020. This will complete the widening of US 113 in Maryland between the Virginia and Delaware State lines.
 
MDOT SHA invites motorists to experience some of the major roadway improvements that are new this holiday season. MDOT SHA officially opened a fourth lane on eastbound US 50 on the Severn River Bridge in Annapolis, easing congestion heading toward the Bay Bridge. MDOT SHA also added a lane in each direction on MD 404 between US 50 and the Town of Denton, cutting congestion and improving safety and drive time to points east. Other projects include the completion of rehabilitation of 11 bridge driving surfaces on the Salisbury Bypass, a new pedestrian safety fence and resurfacing project on Coastal Highway in Ocean City and a new interchange on US 301 (Blue Star Memorial Highway) at MD 304 (Ruthsburg Road) in Queen Anne’s County. Please view this video on the projects.
 
MDOT SHA will suspend non-emergency construction on interstates and primary routes during the July Fourth holiday (one day prior, during and one day after). Additionally, MDOT SHA will have emergency patrols out in full force on the Eastern Shore and in metro regions 24/7 to assist drivers with disabled vehicles during both weekends and the week of the holiday.
 
Drivers are urged to check their vehicles closely before hitting the highway: tires for proper traction and pressure and look for damage; fluid levels and top off; belts and hoses for excess wear and replace coolant hoses if there is a leak; headlights and taillights for visibility. A quick inspection of the vehicle can help reduce the likelihood of a breakdown and will help MDOT SHA keep lanes clear.
 
Shore-bound travelers are reminded to stay on US 50 and not turn local roads into interstates. Local roads cannot handle the volume of vehicles and will quickly gridlock residents in their neighborhoods, preventing emergency services access.
 
MDOT SHA offers real-time travel conditions and access to live traffic cameras on www.md511.org. The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) offers a toll-free real-time Chesapeake Bay Bridge information line at 1-877-BAY-SPAN (229-7726) that offers precise wait times and other travel information.
 
MDTA and MDOT SHA recommend that motorists consider traveling at off-peak hours to help reduce congestion:
 
• Thursday, June 28 – after 10 p.m.
• Friday, June 29 – before 8 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
• Saturday, June 30 – before 6 a.m. and after 8 p.m.
• Sunday, July 1 – before 7 a.m. and after 7 p.m.
• Monday, July 2 – before 8 a.m. and after 8 p.m.
• Tuesday, July 3 – before 8 a.m. and after 8 p.m.
• Wednesday, July 4 - before 9 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
• Thursday, July 5 – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
• Friday, July 6 – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
• Saturday, July 7 – before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m.
• Sunday, July 8 – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
 
MDOT SHA also provides the following tips to keep travelers safe during while traveling:
• Buckle up! It’s the law. All seats, all ages, all the time – yes, even the backseat;
• Don’t drive after drinking. Designate a sober driver or use a taxi or ride service;
• Park the cell phone and mobile device and pay close attention to the road ahead;
• Get plenty of rest before hitting the road; and
• Travel at the posted speed limit.
• If your vehicle becomes disabled, pull off as far as you can on the highway and call #77 or 911 for help.

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Statement from Governor Larry Hogan on Annapolis Shooting

ANNAPOLIS, MD- Governor Larry Hogan released the following statement on today’s shooting in Annapolis:
 
"We are terribly saddened by the loss of five members of our community in today's heinous shooting. The First Lady and I are praying for the victims, those who were injured, and their families, friends, and loved ones in this time of tragedy.
 
“I am deeply grateful to the first responders who arrived at the scene within moments and saved more lives from being lost. The state will continue to provide any and all resources necessary to assist in the ongoing investigation, and support our community as we work together to recover.
 
"The Capital Gazette is my hometown paper, and I have the greatest respect for the fine journalists, and all the men and women, who work there. They serve each day to shine light on the world around us so that we might see with more clarity and greater understanding.
 
“There is no place in our society for this kind of hatred and violence, and the individual responsible for this horrendous crime must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

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NAS Pax River Changes Flight Patterns due to Runway Repairs, Local Communities May Notice Increased Noise Levels

PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD – Communities surrounding the naval air
station may notice changes in flight patterns and increased noise levels from now until Summer of 2019 while the air station conducts runway repairs.
Repair work requires a runway to be temporarily closed resulting in increased usage of the
remaining open runways. Communities that will notice increased noise levels due to changes in flight patterns include Cedar Cove, the Lexington Park area south of the installation, Solomons Island, Lusby, and California, Md.
As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing
activities on the community. For more information call the toll-free Noise Hotline number at 1-
866-819-9028.

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Three Notch Trail Section Closure Rescheduled

Leonardtown, MD - The closure of the Three Notch Trail section between Cedar View Court and Mechanicsville Road, originally scheduled for closure on June 18, has been rescheduled. The section closure will now occur from June 29 – July 20.
 
 
That closure was delayed while crews completed the Asher Road culvert replacement. 
 
For more information, please contact the St. Mary’s County Department of Public Works & Transportation at 301-475-4200.

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EPA Plans to Award $240,000 to Maryland for Water Quality Monitoring at Beaches

As peak beach season arrives, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to award approximately $240,000 to Maryland to develop and implement beach monitoring and notification programs along Maryland’s shores.
 
“Enjoying the beach is a quintessential pastime for Americans every summer,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “Through EPA’s BEACH grants, we are ensuring communities across the country can keep their beaches safe and enjoyable for all.”
 
Under the Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health (BEACH) Act, EPA awards grants to eligible state, territorial and tribal applicants to help them and their local government partners monitor water quality at coastal and Great Lakes beaches.
 
EPA’s Mid-Atlantic office expects to award the funds to Maryland contingent upon eligibility requirements and availability of funding.
 
“In addition to helping measure pollution in the water near beaches, EPA is pleased to help states, tribes, territories, and local governments inform people about the threats to beaches and opportunities to protect them,” said EPA mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Cosmo Servidio. “Through this program, EPA is improving public access to information about the quality of water at our beaches.”
 
When bacteria levels are too high for safe swimming, these agencies notify the public by posting beach warnings or closing the beach.  
 
Since 2002, state and local governments, territories, and tribes have used more than $157 million in EPA BEACH Act grants to monitor beaches for fecal indicator bacteria, maintain and operate public notification systems, identify local pollution sources, and report results of monitoring and notification activities to EPA. Grant funding under the BEACH ACT is part of a broader EPA effort to find and eliminate sources of water pollution that contribute to beach closures.
 
For more information about what EPA is doing to protect America’s beaches: https://www.epa.gov/beaches/learn-epas-role-protecting-beaches
 

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Man Killed In Accident In Chesapeake Beach

On 06-26-18 at approximately 6:37 am members of the Calvert County Sheriff's Office Patrol Bureau and Crash Reconstruction Team were dispatched to the intersection of F Street and 29th Street, Chesapeake Beach, for a Vehicle Collision.
Preliminary investigation of the collision revealed the following: A 2015 Subaru Forester was traveling south on F Street. Sofia Villarreal, 20 year old of Chesapeake Beach, MD, was the driver of the Subaru. Joseph Pesce, 64 year old of Chesapeake Beach, MD, was riding a bicycle east on 29th Street.   Both the Subaru and the bicycle entered the intersection of 29th Street and F Street at the same time. The Subaru struck the bicycle. Pesce was ejected from the bike. 
Joseph Pesce was transported to Washington Hospital Center by Medivac where he later died due to his injuries from the collision. Sofia Villarreal was uninjured and refused medical treatment.  Preliminary Investigation shows that Failure to Stop and Yield at a Stop Sign by one or both parties involved in the collision contributed to this crash.  
The collision is under investigation by Sgt. T. Phelps of the Crash Reconstruction Team.  Anyone with additional information regarding the collision is asked to contact the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office at 410-535-2800 or e-mail the investigator at thomas.phelps@calvertcountymd.gov .

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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

Property: 18-32678
On June 19, 2018 Deputy Cress responded to Bay Ave, North Beach for the report of destruction of property. The complainant advised sometime between June 18th at 11:00pm and June 19th at 6:00am an unknown suspect(s) damaged multiple wooden pickets, a light fixture, and four doors and windows in a playse wooden boat. The estimated value of damaged property is $140.
 
Damaged Property: 18-32877
On June 20, 2018 Deputy Parks responded to Faith Lane, Huntingtown for the report of destruction of property. The victim stated that an unknown suspect(s) shattered the back window of their pickup truck and caused multiple dents on the side, and broke the front driver’s side fog light. The estimated damaged property is $3,000.
 
Damaged Property: 18-33588
On June 24, 2018 Deputy Fox responded to Wetlands Overlook Park, North Beach for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised sometime between June 19th and June 20th an unknown suspect(s) attempted to throw an unknown object through the window of the visitor’s center. The estimated damaged property is $800.
 
Damaged Property: 18-33632
On June 24, 2018 Deputy R. Shrawder responded to Spruce Drive, Lusby for the report of damaged property. The victim stated that unknown suspect(s) had damaged the back door to the residence along with a key lock to the front door. The estimated damaged property is $500.
 
Theft: 18-32616
On June 18, 2018 Deputy Mitchell responded to 7th Street, North Beach for the report of a theft. The victim stated that an unknown suspect(s) removed a package from their mailbox that included multiple medications. The value of stolen property is $90.
 
Theft: 18-32969
On June 20, 2018 Deputy Parks responded to Palisades Drive, Dunkirk for the report of a theft. The victim stated that an unknown suspect(s) stole their registration plate to their boat trailer. The value of stolen property is $100.
 
Theft: 18-33092
On June 21, 2018 Deputy Gott responded to Weis, Solomons for the report of a theft. The victim stated that sometime between 9:15am and 10:45am on June 21st an unknown suspect(s) broke the passenger side window and stole their grey purse from inside the vehicle. The value of damaged property and stolen items is $190.
 
Theft: 18-33239
On June 22, 2018 Deputy Bowlan responded to Summer City Boulevard, Chesapeake Beach for the report of a theft from vehicle. The victim stated that sometime between June 21st at 9:45pm and June 22nd at 7:30am an unknown suspect(s) entered their unlocked vehicle and removed their wallet containing US currency and other miscellaneous items. The value of stolen property is $40.
 
Arrest
 
On June 18, 2018 Deputy Bradley responded to the Fastop-Lusby for the report of a theft. Deputy Bradley made contact with the complainant who advised a male subject had just stole beer and a camouflage hat from the store. Deputy Bradley located the male subject later identified as Robert Rice (51) of Lusby who was extremely intoxicated. It was also determined that Rice had a no trespass warning issued for Fastop. Rice was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with Trespass: Private Property and Theft Less than $100. 
 
On June 22, 2018 Deputy Buckler responded to the area of Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach for the report of a driver passed out behind the wheel. Deputy Buckler arrived on scene and located the vehicle with a male subject passed out behind the wheel of the running vehicle. In plain view Deputy Buckler located paraphernalia in the vehicle. The male subject later identified as Stephen Smith (26) of Mechanicsville was woken up and asked to step out of the vehicle for a search to be conducted. The search resulted in paraphernalia and narcotics. Smith was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana (Heroin). 

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Update: Advisory: Missing Children In St. Mary's County

Nathan Garrett Grinder has been located.
Advisory: Missing Child: Nathan Garrett Grinder W/M 17 year old 5-11, 180 lbs.. Last seen: 06-27-18 at 38417 Sugar Hole Road
 
St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office seeks your help in locating a missing child:
 
Nathan Garrett Grinder W/M 17 year old 5-11 180 lbs.
 
Last seen: 06-27-18 10:00 PM sugar hole road
 
Driving 2004 Chevy Silverado truck Md. 49P660 missing tailgate top.
 
If you have information that can assist in helping safely locate Nathan Garrett Grinder please call 911 or contact the police.
 
Advisory: Missing Child Destiny Marie Ayers W/F 16 years old 5-08, 280lbs
 
St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office seeks your help in locating a missing child:
 
Missing Child Destiny Marie Ayers W/F 16 years old 5-08, 280lbs
 
Last seen: Pax River 06-27-18 100 PM.
 
If you have information that can assist in helping safely locate Destiny Marie Ayers, please call 911 or contact the police.

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Construction Begins On Access Road For Woodland Acres Community Along MD 235 In St. Mary's County

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) started work on another transportation improvement project in St. Mary’s County.
 
MDOT SHA recently began relocating utilities along MD 235 (Three Notch Road) across from First Colony Drive in preparation for construction of an access road into the Woodland Acres community. This section of MD 235 sees an average of 71,000 cars daily. The $2.4 million project is part of the Intersection Capacity Improvements Project and extends the access road north .34 miles and will connect to Old Pine Court. Work will consist of full depth pavement construction with installation of curb, gutter, sidewalk, and ADA-compliant ramps. A new traffic signal will be added at the intersection of MD 235, and the new access road allowing safe passage into the Woodland Acres Community.
 
“This is another example of our unwavering commitment to delivering traffic solutions across the state of Maryland,” said MDOT SHA Administrator Greg Slater. “This project is a big priority in St. Mary’s County, and I am excited we can bring an innovative and aggressive approach to deliver this transportation benefit with little delay.”
 
This access road project was awarded to Penn Avenue Construction, LLC, of Prince Frederick, MD. The project is scheduled for completion in early 2019.

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