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Free HIV and Hepatitis C Testing Offered through Health Department

LEONARDTOWN, MD (June 17, 2019) – The St. Mary’s County Health Department is offering FREE OraQuick Rapid HIV testing and FREE OraQuick Hepatitis C testing through June 28 (or while supplies last) for the community at the following two locations: 
St. Mary’s County Health Department Clinic, 21580 Peabody Street, Leonardtown, MD (Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
Harm Reduction Program Office, 46035 Signature Lane, Lexington Park, MD (Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) 
For more information, please call the health department at 301-475-4330 or visit our Facebook page and click on events at: www.facebook.com/SMCHealthDepartment/
 
June 27 is National HIV Testing Day. About one in seven people in the United States who have HIV don’t know they have it. Knowing your HIV status can give you peace of mind—and testing is the only way you can know for sure. Knowing your status is also important because it helps you make healthy decisions to prevent getting or transmitting HIV.
 
The CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care and that people with certain risk factors get tested more often. Testing for HIV can give you important information and help keep you and others safe.
 
The #DoingItMyWay campaign focuses on the importance of HIV testing, the things that motivate you to get tested and stay healthy, and how to get tested. Share how you’re #DoingItMyWay!
 
Hepatitis C is a liver infection caused by a virus. Most people become infected with the Hepatitis C virus by sharing needles or other equipment to inject drugs. For some people, Hepatitis C is a short-term illness, but for most people who become infected with Hepatitis C, it becomes a long-term, chronic infection. Chronic Hepatitis C is a serious disease that can result in long-term health problems, even death. The majority of infected persons might not be aware of their infection because they do not feel ill. There is no vaccine for Hepatitis C. The best way to prevent Hepatitis C is by avoiding behaviors that can spread the disease, especially injecting drugs.

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Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Blotter

Theft:  On 6/12/19 at 6:25 pm, Trooper First Class Rucker responded to the 6600 block of Jupiter Dr. in Huntingtown for a reported theft.  The victim reported that 3 of their active bee hives had been taken from their bases.  Investigation continues.  
 
Stabbing During Dispute:  On 6/15/19 at 10:29 am, Trooper Woolman responded to the Wendy’s Restaurant in Prince Frederick for an assault with stabbing involved.  Investigation revealed two disorderly subjects were arguing and Mario P. Le, 37 of Huntingtown stabbed the other subject with a knife.  Le was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.  The victim was medevaced by MSP Trooper 7 to Prince George’s Shock Trauma.  The injuries are serious but not life threatening.  
 
Obstructing/Hindering:  On 6/15/19 at 1);29 am, Trooper Woolman during the stabbing investigation reviewed the video surveillance and observed another employee of the Wendy’s Restaurant tampered with evidence.  Richard R. Cooper, 3rd, 51 of Lusby was arrested for Obstructing/Hindering and was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.

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Maryland State Police Arrest Calvert County Man On Attempted Murder Charges

(PRINCE FREDERICK, MD) – Maryland State Police arrested a man Saturday in connection with a stabbing in Calvert County.
The suspect, Mario Puzo Le, 37, of Huntingtown, Maryland was arrested, and after consultation with the Calvert County State's Attorney's Office, he was charged with first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, attempted second-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. After being processed at the Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Barrack, he was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was ordered held without bond by a court commissioner.
Shortly after 10 a.m. on Saturday, troopers from the Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Barrack responded, along with deputies from the Calvert County Sheriff's Office, to a restaurant on the 100 block of Solomons Island Road in Prince Frederick, Maryland on a report of two people being disorderly.
According to a preliminary investigation, troopers located a 24-year-old male victim in the drive-thru lane of the restaurant bleeding from an apparent stab wound to his torso. The victim received treatment on scene from Calvert County emergency medical services providers before being transported to the University of Maryland Prince George's Hospital Center by Maryland State Police Aviation Command helicopter Trooper 7 where he is being treated for his injuries. Investigators said that Le was arrested and a knife was recovered at the scene.
Prince Frederick Barrack troopers were assisted on scene and throughout the course of the
investigation by investigators from the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division, crime scene technicians from the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division and deputies from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office.
Anyone who has information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Prince Frederick Barrack Duty Officer at (410) 535-1400.

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Charles County Government July Operating Schedule

The County Administrator wishes to remind residents of changes to normal operating schedules for the month of July.  All offices, facilities, and services not listed will be operating their normal hours.
 
Thursday, July 4 (Independence Day)
 
All Charles County Government offices and the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville will be closed.
The Charles County Landfill and all recycling centers will be closed.
Curbside recycling and yard waste collection will be delayed one day for the remaining week, Friday, July 5 through Saturday, July 6.
VanGO services will not be operating.
The Nanjemoy Community Center, senior centers, Port Tobacco Recreation Center, Elite Gymnastics, and all school based community centers are closed.
All pools will be open noon -5 p.m. for open swim (Lackey, Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center, North Point, McDonough, La Plata and Thomas Stone).
Charles County Public Library is closed (All branches).
Charles County Department of Health is closed.
 
For questions about County Government holiday closures, contact the Public Information Office at 301-885-2779 or PressRoom@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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Caution Advised for Flag Ponds Road Repairs

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – June 17, 2019 – The traffic pattern inside Flag Ponds Nature Park will temporarily change to accommodate asphalt repairs on the park’s exit road Tuesday, June 18 from 1-6 p.m.
 
During this time, all traffic leaving parking lots 1A and 1B located in front of the visitor center will be directed out using the entrance road. Visitors should proceed with caution and follow staff directions and signage. The schedule is subject to change based on weather conditions.
 
Learn more about the Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation, Natural Resources Division, and its comprehensive program of activities and park information by calling 410-535-5327 or by visiting www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/NaturalResources. For updates on Parks & Recreation services, park availability, field closures and more, visit Parks & Recreation at www.Facebook.com/CalvertCountyParks.
 
Information on Calvert County Government services can be found online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov. Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook.

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Senior Farmer's Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)

Leonardtown, MD - The Department of Aging & Human Services is proud to again participate in the Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP).
 
Eligibility Requirements:
•           60 years of age or older
•           Photo ID card which indicates proof of St. Mary’s County residency
•           Meet income limits
 
Maryland SFMNP Income Limits:
 
Eligible participants will receive a total of $30 in checks. Distribution will begin Wednesday, July 10, at 8:30 a.m. in the Chesapeake Building, located at 41770 Baldridge Street in Leonardtown, MD. A limited number of booklets are available and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Checks must be redeemed by Nov. 30, 2019.

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Jury Finds Man Criminally Responsible for Vicious First-Degree Murder of Father-in-Law

LA PLATA, MD—Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Friday, June 14, 2019, after a two-part, bifurcated trial, a Charles County jury found Deangelo Hemsley, 42 of Waldorf, criminally responsible for the First-Degree Murder of John Yates, Home Invasion, First-Degree Assault, Second-Degree Assault, Kidnapping, and False Imprisonment.

 

Hemsley was previously convicted of the aforementioned charges on June 12, 2019 by members of the jury. After establishing his guilt, jurors then found that Hemsley was criminally responsible for committing the acts in a separate proceeding, despite his plea of not criminally responsible. 

 

On April 23, 2016, officers responded to the 12800 block of Yates Place in La Plata for the report of a person with a weapon. When officers arrived, they located victim John Yates suffering from several stab wounds to his upper body. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. Officers also found Hemsley, Yates’ son-in-law, attempting to escape the area; however, he was apprehended that night.

 

An investigation revealed that during the evening hours of April 23rd, Hemsley made entry into Yates’ residence yielding a knife and bar. Yates’ family was present at the time and did not expect Hemsley’s arrival. After entrance, Hemsley demanded to know where his daughter, who was inside of the residence, was located. Hemsley then asked for the location of Yates, who was in a lower level. Within seconds of receiving Yates’ location from a family member,  Hemsley went to Yates and immediately began attacking him with the knife, stabbing him multiple times and causing deep lacerations in the face and neck area. Hemsley’s then 12 year-old-daughter and a 15-year-old juvenile were present during parts of the attack.

 

After stabbing Yates, Hemsley grabbed his daughter’s hand and put her in his vehicle. Thankfully, she was able to escape through a window and run to safety back inside of the residence, barricading herself in a room with a dresser.

 

A DNA analysis conducted on the knife used in the assault revealed that it contained both Hemsley’s and Yates’ DNA. Hemsley also had Yates’ blood still on his clothing while being apprehended.

 

A sentencing date has been set for September 5, 2019.

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Calvert County Files Suit Against Opioid Makers and Distributors

On Thursday, June 13, the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners filed suit in federal court against the largest manufacturers and distributors of opiates to recover costs related to the opioid crisis. The suit alleges opioid manufacturers and distributors engaged in deceptive and illegal marketing schemes and helped create the public health emergency caused by the overuse of prescription opioids.
 
The county is seeking to prevent further misrepresentation of the risks and benefits of opioid use; recovery of costs related to addressing the opioid crisis locally; recovery of legal fees related to the suit; and the abatement of the public nuisance created by the defendants.
 
The civil action, filed in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, lists 30 defendants comprising opioid manufacturing and distribution companies. The county is being represented by the legal consortium of Ferrer Poirot & Wansbrough, Fears, Nachawati, McNamee Hosea, Motley Rice and the Kane Law Group. The law firms are representing the county on a contingent fee basis and will not be compensated unless the county receives a financial benefit as a result of the proposed claims.

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Van Hollen Pushes to Honor Maryland Veterans in NDAA

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced that he has filed two amendments to the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to support Maryland’s veterans and ensure their service is appropriately honored.

 

“For far too long, many of our veterans that served in WWI and WWII have not received proper recognition – despite their heroic actions – because of the color of their skin. I’m proud to work on addressing this injustice, and I urge my colleagues to support these amendments to honor the actions of our veterans,” said Senator Van Hollen. 

 

The first amendment would add his World War I Valor Medals Review Act to the NDAA. Hundreds of thousands of minority Veterans fought for their country during World War I, and their service was essential to our victory. But for some, their heroism has still not received the recognition it deserves. To address this issue, Senator Van Hollen is working with Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) to get this legislation passed. It requires the Department of Defense to undertake a review of valor medals awarded to minority Veterans during WWI to determine whether any should receive the Medal of Honor. This review would be conducted in consultation with the WWI Centennial Commission’s Valor Medals Review Task Force, and members of the Task Force spoke in favor of the legislation at the introduction event in Maryland.

 

In addition to this effort, Senator Van Hollen has filed a second amendment for the honorary promotion of Colonel (Ret.) Charles E. McGee, USAF. Col. McGee – a resident of Bethesda, Md. – served with the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II, completing 136 combat missions. He completed an additional 100 combat missions in the Korean Conflict and 173 combat missions in the Vietnam War, amassing the highest three-war total of fighter combat missions (409) of any Air Force aviator. Col. McGee completed a distinguished 30-year career in the United States Air Force, serving in numerous leadership and command capacities and becoming the first African American to command a stateside Air Force Wing and Base. The Secretary of the Air Force determined on March 7, 2019 that Col. McGee is qualified for and merits an honorary promotion to Brigadier General. Congress must now enact legislation authorizing the President to issue an honorary promotion.

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Citizens Advised to Use Caution Due to Solomons Boat Ramp Parking Lot Repairs

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – June 14, 2019 – Portions of the Solomons Boat Ramp parking lot will close for asphalt repairs and line striping June 18 and 19. The work area will change as repairs progress. Visitors should use caution when using the parking lot during this time.
 
The boat ramp and pier will remain open during most of this period. However the ramp and pier will be temporarily closed during line painting in front of the boat ramp. Delays may occur when entering or exiting the ramp. The schedule is subject to change based on weather conditions.
 
Boaters can find a full list public boat ramps, launches and marinas in Calvert County and learn more about the Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation, Natural Resources Division, by calling 410-535-5327 or by visiting www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/NaturalResources. For updates on Parks & Recreation services, park availability, field closures and more, visit Parks & Recreation at www.Facebook.com/CalvertCountyParks.
 
Information on Calvert County Government services can be found online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov. Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook.

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Census Complete Count Committee Kick-off Meeting Set

Leonardtown, MD – The community is invited to attend the kick-off meeting for the 2020 Complete Count Census Committee Thursday, June 20, 2019, from 11 a.m. to noon in the Commissioners Meeting Room in the Potomac Building located at 41770 Baldridge Street in Leonardtown.
 
The purpose of the event is to develop and implement a community outreach strategy to encourage full participation in the 2020 census. Committee members will also develop subcommittees and solicit input from relevant experts and practitioners involved in the 2020 census efforts, as needed.
 
Representatives from the Maryland Department of Planning as well as local officials will be on hand to answer questions and provide insight on 2020 census strategies and available resources.
 
A complete count committee is made up of a broad spectrum of government and community leaders from education, business, health care, and other community organizations. All interested community members should attend.
 
Preregistration is not required but is requested by Monday, June 17, and can be made by calling 301-475-4200, extension 71320.

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Governor Hogan Announces New Appointments to UMMS Board

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced the appointment of new members to the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) Board of Directors. These appointments deliver on the governor’s promise to overhaul the board in response to revelations of self-dealing and wrongdoing, and build on his enactment of major reforms of the way UMMS operates.
 
“Bipartisan reforms to fix the problems at UMMS were a good first step, but I said that—still—more needed to be done,” Governor Hogan said. “I pledged that I would appoint new board members who will serve with integrity and accountability, and today, I am delivering on that promise. This is another critical step as UMMS works to restore public trust.”
 
The following UMMS appointees, listed in alphabetical order, are expected to be in place by July 1:
 
Elisa Basnight currently serves as senior vice president of supply chain for the American Red Cross. She previously served as chief of staff for the United States Mint under the Obama administration, as well as head of the Center for Women Veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs. She has also served as executive vice president for StrategyServ in Upper Marlboro and senior vice president of Health Net Federal Services for the Centene Corporation.
 
Kathleen A. Birrane has been part of the Insurance Sector and the Litigation Practice Group at DLA Piper since 2012, specializing in insurance and reinsurance transactional and regulatory compliance matters. She previously served as a senior vice president of MLF Financial Group Companies and Principal Counsel to the Maryland Insurance Administration for the Office of the Attorney General.
 
Dr. Joseph A. Ciotola, Jr. currently serves as health officer for the Queen Anne’s County Department of Health and medical director for the Queen Anne's County Department of Emergency Services, where he established the Mobile Integrated Community Health Program to provide resources and support to local residents. His extensive medical experience includes serving as director of Adult Orthopedic Outpatient Services at the James Lawrence Kernan Hospital in Baltimore for over two decades and as an orthopedic consulting physician for the Baltimore Ravens.
 
Matthew Clark will serve as Governor Hogan’s designee on the Board of the University of Maryland Medical System. He is currently the chief of staff to Governor Hogan and was previously the governor’s director of communications.
 
Wanda Queen Draper served as the executive director and as a member of the founding board of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture in Baltimore. Prior to these roles, Mrs. Draper provided leadership in many prominent executive communications positions, including director of programming and public affairs for WBAL-TV 11, director of community affairs and visitor services for the National Aquarium in Baltimore, and director of public information and community affairs for the Office of the Governor of Maryland.
 
Jason Frankl has served as the senior managing director of FTI Consulting, Inc. since 2007, where he is a recognized expert in the areas of compliance and corporate governance, notably to dozens of pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, and healthcare services companies. He has significant experience leading investigations and regulatory inquiries on behalf of large institutions and global corporations. Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Mr. Frankl served as Counsel with the NASDAQ Stock Market.
 
Glenn T. Harrell retired as Senior Judge of the Court of Appeals of Maryland in 2015, after 16 years representing the 4th Appellate Circuit and previously serving as a judge on the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland. From 2004 to 2009, he was a member of the board of directors for the Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource Project (ASTAR), which trained judges to manage litigation involving bioscience and biotechnology. In 2009, he was designated ASTAR Senior Fellow, only one of two persons recognized nationally.
 
RADM Joyce M. Johnson, DO, MA USPHS (ret.) is a physician with extensive senior public health leadership experience in both civilian and military sectors, having served as a clinical and adjunct professor at Georgetown University, surgeon general in the U.S. Coast Guard, and in senior scientific and management positions with the Food and Drug Administration and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. She recently served on the Commission on Care and the Advisory Committee for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
 
Bonnie Phipps serves as senior vice president and group operating executive for Ascension Health, leading the largest Catholic Health System in the United States in various leadership roles for more than 11 years, including almost a decade as CEO at Saint Agnes HealthCare in Baltimore. Ms. Phipps has also served previously as president and CEO of health systems such as Saint Joseph’s Health System, St. Agnes Healthcare, and PROMINA Health System, Inc. She has extensive national experience as a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, including serving a term as its chairman.
 
Joseph T. N. Suarez has served since 2004 as director and executive advisor for community partnerships with Booz Allen Hamilton. Previously, Mr. Suarez served as deputy director of operations for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, managing partner at Advanced Managing Group, and acting general manager of the Donor Marketing Division for the American Red Cross.
 
John T. Williams is chairman and CEO of Jamison Door Company headquartered in Hagerstown. Previously, Mr. Williams led multiple television and newspaper companies to financial success through his positions as president and CEO of Gray Communications Systems, Inc., president and COO of Garden State Newspapers, and treasurer and vice president of Harte-Hanks Community Newspapers.
 
Governor Hogan will make additional appointments in the coming months, consistent with the bipartisan legislation he enacted in April.

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Calvert County to Host Free Residential Paper Shredding Event

The Calvert County Department of Public Works, Solid Waste Division, is hosting a free paper shredding event for county residents Saturday, June 22, 8 a.m. to noon, at Appeal Landfill located at 401 Sweetwater Road in Lusby. The shred event, held rain or shine, can help prevent identity theft by destroying confidential or sensitive documents.
 
All paper must be removed from plastic bags and cardboard boxes. Paper clips and staples are acceptable. Binders and binder clips are not acceptable. There is no limit per resident and proof of residency is required. Certificates of destruction will be provided if requested. Businesses are prohibited from this event.
 
For information about this event, call the Calvert County Department of Public Works, Solid Waste Division, at 410-326-0210 or visit www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/Recycle.
 
Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook.

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State Parking Lots to Undergo Maintenance

Crews will be applying sealant and restriping state owned and maintained parking lot sections in the Governmental complex around the Joseph D. Carter building located at 23110 Leonard Hall Road in Leonardtown beginning Monday, June 17, 2019. With good weather, the process will take approximately two weeks to complete. Coating and striping cannot be completed in rainy weather.
 
Barriers will be erected to protect areas where fresh sealant or paint has been applied. The Maryland Department of General Services thanks members of the public for their cooperation and apologizes for the inconvenience.
 
For information please contact the St. Mary’s County Department of Public works at 301-475-4200, ext. 73560.

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Contract Employee Charged with Introducing Contraband into the Detention Center

In May of 2019, detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division began an investigation into allegations a contract Aramark employee, who worked in the kitchen at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center, was bringing contraband into the facility. The investigation determined Tammy Lee Hill, age 44 of Mechanicsville, was bringing numerous prescription pills into the facility as well as Suboxone and cigarettes and providing them to inmates.
 
On June 11, 2019, Hill was served a criminal summons and charged with six counts of Possess Contraband-Place of Confinement.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff

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North Beach Recreation Center Summer Hours Begin Monday, June 24

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – June 12, 2019 – The Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation announces North Beach Recreation Center hours of operation will change beginning Monday, June 24 due to summer camp programs. Summer hours are Monday through Friday, 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, 1 to 7 p.m. and closed on Sundays. This schedule is effective through Saturday, Aug. 17.
 
North Beach Recreation Center, located at 9021 Dayton Ave. in North Beach, offers a variety of exciting activities for citizens of all ages. For a schedule of activities or to learn more, call 410-257-4344 or visit the Department of Parks & Recreation online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/ParksandRecreation.
 
The Department of Parks & Recreation provides a comprehensive program of recreational activities offered in community centers, aquatic facilities, public schools and county parks. For updates on Parks & Recreation services, park availability, field closures and more visit Parks & Recreation at www.Facebook.com/CalvertCountyParks.
 
Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook.

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Two Teenagers Missing In St. Mary's County - Police Looking For Help (Photos)

Advisory: Missing Person Joseph William Brown, 17 yoa. If seen contact the Sheriff's Office at 301-475-8008
 
Advisory: Missing Person Maniyah Leigh Kanipe, 15 yoa. If seen, contact the Sheriff's Office at 301-475-8008.

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Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Blotter

Burglary:  On 6/3/19 at 5:22 pm, Trooper First Class Davis responded to the 8500 block of Stock Drive in Lusby for a reported burglary.  The victim reported the shed in the backyard lock was broken and several items were missing from inside.  Investigation revealed the items had been pawned in St. Mary’s County and they were recovered.  Through this investigation the identities of the involved parties were obtained and application for criminal charges for Nicholas Kelson, 24 of Lusby and Taneesha S. Washington, 27 of Lexington Park are pending.
 
Theft:  On 6/5/19 at 11:56 am, Corporal Esnes responded to the 11600 block of Mill Bridge Rd. in Lusby for a reported theft.  The victim advised a 1995 Yamaha Wave Runner Jet Ski and trailer had been taken from an address on Gunsmoke Trail where it was stored.  Through investigation the suspect was developed and attempts at  contacting and arranging an interview with the suspect are in the process.  The Wave Runner has been entered into NCIC.  Case remains open.
 
Possession of Cocaine:  On 6/6/19 at 9:56 pm, Trooper First Class Rucker stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 south of the Naval Recreation Center in Solomons for traffic violations.  The distinct odor of burnt Marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle and a search was conducted.  Cocaine and Acetaminophen/Hydrocodone were located in the vehicle.  Danielle E. Gilbert, 26 of Lusby was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
 
Possession of Cocaine & Marijuana:  On 6/8/19 at 12:01 am, Trooper Strong stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 prior to Traskers Blvd. in Prince Frederick for traffic violations.  The distinct odor of raw marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle.  Jaymen R. Greenfield, 33 of Temple Hills was arrested for possession of cocaine and marijuana over 10 grams.  A passenger was issued a civil citation for under 10 grams of marijuana.  Greenfield was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.

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'Operation Broken Heart' Yields 58 Arrests In Maryland

(COLUMBIA, MD) – Maryland’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force yields 58 arrests in Maryland, 16 of the cases were handled by Maryland State Police investigators, while participating in “Operation Broken Heart,” a nationwide, two-month initiative targeting offenders of child sexual exploitation.
 
The Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) was one of 61 task forces included in “Operation Broken Heart,” a two-month initiative. Members from the Maryland ICAC worked tirelessly throughout April and May, initiating 320 investigations.  Investigators executed 110 search warrants with 58 arrests.  There were also public outreach sessions, which reached nearly 1,300 people.
 
The coordinated effort by law enforcement represents more than 4,500 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies with the purpose of arresting child predators, along with internet safety education and outreach. During the course of the operation, the task forces delivered more than 2,150 presentations on Internet safety to over 201,000 youth and adults nationally.
 
The Maryland ICAC Task Force is comprised of police agencies statewide.  They concentrated on those offenders who possess, manufacture, and distribute child pornography and who engage in online enticement of children for sexual purposes. They also targeted crimes including child prostitution and possible human trafficking.
 
The Task Force’s primary mission continues to be to protect children from computer-facilitated sexual exploitation.  This goal is achieved by cooperation between law enforcement agencies and prosecutors as they combine resources to combat these crimes.  Additionally, the Task Force also provides community awareness campaigns helping to prevent the spread of these crimes through education.
 
The Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit coordinates the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. This investigation was funded in part by grant funding provided by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) as a part of the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network (MCIN), and a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. GOCCP provides grant funding and strategic support to MCIN partners to identify, disrupt, and dismantle criminal organizations through inter-agency collaboration and data sharing to make Maryland safer.
 
The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention funded this project under subaward number, ICAC-2019-0017.

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Lexington Park Man Arrested for Assault

On June 10, 2019, at approximately 4:20 a.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 2500 block of Chestnut Way in Lexington Park, for the reported assault and report of a possible shooting. Numerous attempts were made to contact the residents inside the home with negative results. Deputies established a perimeter and members of the Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services Team made entry into the residence.
 
Investigation determined Justin Lane Johnson, age 32 of Lexington Park, had assaulted the victim, causing injury to the victim. No firearms were involved in the incident and no shooting occurred. Johnson was placed under arrest and charged with Assault Second Degree.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.

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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

Damaged Property: 19-31161
On June 3, 2019 Deputy Mason responded to Main Street, Prince Frederick for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised sometime between June 1st at 5:00 PM and June 2nd at 9:00 AM an unknown suspect(s) damaged his mail box. The value of damaged property is $20.
 
Damaged Property: 19-31194
On June 3, 2019 Deputy Shrawder responded to Soundings Drive, Lusby for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised she returned home to find her sliding glass door shattered. Her neighbor told her she saw two unknown subjects on dirt bikes in the driveway of the residence spinning tires causing the gravel to shoot at the house. The value of damaged property is $1,000.
 
Damaged Property: 19-31233
On June 3, 2019 Cpl. Harms responded to Mills Pond Road, Port Republic for the report of a burglary. The complainant advised sometime between May 31st at 6:00 PM and June 3rd at 4:00 PM an unknown suspect(s) removed a screen from a window on his residence. The value of damaged property is $30. 
 
Damaged Property: 19-32078
On June 7, 2019 Deputy Grierson responded to the Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised on June 5th an unknown suspect(s) damaged the enclosure to the dumpster. The estimated value of damaged property is $1,000.
 
Damaged Property: 19-32282
On June 8, 2019 Deputy Shrawder responded to Charles Street, Solomons for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised sometime between June 7th at 10:00 PM and June 8th at 7:00 AM an unknown suspect(s) shattered the rear window of her vehicle. The value of damaged property is $500. 
 
Damaged Property: 19-32333
Deputy Pounsberry responded to Chesapeake Village Blvd, Chesapeake Beach for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised sometime between 10:00 AM and 11:50 AM an unknown suspect struck his mailbox and fled, leaving a side mirror behind. The value of damaged property is $700.
 
Damaged Property: 19-32571
On June 9, 2019 Deputy Payne responded to Lower Marlboro Lane, Owings for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised sometime between June 7th at 12:00 PM and June 8th at 3:00 PM an unknown suspect(s) damaged the plastic piling caps on her pier.
 
Theft: 19-31261
On June 3, 2019 Deputy Freeland responded to Sitting Bull Trail, Lusby for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between June 1st and June 3rd an unknown suspect(s) stole a lawn statue of Saint Francis of Assisi from his yard. He also advised a bicycle was stolen from his yard several weeks ago. The lawn statue is worth approximately $35 and the bike is worth approximately $20. 
 
Theft: 19-32289
On June 8, 2019 Deputy Barger responded to Broomes Island Road, Port Republic for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between June 4th and June 7th an unknown suspect(s) stole a winning lottery ticket from his wallet worth $2,500. 
 
ARRESTS:
On June 3, 2019 Calvert County Emergency Communications received a complaint for a vehicle driven by a white male that struck a guard rail in the median and continued driving south on Route 4. Deputy Shrawder observed the vehicle at Pardoe Road in Lusby where he conducted a traffic stop. The driver, Michael Glenn Whittington Jr. (27), denied consuming any alcoholic beverages that day, but admitted to taking Adderall. A search of the vehicle revealed a capsule with suspected heroin and a rolled up $20 bill with a white powdery substance inside. Whittington was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office. Whittington advised he needed to use the bathroom, and when finished Deputy Grierson located two capsules in the toilet similar to the one previously located in his vehicle. Whittington was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana, CDS: Paraphernalia and Obstructing & Hindering. 
 
On June 5, 2019 Deputy Sampson conducted a traffic stop in the area of Cox Road and Marley Run Road in Huntingtown. While making contact with the driver, David Musa (19), Deputy Sampson detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed two fixed blade knives, a folding knife, a collapsible metal baton, a large amount of money in different currencies, marijuana cigarettes and a sealed Ziploc bag of marijuana. Musa was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Concealing a Dangerous Weapon and 
CDS: Possession of Marijuana > 10 grams. 
 
On June 6, 2019 Deputy Fox responded to Mexico Restaurant in North Beach for the report of a disorderly subject who just sped off in a dark colored SUV. Deputy Jacobs stopped the vehicle on Palmetto Avenue in the area of Bay Front Avenue. The driver, Emanuel Jordan Nichols-Fulwood (19), was removed from the vehicle and detained. Nichols-Fulwood advised he was drinking at the restaurant when a bartender cut him off which upset him and caused him to become disorderly. Nichols-Fulwood was transported to the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office where he submitted to a breath test, and then to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Disorderly Conduct as well as multiple traffic citations for drinking and driving underage.  
 
On June 8, 2019 Deputy Aranda conducted a traffic stop on Route 4 in the area of Radcliffe Drive in Huntingtown. A search of the vehicle revealed a wad of copper, a hypodermic needle, a crack pipe and a capsule with white residue. A search of the passenger, Caleb James Patten (18), revealed an empty crushed capsule with white residue. A search of the driver, Shelby Lynn Carroll (25), and her purse revealed CDS and CDS paraphernalia to include hypodermic needles, a metal spoon with residue, a crack pipe and a cut straw. Both Patten and Carroll were placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center. Patten was charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana and CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia. Carroll was charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana, CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia and CDS: Possession of Administer Equipment. 
 

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Prince Frederick Safeway Armed Robber Caught

On June 05, 2019 at 5:20 AM, deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Safeway gas pumps on West Dares Beach Road for the report of an armed robbery. The adult victim was in the process of pumping his gas when he was approached by a man with a handgun. The victim was assaulted, and the suspect attempted to place the victim in handcuffs. The handcuffing of the man was thwarted by a brave Calvert County citizen who confronted the man and threatened to call the police. The victim was robbed of his wallet and the suspect fled in a vehicle. Detectives of the Calvert County Criminal Investigations Bureau assumed the investigation and quickly identified the vehicle involved. The detectives initiated a multi-jurisdictional search that led to the arrest of the suspect by Maryland Transportation Authority Police as he attempted to cross the Bay Bridge around 1:20 AM the following morning. Calvert County Detectives learned of numerous similar armed robberies occurring throughout the DMV area on June 05, 2019 and contributed their efforts to help identify the suspect in all cases for the surrounding jurisdictions. The suspect has been identified as Dante D’Anjael Tyler of Hyattsville, Maryland. He is in custody and faces numerous charges to include Armed Robbery, Assault in the First Degree, and various felony handgun possession charges. Anyone who has any further information about these cases is encouraged to call Detective Yates at 410 535 2800 ext. 2151. 

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State Police Search For Vehicle Involved In Reported Road Rage Incident In Prince George's County (Photo)

(Fort Washington, MD) – Maryland State Police search for a vehicle involved in a reported road rage incident in Prince George’s County last Thursday morning.
 
Witnesses reported the incident occurred between 1:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2019 in the Fort Washington area. A suspect vehicle is described as a 2013 gray Dodge Charger with a windshield banner that reads “DODGE” in white letters.  Police believe the vehicle may have Washington, D.C. tags. According to the victim, two African American men were last seen in the car, traveling toward the D.C. area.
 
The victim reported the incident to police, indicating the incident occurred shortly after leaving a nightclub in the Fort Washington area last Thursday.  The victim told police that after three cars left the club around the same time, two of the drivers engaged in a speed contest on Maryland Route 210 west in the area of 95/495 in Prince George’s County.
 
No one was injured during the incident.  Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has information relevant to the investigation, is urged to contact the Maryland State Police at 301-568-8101. The case number is #19MSP-023613.
Stock Image Of Dodge Charger

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California Native Trains To Serve As The Next Generation of U.S. Naval Aviation Warfighters

KINGSVILLE, Texas - A 2012 Leonardtown High School graduate and California, Maryland, native is participating in a rigorous training process that transforms officers into U.S. naval aviators. 
 
Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Finley
 
Ensign Cade Warlick is a student pilot with the “Redhawks” of Training Squadron (VT) 21, based in Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas. The squadron flies T-45C Goshawk aircraft. 
 
A Navy student pilot is responsible for mastering the aircraft systems of naval aircraft to be an effective warfighter in the fleet. 
 
“It’s crazy how much they let us do in these airplanes,” Warlick said. “Aerobatics and flying solo has to be the biggiest highlight, but also being in the tailhook community and getting to go to an aircraft carrier is special too.” 
 
Warlick credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned growing up in Calfornia. 
 
“I grew up in a military town and some of my closest friends are sons and daughters of my dad's military colleagues,’ Warlick said. “Being exposed to diverse military backgrounds helped me see different leadership traits that I took with me into my naval career and it’s definitely setting me up for success.” 
 
The T-45C Goshawk is a tandem-seat, jet trainer aircraft powered by a twin-spool non-afterburn turbofan engine with 5,527 pounds of thrust and airspeed of 645 mph. 
 
VT-21’s primary mission is to train future naval aviators to fly as well as instill leadership and officer values, Navy officials explained. Students must complete many phases of flight training in order to graduate, including aviation pre-flight indoctrination, primary flight training, and advanced flight training. After successfully completing the rigorous program, naval aviators earn their coveted “Wings of Gold.” 
 
After graduation, pilots continue their training to learn how to fly a specific aircraft, such as the Navy’s F/A-18 Hornet fighter attack jet aircraft or the F-35 Lightning joint strike fighter jet. They are later assigned to a ship or land-based squadron. 
 
A key element of the Navy the nation needs is tied to the fact that America is a maritime nation, and that the nation’s prosperity is tied to the ability to operate freely on the world’s oceans. More than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water; 80 percent of the world’s population lives close to a coast; and 90 percent of all global trade by volume travels by sea. 
 
Warlick plays an important role in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of National Defense Strategy. 
 
“Our priorities center on people, capabilities and processes, and will be achieved by our focus on speed, value, results and partnerships,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “Readiness, lethality and modernization are the requirements driving these priorities.” 
 
Though there are many ways for sailors to earn distinction in their command, community and career, Warlick is most proud of graduating from the Naval Academy. 
 
“It was a long road in gaining admission but I’m extremely blessed to have attended the academy and receive a commission into the Navy as an aviator,” Warlick said. 
 
Serving in the Navy is a continuing tradition of military service for Warlick, who has military ties with family members who have previously served. Warlick is honored to carry on the family tradition. 
 
“My dad was a P3 pilot in the Navy and now I’m following in his footsteps,” Warlick said. “I grew up a military brat, so going to airshows and learning from my dad about aviation at a young age, really influenced me to become a naval aviator like him. When I get my wings, it will be the utmost honor as I’ll be getting the same wings that he got when he graduated flight school.” 
 
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Warlick and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs. 
 
“Serving in the Navy means everything to me because I have dreamt about this since I was little, and it’s a huge blessing to be able to fight for this great country,” Warlick said. 

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Vandals Try To Blowup Mail Box With Explosives

Friday night around 6:30 p.m., unknown suspect(s) intentionally placed and ignited fireworks in a mailbox on Peggy's Place in Marbury.  The State Fire Marshal's Office responded and is asking if anyone with any information regarding this incident to contact the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Southern Regional Office, at 443-550-6834.

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