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Suspected Bank Robber Caught

August 23, 2019 UPDATE: Information obtained during the investigation led to Corey Scott Angstadt, age 51 of California, being identified as the individual responsible for the robbery of the SunTrust Bank located on First Colony Way in California. On August 22, 2019, Angstadt was charged with the following:
 
Armed Robbery
 
Robbery
 
Assault First Degree (Two Counts)
 
Assault Second Degree (Two Counts)
 
Theft
 
Firearm Use/Violent Crime
 
Handgun on Person
 
Corey Scott Angstadt is currently incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center on a no bond status.
 
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August 19, 2019 UPDATE: The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on the individual pictured. On August 2, 2019, the suspect entered the SunTrust Bank located on First Colony Way in California, and indicated he had a weapon. The suspect demanded money and fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of U.S. Currency.
 
Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Detective Austin Schultz at (301) 475-4200 extension *1953 or by email at Austin.Schultz@stmarysmd.com.
 
On August 2, 2019, at approximately 3:29 p.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to a duress alarm at the SunTrust Bank located on First Colony Way in California. Preliminary investigation determined an unknown male wearing a dark jacket or hooded sweatshirt, entered the bank, indicated he had a weapon and demanded money. The suspect was last seen fleeing on foot towards the Target store. Detectives
 
from the Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and continued the investigation.
 
Anyone who may have witnessed an individual on foot during the time frame of the robbery, wearing a dark jacket or hooded sweatshirt 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.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff

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Charles County Sheriff's Office Announces Application for Grant

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office and Charles County Circuit Court announces it will apply for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Formula Program through the United States Department of Justice. The JAG Program provides states and units of local governments with critical funding necessary to support a range of program areas including law enforcement, prosecution and court programs, prevention and education programs, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, crime victim and witness initiatives, and planning, evaluation and technology improvement programs.

 

Charles County is eligible for $40,796 through this grant, which combines the Byrne Formula and Local Law Enforcement Block grant programs to provide agencies with the flexibility to prioritize and place justice funds where they are needed most. The program allows states, tribes and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own local needs and conditions.

 

The Sheriff’s Office invites citizens wishing to make comments or review the Sheriff’s and Circuit Court’s JAG application to contact Karlee Adams, Grant Coordinator, at 301-609-3279. All comments should be made by September 25, 2019.

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Former Correctional Officer Sentenced to 30 Years For Attempted First-Degree Murder After Ruthless Attack on Wife

LA PLATA, MD—Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on August 21, 2019, Charles County Circuit Court Judge Amy J. Bragunier sentenced Armando Quispe Rodriguez, 46 of Bryans Road, to life suspend all but 30 years for the Attempted First-Degree Murder of Keyia Rodriguez. After completion of his sentence, Rodriguez will be placed on supervised probation for a period of 5 years.

 

On March 23, 2018, officers responded to a residence in the 2500 block of Archway Lane in Bryans Road for the report of a stabbing. Upon arrival, officers made contact with defendant Rodriguez in front of the residence where they observed several lacerations on both of his hands. During a search of the residence, officers discovered the victim, who was incoherent and bound to the basement stairs, suffering from several stab wounds to her upper body. The victim had a pool of blood around her, and the walls of the basement were also covered with blood. Officers located handcuffs near the victim as well. Due to the grave nature of her injuries, the victim was transported to an area trauma center for treatment. Fortunately, she survived.

 

An investigation revealed that during the morning hours of March 23rd, Rodriguez began hitting and stabbing the victim as she slept. A struggle ensued as the victim tried to escape. Her attempts were unsuccessful. Rodriguez then handcuffed the victim to a railing in the basement and bound the victim’s ankles.  Rodriguez continuously assaulted and threatened the victim over an extended period. In addition to hitting the victim and stabbing her, Rodriguez put a plastic bag over her face and a belt around her neck in order to suffocate her. He eventually called 911 and unlocked the handcuffs but kept the victim’s ankles bound.

 

During the horrific ordeal, the victim was stabbed 22 times.

 

Rodriguez told officers that it was a domestic situation and admitted that he was responsible for the victim’s injuries. He also told officers where the knife used to stab the victim could be located.

 

Prior to his incarceration, Rodriguez was a Prince George’s County correctional officer.

 

During sentencing, Assistant State’s Attorney Sarah Freeman addressed the judge, “We know that this is not the first time that the defendant’s anger had gotten to him. Anger has been in his history, though unreported.” She furthered, “No person – no woman – should be left for dead on a railing due to marital issues. [The defendant’s] anger almost killed the victim – his wife and the mother of his children. The State is asking for justice to be served in this case.”

 

Before sentencing the defendant, Judge Bragunier told him, “You were violent with the [victim] in the past. The children were afraid of you. You say you are not a murderer, but that’s only by the grace of God because on that day, that’s what you intended to do.”

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Update: Robbery Investigation in Lexington Park (Photos)

UPDATE: Information obtained during the investigation led to Corey Scott Angstadt, age 51 of California, being identified as the individual involved in the robbery of the Twist Wine and Spirits store, located in Lexington Park. On August 21, 2019, Angstadt was charged with the following:

 

Armed Robbery

Robbery

Assault First Degree

Assault Second Degree

Theft

 

Corey Scott Angstadt is currently incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center on a no bond status. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Detective Melissa Hulse at (301) 475-4200 extension *1996 or by email at Melissa.Hulse@stmarysmd.com.

 

 
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The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the individual pictured. On July 24, 2019, at approximately 11:24 a.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the reported armed robbery at Twist Wine and Spirits located on Three Notch Road in Lexington Park. Initial investigation determined an unknown white male entered the business, indicated he had a weapon, and demanded money. The suspect obtained undisclosed property from the business and fled the scene. The suspect is described as a white male, 6’ in height, approximately 45 to 55 years old, with a gray beard.
 
Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Detective Melissa Hulse at 301-475-4200 extension 1996 or by email at Melissa.Hulse@stmarysmd.com. Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.

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Roadwork to Close Southbound Lane at Old Great Mills Road And MD 5 (Point Lookout Road)

Leonardtown, MD – The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will restrict the right turn lane from southbound Old Great Mills Road going onto MD 5 (Point Lookout Road) on Monday, August 26, 2019. Access for local businesses will remain available from northbound MD 5 to northbound Old Great Mills Road and southbound MD 246 (Great Mills Road) to southbound Old Great Mills Road.
 
This modification will provide for safe operations as crews install curbs in advance of the major MD 5/MD 246 intersection reconstruction project, which is still in the design phase but not construction. Click here for information about the future project.
 
For more information please contact the Maryland Department of Transportation at 410-545-0303.

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Lightning Strike Causes House Fire In Mechanicsville

Tuesday night, thirty firefighters from the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department reported to a one alarm fire Dixie Lyon Road in Mechanicsville. It took them 20 minutes to extinguish the blase at the 2 story single family dwelling. The accidental fire was a result of a lightning strike to the exterior of the residence. Both the smoke alarm and sprinkler system activated. The occupant and family pet escaped without injury and are currently being assisted by the American Red Cross. No one was injured in the fire and the estimated total loss is $100,000. 

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Identity Needed for Property Destruction Suspects (Photo)

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of one or more individuals responsible for a rash of property destruction incidents across St. Mary’s County in June. Between June 4 and June 14, 2019, numerous businesses, a residence and a state commuter bus shelter had their windows broken or damaged by projectiles, ranging in location from Leonardtown, Hollywood, California, Lexington Park and Callaway.
 
 
Anyone with information about these incidents or the person(s) responsible is asked to contact Detective First Class Taylore Nauman at 301-475-4200, ext. *8109 or email taylore.nauman@stmarysmd.com.
 
Citizens may remain anonymous and contact St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff

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Calvert County Government Announces Labor Day Schedules

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners announces county offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in observance of Labor Day. In addition:
 
·         County senior centers will be closed and Meals on Wheels will not be delivered. However, participants will be provided shelf-stable meals in advance.
 
·         There will be no county bus service Monday, Sept. 2. Regular service will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 3.
 
·         Calvert Library locations will be closed Saturday, Aug. 31 through Monday, Sept. 2. Online services and electronic checkouts will be available.
 
·         All community centers will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2.
 
·         All recreation parks including Dunkirk, Hallowing Point and Cove Point parks will be open normal hours.
 
·         The Appeal Landfill and all county customer convenience centers will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2.
 
·         The Water & Sewerage billing and customer service office, and the Solomons Septage Receiving Facility, will be closed Monday, Sept. 2. On-call crews will be available for water and sewer service emergencies only at 410-535-3491.
 
·         Chesapeake Hills Golf Course will be open Monday, Sept. 2, with normal hours.
 
·         The Calvert Marine Museum will be open Monday, Sept. 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum store will also be open from 10:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
 
·         Kings Landing and Flag Ponds Nature parks will be open Monday, Sept. 2, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
 
·         Battle Creek Cypress Swamp will be open Monday, Sept. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 
·         Kings Landing pool will be open with regular hours all weekend and will close for the season at 7:45 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 2.
 
·         Cove Point Park pool will open with regular hours all weekend and will close for the season at 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 2. 
 
·         Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center will be closed for the holiday weekend and is scheduled to reopen after several weeks of maintenance on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 6 a.m. The aquatic center’s hours of operation will be Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
 
·         Breezy Point Beach & Campground will be open with normal operating hours.
 
·         The Solomons Visitor Center will be closed Monday, Sept. 2.
 
·         The Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter and Animal Control Division will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2.
 
Find information on Calvert County Government services online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov. Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd.   

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Controlled Detonation at Bloodsworth Island Scheduled for August 21, 2019 Postponed

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – NAS Patuxent River’s controlled detonation of suspected unexploded ordnance off the southeast coast of Bloodsworth Island in the Chesapeake Bay scheduled between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 has been postponed.
 
Upon inspection of the area where suspected unexploded ordnance had been previously reported none was found. Navy EOD will continue to survey the area before determining whether a controlled detonation is necessary.
 
If suspected unexploded ordnance is found and a controlled detonation is deemed necessary, Navy EOD, Pax River Search and Rescue, and Atlantic Test Ranges personnel will be on scene to ensure the area is safe and secure before conducting any detonations.
 
Bloodsworth Island Range (BIR) has been a Navy range for more than 70 years. Located in the Chesapeake Bay off the shores of Dorchester County, Maryland, the range consists of five islands: Bloodsworth, Pone, Adam, Northeast, and the submerged Great Cove Island. From 1942 to 1995, the Navy used the range as a shore bombardment and bombing range for firing and dropping live ordnance from ships and aircraft. This included bombs, small and large caliber ammunition, rockets, and missiles that contained explosives, propellants, and other energetics. Although the Navy has ceased impact operations at BIR, including the dropping of live and inert ordnance, it is still an active military range owned and managed by Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River. Unexploded ordnance can be found on the range and in near-shore waters. For more information about Bloodsworth Island Range, visit https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/ndw/installations/nas_patuxent_river/om/administrative-services/nas-public-affairs-office/bloodsworth-island-range.html .

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Citizens Invited to Submit Legislative Proposals for 2020 General Assembly Session

Leonardtown, MD – The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County will hold a joint meeting with members of the St. Mary’s County Legislative Delegation on October 1, 2019 at 6 p.m. The meeting will take place in the commissioners meeting room inside the Chesapeake Building, 41770 Baldridge Street in Leonardtown.

 

The purpose of the meeting is to consider requests by the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, as well as proposals from organizations and citizens for the enactment of legislation during the 2020 session of the General Assembly of Maryland.

 

The form to submit a legislative proposal can be found online at http://www.co.saint-marys.md.us/countyattorney/index.asp

 

The deadline for the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County to review the proposals considered at the October 1, 2019 joint meeting is September 4, 2019. Proponents will be provided an opportunity to be heard at the joint meeting. Please note that citizens can choose to submit proposals directly to the St. Mary’s County Delegation per their schedule.

 

Proposals can be submitted to:          

 

Commissioners of St. Mary’s County        AND             Matt Morgan, Delegate

41770  Baldridge Street                                                 District 29A, St. Mary’s County

P.O. Box 653                                                                  310 House Office Building

Leonardtown, MD  20650                                              6 Bladen Street

csmc@stmarysmd.com                                                 Annapolis, MD 21401

matt.morgan@house.state.md.us

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St. Mary's County Opioid Media Release

Leonardtown, MD - Information from ARCOS (Automation of Reports and Consolidated Orders)—the DEA’s reporting system for controlled substance transactions—is now publicly available which shows which companies supplied opioids and which companies distributed opioids in St. Mary’s County. The data also reveal which pharmacies dispensed the most opioids in St. Mary’s County. The time period covered is from 2006 to 2012.

 

Our national trial team has reformatted the information so that the public can read summaries of millions of lines of data. Those summary reports include “Total Dosage Units of 15 Opioid Drugs”, “State of Maryland and St. Mary’s County: 14 Opioid Drugs Dosage Units Market Share”, “Labeler Market Share by Drug, 2006-2012”, “Labeler Market Share by Morphine Milligram Equivalents (MME), 2006-2012” and “Opioid Shipments to Pharmacies”. This is all now available at www.SLCG.com under the “opioids” tab. “Labeler” is another term for “manufacturer.”

 

For St. Mary’s County, the numbers are grim. From 2006 to 2012, a county with a population that averaged approximately 104,000 people received over 32 million doses of opioids.

 

Hydrocodone and oxycodone accounted for 78% of all opioids distributed in the county. Over 90 percent of the hydrocodone and 80.5% of the oxycodone came through three manufacturers. Those manufacturers are SpecGx, Par Pharma, and Actavis Pharma.

 

The top two distributors of oxycodone were Cardinal Health and McKesson Corporation, followed by Wal-Mart, and other distributors. The top distributors of hydrocodone were CVS, Cardinal Health, and other distributors.

 

 

The top 10 pharmacies distributing the drugs were as follows:

 

CVS (3 DEA licenses) – combined total of 7,312,798 total dosage units (TDU)/81,850,946 MME
Tidewater – 5,897,971 TDU/126,990,436 MME
Rite Aid (2 DEA licenses) – combined total of 2,941,297 TDU/42,378,804 MME
Target Stores – 2,760,600 TDU/42,561,736 MME
St. John’s Pharmacy – 2,501,176 TDU/40,512,469 MME
Wal-Mart – 2,407,207 TDU/27,652,890 MME
Thrift Drug (2 DEA licenses) – combined total 1,843,556 TDU/31,094,291 MME
Giant Pharmacy – 1,460,690 TDU/24,084,282 MME
McKay’s Pharmacy (3 DEA licenses) – combined 766,707 TDU/8,696,760 MME
Reynolds Pharmacy – 603,292 TDU/11,248,898 MME
 

Tidewater Pharmacy was ranked as #9 in the report entitled, “Opioid Shipments to Top 20 Pharmacies in MD, by Dosage”.

 

St. Mary’s County’s case is part of the national opioid multi-district litigation (MDL) #2804. The opioid MDL is being overseen by the Hon. Daniel A. Polster. While there is much more information that we are receiving through the MDL’s discover process, we are not authorized to release it at this time.

 

The first consolidated trial in the opioid MDL—“Track One” representing Summit County, Ohio and Cuyahoga County, Ohio—commences October 21, 2019. That trial will be held in Cleveland, Ohio. Much more information should become available to the public as a result of the trial.

 

 

St. Mary’s County is aggressively preparing for trial in order to recover damages now being suffered by the taxpayers and also to mandate a change as to how these drugs are marketed and distributed in our County.

 

Should you need additional information, contact Bruce Poole of the Poole Law Group at (301) 790-3600, or at Kathy.Poole@poolelg.com

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3D Printing and Virtual Reality at St. Mary's County Library!

Leonardtown, Md. –  The St. Mary’s County Library, through a generous donation from the Friends of the St. Mary’s County Library, now has two 3D printers, 3D pens, three Cricut Makers, and two Oculus Rift S.


The two 3D printers are Prusa I3 MK3S printers that use PLA filament. The Library provides several colors of filament including black, white, transparent, blue, red, and yellow. The public is welcome to submit designs for print via the Library website (www.stmalib.org). Designs should be .stl format and cannot exceed 15MB. The Library will also be occasionally holding classes for various age groups to introduce the public to 3D printing and learn basic design principles. The first 3D printer is already set up at Leonardtown Library. Come by and see it in action today! The second printer will soon be available to watch and submit designs for at Lexington Park Library. If additional funding becomes available, a third 3D printer will be purchased for Charlotte Hall Library. 3D printing is provided free of charge, though the Library asks for a donation to purchase filament and keep the service going.

 

In addition to the 3D printers, the Library purchased ten 3D pens. A 3D pen is a pen that extrudes heated plastic from the pen's nozzle. 3D pens don't need any software, there are no files to transfer, and no difficult tech to master. Watch for upcoming events at the three Library locations to try out this fun tech.

 

The Library also purchased three Cricut Maker machines. The Cricut Maker is the perfect machine for all of your crafting needs – this machine cuts hundreds of materials quickly and accurately, from the most delicate fabric and paper to mat board and leather. By late this year, there will be one Cricut Maker at each Library location available for the public to use. Members of the public will need to sign up for a one-on-one appointment to receive instructions on how to use the machine and to become certified. Once certified, they will then be able to sign up to use the machine free of cost. Cricut users will need to provide their own materials. The Library is in the process of training staff on the machine, and will have the Cricuts out for public use by the end of the year. This fall at Leonardtown Library register for the Cricut for Beginners class on October 16, or come by for one of the drop in sessions in November. Attendance at the class or a drop in session can count towards becoming certified as a Cricut user.

 

The Oculus Rift S is Oculus VR's most advanced PC-powered virtual reality headset. The Library has purchased 2 Oculus Rift S; watch for opportunities to try the Oculus Rift S at various events at the Library locations throughout the year. Experiences include space exploration, games such as Beat Saber and Job Simulator, dinosaur encounters, stories, art and creative encounters, world travel, and more.

 

“We so appreciate the generosity of the Friends of the St. Mary’s County Library,” said Laura Boonchaisri, Marketing and Communications Coordinator. “Without their wonderful donation, we wouldn’t have been able to purchase all of this technology for our customers to use. We have already seen great interest in the soft launch of the 3D printing service at Leonardtown Library. Customers love to come in and see what’s printing! The Oculus Rift S has also been a hit! It’s an out-of-this-world experience; I encourage everyone to watch for the events coming up with virtual reality. We can’t wait to have public use of the Cricuts later this year. The Cricut is a machine often used for small businesses or crafters that is a bit cost prohibitive for an individual to purchase. We hope having one available to use at the Library will be a helpful and popular option.”

 

“In a recent community survey, we saw lots of interest in providing new technology for County residents to discover and learn from,” added Michael Blackwell, Director. “We’re grateful to our Friends for the funding that has made it possible.”

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Look Up! Look Out! It's Back-To-School Time!

As families across Maryland prepare for the start of the school year, the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) joined AAA Mid-Atlantic at Summit Park Elementary School to remind drivers and pedestrians that everyone has a role in keeping Maryland’s youngest commuters safe. As grade school students walk to bus stops, stand along roads and walk to school, drivers need to pay attention for pedestrians. Together with representatives from MDOT SHA, AAA, Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) Highway Safety Office, Baltimore County Police and Baltimore County Public Schools, Summit Park Principal Mrs. Sheila Thomas and students issued an important message to both pedestrians and drivers to “Look Up, Look Out” and stay alert!
 
“We are now entering back to school time, and we urge everyone to be vigilant in thinking about safety to ensure our youngest commuters are safe this school year. There is no competition between a vehicle and a child. As we should all do every day, please put down devices, avoid distractions, obey speed limits and look out for each other so everyone can make it home safely,” said MDOT SHA Administrator Greg Slater.
 
Baltimore County Public Schools will reopen on Tuesday, September 3. Nearly 114,000 students will be returning to school that day and 25 percent of those students are walkers and car riders. Parents should review pedestrian safety practices with all students as they prepare to navigate roadways and drop off zones.  
 
“As thousands of students across the state return to school in the coming weeks, AAA is reminding motorists of the importance of not driving intexticated,” said Ragina C. Ali, Public and Government Affairs Manager for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Whether it’s texting, calling, navigating or some other distraction, motorists need to be vigilant and focused especially around school zones to keep pedestrians and our children safe.”
 
AAA Mid-Atlantic launched its “Don’t Drive Intoxicated- Don’t Drive Intexticated” public education and awareness campaign earlier this year. The initiative seeks to make distracted driving as socially unacceptable as drinking and driving.  It targets drivers who would never consider getting behind the wheel after drinking a beer or any other alcoholic beverage and, yet, will regularly use mobile devices while driving, dangerously taking their eyes and minds off the road.
 
Last year, 133 pedestrians were killed in Maryland and 214 school-aged children were injured while walking during school arrival and dismissal times. Through the three “Es” of safety -- education, engineering and enforcement, State, local and private partners are focused on preventing pedestrian crashes.
 
The “Look Up, Look Out” campaign is an educational initiative that reminds travelers that pedestrian safety is a two-way street, urging both drivers and pedestrians to make safe, smart choices on the road. The effort includes public-service announcements, billboards, community outreach and social media efforts. This month, MDOT SHA will partner with Chick-Fil-A and distribute more than 6,000 backpacks with reflective strips and educational information. To keep the message in front of our youngest pedestrians, MDOT SHA has partnered with the Baltimore Orioles for a Take the Bird to School Contest in coordination with its Walk Smart assemblies.  Parents are encouraged to use the hashtag #bird2school through Oct. 4, 2019, to enter their child’s public elementary school for a chance to win. 
 
Additionally in schools, AAA’s School Safety Patrol Program plays a role in helping classmates get to and from the school building safely by assisting at crosswalks, carpool areas, bus loading and unloading zones, as well as inside schools. AAA’s School Safety Patrol began in 1920.  Over 600,000 children participate nationally and over 93,000 patrols alone are in the Mid-Atlantic region.  The elementary school-targeted program relies on student volunteers trained by a Traffic Safety Manager with the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education and are supervised by an elementary school staffer – typically a teacher.  The national program is available in AAA Mid-Atlantic’s five-state and Washington, D.C. region.  Patrollers receive comprehensive training in the fundamentals of traffic safety, working in many cases, with local law enforcement.  They do not direct traffic, but they help students understand when it is safe to enter roadways.
 
AAA’s School’s Open—Drive Carefully national campaign aims to help reduce the number of school-related pedestrian injuries and fatalities by encouraging motorists to stay alert in school zones, as well as in residential areas where children are present heading to and from school.  The campaign utilizes posters, magnets, bumper stickers, handouts, media outreach and other community initiatives to reach motorists.
 
MDOT SHA and partners reminds pedestrians and drivers to:
 
For pedestrians:
• Use sidewalks and marked crosswalks whenever possible.
• Press the pedestrian signal button and wait for the walk signal.
• Always stop at the curb and look left, right and left again before crossing a street.
• Watch for cars turning in or leaving driveways.
• Walk, don’t run across the street.
• Wear light or bright colored clothing.
• Pay attention -- take off headphones while walking and no texting or playing games.
 
For drivers:
• Always stop for pedestrians.
• Obey traffic signs, signals and markings.
• Observe posted speed limits. Speeding only makes it more difficult to stop for pedestrians.
• Keep your eyes on the road. It’s illegal to use a handheld phone/devise or text while driving.
• When a school bus stops, the flashing red lights go on and the stop sign flaps come out, drivers in BOTH directions are required to stop. This is the most dangerous time as children getting on or off the bus.  
• It is against the law to pass a stopped school bus with its flashing red lights activated and stop arm extended.

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NOISE ADVISORY - Controlled Detonation at Bloodsworth Island Scheduled for August 21, 2019

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – NAS Patuxent River will conduct a single controlled detonation of suspected unexploded ordnance off the southeast coast of Bloodsworth Island in the Chesapeake Bay between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. Boaters are advised to keep a distance of 756 feet (252 yards) or more offshore from the southeast portion of the island and avoid all official watercraft during that time.
 
EOD, Pax River Search and Rescue, and Atlantic Test Ranges personnel will be on scene to ensure the area is safe and secure before conducting any detonations.
 
There is no threat to the public because of this operation, but the detonation may be heard in communities offshore from Bloodsworth Island.
 
Bloodsworth Island Range (BIR) has been a Navy range for more than 70 years. Located in the Chesapeake Bay off the shores of Dorchester County, Maryland, the range consists of five islands: Bloodsworth, Pone, Adam, Northeast, and the submerged Great Cove Island. From 1942 to 1995, the Navy used the range as a shore bombardment and bombing range for firing and dropping live ordnance from ships and aircraft. This included bombs, small and large caliber ammunition, rockets, and missiles that contained explosives, propellants, and other energetics. Although the Navy has ceased impact operations at BIR, including the dropping of live and inert ordnance, it is still an active military range owned and managed by Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River. Unexploded ordnance can be found on the range and in near-shore waters. For more information about Bloodsworth Island Range, visit https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/ndw/installations/nas_patuxent_river/om/administrative-services/nas-public-affairs-office/bloodsworth-island-range.html

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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

During the week of August 12 – 18 deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,432 calls for service throughout the community.
 
Damaged Property: 19-48134
On August 18, 2019 Deputy Grierson responded to Byron Court in Port Republic for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised around midnight he heard what sounded like a baseball bat hitting metal. Deputy Grierson observed one mailbox that was damaged and no suspect(s) in the area. The value of damaged property is approximately $150. 
 
Damaged Property: 19-46993
On August 12, 2019 Deputy Anderson responded to Birch Drive in Huntingtown for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised on August 11th at 5:00 PM he noticed the driver’s side rear window of his vehicle was shattered. The value of damaged property is approximately $200. 
 
Damaged Property: 19-47384
On August 14, 2019 Deputy J. Ward responded to Northwest Drive in Huntingtown for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised sometime between August 13th at 5:30 PM and August 14th at 5:30 AM an unknown suspect(s) broke her mailbox off the wooden post and left it laying in the grass. The estimated value of damaged property is $150. 
 
Theft: 19-46914
On August 12, 2019 Deputy Spalding responded to Hollidge Road in Lusby for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between August 11th at 1:00 PM and August 12th at 7:30 AM an unknown suspect(s) went through the center console and glove box of her vehicle and stole approximately $50. 
 
Theft: 19-46962
On August 12, 2019 Deputy Sampson responded to the Wawa in Prince Frederick for the report of a theft. The complainant advised a disgruntled customer walked over to the manager’s picture frame, punched it, ripped it off the wall and ran out of the store with it in his arms. 
 
Theft: 19-46977
On August 12, 2019 Deputy Anderson responded to Old Adelina Road in Prince Frederick for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between August 8th and August 12th an unknown suspect(s) stole 6 rare coins from his collection. The estimated value of stolen coins is $75.32.
 
Theft: 19-46987
On August 12, 2019 Deputy Sampson responded to the Marriott Springhill Suites in Prince Frederick for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM an unknown suspect(s) stole $100 from her purse while it was left unattended in the laundry room. 
 
Theft: 19-47227
On August 13, 2019 Deputy Anderson responded to the Port Republic Post Office for the report of a theft. The complainant advised around 3:45 PM an employee noticed approximately 96 money orders were missing. The money orders were blank when they were stolen.
 
Theft: 19-48004
On August 17, 2019 Deputy Anderson responded to the 7-Eleven in Prince Frederick for the report of a theft. The complainant advised he left his wallet in the store after making a purchase. When he went back to retrieve his wallet, it was gone. Surveillance video shows an older white male pick up the victim’s wallet and place it in his pocket before leaving the store. The value of the wallet is approximately $120. 
 
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On August 14, 2019 Deputy Rzepkowski conducted a traffic stop on Southern Maryland Boulevard at Doris Drive in Owings. Calvert Emergency Communications advised the driver, Carlton Eugene Baldwin (35), had an active warrant through the Harford County Sheriff’s Office. Baldwin was removed from the vehicle and detained. A search of the vehicle revealed a glass smoking pipe with burnt residue, two cut straws with white powder residue and a small vial with white powder residue. Baldwin was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia and served his warrant. 
 
On August 16, 2019 Deputy R. Shrawder responded to the Tiki Bar in Solomons for the report of a male arguing with a female outside of the business. While attempting to locate the subjects, Deputy Shrawder observed a fight in the middle of the street involving the male subject he was looking for, Sheldon Taylor Shaw (26), with the female standing close by. Shaw refused to place his hands behind his back and continued to resist as he was being handcuffed. He was completely uncooperative while receiving medical treatment and refused to get into the patrol vehicle. Shaw was placed in the jail van and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Disorderly Conduct, Resisting/Interfering with Arrest, Failure to Obey Reasonable/Lawful Order, Trespassing on Private Property and Second Degree Assault. 

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Waldorf Moose Lodge Damaged By Fire

On Monday night around 6:24 p.m., seventy four firefighters from the Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire call at the Waldorf Moose Lodge on Rt. 301 in White Plains. It took the firefighters about an hour to extinguish the flames. The fire was determined to be accidental and started with a deep fryer in the kitchen. No one was injured in the fire and the estimated loss is $75,000.

 

 

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Noise Advisory – NAS Patuxent River Sets Noise Advisory for Helicopter Night Test Flights August 19-23, 2019

PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD – Communities surrounding the NAS Patuxent River airfield are advised that helicopter nighttime testing events are scheduled to take place Aug. 19 through Aug. 23, 2019. The nighttime test events are scheduled from 8 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
 
As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing activities on the community. For more information call the Pax River toll-free Noise Hotline at 1-866-819-9028.

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Hogan Administration Announces Nearly $10 Million Rural Broadband Expansion

ANNAPOLIS, MD–Governor Larry Hogan has announced $9.9 million in available funding as part of the first wave of a five-year plan to provide 225,000 Marylanders in rural communities with reliable, affordable internet access.
 
“Maryland is ranked number one in America for having the fastest internet and we have been working hard to provide high-speed internet to every county in the state,” Governor Hogan said. “Today I’m announcing that we will provide an additional $10 million this year as the first installment of a five-year $100 million initiative that will finally provide another 225,000 Marylanders in rural communities with access to reliable and affordable high-speed internet services.”
 
Created by executive order in 2017, the Office of Rural Broadband, housed in the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, was established to expand broadband capabilities statewide in underserved, rural areas of Maryland. 
 
The plan builds upon earlier efforts made by the Office of Rural Broadband, which successfully implemented the following projects:
 
Provided a loan and refinanced $17 million of the City of Westminster’s debt through the Local Government Infrastructure Financing Program for Westminster’s newly completed fiber network. This financing support will ensure that the city’s network is sustainable and will allow for the completion of customer installations over the next three years.
 
Awarded grants of up to $100,000 each for 11 small broadband pilot projects in five counties.
 
Awarded grants of up to $60,000 each to six counties for broadband feasibility studies. The studies will identify areas lacking broadband facilities, provide guidance for planning and construction, and determine present cost estimates.
 
Hosted a conference in the summer of 2018 for county information technology and economic development officials to determine the needs and status of each county’s broadband expansion efforts. Eighteen counties attended the conference, where best practices developed in relation to local efforts were presented.
 
Provided technical assistance and application preparation funding with grants of up to $200,000 for the upcoming USDA ReConnect broadband funding program. The office worked with two applicants, Easton Utilities on behalf of Talbot County and Armstrong Communications on behalf of Harford and Cecil Counties. If the applicants are selected by USDA, they could be eligible for federal grant awards up to $25 million each.
For more information, visit www.dhcd.maryland.gov/RuralBroadband. 

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Bank Robbery in California Under Investigation

UPDATE: The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on the individual pictured. On August 2, 2019, the suspect entered the SunTrust Bank located on First Colony Way in California, and indicated he had a weapon. The suspect demanded money and fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of U.S. Currency.
 
 
Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Detective Austin Schultz at (301) 475-4200 extension *1953 or by email at Austin.Schultz@stmarysmd.com.
 
On August 2, 2019, at approximately 3:29 p.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to a duress alarm at the SunTrust Bank located on First Colony Way in California. Preliminary investigation determined an unknown male wearing a dark jacket or hooded sweatshirt, entered the bank, indicated he had a weapon and demanded money. The suspect was last seen fleeing on foot towards the Target store. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and continued the investigation.
 
Anyone who may have witnessed an individual on foot during the time frame of the robbery, wearing a dark jacket or hooded sweatshirt 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.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.

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Charles County Government September Holiday Schedule

The County Administrator wishes to remind residents of changes to normal operating schedules for the month of September.  All offices, facilities, and services not listed will be operating their normal hours.
 
Monday, Sept. 2 (Labor Day)
 
All Charles County Government offices and the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville will be closed.
The Charles County Landfill and Recycling Center on Billingsley Road in Waldorf, and the Pisgah Recycling Center on Route 425 in Pisgah will be closed.
Curbside recycling and yard waste collection will be delayed one day for the remaining week, Tuesday, Sept. 3 through Saturday, Sept. 7.
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 indoor pools will be closed.
All outdoor pools will open noon - 5 p.m. for open swim (La Plata, Thomas Stone, and McDonough).
Charles County Public Library is closed from Saturday, Aug. 31 – Monday, Sept. 2 (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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Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer Announce Almost $1 Million to Boost STEM at UMD

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) have announced $996,074 in federal funding to boost Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education at the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park.

 

The funding, provided through the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Division of Research on Learning, will create a year-long intensive training program for 40 scholars and ultimately expand STEM education research and broaden participation in STEM fields. The research will also focus on increasing representation of minority communities in STEM. This comes on the heels of a $1.1 million federal investment in STEM learning at UMD.

 

“Increasing diversity is critical to the long term strength of our STEM workforce,” said Senator Cardin. “I am pleased by this recognition of the University of Maryland’s success in opening doors for historically underrepresented groups of students to contribute to our nation’s global leadership in these fields.”

 

“The success of our economy will increasingly depend on developing a workforce that can keep us at the cutting-edge of technological innovation – and this investment will help Maryland equip our students with STEM skills to help them succeed. I will continue working in Congress to make sure that our students get the very best education and are ready to move America forward in the global economy,” said Senator Van Hollen, a member of the Budget and Appropriations Committees.

 

“Investing in STEM fields is critically important to the success of our students,” said Congressman Hoyer. “This new funding will ensure our students have access to the tools they need to succeed. I’m pleased the funding will focus on minority communities, helping to close disparities in the STEM field. I will continue to support efforts to expand STEM learning in educational institutions throughout our state.”

 

NSF supports research, innovation, and discovery that provides the foundation for economic growth in this country. By advancing the frontiers of science and engineering, our nation can develop the knowledge and cutting edge technologies needed to address the challenges we face today and will face in the future.

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TCCSMD and MTA to Host Coordinated Transportation Planning Workshop

As part of the update of a coordinated transportation plan for the region that includes Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s Counties, Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland (TCCSMD) and the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) will be hosting the Southern Maryland Coordinated Transportation Planning Workshop on August 28, 2019.
 
This workshop will engage a variety of individuals and organizations that are aware of transportation issues in the region, especially in regard to people with disabilities, older adults and people with lower incomes. This workshop gives an opportunity to the public to voice ideas and learn what is happening in the southern Maryland transit world.
 
The Southern Maryland Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan helps three southern Maryland counties plan, prioritize and direct regional efforts to coordinate both private transportation providers with public transit providers. The plan is required for certain grants and incorporates these activities into a solid plan.
 
Opinions and feedback from residents in Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s Counties is appreciated.
 
Here are workshop details:
 
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 28, 2019
 
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
 
Location: Greater Waldorf Jaycees Community Center
 
3090 Crain Highway
 
Waldorf, MD 20601
 
Participants are asked to register through the planning website at http://www.kfhgroup.com/marylandcoordinatedplans before August 21, 2019. This website also provides information on the planning process and copies of the current plan. Registration is also available through email at lschwartz@kfhgroup.com, or by calling 301-951-8660.

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Breezy Point Beach & Campground Alcohol Restriction Takes Effect This Week

Beachgoers planning to visit Breezy Point Beach & Campground next weekend are reminded that, beginning Thursday, Aug. 22, alcohol is prohibited in the park’s beach, fishing and picnic areas.
 
Registered campers may consume beer and wine at their campsites only. Glass containers are not allowed in any area of the park.
 
This measure is an effort to ensure a safe environment for park guests, minimize disturbances to nearby residents and reduce strain on county resources. The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners adopted a resolution July 23 to restrict alcohol at Breezy Point.
 
Breezy Point Beach & Campground is operated by the Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation. More information about the park, including rules and regulations, frequently asked questions and maps, is available online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/BreezyPoint. Citizens can also visit www.facebook.com/BreezyPointBeachPark for regular updates on beach closures, policies, camping information, special events and more.
 
Find information on Calvert County Government services online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov. Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd.

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alvert County Leadership to Discuss Transportation, Economic Recession Concerns

Calvert County leadership will hold a press conference to discuss transportation plans and challenges, including the current county transportation plan update and recent meeting with Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn, and the county’s perspective related to concerns of an economic recession.
 
WHO:             Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) President Thomas E. “Tim” Hutchins, BOCC Vice President Kelly McConkey and County Administrator Terry Shannon
 
WHAT:          Press conference
 
WHEN:          Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 at 11:30 a.m.
 
WHERE:       Harriet Elizabeth Brown Community Center, 901 Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick
 
For more information about this event, call the Department of Communications and Media Relations at 410-535-2003. Find information on Calvert County Government services online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov. Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd.

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Update: Collision in Chaptico Under Investigation

UPDATE: On August 15, 2019, at approximately 8:50 p.m. Garland Lawson Coleman succumbed to his injuries sustained in the collision. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing the investigation. Anyone who witnessed the collision or events leading up to the collision is asked to contact Deputy Matthew Beyer at (301) 475-4200 extension *8005 or by email at Matthew.Beyer@stmarysmd.com.
 
On August 15, 2019, at approximately 3:47 a.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 35800 block of Bay Drive in Chaptico, for the reported motor vehicle collision. Upon arrival deputies located a single vehicle off the roadway, on fire. The operator and sole occupant of the vehicle was transported to a local trauma center with incapacitating injuries. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and continued the investigation.
 
Preliminary investigation determined a 1999 Ford Ranger operated by Garland Lawson Coleman, age 83 of Chaptico, was traveling northbound on Longview Road. For unknown reasons the vehicle continued through the intersection at Washington Avenue, through a field, and ultimately became disabled in a ditch alongside Bay Drive. Coleman was trapped in the vehicle which caught on fire. Coleman was removed from the vehicle by citizens who heard the collision prior to police and emergency responders arriving on scene.
 
At this time speed and alcohol do not appear to be contributing factors in the collision. Anyone who witnessed the collision or events leading up to the collision is asked to contact Deputy Matthew Beyer at (301) 475-4200 extension *8005 or by email at Matthew.Beyer@stmarysmd.com.

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