Charles County Crime Solvers Offering Reward of up to $5,000 in Double Murder Case on Hanover Court / Victims Identified: Detectives are continuing their investigation into the deaths of two women who were shot and killed in their townhome on January 21. The victims have been positively identified as Kandeon Meisha Niravanh, 24, of Waldorf, and Genesis Garrett, 22, of Waldorf. Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $5,000 leading to the arrest of the suspect(s) in this case. The facts are as follows:
On January 21 at 12:45 a.m., officers responded to the 2400 block of Hanover Court in Waldorf for the report of the sound of gunshots. When officers arrived, they observed the front door to one of the townhomes was open. Upon entering, officers located the two victims inside. Both had gunshot wounds and were pronounced deceased. Further investigation revealed neighbors heard the shots approximately 30 minutes before calling 9-1-1. Anyone with additional information is asked to call Detective J. Feldman at (301) 609-6474. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app. The investigation is ongoing.
Throughout the fall, St. Mary’s County Public Schools has followed the COVID-19 Guidance for Maryland Schools published by the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to drive our decision making. The document set specific metrics for reopening schools and bringing students back for inperson learning. Yesterday, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Acting Deputy Secretary of Public Health Services Jinlene Chan, M.D., and Maryland State Superintendent Karen Salmon, held a press conference calling on all Maryland public schools to return for hybrid in-person instruction by March 1. A new document entitled Maryland School Reopening
Guidance has been posted to the Maryland State Department of Education website this morning to guide reopening efforts which contains no reference to COVID community spread data impacting decisions to open schools for in-person learning.
St. Mary’s County Public Schools has remained committed to returning students to classrooms safely and our schools are prepared with health and safety protocols for their return. Moreover, over the last two weeks, SMCPS has worked
closely with the St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) to provide opportunities for all our staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. These safety measures have put us in position to meet the expectations expressed by Governor Hogan and State Superintendent Salmon. We will be implementing our phased return plan for students throughout the
month of February, with all students having the option for hybrid in-person learning by Monday, March 1, 2021.
Please tune in to the Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, beginning at 6:00 p.m. for a detailed presentation of the process and timeline for our phased Safe Return to School plan. You can view the Board meeting online at www.smcps.org/streaming, or on the SMCPS YouTube channel. Following the Board meeting, we will follow up with a letter to families providing additional information.
J. Scott Smith, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan and State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Salmon today called on all Maryland school systems to return to hybrid instruction—a combination of in-person and virtual learning—no later than Monday, March 1.
“Every single Maryland student must have at least the opportunity to return to attending school in some form or fashion,” said Governor Hogan. “Our children simply cannot afford any more endless roadblocks, or any more moving of the goalposts. The time has come to get all of our kids back in the classroom, and to open the schools.”
Earlier today, President Biden signed an executive order to support students and safely reopen schools. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the president’s chief medical adviser, has said, “the default position should be to try as best as possible within reason to keep the children in school, or to get them back to school.” The American Academy of Pediatrics recently stated, “Children absolutely need to return to in-school learning for their healthy development and well-being, and so safety in schools and in the community must be a priority.”
School Reopening Protocols. State health officials are providing school systems with additional school reopening school guidance and educational design options based on scientific evidence, recent studies on the impact of school reopening on community transmission, and the effects of school closures on children and learning. State health officials recommend daily in-person learning for students with disabilities and special learning needs, phased daily in-person learning for elementary students, and hybrid learning for secondary students. Read the guidance.
Letter to Union Leadership. Governor Hogan and Dr. Salmon sent a letter to Maryland State Education Association President Cheryl Bost urging her to aid the effort to get students back into classrooms. Read the letter.
$780 Million in Additional Funding. Dr. Salmon recently announced another $780 million in federal relief for school systems to address the effects of the pandemic, and a total of more than $1.2 billion has been made available. In addition, the governor’s FY 2022 recovery budget provides a record $7.5 billion for K-12 funding, holding schools harmless from the impact of declining enrollment figures, and ensuring that every jurisdiction receives more funding than in the previous year.
Education Staff Prioritized for Vaccines. Based on the recommendations of America’s leading medical experts, Maryland has prioritized teachers and education staff to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. School systems have begun implementing plans to vaccinate staff. Following the press conference, Dr. Salmon and education staff from across the state received their COVID-19 vaccinations.
PPE and Testing. The state has provided school systems with 2 million masks and 200,000 face shields, as well as hand sanitizer, gloves, and gowns. Since last spring, the state has made testing resources widely available to local jurisdictions.
Data Dashboard. Epidemiologists from the Maryland Department of Health have provided a dashboard that tracks outbreak-associated cases in schools.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding his vote in opposition to waiving the U.S. law that prevents retired military officers from serving as Secretary of Defense less than seven years after their relief from active duty.
“In order to maintain civilian control of our military, U.S. law requires a cooling-off period prior to allowing a recently retired officer to serve as the Secretary of Defense. I have long supported this cooling-off period, and have voted previously to uphold it. While I believe Lloyd Austin is thoroughly qualified to serve as our Secretary of Defense – and I intend to support his confirmation – the importance of civilian leadership at the Department of Defense is greater than any individual nominee. That is why I voted today in opposition to waiving this law.”
(Prince Frederick, MD) – The below incidents, investigations, and arrests are, in part, demonstrative of the Prince Frederick Barrack’s effort to ensure that Calvert County is a safe place to live, work, and visit.
On January 11, 2021, TFC Rucker responded to the 7-11, located at 685 Prince Frederick Blvd, Prince Frederick, MD for a reported armed robbery. Trooper First Class Rucker made contact with the complainant and was advised that an unknown black male entered the business and attempted to buy cigarettes. The male then pulled a gun on the employee and demanded money from the register. The male then ran from the business. Criminal investigators responded to the scene and are currently investigating. If you have information concerning this incident, please contact Sgt. Ewig of the Criminal Enforcement Division at 410-535-1400.
CDS: Possession w/ Intent to Distribute – Not Marijuana
On January 13, 2021, Senior Trooper Lewis conducted a traffic stop at Rt. 260 and Perrywood Lane in Dunkirk for a speed violation. Senior Trooper Lewis made contact with the driver, 18 year old Thomas Moran, of Ellicot City, MD. A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted which revealed DMA, LSD, Marijuana, Promethazine Hydrochloride, Amphetamine Dextroamphetamine,
Clonazepan, Vyvanse and a digital scale. Moran was placed under arrest for PWID - CDS Not Marijuana and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center.
CDS: Possession w/ Intent to Distribute - Marijuana
On January 20, 2021, Senior Trooper Lewis conducted a traffic stop at Rt 4 and Walton Road in Huntingtown for a cell phone violation. Senior Trooper Lewis made contact with the driver, 27 year old Gregory Fitzgerald, of Baltimore, MD. A probable cause search was conducted and revealed four bags of Marijuana, THC oil, smoking devices, and a scale. The total weight was estimated to be approximately 270 grams of Marijuana. Fitzgerald was placed under arrest for PWID - CDS Marijuana and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center.
Detectives Investigating Deaths of Two People on Hanover Court: On January 21 at 12:45 a.m., officers responded to the 2400 block of Hanover Court in Waldorf for the report of the sound of gunshots. When officers arrived, they observed the front door to one of the townhomes was open. Upon entering, officers located two adults inside; both had trauma to their bodies and were pronounced deceased on the scene. Further investigation revealed neighbors heard the shots approximately 30 minutes before calling 9-1-1. Based on the investigation at this point, it does not appear this was a random case; however, detectives are still following leads and treating this case as a homicide. Additional information relating to the victims will be released once family members have been notified. Anyone who has additional information is asked to call Detective J. Feldman at (301) 609-6474. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app. The investigation is ongoing.
LEONARDTOWN, MD (January 21, 2021) – The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) is preparing to deliver COVID-19 vaccine for occupational categories and age groups that are part of Phase 1C of the Maryland vaccination plan, including:
St. Mary’s County residents age 65 years and older
Grocery Store Employees
Public Transit Workers
Postal Service Workers
Agricultural Production/Farming Workers
SMCHD anticipates launching Phase 1C on Monday, January 25, 2021 by prioritizing those aged 65 and older first, and then soon after will invite occupational groups in Phase 1C. The weekly allotment of vaccine from the state will determine the pace of this progress. All occupational categories of Phase 1A and Phase 1B will continue to be eligible for vaccine as the county enters Phase 1C.
SMCHD is encouraging businesses/organizations that are eligible as part of Phase 1C and located within St. Mary’s County to submit their information via this survey to receive information on registering for COVID-19 vaccination when they become eligible. Individual employees do not need to complete the survey. Please only have one point of contact per organization complete the survey.
SMCHD mass vaccination events will continue as vaccine supply becomes available to the local health department. Vaccine appointment times that are available will be posted on the SMCHD COVID-19 vaccine webpage. Appointment times fill quickly as the allotted vaccine amount from the state does not satisfy local demand. Individuals are required to register online for a vaccine appointment. For seniors ages 65+ who need assistance with registering over the phone, please call the St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services at (301) 475-4200 ext 1049.
For more information about COVID-19 vaccine and registering for vaccine, please visit the SMCHD website at: www.smchd.org/covid-19-vaccine.
For local COVID-19 updates, information and data, please visit www.smchd.org/coronavirus or call the St. Mary’s County Health Department at 301-475-4330.
The Calvert County Department of Public Works advises motorists of a new traffic pattern at Prince Frederick Boulevard and Allnutt Court in Prince Frederick. A new traffic signal will be operational on Tuesday, Jan 26.
The new signal will begin as a flashing yellow light before switching to full color activation on Friday, Jan. 29.
Variable message signs will be posted in the area to alert motorists to the change. Motorists are advised to stay alert and use caution while adjusting to the new pattern.
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.
LEONARDTOWN, MD – The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) has received reports from community members about fraudulent phone calls incorrectly telling residents that they can “show up” to a SMCHD vaccination clinic without an appointment. There are also reports of robocalls inaccurately notifying residents that they are eligible to register for a vaccination clinic.
These calls are not associated with SMCHD nor the Maryland Department of Health. All community members should note the following:
Only individuals who have registered for a vaccine appointment and have confirmed appointment times should go to a vaccination clinic site at the date and time of their appointment to receive their vaccine
At this time, SMCHD is only able to register and to provide COVID-19 vaccinations for those in Phase 1A and 1B. Please note: vaccine appointments for this week are fully booked. Additional appointment dates and times will be announced when SMCHD is notified by the state of incoming vaccine supply.
SMCHD will announce when new groups are able to register for vaccinations (who is eligible and how to register) as the county moves into new phases of vaccination. This announcement will be made by Press Release which will be:
Sent to local newspapers, radio stations, etc.
Posted to our website at: [www.smchd.org/covid-19-vaccine%20]www.smchd.org/covid-19-vaccine
Sent out via email - Community members can sign up to receive email notices
Posted on the SMCHD Social Media accounts (Facebook & Twitter)
Working in conjunction with the St. Mary’s County Health Department, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the origin of the fraudulent calls. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 301-475-8008.
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 more information on local vaccination efforts, visit: [www.smchd.org/covid-19-vaccine]www.smchd.org/covid-19-vaccine. For local COVID-19 updates, information and data, please visit [www.smchd.org/coronavirus%20]www.smchd.org/coronavirus or call the St. Mary’s County Health Department at 301-475-4330.
Detectives Charge Suspect in Murder Case in Bryans Road, MD: On January 19 at 9:39 a.m., officers responded to the area of South Hampton Drive at Weston Drive in Bryans Road, MD for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located the victim, Fredrick Markeith Young, 24, of Bryans Road, with a gunshot wound to the upper body. Citizens and paramedics attempted life-saving efforts; however, the victim was pronounced deceased on the scene. After learning the suspect ran into a nearby home, officers set up a perimeter. They established communication with the people inside and were able to convince them to exit the home. Since it was not clear if anyone else was still inside, officers from the Emergency Services Team (EST) and Hostage Negotiators Team (HNT) responded. Members of the EST entered the house and determined no one was inside. Detectives subsequently identified one of the occupants who initially exited the house as the shooter in this case. Harold Leonard Turley, 24, of Bryans Road, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, use of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and other related charges. He is being held at the Charles County Detention Center without bond. The victim and suspect were acquaintances and the motive remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective C. Garner at 301-609-6531. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app. The investigation is ongoing.
LEONARDTOWN, MD - This is to advise that Commissioner President Randy Guy has ordered the Maryland and St. Mary’s County flags immediately lowered to half-staff in honor of Circuit Court Judge C. Clarke Raley, retired. The Honorable C. Clarke Raley died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021.
The flags will be lowered until sunset, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2020.
“I grew up near the Raley family, and I knew the Judge to be a fine man. He was an asset to our local judicial system and will be sorely missed in our community. The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County and I extend our deepest condolences to his family,” said Commissioner President Randy Guy.
Traffic Operations Unit Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash: On January 17 at 4:52 p.m., officers responded to the area of Billingsley Road near St. Patricks Drive in Waldorf for the report of a motor vehicle crash. A preliminary investigation showed the driver of a Jeep was traveling southbound on St Patricks Drive when he struck the rear of another car also traveling on St Patrick's Drive. No one was injured in that crash; however, the driver of the Jeep fled, drove through a red light at Billingsley Road and struck a Toyota Camry which was westbound on Billingsley Road. The collision sent both vehicles into a wooded area. The driver of the Jeep, a 35-year-old man from Baltimore, was transported to a hospital where he was treated for injuries that were not life threatening. The two occupants of the Toyota Camry were flown to a hospital. On January 19, the driver of the Toyota, Betty Inez Ellis, 77, of La Plata, died as a result of the injuries she sustained in the crash. The passenger in her car, a 61-year-old male, was released from the hospital. Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to call Cpl. R. Brooks of the Traffic Operations Unit at (301) 932-3056. The investigation is ongoing.
The Charles County Commissioners wish to announce that applications to participate in the Rural Legacy Program for the Zekiah Rural Legacy Area will be accepted during the month of February 2021. Complete applications must be filed with the Department of Planning and Growth Management by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021.
The Rural Legacy Program aims to protect large, contiguous tracts of land rich in natural and cultural resources through the acquisition of conservation easements. The Program provides landowners an alternative to developing or subdividing their land while retaining ownership to continue farm and forestry operations.
For a map of the eligible Zekiah Rural Legacy Area and Application Form, please visit the County’s website at https://bit.ly/3bTeAG9.
Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Cathy Thompson at 301-396-5815 or e-mail ThompsCa@CharlesCountyMD.gov to obtain an application and to receive assistance with completing the application. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 866-269-9006.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Chris Murphy (D-CT) sent a letter to President-Elect Joe Biden, supporting his incoming administration’s plan to quickly utilize all available authorities under the Defense Production Act (DPA) to rapidly increase the production and stockpiling of medical, testing, and protective equipment supplies. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Van Hollen and Senate Democrats have been calling on the Trump Administration to fully utilize the DPA to ramp up nationwide production of testing supplies, personal protective equipment (PPE), and medical equipment. The Trump Administration failed to do this, which has created continued supply chain issues that are having dangerous impacts on the nation’s response to COVID-19, as well as the nation’s ability to scale up vaccine production and distribution.
In their letter to the President-Elect, the Senators support the Biden Administration’s intended use of executive action to utilize all authorities under the DPA and deploy a more functional response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Senators write, “Given the continued supply chain issues that we have seen over the past year, we believe it is in the best interest of the American public to shore up our access to critical supplies immediately and in the long term through all available DPA authorities.”
The Senators continue, “The DPA can help us reach our goal of vaccinating enough of the American public to achieve herd immunity by ramping up production of sterile needles, rubber stoppers, syringes and other vaccine supplies now. Given the current lack of a national vaccine plan, we need to use every tool available to make up the ground we have lost. The DPA could also be used to regulate vaccine distribution, ensure that companies do not charge for the vaccine in the future and enhance production of materials needed for vaccines to address future pandemics.”
The Senators note how American manufacturers and workers have stepped up to increase domestic manufacturing of PPE throughout the pandemic, but that the DPA must also be used to ensure these manufacturers, many of whom have acted in the interest of public health, have greater access to affordable, domestically-sourced raw materials.
The Senators conclude, “Make no mistake, a dependable and resilient domestic manufacturing capacity to respond to a global pandemic is a national security imperative. Given the opaque nature of the transition and the lack of transparency from the current administration, we understand that your team may not yet have full insight into the state of the medical supply pipeline and Strategic National Stockpile. We stand ready to partner with you to help overcome these substantial obstacles. Your use of executive action to utilize the extraordinary authorities under DPA will support a more functional response to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure that America is stronger now and more resilient when the next pandemic occurs.”
The letter was also signed by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Bob Casey (D-PA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Angus King (I-ME), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Tom Carper (D-DE), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Gary Peters (D-MI), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Mark Warner (D-VA), Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT).
The full text of the letter is copied below:
Dear President-Elect Biden:
We write in support of taking immediate action once you assume office to fully utilize the Defense Production Act (DPA) and all other federal acquisition authorities at your disposal to rapidly increase the production and stockpiling of critical medical, testing and protective equipment supplies. The Trump administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and their efforts to be transparent with your transition team have been woefully inadequate, and we recognize the significant obstacles ahead. Given the continued supply chain issues that we have seen over the past year, we believe it is in the best interest of the American public to shore up our access to critical supplies immediately and in the long term through all available DPA authorities.
Failure to fully utilize the DPA during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in significant loss of life. Even now, continued reluctance to fully tap into DPA authorities is having a dangerous impact on our response to the virus and our ability to scale up vaccine production and distribution. The DPA can help us reach our goal of vaccinating enough of the American public to achieve herd immunity by ramping up production of sterile needles, rubber stoppers, syringes and other vaccine supplies now. Given the current lack of a national vaccine plan, we need to use every tool available to make up the ground we have lost. The DPA could also be used to regulate vaccine distribution, ensure that companies do not charge for the vaccine in the future and enhance production of materials needed for vaccines to address future pandemics. Furthermore, we must work to build our domestic supplies and capabilities of raw materials and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The U.S. did not have sufficient domestic sources of critical PPE, which was exacerbated by a shortage of raw materials such as nonwoven melt blown material used to manufacture N95 and N99 masks. American manufacturers have stepped up to fill the gaps in domestic manufacturing of PPE, but the DPA should be used to ensure that these manufacturers, many of whom have acted in the interest of public health and without the assistance that DPA authority provides, have standing government orders and greater access to affordable, domestically sourced raw materials.
In addition, increasing the use of the DPA and other federal acquisition authorities to incentivize “Made in America” PPE and medical supplies will be a boon to patriotic American manufacturers that stepped up during the pandemic, and will make us significantly better prepared for future emergencies. President Trump has not used his DPA authority sufficiently enough to award adequate medical supply contracts for the nation’s needs. We must immediately do more to re-shore the most in-demand PPE, such as nitrile gloves, nearly all of which are manufactured in China. Ongoing negligence and chronic missteps have left us unprepared, and have created chaotic markets of severe price gouging and bidding wars that will make it more difficult for your incoming administration to ensure we have the supplies we need.
Make no mistake, a dependable and resilient domestic manufacturing capacity to respond to a global pandemic is a national security imperative. Given the opaque nature of the transition and the lack of transparency from the current administration, we understand that your team may not yet have full insight into the state of the medical supply pipeline and Strategic National Stockpile. We stand ready to partner with you to help overcome these substantial obstacles. Your use of executive action to utilize the extraordinary authorities under DPA will support a more functional response to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure that America is stronger now and more resilient when the next pandemic occurs.
Jan. 19, 2021:
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person shown in a theft investigation. On Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021 between 2:30 and 3 am, the suspect stole six 26R type car batteries from the front of PowerTech Electric on Old Three Notch Road in Hollywood. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6’ tall, weighing 200 lbs and wearing a hooded sweatshirt. The suspect made three trips, carrying the batteries two at a time, heading toward Sotterley Road.
Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call Cpl. Gray Maloy at 301-475-4200, ext. 78035 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Case # 2656-21
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
LEONARDTOWN, MD (January 19, 2021) – The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) is announcing the temporary closure of its COVID-19 testing sites on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 in order to redirect staff resources for community-based COVID-19 testing and vaccination clinics that day. Regular testing site operations are expected to resume on Thursday, January 21, 2021. There are many local alternate options for COVID-19 testing in St. Mary’s County, including local urgent care facilities and primary care offices.
For local COVID-19 updates, data, and information, please visit the SMCHD website at www.smchd.org/coronavirus or call (301) 475-4330.
BALTIMORE, MD – Today, Maryland State Department of Education Superintendent Karen B. Salmon, Ph.D. announced $781 million in additional funding to assist Maryland schools and students recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding, allocated through the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act, provides grant awards directly to local school systems and the SEED School to assist in reopening classrooms, assess and address learning loss, provide targeted tutoring and other initiatives to help alleviate the impacts of the pandemic.
“As our education system demonstrates resilience in the face of the public health emergency wrought by COVID-19, we must continue to prioritize the needs of the State’s children and ensure that all children have access to a meaningful education founded in excellence and equity,” said State Superintendent Karen B. Salmon, Ph.D. “These additional resources will help bridge the gaps widened by the pandemic and supplement the supports already in place to safely return students to in-person instruction, focusing on those most impacted during the crisis.”
The new funding, more than four times the initial awards to State education agencies under the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act earlier this spring, is intended to help States and school districts reopen schools, measure and effectively address significant learning loss, and take other actions to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the students and families who depend upon public K-12 education. The funding allows flexibility so that local school leaders can address the needs of their individual schools, and encourages investment in students with unique needs including children from low-income households, students and children with disabilities, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, and foster care youth.
In addition to the $780 million in funding provided by CRRSA, the State of Maryland and MSDE had already distributed $400 million in emergency funding to assist with technology, supplies, materials and equipment.
The CRRSA Act requires the Department to allocate the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Act (ESSER II) Funds based on the proportion that each State received under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) in the most recent fiscal year. Local systems will submit applications for the funds. Funding amounts for each State of Maryland local system is outlined below:
Local School System
Allegany County Public Schools: $11,278,218
Anne Arundel County Public Schools: $48,393,505
Baltimore City Public Schools: $197,474,401
Baltimore County Public Schools: $96,638,621
Calvert County Public Schools: $5,098,466
Caroline County Public Schools: $6,096,016
Carroll County Public Schools: $7,491,743
Cecil County Public Schools: $12,391,716
Charles County Public Schools: $13,743,730
Dorchester County Public Schools: $7,775,682
Frederick County Public Schools: $16,879,062
Garrett County Public Schools: $3,986,847
Harford County Public Schools: $18,905,691
Howard County Public Schools: $19,371,973
Kent County Public Schools: $2,330,154
Montgomery County Public Schools: $112,233,764
Prince George’s County Public Schools: $122,234,704
Queen Anne’s County Public Schools: $3,026,041
St. Mary’s County Public Schools: $11,611,000
Somerset County Public Schools: $6,009,403
Talbot County Public Schools: $ 3,665,774
Washington County Public Schools: $24,618,365
Wicomico County Public Schools: $21,093,070
Worcester County Public Schools: $6,406,920
CHARLES COUNTY, MD - Deputy State Fire Marshals are continuing their investigation of a house fire in Waldorf that claimed the life of the owner.
On Sunday, January 17, 2021, the Charles County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a house in the 2000 block of Bainbridge Court to check the homeowner's well-being. Upon their arrival, sheriff's deputies had to make forcible entry into the home. Upon entering the home, deputies discovered a fire that had self-extinguished and a deceased male victim. The Office of the State Fire Marshal was requested to the scene to conduct an origin and cause investigation along with the Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department for precautionary purposes.
Deputy State Fire Marshals concluded the fire originated in the home's living room and was caused by smoking material igniting combustibles. While official identification and cause of death are pending an autopsy by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the victim is believed to be the seventy-one-year-old owner.
Investigators did locate smoke alarms in the home; however, they have been unable to determine whether they activated at the time of the fire.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal would like to remind all Maryland residents of the importance of testing their smoke alarms every month and changing the batteries in the devices every six months. If the smoke alarm is 10-years or older, homeowners need to install 10-year lithium battery tamper resistant smoke alarms with the silence/hush feature. This applies to both hard-wired and battery-operated smoke alarms. In addition to having working smoke alarms, State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci also emphasizes the importance of having planned and practiced escape routes for your home, including knowing two ways out of every room.
The Charles County Department of Health, Division of Environmental Health Services announces the start of wet season soil evaluations. Wet season soil evaluations will commence on January 19, 2021 as the result of the current ground water levels. A 4-foot treatment zone for conventional systems and a 2-foot zone for mound systems will be utilized. If water tables recede below wet season levels, wet season perc testing will be suspended until further notice. Perc test applications presently on file will be contacted in the order in which received and scheduled accordingly.
A soil evaluation or “perc test” is a test to determine if the soils and groundwater conditions on a property are suitable for use as an on-site sewage disposal system. All properties not served by public water and sewer must have this test before beginning construction of any structure with plumbing. Residents wanting a soil evaluation “perc test” should contact the Division of Environmental Services at the Department of Health at (301) 609-6751.
The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners has issued the following statement in response to the passing of State Senate President Emeritus Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, Jr.:
“On behalf of the citizens of Calvert County, we were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Senator Mike Miller today; he was a first-rate legislator, a man of the highest integrity and a true gentleman. His accomplishments on behalf of District 27 and all Marylanders over the past five decades are unmatched. The enduring effects of his distinguished service and tremendous leadership will be felt for many, many years to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with Senator Miller’s wife, Patti, his children and grandchildren, and his many family and friends. Calvert County and the state of Maryland have lost one of its most respected leaders and he will be sorely missed.”
The Calvert County Health Department recommends that people avoid kayaking, canoeing and fishing in Parkers Creek for the next 10-14 days due to a temporary discharge of wastewater.
On Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, a slow leak was discovered during a pumping and pipe bursting operation. There was no impact on the service for water and sewer customers, but sewage was discharged 60 yards north of tributaries leading to Parkers Creek headwaters.
For questions, contact the Director of Public Works, Kerry Dull, at Kerry.Dull@calvertcountymd.gov or 410-532-2204.
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LEONARDTOWN, MD – St. Mary's County Health Department (SMCHD) and St. Mary's County Government are coordinating with state and local partners to ensure a safe and orderly plan for the COVID-19 vaccine distribution, particularly for vulnerable and at-risk populations.
For automatic notifications on St. Mary's County's vaccination efforts, including updates on eligible phases or groups, go to http://www.smchd.org/covid-19-vaccine/ and sign up for email notices.
St. Mary's County senior citizens requesting assistance with vaccine registration may call a special Senior Assistance phone line through the St. Mary's County Department of Aging & Human Services at: (301) 475-4200, ext. 1049.
For all other questions regarding COVID-19 vaccinations in St. Mary's County, please visit the Health Department website http://www.smchd.org/covid-19-vaccine/ or call 301-475-4330.
LEONARDTOWN, MD - This is to advise that Commissioner President Randy Guy has ordered the St. Mary’s County flag immediately lowered to half-staff in honor of Maryland Senate President Emeritus Thomas V. Mike Miller, who died Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Senate President Emeritus Miller represented Legislative District 27.
The Governor has also ordered Maryland flags to be at half-staff. The state flag and the county flag will remain lowered until sunset, the day of his interment on a date to be determined.
“Senator Miller did many good things for the State of Maryland and St. Mary’s County. His work ethic and determination to serve the community are worthy of respect; we will miss him greatly. The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County and I extend our deepest condolences to his family,” said Commissioner President Randy Guy.
PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Jan. 15, 2021 – Calvert County residents who wish to receive a COVID-19 vaccination may pre-register online beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. Any Calvert County resident age 18 and older may pre-register at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/Vaccine.
Calvert County Government (CCG) created a pre-registration portal in partnership with the Calvert County Health Department so citizens can more easily receive the vaccine once it is available for their vaccine priority group, in accordance with the Maryland COVID-19 Vaccination Plan.
“We recognize the strong effort by the Calvert County Health Department staff to ensure the vaccine gets out to citizens as quickly as possible and are proud to be one of the leading counties in this effort,” said Board of County Commissioners President Earl “Buddy” Hance. “Even though the Health Department is a state agency, we have been working cooperatively with them throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to provide necessary local resources and to safeguard the health and safety of Calvert County citizens. Calvert County Government will continue to provide the Health Department with any and all support needed to ensure a smooth vaccine rollout to all citizens.”
The online pre-registration form will ask residents for their name, basic contact information, date of birth, age and primary healthcare provider; registrants will not be asked to provide any personal health information during pre-registration.
“Health Department staff has been working extremely hard to administer the vaccine as quickly as possible, however vaccine supply is limited and unpredictable from week to week,” said Calvert County Health Officer Dr. Laurence Polsky. “While we’re unable to say precisely when each group will be able to be vaccinated, we have already administered over 90% of the supply we have received to date.”
The timeframe when each group will begin vaccination depends upon vaccine availability. Calvert County is distributing the vaccine to five different vaccine priority groups. Information about the Maryland COVID-19 Vaccination Plan and priority groups is available at covidlink.maryland.gov/content/vaccine.
Residents are strongly encouraged to use the online pre-registration form for COVID vaccinations. An information call center is also available to assist residents without internet access who wish to pre-register for vaccination. For questions or assistance, residents may call 410-535-0218, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For health questions regarding COVID-19, residents may call their primary care providers or the Health Department at 410-535-5400, ext. 334, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or email email@example.com.
Calvert County Government continues to take precautionary measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 and limit the number of people infected. Residents, employees and media are encouraged to monitor Calvert County’s virtual resource center for updates and information resources: www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/Coronavirus.
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PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD – Communities surrounding the naval air station are advised that noise-generating nighttime testing events are scheduled to take place Tuesday, January 19 to Friday, January 22, 2021 from 3 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Pilots at NAS Patuxent River will be testing and training for realistic night flight scenarios including short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) flight mode activities. Night testing and training is essential for the precision and safety of our military men and women and the success of their mission. Residents may notice increased noise levels due to these operations.
As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing activities on the community. For more information call the Pax River toll-free Noise Hotline at 1-866-819-9028.