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Calvert County Government Announces Minor Government Organization Restructure

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) announces a minor reorganization plan designed to improve overall government operations and services to the public. The plan does not call for staff reductions. Changes in the county’s organizational structure take effect July 1, 2020.
 
To better meet the needs of the citizens, changes in the General Services and Public Works departments are planned. The reorganization is a response to guidance established by the BOCC to ensure the effective and efficient use of county resources by determining alternative approaches to the way government is run.
 
As part of the reorganization, two actions will occur. First, the departmental reporting structure will be realigned, and all departments will report to Calvert County Administrator Julian M. Willis. Second, two departments will merge: the Department of General Services and Department of Public Works will be encompassed under the Department of Public Works.
 
Moving to the Department of Public Works are:
 
·         General Services
 
o   Division of Buildings and Grounds
 
o   Mosquito Control
 
o   Mailroom Services
 
o   Capital Improvement Projects (facilities related)
 
“These changes set the foundation for a more effective response to the public,” said BOCC President Kelly McConkey. “More efficient management of operations will provide improved services and also draws against existing talents and skills in the organization. The minor reorganization provides operational and cost efficiencies; its implementation will have long-term benefits to our community.”
 
“The restructure establishes two new deputy director positions, at no additional cost in the fiscal year 2021 budget under the Department of Public Works,” said County Administrator Julian M. Willis. “The new structure is an important step to streamline internal processes and will better align services, share county resources more efficiently and effectively, and improve operations, while at the same time, reducing costs.”
 
The governmental restructure will include initiatives to enhance employee training, government accountability and problem solving.
 
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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'COVID-19 Has Wreaked Havoc': Maryland Board OKs More Than $400M In Cuts

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland panel approved about $413 million in state budget cuts Wednesday as part of a long-term effort to adjust to the huge financial impact the coronavirus has had on the state’s economy.
 
The Board of Public Works voted for a scaled-back version of more than $600 million in cuts initially proposed by Gov. Larry Hogan, who is one of three board members along with Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp.
 
About $205 million of the initial cuts — largely affecting state employees — were removed from the proposal after Franchot said he could not support them. The comptroller approved of the revised amount.
 
Hogan, a Republican, said the cuts across agencies and offices in state government are needed to spare state employee layoffs. He said more cuts will be required to avoid them without more aid to states from the federal government. As chairman of the National Governors Association, Hogan is leading a push for more federal help.
 
“Now look, people may have to postpone or forgo a raise. Worthwhile programs will not be able to be funded or will get trimmed. Departments won’t see increases, but funding everything and cutting nothing is not an option,” Hogan said during a meeting conducted online.
 
The vote came after Hogan’s budget chief gave a grim outlook of future revenue projections. David Brinkley said the state is facing a projected loss of roughly $2 billion in state revenues for the fiscal year that began Wednesday. That balloons to more than $4 billion in the next fiscal year.
 
“There’s no textbook for how you deal with something like that,” Brinkley said. “The failure to make difficult choices now will make decisions more difficult in the future.”
 
For perspective, Brinkley said it took Maryland 77 weeks during the Great Recession before 500,000 unemployment claims were filed. During the pandemic, it only took the state eight weeks to reach that number.
 
Franchot, a Democrat, criticized the federal government’s response so far.
 
“I agree with you: we should not sugar coat things,” Franchot said, referring to the governor’s comments on grappling with budget challenges. “There are going to be many, many more cuts, because of the fact that the White House has dropped the ball, unfortanately.”
 
Kopp, a Democrat, opposed making the cuts at this time. She urged the panel to wait for more budget information coming in two weeks. She said taking more time would enable officials to look at more future options, such as a progressive furlough plan down the road.
 
“These sort of options we simply haven’t had time to look at, and I think in the interest of bringing everybody together and going together as a state, as we will in the end I believe, we could use this time very efficiently,” Kopp said.
 
A significant portion of the cuts affect higher education. A total of $131.5 million in spending reductions were approved, including $117 million to the University System of Maryland, which could include employee furloughs.
 
Senate President Bill Ferguson, a Baltimore Democrat, said the cuts approved Wednesday are a forecast of things to come, if the federal government doesn’t do more to help the states.
 
“The COVID-19 crisis has wreaked havoc on state budgets throughout the country, and we will face more cuts without help,” Ferguson said.
 
Lance Kilpatrick, the legislative director for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, said the union hoped a more thoughtful approach would be taken in the future.
 
“We are pleased that the Board of Public Works has taken a step back from the abyss and hope that more reasoned, thoughtful and strategic approaches will be taken to balance the needs of all Marylanders in this time of pandemic crisis — as opposed to exacerbating an already volatile situation by harming the workforce that’s keeping Maryland together and moving forward.”

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Amazon Delivery Station to Open in Waldorf, Maryland

Charles County, Maryland will be the site of a new Amazon Last Mile "Delivery Station" – one of seven such facilities slated to open in Maryland.  Amazon's Charles County operation will be based in Waldorf's St. Charles Industrial Park and open in time for the 2020 holiday season.

 

Amazon's Waldorf facilities will occupy three existing industrial properties and will reactivate a 191,746-square-foot warehouse/distribution building that has been vacant since 2010. Two other parcels will be used for employee parking and storage of delivery vehicles. The three properties total almost 32 acres with over 290,000 square feet of existing industrial space.

 

Commissioner President Reuben B. Collins, II, Esq. said, “This is positive news for all of our residents, especially because this facility brings employment opportunities to our community at a critical time when COVID-19 has created a need for more jobs. The confidence Amazon has shown in Charles County underscores our ability to provide a top-quality workplace as well as a great place to live and play.”

 

The Charles County Economic Development Department has been working with Amazon since the company’s closely watched HQ2 site search took place in 2017. Charles County was one of a handful of Maryland jurisdictions to submit a proposal for that project.  “We knew we were a long shot for a project the size of Amazon’s second headquarters,” said Darréll Brown, Director of Economic Development for Charles County.  “But we wanted to get in front of Amazon to set the stage for future opportunities, such as this one.”

 

In September of 2019, County Staff from the Economic Development and Planning Departments met with representatives of Amazon, then prospective tenant of properties in Waldorf under contract by their future landlord, Kaz Brothers, L.C. of Rockville, Maryland. The purpose of the meeting was to initiate the permitting process for improvements to the properties to accommodate a warehouse/distribution facility for Amazon. While the permitting process has been moving forward since that time, Amazon had not made a public announcement about the project until now.

 

“Confidentiality is part of economic development.  Until the client is ready to go public, we do not discuss details of projects we are working on,” said Taylor Yewell, the Economic Development Department’s Redevelopment Manager who has been the lead on the project.  “Now that Amazon officially has made an announcement, we look forward to collaborating with community partners to welcome Amazon and support their operations in Charles County.”

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NAS Patuxent River Transitions to Health Protection Condition Bravo

WASHINGTON – NAS Patuxent River and other installations in Naval District Washington (NDW) transitioned from Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Charlie to Bravo June 29.
 
HPCONs are protocols for public health emergencies, such as a pandemic. Commanders review and update these HPCONs based on risk levels within a local community and in cooperation with local, state or host nation guidance. Military leaders and public health personnel use them to guide actions taken in response to a health threat.
 
NDW changed the HPCON as a result of declining COVID-19 transmission in the National Capital Region. In addition to NAS Patuxent River, NDW installations include Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, and Naval Support Activities Annapolis, Bethesda, South Potomac and Washington.
 
"As always, my primary focus is providing a healthy and safe environment for our service members, their families, our civilian workforce, and everyone within our military communities,” said Rear Adm. Carl Lahti, Commandant of Naval District Washington. “The decision to move to HPCON Bravo is based on local medical conditions as tracked and reported by county and state departments of health, the advice of the NDW public health emergency officer, and recommendations from our installation commanding officers.”
 
At NAS Patuxent River, reports of COVID positive cases among personnel working aboard the installation has remained low, and conditions in the surrounding counties have also continued to improve.
 
“Thanks to everyone’s adherence to the CDC guidelines and DoD’s Force Health Protection Guidance across the base, we’ve been able to protect the force and provide mission assurance by keeping COVID-positive cases at Pax River very low and stable,” said Capt. Christopher Cox, NAS Patuxent River commanding officer. “Our low and stable numbers, combined with the continued downward trend of COVID19 symptoms and cases in the surrounding counties, is what has allowed us to start a phased reopening of previously curtailed base operating services and move into to stage 2 of the CNIC reset plan. I think we can remain on course to continue to re-open additional base services and programs as long as everyone continues their individual efforts to wash or sanitize their hands more frequently, wear a mask, and maintain six feet of separation as much as possible.”
 
HPCON Bravo implementation will vary at each installation in the region, however, personnel across all NDW installations should continue to adhere to physical distancing protocols and wear face coverings when unable. Personnel should continue to avoid unnecessary contact and stay home when sick.
 
Pax River has begun executing plans to reopen certain services, such as select MWR programs, under HPCON Bravo. As new standard operating procedures are trained to more programs will be able to open, though likely with modified hours and services. Patrons are reminded to follow NAS Patuxent River’s social media feeds on Facebook (www.facebook.com/NASPaxRiver ) and Twitter (@NASPaxRiverPAO), as well as the NAS Pax River COVID-19 Information page at https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/ndw/installations/nas_patuxent_river/ffr/nas-patuxent-river-covid-19-information.html for updates on available base services and hours.
 
The Navy continues to remind service members, the civilian workforce and their families that COVID-19 has not been eradicated and advises personnel to stay vigilant in execution of force health protection guidance in order to mitigate its spread.
 
“It’s Important to remember that although conditions are improving, we must still all do our part to ensure the health of our force; COVID19 has not been eradicated, and there is still no vaccine,” said Cox. “The three biggest things our people can do is keep your mask on, keep your distance, and keep washing your hands.
 
For more information about NAS Patuxent River, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NASPaxRiver , on Twitter at @NASPaxRiverPAO, and online at www.cnic.navy.mil/Patuxent.

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Holiday Closures - COVID-19 Community Hotline & Testing Sites

LEONARDTOWN, MD (July 1, 2020) – Due to the Independence Day holiday, the following COVID-19 operations will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2020:
 
Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Site at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital 
St. Mary’s County Health Department’s Harm Reduction Program Office (appointment-free COVID-19 testing and other services)
COVID-19 Community Hotline
Additionally, due to state laboratory closures on July 3, COVID-19 testing offered at St. Mary’s County Health Department’s Harm Reduction Program Office will close early, at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, 2020.
 
These testing sites and the COVID-19 Community Hotline will resume normal business hours on Monday, July 6. 
 
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, call your personal healthcare provider or call ahead to a local urgent care or the hospital’s Emergency Department. Anyone who is experiencing a medical emergency, should call 9-1-1. 
 
For more information regarding COVID-19 prevention, local data, symptoms and testing, please visit www.smchd.org/coronavirus. 

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Sobriety Checkpoint on Friday, July 3, 2020

July 1, 2020:
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a roadside sobriety checkpoint on Friday evening, July 3, 2020.
 
The sobriety checkpoint will be conducted on Three Notch Road/Route 235 in the Lexington Park area where law enforcement officers will evaluate drivers going through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol or drug impairment.
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office recognizes that roadside sobriety checkpoints are highly visible and efficient tools used in efforts to combat impaired driving. Advance notification of sobriety checkpoints gives motorists the opportunity to make informed decisions by preventing and deterring impaired driving. Advance notifications are also required by law for the validity of a sobriety checkpoint.
 
Sheriff Tim Cameron wishes the residents of St. Mary’s County a happy and safe Fourth of July weekend and to drive sober, no matter what the occasion.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff

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Van Hollen, Cardin Urge Maryland Board of Public Works to Reconsider Severe Budget Cuts

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) sent a letter to the Maryland Board of Public Works members – Governor Larry Hogan, State Treasurer Nancy Kopp, and State Comptroller Peter Franchot – urging their reconsideration of severe budget cuts.
 
The Members begin, “We are writing to express our concern with proposed state budget cuts under consideration by the Maryland Board of Public Works. While we understand the toll that COVID-19 has taken on the budget in Maryland and states across the country, we believe it is premature to enact cuts at this time. We are fighting hard in the United States Senate for additional federal fiscal relief to state and local governments to alleviate budget pressure, and pressing Senate Republicans to bring the House-passed HEROES Act to the floor to move forward on fiscal relief and other urgently needed responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
 
They highlight the federal resources that have already been provided to the state, noting, “While we must do more, the federal government has already provided major financial assistance to the State of Maryland. The CARES Act included $1.65 billion for Maryland’s state government in the Coronavirus Relief Fund, as well as access to the Municipal Liquidity Facility housed within the Federal Reserve. The CARES Act also provided Maryland over $45 million in the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund. Prior to the CARES Act, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act temporarily increased the federal share of Medicaid spending by 6.2%, which the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates will deliver $640 million to Maryland in 2020. This funding has helped offset the costs of the COVID-19 response.”
 
The Senators also note the ability of the State to tap into the Rainy Day Fund, writing, “Maryland’s Rainy Day Fund has a projected FY2021 ending balance of over $1 billion. The amount of federal relief provided to Maryland’s state government already exceeds the total size of the state’s Rainy Day Fund, and it reduced Maryland’s earlier needs to draw on the Fund for COVID-19 response. But this downturn remains an appropriate time to use the Rainy Day Fund as it is needed in collaboration with the General Assembly.”
 
They go on to urge that if the Board of Public works decides to enact the cuts, they must include provisions to automatically repeal them upon receipt of further federal relief. They also note the importance of Maryland’s state workers at this time, underscoring, “Maryland’s state employees are on the front lines of the public health and economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They deserve a seat at the table in this process, especially with regard to proposed cuts to compensation. We urge you to engage with each of the unions representing the state’s workforce in meaningful negotiations, and to deal with all the unions in a fair and consistent manner.”
 
They close the letter stating, “We will keep pushing in the Senate to take up and pass legislation to provide fiscal relief to state and local governments. The proposed cuts you are considering for the State of Maryland highlight why this legislation is so urgently needed, and we hope that such cuts will not be necessary.”
 
The text of the letter is below.
 
Dear Governor Hogan, Treasurer Kopp, and Comptroller Franchot:
 
We are writing to express our concern with proposed state budget cuts under consideration by the Maryland Board of Public Works. While we understand the toll that COVID-19 has taken on the budget in Maryland and states across the country, we believe it is premature to enact cuts at this time. We are fighting hard in the United States Senate for additional federal fiscal relief to state and local governments to alleviate budget pressure, and pressing Senate Republicans to bring the House-passed HEROES Act to the floor to move forward on fiscal relief and other urgently needed responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
While we must do more, the federal government has already provided major financial assistance to the State of Maryland. The CARES Act included $1.65 billion for Maryland’s state government in the Coronavirus Relief Fund, as well as access to the Municipal Liquidity Facility housed within the Federal Reserve. The CARES Act also provided Maryland over $45 million in the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund. Prior to the CARES Act, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act temporarily increased the federal share of Medicaid spending by 6.2%, which the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates will deliver $640 million to Maryland in 2020. This funding has helped offset the costs of the COVID-19 response.
 
Maryland’s Rainy Day Fund has a projected FY2021 ending balance of over $1 billion. The amount of federal relief provided to Maryland’s state government already exceeds the total size of the state’s Rainy Day Fund, and it reduced Maryland’s earlier needs to draw on the Fund for COVID-19 response. But this downturn remains an appropriate time to use the Rainy Day Fund as it is needed in collaboration with the General Assembly.
 
If the state does move forward with budget cuts, we urge you to include contingencies to automatically reverse them if new state budget estimates or additional federal relief makes those cuts unnecessary. The size of Maryland’s fiscal gap remains unclear amidst the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and the prospect for additional federal relief. The HEROES Act would provide $500 billion to states, including over $9 billion to Maryland, and further increase the federal share of Medicaid spending so that Maryland would receive an estimated $2.1 billion instead of $640 million.
 
Maryland’s state employees are on the front lines of the public health and economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They deserve a seat at the table in this process, especially with regard to proposed cuts to compensation. We urge you to engage with each of the unions representing the state’s workforce in meaningful negotiations, and to deal with all the unions in a fair and consistent manner.
 
We will keep pushing in the Senate to take up and pass legislation to provide fiscal relief to state and local governments. The proposed cuts you are considering for the State of Maryland highlight why this legislation is so urgently needed, and we hope that such cuts will not be necessary. Thank you for your consideration.
 
Sincerely,

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Detectives Conducting Death Investigation in Waldorf

Death Investigation: On June 30 at 4:41 a.m., a woman heard a man yelling for help near a lake behind her house in the 11600 block of Fountain Head Court in Waldorf. She called 9-1-1 and pointed first responders to the area where she heard the man. Officers, along with members of Charles County Emergency Services and the Charles County Dive Team, arrived and immediately began a search of the lake. At about 8:47 a.m., divers recovered the body of an adult male in the middle of the lake. He has since been identified as Raymond Anthony Savoy, Jr., 31, of Waldorf. There were no obvious signs of trauma and an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective J. Long at (301) 609-6502. The investigation is ongoing.

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Calvert County Family Network Provides Relief for Youth and Families During COVID-19 Pandemic

As the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are felt throughout the community, the Calvert County Family Network (CCFN) is providing additional resources to ensure the health and well-being of Calvert County’s children and youth. The Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services awarded CCFN $29,500 to address issues exacerbated by the COVID-19 public health emergency, including childhood hunger, school readiness, and family safety and financial stability.
 
“Since the local emergency began, CCFN has worked hard to identify and meet the needs of children and youth in our community,” said Calvert County Community Resources Director Jennifer Moreland, who oversees CCFN. “Helping to meet these needs is essential to the well-being of each child and the community as a whole. We are grateful for the state’s support so we can provide these critical resources during such a challenging time.”
 
As Calvert County’s Local Management Board (LMB), CCFN was eligible to receive $16,640 in new funding and $12,860 in reallocated funding to address needs of children, youth and families related to COVID-19. These funds have provided direct assistance to local families by providing support and resources, including the following:
 
·         Gift cards for families receiving SNAP and WIC benefits to purchase cleaning supplies and fever reducers;
 
·         Meals for children attending essential personnel child care centers;
 
·         Transportation for families to Calvert County Public Schools meal sites; and
 
·         Early childhood education materials for home instruction.
 
More than $550,000 in new and existing Children’s Cabinet funding was made available by the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services to LMBs across the state. LMBs operate in each Maryland jurisdiction to partner with county leadership, public and private agencies and businesses to build communities where children and families thrive.
 
Additionally, No Kid Hungry awarded CCFN $10,000 in COVID-19 Emergency Relief funding to support summer meal distribution for children and youth whose families face financial strain related to COVID-19. To find a summer meals site, text the word “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877-877.
 
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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Collision Involving Pedestrian in Great Mills Under Investigation

On June 29, 2020 at approximately 9:02 p.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 21000 block of Great Mills Road in Great Mills, for the reported motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and continued the investigation.
 
Preliminary investigation determined Dwayne Scott Reece, age 47 of Callaway, was intoxicated and entered the roadway of Great Mills Road near Carefree Way. Reece was struck by an unknown vehicle and sustained incapacitating injuries. Reece was flown to an area trauma center for treatment and remains in critical but stable condition.
 
On June 30, 2020 the operator of the striking vehicle, Cheryl Lynn Hudson, age 28 of Lexington Park, contacted investigators and at this time the investigation remains open pending a review with the Office of the State’s Attorney for St. Mary’s County. At the time of the collision, Hudson was operating a 2012 Ford Focus.
 
At this time, alcohol appears to be a contributing factor in the collision. Anyone who witnessed the collision or has information on the collision, that has not provided a statement is asked to contact Corporal Brandon Foor at (301) 475-4200 extension 72265 or by email at Brandon.Foor@stmarysmd.com.
 
Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.

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Planning & Zoning Announces New Fees and Updated Conceptual Site Plan Review Process

The Calvert County Department of Planning & Zoning announces a new fee structure will be implemented beginning Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The new fee structure addresses the costs of critical services provided by the department and ensures fees are current and comparable with those of surrounding jurisdictions.
 
The new fee schedule was included as part of the county’s proposed fiscal year 2021 Operating and Capital Budget, which was adopted on June 9, 2020.
 
Planning & Zoning will also transition the voluntary conceptual site plan review process to a mandatory one. The revised site plan process becomes a three-step process consistent with the current storm water management and subdivision review and approval processes. In addition, the conceptual site plan will be required to be approved by the Calvert County Planning Commission. 
 
The complete fee schedule can be found online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/PlanningZoningFees. Fee forms to be completed and submitted to Planning & Zoning are available at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/1244/Forms.
 
For questions related to Planning & Zoning fees, please contact Carolyn Sunderland, AICP, Deputy Director for Planning, by calling 410-535-2380 or by emailing Carolyn.Sunderland@calvertcountymd.gov. For questions related to Inspections & Permit fees, please contact Joe Hawxhurst, Inspections & Permits Division Chief, at 410-535-2523 or Joe.Hawxhurst@calvertcountymd.gov.
 
The revenue generated from the updated fees will allow Planning & Zoning to maintain and improve the quality of life for county residents by providing quality planning, zoning and code enforcement services. It also allows the department to identify new options to make the permitting and development process more convenient, timely and effective for customers.
 
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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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

During the week of June 22 – June 28 deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,486 calls for service throughout the community. 
 
Burglary: 20-32758, 20-32800
On June 24, 2020, Deputy Grierson responded to Catalina Drive in Lusby for the report of a burglary. The complainant advised that sometime between June 22nd and June 23rd, an unknown suspect(s) stole a hose and various gardening tools from the shed at their residence, as well as cut the lock to the garden shed owned by Chesapeake Ranch Estates Gardens and stole a red gas can. The total value of stolen property is $252.
 
Damaged Property: 20-32367
On June 22, 2020, Deputy Gott responded to Giant in Lusby for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised that between 8:10am and 9:03am, an unknown suspect(s) damaged their front bumper and stood on it while it was parked in the parking lot. The value of damaged property is $200.
 
Damaged Property: 20-33499
On June 27, 2020, Deputy R. Evans responded to San Gabriel Road in Lusby for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised that they heard a loud noise outside the residence and observed glass in a window was damaged. The value of damaged property is $300.
 
Theft: 20-32773
On June 24, 2020, Deputy Aurich responded to Stayman Court in Dunkirk for the report of a theft. The complainant advised on June 23rd, an unknown suspect(s) stole a package containing a water slide that was delivered to the residence. The value of stolen property is $700.
 
Theft: 20-32783
On June 24, 2020, Sergent Naecker responded to Scaggs Road in Owings for the report of a theft. The complainant advised an unknown suspect(s) stole a card containing money that was to be delivered to their residence. The value of stolen property is $40.
 
Theft: 20-32784
On June 24, 2020, Deputy Mason responded to Cypress Swamp in Prince Frederick for the report of a theft. The complainant advised between 4:30pm on June 23rd and 7:45am on June 24th, an unknown suspect(s) cut the lock on the front gate and stole a bundle of lumber. The value of stolen property is $500.
 
Theft: 20-32851
On June 24, 2020, Deputy Grierson responded to Shamrock Court in Lusby for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime on June 5th, an unknown suspect(s) stole a package containing a prescription medication that was delivered to the residence. The value of stolen property is $8.
 
Theft: 20-32865
On June 24, 2020, Deputy R. Shrawder responded to Leason Cove Drive in Lusby for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between January 1, 2019 and June 24, 2020, an unknown suspect(s) stole the registration plate from a trailer parked across from the residence. The value of stolen property is unknown. 
 
Theft: 20-32871
On June 24, 2020, Deputy Gough responded to Sequoia Way in Prince Frederick for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between 3:00pm and 7:00pm on June 20th, an unknown suspect(s) stole two Men’s wedding bands from an Amazon package that was delivered to the residence. The value of stolen property is $14.95. 
 
Arrests:
 
On June 22, 2020, Deputy Holt conducted a traffic stop on East Chesapeake Beach Road at Bayfront Park. Upon making contact with the driver, Karl Frederick Kistler (56), and the passenger, Jennifer Leigh Monahan (37), Deputy Holt observed open sores on Monahan’s arm, and she began to nod off while speaking to him. Both occupants were removed from the vehicle and a search was conducted which resulted in two cut straws containing a white powdery residue suspected to be heroin, one plastic baggie containing ten vials of a white powdery substance suspected to be heroin. Also located was a kit containing 8 syringes, 25 glass smoking devices, 3 filters, and 35 capsules containing a white powdery substance suspected to be heroin. Both Kistler and Monahan were placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where they were each charged with 
 
CDS: Possession- Not Marijuana and CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia.
On June 27, 2020, Deputy Savick responded to Discount Liquors in Huntingtown for the report of a disorderly subject. The complainant advised the subject, Walter Jay Brown, Sr. (61), was yelling numerous profanities and spitting on customers while yelling at them. Calvert County Emergency Communications advised Brown was issued an indefinite Trespass Order on 5/19/2019. Brown was also issued a Criminal Citation earlier in the day for trespassing at the store earlier in the day on June 27th. Deputy Savick placed Brown under arrest and could detect the strong odor or alcohol emanating from Brown’s person.  Brown was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Trespass: Private Property. 

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Joint Resolution Signed to Advance Equity in Public Safety, Education and Health

Joint Press Release:
 
St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office
 
St. Mary’s County Public Schools
 
St. Mary’s County Health Department
 
LEONARDTOWN, MD (June 30, 2020) – Yesterday, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, St Mary’s County Public Schools and the St. Mary’s County Health Department signed a Joint Resolution to Advance Equity in St. Mary’s County. Sheriff Tim Cameron, Health Officer Dr. Meeena Brewster and Superintendent of Public Schools Dr. Scott Smith launched a multi-sector Equity Task Force to examine the issues of opportunity, access and equity in our county.
 
Public health, public education and public safety are interlocking components of our community, and their commitment to equity and racial justice impacts the lives of all citizens directly and indirectly. Equity is the absence of disparities among groups of people that would have otherwise arisen because of their socioeconomic status, geographical area, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender or racial/ethnic group.
 
“We have the power, together, as a community to take meaningful steps to address equity and racial justice,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer.
 
“In working together, our agencies are working toward eliminating barriers to ensure access and opportunity,” Sheriff Cameron said.
 
"I am proud to work together with the conviction and dedication of the Sheriff's Office and the Health Department to lead by bringing people together for this important work,” stated Dr. J. Scott Smith, Superintendent of Schools.
 
The Equity Task Force agencies will collaborate in implementing organizational changes and community initiatives that promote equitable outcomes in health, education and public safety. Task Force partners will also conduct a comprehensive review of their respective institutions’ policies and practices from the lens of Equity.
 
To view a recording of the event, please visit: ? St. Mary’s County Public Schools Youtube Channel

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Hallowing Point Park Second Entrance to Open

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – June 30, 2020 – The Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation announces the newly constructed second entrance to Hallowing Point Park will open for use beginning Monday, July 6. The new roadway extends from the back of Hallowing Point Park to Jibsail Drive, on the east side of the Calvert County Industrial Park, and provides secondary access for those entering and exiting Hallowing Point Park.
 
Motorists are advised to follow directional signs posted in the area for entering and exiting the park, as traffic patterns will be adjusted. Motorists may access the second entrance from Jibsail Drive or Skipjack Road. Drivers exiting from the rear of the park must use Ketch Road and Skipjack Road to access Hallowing Point Road (MD 231).
 
Drivers may only make right turns into and out of the main park entrance onto MD 231.
 
Completion of the second entrance concludes the first phase of traffic safety improvements in the area of Hallowing Point Park. Additional phases will include further roadway modifications in the surrounding area to optimize the safe flow of traffic into and out of the park.
 
Hallowing Point Park is located at 4755 Hallowing Point Road in Prince Frederick.
 
For updates on Parks & Recreation services, park availability, field closures and more visit Parks & Recreation at www.Facebook.com/CalvertCountyParks. 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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Cardin Responds to Reports Russia Offered Bounties for Killing U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

“U.S. troops, their families, and the American people deserve to know when this threat was revealed, who knew about it and when.”

 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement:

 

“I am severely troubled by reports that Russia offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan, as should anyone who cares for the wellbeing of our brave service members. That the White House sat on this news for months without action or notification to Congress is a breach of national security. It is imperative that the U.S. – especially the president of the United States – take seriously any threat against our troops overseas. President Trump has continually chosen to trust Vladimir Putin over the American intelligence community. U.S. troops, their families, and the American people deserve to know when this threat was revealed, who knew about it and when.”

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Statement From States Attorney Tony Covington Regarding Civilian Review Board

On June 3, 2020, I issued a statement that, among other things, advocated for the creation of a Civilian Review Board (CRB) to review citizen claims of excessive force by police in Charles County. On June 12th and 26th,  Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry, issued releases that, among other things, advocated for the re-constitution of the Board of Public Safety (BPS) to provide “review and oversight of the entire criminal justice system in Charles County.”  I have been repeatedly asked if the Sheriff is proposing the BPS as a substitute for a CRB. I do not know the answer to that question.  I can say, however, that I would not support any use of the BPS as a substitute for a properly organized CRB.
 
I have many reasons why I would not support the BPS as an oversight body for excessive force complaints that I will not address in this release.  To hear my reasons, please listen to our “Civilian Review Board” podcast which can be found on the State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO) website, www.CCSAO.us.
 
So everyone is clear on the type of CRB that I will support, below I have outlined the structure/make-up of what I believe would be an effective CRB. This list is not exhaustive nor is it touted as the only way an effective CRB can be organized.  For more details about the makeup of a CRB, again please listen to our “Civilian Review Board” podcast.
 
Civilian Review Board (CRB)
 
The CRB will review all use of force resulting in death or serious bodily injury, all instances of use of deadly force and any citizen complaint of excessive use of force.
The CRB will be independent from and operate independently from all police agencies.
The CRB will be comprised of 9 volunteer members who must be residents of the County.  None of the CRB members will be elected officials, police officers of any jurisdiction, or a person with a vested interest in the County or a police agency.
The CRB members will be selected by a combination of the County Board of Commissioners, Charles County legislative delegation, County police agencies, Ministers Coalition, and willing community groups like the Women of Action Charles County, NAACP, Lifestyles etc.
In addition to the 9-member board, there will be a non-voting police advisor and a non-voting legal advisor attached to the CRB.
Initially, CRB will have a full-time investigator and a full-time administrator. Staff may increase depending on the volume of cases.
The CRB will have the same subpoena authority that all State’s Attorneys in Maryland have under Maryland’s Criminal Procedure Article, Section 15-108.
After review, the CRB will issue a report of its findings to the public.
If appropriate, the CRB will make public recommendations to the involved police agency and the State’s Attorney.
The CRB report and recommendations shall be maintained and available to the public.
 
 
Tony Covington
 
State’s Attorney, Charles County, MD

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Update: Sheriff's Office Looking For Missing Woman (Photo)

Update: Ms. Tompkins has been found. 

 

The Sheriff's Office is attempting to locate missing person Tami Tompkins; white female 5'6" 175lbs last seen in the Park Hall area at approximately 12:45 AM on 6/30/20 wearing a gray t-shirt, blue jeans, no shoes with a hair in pony tail (see photo). Anyone with information please contact the Sheriff's Office. 

 

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Calvert County Announces Independence Day Schedule

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners announces county offices will be closed Friday, July 3, 2020, in observance of Independence Day. In addition:
 
·         Meals on Wheels will not be delivered Friday, July 3. However, participants are provided shelf-stable meals in advance. Requests for meal delivery can be made through the Office on Aging at 410-535-4606 or OOAmailbox@calvertcountymd.gov.
 
·         There will be no county bus service Friday, July 3.
 
·         The Appeal Landfill and county convenience centers will be open Friday, July 3 and closed Saturday, July 4. The Mt. Hope, Appeal and Barstow convenience centers will reopen Sunday, July 5 with normal operating hours and the Appeal Landfill will remain closed.
 
·         The Water & Sewerage billing and customer service office will be closed Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4.
 
·         The Solomons Septage Receiving Facility will be open Friday, July 3 and closed Saturday, July 4. On-call crews will be available for water and sewer service emergencies only at 410-535-3491.
 
·         Chesapeake Hills Golf Course will be open July 3-5 with normal hours. Modified policies and procedures for golfers and staff have been implemented to comply with distancing requirements and protective guidelines to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. The course is open to all users.
 
·         Kings Landing Park will be open Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m.
 
·         Flag Ponds Nature Park will be open Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for Calvert County residents only.
 
·         Battle Creek Cypress Swamp will be closed Friday, July 3 and will reopen Saturday, July 4. The nature center is closed until further notice, but park trails will be open. 
 
·         Kings Landing pool will be open Friday, July 3 from 6-7 a.m., close at 7 a.m. for team swim practice and reopen from noon to 7 p.m. Cove Point pool will be open Friday July 3 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Both pools will be open Saturday, July 4, noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 5, noon to 7 p.m. for lap swim only. Access is limited to Calvert County residents only and pool time will be limited to one hour. To prevent lines and wait times, swimmers must reserve a swim time through the WebTrac online registration system at https://webtrac.co.cal.md.us/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/splash.html. Walk-ins will not be admitted.
 
·         All recreation parks including Dunkirk, Hallowing Point, Cove Point and Solomons Town Center parks will be open. Parks close at civil twilight.
 
·         Breezy Point Beach & Campground will be open to Calvert County residents only. Holiday weekend hours of operation are Friday, July 3, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, July 4, and Sunday, July 5 from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Breezy Point Beach is limited to 100 people. 
 
·         The Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter and Animal Control Division will be closed Friday, July 3 through the holiday weekend. The shelter will reopen Tuesday, July 7 by appointment only.
 
·         Calvert Library locations will be accepting curbside appointments on Friday, July 3, 1-5 p.m. Library locations will be closed on Saturday, July 4.
 
The following facilities remain closed until further notice as a preventative measure to help slow the spread of COVID-19:
 
·         The Edward T. Hall Indoor Aquatic Center remains closed.
 
·         County senior centers remain closed.
 
·         Community centers remain closed.
 
·         The Calvert Marine Museum and Museum Store remain closed.
 
 
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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Appointment-Free COVID-19 Testing Available in Lexington Park

LEONARDTOWN, MD (June 29, 2020) – The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) is now offering daily appointment-free COVID-19 testing, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the SMCHD Harm Reduction Program Office, located at 46035 Signature Lane in Lexington Park, MD 20653 (co-located with the U-Haul Moving & Storage of Lexington Park). Community members may walk up for testing, parking is available. If you need assistance or any accommodations, please contact the Harm Reduction Program Office at (301) 862-1680. No prior test order is required.
 
LEONARDTOWN, MD (29 de junio de 2020) - El Departamento de Salud del Condado de St Mary’s (SMCHD) ahora ofrecerá pruebas de COVID-19 sin cita de lunes a viernes de 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. en la Oficina de Harm Reduction Program (Programa de Reducción de Daños), en 46035 Signature Lane Lexington Park, MD 20653 (ubicada junto con U-Haul - los camiones de mudanza y almacenamiento en Lexington Park). Los miembros de la comunidad pueden presentarse para las pruebas, y habrá estacionamiento disponible. Si necesita ayuda o alguna acomodación, comuníquese con la Oficina de Harm Reduction Program al 301-862-1680. No se requiere orden de prueba previa. 
 
If you have health insurance coverage, please bring your insurance card with you to the testing site. Uninsured community members are welcome, also. Insurance coverage is not required and testing is provided free of charge (no out-of-pocket cost, co-payment, co-insurance, etc.).
 
Si tiene cobertura de seguro médico, traiga su tarjeta de seguro al sitio de prueba. Los miembros de la comunidad sin seguro médico también son bienvenidos. No se requiere cobertura de seguro y las pruebas se proporcionan de forma gratuita (sin costo de bolsillo, copago, coseguro, etc.).
 
COVID-19 testing requires a swab to be inserted into the back of the person’s nostril for several seconds. Most individuals experience minor discomfort at most. All tested individuals will receive information with further instructions at the test site and should continue to self-isolate at home while waiting for results, which should be available within approximately two to five days.
 
Please visit the St. Mary’s County Health Department’s website for local COVID-19 updates, data, and information at www.smchd.org/coronavirus or call the COVID-19 Community Hotline at 301-475-4911 (Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) to get your questions answered.
 
La prueba COVID-19 requiere que se inserte un hisopo en la parte posterior de la nariz de la persona durante varios segundos. La mayoría de las personas experimentan molestias menores a lo sumo. Todas las personas evaluadas recibirán información con más instrucciones en el sitio de prueba y deben continuar aislándose en su hogar mientras esperan los resultados, que deben estar disponibles en aproximadamente dos a cinco días.
 
Visite el sitio web del Departamento de Salud del Condado de St. Mary's para obtener actualizaciones, datos e información local de COVID-19 en www.smchd.org/coronavirus o llame a la Linea Comunitaria de COVID-19 al 301-475-4911 (lunes - viernes de 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) para obtener respuestas a sus preguntas.

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Summer Meals Program Continues In St. Mary's County

LEONARDTOWN, MD – St. Mary’s County Public Schools’ Judy Center and Food and Nutrition Services is pleased to announce its free summer meals program in partnership with a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.  Meals are for children 18 years and younger free of charge.  Details about the grab and go lunch pick-up and weekly activity bag pick-up are included below.
 
Monday through Thursday, during the weeks of July 6th – August 13th, SMCPS’ Food and Nutrition Services will operate a Grab and Go Lunch pick up at Lexington Park Elementary School and Greenview Knolls Elementary School from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Parents or guardians may visit either site to pick up a nutritious meal for their child.
 
Additionally, on Wednesdays, July 8th – August 5th, the SMCPS’ Judy Center will be offering weekly learn at home activity bags at Lexington Park Elementary School and Greenview Knolls Elementary School from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
 
For more information regarding weekly activity bags please contact the Judy Center at 301-863- 4068.  For additional information regarding grab and go lunch, please contact Food and Nutrition Services at foodservice@smcps.org.

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Charles County Sheriff's Office Announces Progress on Policing Strategies and Initiatives

On June 12, Sheriff Troy D. Berry issued a press release outlining several initiatives he planned to implement immediately to enhance the confidence and trust between the residents of Charles County and the Charles County Sheriff’s Office. The Agency is providing an update for Sheriff Berry’s initiatives:

 

·       Request the Charles County Board of Commissioners immediately allocate $1.5 million of funding to initiate the Sheriff’s Body Worn Camera program:

UPDATE: On June 17, Sheriff Berry participated in a public forum with the Board of Charles County Commissioners and discussed funding for body-worn cameras.  The discussion indicated that at this time the funding is not available (perhaps due to COVID-19 budgetary constraints) for fiscal year 2021. If the Commissioners decide not to fund the program, the Sheriff will continue to work toward starting a body-worn camera program through grants and other state and federal funding.

 

·       Request additional support and funding from the Charles County Board of Commissioners to continue and enhance the Sheriff’s De-escalation, Conflict Resolutions and Use of Force training; and ensure the Sheriff’s Office continues prohibiting neck restraints and head strikes during normal arrest incidents:

UPDATE: After speaking with the Board of Commissioners, the Agency was assured funding for the most up-to-date training relating to de-escalation, conflict resolution, and use of force would be made available. Beginning June 1 (with no additional funding necessary), every officer was scheduled for a mandatory refresher course on arrest techniques. These techniques and our policies currently and have always prohibited neck restraints and chokeholds during normal arrest procedures.

 

·       Complete a comprehensive internal review and evaluation of all use of force policies:

UPDATE: On June 15, the Commander of the Office of Professional Responsibility began a comprehensive review of the Agency’s use of force policies. The Commander will ensure our policies are consistent with legally recommended guidelines and best police practices. This review will also include our training, reporting and investigations into each use of force incident.

 

·       Request the Charles County Board of Commissioners and the Charles County State Delegation immediately appoint members to the vacant positions on the existing “Board of Public Safety” to provide review and oversight of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, State’s Attorney’s Office and Courts in accordance with County Code 125:

UPDATE:  During the public forum with the Board of County Commissioners on June 17, Sheriff Berry suggested re-instating the Charles County Board of Public Safety as soon as possible. This board, which is made up of mostly citizens of Charles County, would provide oversight of the entire criminal justice system in Charles County to include the Sheriff’s Office, the State’s Attorney’s Office and the Judicial System. After much discussion, the Board of County Commissioners deferred the need for oversight to the State of Maryland General Assembly for the 2021 legislative process. 

 

·       Establish a Youth Advisory Council for police and community relations comprised of youth from our communities:

UPDATE: The Sheriff’s Office is currently working with community leaders to determine the best ways to proceed in developing and selecting representatives to participate and serve on the council. The Sheriff is committed to ensuring a diverse group with the fresh perspectives and insight only the youth can bring to a discussion.

 

·       Request the Board of County Commissioners to allocate necessary funding to enhance pre-trial services and supervision for arrested persons in our community:

UPDATE: Recently, the Maryland Parole and Probation notified the courts that they would no longer provide pre-trial services in Charles County. The Sheriff has developed a framework for a process to ensuring individuals charged with a crime continue to be provided these critical services while awaiting trial. Sheriff Berry is committed to working with the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and partnering with the County and the Courts to ensure pre-trial services remain available in Charles County.  These services are crucial in providing an alternative to incarceration for those are awaiting trial.

 

·       Conduct a Southern Maryland Law Enforcement Summit in partnership with the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office to discuss improving law enforcement best practices:

UPDATE: On Friday, June 19, Sheriff Berry (Charles County) joined Sheriff Timothy Cameron (St. Mary’s County) and Sheriff Mike Evans (Calvert County) for the Southern Maryland Sheriff’s Public Safety Summit to discuss training protocols to ensure the three agencies, which share the Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy, are teaching best practices to all staff members. During the summit, the Sheriffs decided to enhance the training curriculum for use of force, de-escalation, cultural diversity, bias based profiling and other topics. Further, each agency collaborated and discussed policies related to use of force, complaint processes, and the duty to intervene among other issues.

 

      “Updating our community and keeping the dialogue open regarding these initiatives is very important to me. I want my community members to know I welcome any oversight of the Sheriff’s Office. I believe only good can come from having body-worn cameras and I am committed to holding officers accountable for misconduct,” said Sheriff Berry. “I have always been a proponent of providing excellence in police services, and I am an advocate for positive change as a leader who not only cares about the men and women of our Agency, but of each and every person here in our Charles County community.”

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Mechanicsville Man Arrested for Shooting in California

UPDATE: During the course of the investigation by detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, Nikko Muhammad Mason Coates, age 19 of Mechanicsville, was identified as the suspect responsible for the shooting.
 
 
Investigation determined on June 12, 2020 the victim confronted Coates about property that Coates had stolen. During the confrontation, Coates shot the victim in the abdomen and fled the scene. On June 24, 2020, Coates was located in Lexington Park and arrested. Coates was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Leonardtown and charged with the following:
 
Attempted 1st Degree Murder
 
Attempted 2nd Degree Murder
 
Armed Robbery
 
Robbery
 
Loaded Handgun in Vehicle
 
Handgun in Vehicle
 
Firearm Use/Violent Crime
 
Assault 1st Degree
 
Assault 2nd Degree
 
Theft
 
Coates remains incarcerated at the detention center on a no-bond status.
 
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Detective Austin Schultz at (301) 475-4200 extension 71953 or by email at Austin.Schultz@stmarysmd.com.
 
Original Release: On June 12, 2020, at approximately 8:30 p.m., deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 23000 block of Sugar Maple Court in California, for the reported shooting. A male victim, age 19 of Mechanicsville, was located on scene and determined to have sustained a gunshot wound to the abdomen. The victim was transported via helicopter to an area trauma center for treatment.
 
Anyone in the area at the time of the shooting, or anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Detective Austin Schultz at (301) 475-4200 extension *71953 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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Temporary Sign Display Ordinance for Businesses Revised

The Department of Planning and Growth Management is making changes to the administration of the County Zoning Ordinance pertaining to Temporary Signs to assist local businesses in communicating their operating status during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. Starting immediately, the Department of Planning and Growth Management is offering an expedited, free, streamlined approval process for portable signs or banners to be displayed continuously until Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, unless otherwise stated on the approved permit.

 

To apply for a free temporary sign permit, visit the Citizen Self Service Portal to create an account or to sign in at https://land.CharlesCountyMD.gov/EnerGov_Prod/SelfService#/home. Once in the CSS Portal, choose the option to apply for a “Banner” permit.

 

This ordinance change does not pertain to commercial business properties within the incorporated towns of La Plata and Indian Head. The Charles County Zoning Ordinance, Section 297-319 F, can be found at https://ecode360.com/27248260.

For questions, contact Ms. Ashleigh Goedeke of the Department of Planning and Growth at GoedekeA@CharlesCountyMD.gov or 301-645-0632. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD:  800-735-2258.

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Detectives Seek Public's Help Locating Critical Missing Man from Waldorf

HELP NEEDED LOCATING CRITICAL MISSING MAN: Charles County Sheriff’s detectives are seeking the public’s help in locating Charles Paul Midnight, 76, of Waldorf who was reported missing on June 25 at 12 p.m. Mr. Midnight was last seen leaving his residence in the 3000 block of Ryon Court. He left in a burgundy Ford Focus, four-door, with Maryland registration 2DS0602. The car has damage to the lower side on the driver’s door and damage to the mirror on the passenger side. Midnight is 5’9”, 170 lbs., and was wearing a purple short-sleeve polo style shirt, black jeans, and black slip-on shoes. He walks with a limp on his right side. A family member indicated he has dementia and may be headed to North Carolina, where he once lived. Midnight does not have a cell phone with him. Detectives are pursuing leads and ask that anyone with information regarding Midnight’s whereabouts call Detective E. Weaver at 301-609-6571 or the non-emergency line at (301) 932-2222. The investigation is continuing

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Public Comments Needed for Nuisance and Urban Flooding Plan

The Department of Emergency Services is developing a Charles County Nuisance Flood Plan to address the County’s increase in flooding outside its mapped flood plains. If you have experienced flooding in Charles County, we are encouraging residents to go to Map Your Flooding Survey website, where you can record and describe your flooding event(s).  Public comments and the mapping survey will be open until Aug. 12 at 4 p.m.

 

The County has developed a webpage in coordination with the Maryland Environmental Service to tell the story of nuisance and urban flooding in Charles County at the Charles County Nuisance and Urban Flooding Storymap webpage.  This website identifies known flood locations as well as its effects and recommendations to help reduce flooding and increase community resiliency.

 

A public meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, Aug. 24 at 4 p.m. to present the Nuisance Flood Plan, including public comment received.

 

For those without internet service or who would prefer to schedule an in-person appointment, contact the Department of Emergency Services at  Flooding@CharlesCountyMD.gov, 301-609-3429, or by mail at Charles County Department of Emergency Services, Attn: Nuisance Flood Plan, 10425 Audie Lane, La Plata, MD 20646.

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