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Maryland Retains Triple AAA Bond Rating

Maryland State Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp announced
today that the three major bond rating agencies have reaffirmed the State's AAA bond rating, all with stable outlooks, in advance of the upcoming competitive sale of up to $615.0 million of tax-exempt new money bonds and negotiated sale of up to $241.4 million of taxexempt forward refunding bonds. Both are expected to be approved on Wednesday, August
11, 2021.
Maryland is one of thirteen states* to hold the coveted AAA rating, the highest possible rating, from all three major bond rating agencies. S&P Global Ratings has rated the bonds AAA since 1961, Moody’s Investors Service has assigned the bonds a rating of Aaa since 1973, and Fitch Ratings has rated the bonds AAA since 1993.
Treasurer Kopp said, “We are pleased that as the vaccine rollout allows Maryland to begin recovering from the impact of COVID-19, the rating agencies recognize that the State’s proactive response to the pandemic, its steady commitment to prudent fiscal management, and the reserves it has built up over the last decade helped us to weather the worst parts of
the crisis. Furthermore, Maryland’s dynamic economy, highly educated workforce, and above average wealth and income levels have put us in a strong position as we move forward.”
 
Moody’s Investors Service, in providing its rationale for its Aaa rating, noted that “the budgetary flexibility afforded to Maryland by its Board of Public Works… has been on display throughout the pandemic” by helping to free up hundreds of millions of dollars to close gaps in fiscal years 2021 and 2022. Moody’s also notes that the State’s better-thanexpected performance has allowed it to simultaneously close budget gaps, maintain
significant reserves, and provide over $1 billion in spending to support Maryland residents and businesses.
Fitch Ratings, in assigning its AAA rating and stable outlook, noted Maryland’s “broad, diverse and wealthy economy, strong and forward-looking fiscal management, and broad budgetary flexibility.” Fitch notes the importance of Federal pandemic aid and the additional State measures taken to support the State’s economy since the onset of the pandemic.
In assigning its AAA long-term rating and stable outlook, S&P Global Ratings stated, “Maryland’s fundamental economic strengths…provided some steadiness to income tax collections and better-than-forecasted revenue performance in fiscal 2021.” However, S&P also noted that “although a moderate debt service carrying charge, rapid amortization, and
strong debt affordability management remaining mitigating strengths… if state obligations outpace economic growth, it could pressure our view of the State’s debt profile.”
The bond sale will include up to $540.0 million of tax-exempt new money bonds, $75.0 million in taxable new money bonds, and $241.4 million in tax-exempt forward refunding bonds. The tax-exempt new money bonds will be sold in two bidding groups to enhance competition: Bidding Group 1 - $259.0 million; and Bidding Group 2 - $281.1 million. The tax-exempt forward refunding bonds are being underwritten by Bank of America and are expected to generate around $40.0 million in debt service savings between now and 2030.
As is always the case with Maryland’s General Obligation Bonds, the State will use the new money proceeds to finance important capital projects and improvements, such as public schools, community colleges, university projects and hospitals.
The Maryland Board of Public Works, composed of Governor Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr., Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp, and Comptroller Peter Franchot, will preside over the competitive bond sale at its meeting on Wednesday, August 11, 2021.
 
The Maryland State Treasurer’s Office expects to conduct another bond sale in February or March 2022.
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* The other twelve states with AAA ratings from all three rating agencies are Delaware, Georgia, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, North Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Virginia.

Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

During the week of July 26– August 1, deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,346 calls for service throughout the community. 
 
Damaged Property: 21-42391
On July 30, 2021, Deputy Sturdivant responded to the 3400 block of Bayside Forest Court in Huntingtown, MD for report of a hit and run. The complainant advised an unknown vehicle backed out of his driveway, struck the mailbox, knocking it over. The estimated value of damaged property is $200.00.
 
Damaged Property: 21-42694
On July 31, 2021, Deputy Morrison responded to the 2000 block of Lowery Road in Huntingtown, MD for a reported destruction of property. The complainant advised sometime on July 30, unknown suspect(s) drove through his garden leaving tire tracks in a bean field. The estimated value of damaged property is $500.00.
 
Damaged Property: 21-42844
On August 1, 2021, Deputy Contic responded to the 4000 block of Ballard Rogers Road in Broomes Island, MD for a reported destruction of property. The complainant advised sometime between 12 a.m. and 8 a.m. on July 31, unknown suspect(s) drove through the yard destroying a fence, novelty traffic sign and numerous plants. The estimated value of damaged property is $1,000.00. 
 
Theft: 21-42538
 
On July 30, 2021, Deputy Aranda responded to the 8800 block of Chesapeake Lighthouse Drive in North Beach for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between July 17th and July 30th, unknown suspect(s) stole the rear Maryland registration plate from his vehicle. The estimated value of stolen property is $100.00.
 
Theft: 21-41820
On July 27, 2021, Deputy Huy responded to 40 Commerce Lane in Prince Frederick, MD for the report of a theft. The complainant advised while she was inside of the Prince Frederick Walmart unknown suspect(s) stole prescription medication from her vehicle. The value of stolen property is unknown at this time.
 
Burglary/Theft: 21-42485
On July 30, 2021, DFC R. Shrawder responded to the 100 block of Holiday Drive (Holiday Inn boat slips) in Solomons, MD for report of a theft/burglary. The complainant advised sometime between July 18 and July 30, unknown suspect(s) had broken into his boat and had been living on it for the last two weeks. Numerous items were discovered stolen and damaged. The total amount of damaged property is $1,700. The total amount of stolen property is $320. 
 
ARRESTS
On July 28, 2021, DFC Kelly conducted a traffic stop in the 14000 block of HG Trueman Road in Solomons, MD for a potentional stolen vehicle. Upon making contact with the driver, Jordan Roderick Bell, 26 of Solomons, MD, a glass smoking device was observed in his hand. A search of the vehicle revealed, one plastic bag containing suspected Heroin, one glass smoking device, a wallet with a white paper fold containing suspected Heroin and plastic tubing. Bell admitted to operating the stolen vehicle. Bell was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana and CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia.
 
On July 26, 2021, Deputy Gough responded to the area of the North Beach Post for the report of a traffic complaint. Upon arrival, Deputy Gough observed a stationary vehicle at Bay Ave and 7th Street in North Beach, MD. Contact was made with the driver, Patrick Michael Sullivan, 57 of North Beach, MD, who had slurred speech and was incoherent. A search of Sullivan’s person revealed a clear zip lock bag containing suspected marijuana. A search of the vehicle revealed a half smoked cigarette soaked in a brown liquid. Sullivan was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where a secondary search was conducted and revealed a metal smoking device, containing suspected marijuana. Sullivan was arrested and charged with Driving/Attempting to Drive) Vehicle While Impaired by a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Reckless Driving, Negligent Driving and other traffic related charges.

Maryland State Police To Participate In Annual National Night Out Events

(PIKESVILLE, MD) – Maryland state troopers will join communities and other law enforcement agencies across the state on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 in support of National Night Out. 
 
Every year since 1984 National Night Out is observed on the first Tuesday in August in local communities to promote positive police-community partnerships and neighborhood comradery to make all neighborhoods safer places to live.  
 
In neighborhoods across the state, from westernmost Garrett County, to Baltimore, to Southern Maryland and over to the Eastern Shore, residents and law enforcement officers will connect with conversations at cook outs, festivals, and community events.  Maryland State Police will participate in the following events:
 
Annapolis Barrack – Troopers will participate in events at Fort Meade and downtown Annapolis
Bel Air Barrack – Harford County Equestrian Center, 608 Tollgate Rd. Bel Air, Md.
Berlin Barrack – Troopers will be at Sturgis Park, River St.., Snow Hill, Md., Dr. William Henry Park, 123 Flower St., Berlin, Md.
Centreville Barrack – Centreville Lawyers Row, 102 N. Liberty St., Centreville, Md.
College Park Barrack – Beckett Field, 8511 Legation Rd., New Carrollton, Md.; Allen Pond Park 3330 North View Dr. Bowie, Md.; Beltway Plaza (rear) 6000 Greenbelt Rd, Greenbelt, Md.; Lakeland Community Park, 5000 Lakeland Rd. College Park, Md.
Cumberland Barrack – Bel Air Elementary School, 14401 Barton Blvd. SW, Cumberland, Md. 21502.
Easton Barrack – Triangle Park, Hurlock, Md.; Secretary, Md. Park next to Town Hall
Forestville Barrack – New Carrollton Police Department, Beckett Field, 8511 Legation Field, New Carrollton, Md. District Heights, 6417 Marlboro Pike, District Heights, Md.; 7007 Bock Rd. Fort Washington, Md.
Frederick Barrack –Walkersville Fire Department, 79 W. Frederick St., Walkersville, Md., 21793; Lake Linganore Association, 6718 Coldstream Dr., New Market, Md. 21774,
Glen Burnie Barrack – Earleigh Heights Fire Station, 161 Ritchie Hwy., Severna Park, Md., 10th Park, Brooklyn, Md.
Golden Ring Barrack – Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 6517 Frederick Rd., Catonsville, Md.; White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company, 10331 Philadelphia Rd.
Hagerstown Barrack – Byron Memorial Park, 11 Park Rd., Williamsport, Md., Widmyer Park, Hancock, Md.
JFK Barrack – Harford County Equestrian Center, 608 N. Tollgate Rd. Bel Air, Md.
La Plata Barrack – Waldorf Moose Lodge 4765 Crain Hwy., White Plains, Charles County, Md.
Leonardtown Barrack – Troopers will participate alongside St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office personnel in numerous county-wide events.
McHenry Barrack – Garrett County Fair, Garrett Highway, McHenry, Md. 21541
North East Barrack – Main St., Rising Sun, Md; Meadow Park, Elkton. Md.
Prince Frederick –  Huntingtown Citizen’s Association, 4300 Hunting Creek Rd., Huntingtown, Md.; Patuxent Palisades Civic Association at 12000 Palisades Drive, Dunkirk, Md.; Prince Frederick Crossing, Thoroughbred Dr., Prince Frederick, Md.; Northeast Community Center, 3825 Gordon Stinnett Ave., Chesapeake Beach, Md.
Princess Anne Barrack – Garland Hayward Center, 30660 Hampden Ave., Princess Anne, Md.; Somers Cove Marina, 715 Broadway Crisfield Md.
Rockville Barrack – Troopers at various venues throughout Silver Spring.; Casey, Kentlands and Lakelands Community Centers, 485 Schiffely Sq Rd. Gaithersburg
Salisbury Barrack – City of Salisbury Park Party, 521 South Park Dr., Salisbury, Md.; City of Fruitland Block Party, 208 South Division St., Fruitland, Md.; Delmar Hyde Park, Delmar, De.
Waterloo Barrack – Main Event: East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradle Rock Way, Columbia, Md. 21045
Westminster Barrack – New Windsor Fire Department, New Windsor, Md.; Sykesville Freedom District Fire Department, Sykesville, Md.; Mount Airy Volunteer Fore Company Carnival Grounds, 1008 Twin Arch Rd, Mt Airy, Md.
Contact the barrack for details about events scheduled that night. Maryland State Police look forward to meeting with community members on this 37th Annual National Night Out.

Man Found Guilty of Second-Degree Murder at Beer 4 U

LA PLATA, MD—Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, a Charles County jury convicted Anthony Dangelo Wilkins, 37, of Waldorf, of Second-Degree Murder, Attempted Second-Degree Murder, and related charges.  
 
On February 4, 2017, officers responded to the Beer 4 U Bar located in the 2100 block of Crain Highway in Waldorf for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers discovered several victims suffering from various injuries, including Emmanuel Perkins, who sustained head injuries from an earlier assault, and Miaquita Gray, who suffered a gunshot wound to the upper body. Gray was later pronounced deceased as a result of her injuries.  
 
A preliminary investigation revealed that a few moments prior to the shooting, Perkins was physically assaulted and robbed by three male suspects in the bathroom of Beer 4 U. After the assault, Perkins and his girlfriend, Gray, exited the bar and stood in the parking lot of the establishment. The suspects also exited the establishment prior to Gray and Perkins leaving the bar.  Perkins recognized the three male suspects and pointed them out.  One of the suspects brandished a gun and began firing at Perkins and Gray, fatally striking Gray. Two other victims were struck but did not sustain life-threatening injuries.  
 
A further investigation revealed Wilkins as the shooter and identified co-defendant Charles Leon Thompson, Jr. as an accomplice to the shooting and the armed robbery in the bathroom.  
 
On December 4, 2017, Thompson entered a guilty plea to Armed Robbery and Use of a Handgun During the Commission of a Crime of Violence, and was sentenced to 40 years in prison by the Honorable Judge William R. Greer, Jr. on June 29, 2018.  
 
A sentencing date has been set for Wilkins on October 20, 2021 at 1 p.m. He faces up to 138 years in prison.  
Guilty  
 
Second-Degree Murder of Miaquita Gray  
Use of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime of Violence  
Attempted Second-Degree Murder of Emmanuel Perkins  
Use of a Firearm During the Commission of aa Crime of Violence  
3 counts of Reckless Endangerment  
2 counts of Second-Degree Assault  
Wear, Carry, and Transport of Handgun Upon Their Person  
Firearm Possession with Felony Conviction  

Officers Looking For Missing Teen (Photo)

Alert: Missing Person: Daimyon Anthony Wood, 16y/o black male. Last seen: 08/01/21 in area of Luca Cove Rd, St. Mary's City.
 
 
St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office seeks your help in locating a missing person: Daimyon Anthony Wood, 16y/o black male. Last seen: 08/01/21 in area of Lucas Cove Rd in St. Mary's City. If you have information that can assist in helping safely locate Daimyon Wood, please call 911 or contact the Sheriff's Office at 301-475-8008.

Charles County Sheriff's Office Announces Application for Grant

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office and Charles County Circuit Court are announcing they will apply for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Formula Program through the United States Department of Justice. The JAG Program provides states and units of local governments with critical funding necessary to support a range of program areas including law enforcement, prosecution and court programs, prevention and education programs, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, crime victim and witness initiatives, and planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs.
 
Charles County is eligible for $45,626 through this grant, which combines the Byrne Formula and Local Law Enforcement Block grant programs to provide agencies with the flexibility to prioritize and place justice funds where they are needed most. The program allows states, tribes, and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own local needs and conditions.
 
The Sheriff’s Office invites anyone wishing to make comments or review the JAG application to contact Karlee Adams, Grant Coordinator, at 301-609-3279. All comments should be made by August 31, 2021.
 
The CCSO was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) in 2001 and has since earned the highest rating of Excellence. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visit www.ccso.us.
 
Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app, which can be found in the Android Store and Apple store by searching P3tips. For more information about the P3 program, click on this link: www.p3intel.com. 

Flags Ordered Lowered for John William Quade, Jr., Former St. Mary's County Delegate

LEONARDTOWN, MD - This is to advise that the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County have ordered the Maryland State flag and St. Mary’s County flag lowered to half-staff effective immediately and returned to full-staff at sunset on August 5, 2021, in respect of The Honorable John William Quade, Jr., former St. Mary’s County Delegate, who passed away on July 29, 2021.
 
The Honorable John William Quade, Jr. will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery later this year.
 
The Commissioners grieve the loss of Mr. Quade and extend their deepest sympathies to the family.

Van Hollen Secures Maryland Wins in Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the newly-released text of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal:  

 

“Our nation is at a critical juncture. As we work to beat this pandemic and build a stronger and more inclusive economy, we must seize this opportunity to generate more good-paying jobs, tackle the climate crisis, and ensure that every American has a chance for a bright future. While we already provided emergency relief to our families, small businesses, and workers in the American Rescue Plan, this Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal is the first major step to ensuring that we are not just building back, but building back better.

 

“This deal includes key elements of President Biden’s American Jobs Plan, such as large investments in modernizing and expanding our infrastructure – including our transit systems, railways, and clean water systems – and repairing our roads, bridges, and tunnels. Importantly, it also has critical investments to build the backbone for a modern, 21st Century economy, including funds to expand broadband to end the digital divide and to build out our clean energy grid and electric charging stations. 

 

“I was also proud to secure key elements in this plan to support Maryland directly – including provisions I authored to re-unite communities that had been split apart by 1960s federal transportation projects like the Highway to Nowhere in West Baltimore. We also secured $238 million in funding for the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program, reauthorized the $150 million annual federal contribution for WMATA for another ten years, and included provisions I wrote to better protect our frontline transit workers. We also succeeded in including a provision to keep federal funding for the Baltimore Red Line metro project alive, despite the Governor’s decision to pull the plug on this crucial investment. In addition, as I highlighted with Secretary Buttigieg in Baltimore last week, this deal provides a $17 billion investment in ports across the country. The Port of Baltimore is a key asset to our state and a powerful engine for jobs throughout the Baltimore area. Finally, even before the pandemic began, I was working to connect every student, household, and business with high-speed internet and expand the use of clean energy – and those investments in this bill will help keep Marylanders at the cutting edge of the global economy. 

 

“The Bipartisan Infrastructure bill will be an important step forward, but it is only a portion of the Build Back Better agenda. We must also pass a much more aggressive plan to meet the climate crisis; adopt the key elements of President Biden’s American Families Plan; and cut the rising costs of prescription drugs, health care, child care, and other essentials for American families. Republicans have opposed that part of the President’s plan, but we are determined to get it all done for America’s workers, families, small businesses, students, and seniors. Taken together, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and the American Families Plan will help build a more inclusive economy with more shared prosperity for all.”

 

In his role on the Appropriations and Budget Committees, Senator Van Hollen worked to secure the following in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal:

·       Provisions of his, Senator Cardin, and Senator Carper’s Reconnecting Communities Act to remove harmful infrastructure projects of the past in order to reunite neighborhoods. The legislation was based on a pilot program Senator Van Hollen authored in 2019 aimed at addressing the Highway to Nowhere in West Baltimore.

·       $238 million in funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay and meet the pollution reduction targets of the Bay Agreement.

·       Provisions of his Transit Worker and Pedestrian Protection Act to help improve safety for frontline transit workers and commuters.

·       $42.250 billion to expand broadband to get more Americans across the country online and $14.2 billion to make broadband more affordable for low-income Americans.

·       Reauthorization of WMATA at $150 million annually and provisions to strengthen the WMATA Inspector General’s authority in order to improve oversight and safety. This funding continues the investment the federal government authorized in 2008 via then-Congressman Van Hollen’s bipartisan amendment to the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act.

·       $8 billion for Capital Investment Grants, the Federal Transit Administration program that supports the Purple Line and had previously supported the Red Line project in Baltimore City and language to ensure consideration of projects previously in the program, such as the Red Line.

·       $17 billion for ports across the country. The Port of Baltimore is a key asset to our state and powerful economic driver for Baltimore and the region.

Lane Shift Will Assist MDOT SHA Improvement Project At Point Lookout State Park Tuesday

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The MDOT SHA has announced a lane shift project will begin in St. Mary’s County on August 3.
 
“The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is preparing to temporarily shift traffic along MD 5 (Point Lookout Road) in St. Mary’s County between Camp Brown Road and the Point Lookout State Park entrance Tuesday, August 3, as part of the $24 million project to enhance safety along the roadway. Part of Governor Larry Hogan’s $1.97 billion investment in highways and bridges, the project widens the 2.2-mile section of MD 5 from south of Camp Brown Road to the entrance to Point Lookout State Park, creating better and safer access for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers visiting the park. The lane shift is expected to be in place through early 2022. 
 
Portable variable message signs are providing advance notification of the upcoming traffic shift, and construction barrels will guide motorists through the work zone. MDOT SHA’s contractor Corman Kokosing Construction Company of Annapolis Junction is performing the work. Customers with questions about this project may contact the MDOT SHA District 5 office at 410-841-1000 or toll-free at 1-800-331-5603. Drivers should remain alert for equipment, work crews and changing traffic patterns.”
 
For more information on this project visit, https://mdot-sha-md5-causeway-to-camp-brown-rd-sm7745118-maryland.hub.arcgis.com/.

Fatal Collision in Charlotte Hall Under Investigation

Sheriff’s Office responded to the reported motor vehicle collision with a vehicle on fire in the 30000 block of Three Notch Road, at the intersection of Golden Beach Road, in Charlotte Hall. Deputies arrived on scene and located one vehicle engulfed in flames, with at least one occupant inside the vehicle. Members of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and continued the investigation.
 
Preliminary investigation determined a 2008 Subaru Outback operated by Aleksandar Andreev Ivanchev, age 38 of Lexington Park, was traveling north bound on Three Notch Road at a high rate of speed. Ivanchev continued through a solid red light and struck a 2005 Ford Escape, which was traveling from Golden Beach Road through the intersection of Three Notch Road, with a solid green light. Upon impact, the Ford Escape became engulfed in flames. The Ford Escape was occupied by two individuals, who were pronounced deceased on scene. The identities of the victims are being withheld pending positive identification. Ivanchev suffered incapacitating injuries and was transported from the scene to an area trauma center for treatment.
 
At this time, speed and failing to obey a traffic control device appear to be contributing factors in the collision. Anyone who witnessed the collision or events leading to the collision that have not already provided a statement, are asked to contact Sergeant Sheena Tirpak at (301) 475-4200 extension 78051 or by email at Sheena.Tirpak@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.
 
Download and Share the St. Mary's Sheriff's Office mobile app: https://apps.myocv.com/share/a48820650

Senate Passes Van Hollen-Backed Legislation to Reimburse MD National Guard, MPD & Fund Capitol Police

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, released the following statement regarding the Senate passage of an emergency security supplemental package to fund the U.S. Capitol Police and reimburse Maryland’s National Guard and D.C. Metropolitan Police for their assistance on and following January 6th:  
 
“While our democracy was under attack, members of the U.S. Capitol Police Force, the National Guard, and the D.C. Metropolitan Police stepped up to protect it. These public servants – many of whom I represent – risked their lives and answered the call when our country needed them. Now, our country needs to be there for them. That’s why I worked with my colleagues on the Appropriations Committee to put together this package to fund the U.S. Capitol Police and invest in crucial security improvements. In addition to resources to ensure our U.S. Capitol Police remain on the job, this package provides essential funds to reimburse our Maryland National Guard Members and D.C. Metropolitan Police Department who provided crucial assistance in protecting Capitol. In order to ensure these men and women can continue to serve our nation, I fought to bring this bipartisan compromise to the floor with urgency, and I’m glad we were able to pass it today.”

Wanted Individual-Tyrone Lamont Jackson

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of Tyrone Lamont Jackson, age 37 of no fixed address. Jackson violated the conditions of his release from the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center and is wanted for the charge of escape. Jackson is a black male, 6’1” and weighs 175 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.
 
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Tyrone Lamont Jackson is asked to contact Detective Trevor Teague at (301) 475-4200 extension 78128 or by email at Trevor.Teague@stmarysmd.com. For immediate assistance contact the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office at (301) 475-8008.
 
 
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.
 
Download and Share the St. Mary's Sheriff's Office mobile app: https://apps.myocv.com/share/a48820650

Job Seekers Invited to Explore Employment Opportunities at Calvert County Job Fair

The Calvert County Department of Economic Development will host an in-person job fair on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department, located at 450 Solomons Island Road S. in Prince Frederick.

Job seekers can explore new employment opportunities from an array of Calvert County businesses. Radio personalities T-Bone and Heather will be at the event from 10 a.m. to noon giving away prizes. In addition, all job seekers who visit at least three tables to discuss employment opportunities will receive a ticket for a free ice cream cone from Mrs. Moo’s Corner, who will be onsite, and will also be eligible to win a grand prize gift basket.

Job seekers are encouraged to arrive early, be prepared to interview and have ample copies of their resume. There will be space available to complete applications to submit directly to hiring managers.

The Calvert County Department of Economic Development works to help all businesses succeed, from small, local businesses to large, national enterprises. For information on the Department of Economic Development and the many services the county offers the business community, contact the department at 410-535-4583 or 301-855-1880, or by email at info@ecalvert.com.

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 and YouTube at www.youtube.com/CalvertCountyGov.

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NAS Pax River Requires Masks for All Following CDC, DoD Guidelines

PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, Maryland – NAS Patuxent River leadership announced July 29 the requirement for all on the installation to wear face masks while in buildings on base and government vehicles regardless of vaccination status effective immediately per the Department of Defense’s “Updated Mask Guidance for all DoD Installations and Other Facilities” dated July 28. The move follows the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) announcement July 29 of St. Mary’s County, Maryland’s transition from “moderate” to “substantial” levels of community transmission of the COVID-19 virus. 

The DoD memo states, “In areas of substantial or high community transmission, DoD requires all Service members, Federal employees, onsite contractor employees, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask in an indoor setting in installations and other facilities owned, leased or otherwise controlled by DoD.” 

 

Those who are not fully vaccinated also need to continue to physically distance consistent with applicable CDC and DoD Force Health Protection guidance, according to the memo. 

 

“The action to require masks for all on station once again is not one we take lightly, but it is in the interest of safety,” said Capt. John Brabazon, NAS Patuxent River commanding officer. “The health of our personnel, our families, and our neighbors is paramount to all of us at Pax River. But in the case of COVID, it truly is incumbent upon everyone do what is necessary to keep our community safe.” 

 

The requirement for all on NAS Patuxent River to wear masks comes just a day after the base moved back into HPCON Bravo as a result of rising COVID transmissions in the immediate area and Naval District Washington as a whole. Rising COVID case numbers, particularly among unvaccinated personnel, has driven the need for greater protections against the virus. The Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus has become the predominant strain in many parts of the world and according to CDC estimates, with more than 83 percent of all COVID-19 cases in the U.S. being caused by this strain. The Delta variant is attacking younger, unvaccinated populations in high volumes not previously seen with COVID-19 and other variants. Widespread acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccine provides the best means to defeat this virus and its variants. 

 

For a full version of the DoD’s “Updated Mask Guidance for all DoD Installations and Other Facilities” memo of July 28, visit https://media.defense.gov/2021/Jul/28/2002814362/-1/-1/1/UPDATED-MASK-GUIDELINES-FOR-ALL-DOD-INSTALLATIONS-AND-OTHER-FACILITIES-OSD006862-21-FOD-FINAL.PDF .   

For more information on NAS Patuxent River, follow on social media at www.facebook.com/NASPaxRiver and https://twitter.com/NASPaxRiverPAO 

Calvert County BOCC Statement on Removal of Osprey Nest at Cove Point Park

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – July 28, 2021 – The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has issued the following statement regarding the removal of an osprey nest from a light pole at Cove Point Park:
 
“We have received a number of comments and questions regarding the removal of an osprey nest from a light pole at Cove Point Park.
 
“Because the nest was located in an area adjacent to a ball field, the nest posed a risk to the safety of the public; the light pole at Cove Point Park is not equipped to accommodate the presence of ospreys. The presence of the nest could endanger visitors to Cove Point Park with the risk of falling sticks or other nesting material.
 
“Calvert County Government enlisted the services of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services, through a cooperative services agreement, to remove the nest. Due to the nature of this agreement, Calvert County Government was not consulted or informed as to why or how the decision was made to euthanize the juveniles in the nest rather than relocate. For the safety of the birds we often enlist the services of USDA.
 
“Moving forward we will work to ensure that any ospreys removed from county property will be relocated and will communicate this position with USDA. We appreciate and value the outpouring of concern for our county's natural resources. The county is in the process of installing lights equipped to safely accommodate the presence of ospreys at our parks, to enable wildlife to coexist in our recreation spaces.”

NAS Patuxent River Transitions Back to Health Protection Condition Bravo Beginning July 28

PATUXENT RIVER, Maryland – NAS Patuxent River transitioned from Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Alpha to HPCON Bravo as of 5 p.m. July 28. NAS Patuxent River joins other installations within Naval District Washington to shift back to HPCON Bravo as a result of rising COVID cases. 

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 rising 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.  

At NAS Patuxent River, reports of COVID positive cases among personnel working aboard the installation has remained relatively low. But rising COVID case numbers, particularly among unvaccinated personnel, has driven the need for greater protections against the virus. 

“We’ve seen a rising trend in cases over the last few weeks leading us and other Navy installations in the region to take the protective measure to move back in to HPCON Bravo,” said Capt. John Brabazon NAS Patuxent River commanding officer. “After conferring with our health protection officers and leadership within Naval District Washington it was determined this was the appropriate action to protect our personnel from the continued presence of COVID and the threat from variants of the virus, such as the Delta variant.” 

The Delta variant of the COVID virus has become the predominant strain in many parts of the world and according to CDC estimates, more than 83 percent of all COVID-19 cases in the U.S. are now caused by this strain. The Delta variant is attacking younger, unvaccinated populations in high volumes not previously seen with COVID-19 and other variants. Widespread acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccine provides the best means to defeat this virus and its variants. 

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. Unvaccinated personnel are still required to wear masks in all DoD spaces, and vaccinated personnel are advised to wear masks when in group settings. NAS Patuxent River personnel are instructed to keep their spaces at 50 percent capacity and continue to adhere to safety protocols such as frequent hand washing and social distancing. 

Many programs at NAS Patuxent River that had recently reopened or expanded service under HPCON Alpha will only be minimally impacted and remain open with minor changes to service.  

The Trusted Traveler Program remains in effect at NAS Patuxent River, and Gate 3 will remain open. Gate sentries will continue to check ID’s using the “no-touch” method. 

The Navy Exchange will remain open, with limited seating at its Food Court. 

Some MWR programs are not impacted in the shift back to HPCON Bravo; the Center Stage Theater remains open with limited capacity, and outdoor activities, such as the Outdoor Pool, golf course, pavilions, and playgrounds remain open. 

 

The NAS Patuxent River Drill Hall will remain open to all with regular access, but will require reservations again beginning July 29. Reservations can be made by logging on to https://www.navymwrpaxriver.com/programs/114b99d9-a1c6-47ff-8443-3358ef8b87f1 and clicking the “Please Click Here to Register” link or contacting the Drill Hall directly at 301-757-3943. Group exercise classes will continue but be limited in size to facilitate social distancing.    

 

“Thanks to our previous HPCON safety efforts, we’ve been below the safe capacity threshold at the Drill Hall and other MWR locations, so the shift to HPCON Bravo will not dramatically affect our services,” said Jeff Sias, NAS Patuxent River Fleet and Family Readiness director. “We continue to follow all CDC and DoD COVID safety guidelines. If any further measures are necessary, we’ll communicate them to our patrons.” 

For more information on Pax River’s MWR programs, visit https://www.navymwrpaxriver.com/covid-19-update . For more information on NAS Patuxent River, follow on social media at www.facebook.com/NASPaxRiver and https://twitter.com/NASPaxRiverPAO . 

Crime Solvers Offering Cash Reward for Identity of Suspect in Robbery Case

On July 4 at 5:15 a.m., two suspects entered a diner in the 6300 block of Crain Highway in La Plata. They confronted an employee who was getting ready to open the business, announced a robbery, and stabbed the employee in the neck with an unknown object. The suspects fled in a vehicle without taking any money. The employee sustained a superficial wound to his neck and was treated on the scene. The driver of the vehicle was located a short time later and arrested by patrol officers; the passenger had fled from the car. Detectives are trying to identify the passenger. He is approximately 35-40-years-old, and between 5’4” – 5’6” in height; a photograph of the passenger is attached.
 
The driver, Jose Nery Garcia Guevara, 35, of Waldorf, was charged with robbery, first-degree assault, and other related charges. Anyone with information about the identity of the passenger is asked to contact Det. A. Singh at 301- 609-6471. Tipsters who want 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. A cash reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to the identity of the passenger and arrest. The investigation is ongoing.

July 27th Charles County Commissioners Meeting Update

On Tuesday, July 27, Charles County Health Officer Dr. Dianna E. Abney provided an update on COVID-19 in Charles County. She announced that there will be a Pfizer Back-to-School Vaccine Clinic on Saturday, July 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. at the Charles County Department of Health (4545 Crain Hwy, White Plains). There are many other vaccination clinics available throughout the county, and the public can visit the Department of Health’s website for information on upcoming dates and locations. Residents can make their own vaccination appointments and walk-ins are accepted. For a list of pharmacies and other vaccination clinics available, visit the State of Maryland’s website.

 

University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center provided an update on current COVID-19 hospitalizations and staff COVID-19 testing and vaccinations. Chief of Media Services Jennifer Harris provided an update on the county’s communications efforts. Charles County Public Schools Director of School Safety and Security Jason Stoddard provided an update on the schools continuing screening program for summer youth program and gathering personal protective equipment for next school year.

 

Open Session Briefings  

Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) representatives provided an annual update on the MACo 2021 Legislative Session, which included accelerated broadband buildout, delivering front-line public health resources, defending county budget security, protecting $10.2 million in disparity grant funding for local services, and keeping environmental rules smart and effective.
United Way of Southern Maryland representatives provided an update on the merger of the United Ways of Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary’s and the request for the County Commissioners to lease United Way of Southern Maryland prime space in the county seat.
Department of Planning and Growth Management staff provided a presentation on a petition for Indian Head Manor Section One-Inman Utilities. County Commissioners approved setting a public hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m.
County Attorney Wes Adams and Department of Planning and Growth Management Director Deborah Carpenter provided a presentation on Bill 2021-05 Amendment to Agricultural Reconciliation Committee. County Commissioners approved five members on the committee, introducing the bill, and setting a public hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m.
Planner III Kirby Blass and Planning Director Jim Campbell provided a presentation on Bill 2021-06 Zoning Text Amendment 21-161 Private Elementary and Secondary School. County Commissioners approved introducing the amendment and setting a public hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m.
Department of Emergency Services Director Michelle Lilly provided a presentation on the Charles County New Normal Task Force. The County Government buildings are operating in Phase III, which includes building and infrastructure modifications and defining customer/visitor contact protocols to keep residents and employees safe. Chief of Media Services Jen Harris and Lead Video Producer Brent Huber provided Commissioner meeting options. County Commissioners accepted staff recommendations to continue holding regular Commissioner meetings virtually; shifting to in-person meetings for public hearings, town halls, and other public meetings; and incorporating hybrid meetings with both in-person and virtual participants on an as-needed basis.
Associate County Attorney II Danielle Mitchell provided a presentation on the requirements for the Maryland State House Bill 670 Police Accountability Review Board. The Board of County Commissioners is required to establish an Accountability Board to receive civilian complaints of police misconduct against any law enforcement agency in the county, and to work with law enforcement agencies to improve policing in the county. Additionally, the Board of County Commissioners must make appointments to a Charging Committee that will review civilian complaints of police misconduct and determine whether an officer should be administratively charged. The Board of Commissioners is also tasked with appointing to a Trial Board that will hear appeals submitted by officers subject to discipline for misconduct. The Board of Commissioners agreed to review options for the membership criteria of the Accountability Board at an upcoming Commissioners’ Meeting in September.
Associate County Attorney II Danielle Mitchell provided a presentation on the Maryland State House Bill 655 Elections-County Commissioner and County Boards of Education. County Commissioners will have a follow-up work session on the bill in the fall season.
 

Follow-Up Work Session

County Commissioners participated in a follow-up work session with the Department of Planning and Growth Management staff on Bill 2021-02 Zoning Text Amendment 19-154 Single-Family Attached Residential and Multi-Family. The discussion focused on whether or not to reduce the masonry requirement from 60 percent to 40 percent and its potential effect on home values; the use of polymeric, fiber cement, and vinyl siding; the average and maximum number of units for town homes; paths and access for trash cans outside of town homes; and fire safety. County Commissioners recommended a follow-up work session to consider a revised draft that addresses these concerns raised during the work session. 

 

County Commissioners also participated in a follow-up work session with the Department of Planning and Growth Management staff on Zoning Map Amendment 20-01 Wintergreen Rural Conservation to Commercial Village. The rezoning applicant contended that a mistake was made in 1992 when the property was zoned as Rural Conservation and the applicant identified the Commercial Village zone as the correct zone. County Commissioners discussed whether an error was made during the 1992 comprehensive rezoning, concluded a mistake was not made, and rejected the zoning map amendment.

 

Approval Items

Commissioners also approved:

A fiscal 2021 budget transfer request of $24,500 to cover septic reimbursement program costs.
A fiscal 2021 budget transfer request of $220,000 to offset the negative fund balance in the Recreation Enterprise Fund.
A fiscal 2022 budget transfer request of $550,000 to cover bid amount that was greater than budgeted for the Clifton Wastewater Treatment Plant construction and improvements.
A fiscal 2021 budget transfer request of $46,330 to move funding for the acoustical panel installation at the Waldorf Senior and Recreational Center to a capital project. 
A fiscal 2022 budget amendment of $99,000 to utilize funds that were reserved for business incentives to the United States Bomb Tech Association location in the Town of Indian Head.
A letter to Verizon about broadband accessibility in the county.
A letter of support for the Discovery Lane grant application for the Neighborhood Business Works Program within the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.
A memorandum of understanding between the State of Maryland, Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Charles County Board of County Commissioners for funding for the existing broadband network expansion.
The Resolution 2021-11 Support Medicare for All of 2021.
A request for public hearings on required Community Development Block Grant follow-up update for Angels Watch Family Shelter and United Way’s COVID-19 Rental Assistance program on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 5 p.m. 
A request to introduce Bill 2021-07 Excise Tax Enactment Applicability and a request to set a public hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m.
 

Proclamations

National Black Business Month
National Immunization Month
 

Public Hearing

County Commissioners also provided a virtual public hearing on draft Resolution 2021-12 Amendments to the Solid Waste Management Plan. County Commissioners approved the resolution.

 

Next Commissioners Session: Sept. 14, 2021 (held virtually) 

 

Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258. 

Calvert Library Shares COVID Information

Unfortunately, COVID is ramping back up locally.  The Delta variant is now the dominant strain of COVID in Maryland and it multiplies faster, generates a higher number of viral particles and attaches to our cells more effectively than the alpha variant. Studies have shown that the Delta variant is 80% more likely to require hospitalization than the original COVID strain.  According to the Calvert Health Department’s Facebook post on July 28, 2021, “An unvaccinated person is 6-times more likely to get sick and 30-times more likely to end up in the hospital than a vaccinated person of the same age and general health.”  Vaccines continue to be available from the Health Department and appointments are easy to get through https://www.calvertcountycovid19.com/vaccination or by calling 410-535-5400x388.
 
The CDC recommends masks indoors in public, even for fully vaccinated people, in areas of substantial or high transmission. While our increasing positivity numbers thankfully don’t meet the “substantial transmission” levels, Calvert Library wants all our customers to stay healthy and, in partnership with Calvert County Health Department, is recommending that customers and staff wear a mask in indoor public spaces regardless of vaccination status.  It’s a simple thing we can do to help keep transmission and hospital rates low in Calvert County.
 
For more information, call Robyn Truslow at 410-535-0291.

Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

During the week of July 19– July 25, deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,500 calls for service throughout the community. 
 
Animal Complaint: 21-41465
On July 25, 2021, DFC Gilmore responded 5th Street between Chesapeake Ave and Bay Ave in North Beach to assist MDFC Cress with a dog locked in an unattended vehicle.  Upon arrival, DFC Gilmore observed a four door passenger car bearing DC tags, with all of the windows up, sunroof closed, and a small white dog inside the vehicle with no water source. Deputy Cress removed the dog from the vehicle and placed it in his patrol car. Deputies noted the outdoor temperature at the time was 87 degrees, but observed the temperature inside the vehicle noticeably warmer. Animal Control responded and took possession of the dog.
 
Animal Complaint: 21-41461
On July 25, 2021, Deputy Gilmore responded to 4160 Mears Ave in Chesapeake Beach for the report of a dog locked in an unattended vehicle, a U-Haul rental van. Upon arrival, Deputy Gilmore observed a white, Pit Bull style puppy inside a small pet crate in the cargo area of the van. The puppy was lying on his back, panting hard and appeared to be in distress. Deputy Gilmore removed the dog from the crate, leashed him, and gave him some cool water. The dog was not wearing a collar and no collar/leash was found in the vehicle. Animal Control responded and took possession of the puppy.
 
Damaged Property: 21-40602
On July 21, 2021, Deputy Contic responded to Calvert Marina located at 14485 Dowell Road in Solomons for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised sometime between July 17 and July 19, unknown suspect(s) removed multiple wooden handrail posts in the pavilion. The estimated value of damaged property is $500.00.
 
Theft: 21-41045
 
On July 23, 2021, Cpl. Jacobs received report of a theft. The complainant came to the Sheriff’s Office to report unknown suspect(s) stole his handicapped placard from his vehicle parked in the 2800 block of Beach Drive in Huntingtown. The estimated value of stolen property is unknown at this time.
 
Theft: 21-41277
On July 24, 2021, Cpl. Jacobs responded to 1300 block of Flag Harbor Blvd. in St. Leonard for report of a theft from an auto.  The complainant advised sometime between July 22 at 3 p.m. and July 23 at 11 a.m., unknown suspects stole a pair of black framed Diff sunglasses from her vehicle. The estimated value of stolen property is unknown at this time. 
 
ARRESTS
On July 21, 2021, Deputy Strong responded to the 3300 block of Broomes Island Road in Port Republic for the report of an auto accident with property damage. Deputy Strong arrived on scene to discover an unoccupied vehicle off the roadway into a ditch. The driver of the vehicle, identified as Patrick Dorelle Brooks, 41 of Chesapeake Beach, MD was located 50 yards from the crash site. A search of the vehicle revealed a white powdery substance (suspected cocaine) stored in two clear baggies in pain view, in addition to multiple empty miniature bottles of liquor and multiple open beer bottles. Brooks was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession- Not Marijuana.
 
On July 20, 2021, Deputy W. McDowell conducted a traffic stop in the area Rt. 260 and Boyd’s Turn Road in Owings. Contact was made with the occupants of the vehicle and it was revealed that one of the passengers, Canzania LaMarie Hall, 22 of Chesapeake Beach, MD, was wanted on an active warrant through Maryland State Police (MSP). A search of the vehicle revealed, several cut straws containing a white powdery residue (suspected cocaine) throughout the vehicle, in addition to a plastic bag of suspected cocaine and a paper rolled cigarette containing suspected marijuana. Hall was placed into the custody of MSP due to her active warrant. A secondary search revealed one plastic bag containing a white powdery substance (suspected cocaine) and one plastic bag containing suspected marijuana on Hall’s person. Hall was then transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where she was charged CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana.
 
On July 24, 2021, Deputy Sturdivant conducted a traffic stop in the area of Rt. 260 and Kidwell Lane in Owings. Contact was made with the driver who failed to provide a valid driver’s license and initially provided a false name and date of birth. A search of the vehicle revealed a plastic bag containing a white powdery substance (suspected cocaine), a metal spoon with a white powdery residue, and a scale. A further search revealed a Rock Island 1911 45 caliber handgun located in a backpack that was placed next to a small child in the rear of the vehicle. The driver, later identified as Joseph Jomal McGainey, 32 of Brandywine, MD had an active warrant through Charles County. McGainey was arrested and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with multiple gun charges, child neglect, and traffic related offenses.

Fatal Crash in Huntingtown

On July 26, 2021 at approximately 6:42 p.m., members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Bureau responded to a serious motor vehicle accident along Rt. 4 near the intersection of Huntingtown High School in Huntingtown, MD.
Upon arrival, units located a single vehicle, a Chevy Equinox that had crashed into the guardrail on the northbound side of Rt. 4, with the driver and sole occupant suffering from serious injuries. 
Members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Team responded and assumed the investigation. 
Preliminary investigation revealed, the driver identified as Robin Young, 57 of Glen Burnie, MD, was traveling along southbound Rt. 4 and for unknown reasons veered off the roadway and struck the guardrail. Medical personnel removed Young from the vehicle and began life-saving measures. Young was transported to University of Maryland Capital Regional Medical Center where she was later pronounced deceased.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or any events leading up to it, is asked to please contact DFC. Ostazeski of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Team at Andrew.ostazeski@calvertcountymd.gov or (410) 535-2800 ext. 2132.
 
 
 

Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Multiple Robberies

LA PLATA, MD—Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on Monday, July 26, 2021, Charles County Circuit Court Judge H. James West sentenced Dashawn Fitzgerald Thomason, 19, of Waldorf, to 15 years in prison for Armed Robbery, Use of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime of Violence, Robbery, and two counts of Conspiracy to Commit Robbery.
 
On May 11, 2021, Thomason entered a guilty plea to the aforementioned charges.
 
On September 16, 2020, officers responded to the 3000 block of Pilgrims Square in Waldorf for the report of an armed robbery. An investigation revealed that victim Rommel Inman arranged to meet with an individual to purchase marijuana. During the transaction, three male suspects approached Inman and assaulted him. The suspects demanded that Inman give them money and other belongings. One of the suspects produced a handgun. After the suspects received the belongings, they fled. 
 
On October 9, 2020, officers made contact with another victim, Ronnell Benson, and a witness. Benson reported that he was contacted by Thomason, a former schoolmate, via Instagram to film a music video for his friend, later identified as co-defendant Joshua Reginald Michael-Leech.
 
Benson arrived at the 3000 block of Gallery Place in Waldorf and began filming Michael-Leech. During filming, another male suspect put Benson in a chokehold. Michael-Leech then demanded Benson’s belongings. Benson gave his camera and equipment, as well as other items.
 
In a separate incident on October 20, 2020, officers responded to the CVS Pharmacy located in the 3800 block of Leonardtown Road in Waldorf for the report of an armed robbery. Upon arrival, they made contact with victim Umar Ali, who reported he was just robbed at gunpoint and physically assaulted for his belongings. He stated prior to the robbery, he was speaking with a former classmate, co-defendant Pasheun Monique Perry, in her vehicle located in the CVS parking lot. While in the vehicle, Ali was placed in a chokehold by a suspect in the backseat. Two other male suspects, one determined to be Thomason, began punching him, and demanding his belongings. Ali was transported to the hospital for treatment of the injuries he sustained during the robbery.
 
A week later, on October 27, 2020, officers made contact with another victim, Prince Sherman. Sherman reported being robbed at gunpoint in the 3000 block of Gallery Place in Waldorf. An investigation revealed that Thomason, a former schoolmate, reached out to Sherman via Instagram under the guise of being interested in purchasing expensive hoodies. Thomason provided Sherman with a location for the exchange. When Sherman arrived, Thomason was present. Two other male suspects began to approach Sherman. One pulled out a gun, pointed it at him, and demanded his belongings. A woman who was in Sherman’s vehicle attempted to flee once she saw the robbery take place. She was stopped by one of the suspects, who demanded her cellphone. She gave the phone to him out of fear for her safety.
 
On November 4, 2020, a search warrant was conducted at Thomason’s residence. During the search, a handgun, property of Inman and Benson, as well as other firearm paraphernalia were recovered. Thomason admitted to his involvement in all the robberies.
 
Before sentencing Thomason to fifteen years, Judge West stated, “This is a major case and what this case has is calculation and planning. It involves luring people who trusted him enough to be lured, who considered him a friend. The victims in this case have been greatly affected by this and the community has been affected by this.”
 
 

Local Public Health Advisory: Recent Rise in COVID-19 Cases

LEONARDTOWN, MD (July 27, 2021) - Ongoing surveillance of local COVID-19 data by the St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) has shown a recent increase in several key indicators, including:
Total cases of COVID-19 in St. Mary’s County residents: 7,536 (+85 in past 7 days)  
Number of Breakthrough Cases: 63 (+19 in the past 7 days, 43% increase)
Identified Variants of Concern in St. Mary’s County: 
B.1.1.7 (Alpha): 58 
P.1 (Gamma): 5
B.1.617.2 (Delta): 3
New Case Rate per 100,000: 10.56 (+4.22 in past 7 days, 67% increase) 
Percentage Confirmed Positive (PCR) Cases: 9.35 (+5.55 in past 7 days, 146% increase)
 SMCHD strongly urges all community members who are not yet fully vaccinated to wear masks in indoor group settings and to get vaccinated if they are age eligible. COVID-19 vaccinations are provided to anyone age 12 and older at the SMCHD main office in Leonardtown. Appointments are highly recommended; walk-ups will be accepted as vaccine supply allows. For more information or to make a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, please visit smchd.org/covid-19-vaccine or call (301) 475-4330.
 
Additionally, SMCHD recommends that all community members, even those who are vaccinated, continue to take actions to protect themselves and prevent the spread of COVID-19, including:
Wearing a well fitted mask indoors among people who do not live with you 
Avoiding large crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces
Washing your hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer
Avoiding close contact with people who are sick, or others if you are sick
 “The recent sharp rise in new COVID-19 cases, including breakthrough cases in those fully vaccinated, is a very troubling sign of increasing community spread,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “The vast majority of new illnesses and hospitalizations are happening in unvaccinated people. While not 100%, we know vaccines are incredibly effective, including against COVID-19 variants. If you’re not yet vaccinated, please get vaccinated and wear a mask when indoors with people outside your household. If you’re fully vaccinated, consider wearing masks indoors in public settings to decrease your risk of breakthrough COVID-19 infection as the rates of COVID-19 are quickly increasing in our community.”
 
Community members showing any sign or symptom of COVID-19 should get tested within 24-48 hours, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection. Asymptomatic persons exposed to COVID-19 who are not yet fully vaccinated are also encouraged to get tested. For more information on testing locations and hours, including rapid PCR testing, please visit smchd.org/covid-19-testing. 
 
Local updates and information on COVID-19 prevention, symptoms, and more are available at smchd.org/coronavirus. Community members may view the most up-to-date local COVID-19 data at smchd.org/covid-19-data.

Robbery/Arson in Mechanicsville Under Investigation

On July 25, 2021, at approximately 4:39 a.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 28200 block of Three Notch Road in Mechanicsville, for a hold-up alarm activation. Deputies arrived on scene and located the employee/victim outside and heavy smoke inside the business. The victim advised a male suspect entered the business and demanded money. The victim cooperated and provided the suspect with an undisclosed amount of money. As the suspect was fleeing the business, an incendiary device was thrown inside the business.
 
Detectives and Crime Lab personnel from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division as well as members from the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office responded to the scene and continued the investigation.
 
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Detective Warren Forinash at (301) 475-4200 extension 78072 or by email at Warren.Forinash@stmarysmd.com. Information can also be provided to the Southern Regional Office of the State Fire Marshal at (443) 550-6820.
 
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.

Department of Recreation and Parks Announces Return to Regular Operations for Elms Beach Park

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Department of Recreation and Parks announces that the excess grass removal project at Elms Beach is complete. Elms Beach Park has fully reopened with regular operating hours of 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. seven days a week.
 
As a reminder, once capacity is reached at the park, additional patrons will not be allowed to enter until others leave the park. All entry must come through the main entrance gate. No one may enter the beach area through the waterways.
 
Elms Beach Park is staffed, and admission is charged on weekends and holidays from the first Saturday in May through Labor Day. The Per vehicle, St. Mary’s County resident fee is $7, and the non-resident per car fee is $25.
 
For more information on Elms Beach Park, please visit the website at www.stmarysmd.com/docs/elmsbeachpark.pdf

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