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Expanded COVID-19 Testing Announced for 9-25-20 & 9-26-20

The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) will offer expanded COVID-19 testing on Friday, September 25, 2020 and Saturday, September 26, 2020, as follows:
 
Friday, September 25, 2020
 
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
SMCHD Main Office: 21580 Peabody Street in Leonardtown
Harm Reduction Program Office: 46035 Signature Lane in Lexington Park (co-located with U-Haul Moving & Storage)
Saturday, September 26, 2020
 
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
SMCHD Main Office Only: 21580 Peabody Street, Leonardtown
Regular testing hours for both locations (Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) will resume on Monday, September 28, 2020. 
Visit www.smchd.org/covid-19-testing for more information.
 
SMCHD COVID-19 Testing:
 
Walk up for testing, parking is available
Appointment-free
No doctor’s order needed
Free of Charge (no out-of-pocket cost, co-payment, co-insurance, etc.)
Bring health insurance information and identification, if possible – Uninsured community members are welcome
Who should get tested?
 
Anyone showing signs or symptoms of COVID-19
Close contacts (even if they do not have symptoms) of persons who have COVID-19
Those attending events where social distancing is not maintained
Anyone returning from out-of-state travel, particularly from areas with rising case rates
Community members without symptoms (asymptomatic) may also get tested
Please visit the SMCHD website for local COVID-19 updates, data, and information at www.smchd.org/coronavirus or call SMCHD at (301) 475-4330.

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Update: Officers Searching For Critical Missing Elderly Man (Photo)

Update: Mr. Kavala has been located safe and unharmed.

 

OFFICERS SEARCHING FOR CRITICAL MISSING ELDERLY MAN: Officers are currently searching for a critical missing man in Waldorf. William Gerard Kavala, 77 of Waldorf, was last seen in the area of Panera Bread on Festival Way in Waldorf at approximately 1:25 p.m. today. He was waiting for his wife to pick up food, but she was unable to locate him when she came out of the restaurant. His family is concerned for his safety. He is driving a 2008 Honda Accord 4-door sedan bearing Maryland registration FOP 5763. Mr. Kavala was last seen wearing dark-colored pants, brown shoes and a blue polo shirt. He walks with a cane and is approximately 5'10" tall and 185 pounds. A Silver Alert has been issued. Anyone with information should call 911.

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COVID-19 Testing Site Moves to the Regency Stadium

On Tuesday, September 29th, COVID-19 testing at the Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) site will end.   Effective Tuesday, October 6, 2020 the Charles County COVID-19 testing site will relocate to Regency Stadium (Blue Crabs Stadium) located at 11765 St Linus Dr, Waldorf, MD 20602.  Drive-thru COVID-19 testing will be held in the stadium parking lot on Tuesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Appointments are required and can be scheduled at covidtest.maryland.gov. 
 
Upon arrival keep windows rolled up and have your ID (driver’s license or passport) ready to show the intake team members.  For further questions about testing, contact the COVID-19 call center at 301-609-6717 Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
 
 

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Charles County Department of Health Announces Drive Through Flu Vaccination Clinics for 2020-2021

The Charles County Department of Health will hold free drive- through community flu vaccination clinics for the 2020-2021 season. The flu vaccinations clinics will be by appointment only.  To schedule an appointment and for further instructions upon arrival contact 301-609-6900 ext. 6018. 

 

Get a Flu Vaccine: CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.  Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.  The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine by the end of October, if possible. 

 

Getting a flu vaccination during the COVID-19 Pandemic: CDC recommends the following precautions:

Practice everyday preventive actions: Cover nose and mouth, wash hands with soap and water, avoid close contact with sick people, if sick stay home
People at high risk or with an illness: Practice everyday preventive actions, visit your primary care doctor, health department or pharmacy in close proximity to your home
Ask questions: Ensure your doctor, pharmacy, or health department are following the CDC vaccination pandemic guidelines 
 

To learn more about ways to protect yourself and your family from the flu, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/index.html and visit https://bit.ly/35WvX62 for frequently asked questions about getting a flu vaccine during the COVID-19 pandemic. For additional information about flu clinics, visit www.CharlesCountyHealth.org or call 301-609-6900 ext. 6018.

 

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Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Announces Local School Systems May Officially Start High School Fall Sports Beginning October 7, 2020

BALTIMORE — Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Karen B. Salmon, Ph.D. today announced the ability for each local school system (LSS) to officially start the interscholastic athletic fall season in Maryland secondary schools beginning Wednesday, October7, 2020. 

 

The decision of the State Superintendent was reached after recent discussions with the State Board of Education, the 24 local school system
Superintendents, the Executive Director of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA), parents, and other stakeholders. Additional considerations included current health metrics and guidance provided by the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) as Maryland
continues to operate in the early portion of Stage Three of its Roadmap to Recovery plan.

 

Local school systems, at their discretion, may opt into commencing a fall competition season or playing all three sport seasons within the Two-Semester Plan option announced by the MPSSAA on September 11, 2020.  By electing to begin fall sports now, LSSs have the ability to start competitions on October 27, 2020, and play into the second week of December.  The decision also affords greater opportunities for winter and spring sport competition during the 2020-2021 academic year.  Complete information about both options may be found at www.mpssaa.org.

 

The MPSSAA, on July 7, 2020, released a Roadmap for the Return of Interscholastic Athletics to guide LSSs in the immediate preparation for the anticipated
return of interscholastic athletics and extracurricular activities.  All LSSs are encouraged, as soon as possible, to begin conditioning sessions in preparation
for the first official fall practice sessions. For more information on safely reopening Maryland schools, visit http://governor.maryland.gov/recovery-schools.

 

Get the latest reliable information on the coronavirus outbreak from the Maryland Department of Health at https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/

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Charles County Delegation Will Hear Proposals From The Public For 2021 General Assembly Legislative Bond Initiatives

Annapolis, MD -- Chair of the Charles County Delegation, Delegate Edith J. Patterson, has announced that the delegation will hear proposals from the public for 2021 General Assembly Legislative Bond Initiatives (formerly, called Bond Bills).  This Virtual Public Hearing will be held Monday, October 26, 2020, beginning at 6:00 p.m. via Microsoft Teams.
 
Per the Guidelines:  With the support of a legislative sponsor, any applicant may request funding from the General Assembly for a capital project. The number and type of projects funded by the General Assembly is limited – requests for funding greatly exceed available resources each year. In some years, the total amount requested for local capital projects has exceeded 10 times the available resources. Thus, the eligibility and priority of sponsored projects is heavily scrutinized to ensure that State-authorized funds will be expended expeditiously.
 
Eligibility Criteria:
 
Projects must meet certain criteria in order to be eligible for funding consideration.
 
• A Project Must Be Capital in Nature: A capital project deals with land and/or structures.  Capital projects do not include items such as employee salaries, benefits, expendable equipment (i.e., automobiles), or operating costs.
 
• A Project Must Have a Useful Life of 15 Years: Capital projects, including LBIs, must have a useful life greater than or equal to the life of the bonds sold to finance the project, which are limited by the State Constitution to 15 years. Items such as automobiles and computers do not have a useful life of 15 years. A group that is leasing land and/or a structure relating to the proposed capital project must demonstrate that the lease will extend for 15 years or more.
 
• A Project Must Serve a Public Purpose: Capital funds may be distributed to private organizations but must be used for projects with a public purpose.
 
• Project Funds May Not Be Used for Religious Purposes: No portion of the proceeds of a loan or any of the matching fund provided for a project may be used (1) for the furtherance of sectarian religious instruction; (2) in connection with the design, acquisition, construction, or equipping of any building used or to be used as a place of sectarian religious worship or instruction; or (3) in connection with any program or department of divinity for any religious denomination. If the LBI request supports a religious organization, the applicant should be prepared to submit a letter certifying that the funds will not be used in furtherance of sectarian purposes.
 
If you wish to present a Legislative Bond Initiative Request, please access the Maryland General Assembly website at http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Budget/BondInitiatives and select Documents.  The options of Guidelines, Request Form and How To Request a Legislative Bond Initiative appear.  Request Forms must be submitted to me no later than Thursday, October 22nd to appear on the Agenda.
 
All citizens are welcome to attend and make their views known on any legislative bond bill initiative. For further information, or to Register to Attend, email Edith.Patterson@house.state.md.us. 

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Commissioners Release 2020 State of the County Video and Executive Summary

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The 2020 State of the County video and Executive Summary are online for viewing at https://www.stmarysmd.com/pio/stateofthecounty/.

 

The video report compilation from St. Mary’s County department directors and the county administrator reviews accomplishments from the past fiscal year, including the county government COVID-19 response.

 

The Executive Summary, as presented by County Administrator Rebecca Bridgett, details the Commissioner budget, highlights capital improvement projects and details the past year’s work by county staff.

 

Commissioner President Randy Guy said, “There’s no question that this last year has been challenging, but every department has risen to the challenge, and not only worked hard but also found creative ways to adapt and rise to COVID-19 challenges. I am proud of the many staff members who consistently bring their best to serve St. Mary’s County.”

 

Links to past videos and summaries are also available on the State of the County webpage.

 

For more information, please contact the Public Information Office at 301-475-4200, ext. 1342.

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Charles County Department of Health Announces CARES Act Funding for Small Businesses

The Charles County Department of Health is allocating a portion of its federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds for small business support.  The notice of funding opportunity will be announced on Monday, September 28, 2020.

 

The grants are intended to provide ready funding to the small businesses who have had to address the direct impact of business interruption due to COVID-19. Establishing a small business grant program to assist with these impacts will help both small businesses and Charles County Department of Health recover from this unprecedented public health emergency.

 

Applications will be evaluated on a rolling first come, first serve basis.  A team from the department of health will review applications and recommend awards.

 

A dedicated CARES Act Relief Fund button is located on the main navigation of the county government site homepage. Applicants can proceed to a set of fillable fields providing the basis and amounts for the grant requests and other related business information. A confirmation email will be generated when the completed application is received.

 

The process will remain open until all allocated funds are awarded. For more information, contact Kwanza Sykes, CARES Act Project Manager at kwanza.sykes@maryland.gov.

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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Looking For Missing Man

The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office is seeking information on the whereabouts of missing person Joseph Alexander Courtney, M-B-01/29/94 (26y/o), possibly operating a Ford Taurus, gray, “Salt Life” sticker on back, MD FBY0373.  Please contact the Sheriff's Office with any information at 301-475-8008.

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Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Blotter

(Prince Frederick, MD) – The below incidents, investigations, and arrests are, in part, demonstrative of
the Prince Frederick Barrack’s effort to ensure that Calvert County is a safe place to live, work, and
visit.
 
2nd Degree Assault - On September 6, 2020, Tpr. Moorman was dispatched to 12459 Rousby Hall Rd, Lusby, Maryland, for a reported 2nd degree assault that had already occurred. Upon arrival, Tpr. Moorman made contact with the complainant, Jasmine Taylor Ashley, DOB: 09/22/1995. Ashley stated that her roommate, Karen Marie Schofield, DOB: 08/15/1957, was extremely intoxicated and had assaulted her. Tpr. Moorman observed signs of injury to Ashley’s right upper arm. Ashley had multiple bruises on her right arm from where Schofield had grabbed her. Schofield was arrested for2nd degree assault and transported to CCDC without incident.
 
2nd Degree Domestic Assault – On September 14, 2020, Tpr. Moorman responded to the Naval Recreation Center for a reported assault. Jasmine Nicole Meador (DOB:02/15/1995), advised her husband, Travis Wayne Meador (DOB: 05/29/1995), became extremely intoxicated while camping and physically assaulted her. Visible signs of injury were observed on Jasmine, and Travis was arrested and formally charged with Second Degree Assault at CCDC.
 
Traffic Stop / Warrant / False Name - Traffic stop on MD - 69R569, the Driver -Danielle
Elaine Gilbert (DOB: 07/21/1992) and the Passenger - Joseph Roy Jones (DOB: 01/18/1988). Jonesinitially gave a false middle name. It was found that Jones had an active warrant through the PF Barrack for FTA -CDS Not Marijuana (U3-23789). Jones was served with the warrant at CCDC and charged with providing a false name.

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Commissioners Approve 2020 State Homeland Security Grant

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County have approved the 2020 State Homeland Security Grant for the Department of Emergency services. The $111,932 grant will be used by the St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services for numerous projects to promote the safety and security of St. Mary’s County.
 
This agreement requires a minimum of 25% of awarded funds to be dedicated toward law enforcement terrorism prevention-oriented planning, training, exercise and equipment activities. Other uses for these funds include HazMat training, the purchase of outreach materials, the resources to update plans of action for emergencies, emergency signage, and buying remote-controlled drones, and equipment updates.
 
For more information, please visit the Department of Emergency Services webpage or call 301-475-4200, ext. 2114.

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Commissioners Approve Sheriff's Office Recruitment and Retention Grant

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County have approved a $10,000 Police Recruitment and Retention Grant, allowing the Sheriff’s Office to continue recruitment, education, and retention efforts.

 

Through this grant, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office will pay for advertisements targeting audiences to increase their physical and virtual presence wherever potential applicants can be found. These advertisements would utilize the video produced using the FY2020 grant funds.

 

The grant is offered through the State of Maryland and does not require a matching monetary commitment from St. Mary’s County Government.

 

Commissioner decisions and related public documents are available on the county government website in BoardDocs. St. Mary’s County Commissioner Meetings may be viewed live Tuesday mornings on SMCG Channel 95 or as a replay Friday nights at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are also available for on-demand viewing on the St. Mary’s County Government YouTube Channel.

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Robbery in Lexington Park Under Investigation

On September 22, 2020, at approximately 9:55 p.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Burger King, located at 21650 Great Mills Road in Lexington Park, for the reported robbery with an injured subject. Deputies arrived on scene and located a male victim suffering from a stab wound. Detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, Crime Lab personnel and K-9 units responded to the scene and continued the investigation.
 
Preliminary investigation determined the suspects entered the business and demanded money. During the robbery the victim sustained a stab wound to his abdominal area and was subsequently flown to an area trauma center for treatment. The suspects then fled the business on foot.
 
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Detective Brian Fennessey at (301) 475-4200 extension 78103 or by email at Brian.Fennessey@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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Flu Vaccines Strongly Advised During COVID-19 Pandemic

LEONARDTOWN, MD (September 23, 2020) - The St. Mary’s County Health Department recommends influenza (flu) vaccinations for community members over the age of six months. Annual vaccination in September or October provides optimal protection throughout the flu season.
 
“Getting vaccinated for flu and continuing infection prevention measures is important every season but is particularly critical this season,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “Decreasing the amount of flu virus going around our community helps reduce the burden on our healthcare system that is still actively responding to the COVID-19 virus.”
 
Getting an annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and those around you from getting the flu. Flu vaccine is safe, effective and readily available in the community - Call your healthcare provider or pharmacy for more information. While flu vaccination may not prevent flu infection in every person vaccinated, those who get flu despite being vaccinated typically have milder illness of shorter duration.
 
Vaccination is especially important for those at higher risk of severe flu illness, including:
 
Children under the age of two
Persons 65 years of age and older
Pregnant women
Persons with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, heart, lung or kidney disease
Persons who care for someone in these groups should also be sure to get vaccinated to avoid spreading the flu to them. This includes healthcare workers, caregivers, and those working in child care and school settings. 
 
For more information about the flu, including prevention tips and key differences from COVID-19, please visit: www.smchd.org/flu. 

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Commissioners Approve State Capital Improvements Program for St. Mary's County Public Schools

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County voted unanimously to authorize Commissioner President Randy Guy to sign a letter of support for an increase of $8,167,000 to the St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS) FY2022 - FY2027 State Capital Improvement Program during their regular meeting Tuesday. Sept. 22. This funding is for the improve school buildings and to conduct scheduled maintenance.

 

The request covers several projects through 2027, including the limited renovation of Mechanicsville Elementary School, an HVAC systemic renovation at Town Creek Elementary School, the modernization of Lettie Marshall Dent Elementary School, a partial roof replacement at Great Mills High School, an HVAC systemic renovation at Piney Point Elementary School, a roof and HVAC systemic renovation at Green Holly Elementary School, and an HVAC systemic renovation at Chopticon High School.

 

The life cycle replacement of building components is tracked through the SMCPS Comprehensive Maintenance Plan for Educational Facilities. It involves close coordination between the Department of Capital Planning and the Department of Maintenance. These capital needs are outlined each year in the Educational Facilities Master Plan. As facility conditions change, projects and time frames are adjusted accordingly.

 

Commissioner decisions and related public documents are available on the county government website in BoardDocs. St. Mary’s County Commissioner Meetings may be viewed live Tuesday mornings on SMCG Channel 95 or as a replay Friday nights at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are also available for on-demand viewing on the St. Mary’s County Government YouTube Channel.

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Commissioners of St. Mary's County Consider 2021 Legislative Proposals

Commissioners of St. Mary’s County Consider 2021 Legislative Proposals

 

LEONARDTOWN, MD – During their business meeting Tuesday, September 22, the  Commissioners of St. Mary’s County considered the 2021 Legislative Proposals. County Attorney David Weiskopf put forth 13 legislative proposals from Commissioners, the St. Mary’s County Department of Finance, Department of Emergency Services, the Department of Aging and Human Services in conjunction with the Human Relations Commission, the Sheriff and the Alcohol Beverage Board of St. Mary’s County and a request for a Bond Bill from the Breton Bay Golf and County Club.

 

The full text for each proposal is available on the St. Mary’s County BoardDocs page. The 2021 Legislative Proposals are as follows:

 

1 – De-Couple METCOM and Commissioners of St. Mary’s County Debt. This request would amend Section 27-11 of Article 19 - Public Local Laws of St. Mary’s County so that the METCOM debt would be de-coupled from the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County debt.     

   

2 – Reduce the Amount of Debt METCOM Can Incur.  This request is to amend Section 113-6 of Article 19 - Public Local Laws of St. Mary’s County to reduce the amount of outstanding debt METCOM can incur.

 

3 – Public Facilities Bond, to request authority to issue $34.7 million in public facility bonds for the FY 2022 budget.

4 – Building Excise Tax, to request authority under §20 of the Local Government Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland to replace the Impact Fee with a Building Excise Tax in St. Mary’s County.

 

5 – Transfer Tax - Repeal Of Sunset Date, to repeal Chapter 138(F) of Article 19 - Public Local Laws of St. Mary’s County– to remove the October 1, 2024 termination date of the Real Property Transfer Tax.

 

6 – Public Accommodations Tax Rate Increase, to amend ?20-405 of the Local Government Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland to pass enabling legislation permitting the increase in the St. Mary’s County Public Accommodations Tax rate from five (5) percent to seven (7) percent.        


7 – St. Mary’s County Open Meetings Act – to repeal the St. Mary’s County Open Meetings Act located in ?9-501 through ?9-516 of the Local Government Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland and to require that St. Mary’s County follow the State Open Meetings Act located in §3-101- §3-501 of the General Provisions Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland.       

 

8 – Body Worn Cameras – Animal Control Officers, to amend ?10-402 of the Judicial Proceedings Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland to allow St. Mary’s County Animal Control Officer to wear body worn cameras to record their encounters and activities.

 

9 – Human Relations Commission Language Update, to amend §29-106(b)(2) of the Local Government Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland to include sexual orientation and gender identity within the protected classes of people under the Powers and Duties of the St. Mary’s County Human Relations Commission.

 

10 – Create Bingo Licensing Permit Review Committee, to amend the local gaming provisions for St. Mary’s County located in §13- 2101, §13-2103, §13-2105, §13-2106,§13-2107 and §13-2115 of the Criminal Law Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland to create a Bingo Licensing Permit Review Committee or administrative function.

 

11 – Allow Golf Carts on Old Horse Landing Road, to amend §20-104 of the Transportation Article to exempt Golf Carts from Motor Vehicle registration Requirements on Old Horse Landing Road in Mechanicsville.          

 

12 – Bond Bill Request- Breton Bay Pond/Dam Repair and Reconstruction, to support the community request for a Bond Bill for $750,000 to repair/reconstruct the water management pond/dam in Breton Bay.

 

13 - On-Site Consumption Permit for Class 1 Distillery License, to amend §28 of the Alcoholic Beverages Article to add section 404 to establish an on-site consumption permit for Class 1 Distillery License.

 

The Commissioners will vote on the proposals at their September 29, 2020, meeting in preparation for their joint meeting with the St. Mary’s Delegation on October 6th.

 

Commissioner decisions and related public documents are available on the county government website in BoardDocs. St. Mary’s County Commissioner Meetings may be viewed live Tuesday mornings on SMCG Channel 95 or as a replay Friday nights at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are also available for on-demand viewing on the St. Mary’s County Government YouTube Channel.

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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

During the week of September 14 – September 20, deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,252 calls for service throughout the community. 
 
Damaged Property: 20-48759
On September 16, 2020, Deputy Anderson responded to Runningbrook Way in Prince Frederick for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised that at approximately 12:00pm, an unknown suspect(s) threw white paint onto the door of one of the apartments. The value of damaged property is $100.
 
Damaged Property: 20-48919
On September 17, 2020, Deputy Anderson responded to Baythorne Road in Prince Frederick for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised that on an unknown date, an unknown suspect(s) spray painted profanity on the playground equipment in the community. The value of damaged property is $200.
 
Damaged Property: 20-49013
On September 18, 2020, Deputy Wood responded to Lindy Lane in Huntingtown for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised that sometime during the overnight hours, an unknown suspect(s) removed their mailbox from its post. The value of damaged property is $50.
 
Theft: 20-48908
On September 17, 2020, Deputy Bowlan responded to the Southwind Apartments in North Beach for the report of a theft. The complainant advised that sometime between September 12th at 12:00pm and September 16th at 6:00am, an unknown suspect(s) stole the registration plates from their 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle. The value of stolen property is $10.
 
Theft: 20-49033
On September 18, 2020, Corporal O’Donnell met with a complainant at the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office who was reporting a theft. The complainant advised that sometime between September 14th and September 19th, their MVA Handicap Placard was stolen from their truck while dropped off for Service at Prince Frederick Dodge and Bayside Chevrolet in Prince Frederick. The value of stolen property is $20.
 
Theft: 20-49296
On September 19, 2020, Deputy Plant responded to East Chesapeake Beach Road in Owings for the report of a theft. The complainant advised that sometime between September 12th and September 19th, an unknown suspect(s) stole a “Biden 2020” yard sign that was placed by the mailbox. The value of stolen property is $30.
 
Arrests:
 
On September 15, 2020, Calvert County Emergency Communications advised a female passenger was observed passed out in a vehicle located at 7-11 in Sunderland. Deputies observed the vehicle exit the 7-11 and conducted a traffic stop on Dalrymple Road in Sunderland. Deputies observed the female passenger and rendered aid. The driver, Robert Henderson Hale (50), exited the vehicle and a search was conducted which resulted in a clear plastic bag containing twenty five pill capsules containing suspected Heroin. Hale was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS Possession w/ Intent to Distribute and CDS: Possession- Not Marijuana. 
 
On September 15, 2020, Deputy Holt responded to 3rd Street in North Beach for the report of a disorderly subject. The complainant advised a male subject, Christopher Lamar Hardy (35), was intoxicated and would not leave his property. After being told numerous times to quiet down, Hardy continued to yell profanities and was escorted off the property by deputies. A short time later, Calvert County Emergency Communications advised Hardy had returned to the complainant’s property and was continuing to yell from the street. Deputies returned to the scene, placed Hardy under arrest, and transported him to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Disorderly Conduct. 
 
On September 15, 2020, Deputy Crum conducted a traffic stop on Jewell Road at West Chesapeake Beach Road in Dunkirk. Upon making contact with the driver, Timothy Lee Sorghardt (36), Deputy Crum observed Sorghardt to be lethargic, have slurred speech, and droopy eyes. Sorghardt exited the vehicle and a search was conducted which resulted in two pieces of glass with residue of burning and suspected Crack Cocaine, and multiple copper flakes. Sorghardt was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia and various traffic citations.  
 
On September 17, 2020, Deputy E. Payne conducted a traffic stop at the Lyon Creek Shopping Center in Dunkirk. Upon making contact with the driver, Joseph Levi Butler (64), Deputy Payne was advised by Calvert County Emergency Communications Butler had a suspended and revoked license. Bulter exited the vehicle and a search was conducted which resulted in a cut Coca-cola can containing burn marks and residue from suspected Crack Cocaine. Butler was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia and various traffic citations. 
 
On September 17, 2020, Deputy Bowlan responded to the Dash-In in Prince Frederick for the report of a disorderly male subject. Deputy Bowlan located the male subject, Jacob John Joseph Mishou (29), screaming inside the gas station bathroom. Mishou was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Disorderly Conduct. 
 
On September 18, 2020, Deputy Wilder conducted a traffic stop on South Solomons Island Road at Creston Lane in Solomons. Upon making contact with the driver, Dontevious Trevon Dorsey (26), Deputy Wilder observed a red cut straw that Dorsey was attempting to conceal. Dorsey exited the vehicle and a search was conducted which resulted in a small plastic bag containing seven and one half suspected Oxycodone/Acetominophen pills, two additional cut straws containing white residue. Dorsey was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession- Not Marijuana and CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia. 
 
On September 19, 2020, Deputy W. McDowell conducted a traffic stop on Southern Maryland Boulevard at Chaneyville Road in Owings. Upon making contact with the occupants, Deputy McDowell observed copper filing and a clear plastic straw on the lap of the passenger as well as a green cut straw in the passenger side door. The driver, Briana Danae Barber (26), and the passenger, Brandon Marcellous Harley (30), exited the vehicle and a search was conducted which resulted in seven clear pill capsules containing white powder residue suspected to be Heroin, additional copper filings, a clear cut straw containing suspected Heroin residue, and a black digital scale. Located in Barber’s purse were five additional clear pill capsules containing suspected Heroin residue. A search of Harley’s person resulted in a brass smoking device and a small plastic bag containing a white rock like substance, suspected to be Cocaine. Barber and Harley 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 September 19, 2020, Deputy Gott responded to Buckets Sports Bar in Lusby for the report of a disorderly female subject who refused to leave the property. Upon arrival Deputy Gott observed the female subject, Laitesha Jonelle Jones (28), sitting on the ground with First Sergeant Basham and Deputy Mason. Jones appeared heavily intoxicated and had slurred speech and glossy eyes. Jones was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where she was charged with Disorderly Conduct.

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Detectives Investigating Homicide at Master Suites Hotel in Waldorf

Detectives Investigating Homicide at Master Suites Hotel in Waldorf / Charles County Crime Solvers Offering Cash Reward: On September 21, at approximately 6:18 p.m., patrol officers responded to the Master Suites Hotel located in the 2200 block of Old Washington Road in Waldorf for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers found the victim, Kenneth Dionel Brawner, 29, of Waldorf, inside a room; he had a gunshot wound and was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced deceased a short time later. A preliminary investigation showed the suspects entered the room and shot the victim. Detectives are working on leads and developing a motive, but it does not appear this was a random shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective R. Johnson at (301) 609-6453. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app. Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for the tip that leads to an arrest in this case. The investigation is ongoing.

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St. Mary's County Conducting Public Hearing To Hear Citizen Views On Community, Economic Development And Housing

LEONARDTOWN, MD - The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County will conduct a Public Hearing to obtain the views of citizens on community, economic development, and housing needs to be considered for submission of an application to the Maryland Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) for funds awarded through the federal CARES Act Fund which must be used to prevent, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus. Citizens will have the opportunity to discuss proposed projects and to provide input on other needs to be considered. The hearing will be held at the Chesapeake Building located at 41770 Baldridge Street in Leonardtown, MD, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at 9 a.m. The draft application for CDBG Funds will be available for the public to review Sept. 23, 2020, until Oct. 1, 2020, at the Chesapeake Building during regular business hours or at http://www.stmarysmd.com/publichearing.asp.
 
Citizens will be furnished with information including but not limited to:
 
*    the amount of CDBG funds available for State Fiscal Year 2020;
 
*    the range of activities that may be undertaken with CDBG funds; and
 
*    the proposed projects under consideration by St. Mary’s County Government.
 
The CDBG Program is a federally funded program designed to assist governments with activities directed toward neighborhood and housing revitalization, economic development, and improved community facilities and services. It is administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.
 
The Maryland CDBG Program reflects the State’s economic and community development priorities and provides public funds for activities which meet one of the following national objectives, in accordance with the Federal Housing Community Development Act of 1974, as amended that:
 
1.      benefit low and moderate-income persons and households;
 
2.      aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight;
 
3.      meet other community development needs of an urgent nature, or that are an immediate threat to community health and welfare.
 
Efforts will be made to accommodate the disabled and non-English speaking residents with seven days’ advance notice to the County Commissioners Office at 301-475-4200, ext. 1350.
 
Public hearings are now open to the public as long as social distancing guidelines can be maintained and the Commissioners’ Meeting Room capacity limit of 33 people. Everyone in attendance must always adhere to the social distancing guidelines and wear a face covering unless they have a disability or if they are speaking or are consuming food/drink. If social distancing guidelines or occupancy room capacity limits cannot be followed, the public hearing will have to be rescheduled. The public is strongly encouraged to view the public hearing remotely on Channel 95 or YouTube or listen to the public hearing by calling 301-579-7236; access code: 963443#.
 
In lieu of appearance, comments may be submitted via:
 
a.   Written Comments via email: csmc@stmarysmd.com
 
b.   Mail: P.O. Box 653 Leonardtown, MD 20650
 
c.   Call 301-475-4200 x 1234 to speak via telephone during the public hearing
 
d.   Submit a three-minute video clip to publicmtgs@stmarysmd.com no later than 5 p.m. Sept. 28, 2020.
 
The Commissioners will consider all submissions at the Public Hearing and/or two (2) days following the Public Hearing.
 
Public Hearing Guidelines are subject to change.

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St. Mary's County Government Follows Governors Orders for Increased Capacity at Dining Establishments

LEONARDTOWN, MD – On September 18, Governor Hogan announced an expanded capacity for indoor dining establishments, increasing from 50% to 75%.

 

In response, St. Mary's County Government has adopted similar measures with the updated St. Mary's County COVID-19 Pandemic Roadmap to Recovery – Stage 3.

 

Residents may access the  St. Mary's County COVID19 Pandemic Roadmap to Recovery and additional related resources https://www.stmarysmd.com/covid-19/updates/.

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NOTICE: St. Mary's County Board of Elections to Conduct Public Logic and Accuracy Canvassing

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The St. Mary’s County Board of Elections will be conducting the Public Logic and Accuracy Demonstration on the DS200 Ballot Scanner and the Express Voting Units Oct. 9, 2020, at 10 a.m. The public testing will be held in person at the Board of Elections office 23250 Hollywood Road Leonardtown, MD, 20650. Due to social distancing guidelines, there will be a limited number of people allowed in to view the demonstration. For information, please call 301-475-4200, ext. 71613.

 

The 2020 General Election canvassing of the ballots by mail will begin Oct. 12, 2020, at 9 a.m. The full canvassing schedule will be posted on the Board of Elections webpage, https://www.stmarysmd.com/supervisorofelections/.

 

For more information, please contact Wendy Adkins at wendy.adkins@stmarysmd.com or call 301-475-4200, ext. 71613.

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Calvert County Board of Elections Announces Voting Information for 2020 General Election

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Sept. 22, 2020 – As the 2020 general election nears, the Calvert County Board of Elections announces available options for voters to cast their ballot. Registered voters will be able to vote by mail or in person during early voting or on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.
 
Early Voting – Oct. 26 through Nov. 2
 
Vote early in person at the Community Resources Building, located at 30 Duke St. in Prince Frederick (across the street from the Prince Frederick Post Office). Early voting will be held Monday, Oct. 26 through Monday, Nov. 2 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
 
Mail-in Ballot – Applications due Oct. 20
 
Can’t make it to the polls? Mail-in ballot applications must be received (not just postmarked) by Tuesday, Oct. 20, in order to receive a mail-in ballot. Voters are urged to return applications as soon as possible.
 
After a mail-in ballot is received and completed, voters may submit the completed ballot by mail using the included prepaid envelope or by placing it in one of seven secure drop boxes that will be available throughout the county. One drop box will be available at the Community Resources Building beginning Oct. 1; all other drop boxes will be available beginning in mid-October at the locations listed below.
 
Election Day Vote Centers and Drop Box Locations
 
This year, voters may cast their ballot in person at any vote center in Calvert County on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The least crowded time to vote on election day is between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
 
Regular polling locations will not be available on Election Day. There will be five vote centers available in Calvert County. Voters may cast their ballot at whichever vote center is most convenient.
 
Vote centers and drop boxes will be available at the following locations:
 
·         Calvert High School
520 Fox Run Blvd., Prince Frederick, MD 20678
 
·         Community Resources Building
30 Duke St., Prince Frederick, MD 20678
 
·         Huntingtown High School
4125 Solomons Island Road, Huntingtown, MD 20639
 
·         Northern High School
2950 Chaneyville Road, Owings, MD 20736
 
·         Patuxent High School
12485 Southern Connector Blvd., Lusby, MD 20657
 
·         Northeast Community Center (drop box only)
4075 Gordon Stinnett Ave., Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
 
·         Southern Community Center (drop box only)
20 Appeal Lane, Lusby, MD 20657
 
Individuals who vote in person during early voting or on Election Day must wear face coverings and adhere to social distancing guidelines in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
 
The last day to register to vote is Oct. 13, 2020. Visit www.elections.maryland.gov to register to vote, look up voter information, request a ballot, become an election judge and find more information about the 2020 general election.
 
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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Victim Has Died Following Attack

Sept. 22, 2020 update: The victim, 63-year-old Twain Belafonte Harrod Sr. of Callaway, died of his injuries on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is conferring with the St. Mary’s County State’s Attorney Office this week to discuss updating criminal charges.  
 
Sept. 14, 2020 
 
On Sept. 13, 2020 shortly after midnight, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies responded to the River Bay community in Lexington Park for the report of an assault. When deputies arrived on scene, no activity was observed. A short time later, Maryland State Police stopped a speeding vehicle in California. The female operator advised law enforcement that a 63-year-old male victim from Callaway was assaulted in River Bay. The victim was found suffering from traumatic injuries and was removed from the vehicle to begin lifesaving measures including CPR. The victim was transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown and then transferred to an area trauma center in critical condition. 
 
St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division Detectives responded and assumed the investigation, which determined that the victim was a passenger in a vehicle in the River Bay community when the victim observed two male subjects in an altercation with a female. The victim told the men to leave the woman alone or the police would be called. 
 
The two male suspects then dragged the victim out of the vehicle and began violently beating and assaulting the victim. The suspects also struck the victim’s windshield, which shattered. The suspects put the victim back into the victim’s vehicle and then fled the area. 
 
Through investigation, the two male suspects were identified as Delante Javon Holley, 28 of Lexington Park, and Tyrell Marquice Birdine, 20 of Lexington Park. Both men were arrested and charged with Attempted Murder, First-Degree Assault, Second-Degree Assault and Malicious Destruction of Property. 
 
While detectives were on the scene completing their investigation, a female, Kanisha Denise Butler, 20 of Lexington Park, attempted to remove Birdine from the back of a patrol vehicle. She was arrested and charged with Hindering. 
 
Anyone who may have witnessed the crime and has not already spoken with law enforcement is asked to call Detective Cpl. Melissa Green at 301-475-4200, ext. 71996 or email melissa.green@stmarysmd.com.  
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff 

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MDOT MTA Is In The Process Of Developing The Statewide Transit Plan

The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) wants to hear from you! MDOT MTA is in the process of developing the Statewide Transit Plan (STP) and is seeking input from Maryland citizens. MDOT MTA recently released the STP Survey and would like to get as much input on the public’s priorities and experiences with transit in Maryland. This information will help MDOT MTA develop the 50-year vision for Maryland’s transit system. To take the survey, please click the button below. 
 
BUTTON LINK TO: https://form.jotform.com/202374571413046

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Maryland Encourages You to Travel the Open Road this Fall

BALTIMORE, MD (September 22, 2020) – The Maryland Department of Commerce Office of Tourism in partnership with the state’s 25 Destination Marketing Organizations has launched a new “Open Road” campaign. Created to ignite fall travel along the state’s 18 scenic byways and newly-created road trip itineraries, the campaign is designed to encourage overnight stays in paid accommodations while touting the wide range of travel products in Maryland to increase visitation and economic impact.
 
“Fall is a beautiful time to explore Maryland and travel our scenic routes, helping to support all of the  accommodations, attractions, restaurants and their employees along the way,“ said Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz. “Working with health officials, the tourism industry has implemented protocols so they can be open for guests safely and comfortably.”
 
Independent research shows that American consumers are cautiously returning to travel, and are favoring driving trips, which are closer to home. Additionally, many people are easing into getting out of the house and are looking for comfortable lodging with responsible safety protocols in place.
 
The scenic byways are scenic routes with numerous points of interest that give travelers the opportunity to customize the pace, geography, and activities.  The new fall itineraries are designed to take the guesswork out of creating a complete road trip by offering suggested routes, restaurants, and points of interest.
 
Tools and services to assist fall road travelers are also now available.  The official website for Maryland travelers, www.visitmaryland.org, has been redesigned both visually and operationally to make research easier and more exciting with stunning photography and videos.  Content has been organized around 40 unique topic “hubs,” with related information readily available from each hub’s home page.  Additional hubs will be added in the future per user needs and desires.
 
Additionally, Maryland’s eight state-operated Welcome Centers have reopened and are staffed with travel experts ready to share all the state has to offer.  The Welcome Centers comply with the latest safety guidelines. Hours of operation are currently 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Wednesday through Sunday with a goal of returning to seven days a week.  Travelers are urged to call 1-833-Open4You for current hours of Welcome Center operation and other trip-planning tips.
 
Start planning a Maryland vacation now! Travel experiences can be shared on social media using the hashtag #MDinFocus. For more inspiration on planning your fall journey in Maryland, visit www.visitmaryland.org.
 
 
About Maryland Tourism
The Maryland Office of Tourism is an agency within the Maryland Department of Commerce. Visitors to the state spent $18.6 billion on travel-related expenses in 2019. The Maryland tourism industry also generated $2.6 billion in state and local taxes essentially saving Maryland households $1,175 in annual taxes. The industry provided Marylanders with 150,000 jobs. For more information, go to www.visitmaryland.org.

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