Star Local News Archives for 2020-03

St. Mary's County Park Use Limited to Reduce Spread of COVID-19

LEONARDTOWN, MD – St. Mary’s County Government owned and operated parks are operating with additional limitations in response to the COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Order issued by Governor Larry Hogan.
 
Waterfront parks, including Elms Beach, Myrtle Point, and Snow Hill Park, remain closed to the public.
 
Public landings, including boat ramps, piers and gathering spaces are closed to the public. An exception is made allowing commercial waterman with valid licenses to use the public landings. Recreational boating is not permitted under the Governor’s Order.
 
All other St. Mary’s County Government-owned and operated parks are open under the following specific safety guidelines: exercise activities such as walking, hiking, running or biking while adhering to recommended 6-foot social distancing measures are permitted. All sports and activities which engage in bodily contact such as basketball, soccer, football is not permitted. Gathering of groups are limited to no more than 10 people in any specific area of the park.
 
Park hours and operations are available at the Department of Recreation and Parks website.
 
For the list of all county government operations and COVID-19 resources, visit St. Mary’s County Government: www.stmarysmd.com.

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State Police Enforcement Of Governor's Executive Orders Continue

(PIKESVILLE, MD) -- Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel Woodrow Jones III has directed troopers to continue their public education and enforcement efforts regarding the Governor's Executive Orders and last night issued specific instructions regarding the stay-at-home order. Those instructions are as follows:
? Enforcement of the expanded Governor's Executive Order will be conducted by
Maryland state troopers. However, troopers will not make traffic stops simply to ask
drivers where they are going to determine if their travel is essential or not.
? If, in the course of the regular performance of his/her duties, such as during a crash
investigation or a traffic stop, the trooper develops information indicating the individual
was engaged in non-essential travel, enforcement action can be taken, in
consultation with the state's attorney's office in that jurisdiction.
? While it is not necessary for drivers in Maryland to have documentation about the
purpose of travel, having such documentation may help resolve questions.
? Troopers will continue to initiate enforcement action when a business or group of more
than 10 people is observed in violation of the Governor's Executive Order.
? The Order does not prohibit people from going to the store to get groceries or
prescriptions, seeking medical attention at an urgent care facility, getting cleaning or
laundry supplies. In addition, the Order does not prevent people from going out to get
necessities for pets or other livestock.
? The Order allows for travel to care for a family member, friend, pets, etc. Citizens are
also permitted to travel for transporting family, friends, pet or livestock for essential
health and safety activities.
? The Order also allows for travel to and from an educational institution to receive meals
or instructional materials for distance learning.
? The Order allows for outdoor exercise activities (done in accordance to with social
distancing guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and
crowd gatherings of 10 people or less. However, such actives may not be done at a park
that has been closed by state or local government.
? Restaurants can be visited if obtaining food for carry-out or drive-thru only. 

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Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Blotter

Warrant Service - On 3/26/2020, Trooper First Class Rutkoski responded to the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center, Baltimore, to take custody of a subject who had an active warrant through the Maryland State Police, Prince Frederick Barrack. Willam Johnson was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where the warrant was served without incident.
 
Warrant Service - On 3/30/2020, Trooper First Class Bauer responded to the Calvert Arundel Medical Center, Owings, to make contact with an Anne Arundel County Sheriff's Deputy to take custody of a wanted subject through Maryland State Police, Prince Frederick Barrack. Ronald Wayne Singer was located by Anne Arundel County, but due to the charges had to be returned to Calvert County for the active warrant. Singer was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where the warrant was served without incident.

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Calvert County Parks Use Restricted; Access Limited to Residents Only

The Department of Parks & Recreation announces further limits to the use of county parks in response to Gov. Larry Hogan’s “Stay at Home” order to slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
 
Effective immediately until further notice, Calvert County parks are open to Calvert County residents for passive recreation only, such as walking, biking, running and hiking. The following parks will remain open with adjusted operational hours:
 
·         Dunkirk District Park (8:30 a.m. to civil twilight)
 
·         Hallowing Point Park (8:30 a.m. to civil twilight)
 
·         Cove Point Park (8:30 a.m. to civil twilight)
 
·         Solomons Town Center Park (8:30 a.m. to civil twilight)
 
·         Kings Landing Park (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
 
·         Flag Ponds Nature Park (Friday through Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
 
·         Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
 
·         Hughes Memorial Tree Farm (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
 
Residents are advised of the following temporary park guidance:
 
·         All parks not listed above are closed.
 
·         The following amenities are closed: tennis courts, skate parks, dog parks, basketball courts, ball fields, playgrounds, pavilions, beaches, piers, campgrounds, boat ramps / launches.
 
·         Fishing is prohibited.
 
·         Gathering of groups are limited to no more than 10 people.
 
·         Capacity at each park will be adjusted to maintain social distancing.
 
·         Patrons will not be allowed to wait at a park gate to gain entry once capacity is reached.
 
·         Recreation activities such as walking, hiking, running or biking are permitted while adhering to 6-foot social distancing measures.
 
·         Users will be restricted to a maximum of 2 hours at any park location and, where park staff are on site, must provide the following information to park staff upon arrival: including name, county of residence, number of people in vehicle / party.
 
The county continues to share the latest updates surrounding Calvert County’s response to COVID-19 through a virtual resource center on its website, including any precautionary measures, guidance and closures at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/Coronavirus. Updates will continue to appear on the Calvert County Government website, www.CalvertCountyMd.gov, Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd and Comcast Channel 6.

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Man Charged in Connection with Physical Child Abuse

On March 30 at 2 a.m., officers responded to the 2000 block of St. Thomas Drive in Waldorf after a man called and reported his 13-month-old daughter was having trouble breathing. When officers and paramedics arrived, the child was unresponsive. She was transported to the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center for treatment. Detectives responded to the hospital to conduct an investigation. As detectives began gathering information, the girl’s father, Robert Earl McKay, III, 29, of Waldorf, assaulted one of the investigators. He was arrested, charged with assault and taken to the detention center. The child was subsequently transported to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and admitted in critical condition. Upon examination and other medical testing, detectives learned the toddler sustained trauma consistent with child abuse. Detectives are obtaining additional charges for McKay to include attempted murder, child abuse, first-degree assault, and second-degree assault. In addition, while serving a search warrant at McKay’s residence, detectives found a regulated firearm which he is prohibited from possessing due to a previous felony conviction. The child’s mother was at work when the 911 call came in. Further, no other children reside at the residence. Anyone with additional information is asked to call Detective A. Worley at (301) 609- 6518. The investigation is ongoing.

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St. Mary's County Government Announces COVID-19 Operational Changes

LEONARDTOWN, MD – St. Mary’s County Government is committed to being responsive to all guidelines and orders from the Centers for Disease Control, the White House and the Governor of Maryland to slow the spread of the coronavirus and the following changes and adjustments now apply to county operations.
 
 
 
Department of Aging & Human Services
Home-Delivered shelf-stable meals are now being delivered as a two-week supply.
 
Department of Public Works and Transportation
STS Transit
STS and paratransit (ADA & SSTAP) trips are limited to Essential Activities as defined in the Governor’s Order Number 20-03-30-0. Some essential activities include grocery shopping, obtaining food for animals, travel to care for family members and travel to an educational institution for purposes of receiving meals or instructional materials for distance learning.
ADA and SSTAP paratransit service will continue to book and provide medical trips such as dialysis, chemotherapy, hospitals, clinics, mental health facilities as well as trips to pharmacies and grocery stores.
Please note, St. Mary’s County STS Bus System is operating under the Saturday schedule.
 
Saturday service:
 
o Rt. 3 Great Mills Route (Supplemental) Tulagi Place to Callaway and return Every
 
hour 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (see attached)
 
o Rt. 6 Northern Route -Every other odd hour 7 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
 
o Rt. 7 Southern Route- Every other odd hour. 7 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
 
o Rt. 11 Great Mills/California Route- Every hour, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 
o Rt. 12 Leonardtown Route- Every hour, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 
o Rt. 14 County Span Route-NB/SB Every other even hour.6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 
Sunday service:
 
o Rt. 11 Great Mills/California Route – 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
 
o Rt. 12 Leonardtown – 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
 
 
 
For additional information, call the STS dispatcher at 301-475-4200, ext. 71120.
 
 
 
Department of Recreation and Parks
All Department of Recreation and Parks programs, including organized practices and games in the parks, remain canceled.
Waterfront parks, including Elms Beach, Myrtle Point, and Snow Hill Park, remain closed to the public. All other St. Mary’s County Government-owned and operated parks are open under the following specific safety guidelines, exercise activities such as walking, hiking, running or biking while adhering to recommended 6-foot social distancing measures are permitted. All sports or activities which engage in bodily contact such as basketball, soccer, football are not permitted. Gathering of groups are limited to no more than 10 people in any specific area of the park.
 
Public Landings
Public landings, including boat ramps, piers and gathering spaces are closed to the public.
 
St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office encourages the public to utilize the telephone reporting system to minimize social contact. Telephone reporting through the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office will be available by contacting our Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at (301) 475-8008. The following crimes may be reported utilizing telephone reporting:
 
Malicious Destruction of Property/Vandalism
Burglary to Motor Vehicle/Attempted
Fraud
Harassment/Threat/Telephone Misuse
Single Vehicle Property Damage Accident/Deer Strike
Trespassing (Not in Progress)
Theft
Non-violent crimes may also be reported online at www.firstsheriff.com. Violent crimes and other emergencies should be reported by calling 911.
 
Treasurer’s Office
The Treasurer’s Office is closed to the public, Please call 301-475-4200, ext. 3300 for drop box instructions. Online payment options are available at www.stmarysmd.com/treasurer. Please utilize MVA online tag renewal services. Liquor license renewals and Senior Tax Credits should be mailed to St. Mary’s County Treasurer, P.O. Box 642, Leonardtown, MD 20650.
 
For a complete list of county government operations and COVID-19 resources, please visit St. Mary’s County Government: www.stmarysmd.com

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Calvert County, CalvertHealth Medical Center Hold Community Drive for Medical Supplies

 Calvert County and CalvertHealth Medical Center (CHMC) are actively working together to ensure the health and safety of its residents. While CHMC currently has the supplies needed to care for its patients and protect its staff, the county and the medical center are looking to increase supplies and take proactive measures for the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Community members and local businesses can assist by donating the following medical materials and supplies:
 
·         Unopened containers of hand sanitizer
 
·         Unopened bleach wipes
 
·         Unopened boxes of surgical masks
 
·         Unopened boxes of N95 masks
 
·         Unopened boxes of exam gloves
 
·         Unopened boxes of isolation or procedure gown
 
If you have supplies to donate, please contact CHMC’s Director of Patient, Family and Volunteer Services Susan Stevens at susan.stevens@calverthealthmed.org so that arrangements can be made to collect the donations. Please note that all items must be unopened materials.
 
The hospital is also accepting donations of homemade gowns and masks. The Centers for Disease Control has provided clinical guidance for these masks which can be used for patients and healthcare workers who have a low-risk of exposure to COVID-19.
 
Give the gift of blood. Those who are healthy and asymptomatic (no fever, cough, sore throat, etc.) can schedule an appointment to give blood through the American Red Cross at redcross.org. The Red Cross is anticipating critical blood shortages throughout this crisis and one donation has the potential to save up to three lives.
 
Give the gift of hope. Share words of gratitude and encouragement with the CalvertHealth team by dropping a line in the submission form located on the website. Leave a kind word, inspiring message or upload an image or document.
 
For more ways the community can assist, visit CHMC online at https://www.calverthealthmedicine.org/Ways-You-Can-Help.
 
Visit www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/Coronavirus for further updates, guidance and resources. Updates will continue to appear on the Calvert County Government website, www.CalvertCountyMd.gov, Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd and Comcast Channel 6.

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CCPS Continues Meal Distribution in New Locations

In light of the Governor and Maryland State Department of Education’s order extending school closures through April 24, the Calvert County Child Nutrition Program’s Grab ‘n Go meal service will also be extended to help meet the needs of our students.  
Starting on Tuesday, March 31, however, please note that our Grab ‘n Go meal site locations are changing to comply with state and federal guidance. The current meal distribution sites (Calvert High School, Southern Middle School, and Patuxent High School) will be closing after service on Monday.  On Tuesday, they will be reopening at the following locations: 
 
 
All sites remain open to all children, so please feel free to select whichever site is most convenient.  
 
Addresses for the new sites are listed in the table above; however, directions from the previous sites to the closest new site are also listed below:
• The Chesapeake Ranch Estates Clubhouse site is the closest to Patuxent High School.
o Directions from PHS to the CRE Clubhouse
? Turn right onto Southern Connector Blvd.
? At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto Rousby Hall Rd.
? Go 1.2 miles, then turn left onto Clubhouse Dr.
? At the “T” intersection, turn right.
? Go 0.2 miles and take a slight left, staying on Clubhouse Dr.
? The clubhouse and parking lot are 0.5 miles on your left.
 
• The White Sands Clubhouse site is the closest to Southern Middle School.
o Directions from SMS to the White Sands Clubhouse
? Turn left onto HG Trueman Rd.
? Turn right onto Rt. 4/Solomons Island Rd.
? Go 1.3 miles, then turn left onto White Sands Dr. (there is a light for left turning traffic).
? Go 1.1 miles, then turn right onto Sycamore Rd.
? The clubhouse & parking lot is immediately on your left.
 
• The Elks Lodge site is the closest to Calvert High School.
o Directions from CHS to the Elks Lodge
? Turn left onto Dares Beach Rd.
? Go 0.2 miles and the lodge will be on your right.

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Governor Larry Hogan Issues Stay-At-Home Order For Maryland Residents

Governor Larry Hogan has announced a stay-at-home order for all residents in Maryland in an effort to slow the spread of the Coronavirus.
 
Governor Hogan made the announcement during a press conference on Monday morning. The order does not restrict people from leaving their homes for essential activities, such as grocery shopping, visiting a doctor, or picking up a prescription. The order also allows essential workers to report to and from work.
 
The order goes into effect on Monday at 8 p.m.
 
People should only leave their homes for absolutely essential reasons like buying food or seeking medical care. Only essential businesses should stay open, but they should try to limit operations, Hogan said.
 
Anyone who traveled outside the D.C. region should self-quarantine for 14 days, Hogan said.
 
"Every single Marylander can be a hero just by staying home," Hogan said.
 
Fifty-one people in D.C., Maryland and Virginia have died due to coronavirus, according to Hogan.
 
He has called the state's coronavirus-fighting measures "unprecedented actions."
 
Hogan has been warning for weeks that the coronavirus' impact will drag on over months. He's repeatedly said it will be worse than most people anticipate.
 
Hogan says that the federal disaster agency FEMA has delivered 250 bed packages to hospitals in the state. Another 500 beds have been ordered and the state has the option to get another 500 beds to medical sites on an as-needed basis, Hogan said.
 
Hogan previously said he wanted to find 6,000 new hospital spots to deal with the anticipated increase in patients, News4 reported. The governor said progress is being made toward those goals.
 
The D.C. area saw one of the pandemic's deadliest days for the region on Saturday. Local leaders are working to slow the spread of the virus and address funding issues.
 
More diagnoses are expected as more testing becomes available, including at a testing site that opens Monday in the parking lot of FedEx Field in Prince George's County.
 
Health officials are currently dealing with an outbreak at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Mount Airy. More than 60 people were diagnosed with COVID-19 there, and man in his 90s has died.
 
On Thursday, Hogan said the state received a federal disaster designation, which will open up more funding for the state.
 
“This declaration will help provide much-needed funding for state and local governments and nonprofits, and it will be another important step in Maryland’s aggressive and coordinated response to COVID-19,” Hogan said in a news release.
 
Hogan has been working to make more hospital beds available across the state.
 
As of Monday morning, Maryland had 1,413 confirmed cases of the virus. There have been 15 deaths in the state.

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Telephone Reporting Available For St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office

As part of the statewide and national response to ongoing Coronavirus concerns, Sheriff Tim Cameron has authorized Telephone Reporting for certain crimes. The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office encourages the public to utilize the telephone reporting system to minimize social contact.
 
Telephone reporting through the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office will be available by contacting our dispatch Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at (301) 475-8008. The following crimes may be reported utilizing telephone reporting:
 
· Malicious Destruction of Property/Vandalism
 
· Burglary to Motor Vehicle/Attempted
 
· Fraud
 
· Harassment/Threat/Telephone Misuse
 
· Single Vehicle Property Damage Accident/Deer Strike
 
· Trespassing (Not in Progress)
 
· Theft
 
Non-violent crimes may also be reported online at www.firstsheriff.com.
 
Violent crimes and other emergencies should be reported by calling 911.

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Twelve Total Cases of COVID-19 in St. Mary's County - Further Case Count Updates Available on Website

LEONARDTOWN, MD (March 30, 2020) – The St. Mary’s County Health Department has confirmed that two additional St. Mary’s County residents have tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
 
A man in his 30s whose method of exposure is still being determined
A woman in her 40s whose method of exposure is still being determined
SMCHD is currently conducting an investigation into potential exposure to other community members. Press releases will no longer be issued announcing individual cases. The local case count will be updated daily on the coronavirus webpage - www.smchd.org/coronavirus.
 
Notification on public exposure risks to COVID-19 will continue as long as risk in an identified public location is greater than the risk in the general community. Once community spread of the disease is established, the risk of being in public places will be similar to being in a location where someone may have been contagious with the virus. 
 
“The best protective measure residents can take at this time is to stay home.” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “Continue social distancing, wash your hands, and cover your cough.”
 
Infection prevention measures and social distancing are key strategies to slowing the spread of illness like COVID-19. If you are sick, stay home and away from others. If you need medical attention, call ahead to your primary care doctor or healthcare facility, or use 9-1-1 if in a medical emergency. For local COVID-19 updates and information, please visit www.smchd.org/coronavirus or call the COVID-19 Community Hotline at (301) 475-4911 Monday - Saturday from 8:00 a.m  - 5:00 p.m.

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Detectives Investigating Murder-Suicide at Motel

On March 28 at 1:37 p.m., officers responded to the Super 8 motel in the 3500 block of Crain Highway in Waldorf for the report of a death investigation. A preliminary investigation revealed a motel employee entered the room to check on the occupants who were scheduled to check out earlier in the day. Upon entering the room, a man and a woman were found deceased. The male was later identified as Robert Ralph Russell, Jr., 47, of King George, VA. The woman was identified as Rachel Rae Africa, 39, of Waldorf. An autopsy was performed on March 29 at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore. Africa’s death was ruled a homicide and Russell’s death was ruled a suicide. Detectives are working to establish a motive; however, there was recent history of domestic violence in which Russell was charged with assaulting Africa on March 23. He was arrested but released on personal recognizance on March 25. Anyone with additional information is asked to call Detective J. Long at (301) 609-6502. The investigation is ongoing.

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Additional COVID-19 Public Exposure Risks Reported

The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) has determined that a person confirmed to have the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) may have come into contact with other community members. The potential public exposure locations, dates, and times are as follows:
 
Walmart Supercenter, 45485 Miramar Way, California, MD 20619
 
Dates: March 15, 2020
Time ranges: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
 
Kwik Wash Laundromat, 22599 MacArthur Blvd, California, MD 20619
Date: March 15, 2020
Time range: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
Community members who were also at these locations during the specified dates/times may be at some risk for acquiring COVID-19 and should:
Self-monitor for symptoms of a respiratory infection including fever, flu-like symptoms, cough, or shortness of breath until 14 days have passed from the date of exposure 
Stay home as much as possible
Take additional precautions of washing hands frequently and avoid contact with people over age 60 and people of any age with weakened immune systems
If you develop symptoms:
Call your healthcare provider 
If you do not have a healthcare provider and are a St. Mary’s County resident, call the St. Mary’s County COVID-19 Community Hotline (Monday - Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 301-475-4911) to speak with a Health Department nurse  
Self-isolate - Remain at home until you receive instructions about next steps from your healthcare provider or local health department. Stay at least 6 feet away from others. If possible, do not share a bathroom or bedroom with others in your household. 
If symptoms worsen or you need medical attention, call ahead before going to your doctor’s office, urgent care or emergency department. Use 9-1-1 if in a medical emergency and notify dispatch of your potential exposure concerns.
For more information about COVID-19, please see the St. Mary’s County Health Department information site at www.smchd.org/coronavirus
 

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Two Residents at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home Test Positive for COVID-19

The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) has confirmed that two residents at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home in St. Mary’s County tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 
 
“Both residents are in stable condition,” said Sharon Murphy, Director of the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. “We are making every effort to take care of them and keep our other residents safe.” 
 
"With the Maryland Department of Health, in tandem with the St. Mary's County Health Department, working with HMR, Inc., the contractor at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, I have every confidence that we will arrest and eradicate that which has invaded our Home," stated George Owings,  Secretary of Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs.
 
“Charlotte Hall Veterans Home has implemented significant protocols over the past several weeks to protect their residents and prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “They are ready to respond immediately with additional measures to contain infection and protect all their valued residents.”
 
A Community Hotline is open for St. Mary’s County residents needing more information about COVID-19.  Community members can call 301-475-4911 Monday - Saturday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. to speak with staff to obtain information about the disease or for answers to general questions. Language interpretation services are available.

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Lexington Park Man Charged In Connection With Arson Of Vacant Home

Deputy State Fire Marshals have charged a Lexington Park man after determining he was responsible for intentionally setting fire to a vacant structure.
 
Just before midnight on March 24, 2020, investigators responded to 45716 Oregon Way in Lexington Park for a reported structure fire. During their investigation, it was determined that Devon Tyler Lee, age 18, ignited the exterior of the vacant home.
 
Lee was later located at his residence on Chancellors Run Court in Lexington Park, where he was arrested by St. Mary's Marys County Sheriff's Office. Lee was transported and later admitted to MedStar St. Mary's Hospital for injuries unrelated to the arson. Upon being released today, Lee was charged with Arson First Degree., Malicious Burning 1st Degree and Malicious Destruction of Property over $1,000.00. These charges are in addition to multiple other charges filed by St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office. Lee is currently being held at St. Mary's County Detention Center without bond.
 
If found guilty,Lee faces penalties upwards of over 30 years' imprisonment and/or $50,000 in fines.

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Man Charged with Violating Emergency Order Relating to COVID-19

 On March 27 at 10:53 p.m., officers responded to the 15000 block of Lukes Lane in Hughesville for the report of a large group of people at a single location in violation of Governor Hogan’s emergency order which prohibits planned gatherings of more than 10 people in response to the COVID-19 emergency. When officers arrived, they observed approximately 60 people at a bonfire. This is the second time officers have responded to this house for a large gathering since the emergency order went into effect: On March 22, officers were dispatched to the house for a similar complaint. At that time, the homeowner, Shawn Marshall Myers, 41, was advised of the emergency order and he agreed to disperse the crowd. During the second incident, Myers refused multiple requests to comply with the emergency order. After conferring with the Charles County State’s Attorney’s Office, Myers was subsequently charged with violating the Governor’s order. The CCSO is reminding citizens of the emergency order and urging everyone to comply for the safety, health and well-being of all communities.
 
The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service law enforcement agency comprised of more than 600 police, corrections and civilian personnel responsible for protecting more than 150,000 residents. The CCSO was accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2001 has been designated as a CALEA Gold Standard of Excellence agency since 2011. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visit www.ccso.us.

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Calvert County COVID-19 Update; Ninth Case Confirmed

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners was notified by the Calvert County Health Department this evening that a ninth case has been confirmed as a result of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). There have been no reported deaths in Calvert County due to COVID-19.
 
A Calvert County Health Department investigation today revealed it is likely the transmission occurred either on March 11 during the Wednesday Night Combo Bowling League at Lord Calvert Bowling Lanes in Huntingtown or at a group gathering in Ocean City two days later. People who attended the gathering in Ocean City are being individually contacted.
 
Since it has been more than two weeks since the possible transmission at the bowling alley the evening of March 11, for anyone who was present, but has not developed any respiratory symptoms or fever, there is no ongoing risk of illness from potential exposure on March 11.
 
For anyone who was present at the Lord Calvert Bowling Alley the night of March 11, or their close contacts, the health department recommends the following:
 
·       For symptoms that have already occurred including a cough, shortness of breath or fever between March 13-March 26, but symptoms have resolved: Email the Calvert County Health Department at Calvert.admin@maryland.gov with your contact information and a nurse will be in touch with you on Monday to get additional details.
 
·         For those who currently have a cough, shortness of breath or fever: CalvertHealth Medical Center is conducting drive through testing for COVID-19. Calvert County residents should call 410-535-8436 on Tuesday, March 31, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those calling will be assessed by a medical provider for COVID-19 symptoms and given an appointment if they meet screening criteria. For those that need care, contact your primary care provider or urgent care and call ahead before arriving.
 
·         If symptoms are severe, seek immediate care.
 
Calvert County officials continue to urge residents to take strong precautions and avoid all unnecessary public contact to prevent further spread of COVID-19 through the community.
 
The Calvert County Health Department will continue to monitor employees’ health over the next 14 days and provide updates if new information becomes available. Residents are encouraged to visit the Calvert County Health Department website at www.calverthealth.org for local case updates and testing information. 
 
Visit www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/Coronavirus for further updates, guidance and resources. Updates will continue to appear on the Calvert County Government website, www.CalvertCountyMd.gov, Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd and Comcast Channel 6.

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Restricted Access to Calvert County Courthouse Extended Through May 1

The rapidly evolving health emergency regarding the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) requires the Maryland court system to continually review and evaluate contingency planning efforts. The Calvert County Courthouse located at 175 Main St. in Prince Frederick will remain under restricted access through May 1, 2020.
 
By way of the Administrative Order dated March 25, 2020, all courts in the Maryland Judiciary, court offices, administrative offices, units of the Judiciary, and the Offices of the Clerks of the Circuit Courts and the clerks’ offices of the District Court continue to be restricted to emergency operations and closed with limited exceptions, as outlined below, through May 1, 2020, pending further order of the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals.
 
The following mandatory matters shall continue to be scheduled and heard in the Circuit Court, in keeping with the urgency of those matters and consistent with statutory requirements, either in person or remotely pursuant to the Administrative Order on Remote Electronic Participation in Judicial Proceedings, June 18, 2018, with the court to notify all participants necessary to the proceeding:
 
·         bail reviews/bench warrants
 
·         arraignments for detained defendants
 
·         juvenile detention hearings
 
·         peace order petitions (juvenile respondents)
 
·         emergency evaluation petitions
 
·         quarantine and isolation petitions
 
·         extradition cases
 
·         body attachments
 
·         extreme risk protective order appeals  
 
For all other emergency matters including those listed below, the administrative judge or his or her designee will review the petition, determine whether it must be heard in person, or can be heard with remote electronic participation, or can be scheduled after the emergency period has ended, or can be resolved without a hearing:
 
·         shelter care hearing and/or related adjudications
 
·         emergency delinquency hearings
 
·         emergency issues in guardianship matters
 
·         domestic violence protective orders
 
·         appeals from peace orders
 
·         family law emergencies
 
·         temporary restraining orders
 
·         criminal competency matters
 
·         motions regarding:
 
o   extreme risk protective orders
 
o   domestic violence protective orders
 
o   peace orders
 
o   contempt hearings related to peace or protective orders
 
o   matters involving locally incarcerated defendants
 
 
 
 
All other matters, including jury trials scheduled to be heard through May 1, 2020, are hereby postponed, unless otherwise scheduled for telephone and/or video hearings when practicable.
 
Essential court personnel will be available to the public by telephone between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Maryland Electronic Court (MDEC) continues to be available for electronic filing and is required to be used for all MDEC counties. For pleadings not required to be filed electronically, filings will be received by mail and may be received via drop box installed in the rear parking lot of the courthouse.
 
Any questions or concerns relative to cases or proceedings should be directed to:
 
·         Circuit Court: 410-535-1600
 
·         District Court: 443-550-6700
 
Calvert County Government continues to take precautionary measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 and limit the number of people infected. Residents, employees and media are encouraged to monitor Calvert County’s virtual resource center for updates and information resources: www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/Coronavirus.
 
Updates will continue to appear on the Calvert County Government website, www.CalvertCountyMd.gov, Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd and Comcast Channel 6.

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St. Mary's County Government Announces COVID-19 Operational Changes

LEONARDTOWN, MD – St. Mary’s County Government is committed to preventing the spread of the coronavirus and announces the following changes and adjustments to county operations.

 

Effective today, St. Mary’s County Government is operating under the approved Pandemic Response Level 3.  St. Mary’s County Government offices are closed to the public. Essential county services will continue to be provided via phone at 301-475-4200, online, and through mail and drop off options.

 

Department of Aging & Human Services
All Senior Activity Centers (Garvey, Loffler and Northern) are closed to the public. Senior Information & Assistance appointments will not be conducted in person. Individuals are encouraged to conduct business by phone or email, or to reschedule appointments for a time when Senior Activity Centers have reopened. All programs and activities are canceled, including the second annual Centenarian Luncheon, scheduled for Friday, April 24, at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center. Home-Delivered Meals will continue as regularly scheduled

There will be no congregate meals at Senior Activity Centers, but meals will be provided to New Towne Village and Cedar Lane Senior Living Communities

 

Department of Economic Development
Business Support
St. Mary’s County businesses with questions regarding support and services should visit the Economic Development webpage at www.yesstmarysmd.com for a full list of business-related COVID-19 resources.
Farmers Markets
All County Farmers Markets are open with modifications to reduce exposure and spread of COVID-19; farmers markets are drive-thru only.

Department of Land Use and Growth Management
The Department of Land Use and Growth Management has adjusted operations to accept permit applications and commercial project and subdivision submittals via email, U.S. mail, FedEx, and UPS. Complete permits will be returned to the applicant upon receipt of credit card or check payment. Packages can be mailed to P.O. Box 653, Leonardtown, MD, 20650. For questions regarding final inspections, please call 301-475-4200, ext. 71500.

Department of Public Works and Transportation
Convenience Centers and Landfill
The six convenience centers and the St. Andrews Landfill are on a normal schedule but the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day scheduled for April 11, 2020, is canceled.
STS Transit
St. Mary’s County STS Bus System is operating under the Saturday schedule, and per social distancing guidelines, no more than nine passengers per trip may board the bus; first responders and medical service workers have priority. ADA and SSTAP paratransit service will continue to book and provide medical trips such as dialysis, chemotherapy, hospitals, clinics, mental health facilities as well as trips to pharmacies and grocery stores.

Saturday service:

o Rt. 3 Great Mills Route (Supplemental) Tulagi Place to Callaway and return Every

hour 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (see attached)

o Rt. 6 Northern Route -Every other odd hour 7 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

o Rt. 7 Southern Route- Every other odd hour. 7 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

o Rt. 11 Great Mills/California Route- Every hour, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

o Rt. 12 Leonardtown Route- Every hour, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

o Rt. 14 County Span Route-NB/SB Every other even hour.6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday service:

o Rt. 11 Great Mills/California Route – 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

o Rt. 12 Leonardtown – 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 

For additional information, call the STS dispatcher at 301-475-4200, ext. 71120.

St. Mary's County Regional Airport
St. Mary’s County Regional Airport is under normal operations, but the terminal is closed to the public. All food truck service at the airport has been suspended. Construction updates are available online.

 

Department of Recreation and Parks
All programs, including organized practices and games in the parks, remain canceled.
Parks
Adjustments to public park access are as follows: waterfront parks, including Elms Beach, Myrtle Point, and Snow Hill Park, are closed to the public. All other St. Mary’s County Government-owned and operated parks are open under safety guidelines which include, passive activity such as walking and exploring with social distancing measures including a 6-foot distance between individuals and no gathering of groups of more than 10 in any specific area of the park.
Public Landings
Public landings may be accessed for launching boats and loading them back onto a trailer. No other gathering at the public landings is permitted.


Museums
The St. Clements Island Museum and Piney Point Lighthouse and Museum are closed to the public. However, the public is welcome to utilize museum grounds from dawn until dusk. Residents are reminded to follow all guidelines for safe space between each other and the restricting of gatherings of more than 10 people but are welcome to enjoy the walking paths and picnic spaces. The museum division is also offering virtual tours and fun ways to stay engaged through their Facebook page.
Wicomico Shores Golf Course
Wicomico Shores Golf Course Pro Shop and Riverview Restaurant are closed to the public.

 

The Circuit Court of St. Mary’s County
The Circuit Court is closed to the public under Administrative Order 2020-4 Restrictions on Accessing the Courthouse.

College of Southern Maryland
All instruction remains online through April 30. Student services will continue to operate remotely until April 3. Access to CSM’s campuses is restricted to pre-approved and authorized personnel through April 3. For

 

St Mary’s County Libraries

St Mary’s County Libraries are closed, and library programming and events are canceled. No fines will be levied during library closure period.

 

St. Marys County Metropolitan Commission
All Metropolitan Commission administrative lobbies and offices are closed to the public.

 

St. Marys County Public Schools
St. Mary’s County Public Schools are closed through April 24.
SMCPS Drive-up lunch service will continue from March 30-April 3, 2020, Monday-Friday, at the following locations from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Meals will be offered to all children 18 years and younger free of charge. Parents and children can drive up to these locations and receive take home meals.
Additional information will follow regarding the continuity of meal programs for the upcoming weeks. 


Leonardtown Elementary School                   Margaret Brent Middle School

22885 Duke Street                                          29675 Point Lookout Road

Leonardtown, MD 20650                               Mechanicsville, MD 20659

Greenview Knolls Elementary School           Lexington Park Elementary School

45711 Military Lane                                       46763 Shangri-La Drive

Great Mills, MD 20634                                  Lexington Park, MD 20653


For questions regarding the lunch service program, please email foodservices@smcps.org.

 

Treasurer’s Office
The Treasurer’s Office is closed to the public. Tax payments should be mailed to St. Mary’s County Treasurer, P.O. Box 642, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Payments will be credited using the postmarked date on envelope.

For information and updates regarding county government operations and COVID-19 resources, please visit St. Mary’s County Government: www.stmarysmd.com

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Calvert County Update on COVID-19 Case Numbers, Testing for March 27

Calvert County officials continue to urge residents to take strong precautions and avoid all unnecessary public contact to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus through the community.
 
The Calvert County Health Department reports a total of eight COVID-19 cases in Calvert County. There have been no reported deaths in Calvert County due to COVID-19. According to the Calvert County Health Department, the recent increase in COVID-19 diagnoses in Calvert County reflects a combination of community transmission of the virus and an increase in the number of people being tested.
 
Due to a continued nationwide shortage of testing supplies, healthcare providers determine who should be tested, based on specific symptoms. Not everyone who feels ill needs to be tested, and are advised to stay home and stay away from people.
 
Local and state officials are working to increase testing availability as more test kits and lab capacity are in place. While testing is becoming more available, there are still limitations on the ability to quickly collect and process tests.
 
Residents are encouraged to visit the Calvert County Health Department website at www.calverthealth.org for local case updates and testing information. 

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Calvert County Sheriff Office Announces Release of Mobile App

(Prince Frederick, MD)   Sheriff Mike Evans announces the release of a new mobile app for the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office.  The app is available as a free download from the iPhone and Android app stores.  
The new app will provide up-to-the-minute alerts, news, and resources for Calvert County citizens and businesses.
This app includes two important COVID-19 resources: 
• Sign up for CDC COVID-19 alerts from Settings/Notifications
• Access a COVID-19 feature with links to social media, travel notices, FAQs, and alerts
The Submit a Tip feature enables you to submit a crime tip directly to the Sheriff’s Office. Your tip - sent anonymously or with your contact information, along with photos - is confidential.  App users are asked to submit tips regarding ongoing investigations. However, you should call 911 in the case of an emergency.
Scroll through the list of Calvert County’s Most Wanted fugitives; photos, details, and charges are listed. If you encounter any of these fugitives, do not attempt to apprehend them; instead use the app’s Submit a Tip feature to send anonymous tips to the Sheriff’s Office. 
Under Inmate Information, find the Inmate Search, correctional facility visitation schedule and rules, inmate mail and phone information, commissary account deposits, and VINE/Victim Notification.
 
Other important features include Programs and Services, and information on Sheriff’s Office careers.
 
Read and share social media posts from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office via the Facebook and Twitter news. 
 
“The mission of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office is to make our community a safe and enjoyable place to live and work,” said Sheriff Evans.  “I encourage you to download our free app and share it with your family, friends, and neighbors so that they can receive our important news and alerts - especially in this very difficult time."
The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office mobile app is created by TheSheriffApp.com, a division of OCV, LLC, which specializes in mobile app development for sheriff’s offices, health departments, and public safety.  With more 500 apps in the app stores, OCV designs and develops custom apps for state, county, and local government agencies.  “Mobile apps offer public safety and other government agencies a better way to alert, inform, and resource the public,” said Suzy Keenan, communications strategist with OCV.  “Mobile apps and social media are the trends for grassroots sharing of information today.”
Search Calvert County Sheriff’s Office to download the mobile app onto your smartphone or tablet.  It is available free of charge from the iOS and Google Play (Android) app stores.  
For more information, contact the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Kristen Leitch at (443) 624-8404. 
 
Calvert County MD Sheriff’s Office mobile app
Link:  https://apps.myocv.com/share/a39520678

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Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision In Hughesville

(Hughesville, Maryland) – On Thursday, March 26, 2020, at approximately 2034 hours, Troopers from the Maryland State Police (MSP) La Plata Barrack responded for a report of a motor vehicle collision involving a single vehicle in the 14500 block of Maryland Route 231 (Burnt Store Road) in Hughesville, Maryland. Due to the seriousness of the collision, a request was made for a Collision Reconstruction Specialist (CRS) to assume the investigation.
A preliminary investigation conducted by Troopers from the MSP La Plata Barrack indicates a 2017 Honda Civic operated by Colton Trent Perry (24 yoa) of Hughesville, MD was traveling westbound on Maryland Route 231. Colton Perry lost control of his vehicle, traveled off the roadway and collided with a tree. After colliding with the tree, the vehicle reentered the roadway and came to a rest. Mr. Perry received injuries that were not compatible with life and pronounced deceased at University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata, Maryland. Mr. Perry was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in Baltimore, MD for an autopsy. Alcohol and speed
appear to be factors in the collision.
 Anyone who may have witnessed this crash is asked to contact the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack at (301) 392-1200.
The investigation is continuing and being investigated by Trooper C. Bauer of the Maryland
State Police La Plata Barrack and Trooper First Class M. Posch (CRS) of the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack. (20-MSP-011823)

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