Star Local News Archives for 2020-07

Fortify the Frontlines Initiative Supports Local COVID-19 Heroes

LEONARDTOWN, MD (July 31, 2020) – The St. Mary’s County Health Department, in partnership with Serenity Place, LLC, is offering free virtual support groups for healthcare workers, first responders, law enforcement, and public health professionals through the Fortify the Frontlines initiative. 
 
Fortify the Frontlines helps essential workers manage the cumulative stress they may be experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants connect virtually in small groups with comrades who can understand the unique challenges of their role in these pandemic times. Groups will be guided by a trauma-trained behavioral health specialist. Virtual group sessions will be held weekly on Sunday evenings at 5:00 p.m., beginning August 9, 2020. 
 
To sign up for these free sessions or for more information, please contact Serenity Place at (301) 690-8004 or via email at: appointments@serenityplace.biz. 
 
“Our frontline workforce has stepped up to the challenge of COVID-19 and now it is our turn to support them,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “The daily stress of this pandemic for months on end is extraordinary. When you're on the frontlines, saving lives and protecting our community, it is so important to keep your mind sharp and your heart strong. This initiative fortifies our frontline heroes for the important work they need to continue in the months ahead.”
 
If you or someone you know is struggling to cope with stress, anxiety, isolation, or other behavioral health concerns related to the pandemic, visit: www.smchd.org/coronavirus and click on the Mental Health, Substance Use & Crisis Support+ tab for more information on local telehealth support services. 

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Election Judges Needed for 2020 Presidential Election

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The St. Mary’s County Election Office is seeking Election Judges for the 2020 Presidential Election.
 
Election Judges are responsible for administering the actual voting procedures in each precinct. These individuals are the only contact the Board of Elections has with the general public during voting hours. Therefore, Election Judges must be reliable, courteous, present a neat appearance, be able to follow procedure, and above all else, possess good judgement. Without Election Judges, it would be impossible to conduct an election.
 
To Serve As An Election Judge You Must:
 
be at least 16 years of age
be a registered voter in Maryland
be able to speak, read and write in the English language
be physically able to work throughout Election Day (6 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
must complete mandatory training
cannot be a candidate, campaign manager for a candidate, or a treasurer for a candidate or political party
cannot engage in partisan or political activity while on duty
This is a paid position
 
Please Contact our office today for an application at 301-475-4200, ext. 1625, or go to our website and apply https://www.stmarysmd.com/supervisorofelections/

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Identity Needed for Theft Suspect (Photo)

July 31, 2020:
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured in a theft investigation. On Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 12:34 pm, the suspect was with three others at the California Walmart store using the self-checkout register and did not scan or pay for all of the items in their cart. The suspect fled upon passing the last point of sale when the others were stopped by the store’s loss prevention staff.
 
 
Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call Deputy Nicholas Hill at 301-475-4200, ext. 78078 or email nicholas.hill@stmarysmd.com. Case # 46807-20
 
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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St. Mary's County Health Department Emergency Closure 7-30-20

LEONARDTOWN, MD (July 30, 2020) – The St. Mary’s County Health Department will close all operations (main office and Harm Reduction Program office) at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2020 for the remainder of the business day. Agency operations will resume on Friday, July 31, 2020.
 
COVID-19 Testing at the Leonardtown Office has been cancelled for today, July 30, 2020. Testing will continue as scheduled (8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) at the Lexington Park Office. 

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Brown Appointed as Charles County's Chief Equity Officer

Charles County Administrator Mark Belton is pleased to announce the appointment of Charmaine Brown as Chief Equity Officer. Brown has more than 20 years of experience in housing and financial services, where she has served as a leader in business development, corporate social responsibility, diversity and inclusion, and community relations. She has served in many national leadership roles to advance diversity and inclusion for women and minorities; and was featured in mReport Magazine as one of the Top 25 Leaders and Influencers in the mortgage industry, which recognizes individuals who are guiding by example and thinking outside the box in ways that are shaping the industry’s path forward.
 
Brown will begin her employment with Charles County Government on Aug. 17. This position was established by the Board of Commissioners to develop innovative and effective strategies for achieving racial equity in Charles County Government. As Chief Equity Officer, Brown will be responsible for the development, implementation, and management of a strategic framework that ensures diversity, inclusion, and equity in programming and service delivery throughout County government. She will collaborate with county leaders and partner agencies to evaluate policy decisions, review services, and analyze budgets to ensure racially equitable outcomes and fair access to opportunities for all who work for, or reside in, Charles County.
 
“I am excited to welcome Charmaine Brown to our executive leadership team. She brings a wealth of experience and valuable perspective to important issues regarding race and equity, both locally and nationally,” stated County Administrator Mark Belton. “We look forward to working with her to help our government make meaningful changes that improve equity in our community.”
 
Charmaine Brown is recognized as a diversity and inclusion thought leader, innovator, and advocate. For the last decade, Brown led Fannie Mae’s Diversity and Inclusion Outreach in its Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, where she was responsible for developing and implementing diversity and inclusion external engagement and outreach strategies for the enterprise. Before joining the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, she developed and implemented strategic initiatives for multicultural and underserved markets as part of Fannie Mae’s Housing and Community Development Division and Single-Family Mortgage Business.
 
"As a longtime resident of Charles County, I embrace our County's commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI),” stated Brown. “It is indeed an honor to have the opportunity to work under the distinguished leadership of Mark Belton, alongside the Executive Leadership Team, and County Commissioners. Together we will create a DEI plan that reflects our collective strength in diversity, fairness in equity, and innovation borne out of authentic inclusion.”
 
Brown holds a Master of Arts in Communications from The Johns Hopkins University. Additionally, she has completed the Diversity Management Program at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, as well as the Harvard Kennedy School for Executive Education, Diversity, and Inclusion Leadership Program. She is also certified in the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), a cross-cultural competency assessment tool.

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Calvert County to Open Second Round for COVID-19 Small Business and Nonprofit Relief Fund

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – July 29, 2020 – The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners announces it will open a second round of the COVID-19 Small Business and Nonprofit Relief Fund Grant to provide assistance to local for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations that have experienced adverse financial impacts or expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
The grant application opens Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at noon and will remain open until Aug. 19, 2020, at 11:59 a.m. Closing date is subject to change based on the number of applications received.
 
The county government will continue to distribute grant funding to businesses and nonprofits providing services in Calvert County that meet criteria from the original federal allotment of $1.25 million for businesses and $500,000 for nonprofits. The grant may be used for expenditures related to business interruption or unusual expenses incurred due to the public health emergency. Repayment is not required for any funds received through the grant program and eligibility criteria is less restrictive than in Round One.
 
Entities that received funding in Round One are not eligible to reapply in Round Two; however, any organization that was denied in Round One is encouraged to revisit criteria for this round to determine eligibility.
 
Grants will be awarded in the following categories and amounts:
 
·         Sole Proprietor: $1,500
 
·         Micro Business (1-15 employees): $5,000
 
·         Small Business (16-50 employees): $7,000
 
·         Grassroots Nonprofit: $1,500
 
·         Small Nonprofit: $5,000
 
·         Mid-Size Nonprofit: $10,000
 
To be considered eligible to receive a grant, both for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations must
 
·         Be in good standing with the state of Maryland;
 
·         Be current on all county tax liabilities;
 
·         Have no outstanding/open zoning or permitting code enforcement issues; and
 
·         Be able to demonstrate significant financial impact caused by COVID-19 or address a community need resulting from COVID-19.
 
Each grant category has specific eligibility criteria and application requirements. Business owners and executive directors interested in receiving a grant are encouraged to review criteria and requirements online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/COVID19ReliefFund. Those interested in applying are encouraged to create a user name and password prior to the application period. Interested business owners may also send an email to grant@calvertcountymd.gov.
 
The relief program is funded through the Maryland Coronavirus Relief Fund, established under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
 
Questions may be emailed to grant@calvertcountymd.gov. For business assistance, call the Department of Economic Development at 410-535-4583. For nonprofit assistance, call the Department of Community Resources at 410-535-1600, ext. 8803.
 
The county continues to share the latest updates surrounding Calvert County’s response to COVID-19 at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/Coronavirus. Find information on Calvert County Government services online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov. Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd.

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Calvert County to Open Second Round for COVID-19 Small Business and Nonprofit Relief Fund

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – July 29, 2020 – The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners announces it will open a second round of the COVID-19 Small Business and Nonprofit Relief Fund Grant to provide assistance to local for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations that have experienced adverse financial impacts or expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
The grant application opens Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at noon and will remain open until Aug. 19, 2020, at 11:59 a.m. Closing date is subject to change based on the number of applications received.
 
The county government will continue to distribute grant funding to businesses and nonprofits providing services in Calvert County that meet criteria from the original federal allotment of $1.25 million for businesses and $500,000 for nonprofits. The grant may be used for expenditures related to business interruption or unusual expenses incurred due to the public health emergency. Repayment is not required for any funds received through the grant program and eligibility criteria is less restrictive than in Round One.
 
Entities that received funding in Round One are not eligible to reapply in Round Two; however, any organization that was denied in Round One is encouraged to revisit criteria for this round to determine eligibility.
 
Grants will be awarded in the following categories and amounts:
 
·         Sole Proprietor: $1,500
 
·         Micro Business (1-15 employees): $5,000
 
·         Small Business (16-50 employees): $7,000
 
·         Grassroots Nonprofit: $1,500
 
·         Small Nonprofit: $5,000
 
·         Mid-Size Nonprofit: $10,000
 
To be considered eligible to receive a grant, both for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations must
 
·         Be in good standing with the state of Maryland;
 
·         Be current on all county tax liabilities;
 
·         Have no outstanding/open zoning or permitting code enforcement issues; and
 
·         Be able to demonstrate significant financial impact caused by COVID-19 or address a community need resulting from COVID-19.
 
Each grant category has specific eligibility criteria and application requirements. Business owners and executive directors interested in receiving a grant are encouraged to review criteria and requirements online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/COVID19ReliefFund. Those interested in applying are encouraged to create a user name and password prior to the application period. Interested business owners may also send an email to grant@calvertcountymd.gov.
 
The relief program is funded through the Maryland Coronavirus Relief Fund, established under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
 
Questions may be emailed to grant@calvertcountymd.gov. For business assistance, call the Department of Economic Development at 410-535-4583. For nonprofit assistance, call the Department of Community Resources at 410-535-1600, ext. 8803.
 
The county continues to share the latest updates surrounding Calvert County’s response to COVID-19 at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/Coronavirus. 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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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Coming This Fall

LEONARDTOWN, MD - The St. Andrew’s Landfill will host the Hazardous Waste Collection Day Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. The event will take place between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Residents can dispose of household hazardous waste materials in a safe manner and with environmentally responsible practices using the county’s certified vendor, ACV Enviro.

 

Some hazardous waste items which will be acceptable for collection include Acids, Ammonia, Bleach, Cleaners, Fuels, Gas/Oil Mixtures, Gasoline, Household and Lawn Pesticides. Items that cannot be accepted include Ammunition, Asbestos, Explosive Materials, Medical Waste, Pharmaceuticals, Radioactive Materials and Picric Acid. For a complete list of acceptable hazardous waste items, please visit our webpage.

 

Please remember to wear face coverings and observe and social distancing precautions when dropping off rubbish at the landfill. There will be staff on-site to assist with traffic flow and drop off parking.

 

For more information, please contact the St. Mary’s Department of Public Works and Transportation at 301-475-4200, ext. 3517. You can also log on to our website at www.co.saint-marys.md.us/dpw/recycling-solid-waste/

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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

During the week of July 20 – July 26 deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,409 calls for service throughout the community. 
 
Damaged Property: 20-38242
On July 20, 2020, Deputy Durnbaugh responded to MF Bowen Road in Huntingtown for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised sometime between July 16th at 5:00pm and July 20th at 7:00pm, an unknown suspect(s) broke out the back window of a vehicle parked at their property. The value of damaged property is $400.
 
Damaged Property: 20-38586
On July 22, 2020, Deputy Freeland responded to Bandera Lane in Lusby for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised an unknown suspect(s) damaged multiple lawn decorations, throwing them around yard. The value of damaged property is $130.
 
Damaged Property: 20-38704
On July 23, 2020, Deputy Callison responded to Solomon Rutter Road in Saint Leonard for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised that sometime between 5:15am and 6:15am on July 23rd, an unknown suspect(s) had knocked their mailbox off the post. The value of damaged property is $50.
 
Damaged Property: 20-38739
On July 23, 2020, Deputy Anderson responded to Los Alamos Lane in Lusby for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised sometime between July 20th and July 23rd, an unknown suspect(s) threw a rock through the basement window of the residence, breaking it. The value of damaged property is $500. 
 
 
Damaged Property: 20-38928
On July 24, 2020, Deputy Wilder responded to the Chesapeake Ranch Estates Water Company in Lusby for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised that sometime between June 22nd and July 24th, an unknown suspect(s) broke the top off the water meter at a residence and tampered with an antenna wire inside, causing the meter to not function. The value of damaged property is $299.
 
Theft: 20-38468
On July 21, 2020, Sergeant Denton took a report of a theft that occurred on Broomes Island Road in Broomes Island. The complainant advised that sometime between 8:00pm on July 17th and 8:00pm on July 21st, an unknown suspect(s) cut the battery wires to their Bass Boat, stole two 12 Volt batteries, and three Cabela’s Bait Casting fishing rods. The total value of stolen and damaged property is $700.
 
Theft: 20-38599
On July 22, 2020, Deputy Anderson responded to Long Beach Drive in Saint Leonard for the report of a theft. The complainant advised that sometime between 6:00pm on July 21st and 6:00am on July 22nd, an unknown suspect(s) stole several items that were hanging from the rearview mirror of their vehicle. The value of stolen property is $25.
 
Theft: 20-38942
On July 24, 2020, Deputy Wilder responded to Spring Cove Road Marina in Solomons for the report of a theft. The complainant advised on July 10th, an unknown suspect(s) stole a gold Hamilton watch with an “IBM 25th anniversary” engraving from their vehicle while it was parked at the marina. The value of stolen property is $800.
 
Arrests:
 
On July 20, 2020, Deputy W. McDowell conducted a traffic stop on Southern Maryland Boulevard at Yellow Bank Road in Dunkirk. After multiple requests, the driver, Darrick Michael Jackson, Jr. (29), retrieved his driver’s license from a bag at which time Deputy McDowell observed a small plastic bag, containing suspected CDS. Jackson advised he did have marijuana, which he surrendered to Deputy McDowell, but refused to comply with a search of the vehicle. Jackson ignored multiple commands to exit the vehicle and to stop reaching for items out of view.  Instead of complying, Jackson locked the doors and rolled the windows up. To gain compliance, Deputies broke the driver’s side window, removing Jackson from the vehicle. A search of his person was conducted, resulting in a pocket knife from his pocket. Deputies located an additional plastic bag containing marijuana, several empty marijuana packaging bags, and knives. Jackson was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession of Marijuana 10GM+, and Failure to Obey a Reasonable/Lawful Order. 
 
On July 21, 2020, Deputy Holt responded to Rod N’ Reel in Chesapeake Beach to assisted Sergeant Shrawder with a disorderly female subject. Upon arrival, Sergeant Shrawder advised the female subject, Leigh Anne Bauer (35), that she had to leave the property. Bauer stated she had a room at the hospital, however could not remember the room number and refused to ask the staff. Bauer took her belongings and left the property continuing to yell at deputies, and then proceeded to kick over a stop sign. Bauer was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where she was charged with Disorderly Conduct. 
 
On July 23, 2020, Deputy Aranda responded to Safeway in Prince Frederick for the report of trespassing. The complainant advised Matthew Edward Dennis (23), was inside the store and was previously issued a trespass order. Calvert County Emergency Communications confirmed Dennis was issued a trespass order on 4/9/2020 by Deputy Sturdivant. Dennis exited the store and was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Trespass: Private Property. 
 
On July 26, 2020, Deputy Wilder conducted a traffic stop on Mill Bridge Road in Lusby with assistance from Trooper Kelly. Upon making contact with the driver, Kelli Aaliyah Richardson (19), and passenger, David Alexander Young (53), Trooper Kelly observed two burnt marijuana cigarettes in the passenger side door handle. Richardson and Young exited the vehicle and a search was conducted which resulted in a small black plastic bag containing a suspected synthetic cannabinoid, as well as an additional plastic bag containing twenty one smaller sealed bags each containing the suspected synthetic cannabinoid. Richardson and Young were both placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where they were each charged with CDS: Possession- Not Marijuana. 

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Van Hollen, Murphy Introduce Legislation to Prevent Health Care Providers from Seizing Bank Accounts, Wages During COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) introduced the COVID-19 Medical Debt Collection Relief Act, legislation to prevent healthcare providers from taking drastic steps to collect medical debts from patients – including seizing bank accounts and garnishing wages.

 

Nearly one in four working-age American adults report having problems paying their medical bills. As our nation battles the COVID-19 pandemic, the financial and health consequences of medical debt are even more troubling. Reporting across the country has shown that some hospitals continue to seize bank accounts and garnish wages in order to collect medical debts, preventing Americans from using these funds to meet basic needs, like buying food or paying rent. The COVID-19 pandemic has also underscored longstanding racial inequities in our healthcare system. Data shows that Black and Latinx individuals are three times more likely to contract COVID-19 and twice as likely to die from COVID-19 – these same communities face significantly higher rates of debt collection and wage garnishment while simultaneously having less accrued savings and wealth.

 

“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage across our country and families struggle to pay their rent and put food on the table, it’s unconscionable that some hospitals continue to seize patients’ wages and bank accounts to collect medical debts. This draconian practice can strip families of all they’ve got in one fell swoop. We should never allow medical debts to ruin peoples’ livelihoods – but especially not as we face this pandemic. That’s why we have introduced this legislation, and I’ll be pressing my colleagues to include these urgent protections in the next COVID-19 relief package,” said Senator Van Hollen.

 

“In the richest country in the world, you shouldn’t go bankrupt just because you get sick. But that is exactly what is happening in America right now, even as our country faces a once-in-a-century health and economic crisis. The legislation Senator Van Hollen and I are introducing today suspends all extraordinary actions by health providers for medical debt during the COVID-19 pandemic and holds health care providers and their agents liable for failure to comply. Medical debt accounts for almost two-thirds of all bankruptcies in this country, and as our country faces double digit unemployment, we shouldn’t be giving Americans one more reason to worry,” said Senator Murphy.

 

"In the middle of a pandemic, families are struggling with medical debt. Through this bill, Senators Van Hollen and Murphy are standing up for consumers by creating a reprieve for tens of thousands of families who are grappling with medical debt right now, and need time to get back on track financially," said National Consumer Law Center Attorney Jenifer Bosco.

 

“As families across the country continue to struggle to make ends meet during the pandemic, we cannot allow the threat of sky-high bills or medical debt to deter people from seeking care for themselves or a family member,” said Emily Stewart, executive director of Community Catalyst. “Aggressive medical debt collection practices disproportionately target Black Americans, who are already facing the brunt of the crisis through higher death and infection rates and job losses. Congressional action is urgently needed to alleviate the pressure medical debt has and will continue to cause families if it’s left unaddressed. We applaud Senators Van Hollen and Murphy for their leadership in proposing legislation that would put critical protections in place to shield people from medical debt during this crisis.”

 

The COVID-19 Medical Debt Collection Relief Act would:

Suspend all extraordinary collection actions by health care providers for all medical debt (e.g. wage garnishment, bank account seizure) during the covered period (i.e. from February 1, 2020 until the later of the end of the public health emergency or 18 months after enactment of this bill).
Allow suspension of existing repayment plans during the covered period for any medical debt, and ensure reasonable forbearance and repayment options for consumers. Interest or fees shall not accrue while the payment plan is suspended.
Implement consumer protections for medical debt that was incurred between February 1, 2020 and 60 days after the end of the public health emergency for COVID-19-related testing and treatment, including:
One-year extension of federal and state health insurance appeal deadlines;
Prohibition on accrual and collection of fees and interest related to these debts;
Prohibition on any extraordinary collection actions.
Hold health care providers and their agents liable for failure to comply.

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NAS PAX RIVER Sets Noise Advisory for Field Carrier Landing Practice Flights July 29, 2020

ATUXENT RIVER, MD – Communities surrounding the naval air station are advised that noise-generating testing events are scheduled to take place July 29, 2020 between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
 
Pilots at NAS PAX will be conducting Field Carrier Landing Practices (FCLPs). FCLPs are simulated carrier landings conducted to prepare the pilot to land safely on an aircraft carrier. The practices consist of series of touch-and-go maneuvers, “bounces.” Airspeed, altitude and power are all precisely choreographed in order for a pilot to approach the ship within an acceptable window to land on the deck safely. FCLP training is essential for the precision and safety of our military men and women and the success of their mission. Landing on an aircraft carrier is perhaps the most difficult task in military aviation. It is a highly complex and perishable skill, and requires intense period of training before pilots deploy. Residents may notice increased noise levels due to these operations.
 
As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing activities on the community. For more information call 1-866-819-9028.

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Commissioners Continue to Support Board of Education Distance Learning as COVID-19 Pandemic Continues

LEONARDTOWN, MD – As pandemic conditions linger into the fall, the Commissioners of St. Mary's County continue to support funding for local schools. At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commissioners proactively moved to support funding for students and teachers of St. Mary's County public schools when distance learning challenges arose. Since May, the Commissioners have approved more than $4M toward ongoing support for county school students.

 

In May, St. Mary's County Commissioners invested $3.5M for the expansion of existing commercial cable provider networks to allow extended service to areas that are not economically feasible for the vendors to perform alone. This expanded Middle Mile project extends service to several underserved regions of the county. By funding the construction of these plant expansions, the county offset the capital improvement costs of the vendor without assuming any additional maintenance or support costs.

 

In a collaborative effort, the Board of Education Information Technology Department and St. Mary's County Information Technology Department focused on data collection and analysis to identify students who live in areas where wired broadband service is unavailable or unreliable.  It was noted that wireless (4G, 3G, LTE, etc.) data speeds have proven challenging when attempting data-intensive operations such as those utilized in a remote learning environment. The Commissioners approved a $200,000 grant to improve rural broadband service and a multimillion-dollar Phase III Cable Plant Expansion project to provide and upgrade internet service in these underserved areas of St. Mary's County.

 

Along with allocating funds for internet service upgrades, the Commissioners authorized $400,000 of emergency reserve funding in June to purchase 1,250 student laptops for the 2020-2021 school year.

 

The Department of Emergency Services, Emergency Management Division, secured an agreement with the St. Mary's County Public Schools to submit for FEMA public assistance for a school feeding program. FEMA dollars could provide up to 75% of the additional staffing costs for the modified school feeding program not covered by the USDA grant to the local public schools.


On July 14, the Commissioners approved budget amendments to realign funding from the Local Management Board for a new project to purchase $15,382 for books for St. Mary's County students. The Commissioners also allocated $54,400 for feeding students to prevent a disruption in food service when the school system had to cease feeding operations.

 

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 on 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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National Night Out Postponed In St. Mary's County

Due to COVID-19 National Night Out (NNO) has been postponed until October 6, 2020. National Night Out occurs annually on the first Tuesday of August and is a community-building campaign that promotes partnerships between neighbors, communities, and law enforcement. National Night Out provides opportunities for neighbors and police to interact in a fun and positive environment.
 
Any communities wishing to participate in NNO or anyone requiring further information is asked to contact Deputy First Class Gerard Muschette at (301) 475-4200 extension 78121 or by email at Gerard.Muschette@stmarysmd.com.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.

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CCSO Announces 2020 Citizens Police Academy

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications for the Citizens Police Academy (CPA), set to kick off in September. This 12-week program will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. through mid-December. 

 

“The Citizens Police Academy has been an invaluable program offered by the CCSO for the past five years. It has helped to strengthen the relationships between the police and our community by offering citizens an understanding of what working in law enforcement is like, while also opening up communication so that we may learn about citizens’ views on our role in public safety,” said Sheriff Troy Berry. “Now more than ever, our goal is to enhance the trust between the community and law enforcement, and it is imperative that we continue to engage with local community members.”

 

Participants will learn about a wide range of topics including:

·                     Patrol Procedures

·                     Narcotics Investigations

·                     Forensic Evidence

·                     Criminal Law

·                     Juvenile Issues

·                     Use of Force

·                     Criminal Investigations

·                     Search and Seizure

Participants will also get a behind-the-scenes look at the CCSO Headquarters, Charles County Detention Center, Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy, and Crime Lab. Hands-on experiences will include a Firearms Training Simulator (FATS) and crime scene processing.  Participants will have the opportunity to ride with a police officer and to experience policing from an officer’s perspective. Participation in the Ride-along program is not required but is strongly encouraged.

 

The Citizens Police Academy is a valuable opportunity for anyone who is interested in learning more about the realities of policing. Individuals who wish to apply will be subject to a background check. This program is free of charge. There are a limited number of seats available, so anyone interested in participating in the Citizens Police Academy should submit their application as soon as possible.  It should be noted all COVID safety protocols will be followed during the course of the Citizens Police Academy.  

 

Additional information and applications for the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Police Academy can be found on our website at https://www.ccso.us/citizens-police-academy/. Applications should be mailed to:  

 

Charles County Sheriff’s Office

6915 Crain Highway

PO Box 189

La Plata, MD 20646

Attn: Human Resources

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.

Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app, which can be found in the Android Store and Apple store by searching P3tips. For more information about the P3 program, click on this link: www.p3intel.com. 

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Virtual Town Hall On Fall 2020 Safe Return To School For St. Mary's County Kids

LEONARDTOWN, MD – St. Mary’s County Public Schools will host a virtual town hall on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. to discuss the planning process for the return to school in Fall 2020. Dr. J. Scott Smith, Superintendent, will share information with the community about how St. Mary’s County Public Schools will be addressing the requirements of the Maryland Recovery Plan for Education and planning the safe return of students and staff to schools for the 2020-2021 school year. 
 
The virtual town hall will be streamed live at www.smcps.org/streaming, on cable Channel 96, and on the SMCPS YouTube channel. Information about how the public can submit questions will be posted on the website above.  

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Identity Needed for Theft Suspect (Photos)

July 27, 2020:
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured in a theft investigation. On Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 5:11 pm, the suspect was observed paying for only some items at the self-checkout register at the California Walmart store and then passed all points of sale. Confronted by the store’s loss prevention staff, the suspect fled.
 
 
Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call Deputy Robert Chase at 301-475-4200, ext. 78079 or email Robert.chase@stmarysmd.com. Case # 46294-20
 
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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New COVID-19 Data Dashboard Available for St. Mary's County

The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) has launched a new dashboard for sharing local COVID-19 data, available online at: www.smchd.org/covid-19-data 
 
“Over the past several months we have worked hard to provide timely and accurate information related to COVID-19,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “We hope that this new dashboard shares local data visually in a way that helps our community understand trends in this pandemic. More information will be added as we are able to provide it.”
 
Please visit the St. Mary’s County Health Department’s website for local COVID-19 updates and information at www.smchd.org/coronavirus or call the COVID-19 Community Hotline at 301-475-4911 (Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) to get your questions answered.

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Board of Education Votes to Open School Online

At a special meeting held on July 24, 2020, the Board of Education of Calvert County Public Schools voted in favor of a virtual opening for the 2020-2021 school year. School will be conducted online for the first semester unless the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic changes significantly.
 
Dr. Daniel D. Curry, Superintendent, said, “The online instruction that students will experience this fall will be very different from the digital learning last spring. Teachers will livestream lessons, and the schedule will be similar to that of a typical school day. The circumstances are far from ideal, but we are committed to making it work.”
 
The Board did determine that some small groups of students may need to be in school for specialized instruction. Staff members will make this determination and, in the event of face-to-face teaching, will follow safety and cleaning protocols prescribed by the Calvert County Health Department.
 
Depending upon job responsibilities, staff will continue to have the option to telework.
 
Board members thanked parents and staff for their input during the public comment period and encouraged the community to collaborate to find solutions in these unprecedented circumstances. The Board also asked for further information about the possibility of fall sports and activities, and they will revisit that topic at a later date.

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Message from Karen B. Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools

Earlier this week, Governor Hogan held a COVID 19 press conference, and invited me to speak about the opening of schools. With the state firmly in recovery, local systems will have the flexibility to determine, in consultation with their local health officers, how they will open, and which groups of students and staff will be able to re-enter buildings. Some systems have begun to lay out a path to begin the year all-virtual, and some plan to move forward with a ‘hybrid’ approach. Our job is to help systems succeed and keep staff and students safe with established guardrails, regardless of which path they choose.
 
First, all systems must follow CDC guidelines for schools, which stress the importance of handwashing, physical distancing, and cloth face coverings. Face coverings must be worn by all staff and students, particularly when physical distancing is not possible.
 
Second, all school systems must adhere to protocols instituted by state health officials for addressing an outbreak.
 
Together with the Department of the Health, we released specific guidance for face masks and response to confirmed cases of COVID-19 in schools, child care programs, and youth camps.
 
They are posted online at the links below:
 
Guidance for Use of Cloth Face Coverings in Schools
 
Response to a Laboratory Confirmed Case of COVID-19 and Persons with COVID-19-like Illness in Schools, Child Care Programs, and Youth Camps
 
Third, all school systems before reopening must meet a series of benchmarks, the 13 requirements that are included in Maryland’s Education Recovery Plan.
 
I also provided information on the federal funding available to local school systems. Specifically, these funds ensure that more students will have access to remote learning and the expansion of targeted tutoring initiatives for at-risk students. Our goal with these resources is to give local school systems the support and flexibility to focus on and prioritize students most impacted during the crisis.
 
Again, we will rely on every available resource to ensure that Maryland’s children have full access to the quality, effective and safe education they deserve.
 
We are Maryland strong, and we will continue moving forward together.

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Emergency Cooling Centers Available During Sweltering Temperatures

The National Weather Service has forecasted high temperatures with a heat index value exceeding 100 degrees, Monday, July 27 and Tuesday, July 28. The Calvert County Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management, will open two cooling centers in the county for residents who need to take refuge from the heat in a safe, cool place, with safe drinking water available.
 
The following locations will be available for emergency cooling only, Monday, July 27 and Tuesday, July 28:
 
·         Harriet E. Brown Community Center
901 Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick
8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
 
·         Northeast Community Center
4075 Gordon Stinnett Ave., Chesapeake Beach
8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
 
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, residents must wear face coverings and must practice physical distancing while inside the buildings. Staff will follow Health Department guidance for screening and sanitation.
 
Residents who need transportation to a cooling center outside of regular public transportation operating hours should call the Calvert County Emergency Communications Center non-emergency line at 410-535-3491, to request transportation assistance. For medical emergencies, citizens should call 911.
 
Calvert County public transportation schedules are available online at https://www.calvertcountymd.gov/130/Public-Transportation.
 
Emergency cooling centers open when the need arises. Emergency Management staff is closely monitoring the National Weather Service excessive heat advisories and will make a determination to keep cooling centers open if needed.
 
Calvert County residents are urged to take the following precautions to protect themselves and their families when temperatures rise:
 
·         Drink plenty of fluids; water is best.
 
·         Avoid beverages containing alcohol, caffeine or large amounts of sugar as they can dehydrate the body.
 
·         Stay in an air-conditioned room or building during the hottest part of the day.
 
·         Stay out of the sun.
 
·         Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
 
·         Check on elderly relatives and neighbors.
 
·         Never leave children or pets in parked cars since temperatures can rise to 130 degrees inside vehicles in only a few minutes, even with the windows rolled down.
 
               Heat can affect anyone, but most at risk are the very young, older adults and people with underlying health problems. Symptoms of heat illness include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness, nausea, weak but rapid pulse and headaches. People with these symptoms should find shade, drink water slowly and make sure there is good ventilation. Those with severe symptoms should seek medical attention.
 
               Pet owners should provide ample shade and water for their pets or bring pets indoors. Any time a pet is outside, make sure it has protection from heat and sun and plenty of fresh, cold water.
 
Residents are encouraged to stay informed and prepared in the event of an emergency by visiting www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/BeAwarePrepare and signing up for Calvert County ALERT to receive timely information about various emergency and non-emergency situations in the county.
 
The Department of Public Safety also offers a free “Calvert Prepare” app to put critical, real-time information at users’ fingertips in the event of a regional emergency and helps residents stay prepared. Those without internet can contact the Calvert County Division of Emergency Management at 410-535-1600, ext. 2638, to sign up for additional emergency preparedness information.
 
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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State Fire Marshals Investigate Fatal Fire In Calvert County

CALVERT COUNTY, MD (July 23, 2020) -A team of investigators from the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Calvert County Sheriffs Office and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are conducting an investigation involving a fatal dwelling fire in the 3300 block of Hunting Creek Road in Huntingtown. The first 911 call was received at 6:32 a.m when neighbors discovered the home ablaze.
 
Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Department and multiple other fire companies responded to the one-alarm fire. Once the fire was extinguished, firefighters located a deceased adult male occupant within the residence. Deputy State Fire Marshals discovered no evidence of smoke alarms within the dwelling, and the origin and cause remain under investigation at this time.
 
The victim will not be identified at this time and has  be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore to determine the exact cause of death. The home was not equipped with running water, and investigators have concluded the home is a complete loss. 

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July 21st Charles County Commissioners Meeting Update

On Tuesday, July 21, the Board of Commissioners received a briefing on Charles County’s Climate Resilience Action Strategy and approved the staff recommendation to engage the community in sharing their feedback and holding a public hearing on the plan. Charles County has been discussing strategies to prepare for, adapt to and recover from the impacts of climate change. The county is also one of three Maryland jurisdictions collaborating directly with the University of Maryland to develop a financing plan to pay for climate resiliency efforts.

 

Planning and Growth Management staff reported on the county’s work group efforts to assess risk, identify affected county assets, and draft a plan with goals and strategies to address adverse impacts of climate change. The work group is also evaluating options for a financing strategy and establishing a Climate Resilience Authority to administer its implementation. A Resilience Authority would be responsible for financing resilience infrastructure such as flood barriers, green spaces, building elevation and stormwater infrastructure.

 

Community Forum on Criminal Justice Reform in Charles County

Commissioners received public comments at a virtual community forum on criminal justice reform in Charles County. Commissioners will keep the record open for additional e-comments from the public until July 28, 2020.

 

Open Session Briefings

 

Director of Emergency Services Michelle Lilly and Dr. Howard Haft, who manages the COVID-19 response for the Charles County Department of Health, presented the latest statistics on the COVID-19 public health emergency. The public is encouraged to get tested through their medical provider, urgent care center, local pharmacy, or Waldorf VEIP station where residents can schedule an appointment online. County staff are prioritizing compliance with state executive orders and best practices for business and industry; public adherence to facial coverings, social distancing and hygiene; testing and contact tracing; and keeping vulnerable individuals safe.
Fiscal staff presented an update on expenditures from the CARES Act funding that is designated for costs related to the county’s COVID-19 public health emergency. Funds can be used to pay for a variety of expenses such as government building renovations, safety measures for public transportation, technology to support remote work, rental assistance, home-delivered meals, and needs for first responders. 
Planning and Growth Management staff briefed Commissioners on the proposed ?amendments to the school allocation policy.  Commissioners are considering whether to add certain revisions to the Zoning Ordinance and the Adequate Public Facilities Manual. These revisions are being recommended to improve the allocation process and provide incentives and additional flexibility to accommodate priority projects, including mixed-used development and affordable workforce housing. Commissioners approved the request to move forward with a public process to review and provide feedback on the proposed revisions before they are considered for final approval.
Vincent DeMarco, President of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, briefed Commissioners on options for prescription drug affordability. He provided data on why prescription drug costs are rising, discussed the impact on state and local budgets, and reviewed a legislative proposal for a statewide Prescription Drug Affordability Board. Commissioners approved a resolution supporting the establishment of this Board.
Approval Items

Commissioners approved the following items:

 

A contingency transfer request of $203,000 to reimburse the State Highway Administration for costs related to relocating the sewer main on the new Cobb Island Bridge.
A contingency transfer request of $85,000 to reimburse the State Highway Administration for costs related to a support system to accommodate a future water main on the new Cobb Island Bridge.
A budget transfer request of $100,000 to hire part-time staff for litter control to replace the loss of inmate labor from the Maryland Pre-Release Program.
A budget amendment increase of $5,000 resulting from a SMECO donation of $2,500 and a matching donation of $2,5000 from CoBanks to provide support for Emergency Services’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A change order in the amount of $115,200 for construction inspection and surveillance services related to the Detention Center Intake Area project.
A resolution to approve the Solid Waste Management Plan with amendments, effective July 7, 2020.
A renewal of the Local Declaration of Emergency for COVID-19, extending it to August 28, 2020.
A resolution to establish the Charles County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) as an advisory board to the Board of County Commissioners, pending future resolution of issues related to the CJCC by-laws that were raised by the board during its discussion of the agenda item.
A letter of support for a grant that would provide commuter ferry service as a transit alternative between several location in northern Virginia, southern Maryland and Washington, DC.
A standard operating procedure for a Roadside Memorial Program, which would allow the Sheriff’s Office to establish a roadside memorial in memory of a deputy who died in the line of duty while responding to an emergency call.
A revised standard operating policy for Monuments on Charles County Government property. The revisions would allow the county to explore establishing a COVID-19 memorial on county property.
A lease for the Charitable Trust to rent space in the Bel Alton Multi-Service Center.
A resolution for a zoning change to allow higher density on the Land of Mallard’s Pond, which was annexed into the Town of La Plata on December 19, 2017. The applicant submitted a memorandum regarding the impact on school seat allocation as part of its presentation.
Next Commissioners Session: September 1, 2020 at 9 a.m. (held virtually)

 

The Board of County Commissioners also tentatively held Tuesday, August 25 as an additional meeting date, if needed, to consider time-sensitive items that require Commissioner approval.

 

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

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Health Department COVID-19 Testing Hours, Leonardtown & Lexington Park

LEONARDTOWN, MD (July 23, 2020) – The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) is now offering appointment-free COVID-19 testing, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the SMCHD Main Office in Leonardtown. Testing will also continue to be offered daily at the SMCHD Harm Reduction Program Office in Lexington Park.
 
Leonardtown Office: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
 
21580 Peabody Street, Leonardtown
For assistance or accommodations, call ahead to (301) 475-4330
Lexington Park Office: Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
 
46035 Signature Lane, Lexington Park (co-located with U-Haul Moving & Storage)
For assistance or accommodations, call ahead to (301) 862-1680
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 welcome
Visit http://www.smchd.org/covid-19-testing/ for more information.
 
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 St. Mary’s County Health Department’s website for local COVID-19 updates, data, and information at www.smchd.org/coronavirus or call the COVID-19 Community Hotline at 301-475-4911 (Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) to get your questions answered.

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Van Hollen Discusses Trump Threat to Send Federal Forces to Baltimore, Legislation to Block It

WASHINGTON – Last night, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) discussed the recent deployment of unidentified federal police to American cities, as well as President Trump’s threat to bring these shadowy paramilitary forces to Baltimore. Senator Van Hollen announced legislation this week that would largely block President Trump from deploying these federal forces against Americans. Video of the interview is available here, and the transcript of the interview is available below.
 
ALI VELSHI (MSNBC): Senator, the point I was just making to our viewers is that this is like secret police. This is the kind of thing that does not happen in democracies. It is the absence of accountability by federal agents.
 
U.S. SENATOR CHRIS VAN HOLLEN (D-Md.): Well, that's exactly right. That's exactly why Senator Merkley, and Wyden, and I, and others introduced this bill, and we never expected to have to do this in the United States of America. But here we have a President who seems to envy dictators – like Putin, like Erdogan, like President Xi in China – and has decided to abuse his power by deploying secret federal police to American cities against the will of local leaders to deny people their Constitutional rights. And so our legislation would prevent this President and any other future president from doing that.
 
VELSHI: What's the broader issue here? Because when you say we've never had to do this in the United States, you know, I've never had to wear a gas mask while covering stories in the United States or a hardened helmet. There is something here that is happening, and Donald Trump seems to be relishing it. This is the law-and-order President. This is the tough-on-people President. He's calling it tough on crime, but our pictures of Portland indicate mostly peaceful protests.
 
VAN HOLLEN: Well, that's exactly right, Ali. In fact, you saw mothers arm-in-arm trying to protect the peaceful protesters from federal agents, right? What's wrong with that picture? Look, we have a President who for political reasons has decided that somehow sending the secret police in to escalate the situation and to increase the chance of violence serves his interests. It makes him somehow look like the law-and-order President, when, in fact, what he's doing is violating people's Constitutional rights – violating parts of the law. And the reason we introduced this legislation was to make it absolutely clear that this is a line that cannot be crossed by this President. 
 
I just got off the phone this evening with the Mayor of Baltimore – because Baltimore was on the list of cities that President Trump had mentioned –  and the Mayor of Baltimore said, look, we're happy to have more federal resources for housing, for transportation, education, but don't send us Donald Trump’s secret police to escalate the situation in Baltimore. Local law enforcement is doing its job and – we don't need any outside police sent by Donald Trump.
 
VELSHI: Right, and part of local law enforcement doing their job in this country involves protecting people's right to protest. Last night, we had a former Navy vet who was on – he was in Portland and he went up to talk to these agents, these so-called agents to ask them what they were doing, and they beat him. They apparently broke his arm. They beat him. We have the video – he wasn't protesting, he wasn't doing anything – he went to talk to them. But even if he were protesting, that is the basis of what we're allowed to do in this country. To some degree, what the Administration is doing – and this is going to be the video of the guy in a minute – what this Administration is doing is in violation of laws that already exist in America, notwithstanding the law that you're trying to bring into place. 
 
VAN HOLLEN: Oh, there's no doubt that the President is using these federal forces to violate people’s Constitutional rights. As you just said, that was a graduate of the Naval Academy, a Navy veteran, simply there to exercise his First Amendment rights, and they broke his wrist. There was another scene where another individual was essentially shot between the eyes with a high-impact projectile – seriously injured. 
 
This is not the United States of America. This is maybe the streets of some authoritarian regime. And yet Donald Trump has sort of taken it upon himself to abuse his power in this way for purely political purposes. I think he’s got it totally wrong. I don’t think the American people will tolerate that, and that's why we're pushing for this bill.
 
VELSHI: Senator, good to see you as always. Thank you for joining us.

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In Midst of Pandemic, Maryland Has Successful Sale of Over $1.0 Billion in General Obligation Bonds

Maryland State Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp announced that the Board
of Public Works (BPW), composed of Governor Lawrence Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp, and Comptroller Peter Franchot, completed the sale of over $1.0 billion of General Obligation bonds earlier this morning. Interest rates on the bonds were some of the lowest Maryland has ever achieved, generating a record $180.9 million in bond premium and over $60.9 million in debt service savings for the current fiscal year, which will help close the budget gap the State is facing as a result of the COVID19 pandemic.
Competitive sales for the bonds occurred at today’s BPW meeting. Series A was divided into two bidding groups, with the State receiving six bids for the $290.1 million of Tax-Exempt General Obligation Bonds (Series A Bidding Group 1) and five bids for the $249.9 million of Tax-Exempt General Obligation Bonds (Series A Bidding Group 2). The State also received six bids for the $117.3 million (resized amount) of Tax-Exempt Current Refunding Bonds (Series B) and five bids for the $345.8 million (resized amount) of Taxable Refunding Bonds (Series C).
In today’s competitive sales:
• $290.1 in Tax-Exempt Bonds (Series A Bidding Group 1), with maturities from 2023 – 2030, sold at an all-in true interest cost of 0.558%; the winning bidder was Bank of America Merrill
Lynch and the premium was $85.5 million;
• $249.9 million in Tax-Exempt Bonds (Series A Bidding Group 2), with maturities from 2031
– 2035, sold at an all-in true interest cost of 1.746%; the winning bidder was Wells Fargo,
National Association and the premium was $95.4 million;
• $115.8 million in Tax-Exempt Current Refunding Bonds (Series B), with maturities from
2021 – 2029, sold at an all-in true interest cost of 0.583%; the winning bidder was Bank of
America Merrill Lynch; and the debt service savings totaled $8.1 million; and
• $355.6 million in Taxable Advance Refunding Bonds (Series C), with maturities from 2021
– 2027, sold at an all-in true interest cost of 0.765%; the winning bidder was J.P. Morgan
Securities, LLC; and the debt service savings totaled $53.1 million; and
• The all-in true interest cost for the overall sale of the $1.1 billion in bonds was 1.115%.
Treasurer Kopp commented, “This is an outstanding outcome and a win for all Marylanders. Despite the unprecedented fiscal challenges the State is facing because of the pandemic, investors showed that they believe Maryland’s dynamic economy, highly educated workforce, above-average wealth and history of prudent fiscal management still make Maryland’s bonds the highest quality and safest investment possible. The confidence that investors have in Maryland’s fiscal resilience and its ability
to weather this crisis, along with the State Treasurer’s Office’s creative and carefully managed approach to bond offerings, has resulted in historically low borrowing costs for funds that will finance investments in Maryland’s schools, colleges, hospitals, and other vital public infrastructure projects.
In addition, the fact that the bonds will help the State make great strides towards balancing its fiscal year 2021 budget makes this an extraordinary sale and a tremendous result for the people of the State of Maryland.”
“However, interest rates on bonds are so low and stable in part because of the drastic actions taken to mitigate the economic impact of the virus, including moratoriums on evictions and foreclosure proceedings, expanded unemployment insurance, aid for state and local governments, grants and loans for small businesses, and other stimulus measures, many of which have either exhausted their funding or are set to expire imminently. It is critical that governments at all levels extend and expand these measures to ensure our economy can emerge from the crisis intact,” she concluded.
Maryland is one of only thirteen states to hold the AAA rating, the highest possible rating, from all three major bond rating agencies. The AAA rating was recently affirmed by Fitch Ratings, Moody’s Investors Service, and S&P Global Ratings in anticipation of this bond sale.
The Maryland State Treasurer’s Office expects to conduct another bond sale in early 2021.

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Cardin Introduces Resolution Condemning Trump Decision to Withdraw from World Health Organization

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, today released the following comments upon introducing a new resolution, S.Res. 653, expressing the sense of the Senate that withdrawing from the World Health Organization (WHO) undermines our national priorities and endangers America’s public health.

 

“While the WHO is not perfect, its technical capacities and relationship with nearly every country in the world make it the best organization to manage the response to a global pandemic like COVID-19. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee recently heard from a panel of public health experts who all spoke with one voice – leaving the WHO in the middle of a global pandemic will not only compromise the international response to COVID-19, it will put  U.S. lives at risk. This is why President Trump’s decision to formally begin withdrawing the United States from the WHO is irrational, reckless – and simply the wrong thing to do.

 

“This resolution recognizes that, since it was founded in 1948 with help from the United States, the WHO has relied on U.S. support to lead the world in disease detection and eradication and health system strengthening. It also highlights the significant benefit the U.S. gains by participating in the WHO, including the ability to improve public health in regions of the world that would be impossible to reach on our own.

 

“This resolution outlines the lifesaving work of the WHO to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. This work includes convening an unprecedented global, clinical trial, the Solidarity Trial, to help find an effective treatment for COVID-19. It includes coordinating global supply chains of personal protective equipment and other health commodities for more than 135 countries. And it includes pre-positioning manufacturing capacity and distribution channels to ensure that all countries have access to future therapies and vaccines faster and at a fair price. Last month, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution urging U.S. participation in global efforts on therapeutics and vaccine development and delivery to address COVID-19 – leaving the WHO will make it drastically more difficult to accomplish those goals.

 

“The WHO has its flaws, but the United States is best positioned to effect positive changes by maintaining our seat at the table. Historically, we have been able to encourage the WHO to make important reforms, like improvements to its health emergencies program that were undertaken following the 2014 West African Ebola outbreak. By withdrawing from the WHO, we are forfeiting our voice in these conversations and empowering countries that do not have our best interests in mind. The international community, and especially the American people, will suffer as a result.

 

“If we are to be successful in the fight against COVID-19 and whatever other health challenges lay ahead, the U.S. cannot isolate itself from the rest of the world. An isolationist stance will only lead to domestic and global failure. With the pandemic raging in our own backyard, it is of paramount importance for the United States to continue to collaborate with countries around the world to end this global health emergency – and to prevent future ones from starting.”

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Aug. 1

The Department of Public Works is holding a household hazardous waste collection on Saturday, Aug. 1

 

What:                                  Household Hazardous Waste

Where:                                Department of Public Works building (10430 Audie Lane, La Plata)

When:                                  Saturday, Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

 

We are asking our residents to be patient and remain in your vehicle until it is your turn to be served.  Residents are asked to maintain 6 feet of social distancing while at the event, and facial coverings are required when interacting face to face with staff. 

Items accepted: pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer, gasoline, oil-based paint, cleaning supplies, pool chemicals, fluorescent lights, mercury thermometers, and other poisons found in the home. Please remember to mark any container that does not have a readable, original label.

 

Unacceptable materials: bio-medical waste (sharps, needles, anything with bodily fluids), latex paint, prescription drugs, and ammunition.  Used motor oil, anti-freeze, propane tanks, and batteries are accepted on a regular basis at various collection sites.  Latex paint is not considered hazardous waste and can be placed in your household trash as long as it is solidified.  This can be accomplished by adding kitty litter, shredded paper, paint hardener, or sawdust to aid in drying it out.

For more information, call the Charles County Department of Public Works, Environmental Resources Division at 301-932-3599 or 301-870-2778, or the landfill and recycling information line at 301-932-5656. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD:  800-735-2258.

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2020 Citizens Academy Postponed

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County regretfully announce the postponement of the 2020 Citizens Academy due to COVID-19 precautions. The annual Academy, originally scheduled to begin Sept. 8, 2020, is a seven-week series of Tuesday night sessions in which St. Mary’s County residents get an up-close look at county government operations by visiting multiple departments and participating in hands-on activities and seminars. Academy graduates receive a certificate upon completion.

 

“The Citizens Academy has allowed our citizens to become more engaged with county government and vice versa,” said County Administrator Dr. Rebecca Bridgett. “The Academy’s responsibility has always been to educate and inform citizens about County Government programs and services, and, unfortunately, we’ve decided to postpone the 2020 sessions. The health and safety of our residents and staff is the top priority, so we have decided to suspend the 2020 Academy.”

 

For information on county government operations, please visit the St. Mary’s County Government website.

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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

During the week of July 13 – July 19 deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,397 calls for service throughout the community. 
 
Damaged Property: 20-36707
On July 13, 2020, Deputy Kwitowski responded to Whispering Drive in Prince Frederick for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised that sometime between July 12th at 8:30pm and July 13th at 7:00am, an unknown suspect(s) damaged their mailbox by knocking it over.  The value of damaged property is $500.
 
Damaged Property: 20-37587
On July 17, 2020, Deputy Kwitowski responded to Toye Lane in Prince Frederick for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised that sometime between July 15th at 5:30pm and July 17th at 9:00am, an unknown suspect(s) broke a window in the front of the residence. The value of damaged property is $200. 
 
Theft: 20-37416
On July 16, 2020, Sergeant Denton took a report of a theft that occurred on Shores Acres Way in Prince Frederick. The complainant advised that an unknown suspect(s) stole a package containing a DVD that was delivered to the residence on July 15th. The value of stolen property is $49.
 
Theft: 20-37467
On July 16, 2020, Deputy Childress responded to Saw Mill Road in Lusby for the report of a theft. The complainant advised an unknown suspect(s) stole the front registration tag and bracket from their vehicle. The value of stolen property is $161.20.
 
 
Arrests:
 
On July 13, 2020, Deputy Gough responded to the Calvert County Detention Center for the report of recovered property. Upon arrival, Correctional Deputy Windsor advised that a search was conducted of Michael Peter Trybus (24) upon entering the Detention Center which resulted in two paper folds containing a white and brown powdery substance, suspected to be heroin. Also located on Trybus’ person were eight unopened white and blue packages containing suspected Suboxone Sublingual Films. Trybus was charged with CDS: Possession- Not Marijuana, CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia, and Possession of Contraband- Place of Confinement. 
 
On July 13, 2020, Deputy Sampson conducted a traffic stop on North Solomons Island Road at the Sunderland Park and Ride in Sunderland. The driver, Kacy Leeanne Kerns (32), stepped out of the vehicle and Deputy Sampson observed two semi-transparent white plastic Methadone bottles in Kerns’ sweatshirt pocket. Kerns provided Deputy Sampson with a spoon from her pocket which had visible scratch marks. A search of the vehicle was conducted which resulted in a used syringe, two used cotton balls, a clear capsule containing a white residue suspected to be heroin. Kerns was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where she was charged with CDS: Possession- Not Marijuana, CDS: Paraphernalia, CDS Administer Equipment Poss/Dist.
 
On July 13, 2020, while patrolling the Chesapeake Beach area, Deputy Bowlan observed Alonza Emanuel Wallace (30), enter the Twin Beach Market. Wallace was issued a trespass warning on July 2, 2020 by Deputy Cress. Deputy Bowlan observed Wallace exit the Twin Beach Market and defecate in the driveway of a residence nearby. Deputy Bowlan made contact with Wallace, and instructed Wallace to place his hands behind is back. After refusing multiple commands, Wallace was place under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Trespass: Private Property, Failure to Obey Reasonable/Lawful Order, Resisting/Interfering with Arrest, and Indecent Exposure.  
 
On July 14, 2020, Deputy Payne assisted a motorist on Southern Maryland Boulevard at Drury Lane in Dunkirk. The complainant advised the driver was stumbling around the vehicle seeming confused. Deputy Payne made contact with the driver, Jacob John Joseph Mishou (29), who appeared disoriented and incoherent. Mishou stepped away from the vehicle, and Deputy Payne observed six clear capsules contacting a white powdery substance, suspected to be heroin. A further search of the vehicle resulted in a prescription bottle containing four pills that did not match the prescription label, and fifty additional clear capsules containing a white powdery substance of suspected heroin. A search of Mishou’s person was conducted which resulted in a used syringe. Mishou was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia, CDS: Possession- Not Marijuana, CDS Administer Equipment Poss/Dist., and CDS Possession with Intent to Distribute. 

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Emergency Cooling Centers Operations Extended Due to Extreme Heat

Based on the latest National Weather Service forecast with the heat index value expected to remain at 100-105 degrees through Thursday, July 23, the Calvert County Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management, will keep cooling centers open for residents who need to take refuge from the heat with safe drinking water available.
 
The following locations are available for emergency cooling only through Thursday, July 23:
 
·         Harriet E. Brown Community Center
901 Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick
8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
 
·         Northeast Community Center
4075 Gordon Stinnett Ave., Chesapeake Beach
8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
 
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, residents must wear face coverings and must practice physical distancing while inside the buildings. Staff will follow Health Department guidance for screening and sanitation.
 
Residents who need transportation to a cooling center outside of regular public transportation operating hours should call the Calvert County Emergency Communications Center non-emergency line at 410-535-3491, to request transportation assistance. For medical emergencies, citizens should call 911.
 
Calvert County public transportation schedules are available online at https://www.calvertcountymd.gov/130/Public-Transportation.
 
Emergency cooling centers open when the need arises. Emergency Management staff is closely monitoring the National Weather Service excessive heat advisories and will make a determination to keep cooling centers open if needed.
 
Calvert County residents are urged to take the following precautions to protect themselves and their families when temperatures rise:
 
·         Drink plenty of fluids; water is best.
 
·         Avoid beverages containing alcohol, caffeine or large amounts of sugar as they can dehydrate the body.
 
·         Stay in an air-conditioned room or building during the hottest part of the day.
 
·         Stay out of the sun.
 
·         Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
 
·         Check on elderly relatives and neighbors.
 
·         Never leave children or pets in parked cars since temperatures can rise to 130 degrees inside vehicles in only a few minutes, even with the windows rolled down.
 
               Heat can affect anyone, but most at risk are the very young, older adults and people with underlying health problems. Symptoms of heat illness include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness, nausea, weak but rapid pulse and headaches. People with these symptoms should find shade, drink water slowly and make sure there is good ventilation. Those with severe symptoms should seek medical attention.
 
               Pet owners should provide ample shade and water for their pets or bring pets indoors. Any time a pet is outside, make sure it has protection from heat and sun and plenty of fresh, cold water.
 
Residents are encouraged to stay informed and prepared in the event of an emergency by visiting www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/BeAwarePrepare and signing up for Calvert County ALERT to receive timely information about various emergency and non-emergency situations in the county.
 
The Department of Public Safety also offers a free “CalvertPrepare” app to put critical, real-time information at users’ fingertips in the event of a regional emergency and helps residents stay prepared. Those without internet can contact the Calvert County Division of Emergency Management at 410-535-1600, ext. 2638, to sign up for additional emergency preparedness information.
 
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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Detectives Arrest Two Suspects in Connection with Shooting in La Plata

Detectives Arrest Two Suspects in Connection with Shooting: Charles County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested two people in connection with a shooting that occurred in La Plata. A preliminary investigation showed that on June 7 at 9:30 p.m., the victims and suspects were involved in a verbal altercation with each other at a hotel in La Plata. Following the altercation, the victims left in their car and headed north on Crain Highway. While at the intersection of Crain Highway and Charles Street, the victims reported they were blocked in by two vehicles, one being driven by the female suspect, Donesha Yvonne Woodland, 38, of Newburg, and one being driven by the male suspect, David Garnell Price Jr., 37, of Newburg. Price then fired multiple rounds from a handgun, striking the victim’s car several times. Neither victim was injured. The suspects fled and the victims called police.

Through investigative work, detectives identified the suspects and obtained arrest warrants. On July 17, with the help of U.S. Marshals, investigators served a search warrant at the suspects’ residence and they were both arrested.  Woodland was charged with conspiracy to commit murder, first-degree assault, and second-degree assault and was held without bond. During a subsequent bond hearing on July 20, Woodland was released from the detention center on a $5,000 bond. Price was charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and other related charges. He is currently being held at the Charles County Detention Center with no bond. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective McMullen at (301) 609-6515. Tipsters who want to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app. The investigation is ongoing.

 

   

David Garnell Price Jr., 37, of Newburg      Donesha Yvonne Woodland, 38, of Newburg

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Proposed Nanjemoy Rural Legacy Area Meeting to be Held Aug. 26

The Charles County Department of Planning and Growth Management will hold a public information meeting on the proposed Nanjemoy Rural Legacy Area on Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. in the Charles County Government Building (200 Baltimore Street, La Plata).  This meeting will provide an overview for expanding the Rural Legacy Program to include the Nanjemoy area.  Pre-registration is required to attend this meeting.

 

The Rural Legacy Program aims to protect large, contiguous tracts of land rich in natural and cultural resources through the acquisition of conservation easements. The Program provides farmers and landowners an alternative to developing or subdividing their land while retaining ownership to continue farm and forestry operations.

 

More information on the proposed Nanjemoy Rural Legacy Area can be found at https://bit.ly/3eMj3Za.

 

Attendees are required to wear face masks/coverings and complete a temperature check when entering the County buildings, and social distancing will be designated in corridors and waiting areas. These protocols are essential to mitigate the impact of coronavirus and protect the public and our employees' health.

 

To register to attend or for more information, contact Cathy Thompson at ThompsCa@CharlesCountyMD.gov or 301-396-5815. Citizens with special needs, contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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Commissioners Authorize Aging & Human Services Grants to Provide Support to Homeless and Senior Populations

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County authorized a grant application for the Department of Aging & Human Services for $200,000 to fund COVID-19 related needs and services for homeless individuals in St. Mary’s County during their Tuesday, July 20, meeting. If awarded, the grant from the Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development will be provided to the county and passed through to the Three Oaks Center for the Southern Maryland Continuum of Care for this vulnerable population.

 

In a separate agenda item, the Commissioners approved a Senior Care Award of $124,981to fund services for residents 65 years or older who may be at risk of nursing home placement. The program allows seniors to live with dignity in their own homes at a lower cost than nursing facility care. St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services has coordinated the Senior Care Program for over 20 years.

 

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County meetings may be viewed live Tuesday mornings on SMCG Ch. 95, as a repeat Friday evenings at 6:30 p.m. or anytime on-demand on the county government YouTube Channel.

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Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision In Waldorf

(Waldorf, Maryland) – On Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at approximately 0732 hours, Troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack Barrack responded to a report of a serious collision on Maryland Route 229 (Bensville Road) at Zoll Lane in Waldorf, Charles County, Maryland. Due to the seriousness of the collision, the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack requested the Maryland State Police CRASH Team to assume the investigation.
A preliminary investigation conducted by Troopers indicates a 2004 Ford Escape operated by Donna Marie Thurston (70 yoa) of Waldorf, Maryland was traveling on northbound Maryland Route 229 in the area of Zoll Lane. For unknown reasons, the Ford left the northbound travel lane, crossed the southbound travel lane and then collided with a concrete curb. After colliding with the curb, the Ford continued off the roadway, traveling north on a grassy embankment. Due to the incline of the embankment, the Ford then overturned and re-entered the roadway coming to a final rest on its roof.
Emergency Medical Personnel responded and pronounced Ms. Thurston deceased on the scene.
Anyone who may have witnessed this crash is asked to contact the Sergeant J. Zimmerman of theMaryland State Police CRASH Team at (301) 392-1231.
The investigation is continuing and being investigated by Sergeant J. Zimmerman of the
Maryland State Police CRASH Team and Trooper Q. Barnes of the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack. (20-MSP-025724)

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David Fitz Appointed Director of Communications & Media Relations

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is pleased to announce the appointment of David Fitz as the county government director of the Department of Communications & Media Relations (CMR). Fitz’s appointment is effective July 1, 2020.

Fitz most recently served as CMR deputy director and replaces Linda Vassallo, who was promoted to deputy county administrator.

“Dave’s background in strategic communications makes him an excellent choice to lead the Department of Communications & Media Relations going forward,” said BOCC President Kelly McConkey. “We are confident his leadership skills and experience will be an asset to the board and county citizens.”

“During the past several months, Dave has shown that his level of expertise and collaborative approach make him an ideal fit for this position,” said County Administrator Mark Willis. “I look forward to seeing him take on this new challenge.”

In February 2020, Fitz joined Calvert County Government after eight years at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); the last four years he served as the Public Affairs Officer at the FBI Baltimore Field Office and prior to that he worked at FBI Headquarters in the Office of Public Affairs section. Fitz also worked as communications director at Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in Lusby from 2008-2011. In that role, Fitz served three years on the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Fitz is a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, where he served as a journalist/public affairs officer. Some of his notable tours were with the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron (the Blue Angels), the Amphibious Assault Ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) where he served as the first Navy public affairs officer on the scene after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast and a tour on board the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt homeported in Norfolk, Virginia. 

Fitz holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Excelsior College, a master’s degree in leadership and management from Webster University and an MBA with a concentration in sports management from Columbia Southern University.

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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Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will be conducting an assessment July 27-29, 2020, to examine all aspects of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services as part of the Sheriff’s Office’s continued efforts to maintain its accreditation.

 

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is part of a select group of law enforcement agencies who have demonstrated professional excellence by participating in the voluntary accreditation process. The purpose of this assessment is to ensure the Charles County Sheriff’s Office continues to meet all applicable standards set forth by the Commission to achieve re-accreditation.   

 

Due to the restrictions in place because of the COVID-19 crisis, a contingency plan for assessment activities has been developed to perform the required activities remotely. As such, public comment will be accepted as stated below.

 

Agency employees and members of the community are invited to provide comments to the CALEA Assessment Team at a virtual public information session on Zoom on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at 3 p.m. To speak live during the virtual session, please send an email to calea2020@ccso.us with the following information:

·         First and Last Name,

·         Email address, and

·         If applicable, what community group, business, law enforcement agency or other organization you are representing.   

Once the above information is received, you will receive an email containing the necessary login information to access the virtual information session.

 

Any person who is unable to speak at the virtual public information session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team may do so by phone by calling 301-609-6439 on Monday, July 27, 2020, between 2-3 p.m. Calls will be accepted one at a time. Individuals should call back if they receive a busy signal.

 

Anyone wishing to provide comments to the assessors in writing may send an email to pgarrison@charlestoncounty.org. Comments may also be mailed to: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc., 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155.

 

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the virtual information session are limited to 10 minutes per person and must address the Agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. A copy of the standards manual is available at the Charles County Sheriff’s Office and may be reviewed by contacting the Planning and Accreditation Office at 301-609-6419.

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Charles County Sheriff's Office Releases Data about Calls for Service, Arrests, and Use of Force

Charles County, MD… As a result of national and local conversations, Sheriff Troy D. Berry is sharing data collected regarding use of force related to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office. “I think it’s important to share the information we obtained after doing research covering a five-year period from January 1, 2015 – July 16, 2020. I want the community to know where we are in terms of calls for service, arrests and use of force. I am committed to enhancing all areas of policing and we are continuing to work on several initiatives I announced last month. The data, overall, reflects the professionalism and transparency of this Agency,” said Berry. In the last five and a half (5.5) years:
 
 
 
·       Officers responded to approximately 1,347,727 calls for service ranging from proactive policing, motor vehicle crashes, domestic violence cases to assaults, stabbings, shootings and murder, among others.
 
·       Of those calls, officers were able to resolve over 1.3 million without making an arrest.
 
·       During that five-year time, a little more than 40,000 people were arrested, which averages to about 8,000 arrests per year. These arrests include warrants issued by the court and on-scene arrests.
 
·       98.7% of arrests were made without officers using any type of force.
 
·       Of the 567 arrests in which officers had to use some type of force to safely affect the arrest, 197 involved noticeable or possible injuries ranging from minor abrasions to injuries sustained when an officer had to use less than lethal or lethal force.
 
·       In the last five years, officers have been involved in four (4) departmental shootings. In each case, the four (4) assailants were armed with a weapon: three with guns and one with a knife. Officers rendered first aide in each case and one shooting resulted in death.
 
·       During this five-year period, the Agency received 24 external complaints of brutality including both police and corrections officers. In addition, the Agency reviewed every Use of Force incident to look for any violations of policy. During that five-year time frame, the Agency found eight (8) use of force incidents, involving a total of eleven (11) police and corrections officers, to be outside of policy. Seven (7) of the eight (8) incidents were found solely during the Agency’s review; only one (1) had an external complaint associated with it. Out of all the use of force violations discovered, no one sustained substantial injuries and no one required medical treatment. These violations resulted in either retraining, written reprimand, and or further disciplinary action against the officer(s).
 
·       Since taking office, Sheriff Berry has separated eight (8) police officers, fourteen (14) correctional officers and three (3) civilians from employment for violations of Agency policy. None of the use of force violations resulted in separation of the officers involved. 
 
“Any “use of force” that involves serious injury or death is reviewed by the State’s Attorney’s Office,” said Sheriff Berry.
 
“We have set forth many initiatives within the Agency to enhance how we operate and we are continuously working toward creating a more diverse and dynamic agency through training and community engagement. We are moving forward and with time we will begin to see even greater trust and confidence from our community,” said Sheriff Berry.

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COVID-19 Testing - Change in Hours Due to Extreme Heat

LEONARDTOWN, MD (July 20, 2020) – In response to Excessive Heat Warnings in St. Mary’s County and the surrounding areas, St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) is limiting the hours of operation for COVID-19 testing offered outside of the Harm Reduction Program Office in Lexington Park. With extreme warm temperatures forecast for this week, there are two public cooling centers available in St. Mary’s County. 
 
From July 21st to July 24th, daily appointment-free testing will be available from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m, Monday through Friday. The SMCHD Harm Reduction Program Office is located at 46035 Signature Lane in Lexington Park, MD 20653 (co-located with the U-Haul Moving & Storage of Lexington Park).
 
SMCHD COVID-19 Testing:
 
Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
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 welcome 
Walk up for testing, parking is available
For assistance or accommodations, call ahead to (301) 862-1680
Visit www.smchd.org/covid-19-testing for more information.
 
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 St. Mary’s County Health Department’s website for local COVID-19 updates, data, and information at www.smchd.org/coronavirus or call the COVID-19 Community Hotline at 301-475-4911 (Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) to get your questions answered.

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County Accepting State and Local Legislative Proposals until Aug. 14

The Charles County Commissioners have established time guidelines in preparation of the County Commissioners’ 2021 State Legislative Package. Any citizen, group, or organization interested in submitting a legislative proposal or suggestion for revision or amendment to an existing State or Local law must submit a written request to the Office of the County Attorney at the address below by August 14, 2020:

 

2021 Legislative Request

Office of the County Attorney

200 Baltimore Street

La Plata, MD 20646


All proposals will be published to BoardDocs and presented to the County Commissioners during a public hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. Anyone submitting a proposal is asked to attend the public hearing to provide a brief synopsis of the proposal and answer any questions the Board members or public may have. If the hearing is to take place virtually, further instruction will be provided regarding virtual or call-in participation.

 

Thereafter, all proposals will be compiled into a preliminary legislative package and reviewed by the County Commissioners at a work session on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, where they will determine which of the proposals will be included in the County Commissioners’ 2021 State Legislative Package and forwarded to the Charles County Delegation in October.


For more information, contact the Office of the County Attorney at 301-645-0555. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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Public Cooling Centers Available in St. Mary's County

LEONARDTOWN, MD - With extreme warm temperatures forecast for this week, there are two public locations now open for cooling:
 
                    Three Oaks Center                                                         The Mission
 
                    46905 Lei Drive                                                              42015 Great Mills Road
 
                    Lexington Park, MD 20653                                            Great Mills, MD
 
                    Monday – Friday                                                             Monday - Saturday
 
                    8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.                                                            7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
 
 
In order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, those who use the cooling centers are required to wear face coverings and maintain 6-foot social distancing measures.

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Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Annapolis Woods Road in Welcome

FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASH: On July 19 at 8:13 a.m., officers responded to the area of Annapolis Woods Road near Fire Tower Road in Welcome for the report of a motorcycle crash. A passing motorist observed parts of the motorcycle on the roadway and then observed the driver, who was deceased, in the wooded area. Investigators from the CCSO Traffic Operations Unit responded and a preliminary investigation showed the crash might have occurred between 1:45 a.m. – 2:45 a.m. The driver of the motorcycle has been identified as Michael James Norwood, 30, Jr., of Nanjemoy. Anyone with information is asked to call Cpl. Hemsley at (301) 609-5903. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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Financial Resource Webinar for Small Businesses in Charles County Available on Aug. 5

The Economic Development Department and the Charles County Chamber of Commerce are hosting a webinar titled "Show Me the Money" on Wednesday, Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The webinar is designed to help small businesses in Charles County understand how to apply for the available financial resources.

 

President and CEO of the Charles County Chamber of Commerce Bonnie Grady said, “The purpose of this virtual event, “Show Me the Money,” is to connect our business community to the financial resources available. Businesses are hurting, and many small businesses do not realize there is still funding available. Our experts will educate local businesses on where to find the money and how to access it.”

 

The webinar will feature speakers: College of Southern Maryland, Small Business Development Center Business Consultant Bill Hitte; Charles County Economic Development Department, Chief of Business Development Lucretia Freeman-Buster; and Lendistry, Director of Sales Clarence Campbell, EVP. These panelists are experts on small business resources available in the region. They will help small businesses identify the programs that are right for them and provide guidance on how to access and apply to these programs.

 

"It is still essential we continue to provide financial support to small businesses at this time," says Economic Development Department Director Darréll Brown. "Helping our businesses remain open and prosperous as the State recovers is vital, and this webinar will help inform our businesses of their options."

 

"Show Me the Money" is available to small business owners and employees in Charles County. The webinar is free to attend. To register, go to https://ShowMeTheMoneyWebinar.eventbrite.com or find the event on Facebook at CCMDChamber or MeetCharlesCounty.

 

A recording of the webinar will be available at www.MeetCharlesCounty.com/webinars.

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Safety Precautions for Extreme Heat

LEONARDTOWN, MD -The Department of Emergency Services would like to remind citizens to prepare for this week’s predicted hot and humid weather conditions.

During Extreme Heat

Check on your elderly friends, family members and neighbors
Listen to NOAA Weather Radio for critical updates from the National Weather Service
Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
Postpone outdoor games and activities.
Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings. Circulating air can cool the body by increasing the perspiration rate of evaporation.
Eat well-balanced, light and regular meals. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
Drink plenty of water; even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.
Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
Protect face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat and take frequent breaks.
Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.
For more information visit prepare.stmarysmd.com.

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Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision in Lusby

On July 18, 2020 at approximately 3:30 p.m., members of the Calvert County Sheriff's Office Patrol Bureau and Crash Reconstruction Team were dispatched to Solomons Island Road and Coster Road in Lusby, MD for a single vehicle collision. 
Preliminary investigation revealed, a 2010 Lexus was traveling southbound on Solomons Island Road approaching Coster Road.  According to witnesses, the Lexus was travelling at a slow speed, left the roadway and struck a guardrail in the center median. The driver was unresponsive inside the vehicle when medical personnel arrived on scene and started CPR. The driver of the Lexus was identified as Stephen Patrick McInerney, 60 of Solomons, MD. McInerney was transported to Calvert Heath where he was pronounced deceased.  
At this time, this collision is being investigated as a possible medical emergency. 
The collision is under investigation by Sgt. T. S. Phelps of the Crash Reconstruction Team.  Anyone with additional information regarding the collision is asked to contact the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office at (410) 535-2800 or e-mail the investigator at thomas.phelps@calvertcountymd.gov.

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Emergency Cooling Centers Available During Sweltering Temperatures

The National Weather Service has forecasted high temperatures with a heat index value exceeding 95 degrees, from Sunday, July 19, through Wednesday, July 22. The Calvert County Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management, will open two cooling centers in the county for residents who need to take refuge from the heat in a safe, cool place, with safe drinking water available.
 
The following locations will be available for emergency cooling only, from Sunday, July 19, through Wednesday, July 22:
 
·         Harriet E. Brown Community Center
901 Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick
8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
 
·         Northeast Community Center
4075 Gordon Stinnett Ave., Chesapeake Beach
8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
 
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, residents must wear face coverings and must practice physical distancing while inside the buildings. Staff will follow Health Department guidance for screening and sanitation.
 
Residents who need transportation to a cooling center outside of regular public transportation operating hours should call the Calvert County Emergency Communications Center non-emergency line at 410-535-3491, to request transportation assistance. For medical emergencies, citizens should call 911.
 
Calvert County public transportation schedules are available online at https://www.calvertcountymd.gov/130/Public-Transportation.
 
Emergency cooling centers open when the need arises. Emergency Management staff is closely monitoring the National Weather Service excessive heat advisories and will make a determination to keep cooling centers open if needed.
 
Calvert County residents are urged to take the following precautions to protect themselves and their families when temperatures rise:
 
·         Drink plenty of fluids; water is best.
 
·         Avoid beverages containing alcohol, caffeine or large amounts of sugar as they can dehydrate the body.
 
·         Stay in an air-conditioned room or building during the hottest part of the day.
 
·         Stay out of the sun.
 
·         Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
 
·         Check on elderly relatives and neighbors.
 
·         Never leave children or pets in parked cars since temperatures can rise to 130 degrees inside vehicles in only a few minutes, even with the windows rolled down.
 
               Heat can affect anyone, but most at risk are the very young, older adults and people with underlying health problems. Symptoms of heat illness include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness, nausea, weak but rapid pulse and headaches. People with these symptoms should find shade, drink water slowly and make sure there is good ventilation. Those with severe symptoms should seek medical attention.
 
               Pet owners should provide ample shade and water for their pets or bring pets indoors. Any time a pet is outside, make sure it has protection from heat and sun and plenty of fresh, cold water.
 
Residents are encouraged to stay informed and prepared in the event of an emergency by visiting www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/BeAwarePrepare and signing up for Calvert County ALERT to receive timely information about various emergency and non-emergency situations in the county.
 
The Department of Public Safety also offers a free “CalvertPrepare” app to put critical, real-time information at users’ fingertips in the event of a regional emergency and helps residents stay prepared. Those without internet can contact the Calvert County Division of Emergency Management at 410-535-1600, ext. 2638, to sign up for additional emergency preparedness information.
 
Find information on Calvert County Government services online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov. Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd.

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Calvert County Courthouse Implements Phase III of Reopening

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, with new changes to operations and court proceedings effective 7 a.m. on July 20, 2020.
 
By order of Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, Amended Administrative Order dated June 3, 2020, beginning 5 p.m. on June 5, 2020, there shall be a progressive, phased return to full operations by the courts in the Maryland Judiciary, court offices, administrative offices, units of the Judiciary, the Offices of the Clerks of the Circuit Court and the clerks’ offices of the District Court, continue to be restricted to emergency operations and closed to the public with limited exceptions, as outlined below, through Oct. 5, 2020, pending further order of the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals.
 
There are five phases described in the Amended Administrative Order, each phase representing an increase in the level of operations by the courts in the Maryland Judiciary. The courts are currently in phase II with phase III commencing 7 a.m. on July 20, 2020. Phases I through III are detailed in this release and phases IV through V will be released prior to its commencement date. Phase V is scheduled to commence on Oct. 5, 2020. Access to the courts and each of the phases are subject to modification by the Administrative Judge for the Circuit Court for Calvert County.
 
 
 
PHASE I: March 16, 2020 through 4:59 PM, June 5, 2020
 
The following emergency and urgent matters shall be scheduled or heard, either in person or remotely. The court shall notify all participants necessary to the proceeding:
 
·         Bail reviews/bench warrants
 
·         Arraignments for detained defendants
 
·         Juvenile detention hearings
 
·         Juvenile shelter care 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, including, but not limited to:
 
·         CINA matters, consistent with FCCIP Subcommittee of the Maryland Judicial Council recommendations of April 3, 2020
 
·         Emergency delinquency hearings, including motions related to juveniles who are detained, committed pending placement, or committed, consistent with the Administrative Order Guiding the Response of the Circuit Courts Sitting as Juvenile Courts to the COVID-19 Emergency as It Relates to Those Juveniles who are Detained, Committed Pending Placement, or in Commitments, filed April 13, 2020
 
·         Emergency habeas corpus petitions  
 
·         Emergency issues in guardianship matters
 
·         Domestic violence protective orders
 
·         Appeals from peace orders
 
·         Family law emergencies, including time urgent matters related to special juvenile immigrant status
 
·         Temporary restraining orders
 
·         Criminal competency matters
 
·         Motions regarding:
 
o   Extreme risk protective orders
 
o   Domestic violence protective orders
 
o   Peace orders
 
·         Contempt hearings related to peace or protective orders
 
·         Matters involving locally incarcerated defendants, consistent with the Administrative Order Guiding the Response of the Trial Courts of Maryland to the COVID-19 Emergency as It Relates to Those Persons who are Incarcerated or Imprisoned, filed April 14, 2020.
 
 
 
PHASE II: 5 p.m., June 5, 2020, through July 19, 2020
 
Phase II represents an expansion of matters that can be heard by courts both remotely and on-site. Phase II included Phase I Matters, as well as matters that must be prioritized as listed on pages four through nine of this Exhibit (collectively, the “Phase II Matters”).  To the extent that Phase II Matters may be handled remotely, courts are encouraged to do so. For any proceeding that will be held during Phase II, the court shall notify all participants necessary to the proceeding.
 
 
 
CIVIL:
 
·         Emergency evaluation petitions 
 
·         Quarantine and isolation petitions
 
·         Emergency Habeas Corpus petitions
 
·         Body attachments
 
·         Temporary restraining orders
 
·         Scheduling conferences
 
·         Status conferences
 
·         On the record appeals
 
·         Matters that can be handled remotely or without testimony or both
 
 
 
CRIMINAL: 
 
·         Bail reviews, bail reconsiderations and bench warrants including matters involving locally incarcerated defendants, consistent with the Administrative Order Guiding the Response of the Trial Courts of Maryland to the COVID-19 Emergency as It Relates to Those Persons who are Incarcerated or Imprisoned, filed April 14, 2020
 
·         Arraignments for detained defendants
 
·         Extradition cases
 
·         Matters addressing competency; criminal responsibility issues not requiring witness testimony status; and discovery and Hicks issues
 
·         Deferred sentencing – for non-incarcerated defendants
 
·         Plea agreements without recommendations for sentences of incarceration; deferred sentence matters; and motions that can be handled remotely or without testimony or both
 
 
 
FAMILY:
 
·         Scheduling conferences
 
·         Status conferences
 
·         Uncontested divorces and other uncontested family law matters
 
·         Domestic violence protective orders
 
·         Domestic violence, peace, and extreme risk protective order appeals
 
·         Family law emergencies that have been determined to require an expedited hearing, including time urgent matters related to special juvenile immigrant status
 
·         Emergency issues in guardianship matters
 
·         Temporary restraining orders
 
·         Default hearings
 
·         Exceptions hearings not requiring witness testimony (uncontested or consented to or requiring legal argument only)
 
·         Matters that can be handled remotely or without testimony or both
 
 
 
JUVENILE COURT:
 
CINA (DEPENDENCY):
 
Priority scheduling for those juveniles turning 21 within 90 days of the beginning of Phase II.
 
·         Shelter care hearings 
 
·         CINA matters, including, if not contested and/or by proffer, adjudications, dispositions, permanency plan, and permanency plan reviews
 
·         Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) by consent and/or by proffer
 
·         exceptions hearings (uncontested or consented to or requiring legal argument only)  
 
·         Family Treatment/Recovery Court review hearings
 
·         Guardianships under juvenile causes
 
·         Adoptions concerning CINA and TPR juveniles
 
·         Matters that can be handled remotely or without testimony or both
 
 
 
JUVENILE (DELINQUENCY):
 
with priority scheduling for those juveniles: turning 21 within 90 days of the beginning of Phase II; returning from placement; with issues with permanency plans; closures of cases; and possible placement on the juvenile and or adult sexual offender registries
 
·         Juvenile detention hearings
 
·         Peace order petitions (juvenile respondents only)
 
·         Arraignments and first appearances
 
·         Emergency delinquency hearings, including motions related to juveniles who are detained, committed pending placement, or committed, consistent with the Administrative Order Guiding the Response of the Circuit Courts Sitting as Juvenile Courts to the COVID-19 Emergency as It Relates to Those Juveniles who are Detained, Committed Pending Placement, or in Commitments, filed April 13, 2020
 
·         Adjudication with agreed to-plea and/or by proffer (6) disposition with consent and/or by proffer
 
·         Disposition reviews
 
·         Delinquency juvenile treatment plans and reviews
 
·         Closure of probation and jurisdiction of Juvenile Court not requiring testimony
 
·         Juvenile expungements not requiring testimony
 
·         Juvenile permanency plans and reviews, if not contested or by proffer or both
 
·         Juvenile waivers, if consented to and not requiring testimony
 
·         Exceptions hearings not requiring witness testimony (uncontested or consented to or requiring legal argument only) 
 
·         Matters that can be handled remotely or without testimony or both
 
 
 
PROBLEM-SOLVING COURTS:
Including drug, mental health, family/dependency recovery, DUI, veterans’, juvenile drug and truancy courts
 
Any other matters that can be scheduled, heard, or resolved in accordance with Section (i) of the Administrative Order on the Progressive Resumption of Full Function of Judiciary Operations Previously Restricted Due to the COVID-19 Emergency, filed May 22, 2020, are encouraged to be taken up by the circuit courts during Phase II.
 
 
 
Phase III: July 20, 2020, Through Aug. 30, 2020
 
In Phase III, courts will schedule and hold a broader range of matters, including certain criminal trials in the District Court, with limited in-person services to be offered as determined by the administrative judge and posted electronically and in the court facility. Phase III shall include Phase II Matters and shall be, collectively, “Phase III Matters.” To the extent that Phase III Matters may be handled remotely, courts are encouraged to do so. For any proceeding that will be held during Phase III, the court shall notify all participants necessary to the proceedings.
 
In addition to Phase II Matters:
 
 
 
CIVIL:
 
·         Motion requiring witness testimony
 
·         Settlement hearings
 
·         Attorney disciplinary proceedings
 
 
 
CRIMINAL:
 
·         Motions
 
·         Expungements
 
·         Violation of probation hearings
 
·         Non-jury trials
 
·         Jury prayer status hearings
 
·         Sentencing previously deferred
 
 
 
FAMILY:
 
·         Resume handling of temporary domestic violence protective order petitions during court hours
 
·         Motions requiring witness testimony
 
·         Pendent lite hearings
 
·         Contempt proceedings
 
·         Adoption
 
·         Guardianship – non-emergency
 
·         Child support matters: establishment
 
·         Settlement hearings
 
·         Court-ordered mediations
 
 
 
JUVENILE COURT:
 
CINA (DEPENDENCY)
 
·         All matters and motions that are contested and/or requiring testimony
 
·         CINA adjudications, dispositions, permanency plans, permanency plan reviews
 
·         Exceptions hearings requiring witness testimony
 
·         Contested TPR proceedings
 
 
 
JUVENILE (DELINQUENCY)
 
·         All matters that are contested and/or requiring testimony
 
·         Adjudication
 
·         Disposition and disposition reviews
 
·         Closure of probation and jurisdiction of Juvenile Court
 
·         Motions
 
·         Juvenile expungements
 
·         Juvenile permanency plan and permanency plan reviews
 
·         Juvenile and adult sex offender registration matters
 
·         Waiver hearings, including to and from Juvenile Court
 
·         Exceptions hearings
 
 
 
PROBLEM-SOLVING COURTS, including drug, mental health, family/dependency recovery, DUI, veterans’, juvenile drug and truancy courts
 
 
 
Phase IV is scheduled to commence on Aug. 31, 2020. Prior to Aug. 31, 2020, an update relative to Phase IV will be released to the public.
 
All other matters, including jury trials, are hereby postponed through the end of the COVID-19 emergency, unless otherwise specifically scheduled for in-person, telephone and/or video hearings using remote technology when practicable by the Circuit Court for Calvert County.
 
Pursuant to the Amended Administrative issued by Chief Judge Barbera on June 3, 2020, the county administrative judge in each county possesses the discretion to implement policies and procedures regarding courthouse operations and access to the Circuit Court Courthouse.  Accordingly, The Honorable Mark S. Chandlee, Administrative Judge for the Circuit Court for Calvert County, issued an Administrative Order on July 17, 2020 implementing policies and procedures regarding courthouse operations and access to the courthouse to ensure the health and safety of all individuals visiting, conducting business, or employed at the courthouse as the Maryland Judiciary enters Phase III of its phase-based plan for resuming normal operations.
 
Pursuant to Judge Chandlee’s Administrative Order, individuals involved in a court case that is scheduled for a hearing in the Circuit Court Courthouse on or after July 20, 2020, including parties, attorneys, and witnesses, are authorized to enter the courthouse and shall report to the courthouse for the scheduled hearing, unless otherwise instructed or ordered by the court or its authorized agent. Parties and/or attorneys involved in a case may request in writing to appear remotely for their scheduled hearing. For all other business not related to a scheduled court hearing to be conducted in the courthouse, the courthouse is open to the public BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.  To make an appointment, please call 410-535-1600 and request to speak to the desired department to schedule an appointment.
 
Under Judge Chandlee’s Administrative Order, any individual seeking to enter the Circuit Courthouse shall undergo the court’s screening protocol which includes a contactless thermal temperature check, screening questionnaire, and any follow-up questions deemed appropriate.  Additionally, all individuals entering or traveling through the courthouse are required to wear a face mask or covering.  Furthermore, all individuals are required to practice proper social distancing while in the courthouse and follow instructions from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and bailiffs of the courthouse.
 
For further details regarding Judge Chandlee’s Administrative Order and the policies and procedures of the Circuit Court, please visit the Circuit Court for Calvert County website at http://circuitcourt.co.cal.md.us/.  The Amended Administrative Order of Chief Judge Barbera and the Administrative Order of Judge Chandlee shall be posted on the website as well as at the Courthouse.  
 
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. Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd.

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Charles County Cooling Stations Available During Extreme Heat

The Department of Emergency Services, in partnership with Lifestyles of Maryland, would like to announce that the cooling stations listed below will be available to the public starting Saturday, July 18 throughout the duration of the heat advisory from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. 
 
Cooling Stations:
 
Willing Helper’s Hall
                1002 Washington Avenue, La Plata
 
Bottled waters, and an oscillating misting fan
 
New Hope COG
                4200 Old Washington Road, Waldorf
 
Bottled waters, and an oscillating misting fan     
 
Waldorf West Library
                10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf
 
Bottled waters, and an oscillating misting fan
 
Village Green
100 Walters Thomas Road, Indian Head
 
Bottled waters, and an oscillating misting fan
 
Mt. Hope Church
8705 Gilroy Road, Nanjemoy
 
Bottled waters
 
Pool:
 
La Plata High School Outdoor Pool
                6035 Radio Station Road, La Plata
 
Monday, and Wednesday, Noon – 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, Noon – 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, Noon– 6 p.m.
 
Face masks/coverings are required, and social distancing observed when visiting a cooling station. These protocols are essential to mitigate the impact of coronavirus and protect the public and our employees' health.
 
To avoid heat-related issues, take additional precautions if you work or spend time outside during extreme heat. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible, and drink plenty of water.  Visit https://bit.ly/2ZCYlqn for the latest list of cooling stations and operating schedule. 
 
Citizens should call 9-1-1 in the event of any emergency, heat-related or otherwise.

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COVID-19 Testing in Lexington Park - Change in Hours of Operation

LEONARDTOWN, MD (July 17, 2020) – Due to high summer temperatures and a concern for the safety of staff and community members, St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) is changing its hours of operation for COVID-19 testing offered outside of the Harm Reduction Program Office in Lexington Park. 
 
Beginning July 20th, daily appointment-free testing will be available from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m, Monday through Friday. The SMCHD Harm Reduction Program Office is located at 46035 Signature Lane in Lexington Park, MD 20653 (co-located with the U-Haul Moving & Storage of Lexington Park). 
 
SMCHD COVID-19 Testing:
 
Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
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 welcome 
Walk up for testing, parking is available
For assistance or accommodations, call ahead to (301) 862-1680
Visit www.smchd.org/covid-19-testing for more information.
 
“We have tested over 1,000 community members at this site in two weeks of operating,” said Terry Prochnow, Director of Public Health Preparedness & Response at SMCHD. “The heat poses new challenges but we are looking into other options for future events at varying times and locations to ensure that COVID-19 testing is available in our community.”
 
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 St. Mary’s County Health Department’s website for local COVID-19 updates, data, and information at www.smchd.org/coronavirus or call the COVID-19 Community Hotline at 301-475-4911 (Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) to get your questions answered.

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Identity Needed for Theft Suspect (Photos)

July 16, 2020:
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured in a theft investigation. On Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 5 pm and again at 8:45 pm, the suspect entered the California CVS store on Three Notch Road and filled a tote basket with Dove body wash products and left the store without paying for them.
 
 
Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call Cpl. Michael Worrey at 301-475-4200, ext. 78080 or email michael.worrey@stmarysmd.com. Case # 43533-20
 
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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Officers Looking For Missing Child (Photo)

The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office seeks your help in locating a missing child: Rasheed Khalib Mickens Jr., 4 y/o black male. Last seen: 4 months ago in Baltimore, MD. If you have information that can assist in helping safely locate Rasheed Mickens Jr, please call 911 or contact the Sheriff's Office at 301-475-8008.

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Identity Needed for Assault Suspect (Photos)

July 15, 2020:
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured in an assault investigation. On Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 4:20 pm, the suspect physically assaulted the victim just inside the entrance of the California Walmart store.
 
 
Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call Deputy Matthew Beyer at 301-475-4200, ext. 78005 or email matthew.beyer@stmarysmd.com. Case # 40560-20
 
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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Open Swim Resumes at Outdoor Pools; Available by Reservation

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – July 15, 2020 – The Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation announces Cove Point and Kings Landing pools are available to Calvert County residents for open swim. Participation in open swim is available by reservation only. 
 
Each pool will offer three two-hour open swim sessions daily from noon to 2 p.m., 2:30-4:30 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Capacity is limited for each session to allow adequate physical distancing. Thirty minutes is allotted between sessions for cleaning and sanitation.
 
Leisure and competitive pools at Cove Point have strict capacity limits that will be enforced on a first-come, first-served basis. Slides at Cove Point Pool will be open; the wading pool remains closed until further notice.
 
Citizens can register online for open swim online through the WebTrac registration system at https://webtrac.co.cal.md.us/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/splash.html. Activity number is 720000 for Kings Landing Pool and 730000 for Cove Point Pool. Walk-ins will not be admitted. Resident pool entry rates apply.
 
For more information about Cove Point and Kings Landing pools, visit www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/395/Aquatic-Facilities.
 
The county continues to share the latest updates surrounding Calvert County’s response to COVID-19 on its virtual resource center at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/Coronavirus. 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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Overdose Death Leads To Drug Arrest

In June of 2020, detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Vice Narcotics Division responded to the scene of a death investigation in which the victim’s primary cause of death was the result of an overdose of a controlled dangerous substance. Investigation determined Tyreke Kenyatta Cutchember, 44 of Lexington Park, to be a distributer of controlled dangerous substances. Search warrants were executed on Cutchember’s vehicle and residence. During the search warrants, a large quantity of prescription medications, currency and a loaded handgun were recovered. Cutchember was arrested and charged with Possession of CDS: Not Marijuana. Investigation continues pending a review with the State’s Attorney Office for St. Mary’s County.

For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.

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Charles County Public Schools To Start Academic Year Via Virtual Learning

A 5-2 Charles County Board of Education vote on Monday will put all its students on a digital learning plan to start the 2020-21 school year due to the coronavirus. 
 
The current plan for online learning for all grade levels would be four days of digital learning during the week, and teachers will provide live instruction using a new learning management platform through Synergy, according to the District.
 
Children will be required to attend all live lessons unless absent due to illness. Teachers will use traditional grading.
 
The school year for the county begins on Monday, August 31.
 
While the school year will start online, Phase 2 of the plan from Charles County would allow for in-person learning for special populations of students that need it most. 
 
The school district is reaching out to students in special populations and their parents, as well as all teachers, to see the comfort level of a return to in-person learning at some point this fall.
 
Special populations of students include students qualifying for special education, 504 students, English Learners (EL) students, students without technology access, Career and Technical Education (CTE) students, homeless and displaced students, and students of parents who are CCPS employees and bus drivers.
 
Charles County Public Schools provides 27,521 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 and has 37 schools within its district.

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Officers Looking For Missing Woman (Photo)

The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office is attempting to locate Missing Person Lisa Marie Carter.  She was last seen in the Maple Road area of Lexington Park.  She is 5-05" and weighs approximately 250#'s.  Brown Hair and Brown Eyes.  If located please call 301-475-8008.

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Despite COVID-19 Pandemic, All Three Major Rating Agencies Reaffirm Maryland's AAA Bond Rating

Maryland State Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp announced
today that in spite of the fiscal headwinds caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the three
major bond rating agencies have reaffirmed the State's AAA bond rating, all with stable
outlooks, in advance of the upcoming competitive sale of up to $1.1 billion of General
Obligation Bonds on Wednesday, July 22, 2020.
Maryland is one of thirteen states* to hold the coveted AAA rating, the highest possible
rating, from all three major bond rating agencies. S&P Global Ratings has rated the bonds
AAA since 1961, Moody’s Investors Service has assigned the bonds a rating of Aaa since
1973, and Fitch Ratings has rated the bonds AAA since 1993.
Treasurer Kopp said, “We are pleased that even with the many challenges Maryland faces
as a result of COVID-19, the rating agencies recognize that the State’s steady commitment
to prudent, proactive fiscal management and the reserves it has built up over the last decade
have put it in a strong position to weather the crisis. Furthermore, Maryland’s dynamic
economy, highly educated workforce, and above average wealth and income levels will
help to accelerate our eventual recovery.”
“However, the rating reports also make clear that it is critical that the Federal Government
step up and provide immediate, substantial aid to state and local governments nationwide
so that we can avoid the worst-case budget scenarios. Without this aid, it will be even more
difficult to avoid cuts to the critical services that the State owes Marylanders, such as
education, healthcare, and infrastructure projects. In the long run, such painful cuts would
only serve to prolong the economic downturn and make our state and country weaker,” the
Treasurer added.
“As we wait to hear whether federal aid is coming, we at the state level must do everything
we can to protect workers’ lives and livelihoods, keep our small businesses afloat, and
maintain the safety net for vulnerable Marylanders,” she concluded.
Moody’s Investors Service, in providing its rationale for its Aaa rating, noted that “while
the [pandemic] presents serious challenges, we do not see any material immediate credit
risks for the state of Maryland.” It continued by saying that “the State has strong budgetary
and financial management practices and a history of proactive initiatives in response to
economic cycles, which will serve it well as it grapples with the coronavirus crisis.”
Fitch Ratings, in assigning its AAA rating and stable outlook, said that Maryland’s rating
reflects its strong reserves and its history of acting “to address revenue shortfalls through
a mix of executive, Board of Public Works, and statutory” measures to successfully
navigate past recessions, including the Great Recession. It also notes the key role in
balancing the budget that the Maryland General Assembly will play later this fiscal year.
In assigning its AAA long-term rating and stable outlook, S&P Global Ratings stated, “in
our opinion, the State has demonstrated proactive action to date to alleviate fiscal pressures
as revenues decline during the onset of the sudden-stop recession,” citing the State’s early
estimate of potential revenue impacts and wait-and-see approach to including federal aid
in its balancing plan. However, S&P notes that “the COVID-19 pandemic… if sustained,
could weaken the State’s economy, liquidity, and budgetary performance.”
The bond sale will include $540.0 million of tax-exempt bonds and up to $463.1 million in
refunding bonds. The tax-exempt bonds will be sold in two bidding groups to enhance
competition: Bidding Group 1 - $290.1 million of tax-exempt bonds; and Bidding Group
2 - $249.9 million of tax-exempt bonds. The refunding bonds include up to $155.0 million
of tax-exempt current refunding bonds and up to $375.0 million of taxable advance 
refunding bonds. The Maryland State Treasurer’s Office anticipates that the refunding
bonds will generate over $50.0 million in debt service savings, structured to be achieved
primarily in the current fiscal year to help the State close the budget gap caused by the
virus. All these bonds are expected to be sold to institutions.
As is always the case with Maryland’s General Obligation Bonds, the State will use the
proceeds to finance important capital projects and improvements, such as public schools,
community colleges, university projects and hospitals.
The Maryland Board of Public Works, composed of Governor Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr.,
Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp, and Comptroller Peter Franchot, will preside over the
competitive bond sale at the meeting on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. The meeting will likely
be held virtually.
The Maryland State Treasurer’s Office expects to conduct another bond sale in February
or March 2021.
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* The other twelve states with AAA ratings from all three rating agencies are Delaware,
Georgia, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, North Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee,
Texas, Utah, and Virginia.

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Charles County Sheriff's Office Seek Help Locating Man Connected to a Violent Domestic-Related Assault

Charles County Sheriff’s officers assigned to the Warrants Unit are searching for Eric Benjamin Mitchell, 22, of Waldorf, who escaped from an in-patient substance abuse program after being remanded to that facility on July 2 by the Circuit Court for Charles County. Mitchell, who was being held without bond at the Charles County Detention Center since February, walked out of the treatment facility in Hartford County on July 12. On July 13, the Circuit Court issued a warrant for Mitchell’s arrest. Mitchell is considered dangerous and should not be approached. On February 9, 2020, officers responded to a 9-1-1 call in the 3300 block of Gallery Place in Waldorf for a violent domestic assault in progress. Mitchell is alleged to have stabbed his girlfriend in the abdomen after she attempted to escape from him with their two young children. Mitchell was arrested on the scene and subsequently indicted for attempted murder, first-degree assault, and other charges. Mitchell is 5’8”, 130 lbs., and has numerous tattoos on both arms. He has a prominent tattoo on his chest that says, “Only God Can Judge.” Anyone with information about Mitchell’s whereabouts is asked to call 9-1-1 or (301) 932-2222. 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.

 

Eric Benjamin Mitchell, 22, of Waldorf

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Commissioners Receive Grant Spending Updates and Approve New COVID-19 Related Grant

LEONARDTOWN, MD – During their regular business meeting on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County received COVID-19 related financial reports from Emergency Services, Aging & Human Services, Economic Development, and Finance.

 

The Commissioners approved the FFY2020 Sub-Recipient Agreement for the Emergency Management Performance COVID-19 Supplemental Grant, Project US2140, from the Department of Homeland Security on behalf of the Emergency Services Department for $26,024.26 to fund COVID-19 response supplies and materials.

 

The Commissioners approved a budget amendment for the Department of Aging & Human Services for COVID-19 related expenditures. Funds totaling $126,890 were reallocated to address local needs during the pandemic. These funds covered the following: $15,382 for books; $8,000 for meals for individuals/families that were quarantined or could not reach food pantries; $54,400 for feeding students to prevent a disruption in food service when the school system had to temporarily suspend their feeding operation; and $49,077.82 for food to replenish food pantries after the increased usage during the shutdown.

 

The Department of Economic Development reported to the Commissioners that 142 CARES Act Funding Relief Grants for St. Mary’s County small businesses and nonprofits had been awarded; and there are currently 68 additional applications under review. The Commissioners agreed to revisit the progress of the CARES Small Business Relief Grant distributions at their Aug. 18, 2020 meeting.

 

The final item on the Commissioners agenda was an update from the Department of Finance on the federal CARES Grant, which included a request for a change to the approved spending plan due to additional funding available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a savings of $286,209. The Commissioners unanimously approved the request.

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County Meeting can be seen again Friday, July 17, at 6:30 p.m. on SMCG Channel 95 or viewed on-demand on the County Government YouTube channel.

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MSEA, BTU, and Maryland PTA Call for Virtual Start to School Year to Protect Student and Educator Safety

ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND, July 14--Today the Maryland State Education Association, the Baltimore Teachers Union, and the Maryland PTA issued a joint call for the fall semester of the upcoming school year to be virtual. The three groups sent a letter to Gov. Larry Hogan and State School Superintendent Karen Salmon encouraging them to support this course of action to protect the health and safety of Maryland students, educators, and families.
“We must rise above politics and focus on the reality and complexities of safely reopening schools,” the letter reads. “If we open our schools too quickly and without adequate safety precautions, the result will be that some educators, students, and their family members will contract the coronavirus. Some will recover, some will face debilitating health consequences or healthcare bills that they cannot pay, and some will die. These are stubborn facts. And they are costs and consequences that we must refuse to accept. A perfect solution does not exist. A safe one does.”

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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

During the week of July 6 – July 12 deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,450 calls for service throughout the community. 
 
Burglary: 20-35940
On July 9, 2020, Deputy Flynt responded to Haley’s Way in Owings for the report of a burglary. The complainant advised on July 7th around 10:00am an unknown suspect(s) entered the garage and stole a golf club set. The value of stolen property is $450.
 
Theft: 20-35908
On July 9, 2020, Deputy Buckler responded to Woodland Lane in Chesapeake Beach for the report of a theft. The complainant advised that sometime between 9:00pm on June 8th and 4:00am on June 9th, an unknown suspect(s) stole a child sized black Mongoose bike from the front yard of the residence. The value of stolen property is $200.
 
Theft: 20-36128
On July 10, 2020, Deputy Wilder responded to Santa Rosa Lane in Lusby for the report of a theft. The complainant advised that sometime in the past two weeks, an unknown suspect(s) stole their orange Lifetime Daylite model kayak from the launch rack at Lake Lariat in Chesapeake Ranch Estates. The value of stolen property is $150.
 
Arrests:
 
On July 6, 2020, Deputy Stevens responded to Wawa in Prince Frederick for the report of vehicle tampering. The complainant advised they observed the doors to their enclosed trailer to be open upon exiting the store. A female was observed on surveillance walking to the back of the trailer and opening the doors. Deputies made contact with Laura Marie McElhinney (40), who advised she was looking for a hammer to break into a vehicle. McElhinney was detained and a search of her person was conducted which resulted in an unlabeled prescription bottle containing suspected Vyvanse. McElhinney was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where she was charged with CDS: Possession- Not Marijuana, Rogue and Vagabond, CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia, and CDS Regis. Remove/Alter Label.
 
On July 7, 2020, Deputy Sturdivant responded to Super 8 in Prince Frederick for a welfare check. The complainant advised a female guest at the hotel seemed out of it and needed to be checked on.  Deputy Sturdivant made contact with the female guest, Sandra Lee Pitcher (52), who he observed to be lethargic and have slurred speech. Sturdivant entered the room and observed several objects scattered on the floor, as well as a syringe on the night stand and a syringe cap on the bathroom floor. Pitcher was detained and a search of her person was conducted which resulted in a small capsule containing suspected heroin residue. Pitcher was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where she was charged with CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia. 
 
On July 9, 2020, Deputies conducted a traffic stop on South Solomons Island Road at Dowell Road in Solomons. Calvert County Emergency Communications advised the passenger, Kevin Tyshawn Bannister (32), had an active warrant through the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office. Bannister exited the vehicle and was placed under arrest at which time Bannister advised he had five or six Percocet pills on his person. Bannister was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where the pills were retrieved and he was charged with CDS: Possession- Not Marijuana. 
 
On July 12, 2020, Deputy Gott conducted a traffic stop on South Solomons Island Road at Creston Lane in Solomons. Upon making contact with the driver, Maxwell Lewis Scroggs (29), Deputy Gott detected the strong odor of raw marijuana emanating from the vehicle. Scroggs advised there was marijuana in the vehicle and a search of the vehicle was conducted which resulted in a metal marijuana grinder containing two marijuana cigarettes, three white pills suspected to be Alprazolam, a cut straw with suspected Alprazolam residue, and a prescription bottle containing 3 buprenorphine pills. Located in the trunk of the vehicle was two small plastic bags containing white residue suspected to be cocaine, as well as a plastic straw containing suspected cocaine residue. Scroggs 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 July 12, 2020, Deputy Crum conducted a traffic stop at CVS in Dunkirk. Prior to exiting his vehicle, Deputy Crum observed the driver making movement directed toward the driver’s side floor. Upon making contact with the driver, Daniel Maraud Johnson (29), Deputy Crum observed multiple wounds on Johnson’s arms and hands. Johnson exited the vehicle and a search was conducted which resulted in a Ziplock bag containing multiple mini Ziplock bags, a clear tube containing a white powdery substance of suspected cocaine paraphernalia, an open syringe containing suspected heroin, and a cut off corner of a plastic bag containing suspected heroin residue. Also located inside the vehicle were blue brass knuckles, a small plastic container containing suspected cocaine, and an orange tube containing cocaine paraphernalia. Johnson was placed under arrest and a search of his person was conducted which resulted in an additional syringe containing suspected liquid heroin. Johnson was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession- Not Marijuana, CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia, CDS Packaging Material Distribution, and Contraband- Conceal Weapon. 

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St. Mary's Board Of Ed To Have A Virtual Town Hall On Fall 2020 Safe Return To School Planning

LEONARDTOWN, MD – St. Mary’s County Public Schools will host a virtual town hall on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. to discuss the planning process for the return to school in Fall 2020. Dr. J. Scott Smith, Superintendent, will share information with the community about how St. Mary’s County Public Schools will be addressing the requirements of the Maryland Recovery Plan for Education and planning the safe return of students and staff to schools for the 2020-2021 school year. 
 
The virtual town hall will be streamed live at www.smcps.org/streaming, on cable Channel 96, and on the SMCPS YouTube channel. Information about how the public can submit questions will be posted on the website above.

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Calvert County Parks & Recreation Launches Virtual Activity Center

The Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation (CCPR) has launched a virtual activity center to provide citizens with a variety of recreation opportunities and information easily accessed from the comfort of home. Visit www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/VirtualActivityCenter for virtual classes, lessons and activities for citizens of all ages and abilities.
 
The activity center features sports and fitness tips, craft and activity tutorials, virtual field trips, local park and animal information, special events and more.
 
“The virtual activity center allows CCPR to stay connected with local residents by providing health, wellness, education and recreation opportunities to keep citizens engaged all year long,” said CCPR Director Shannon Nazzal. “During this time, it is crucial that we continue to offer new, safe and innovative methods to provide the recreation services our community expects and deserves.”
 
For updates on CCPR services, park availability, field closures and more visit Parks & Recreation at www.Facebook.com/CalvertCountyParks. Find information on Calvert County Government services online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov. Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd.

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Identity Needed for Theft Suspect (Photos)

July 13, 2020:
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured in a theft investigation. On Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 6:41 pm, while in the Lexington Park Foot Locker store, the suspect put two items of clothing under his shirt and left the store without paying for them.
 
 
Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call Deputy Robert Chase at 301-475-4200, ext. 78079 or email robert.chase@stmarysmd.com. Case # 43144-20
 
Citizens may remain anonymous and contact St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff

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Local Public Health Advisory: Travel from States with Significant Community Spread of COVID-19

The St. Mary's County Health Department (SMCHD) is issuing a Public Health Advisory for anyone returning to St. Mary’s County from travel to states with significant or rising community spread of COVID-19.
 
Individuals returning to live, work or study in St Mary’s County from other countries or from any U.S. domestic area experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases and/or high positivity rates are urged to consider these public health recommendations:
 
Self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the last day of travel
Self-monitor for fever and symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested within 24 hours of developing any symptom
Get tested for COVID-19 after returning to St. Mary’s County, even if not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
Community members are advised to evaluate the COVID-19 case trends at their travel destinations before proceeding with travel. Data may change on a day-to-day basis and vary by jurisdiction within a state. Based on data available today, some states appear to be experiencing high positivity rates, including but not restricted to those listed below:
 
Alabama
Arizona
Florida
Georgia
Idaho
Kansas
Mississippi
Nevada
South Carolina
Texas
Utah
Additional travel information and public resources for assessing travel risks is available on the SMCHD website at: www.smchd.org/covid-19-travel.
For more information regarding COVID-19 prevention, local data, symptoms and testing, please visit www.smchd.org/coronavirus or call the COVID-19 Community Hotline at 301-475-4911, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. -  5:00 p.m.

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Section of Prince Frederick Boulevard to Close for Construction

The Calvert County Department of Public Works will be closing a section of Prince Frederick Boulevard in Prince Frederick beginning Wednesday, July 15, to facilitate developer installation of a roundabout for the Calvert Hills subdivision. Construction is expected to continue through Saturday, Aug. 15, weather permitting.
 
During construction, Prince Frederick Boulevard will be closed to all traffic in both directions between Allnut Court and West Dares Beach Road. Traffic will be redirected to use MD 2/4. Motorists are advised to use caution in the area while construction is underway.
 
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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Inspections Resume for Occupied Residential Dwellings

The Department of Planning & Zoning, Inspections and Permits Division, has resumed inspections of occupied residential dwellings. Inspections of occupied residential dwellings were suspended in March to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
 
Prior to inspection, residents will be required to complete and sign a brief COVID-19 checklist. Occupants and inspectors must wear a face covering and maintain a minimum six-foot distance during inspection.
 
Inspections can be scheduled by calling the Inspections and Permits Division office at 410-535-2155. The checklist is available for viewing and download online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/COVID19InspectionChecklist.
 
The county continues to share the latest updates surrounding Calvert County’s response to COVID-19 on its virtual resource center at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/Coronavirus. 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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Van Hollen, Warren, Senate and House Democrats Urge ICE and DHS to Immediately Withdraw New Guidance that Threatens International Students with Deportation

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), along with more than 90 other Senate and House Democrats, sent a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), urging the agencies to withdraw new guidance issued by ICE that imperils the status of international students who would be studying online at U.S. institutions this coming academic year. The guidance threatens international students with deportation if they do not comply with the requirement that they take in-person classes even when they are not available.

 

In the letter, the lawmakers expressed deep concerns that ICE's guidance is motivated not by public health considerations, but rather by animus toward non-citizens and immigrants and is a flagrant attempt to hold international students hostage in order to force schools to reopen even as COVID-19 cases are rising. The 2018-2019 academic year saw more than one million international students in the United States. 

 

"ICE's announcement of their plans to force out or deport international students who remain at U.S. colleges and universities and who are taking a full online course load is cruel and unconscionable," the lawmakers wrote. "These students are already in the United States, are established members of educational communities, and have been determined through the visa screening process to pose no danger to the United States." 

 

"We call out this policy for what it is: a cruel, senseless, and xenophobic attempt to use noncitizens as political pawns in order to financially coerce colleges and universities to reopen campuses this fall, despite what is best for public health," the lawmakers continued. "This policy is dangerous to the health and well-being of numerous communities." 

 

Some colleges and universities have transitioned to online learning due to the pandemic, consistent with guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which recognizes the diversity of various institutions of higher education and advises them to "adjust[] to meet the unique needs and circumstances" they face when trying to keep their communities safe.

 

On Monday, ICE issued guidance that altered the Student and Exchange Visitor Program's requirements for international students, imposing a one-size-fits-all standard on all colleges and universities. According to that guidance, international students on F-1 visas (for full-time study at an academic institution) and M-1 visas (for vocational or other nonacademic training) will not be allowed to take a full online course load while in the United States. This affects incoming students, who will not be permitted to receive their visas or enter the country, as well as international students already in the United States. Under the new guidance, current international students in the United States will have to transfer to another school with in-person classes or leave the country-or else face deportation.

 

Due to the Trump Administration's catastrophic mishandling of the pandemic, COVID-19 continues to rage throughout the United States, causing many institutions of higher education to move most or all of their courses online to protect their students, faculty, and staff. Some colleges developed these plans in consultation with local public health officials, and these plans are consistent with the CDC's guidance for colleges and universities, which advises them to "offer virtual learning and telework options, if feasible."

 

Although the Trump Administration is attempting to blame this new guidance on existing regulations, it is failing to preserve or pursue options to provide flexibility to international students and to institutions of higher education. At the same time, recent statements by Administration officials suggest that DHS and ICE released this guidance as a pretext to force institutions of higher education to reopen against the advice of public health experts and local officials.


In addition to urging ICE and DHS to rescind this policy immediately, the lawmakers requested a staff briefing to discuss the Administration's rationale for this reckless policy by July 16, 2020. 

 

The full text of the letter is available here.

 

The letter was also signed by Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawai'i.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.),  Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Bob Casey (D-Penn.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), and Tom Udall (D-N.M.). 

 

The letter was also signed by Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), Joe Neguse (D-Colo.), Katherine Clark (D-Mass.), and Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), Jesús G. "Chuy" García (D-Ill.), Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.), Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.) Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.), Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Lori Trahan (D-Mass.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Yvette D. Clarke (D-N.Y.), Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), Dina Titus (D-Nev.), Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), Henry C. "Hank" Johnson, Jr. (D-GA.), James P. McGovern (D-Mass.), Rosa L. DeLauro (D-Conn.), David Price (D-N.C.), Judy Chu (D-Calif.), Grace F. Napolitano (D-Calif.), Juan Vargas (D-Calif.), David N. Cicilline (D-R.I.), Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.), Lois Frankel (D-Fla.), Sylvia R. Garcia (D-Texas.), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), Gregory W. Meeks (D-N.Y.), Val B. Demings (D-Fla.), Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-Mo.), Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.), Ted W. Lieu (D-Calif.), William R. Keating (D-Mass.), Albio Sires (D-N.J.), Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.), John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), Joseph P. Kennedy, III (D-Mass.), Filemon Vela (D-Texas), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.), Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), André Carson (D-Ind.), Nita M. Lowey (D-N.Y.), Mike Doyle (D-Penn.), Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.), Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Paul D. Tonko (D-N.Y.), Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.), Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), and Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.).

 

The American Immigration Lawyers Association also supports the letter.

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Commissioners Sign Memorandum of Understanding with Visit St. Mary's MD for Interim Tourism Assistance

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the nonprofit Visit St. Mary’s MD (VSMMD) board to allow county staff to provide interim administrative services to the tourism organization.

 

Visit St. Mary’s MD was approved to take on all tourism responsibilities in 2018 by an agreement with the Commissioners but, June 10, 2020, VSMMD and their Executive Director ended their relationship. The VSSMD Board began a search for a new Executive Director, and in the interim, the new MOU will allow the Department of Economic Development (DED) to provide staffing to assist with tourism functions in St. Mary’s County.

 

“In this time of financial uncertainty, it is important that we do everything we can to support our local business, and this interim partnership is one thing we can do right now for St. Mary’s County tourism.” said President Randy Guy.

 

For more information on the Department of Economic Development, including COVID-19 relief programs, please visit their website at https://www.yesstmarysmd.com/.

Commissioner Meetings may be viewed on-demand on the St. Mary’s County Government YouTube Channel.

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Commissioners Approve Seniors Farmers Market Nutrition Program Grant

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County approved a grant to utilize a $2430 award designated toward the distribution of booklets of checks for county seniors to use at local farmers markets for the purchase fresh produce.
 
The Seniors Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) gives recipients 60 years of age and older, who are residents of St. Mary’s County and who are at or below the established federal poverty limit, a booklet of checks to use at recognized farmers markets. The checks can be used between now and Nov. 30, 2020.
 
During the regular business meeting Tuesday, July 14, the Commissioners were briefed by Director of Aging & Human Services, Lori Jennings-Harris, who noted that local farmers markets are open with walk-up service. COVID-19 guidance encourages all who visit the farmers markets to wear face coverings.
 
The entire Commissioners Meeting is available for on-demand viewing on the St. Mary’s County Government YouTube Channel or can be seen on SMCG Channel 95 Friday, July 10, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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St. Mary's Sheriff's Deputies Help Save the Lives of Two

July 8, 2020:
 
The deputies of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office are much more than just law enforcement officers. In responding to emergency calls, lives are often endangered and Sheriff’s Office deputies are extensively trained in CPR, AED and Naloxone use.
 
During two back-to-back days in June, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office deputies helped save the lives of two people – an 80-year-old man who was playing tennis and a 3-year-old child playing in a pool.
 
Deputy Richard Forbes responded to both calls and helped to render aid. Both victims have since recovered.
 
Deputy recruits at the Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy receive extensive training in the Law Enforcement Emergency Medical course, which includes CPR certification. Deputy recruits are trained in at least 25.5 hours in the course in order to meet the objectives of the Maryland Police Training Commission.
 
All told, the training in CPR, AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and Naloxone totals more than 300 hours at the Criminal Justice Academy’s seven-month session for deputy recruits.
 
“When I was in the academy, I did not think we would utilize so much medical training and was surprised at the amount of medical calls we handle on patrol,” Deputy Forbes said.
 
In 2019, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s deputies responded to 61 calls classified as medical emergencies and to date this year, officers responded to 27 emergency medical calls.
 
“We are typically the first person on scene for any medical call and take action before any EMS personnel arrives,” Deputy Forbes said.
 
Just in his personal experience, Deputy Forbes said he’s had to administer Naloxone three times in one shift at different scenes and CPR twice in one day, which included the use of an AED.
 
While not every patrol deputy is equipped with an AED, “our goal is to have one for each patrol deputy,” Capt. David Yingling, Patrol Commander, said. “We’re not just a law enforcement agency; we go to great lengths to protect life,” he said.
 
There are currently 78 AEDs in agency vehicles, Lt. Eva Jones said. An AED “has the capability of shocking the heart back into an organized hearth rhythm,” she said.
 
An AED device was successfully used by DFC Daniel Holdsworth in saving an 80-year-old man’s life last month.
 
“Patrol officers handle anything from the child who needs a Band-Aid to drownings, shootings, stabbings and serious vehicle accidents,” Deputy Forbes said. “I believe we are trained very well and are equipped with great tools and training for any situation given to us which is utilized every day during a normal shift,” he said.
 
 
“This is what our deputies do almost every day,” Sheriff Tim Cameron said. “Not only are they on the streets assisting citizens in need and fighting crime, but they also serve on the front lines right alongside with EMTs and paramedics in times of emergency. Citizens can rely on their local deputies to help when it matters the most.”
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff

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CSM Opens Campuses for Limited Services with Heightened Health and Safety Measures in Place

 The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) announces it moved to Phase 2 of its ‘Return to Campus Plan’ and shifted from Remote Operations to Restricted Operations July 7. This change in status eases restrictions for campus access and allows for some in-person student services and instruction.
 
Starting this week, CSM will be open every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students seeking services from admissions, advising, computer labs, counseling, disability support services, financial assistance, the Registrar’s Office or Veteran’s Affairs will be allowed on campus by appointment. Students who need to visit the Bursar’s office or the college store at the La Plata Campus will be able to visit without appointments.
 
Under the Restricted Operational phase, almost all instruction and most college work functions will continue to take place remotely. CSM announced June 25 that all of CSM’s credit classes during the Fall 2020 semester will be taught primarily in a virtual environment. There will be differences, however, in how CSM’s various course offerings will be presented. During Phase 2, CSM will offer a limited number of face-to-face classes to allow for certain instruction – such as pre-arranged laboratory time, clinical experiences and the driving range.
 
“Over the past five months the college has spent a significant amount of time learning about COVID-19; keeping current with guidance and directions from the governor’s office, Maryland Department of Health, the Center for Disease Control, and leading health and safety experts; and developing and implementing plans to guide the college through these extraordinary times,” said CSM Vice President of Operations and Planning Dr. Bill Comey. “Recently, we finalized a Return to Campus Plan to serve as a framework for planning and eventually implementing the re-opening of our physical campuses. The plan’s goals are to protect the health of students and employees; help ensure the well-being of the community; and carefully and deliberately resume campus operations in a safe manner.”
 
The plan is not a calendar and does not have fixed dates but is a guide to show the intended path forward.
 
Enhanced safety precautions and requirements
 
All students, faculty and staff returning to campus will be required to pass a temperature check conducted by Public Safety Officers at the entrance of each campus. Visitors will also be required to wear face masks while on CSM property and maintain a physical distance of six feet from others. Frequent hand washing will be encouraged and visitors will find an abundance of hand sanitizer stations and wipes available. Other steps that CSM has taken to protect against the spread of COVID-19 include:
 
The installation of acrylic shields and other physical barriers in high-traffic or close contact areas
Limiting face-to-face meetings and not allowing any face-to-face meetings to exceed 10 people
Capping classroom capacity so enrollment never exceeds 50% of a room’s capacity
Reconfiguring classrooms, computer labs, conference rooms, office areas, and lounge spaces to encourage and facilitate physical distancing
Significantly increasing the frequency of cleaning and enhancing the methods used to clean surfaces in order to kill coronavirus
Requiring students and employees who are sick or have symptoms associated with COVID-19, who have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 or who are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test to stay away from campus
Providing mandatory COVID-19 training to all employees
“We believe these steps – among others – should create an environment that helps limit health risks to our students, employees and guests while providing access to critical educational services needed by our community,” Comey continued. “While every interaction with another person in today’s environment has some risk, we believe our plan will help minimize these risks.”
 
Students may make an appointment to come on campus through myLearning. For help making an appointment, call 301-934-2251 or visit csmd.edu/letstalk.
 
To review CSM’s Return to Campus Plan, visit https://ready.csmd.edu/covid-19/return-to-campus-plan.
 
Class registration for CSM is open for the fall semester, and virtual workshops designed to help students understand the registration process are underway. With more than 20 years of distance learning experience under its belt, CSM has easily moved its fall 2020 semester class offerings to a virtual environment, breaking classes into three categories designed for flexibility and the ability to pivot with safety requirements driven by status of the COVID-19 virus. Learn more at https://www.csmd.edu/apply-register/.
 
Coronavirus Update
 
Along with transitioning to Restricted Operations, CSM has made several operational changes that can be tracked at https://ready.csmd.edu/covid-19/.  Please visit the website often for resources and updates.
 
Students should make sure they are monitoring their CSM student email accounts, as well as the MyLearning course shells for their individual courses, and stay in close contact with their professors if they have any questions about their courses.
 

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Officers Identify and Arrest Suspects in Connection with Armed Robbery and Carjacking

Charles County Sheriff’s officers have arrested suspects in connection with an armed robbery and a carjacking, which took place on July 1 and July 6 in Waldorf. The details of the cases are as follows:
 
On July 1 at approximately 11:15 a.m., the suspect exited a silver Ford Escape in front of a restaurant in Waldorf. He pointed a black handgun at two victims, stole property, and fled in the Escape. He used the victim’s credit card at a bank shortly thereafter.
 
On July 6 at approximately 6:10 p.m., an unknown male and an accomplice carjacked a woman in the 1100 block of Mall Circle in Waldorf. The male suspect fled the scene in a silver Ford Escape and the accomplice fled in the victim's vehicle. The vehicle description and physical description of the male matched the suspect in the robbery on July 1.
 
Through their investigation, Detective J. Smith and PFC E. McGill identified Brandon Elijah Mckie, 21, of Upper Marlboro, as a suspect. In the early morning hours of July 8, troopers with the Maryland State Police located the vehicle stolen in the carjacking. Suspect Brandon Mckie and three juvenile females occupied the vehicle. Mckie was arrested and charged with robbery, assault, carjacking, and related charges. One of the females in the vehicle, Alexis Mariah Hill, 16, of Suitland, was arrested and charged with carjacking.
 
 
This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with additional information is asked to call Detective J. Smith at (301) 609-6479. 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.

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Charles County Government Buildings to Open to Public July 13th

Charles County Government will be opening its buildings to the public beginning Monday, July 13. Face masks/coverings and a temperature check are required when entering County buildings and social distancing will be designated in corridors and waiting areas. These protocols are essential to mitigate the impact of coronavirus and protect the public and our employees' health.

 

Residents are strongly encouraged to continue to do business by telephone or online, and pay bills using the convenient dropbox location. For in-person service options, visit www.CharlesCountyMD.gov to determine the operating status of each department and contact information for scheduling appointments. 

 

Services may be limited at some locations, like recreation centers and senior centers, will remain closed at this time in accordance with state directives. View how the County is working to keep you safe at https://youtu.be/qr_FPnk7rI8.

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July 7th Charles County Commissioners Meeting Update

On Tuesday, July 7, the Board of Commissioners hosted a stakeholder discussion on criminal justice reform in Charles County. They were joined by members of Women of Action Charles County and NAACP, representatives from Southern Marylanders for Racial Equality, States Attorney Tony Covington, Sheriff Troy Berry, and Public Defender Michael Beach. They shared their perspectives on initiating a civilian review board to investigate complaints regarding law enforcement’s use of force and treatment of those in their custody. Commissioners directed staff to establish a task force composed of stakeholders and community advocates who would develop legislative recommendations to the Charles County state delegation within the next 90 days.

 

Director of Emergency Services Michelle Lilly and Dr. Howard Haft, executive director at Maryland Primary Care Program of the Maryland Department of Health, presented an update on the COVID-19 public health emergency. COVID positive cases continue to decline in Charles County and testing options have expanded so more residents can get access without a doctor’s order.  The Emergency Operations Center will continue to monitor statistics and work in partnership with the Department of Health to make recommendations for crisis intervention if needed.

 

Open Session Briefings

Planning and Growth Management staff briefed Commissioners on amendments that were made to the proposed 2016 Comprehensive Plan during a Commissioner work session held on June 28, 2016. The amendments address a variety of chapters in the plan, such as land use, water resources, natural resources, community and economic development, and agriculture, forestry, and fisheries. Commissioners provided feedback and additional discussion will be held at a future Board of Commissioners meeting.
Deputy County Administrator Deborah Hall and Director of Public Works Bill Shreve provided an overview of the proposed policy for placing monuments on Charles County Government property. A Monument Committee presented the proposed policy in 2015, along with a suggested monument application and agreement. This background was shared with Commissioners as part of their discussion on a requested COVID-19 memorial. Commissioners recommended some changes to the monument policy and directed staff to establish a task force of experts to return with recommendations that could be used to guide the process for developing and paying for a COVID-19 memorial.
Work Sessions

Commissioners reviewed public comments and approved a bill regarding vehicle parking restrictions.
Commissioners discussed public comments and approved the solid waste management plan that includes an amendment for office building recycling programs. 
Commissioners discussed and approved the proposed agreement for the Waldorf Station development project.
Approval Items

Commissioners approved the following items:

The fiscal year 2021 approved operating budget of $401 million for the Charles County Board of Education.
A budget transfer request of $147,500 to pay for construction work on the Mattawoman Wastewater Treatment Plant Filter.
A budget transfer request of $63,200 for emergency services holiday pay as a result of additional employee holidays in fiscal year 2020.
A memorandum of understanding with the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center for mobile integrated healthcare.
District 3 Commissioner Amanda M. Stewart, M.Ed., requested that additional holidays be included in the 2020 calendar. Commissioners approved the designation of November 25, December 24 and 28 as Charles County Government holidays.
Appointments to Boards, Commissions, and Committees

Commissioners made the following appointments:

Reappointed Kabir Tompkins and appoint George Hawley, Lawrence Moses and Omyni Harrell to the Commission for Veterans Affairs as citizen members. 
Appointed Gregg Taylor as a member of the Board of Electrical Examiners.
Reappointed Helen Cheseldine, Francis Gray, Denise Grote, Maria Kane, and Franklin Robinson; and appointed Alex True to the Historic Preservation Commission as citizen members.
Appointed Alan Hettel to the LOSAP Board as a citizen member.
Appointed Robert Cleaveland to the Board of Fire and Rescue as a citizen member.
Next Commissioners Session: July 21, 2020 at 9 a.m. (held virtually)

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

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Governor Hogan Appoints Locals To College Of Southern Maryland Board Of Trustees

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan appointed Kenneth Abell of St. Mary’s County to serve the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) as trustee, effective July 1, 2020 through 2025. 
 
 Abell is currently the director of the Strategic Education Office at the Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) at Patuxent River Naval Air Station where his team engages in education outreach and training throughout Southern Maryland spanning kindergarten to entry-level NAWCAD permanent employees. He has an extensive 35-year career with U.S. Department of Defense.
 
Among his many assignments, he served at the Navy Primary Standards Laboratory maintaining precision research and development standards in conjunction with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and he served at Naval Sea Systems Command in support of Fleet Metrology and Calibration, audit and training activities. He also served at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren as director of the Metrology and Calibration Division. Abell has held leadership positions at NAWCAD in business and finance for the Research and Engineering Group and the Test and Evaluation Group in support of rotary and fixed wing aircraft; and a lead implementer of the Mechanical Engineering Program to support a continuum of Research and Education Partnerships in Southern Maryland.
 
“I am very humbled by this appointment and would like to express my sincere thanks to Senator Bailey for the nomination, and Governor Hogan for the appointment,” said Abell. “I look forward to this opportunity to contribute to the continued successes of CSM.”
 
Abell is a graduate of Ryken High School and holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.
 
CSM’s trustees also include, Jay Webster, Samuel C. Jones and Christy Lombardi of Calvert County; Shawn Coates, Jose Gonzalez and Cordelia Postell of Charles County; and Dr. John W. Roache and Sonja Cox of St. Mary’s County. Serving as secretary/treasurer to the board is CSM President Dr. Maureen Murphy and as Senior Executive Associate to the board is Larisa Pfeiffer. For information about the college’s leadership, visit https://www.csmd.edu/about/leadership/.
 
CSM’s Board of Trustees is the governing body providing leadership and oversight of the college’s mission and policies. Members are appointed by the governor for five-year terms. The board consists of nine members, with Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties equally represented. The chair and vice chair are selected by the trustees among themselves annually.
 

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan appointed College of Southern Maryland (CSM) alumna Christy Lombardi of Calvert County to serve CSM as trustee, effective May 13, 2020 through 2021. 

 Lombardi is currently the executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Community Bank of the Chesapeake in Waldorf, Maryland. The Saint Leonard resident has worked for the bank from more than 20 years and held numerous leadership positions including senior vice president and director of human resources, executive vice president and director of HR and administration and executive vice president and chief administrative officer.

“The College of Southern Maryland plays such an important role in this community by providing opportunities for students with diverse backgrounds and needs to gain knowledge, skills or credentials to prepare for successful careers or further education,” said Lombardi. “I am truly honored to be appointed to serve CSM in this capacity.

Lombardi currently serves on the Southern Maryland Workforce Development Board and is the current chair of Maryland Bankers Association Council of Professional Women in Banking and Finance Advisory Board. She also served on the CSM Foundation Board. She is the past chairwoman of the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Along with being a 2005 CSM graduate, she holds a bachelor of science in HR Management, a master of science in Management /Human Resources and a master’s in Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College. She is also recognized for completing the Program on Negotiation for Senior Executives at Harvard University and for receiving her Maryland Banking School Diploma of Graduation with honors from the Maryland Bankers Association. She is currently pursuing her Stonier Graduate School of Banking Diploma from the American Banking Association at University of Pennsylvania.

CSM’s trustees also include, Jay Webster and Samuel C. Jones of Calvert County; Shawn Coates, Cordelia Postell and Jose Gonzalez of Charles County; and Ken Abell, Dr. John W. Roache and Sonja Cox of St. Mary’s County. Serving as secretary/treasurer to the board is CSM President Dr. Maureen Murphy and as Senior Executive Associate to the board is Larisa Pfeiffer. For information about the college’s leadership, visit https://www.csmd.edu/about/leadership/.

CSM’s Board of Trustees is the governing body providing leadership and oversight of the college’s mission and policies. Members are appointed by the governor for five-year terms. The board consists of nine members, with Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties equally represented. The chair and vice chair are selected by the trustees among themselves annually.

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Detectives Investigating Reckless Endangerment on Holly Tree Lane

On July 7 at approximately 2:28 p.m., officers responded to the area of Holly Tree Lane at Hollins Lane in Waldorf for the report of shots being fired. Initial investigation revealed the pictured vehicle, a white KIA Forte, was observed traveling on Holly Tree Lane towards Western Parkway. As the vehicle passed a residential leasing office, the front seat passenger leaned out the window and fired multiple rounds towards the leasing office striking it multiple times. There were two unidentified males walking in front of the leasing office at the time the shooting happened. Detectives believe the males were possibly the intended targets of this shooting and would like to identify them as soon as possible. 
 
 
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Long with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office at (301) 609-6502 or longj@ccso.us. A cash reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for the tip that leads to the suspect’s arrest. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app. The investigation is ongoing.

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Sheriff's Office Conducts Alcohol Compliance Checks

July 8, 2020:
 
On Tuesday June 30, 2020, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Alcohol Enforcement Unit conducted 15 covert compliance checks within St. Mary’s County. Two businesses were found to be non-compliant.
 
The clandestine component of the check used a male confidential informant under the age of 21 in an effort to increase retailer knowledge and enhance proactive efforts to prohibit the sale of alcohol to underage persons. The operational protocol was for the confidential informant to enter the alcohol licensed business with no identification on their person. The confidential informant retrieved an alcoholic beverage and placed it on the counter for purchase.
 
Thirteen business clerks requested identification from the underage informant and the sales were thwarted. However, two business clerks failed to ask for identification and the underage informant was successful in purchasing an alcoholic beverage.
 
The non-compliant businesses were HV Liquors in California and Lex Wine and Spirits in Lexington Park, and the two were charged with violation of the Maryland Code, Alcoholic Beverages Section 6-304: A license holder or employee of the license holder may not sell or provide alcoholic beverages to an individual under the age of 21 years.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff

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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

During the week of June 29 – July 5 deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,412 calls for service throughout the community. 
 
Damaged Property: 20-33922
On June 29, 2020, Deputy Buckler responded to Deer Chase Lane in Chesapeake Beach for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised sometime between 10:00pm on June 28th, and 9:00am on June 29th, an unknown suspect(s) spray painted profanity on the rear of the residence. The value of damaged property is $100.
 
Damaged Property: 20-34152
On June 30, 2020, Deputy Buckler responded to Harbor Road in Chesapeake Beach for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised sometime over the evening hours of June 28th and June 29th, an unknown suspect(s) carved a tic-tac-toe sign into the hood of their vehicle. The value of damaged property is $200.
 
Damaged Property: 20-34245
On July 1, 2020, Deputy Parks responded to Dunkirk Park in Dunkirk for the report of damaged property. The complainant advised sometime during the overnight hours, an unknown suspect(s) spray painted profanity on two speed bump signs, an information sign, a bathroom door, a vending machine, and the side of a concession stand. The value of damaged property is $700.
 
Theft: 20-34736
On July 3, 2020, Deputy Aurich responded to Long Gun Drive in Dunkirk for the report of a theft. The complainant advised that sometime between July 1st and July 3rd, an unknown suspect(s) stole the rear registration plate off their vehicle while parked at Eagle Tire for repairs. The value of stolen property is $100.
 
Theft: 20-34996
On July 4, 2020, Deputy Freeland responded to Calvert Ranch Estates Gardens in Lusby for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between July 2nd and July 4th, an unknown suspect(s) stole a garden toolbox containing various gardening tools, and a Black and Decker hedge trimmer. The value of stolen property is $225.
 
Arrests:
 
On June 29, 2020, Deputy Hardy responded to the Calvert County Detention Center for the report of damaged property. Correction Deputy Lanier advised an inmate, James Andrew Storr (31), threw a shoe which damaged the sprinkler head in his cell, valued at $520. Storr was charged with Malicious Destruction of Property Valued < $1,000.
 
On June 30, 2020, Deputy Anderson assisted in a traffic stop on South Solomons Island Road at White Sands Drive in Lusby. Upon arrival the driver, Deodis Lee Clyburn (25) was standing outside the vehicle. Deputies advised Clyburn was observed to have slurred speech and appeared under the influence. A search of Clyburn’s person was conducted which resulted in a white paper fold containing a white powdery substance suspected to be a crushed pill, located in Clyburn’s sock. A search of the vehicle was conducted which resulted in a black plastic bag containing suspected K2. Clyburn was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana. 
 
On July 2, 2020, Deputy Savick conducted a traffic stop on Southern Maryland Boulevard at Camaleer Pass in Owings. Upon making contact with the driver, Deputy Savick detected the strong odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. All occupants were removed from the vehicle and a search was conducted which resulted in a black liquor store style bag containing a large sandwich bag containing 101 capsules of suspected crack cocaine, four purple capsules containing suspected heroin/crack cocaine, and four individual bags containing marijuana belonging to the passenger, James Delonte Butler (37). Butler was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession of Marijuana 10 GM+, CDS: Possession w/ Intent to Distribute: Narcotics, CDS: Possession- Not Marijuana, and CDS Possession w/ Intent to Distribute. 
 
On July 4, 2020, Deputy Grierson conducted a traffic stop on Solomons Island Road at Patuxent Parkway in Solomons. The Calvert County Emergency Communications advised the driver of the vehicle, Brandon Louis Sembly Johnson (34), did not possess a valid license and had four open suspensions. Johnson offered Deputy Grierson a search of the vehicle which resulted in an empty prescription bottle for Oxycodone, a WeighMax scale with a white powdery residue suspected to be Oxycodone, a clear plastic bag containing a folded TracFone card with white powdery residue suspected to be Oxycodone, and additional clear sandwich bags that were twisted and torn. Johnson was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS: Possession- Not Marijuana, CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia, and CDS Packaging Material Distribution.
 
On July 4, 2020, Deputy Freeland responded to White Sands Drive in Lusby for the report of a disorderly subject. Upon arrival, Deputy Freeland observed the male subject, Jailon Lewis Swann (24), to be standing in front of the residence sweating and screaming profanities. Deputy Freeland made contact with Swann and detected the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath. After multiple commands by Deputy Freeland to stop screaming, Swann complied and advised he would go in the residence for the night. A short time later, Deputy Freeland responded back to the residence where he observed Swann outside the residence screaming more profanities. Swann was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Disorderly Conduct. 
 
On July 5, 2020 Deputies responded to the Fastop in Saint Leonard for the report of a fight in progress. Upon arrival, Deputies observed two male subjects, both appearing heavily intoxicated, arguing and yelling profanities at one another. Witnesses advised they observed one of the male subject’s and a female, Cecilia Terese Kunkel (35), to run into the parking lot with the second male subject and began punching the male repeatedly. Kunkel then fled the scene and was later located by deputies. Deputies observed Kunkel to be heavily intoxicated and advised they would assist her in getting home. Kunkel began yelling at the male subject again, and was given multiple warnings by Deputies to stop yelling. Kunkel did not comply, was placed under arrest, and was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where she was charged with Assault – 2nd Degree, and Disorderly Conduct.  

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Identity Needed for Theft Suspect (Photos)

July 7, 2020:
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured in a theft investigation. On Friday, May 15, 2020 at 8:52 am, the suspect left the California Walmart store with a cart full of merchandise that he did not pay for.
 
 
Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call Deputy Andrew Burgess at 301-475-4200 ext. 78041 or email andrew.burgess@stmarysmd.com. Case # 30195-20
 
Citizens may remain anonymous and contact St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff

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Commissioners Recognize Sheriff for 40 Years of Service to County

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County recognized Sheriff Timothy Cameron for 40 years of service to the county during their regular business meeting Tuesday, July 7, 2020.

 

Sheriff Cameron received a commendation from the Commissioners that detailed his service record beginning in 1980 as a Patrolman in the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and subsequent promotions until his retirement in 2005. Cameron would then assume the position of  Director of Public Safety. One year later, he was elected Sheriff of St. Mary’s County and has since served in this capacity for an unprecedented four consecutive terms. Sheriff Cameron referred to his 40-year tenure as “going by in a flash.” He went on to say, “It’s been my honor being in county government and policing in my home has been really special.”

 

The entire presentation is available for viewing on St. Mary’s County Government YouTube Channel at any time or on SMCG Channel 95 Friday, July 10, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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COVID-19 Testing Availability Expanded at the VEIP Testing Site

 The Charles County Department of Health’s drive thru (VEIP) testing site will provide COVID-19 testing to individuals that schedule an appointment online at coronavirus.maryland.gov.  Testing is available every Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 28 Henry Ford Cir. #2787, Waldorf MD 20602.  A doctor’s order is NOT required to receive testing.  Follow the steps below to schedule an appointment online.

 

Step 1- Go to coronavirus.maryland.gov

Step 2- Click the "Testing" tab

Step 3- Click the "Getting a COVID-19 Test" tab

Step 4- Schedule an appointment at the Waldorf VEIP testing site using the yellow box

 

Arrive 15 minutes ahead of your scheduled time.  Upon arrival please wear a facemask or face covering and keep windows rolled up until the test is administered.  Visit https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/Documents/coronavirus_testing_FAQ.pdf for frequently asked questions about testing.

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Identity Needed for Theft Suspect (Photos)

July 6, 2020:
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured in a theft investigation. On Monday, June 8, 2020 at 4:15 pm, the suspect placed a bottle of Crown Royal Apple in his pants and walked out of Lex Liquors in Lexington Park without paying for it.
 
 
Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call Deputy Andrew Burgess at 301-475-4200, ext. 78041 or email andrew.burgess@stmarysmd.com. Case # 36127-20
 
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 @firstsherif

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Several Firefighters Sustain Injuries Fighting Great Mills Fire

Saturday afternoon forty three firefighters from the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire call at 22360 Douglas Court, Great Mills, St. Mary's County, Maryland. Several firefighters were treated and released for minor burns and heat related injuries. All were treated and released from MedStar St. Mary's Hospital.  Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Southern Regional Office, at 443-550-6835. The total estimated loss structure was $ 350,000.00.   
 
  

 

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Detectives Identify and Arrest Suspect in Connection with Multiple Shootings

Charles County Sheriff’s detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division have arrested one suspect in connection with two shootings, which took place in December and June in Waldorf. The details of the cases are as follows:
 
On December 3 at approximately 5:52 p.m., officers responded to the 12000 block of Ell Lane in Waldorf for the report of a shooting. When officers arrived, they located an adult male with a gunshot wound to his arm. He was transported to a hospital where he was treated for a wound that was not life threatening.
 
 
On June 23 at approximately 11:11 p.m., officers responded to the 3000 block of Gallery Place in Waldorf for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located two victims suffering from gunshot wounds. Both victims were transported to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
 
Through their investigation, detectives identified Brian Jermaine Flemming, 33, of Fort Washington, as a suspect in both shootings. On July 2, with the assistance of Cpl. E. Baker and the U.S. Marshals Task Force, Flemming was located at a residence in the 3800 block of Indian Head Highway in Fort Washington. He was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder, three counts of first-degree assault, and related charges. He is currently being held without bond.
 
This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with additional information is asked to call Detective A. Bringley at (301) 609-6499 or Detective J. Feldman at (301) 609-6474. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app.

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UPDATE: Collision Involving Pedestrian in Great Mills Under Investigation

UPDATE: On July 3, 2020, Dwayne Scott Reece succumbed to the injuries sustained in the motor vehicle collision on June 29, 2020. The investigation is ongoing.
 
On June 29, 2020 at approximately 9:02 p.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 21000 block of Great Mills Road in Great Mills, for the reported motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and continued the investigation.
 
Preliminary investigation determined Dwayne Scott Reece, age 47 of Callaway, was intoxicated and entered the roadway of Great Mills Road near Carefree Way. Reece was struck by an unknown vehicle and sustained incapacitating injuries. Reece was flown to an area trauma center for treatment and remains in critical but stable condition.
 
On June 30, 2020 the operator of the striking vehicle, Cheryl Lynn Hudson, age 28 of Lexington Park, contacted investigators and at this time the investigation remains open pending a review with the Office of the State’s Attorney for St. Mary’s County. At the time of the collision, Hudson was operating a 2012 Ford Focus.
 
At this time, alcohol appears to be a contributing factor in the collision. Anyone who witnessed the collision or has information on the collision, that has not provided a statement is asked to contact Corporal Brandon Foor at (301) 475-4200 extension 72265 or by email at Brandon.Foor@stmarysmd.com.
 
Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.

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Fatal Collision on Thomas Johnson Bridge

On July 3, 2020 at approximately 12:10 a.m., members of the Calvert County Sheriff's Office Patrol Bureau and Crash Reconstruction Team were dispatched to the Thomas Johnson Bridge in Solomons, MD for a head on collision. 
Preliminary investigation revealed, a 2006 Ford Taurus operated by James Owen Burnett, 62 of Lusby, MD was traveling southbound on Solomons Island Rd., approaching the Thomas Johnson Bridge.  The Ford Taurus crossed the center line and struck a 1995 Chevrolet Suburban operated by Michael Louis Mackall, 37 of Port Republic, MD.
As a result of the injuries sustained in the crash, Mr. Burnett, was pronounced deceased by Emergency Personnel on scene.  Mackall was transported by Maryland State Police Trooper 7 to Prince Georges Shock Trauma, where he is listed as stable condition.  
 
This cause of the collision remains under investigation. 
DFC. J. Hardesty of the Crash Reconstruction Team is conducting the investigation into the events leading up to the crash.  Anyone with information about the collision is asked to contact DFC. Hardesty at (410) 535-2800 or via email Jeffrey.hardesty@calvertcountymd.gov

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Calvert County to Host Free Residential Paper Shredding Event

The Calvert County Department of Public Works, Solid Waste Division, will host a free paper shredding event for county residents Saturday, July 18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Northern High School located at 2950 Chaneyville Road in Owings. The shred event, held rain or shine, can help prevent identity theft by destroying confidential or sensitive documents. Residents are required to wear face masks and practice safe social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Proof of residency is required.
 
All paper must be removed from plastic bags and cardboard boxes prior to shredding. Paper clips and staples are acceptable. Binders and binder clips are not acceptable. There is no limit per resident and proof of residency is required. Certificates of destruction will be provided if requested. Businesses are prohibited from this event. Shred events are held monthly throughout the year.
 
For information about this event, call the Calvert County Department of Public Works, Solid Waste Division, at 410-326-0210 or visit www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/Recycle.
 
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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Commissioners Host Public Forum July 14

Leonardtown, MD – The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County will host a Public Forum Tuesday, July. 14, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. in the Commissioner’s meeting room inside the Chesapeake Building, at 41770 Baldridge Street, in Leonardtown.

 

Due to social distancing guidelines, the Commissioners Meeting Room is not open to the public.

The Public Forum may be viewed on St. Mary’s County Government Channel 95 and YouTube. Citizens may listen to the Public Forum by calling 301-579-7236; Access code: 963443. Members of the press may attend. In lieu of appearance, comments may be submitted via:


         a. Email: csmc@stmarysmd.com.

         b. Mail: Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, P.O. Box 653, Leonardtown, MD, 20650.

         c. Call 301-475-4200, ext. 1234 to speak via telephone during the public forum.

d. Submit a three-minute video clip to publicmtgs@stmarysmd.com  from

Friday, July 2, 2020, 8 a.m. thru Thursday, July 9, 2020, 5 p.m.

 

Those wishing to speak at the Forum will receive up to three (3) minutes to address the Commissioners. Anyone wishing to provide more detailed comments can do so via email or regular mail.

Commissioners of St. Mary’s County Public Forums are televised live on St. Mary’s County Government TV 95 (SMCG TV 95) and streamed live on the St. Mary’s County YouTube Channel.

 

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County can be reached via email at csmc@stmarysmd.com or at Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, P.O. Box 653, Leonardtown, Maryland, 20650.

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Calvert County Government Announces Minor Government Organization Restructure

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

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'COVID-19 Has Wreaked Havoc': Maryland Board OKs More Than $400M In Cuts

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

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Amazon Delivery Station to Open in Waldorf, Maryland

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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NAS Patuxent River Transitions to Health Protection Condition Bravo

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

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Holiday Closures - COVID-19 Community Hotline & Testing Sites

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

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Sobriety Checkpoint on Friday, July 3, 2020

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

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

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

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Detectives Conducting Death Investigation in Waldorf

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

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

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

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Collision Involving Pedestrian in Great Mills Under Investigation

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

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

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

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