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Charles County Sheriff's Office Incident Brief


DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: Sometime between Oct. 22 – Oct. 23, unknown suspect(s) fired shots into a vacant house in the 9700 block of Proctor Place in Waldorf. No one was inside the house at the time of the event.  PFC P. DeBoe is investigating. 
 
THEFT FROM CARS LEADS TO STOLEN AUTO: During the overnight hours of Oct 21 – Oct. 22, unknown suspects broke into several unlocked cars in the area of Stewards Chance Lane in Waldorf and stole items including a wallet, electronics and a back pack. In one of the cars, the suspect(s) found a spare key to another vehicle and stole that car – a gray, 2011 Toyota Camry. PFC M. O'Shields is investigating. 
 
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY/RACIAL, RELIGIOUS, ETHNIC CRIME: Sometime between Oct. 19 – Oct. 20, unknown suspect(s) spray painted ethnic slurs, racial slurs and anti-law enforcement verbiage on several signs at a recycling center in the 15000 block of Cobb Island Road in Cobb Island. Officer A. Coulby is investigating. 
 
THEFT FROM AUTO: On Oct. 19 between 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., unknown suspect(s) broke out a window of a car parked at the Livingston Road Hiker/Biker Trail and stole a cell phone which was left inside. Officer J. Bottorf is investigating. 
 
Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest or indictment in an unsolved crime in Charles County. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Learn more at the CCSO’s website.
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12 Year Old Arrested For Lighting Trash Can On Fire At School


A plastic trash container was set on fire in one of the student bathrooms during school hours on October 22, 2014. Subsequently, one 12 year old juvenile student was charged with Burning of a Trash Container, Malicious Destruction of Property and Reckless Endangerment. The juvenile was released to the care and custody of their guardian until his hearing with Department of Juvenile Services. 

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Youth Arrested For Fireworks At School


The State Fire Marshal's Office was contacted by the Charles County 
Sheriff's Office after a ground based firework was located in the possession of a student at Davis Middle School. The firework was recovered and the student was charged with Reckless 
Endangerment. The juvenile has been released to the care and custody of the parents, and awaits a hearing with Department of Juvenile Services. 
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Firefighters Called To RV Fire In Hughesville


Thursday afternoon at 3:18 p.m., firefighters from the Benedict Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call at 6721 Animal Shelter Road in Hughesville for the report of an RV fire. The firemen had the blaze under control in about 5 minutes. After an investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office, it was determined that individuals were using a propane torch to cut the RV apart for miscellaneous parts and scrap metal. The heat from the torch ignited combustible materials under the driver's seat. The fire quickly spread throughout the entire RV due to the dismantling of the structure. The RV was completely destroyed by the fire. The estimated total loss in the fire was $1,000.
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Charles County Detectives Looking For Fugitive


Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward for information leading to the whereabouts of John Ercell Staton, 49, of Newburg. Staton currently has four outstanding warrants: failure to appear for a second-degree assault charge; failure to appear for violating probation; theft under $1,000; and violation of probation relating to a theft charge. Staton is 5’8”, 200 lbs., and has black hair and brown eyes.    
 
   
John Ercell Staton
 
Warrant officers have been looking for Staton since September. Anyone with information about John Ercell Staton’s whereabouts is asked not to approach him, but rather call the CCSO Warrant Unit at (301) 932-2222. Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to his arrest. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or Text CHARLES your tip to CRIMES or visit www.ccso.us to submit a web tip. For additional information about Crime Solvers see www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com. 
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Early Voting Starts Today


Early voting in Maryland began this morning at 10 a.m.
According to the Maryland State Board of Elections, registered voters may cast a ballot early in person or via absentee ballot.
Early voting centers will be opened from 10 a.m to 8 p.m. from Oct. 23 until Oct. 30. There will be at least one early voting location in every Maryland county as well as 17 additional locations around the state and voters must go to a center in their county of residence to cast a ballot.
 
Anne Arundel County
West County Area Library
1325 Annapolis Road
Odenton MD 21113
 
North County Area Library
1010 Eastway
Glen Burnie MD 21060
 
Severna Park Library
45 West McKinsey Road
Severna Park MD 21146
 
Roger “Pip” Moyer Community Recreation Center
273 Hilltop Lane
Annapolis MD 21403
 
Edgewater Library
25 Stepneys Lane
Edgewater MD 21037
 
Calvert County
Calvert County Board of Elections 
30 Duke Street – Lower Level
Prince Frederick MD 20678
 
Charles County
Charles County Elections Office
201 E. Charles Street
La Plata MD 20646
Gleneagles Neighborhood Center
4900 Kircaldy Court
Waldorf MD 20602
 
Prince George’s County
Upper Marlboro Community Center
5400 Marlboro Race Track Road
Upper Marlboro MD 20772
 
College Park Community Center
5051 Pierce Avenue
College Park MD 20740
 
Bowie Community Center
3209 Stoneybrook Drive
Bowie MD 20715
 
Wayne K. Curry Sports and Learning Center –
Landover Room A
8001 Sheriff Road
Landover MD 20785
 
Baden Community Center
13601 Baden-Westwood Road
Brandywine MD 20613
 
Beltsville Senior Activity Center
7120 Contee Road
Laurel MD 20707
Suitland Community Park School Center
5600 Regency Lane
Forestville MD 20747
 
Southern Regional Tech and Rec Complex
7007 Bock Road
Fort Washington MD 20744
 
St. Mary’s County
Potomac Building – Room 14
23115 Leonard Hall Drive
Leonardtown MD 20650
 
Voters may also choose to go cast a ballot on Election Day, Nov. 4. Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., but the board of elections suggests voters go to polls between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to avoid lines and delays.
Where Do I Vote?
Early Voting: Each Maryland county will have one designated early voting center, as well as 17 others across the state. Registered voters should go to a location in the county of residence.
Election Day: Registered voters should head to their assigned polling place, which can be found on their voter notification card or by clicking here. However, if a voter has recently moved, they should search for the polling place based on their new address or contact the local board of elections.
Centers are at facilities that are accessible with parking.
How Do I Vote?
In-person: Registered voters will use a touchscreen voting system at a designated polling location. At polling locations, volunteers will be available to help a voter understand how to use the machine, but voters must cast their ballots alone, unless a voter cannot physically cast the ballot because of a disability, inability to write or inability to read the ballot.
Absentee: Voters will use a paper ballot regardless of how it is sent to them. Voters then must fill out the ballot and mail it in or hand deliver it to your local election board.  You can request an absentee ballot by mail, electronically or by fax. The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is Tuesday, Oct. 28. The deadline for an electronic absentee ballot is Friday, Oct. 31. You can also vote by absentee at your local board of elections by 8 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 4.
Provisional: Voters required to vote by provisional ballot will be asked to complete a provisional ballot application, and then issued a paper ballot. It is important that voters complete the entire provisional ballot application because the information on the application is used to determine whether the provisional ballot will be counted.
For more information on voting, visit the State Board of Elections’ website or contact the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683).
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License Your Pets In Calvert County At Discounted Price Nov. 3-9


PRINCE FREDERICK, Md.  – Oct. 23, 2014 – Pet owners in Calvert County who need to license their dogs and cats can take advantage of Calvert County Animal Control’s sixth annual Amnesty Week scheduled for Nov. 3-9 and get their pets licensed at a discount.
The reduced fee for spayed and neutered pets is $3 each. The fee for non-spayed and non-neutered pets is $10. The regular prices are $7 and $20, respectively.
Bring cash or a check, along with a copy of the pet’s current rabies certification and proof of spay or neuter if applicable, to one of the following locations:
 
·         North Beach Volunteer Fire Department: Nov. 3, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
 
·         Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department: Nov. 5, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
 
·         Solomons Volunteer Fire Department: Nov. 6, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
 
·     Calvert County Sheriff’s Office: Nov. 3, 5, 6 and 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Nov. 8-9, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
For more information call Calvert County Animal Control at 410-535-1600, ext. 2526. Pet licenses are required for dogs and cats only.
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National Observance To Honor America's Veterans


The annual National Veterans Day Observance is scheduled for Tuesday, November 11 at Arlington National Cemetery to honor all veterans who served and continue to serve in the military.
 
The U.S. Army Military District of Washington will conduct a Presidential Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath-laying Ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Tomb of the Unknowns, to be followed by an observance program hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs in Arlington’s Memorial Amphitheater. A prelude by the United States Marine Band will begin in the amphitheater at 10:30 a.m.
 
Both the wreath-laying ceremony and the observance program are free and open to the general public.  No tickets are needed to attend these events.  Space is limited to standing room only for the wreath-laying ceremony and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the amphitheater.  Attendees are encouraged to be at the Tomb of the Unknowns or seated in the amphitheater by 9:30 a.m.
 
Free parking is available for vehicles in the Arlington National Cemetery Visitor’s Center parking lot from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  A free shuttle service will provide transportation to the Memorial Amphitheater beginning at 8 a.m.  Walking to the amphitheater is prohibited.  After the observance is over, shuttles will provide transportation back to the visitor’s center until 2 p.m.
 
Attendees will be required to pass through a security checkpoint to gain access to the ceremony.  Prohibited items include: large bags or backpacks, firearms and weapons of any type, laser pointers, aerosol containers, soda cans, umbrellas, coolers, picnic baskets, tripods, lighters, personal protection sprays and insulated beverage containers.
 
Clear plastic water bottles are permitted.
 
NOTE:  DoD identification card holders will not be permitted to walk from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall into the cemetery.  Instead, they must park on post and board a free shuttle bus at the Fort Myer Memorial Chapel.  The shuttle service is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. After the observance is over, shuttles will provide transportation back to the Fort Myer Memorial Chapel.
 
For additional details, call the Public Affairs Office for the U.S. Army Military District of Washington at 202-685-4645.  
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Fire Marshal Has Tips For A Safe Halloween


PIKESVILLE, MD (October 22, 2014) – Jack-o-Lanterns are ushering in Halloween across Maryland and State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci recommends several fire and life safety tips to help everyone enjoy a safe Halloween.  “Planning ahead can help make this and every Halloween fire safe.  Taking simple fire and life safety precautions, like making sure fabrics for costumes and decorative materials are flame-resistant, can prevent fires and avoid needless burn injuries”. 
 
The State Fire Marshal provides these sensible Halloween fire safety tips:
 
Pick costumes that are bright and reflective.  Make sure costumes are short enough to prevent tripping and ensure masks don’t block vision.
Consider adding reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat containers for greater visibility.
Purchase only costumes, wigs and props labeled flame-resistant or flame-retardant.  When creating a costume, choose materials that will not easily ignite if it comes in contact with heat or flame.
Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or as part of their costume.
Use flashlights or glow sticks as alternatives to candles or incandescent lights when decorating walkways or yards.  They are much safer for trick-or-treaters whose costumes may brush against the decoration.
Always supervise children as they go trick-or-treating.
Remember to keep exits clear of decorations ensuring nothing blocks escape routes from the home.
Instruct children to stay away from open flames or other heat sources.  Be sure children know how to stop, drop and roll in the event their clothing catches on fire.  (Stop immediately, drop to the ground, covering your face with your hands, roll over and over to extinguish the flames).
 
 
If you are walking with pets, consider using a leash with reflective material attached.
Instruct children who are attending parties at others’ homes to locate the exits and plan how they would get out if an emergency would occur.
When decorating inside the home, consider using battery operated candles instead of burning regular candles to help eliminate the potential of a fire occurring. 
Do not overload electrical outlets and extension cords.  Excessive use of extension cords may cause overheating and also become trip hazards.
Replace frayed, cracked or otherwise damaged electrical cords.
Don’t overload electrical circuits.
 
The State Fire Marshal offers one additional tip that could well be the most important. “Make sure your home is equipped with working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.  These devices are some of the most effective fire safety tools in preventing injury or death from fire and carbon monoxide,” according to State Fire Marshal Geraci. 
 
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Construction on Northern High School Replacement Scheduled to Begin in Spring 2015


Construction of the $65 million dollar replacement of Northern High School in Owings is set to begin in spring 2015. The design phase is complete, and the bidding process for construction will open before the end of this year. The phased construction of the 244,090 square foot building will be completed in 2019. 
The new school will be built next to the existing building, which will be demolished to make room for a parking area once the new construction is complete. The student capacity will increase from 1,233 to 1,500.
The first phase of the construction of the new building, temporary student parking, geothermal fields and utilities will be completed during the first two and a half years of the project, with students occupying the new facility during the 2017-2018 school year.  The second phase of construction will include the demolition of the existing high school, bus and vehicular parking area improvements and site amenities. The last phase will provide a small addition and instructional space improvements for the Mary Harrison Cultural Arts Center. 
The new facility will meet the standards for LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) silver certification by the United States Green Building Council. Environment-friendly features include bio-retention systems for storm water, water harvesting for irrigation, outdoor environmental study areas, a geothermal system and a reflective roof.
 
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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Scheduled for Nov. 1


The Charles County Department of Public Works would like to remind citizens the next household hazardous waste collection will be held Saturday, Nov. 1.  The household hazardous waste collection site is the parking lot of the Department of Public Works building, located at 10430 Audie Lane, off of Radio Station Road in La Plata. Collection hours are 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
 
Items accepted free of charge include: 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 include 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.
 
Household hazardous waste collection will occur on the first Saturday of each month through December. Upcoming 2014 collection dates are: Nov. 1, and Dec. 6.
 
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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BE SEEN ON HALLOWEEN - Vests For Visibility Program Helps Keep Children Safe on Halloween Night


The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) will lend reflective vests to children, and their chaperones, as part of its annual “Vests for Visibility” Program. Designed to be worn over clothing, the reflective vests help increase the visibility of pedestrians. The vests will be available in most counties at most SHA Maintenance facilities, during the days just before the holiday. They may be picked up between Wednesday, October 29 and Friday, October 31 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The reflective vests will be issued on a first come, first served basis and must be returned by Friday, November 7.
 
“Whether you’re out trick or treating with your kids, or driving on the roads, SHA encourages you to stay alert and follow the rules of the road, on Halloween and every day,” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters. “Please feel free to borrow one of the vests and be sure to remind your loved ones to walk and drive safely.”
 
This is the 19th year that SHA has loaned vests to provide an extra measure of safety for trick or treaters. Not only do the kids and parents appreciate using them, but motorists are equally thankful for the benefits the vests provide for them as well. The vests are a good way to see and be seen!
 
 
Safety Tips
FOR MOTORISTS:
• Stop for pedestrians - Maryland law requires motorists to stop for pedestrians in marked crosswalks and intersections.
• Stay alert - park the mobile phone.
• Obey the speed limit. Speeding only makes it more difficult to stop suddenly.
• Motorists should be more cautious during peak trick-or-treating hours between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.
• Enter and exit driveways slowly. Use caution when turning at intersections.
• Be alert for children darting across the street and crossing between parked cars.
• When driving children to and from different activities, make sure all seat belts are fastened and let children out of the car on the curbside.
• Never drink and drive. Designate a sober driver.
 
 
FOR PEDESTRIANS: 
• Look left, right, and left again before crossing the street.
• Cross at crosswalks or intersections.
• Be sure to see and be seen. Avoid dark clothing, carry a flashlight, wear bright colors and use reflective devices such as vests and blinking lights.
• Avoid costumes that may impair vision.
• Make eye contact with drivers when crossing the street.
• Stay alert and be on the lookout for cars traveling above the speed limit.
 
 
2014 Vests for Visibility Participating SHA Maintenance Shops:
 
Calvert County
Prince Frederick Shop
MD 231 at MD 2/4
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
410-535-1748
 
Charles County
LaPlata Shop
Washington Ave
LaPlata, MD 20646
301-934-8031
 
Prince George’s County
Laurel Shop
Talbot Avenue & Second Avenue
Laurel, MD 20810
301-776-7619
 
Marlboro Shop
6500 S.E. Crain Highway
Upper Marlboro, MD 20870
301-952-0555
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Advancing Local Preparedness for Ebola Virus


LEONARDTOWN, MD (October 22, 2014) – At this time, there are no suspect cases of Ebola Virus Disease in St. Mary’s County. While the risk of acquiring Ebola in St. Mary’s County remains extremely low, the St. Mary’s County Health Department is monitoring the national situation and working closely with local and state partners to prepare for and respond to suspected cases should they arise.
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated their guidance for infection control for health care workers caring for patients with Ebola. The guidance focuses on specific personal protective equipment (PPE) health care workers should use and offers detailed step by step instructions for how to put on and remove equipment safely. 
 
Local partners are collaborating to deliver training on PPE for health care workers and first responders in St. Mary’s County. Community partners continue to conduct drills, educate their teams, and refine processes for detecting and responding to suspected cases of Ebola Virus Disease. Key partners are working to improve their own preparedness as information changes.
 
The health department’s website has been updated to include dedicated webpages to share information on Ebola preparedness with the public and with local health care providers. Included on the website are tools to assist local health care providers with screening suspect cases of Ebola. Please visit the health department’s website at www.smchd.org for more information about Ebola Virus Disease and public health preparedness.
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Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack Incident Report and Warrant Service


Assault - On Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 12:31 am, Tpr. E. Krenik responded to the 26000 block of Independence Drive for a reported domestic disturbance.  Investigation revealed that Kelly E. Braxton, 32, of Mechanicsville, had been involved in a physical altercation with a male victim.  Ms. Braxton assaulted the male victim, then assaulted a second male victim who attempted to intervene.  Two children were present during the altercation.  Ms. Braxton was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where she was charged with two counts of 2nd Degree Assault and Committing a Crime of Violence in the Presence of a Minor.  She was held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner.  (14-MSP-033217)
 
Theft – On Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm, Tpr. C. Ruth responded to the Belk for a reported theft.  Tpr. Ruth made contact with the Loss Prevention Officer, who advised that two suspects had attempted to steal jewelry and clothing.  Mary Estella Hawkins, 46, and Sean Hunter, 48, both of Lusby, were arrested for Theft less than $1000.  They were transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center, where they were held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner. (14-MSP-033219)
 
Theft -  On Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 3:53 pm, Tpr. C. Ruth responded to the Wal-Mart for a reported theft.  Tpr. Ruth made contact with the Loss Prevention Officer, who advised that Jonathan M. Housley, 26, of California, had attempted to steal miscellaneous DVDs, Blu-ray disks, and game cards.  Mr. Housley was arrested for Theft less than $1,000 and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center.  He was held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner. (14-MSP-034322)
 
Warrant Services
 
Norman Jim Goedecke, 45, of Mechanicsville, served on 10/6/2014 at 6:50 pm for Possession of Firearms (2014-00371709)
 
Trayvell Vashaun Jones, 26, of Lexington Park, served on 10/7/2014 at 11:10 am for Failure to Appear in Court (2014-00373535)
 
Jessica Rachel Reese, 29, of North East, served on 10/7/2014 at 2:30 pm for Failure to Appear in Court (2014-00373826)
 
Amanda L. Abell-Morgan, 32, of Lexington Park, served on 10/8/2014 at 3:50 pm for Violation of Probation (2014-00374428)
 
David Paul Kaczmarczyk, 41, of Nanticoke, PA, served on 10/9/2014 at 1:00 pm for Failure to Appear in Court (2014-00354682)
 
Marquette Lee Jones, 34, of Waldorf, served on 10/13/14 at 8:25 pm for Failure to Appear in Court (2014-00382313)
 
Jeremy D. Overby, 23, of Lothian, served on 10/14/14 at 10:00 pm for Failure to Appear in Court (2014-00383616)
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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Arrests


ASSAULT – On October 9, 2014, Deputy Wesner responded to a residence on Kilbeggan Court in Great Mills, for a reported domestic assault. The victim alleged suspect Anthony James Cookson, 45, of Great Mills, struck the victim in the face with his fist. The victim was transported by ambulance to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injury to the face. Cookson was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd Degree Assault.
 
ASSAULT/RESISTING ARREST – On October 9, 2014, Deputy Bowen responded to a residence located on Catalina Lane in California, after several witnesses reported a vehicle passing a stopped school bus with red lights flashing. Deputy Bowen made contact with suspect Joyce Marie Rulapaugh, 50, of California, who matched the description provided by witnesses. Rulapaugh refused to provide Deputy Bowen with her driver’s license and registration information so he may issue her a traffic citation. Eventually, Rulapaugh retrieved her driver’s license only to hold it up in the air refusing to allow Deputy Bowen to see it. Deputy Bowen warned Rulapaugh several times if she did not provide the information to him she would be arrested. Rulapaugh ignored all warnings. She subsequently resisted arrest and pushed Deputy Bowen. Rulapaugh was placed under arrest after a brief struggle. She was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Obstructing/Hindering, 2nd Degree Assault, and Resisting Arrest.
 
ASSAULT – On October 12, 2014, Deputy Flerlage responded to a residence on Johnson Road in Hollywood, for a reported domestic assault. The victim alleged suspect Darleen Lyn Johnson-Taylor, 47, of Leonardtown, kicked the victim in the abdomen and hit the victim in the face during an argument. Deputy Flerlage observed fresh evidence of injury on the victim. Deputy Flerlage located Johnson-Taylor and placed her under arrest. She was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with 2nd Degree Assault.
 
VIOLATION PROTECTIVE ORDER – On October 6, 2014, Deputy Logue made contact with the victim who alleged suspect Anthony Marico Wilson JR, 26, of California, called the victim 18 times from the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he is incarcerated. Wilson called the victim in violation of an active protective order. Wilson was charged with 18 COUNTS Violation Protective Order.
 
VIOLATION PROTECTIVE ORDER – On October 14, 2014, Deputy Dale Smith made contact with a victim at Sheriff’s Office Headquarters. The victim alleged suspect Shawn Lee Morgan, 41, of Arlington, VA, contacted the victim by text and email in violation of an active protective order. Deputy Smith located Morgan, while he was at District Court in Leonardtown and placed him under arrest. Morgan was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with 4 COUNTS Violation Protective Order.
 
THEFT – On October 14, 2014, Deputy Roszell responded to Kmart located on Three Notch Road in California, for a reported theft in progress. Kmart employees observed a white male, wearing a white tank top, remove a television set from the packaging, then exit the store with without paying. Deputy Roszell saw a male suspect in the parking lot matching the description provided by store employees. He was identified as the suspect who stole the television. Suspect Martin Roland Abell, 38, of Valley Lee, was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Theft Under $1,000 and 2 COUNTS of Property Destruction.      
 
BURGLARY – On October 14, 2014, Deputy Wesner responded to a residence on Cabot Place in Lexington Park, after a witness reported a burglary to an unoccupied residence. Deputy Wesner located 2 suspects inside the residence, identified as Divon James Chase, 23, of Lexington Park, and Jordan Tyler McGee, 19, of Virginia. Neither suspect had permission to be inside the residence. Chase and McGee were placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. They were charged with 4th Degree Burglary.
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Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot for the 2014 Gubernatorial General Election


Annapolis, Maryland (October 21, 2014) – The deadline to request a 2014 Gubernatorial 
General Election absentee ballot for mail delivery is Tuesday, October 28, 2014. The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the general election for online delivery is Friday, October 31, 2014. Any registered voter in Maryland may request and vote by absentee ballot.
A voter who wishes to vote by absentee ballot may request an absentee ballot (1) online for 
voters with a Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued ID card; (2) by submitting a signed 
application; (3) by telephone; (4) in writing; or (5) in person at the voter’s local board of 
elections. Visit www.elections.maryland.gov/voting/absentee.html to request an absentee ballot online, to print an application, or to locate the address and contact information for your local board of elections
If a voter wishes to receive an absentee ballot by mail, the voter’s local board of elections 
must receive a completed absentee ballot application:
• If the request is mailed, by 8:00 pm on Tuesday, October 28, 2014
• If the request is submitted online or by email or fax, by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, 
October 28, 2014
If a voter wishes to receive an absentee ballot online, the voter’s local board of elections must receive a completed absentee ballot application:
• If the request is mailed, by 5:00 pm on Friday, October 31, 2014
• If the request is submitted online or by email or fax, by 11:59 pm on Friday, 
October 31, 2014
If a voter misses the applicable deadline, the absentee ballot request must be made in person at a local board of elections. 
The 2014 Gubernatorial General Election is Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Starting Thursday, 
October 23rd through and including Thursday, October 30th, voters may vote in person between 10am and 8pm at the designated early voting center(s) in their county of residence. Early voting locations and hours and additional election-related information and dates are available at www.elections.maryland.gov/voting/early_voting.html. 
For more information, please contact the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683) or www.elections.maryland.gov.
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St. Mary's County Public Schools' Ethics Panel To Meet


LEONARDTOWN, MD – The St. Mary’s County Public Schools’ Ethics Panel will be holding a meeting on Thursday, November 6, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., in the Assistant Superintendent’s Conference Room, 23160 Moakley Street, Leonardtown, Maryland  20650. For more information, call 301-475-5511, ext. 32108.
 
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Sheriff's Office Offering Medication Collection at Health Fair


Hollywood, Maryland - The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office will offer a prescription collection service at the annual Health Fair: "The Way to Wellness" being held on Friday, October 24th at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center located at 44219 Airport Road from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Admission is FREE. 
 
This service will allow citizens to safely dispose of unwanted and/or expired medications. This is a safe and eco-friendly way to dispose of your medications. Toxins from drugs that are disposed of into landfills or down toilets and sinks can pollute the environment and pose health hazards.
 
What medications can be collected?
All non-prescription over the counter medications, prescription medications, and pet medications; in the form of pills, liquids, ointments, and lotions will be accepted. Syringes, inhalers (containing medications in aerosol canisters), and chemotherapy drugs either in IV liquid or oral form WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  
 
Information will also be available relating to prescription medications and opiates.
 
"We really encourage people in the community to dispose of medications properly. Failing to dispose of medications properly will not only damage the environment, but can also make you a target for crime. This event will work two-fold; we will not just collect expired medications, but we will also have deputies educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications. We are making this a priority by offering this service at the Health Fair, in addition to the 24/7 drop-off located at the Sheriff’s Office. We are hoping to expand this service to those in the community with a moderate or severe disability that prevents them from disposing of their medications at our 24/7 disposal in the future" -- Captain Daniel Alioto, Commander, Vice Narcotics Division
 
The Health Fair will offer activities, screenings, and exhibits aimed at promoting health and wellness for all ages. No pre-registration is required. 
 
Reminder: Citizens can continue to drop off their unwanted medications 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the collection box located inside the lobby of Sheriff's Office Headquarters located at 23150 Leonard Hall Drive in Leonardtown. 
 
For more information, contact Jennifer Stone at 301.475.4200 X 1073. For more information visit, www.stmarysmd.com/aging or like and share the Facebook page, keyword: Way to Wellness.
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Charles County Sheriff's Office Incident Report


The following is a sample of recent Charles County Sheriff’s Office investigations. For information about crimes not included in this report, visit CrimeReports.com and search by county, city, zip code or street address.
 
BURGLARY: On Oct. 15 at about 6:15 p.m., an unknown suspect gained entry into a garage in the 3800 block of Pine Cone Circle in Waldorf. The homeowner saw the suspect who fled after being observed. The suspect was described as a black male, possibly in his teens, wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and black Jordan tennis shoes. His hair was long and in a pony tail. Nothing was stolen. Officer G. Cook is investigating. 
 
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY REPORTED: On Oct. 15, at 3:40 p.m., officers responded to a call for suspicious activity in the 1700 block of Brightwell Court. Two girls, ages 14 and 8, were walking toward their house on Bannister Circle in the area of Brightwell Court when a man driving a four-door passenger car pulled up beside them, pointed to the passenger seat and asked if they wanted to get in the car. The girls said no and the man drove away. The girls described the man as a black male, possibly in his 30's, with a shaved head, facial hair, and wearing a blue jacket with a black tie and a white shirt. There were no other incidents reported. Anyone who has information is asked to call the CCSO at (301) 932-2222. Officer G. Cook is investigating.
 
FIRST-DEGREE ASSAULT: On Oct. 14 at 7:25 p.m., officers responded to the area of Smallwood Village Center for the report of a shooting. When officers arrived, they located a 21-year-old male who had a gunshot wound to his ankle. The victim was transported to a hospital where he was treated for a minor injury. The victim would not provide further information but witnesses said a silver or dark-colored vehicle may have been involved. Det. J. Elliott is investigating.
 
 
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. 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, texting CHARLES the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Learn more at the CCSO’s website.
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League of Women Voters of St. Mary's To Hold Final Candidates' Forum


(Lexington Park, MD) A candidates’ forum will be held on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 6:00 pm in the Lexington Park Library.  The individuals running for Maryland State delegate and the State senate will be available for questions.

 

Scheduled to attend are:  Delegate candidates, Daniel Slade, Matt Morgan, John Bohanan, Deb Rey, Tony O’Donnell and Len Zuza.  State Senate candidates scheduled are:  Roy Dyson and Steve Waugh.


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