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CARS AND HOMES DAMAGED/CRIME SOLVERS OFFERING CASH REWARD: During the overnight hours of July 28 into July 29, multiple cars and homes were damaged in several Waldorf neighborhoods. In some cases, the windshields and windows of cars were broken out with a baseball bat or the car mirrors were broken off and tags were stolen. In other cases, the suspects threw rocks and bottles through the windows of several homes.  Officers have been canvassing the neighborhoods and obtaining additional information; they are pursuing strong leads in the case.  Officers are asking the public’s help in gathering additional evidence. A witness reported seeing the suspects in a red Chevy Silverado pick-up truck. Many homes in the affected areas have security systems equipped with cameras. Officers would like homeowners with this surveillance equipment to check footage from July 28 through July 29 and to contact them if the truck is spotted or if there is any unusual activity. In addition, anyone who saw a red Chevy pick-up truck in the area is asked to call. The following addresses are where the vandalisms occurred:

Damaged Cars: 1800 block of Ann Marie Circle, 3900 block of Northgate Place, 3000 block of Huntington Circle, 11500 block of Terrace Drive, 5000 block of Dorchester Circle, 2600 block of Shultz Drive, 11200 block of Barnswallow Place, 1200 block of Pierce Road, 2500 block of Enterprise Place, North Point High School, 12300 block of Burning Oak Court, 5100 block of Dorchester Circle, and the 5700 block of Springfish Place.

Damaged homes: 800 block of Stone Avenue, 1200 block of Pierce Road, 12500 block Sub Station Road, 2000 block of Darnell Court, and a fuel pump and windows of a parked car were damaged at a gas station on Smallwood Drive.

Anyone with information about these cases is asked to call Cpl. P. Tona at (301) 932-2222. Tipsters who want to remain anonymous 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. A cash reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the suspect(s).

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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This morning at 3:48 a.m., 35 firefighters responded to 27463 James Road in Mechanicsville for the report of a pole barn used as a sawmill on fire. The firefighters had the blazed under control in about 30 minutes. After an ivestigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office the cause of the fire was determined to be machinery igniting saw dust. The saw mill and it's contents were destroyed. No one was injured in the fire and the estimated loss was $80,000.

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 The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) will begin improvements to MD 765A (Main Street) and MD 231 (Church Street) in Prince Frederick on Monday August 3. The project includes:

• Raising the road profile at the intersection of Main Street and Church Street three feet to enhance visibility;

• Installing a raised brick island to create a right-turn lane from Main Street to Church Street;

• Constructing Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant brick sidewalks on Church Street between Heritage Blvd. and Main Street  and on Main Street  between Old Field Lane and Armory Road;

• Installing bicycle compatible shoulders;

• Improving drainage in the projects limits and

• Resurfacing and restriping the highways.

On Sunday August 2 at approximately 11:00 pm, crews will temporarily close the Main Street and Church Street intersection and detour traffic. The closure will last for eight weeks. Click here for more information about the project.

Church Street Detour:

• Motorists traveling on Church Street toward Main Street will be detoured to a left onto Heritage Blvd., a left onto Traditional Way, a right onto MD 2/4, a right onto Commerce Lane and a right back onto Main Street
 
• Local traffic on Church Street will have access to residences and businesses. Church Street will be closed just beyond the Trinity Church parking lot. There will be no access onto Main Street from the Trinity Church parking lot.

Main Street Detour:

• Main Street will be closed between Armory Rd and Duke Street.  Local traffic will have access to residences and businesses.

• Motorists traveling southbound on Main Street will be detoured to a left onto Armory Road, a right at the roundabout onto West Dares Beach Road and a left onto MD 2/4.

• Motorists traveling on northbound Main Street will be detoured to a left onto Duke Street, a right onto MD 2/4, a right onto Commerce Lane and right onto Main Street.

SHA awarded the $3.5 million contract to Corinthian Contractors, Inc. of Upper Marlboro.  Construction will start next week and is projected to be completed in the fall of 2017; weather permitting. Crews are permitted to work 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. during the day, and 9 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.  Customers with questions about this projects may contact the District 5 Office at 410-841-1000 or toll-free at 1-800-331-5603 or by email at hgonzales@sha.state.md.us.

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On Tuesday, July 28, 2015, Deputy J. Buck of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office initiated investigation into a reported theft of cigarettes from the WAWA convenience store, located at 10205 Kirksville Lane, Dunkirk, Calvert County, Maryland. Investigation revealed the below pictured suspects leaned over an unattended cashier’s counter and stole at least six cartons of Marlboro Lights cigarettes at around 5:00 p.m. on July 28.


Both black male suspects are believed to be 36 – 42 years of age. Height is estimated at between 6’-0” and 6’-2”. The bald suspect is believed to weigh between 170 and 200 pounds. The weight on the suspect wearing the black hat was estimated to be between 200 and 230 pounds.  The suspect vehicle is believed to be a brown in color, Volvo station wagon. The year on the vehicle was estimated to be 2009.


Anyone with information concerning the identity of the above suspects is asked to contact the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office at (410) 535-2800.

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THEFTS FROM AUTOS: Between July 27 and July 28, unknown suspect(s) entered several unlocked cars in the Pinefield area of Waldorf and stole a total of $2 dollars. Officer J. Bottorf is investigating.

CITIZEN CALL AND QUICK POLICE RESPONSE LEAD TO APPREHENSION OF THEFT SUSPECT:  On July 24 at 2:57 a.m., officers received a call from a citizen about a suspicious male looking inside cars in the area of Gateview Place and Northview Place in Waldorf. Officer B. Kunz drove to the area and observed the suspect inside a car, stealing items. The suspect fled upon being detected. PFC J. Hatfield, PFC R. Walls and Cpl. M. Sokoloff were on foot in the area and observed the suspect throw a bag of medications and cosmetics into a wooded area. The officers pursued the suspect who ran into the woods near Weeping Willow Court where he was apprehended by PFC D. Arends. The suspect was in possession of several items including a white iPhone with a cover, a wrench, an iPhone charger, coins and a pack of cigarettes,  all of which had been stolen from at least three cars in the neighborhood. Decorey Malik Gray, 18, of Waldorf was charged with multiple counts of theft. Additional property was recovered and may have been stolen from other cars nearby. Anyone with additional information is asked to call PFC J. Hatfield at (301) 932-2222.

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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LEONARDTOWN, MD (July 30, 2015) – The St. Mary’s County Health Department is offering naloxone training to community members who may be able to save the life of someone experiencing breathing problems from opioid overdose. These classes are provided through Maryland’s Overdose Response Program.
 
Naloxone is a prescription medication that is used to reverse an opioid overdose. Opioids include heroin and prescription pain medications such as hydrocodone, methadone, morphine, and oxycodone.
 
Individuals who successfully complete the two-hour training curriculum will receive a certificate allowing them to obtain and have filled a prescription for naloxone. So far, 145 County law enforcement officials and 60 community members have received naloxone training through the Overdose Response Program. The training is meant for adults who are more likely to be in a setting where they could help someone experiencing opioid overdose when emergency medical services are not immediately available. This could include concerned parents, caregivers, and others whose social, occupational, volunteer, or family experience might lead to a situation where they could help restore the breathing of someone who has overdosed on opioids.

Participants in the training will learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of opioid overdose, the importance of calling 9-1-1 in medical emergencies, as well as how to administer naloxone and care for someone until emergency help arrives.
 
This program is free; however, registration is required. Classes have been scheduled for the following dates and times:

    August 3, 2015 (5:30 - 7:30 p.m.) at the Beacon of Hope
    August 7, 2015 (1:00 - 3:00 p.m.) at the St. Mary’s County Health Department
    September 17, 2015 (1:00 - 3:00 p.m.) at the St. Mary’s County Health Department
    September 28, 2015 (5:30 - 7:30 p.m.) at the St. Mary's County Health Department
    October 7, 2015 (1:00 - 3:00 p.m.) at the St. Mary's County Health Department

To learn more about the Overdose Response Program and to register for a class, please visit www.smchd.org/overdose.
 
For further information about naloxone training, please contact Jenna Mulliken at jenna.mulliken@maryland.gov or at 301-475-4323.

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 Student orientations planned for schools

Charles County Public Schools has released its student orientation schedule for the 2015-16 school year. Listed below are orientation dates and times, and other activities for schools. Specific questions should be directed to individual schools.

Elementary Schools
    C. Paul Barnhart, meet and greet, Aug. 26, 3 – 4 p.m.;
    Berry, meet and greet, Aug. 27, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.;
    Dr. Gustavus Brown, meet and greet, Aug. 26, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.;
    Dr. James Craik, meet and greet, Aug. 26, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.;
    William A. Diggs, meet and greet with parents and students, Aug. 26, 2 – 4 p.m.;

    Gale-Bailey, meet and greet, Aug. 27, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.;
    Dr. Thomas L. Higdon, meet and greet, Aug. 27, 9 – 10:30 a.m.;
     Indian Head, meet and greet, Aug. 27, 9 – 10 a.m.; Three’s program orientation, Sept. 4, 2 – 3 p.m.; and prekindergarten orientation, Sept. 4, 10 – 11 a.m.;
    Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, meet and greet, Aug. 27, 10:15 – 11:30 a.m.;
     Malcolm, kindergarten orientation, Aug. 27, 10 – 10:30 a.m.; and meet and greet grades 1-5, Aug. 27, 10 – 11 a.m.;
     T.C. Martin, meet and greet, prekindergarten to grade 5, Aug. 27, 10 – 10:45 a.m.;
     Mary H. Matula, meet and greet, Aug. 27, 9 – 11 a.m.;
     Arthur Middleton, meet and greet, Aug. 26, 2 – 4 p.m.;
     Walter J. Mitchell, meet and greet, Aug. 27, 10 – 11 a.m.;
     Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy, kindergarten and new student orientation, Aug. 26, 1 – 1:30 p.m.; and community drop-in grades 1-5, Aug. 26, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.;
     Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, meet and greet, Aug. 26, 2 – 4 p.m.;
     Mary B. Neal, meet and greet, Aug. 27, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.;
     J.C. Parks, community drop-in prekindergarten to grade 5, Aug. 27, 10 – 11 a.m.;
     J.P. Ryon, meet and greet, Aug. 26, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;     
     Eva Turner, meet and greet the teacher hour, Aug. 27, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.; and
     William B. Wade, new student orientation grades 1-5, Aug. 26, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.; and kindergarten to grade 5 greet your seat, Aug. 27, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Middle Schools

    Theodore G. Davis, new student orientation, Aug. 26, 3 – 5 p.m.;
    John Hanson, new student orientation, Aug. 27, 3 – 5 p.m.;
    Matthew Henson, new student orientation, Aug. 26, 3 – 5 p.m.;
    Mattawoman, new student orientation, Aug. 26, 3 – 5 p.m.;
    Piccowaxen, incoming sixth graders and students new to Piccowaxen, Aug. 27, 2:30 – 5 p.m.;
    General Smallwood, new student orientation, Aug. 26, 3:30 – 5 p.m.;
    Milton M. Somers, new student/meet and greet, Aug. 26 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.; and
    Benjamin Stoddert, orientation, Aug. 26, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

High Schools

    Henry E. Lackey, new student orientation/drop-in, Aug. 25, 4:30 – 6 p.m.;
    La Plata, new students and grade 9, Aug. 25, 5:30 – 7 p.m.;
    Maurice J. McDonough, new student orientation, Aug. 26, 6 – 8 p.m.;
    North Point, new student orientation, Aug. 26, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
    St. Charles, new student orientation, Aug. 27, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
    Thomas Stone, new student orientation, Aug. 27, 6 – 7:30 p.m.; and
    Westlake, new student orientation, Aug. 25, 5 – 6:30 p.m.

 

Charles County Public Schools has released its open house schedule for the 2015-­16 school year. Listed below are open house dates and times, and other activities for schools.
Elementary Schools

    C. Paul Barnhart, back-to-school night, Sept. 2, 6 – 8 p.m.;
    Berry, open house, Sept. 3, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
    Dr. Gustavus Brown, back-to-school night, Sept. 3, 6 – 8 p.m.;
    Dr. James Craik, back-to-school night, Sept. 10, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
    William A. Diggs, open house for all grades, Sept. 9, 6 – 8 p.m.;
    Gale-Bailey, open house, Sept. 15, 6 – 8 p.m.;
    Dr. Thomas L. Higdon, open house for all grades, Sept. 10, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
    Indian Head, back-to-school night, Sept. 10, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
    Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, open house, Sept. 8, grades 3-5; and Sept. 9, prekindergarten-grade 2, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
    Malcolm, open house, Sept. 10, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
    T.C. Martin, open house, Sept. 8, prekindergarten and kindergarten, 6 – 7 p.m.; grades 1-2, Sept. 8, 7:15 – 8:15 p.m.; and grades 3-5, Sept. 9, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.;
    Mary H. Matula, open house, Sept. 10, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
    Arthur Middleton, open house, Sept. 3, 6 – 8 p.m.;
    Walter J. Mitchell, open house, Sept. 10, prekindergarten-grade 2, 6 p.m.; and Sept. 10, grades 3-5, 7 p.m.;
    Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy, open house, Sept. 10, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
    Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, open house, Sept. 9, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
    Mary B. Neal, open house, Sept. 10, 7 – 8 p.m.;
    J.C. Parks, open house, prekindergarten-grade 2, Sept. 9, 6:30 – 8 p.m.; and grades 3-5, Sept. 10, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
    J.P. Ryon, open house, Oct. 6, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
    Eva Turner, open house/Title I parent night, Sept. 22, 6 – 7:30 p.m.; and
    William B. Wade, primary open house/prekindergarten-grade 2, Sept. 2, 6 – 7:30 p.m.; and Sept. 3, intermediate open house/grades 3-5, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

 Middle Schools

    Theodore G. Davis, open house grades 6-8, Sept. 16, 6 – 8 p.m.;
    John Hanson, open house, Sept. 15, 6 – 8 p.m.;
    Matthew Henson, open house, Sept. 17, 6 – 8 p.m.;
    Mattawoman, open house, Sept. 10, 6 – 8 p.m.;
    Piccowaxen, open house, Sept. 17, 6 – 8 p.m.;
    General Smallwood, open house, Sept. 17, 6 – 8 p.m.;
    Milton M. Somers, open house, Sept. 16, 6 – 8 p.m.; and
    Benjamin Stoddert, open house, Oct. 1, 6 – 8 p.m.

High Schools

    Henry E. Lackey, open house, Sept. 23, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
    La Plata, open house, Sept. 22, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
    Maurice J. McDonough, open house, Sept. 15, 6 – 8 p.m.;
    North Point, open house, Sept. 24, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
    St. Charles, open house, Sept. 23, 6 – 8 p.m.;
    Thomas Stone, parent/student open house, Sept. 16, 6 – 7:30 p.m.; and
    Westlake, open house, Sept. 23, 6 – 8 p.m.

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A cat captured in the Yardley Hills area of Prince Frederick has tested positive for rabies.  The adult tan and black striped cat was picked up on Friday, July 24, 2015 by an Animal Control Officer after notification by a resident reporting an ill cat was under his car.  A positive result for rabies was confirmed by the laboratory at Maryland’s Department of Health on Monday July 27, 2015.   
Rabies is a fatal disease spread through the saliva of an infected animal.  When an exposed person receives proper medical care, treatment is 100% effective.
If you had any direct contact with a cat in the Yardley Hills area meeting this description, you are urged to report this to the Sheriff’s office at 410-535-2800.  If you did not have direct contact with the cat, you are not in any danger.
 

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On July 29, 2015 at approximately 12:46 p.m., members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Bureau and the Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the area of Sheridan Point Road and Fig Point Road in Prince Frederick for the report of a serious crash involving a dirt bike.  
Preliminary investigation revealed a 1999 Yamaha YZ125 dirt bike was traveling along Sheridan Point Road prior to Fig Point Road.  The dirt bike was traveling southwest along the solid double yellow center line when the operator began to lose control.  The motorcycle traveled off the roadway, crossed a gravel driveway and struck a Crepe Myrtle tree. The operator and the motorcycle veered off the tree and struck a metal sign support post causing the operator to be ejected.  The operator struck his head on the sign support post.  The operator and the motorcycle came to rest at the base of the metal sign support post.  
The dirt bike was being operated by Cory Jermaine Mackall, a 27 year old male of Prince Frederick, Maryland.  He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.  The evidence on scene and witness statements suggests that Mackall had been consuming alcohol prior to the crash.  Mackall was transported to the University Medical Center in Baltimore by Maryland State Police Trooper 7 and is listed in critical but stable condition.    At this time alcohol, speed, and driver error are factors that contributed to the crash.  
The Crash Reconstruction Team is investigating the events that led up to the crash.  Anyone with additional information regarding the crash is asked to contact Dfc. J. Hardesty of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Team at 410-535-2800 or via email at hardesje@co.cal.md.us. 

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California, MD - The St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission Board of Commissioners has appointed current Chief of Facilities and Operations, Michael Sullivan, as the Acting Executive Director of the Metropolitan Commission effective August 1, 2015.  Sullivan will serve until such time as a permanent Executive Director is chosen and begins employment.  
 
Sullivan began his career at the Metropolitan Commission on March 6, 1989, and is currently employed as the Chief of Facilities and operations where he supervises all water and sewer operations, facilities, plants, stations and associated personnel.  
 
Sullivan will act as Executive Director immediately following the retirement of Daniel Ichniowski, on July 31, 2015.   Ichniowski started with the Metropolitan Commission in April, 2008 as its Assistant Director, and in April, 2013, he was appointed as the Executive Director.  

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Protective Order Violation – On July 23, 2015, Deputy Jason Smith was walking out of the District Court Carter building when he saw suspect Troy David Yates, age 49, of Lexington Park, who he knew from prior contact. Yates walked over to the victim and began to talk to the victim in violation of an active protective order. The protective order stipulated Yates was to have no contact with the victim. Yates was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Violation Protective Order. CASE#43213-15

Protective Order Violation – On July 26, 2015, Corporal Corcoran responded to Bethson Street in Great Mills, for a violation of an active protective order. The victim alleged, suspect Eric Joseph Zernhelt, age 35, of Great Mills, spoke to the victim and took photos of the victim while the victim was walking on the street. The protective order stipulated Zernhelt was to have no contact with the victim. Zernhelt was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Violation Protective Order. CASE #43834-15

Robbery – On July 24, 2015, Deputy Schultz responded to a residence on Midway Drive in Lexington Park, for a reported assault. The investigation revealed suspect Rico Kinta Keys JR., age 20, of Lexington Park, came to the victim’s residence to gather some of his belongings from inside the home. An argument between the victim and Keys ensued. Keys grabbed the victim by the hair and slammed the victim’s head into a wall breaking the victim’s glasses. Keys then drug the victim by the hair to a car parked on Midway Drive and slammed the victim’s head into a window. The victim fell to the ground at which time Keys ripped the cell phone from the victim’s hand and fled the scene. Deputies were unable to locate Keys and a warrant was immediately obtained for his arrest. On July 25, 2015, Keys was located and placed under arrest. He was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and the warrant charging Keys with 2nd Degree Assault, Robbery, Theft Under $1,000, Vandalism, and Trespassing was served. CASE #43443-15 

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The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) will close one of two lanes and alternate traffic using a flagging operation on the Thomas Johnson Bridge  (MD 4) on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 beginning at 9 p.m. through 5 a.m. to repair the navigational lights.

This work is weather-dependent and may be rescheduled in the event of rain or high winds. The SHA asks for motorists’ patience during the flagging operation as crews work overnight to complete the work.

While SHA and its partners work hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. Stay alert – look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and don't follow too closely. Safer Driving. Safer Work Zones. For everyone!

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The Department of Public Works, Environmental Resources Division, announces new operating hours effective Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Charles County Landfill (12305 Billingsley Road, Waldorf) and Piney Church Road Mulch Facility (5370 Piney Church Road). The Landfill and Mulch Facility new operating hours are Monday-Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hours of operation for recycling centers will remain unchanged.  The Charles County Landfill Recycling Center and Pisgah Recycling Center are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday.  The Breeze Farm Recycling Center and Gilbert Run Park Recycling Center are open Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In addition to the county’s extensive list of recyclable items accepted at the recycling centers, residents are encouraged to utilize the Tag-A-Bag program to properly dispose of bagged household waste.  The Tag-A-Bag program is a volume-based recycling incentive system for the disposal of bagged household trash.  The more you recycle, the less trash you have; the less trash you have, the more money you save!

The landfill, mulch facility, and recycling centers are closed on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

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

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BURGLARY: On July 27 at 5:05 p.m., officers responded to a burglary in the 9200 block of Parkway Subdivision Road in La Plata. Investigation showed the suspect(s) entered the house and stole money and jewelry. PFC J. Campbell is investigating.

THEFT: On July 26, officers responded to the 10000 block of Catalina Place in White Plains for the report of a theft. Investigation showed the owner of the house had been away for a few weeks and he paid an acquaintance to stay at the house. The house sitter allowed friends inside and someone stole six rings and other jewelry. Cpl. C. T. Long is investigating.

ROBBERY: On July 25 at 10:56 p.m., officers responded to the area of Bannister Circle and Goodrick Court in Waldorf for the report of a robbery. Investigation showed the victim was in the area to purchase drugs. She indicated her cell phone lost power and she asked to borrow a passerby’s phone. At that point, the passerby and two other people assaulted the victim and stole her phone. PFC P. Morgan, III is investigating.

ASSAULT: On July 26 at 2 a.m., officers responded to a hotel in the 9300 block of Crain Highway in Bel Alton for the report of an assault. The victim reported a male acquaintance punched her and choked her. The man, James Clifton Johnson, 33, of no fixed address, was arrested and charged with assault. PFC W. Halt investigated.

RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT: On July 22 at 1:41 a.m., officers responded to a bar in the 2300 block of Old Washington Road in Waldorf for the report of an armed subject. Upon arrival, multiple witnesses told officers an unknown man was singing – karaoke style – when someone in the audience yelled out the singer was not good, or words to that effect. Apparently, the singer made up his own song. The singer left the bar but returned a short time later. He was not allowed back inside because the bar was getting ready to close. The suspect left and stated he would be back. A patron, who was in line behind the suspect, noticed the suspect had a gun tucked behind his back and alerted security. Shortly afterwards,  the suspect drove by in a green passenger car and shot a few rounds towards the business. No one was injured. The suspect fled northbound on Old Washington Road. Witnesses said the suspect was driving a green passenger car, possibly a Toyota or Honda and the car may have had New Jersey plates. PFC R. Walls is investigating.

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LEONARDTOWN, MD – Starting with the 2015 Fall season, the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference (SMAC) will be piloting Divisional Play across all sports.  As the number of schools within the Conference has grown, the state limitations on the number of permitted contests in many sports do not allow all schools in the Conference to play one another to determine a true Conference champion.

There will be two divisions, the Chesapeake and Potomac divisions, and the winner of each division will be the school with the best record against the other schools in their division.  When two schools have similar records, head to head competition will be the first criteria used to break the tie.  In sports such as field hockey, soccer, baseball and lacrosse where only two teams can compete simultaneously, Divisional Champions will play one another to determine a conference champion prior to state play-offs.  In sports such as track and field and swimming that allow for multi team competitions, Conference champions will continue to be determined by a culminating championship event involving all SMAC schools.  The one exception will be football which due to the play-off schedule is not permitted an extra contest to determine a Conference Championship.

If warranted, adjustments to the Divisional structure and/or championship procedures will be based on feedback from SMAC Board of Control members received during the initial two-year piloting period.   

For more information, please contact Dr. Andrew C. Roper, Supervisor of Instruction for Physical Education/Health, at 301-475-5511, extension 32122.  

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UPDATE Cody Lacey Homicide: On July 27, 2015, suspect Alan Michael Rangel was located in Jessup, Maryland, and taken into custody without incident by officers with the United States Marshals Service Task Force Fugitive Unit.

Amanda Raye Hartmann age 24, who was with Rangel at the time of his arrest, was also arrested and charged with Accessory After the Fact - First Degree Murder.

Rangel and Hartmann were transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center and incarcerated.

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The body of a deceased person, believed to be the second missing swimmer from Cove Point Friday evening, was located in the Chesapeake Bay east of Breezy Point at approximately 1:18p.m. yesterday afternoon.  A charter boat captain out of the Rod N Reel located the body east of Breezy Point Marina.  The Captain of the vessel called 911 to alert authorities of the finding.  A Department of Natural Resources boat with a Natural Resources Police Officer and Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Deputy First Class Locke on board responded to the area and recovered the body from the bay. The body will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner where identification will be made and an autopsy will be performed.

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Greenbelt, Maryland – A federal grand jury has indicted Francesca Daniele, age 48, of LaPlata, Maryland, on wire fraud charges in connection with the misuse of her government credit card.
 
The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; and Elton Malone, Special Agent in Charge of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG), Office of Investigations, Special Investigations Branch       
 
According to the three-count indictment and other court documents, Daniele was an employed as a program support assistant at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from June 2013 to September 2014, when she was terminated.  As part of her employment, Daniele was authorized to purchase equipment from vendors and to administer contracts on behalf of NIH.  To perform her job, Daniele was issued a government credit card in her name, which was only to be used for official government purchases.
 
The indictment alleges that from July 12 through July 28, 2014, Daniele used her government credit card to make over $21,000 of personal purchases at retail stores and used her cell phone to contact the credit card’s customer service center to facilitate approval of those purchases.  According to court documents, Daniele purchased gift cards, electronics, and other personal items such as food and clothing.  The indictment further alleges that to conceal the scheme Daniele falsely reported that her credit card had been lost.
 
Daniele faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for each of three counts of wire fraud.  No court appearance has been scheduled.  Daniele was arrested on June 30, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada on a related criminal complaint.  She was transferred to Maryland and had an initial appearance on July 23, 2014 in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt.  Daniele remains detained.
 
An indictment is not a finding of guilt.  An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.
 
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the HHS-OIG for its work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Thomas P Windom and Trial Attorney Justin D. Weitz of the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section, who are prosecuting the case.

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Destruction of Property Case #15-39336:
A garage door and vehicle were both spray painted with profanity by unknown person(s) overnight between July 19 and 20 at a home in the 2500 block of Sansbury Drive in Chesapeake Beach.  The damage is estimated at $1,000.  DFC R. Cress is investigating.
 
Theft Case #15-39868:
Two outgoing pieces of mail containing personal checks were stolen out of a mailbox on Ashwood Drive in Dunkirk on July 22.  Dep. B. Schaefer is investigating.

Destruction of Property Case #15-40160:
Someone caused $75 in damage to a wooden fence surrounding the parking lot at the Flag Harbor Yacht haven in St. Leonard between July 20 and 21.  Dep. D. Naughton is handling the investigation.

Theft Case #15-40296:
On July 25 shortly after midnight, Dep. T. Mohler responded to the Prince Frederick Safeway for the report of a theft.  Employees advised the suspect was last seen leaving the store pushing a shopping cart full of items he had not paid for.  Sgt. C. Kontra observed the suspect loading the merchandise into a vehicle.  Dep. T. Mohler made contact with the suspect and a second man.  Both men were arrested.  Tavon Leon Young, 27, of Washington, D.C. was charged with theft less than $1,000, theft scheme less than $1,000 and possession of CDS paraphernalia; a cigar wrapper.  The second suspect, Jeffrey Giles Haston, 26, of District Heights, was charged with theft less than $1,000 and use of drug paraphernalia; a cigar wrapper.

Burglary Case #15-40427:
Unknown suspect(s) gained entry to a shed behind a home in the 3000 block of Hickory Ridge Road in Dunkirk, sometime between July 12 and 24.  The shed was empty so nothing was taken.  Dep. A. Curtin is investigating.

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For the eighth year in a row, SMECO has received recognition from the annual JD Power study regarding residential customer satisfaction for electric utilities.
The news release states:  Among midsize utilities in the East region, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative ranks highest for an eighth consecutive year, with a score of 727. Penn Power (674) ranks second; Delmarva Power (669) ranks third; and Green Mountain and Met-Ed (656 each) rank fourth in a tie.
Below is a link to the JD Power news release.
http://www.jdpower.com/press-releases/2015-electric-utility-residential-customer-satisfaction-study

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