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Man Beaten To Death Over Drug Deal On Sixes Road In Calvert

On March 3, 2015 at approximately 12:40p.m., the Calvert Control Center received a 911 call from a citizen reporting a male subject was lying unconscious along Sixes Road in Prince Frederick.  Deputies responded to the area and located a black male in the shared driveway of 1707 Sixes Road.  The male subject appeared to have extensive head injuries and was bleeding profusely. EMS personnel responded and transported the subject to Calvert Memorial Hospital.
The subject was identified as Rodney Vincent Mackall of Sixes Road in Prince Frederick.  Mackall was suffering from severe cerebral bleeding and skull fractures.  He was unconscious and unresponsive.  Mackall’s injuries were consistent with injuries caused by a blunt object.  Mackall was said to be in grave condition upon his arrival at Calvert Memorial Hospital. Mackall was transported to the University of Maryland in Baltimore for further treatment.
Through investigation It was determined that Nicole Dalrymple was driven to 1707 Sixes Road by Melvin Johnson.  Dalrymple’s husband, Gary Mason, accompanied her to the Sixes Road address where the assault took place. Allegedly the purpose of the trip was to purchase crack cocaine.
Mason, Dalrymple, and Johnson were located and taken to the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office for questioning.  Mason advised Criminal Investigation Bureau personnel that he went to Mackall’s residence with Dalrymple to purchase crack cocaine.  Mason said when they contacted Mackall he said “Hello Beautiful” to his wife and that made him “Furious”.  Mason said he struck Mackall in the head with a mallet and he fell to the ground.  Mason said he struck Mackall several more times with the mallet and with his fist. Mason said he and Dalrymple left the area and began to walk towards Rt. 4 where they were picked up by Johnson. Mason said Dalrymple went through Mackall’s pockets and took crack cocaine and his wallet. 
Dalrymple was also interviewed by detectives and gave similar statements of the events that occurred on March 3, 2015. Nicole Danielle Dalrymple, 27, of Port Republic and Gary Sylvester Mason, 35, of Port Republic, were charged with attempted 1st degree murder, 1st and 2nd degree assault, and armed robbery for their involvement. 
Rodney Vincent Mackall, 52, of Prince Frederick succumbed to his injuries during the afternoon hours on March 4, 2015. Charges on Mason and Dalrymple will be amended as a result of Mackall’s death.



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Man Attacks Employees And Patrons At Prince Frederick Walmart

On March 3, 2015 at approximately 7:00p.m., deputies responded to the Prince Frederick Walmart for the report of an assault in progress.  A black male reportedly pulled a knife and chased a female acquaintance into the Walmart store.  Once in the store the subject was pushing employees and customers causing at least one subject to fall to the ground.  Detective Wells was the first deputy on scene and apprehended the subject upon his arrival with the assistance of an off duty law enforcement officer from another jurisdiction. Once the suspect was in custody deputies obtained written statements from numerous patrons and employees that corroborated the alleged actions of the suspect.  One customer advised she saw what was going on and attempted to leave the store with her small child when the man approached her, began cursing her and pushed her across the floor.  A store employee stepped between the suspect and a patron he was trying to go after. The suspect threw a cart at the employee which struck her hand.  The suspect was believed to be under the influence of alcohol.
Deputy Rector was awaiting the arrival of a jail van for transport when the subject kicked Deputy Rector in the shin.  When Deputy Rector searched the suspect he located the knife that was used in the assault against the initial victim in the suspect’s left coat pocket.  The suspect was identified as Andre Devon Dickens, 31, of Lexington Park.  Dickens was arrested for first degree assault with a knife, three counts of second degree assault, disorderly conduct, and second degree assault on a law enforcement officer



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Feral Cat Tests Positive for Rabies in Breton Bay Neighborhood

The St. Mary’s County Health Department reports that a feral cat captured in a Breton Bay subdivision has tested positive for rabies. The test results were confirmed by the State’s laboratory at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in Baltimore. Residents are asked to report any animal exposures involving people to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office at 301-475-8008. Suspected animal bites to pets or livestock should be reported to St. Mary’s County Animal Control at 301-475-8018.
 
Rabies is a preventable viral disease most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The health department investigates reports of animal bites and, based on the outcome of the investigation, provides post-exposure treatment to people who are at risk for contracting the disease.
 
“As a general reminder, we are advising all county residents to check their pets’ vaccine records and reminding pet owners that responsible pet ownership includes keeping pets indoors, using a leash or having a fenced yard,” stated Ann Rose, health department rabies control program director. “Because of our rural setting, it is important that our residents remember that rabies exists in St. Mary’s County, and encounters with feral or wild animals is inevitable.”
 
The following precautions will protect your pets and family members from the threat of rabies:
Be sure your pet has up-to-date rabies shots. Maryland law requires that all cats, dogs and ferrets four-months and older have current rabies shots. Low-cost rabies clinics are provided by the health department and St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League (SMAWL) during March – November. The next rabies clinic is scheduled for Monday, March 9 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds
Keep pets in your home or yard and walk them on a leash. County law requires that all dogs four-months and older be licensed.
Never approach or touch animals unknown to you.
Do not feed pets outdoors. Pet food and other food sources such as unsecured garbage cans may attract unwanted and unhealthy animals into your yard.
For more information about rabies and the rabies vaccination clinics, visit the health department’s website at www.smchd.org. 



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CEA - Calvert County Public Schools Negotiations Underway for 2015-2016 Contract Year

The Calvert Education Association (CEA) and Calvert County Public Schools (CCPS) have begun contract negotiations for the 2015-2016 school year.
 
For the first time in several years, the negotiation sessions are closed to the public and stakeholders by the mutual agreement of the parties. The parties may release joint informational updates as appropriate, provided both parties mutually agree to do so.
 
On Monday, February 23, 2015, the parties exchanged initial proposals.  
 
The parties met again on February 25 and worked cooperatively to reach tentative agreement on two contract articles that had been opened for negotiation. 
 
The parties will be meeting again on March 9, 2015 and hope to continue the partnership process to reach tentative agreement on the remaining open articles for the 2015-2016 school year.
 
A separate joint negotiation session, involving the Calvert Association of Educational Support Staff (CAESS), CEA and CCPS will be scheduled soon to discuss the CCPS health insurance benefits.



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State Highway Administration Rescheduled Public Workshop for March 12

Due to inclement weather forecasts, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA), has rescheduled the public workshop to Thursday, March 12, for the US 301 (Crain Highway) at MD 228 (Berry Road)/MD 5 Business (Leonardtown Road) Project Planning Study.

John Hanson Middle School - Cafeteria
Thursday, March 12 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
3165 John Hanson Drive, Waldorf

The purpose of the project is to develop a transportation solution that facilitates the safe and efficient flow of traffic through the intersection, accommodates the movement of pedestrians and bicyclists, and is consistent with the transportation infrastructure and travel demands of the existing and future development objectives of Charles County.

At the public workshop, SHA representatives will present the purpose and need for the project, obtain public comments, and answer project-related questions. The workshop will be conducted in an interactive, open-house format that allows attendees to conduct self-paced reviews of project information. No formal presentation will be given. You may arrive at any time during meeting hours.
Visit www.roads.maryland.gov/Pages/CalendarDetails.aspx?EventId=145 to learn more about this project or contact Jeremy Beck at 410-545-8518 or jbeck@sha.state.md.us. 



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Another Boil Advisory For Residents Of Strawberry Hills

The Charles County Department of Public Works (DPW) is issuing a precautionary Boil Water Advisory to residents of Strawberry Hills area. We have no reason to believe water is unsafe, but to be in the full compliance with Maryland regulations, a Boil Water advisory is issued.
 
Strawberry Hills’s water distribution system lost pressure on Tuesday, March 3rd, due to a water line break. Contaminants may have been introduced into the water distribution system due to this loss of water pressure.  Charles County water operators are on site fixing the problem.  Because of the potential contamination of the drinking water in the distribution system, DPW recommends that customers served by this water system, boil the water used for cooking and drinking purposes until further notice. Once the water pressure comes back up, you are advised to bring the water to a rolling boil for at least one (1) minute, which is sufficient to ensure the water is safe to use for cooking and drinking.  The water should be cooled before use to prevent burns or scalding.  Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, making drinks, and food preparation until further notice.
 
We expect the advisory to be in effect less than 48 hours.  The advisory will remain in effect until testing justifies lifting the advisory.  The water is safe to use for bathing and washing without boiling.  DPW also recommends that any ice made during the past 24 hours be discarded.  Once the water system is restored, some residents may experience water discoloration. Please run the water from the lowest faucet in the house, until water becomes clear.
 
Department of Public Works is prepared to implement our long term pipe replacement solution to minimize water line breaks in the future, and keep disruptions to a minimum, as soon as conditions permit.
 
For more information, residents should call the Charles County Department of Public Works at 301-609-7400, the Charles County Health Department at 301-609-6751, or the Maryland Department of Environment at 410-537- 3706.



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Charles County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

FIRST-DEGREE ASSAULT/CRIME SOLVERS OFFERING CASH REWARD:  On March 2 at 9:53 p.m., two males were walking in the area of Weston Drive and Bolling Brook Court when they were approached by a group of males.  The group attempted to rob the victims, ages 16 and 18, but they resisted and fled. One of the suspects discharged a firearm, striking the 18-year-old male in the foot. He was treated at a nearby hospital. Officers canvassed the area and detectives are pursuing leads.  Anyone with information 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. Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 in this case.
 
RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT: On March 1 at 11:30 p.m., officers responded to the 11800 block of Edmont Place in Waldorf for the report of shots fired. Investigation revealed two children, ages 8 and 11, found an unsecured gun inside their house and began playing with it. They accidentally pulled the trigger and a round went through their house, into a neighbor’s house and landed in the kitchen. No one was injured. The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.  Officer E. Baker is investigating.
 
POSSESSION OF DRUGS: On Feb. 27 at 10:57 p.m., officers were investigating a report of two males attempting to sell marijuana to patrons as they entered a business in the 100 block of St. Patrick’s Drive. Officers arrived and observed the males. Upon approaching the subjects, one male fled and the other stayed on the scene. Officers apprehended the suspect and found a loaded handgun on him. In addition, the suspect had marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Phillip Michael Tiddle, 18, of Upper Marlboro was arrested and charged with possession of a concealed weapon, altering the serial number of a handgun, disorderly conduct, possession of drugs with the intent to distribute, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The other subject, a juvenile, was charged with possession of drugs, possession with intent to distribute and disorderly conduct.  
 
BURGLARY: Sometime between 6:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 27, unknown suspect(s) broke into a residence in the 3700 block of Brookwood Drive in Waldorf. The suspect(s) stole several items including a wedding ring. Officer A. Bringley is investigating.
 
SURVEILLANCE WORK REVEALS DRUGS AND HANDGUN: Between 9:45 p.m. and 11 p.m. Feb. 26, officers were conducting surveillance in the area of Business Park Drive in White Plains. They observed several suspicious vehicles. Upon further investigation, officers found a loaded handgun in one car and drugs in another car. Dominique Carlton Turner, 22, of Waldorf was arrested and charged with possession of ecstasy. Micah Louis Hall, 24, of Waldorf, was in possession of an open alcoholic container and was also driving on a suspended license.



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"Change Your Clock - Change Your Battery"

PIKESVILLE, MARYLAND (March 3, 2015) – In anticipation of daylight saving time (DST) beginning in the early morning hours of March 8th, the State Fire Marshal is urging Marylanders to “Change Your Clock – Change Your Battery” in both smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in their homes.  Recognizing that working smoke alarms and CO detectors double a family’s chance of surviving a home fire and/or unsafe carbon monoxide levels, the State Fire Marshal says Daylight Savings Time is a great opportunity for families to change the batteries.  “Please take the little time required to help ensure the safety of your family and friends by maintaining these early warning life saving devices.”

A Maryland law became effective on July 1, 2013 involving “battery only” smoke alarms used in residential properties.  When these “battery only” smoke alarms have reached their 10-year life span, they need to be replaced with new long-life sealed lithium battery smoke alarms with silence/hush button features.  The silence/hush button feature temporarily disables the alarm so the occupant can ventilate the space from mild smoke conditions typically created during some cooking operations.  The use of these alarms eliminates the need to replace the batteries during the 10 year life of the alarm.  

The new law also requires homeowners to ensure they have a smoke alarm installed on each floor and outside sleeping areas, per National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommendations.  It is recommended to place them in each bedroom as well.

If your property is protected with 120 volt electric smoke alarms, they also should be replaced every 10 years with new 120 volt smoke alarms w/ battery back-up to ensure proper and timely operation in the event of a fire.  

Along with working smoke alarms and CO detectors, Home Escape Plans are another way Marylanders can avoid injury or death in their homes.  By identifying at least two different escape routes, families can practice the plan together – before an emergency strikes.  Practicing the plan helps educate younger children to the danger of hazardous situations and the importance of recognizing that the sound of a smoke alarm or CO detector signals a potential hazard in the home.  “Changing the battery in your smoke alarms and CO detectors, along with developing and practicing a home escape plan, are two of the best ways to protect your loved ones and yourself from fire and carbon monoxide poisoning,” stated Fire Marshal Geraci.

Please observe the overhead electronic signs as you travel throughout the state this weekend.  The Office of the State Fire Marshal and all Marylanders thank the Maryland Department of Transportation and the State Highway Administration for assisting to spread the word about this life saving reminder.



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Drugs Found In Stolen Car - VA Man Arrested

(Prince Georges County, MD) On Wednesday, August 13, 2014, Maryland State Police patrol troopers from the Forestville Barrack responded to the inner loop of I-495 @ D’Ardy Road, Prince Georges County, Maryland for a reported motor vehicle crash involving a Gray Nissan Maxima.  

Investigation revealed; the driver of the vehicle fled the scene.  Additionally, the Nissan was stolen from a car dealership located in Waldorf, Charles County, MD.  Further search of the vehicle revealed a large quantity of suspected Heroin, cocaine and Marijuana.  

Investigators from Maryland State Police, Criminal Enforcement Division, Central South Region were requested to assume the investigation.

Investigators were able to identify Khalil Abdel Salahuddin (26) from Fredericksburg, VA as the driver of the Nissan. Through a collaborative effort with Fredericksburg City Police Department, Salahuddin was located and incarcerated in Virginia.

On February 27, 2015 members from Criminal Enforcement Division extradited Salahuddin to Maryland.   Salahuddin was charged with Unauthorized Removal of Property, 2 counts of CDS Possession –Not Marijuana and CDS Possession with Intent to Distribute Narcotics.  He was incarcerated at Prince Georges County Detention Center, pending a hearing with the District Court Commissioner. 



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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Arrests

DISORDERLY CONDUCT/ASSAULT ON POLICE – On February 26, 2015, Deputy S. Cameron and Deputy Lawrence responded to the 19000 block of Point Lookout Road in Park Hall, for a single vehicle accident. The vehicle involved in the collision was located unoccupied. While deputies were conducting the investigation and waiting for the tow company to arrive to remove the vehicle, the operator of the vehicle returned to the scene accompanied by her friend, later identified as suspect Jamie Lee Clarke, age 21, of St. Inigoes. When Clarke learned the vehicle was going to be towed he became disorderly; yelling and cursing at deputies. Clarke was advised to stop raising his voice and using foul language and he refused. The owner of the vehicle attempted to get Clarke to calm down with no success. Clarke became increasingly aggressive toward deputies. Deputy Cameron and Deputy Lawrence approached Clarke to place him under arrest at which time Clarke attempted to take Deputy Lawrence to the ground by grabbing him around the legs. Clarke then swung his fists at both deputies. Clarke was eventually taken into custody and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 2 COUNTS of Assault 2nd Degree and Disorderly Conduct. CASE #11065-15
Jamie Clarke

CHILD ABUSE – On February 27, 2015, Deputy Pontorno responded to a residence on Caravel Court in Great Mills, for a reported assault. The victim alleged suspect Jennifer Ann Andra, age 38, of Great Mills, struck the victim repeatedly with a hockey stick. Deputy Pontorno observed several bruises on the victim’s arm and legs. Andra was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with Child Abuse - Second Degree: Custodian. CASE #11455-15
Jennifer Andra

THEFT – On March 2, 2015, Deputy Schultz responded to the 21000 block of Chancellor’s Run Road in Great Mills, for a reported theft. The complainant, driver of a taxi cab, alleged he picked up suspect Stacie Marie Schneider, age 18, of Frederick, in Pikesville, Maryland. Schneider requested the cab driver transport her to Great Mills, which he did. On arrival, the cab driver advised Schneider the cost of the cab ride was $217.00. Schneider did not have the funds to pay for the cab ride. Schneider was placed under arrest and charged with Theft Under $1,000 by criminal citation. CASE #11989-15



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State Highway Administration to Hold Public Workshop March 5

The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA), in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration, invites interested persons to attend a public workshop on Thursday, March 5, for the US 301 (Crain Highway) at MD 228 (Berry Road)/MD 5 Business (Leonardtown Road) Project Planning Study.

John Hanson Middle School - Cafeteria
Thursday, March 5 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Snow Date – Thursday, March 12)
3165 John Hanson Drive, Waldorf

The purpose of the project is to develop a transportation solution that facilitates the safe and efficient flow of traffic through the intersection, accommodates the movement of pedestrians and bicyclists, and is consistent with the transportation infrastructure and travel demands of the existing and future development objectives of Charles County.

At the public workshop, SHA representatives will present the purpose and need for the project, obtain public comments, and answer project-related questions. The workshop will be conducted in an interactive, open-house format that allows attendees to conduct self-paced reviews of project information. No formal presentation will be given. You may arrive at any time during meeting hours.

Visit www.roads.maryland.gov/Pages/CalendarDetails.aspx?EventId=145 to learn more about this project or contact Jeremy Beck at 410-545-8518 or jbeck@sha.state.md.us.



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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

Burglary Case #15-10627:
Someone broke into the garage of a home in the 2300 block of Plum Point Road in Huntingtown sometime between February 22 at 10:30 a.m. and February 23 at 12:30 a.m. Nothing was taken but $150 in damage was done.  Dep. B. Pounsberry is investigating.

CDS Violation Case #15-10919:
On February 24 at 8:47 p.m. DFC C. Fox conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near Paris Estates Court on Md. Rt. 260 in Owings.  He found the driver, later identified as Daniel Paul Miller, Jr., 31, of Greenbelt, to be in possession of suspected drugs and under the influence of alcohol.  Miller was arrested and charged with three counts of possession of CDS (Alprazolam, Lorazepam, and Methadone Hydrochloride), DUI/Alcohol, driving on a suspended license, negligent driving, and several other traffic violations.

Destruction of Property Case #15-11265:
A resident in the 5600 block of Douglas Street in St. Leonard advised Dep. N. Gilmore that her telephone line had been cut by unknown suspect(s) sometime between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on February 26.  Dep. Gilmore saw that the telephone wire inside the Verizon phone box on the side of the residence had been cut.  The investigation continues.



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Charles County Commissioners' March Town Hall Meeting Schedule

The public is invited to attend the first quarterly Board of County Commissioners’ Town Hall Meeting as scheduled below. In addition to the town hall meetings hosted by individual Commissioners throughout the year, the full Board of County Commissioners will hold quarterly town hall meetings, with locations rotating throughout the four Commissioner Districts.  The purpose of town hall meetings is to take questions from those in attendance and discuss items important to the citizens and the community.  All five elected County Commissioners and county department directors are scheduled to attend.

Board of County Commissioners' Town Hall Meeting (District 1)
Tuesday, March 24 at 6 p.m.
Newburg Fire Department (12265 Rock Point Road, Newburg)                                  

Future town hall meeting dates are available online at www.CharlesCountyMD.gov.

For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 301-885-2779 or PressRoom@CharlesCountyMD.gov.  Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 866-269-9006.



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Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Incident Report

DUI / Possession of Marijuana:  On 2/24/15 at 1:25 am, Trooper First Class Barlow stopped a vehicle near the Thomas Johnson Bridge in Solomons for traffic violations.  The driver, Jonathan R. Lord, 20 of Lexington Park, was arrested for DUI.  Lord also received a civil citation for possessing marijuana less than 10 grams.  He was transported to the Maryland State Police Barrack in Prince Frederick for processing.

DUI / Destruction of Property:  On 2/24/15 at 4:59 pm, Trooper Warrick was flagged down by a citizen and she advised she was just involved in a hit and run accident in Charles County.  She provided a description of the involved vehicle and a MD registration number.  The vehicle was a work van and the owner was contacted who advised Marvin N. Duckett was operating the vehicle.  Cpl. Gibson and TPR. Warrick responded to Duckett's residence in Brandywine.  They made contact with Duckett, who was intoxicated.  He admitted to being involved in the incident.  Duckett became very combative while the officers were placing him under arrest. He was taken to the Maryland State Police Barrack in La Plata for processing.  

Possession of Marijuana:  On 2/25/15 at 3:07 pm, Trooper Kaitz responded to the Day Market on Dares Beach Rd. in response to a subject wanted for twoofficers criminal warrants.  Brian P. Parran, 30 of Prince Frederick was arrested and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center.  During a search, marijuana was found in his possession.  He was incarcerated on the warrant charges and additionally issued a civil citation for possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana.

Destruction of Property:  On 2/25/15 at 3:55 pm, Trooper Jones responded to 250 Shore Acres Way for a reported malicious destruction of property.  The victim reported that Nzinga S. T. Austin, 21 of Prince Frederick, threw her printer off a balcony during a dispute.  Austin was not at the scene upon troopers arrival,.  Criminal charges are pending

Possession of Marijuana:  On 2/26/15 at 8:37 pm, Trooper Jones stopped a vehicle on Brickhouse Rd. in Dunkirk for traffic violations.  The driver, Maxwell J. Curting, 18 of Rose Haven, and a passenger, David C. Gettmann, 21 of Shady Side, were arrested for possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana.  They were both issued the appropriate civil citations.

Theft of Mail:  On 2/28/15 at 4:45 am, Trooper First Class Smith responded to a report of male observed carrying a large amount of mail under his coat on Catalina Drive in Lusby.  Jameh A. K. Freeman, 36 of Lusby, was found to be in possession of mail from four different residences.  He was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.

Possession of Oxycodone:  On 2/28/15 at 12:10 pm, Trooper Kaitz responded to the Marriott Springhills Suites in Prince Frederick for a reported disorderly subject.  Kathleen S. Bauman, 51 of Chesapeake Beach, was found to be smoking in a non-smoking room.  Bauman was also in possession of Oxycodone hydrochloride that she did not have a prescription for.  She was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.

False Statement to Police:  On 2/28/15 at 3:27 pm, Trooper First Class Costello stopped a vehicle for traffic violations on Church Street in Prince Frederick.   The driver provided a name that TFC Costello was able to determine was false.  Trayvon A. Berry, 29 of Lusby, was arrested for False Statement to Peace Officer and Person driving motor vehicle on a suspended license and privilege.  He was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.

Possession of Marijuana:  On 3/1/15 at 1:43 am, Trooper First Class Newcomer stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4  near Huntingtown for traffic violations.  The odor of burnt marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle.  Justin A. Marr Wilson, 29 of Davidsonville, was arrested for possession of marijuana less than 10 grams and was issued the appropriate civil citation and was released. 



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Suspects Arrested After Home Invasion Robbery - Mechanicsville

Mechanicsville, Maryland - March 1, 2015, at 11:45 PM, Sheriff’s Office patrol units responded to the 36000 block of West Lakeland Drive, for the report of a home invasion. Victims reported two male suspects entered the home armed with a handgun and a baseball bat. The suspects demanded money and cell phones from the two victims. The victims complied and neither sustained any injuries. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division were contacted, responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.

Detectives, with the assistance of patrol officers, identified both suspects who were located and arrested without incident. A search warrant was obtained for the suspect’s residence and vehicle. Property was subsequently recovered belonging to the victims.

James W. T. Burke, age 29, of Mechanicsville, and David S. Lee, age 27, of Mechanicsville, were transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center.

Burke was charged with Robbery and Theft 1,000 to $10,000.

Lee was charged with two counts of 1st Degree Assault, Theft $1,000 to $10,000 and Theft under $500.  Both suspects are pending an appearance before the District Court Commissioner.

Addition charges are pending a review with States Attorney Richard Fritz.



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Maryland Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski Announces Retirement

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the longest serving woman in the history of Congress, has announced her retirement.

The 78-year-old Maryland Democrat, now in her fifth term, made the statement at a news conference in Fells Point in Baltimore Monday.

Mikulski became the longest-serving woman in the history of Congress in 2012. She was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1976 and has served in the Senate since 1987. Mikulski is up for re-election next year, but has declined to run for what would be a sixth term. The deadline for filing is in January 2016.



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Charles Board Of Education Approves FY 2016 budget

The Board of Education recently passed its fiscal year 2016 budget proposal channeling funding increases to employee salaries, the addition of a senior class at St. Charles High School and new instructional programs.
 
The Board voted earlier this month to approve an operating budget request of $353.6 million, an 8 percent or $26.3 million increase over FY 2015. The budget proposes a $25.6 million or 15.8 percent increase from the county and anticipates reductions to the state’s Geographic Cost of Education Index (GCEI) as proposed in Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s budget.
 
The top recommendation, according to Superintendent Kimberly Hill, is for staff compensation to make whole school employees who are currently two STEPS/levels behind and who have not received a cost of living increase since 2009. The bulk of the $26 million increase is earmarked for employee negotiations, with the $19 million employee compensation request providing $13.2 million for three STEP/level increases and $6 million for rising health care costs. Employees did not receive a salary increase last year. Hill told the Board the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) starting teacher salary is the lowest in Southern Maryland.
 
Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Business Paul Balides said the budget covers the mandatory expenses of the school system and advances several new instructional initiatives. “We realize this request is ambitious, but we feel it articulates the needs of the system and continues to provide high quality education for children,” Balides said during a budget presentation.
 
The budget proposal was created knowing that Maryland continues to experience a budget shortfall, and there is no negotiation in regard to state funding. Whatever the school system does not receive from the state becomes a burden for the Charles County Commissioners to address, Balides said.
 
Other new costs
 
Phase II of the opening costs of St. Charles High School includes funding for the addition of a senior class. St. Charles opened this year with grades 9 through 11, and the Board is requesting $1.6 million to provide for 24 new staff positions and 392 more students. St. Charles enrollment is expected to reach 1,370 next school year.
 
Balides said the school system has done a lot to control health care expenses, but CCPS still experienced a larger than normal increase in claims this year.
The school system is also seeing an increase in the number of people enrolling in its plan. “We are not alone in this. Other school systems are facing the same thing,” Balides said.
The school system must replace 17 aging buses at an estimated cost of $780,000.
 
Instructional initiatives include permanent funding for Project Lead the Way, creation of a Positive Alternative to School Suspension (PASS) program and nine additional computer analyst positions. PASS is designed to help high schools meet the new discipline criteria outlined by the Maryland State Department of Education. Additional computer analysts are requested to provide support for PARCC testing and instruction at the elementary and middle school levels.
 
The operating cost per pupil requested in FY16 is $12,774, an increase of $321. Balides said 96 percent of the budget is school based and provides direct classroom support. The county government public hearing is set for April 22.
 
Details about the FY 2016 operating budget are available online at http://www.ccboe.com/aboutus/boe/budget.php.



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National Council on Aging Honors Indian Head Senior Center

Indian Head Senior Center in Indian Head, MD, was recognized by the National Council on Aging (NCOA), receiving the “Expressive & Creative Arts Award” for its highly successful, Create Art through Patience and Trust program. The award was presented as part of NCOA’s National Institute of Senior Centers 2014 Programs of Excellence.

Create Art through Patience and Trust is designed to help Indian Head’s older adults’ team up with a partner to create beautiful art through patience and trust. The program started by explaining the placement of paint colors, brushes and the water container to a blindfolded senior. Their partner, another senior, provided voice instruction only to guide the blindfolded senior how to proceed with the placement of color on the canvas. After 20 minutes, with some humor as sometimes the paint brush missed the canvas, the seniors reversed positions. As we age it is difficult to relinquish control and trust others for our well-being. This program takes the seniors from a stressful situation of finding the canvas and listening to their partner to relaxing and trusting their fellow senior to guide them through the process of creating a one-of-a-kind art piece.

Indian Head Senior Center is a member of the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC), the nation’s only program committed to supporting and strengthening the country’s 11,000 senior centers. NISC is setting the standard for the future of senior centers by promoting cutting-edge research, promising practices, professional development, and advocacy. NISC also offers the nation’s only National Senior Center Accreditation Program.

“Senior centers act as an important gateway, connecting older adults to crucial services that help them stay active and engaged in their communities,” said James Firman, president and CEO of NCOA. “We congratulate the Indian Head Senior Center for its outstanding efforts to improve the lives of Charles County seniors and hope that Create Art through Patience and Trust can serve as a model for senior centers nationwide.”

Cynthia L. Simmons, Coordinator of the Indian Head Senior Center said, “The staff at the Indian Head Senior Center works hard to promote programs that will encourage the aging population of Charles County to be independent as long as possible, physically, mentally, socially and spiritually.”

For more information about the Indian Head Senior Center and its programs for older adults, please visit www.charlescountymd.gov/cs/aging/senior-centers. For more information on the National Institute of Senior Centers, please visit www.ncoa.org/NISC. 



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Boil Advisory Issued For Residents In Bryans Road

The Charles County Department of Public Works, Utilities Division (DPW), is issuing a precautionary Boil Water Advisory to the residents of the Strawberry Hills area.
The water distribution system in Strawberry Hills lost pressure on Sunday, March 1, 2015.  Because of the potential contamination of the drinking water in the distribution system, DPW recommends that customers served by this water system boil their water used for cooking and drinking purposes until further notice. You are advised to bring the water to a rolling boil for at least one (1) minute, which is sufficient to ensure the water is safe to use for cooking and drinking.  The water should be cooled before use to prevent burns or scalding.  Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, making drinks, and food preparation until further notice.
We expect the advisory to be in effect less than 48 hours.  The water is safe to use for bathing and washing without boiling.  DPW also recommends that any ice made during the past 24 hours be discarded.  For more information, residents should call the Charles County Department of Public Works at 301-609-7400.



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Charles County Schools Announces Changes To Schedule For This Week

Due to recent weather-related school closings, Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has changed some calendar dates for next week. Interim reports for students will now be issued on Wednesday, March 4. The window for post-test assessments has been extended to Monday, March 2. Schools may also postpone the start of PARCC, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, testing to March 4.

Staring this school year, PARCC assessments replace the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) exams in reading and math, and the High School Assessments (HSA) in English II and Algebra I. PARCC exams that start next week include the first part of PARCC testing, which is the performance-based assessment (PBA). For the English/language arts portion, students will read several passages and be required to write responses, including evidence that can be used to make a persuasive argument. The mathematics PBA requires students to solve problems, express math reasoning and apply concepts to solve real-world problems.

The second part of PARCC testing is the end-of-year assessment (EOY), which will be administered in April and May. Students will be required to demonstrate content specific skills and knowledge by answering a series of multiple-choice questions. PARCC assessments also include accommodations for students with disabilities and English Language Learners.

CCPS has a resource page on the website, http://www.ccboe.com/academics/parcc/index.php, which features information about PARCC assessments.










 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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