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Authorities Looking For Missing Teen (Photo)

Devin Purdy was last seen on March 23rd, 2015 at 5:30 a.m.. At that time, he was riding a Keller commuter bus at the park and ride located in Golden Beach, in St. Mary's County. Devin was heading to Union Station before continuing on to Baltimore by train.
Devin has not been seen or heard from since.
Anyone with information regarding the where abouts of Devin Purdy is asked to call the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office, Duty Officer at 301-475-4040. Or if you see Devin, please call local law enforcement immediately. Devin is entered into NCIC.
Devin Purdy is 18 years of age. 5'06'', 123 lbs. 



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Two Woman Assault Another At A Courthouse - One Bites The Victim

 Assault – On March 17, 2015, Deputy H. Smith responded to the Circuit Courthouse in Leonardtown, for an assault. On arrival, Deputies assigned to court security had two suspects in custody identified as Josephine Bernetta Tippett, age 19, of California, and Angela Rose Tippett-Wedding, age 36, of California. Deputies heard a disturbance in the hallway and found the suspects kicking the victim. Deputies separated the parties and placed Josephine Tippett in handcuffs after she refused to cooperate and continued to act in a disorderly manner.

The investigation revealed the suspects assaulted the victim as she exited the courtroom with suspect Angela Tippett-Wedding’s ex-husband. Tippett-Wedding struck the victim in the face with her forearm and pushed her backwards to the floor. The victim was able to stand up after others intervened. At that time, Josephine Tippett struck the victim in the forehead while Tippett-Wedding bit the victim’s leg. Deputies arrived and broke up the fight.

Tippett-Wedding and Tippett were placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. Both were charged with 2nd Degree Assault. CASE #15074-15



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Man Arrested For Solicitation of a Minor

On March 9, 2015, detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division began an investigation after receiving information, John Allen Combs SR., age 42, of Lexington Park, a tier 1 registered sex offender, had posted child pornography on his social media sites.
 
During the investigation, Combs began communicating with a 15 year old girl via a social media website. Over the course of several days, the communication continued and lead to Combs sending nude photos of himself to the 15 year old girl. Combs then requested the girl have sexual intercourse with him.
 
On March 18, 2015, Combs responded to a predetermined location to meet with the 15 year old girl and was placed under arrest by detectives.    
 
Combs was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Felony Sexual Solicitation of a Minor and 2 COUNTS of Sex Offender Violation. CASE #14637-15



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Two Teens Arrested For Burglary In Chesapeake Beach

On November 13, 2014, members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 2800 block of Tipperary Lane in Chesapeake Beach for the report of a burglary.  Jewelry, an IPad, cash and a handgun were stolen and property damage totaled $375.  The case was assumed by Det. N. DeFelice of the Criminal Investigations Bureau, who conducted a thorough investigation that led him to two suspects, Tawny Nicole Atkins, 18, and Lionell Victor Garrison, 19, both of Chesapeake Beach.  Warrants were issued for the suspects and they were apprehended and served with those warrants on March 16 and 18 respectively.
Atkins has been charged with first degree burglary, theft and conspiracy to commit both.  Garrison was charged with first degree burglary, theft, conspiracy to commit both, as well as two counts of malicious destruction of property.
 



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County Health Rankings Reflect Positive Report for St. Mary's

LEONARDTOWN, MD (March 26, 2015) – St. Mary’s County ranks as the fifth healthiest county in Maryland, according to the sixth annual County Health Rankings, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. This ranking reflects an improvement from eighth in 2014.
 
The County Health Rankings are an annual report that grade the overall health of nearly every county in the United States. The Rankings provide a snapshot of a community’s health, and helps to identify issues and implement solutions to create healthier places to live, learn, work and play. The St. Mary’s County ranking was positively impacted by local improvements in social and economic factors, quality of life, and premature death.  Since the 2011 Rankings, premature death in the county has decreased by 13 percent.
 
“Community partners, county leadership, health care providers, and our residents should take pride in knowing that work done to improve their own health, as well as the health of our community, has yielded such positive results,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “The rankings also reaffirms priority areas that our local health improvement coalition, the Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership, has identified and continues to address—access to care, healthy eating and active living, behavioral health, and tobacco-free living.”
 
The Rankings allow for relative comparisons between counties within a state on overall health and well-being. These comparisons are based on an assessment of four areas that influence health: health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment. These factors are rated using local-level data from 30 measures that include smoking, education, physical inactivity, preventable hospitalizations, and the availability of primary care physicians.
 
Rates of adult smoking and obesity, preventable hospitalizations, and the ratios of residents to health professionals, including primary care physicians, dentists and mental health providers were areas where St. Mary’s County ranked low when compared to the other 23 Maryland counties.
 
"While the trend of an improving county health ranking for St. Mary's is very encouraging," said Dr. Brewster, "I am concerned about the challenges we face with access to care and risk factors leading to chronic illness. With the help of community stakeholders and the Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership, we continue to seek solutions for these issues."
 
The Rankings are available online at www.countyhealthrankings.org. For additional information visit the health department’s website at www.smchd.org or the Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership website at www.healthystmarys.com.



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Charles County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

BURGLARY: On March 25 at 1:31 a.m., officers responded to a business in the 10000 block of Berry Road in Waldorf for an intrusion alarm. Investigation revealed two suspects broke into the store, stole an ATM and loaded it into a gray or silver-colored SUV. This vehicle was also involved with an earlier attempted burglary that occurred in the 3200 of Old Washington Road in Waldorf. Officer J. Plunkett is investigating.
 
BURGLARY: Sometime between 4 a.m. and 7:20 p.m. on March 25, unknown suspect(s) broke into a residence in the 300 block of Barksdale Avenue in Waldorf and stole several items, including two guns, and fled the scene. Officer C. Garner is investigating.
 
POSSESSION OF DRUGS: On March 25 at 12:50 p.m., Officer D. Harrison was patrolling the Bryans Road area when he observed a suspicious vehicle in the 6800 block of Lantana Drive. Upon approaching the car, Officer Harrison detected a strong odor of marijuana. Further investigation revealed 231.4 grams of suspected marijuana, cash and drug distribution paraphernalia inside the vehicle. Antwan Darrelle McCall, 20, of White Plains; Frederick Naeem Holbrook, 30, of Delaware; and Kalifah Saffiya Ishmael, 20, of Bryans Road were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
 
THEFT: On March 23 at 2:10 p.m., officers responded to the 9600 block of Berry Road in Waldorf for the report of a theft. Investigation revealed sometime between Oct. 7, 2014 to March 23, 2015, unknown suspect(s) stole a copper ground bar and fled the scene. Officer E. Scuderi is investigating.



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St. Mary's County Government Mourns Loss of Elaine Kramer

Leonardtown, MD – The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County join all St. Mary’s County Government employees in mourning the untimely passing of Elaine Kramer.
 
Ms. Kramer served as the county’s Chief Financial Officer since August, 2000. During her tenure she initiated and/or participated in several significant budget and financial management initiatives, including the full implementation of the county’s Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) program. 
 
Under her direction the county has continually focused on improving a variety of fiscal practices, including procurement, and budget development and management for both operating and capital budget funds. She was often selected by the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) to present issues of interest at training sessions and in connection with legislative efforts.
 
“She was much loved. She was committed to her family, work and community,” said Dr. Rebecca Bridgett, County Administrator. “She had a standard of excellence like no other. She was honest, forth-right, and quick-witted and will be sorely missed.”
 
“Her passing comes as quite a shock,” said Randy Guy, Commissioner President. “With four new commissioners on board, Elaine provided a steady influence while guiding us through the budget process. We are grateful for her assistance and patience. We join with all of county government in expressing our deepest sympathy to her family and co-workers.”



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Free Rabies Vaccinations for Pets Available at Upcoming Clinics

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – March 26, 2015 – The Calvert County Health Department is sponsoring rabies clinics in the coming weeks, offering free rabies vaccinations for county pets.
The free clinics are scheduled as follows:
·         Saturday, April 11, Northern High School, 2950 Chaneyville Road
·         Saturday, April 18, Huntingtown High School, 4125 Solomons Island Road
·         Saturday, April 25, Patuxent High School, 12485 Southern Connector Blvd.
Clinics will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. Proof of prior vaccination is required to receive the three-year vaccine. Eligible pets include cats, dogs and ferrets in carriers or on leashes and muzzled if necessary. This is an open-air clinic with no special facilities to vaccinate animals that cannot be restrained (feral animals or stray animals) by their owner.
Calvert County pet licenses will also be available at the rabies clinics. Pet licenses are $7 for spayed or neutered pets (proof required) and $20 for those not spayed or neutered. A Calvert County pet license must be renewed every year and is required for all cats and dogs five months and older.
For more information, call the Calvert County Health Department at 410-535-5400 or 410-535-3922. Visit online at www.calverthealth.org.



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Notice of Public Meeting Piney Point Road Sewer Line Replacement Project

In accordance with Section 113-5 of the Public Laws of St. Mary’s County, the St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission (MetCom) will hold a Public Meeting to discuss the Piney Point Road Sewer Line Replacement Project No. 5151SR.  The project will replace a section of existing, deteriorated wastewater force main piping.  
 
The project includes the replacement of approximately 1,200-feet of 10-inch diameter pipe located along MD Route 249 in Valley Lee, approximately between the intersections of MD Route 244 and Shetland Acres Drive.  The work to be accomplished is anticipated to begin in May 2015.  The estimated total project cost for this wastewater system repair is $288,420.
 
The Public Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, beginning at 6:30PM at the Commission’s offices, located at 23121 Camden Way, California, MD.  The contract documents, which include plans and specifications, can be reviewed at the time of the meeting or at MetCom’s Engineering Department office location, noted above, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
 
All interested persons are invited to attend this Public Meeting to ask questions or present their comments and suggestions regarding the project.  Please contact the Metropolitan Commission offices at 301-737-7400 Ext. 301 for more information, or if you cannot attend the meeting and would like to submit questions or provide comments. 



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New Census Bureau Population Estimates Pinpoint Fastest-Growing Counties in Maryland

The U.S. Census Bureau reported today on where the heaviest population growth in Maryland was concentrated last year.
 
The fastest-growing county in Maryland between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014, was Howard County, whose population rose 1.4 percent over the period. Howard County was followed by Charles County (1.2 percent), Prince George’s County (1.1 percent), Montgomery County (1.0 percent) and Frederick County (0.9 percent).
 
With respect to numerical growth, Montgomery County added 10,680 people over the period, more than any other county in the state. It was followed by Prince George’s County, which grew by 10,231 people, Howard County (4,350), Anne Arundel County (3,785) and Baltimore County (3,042).      
 
Montgomery County is the most populous county in Maryland, with 1,030,447 residents, followed by Prince George’s County and Baltimore County.
 
This information is based on annual population estimates for each of the nation’s counties, county equivalents, metropolitan areas and micropolitan areas since the 2010 Census and up to July 1, 2014. Internet tables are available showing rankings and components of population change (births, deaths, migration).
Throughout this year, on a flow basis, the Census Bureau is telling the economic side of this story through the release of statistics from its Economic Census Geographic Area Series. The Economic Census is conducted every five years and provides a comprehensive and detailed profile of the U.S. economy, covering millions of businesses representing more than 1,000 industries and providing unique portraits of American industries and local communities. Data on measures such as the number of establishments and employees, revenues, and payroll are included. Statistics are being provided for states, counties, and places, including for more than 5,000 communities not available from the previous economic censuses. 



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Federal Funds Used To Raise Properties In Calvert County

REISTERSTOWN, Md. – Federal funds made available as a result of Hurricane Sandy will help pay for eight disaster mitigation projects around the state, Maryland Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Clay Stamp announced today. MEMA worked with local officials to prepare grant applications to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which approved the projects in February.
 
“These projects will help to keep communities resilient by reducing flood risks and ensuring power to critical facilities,” Stamp said. “I would like to thank the property owners, local officials, our federal partners, and Governor Hogan for his leadership in helping to make these worthwhile projects a reality.”
 
Two of the projects will provide generators for critical infrastructure to remain operational during power outages. Five of the projects will elevate 15 residential properties two feet above base flood level, while the final project will purchase and demolish two residential structures in a flood zone.
 
FEMA will be providing $1.8 million in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds, covering 75 percent of the $2.4 million total cost of the projects.
 
​Here is a list of the projects being funded:
 
BALTIMORE COUNTY
 
A $592,923 project to elevate five residential structures in Essex and Middle River
A $86,387 project to purchase and install a permanent generator at the Middle River Volunteer Fire Department
 
CALVERT COUNTY
 
      A $931,948 project to elevate seven residential structures​ in North Beach, Lusby, and Broomes Island
 
CARROLL COUNTY
 
      A $119,500 project to purchase and install a generator at the Union Bridge Volunteer Fire Company
 
DORCHESTER COUNTY
 
      A $62,879 project to elevate a residential structure in Cambridge
 
HARFORD COUNTY
 
      A $75,000 project to elevate a residential structure in Aberdeen
 
 QUEEN ANNE’S COUNTY
 
A $459,734 project to purchase and demolish two residential structures in Millington
 
WORCESTER COUNTY
 
A $74.500 project to elevate a residential structure in Ocean City



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Peter Franchot Announces Alcohol Industry's Voluntary Ban of Powdered Alcohol in Maryland

Expressing deep concern for the health and safety of Marylanders, Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced that a voluntary agreement to ban the distribution and sale of powdered alcohol has been reached with the Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association, Maryland Beer Wholesalers Association and the Licensed Beverage Distributors of Maryland
 “This product, by its very nature, presents a significant and untenable risk to the health and safety of Maryland consumers,” said Comptroller Franchot, who serves as Marylanders chief regulator of alcohol. “The likelihood of widespread Palcohol abuse – particularly among underage consumers – carries a real possibility of tragic consequences, which is why I’m so pleased by the industry’s unified response to protect the public from such a dangerous product.”
The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau recently approved several labels for Palcohol, a powdered form of alcohol that can be dissolved in a beverage and then consumed. It is expected to be in stores nationwide by the end of summer. Several states have recently passed legislation banning the sale of powdered alcohol.
“Powdered alcohol has the very real potential for abuse and it simply doesn't represent the type of responsible consumption that our members stand for,” David Marberger, President, Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association. “We need to act now to protect the health and well-being of Maryland consumers. Every tier of the alcohol beverage industry stands together on this.”
Franchot expressed concern over misuse of powered alcohol, particularly by minors. In a letter to the alcohol beverage industry, he pointed out that the concentration or percentage of alcohol can be increased to dangerous and potentially life-threatening proportions by adding powdered alcohol to an alcohol beverage or by adding the powdered alcoholic substance to an already “activated” packet of Palcohol. The Maryland alcoholic beverage retailers and wholesalers quickly agreed to the Comptroller’s request for a voluntary industry-wide ban, expressing their shared concern for the danger that powdered alcohol poses to the Maryland public.
 “The agreement ensures that this dangerous product stays off store shelves and out of the hands of minors and young adults,” said Betty Buck, president, Maryland Beer Wholesalers Association. “This is the responsible thing to do and the right thing to do. Our industry stands united in our commitment to responsibly act to protect public health and public safety.”
Comptroller Franchot brokered a similar voluntary ban of caffeinated alcoholic beverages with the industry in 2010 following several tragedies throughout the country that included the death of a Maryland teenager caused by drinks that mixed caffeine and alcohol at life-threatening levels.
“We rallied several years ago to successfully ban the distribution and sale of caffeinated alcoholic beverages because we recognized the harmful effects of these drinks,” said Jimmy Smith, president, Licensed Beverage Distributors of Maryland. “We will work with the Comptroller any time we can to help keep Marylanders safe from harmful products.”
“Once again, we’ve demonstrated an ability in Maryland to take quick and decisive action when the public interest rests in the balance,” Franchot noted. “I appreciate the willingness of Maryland’s distributors and retailers to step up in such a timely and socially responsible manner and address this urgent public health issue.”



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Charles Department of Health Announces Start of Soil Evaluations for New Construction

The Charles County Department of Health, Division of Environmental Health Services announces the start of wet season soil evaluations. Wet season soil evaluations will commence on Thursday, March 26 as the result of the current ground water levels. A five foot treatment zone for conventional systems and a three foot zone for mound systems will be utilized.  A typical wet season extends from February through April as conditions permit.
                                       
A soil evaluation or “perc test” is a test to determine if the soils and groundwater conditions on a property are suitable for use as an on-site sewage disposal system. All properties not served by public water and sewer must have this test before beginning construction of any structure with plumbing.  Residents wanting a soil evaluation “perc test” should contact the Division of Environmental Services at the Department of Health 301-609-6751.



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Deputies Arrest Two for Burglary In St. Mary's City

St. Mary's City, Maryland – On March 20, 2015, at 4:35 PM, deputies responded to a residence on Morning Glory Lane, for a reported burglary to an occupied residence. The Emergency Communications Center received a description of the suspect vehicle and provided it to responding deputies. Corporal J. Graves observed the vehicle in the parking lot of an apartment complex located in the 13000 block of Point Lookout Road in Ridge. Corporal Graves and additional deputies attempted to locate the occupants of the vehicle while Deputy T. Wesner responded to the scene of the burglary.
 
The burglary victim alleged he heard noises coming from the basement. When he entered the basement he found the exterior doors wide open and the suspect vehicle pulling out of the driveway. The victim was able to see the driver and a passenger in the vehicle. Deputy Wesner determined suspects forced entry into the residence through the basement door damaging the door and frame. However, the homeowner interrupted the suspects before anything was stolen.
 
Meanwhile, deputies at the apartment complex were able to determine which apartment belonged to the operator of the suspect vehicle. Deputies subsequently searched the apartment and located suspects Deandre T. Keys, age 18, of Lexington Park, and Terrance Marquis Savoy, age 22, of Ridge, hiding in the attic under insulation. Keys and Savoy were placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. Both were charged with 1st Degree Burglary and Malicious Destruction of Property Under $1,000. CASE #15855-15



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House Bill Set To Commenorate Local Civil Rights Hero Passes The House

Annapolis, MD- The Calvert County Delegation has introduced House Bill 354, that seeks to memorialize the accomplishments of local civil rights hero, Harriet Elizabeth Brown.
 
Ms. Brown was a teacher at Mt. Hope Elementary School in Sunderland, MD. She discovered that as an African American teacher she was paid $600.00 a year compared to the $1,100.00 earned by her white counterparts. 
 
In 1937, she sued the Calvert County School Board, with the help of her attorney Thurgood Marshall, to equalize the salaries of all teachers regardless of race. Ms. Brown won her case which paved the way for other civil rights cases across the State of Maryland and the Country.
 
Delegate Mark N. Fisher (District 27C), the Chair of the Calvert County Delegation, said “It took enormous courage for Harriet Brown to take on the issue of pay inequality. Her strength of character opened doors for thousands of people across our State and led to the Maryland Teachers Pay Equalization Law.” 
 
House Bill 354 would create a task force to study the commemoration of Ms. Brown. She is recognized in Calvert County by a small historical marker on Pushaw Station Road in Sunderland. However, if you did not know it was there already, you probably would not have known it existed. 
 
“We are trying to find a way to appropriately memorialize and commemorate a Calvert Educator who was a leader and visionary”, said Delegate Tony O’Donnell (District 29C). Ms. Brown was a true Civil Rights trailblazer before the Civil Rights movement had even begun. This bill would ensure that Ms. Brown receives the statewide recognition she deserves. “That is great and I am pleased to have a small role in it.”
 
House Bill 354 unanimously passed the House of Delegates with a vote of 138-0. It moved onto the Senate and was heard this week before the Education, Health, and Environment Affairs Committee. The Calvert Delegation is optimistic that this bill will receive great support in the Senate as well. 



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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

 3-20-15 Theft - A victim, who resides in Lexington Park, reported an unknown suspect(s) stole money from his bank account. Case remains open. CASE #15834-15

3-20-15 Burglary Motor Vehicle - A victim, who resides on Point Lookout Road in Helen, reported unknown suspect(s) entered his car and stole property. Case remains open. CASE #15836-15

3-22-15 Burglary - A victim, who resides in Valley Lee, reported unknown suspect(s) entered the unsecured residence and stole property. Case remains open. CASE #16056-15

3-23-15 Fraud - A victim, who resides on Cryer Road, reported unknown suspect(s) used his personal information to file income taxes and receive the return. Case forwarded to CID. CASE #16253-15

3-25-15 Vandalism - A victim, who resides on Horseshoe Road in Clements, reported unknown suspect(s) damaged her vehicles when they spun tires causing rocks and dirt to strike the vehicle. Case remains open. CASE #16653-15



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Company Pulls Plug On Wind Turbine Project

Pioneer Green Energy says it will not proceed with a multi-million dollar wind turbine project in Somerset County.
 
The Texas-based company on Friday sent a letter to the Somerset County Commissioners notifying them of the "indefinite suspension" of its Great Bay Wind project, which had been under development for nearly five years. Pioneer Green Engineer had planned to bring 25 wind turbines - each 599 feet high - to Westover. Adam Cohen, Pioneer Green's vice president, said in the letter that while the company has persevered through many obstacles, some have proven more difficult.
 
According to Cohen, one of the most substantial obstacles occurred in August of 2014, when U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski added language to an unrelated piece of federal legislation that placed the entire Great Bay Wind investment and business into a state of uncertainty.
 
"After careful review and discussion with stakeholders, it is apparent that we are no longer able to proceed with our investment in any way in the near term," Cohen wrote. "We are forced to thus place the project in indefinite suspension and as such we will not be requesting a permit for construction of the Great Bay Wind project in Somerset County at the current time or in the foreseeable future.
 
Cohen said that in the coming weeks, an affiliate of his company, Pioneer Green Solar, will present plans to the commissioners for an unrelated solar project.
 



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Charles County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

POSSESSION OF DRUGS: On March 24 at 12:22 a.m., Officer R. Kimble initiated a traffic stop on Oak Avenue in La Plata. An investigation revealed a large amount of marijuana as well as cocaine, pills, cash and paraphernalia in the car. Kenneth Walter Hill, 46, of Port Tobacco was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.
 
STOLEN VEHICLE: Sometime between 5 p.m. March 20 and 7 a.m. March 22, unknown suspect(s) stole a 2005 burgundy Dodge Magnum SXT Special edition with Maryland tags which was parked in front of a residence in the 2400 block of Lake Drive in Waldorf. Officer C. Chamblee is investigating.
 
ARMED ROBBERY: On March 20 at 11:34 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 2500 block of Old Washington Road in Waldorf for the report of a robbery. Investigation revealed two men with handguns entered the store wearing ski masks and gloves, announced a robbery and stole money. Officer C. Gregory is investigating.
 
ROBBERY: On March 21 at 10:58 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 2000 block of St. Thomas Drive in Waldorf for the report of a robbery. Investigation revealed two males forced their way inside the business, assaulted the cashier, stole cash and fled the scene. Det. T. Hemsley is investigating.
 
BURGLARY: On March 19 at 11:30 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 1000 block of Stoddert Avenue in Waldorf for the report of a burglary. Witnesses reported seeing an unknown male enter the rear of the residence and flee with a suitcase full of items. The suspect is described as a black male with light skin, approximately 5’9” and 165 pounds. He is possibly in his 20’s. Officer A. Duckett is investigating.
 
ASSAULT: Two teens were recently arrested after assaulting another teen at Thomas Stone High School on March 11. Cpl.  J. Cooney, a school resource officer,  was made aware of the assault and initiated an investigation which revealed one suspect assaulted the victim, breaking his jaw, while another suspect prevented others from assisting the victim. The assault occurred in the parking lot. Both teens were charged as adults with first and second-degree assault.



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2014 Traffic Fatalities Decline To Lowest Point In 66 Years

TOWSON, MD (March 24, 2015) – Transportation Secretary, Pete K. Rahn, Acting State Police Superintendent, William M. Pallozzi and Motor Vehicle Administrator and Governor’s Highway Safety Representative Milt Chaffee today joined elected officials, AAA Mid-Atlantic’s Managing Director, Mahlon “Lon” Anderson and highway safety advocates to announce the number of traffic fatalities on Maryland roads in 2014 was 442 – the lowest number since 1948.  The highest number of traffic fatalities was 872 in 1968.
 
“Maryland has cut the number of fatalities in half on our roads thanks to 50 years of hard work on our highways, in our communities and in the legislature,” said Secretary Rahn.  “This historically low number of traffic fatalities means we truly can make a difference when we work together to save lives.”
 
Thanks to the collaborative work with federal, state and local partners, as well as strong support from members of the General Assembly, Maryland has implemented comprehensive and aggressive initiatives to enhance highway safety over the past five decades.  These efforts range from targeted outreach and enforcement initiatives to laws that combat impaired and distracted driving and increase seat belt and motorcycle helmet usage.  Advances in technology and life-saving medical care, including the introduction of Maryland’s Medevac Program and completion of the R Adams Cowley Trauma Center (Shock Trauma) in 1969, also have been key to saving lives. 
 
"Maryland state troopers and allied law enforcement officers across our state work diligently each day to reduce the potential for traffic crashes and increase the level of safety on our roads," Colonel Pallozzi said.  "We are fortunate to have a coordinated state agency effort that combines the expertise and initiatives of the State Highway Administration, the Maryland Highway Safety Office, the Motor Vehicle Administration, and our local, state and federal highway safety partners in a focused approach to reducing highway fatalities and saving lives." 
 
The State’s plan to reduce roadway fatalities and injuries, known as the Strategic Highway Safety Plan, addresses six major areas of traffic safety: Aggressive Driving Prevention, Impaired Driving Prevention, Distracted Driving Prevention, Highway Infrastructure, Occupant Protection and Pedestrian Safety.  Traffic crashes are one of the leading causes of death through age 44 and represent a leading cause of death throughout a person’s life.  Many of these efforts are achieved through the four “Es” of highway safety: Engineering, Enforcement, Education and Emergency Responders.
 
“The fewest killed on Maryland’s highways in 66 years—it’s a tremendous accomplishment. Congratulations and thanks to all who contributed including the police, the state and local agencies, the legislators and advocacy groups,” said AAA Managing Director Anderson.  “Most especially, congratulations and thanks to the motorists who have chosen to buckle up and drive safely. AAA Mid-Atlantic is proud to be a partner with the Maryland Highway Safety Office.  Well done!”
 
In an effort to help end DUI in Maryland, transportation officials recently launched an innovative smartphone app that is intended to prevent impaired driving by helping people plan ahead or find a safe ride home if they have been drinking.  The ENDUI (pronounced End-DUI) App, now available at Google Play for Android phones or at the iTunes Store for iPhones, was developed by the Maryland Highway Safety Office to combat impaired driving and safe lives.
 
Other educational highway safety campaigns include Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Checkpoint Strikeforce, which are major components of Maryland's Toward Zero Deaths campaign.  This campaign focuses on preventing impaired driving, aggressive driving and distracted driving, while also promoting seat belt use and pedestrian safety.  For more information on the Toward Zero Deaths campaign, visit www.towardzerodeathsmd.com. 



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Update: Officers Need Help To Find Alleged Sex Offender

UPDATE 3-25-15: Jamar Moss was located and arrested on 3-24-15.
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in locating Jamar Daron Moss, age 33. Moss is known to frequent St. Mary’s and Calvert County. He is 6-01, 210 lbs, and was last known to have a shaved head with a beard.
 
Moss currently has two outstanding arrest warrants for failure to appear in the Circuit Court of St. Mary’s County for a 3rd degree sex offense and for nonsupport of a child. 
 
Jamar Moss
 
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of MOSS is asked to call 
CRIME SOLVERS at 301.475.3333, or text a tip to "TIP239" plus your message 
to '"CRIMES" (274637). 
IF YOU SEE MOSS, call the Duty Officer immediately at 301.475.4040.
CALLERS CAN REMAIN ANONYMOUS.
 
St. Mary’s County CRIME SOLVERS offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary's County that leads to an arrest or indictment. 










 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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