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Noise Advisory for areas around Webster field: Nov. 25


PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD - Communities surrounding Webster Outlying Field in St. Inigoes are advised that noise-generating, low-altitude testing events are scheduled to take place Nov. 25 from 7-9 a.m.

As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing activities on the community. For more information, call 1-866-819-9028.

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Chesapeake Public Charter School Open Enrollment Moved To December


The CPCS Open Enrollment will now be held in the December time frame.  Two parent information sessions will be held on December 2nd and December 11th for prospective families.  The applications will now be accepted online and in hard copy between Dec.1 and Dec. 31.  The lottery will be held in January with parents being notified of their status in February.  

The decision to move the application and lottery process back to December will help facilitate the calculation of the estimated PPA (Per Pupil Allocation) in the February time frame and will also provide families with their wait list or entrance status earlier, allowing them to make informed decisions about the upcoming placement of their child.  

The Chesapeake Charter School Alliance Governing Board approved this change in policy on November 13, 2014.

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Police Looking For Credit Card Thief (Photos)


Charlotte Hall, Maryland - The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect and or truck pictured below.



Monday, October 13, 2014 at 11:44 AM, the suspect used a victim's credit card to make unauthorized purchases at the 7-11 store located at 29969 Three Notch Road in Charlotte Hall. The suspect is possibly operating or being transported in the light blue Chevrolet pickup truck pictured below.

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary's County that leads to an arrest or indictment. Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect, the vehicle, or about this crime in general may contact CRIME SOLVERS at 301.475.3333, (callers can remain anonymous), or text a tip to "TIP239" plus your message to '"CRIMES" (274637). You may also contact Detective Boyer at 301.475.4200 X 1920. CASE #56823-14

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Juvenile Arrested With Cache Of Weapons And Ammunition After Robbery


Leonardtown, Maryland - On November 14, 2014, Sheriff’s Office patrol units responded to a residence for a burglary to a private residence.  The victim reported unknown suspect(s) entered his residence by breaking the lock to a kitchen window. Once inside, suspect(s) located the key to a safe and stole several firearms and knives. Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab Technicians responded and processed the crime scene.  The case was forwarded to the Criminal Investigations Division for further investigation.

On November 16, 2014, Detective Corporal David Alexander and Detective Scott Ruest were able to identify a suspect in the case. On November 20, 2014, detectives located the suspect, identified as a 16 year old male from Leonardtown, and placed him under arrest for the burglary. Detectives subsequently recovered 34 firearms, approximately 1,000 rounds of ammunition, 8 knives, and 1 guitar - which accounts for all of the items and weapons stolen during the burglary.

The juvenile was transported to the Sheriff’s Office, where he was processed and released to a parent pending further action by the Department of Juvenile Services. The juvenile was charged with 1st Degree Burglary, Theft $1,000 to $10,000, and Theft Under $1,000.

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Charlotte Hall Man Sentenced to 12 Years Behind Bars-Another Pleads Guilty For ARmed Robbery Of Jewelry Store And Pharmacy


Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm sentenced Furman Troy, age 44, of  Charlotte Hall, Maryland, today to 12 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for two counts of armed commercial robbery and for brandishing a firearm in relation to a crime of violence.
 
Co-defendant Darrell Lee, age 46, also of Charlotte Hall, pleaded guilty to the same charges on November 19, 2014.
 
The sentence and guilty plea were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron
 
According to their plea agreements, on June 18, 2014, Troy and Lee entered a jewelry store in Charlotte Hall, Maryland in order to commit a robbery.  Lee brandished a firearm at the owner of the store and Troy subsequently bound the victim with duct tape.  The robbers then demanded the key to the jewelry counter from an employee of the store and stole jewelry worth more than $8,800, cash, a laptop computer and other items.  On June 22, 2014, Troy and Lee robbed a pharmacy in Mechanicsville, Maryland.  During the robbery Lee again brandished a gun and Troy bound the employee with duct tape.  Troy and Lee stole cash and prescription bottles containing oxycodone, methadone, hydrocodone and endocet, valued at $8,897.
 
Judge Grimm has scheduled sentencing for Darrell Lee on March 27, 2015, at 9:00 a.m.
 
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI and St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office for their work in the investigation and recognized the St. Mary’s County State’s Attorney’s Office for its assistance in the case.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Leah J. Bressack, who prosecuted the case.

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7-11 Robbed With Hammer


On Nov. 17 at 10:23 p.m., officers responded to 7-Eleven at 6285 Crain Highway in La Plata for the report of a robbery. Investigation showed a lone male suspect entered the business, threatened the clerk with a hammer and stole money from the register. The suspect is described as a white male, possibly in his twenties, 5’9” to 5’10”, approximately 160 pounds, wearing a blue plaid long-sleeved shirt, a grey hooded sweatshirt, tan pants, and a pink cloth covering his face. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. A. Celia at (301) 609-6518. Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward. Tipsters may contact 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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Charles County Detectives Look For Furgitive (Photos)


Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Leon Francis Stone, Jr., 31, of Waldorf.   Stone currently has three outstanding warrants charging him with violating probation relating to drug charges and a non-support charge. Stone is 5’11, 195 lbs., bald, and has hazel-colored eyes.



Anyone with information about Stone’s whereabouts is asked not to approach him, but rather call the CCSO Warrant Unit at (301) 932-2222. Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to his arrest. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or Text CHARLES your tip to CRIMES or visit www.ccso.us to submit a web tip. For additional information about Crime Solvers see www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com.

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State Highway Administration Is Ready For Winter Weather - Asks Drivers To Do The Same


No matter which forecast you read, the truth is the winter of 2014/2015 could leave Maryland covered in snow, pelted with sleet or encrusted in freezing rain any given day. With millions of people trying to get to and from work, school and activities, the State Highway Administration (SHA) is prepared to get roads clear and passable quickly after precipitation stops.  SHA today showed off its array of snow fighting equipment at the Statewide Operations Center in Hanover and at the Fairland Maintenance Facility in Montgomery County.

To complement its fleet of plow trucks, dual wing plows, tow plows and state-of-the-art snow blowers, SHA will deploy nine new “Monster Plow Trucks” that are nearly one and a half times the size of a regular plow truck. The quad axle truck has extra salt and fuel capacity, allowing drivers to stay on routes longer before having to reload and refuel. Standard SHA trucks can carry seven cubic yards of salt and hold 80 gallons of bio-diesel fuel. The quad axle truck can carry 17 cubic yards of salt and has a 120 gallon fuel tank.
 
(SHA Photo: Quad Axle Truck)

“Having the extra fuel capacity to remain on the roads for double the time as a standard truck is critical when storms are producing an inch or more of snow an hour,” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters.

Salt Reduction

Each year, SHA’s goal is to use less salt on the roads while keeping highways safe and passable. One method being used is pre-wetting salt before dispensing it onto the roads.  SHA wets the salt with brine or magnesium chloride prior to spreading; this helps it adhere to road surfaces and prevent waste due to “bounce and scatter.” Experience and studies show that pre-wetting can lead to a 30 percent reduction in salt usage.

“Battling a winter storm requires good equipment with a skilled workforce and contractors,” said Ms. Peters. “We’re using better technology, training our staff and contractors and using other methods to keep us ahead of and not behind a storm.”

It is a balance to find the right amount of salt needed to keep roads safe and reduce impacts on the environment and at the same time save money.  SHA’s salt domes and barns are constructed to prevent salt from becoming wet and running out of the structures. Crews operating loaders are skilled at loading salt into the back of a dump truck without extensive spill.

Additionally, SHA is modernizing roadway weather sensors to help crews receive enhanced pavement information. Many of the existing pavement sensors are embedded in the roadway and degrade over time.  SHA is employing pavement sensors with laser technology that are pole mounted rather than embedded in the pavement. SHA has 35 pole-mounted laser sensors and plans to install 100 more by the end of 2015.

Before the Storm
 
SHA maintenance personnel and operations staff plans for each storm as much as several days in advance. They closely monitor weather forecasts and treat major roads and interstates in advance of storms. Over the past several years, SHA increased the pre-treatment of State roads using salt brine.  Crews spray the salt brine onto roads several hours or up to a few days prior to a storm, leaving a thin film of salt on the pavement.  Pre-treating will not take place if a storm is forecast to begin as rain because the brine solution will wash off and be ineffective. There are 14 salt brine facilities and 94 salt barns throughout Maryland, filled with 380,000 tons of salt and nearly 900,000 gallons of salt brine to treat the more than 16,000 lane miles of SHA-maintained roads.

Before a storm hits is the best time for motorists to make certain their vehicles are in proper working order.  A thorough check of belts, hoses and battery life is essential.  Adequate tire tread is also critical in winter driving. Cold weather can turn a small problem into a costly and dangerous larger problem.

During the storm

“Take it slow on ice and snow. Remember not to pass snow plows or plow trains.  The unplowed roads are ahead of the plows and the treated roads are behind them,” added Ms. Peters. “We ask motorists to clear snow completely off vehicles before driving.  It provides increased visibility, and packed snow can become dangerous projectiles in the days after a storm.”

When the weather service forecasts storms with six or more inches of snow, SHA will designate certain park and ride lots where truckers can pull off and wait out the storm. These lots serve as safe havens for truckers and lessen the chance of large trucks becoming stuck or disabled during winter weather. For a complete listing of emergency truck pull off locations, click here.

For larger predicted storms, SHA is continuing to deploy heavy-duty tow trucks designed to tow large commercial trucks should they become disabled in the roadway. The large tow trucks will be deployed at strategic areas where trucks have a higher chance of becoming stuck.

Communication

SHA crews work hard to keep roads passable during snow storms so that access to critical services, such as hospitals, can be maintained.  SHA reminds everyone to “Know Before You Go – Especially in Ice and Snow.”  Maryland now has free 511 traveler information.  Call 511 or 1-855-GOMD511 or visit: www.md511.org  for current travel information. Sign up to personalize travel route information through MY511 on the website.  Remember to use 511 safely - Maryland law restricts hand-held mobile phone use and texting while driving.  Travelers can also plan ahead before heading out by logging onto the cyber highway at www.roads.maryland.gov and clicking on “CHART.”

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Lusby Convenience Center Closes Half Day for Repairs Dec. 3


PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Nov. 20, 2014 –The Lusby Convenience Center will close Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. for paving. The center is located at 11725 H.G. Trueman Road in Lusby.

Seven convenience centers and the Appeal Landfill are located throughout the county. Bagged household trash, paper and comingled recyclables can be taken to all of the sites free of charge. A comprehensive recycling program accepts everything from electronics and cooking oil to metal and clothing.  The Calvert County’s Division of Solid Waste also provides a bulk pick-up program.

To learn more about the hours, locations and variety of recycling services provided by the county, visit, http://www.co.cal.md.us/recycle.

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More Thank 46 Million Americans and Almost A Million Manrylander To Travel For Thanksgiving


TOWSON, MD (November 20, 2014) – AAA Mid-Atlantic estimates 46.3 million Americans, including over 983,000 Marylanders, will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving weekend, reflecting the highest volume for the holiday since 2007. The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, November 26 through Sunday, November 30.

            Nationwide travel is estimated to increase 4.2 percent compared to last year’s holiday. Nearly 90 percent of travelers (41.3 million) are expected to celebrate Thanksgiving with a road trip, reflecting a 4.3 percent rise compared to the 2013 holiday, while air travel is projected to increase three percent as approximately 3.6 million travelers fly.

            “The nation’s overall economic picture is brighter than it was this time last year, helping to fuel consumer confidence and drive the increase in travel for this year’s Thanksgiving holiday,” said Ragina Cooper Averella, Manager of Public and Government Affairs at AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Improvements in several key economic factors, including employment, GDP and disposable income, are motivating consumers to open up their wallets and get away for the holiday.”  

Impact of Gasoline Prices on Travel Plans

            The price of gasoline nationwide and in Maryland has fallen below $3.00 per gallon for the first time in nearly four years, a welcome gift for travelers as they head into the busy holiday travel season. AAA Mid-Atlantic expects most U.S. travelers will likely pay the cheapest Thanksgiving gas prices in five years when the national average for the holiday was $2.63 per gallon and $2.60 in Maryland.

            “Holiday joy has come early this year with travelers likely to pay the lowest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2009,” commented Averella. “Lower gas prices are helping to boost disposable income, thus enabling families to carve out more money from household budgets for travel this Thanksgiving.”

            The national average price for gasoline today, November 20, is $2.85, a 36 cents per gallon decline from last year on this date, while Maryland’s average is $2.87, which reflects a 44 cents drop.

Travel Expenses Rise Modestly

            According to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index, hotel rates for AAA Three Diamond lodgings are expected to increase eight percent from one year ago with travelers spending an average of $154 per night compared to $142 last year. The average hotel rate for AAA Two Diamond hotels has risen nine percent with an average cost of $114 per night.

            Weekend daily car rental rates will average $55, 10 percent higher than last year. Airfares will only increase one percent, with an average discounted round-trip rate of $189 across 40 top domestic routes.

Most of Travelers’ Budgets Go Toward Transportation, Food and Shopping

            Nationwide, travelers surveyed plan to spend an average of $573 over the course of their holiday travels, while Marylanders have indicated budgeting more – $700 on average. Despite lower average gas prices, travelers nationwide are allocating 31 percent of their budgets to fuel. Food and beverage and shopping will account for 22 percent and 20 percent of holiday travel budgets, respectively.

            Marylanders indicated spending less of their holiday budget on fuel, 26 percent, compared to the national average, but allocate more on food and beverage, 25 percent. When it comes to shopping, State residents are on par with the national average, as Marylanders plan to allocate 21 percent of their total budget to this activity.

            Nationally, travelers’ spending plans mirror their intended activities this Thanksgiving, with 70 percent reporting they will enjoy dining during their vacation and 59 percent will go shopping. Eighty-nine percent of travelers plan to spend time with friends or family this Thanksgiving holiday.

            Marylanders indicated they will be partaking in dining and shopping as well, with 73 percent planning to dine out and 54 percent intending to shop. Eighty-eight percent of the State residents expect to visit friends or family.

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Calvert County Public Schools Begins Budget Development for 2015-2016


As Calvert County Public Schools begins the budget development process of for fiscal year 2016, the system is faced with cutting $2.6 million from FY 15 expenditures to balance the budget. The operating budgets for FY 14 and FY 15 both included over $2 million each year from the fund balance, which means the system operated in a deficit posture for two years.
    Dr. Daniel Curry, Superintendent of Schools, said he plans to make significant budget reductions to eliminate deficit spending and provide raises for employees. He said, “Our goal is to reduce current spending by $5.6 million for FY16. This will allow us to provide funds for employee raises and still live within our means.”
    Several factors impact the school system’s budget, including student enrollment, state funding, local appropriation, provisions of staff contracts and the shift of teacher pension costs from the state to local governments.
    Enrollment has dropped by nearly 2,000 students from a high of 17,468 in 2005 to a projected count of 15,642 in 2015. The official September 30 enrollment count will be released by the Maryland State Department of Education in the near future. Although the Calvert Board of County Commissioners has consistently exceeded the statutory maintenance of effort requirement, the school system receives $1,275,000 less from the state than it did in 2012.
    The costs for healthcare benefits in employee contracts have more than doubled, from approximately $15,000,000 in FY 2004 to $33,000,000 in FY 2015. The cost trend for FY 2016 through FY 2020 reflects projected costs based upon a 5% annual increase to conservatively illustrate the impact of continued increases in health insurance costs over the next five years. This trend shows that health insurance costs will exceed $42,000,000 by 2020. This represents an increase of more than $9,000,000—approximately 27%--over the next 5 years.
    Plans to reduce expenditures include a 5% reduction for all schools and departments, as well as a review of staffing in all areas.

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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report


Theft from Vehicle Case #14-63672:
A woman reported to Dep. C. Idol that on November 12 during the daytime hours she parked her vehicle at the College of Southern Maryland Prince Frederick Campus.  She does not remember if she locked the vehicle.  When she returned home, she realized that her white Apple laptop, valued at $500, was missing.

Burglary Case #14-63966:
A homeowner in the 800 block of Warner Drive in Huntingtown reported to DFC R. Cress that on November 14 at about 4:17 a.m. she saw an unidentified man at the bottom of the garage steps in her home.  The man turned and fled.  Nothing was taken. It appears entry was made through an unlocked door.

Theft Case #14-64067:
Unknown suspect(s) stole an external residential air conditioning/heat pump unit from a home in the 600 block of Marley Run in Huntingtown.  It is unknown when the theft occurred.  Dep. J. Migliaccio is investigating.

Burglary Case #14-64199:
The neighbor of a home in the 3100 block of Loring Drive in Huntingtown advised DFC J. Livingston that on November 15 at approximately 8:00 p.m. he observed two subjects enter the home which is currently unoccupied.  He approached the two subjects who then left the scene.  The case is currently under investigation.

Theft Case #14-64215:
DFC J. Livingston charged Steven Ralph Hill, 48 of Prince Frederick, with theft less than $1,000 when Hill was caught stealing over $150 worth of food items from the Prince Frederick Giant.  A citizen called police on November 15 around noon after observing Hill leave the store with the items and not stop to pay then place the items in his vehicle.

Destruction of Property Case #14-64308:
A woman reported to DFC R. Kreps that on November 15 at 10:00 p.m. she was traveling on M.I. Bowen Road in Prince Frederick in her vehicle and passed an oncoming vehicle.  Someone inside the oncoming car threw an egg at her windshield.  There was no damage done.

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Home And Garage Heavily Damaged By Fire In Colton's Point


Wednesday evening around 11:49 p.m., 40 firefighters from 7th District, Leonardtown, Mechanicsville, Hollywood Volunteer Fire Departments responded to a call at 38180 Beach Road in Colton's Point for the report of a house on fire.  It took the firefighters about 15 minutes to control the blaze. A neighbor alerted the occupants to the fire. The fire completely destroyed the attached garage and subsequently spread to the dwelling and vehicles; a Ford F150 truck and a Ford Crown Victoria. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Anyone with any information regarding this fire is asked to call the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Souther Region, at 443-550-6831. The estimated total loss in the fire is $90,000.

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Suspicious Fire Destroys Boat In Charlotte Hall


Early this morning at 3:48 a.m., 5 firefighters from Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call at 30281 Gershwin Road in Charlotte Hall. The call was for a boat on fire. A Private Ambulance Company discovered fire and alerted the owner. The fire completely destroyed the boat. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Southern Region, at 443-550-6831.

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Think Fire Safety At Thanksgiving


PIKESVILLE, MD – The kitchen is the heart of every home and safety must be the first recipe to follow when preparing the family feast.  On Thanksgiving Day a lot of activities are occurring with friends and family in the home.  “Holidays are a time of celebration. Please follow these simple guidelines to ensure a fire safe Thanksgiving Day meal,” states Maryland State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci.

•    Make sure your smoke alarms are working properly by testing them.  Additionally, ensure your guests are aware of all available exits if a fire would occur and have them meet at a designated location outside.
•    The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.  Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
•    Establish:  A three foot, “Kids & Pets Free Zone” around any area where hot foods or drinks are prepared.  Have activities that keep kids out of the kitchen during this busy time.  Provide games, puzzles, books, etc. outside of the kitchen to keep them busy.  Kids can also be involved with preparations with recipes that can be made outside of the kitchen area.  Just in case, ensure you turn handles inward on the stove and countertop to avoid spills.
•    Keep a lid nearby when you are cooking to smother small grease fires.  Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the burner, and then leave the pan covered until it has cooled.
•    Keep anything combustible - oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, etc. away from the stovetop.
•    Eliminate clutter in the kitchen.  A clean work area allows for better efficiency and less chances for mishaps.
•    Keep matches and lighters out of reach of curious children’s hands.
•    Do not leave lit candles unattended or in places where they could be knocked over by children or pets.

Turkey Fryer Safety

•    Many turkey fryer appliances can be easily tipped over, allowing for hot oil spillage.  Ensure you place them on a hard, level and non-combustible outdoor surface.  
•    Do not place a turkey fryer under an overhang or temporary roof.  A flare up can easily ignite materials above the appliance.
•    Partially frozen turkeys can cause a spill over and result in a flare-up.  Thoroughly thaw the turkey before cooking.
•    Turn off the burner before placing the turkey in the container.  Re-ignite the burner after you are sure it is safe to do so.
•    Constantly monitor the temperature of the oil.  It can easily reach temperatures to the point of combustion.
•    Be careful not to overfill the fryer.  Follow manufacturer’s guidelines for proper filling levels.
•    The handles and lid will get dangerously hot.  Use well insulated potholders or oven mitts.
•    Never leave the fryer unattended while cooking.  Keep an all-purpose (ABC) fire extinguisher on hand.  Do not use water in an attempt to extinguish a grease fire.

Following these simple guidelines for fire and life safety will help to ensure a tragedy free holiday meal.  Have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving!

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SMECO Offers Scholarships


Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) is offering college scholarships for the 2015-2016 school year. Four high school seniors will be awarded $1,500 each. Students are eligible to apply if they live with parents or guardians who are SMECO customer-members. Seniors must be enrolled or plan to enroll full-time in an accredited college, university, or trade school. The deadline for students to apply for college scholarships is Friday, March 6, 2015. For more information, or to obtain an application, go to www.smeco.coop.
To be eligible for SMECO scholarships, students must have maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Four $1,500 scholarships will be awarded based on scholastic achievement, financial need, and community and school involvement. As part of the application process, students must submit an essay on “Why is a College Education Important to Completing My Lifetime Goals?” Scholarship finalists will be interviewed on Saturday, March 21, 2015.
Students may obtain an application from their school’s career counselor or by calling SMECO at 1-888-440-3311, extension 4340. Applications are also available online at www.smeco.coop and at the customer service desk in SMECO’s Leonardtown and Hughesville offices. Completed application packages with all items submitted together may be taken to a SMECO office or mailed to the attention of Bernadette Lewis, SMECO, P.O. Box 1937, Hughesville, MD, 20637. When mailing, please allow time for delivery.

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Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office Collects Millions For U.S. Taxpayers In FY2014


Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein announced that financial collections in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 in the District of Maryland reached $27,364,401.50.  The U.S. Department of Justice keeps statistics on a fiscal year basis, closing the books each September 30.
 
Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that the Justice Department collected $24.7 billion in civil and criminal actions in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2014.  The more than $24 billion in collections in FY 2014 represents nearly eight and a half times the appropriated $2.91 billion budget for the 94 U.S. Attorney’s offices and the main litigating divisions in that same period.
 
“Every day, the Justice Department’s federal prosecutors and trial attorneys work hard to protect our citizens, to safeguard precious taxpayer resources, and to provide a valuable return on investment to the American people,” said Attorney General Holder.  “Their diligent efforts are enabling us to achieve justice and recoup losses in virtually every sector of the U.S. economy.  And this result shows the fruits of the Justice Department’s tireless work in enforcing federal laws; in protecting the American people from violent crime, national security threats, discrimination, exploitation, and abuse; and in holding financial institutions accountable for their roles in causing the 2008 financial crisis.”    
 
“Thanks to the hard work and dedication of employees of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and our partner agencies, funds recovered far exceed the cost of operating the office,” said Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “We will continue to hold accountable anyone who seeks to profit from illegal activities.”
 
According to statistics from the Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland in FY 2014 collected $9,928,842.84 in criminal debts owed to the U.S. government and to federal crime victims, including restitution, criminal fines and felony assessments.
 
The statistics show that the $17,435,558.66 collected in civil actions in Maryland, include affirmative civil enforcement cases, in which the United States recovered government money lost to fraud or other misconduct or collected penalties imposed on individuals and/or corporations for violations of federal health, safety, civil rights or environmental laws, and debts collected on behalf of several federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Education, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Internal Revenue Service, and Small Business Administration.
 
Additionally, the District of Maryland worked with other U.S. Attorney’s Offices and components of the Department of Justice to collect an additional $151,698,129.29 in cases pursued jointly with these offices, including cases resolved under the False Claims Act on behalf of victim agencies such as the Department of Health and Human Services and the General Services Administration.  These cases include the successful resolutions of United States ex rel. Thakur v. Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited, United States ex rel. Marcus v. Tumbleweed Communications Corp., United States ex rel. Ryan v. Trans 1, Inc. and an investigation of Foundation Health Services, Inc.
 
The U.S. Attorneys’ offices, along with the Department’s litigating divisions, are responsible for enforcing and collecting civil and criminal debts owed to the United States and criminal debts owed to federal crime victims. The law requires defendants to pay restitution to victims of certain federal crimes who have suffered a physical injury or financial loss.  While restitution is paid directly to the victim, criminal fines and felony assessments are paid to the Department’s Crime Victims’ Fund, which distributes the funds to state victim compensation and victim assistance programs.
       
In addition, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland, working with partner agencies and divisions, collected $17,337,191 in asset forfeiture actions in FY 2014.  Forfeited assets deposited into the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund are used to restore funds to crime victims and for a variety of law enforcement purposes.
 
For more information, the Department’s Annual Statistical Reports on prior fiscal years can be found on the internet at: http://www.justice.gov/usao/reading_room/foiamanuals.html.

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Arsonist Sets Car On Fire In Waldorf


Wednesday morning at 12:10 a.m., authorities were alerted to a vehicle fire at 2256 Crain Highway in Waldorf. The incendiary fire was ignited in the rear passenger compartment of a 2007 Ford Fusion causing approximately $5000 in damage. There were no injuries as a result of the fire. Anyone with any information regarding the fire is asked to contact the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Southern Regional Office at 443-550-6834.

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Police Looking For Theft Suspect (Photo)


Lexington Park, Maryland - The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying the female pictured below.



On November 14, 2014, the pictured suspect stole items of merchandise from the WaWa located on Three Notch Road.

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary's County that leads to an arrest or indictment. Anyone with information about the identity of this suspect or about this crime in general may contact CRIME SOLVERS at 301.475.3333, (callers can remain anonymous), or text a tip to "TIP239" plus your message to '"CRIMES" (274637).  You may also contact Deputy S. Tirpak at 301.475.4200 X 9051.

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Maryland State Police Leonardtown Arrests And Warrants


Theft – On Friday, November 14, 2014 at 11:20 am, Cpl. S. Murphy responded to the St. John’s Pharmacy in Hollywood for a reported theft.  Investigation revealed that Gabrielle Aud Rutter, 26, of Hollywood, had concealed numerous items in her clothing and bypassed all points of sale.  Ms. Rutter was located at a residence in Hollywood and placed under arrest for Theft Under $100.00.  She was transported to the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack for processing and later released.  (14-MSP-037878)
 
Drug Arrest – On Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 2:22 pm, Tpr. A. Oyler initiated a traffic stop on a gold passenger vehicle on Great Mills Road in the area of the Quick Stop for a minor traffic infraction.  A MVA check of the driver, Joseph A. Toney, 33, of California, revealed that he was revoked and suspended multiple times.  A probable cause search was then conducted, resulting in the recovery of CDS, a large sum of currency, and distribution paraphernalia.  Mr. Toney was arrested for Possession of CDS with Intent to Distribute and CDS: Possess Paraphernalia.  Further investigation revealed that Mr. Toney had just been involved in a hit and run accident and was attempting to leave the scene when stopped by Tpr. Oyler.  He was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center, where he was charged with Posession of CDS with Intent to Distribute, CDS Possess Paraphernalia, Driving while Revoked and Suspended, Failure to Return to and Remain at Scene of Accident, and other traffic offenses.  He was held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner.  (14-MSP-038191)
 
Warrant Services
 
Marcus B. Darrah, 34, of Hollywood, served on 11/17/2014 at 3:35 am for Violation of Probation (2014-00431765)
 
James Francis Berry, 40, of Mechanicsville, served on 11/18/2014 at 3:40 am for Failure to Appear in Court (2014-00430250)

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