The Charles County Department of Health advises the public that an algae bloom has occurred in local waters. Concentrations of blue-green algae, called Microcystis, have been reported near Liverpool Point and Mallows Bay and the Potomac River. Microcystis aeruginosa is a naturally occurring algae in Maryland's Chesapeake Bay and fresh waters. Blooms of blue-green algae can occur in nutrient rich environments and be harmful when they occur in high concentrations or when they produce toxins in large amounts.
If bathers see bright green waters, sometimes with a surface scum that resembles green paint, they are advised to take the following precautions:
· Do not swim in areas where a bloom of blue-green algae is evident.
· Do not drink water from an area with the appearance of a blue-green algal bloom.
· Wash off with fresh water as soon as possible if contact is unavoidable.
· See a physician or healthcare provider if any skin irritation occurs or persists.
· Keep pets and livestock away from bloom areas. Contact your veterinarian if your pets or livestock have come in contact with the bloom.
Dianna E. Abney, M.D. Charles County Health Officer states, “This is a temporary environmental alert. Residents should be aware of the recommendations and adhere to the precautions. We expect this bloom to disperse in a few days to a week.”
Additional information is available from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources website: www.dnr.state.md.us/bay/hab/ or call the Charles County Department of Health Environmental Services Department at 301-609-6773.
From the St. Mary's County Board of Education:
On Thursday, September 18, 2014, the Emergency Communications Center (ECC) received a single phone call reporting an unsubstantiated verbal threat at Great Mills High School. As a result, the school was immediately placed on lockdown. A coordinated response was initiated immediately with school and law enforcement officials. The school’s administration followed the emergency response protocols outlined in the St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS) School Crisis and Emergency Response Plan and continually worked with law enforcement authorizes to complete the investigation. The school building was placed in a lockdown status while law enforcement units searched the building. The building was cleared for use at approximately 12:25 p.m. The school continued with the normal schedule for the day at that time.
From the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office:
Great Mills, Maryland - On September 18, 2014 at 8:25 AM, a male subject called the Emergency Communications Center (ECC) and reported people in the school had guns and were going to start shooting at 10:00 AM. The school was immediately contacted and locked down in accordance with SMCPS emergency protocols. Several Sheriff's Office deputies and troopers from the Maryland State Police arrived at the high school within minutes. A perimeter was established and the parking lot was closed to vehicular traffic. The entire school was systematically searched inside and outside for weapons. All lockers were searched as well. At approximately 12:25 PM, the search was complete and no firearms were found. The school returned to normal at short time later.
Leonardtown, Maryland - On September 18, 2014 at 11:48 AM, a female subject called Leonardtown High School and reported a bomb was going off in the school at 11:30 AM. The school was placed on lockdown in accordance with SMCPS emergency protocols and deputies responded. The caller subsequently called again and indicated the bombs were going to go off. A perimeter was established and the parking lot was closed to vehicular traffic. The entire school was systematically searched by bomb detecting K9s and no devices were found. The school returned to normal at approximately 1:00 PM.
Additional details will be released as they are developed.
Anyone with information regarding these crimes is asked to call the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Duty Officer at 301.475.4040 or CRIME SOLVERS at 301.475.3333 (callers can remain anonymous), or text a tip to "TIP239" plus your message to '"CRIMES" (274637).
From the St. Mary's County Board Of Education:
Mr. J. Scott Smith, Administrator in Charge for SMCPS, stated “The safety of our students and staff always comes first, so we must take all threats seriously. With that said, we will continue to work with law enforcement to identify the caller and pursue appropriate charges to the fullest extent of the law.”
The Calvert County Division of Parks and Recreation and Division of Natural Resources are hosting a public meeting Thursday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m., at the Northeast Community Center in Chesapeake Beach to present the final draft of the master plan for a new park to be located on Ward Road in Dunkirk.
The Master Plan Steering Committee will present the draft park master plan which has been developed based on the identified needs of the county and the input provided during a June 2014 public meeting. The Oct. 2 meeting will be the final opportunity for citizens to view the plan and provide input toward its refinement.
Parks and Recreation and Natural Resources are developing a master plan for the 209-acre property, which was purchased by the county in Fiscal Year 2013. The purchase was funded by the Calvert County Youth Recreational Opportunities Fund, a state grant administered by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
For more information on the Calvert County Division of Parks and Recreation, call 410-535-1600, ext. 2649, like the division on Facebook or visit online at www.co.cal.md.us/parks. For information on the Calvert County Division of Natural Resources, call 410-535-5327 or visit online at www.co.cal.md.us/NaturalResources.
Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Angela Lynn Schurman, 26, of Waldorf. Schurman currently has four open warrants charging her with failing to appear in court on a multiple theft charges ranging from theft under $1,000 to theft under $10,0000; conspiracy to commit theft; and failure to appear in court for violating her probation relating to a burglary charge. Schurman is 5’3”, 190lbs., and has brown hair and brown eyes.
Members of the Warrant Unit have been looking for Schurman since July. Anyone with information about Angela Lynn Schurman’s whereabouts is asked not to approach her 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.
Due to construction, the VanGO Indian Head route will be detoured on Friday, Sept. 19 and Monday, Sept. 22 through Saturday, Sept. 27. The alternate bus route will start at the Indian Head Post Office (4050 Indian Head Hwy, Indian Head) then turn left onto Jenkins Drive to a left on Blair Avenue. It will resume its scheduled route from this point.
For updated information call the Department of Community Services, Transportation Division at 301-934-9305.
Wednesday evening around 11:56 p.m. firefighter were called to 15185 Oaks Road in Charlotte Hall for the report of a vacant single story wood framed home. 35 firefighters from Hughesville, Mechanicsville, Waldorf, Benedict, La Plata and Bel Alton Volunteer Fire Departments responded and had the fire under control in about 15 minutes. The fire was determined to be incendiary from suspects(s) igniting combustible materials in a bedroom of the vacant house. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office Southern Region at 443-550-6833.
A short time ago, the Emergency Communications Center (ECC) received a single phone call reporting an unsubstantiated verbal threat at Great Mills High School. As a result, the school was immediately placed on lockdown. Sheriff's Office School Resource Officers, K9 units, and several additional patrol deputies are on the scene. The school will remain on lockdown until the situation is resolved.
St. Mary's Public Schools will be issuing an alert to parents.
Additional information will be released as it is developed.
Officers are on scene at Great Mills High School, no violence has occurred. Everything is secure, do not go to the school.
Parents are instructed to go to McKays parking lot, Great Mills Road, officers will be there.
On September 14, 2014 at approximately 2045 hours members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Bureau and Crash Reconstruction Team responded to Maryland Route 2/4 and Rousby Hall Road, Lusby, Maryland 20765 for a report of a motor vehicle collision involving a motorcycle. Upon arrival on the scene units located a blue 2012 Ford Focus on the northbound shoulder of MD Route 2/4 just north of the intersection. The Ford Focus was heavily damaged. A 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle was destroyed and located on its side against the northbound guardrail. The vehicles were involved in an apparent head-on collision. Motorcycle operator and passenger were both ejected from the motorcycle during the collision.
Preliminary investigation revealed the following:
2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Rudolph Mason Johnson, of Lusby, was traveling southbound on MD Route 2/4 and attempted to turn eastbound (left) on Rousby Hall Road on a flashing red arrow. The motorcycle was also occupied by Mona Rene Johnson, of Lusby. As the motorcycle entered the intersection of MD Route 2/4 and Rousby Hall Road, a 2012 Ford Fusion, operated by Lauren Rebecca Belskie of Saint Leonard, was traveling northbound on MD Route 2/4 and collided with the motorcycle. Per numerous witness accounts the operator of the Ford had a green light at the time of the collision.
Lauren Rebecca Belskie sustained minor injuries during the collision and was transported to the Calvert Memorial Hospital. Belskie is listed in stable condition. Rudolph Johnson was transported to Prince George’s County Hospital (Shock Trauma) to be treated for the injuries sustained in a collision. Mona Johnson was transported to Washington Hospital Center MedStar to be treated for the injuries she sustained in the collision. Both Rudolph and Mona Johnson are listed in critical condition at the time of this press release.
Motorcycle operator error and failure to yield the right of way to a through traveling vehicle are the contributing factors to this collision. The final cause of the collision is pending full investigation.
DFC G. Gott, of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, is investigating the collision with assistance from the Crash Reconstruction Team. Any information related to this investigation is to be forwarded to DFC G. Gott at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-535-2800.
The Maryland State Highway Administration’s (SHA) concrete resurfacing (“whitetopping”) project continues this weekend at the MD 2 (Solomons Island Road) / MD 214 (Central Avenue) intersection in Anne Arundel County.
Beginning Friday night at 9 p.m. SHA will resurface the two through lanes of southbound MD 2 approaching the MD 214 intersection. SHA urges motorists to plan ahead and use alternate routes such as Pike Ridge Road and Mayo Road (MD 253) to access area businesses from Friday night through Sunday afternoon. Crews will reopen the lanes as soon as the concrete cures but no later than 5 a.m. Monday morning. While the concrete dries, motorists may not see activity; however, the lanes cannot be reopened until the material cures. All work is weather-permitting.
A short detour will be in place for southbound MD 2 to westbound MD 214. Motorists should follow the detour signs using Pike Ridge Road. Southbound MD 2 traffic will NOT be able to turn right onto MD 214 at the intersection. Click here for more information. For real-time traffic and commuter information, log onto www.md511.org.
The Town of Chesapeake Beach was one of ten Maryland municipalities honored at the Sustainable Maryland Awards Ceremony at the Maryland Municipal League’s annual Fall Conference held in Annapolis on Friday, September 12.
The Town of Chesapeake Beach is the first Sustainable Maryland Certified municipality in Calvert County. Perched on the edge of the Chesapeake Bay, the Town of Chesapeake Beach has an intimate connection to the natural world, and a commensurate understanding of its obligation to protect the local natural resources that are integral to its viability as a community. Toward that end, the Town has developed a unique collaboration with a local non-profit in order to capitalize on the sense of place and it’s location on the Chesapeake Bay, and has developed the Fishing Creek Trail, and abandoned railway, to offer access to educational opportunities and community engagement projects for local residents. A partnership with the local non-profit Chesapeake Beach Oyster Cultivation Society (CBOCS) has fostered a variety of educational opportunities for local resident and students. The program has grown to include more than 200 active volunteers. Hundreds of local students will come to the Fishing Creek Trail for a day of observations, measurements, counting surveying spat on shell and water quality monitoring. As a result of this partnership, over 150,000 oysters have been relocated to date. Chesapeake Beach has long recognized the symbiotic relationship between the Town, its residents, and the local business community. The Town promotes local businesses on its web site, on the annual Town Calendar, and in a tri-fold brochure published quarterly. The Town has also been active on the energy-efficiency front, completing energy audits of Town Hall, Chesapeake Beach Water Park and the Chesapeake Beach Waste Water Treatment Plant.
“I am very pleased and honored that Sustainable Maryland has awarded certification to the Town of Chesapeake Beach, and that we are the first municipality in Calvert County to receive this prestigious
recognition,” said Chesapeake Beach Mayor Bruce Wahl. “As one of the “Founding Mayors” of Sustainable Maryland, it is wonderful to see recognition for the town’s efforts. In particular, the Chesapeake Beach Oyster Cultivation Society (CBOCS) is a wonderful success story that has produced hundreds of thousands of yearling oysters planted in an sanctuary oyster bed in the Chesapeake Bay, and each year provides educational opportunities for over one thousand fifth-graders from Calvert and Anne Arundel County schools, both public and private. CBOCS is largely the effort of volunteers, but also receives key support from the Town’s Public Works department.”
To achieve Sustainable Maryland Certified status, municipalities are required to form a Green Team comprised of local residents, community leaders, municipal staff and officials; complete a variety sustainability-related Actions worth a total of at least 150 points (including two mandatory actions and two of six priority actions), and submit the appropriate documentation as evidence that the Sustainable Maryland Certified requirements have been satisfied.
The 10 municipalities to achieve Sustainable Maryland Certified status this year include:
Town of Bel Air (first municipality certified in Harford County)
Town of Berwyn Heights (Prince George’s County)
Town of Boonsboro (first municipality certified in Washington County)
Town of Chesapeake Beach (first municipality certified in Calvert County)
Town of Cheverly (Prince George’s County)
City of Greenbelt (Prince George’s County)
Town of Snow Hill (Worcester County)
City of Takoma Park (Montgomery County)
Town of Riverdale Park (Prince George’s County)
Town of University Park (Prince George’s County)
According to Mike Hunninghake, Program Manager for Sustainable Maryland, “These awards are a testament to the passion and dedication of volunteers, municipal staff and elected officials to lighten our collective imprint on the Earth, restore the natural world, and plan together to create a better tomorrow for our children and their children.”
Joanne Throwe, Director of the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland at College Park, congratulated the certified towns: “These newly certified Sustainable Maryland municipalities have demonstrated, each in their own unique ways, their commitment to strengthening the social, economic and environmental pillars of sustainability in their towns and cities. I commend their elected officials, municipal staff, and of course the passionate volunteers of their Green Teams for their efforts to shine a guiding light on the path forward for all of Maryland’s communities to a brighter, more sustainable future.”
The attached photo shows Chesapeake Beach Council Member Stewart Cumbo, Community Development Coordinator Connie O’Dell and Mayor Bruce Wahl (R) with the Sustainable Maryland Certified award at the Maryland Municipal League conference.
Detectives conducted undercover purchases of prescription medication from suspect Ryan Patrick Sullivan (Age 30 of California). As a result of the investigations, St. Mary’s County Grand Jurors indicted suspect Sullivan for “Distribution of Suboxone” and “Distribution of Dilaudid”.
Detectives identified William Terrence Campbell aka “Funk” (Age 38 of Lexington Park) as a distributor of cocaine. Undercover purchases were made and subsequently a search and seizure warrant was executed on his home where a significant amount of drugs were seized. Suspect Campbell was indicted for “Possession of Cocaine with the Intent to Distribute” and “Distribution of Cocaine”.
James Thomas Tawney (Age 51 of Lexington Park) was indicted for “Possession of Oxycodone with the Intent to Distribute”, “Possession of Alprazolam with the Intent to Distribute” and “Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone”.
FLEEING AND ELUDING/DRUG POSSESSION/Warrant Service – On September 13, 2014, the Sheriff’s Office received information on the whereabouts of Michael Issiah Harrison, (age 28 of no fixed address),who was wanted on a felony warrant from Charles County for failure to appear in court on a THEFT 10K to 100K charge.
Deputy Flerlage and several other deputies responded to the Target parking lot to attempt to locate Harrison. A citizen advised Harrison had just left operating a silver Hyundai passenger vehicle. Deputy Flerlage spotted the vehicle being operated by a male subject matching the description of Harrison. He initiated a vehicle stop and the Hyundai stopped on Route 235 near the Toyota of Southern Maryland dealership. Deputy Flerlage approached the vehicle and attempted to speak to Harrison when suddenly he drove off, made a U turn, and headed northbound on Route 235. Harrison turned into the WaWa parking lot on Rue Purchase Road and came to a stop. Deputy Flerlage quickly approached the vehicle as Harrison opened the vehicle door. Harrison was taken into custody without further incident.
Numerous items used to smoke and inject controlled dangerous substances were found in his possession. These items contained suspected cocaine and heroin residue. A check of Harrison’s driver’s license revealed his privilege to drive in Maryland was suspended.
Harrison was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Possession Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS): Not Marijuana (Heroin), Possession CDS: Not Marijuana (cocaine), Fleeing and Eluding Police, and Driving While Suspended. Harrison was also served with 2 criminal summonses from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office stemming from two earlier incidents.
ASSAULT – On September 13, 2014, Deputy Potter responded to a residence on Esquisite Court in Lexington Park, for a reported assault. The victim alleged suspect Danielle Lynnette Adams, 27, of Lexington Park, struck the victim in the head with a hammer. Deputy Potter observed a fresh injury on the victim’s head. Adams was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with 2nd Degree Assault.
VIOLATION PROTECTIVE ORDER – On September 14, 2014, Corporal Ross responded to a residence on Oxford Court in Lexington Park, for a reported violation of a protective order. Suspect Ashley Marie More, age 30 of Lexington Park, was found at the residence in violation of an active protective order. Moore was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with the violation.
1st DEGREE ASSAULT – On September 14, 2014, Deputy L. Johnson responded to a residence on Midway Drive in Lexington Park, for a reported assault. The victim alleged he was with suspect Patrick Shawn Daly, 24, of Lexington Park, when Daly became disorderly inside the Food Lion store in Lexington Park. Daly was intoxicated and acting in a disorderly manner inside the store. He began to argue with store security when the victim intervened and tried to get Daly to leave. When Daly refused to leave, the victim left the store and returned to his residence on Midway Drive. A short time later, Daly arrived at the victim’s residence and began to argue with the victim. Daly suddenly produced a knife and lunged at the victim, cutting him on the abdomen. The victim then fled from Daly on foot and called police. The victim sustained a minor injury. Daly was located and placed under arrest. He was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with 1st and 2nd Degree Assault.
ASSAULT – On September 14, 2014, Corporal E. Johnson responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center for a fight between inmates. The investigation revealed suspect Douglas Ivan Cantrell, 27, of Hollywood, struck the victim in the face with his fists. Cantrell was charged with 2nd Degree Assault DOC Employee (inmate).
PROSTITUTION – On September 15, 2014, Deputy LaFave responded to a vacant lot on Hermanville Road in Lexington Park, after a citizen reported seeing two subjects parked in the area. Deputy Lafave located both subjects in the woods near the vehicle. The investigation revealed suspect Ashley Nicole Thomas, 27, of Newtown, Virginia, and the male with her were engaging in a sexual act for money. Thomas was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with Prostitution. Charges are pending against the male involved.
It’s that time of year for fall clean-up of your medicine cabinet…GOT DRUGS!
The Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Barrack is participating in the National Drug Take Back Initiative. To date the Prince Frederick Barrack has destroyed over 700 pounds of prescription drugs dropped off by Calvert County Residents. “Most abused drugs come from family and friends. You could be a drug dealer and not even know it.” Let’s end the abuse!
The drop box is located outside the barrack and can be accessed for drop-off 24/7.
The Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Barrack is the depot for The Maryland Food Bank. Food items can be dropped off at the Prince Frederick Barrack 24/7. The items most needed are canned goods to include: soup, canned meats, vegetables and dry goods like rice, and pasta. Please help us feed those less fortunate in Maryland.
It was already a win-win – the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) construction project was doubling the number of parking spaces at the overcrowded Waysons Corner park-and-ride facility using environmentally-friendly “pervious” (porous) concrete materials. Perhaps the only way to improve such a project would be to complete it substantially ahead of schedule. And that’s exactly what SHA did.
The expanded lot at Southern Maryland Boulevard south of MD 408 (Mt. Zion Marlboro Road) in southern Anne Arundel County opened to vehicles in late August, several months ahead of schedule. While some minor landscape and touch-up work remain, commuters now have full access to 147 total parking spaces, including the 76 new spaces. Much of the new parking lot and sidewalk were constructed using pervious concrete that allows water to pass through instead of running directly into drains. Beneath the pervious material water can seep slowly into the ground and filter naturally. This reduces nitrogen and phosphorous that enter the Chesapeake Bay through tributaries.
“SHA manages hundreds of environmental projects statewide each year and we’re always looking to improve commuter options – so it’s tremendously satisfying when we can combine these goals in one project,” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters, adding “Southern Maryland enjoys a strong commuter network and SHA will continue to evaluate access and ridesharing options to meet local and regional needs.”
The expanded lot also features new energy-efficient LED lighting and bioswales for additional stormwater filtering.
A similar project is nearing completion at the park-and-ride lot along I-83 at the MD 439 (Old York Road) Interchange near Parkton in Baltimore County where SHA is using pervious concrete to add 50 more spaces to the existing 71-space lot. With good weather this project should be open to traffic this fall.
SHA awarded contracts of $867,000 for the Waysons Corner project and $888,000 for the Parkton project to Concrete General of Gaithersburg. For more information about the Waysons Corner project contact SHA’s District 5 office toll-free at 800-331-5603. For information on the Parkton project contact SHA’s District 4 office toll-free at 866-998-0367.
LA PLATA SHOOTING SUSPECT LOCATED AND ARRESTED THIS MORNING: On Sept. 17 at 7:30 a.m., members of the CCSO Warrant Unit, along with patrol officers and detectives located and arrested James Jvon Butler, 28, of La Plata, at a motel in Waldorf where he had been hiding. Butler was wanted for attempting to murder an acquaintance on Sept. 16. Butler was transported to the Charles County Detention Center where he will be charged with attempted first-degree murder.
On Sept. 16 at 5:11 a.m., Charles County Sheriff’s officers and officers with the La Plata Town police department responded to the 800 block of Cedar Court in La Plata for the report of a shooting. Investigation showed the victim, 39, was exiting his house when he was approached from behind by the suspect, James Jvon Butler, 28, of La Plata. Butler pulled a gun and shot the victim in his leg. Butler fled and the victim was transported to a hospital with injuries that do not appear to be life-threatening. Butler is known to the victim and the motive appears to be related to an on-going argument. Butler is a black male, 5’7”, 160 lbs. He does not have any vehicles listed in his name and usually travels on foot; however, he could have access to a car.
A warrant is on file charging Butler with attempted first-degree murder. Anyone with information about James Jvon Butler’s whereabouts is asked not to approach him but rather call 911. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or text CHARLES the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submit a tip online at tipsubmit.com.
The Charles County Commissioners are pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Timothy J. Morgan as chief of tourism and special events. Morgan began his employment with Charles County Government on Monday, Aug. 25.
Morgan has 12 years of tourism development experience, and has held several leadership positions in this field. His career includes serving as tourism development manager for Clackamas County Economic Development in Oregon City, Ore., state tourism director for the Delaware Economic Development Office in Wilmington, Del., and director of sales for the Washington County Visitors Association in Beaverton, Ore.
Most recently, Morgan was vice president of partnerships for the Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission in Tacoma, Wash. In this role, he recruited events with an economic impact of $1.5 million. His responsibilities included developing and managing a hospitality partnership program with hotels and restaurants, assisting with strategic plan development, and soliciting corporate partners.
Commissioner President Candice Quinn Kelly said, “Mr. Morgan has excellent credentials and a proven record of success in the tourism industry. He brings great enthusiasm and energy to this position. I am confident that Mr. Morgan is the right person to keep Charles County’s tourism efforts moving forward in a positive direction.”
“I believe that with Mr. Morgan at the helm, Charles County will benefit from his vast experiences in both economic development and tourism. I'm looking forward to having him move our county forward by showcasing our bountiful history,” said Commissioner Vice President Reuben B. Collins, II (District 3).
“Tourism is the world's largest industry, and Charles County has so many amenities to offer visitors that it is a natural for us to take destination marketing seriously. The hiring of Mr. Morgan clearly shows the importance we place on sharing Charles County with the world. Whether attracting long-stay visitors or ‘day-trippers’ from the D.C. metro area, we intend to showcase everything Charles County has to offer,” said Commissioner Ken Robinson (District 1). “I look forward to working with Mr. Morgan to achieve our tourism goals.”
“I am delighted to have Tim Morgan leading our county to enhance our promotions for tourism and special events. His background in management and planning will serve our citizens well as he takes on the monumental task he's been asked to undertake. I look forward to working with him,” said Commissioner Debra M. Davis, Esq. (District 2).
Commissioner Bobby Rucci (District 4) said, “I'm very impressed by Mr. Morgan's credentials and background. His successes in the past are a solid foundation for putting our county at the forefront in tourism and special events.”
Morgan earned a Master’s degree in Sports Administration/Facility Management from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo.
Morgan said, “I'm excited about this tremendous professional opportunity to lead Charles County's tourism development and promotion efforts. I look forward to collaborating with tourism partners to increase the visibility of Charles County's tourism offerings to visitors, which creates positive economic impact for the area.”
Drug Arrest – On Friday, September 5, 2014 at 3:23 pm, TFC S. Ditoto observed Anthony John Knittle, 31, of Great Mills, walking on St. George’s Drive at St. Leonard Circle. TFC Ditoto knew Mr. Knittle was currently wanted through the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack for two bench warrants. TFC Ditoto made contact with Mr. Knittle and arrested him for the warrants. A further check revealed he was also wanted through the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and Charles County Sheriff’s Office. A search incident to arrest revealed suspected CDS. Mr. Knittle was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center, where he was charged accordingly for the CDS and held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner. (14-MSP-028818)
Drug Arrest – On Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 5:21 pm, Tpr. Oyler responded to the area of Route 5 and Route 245 to attempt to locate a blue passenger car involved in a hit and run accident. Tpr. Oyler located the vehicle at Route 243 and Port of Leonardtown Park and made contact with the driver, Kristopher Brenton Gray, 27, of Leonardtown. Tpr. Oyler observed a pill bottle in Mr. Gray’s possession and had him exit his vehicle for further investigation. A probable cause search led to the recovery of CDS, paraphernalia, and US currency. Mr. Gray was arrested and transported to the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack for Standardized Field Sobriety testing. He was then transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center, where he was charged with Possession of CDS with Intent to Distribute, Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, and related charges. He was held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner. (14-MSP-029305)
Child Endangerment - On Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 4:00 pm, Tpr. Krenik responded to Lexington Park Elementary for a reported intoxicated parent attempting to pick up his son. Tpr. Krenik made contact with the parent, Garrett John Dugan, 49, of no fixed address, who advised he had driven his vehicle to the school to pick up his child. Mr. Dugan performed Standardized Field Sobriety Testing and submitted to a Preliminary Breath Test. He was arrested and charged with Alcoholic Beverage – Intoxicated Endangerment and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner. The Department of Social Services responded to the scene and took custody of the child until the mother could respond from out of state. (14-MSP-029412)
Drug Arrest - On Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm, Tpr. Oyler initiated a traffic stop on a black passenger vehicle on Route 235 and First Colony Way. A probable cause search was conducted, resulting in the recovery of CDS. The driver, David Francis Garcia, 21, of Great Mills, was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia. He was transported to the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack for processing and later released. (14-MSP-029532)
Drug Arrest – On Friday, September 12, 2014 at 3:57 pm, Tpr. Oyler initiated a traffic stop on a gold passenger car in the area of Route 235 and Route 245 for a minor traffic infraction. A probable cause search was conducted, resulting in the recovery of CDS. The driver, Nicole Babette Smith, 48, of Lusby, was arrested and charged with Possession of CDS – Not Marijuana. She was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner. (14-MSP-029658)
Assault –On Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 9:58 am, Tpr. Morris responded to the 47000 block of Mary Lynn Drive for a reported disturbance. Investigation revealed Robert Wayne March, 36, of Lexington Park, had assaulted a female victim. He was arrested and charged with Assault – Second Degree and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. Mr. March was held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner. (14-MSP-029963)
Drug Arrest - On Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 5:00 pm, Cpl. Hunt responded to the 43000 block of Yellow Wood Way for a check welfare. Cpl. Hunt made contact with the complainant, who advised that Adam Thomas Wilkins, 19, of California, had admitted to using CDS. The complainant advised that he observed Adam’s level of intoxication worsen as time went on and called for police assistance and an ambulance. Mr. Wilkins refused medical treatment and was arrested for CDS Possession – Not Marijuana and CDS Possess Paraphernalia. He was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner. (14-MSP-030005)
UPDATE – ARREST MADE IN BANK ROBBERY CASE: Charles County Sheriff’s investigators assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division arrested Richard Cecil Anno, 24, of Indian Head in connection with the robbery of the PNC bank that occurred on August 25 on North Prospect Avenue in Indian Head. Through investigation, detectives developed information that linked Anno to the case. Detectives secured an arrest warrant for Anno and on September 16 at 4 a.m., members of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services Team located Anno and arrested him without incident. Anno was charged with providing a false statement, armed robbery, robbery, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and theft between $1,000 and $10,000. Detective A. Celia investigated.
THEFT: On September 16 at 2:55 a.m., officers responded to the Dash-In located at the intersection of Billingsley Road and St. Charles Parkway in Waldorf for the report of a theft. Investigation revealed an unknown suspect ran inside and stole a charity jar filled with money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and fled on foot. The suspect was wearing a red sweatshirt, long pants, gloves and a full-coverage ski mask with a black backpack backwards on his chest. He was last seen going north on St. Charles Parkway toward Carrington. PFC M. Beall is investigating.
TRAFFIC STOP RESULTS IN SEVEN ARRESTS: On September 16 at 12:41 a.m., PFC A. Fenlon conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near Old Washington Road and Acton Lane in Waldorf. PFC Fenlon observed the occupants throw a plastic bag out of the vehicle which he recovered and found that it contained marijuana. A strong odor of marijuana was also coming from the vehicle. Further investigation led to the discovery of two guns in the car: a revolver - which had been reported stolen in Charles County - and a 9mm handgun which had been reported stolen in Prince George’s County. The occupants were also in possession of marijuana. A computer check revealed several occupants had outstanding warrants and criminal summonses. Macon Leonard Ryland, 24, of Bryans Road, Jermall Davon Taylor, 22, of Suitland, Wayne Andrew Dorsey, 20, of La Plata, Cameron James Taylor, 21, of Bryans Road, Donte Andrew Dorsey, 23, of Waldorf, Nathaniel Raymond Lytes, 21, of Accokeek and Canei Dontre Williams, 21, of Waldorf were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, possession of a concealed handgun, possession of a stolen firearm, illegal possession of ammo and theft under $1,000. PFC Fenlon investigated.
BURGLARY: On September 15, officers responded to the 2100 block of Duchy Court in Waldorf for the report of a burglary. Investigation revealed unknown suspects entered an unlocked shed and stole a Craftsman lawn mower and weed whacker. The property was stolen sometime between September 2 and September 15. PFC D. Walker is investigating.
THEFT FROM A MOTOR VEHICLE: Sometime between September 13 at 10 p.m. and September 14 at 8 a.m., unknown suspects stole the tires from a vehicle parked at a residence in the 1000 block of Dorset Drive in Waldorf. The suspects placed the vehicle on concrete pavers and removed all four tires from the 2006 Infiniti G35. The vehicle had stock 19” rims. PFC J. Hatfield is investigating
POSSESSION OF HEROIN: On September 11 at 5:23 p.m., Officer J. Bottorf pulled a vehicle over for a traffic violation on Hawthorne Road in La Plata. Investigation revealed the vehicle was unregistered, uninsured and the rear tag belonged to another vehicle. The driver, Christopher Lee Lawson, 25, of La Plata, was driving on a suspended license. A search of the vehicle revealed heroin. Lawson was arrested and charged with possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia.
ASSAULT: On September 11 at 4:22 p.m., officers responded to the 2100 block of Westwood Drive in Waldorf for the report of an attempted robbery and assault. Investigation revealed the victim was walking home when he was approached by three males between the ages of 15 and 17. They grabbed him and searched his pants and book bag looking for money. The suspects fled the scene but were later identified, arrested and charged with attempted strong-arm robbery and second-degree assault. Cpl. R. Leukhardt investigated.
(Pikesville, MD) – The Maryland State Police in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration are asking citizens dispose of unwanted prescription drugs during the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, September 27, 2014 from 10:00 am to 2:00 p.m. at state police barracks.
State police barracks throughout Maryland will be participating in the National Drug Take Back Day. Each barrack will act as a collection station giving citizens an opportunity to dispose of all unwanted and unused prescription drugs. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
Second only to marijuana, non-medical prescription drugs are the most commonly used drug in the country. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs are finding an unlimited supply in their family’s medicine cabinet.
Locally during the last initiative in April 2014, troopers collected over 1,800 pounds of prescription drugs. Nationally, 780,000 pounds (390 tons) of prescription medications were collected from members of the public. When added to the collections from the previous Take-Back events, more than 4.1 million pounds (2,090 tons) of prescription medications have been removed from circulation.
WHAT: National Drug Take Back Initiative
WHEN: Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack
23200 Leonard Hall Drive
Leonardtown, MD 20650
CONTACT: Duty Officer Sgt. Marc Black
Leonardtown Barrack MSP OMC
While installing new cable in the control house at Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative's Hewitt Road Switching Station in Lexington Park this morning, an inadvertent short occurred causing a breaker to open at the Ryceville Switching Station that de-energized the line feeding the Hewitt Road station. The outage duration was from 9:20 to 9:30 a.m. and affected more than 36,000 customers. According to SMECO, their technicians followed normal safety protocols; no one was injured and they are continuing to investigate the incident.
Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) and the Charles County Department of Health successfully worked to ensure most CCPS students were able to meet the state’s immunization requirements by Monday’s deadline.
CCPS students had until today to get immunized or be excluded from school. As of this morning, 11 CCPS students had not provided proof of immunization. State law requires all students receive specific vaccinations by the 20th day of school or be excluded from school until they receive all required vaccinations. This year, the state required additional vaccinations for both kindergarten and seventh-grade students.
At the beginning of September, more than 700 CCPS students were missing proofs of vaccination. During the past month, CCPS and the Health Department provided additional opportunities for students to receive vaccinations including free clinics and transportation to clinics. Last week, schools and school system staff personally contacted families of students who were still missing updated shot records.
“I am so appreciative of the monumental efforts of our staff and the Health Department that resulted in only 11 students who are out of compliance today. When you talk about a commitment to keeping kids in school, our school nurses, pupil personnel workers and school staffs showed extraordinary dedication to helping students receive the required vaccinations,” Superintendent Kimberly Hill said.
The Maryland State Department of Education on Monday notified school districts that they could apply for a waiver to the 20-day temporary enrollment rule; however, only school systems with more than 250 students out of compliance were eligible for the waiver.
The Health Department is offering another free vaccination clinic this afternoon from 3-5 p.m.