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Calvert County, Md., Seeks 'Beautiful' People for Annual Volunteer Awards

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – April 24, 2014 – The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) announces that nominations are now being accepted for the annual Calvert You Are Beautiful Volunteer Awards.
This project recognizes individuals whose volunteer service improves the quality of life for Calvert County citizens and visitors.
Nominated volunteers might be a tour guide at a museum or historic landmark, someone who organizes a local fair, festival or parade, or the person committed to making a difference by giving generously of their time to hospices, hospitals, homeless and other social service agencies. All nominees must be residents of Calvert County.
Nomination forms are available online at www.ecalvert.com or by calling the Department of Economic Development at 410-535-4583. Completed nomination forms should be returned to Calvert You Are Beautiful c/o Katie Brittain, Department of Economic Development, Courthouse, Prince Frederick, 20678. Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered to the Department of Economic Development by July 11, 2014.
All Calvert County nominees will be honored at a local awards ceremony sponsored by the BOCC in fall 2014; one special nominee will be chosen as the volunteer of the year.
For more information about the Calvert County Department of Economic Development, our visitor sites and attractions and the services available to assist county businesses, call 410-535-4583 or 301-855-1880; send an e-mail to info@ecalvert.com; or visit online at www.ecalvert.com.
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Commissioners to Hold May Public Forum in Lexington Park

Leonardtown, MD - The Board of County Commissioners for St. Mary’s County will hold its May Public Forum inside at Bay District Volunteer Fire Department’s Social Hall in Lexington Park. The forum will take place on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. The hall is located at 46900 South Shangri La Drive. Citizens are invited to attend the forum and address the members of the Board of County Commissioners. 
The Public Forum will be videotaped for broadcast on Sunday, May 11 at 7 p.m. on St. Mary’s County Government TV 95 (SMCG TV 95) on Metrocast Cable. The forum will also be available for online viewing on the county’s website at www.stmarysmd.com.  Simply click on the SMCG TV 95 icon in the upper right of the screen. Once on the page go to the Board of County Commissioners video tab to the right of the screen and select 5/6/14 pm to view.
Anyone wishing to speak at the Public Forum will be allowed up to three (3) minutes to address Commissioners. Those wishing to provide more detailed comments may do so via email or regular mail. 
The Board of County Commissioners can be reached by e-mail at bocc@stmarysmd.com or by U.S. mail at Board of County Commissioners for St. Mary’s County, P.O. Box 653, Leonardtown, Maryland  20650.
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National Drug Take Back Day This Saturday. Turn In Old Or Unwanted Prescription Meds

The Maryland State Police – La Plata Barrack, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, are asking citizens to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs during the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this coming Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10:00 am to 2:00 p.m.
The La Plata Barrack will act as a collection station, providing 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 educating the general public about the potential dangers of possessing unused medications.
Second only to marijuana, non-medical prescription drugs are the most commonly used drugs 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.  
During the previous initiative in October 2013, Maryland State Police collected over 1,100 pounds of prescription drugs locally.  Nationally, 648,000 pounds (324 tons) of prescription medications were collected from members of the public.  When added to the collections from the past five Take-Back events, more than 3.4 million pounds (1,700 tons) of prescription medications have been removed from circulation. 
The La Plata Barrack is located at 8500 Mitchell Road in La Plata, just off of Rt. 301 North.
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SMECO Helicopter Flight Delayed

The helicopter flight scheduled for April 24 has been delayed due to air space restrictions in Lexington Park near the Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Our contractor is working with base and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials to satisfy the requirements associated with flying in this air space. We will keep you informed when this work is rescheduled.
As we have done for the 24 miles of our project in Calvert County, the helicopter will be stringing the "lead lines" between the recently installed transmission poles along Route 235 for the Southern Maryland Reliability Project. The lead lines are connected to the conductors that will be installed on the new poles. The 230-kV Reliability Project extends from the Hewitt Road switching station in Lexington Park northeast to the Patuxent River, where it crosses under the river north of the Thomas Johnson Bridge to the Naval Recreation Center in Solomons, then above ground through Calvert County north to Holland Cliff near Huntingtown. The 30-mile Reliability Project will complete a 230 KV loop throughout the SMECO service territory to ensure reliability and meet the electricity demands of our customer-members. For more information, visit our website at www.smeco.coop/reliability<http://www.smeco.coop/reliability>
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Arrest In St. Mary's County

On April 22, 2014, deputies conducted a traffic enforcement operation in the area of Point Lookout Road and Great Mills Road in Great Mills. Corporal Moritz observed the driver of a vehicle texting while driving and stopped the vehicle. A probable cause search was conducted of the vehicle after deputies detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A baggie of suspected heroin was found under the center console. The driver, identified as Daniel Brian Evans, 27, of Piney Point, subsequently grabbed the baggie and attempted to eat it. Deputy S. Cameron gained control of Evans and recovered the drugs. Evans was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Possession Controlled Dangerous Substance: Not Marijuana.
ASSAULT – On April 21, 2014, Corporal E. Johnson responded to a residence on Clover Hill Road in Hollywood, for a domestic related assault. The victim alleged suspect Jennifer Lynn Falcone, 31, of Hollywood, assaulted the victim with a shoe and another unknown object during an argument. Corporal Johnson observed evidence of injury. Falcone was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with 2nd Degree Assault. 
BURGLARY – On April 22, 2014, Deputy Flerlage responded to an apartment on Valley Court in Lexington Park for a reported burglary. A witness reported finding subjects inside a vacant apartment. Deputy Flerlage entered the apartment and located suspect Devaughn Tramaine Holland, 22, of Lexington Park, and suspect Michael Jahrome Powell, 19, of no fixed address, sleeping inside the apartment. Both suspects were placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. Once at the detention, a secondary search was conducted of both suspects. An amount of suspected marijuana and cocaine was recovered from Holland’s person. Powell was charged with 4th Degree Burglary. Holland was charged with 4th Degree Burglary, Possession Controlled Dangerous Substance: Not Marijuana, Possession CDS: Marijuana, and Contraband into Place of Confinement. 
ASSUALT – On April 21, 2014, Deputy Cole responded to a residence in Callaway for a domestic related assault in progress. The victim alleged suspect Teshawn Louis Campbell, 28, of Callaway, jumped through the passenger side window of the vehicle in an attempt to prevent the victim from leaving during an argument. Campbell then strangled the victim with his hands and struck the victim with his fists. The victim stopped the vehicle and ran to a neighbor’s vehicle then quickly left the area to get away. Deputy Cole observed fresh evidence of injury on the victim. Campbell was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd Degree Assault. 
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Heroin And Marijuana Found In Home. Children Removed By CPS

Detectives conducted a several month investigation into drug activity and possible distribution at a Hollywood, Md. residence. The targets of the investigation were identified as William Russell Hobbs (Age 26) and Karen Lynn Dale (Age 28). A search and seizure warrant was obtained and executed with the assistance of the St. Mary’s County Sherif’s Office Emergency Services Team, K-9 deputies and Vice/Narcotics Support Team members. Heroin, syringes, marijuana, a digital scale with heroin residue and cocaine, related paraphernalia, a loaded rifle and a cellular phone were recovered. Due to the condition of the home and the poor conditions four children (Ages 10 to 9 months) were forced to live in, Child Protective Services were contacted and responded. As a result of their investigation, the children were removed from the home. Both suspects were arrested and additional charges are pending a review with State’s Attorney Richard D. Fritz. 

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Milton Somers' Kimberly King named Teacher of the Year

For many teachers, their passion and love for education comes from personal learning experiences. For Kimberly King, a mathematics teacher at Milton M. Somers Middle School, her desire to teach started at a young age when she began to maintain a makeshift classroom full of dolls, stuffed animals and a chalkboard. Throughout her childhood, King came across several influential educators who fueled her desire to teach, including her kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Tickell, and Mrs. Williams, one of her high school teachers.
King credits these two teachers, as well as her parents, with her desire to teach children to love math and to always do what is best for her students. “These influential people are embedded in me and are directly responsible for my contributions in education,” she said. According to Somers staff, King’s educational contributions range in modeling high standards and expectations for students to her nurturing and caring demeanor she displays in the classroom. She is known for her natural ability to instill her students with a love for math. For her outstanding abilities as a teacher, King was named the 2014 Charles County Public Schools Teacher of the Year.
King learned of her selection as Charles County’s top teacher in a surprise announcement in her classroom. Somers Principal Stephanie Wesolowski came in her classroom one afternoon to bring her students snacks, and then a few school secretaries came in with cameras and an iPad. Unbeknownst to King, her daughter, who is a producer on the Rachel Ray Show, was video streaming live on the iPad for her mom’s surprise announcement. “I was so excited to see her and thought perhaps we were going to meet a celebrity or Rachel Ray,” King said.
King’s classroom was then joined by Superintendent of Schools Kimberly Hill, who asked the class if they knew why she was visiting them. Hill began to ask students about King and what made her a great teacher. Several students replied with positive comments and one student in particular shared an emotional story about a time King helped her through the loss of a family member. The student said, “Mrs. King just doesn’t teach us math – she truly cares about us.” Hill then told King and the class that she was picked to represent the school system as the Teacher of the Year.
King said she was excited to learn of her selection for the award. “I was elated and extremely proud. Being in the presence of my students, my supportive principal, my office friends, and my daughter during this announcement was like being on stage accepting an Oscar,” she added. In addition to her caring demeanor, King is known for her ability to positively shape students’ self-esteem and enforces learning through challenging, yet exciting lessons and activities. King is committed to establishing positive relationships with students and colleagues, and believes the relationships are crucial to success in the classroom.
Her teaching philosophy highlights the importance of collaboration in order to build trust and confidence, and showing children she cares about them and their success. “I recently read a quote – ‘Children learn best when they like their teacher and they think their teacher likes them.’ I could not agree more. When my students give an answer or explanation, they must feel validated. It is my responsibility to make sure they feel that way and it is also my responsibility to instill the respect for other students,” she said.
One of the ways King facilitates respect among her students is the use of compassion bags in the classroom. Each student has a compassion bag hanging in her room in which their peers fill the bags with compliments or kind words about their classmates. King also uses a happy thoughts board in which students can share happy posts. Both the compassion bags and happy thoughts board help King establish solid relationships with her students that she says are responsible for the respect and effort she sees daily. “They do this because I have established relationships with them. Their smiles, hand-made cards, notes, hugs and kind words are rewards that are immeasurable. More than anything, their effort they give to me on a daily basis is my reward. When a student posts on the board ‘I love this class’ – my day is made,” King said.
King has been teaching sixth-grade mathematics at Somers since 2010 and strives to reach all levels of learners. She hosts morning math sessions to provide individual attention to students in need of additional assistance, and also coordinates Saturday sessions for students who need help with the current math concept of the week. As part of her daily lessons, King engages students in exciting warm-up routines that require them to use problem solving and reasoning skills. She consistently uses real-world applications in her lessons and provides students with skills necessary to achieve success in other subject matters. Additionally, King uses visual learning tools such as graphic organizers and Internet resources to make her lessons interactive for students.
Wesolowski said King exhibits admirable qualities and is an exemplary role model for her peers. “She is unquestionably one of the most respected and admired teachers on my staff. Her energy, leadership qualities and positive attitude are truly admired and emulated among my staff,” Wesolowski wrote in a nomination letter. King, who began her teaching career in 1998, is also well known for supporting her students outside of the classroom. She organizes book studies with staff, serves on the minority achievement committee, assists with family nights at the school, sponsors the Future Educator Association (FEA) and mentors students. She also works with the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program and attends several after school and weekend events to support students.
Ashin Shah, a former Charles County Public Schools student and student member to the Board of Education, had King as a teacher in elementary school and wrote a letter on behalf of her nomination. In his letter, Shah describes King as an “enduring teacher of life lessons” and said she goes above and beyond what it means to be a teacher. “What makes Mrs. King truly amazing is that she is always the loudest cheerleader for any of her students. For me, I won’t forget that she came to my high school graduation, eight years after I first entered her fifth-grade class, to hear my valedictorian speech, a promise she made in my fifth-grade yearbook. She doesn’t have to tell you, but once you enter her classroom, you become her student forever,” Shah wrote in his letter.
As Charles County's Teacher of the Year, King is eligible for the Maryland Teacher of the Year award. The state winner is announced by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) in the fall at a special ceremony held to honor all local recipients. The state winner is also considered for the National Teacher of the Year honor. The Board of Education will recognize King at their June 10 meeting.
Prior to teaching at Somers, King was an instructional specialist at John Hanson Middle School. She also served as an instructional specialist and administrative assistant at Somers. From 2001 to 2005, she taught sixth-grade math at Hanson and worked at the elementary school level as a first- and fifth-grade teacher at Dr. Samuel A. Mudd and Malcolm elementary schools for three years. King has been recognized by the Board of Education as an exemplary employee twice and was recognized in 2005 by the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics as a Maryland Math Teacher of the Year.
She has a bachelor’s degree in human growth and development, and elementary and middle school education, from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She has also taken graduate courses at McDaniel College. King is a member of the National Education Association (NEA), the Education Association of Charles County (EACC), the Associations for Supervision and Curriculum Development and Middle Level Education, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Maryland Assessment Group.
For more information on the Teacher of the Year awards program, visit the MSDE website at http://www.msde.maryland.gov/MSDE/programs/recognition-partnerships/toy_1/.
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Charles County Sheriff's Office Joins DEA in Medication Take-Back Initiative

On Saturday, April 26, between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., the Charles County Sheriff’s Office will join the DEA in the National Medications Take-Back initiative – a program held twice a year, nationwide, to encourage people with unwanted prescription medications to dispose of them in a safe manner.  Although the CCSO offers residents the opportunity to dispose of unwanted medications at any time, the Agency is taking part in this national event to highlight the importance of ridding homes of medicines that are no longer needed.
Medicines in the homes are a leading cause of accidental poisoning and flushed or trashed medicines can pollute our waters. Rates of prescription drug abuse are alarmingly high, particularly among teens and young adults who often get the drugs from a family member or friend, including the home medicine cabinet. “This is an important program because unwanted medicines can be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way and even more importantly, the medicines will no longer be available to people who might abuse them,” said Sheriff Rex W. Coffey.
Sheriff Coffey said prescription drugs, like Oxycodone and Percocet, are popular among addicts who often turn to stealing or robbing to feed their habits. “Drug addiction has a significant impact on crime, not to mention the toll it takes on the addict, their families, and friends. It’s important to get rid of the medications if you no longer need them,” Sheriff Coffey said. “Over the past few years, we have collected more than 100 pounds of unwanted prescription pills that could have easily gotten into the hands of curious teens,” said Sheriff Coffey.
To drop off unwanted medications, simply bring the medicines to either the Waldorf station at 3670 Leonardtown Road or the La Plata station at 6855 Crain Highway. Remove personal information from the container and drop the medicines in a locked, secured drop box located in the station’s lobby. The medications will be disposed of in an environmentally safe manner.
Prescription, non-prescription, pet medicines and vitamins are accepted but they must be in tablets, capsules, and other solid dosage forms. Intravenous solutions, injectibles, and syringes are not accepted. For additional information, visit www.ccso.us.
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SMECO Will Be Stringing Rope Using Helicopter In Lexington Park Thursday

Tomorrow, (April 24) SMECO will have a helicopter in the Lexington Park area along Route 235 stringing rope for the Southern Maryland Reliability Project. The 230-kV power line extends from the Hewitt Road switching station northeast to the Patuxent River, where it crosses under the river to Solomons, then above ground through Calvert County north to Holland Cliff. 
Residents and motorists in Lexington Park may see the helicopter activity as the helicopter ascends, descends and hovers to string the lead lines between the poles. SMECO personnel and our contractors are working with St. Mary’s County law enforcement and State Highway officials to coordinate the flight. A helicopter was also used to install ropes or “lead lines” along the 24-mile stretch of poles in Calvert County. 
The Southern Maryland Reliability Project completes a 230-kV loop that will improve the reliability of electric service for all customer-members in Southern Maryland. For more information, contact Tom Dennison at 301-274-4342.
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Drug Dealer Runs, Then Vehicles Seized

Detectives identified Calverio Terrill Somerville aka “Forty” (Age 25 of Lexington Park) as a distributor of cocaine. A search and seizure warrant was obtained for two residences, one in Great Mills and one in Lexington Park along with two vehicles. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services Team, Sheriff’s Office K-9 deputies, Vice/Narcotics Support Team Members and the Calvert County Special Operations Team executed the warrants. As the residence was approached, suspect Somerville fled and in the process threw 14 individual baggies of cocaine from the vehicle. He was apprehended and a search of his home revealed more than 52 grams of crack cocaine (valued at $5,200), marijuana, two cell phones, a digital scale and nearly $7,300 in cash. Two vehicles were also seized, a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe and a 2010 Toyota Camry. Suspect Somerville was arrested and additional charges against him and other suspect(s) are pending a review with State’s Attorney Richard D. Fritz. 

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Judges Sought for Upcoming Elections

Leonardtown, MD – The St. Mary’s County Board of Elections is in need of individuals interested in being an Election Judge for the upcoming primary and general elections.
Who can be an Election Judge?
You are eligible if you:
Are registered to vote in Maryland
Are not a candidate for any public or political party office
Are detailed oriented and can speak, read and write the English language
Are a motivated person who can endure long hours (6am-10pm)
Can provide your own transportation to and from your assigned polling place
Enjoy meeting people and serving the public
What does an Election Judge do?
In accordance with Federal and State law, you must perform all of the duties assigned to you by the Local Board of Elections and perform your duties faithfully, diligently and without partiality or prejudice.
Prepare the polling place for voting
Check in voters
Instruct voters on how to use the voting equipment
Maintain the security of voting materials
Close the polling place
Is an Election Judge paid?
Yes.  Judges are paid per election as well as for attending the required training class.  However if you do not work the Election, you do not get paid for attending the training class.  You will be paid by the county within 4-6 weeks.  
If you are interested please go to our web site www.stmarysmd.com click on Government, then click Board of Elections, then click on the Election Judge star and fill out the perspective judge form and mail it to our office at P O Box 197, Leonardtown Md, 20650 or Call us at 301 475-7844 (1614) or Email Susan.Julian@stmarysmd.com.
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Japanese Teachers to Visit CHESPAX

On April 28, a contingent of 24 Japanese teachers will spend the day visiting the 
CHESPAX program at King’s Landing Park to learn about Calvert County’s 
environmental education program and to participate in some hands-on activities related to 
environmental studies. The visit to CHESPAX will be part of a United States tour 
designed to exchange ideas and strategies related to environmental sustainability in our 
Through the Fulbright Japan-U.S. teacher exchange for Education for Sustainable 
Development (ESD), this group of teachers will visit schools and other facilities across 
the United States with strong environmental programs and projects. Their visit will 
culminate with a conference in San Francisco, during which they will collaborate with a 
group of United States teachers who will travel to Japan during the summer to examine 
environmental teaching practices in that country. A joint meeting in Tokyo between both 
groups of teachers will take place in early July. 
The mission of the program is to raise awareness of ESD-oriented school programs, 
enhance ESD-related curricula in both countries, and deepen a sense of global 
interconnectedness and cooperation between teachers in Japan and the United States.
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Charles County Sheriff's Office Incident Briefs

The following is a sample of recent Charles County Sheriff’s Office investigations. For information about crimes not included in this report, visit CrimeReports.com and search by county, city, zip code or street address.
OFFICER APPREHENDS ROBBERY SUSPECT: On April 21 at 7:50 p.m., officers responded to a convenience store in the 2100 block of Crain Highway in Waldorf for the report of a man with a gun who was standing outside the business. Dispatchers obtained a description of the suspect and officers located him quickly. Officers found a BB gun tucked in the man’s waistband. Investigation showed the suspect, Orrin Ira Levi, 52, of Bryans Road, approached two teens who were outside the store, displayed the gun and demanded money. One of the victims punched the suspect and the victims fled. Levi was arrested and charged with armed robbery. POI J. Pogar made the arrest.
CRIME SOLVERS OFFERING REWARD IN STRONG-ARM ROBBERY CASE: On April 20 at 7:50 p.m., officers responded to a gas station in the 3100 block of Crain Highway in Waldorf for the report of a citizen robbery. Investigation showed the victim was at the gas pumps when a man approached and began talking to him. During the conversation, another man opened the victim’s car door and stole a pair of tennis shoes. When the victim saw the second man, both men fled. The victim chased the suspects and the suspect dropped the shoes. The victim recovered the shoes, but the suspects approached him again and stole a cell phone from the victim’s jacket. The suspects then fled into a neighborhood. One suspect was described as a black male, light skin, late teens to early twenties, wearing a black hooded shirt, gray baseball cap, and white tennis shoes. The other suspect was a black male, dark skin, late teens to early twenties, wearing an orange and purple hooded Nike jacket, and orange and purple tennis shoes. Sgt. J. Ondrish is investigating.
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY/THEFT: On April 17 between 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., someone broke out two windows of a pick-up truck parked at Friendship Landing Park in Nanjemoy and stole a purse that was left inside the vehicle. Cpl. S. Brown is investigating.
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League of Women Voters of St. Mary's Public Forum for House of Delegates and Senate Candidates

(Lexington Park, MD)  On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, candidates for the Maryland House of Delegates and the Senate will answer questions at the Lexington Park Library, Rooms A & B at 6:30 pm.  Meet and greet the candidates at 6:00 pm.
Scheduled to appear are Daniel Slade, Thomas McKay, Matt Morgan, John Bohanan, Deb Ray,  Tony O’Donnell and Len Zuza for the delegate seats.  Cindy Jones and Steve Waugh have said they will attend for the Maryland senate seat.
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Spring Marks the Start of Tornado Season

Now that tornado season is here, the Charles County Department of Emergency Services encourages residents to be prepared.  Tornadoes are violent by nature and capable of completely destroying well-made structures, uprooting trees and hurling objects like deadly missiles.  A tornado appears as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground with whirling winds that can reach 300 miles per hour.
Prepare a Home Tornado Plan
·         Pick a place where family members could gather if a tornado is headed your way. It could be your basement or, if there is no basement, a center hallway, bathroom, or closet on the lowest floor. Keep this place uncluttered.
·         If you are in a high-rise building, you may not have enough time to go to the lowest floor. Pick a place in a hallway in the center of the building.
Watch vs. Warning: What’s the Difference?
·         Tornado Watch— Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and discuss your emergency plans, and check supplies and your safe room. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. Acting early helps to save lives!
·         Tornado Warning— A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Tornado warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. Go immediately under ground to a basement, storm cellar or an interior room (closet, hallway or bathroom). In the open outdoors: If possible, seek shelter in a sturdy building. If not, lie flat and face-down on low ground, protecting the back of your head with your arms. Get as far away from trees and cars as you can; they may be blown onto you in a tornado. Flying debris is the greatest danger in tornadoes.
Signs of a Tornado:
·         Strong, persistent rotation in the cloud base.
·         Whirling dust or debris on the ground under a cloud base ¾ tornadoes sometimes have no funnel!
·         Hail or heavy rain followed by either dead calm or a fast, intense wind shift. Many tornadoes are wrapped in heavy precipitation and can't be seen.
·         Day or night ¾Loud, continuous roar or rumble, which doesn't fade in a few seconds like thunder.
·         Night ¾Small, bright, blue-green to white flashes at ground level near a thunderstorm (as opposed to silvery lightning up in the clouds). These mean power lines are being snapped by very strong wind, maybe a tornado.
Persistent lowering from the cloud base, illuminated or silhouetted by lightning -- especially if it is on the ground or there is a blue-green-white power flash underneath.
After a Tornado:
Keep your family together and wait for emergency personnel to arrive. Carefully render aid to those who are injured. Stay away from power lines and puddles with wires in them; they may still be carrying electricity! Watch your step to avoid broken glass, nails, and other sharp objects. Stay out of any heavily damaged houses or buildings; they could collapse at any time. Do not use matches or lighters, in case of leaking natural gas pipes or fuel tanks nearby. Remain calm and alert, and listen for information and instructions from emergency crews or local officials.
For additional information, safety tips and public outreach resources, visit the following website: www.spc.noaa.gov/faq/tornado/safety.html and www.redcross.org/.
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St. Mary's County Arrests

ASSAULT – On April 20, 2014, Deputy Wesner responded to a residence in California for a domestic assault. The victim alleged suspect Patrick Wayne Donovan, 45, of California, struck the victim with a bar stool and with his hands. Deputy Wesner observed evidence of injury on the victim. Donovan was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd Degree Assault.
DRUG ARREST – On April 19, 2014, Deputy First Class Vezzosi found suspect Justin Scott Roth, 30, of Mechanicsville, asleep in a vehicle which was parked at the Exxon Gas station located at 30100 Three Notch Road in Mechanicsville. Deputy Vezzosi observed suspected Suboxone strips in Roth’s hand as Roth retrieved his driver’s license. A bottle containing suspect marijuana was sitting on the center console. Roth was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Possession Controlled Dangerous Substance: Not Marijuana and Possession Marijuana.  
THEFT – On April 19, 2014, Deputy T. Shomper responded to the traffic complaint of a subject operating a scooter in the roadway. He located the subject standing next to a scooter and made contact with him. The subject, identified as Lity Gean Thompson, 40, of Lexington Park, indicated the scooter did not belong to him, but that he was riding it. Further investigation revealed the scooter had been stolen from Walmart and was valued at $3,000. Thompson was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Theft Under $10,000.00.
TRESPASSING – On April 17, 2014, Deputy Wood assigned to the Lexington Park COPs UNIT observed suspect Justin Antoine Parker, 24, of Great Mills, on the property of Lex’s Laundromat in violation of a no trespass order. Parker was placed under arrest and charged with Trespass Private Property by criminal citation.
VEHICLE STOP – DRUG ARREST – On April 18, 2014, Sergeant Safford assigned to the Lexington Park COPs UNIT, observed a Ford Expedition operating on Pacific Drive with no registration displayed. Sergeant Safford stopped the vehicle and subsequently requested a K9 unit respond for a scan of the vehicle. The K9 alerted on the front passenger side where suspect Shemia Danielle Davis, 23, of Cheltenham, was seated. A smoking device was recovered from Davis’ purse. Upon exiting the vehicle deputies observed a bulge in the back of her pants which turned out to be an amount of suspected marijuana. Davis was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with Possession Controlled Dangerous substance: Marijuana Less Than 10gms and Possession Paraphernalia by Corporal Ray.    
THEFT – On April 17, 2014, an off duty deputy observed suspect Carla Renee Clarke, 35, of Hollywood, attempt to pass a fraudulent check at the Food Lion in Charlotte Hall. The check had obvious signs of tampering and the sale was refused by the cashier. The deputy subsequently detained Clarke and took custody of her purse. In so doing, 3 Food Lion steaks fell out of the purse. The investigation conducted by Deputy C. Shomper revealed numerous checks had been altered and fraudulently cashed on the victim’s account. The total theft was over $1,400. Clarke was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with Forgery Private Documents, Possession Forged Documents, Theft Under $10K, Theft Scheme Under $10K, and Theft Under $100.
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Update Missing Person Located

Update: Mr. Taylor Has Been Located.
St. Mary's County authorities are reportin a missing person case. Mr. Charles Edward Taylor III has been missing since last friday 4-18-14 when he was last heard from. Mr. Taylor is a white male, 29 years old, 5’09” height / 130 lbs with black hair and hazel eyes. Mr. Taylor may be suicidal.
If you have seen TAYLOR or have any information which may be helpful in locating him, please call 301.475.8008 or CRIME SOLVERS at 301.475.3333. Case #21176-14
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Public Forum Scheduled for May 6 in Charles County

The Charles County Board of Commissioners would like to inform citizens that the next public forum will be held on Tuesday, May 6, at 7 p.m. in the Commissioners' Meeting Room at the Charles County Government Building (200 Baltimore Street, La Plata).  Sign-in will begin at 6:30 p.m. outside the Commissioner Meeting Room.  Public forums are open to the general public. 
While offering a public forum is important to the Commissioners, it is also necessary to ensure that the Commissioners are allowed enough time to conduct other County business. Therefore, the following guidelines have been established for public forums:
• Any person wishing to speak during the public forum segment must sign the sign-in sheet upon entering the room.  
• Individuals are free to speak about any topic affecting Charles County residents.
• Comments should be concise and to the point and limited to three minutes. The actual time limit will be at the discretion of the Commissioner President based on the agenda for the evening and the time available.
• Making a presentation using slide projectors or overhead projectors is not appropriate for public forum. Individuals with topics that require more time or who desire to make a more formal presentation than is allowed under these guidelines, contact the Clerk to the County Commissioners at 301-645-0550 for further information related to the Commissioner meeting agendas.
• Engaging in active debate with the Board of Commissioners or audience members will not be allowed. All comments and questions must be directed to the Board.         
• Public forum is not to be used as a candidates' forum.
• Remarks must be respectful and courteous, free of name-calling and personal attacks. Inappropriate language will not be tolerated. Comments presented in a dignified manner have more credibility.
• Comments to the Board of Commissioners do not constitute formal complaints, are not considered requests for records under the Public Records Act, and do not require staff response unless directed to do so by the Board.
The Board of Commissioners appreciates the cooperation of citizens in honoring these guidelines, and looks forward to hearing from the public.
Dates and times for upcoming public forums will available on the Commissioners' published meeting agenda. Commissioner meeting agendas are available online at: www.CharlesCountyMD.gov.
For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 301-885-2779 or PressRoom@CharlesCountyMD.gov. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.
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Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Incident Briefs

Possession of Marijuana:  On 4/15/14 at 12:11 am, Trooper First Class Casarella stopped a vehicle on Rt. 260 in Chesapeake Beach for traffic violations.  While making contact with the driver, the odor of marijuana was detected emitting from inside the vehicle.  Larry B. Williams, 19 of District Heights, was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  He was transported to the MSP Barrack for processing.
Theft:  On 4/15/14 at 7:00 pm, Trooper First Class Oles responded to the 5800 block of Broomes Island Rd. in Port Republic for a reported theft.  The homeowner reported that a locked file cabinet had been broken into and prescription medication and several other items had been stolen.  The investigation developed a possible juvenile suspect who was later arrested.
Possession of Heroin:  On 4/17/14 @ 04:43 am, Trooper First Class Costello responded to the Holiday Inn in Prince Frederick for a premise check.  Upon arrival TFC Costello was approached by a guest indicating that a fellow room occupant had left the area in an intoxicated condition and he requested assistance in locating the person.  When returning to report negative results to the room occupant, TFC Costello found that the missing person had returned to the room.  While inside the room drug and drug paraphernalia were observed.  Criminal Summonses have been requested for Randall C. Floyd, 23 of North Beach and Sarah W. Hassay, 23 of St. Leonard.
Fugitive Warrant:  On 4/17/14 at 5:33 am, Trooper Rucker stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 near Hospital drive for traffic violations.  The driver, Paul A. Dibble, 21 of Lusby, was found to have an outstanding warrant through Virginia.  He was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
Destruction of Property:  On 4/17/14 at 1:39 pm, Trooper Matthews responded to the 1700 block of Solitude Court in Huntingtown for a reported destruction of property.  Unknown suspect(s) had vandalized the residence by tossing eggs at the house.  In addition, the tires had been deflated on a vehicle in the driveway and a windshield wiper broken at the base.  Investigation continues.
Possession of Marijuana:  On 4/17/14 at 11:01 pm, Trooper Riddle stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 near Sherry Lane in Prince Frederick for traffic violations.  When making contact with the driver, the odor of marijuana was detected emitting from inside the vehicle.  Ryan H. Baird, 26 of Hughesville, was arrested for possession of marijuana and was transported to the MSP Barrack for processing.
Theft:  On 4/18/14 at 6:29 pm, Trooper First Class Oles received a complaint for a theft of an IPhone.  The victim reported that she misplaced her IPhone earlier in the day while shopping.  Utilizing the tracking system in the phone, TFC Oles tracked the phone to the 1400 block of Catalpa Rd. in St. Leonard.  Contact was made with Michael H. Coyle, 26 of St. Leonard.  He   denied having the phone and through investigation TFC Oles found he had made several false statements to hinder the investigation.  A Criminal Summons has been requested charging Coyle with Theft and making False Statements to a Police Officer.
Destruction of Property:  On 4/19/14 at 11:06 am, Trooper First Class Barlow responded to a home on Main Street in Prince Frederick for a destruction of property complaint.  The homeowner advised that someone drove through her white plastic fencing causing extensive damage.  Investigation continues.
Fugitive Warrant:  On 4/20/14 at 1:19 am, Trooper Newcomer stopped a vehicle on Rt. 231 near Skipjack Rd. in Prince Frederick for traffic violations.  The driver, Woodrow A. Wallace II, was found to have an open warrant through Tennessee.  Wallace was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.   
Theft:  On 4/20/14 at 3:25 pm, Trooper First Class Barlow responded to the Walmart in Prince Frederick for a theft complaint.  A DVD and Princess Gift Bag were removed from the store without payment by Brett W. Christian, 34 of Scotland, AR.   He was arrested for theft and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
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Ridge Man Charged With Cruelty To Animals

Ridge, Maryland – On March 13, 2014, Corporal D. Corcoran responded to a residence in the 13000 block of Point Lookout Road in response to an animal cruelty complaint.
The investigation revealed suspect Kenneth Allen Woodburn, 29, of Ridge, shot a neighbor’s dog on March 13, 2014 twice. The dog was allegedly not on Woodburn’s property when he fired the second shot, according to evidence gathered from witnesses. Furthermore, it was determined both shots were fired in the direction of a residential day care.
After a thorough investigation was conducted, the case was reviewed by State’s Attorney’s Office personnel. As a result, charges against Woodburn were applied for by Detective Corporal M. Boyer from the Criminal Investigations Division and a criminal summons was issued. On April 20, 2014, Woodburn was charged with Aggravated Cruelty to Animal, Animal Cruelty, and Reckless Endangerment. 

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