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The Charles County Sheriff’s Office and Charles County Circuit Court announce they will apply for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Formula Program through the United States Department of Justice. The JAG Program provides states and units of local governments with critical funding necessary to support a range of program areas including law enforcement, prosecution and court programs, prevention and education programs, corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, crime victim and witness initiatives, and planning, evaluation and technology improvement programs.
 
Charles County is eligible for $45,246 through this grant, which combines the Byrne Formula and Local Law Enforcement Block grant programs to provide agencies with the flexibility to prioritize and place justice funds where they are needed most. The program allows states, tribes and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own local needs and conditions.
 
The Sheriff’s Office invites citizens wishing to make comments or review the Sheriff and Circuit Court’s JAG application to contact Karlee Adams, Grant Coordinator, at 301-609-3279. All comments should be made by July 30, 2016.

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Jessup, MD (June 30, 2016) — This Fourth of July holiday weekend may be one of the deadliest on our nation’s roadways according to a recent forecast from the National Safety Council.  And because this year’s holiday arrives at the end of a long weekend, Maryland officials are preparing for a possible increase in impaired driving compared to previous years.  To combat this increase and save lives, Maryland Department of Transportation officials today joined with the Maryland State Police (MSP) to highlight their successful partnership to target drunk and drugged drivers through a law enforcement initiative known as the State Police Impaired DRiving Effort, or SPIDRE.  This elite MSP team uses crash data to target and remove impaired drivers from Maryland roadways.
 
“The safety and security of Marylanders is my number-one priority and as family and friends gather to celebrate this 4th of July, I strongly encourage everyone to make a plan to have a sober ride home,” said Governor Larry Hogan.  “Since taking office, my administration has introduced measures to enhance public safety and make our highways safer and we will use all available resources to catch and arrest drunk drivers and, above all, save lives.”
 
Over the past five years, impaired drivers have accounted for roughly one third of all roadway deaths in Maryland.  On average, there are 7,884 impaired driving crashes statewide, resulting in 4,026 injuries and 171 fatalities every year.
 
“The Fourth of July arriving at the end of a long weekend is a recipe for disaster on our roadways,” said Transportation Deputy Secretary Jim Ports.  “Impaired driving continues to be one of the most common causes of roadway fatalities in Maryland, and every single one of those deaths was preventable.  We are committed to lowering the number of traffic fatalities in Maryland and we need residents to do their part and never drive impaired.”
 
Over the course of the next year, Maryland will spend approximately $4 million in federal funds to save lives by preventing impaired driving.  As a part of that effort, Maryland has provided approximately $1.5 million in federal funding to the MSP to pay for the SPIDRE team.  Since its launch in 2013, the SPIDRE team has been responsible for nearly 5,400 traffic stops, resulting in 1,872 DUI arrests.  In addition, more than 110 arrests have been made for criminal and drug-related offenses.
 
“Drunk driving can be avoided easily by making alternate plans,” said Lt. Colonel Anthony Satchell, Commander of the MSP Field Operations Bureau.  “It is a heinous crime that can turn deadly in a matter of seconds.  Our partners and our team of elite troopers are committed to the removal of impaired drivers from our roads.”
 
In addition to investing millions in targeted law enforcement strategies aimed at catching and arresting impaired drivers, the Hogan administration also is focused on ways to enhance roadway safety and fix all structurally deficient state-owned bridges.  Governor Larry Hogan has allocated nearly $2 billion in additional highway funds targeted to long-awaited improvements throughout the state.  These improvements, along with other announced roadway investments, include:
 
$24 million to improve 11 Salisbury Bypass bridges;
$111 million to reconfigure the MD 175/MD 295 interchange;
$86 million to widen US 113;
$100 million to reduce traffic gridlock along I-270;
$160 million to widen MD 404 from US 50 to the Denton Bypass; and
$152 million to widen a nine-mile stretch of MD 32.
Maryland officials recommend these safe alternatives to impaired driving:
 
Plan a safe ride home before the fun begins.
Designate a sober driver or use public transportation to get home safely.
Use Maryland’s ENDUI (End-DUI) app, which is free at the iTunes and Google Play stores. ENDUI is an educational tool that allows a user to find transportation options and estimate their blood alcohol concentration based upon drinks consumed.
If you see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement agency by dialing 911.
If you know people who are about to drive after drinking, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

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The Board of Education of Calvert County and the Calvert Association of Supervisors and Administrators (CASA) reached a tentative negotiated agreement for school years 2016-2017 and 2017-2018.
The collaborative effort between the parties resulted in an agreement that includes a one-step increase for all CASA-eligible administrators/supervisors in 2016-2017 and another in 2017-2018. In addition, CASA-eligible administrators/supervisors who were employed as CASA-eligible administrators/supervisors in 2014-2015 will receive one restoration step in 2017-2018. 
Items in the new agreement that require fiscal support shall be valid and binding to the extent that sufficient funds are guaranteed and/or made available by the Calvert County fiscal authorities to fully implement said items.
The parties are scheduled to sign the agreement at the Board of Education meeting on July 14, 2016.

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Leonardtown, MD – With planning, design and construction work complete, Phase VI of the Three Notch Trail is set for a “soft opening” on Friday, July 1. A ribbon cutting ceremony to formally open the new five mile section of the trail is scheduled for Tuesday, July 26 at 9 a.m. behind Immaculate Conception Church in Mechanicsville.
 
The new section runs from MD Route 236 in New Market south to MD Route 5 in Mechanicsville.  This long-awaited segment connects completed sections in Charlotte Hall to Mechanicsville. This provides a continuous eleven mile trail in the northern area of the county.  Trail users should be aware of all trail signage, pavement markings, the new hazard identification beacon on MD Route 5, and new push-button, rapid flash beacon on Mechanicsville Road.
 
“Developing the County’s railroad right-of-way into a hiking/biking trail continues to provide numerous benefits to local citizens and tourists,” said Commissioner President Randy Guy. “We are very thankful to have several partners who helped pay for this project and worked with us to make this important phase of trail a reality.” 
 
The project was made possible by money from the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County; Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration contribution from the Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP) of $1.7; MDOT’s Maryland Bikeways Program; SHA’s Recreational Trails Program; Maryland’s Program Open Space; and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.
 
Parking for the ribbon cutting ceremony will be available at Immaculate Conception Church located at 28297 Old Village Road, Mechanicsville.  For more information on the Three Notch Trail, contact the Department of Recreation and Parks at 301-475-4200 ext. *1811 or go to www.stmarysmd.com/recreate and click on parks and facilities.
 

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6-26-2016 – Assault – Deputy A. Schultz responded to the 25000 block of Jones Wharf Road in Hollywood, for a reported assault. The victim alleged the suspect, Haley Mariah Simmons, age 18, of Hollywood, struck the victim in the neck during an argument. The victim displayed injuries consistent with the allegations. Simmons was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention. She was charged with Second Degree Assault. CASE# 33097-16
 
6-26-2016 – Assault – Deputy C. Ball responded to the 46000 block of Flower Drive in Lexington Park, for a reported domestic disturbance.  The suspect, Rico Kinta Keys, Jr., age 21, of Great Mills, appeared to be yelling and screaming in a victim’s face. Keys was asked several times to lower his voice, he failed to comply and approached Deputy Ball with clenched fists. After several attempts to physically resist, he was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Second Degree Assault. CASE# 33046-16
 
6-24-2016 – Assault – Deputy C. Ball responded to the 45000 block of Deagles Boatyard Road in Tall Timbers, for a reported assault. The victim reported the suspect, Barbara Marie Adams, age 32, of Tall Timbers,  grabbed the victim’s arm during a physical struggle over a cell phone. The victim displayed a visible injury. Adams was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where she was charged with Second Degree Assault. CASE# 32845-16
 
6-23-2016 – Theft – Deputy K. Molitor responded to the 46000 block of Lexington Village Way (Kohl’s Shopping Center) in Lexington Park, for a reported shoplifting in progress. The Emergency Communications Center provided a description of a female and male who fled the store with an unknown amount of merchandise. Corporal Rishel initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle matching the description. James Edward Stewart II, age 40, of Lexington Park, was driving the vehicle with a suspended license, and Joleen Leann Jameson, age 23, was the passenger. The investigation revealed both suspects entered the store together, selected merchandise, and then Stewart left the store. Jameson entered the dressing room where she concealed merchandise, before fleeing to a motor vehicle parked in front of the store. Stewart placed the vehicle in drive and fled the scene. The merchandise was recovered and both, Jameson and Stewart, were transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. Jameson was charged with Theft: $1000 to under $10000, and Theft Less Than $1000 value. Stewart was charged with Theft: $1000 to under $10000, Theft: Less $1000 value, Failure to Appear: CDS Possession – Not Marijuana and Failure to Appear: Theft Less Than $100. CASE# 32688-16
 
6-22-2016 – Theft – Deputy J. Smith responded to the McKay's Food and Drug store in Leonardtown, for a reported theft. Employees observed a female in the business acting suspiciously and later determined she concealed multiple items and left the store without paying. The suspect, Heather Marie Maples, age 30, of Park Hall, was suspected to be involved in multiple other thefts that occurred throughout the previous week. The suspect was located fleeing in the parking lot by responding officers. She was arrested and charged with Theft Scheme: Less Than $1000, Two Counts of Theft: Less than $1000 value, Theft: Less Than $100, and Malicious Destruction of Property/Value - $1000. CASE# 32762-16
 
6-27-2016 – Assault – Deputy J. Smith responded to the 42000 block of Ridge Road in Mechanicsville, in regards to a disturbance. The victim alleged the suspect, Stephanie Lynn Edwards, age 62, of Lexington Park, assaulted the victim by biting the victim, striking the victim in the head with an ashtray, and then producing a knife. The victim displayed injuries consistent with the allegations. Edwards was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with First Degree Assault and Second Degree Assault. CASE# 33277-16
 
6-28-2016 – Assault – Deputy B. Foor responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center for the report of an assault. The suspects, Thomas Lee Cromwell, age 35, of Mechanicsville and Kevin Thomas Cooper, age 21, of Lexington Park, are both inmates at the Detention Center. They were involved in a fight over cleaning duties. They were both charged with Second Degree Assault. CASE# 33393-16
 
6-28-2016 – Assault – Deputy G. Mushchette responded to the Plaza Tolteca Mexican Restaurant in California, for the report of threats. The suspect, Isidro Ruiz, age 29, of Lexington Park, is a former employee of the restaurant and received a notice not to trespass from responding deputies. Officers were called back when Ruiz returned to the restaurant after being issued the notice. As the suspect was being placed under arrest, an individual approached deputies alleging assault by the suspect. The victim displayed visible signs of injuries consistent with the allegations. Ruiz was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Second Degree Assault and Trespassing. CASE# 33511-16

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California, MD - Members of Class IX, 2015-2016 LEAD Maryland, visited the Marlay Taylor Water Reclamation Facility on Wednesday, June 8 for a facilities tour. Discussion during the tour focused on the ENR (Enhanced Nutrient Removal), construction upgrades currently underway at the facility. 
 
DuWayne Potter, Wastewater Treatment Superintendent, provided the tour.    The ENR upgrade is a result of a state mandated program initiated to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus discharges into the Chesapeake Bay. The design upgrade will meet low nitrogen and phosphorus discharge requirements and include new sludge storage facilities, and a fats, oils and grease (FOG) receiving station. Funding in part for the $39 million dollar project was provided by money collected from the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund. 
 
Marlay Taylor is the largest treatment facility operated by MetCom with an average daily flow of approximately 4.2 million gallons. The facility serves Lexington Park, Patuxent Naval Air Station, Great Mills, California, as well as the St. George Island, Piney Point, Callaway and St. Mary’s College areas.   
 
LEAD Maryland is a partnership with the University of Maryland Extension and is dedicated to identifying and developing leadership to serve agriculture, natural resources and rural communities. Fellowships in the program provide public issues education as well as support, direction and resources to help emerging leaders be successful in serving the agriculture, natural resources and rural community sectors. To learn more about LEAD Maryland visit https://extension.umd.edu/lead-maryland.
 
Citizens can tour the facility by contacting Superintendent DuWayne Potter at dpotter@metcom.or or by calling 301-737-7400, extension 600.
 

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Possession of Amphetamines:  On 6/20/16 at 7:37 pm, Trooper First Class Costello stopped a vehicle on Rt 4 at MF Bowen Rd. in Huntingtown for traffic violations.  TFC Costello requested a K-9 scan of the vehicle, which resulted in a positive alert for the presence of narcotics.  A probable cause search was conducted and Amphetamine and Dextroamphetamine pills were found.  Brandon M. Cornwell, 22, of Huntingtown was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
 
Theft/Possession of Alprazolam:  On 6/21/16 at 2:07 pm, Trooper First Class Lewis responded to the WaWa Convenience Store in Prince Frederick for a shoplifting complaint.  Salvatore N. Galladoro, 37 of Prince Frederick, was arrested for theft.  A search incident to the arrest revealed the stolen items as well as Alprazolam for which Galladoro did not have a prescription.  He was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. 
 
First Degree Assault/Theft:  On 6/24/16 at 7:03 pm, Trooper First Class Matthews responded to the 800 block of Calvert Towne Drive in Prince Frederick for an assault in progress.  The victim reported while at Town and Country Liquors in Port Republic, he observed a black male remove cash that was sitting in their vehicle center console.  They followed the suspect to Calvert Towne Dr. in an attempt to recover the money.  The victim confronted the suspect and during the altercation the suspect swung a pick axe at the victim, which caused minor injury and minor damage to the victim’s vehicle.  Investigation continues.
 
Theft:  On 6/25/16 at 9:58 am, Trooper First Class Rowe responded to the 5300 block of Chesapeake Avenue in St. Leonard for a reported theft.  The victim advised that several items had been stolen from his residence to include approximately $1000 in cash.  The victim reported having workers at the reisdence and believes they could possibly be the suspects.  Attempts are being made to interview the workers.  Investigation continues.
 
Possession With Intent to Distribute Marijuana:  On 6/26/16 at 8:59 pm, Trooper First Class Matthews stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 at Calvert Beach Rd. for traffic violations.  A strong odor of marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle.  A probable cause search was conducted and a large quanitity of marijuana was located.  A passenger in the vehicle, Kameron E. Nightingale, 26 of Sacramento, CA, claimed ownership of 162.5 grams of marijuana.  He was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. 

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement after the Senate’s failed cloture vote on the conference committee report for Zika response funding. The report came back from negotiations between House and Senate Republicans loaded with inappropriate and dangerous add-ons and pay-fors that would threaten women’s health, drastically underfund critical ongoing Ebola response efforts, and included provisions with little to no connection to how the United States responds to the growing Zika threat.
 
“Republicans in the Senate and House seem to be forgetting that the Zika virus is not just another mosquito-borne disease, but has a real, devastating impact on women and their babies. Zika is on our shores and children are being born in this country with horrible birth defects, while the Republicans want to play politics by treating this as a political vehicle to attack the Affordable Care Act and women’s health. The American people deserve better from their elected leaders. By next year, global health officials believe three to four million people throughout the Western Hemisphere could contract the Zika virus. Dealing with this epidemic is a national emergency and should be treated with the same seriousness that we treat other emergencies.”
 
The American Public Health Association and nearly 40 other public health groups have asked the Senate to reject the Zika Conference Report and reconvene the Conference Committee to produce responsible, bipartisan legislation.

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Leonardtown, MD – Moody’s Investors Service has assigned an Aa2 rating to St. Mary’s County’s $25 million Consolidated Public Improvement Bonds, Series 2016. The announcement comes on the day when commissioners voted to approve the sale of the bonds. In its report Moody’s also affirmed the Aa2 rating on the county’s $32.6 million of general obligation (GO) debt outstanding. The firm revised the county’s outlook to positive.
 
The agency’s attributes the rating to “the county’s sizeable and stable tax base,” anchored by NAS Patuxent River, above average resident wealth levels, health reserves, liquidity supported by formal fiscal policies, and low debt and pension burdens.
 
“I’m very excited that we’ve received a second positive rating in as many weeks,” said Jeannett Cudmore, Chief Financial Officer. “This is an indication that our conservative fiscal policies continue to serve us well as we continue down a somewhat uncertain fiscal path.” One week ago Fitch affirmed the county’s AA rating on the same debt.
 
Moody’s decision to revise its rating outlook reflects the county’s stable technology-based local economy which will “likely continue to experience growth given further development within the technology sector as well as other industries.” The firm also pointed to the county’s plan to rebuild reserves given a change from cash-funding pay-go capital projects to issuing debt.
 
The agency says the county’s rating could receive an upgrade if reserves increased as a result of the reduction of pay-go capital projects and continued growth in the tax base.
 
“This ratings report comes as very good news as we prepare to place $25 million in bonds on the market,” said Commissioner President Randy Guy. “We were very encouraged during our meeting with Moody’s in early June and believe our fiscal policies will continue to reap rewards for the citizens of St. Mary’s County.”
 
To download a copy of the report go to:  http://www.stmarysmd.com/docs/Moodys Rating 06.28.2016.pdf  

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The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing this Thursday, June 30,  at the Southern Community Center at 7 p.m. The only issue on the agenda is to hear public comment regarding the Special Tax District petition for the Drum Point Property Owners’ Association.
 
For additional information, please review the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners’ agenda: http://www.co.cal.md.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/1017?html=true

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The Calvert County Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management Division, will conduct a full-cycle test of the alert and notification sirens throughout Calvert, St. Mary’s and Dorchester counties on Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at noon.
The full-cycle test includes a three-minute activation of all sirens within the 10-mile area around Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. All citizens are asked to remember the scheduled testing and relay the information to friends, family and neighbors.
The testing is conducted to check siren operation and increase public awareness of the alert and notification siren system. If the sirens sound at any other time, residents should tune to one of our local radio stations for information and instructions.

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Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Antoine Dewayne Savoy, age 35, of Lusby, Maryland, today to 10 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute powder and crack cocaine. 
 
        The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Daniel L. Board, Jr. of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; Special Agent in Charge Karl C. Colder of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Field Division; Chief Hank Stawinski of the Prince George’s County Police Department; Acting Chief Stanley Johnson, of the Maryland National Capital Park Police, Prince George’s County Division; Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry; St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron; and Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans.
  
According to his plea agreement and other court documents, from January through July 2015, Savoy conspired with Colbert Juan Jones, Vincent Leo Fletcher, Troy Taishon Swann, and James Devwan Pixley, to distribute cocaine.  Jones sold cocaine to his customers, which included Savoy and Pixley.  Savoy and Pixley purchased cocaine from Jones several times a month and used at least half of that cocaine to manufacture crack cocaine, which they sold in smaller distribution quantities.  Savoy often retrieved the cocaine from a home in Prince Frederick, Maryland, from which Jones distributed narcotics.  Savoy would either meet Jones there and personally exchange money for the cocaine, or retrieve the cocaine from a hiding place known to Savoy and Jones.  Savoy would then leave cash in the hiding place, or arrange another time and place to provide money to Jones.
 
Jones obtained cocaine from Fletcher and other sources.  Fletcher obtained cocaine several times a month from Swann and other suppliers.  Fletcher distributed the cocaine to his customers for further distribution, and used some of the powder cocaine to manufacture crack cocaine, which he also distributed. 
 
Colbert Juan Jones, age 33, of St. Leonard, Maryland, and Vincent Leo Fletcher, age 29, of Clinton, Maryland, and James Devwan Pixley, age 26, of Waldorf, Maryland, were each previously sentenced to 10 years in prison. Troy Taishon Swann, age 39, of Waldorf, pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy and is scheduled to be sentenced on July 11 2016 at 11:00 a.m.
 
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the ATF, DEA, Prince George’s County Police Department, Maryland National Capital Park Police, Prince George’s County Division, and the Charles, St. Mary’s and Calvert County Sheriffs’ Offices for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael T. Packard and Leah J. Bressack, who prosecuted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.
 

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Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm sentenced Darrell Lee, age 48, of Charlotte Hall, Maryland, today to 184 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for robbery, and for carrying and brandishing a gun during a robbery. Judge Grimm also ordered Lee to pay restitution of $24,791.50 and forfeit $19,987. 
 
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Kevin Perkins of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron; and Colonel William M. Pallozzi, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police.
 
According to his plea agreement, on June 18, 2014, Lee and Furman Troy entered a jewelry store in Charlotte Hall. Lee brandished a gun at the store owner and Troy bound the victim with duct tape. After obtaining the key to the jewelry counter from an employee, they stole jewelry worth approximately $8,890, cash, a laptop computer valued at approximately $2,100 and other items. 
 
On June 22, 2014, Lee and Troy robbed a pharmacy in Mechanicsville, Maryland. Again, Lee brandished a gun and Troy bound the employee with duct tape. They stole cash and prescription bottles containing oxycodone, methadone, hydrocodone and endocet, valued at approximately $8,997. 
 
Furman Troy, age 45, of Charlotte Hall, Maryland, pleaded guilty to his participation in the scheme and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. In addition, Michael Burgess, age 54, of Alexandria, Virginia, and Abdelrahim Ayyad, a/k/a Sahid, age 50, of White Plains, Maryland previously pleaded guilty to their roles in the robberies and await sentencing.
 
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland State Police 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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CRIME SOLVERS OFFERING REWARD IN ROBBERY CASE: Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspects in a citizen robbery. On June 27 at 3 a.m., the victim was walking in the area of Jameson Court in Indian Head when two suspects approached, assaulted him, and stole his tennis shoes. The suspects fled, and the victim notified police. Anyone with information is asked to call Pfc. J. Alpert at (301) 932-2222. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com.
 
THEFT FROM AUTO: On June 27 at approximately 8:15 a.m., officers responded to the 11400 block of Popes Creek Road in Newburg for the report of a theft. Investigation showed unknown suspect(s) stole an aluminum protective case from an unsecured cargo area of the victim's SUV while the victim was at the shoreline and out of sight of his vehicle. The case contained a DJI Phantom 2 Vision quad-prop drone and related equipment.  Pfc J. Alpert is investigating.
 
BICYCLE STOLEN: On June 24 between 5 p.m. to 12 a.m., unknown suspect(s) stole a Mongoose mountain bike from the 1000 block of Floyd Avenue in Waldorf. The bicycle is gray with black handle bars and has a large black foam seat. There are green skulls on the valve stems. Pfc S. Hooper is investigating.
 
THEFT FROM AUTO: On June 22, during the overnight hours, someone stole a book bag containing headphones and a wallet from an unlocked car in the 11900 block of Roy Hobbs Place in Waldorf.  Pfc. S. Miller is investigating.

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Burglary Case #16-35448:
On June 24, 2016, Deputy D. Naughton was dispatched to Parkers Creek Road, in Port Republic, for the report of a burglary.  The owner of the Ogden’s Vintage Store reported that sometime between 12:00 on June 17 and 9:00am on June 24, a suspect(s) made entry into the antique store and stole furniture, household items, jewelry, tools and several other miscellaneous items.   The investigation is continuing.  
 
Burglary Case #16-34139:
On (June 17, 2016), Deputy R. Evans responded to Armory Road, in Prince Frederick, for the report of a burglary.  The victim stated that sometime on June 16, someone broke a window to gain entry into a home and stole bath towels.  The suspect(s) also forced entry into a locked shed, but it does not appear that anything was stolen.
 
Burglary Case #16-34086:
On (June 17, 2016), Deputy S. Morder was dispatched to Sandy Point Road, in Prince Frederick, for the report of a burglary from a locked shed.  Sometime over the last several months, someone gained entry into the victim’s shed and stole a handheld, Stihl Leaf Blower, Model BG55.  There are no suspects at this time.
 
Burglary Case #16-34079:
On (June 17, 2016), Deputy M. Naecker responded to a burglary, which took place on Webb Lane, in Dunkirk.  Sometime between 2:30pm on June 16 and 8:00am on June 17th, someone forced their way inside a home under construction and stole a GE stainless steel microwave oven.  Anyone with information is asked to contact this Deputy.
 
CDS Violation Case #16-34987:
On June 21, 2016, Deputy T. Mohler conducted a traffic stop, at approximately 6:30pm, on Harbor Drive, in Chesapeake Beach.  The driver, Carol O’Dell, 51, of Chesapeake Beach, was found to be in Possession of a CDS: Synthetic Narcotic (Suboxone), possession of paraphernalia (bottle) and unlabeled Prescription bottles.  She was arrested and transported to the Detention Center.
 
CDS Violation Case #16-34738:
On June 20, 2016, Deputy M. Trigg conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle being driven in an unsafe manner at the intersection of Limerick Lane/E. Chesapeake Beach Road, in Owings.  He discovered the driver, Lemuel Brown, 27, of Glen Burnie, MD, to be in possession of several illegal drugs and a loaded firearm.  He was charged and arrested for possession of a dangerous nonnarcotic drug (Xanax), CDS possession of a narcotic (Codeine), possession with intent to distribute a narcotic (Codeine), possession of paraphernalia (rolling papers), Handgun in Vehicle, Carrying and possessing Illegal Ammunition, Firearm/Drug Trafficking Crime, CDS: Distribute with Firearm and for possession of a regulated Firearm.
 
CDS Violation Case #16-34646:
On June 20, 2016, Deputy S. Trotter conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of N. Solomons Island Road/MF Bowen Road, in Huntingtown.  Upon this stop he determined the driver, Serenity Morsell, 27, of Prince Frederick, to be driving on a suspended license.  Deputy Trotter charged Morsell with the traffic offense and also with possession of paraphernalia (2 syringes and a prescription bottle containing Heroin and Oxycodone).
 
Destruction of Property Case # 16-34691:
On June 20, 2016, Deputy C. Callison responded to Magnolia Circle, in St. Leonard, for the report of damage to property.  The victim reported that sometime during the evening of June 17, an unknown substance was thrown on their vehicle, causing the paint on the hood, roof, trunk and driver side doors, to bubble and flake off.  There are no known suspects at this time.
 
Disorderly Conduct Case #16-35756:
On June 15, 2016, Deputy V. O’Donnell was dispatched to the intersection of Broome’s Island Road/Oyster House Road, in Broome’s Island, for the report of a domestic problem.  When he arrived and made contact with the complaint, Kelly Stecchino, 54, of Silver Spring, MD, he attempted to determine the reason for the 911 call.  The caller was uncooperative and walking unsafely alongside the road.  He arrested Ms. Stecchino for Public Intoxication with Public Endangerment and for Disorderly Conduct.
 
Disorderly Conduct Case #16-35632:
On June 25, 2016, Deputy S. Moran was dispatched to Golden West Way, in Lusby, for the report of disorderly subjects outside of a residence.  Upon arrival he was able to coax the subjects back into the house but approximately 20 minutes later, Deputy Moran received another call for a disorderly subject in the same area.  He was approached by Nathan Lowe, 20, of Lusby, who was ordered to calm down but would not cooperate.  He was arrested for Disorderly Conduct and transported to the Detention Center.
 
Theft Case #16-35940:
On June 26, 2016, Deputy P. Wood was dispatched to the Prince Frederick Walmart on N. Solomons Island Road for the report of a theft, with a shoplifter in custody.  He made contact with Chad DeLong, 19, of Prince Frederick, who admitted to stealing various pieces of clothing and body spray.  He was arrested for Theft Less Than $100.00 and transported to the Detention Center.
 
Theft Case #16-35700:
On June 25, 2016, Deputy D. Naughton was dispatched to the Giant grocery store located on N. Solomons Island Road, in Prince Frederick, for the report of a theft, with a shoplifter in custody.  He made contact with the suspect, Lisa Rowell, 51, of Prince Frederick, who admitted to stealing various food items, vitamins, health/beauty items and other general merchandise.  She was arrested for Theft Less than $1000.00 and transported to the Detention Center.
 
Theft Case #16-34980:
On June 21, 2016, Deputy R. Spalding responded to the complainant’s home on Crescent Court, in Prince Frederick, for the report of stolen registration plates.  Sometime earlier in the day (June 21), both plates were stolen off of the victim’s car.  This theft took place at an unknown location in Calvert County.
 
Theft Case #16- 34934:
On June 21, 2016, Deputy C. Callison met a complainant at the Sheriff’s Office who reported a theft from vehicle, which was parked on Stern Court, in Lusby.  Sometime between 9:00pm on June 19 and 4:30am on June 20, an unknown suspect(s) entered their unlocked vehicle and tossed items around.  The only items the victim could identify as missing was money from a purse that was left on the front seat. 
 
Theft Case #16-34759:
On June 20, 2016, Deputy J. Livingston responded to a home on Patuxent Avenue, in Broome’s Island, for the report of a theft from vehicle.  The caller stated that approximately 5:00pm, on June 20th, he parked his vehicle on Chesapeake Avenue, in Prince Frederick, to help a friend.  He only stepped away from his vehicle for 15 minutes; during that time, someone entered his unlocked vehicle and stole his brown wallet, Driver’s License, gift card and money.  No suspects at this time.
 
Theft Case #16-34713:
On June 20, 2016, Deputy S. Trotter was dispatched to Scenic Way, in St. Leonard, for the report of mail theft.  The victim reported receiving notice that a package was delivered at 11:15am on June 18, but when they returned home on June 20th, the package was not there.  The package contained a tan fleece long-sleeved shirt and a green shirt.  No suspects at this time.
 
Theft Case #16-34644:
On June 20, 2016, Deputy P. Foote was dispatched to Fire Berry Court, in Prince Frederick, for the report of a theft from unlocked vehicle.  The complainant reported that sometime between 8:00pm on June 19 and 6:00am on June 20, an unknown suspect(s) rummaged through a vehicle and stole credit and social security cards.
 
If you know who committed these crimes or any other criminal activity in Calvert County, you can report it anonymously online by clicking the Crime Solvers link at www.CalvertCountySheriff.us  or by calling 410-535-2800. 
 
Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person involved in criminal activity.
 

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Statewide (June 27, 2016) – With the arrival of summer, State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci is suggesting that Marylanders attend public fireworks displays. “I would highly suggest the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend one of the many public fireworks displays throughout the state.” stated Geraci.  To help Marylanders enjoy a safer summer season, the State Fire Marshal offers several ways to enjoy fireworks while avoiding injury:
 
Consider attending one of the numerous public fireworks displays scheduled throughout Maryland every year. Leave fireworks to the professionals. Check the Maryland State Fire Marshal website at: www.mdsp.org/firemarshal for listed public fireworks displays throughout the state.
     For those individuals who insist on the use of consumer fireworks:
 
Purchase the fireworks in the location where you intend to discharge them. Check with the local municipality to determine what fireworks are considered legal for use in that area.
Read and follow label warnings and instructions.
Do not allow small children to use fireworks.
Do not consume alcoholic beverages while using fireworks.
Have a bucket of water and/or hose available
Fully extinguish remains of fireworks in water before disposal.
“Fireworks have been a long tradition of the 4th of July holiday celebrations. Please make safety your number one priority so everyone can enjoy the holiday season.” adds the State Fire Marshal. “By acting responsibly, we can help eliminate fireworks injuries in Maryland.”

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On March 2, 2016, the victim walked into the Sheetz Gas Station, located at 22711 Three Notch Road, California, MD, with a friend for snacks and drinks. While checking out, the victim witnessed the suspect “degrading” a cashier. The victim and the victim’s friend intervened, and then the suspect assaulted them both. Anyone with information about the identity of the suspects and/or about this incident is asked to contact Deputy M. McCuen at 301-475-4200, ext. *9102 or by email at Matthew.Mccuen@stmarysmd.com

 

 

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Two firefighters were injured during a fire in Calvert County Sunday evening, according to fire officials.
 
The occupants of the home were reportedly uninjured and alerted in time to safely escape.
Officials say the fire start with "outside shrubbery," and is believed to be caused by "accidental, discarded smoking material."
 
Twenty-five firefighters from the St. Leonard Volunteer Fire Department responded and reportedly had the fire out in about 90 minutes. The home that caught fire is located at 6768 Aralia Avenue. The total loss for the home is estimated at $250,000, according to officials.
 
The family was displaced and assisted by friends, family, and the Red Cross.
 

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(Waldorf, Maryland) – On Sunday night at 10:15 p.m.., Troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack responded to the intersection of MD Rt. 228 at Greenwood Dr, in Waldorf, MD for a  hit and run motor vehicle collision.  Based on witness accounts, a 2002 Yamaha R1 with Maryland registration, being operated by Ronald Anthony Crews of Waldorf, MD, was traveling westbound on MD Rt. 228 at Greenwood Dr. in lane #1 at a high rate of speed.  A dark blue or black Chrysler PT Cruiser or Chevrolet HHR made a u-turn from eastbound MD Rt. 228 to westbound MD Rt. 228 at Greenwood Dr. Witnesses further advised the Yamaha swerved to the left, struck the unknown vehicle in the rear driver’s side area and rolled numerous times causing the driver to be ejected. The unknown vehicle failed to remain at the scene of the collision.    
 
Crew’s was flown by Maryland State Police Trooper 2 to Baltimore Shock Trauma for treatment of his injuries. He is in stable condition at this time. 
 
Speed and driver error is believed to be the cause of this collision which is being investigated by Troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack with the assistance of the Maryland State Police CRASH Team’s Southern Region Crash Unit.  Anyone who may have witnessed or who has information regarding this collision is asked to contact the MSP La Plata Barrack Duty Officer at (301) 392-1200. 

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The last inhabited island in the Chesapeake Bay not connected by bridge to mainland, Smith Island is a historic waterman community that was named one of the five best spots for "dropping off the grid" by CNN. It promotes itself as the hub of the soft-shelled crab industry in America, and is home to Maryland's official state dessert, the multilayered Smith Island Cake. The island can now claim another title: Sustainable Community. Joining the Towns of Greensboro and Trappe on the Eastern Shore and the Town of Indian Head in southern Maryland, these four communities are the latest to receive designations under the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development's Sustainable Communities Program. 
 
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development's Sustainable Communities Program is a place-based designation that offers access to a comprehensive package of resources that support holistic strategies for sustainable revitalization and community development. The Sustainable Communities designation provides local governments with a framework for planning and promoting growth and redevelopment in existing older communities that is environmentally, economically and socially responsible. Designations are approved by Maryland's Smart Growth Subcabinet, and there are now 95 approved Sustainable Communities statewide with at least one designated Sustainable Community in each of Maryland's 23 counties and Baltimore City.  
 
Charles County - Town of Indian Head
 
With a population just under 4,000, the Town of Indian Head is 30 minutes from Washington, D.C., and offers the best of small town living with access to big city amenities just up the road. Nestled between the Potomac River and Mattawoman Creek, the town is home to a 13-mile rail trail and provides an ideal setting for outdoor activities, such as hiking, fishing, kayaking and canoeing.  Indian Head offers cultural events at its Center for the Arts along with a flea market and several annual festivals on its Village Green. It is located near the Indian Head Naval Support Facility, one of the largest employers in Charles County. The town's current challenges include decreased homeownership, stormwater management, lack of broadband internet access, vacant storefronts, and aging housing stock. Indian Head will seek state assistance to develop dynamic commercial and residential districts to replace currently vacant and dilapidated commercial properties. The town wants to create and implement homeownership incentives such as "live near your work" programs to attract new residents. Indian Head also plans to construct a boardwalk along the Potomac River to increase recreational opportunities in the community, as well as reduce the amount of impervious surfaces throughout the town to address stormwater and environmental impact concerns.

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