ANNAPOLIS, MD - Governor Larry Hogan today signed an Executive Order that will require Maryland’s public schools to start classes after Labor Day, beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. Citing the benefits of a post-Labor Day school start for families, students, teachers, and the economy, the governor made the announcement on the Ocean City Boardwalk, where he was joined by Comptroller Peter Franchot, Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan, Senator James Mathias, Delegate Mary Beth Carozza, education advocates, and other longtime supporters of a post-Labor Day school start.
“Starting Maryland public schools after Labor Day is not just a family issue – it’s an economic and public safety issue that draws clear, strong, bipartisan support among an overwhelming majority of Marylanders,” said Governor Hogan. “Comptroller Franchot and I believe, and the people of Maryland strongly agree, that this Executive Order puts the best interests of Marylanders first, especially the well-being of our students. This action is long overdue, and it is simply the right thing to do.”
The Executive Order signed today will require that Maryland’s public schools begin after Labor Day, complete the 180 days that are required under state law, and adjourn by June 15, beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. The executive order does permit for a waiver to be applied for with the Maryland State Department of Education to be exempt from the post-Labor Day start date. For the 2017-2018 school year and beyond, local school systems will have to apply annually for a waiver based on compelling justification. Furthermore, the State Department of Education will establish procedures and standards for school districts and individual schools seeking special waivers to accommodate non-traditional schedules.
“I applaud Governor Hogan for signing today’s executive order,” said Comptroller Franchot. “This sensible, long-overdue adjustment of Maryland’s public school calendar will be a lifeline for those small, locally-owned businesses that are the backbone of our state’s economy and have struggled in the midst of the slowest economic recovery in our nation’s history. It will generate new state revenues that can be reinvested in our classrooms and for other vital priorities. It will spare tens of thousands of teachers, students and school employees from having to return to sweltering, unhealthy classrooms in the hottest days of August.
“And finally, it will give families throughout our state time to enjoy those final days of summer the way they were meant to be enjoyed, whether it is taking that final vacation to the beach or the lake, visiting the Inner Harbor or catching an Orioles game, enjoying an evening at the Maryland State Fair, or just relaxing a bit at home. As a father myself, I know that kids grow up far too fast and the time that families have together, in this day and age, goes by in an instant. The action taken today by Governor Hogan will give our families the priceless gift of time, and for that I am personally grateful.”
In recent years, the effort to start schools after Labor Day has garnered overwhelming support across the state. Two independent polls by Goucher College, conducted in 2014 and 2015, showed that more than 70 percent of Marylanders support this initiative. Additionally, a petition in favor of a post-Labor Day school start has collected nearly 25,000 signatures.
The significant economic benefits of a post-Labor Day school start have been well documented. A 2013 economic impact study by Maryland’s Bureau of Revenue Estimates found that a post-Labor Day school start could generate an additional $74.3 million in direct economic activity, including $3.7 million in new wages and $7.7 million in state and local tax revenue.
In 2013, a nonpartisan task force, which included teachers, administrators, school board members, PTA members, and other public stakeholders, was convened by the General Assembly and chaired by the Maryland State Department of Education to examine the effects of a post-Labor Day school start on Maryland’s education system, as well as its economy and tourism industry. In a report that was issued on June 30, 2014, the task force stated “there was no compelling evidence that showed there was any impact on education starting post-Labor Day.” The task force voted 12-3 to recommend that schools begin after Labor Day.
Longtime supporters of this effort were pleased with today’s announcement.
“Starting school after Labor Day gives families more time to enjoy the last few weeks of summer and provides small businesses a significant economic boost when they need it most,” said Mayor Meehan. “It also creates jobs and generates revenue for our state’s economy. After a lot of hard work and tremendous effort, I am thrilled to see an executive order to start school after Labor Day, not because it is good for Ocean City, but because it’s good for the entire State. Maryland can finally ‘Let Summer Be Summer.’”
“I’m grateful to Governor Hogan for his action today,” said Senator Mathias. “I’ve worked on this effort for a long, long time, and I can’t wait to see the faces on the kids and families enjoying themselves the way they should on the boardwalk the weekend before Labor Day. This is a win for the families and for the economy.”
“Starting school after Labor Day is good for Maryland families and Maryland's economy by giving that last stretch of summer for families and friends to spend together, either at home or on vacation," said Delegate Carozza. "I've heard from many families, teachers, and our small business owners who have long supported a later start school date, and after talking to school administrators and personnel, I am confident that the calendars will be well managed by our local boards.”
The Charles County Commissioners are seeking county residents to fill vacancies on the following boards, committees, and commissions:
Adult Public Guardianship Review Board
Agricultural Land Preservation Advisory Board
Alarm Review Board
Animal Matters Hearing Board
Board of Social Services
Business Development Loan Fund for Women, Minorities, and Veterans (formerly Disadvantaged Business Loan Review Committee)
Economic Development Advisory Board Newly Formed
Local Government Justice Reinvestment Commission Newly Formed
There is one vacancy on the Business Development Loan Fund for Women, Minorities, and Veterans Committee for a small business owner. This Committee serves as an advisory review body for the purpose of reviewing and approving loans to eligible businesses under the procedures of the Disadvantaged Loan Fund.
There are 10 vacancies on the newly formed Economic Development Advisory Board for individuals with experience or expertise in one of the following areas: Charles County Public Schools, College of Southern Maryland, Naval Installation at Indian Head, and owner or corporate level manager of a Charles County business that targets specific areas which can be found at www.CharlesCountyMD.gov. This advisory board will provide input and feedback on Economic Development Department programs, policies and initiatives, as well as feedback or recommendations to the Board of Commissioners as they relate to policy issues affecting economic development.
There is 1 vacancy on the Governor’s newly formed Local Government Justice Reinvestment Commission. This Commission is charged with advising the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Board on matters relating to implementing the Act, making recommendations regarding certain grants to local governments, and creating performance measures to assess the effectiveness of the grants made to local governments.
There will be one vacancy on the Planning Commission as of Dec. 31. The Planning Commission is involved in the drafting and implementation of the Comprehensive Plan, makes recommendations on rezoning requests and is the approval authority for subdivision of property in the County.
Positions will remain open until filled. A separate application must be submitted for each vacancy. Applications and a detailed list of all current vacancies are available on the Charles County Government website at www.CharlesCountyMD.gov or by contacting Carol DeSoto, Commissioner Specialist, at 301-645-0691 or DesotoC@CharlesCountyMD.gov
On August 31, 2016, at approximately 5:39 a.m., St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 45000 block of Valley Court in Lexington Park for a reported burglary. The initial investigation revealed a subject entered a residence and struck the victim causing injury. The suspect then fled from the residence. The victim was transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment.
The Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and is continuing the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Scott Ruest at 301-475-4200, ext. *2297 or by email at Scott.Ruest@stmarysmd.com. Callers may also call Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333 (callers can remain anonymous, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus your message to “CRIMES” (274637).
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today announced the start of a study that will identify the location and explore potential funding options for a new Chesapeake Bay crossing. The $5 million “Tier 1 National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)” Study, which was voted on and approved by the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Board last week, will begin this fall and take up to 48 months to complete. Following today’s announcement held overlooking the Bay Bridge, Governor Hogan also unveiled a new Maryland license plate design.
“Marylanders all across the state depend on being able to cross the Chesapeake Bay, but the reality is that there is simply too much traffic, and that it will continue to get worse,” said Governor Hogan. “This Tier 1 study is the critical first step needed in order to move forward on addressing the long-range issue of future traffic congestion on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.”
NEPA requires state and federal agencies to consider the environmental consequences of proposed projects as part of their decision-making. It provides the flexibility to assess projects in a staged approach. The Tier 1 study will pursue environmental regulatory agency concurrence and agreement from the Eastern Shore counties on one crossing location. The study will include traffic, engineering, and environmental analyses; cost-per-mile estimates; preliminary financing and procurement options; and an economic and land-use study.
“The Bay Bridge can be maintained safely through 2065 with preservation and maintenance work; however, studies show that by 2040, motorists could experience up to 14-mile delays,” said Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn. “This is the first step in a long process to address the demand for additional capacity across the Chesapeake Bay.”
The MDTA – the agency that finances, owns, operates, and maintains the state's eight toll facilities – will conduct the study, and more information will be available on mdta.maryland.gov as the Tier 1 NEPA study progresses. Extensive public and community outreach efforts will include focus groups, listening tours, public workshops, a project website, newsletters, and fact sheets.
Following the announcement, Governor Hogan unveiled Maryland's new license plate design, which will feature the Maryland flag front and center. The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) will start issuing the new plate on Monday, September 26 for all passenger cars, SUVs, trucks, motorcycles, and multipurpose vehicles.
“You would be hard pressed to find another state that has more pride than our great state of Maryland,” said Governor Hogan. “Earlier this year we launched our newly redesigned, state-of-the-art, Maryland-themed driver's licenses, using our beautiful flag for inspiration. Now, Marylanders will have yet another way to show their state pride, with our new ‘Maryland Proud’ standard-issue license plate.”
The new plate meets all state standards and has passed all law-enforcement testing for readability. The new standard-issue plate will replace the War of 1812 plate, but customers who want to keep their existing plates do not need to get the new plate. Those who want to replace their existing license plates will pay the current $20 replacement cost. Registration renewal costs remain unchanged. All vehicles purchased on/after September 26 will be issued the new plate unless customers want to transfer their existing plates to their vehicles.
“We think these beautifully designed plates will be very popular and strongly encourage our customers to skip the trip to the MVA and order them online,” said Secretary Rahn.
The War of 1812 plate was first issued in June 2010 and was scheduled to be in circulation during the Star Spangled commemoration. It is standard practice to update the Maryland license plate every few years. All Maryland license plates are manufactured by Maryland Correctional Enterprises, a division of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. MVA issues approximately 740,000 sets of license plates per year.
To order the new Maryland Proud plate after September 26, visit the MVA website at mva.maryland.gov and click Online Services.
The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners announces that county offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. In addition:
· The county senior centers will be closed and Meals on Wheels will not be delivered.
· There will be no county bus service Monday, Sept. 5.
· Calvert Library locations will be closed Saturday, Sept. 3 through Monday, Sept. 5.
· Mt. Hope, Southern and Northeast community centers will be closed Sept. 5.
· The Appeal Landfill and county convenience centers will be closed Sept. 5.
· Chesapeake Hills Golf Course will be open with regular hours.
· The Calvert Marine Museum will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
· Flag Ponds Nature Park will be open Monday, Sept. 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
· Kings Landing Park will be open Monday, Sept. 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
· Battle Creek Cypress Swamp will be open Monday, Sept. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
· Kings Landing pool will be open with regular hours all weekend and will close for the season at 7:45 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 5.
· Cove Point Park pools will open with regular hours all weekend and will close for the season at 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 5.
· Edward Hall Aquatic Center will be closed for the holiday weekend and will reopen after several weeks of maintenance on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 6 a.m. The aquatic center’s hours of operation will be Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Charles County Government September Holiday Schedule
The Charles County Commissioners wish to remind residents of changes to normal operating schedules for the month of September. All offices, facilities, and services not listed will be operating their normal hours.
Monday, Sept. 5 (Labor Day)
• All Charles County Government offices and the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville will be closed.
• The Charles County Landfill and Recycling Center on Billingsley Road in Waldorf, and the Pisgah Recycling Center on Route 425 in Pisgah will be closed.
• Curbside recycling and yard waste collection will be delayed one day for the entire week, Tuesday, Sept. 6 through Saturday, Sept. 10.
• VanGO services will not be operating.
• The Nanjemoy Community Center, senior centers, Port Tobacco Recreation Center, and all school based community centers are closed.
• All indoor pools will be open 1 p.m. - 9 p.m. for open swim (Lackey, Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center, and North Point).
• Charles County Public Library is closed from Saturday, Sept. 3 – Monday, Sept. 5.
• Charles County Health Department is closed.
St. Mary’s County Government Operations for Labor Day Holiday
Leonardtown, MD – All St. Mary’s County Government administrative offices will be closed Monday, September 5 in observance of Labor Day. All offices will reopen Tuesday, September 6.
PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Aug. 30, 2016 – The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and the Agricultural Preservation Advisory Board announce the opening of the application period for the county’s Purchase and Retirement (PAR) Fund program. Through the program, Transferable Development Rights (TDRs) are purchased, retired and permanently removed from the market to protect farmland from development.
Applications are accepted from the owners of Agricultural Preservation Districts and ranked by an established formula. The purchase price approved by the BOCC is $3,750 per TDR. The Fiscal Year 2017 county budget includes $2.8 million for the PAR Fund. More than $700,000 of the total comes from the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission, with a small portion from agricultural transfer taxes dedicated to land preservation. Remaining funds come from the prior year land preservation fund balance; none are taken from the county’s General Fund.
The PAR Fund program is part of Calvert County’s longstanding effort to preserve agricultural land. The county has preserved more than 29,000 acres of productive farms and forests over the past 30 years. With the budget allotment, Calvert County can purchase up to 750 of the 7,000 TDRs still eligible for purchase through the PAR program.
The application deadline is Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, at 4:30 p.m. Applications are available on the county website under Forms in the Community Planning and Building section, or at the following link: FY 2017 PAR Application. Completed applications should be sent to Community Planning and Building, Attention: Rural Planner Rachel O’Shea, 150 Main St., Prince Frederick, Md., 20639 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more, email or call O’Shea at 410-535-1600, ext. 2489. For information on Calvert County Government, visit www.co.cal.md.us or like us on Facebook.
CDS Violation Case #16-47905:
On August 25, 2016, at approximately 2:00pm, Deputy B. Boerum was dispatched to the Stoney’s Kingfisher Restaurant, in Solomon’s, for the report of a patron injecting himself with heroin in the men’s bathroom. Upon arrival and after determining Eric Gallodoro, 26, of Lusby, to be responsible, he was arrested for Possession of Paraphernalia (syringe) and Destruction of Property, due to damage he caused when a brief struggle ensued during his arrest. Mr. Gallodoro was also issued a trespass warning and advised would be placed under arrest if he were to return to Stoney’s Restaurant.
CDS Violation Case #16-47648:
On August 24, 2016, at approximately 2:00pm, Deputy B. Pounsberry received information from a witness who observed a CDS exchange in the parking lot on Bayside Road, in Chesapeake Beach. When making contact with Chester Jones, 37, of North Beach, he attempted to destroy the contents of a plastic bag by tearing it open in his mouth and swallowing the powder. Mr. Jones was placed under arrest for possession of CDS Possession-Not Marijuana (Heroin), as well as obstructing and hindering an investigation by attempting to destroy evidence.
Damaged Property Case #16-48693:
On August 22, 2016, at approximately 8:00pm, Deputy J. Buck was dispatched Ridge View Road, in Lusby, for the report of damaged property. The complainant stated that sometime between 4:45pm - 7:30pm that day, an unknown person(s) scratched an “X” in the driver’s side door of their vehicle.
Damaged Property Case #16-47864:
On August 24, 2016, Deputy B. Boerum was dispatched to Lloyd Bowen Road, in St. Leonard, for the report of damage to a vehicle. The victim stated sometime between 6:00pm on August 24th - 10:00am on August 25th, someone punctured three (3) of the four (4) vehicle tires which was parked out front of their home.
Damaged Property Case #16-47498:On August 23, 2016, at approximately 6:30pm, Deputy J. Migliaccio was dispatched to Inverness Way, Dunkirk, in response to a destruction of property complaint. The victim advised that sometime between the evening of August 21st - and the afternoon hours of August 23rd, someone shattered the rear window of a vehicle parked in their driveway. It did not appear entry was made to the vehicle or that anything was stolen.
Damaged Property Case #16-47149:
On August 22, 2016, Deputy G. Gott was dispatched to the Calvert Marine Museum, in Solomons, for the report of damaged property. He made contact with the victim who reported damage to two (2) Porta Johns that J & J Portables had dropped off to be used for an upcoming concert. A nearby fork lift had been intentionally driven into the side of the Porta Johns. The investigation is continuing.
Disorderly Conduct Case #16-48680:
On August 28, 2016, at approximately 6:00pm, Deputy C. Fox was approached by a concerned citizen who had observed a male individual staggering down the middle of Bayside Road, in Chesapeake Beach, and almost got struck by several cars. They said he may possibly be intoxicated or impaired by drugs. Deputy Fox located the person in question, Jeremy Smith, 29, of Monroe, Michigan, who he found to be highly intoxicated. Due to Smith posing a danger to himself and others by stumbling in the roadway, he was placed under arrest for Disorderly Public Intoxication. He was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center for processing.
Theft Case #16-48014:
On August 25, 2016, at approximately 11:45pm, Deputy R. Spalding responded to the Prince Frederick Wawa, located on Market Square Drive, for the report of a theft. Upon arrival the complainant stated an unknown male jumped over the front counter and stole one (1) carton of Marlboro Menthol 100 cigarettes. A search of the area for the suspect was conducted with negative results. The investigation is continuing.
Theft Case #16-47724:
On August 24, 2016, Deputy S. Trotter was dispatched to the Calvert County Health Department, located on Stafford Road, in Prince Frederick, for the report of a theft. The complainant reported petty cash has been stolen from a cash drawer for a third time this month. The investigation is continuing.
Theft Case #16-47700:
On August 24, 2016, Deputy C. Callison responded to Nick’s of Calvert, located on Costly Way, in Prince Frederick, for the report of a shoplifting. The store manager reported observing a woman place food items into a plastic store bag and proceed to the rear of the store to exit. When the woman was approached and questioned, she left through the back door and proceeded to run towards the front of the store. The investigation is continuing.
Theft Case #16-47451:
On August 23, 2016, Deputy S. Rediker responded to Saddle Court, in Lusby, for the report of a theft. He made contact with a SMECO employee who stated while conducting equipment checks, he discovered an electrical meter missing from the side of a residence.
Theft Case #16-47253:
On August 22, 2016, Deputy C. Fox was dispatched to Cannoncade Court, in Chesapeake Beach, for the report of a theft. The complainant reported items used for ‘staging’ a home, which is being listed for sale, were stolen. The investigation is open for further investigation.
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.
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, Sex Offender Compliance Unit, received information that a Tier III lifetime sex offender was living at a residence in the 21000 block of Lexwood Court in Lexington Park, but was registered under a Mechanicsville address.
The suspect, Eric Manuel Scriber, Sr., age 50, of Mechanicsville was located at the Lexington Park residence on August 23, 2016 by Corporal Robert Merritt and Deputy First Class Joshua Krum. He was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with failing to notify the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office of an address change.
Anyone with information related to sex offenders is asked to contact Detective Robert Merritt by email at Robert.Merritt@stmarysmd.com, or by phone at 301-475-4200, ext. *8042.
BALTIMORE (August 30, 2016) – Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, today announced the names of seven finalists for 2016-2017 Maryland Teacher of the Year.
“Maryland teachers rank among the nation’s best, and the work of these exemplary finalists represents the exceptional creativity and energy found in classrooms through the State,” said Dr. Salmon. “Maryland’s classroom educators offer our students world-class instruction, providing a passport to their future success.”
The finalists are: Katrina Griffin, Anne Arundel County; Athanasia Kyriakakos, Baltimore City; Donna Miller, Calvert County; Anne Highfield, Cecil County; Michael Williams, Montgomery County; Tamara Forte, Queen Anne’s County; and Christy Briggs, Wicomico County.
The finalists were selected by a panel of judges from key Maryland education organizations representing principals, teachers, school boards, teacher unions, parents and higher education. Finalists were measured against a rigorous set of national criteria that include teaching philosophy and results, community involvement, knowledge of general education issues, and suggestions for professional and instructional improvement.
The 2016-2017 Maryland Teacher of the Year will be announced during a gala reception and dinner at Martin’s West in Baltimore on October 7. The winner will receive cash awards, technology equipment, national travel opportunities, and a new car valued at more than $25,000, donated by the Maryland Automobile Dealers Association.
Ryan Kaiser, a teacher at The Mount Washington School in Baltimore City, is the current Maryland Teacher of the Year. Maryland has had a history of national success with its Teacher of the Year Program. Since 2006, Maryland has had three of its State Teachers of the Year selected as National Teachers of the Year.
Presenting sponsors of the Maryland Teacher of the Year Program are Comcast, the Maryland Automobile Dealers Association, McDonald’s Family of Maryland, Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems and NTA Life. Platinum sponsors are BGE, Lockheed Martin, Maryland Public Television, and Whiting-Turner Contracting Company.
The Maryland Teacher of the Year will go on to compete for the esteemed National Teacher of the Year Award, to be announced next April. The winner will also spend the coming year as a speaker and advisor in Maryland. The Maryland Teacher of the Year will be honored by the President at the White House next spring and participate in several national meetings and conferences.
Calvert County - Donna Miller, Windy Hill Middle School, Science, Grades 7 – 8
Donna received a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 1996 and Administrative I Certification in 2009 from McDaniel College as well as her Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Houghton College in 1982. She won the SMECO Outstanding Science Teacher award and is a Maryland Master Teacher who engages students in science and engineering practices to build conceptual understanding. She infuses real world science applications from her work as a NASA Goddard STEM coordinator and Northrop Grumman Teacher Fellow. Her passion for teaching transcends her classroom as she leads teachers in applying innovative and technology-based lessons that build student success in 21st century skills.
Leonardtown, MD – The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County will host their fourth Public Forum of the year on Tuesday, September 13 at 6:30 p.m. The forum will be held in their meeting room, inside the Chesapeake Building, at 41770 Baldridge Street in Leonardtown.
Citizens not able to attend and wishing to voice a concern, can do so on social media. Residents can post comments or questions using the hashtag #CSMCforum to the county’s Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/StMarysCountyGovernment) or twitter feed (@StMarysCoGov). Time permitting, comments and questions will be read at the forum. Citizens should include their full name and the area of the county in which they live when posting to social media as the comments will become part of the official record.
Commissioners of St. Mary’s County Public Forums are televised live on St. Mary’s County Government TV 95 (SMCG TV 95) on Metrocast Cable and streamed live for online viewing on the county’s website at http://www.stmarysmd.com/broadcast.asp. Click on the LIVE link at the top of the page (note: this feature is not available on Apple or mobile devices).
A rebroadcast of the forum will air on SMCG TV 95 on Sunday, September 18 at 7 p.m. Forums are also available for viewing on demand on the county’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/StMarysCoMDGov?feature=mhee.
Individuals wishing to speak at the Public Forum will be allowed up to three (3) minutes to address the Commissioners (those representing a group will be allotted five (5) minutes to speak.) Anyone wishing to provide more detailed comments may do so via email or regular mail.
Commissioners will hold their final Public Forums for 2016 on Tuesday, October 18, at 6:30 p.m.
The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com or by U.S. mail at Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, P.O. Box 653, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650.
PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Aug. 30, 2016 – The Calvert County Department of Community Planning and Building (CPB) will host its first round of public workshops aimed at updating the county's Comprehensive Plan and rewriting the Zoning Ordinance. Citizens are encouraged to attend one or more of the workshops and take an active role in the two-year process.
These workshops are intended to create highly interactive opportunities for participants to hear from each other and for the comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance team to hear from citizens in facilitated small group discussions. The workshops will allow broad discussion of focus topics and also accommodate separate discussion of zoning issues with CPB staff and the county’s consultant, Parsons Brinckerhoff.
Plan to attend and share your vision for economic vitality, tourism and recreational opportunities, preserving the county’s rural character, bringing growth and vibrancy to our town centers and maintaining or enhancing Calvert County’s way of life. Three workshops will be held:
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department, 3170 West Ward Road, Dunkirk
Thursday, Sept. 29, 1-3 p.m., Solomons Volunteer Rescue Squad & Fire Department, 13150 H.G. Trueman Road, Solomons
Thursday, Sept. 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Calvert High School, 520 Fox Run Blvd., Prince Frederick
Doors will open 30 minutes before each meeting for an open house. Maps, graphs and other information will be on display. Staff will be available to answer questions during the open houses and after each workshop. Residents can also share their vision for Calvert County’s future by taking a few moments to complete a survey using the brand-new online tool, SpeakUp Calvert!
To learn about future events, take the survey and check the status of this project, visit www.co.cal.md.us/FutureCalvert.
Governor Hogan and Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot will hold press conference Wednesday in Ocean City to discuss Maryland Public schools Starting Date. Neither will confirm or deny that the new starting date will occur after Labor Day. Both are callilng this a major announcement.
Leonardtown, MD - The Department of Public Works and Transportation will be working to install new alignment improvements at the intersection at Cedar Lane and Blacksmith Shop Road. Work is scheduled to start between August 31 and September 2 and last two weekdays depending on weather conditions.
While no road closures are expected during the project, residents will experience new traffic patterns. Drivers are asked to follow all signs and message boards in the area. Those living and working in the area may also experience some construction noise during daylight hours.
For additional information, please contact the St. Mary’s County Department of Public Works & Transportation at 301-863-8400 or the St. Mary’s County Public Information Office at 301-475--4200, ext. *1340.
St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics detectives began an investigation into the distribution of “oxycodone” by Suspect Heather Jeannette Dickerson (Age 45 of Mechanicsville). While conducting the investigation, detectives observed Rocco Paul Bersane Jr. (Age 46 of Mechanicsville) in possession of a crack cocaine smoking device while seated in a vehicle being operated by Suspect Heather Dickerson. The vehicle was stopped and detectives recovered the metal “crack” cocaine smoking device along with a quantity of “crack” cocaine and he was arrested.
A subsequent search and seizure warrant was obtained for Suspect Dickerson’s home. That warrant was executed by members of the St. Mary’s County Emergency Services Team, Vice/Narcotics Support Team members and K-9 deputies. Suspect Dickerson was found to be in possession of cocaine and “oxycodone”, along with related paraphernalia. Detectives also obtained additional evidence to support the ongoing distribution investigation against suspect Dickerson.
Suspect Joseph Thompson Kilroy (Age 48) was found to be in possession of cocaine and related paraphernalia. He was arrested and charged accordingly.
Additional charges and arrests are pending a case review with State’s Attorney Richard D. Fritz.
On August 27, 2016, Calvert County Sheriff’s Office’s Dfc Gott observed a motorcycle traveling at an extremely high rate of speed southbound on Rt. 4. Dfc. Gott clocked the vehicles speed with his agency issued radar at 106 MPH in the posted 55 mile per hour zone. The motorcycle was splitting traffic, making unsafe lane changes and driving on the center line between vehicles in the area of Rt. 4 and Ball Rd. Dfc. Gott and other units attempted to catch up to the motorcycle to get it stopped. Dfc. Trigg was in the area and located the vehicle still operating recklessly on Rt. 4 near Parran Rd. The motorcycle made a U-turn and began travelling north on Rt. 4 at an extremely high rate of speed. Dfc. Trigg activated his emergency equipment and notified the Control Center that he was engaged in a vehicle pursuit. The motorcycle continued north at over 100 MPH while splitting traffic and passing vehicles.
Sgt. Basham and other units stopped traffic at Rt. 4 and Old Field Lane to prevent the motorcycle from travelling into the congestion of Prince Frederick. As the motorcycle approached the area where traffic was shut down, the operator made an abrupt U-Turn and began travelling south on Rt. 4. The units that had been pursuing the motorcycle were south of the intersection of Old Field Lane and were able to get in front of the motorcycle to get it stopped. Dfc. Trigg and Dfc. Gott attempted to slow the motorcycle by conducting a rolling road block in both lanes of south bound Rt. 4. The motorcycle attempted to pass the marked patrol units by driving into the median strip. When the motorcycle entered the soft grassy median the driver lost control and was ejected from the motorcycle. When the driver was ejected his body struck the trunk of Dfc. Gott's patrol vehicle causing minor damage to the CCSO patrol car. The driver was taken into custody and subsequently transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital to receive medical treatment.
The motorcycle operator was identified as 33 year old Dennis Deonte Green of Mitchellville, MD. Green’s privilege to drive in the state of Maryland was suspended and the motorcycle he was operating was unregistered and uninsured. Green was charged with numerous payable traffic violations as well as several must appear violations to include fleeing and eluding and driving on a suspended license
On August 25, during the afternoon hours, Nadine Rafellia Sequinao Leyson, 15, of Waldorf, died as a result of injuries she sustained after being struck by a car on August 24 near the intersection of Middletown Road and Ethridge Drive in Waldorf. A preliminary investigation showed the driver of a van was traveling north on Middletown Road near Ethridge Drive. Other vehicles were stopped in the left turn lane of Middletown Road, obstructing the view of the driver. As the driver approached the intersection, Leyson entered a marked crosswalk on her bicycle. The driver of the van had insufficient time to react and struck Leyson. The driver remained on the scene, and Leyson was flown to a hospital. The Charles County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Operations Unit is continuing the investigation.
Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Learn more at the CCSO’s website.
Monday and Tuesday nights, August 29 and 30, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) will temporarily close the MD 231 (Prince Frederick Road/Hallowing Point Road) “Benedict Bridge” over the Patuxent River for 30-minute periods. Crews will intermittently close the bridge to vehicles between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m., holding traffic on both the Calvert County and Charles County sides.
The closures are necessary for SHA’s contractor to drive piles under the swing span, which requires the structure to be in the open position. All work is weather permitting. SHA advises travelers to plan ahead to avoid crossing overnight or to allow extra time for the 30-minute intermittent closures.
The new piles are for a fender system to protect the bridge supports from collisions with marine traffic. Construction of the new steel and timber fender system began in late April. The new system, which includes heavy wooden timbers, is prepared off-site and installed from barges. SHA is adding navigational lights under the bridge to enhance visibility for marine traffic’s safe passage. SHA awarded the $3.5 million project to Corman Marine Construction, Inc. of Annapolis Junction, MD.
On Saturday, August 27, 2016, from Midnight-2:14 a.m., The Maryland State Police- Leonardtown Barrack hosted a sobriety checkpoint, which is intended to detect and deter motorists from driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. The operation consisted of 13 Troopers from the Maryland State Police- Leonardtown Barrack and two (2) St. Mary’s County Sheriff Deputies. The checkpoint was conducted on MD Rt. 5 south of Mohawk Drive, Charlotte Hall, St. Mary’s County. The checkpoint focused on the Charlotte Hall area since it has been identified as a high occurrence area of DUI arrests and DUI related collisions. During this operation, a total of 450 vehicles passed through the checkpoint. Of the 450 vehicles, six (6) drivers were pulled to the testing area for sobriety testing and one probable cause search was conducted. Additionally, twelve (12) vehicles were stopped for traffic violations in the Charlotte Hall area away from the checkpoint location. Of those 12 vehicles, five (5) operators were placed through sobriety testing and one probable cause search was also conducted. As a result of this operation, one subject was issued a civil citation for possessing marijuana less than 10 grams.
Drug Arrest – On Monday, August 22, 2016, TFC C. Ditoto initiated a traffic stop on a white passenger vehicle for a minor traffic violation. When the driver, Mitchell Lane Smith, 20, of Ashland, OH, opened the glove box to retrieve the vehicle’s registration, TFC Ditoto observed a pill bottle containing Oxycodone. A probable cause search was conducted, resulting in the recovery of suspected cocaine, ecstasy, and Zolpidem Tartrate. Mr. Smith was placed under arrest and taken to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance – MDMA, Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance – Cocaine, Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Dangerous Substance – Zolpidem Tartrate, Unlawfully omitting a Label on a Prescription Drug, and Possession of Controlled Paraphernalia. He was held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner. (16-MSP-034152)
Destruction of Property – On Saturday, August 20, 2016, at 7:40 am, Tpr Rutkoski responded to the Comfort Inn & Suites in Lexington Park for the report of a disorderly. Investigation revealed that Noelle Nicole Clark-Belt, 46, of Lusby, was intoxicated and attempted to enter an unknown guest’s room. Ms. Clark-Belt was advised to find a ride home and leave the premises. At 8:27 am, Tpr. Rutkoski responded back to the Comfort Inn and Suites. Investigation revealed that Ms. Clark-Belt had returned to the hotel and was causing a loud disturbance. She was placed under arrest for Disorderly Conduct and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner. (16-MSP-033772)
Theft – On Saturday, August 13, 2016, TFC C. Ditoto responded to the Walmart in California for a reported theft. Investigation revealed that Kae Von Oneal Jefferson, 19, of Lexington Park, had used a gift card to open the register and remove cash. Further investigation revealed that Mr. Jefferson also removed a prepaid phone card from the store without paying for it. Mr. Jefferson was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner. (16-MSP-032732)
Firearms Violation/ DUI/ DWI – On Tuesday, August 9, 2016, TFC Evans responded to the Wawa in Mechanicsville for a traffic complaint. Upon arrival, TFC Evans located the vehicle and driver, Michael Anthony Laciny, 51, of Waldorf. Field sobriety was performed, and Mr. Laciny was placed under arrest for Driving while Impaired by Drugs. A search incident to arrest was performed, and numerous bottles of prescription medication, four handguns, and a large amount of ammunition were discovered. Mr. Laciny was transported to the Leonardtown Barrack for processing. He was then transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Possession with the Intent to Distribute CDS Not Marijuana, Possession of CDS Not Marijuana, Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol, and handgun: Wear/Carry and Transport in Vehicle. He was held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner. (16-MSP-032075)
Assault/ Destruction of Property – On Saturday, August 6, 2016, Tpr. Mulhearn responded to the 19000 block of Teddy Way in Lexington Park for the report of an assault. Investigation revealed that Nicholas Blaine Hutsell, 23, of Lusby, had assaulted a female victim. During the assault, he kicked in a door, causing damage to the door’s frame. Mr. Hutsell was located and placed under arrest for Second Degree Assault and Malicious Destruction of Property Less than $1000. He was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner. (16-MSP-031735)
Possession of CDS/ Resisting Arrest – On Friday, August 5, 2016, Tpr. J. Mulhearn initiated a traffic stop on a blue truck on Route 5 at Carpenter Drive in Charlotte Hall for a minor traffic infraction. While speaking with the driver, David Leroy Harvey, 23, of Brandywine, and the passenger, Thomas Terrell Brown, 21, of Brandywine, Tpr. Mulhearn detected the odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. A probable cause search was conducted, and Mr. Harvey struggled and attempted to run away from Tpr. Mulhearn. Mr. Harvey was placed under arrest, and a baggie of suspected marijuana and suspected crack cocaine was located on his person. During the altercation with Mr. Harvey, Mr. Brown ran towards the Arby’s in Charlotte Hall, and then shortly returned. Mr. Brown admitted to going in the bathroom of the Arby’s and placing his marijuana in the back of the toilet to try to hide it. Mr. Brown’s suspected marijuana was located, and he was placed under arrest. Both men were transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. Mr. Harvey was charged with CDS Possession-Not Marijuana, Civil Possession of Marijuana Less Than 10 Grams, and Resist/ Interfere with Arrest. Mr. Brown was charged criminally with CDS: Possession of Marijuana. Both subjects were held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner. (16-MSP-031581)
Assault – On August 2, 2016, TFC Krenik responded to Route 235 at Old Rolling Road for a vehicle stopped with an unresponsive driver. Contact was made with the driver, Jennifer Jo Tharpe, 32, of Great Mills, and field sobriety was performed. TFC Krenik placed Ms. Tharpe under arrest for Driving Under the Influence of CDS. A search incident to arrest resulted in the recovery of several types of prescription medication for which Ms. Tharpe did not have a prescription. Ms. Tharpe was transported to the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack for processing, and then transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with the appropriate traffic violations and Possession of CDS: Not Marijuana and held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner. (16-MSP-031114)
Possession of Marijuana Less Than 10 Grams
Ian David Bradford, 25, of Leonardtown, on 8/24/2016
Cornelius Terrill Green, 33, of Waldorf, on 8/24/2016
Timothy David Cotton, 39, of Lexington Park, on 8/18/2016
David Leroy Harvey, Jr., 23, of Brandywine, on 8/5/2016
Sylvester Leroy Parran, 27, of Lusby, on 8/5/2016
Andrew Mark Herold, 27, of Lexington Park, on 8/14/2016
Amanda Elizabeth Kemp, 25, of Avenue, on 8/23/2016 for Failure to Appear in Court
Charles Edward Summers, 33, of Lexington Park, on 8/22/2016 for Failure to Follow Conditions of Probation
Brian Jacob Behr, 19, of Mechanicsville, on 8/20/2016 for Malicious Destruction of Property
Jeffery Thurman Adams, 59, of Prince Frederick, on 8/22/2016 for Failure to Appear in Court
Jeana Elise Ferdig, 27, of Lexington Park, served on 8/24/2016 for Failure to Appear in Court
Jennifer Jo Tharpe, 23, of Great Mills, on 8/2/2016
David Joseph Hockaday, 54, of Lexington Park, on 8/2/2016
Maria Julie Hendricks, 58, of Lexington Park, on 8/2/2016
Dennis Kelly Martin, 68, of Mechanicsville, on 8/3/2016
William Andrew Holt, 29, of Mechanicsville, on 8/5/2016
Francisco Ramon Salome, 36, of Arlington, VA, on 8/6/2016
Michael Anthony Laciny, 50, of Waldorf, on 8/9/2016
Lawanda Denise S Bullock Estep, 29, of Waldorf, on 8/11/2016
Josephine Bernetta Tippett, 21, of Waldorf, on 8/16/2016
James Daniel Smith, 28, of Charlotte Hall, on 8/19/2016
Dustine Elaine Hornsby, 41, of Mechanicsville, on 8/20/2016
On August 22, 2016, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies responded to a private residence in Mechanicsville, Maryland for a sex offense. The investigation was continued by detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division.
The investigation revealed over a period of time, Timothy Lee King II, age 30, of Oxon Hill, Maryland, and a fourteen-year-old female exchanged a series of text messages that were sexual in nature. During their conversations, King solicited the juvenile to perform various sexual acts.
As a result of the investigation, King was charged via an arrest warrant for sexual solicitation of a minor, Fourth Degree Sex Offense – Sexual Contact, and Assault Second Degree. King was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center.
Timothy Lee King II, age 30, of Oxon Hill