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The Tri-County Animal Shelter participated in the second national Clear the Shelter event on Saturday, July 23. A total of 77 animals were provided forever homes, which is the highest number of adoptions in a single day in the shelter’s history. Animals adopted included 35 cats, 38 dogs, 3 rabbits, and 1 chicken. Last year’s Clear the Shelter event, which found homes for 67 animals, now holds the record for the second highest number of adoptions in the shelter’s history.  
 
During the event, all pet adoption fees were waived.  The shelter partnered with Southern Maryland Spay and Neuter Inc., Last Chance Animal Rescue, and Roundtable Haven to ensure all animals found appropriate adoptable homes. Paw Prints and local veterinarians vaccinated and sterilized all animals before the event. Vendors, volunteers, and rescue organizations, such as Calvert Kettle Corn, Rescue Angels, Pet Value, Rita’s, Pawtuxent Bed and Biscuit, and Ty’s Photography participated in the fun. Many organizations donated door prizes, raffles, or sponsored adoptable animals, including Ty’s Photography, Clay Creations, Texas Road House, Ledo Pizza, For the Love of Paws, and Stephanie Clear Tupperware. A special thanks to Jessica’s Lemonade Stand for raising funds for the animals. The shelter would like to thank all the volunteers, Facebook friends, organizations, and veterinarians that assisted before and during the event.  
 
Clear the Shelter is a nationwide adoption event sponsored by NBC News. The event works to adopt out animals and promote animal shelters.  Visit www.ClearTheShelters.com to learn more about the event.  
 
To keep up with the latest happenings at the shelter, we encourage residents to like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TriCountyAnimalShelterSoMD.
 
The Tri-County Animal Shelter is located at 6707 Animal Shelter Road in Hughesville. Shelter staff can be reached at 301-932-1713 or 800-903-1992. Adoption hours are Monday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To view animals available for adoption, visit www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/es/animalshelter/tri-county-animal-shelter or www.petfinder.com/shelters/MD112.html to find your “purrfect” pet. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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The Board of Education of Calvert County Public Schools awarded the contract for the replacement of Northern High School to J.A. Scheibel, Inc. of Huntingtown, Maryland. J.A. Scheibel has extensive public school construction experience, having built numerous schools in Maryland and Virginia, including in Calvert County.
J.A. Scheibel proposed to build the project at a cost of $69,382,000, inclusive of the base bid and alternates. The offer is within the state and local government project budget.
The phased construction of the 244,090 square foot building will be completed in 2019.
The new school will be built next to the existing building, which will be demolished to make room for a parking area once the new construction is complete. The new building will seat 1,440 students, interconnect the core building with the Mary Harrison Cultural Arts Center and have a geothermal heating and cooling system. The project will include stadium upgrades and be certified as a LEED (Leaders in Energy and Environmental Design) silver building.
The first phase, occurring over the next two years, will include construction of the core building, temporary student parking, geothermal fields and utilities. The second phase of construction will include the demolition of the existing high school, construction of the administrative area of the building, an addition to the Harrison Center and renovation of the instructional areas of the Harrison Center. The final phase will include bus and vehicular parking area improvements and site amenities. The estimated time of construction will occur over a 42-month period.
The groundbreaking will take place on August 11, 2016.

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The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) invites interested persons to attend a public meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 9, for the bridge replacement on MD 234 (Budds Creek Road) over Gilbert Swamp Run. The bridge is located three miles east of US 301.
 
Piccowaxen Middle School
Tuesday, Aug. 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
12834 Rock Point Road, Newburg
 
The main objectives of this project are to replace the deteriorating structure; and increase the width of the bridge to provide a safer travel area. Construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2017.
The informational meeting will acquaint the public with the project and provide attendees an opportunity to discuss project details. Display areas will depict the proposed improvements, and MDOT/SHA representatives will be available to answer project-related questions. There will be no formal presentation. You may arrive at any time during meeting hours and walk through the display area at your own pace.
 
To learn more about this project visit apps.roads.maryland.gov/WebProjectLifeCycle/ProjectInformation.aspx?projectno=CH206218 or contact Hilary Gonzales at hgonzales@sha.state.md.us or 410-841-1020. 

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Theft:  On 7/19/16 at 5:49 pm, Trooper Kaitz responded to the Holiday Inn in Prince Frederick for a  reported theft.  Surveillance video revealed occupants going in and out of one of the hotel room had stolen the victim’s property.  Case remains open pending further investigation.   
 
Motor Vehicle Theft & Assault:  On 7/23/16 at 8:19 pm, Trooper First Class Lewis responded to Buckler Rd. in Huntingtown for a reported robbery in progress.  The victim reported being assault by a subject during an arranged meeting in the 1300 block of Avery Rd.  The victim was able to get away and run to Buckler Rd. to wait for police.  Two subjects got into the victim’s vehicle and sped away.  Investigation revealed they had taken the victim’s Iphone.  The case remains open pending futher investigation.  
 
Possession of Crack Cocaine & Marijuana:  On 7/25/16 at 6:43 pm, Trooper First Class Barlow stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 south of Parkers Creek Rd in Port Republic for an equipment violation.  A probable cause seach was conducted based on the odor of marijuana.  Sean Carr, 30, was found to be in possession of Crack Cocaine and Marijuana.  He was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.  

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PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD – Communities surrounding the naval air
station are advised that noise-generating testing events are scheduled to take place July 27 – Aug. 8, 2016 between the hours of 7 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Pilots at PAX will be training for realistic flight scenarios including Field Carrier Landing Practice
(FCLP). FCLP training is essential for the precision and safety of our military men and women and
the success of their mission. Landing on an aircraft carrier is perhaps the most difficult task in
military aviation. It is a highly complex and perishable skill, and requires intense period of training
before pilots deploy. FCLP training is critical for Navy pilots to learn to safely conduct landing
patterns in as realistic conditions as possible. Residents may notice increased noise levels due to
these operations.
As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing
activities on the community. For more information call 1-866-819-9028.
 

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Leonardtown, MD - There will be a full-cycle test of alert and notification sirens #41 and #45 in St. Mary’s County on Wednesday, August 3, 2016.
 
The test for Siren #41, at 25101 Sotterley Road, Hollywood, MD, is scheduled for 12 p.m.
The test for Siren #45, at 44691 White Oak Court, California MD, is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
 
The full-cycle test includes a three-minute activation of sirens #41 and #45 ONLY.
 
Citizens are asked to remember the scheduled testing and relay the information to friends, family and neighbors. If the sirens sound at any other time, residents should tune to one of the local radio stations listed below for information and instructions.
 
Emergency Alert System stations include:
WPTX 1690 AM Lexington Park
WYRX 97.7 FM Lexington Park
WKIK 1560 AM La Plata
WKIK 102.9 FM California
WSMD 98.3 FM Mechanicsville
 
Knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count. Visit prepare.stmarysmd.com to learn about Disasters & Hazards, Being Prepared and Being Informed
 

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Burglary Case #16-40595:
On July 20, 2016, at approximately 22:10pm, Deputy C. Fox responded to Chesapeake Lighthouse Drive, in North Beach for the report of a burglary.  The victim stated her front door was inadvertently left unlocked and Joseph Higgins, 45, of Prince Frederick, entered without authorization.   Higgins was charged and arrested for Burglary 4th Degree.
 
Burglary Case #16-40266:
On July 19, 2016, at approximately 12:00pm, Deputy V. O’Donnell was dispatched to St. Leonard Road, in Saint Leonard, for an alert that a motion alarm inside a home was activated.  Once he arrived on the scene, he observed foot prints on the basement door as if an attempt was made to force entry.  He discovered a basement window broken, where entry appeared to have been made.  Miscellaneous items were strewn about the house and several interior doors were also damaged.  The victim conducted a walkthrough but stated nothing appeared to have been stolen.
 
Burglary Case #16-40124:
On July 18, 2016, Deputy S. Trotter responded to Comstock Drive, in Lusby, for the report of a burglary.  The victim reported that sometime between 12:00pm on July 4th and 7:00pm on July 18, an unknown person(s) entered the home and stole a Craftsman Air Compressor and Bostitch Nail Gun.  There were no signs of forced entry and no known suspects at this time.
 
CDS Violation Case #16-39987:
On July 18, 2016, at approximately 1:30am, Deputy J. Denton assisted with a traffic stop at the intersection of Alexander Lane/S. Solomons Island Road, in Solomons.  The driver, Tyler Homan, 25, of Solomons, was seen using his cell phone while driving and admitted to playing “Pokemon Go” while driving.  A strong odor of marijuana was emitting from the vehicle, as well.  Mr. Homan was charged with Possession of Marijuana more than 10 grams and issued a warning for the traffic violation.
 
Destruction of Property Case #16-40346:
On July 19, 2016, Deputy Y. Bortchevsky responded to Dayton Avenue, in North Beach, for the report of a destruction of property.  Once on the scene, he made contact with the victim who stated someone threw several eggs at the front window of his house, damaging the screen.  
 
Destruction of Property Case #16-40344:
On July 19, 2016, Deputy C. Callison responded to the Beach belonging to the Bayside Forest Community, in Prince Frederick, for the report of a destruction of property.  He made contact with the victims who stated they had received permission from the Homeowner’s Association to construct a tent in a wooded area, which was to be used temporarily as a ‘warm up’ area as they prepared for a long distance hike.  Later that day when they arrived back at the tent, they discovered someone had cut all four (4) sides of the tent, including two (2) tarps which were on top of the tent.  At this time there are no suspects.
 
Destruction of Property Case #16-40018:
On July 18, 2016, Deputy S. Moran was dispatched to Piute Court, in Lusby, for the report of a damaged vehicle.  The victim stated that sometime between 11:00pm on July 16th and 8:00am on July 17th, someone scratched and keyed the passenger side of his vehicle.  Later that night, around 11:30pm, he checked his vehicle again and discovered all four (4) tires had been slashed and were flattened.  This case is still under investigation.
 
Disorderly Conduct Case #16-40290:
On July 19, 2016, Deputy B. McCourt was dispatched to Calvert Towne Drive, in Prince Frederick, for the report of a fight in progress involving several people.  Once on the scene, the participants appeared to have de-escalated the situation but Roosevelt Brooks, 43, of Prince Frederick, would not cooperate and continued to yell profanities and act in a disorderly manner.  Based on his actions, Brooks was placed under arrest for Disorderly Conduct.
 
Theft Case #16-40547:
On July 14, 2016, Deputy A. Woodford  responded to Birch Drive, in Huntingtown, for the report of a theft.  The victim advised someone had broken into the lockbox that held a key for the residence and that the key was missing.  This theft took place sometime between July 18 - 19th.
 
Theft Case #16-40428:
On July 20, 2016, around 6:30am, Deputy J. Ward was dispatched to Loring Drive, in Huntingtown, for the report of a theft from vehicle.  The victim reported an unknown suspect(s) had made entry into his locked vehicle and removed a Macintosh Diagnosis Laptop, Macintosh Macsimizer Laptop, Power Probe Tester, AC Dye Tester, a cellular flip phone and money.
 
Theft Case #16-40059:
On July 17, 2016, Deputy A. Curtin was dispatched to Trail Pass, in Owings, for the report of a theft from vehicle.  The victim reported that sometime between 9:00pm on July 17 and 6:00am on July 18, someone stole items from their vehicle.  The items include:  Oakley Sunglasses, a Galaxy phone charger and money.
 
Theft Cases #16-40061 and #16-40053:
On July 18, 2016, Deputy A. Curtin was dispatched to Covenant Court, in Owings, for the report of thefts from vehicles.  Sometime between 2:30am on July 18 and noon the same day, someone entered an unlocked vehicle and broke into another, stealing two (2) credit cards, money and an iPhone charger.
 
Theft Case #16-40042:
On July 18, 2016, at approximately 10:00am, Deputy A. Curtin responded to Harmony Court, in Owings, for the report of a theft.  Someone broke the passenger side window of a vehicle and stole money.
 
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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Leonardtown, MD - The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory from noon today to 8 p.m. for St. Mary’s County.
 
High temperatures of between 95 and 100 degrees, with heat index values of around 110 degrees are expected. Citizens are urged to take extra precautions if planning to work or spend time outdoors.
 
When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
The following cooling centers will be open during their regular hours. Residents who need to take refuge in a cool place can go to one of the following locations:
 
Garvey Senior Activity Center 
41780 Baldridge Street
Leonardtown
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
 
Charlotte Hall Library 
37600 New Market Rd.
Charlotte Hall
9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
 
Loffler Senior Activity Center
21905 Chancellor's Run Road
Great Mills
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
 
Leonardtown Library
23250 Hollywood Rd.
Leonardtown
9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
 
Northern Senior Activity Center 
29655 Charlotte Hall Road
Charlotte Hall
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
 
Lexington Park Library 
21677 FDR Blvd.
Lexington Park
9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
 
For more information and to “Learn how to stay safe during a heat wave” visit www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/heat-wave-safety#/Respond or www.nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/index.shtml

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The County Commissioners are pleased to announce that the Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) have selected Charles County as one of the nation’s most digitally advanced county in the 150,000 – 249,999 population category, placing second.  This is the Department of Fiscal and Administrative Services’ Information Technology Division’s 14th consecutive year as a recipient of this award.
The 2016 annual survey recognizes leading examples of counties using technology to improve services and boost efficiencies. The survey, conducted by CDG and its Digital Communities program, in partnership with NACo, identifies best technology practices among U.S. counties. To be eligible for the award, a county must be a member of NACo. There are 3,069 NACo county members.
County Administrator Michael D. Mallinoff, Esq., ICMA-CM said, "The award recognizes the innovative and creative work of the county's IT staff. IT’s accomplishments allow County Government to provide streamlined services and information to benefit county operations and residents."
The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute focused on technology policy and best practices in state and local government. CDG is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.
For more information about the Center for Digital Government, and to view the full list of winners, visit http://www.govtech.com/dc/digital-counties/Digital-Counties-Survey-2016-Winners-Announced.html.

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The Calvert County Department of Community Planning and Building is hosting informational meetings to introduce the two-year process of updating the county's Comprehensive Plan and rewriting the Zoning Ordinance.
This is the first of many upcoming chances for residents to offer their vision for the county’s future, from transportation, economic development and public safety to recreation, natural resources, housing and more. Four informational meetings are scheduled:
 
Wednesday, July 27, 1-2:30 p.m.
Harriett Elizabeth Brown Community Center
901 Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick
 
Thursday, July 28, 7-8:30 p.m.
Calvert Marine Museum
14200 Solomons Island Road South, Solomons
 
Wednesday, Aug. 3, 7-8:30 p.m.
Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department
3170 West Ward Road, Dunkirk
 
Monday, Aug. 8, 7-8:30 p.m.
Harriett Elizabeth Brown Community Center
901 Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick
 
The presentations will explain what a comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance are and why they need to be updated; describe demographic, housing and transportation trends; and give a timeline of the update and rewrite project. They are meant to convey the importance of this project in advance of the first round of participatory public meetings to be held this fall.
There will be an open house 30 minutes before each meeting and staff will be on hand to answer questions. To learn about future events and check the status of this project, visit www.co.cal.md.us/FutureCalvert. From this page, sign up to receive email messages about the project by clicking “Notify Me” and selecting “Future Calvert” under the News Flash heading.

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On July 22 at 1:52 a.m., officers responded to the Toys-R-Us in Waldorf for the report of an intrusion alarm. When the first officer arrived, he observed the front door was open. While inside checking, the officer observed the suspect, who was not wearing a shirt but had on gloves and pants, hiding behind a shelf in the rear of the store. The suspect fled out of the back doors and the officer pursued him on foot. The suspect continued to a wooded area where he fell and was subsequently apprehended. A total of 24 PS3 and PS4 video games were recovered. Kareem Wali Bright, 20, of Waldorf, was charged with burglary and theft. Officer A. Bringley made the arrest.

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On July 21 at 11:50 p.m., officers responded to the area of Matthews Road at Marshall Hall Road in Bryans Road for the report of a motorcycle crash. A preliminary investigation showed Adam Harley Rogers, 32, of Indian Head, was operating a 2012 Yamaha motorcycle on Matthews Road when he struck a curb and crashed. He was initially unconscious but regained consciousness shortly after the crash. While preparations for transport via MSP Trooper 2 were underway, Rogers stopped breathing and CPR was initiated. He was transported to Charles Regional Medical Center by ambulance where he died a short time later. Sgt. Jon Burroughs of the Traffic Operations Unit is investigating.

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On Friday July 22nd at approximately 4:01p.m. the Calvert Control Center received a 911 call stating that a red Dodge truck was being operated in an erratic manner.  It was alleged the truck had struck a mailbox on Birch Drive.  The caller advised at 4:03p.m., the truck was travelling westbound on Dares Beach Road and passed a vehicle on the double yellow line approaching Terrace Drive.  At 4:04p.m., the caller advised the truck had crossed the double yellow lines on Dares Beach Road, entered the eastbound lane and struck another red Dodge 2500 truck head on.
Calvert County Sheriff’s Office units that were responding to attempt to locate the lookout vehicle arrived on scene at approximately 4:06p.m., and immediately requested the Crash Reconstruction Team (CRT) to respond.  Members from the Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department and the Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene and extricated the patients from the vehicles.  The driver of the at fault Dodge truck was pronounced deceased at the scene and the driver of the eastbound red Dodge 2500 truck was transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital.  
The deceased was identified as Leah Marie Bucia, a 47 year old female from Huntingtown.   The male operating the eastbound red Dodge 2500 which was struck was identified as David Allen Brown a 37 year old male of Charles County.  
Anyone who may have witnessed or has any information about this collision is requested to contact Deputy First Class Jeff Hardesty of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office CRT. He can be reached by emailing hardesjm@co.cal.md.us or be calling 410-535-2800. 
 

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7-15-2016 – Assault – Deputy M. Beyer responded to the 48000 block of Leachburg Road in Lexington Park, for a reported assault. The victim alleged the suspect, Angela Marie Forrest, age 23, of Ridge, struck the victim with a motor vehicle. The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment, and Forrest was placed under arrest for First and Second Degree Assault. CASE# 36733-16
 
7-18-2016 – Assault – Deputy L. Johnson responded to the 46000 block of Chapman Drive for the report of an assault. The victim alleged the suspect, Fritzie Hazel Vasquez-Flores, age 31, of Lexington Park bit the victim on the back multiple times and once on the arm. The victim displayed fresh bite marks. Vasques-Florez was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with Second Degree Assault. CASE# 37101-16
 
7-17-2016 – Possession – Deputy D. Potter was on another call at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital when he was approached by a nurse in the Emergency Room concerned for a patient in another room who became unresponsive. She advised the suspect, Matthew Christopher Holiva, age 24, of West Bend Wisconsin, was in the room with the victim prior to becoming unresponsive. Holiva was located in a nearby restroom, with an uncapped hypodermic syringe containing a slightly red substance in his possession. A search revealed in his possession was also a metal spoon, a piece of cotton, and hypodermic syringes being used to prepare suspected heroin. Hovila was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance: Heroin, Possession of Paraphernalia, and Possession with Intent to Use Drug Paraphernalia. CASE# 36948-16
 
7-16-2016 – Deputy J. Kerns responded to the 24000 block of Three Notch Road in Hollywood for the report of a domestic dispute. The suspect, Becky Lynn Gould struck the victim with a frying pan and a piece of wood she broke off from a door. She then unsuccessfully attempted to assault the victim with a stun gun. The victim had visible signs of injury and Gould was placed under arrest and charged with Second Degree Assault. CASE# 36790-16
 
7-16-2016 – Possession – Deputy Bush responded to the 21000 block of Great Mills Road for the report of a possible wanted subject observed by another officer. The suspect, Patrick Neal Boothe, age 27, of Drayden, was located in his vehicle and appeared to be under the influence. In his possession, was a bent aluminum can with holes containing suspected crack cocaine. Boothe was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS Possession: Not Marijuana – Cocaine, CDS Possession Paraphernalia, and served an arrest warrant. CASE# 36864-16
 
7-18-2016 – Assault – Deputy C. Ball responded to the 46000 block of Chapman Drive in Lexington Park for the report of an assault. The victim alleged the suspect, Fritzie Hazel Vasquez-Flores, age 31, of Lexington Park, scratched the victim and made threatening remarks during an argument. Flores was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. CASE# 37127-16
 
7-14-2016 – Escape – Deputy S. Bowie arrested the suspect, Leo Walton Wagner, Jr., age 36, of Mechanicsville, for failure to report as ordered for incarceration as directed by the sentencing judge. He was charged with Second Degree Escape and Retake Warrant. CASE# 37324-16
 
7-19-2016 – Possession –  Captain Daniel Alioto was off duty when he observed Hope Gover Beggs, age 60, of Lexington Park, operating a motor vehicle in the Great Mills area. Suspect Beggs was stopped and detained. Members of the COPS Unit arrived to assist. Suspect Beggs was observed attempting to discard an item, which when retrieved was found to be a straw with cocaine residue. She was charged accordingly.  

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Due to the expected extreme heat this weekend, the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism is extending the outdoor pool hours on Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24 to 8 p.m.  Cool off this weekend and make a splash in a Charles County pool.
Outdoor pools:
Thomas Stone High School (3785 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf)
La Plata High School (6035 Radio Station Road, La Plata)
Maurice J. McDonough (7165 Marshall Corner Road, Pomfret)
Visit www.CharlesCountyParks.com or call the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism at 301-934-9305 for more information about Charles County Parks and Recreation events, activities, and happenings. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD:  800-735-2258.

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On July 20, detectives assigned to the CCSO Criminal Investigations Division arrested Angel Miguel Santana, 26, of Waldorf, in connection with the murder of Thomas Tibbs,19, who was shot and killed during an altercation on March 23 in the 2500 block of Gittings Court in Waldorf. Detectives arrested another suspect, Rashaad Jovonni Brawner, 21, back in March. Santana and Brawner are charged with second-degree murder, attempted murder, and first-degree assault. Both suspects were also charged with the attempted murder of Tibbs’ friend who was shot during the altercation.  Santana is being held at the Charles County Detention Center (CCDC) on a $1 million dollar bond. Brawner is being held at the CCDC on a $500,000 bond. Det. J. Austin is continuing the investigation. 

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Thursday, July 21, Marvin Anani (human) and Dr. Angelica Spotson (a Russell Terrier mix known as “Angel” who is an expert bed bug sniffer) gave Calvert Library the all-clear after a thorough search.  According to Superior Bed Bug Solutions company website, Angel was “trained using scent vials that developed her abilities to pinpoint live bed bugs and viable bed bug eggs.  She trained alongside police, arson and bomb squad dogs to distinguish between odors and track the scent of bedbugs to their source.  Anani and Dr. Spotson are annually certified by the Integrated Bed Bug Management Association as a bed bug detection team.”  Angel has been doing detection for about two years.  According to SBBS, dogs are about 95% accurate in assessing a building for bed bugs. 
 
Wednesday, July 20, four bed bugs were found on a book in the book drop at Calvert Library Prince Frederick.  The book drop was closed and all items in the book drop were immediately quarantined.  This quick action on the part of library staff prevented any spread of the pest.  According to Calvert Library Board of Trustees President Martha Grahame, “We have a vigilant, well-trained staff of very smart people who know how to react quickly to almost any situation. We are proud of the work they do and pleased to have ended this event on a happy note.”  For more information, call Robyn Truslow at 410-535-0291.

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Leonardtown, MD – Standard and Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings has assigned a AA long-term rating to $25 million in St. Mary’s County general obligation (GO) improvement bonds, series 2016. The ratings firm also affirmed its AA rating on previously issued GO bonds and deemed the county’s economic outlook is stable.
 
S&P’s rationale for the rating include:
 
·       A strong county economy with per capita market value of $108,384. The agency noted the  county’s market value grew by 1.3% over the past year to $12 billion in 2016.
 
·       Very strong management, including strong financial policies and practices under the agency’s Financial Management Assessment methodology. This is indicative of strong financial policies which are well embedded and likely sustainable.
 
·       The county’s very strong budgetary flexibility with an FY15 available fund balance of 26% of operating expenditures, or $54.1 million. This also includes $44.6 million (21.4% of expenditures) in the general fund and $9.5 million (4.5% of expenditures) which is outside the general fund.
 
·       Very strong liquidity with total available cash at 28.1% of total governmental fund expenditure and 6.7 times governmental debt service in 2015.
 
·       Very strong debt and contingent liability profile with total governmental fund debt service at 4.2% of total fund expenditures. Net direct debt of 44.2% of total fund revenue.  
 
S&P’s overall economic outlook for the county is stable. The agency says this is due to the large and diverse property tax base. S&P predicts this will likely continue due to NAS Pax River’s presence in St. Mary’s County.
 
“This is very good news for St. Mary’s County as we continue to work through our economic challenges,” said Commissioner President Randy Guy. “We look forward to continuing our economic policies which hopefully will lead to a AAA rating in the very near future.”
 
The S&P Rating follows a AA rating from Fitch Ratings and a Aa2 rating from Moody’s in June. The full report is available at http://www.stmarysmd.com/docs/S&P Rating Jul-20-2016.pdf.

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Leonardtown, MD - In response to citizen comments about the January 2016 draft proposal of the expansion of the Mattapany Rural Legacy Area, the boundary has been revised to focus on areas with more conservation opportunities. The proposal also removes the majority of small developed residential lots.
 
Rural Legacy Areas are an important part of the County’s land preservation efforts to maintain lands needed for farming and forestry activities, to preserve the rural landscape, and retain the rural character valued by St. Mary’s County residents. More than 11,000 acres have been preserved through voluntary easements, which compensate property owners for electing to maintain their properties as rural. Land preservation also helps to maintain military operational capabilities necessary to retain the County’s largest economic driver, Patuxent River Naval Air Station, by reducing development which may be incompatible with activities at Pax River and Webster Field.
 
A meeting has been scheduled to provide an opportunity for citizens to review and discuss the proposed expansion, and to offer written comments regarding this revised boundary proposal. The meeting will take place:
 
August 4, 2016 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Lexington Park Library (Meeting rooms A and B)
21677 F.D.R Boulevard
Lexington Park, MD 20653
 
Questions and comments regarding the Rural Legacy Program or the updated expansion area, should be directed to:  Sue Veith at 301-475-4200 extension *1547 or via email at sue.veith@stmarysmd.com or Donna Sasscer at 240-309-4021 or via email at Donna.Sasscer@stmarysmd.com.
 
The county and local Rural Legacy Partners will consider all questions and comments and received at the August meeting, or via mail by September 2, 2016, before a formal proposal is submitted for consideration to the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County in late Fall 2016.

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A Sunderland man has been indicted for attempted first-degree murder after allegedly firing a weapon at the back of a residence. The incident took place on June 16th on Tranquil Court in Prince Frederick. Officers responded to a 911 call at 1 a.m. at the scene. The resident said shots when through the window into the ceiling of their home. During the investigation, it was determined the incident stemmed from a domestic issue with Samuel Sherrod Greene Jr, 22 years of age from Sunderland and Greene's girlfriend and an associate. 
At 6 p.m. on June 16th, Greene was located at a residence on Paris Oaks Road. Mr. Green has charges with attempted murder, reckless endangerment, first-degree assault, use of a firearm for a felony or violent crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 

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