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(Waldorf, Maryland) – The Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint on Friday, May 6th, 2016 in Charles County, Maryland. This initiative is to reduce impaired driving collisions by educating, aggressively enforcing and arresting violators for impaired driving, and making the roadway safer for the residents and visitors to Charles County.
 
Impaired Driving Statistics:
There are 7,884 impaired (alcohol and/or drugs) driving crashes statewide, resulting in 4,026 injuries and 171 fatalities every year.  (Towardzerodeathsmd.com)
A third of all statewide fatal crashes and 34 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities involve an impaired driver.  (Towardzerodeathsmd.com)
Sobriety checkpoints have been shown to be an important component of a comprehensive program to reduce drunk driving. Research had shown that sobriety checkpoints can reduce alcohol-related crashes anywhere from 18 to 26 percent.  (Checkpointstrikeforce.net)
 
Law Enforcement encourages you to consider having a designated driver or use public transportation if you are planning on consuming alcohol.  Law enforcement is asking that if you do drink, please do not drive.
 
Driver Responsibility:
 
On a side note, the Maryland State Police, La Plata Barrack urges every driver traveling on our roadways to put the cell phone down and give 100% attention to driving your vehicle.  If a call or text must be made or read, please safely pull onto the shoulder or exit the roadway, stop your vehicle and take care of that business at that time.  It is impossible to use your cell phone AND give 100% attention to driving a vehicle.  Additionally, the State of Maryland recently passed the “Move Over Law.”  When approaching an emergency vehicle or tow truck on the shoulder from the rear, please make a safe lane change from the adjacent lane to that vehicle.  If the lane change is not available, please slow to a reasonable and prudent speed when passing.  Violating these two laws can cause serious injury to the public and police officers.  

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MISSING PERSON: James Najji Carter. Carter was last seen yesterday, in the area of Patuxent Homes in Lexington Park. He was last seen wearing a blue t-shirt, black wind pants with a silver lightning bolt on one pant leg, white socks and flip flops. Age: 12, Weight: 130 lbs., Black Hair, Brown Eyes, Height: 5'03” Critically Missing Factor: Age                         Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call the Duty Officer at 301-475-4040.

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On Tuesday, May 3, the Charles County Commissioners adopted the General Fund fiscal 2017 budget at $375.5 million, an increase of just 2.7 percent over fiscal 2016.The balanced budget was adopted without raising property tax and income tax rates. Funding for education and public safety accounts for more than 71 percent of the General Fund budget. The budget adoption also supports an investment in the county government workforce, as well as a fiscal 2017 Capital Projects budget of $94,833,000.
 
Budget highlights:
 
Taxes
 
• No increase in fiscal 2017 property and income tax rates.
• Real property tax rate is maintained at $1.141 for county government and $0.064 for Fire and Rescue per $100 of assessed value.
• Local income tax rate is maintained at 3.03 percent of the state liability.
 
Education
• A $4.4 million funding increase for Charles County Public Schools, 2.6 percent more than fiscal 2016. The county’s $170.5 million investment, to support salary raises for teacher and other public schools employees, is the largest ever for Charles County Public Schools. 
• Continued funding for the Board of Education’s priority projects, including a new elementary school on Billingsley Road; renovations to Dr. Samuel A. Mudd and Eva Turner elementary schools, and Maurice J. McDonough High School; various full-day kindergarten additions; and existing schools’ maintenance.
• College of Southern Maryland funding increase to $120,100 for network security system enhancements and increased mediation services. 
• Initial funding for the College of Southern Maryland’s Health Care Training Facility at the new regional campus in Hughesville.
• The Commissioners approved the Charles County Public Library’s request for a bookmobile, contingent on an operating cost agreement with the Library Board.
 
Public Safety and Health
• A $2.8 million funding increase for the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, 3.5 percent more than fiscal 2016, to support hiring additional officers, capital/equipment purchases, and a salary increase for staff.
• Five new Emergency Medical Service (EMS) employees, to improve public safety services in underserved areas of the county. 
• Additional funding for the Department of Health to offset a decrease in state grant funding.
 
Environment
• Preservation and protection of county land through the rural legacy and agricultural preservation programs.
• Continued funding for development of the Popes Creek Rail Trail.
• Expansion of the Curbside Recycling Collection Program to serve 1,500 more homes.  
• Funding to pay for stormwater management requirements associated with the federal Clean Water Act.
 
Government Operations 
• A 3 percent overall county department budget increase, including salary raises for eligible employees and capital/equipment purchases to improve operating efficiencies.
• A new online and mobile application for landfill and recycling programs will benefit Charles County residents.
• A rate per ton increase from $70 to $75 to support county landfill expansion.
• An additional $1 million for water and sewer operations, with just a 2.6 percent rate increase for the average customer. 
• Addition of a litter removal crew to improve the appearance of county roads.
• Replacement of the county’s financial software program.
 
Each year, the budget process is used to determine how much money will be available and where those resources should be allocated. Adoption of the fiscal 2017 budget came after a public process. The process included the presentation of a baseline budget by the County Administrator, a series of budget work sessions held by the Board of County Commissioners starting in March, and a public hearing on Tuesday, April 19. The budget will go into effect on Friday, July 1, 2016, the start of the 2017 fiscal year.
 
Fiscal 2017 budget details are available online at: www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/fas/budget/budget.

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A Calvert County man was charged with illegal oystering on Saturday following a lengthy investigation.
 
Jason Kevin Hoffman, 31, of Lusby, was charged with harvesting oysters during a closed season and selling oysters caught for recreational purposes.
 
Officers began receiving complaints in January about illegal activities and began conducting surveillance of Hoffman’s oyster diving operation.
 
He is scheduled to appear in Calvert County District Court on July 11. If found guilty, he could be fined as much as $2,000.

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Severe storms may cause disruption in electrical service to our homes.  State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci is cautioning citizens when using alternative light and electrical sources during power outages. “These easy to follow tips will help all Marylanders avoid injury or death during power outages,” said the State Fire Marshal. 
 
·            Use flashlights during power outages instead of burning candles.  Keep plenty of fresh batteries on hand at all times.   If you prefer the look of candles, consider flameless battery operated candles that offer the flickering light without the potential fire hazard.
 
·            If using candles, make sure they are placed on a stable piece of furniture in sturdy holders that will not tip over. Candles should fit in the holders securely and the holders should be made of material that will not burn. 
 
·            Keep candles away from anything combustible, such as; clothing, books, papers, curtains, decorations or anything else that can burn. 
 
·            Do not place candles where they can be knocked over by children or pets.
 
·            Always extinguish all candles when leaving the room or before going to sleep.
 
·            Never use candles, matches or lighters if medical oxygen therapy is used in the home.
 
·            Charged solar landscape lighting can be brought indoors for temporary lighting as a safe and effective alternative to candles.
 
·            Ensure burners on stoves are in the off position during a power outage and remove any items from the stove-top to prevent unattended heating when the power is turned back on.                                                                        
 
·            Fuel burning appliances can produce the deadly, tasteless and odorless gas known as carbon monoxide.  Install and maintain CO alarms inside your home to provide an early warning of carbon monoxide exposure.
 
·            If you are depending on portable generators for electricity during power outages, use extreme caution when refueling.  Fuel splashed on a hot muffler could ignite, causing severe burns and serious injuries. 
 
·            Never attempt to refuel a generator while it is running.  Always allow the unit to cool before attempting to refuel. 
 
·            Operate generators outside of the home and outside of garages.  Carbon monoxide gas produced by operating generators is poisonous and can quickly cause severe injury or death.
 
·            Ensure placement of the generator does not allow carbon monoxide to enter the home through windows, doors or other openings. 
 
      The State Fire Marshal offers one final tip that is just as important. “Make sure your home is equipped with working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.  These early notification devices are some of the most effective fire and life safety tools for preventing injury or death from fire and carbon monoxide poisoning”.

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The following is a sample of recent Charles County Sheriff’s Office investigations. For information about crimes not included in this report, visit CrimeReports.com and search by county, city, zip code or street address.
 
THEFT: Between April 29 and May 2, unknown suspect(s) broke into a trailer in the 15000 block of Hens Rest Lane in Waldorf and stole a KTM 85 and a KTM 65 dirt bike. The suspect also stole numerous motocross items, to include gloves, helmets, and boots. PFC P. Morgan is investigating. 
 
BURGLARY: Between April 29 and May 2, unknown suspect(s) broke into a shed in the 12000 block of  Hatton Creek Road in Newburg and stole a push mower, vehicle batteries, and other items. PFC J. Campbell is investigating.
 
THEFT: Sometime between April 30 and May 1, unknown suspect(s) stole four tires from a Dodge Charger which was parked in the 6000 block of New Forest Court in Waldorf. PFC. J. Plunkett is investigating. 

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Justin Arter, a North Point High School senior, was recently named as one of 689 semifinalists in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Arter was chosen as a semifinalist for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education designation. Recognition through the program is one of the highest honors a graduating senior can receive. Semifinalists were selected from nearly 4,700 students who were initially selected to participate in the candidate process based on their SAT and ACT scores.
 
Arter, who is enrolled in the Criminal Justice program at North Point, is in the running for a finalist recognition. The Commission on Presidential Scholars reviews applications of all semifinalists and selects up to 161 Presidential Scholars each year. Scholars are selected in three areas of accomplishment: academic achievement, academic and artistic scholarship in the visual arts, and outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. 
 
Finalists will be announced later this month. Arter is a top-performing student in the North Point Class of 2016. He maintains honor roll grades and currently has a 4.4 grade-point average. He is active in the North Point Skills USA chapter and served as president of the Maryland chapter last school year. Arter is enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) classes and will have completed eight AP courses upon graduation.
 
After he graduates, Arter will study mathematics at McDaniel College and plans to seek a career in federal law enforcement. He said his goal is to spend about 20 years in law enforcement, retire and then become an actuary.
 
La Plata High School senior Matthew Fan was also chosen as a candidate for the program based on his academic achievements. Identified candidates must complete the application process by submitting essays, self-assessments, secondary school reports and transcripts for review.
 
A total of forty students from each state – 20 boys and 20 girls – are identified as candidates for the program. A review committee evaluates candidates in areas such as academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership and service activities, and an analysis of their submitted essay.
 
Finalists will be honored during the National Recognition Program next month in Washington, D.C. The program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor the top nationwide graduating high school seniors for excellence in education. Visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/psp/about.html for more information.

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At approximately, 8:42 a.m. this morning, St. Mary's County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the intersection of Sunnyside Road and Pin Cushion Road for the report of a motor vehicle collision involving a St. Mary’s County School Bus. The intersection has been reopened for traffic. A few students were transported to Med star St. Mary’s Hospital for minor injuries. The motor vehicle collision is still under investigation by St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies.

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The Department of Planning and Growth Management will hold a watershed restoration public meeting on Monday, May 9 at 6 p.m. in the Charles County Government Building (200 Baltimore Street, La Plata). The meeting will cover the draft documents on the Port Tobacco River Watershed Assessment, Mattawoman Creek and Lower Patuxent River Watershed Assessments, and the Charles County Stormwater Restoration Plan.
 
The Restoration Plan addresses Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) with Stormwater Waste Load Allocations including the following:  Mattawoman Creek Nutrient TMDL, Lower Patuxent River – Indian Creek Fecal Coliform Bacteria TMDL, Potomac River Tidal Polychlorinated Biphenyl TMDLs, and Chesapeake Bay Nutrient and Sediment TMDL.
 
These documents will be available at www.charlescountymd.gov/watershed beginning Monday, May 9.   Residents wishing to make verbal or written comments are encouraged to attend the public meeting and/or review the plans online.  Comments will be accepted until Thursday, June 9. 
 
For more information about the meeting or alternatives to reviewing the plans online, contact Karen Wiggen at WiggenK@CharlesCountyMD.gov or 301-645-0540.
 
Comments may be mailed to: Charles County Department of Planning and Growth Management, Planning Division, P.O. Box 2150, La Plata, MD 20646, Attn: Karen Wiggen or by e-mail at WiggenK@CharlesCountyMD.gov.  Citizens with special needs, contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Colbert Juan Jones, Jr., age 33, of St. Leonard, Maryland today to 10 years in prison, followed by four years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute powder cocaine and for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Judge Chasanow also issued an order requiring Jones to forfeit over $20,000 in drug proceeds, two cars, two shotguns, and ammunition.
 
        On April 29, 2016, Judge Chasanow sentenced co-conspirator Vincent Leo Fletcher, age 29, of Clinton, Maryland 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 sentences were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Acting Special Agent in Charge Frank Riehl 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 their plea agreements and other court documents, from January through July 2015, Jones and Fletcher conspired with Troy Taishon Swann, Antoine Dewayne Savoy, and James Devwan Pixley, to distribute cocaine.  Jones obtained cocaine from Fletcher and other sources.  Fletcher obtained two to 20 ounces of 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. 
 
Jones sold cocaine to his customers, which included Savoy and Pixley.  Jones often distributed the cocaine from the home of a female friend in Prince Frederick, Maryland, which Jones used as a stash house.  Savoy and Pixley generally purchased cocaine from Jones several times a month and used at least half of that cocaine to manufacture crack cocaine, which they sold. On August 6, 2015, a search of Jones’ stash house in Prince Frederick recovered: approximately 100 grams of cocaine and drug processing paraphernalia, which Jones had attempted to hide inside an audio speaker in the basement of the residence; a 20 gauge shotgun; and 14 rounds of ammunition.  A search of Jones’ residence on that same day recovered a 12 gauge shotgun and two boxes of ammunition, as well as $22,704 in cash, proceeds of Jones’ drug distribution.  Jones had been previously convicted of a felony and was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.
 
Troy Taishon Swann, age 39, of Waldorf; Antoine Dewayne Savoy, age 35, of Lusby, Maryland; and James Devwan Pixley, age 25, of Waldorf, Maryland, have pleaded guilty to their participation in this drug trafficking conspiracy. In addition, Pixley admitted to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and Swann admitted to being a felon in possession of ammunition.
 
Pixley and the government have agreed that if the Court accepts his plea agreement Pixley will be sentenced to between 10 and 14 years in prison.  Judge Chasanow has scheduled sentencing for Pixley on June 6, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. Judge Chasanow has scheduled sentencing for Savoy on June 27, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. and for Swann 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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Suspicious Vehicle Case #16-24482:
On April 29, 2016 at approximately 1:20 a.m., Deputy R. Weems responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Spruce St., in Lusby.  Investigation revealed multiple 9mm shell casings in the arear of Thunderbird Dr. and Poplar Ct.  No further information was discovered at this time.  Later, at 2:15 a.m., deputies responded to a residence on Pawnee Lane, in Lusby to assist a motorist.  After speaking with the complainant, it was revealed that the vehicle had been shot at earlier in the night.  Further investigation revealed that a verbal altercation took place at Buckets Sports Bar, located on Rousby Hall Rd., in Lusby, between the suspect Dominick Mackall, 27, of Lusby and the victim.  Both parties fled the scene following each other in their vehicles.  It was determined that the suspect had shot at the victim’s car also striking the victim.  Additional damage was done to a nearby home and vehicle.  During interviews with involved parties, it was determined that Mackall had barricaded himself in the Pawnee Lane residence.  He was ultimately apprehended and brought to the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and subsequently taken to the Calvert County Detention Center.   
 
Suspicious Vehicle Case #16-23932:
On April 26, 2016, Deputy B. Pounsberry observed a vehicle without a front license plate on Paris Oak Rd. in Owings.  David L. Ward, Jr., 42, of North Beach was arrested for driving with a suspended license and CDS possession-not marijuana (Vyvanse) and transported to the CCDC.
 
CDS Violation Case #16-24685:
On April 29, 2016, Deputy R. Kreps responded to 5th St. in North Beach, in reference to a suspicious persons banging on a residence door.  Upon arrival at the residence, Deputy Kreps immediately detected a strong odor of both raw and burnt marijuana.  Steven Marlowe answered the door and a plastic baggie was sticking out of his right rear pants pocket and two subjects were sitting on the couch.  Steven C. Marlowe, 29, of North Beach, was arrested and transported to the CCDC for CDS possession with intent to distribute Marijuana and CDS possession marijuana greater than 10 grams.
 
CDS Violation Case #16-23970:
On April 26, 2016, Deputy J. Livingston observed the driver and right rear passenger throw cigarettes out of the vehicle and onto the highway.  It was also observed that the middle break light was out.  A traffic stop was performed south on Solomons Island Rd., in front of the Green Turtle, in Prince Frederick.  The rear passenger of the vehicle, later identified as Nelson T. Cotner, 26, of Lusby had a syringe with Heroin, in his front right coat pocket.  Mr. Cotner was charged with a criminal citation, CDS possession paraphernalia (syringe) and released. 
 
Burglary Case #16-24760:
On April 30, 2016, Deputy J. Denton responded to Double Tree Lane, in Lusby for a report of a burglary.  The victim stated that sometime between April 21st in the morning hours and April 30th at 10:19 a.m., an unknown suspect(s) broke the glass out of the window to the side of the garage, entered through the window and stole a green 2008 Kawasaki motorcycle.
 
Burglary Case #16-23995:
On April 26, 2016, Deputy P. Aurich responded to Overlook Ct., in Dunkirk, for the report of a burglary.  The victim reported that sometime during the night of April 25th and April 26th, an unknown suspect(s) pried the padlock and hasp off of the back yard shed.  The victim discovered that two Craftsman rototillers and a Craftsman power washer had been taken.  The victim also noticed that two chain saws, a Stihl leaf blower and a Stihl weed eater had been taken from the attached garage.  A garage door twin exterior motion light had been hit with an unknown object and dislodged from the wall rendering it inoperable to conceal the suspect’s movements.
 
Burglary Case #16-23969:
On April 26, 2016, Deputy P. Aurich responded to Rivershore Dr., in Dunkirk, for the report of a burglary.  The victim stated that sometime between 7:30 p.m. on April 25th and 12:30 a.m. on April 26th, an unknown suspect(s) broke the lock to the back yard shed and removed a Toro push mower, a Stihl leaf blower and a Stihl weed eater.
 
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. 

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As a reminder, riparian (waterfront) property owners who want to apply for offshore blind and shoreline licensing must have their applications postmarked before June 1.
 
Riparian property owners, or those with permission from the owner, may license a shoreline to establish stationary blinds or blind sites for hunting waterfowl, or to prevent others from licensing the shoreline at a later date. License fees are $20 for one year or $60 for three years.
 
Landowners who miss the June 1 deadline may participate in the open licensing process beginning Aug. 2.
 
For more information and an application, call 410-260-8540 (toll free 1-877-620-8367).

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Early Monday morning at 1:33 a.m., 40 firefighters from the La Plata Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire call at 800 Edelen Station Road in La Plata. They had the fire at the four story apartment building under control in about 10 minutes. After an investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office it was determined that during a storm, lightning hit the roof of the building causing the fire.  The fire was contained to the attic area above Apartment 401. The fire alarm system also activated properly. Occupants of three apartments were displaced due to the fire and water damage. no one was injured in the fire and the total loss is estimated at $200,000. 

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 CALVERT COUNTY, MD (May 2, 2016) -- Deputy State Fire Marshals were called to 10963 Poplar Drive in Lusby on Sunday, May 1, 2016 to investigate the origin and cause of a fire causing the adult female homeowner to receive thermal burns and smoke inhalation injuries.  
 
      Nearly 50 firefighters and EMS personnel responded from St. Leonard, Solomon's Island, Prince Frederick, Huntingtown, Bay District, Grasonville and Hollywood Volunteer Fire Departments to the 9:50 a.m. two alarm blaze and quickly located Mrs. Bessie Harness unconscious on the floor and transported her to Calvert Memorial Hospital for stabilization prior to transport to the Washington Hospital Center Burn Unit where she remains in critical but stable condition.  The fire was brought under control within 90 minutes after arrival on the scene.  
 
      Investigators learned the homeowner experienced a power outage and attempted to reset switches at the breaker panel causing sparks to shower onto clothing items located on the floor.  The victim became disoriented while searching for her phone to call 911.  The damage to the structure and contents is estimated at $250,000.  

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Leonardtown, MD – With traffic congestion a major concern for residents in the north county, the Department of Land Use and Growth Management (LUGM) is undertaking a study to identify a north county parallel road. The road would run east of Three Notch Road, extending from Mohawk Drive to MD 6.
 
LUGM will hold a meeting to discuss a proposed north county parallel road on Wednesday, May 18, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Hall Library. The library is located at 37600 New Market Road in Charlotte Hall.
 
A consultant has been hired to identify possible locations for the planned road and determine impacts from various road alignments. Maps depicting current road conditions will be on display at the meeting.
 
Input from the community is needed. LUGM reminds residents that this is just the first step in the overall design, development and implementation process of the North County Town Center Plan. Citizen participation is necessary to develop a plan which reflects a community they call home.
 
Questions about the meeting or the North County Town Center Plan should be emailed to northcounty@stmarysmd.com.

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Possession of Heroin:  On 4/26/16 at 9:50 am, Trooper Megelick stopped a vehicle for traffic violations on Cedarwood Dr. in Dunkirk.  Richard W. Ellis, 39 of Huntingtown was arrested for driving on a suspended license.  During the arrest, two cotton balls with heroin residue were observed on the driver’s side floor.  Ellis was additionally charged with possession of heroin.  He was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
 
Theft from Motor Vehicle:  On 4/27/16 at 4:09 pm, Trooper First Class Casarella responded to the 100 block of Cove Point Rd. in Lusby for a theft from a motor vehicle.
The victim advised money was taken from a wallet inside the vehicle.  A suspect has been developed.  Investigation continues.
 
Theft from Motor Vehicle:  On 4/26/16 at 4:34 pm, Trooper Jones responded to a business on Church St. in Prince Frederick for a reported theft.  The victim reported money had been removed from a purse inside her unlocked vehicle.  Investigation continues.
 

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FIRST-DEGREE ASSAULT/CRIME SOLVERS OFFERING CASH REWARD: On April 29 at 9:07 p.m., officers responded to the 2200 block of Bridle Path Drive in Waldorf for the sound of gunshots. When officers arrived, no one was in the area. A few minutes later, officers received a call for an injured male at a gas station on Berry Road. Officers determined the victim, 29, of Accokeek, had a gunshot wound to his neck and that he had been shot on Bridle Path Drive. The victim was transported to a hospital where he was treated for injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening. Further investigation showed the shooting appeared to be intentional and may have been drug–related. Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for the tip that leads to the arrest of the suspect. Anyone with information about this case 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<https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtipsstart.aspx>. Det. J. Elliot is investigating.
 
PEDESTRIAN INJURED IN CRASH: On April 29 at 9:17 p.m., officers responded to the area of Smallwood Drive West – just north of St. Patrick’s Drive – for a pedestrian struck. Investigation showed the pedestrian, a 25-year-old male wearing dark clothing, was crossing Smallwood Drive West when he was struck by a vehicle. The driver of the vehicle, 35, remained on the scene. The pedestrian was transported to a hospital with injuries that do not appear to be life-threatening. Sgt. J. Burroughs of the Traffic Operations Unit is investigating.
 
CITIZEN ROBBERY/CRIME SOLVERS OFFERING CASH REWARD: On April 26 at 10:45 p.m., officers responded to the area of Starkey Court and Wesley Drive in La Plata for the report of an assault. Upon arrival, officers found a man lying on the ground with several wounds. The victim was transported to a hospital where he was admitted with serious injuries. Investigation showed the victim got lost and turned into a senior center. He saw a male standing in the parking lot and asked for directions. The male suddenly opened the victim’s car door and pulled the man out. Two other suspects approached and struck the man with an object. They stole the victim’s wallet and cell phone and then fled. The descriptions of the suspects are vague. Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for the tip that leads to the arrest of the suspects. Anyone with information about this case 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<https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtipsstart.aspx>. Officer R. McMullen #593 is investigating.
 
DETECTIVES RECOVER DRUGS AND A STOLEN GUN: On April 29, members of the Narcotic Enforcement Section conducted a search warrant in the 2700 block of Adelphi Lane in Bryans Road in response to multiple complaints of possible drug dealing at the house. Officers located a semi-automatic handgun that had been reported stolen through South Carolina. They also discovered 85 grams of marijuana, a digital scale, and other evidence. Cameron James Taylor, 23, of Bryans Road was arrested and charged with possession of a stolen firearm and possession of illegal drugs with the intent to distribute. The Narcotics Enforcement Section is continuing their investigation.
 
THEFT: On April 29 at 3 p.m., officers responded to the 6900 block of Dicandia Dorsey Place in Hughesville for the report of a theft. Investigation showed unknown suspect(s) broke out a window of a shed and stole a power washer, an edger, and other items. Officer C. Collins #605 is investigating.
 
BURGLARY: On April 28 at 5:09 p.m., officers responded to the 3700 block of Old Washington Road in Waldorf for the report of a theft. Investigation showed unknown suspect(s) pried open the front door of a house and stole several items. Officer G. Cook and Det. C. Gilroy are investigating.
 
BURGLARY: On April 28 between 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., unknown suspect(s) broke into a hotel room at the Waldorf Motel and stole tennis shoes and other items. Officer L. Miles is investigating.
 
BURGLARY: On April 28 at approximately 1:45 a.m., unknown suspect(s) broke into a business at 4781 Crain Highway in White Plains and attempted to steal several guns which were in a display case. The suspects were unsuccessful and fled. Officer A. Bringley is investigating.
 
BURGLARY: On April 27, sometime during the day, unknown suspect(s) broke into a house in the 100 block of Circle Avenue in Indian Head and stole several long guns, a cross bow and other items. PFC D. Sylvestre and Det. C. Gilroy are investigating.
 
BURGLARY: On April 26, during the daytime hours, unknown suspects(s) broke into a house in the 2300 block of Hazelwood Court in Waldorf and stole jewelry and other items. Officer G. Cook is investigating.

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4-24-16 – Theft – Deputy B. Gaskill responded to the 45000 block of Miramar Way (Wal-Mart) in California, for a reported theft. The suspect, Amber Renee Kellis, age 31 of Great Mills, attempted to steal merchandise by concealing multiple items in a comforter set. The comforter set was damaged during the theft. Kellis was arrested and charged with Theft Less Than $1000 and Property Destruction. CASE# 21798-16
 
4-24-16 – Theft – Deputy B. Fennessey responded to the 45000 block of Worth Avenue (Best Buy) in California, for a reported theft. The suspect, Eric Emanuel Kerry, age 48, of Washington, DC, removed a new controller from the box and replaced it with an old one. Kerry was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center, where he was charged with Theft Less than $100. CASE# 21790-16
 
4-22-16 – Possession – Multiple patrol units and K9, responded to the 44000 block of Canvas Back Drive in Callaway for the report of a disturbance.  The suspect, Donte Christopher Curtis, age 37, of Baltimore, was located by Corporal Adams during a vehicle stop. During the stop, suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia was located in Donte’s pocket. Further investigation revealed, the suspect had three outstanding warrants. Donte was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with CDS Possession: Paraphernalia,  and Two Counts of CDS Possession: Marijuana. CASE# 21414-16
 
4-25-2016 – Assault – Deputy T. Teague responded to the 45000 block of Jay Dee court in Lexington Park, for the report of an assault. The victim alleged the suspect, Phillip Corey Parker, age 33, of Lexington Park, assaulted the victim after an argument.  There were visible signs of injury, and Parker was arrested and charged with Second Degree Assault. CASE# 21841-16
 
4-26-2016 – Theft – Deputy C. Ball responded to the 45000 block of Miramar Way (Wal-Mart) in California, for a reported theft. The suspect, Alexa Taylor Smith, age 20, of Owings and another suspect, left the store with a television and then fled on foot. Smith was located and arrested by Deputy Ball; she was transported to the Detention Center and charged with Theft Under $1000. CASE# 22013-16
 
4-26-2016 – Theft – Deputy R. Roszell responded to the 27000 block of Old Village Way (Dollar General) in Mechanicsville, for the report of a theft. The suspect, Jamie Jean-Ann Mirabile, age 33, of Mechanicsville, attempted to conceal merchandise in her purse and then exit the store. Mirabile was transported to the Detention Center and charged with Theft Less than $100. CASE# 22189-16

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On 04-29-16, at approximately 12:38p.m. members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland State Police responded to the Thomas Johnson Bridge for the report of a serious motor vehicle crash.  On arrival, units determined a 2009 Dodge Ram Truck was traveling North on the Thomas Johnson Bridge when a 2010 Mercury Mariner traveling South crossed the double yellow center line striking the Dodge truck in a head on collision.  Both vehicles came to final rest in the Northbound lane.  
 
The operator of the Mercury Mariner was identified as Robert E. Bolan a 47 year old from Summit, New Jersey.  Bolan sustained critical injuries as a result of the crash and was flown to R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Md where he is listed in critical condition.  The operator of the Dodge Truck was identified as Steven Smethurst, a 41 year old of Solomons, Maryland.  Smethurst was transported via ambulance to Medstar St. Mary’s Hospital.  Due to the severity of the injuries, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Team responded to the Bridge and conducted their investigation. 
 
At this time, driver error, speed and impairment are being investigated as contributing circumstances which led to the cause of the crash.  Anyone with information may contact Sgt. Selkirk of the Crash reconstruction team at 410-535-2800 or  selkirrc@co.cal.md.us.  

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It can be a struggle for any inmate to re-enter society after being released from jail. To ease the transition, the St. Mary's Detention Center has instituted a number of Re-Entry Programs. As the Re-Entry Coordinator for St. Mary's County, Correctional Officer First Class (CFC) Roberto Ramos-Blancos links inmates to various resources within the community, such as social services programs and housing. Still, for newly-released homeless inmates, the most basic items may seem out of reach.
 
When CFC Ramos-Blancos saw a basic need that hadn't been filled, he introduced the concept of ‘Welcome Packs’ to St. Mary's County. Upon release from the St. Mary's Detention Center, each homeless inmate is given a backpack full of personal hygiene products and basic protective weather gear. Inspired by the success of a similar program in Prince George’s County, Ramos-Blancos wanted to provide the same resources to local inmates.
 
“We empower inmates by connecting them with the resources they need to make a smooth transition back into the community. It’s a very rewarding experience to see them get their life straight with help from correctional officers,” says CFC Ramos-Blancos.
 
Captain Michael R. Merican, Corrections Division Commander, adds, “Re-entry Programs such as ‘Welcome Packs’ helps inmates to prepare for life outside of jail, by providing them with a head start. These kinds of support services decrease the likelihood that an inmate will become just another recidivism statistic, and ultimately end up back at the detention center.”
 
In addition to personal hygiene products, the ‘Welcome Packs’ contain a pair of socks, a hat and gloves, and a pair of underwear. Extras like an alarm clock, a non-perishable snack, and a pocket calendar have also been supplied to those in need. One unique element of the program: An individual note of encouragement written by Catholic Charity volunteers is carefully placed in each backpack. CFC Ramos-Blanco states that the St. Mary's County Detention Center has given out four backpacks since the program started in January of this year.

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