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Calvert County Government Memorial Day Closures

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners announces that county offices will be closed Monday, May 30, 2016, in observance of Memorial Day. In addition:

·         The county senior centers will be closed and Meals on Wheels will not be delivered.

·         There will be no county bus service.

·         Calvert Library locations will be closed Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30.

·         Mt. Hope, Southern, Harriet Brown and Northeast community centers will be closed May 30.

·         The Appeal Landfill and county convenience centers will be closed May 30.

·         Battle Creek Cypress Swamp will be closed May 30.

·         Chesapeake Hills Golf Course will be open May 30 with normal hours.

·         The Calvert Marine Museum will be open May 30 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

·         Flag Ponds Nature Park and Kings Landing Park will be open with normal park hours.

·         Kings Landing Pool will open for the season Saturday, May 28 at noon and Cove Point Pool will open for the season Monday, May 30 at 11 a.m.

·         Edward T. Hall Indoor Aquatic Center will be open with normal hours May 30.

 

Charles County Government May Holiday Schedule

The Charles County Commissioners wish to remind residents of changes to normal operating schedules for the month of May.  All offices, facilities, and services not listed will be operating their normal hours.

Monday, May 30 (Memorial 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, May 31 through Saturday, June 4.

VanGO services will not be operating.

The Nanjemoy Community Center, senior centers, Port Tobacco Recreation Center, and all school based community centers are closed.

Lackey, Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center, and North Point High indoor pools will be open from 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Charles County Public Library is closed (All branches - Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30)

Charles County Health Department is closed.

For questions about County Government holiday closures, contact the Public Information Office at 301-885-2779 or PressRoom@CharlesCountyMD.govPressRoom@CharlesCountyMD.gov.  Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

 

Memorial Day Closures for St. Mary’s County Government Offices

All St. Mary’s County Government Administrative Offices will be closed Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, May 31.

 The St. Andrews Landfill, six (6) Convenience Centers and St. Mary's Transit System (STS) will be closed Monday, May 30. The Landfill, Convenience Centers and STS System will be open for normal business hours the day before and day after the observed holiday.

All three St. Mary’s County library locations and all Senior Activity Centers will be closed and there will be no Meals on Wheels deliveries on Monday, May 30. All will resume their normal operating schedules on Tuesday, May 31.

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On Monday, officers charged two commercial fishermen with crabbing violations after checking the area near Hills Point in Dorchester County.
 
Windy Karpavage, 63, of Taylors Island, was charged with setting five crab pots in a restricted area.
 
John R. Abner, 52, of Chesapeake Beach, was charged with setting 37 crab pots in a restricted area.
 
They are scheduled to appear in Dorchester District Court on July 20. If found guilty, each fisherman could be fined up to $1,000

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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 Tuesday, May 31 – Thursday, June 2, 2016 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 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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The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Maryland State Police, will conduct enhanced impaired driving initiatives surrounding Memorial Day weekend extending from Friday, May 27 through Monday, May 30, 2016.
 
The efforts include increased patrols throughout the weekend and a sobriety checkpoint the evening of Friday, May 27. Officers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment, in addition to other traffic infractions.
 
The funds for the checkpoint are provided by the Maryland Highway Safety Office.

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The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office was awarded $18,783 in grant funds per the Edward Bryne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program: FY2016 Local Solicitation (CFDA #16.738). As part of the application’s requirement, the Sheriff’s Office is providing the citizens of St. Mary’s County the opportunity to comment before the application submission.
 
Overview of the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program
 
The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance is pleased to announce that it is seeking applications for funding under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program.  This program furthers the Department’s mission by assisting state, local and tribal efforts to prevent or reduce crime and violence.
 
The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (Jag) Program (42 U S C 3751 (a)) is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. The JAG Program provides states and units of local governments with critical funding necessary to support a range of program areas including law enforcement; prosecution and court programs; prevention and education programs; corrections and community corrections; drug treatment and enforcement; crime victim and witness initiatives; and planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs.
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff Office will receive $18,783 in local solicitation. 

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Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Robert Anthony Fitzgerald Lathan, age 48, of Accokeek, Maryland, today to 42 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for a bank fraud conspiracy in which the conspirators obtained fraudulent vehicle loans.  Judge Chasanow also ordered Lathan to forfeit and pay a money judgment of $169,385.83. 
 
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Andre R. Watson of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); and Chief Hank Stawinski of the Prince George’s County Police Department.
 
According to his plea agreement and other court documents, from January 2009 to April 29, 2015, Lathan and others applied for vehicle loans with financial institutions and lenders using false information as to employment history at shell entities created by the conspirators, addresses, dates of birth and social security numbers.  Lathan and others created and submitted fake documents, such as lien releases, utility bills, paystubs, letters of recommendation and a police report. The defendants often applied for vehicle loans on the same vehicle with different lenders.  They sold the vehicles, obtained money from the sales and then did not provide the vehicles to the buyers.  They deposited the loan funds into bank accounts and cashed loan checks at liquor stores.  Lathan and his co-conspirators failed to pay the vehicle loans, which often resulted in the vehicles being repossessed by the lenders.  Lathan knew that he had no intention of purchasing a vehicle and that the loan proceeds would be split between himself and his co-conspirators.
 
One of Lathan’s roles in the conspiracy was to create fake documents for other co-conspirators to use when making fraudulent loan applications.  For example, Lathan created a fake lien release for a vehicle, a deal worksheet with false information, and fake paystubs.  Lathan sent the fake documents to a co-conspirator, who either used the documents himself or provided them to other conspirators to use while applying for fraudulent loans.  In addition, Lathan permitted co-conspirators to use his name and other information on fraudulent loan applications.
 
The total intended loss resulting from Lathan’s conduct in the scheme was at least $304,560.83.
 
Four co-defendants have pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy and are awaiting sentencing.
 
The Maryland Identity Theft Working Group has been working since 2006 to foster cooperation among local, state, federal, and institutional fraud investigators and to promote effective prosecution of identity theft schemes by both state and federal prosecutors. This case, as well as other cases brought by members of the Working Group, demonstrates the commitment of law enforcement agencies to work with financial institutions and businesses to address identity fraud, identify those who compromise personal identity information, and protect citizens from identity theft.
 
Today’s announcement is part of the efforts undertaken in connection with the President’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force.  The task force was established to wage an aggressive, coordinated and proactive effort to investigate and prosecute financial crimes.  With more than 20 federal agencies, 94 U.S. attorneys’ offices, and state and local partners, it’s the broadest coalition of law enforcement, investigatory and regulatory agencies ever assembled to combat fraud.  Since its formation, the task force has made great strides in facilitating increased investigation and prosecution of financial crimes; enhancing coordination and cooperation among federal, state and local authorities; addressing discrimination in the lending and financial markets; and conducting outreach to the public, victims, financial institutions and other organizations.  Since fiscal year 2009, the Justice Department has filed over 18,000 financial fraud cases against more than 25,000 defendants.  For more information on the task force, please visit www.StopFraud.gov.
 
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended HSI Baltimore and the Prince George’s County Police Department for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas P. Windom and Joseph R. Baldwin, who are prosecuting the case.

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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Canine (K9) Officers Cpl. Todd Fleenor and Cpl. Shawn Cathcart traveled to Montreal, Canada, during the week of May 15-19, 2016, to participate in canine officer training exercises. With their canine explosive-detection partners, “Filly” and “Jasmine”, they practiced scanning for suspected explosive devices in the airport terminals, passenger airlines, passenger baggage systems, and surrounding grounds of the Montreal International Airport. The canine teams also responded to a ‘live’ call for service and assisted in the investigation of suspicious packages in and around the airport terminal.
 
In addition, during Basic Patrol Canine Training, International Police Work Dog Association (I.P.W.D.A.) Master Canine Trainer Corporal Fleenor conducted evaluations of several other canine teams. Patrol Canine duties consist of building searches, tracking, area searches, evidence/article searches, aggression control, and obedience to commands. During the assessments, Cathcart assisted as a decoy for the patrol canines. 
 
“The timing of this training could not have been more fitting,” said Captain Steven Hall, Commander, Special Operations Division. “Based on recent world events, the experience our K9 officers obtained while training in an airport environment will prove to be invaluable. I am proud of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit, their dedication to duty, and the reputation of excellence they have earned both nationally and internationally.”
 
Along with Sheriff Tim Cameron and Captain Steven Hall, Fleenor extended his thanks and gratitude to the members of the Montreal Canadian Airport Canine Unit for their hospitality, especially Head Trainer Yanick Choquette. “This was the experience of a lifetime for Corporal Cathcart and me,” Fleenor stated. “The knowledge and expertise we gained in Canada will be applied daily while performing our K9 duties.” He added, “Thank you to the Montreal Canada Canine Unit for the invitation to participate in this valuable training and for our continued partnership. Also, thank you to Sheriff Tim Cameron for your continued support of the K9 Unit.”

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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 Thursday, May 26, 2016 between the hours of 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.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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On May 19 at 5 p.m., a Charles County Correctional Officer was conducting a security round when he discovered a 27-year-old female inmate attempting suicide by hanging. The officer called for immediate help, and he and responding officers lowered the woman and accessed her condition. At the time, the woman was not breathing. Officers began CPR, and the inmate began to breathe on her own. She was flown to a hospital where she was initially admitted in critical condition. In accordance with operating standards, investigators assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division responded. A preliminary investigation revealed the inmate was in her cell alone and had earlier in the day made comments to other inmates that she wanted to go to the hospital instead of being incarcerated. None of the inmates reported the comments to detention center staff.  The woman had been arrested four days earlier for violating her probation. Since the incident, the woman’s health has improved and her condition is no longer life-threatening. The investigation is continuing. 

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The CCSO has recently seen an increase in thefts of packages delivered to residences during the day. To prevent your items from being stolen, be sure to require a signature upon delivery or have items shipped to a location where someone can receive them during business hours. We ask citizens to report suspicious activity at 301-932-2222. If you see a theft in progress, call 911. We will continue to patrol the neighborhoods to deter would-be criminals. 

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Two men have been arrested on charges stemming from the robbery of a Springfield jewelry store Saturday that led to an exchange of gunfire with police and injured a bystander. The robbery happened at the Brookfield Plaza shortly after noon Saturday. The Dubai Jewelry Store was robbed, and a robber began shooting at officers who responded. One of the suspects stole a vehicle, but crashed it trying to flee. The condition of the passing motorist who was shot is improving.
 
William Franklin, 24, was arrested at his home in Waldorf, Maryland, at about 9 p.m. Monday.
About the same time, Jasminder Sethi, 26, also of Waldorf, was arrested at an airport in Newark, New Jersey, by agents of the Port Authority Police of New York and New Jersey plus U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
 
Investigators don’t know where Sethi might have been going or whether he had help getting out of the D.C. area.
 
Police characterize the arrests as just one part of an active investigation with many more questions to answer.
 
Franklin will be charged with robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, police said; Sethi, with robbery. Both suspects were awaiting extradition to Fairfax County.

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Leonardtown, MD – National statistics indicate an average of 700 people die each year in boating related accidents nationwide and nearly 70% of these deaths are caused by drowning. With the summer season about to begin the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County observed National Safe Boating Week with a proclamation ceremony.
 
Boating experts indicate the vast majority of deaths in boating accidents are due to human error or poor judgment rather than by the boat, equipment, or environmental factors. Upwards of  80% of boaters who lose their lives by drowning each year would be alive had they worn their life jackets.
 
“Modern life jackets are more comfortable, more attractive, and more wearable than styles of years past and deserve a fresh look by today’s boating public,” said Commissioner Todd Morgan (4th District).
 
The Patuxent River Sail and Power Squadron, which received the proclamation, offers Boating Education classes to citizens of St. Mary’s County and Southern Maryland. They have been doing so for more than 60 years. Successful completion of the Maryland’s Boating Course meets educational requirements for boating operation in all 50 states.
 
In proclaiming May 21 – 27 National Safe Boating Week, commissioners kicked off the year-round effort to promote safe boating and urged all citizens who boat to wear their life preservers while on the water and practice safe boating habits.

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Today the Department of Economic Development released its Economic Development Strategic Plan, a five-year action plan to increase the county’s long-term economic prosperity. The Strategic Plan is available for online viewing at www.MeetCharlesCounty.com. The county developed the plan in partnership with Development Counsellors International (DCI), one of the country’s leading economic development and tourism marketing firms, and Garner Economics, LLC, specialists in site selection, industry targeting, and organizational development. 
 
The Strategic Plan includes more than a dozen recommendations to improve the county’s competitiveness, strengthen existing businesses, and identify new investment opportunities. Highlights from the plan include a comprehensive, analytics-based update and rationale for a new set of target industries, including new industry sectors. 
 
“We are taking a professional and inclusive approach towards planning our economic future. A strategic guide with concrete action steps will ensure our efforts have benchmarks and a roadmap for achieving the Commissioner’s goal of expanding the county’s commercial and industrial employment and tax base,” said County Administrator Michael D. Mallinoff.
 
“The plan represents a monumental shift in the way Charles County approaches economic development and building prosperity for our community, where decisions are based on data and research, and are not merely anecdotally driven,” said Darrell A. Brown, director for the Department of Economic Development and representative member of the Charles County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
 
The plan identifies key target industry groups that best match Charles County’s competitive advantages. The county will focus on future business expansion, retention, and attraction efforts toward companies in the following four industries: federal contracting and high-value professional/business support services; health services; entrepreneurial and retail development; and research, development, engineering, and computing.  
 
The plan includes a snapshot of the county’s overall competitiveness based on Garner Economics’ research, analysis, and feedback from stakeholders. Garner Economics conducted an in-depth assessment of the county’s competiveness, which included a demographic and economic analysis, labor market and cluster analysis, comparison of benchmarked communities, and a community assets and challenges assessment. Garner Economics gathered stakeholder input through four focus group sessions in October 2015, followed by a county-wide electronic survey completed by 510 residents.  These findings helped redefine the county’s target industries, and serve as the rationale for the strategic recommendations detailed in the plan. 

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The Charles County Commissioners are pleased to present the video, “A Look at the Budget,” highlighting the fiscal 2017 budget. The video is available in two formats—a snapshot five-minute video and a full length video that runs approximately 30 minutes. The video is available on the county’s YouTube channel (keyword: CCGTVCommissioners), and on the county website at www.CharlesCountyMD.gov in the CCGTV Digital Library. To access the digital library, under “Get Connected,” click “More CCGTV”; and then click “CCGTV Digital Library.” 
 
“A Look at the Budget” features Commissioner President Peter F. Murphy, County Administrator Michael D. Mallinoff, and Director of Fiscal and Administrative Services David Eicholtz. Discussion topics include:
 
•General fund allocations 
•County Administrator’s Monthly Report
•International City/County Management Association Insights
•Recap of the budget process
•Fiscal accomplishments
 
DVD copies of the “A Look at the Budget” video are available for $6. To request a DVD, visit www.CharlesCountyMD.gov, click on “More CCGTV,” click “request DVD copies,” and fill out the online form. 
 
For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 301-885-2779 or PressRoom@CharlesCountyMD.gov. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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STATEWIDE (May 24, 2016) – The heat and humidity is returning to the area and severe storms may cause disruption to the 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 electric 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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Possession of Vyvanse:  On 5/16/16 at 12:07 am, Trooper First Class Lewis stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 and Doris Dr. in Owings for traffic violations.  A moderate odor of burnt Marijuana was emitting from within the vehicle.  A probable cause search revealed Vyvanse medication for which the driver did not have a prescription and a smoking device with marijuana residue.  Trayquan M. Lee, 20 of Lusby, was arrested for possession of Vyvanse and drug paraphernalia.  He was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
 
Destruction of Propery:  On 5/18/16 at 6:39 am, Trooper First Class Costello responded to the State Highway Administration (SHA) offices in Prince Frederick for a report of property damage.  The front rolling gate had been damaged making it inoperable.  Investigation continues.
 
Disorderly Conduct:  On 5/19/16 at 3:12 pm, Trooper First Class Casarella responded to the Fastop in St. Leonard for a report of a disorderly subject.  Tabitha M. Wilson, 19 of St. Leonard entered the store and became disorderly causing a scene.  The manager requested Wilson to leave Fastop several times.  Wilson left the store prior to the arrival of TFC Casarella.  Investigation continues. 
 
Indecent Exposure:  On 5/19/16 at 7:25 pm, Trooper Warrick responded to the Solomon’s Boat Ramp for a report of a man exposing himself.  Upon locating the man, identified as Rodney S. Jones, 57, currently of no fixed address, he stated he had been swimming and was waiting for his clothing to dry.  Contact was made the following day with the citizen that witnessed the incident and a Criminal Summons was issued for the charge of indecent exposure and Mr. Jones was served the appropriate paperwork.      
     
Possession With Indent to Distribute Marijuana:  On 5/22/16 at 5:01 pm, Trooper First Class Casarella responded to the Leonard T. Hall Aquatic Center for a report of possible drug activity.  Two juveniles were arrested for possession with intent to distribute marijuana.  Both juveniles were released to their parents.  CDS (Marijuana), a vehicle, U. S. Currency and drug paraphernalia were seized.

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BALTIMORE, MD – As the unofficial start to summer approaches, the Maryland
Transportation Authority (MDTA) reminds the more than 1.9 million motorists anticipated
to travel MDTA roadways this holiday to plan ahead, travel off-peak and put safety first.
This total represents a 6% increase in traffic counts compared to last year.
MDTA officials anticipate the following number of vehicles to travel its toll facilities
between Friday, May 27, and Monday, May 30:
 Bay Bridge (US 50/301) – more than 377,000.
 John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) – more than 487,000.
 Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95) – more than 500,000.
An additional 599,000 vehicles are projected to travel the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-
695), the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895), the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US
40) and the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301) combined. All totals
represent traffic in both directions.
The MDTA offers the following travel tips for this holiday weekend and throughout the
summer months:
 Travel off-peak when heading to and from the Eastern Shore. The best times to travel
the Bay Bridge this weekend include:
 Thursday/Friday – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
 Saturday – before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m.
 Sunday/Monday – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
 Spread Your Wings. Plan Ahead!
 For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at
twitter.com/TheMDTA. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheMDTA. To
view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit
mdta.maryland.gov.
 Call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for 24/7 Bay Bridge traffic conditions. Visit
baybridge.com to view traffic cameras and to sign up for email alerts.
 E-ZPass Your Summer! Visit ezpassmd.com to enroll on-line and for a list of
E-ZPass “On the Go” retail locations.
 Need to rest or fuel up? Stop by the Maryland or Chesapeake House Travel Plazas
along I-95 in northeast Maryland.
 Consider the Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200 and I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL)
in Baltimore during your holiday travels. Visit mdta.maryland.gov for toll rates.
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ADD ONE: MDTA 2016 MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Keeping traffic moving as safely and efficiently as possible is the MDTA’s priority. The MDTA Police
will remain vigilant and target aggressive and impaired drivers, seatbelt violators and criminal activity.
Officers will step up seatbelt enforcement during the Click It or Ticket Campaign from May 16 through
May 31. Additional MDTA Police patrols will be on the lookout for impaired drivers at the Harbor and
Fort McHenry tunnels and the Key Bridge on May 26 and at the Bay Bridge and the Intercounty Connector
on May 27. Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.
The MDTA Police and Vehicle Recovery Units will have additional patrols on duty to respond quickly to
incidents and disabled vehicles during the holiday weekend. In addition, the MDTA will lift constructionrelated
temporary lane closures at its facilities from 5 a.m. Friday, May 27, to 12 a.m. Tuesday, May 31.
 
For your SAFETY and the SAFETY of other motorists and emergency personnel:
 Devote your full attention to driving – it is illegal to text and use hand-held cell phones while driving
in Maryland.
 Buckle Up! Every Seat. Every Time.
 State law requires vehicles to move over when approaching an emergency vehicle or tow truck using
visual signals. If you are unable to move over, slow down.
 Obey posted speed limits and overhead lane-control signals.
 Avoid changing lanes while traveling over bridges and through tunnels.
 Headlights are required at all times on the Bay Bridge.
 Keep your eyes on the road – do not sight-see.
 Do not tailgate - keep a safe following distance.
 Make sure your vehicle is “road ready.”
 If your vehicle becomes disabled, remain inside and call #77 for assistance.
 When contacting a dispatch center, motorists should be prepared to provide:
• The location of the emergency;
• A call-back telephone number; and
• Details of the incident/disabled vehicle or other circumstances.
The E-ZPass Maryland Stop-in Centers and Customer Service Center will be closed on Monday, May 30.
Visit ezpassmd.com or use the automated system at 1-888-321-6824.
For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA.
The MDTA thanks motorists for partnering with us. Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt!
 

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Marylanders are reminded of safety and jurisdictional requirements when burning outdoors.  Open air burning is defined as a fire where any material is burned in the open or in a receptacle other than a furnace, incinerator, or other equipment connected to a stack or chimney.  It also includes other fires such as campfires.
 
      Alternatives to open air burning include: composting, disposal at a local landfill where the yard debris can be turned into mulch or periodic curb-side pick-up by your regular trash collector (where available).
 
      If you must burn, take the time to ensure that all safety and regulatory precautions have been taken.  Permits may be required for all open air burning except for small recreational fires such as campfires.  The permit from the Department of Natural resources is in addition to and does not substitute for a permit from the local health department.  For permit information, please call your local health department, fire department or contact the Department of Natural Resources Forest Service Office at (410) 260-8531 or go online at: http://dnr2.maryland.gov/forests/Pages/wfm.aspx
 
Tips for open air burning:
 
·        Don’t burn on windy days.
 
·        Have hand tools and a ready water supply on site.
 
·        Never leave the fire unattended.
 
·        Clear the area around the site for a minimum of ten feet.
 
·        Burn at a safe distance (25' or more) from your home, shed or other structures.
 
·        Never use gasoline! Gasoline fumes can ignite and cause serious injury and possible death.
 
·        Check your local and state regulations before burning.
 
      Hazardous items are never allowed to be burned.  Proper disposal of hazardous items such as tires, plastics, aerosol cans, oil, etc., can be disposed of through means provided by your local government.
 
            The Maryland State Fire Marshal, Brian S. Geraci states, “Marylanders need to use caution when burning outdoors.  The expense associated with extinguishment of out of control fires can be easily controlled by being attentive and following established guidelines provided by local authorities.”
 
      The MDE open burning ban is in effect annually between June 1 and September 1. This burn ban involves the following counties: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s and Baltimore City.  The ban does not affect backyard barbeque grilling or open fires for recreational purposes, such as campfires.  For more information on the burn ban contact Maryland Department of the Environment Office of Air Quality at (410) 537-3231 or go online at:
 
http://www.mde.maryland.gov/programs/researchcenter/          
 
Open Air Burning regulations are enforced by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.  Violations carry fines up to $1000 and/or one year in prison.  The landowner can be charged with all of the costs associated with extinguishing the fire.  Even small campfires can cause wildfires if they are not fully extinguished.  Soak the coals with lots of water and make sure they are out cold!  

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CDS Violation Case #16-28479:
On May 20, 2016, while Deputy J. Denton conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Catalina Drive/Coyote Trail, in Lusby, he determined the driver, Kevil Gregory, 35, of Lusby, to be driving while impaired.  He was placed under arrest and charged with two (2) counts of Driving while impaired (controlled substance and alcohol) and for Possession of Paraphernalia (folded bill).
 
CDS Violation Case #16-28278:
On May 19, 2016, Deputy W. Durner conducted a welfare check on the driver of a vehicle located on West Chesapeake Beach Road, in Dunkirk.  The driver was reported to be asleep with the vehicle still running.   He observed in plain view a crack pipe in the driver’s lap.  At that time he searched the vehicle and took Maureen Morrison, 51, of Lothian, MD into custody and charged her with CDS Possession with intent to Distribute Narcotics (crack cocaine),  Possession of Crack Cocaine and for Possession of Paraphernalia (pipe). 
 
CDS Violation Case #16-28106:
On May 18, 2016, Deputy B. Robinson responded to the District Court on Duke Street for the report of a CDS violation.   While Louis Johnson, 74, of Suitland, MD, was attending court and subsequently searched to be taken into custody, heroin was located on his person.  He was charged with CDS possession of heroin and transported to the Detention Center.
 
CDS Violation Case #16-27951:
On May 17, 2016, Deputy T. Mohler received a radio dispatch regarding suspicious persons on private property at Radio Drive/Prince Frederick Blvd, in Prince Frederick.  Jonathan Stearlings, 21, of Hughesville, MD, was seen attempting to conceal an illegal substance and paraphernalia on his person.  He was transported to the Detention Center and charged with Obstructing and Hindering, Possession of Paraphernalia (syringe), Possess of Heroin and CDS Administer Equipment Possession/Distribute.  
 
CDS Violation Case #16-27888:
On May 17, 2016, Deputy C. Fox was dispatched to the North Beach Senior Center, located on Chesapeake Avenue, in North Beach.  It was reported that an individual, who was under the influence of an unknown substance, refused to leave the property when asked.   Robert Munson, 68, of North Beach, was found to be in possession of a controlled dangerous substance (Oxycodone) without a prescription.  He was placed under arrest and transported to the Detention Center for processing.
 
Destruction of Property Case #16-27949:
On May 17, 2016, Deputy S. Esposito responded to the Library on Costley Way, in Prince Frederick, for a report of damaged property.  Sometime around 3:40pm, an unknown individual broke a glass globe off one of the outside lights.
 
Destruction of Property/Theft Attempt Case #16-27735:
On May 16, 2016, Deputy R. Burggraff was dispatched to Oxford Way, in Huntingtown, for the report of an apparent theft attempt.  It appeared an unknown suspect(s) had cut the exhaust pipe off of a box truck in order to get access to the catalytic converter.  This crime took place sometime between May 13 - 7:00am on May 16.  
 
Theft Case #16-28383:
On May 19, 2016, Deputy Y. Bortchevsky responded to the parking lot of a building located at Harbor Road, in Chesapeake Beach, for the report of a theft.  An unknown individual(s) removed the front registration plate from a vehicle that had been left unattended for approximately two (2) weeks.
 
Theft Case #16-28193:
On May 18, 2016, Deputy P. Aurich was dispatched to the Dunkirk MTA Park n Ride in response to the report of a theft.  Sometime between 5:00am - 6:00pm on May 18, an unknown suspect(s) stole the tailgate from a Ford truck while it was parked in the parking lot. 
 
Theft Case #16-28091:
On May 18, 2016, at approximately 10:00am, Deputy A. Curtin responded to the CVS store located on Ward Road, in Dunkirk, for the report of a shoplifting.  An unknown male had stolen multiple electronic toothbrushes (OB PRF, Sonicare HLT and Sonicare FLX) brands.  He entered a vehicle and was able to get away before he could be detained.
 
 Theft Case #16-27797:
On May 16, 2016, Deputy C. Idol responded to Frederick Avenue, in North Beach, for the report of a theft.  Sometime between May 13 - May 16, a black and red 26” NEXT PX 6.0 men’s mountain bike was stolen.
 
Theft Case #16-27786:
On May 18, 2016, Deputy J. Buck responded to Laurel Drive, in Lusby, for the report of a theft from a vehicle.  Sometime on May 15, 2016, between the hours of 4:45pm - 11:30pm, an unknown person entered the victim’s unlocked vehicle and stole a wallet, MD driver’s license, Credit Cards, Social Security Card and money.
 
Theft Case #16-27774:
On May 16, 2016, Deputy K. Williamson responded to Fairwood Drive, in Huntingtown, for the report of a theft.  Sometime between 3:00pm on May 13 and 9:00am on May 16, an unknown suspect(s) had stolen a Trane Air Handler and copper tubing from a home under construction.
 
Theft Case #16-27760:
On May 16, 2016, Deputy K. Williamson responded to Miss Sam’s Way, in Huntingtown, for the  report of a theft.  The victim reported that sometime between 7:00pm on May 12 - 8:30am on May 16, someone entered an unlocked vehicle and stole a Blackberry cell phone and office key card.
 
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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THEFT OF WHEELS AND TIRES: Sometime between the hours of 8 p.m. on May 20 and 10 a.m. on May 21, unknown suspect(s) stole four black wheels and tires from a 2014 Dodge Charger that was parked in the 11000 block of St. Martha Drive in Waldorf. The vehicle was left sitting on brick pavers. Cpl. T. Hemsley is investigating.
 
OFFICERS INVESTIGATE DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY AT NORTH POINT HIGH SCHOOL: On May 21 at 8:50 a.m., officers responded to North Point High School for the report of a destruction of property. Upon arrival, officers discovered that profanities and other messages had been spray painted on the football field press box and eagle statue. This incident appears to be related to several other incidents which took place last week at the same location. M/Cpl. P. McCue is investigating.
 
THEFT SCHEME OVER $1000: On May 20, officers responded to the 5000 block of Seahorse Place in Waldorf for the report of a theft. Upon arrival, officers interviewed the victim, who advised that several pieces of her jewelry had gone missing in the weeks prior. An investigation revealed that a relative of the victim had recently pawned several pieces of jewelry. Officers interviewed Mellique Nicholas, 20, of Waldorf, who admitted to stealing the jewelry and pawning it off. Nicholas was arrested and charged with theft scheme over $1000. Some of the stolen property was recovered at a local pawn shop. Officer C. Chamblee is investigating.
 
STRONG ARM ROBBERY: On May 20 at 6:30 p.m., a 15-year-old male was approached by four males wearing ski masks at the Van-Go stop in the 2300 block of Davis Road in Waldorf. One of the suspects picked the victim up off his feet and threw him to the ground while the other suspects went through his pockets and took a wrist watch and cash. The victim was able to get to his feet and flee the scene. Pfc. R. Herbert is investigating.

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