Mechanicsville, Maryland - The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect pictured below.
Sunday, September 28, 2014, at 9:05 AM, the suspect passed a counterfeit $100.00 bill at the Wawa located at 27605 Three Notch Road. He was last seen getting into a dark blue or black Ford Crown Victoria. Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect or about the crime in general is asked to call Deputy Murphy at 301.475.4200 X 9052. CASE #52087-14.
Leonardtown, MD - The time has once again arrived for citizens to clean out their barns, basements, sheds, garages, storage areas under kitchen sinks, etc. to take advantage of the opportunity to properly discard of potentially toxic/dangerous materials.
The St. Andrew’s Landfill will host the second Hazardous Waste Collection day of the fall on Saturday, November 1 from 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Hazardous waste items accepted for collection include Acids, Ammonia, Bleach, Cleaners, Fuels, Gas/Oil Mixtures, Gasoline, Household and Lawn Pesticides, Mercury Thermometers, Photography Chemicals, Pool Chemicals, Solvents, Wood Preservatives, Paint Thinners, and Alkyd (oil-based) Paint. Since Latex Paint is not considered hazardous, it can be disposed with your regular trash collection as long as the mixture is harden by adding absorbents (cat litter, sand, sawdust, or paint drying crystals) prior to disposal. If, however you are unable to do so, Latex Paint will also be accepted.
Items which will not be accepted include Ammunition, Asbestos, Explosive Materials, Medical Waste, Pharmaceuticals, Radioactive Materials, and Picric Acid.
For more information please contact the St. Mary’s Department of Public Works and Transportation at 301-863-8400. You can also log on to their website at www.stmarysmd.com/docs/2014HouseholdHazardousWasteCollectionDaysFlyer2-2.pdf.
During the week of October 13 through October 19 deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,342 calls for service throughout the community.
Citizens with information on the following crimes or any criminal activity in Calvert County who wish to report it anonymously can now access the Calvert County Crime Solvers link through the Sheriff’s Office website.
Go to http://www.co.cal.md.us/residents/safety/law/sheriff/ and click on the Crime Solvers link to leave an anonymous tip on-line. Information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect could result in a $1,000 reward.
Destruction of Property Case #14-57645:
On October 13 at 4:13 p.m. DFC R. Wilson arrested two men and charged them each with trespass, operating an off-road vehicle on property, destruction of property less than $1,000 and disorderly conduct. A Chesapeake Ranch Estates Security Officer had earlier advised Wilson that he and another witness had observed the two men riding a four wheeler on the runway in CRE as well as on the roadway. They damaged the grassy area of the runway. The witnesses advised they saw the two men park the four wheeler at a home in CRE, then get into a passenger vehicle and leave the area. Wilson ran the tag number of the passenger vehicle and drove over to that address. The suspect vehicle arrived at the house and contact was made with the two suspects. Thomas Scott Burroughs, Jr., 18 of Lusby, and Emory Jackson Baldwin, IV, 19 of St. Leonard, were arrested and charged.
Disorderly Conduct Case #14-57708:
On October 14 at 3:00 a.m. DFC P. Mosely responded to the area of Chesapeake Village Drive at Lawrin Court in Chesapeake Beach for the report of three people yelling in the street. Mosely made contact with the three subjects. They advised they had gotten into an argument earlier. Mosely could detect a strong odor of alcohol. They were advised to go home. Fifteen minutes later Mosely received another call for disorderly subjects yelling and walking through the same neighborhood but he was unable to locate anyone. About 15 minutes later he received a third call for the same thing. He made contact with the same three subjects from earlier. One of the subjects, later identified as Brenna Erin Bateman, 21 of Upper Marlboro, started to yell and curse. Another of the subjects, later identified as Ray Clinton Kinzer, 22 of Chesapeake Beach, also began to yell. They were both placed under arrest and charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct. The third subject was not arrested and was sent on her way.
Burglary Case #14-58163:
On October 15 between 5:00 p.m. and midnight, someone entered a home in the 3900 block of 17th Street in Chesapeake Beach and stole a 42 inch LG television set. DFC C. Fox is investigating.
CDS Violation Case #14-58183:
On October 16 at 10:43 a.m. DFC C. Fox responded to the 9000 block of Chesapeake Avenue in North Beach for the report of a male walking around smoking a possible controlled dangerous substance. Fox made contact with the man, identified as Robert Henry Munson, 66 of Chesapeake Beach, and subsequently issued him with a civil citation for possession of marijuana less than 10 grams.
Destruction of Property Case #14-58218:
DFC A. Locke is investigating damage done to a vehicle parked in the driveway of a home in the 1800 block of Higgens Lane in Huntingtown overnight between October 15 and 16. Someone broke out the driver’s side window.
Theft Case #14-58289:
On October 16 during the daytime hours, someone stole a green Hot Wheels bicycle on Sanford Lane in Owings. DFC J. Migliaccio is investigating.
Destruction of Property Case #14-58606:
Someone caused damage to the yard of a home in the 70 block of Dares Wharf Road in Prince Frederick sometime between October 13 and 16. DFC J. Denton is investigating.
Theft Case #14-58792:
Overnight entry into a vehicle was made between October 18 and 19 in the 4700 block of Williams Wharf Road in St. Leonard. A handheld fire department radio was stolen. Dep. T. Holt is investigating.
Theft Case #14-58825:
Between October 17 at 1:00 p.m. and October 19 someone stole a dark green Yama golf cart valued at $5,000 from outside a home in the 2700 block of Adelina Road in Prince Frederick. The owner advised that a silver skull and crossbones logo is on the cart. Anyone with information is asked to contact DFC R. Kreps at 410-535-2800.
10-11-14 BURGLARY - A victim, who resides on Pin Cushion Road in Leonardown, reported unknown suspect(s) entered her garage and stole property. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy Murphy. Case #54443-14
10-11-14 THEFT/VANDALISM - Unknown suspect(s) damaged and stole street signs in the Woodland Park area of the Wildewood subdivision. Case #s 54428-14, 54424-14, 54426-14, and 54434-14
10-12-14 BURGLARY - A victim, who resides on Maddox Road reported unknown suspect(s) entered his residence and stole property. Case #54528-14
10-14-14 BURGLARY - A victim, who resides on Winding Way in Lexington Park, reported unknown suspect(s) entered her residence and stole property. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy Beasley. Case #54929-14
10-14-14 ATTEMPTED BURGLARY - A victim, who resides on Oakley Road in Avenue, reported unknown suspect(s) attempted to make entry into her residence by kicking the back door. Case #54947-14
10-15-14 BURGLARY - A victim, who resides on Evergreen Park Drive in Lexington Park, reported unknown suspect(s) entered his shed and stole property. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy Knott. Case #54990-14
10-15-14 BURGLARY TO MOTOR VEHICLE - A victim, who resides on Oak Ridge Drive in Mechanicsville, reported an unknown suspect entered her unlocked vehicle. The suspect fled when the victim came outside. Nothing appeared to have been stolen. Case #55037-14
10-15-14 BURGLARY - A victim, who resides in the 19000 block of Three Notch Road in St. James, reported unknown suspect(s) entered his residence and stole property. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy Lawrence. Case #54992-14
10-15-14 ATTEMPTED BURGLARY - A victim, who resides on Primrose Way in California, reported unknown suspect(s) attempted to entered his residence through the back door. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy Beyer. Case #55280-14
10-18-14 BURGLARY - A victim, who resides on Morning Dew Lane in Lexington Park, reported unknown suspect(s) entered her residence and stole property. Case remains open. Case #55702-14
10-19-14 STRONG ARMED ROBBERY - A victim reported 2 unidentified black males threatened the victim and stole the McDonald's food he had just purchased along with other personal items, while he was walking on Great Mills Road. Case remains open and is assigned to Corporal Connelly. Case #55740-14
10-19-14 STRONG ARMED ROBBERY - A victim reported he was walking in the area of Lei Drive in Lexington Park when he was approached and beaten by 3 unidentified black male suspects. The suspects took the victim's backpack and fled on foot. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy Cameron. Case #55764-14
10-19-14 VANDALISM - 5 vehicles were damaged while parked at the AMC Theater. Suspect(s) appeared to have jumped on the engine hoods and roofs and or broke out windows to 5 vehicles. Case remains open and is assigned to Corporal Connelly. Case #55779-14
10-19-14 BURGLARY - A victim reported unknown suspect(s) stole a headlight assemble from his Toyota Sequoia while it was parked at the La Quinta Inn on Three Notch Road. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy John Davis. Case #55824-14
PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, Md. - Communities surrounding the naval air
station are advised that noise-generating test events are scheduled to take
place Oct. 20-24, 2014, as pilots at Pax train for realistic flight scenarios,
including Field Carrier Landing Practice, or FCLP.
Training times are scheduled between: 3:30-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Monday through
Thursday; 12:30-2:30 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.
FCLP training is essential for the precision and safety of our service members
and the success of their mission. 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
CHARLES COUNTY, MD (October 20, 2014) – A team of investigators with the Office of the
State Fire Marshal, Charles County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are actively investigating an early morning fire at the Spirit Halloween store located at 2875 Crain Highway in Waldorf. The store is located next door to the Fred’s Sporting Store that was intentionally set on fire after a burglary on October 13, 2014.
At 12:07 a.m. a passerby observed a fire in the front of the Spirit Halloween store and notified 911. Nearly 40 firefighters responded from Waldorf, Laplata, Brandywine, Baden, Hughesville and Bryans Road Fire Departments and extinguished the fire located just inside the front door within 5 minutes. Smoke and heat created by the fire spread throughout the store and caused approximately $400,000 in damage to the contents. An additional $100,000 is damage is estimated to the structure at the front of the business. No injuries were reported during the incident.
Investigators determined an accelerant was ignited at the front door with the assistance of an
accelerant K-9 team. No evidence of theft from the business was observed during the on-scene
Anyone having information concerning these incidents is asked to contact the Southern Regional Office of the State Fire Marshal at 443-550-6820 or the Arson Hotline at 1-800-492-7529.
There are no reported cases of the Ebola virus in Charles County or Maryland; however, given the seriousness of the Ebola outbreak in western Africa and the recent cases diagnosed in the U.S., local government and health care officials are at an increased level of preparedness regarding the potential risk of Ebola.
Charles County leaders are working closely to ensure the safety of the public in the event of an Ebola incident. On Oct. 15, Charles County Government officials met with key representatives from the Department of Emergency Services, Charles County Health Department, Charles County Sheriff’s Office, and University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center to discuss countywide Ebola preparedness measures.
Charles County Health Officer Dr. Dianna E. Abney said, “While we are at a heightened awareness, there is no current risk of the Ebola virus in this area. Extensive planning is taking place nationally as well as on the state level and locally.”
The Charles County Department of Health is in continuous communication with the Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for the latest information regarding Ebola. On Oct. 28 during the County Commissioners meeting session, Dr. Abney will provide a report on the Ebola virus, flu season, and other health matters of interest to Charles County residents. Commissioners meetings are broadcast on CCGTV cable television stations (Comcast channel 95 and Verizon channel 10) with online viewing available at www.CharlesCountyMD.gov.
The CDC and top health officials in the region have said the risk of Ebola spreading widely in the United States is low. Ebola is spread through direct contact with body fluids from a person who has symptomatic Ebola virus disease. For more detailed information about the disease, visit the CDC website, www.cdc.gov.
“With all of the recent attention to Ebola, it is important to be mindful of the upcoming flu and pneumonia season. All residents are urged to get a flu shot and those over 65 should get a one-time pneumonia vaccination,” added Dr. Abney.
Maryland law requires all dogs, cats, and ferrets are vaccinated for rabies. Protect your furry friends, bring your pet to a free rabies clinic Sunday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon at the La Plata Volunteer Fire Department (911 Washington Avenue, La Plata). Dog and cat licenses will be available for purchase. The fee for a pet license is $5 if your animal is altered and $25 if your animal is not altered. All dogs must be leashed and all cats and ferrets must be contained in a carrier.
The Charles County Animal Response Team (CART) volunteers, Charles County Animal Control, and the Charles County Department of Health are sponsoring the clinic.
For more information about the free rabies clinic, contact the Charles County Department of Emergency Services at 301-609-3425 or e-mail Debbie Yost at YostD@CharlesCountyMD.gov. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.
The Charles County Commissioners have scheduled the Charles County Citizens’ Preliminary 2015 State Legislative Package public hearing for Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. in the Commissioners' Meeting Room at the Charles County Government Building (200 Baltimore Street, La Plata).
Seventeen proposals have been submitted to date and will be available for viewing at www.boarddocs.com/md/chrlsco/Board.nsf/Public. The author of each proposal is asked to attend the public hearing to present a brief synopsis of the initiative and to answer any questions that may arise from those in attendance. Work sessions will be scheduled following the public hearing to review the legislative proposals and determine which ones will be included in the County Commissioners' 2015 General Assembly Legislative Package and forwarded to the Charles County Delegation for their consideration.
For more information, contact Ms. Lisa Bailey, Office of the County Attorney at 301-645-0555 or BaileyL@CharlesCounty.org. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.
Leonardtown, MD - As part of the Commissioners of St. Mary's County's October 28, 2014 meeting agenda, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) will present its Draft FY 2015-2020 Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP) for review and comment by the Commissioners. The road show presentation is scheduled to begin at 1:30 pm and include a discussion on the status of transportation projects in progress and in planning for St. Mary's County.
The CTP is Maryland's six-year capital budget for transportation projects. It includes projects and programs across MDOT, including the Maryland Aviation Administration, Motor Vehicle Administration, Maryland Transit Administration, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Maryland State Highway Administration, Maryland Port Administration, and Maryland Transportation Authority.
Commissioners of St. Mary's County business meetings are open to the public and citizens are encouraged to attend. Business meetings can also be viewed live on St. Mary’s County Government TV 95 (SMCG TV 95) on Metrocast Cable or via live stream over the internet at http://www.stmarysmd.com/broadcast.asp Click on LIVE at the top of the page to view (note: live web stream is only viewable on a PC with Windows Media Player installed - not on a mobile device or a MAC.)
Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Delante J. Miller, 25, of Waldorf. Miller currently has an outstanding warrant charging him with child support violations. Miller is 5’6”, 135 lbs., and has black hair and brown eyes.
Delante J. Miller
Warrant officers have been looking for Miller since March. Anyone with information about Delante J. Miller’s whereabouts is asked not to approach him, but rather call the CCSO Warrant Unit at (301) 932-2222. Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to his arrest. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or Text CHARLES your tip to CRIMES or visit www.ccso.us to submit a web tip. For additional information about Crime Solvers see www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com.
Charles County Sheriff’s detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division are seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspects responsible for at least two thefts of bank deposit bags. One case occurred in early September and the other case happened on Oct. 3 and both incidents occurred near the Bank of America at 3255 Crain Highway in Waldorf. The victims seemed to be targeted based on the manner in which they carried the deposit bag – the bags were in their hand, visible and easy to grab. In each case a lone male suspect approached the victim, grabbed the bag and fled to silver Hyundai Sonata being driven by a black female with short hair. The suspect is described as a black male, possibly in his 20’s to early 30’s, between 5’8” – 5’10” with a thin build. A surveillance camera captured images of the male suspect and the car the female suspect was driving. Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward for information leading to their arrests.
These types of thefts occur everywhere and the CCSO is offering the following suggestions:
Do not carry a bank deposit bag in an open manner. Try to hide it
If possible, make bank deposits with more than one person
Alternate your banking routine; consider alternating the times you make deposits so your routine is not obvious
Stay alert and look for anyone loitering around the bank
If you see something suspicious, call police
Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Learn more at the CCSO’s website.
On Oct. 15, Brian Patrick Weyhenmeyer, 32, of Waldorf was arrested in connection with the death of his wife, Jennifer Lynn Weyhenmeyer, who was run over by a car her husband was driving on Oct. 12 behind a shopping center in the 3200 block of Crain Highway. After the assault, Weyhenmeyer fled to his house on Pierce Road where officers located him. After conversations with hostage negotiators, Weyhenmeyer was taken into custody by members of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services Team. Weyhenmeyer was transported to a hospital after telling officers he had medical conditions. He was released from the hospital at 7:40 p.m. last night and immediately transported to the Charles County Detention Center where he was charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault, and second-degree assault. Detective C. Shankster of the Criminal Investigations Division is investigating. Anyone with additional information is asked to call Detective Shankster at (301) 609- 6513.
The Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, in partnership with Calvert County, Caroline County, Charles County, Dorchester County, St. Mary’s County, Northumberland County, Somerset County, Talbot County, Westmoreland County, Wicomico County, and participating communities within these jurisdictions is preparing a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) to address compatibility planning around Naval Air Station Patuxent River (NAS PAX).
The primary objective of the JLUS is to reduce potential conflicts between NAS PAX and surrounding areas while accommodating new growth and economic development, sustaining economic vitality, protecting public health and safety, and sustaining the operational missions of the installation.
The public is invited to attend Public Open Houses to review, discuss, and comment on the Public Draft of the JLUS Report with the JLUS development team. Two previous public workshops were conducted for the JLUS that provided the public with an overview of the process and solicited input that was incorporated into the JLUS. The Public Draft documentation will be available on the JLUS website, http://www.paxjlus.com on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, for review.
Public Open Houses will be held in two different locations for your convenience:
Western Area Public Open House
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 5
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: Southern Maryland Higher Education Center
44219 Airport Road
California, MD 20619
Eastern Area Public Open House
Date: Thursday, Nov. 6
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: Delmarva Community Services
2450 Cambridge Beltway
Cambridge, MD 21613
The public is encouraged to attend these open houses. It is critical to obtain input from the community in order to develop a plan that is responsive to local needs. Please join us to hear about the JLUS and provide your input on the Public Draft JLUS Report.
For more information, visit the project’s website at: http://www.paxjlus.com/ or contact: George Clark (Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland) at 301-274-1922 or email@example.com.
Leonardtown, MD - The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office will offer a prescription collection service at the annual Health Fair: The Way to Wellness on Friday, October 24 at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center. The service will allow residents to safely dispose of unused and expired medications in an eco-friendly manner. Toxins from drugs disposed of into landfills or down toilets and sinks, can potentially pollute the environment and pose other health hazards.
All non-prescription over the counter medications, prescription medications and pet medications, in addition to pills, liquids, ointments and lotions will also be accepted. Unfortunately syringes, inhalers of drugs in aerosol canisters or chemotherapy drugs, either in IV liquid or oral form, will not be accepted. Information will also be available relating to Prescription Medications and opiates.
“We really encourage people in the community to dispose of medications properly. Failing to dispose of medications properly will not only damage the environment, but can also make you a target for crime, said Captain Daniel Alioto, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Vice Narcotics Division.
“Not only will we collect expired medications, we will also have deputies educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications. We are making this a priority by offering this service at the Health Fair, in addition to the 24/7 drop-off location at the Sheriff’s Office. We hope to expand this service to those in the community with a moderate or severe disability that prevents them from disposing of their medications at our 24/7 disposal in the future,” said Captain Alioto.
Medication collection will be offered at the annual Health Fair: The Way to Wellness on Friday, October 24 at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, 44219 Airport Road, Hollywood, MD from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The Health Fair will offer activities, screenings & exhibits aimed at promoting health and wellness—for all ages. No pre-registration is required and admission is free.
For more information, contact Jennifer Stone at 301-475-4200, ext. 1073, visit www.stmarysmd.com/aging or like us on our Facebook page, keyword: Way to Wellness.
LEONARDTOWN, MD – The St. Mary’s County Health Department and the St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services & Technology brought together key community partners to discuss county-wide preparedness plans for handling Ebola should a St. Mary’s County resident be suspected of having the virus. At this time, there are no known or suspected cases of Ebola in St. Mary’s County; however, given the seriousness of the Ebola outbreak in western Africa and the recent cases diagnosed in the U.S., multiple partners are preparing for the possibility of a local Ebola case.
Representatives from the St. Mary’s County Health Department, St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services & Technology, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, St. Mary’s County Emergency Medical Services, St. Mary’s County Public Schools, Patuxent River Naval Air Station, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland Emergency Management Agency, and the Maryland State Police participated in a roundtable discussion October 15 to discuss preparedness strategies for the County. Partners are now planning further exercises and training to advance preparations.
“Collaborating with our community partners in preparing for a possible Ebola case is our best defense against a local outbreak in the unlikely event that a St. Mary’s County resident contracts Ebola,” stated Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “Our community comes together not just to respond – we come together to prevent and prepare.”
“St. Mary’s County consistently seeks to improve our response to events that may occur within our jurisdiction,” said Bob Kelly, Director of St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services & Technology. “Discussing responses to events and identifying our agencies’ responsibilities makes our community and our first responders better prepared.”
The 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest in history, primarily affecting multiple countries in western Africa though more recently with some cases diagnosed in the U.S. Ebola is spread through direct contact with body fluids from a person who has symptomatic Ebola virus disease.
For more information about the Ebola virus and transmission, please visit the CDC’s website.
Members of the Maryland State Police, Computer Crimes Section, Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) conducted an online investigation into individuals distributing child pornography.
The investigation led to several files of child pornography being distributed to online services. As a result of the investigation a search and seizure warrant was executed in Prince Georges County, Maryland. During the investigation Trooper First Class Timothy Weber identified the suspect as Travin Deon Butler, 21, of the 6500 block of Dublin Place in Upper Marlboro, Md. As a result of the search warrant, numerous items of digital media to include computers, cellular telephones, CD/DVD’s were seized and turned over to Maryland State Police Digital Forensic Lab for analysis.
On October 15, 2014 Travin Deon Butler was arrested as a result of the investigation and charged with one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. Mr. Bulter is being held pending a hearing with the Prince Georges County District Court Commissioners Office.
The Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is comprised of police agencies from around the state. Its primary mission is to protect children from computer-facilitated sexual exploitation. The Task Force works cooperatively with law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to provide resources to combat these crimes. Additionally, the Task Force provides community awareness campaigns helping to prevent the spread of these crimes through education.
REISTERSTOWN, MD -- When the 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit the mid-Atlantic region on August 23, 2011, many people didn’t know how to react. Because earthquakes of that strength are so unusual in the eastern United States, the reaction was much different that it would have been in more quake-prone areas such as California.
Instead of crouching under a desk or sturdy table, many people evacuated their homes or workplaces, unaware of the potential injury from falling debris. While this earthquake was not strong enough to cause significant damage to the outside of buildings in Maryland, an even slightly stronger tremor could have causeD bricks and other exterior materials to become dangerous projectiles.
To help educate residents about safe earthquake procedures, Maryland and other mid-Atlantic and southeastern states now participate in the Great SouthEast ShakeOut. Held annually on the third Thursday of October, the ShakeOut is set for this Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 10:16 a.m.
During the self-led drill, participants practice how to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On”. Endorsed by emergency officials and first responders, the safe response to an earthquake is to:
- DROP to the ground
- Take COVER under a sturdy table or desk if possible, protecting your head and neck
- HOLD ON until the shaking stops
“Thankfully, we don’t have much experience with strong earthquakes in Maryland,” said Ken Mallete, executive director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency. “But we need to make sure we know what to when a strong earthquake does hit our area.”
The ShakeOut is free and open-to-the-public, and participants include individuals, schools, businesses, local and state government agencies, and many other groups. To take part in the ShakeOut, individuals and organizations are asked to sign up to participate in the drill by visiting www.shakeout.org. Once registered, participants receive regular information on how to plan their drill and become better prepared for earthquakes and other disasters.
To date, more than 115,000 people are registered to participate in Maryland. Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills will occur nationwide in more than 45 states and territories and more than 15 million people are expected to participate.
The Great SouthEast ShakeOut is being coordinated in the state by Maryland Emergency Management Agency in conjunction with the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium and its Member and Associate States, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Geological Survey, and dozens of other partners.
For more information about preparedness in Maryland, please visit www.mema.maryland.gov, follow us on Twitter @MDMEMA or follow us on Facebook. Also consider downloading the free Maryland Prepares app to your smart phone or tablet from the appropriate app store.
Theft from Vehicle: On 10/7/14 at 1:34 pm, Trooper Rowe received a complaint for a stolen rear registration plate. The victim reported seeing the tag on the vehicle the night before, however, it was missing the following morning. Investigation continues.
DWI & Possession of CDS & Drug Paraphernalia: On 10/9/14 at 7:36 pm, Sergeant Chirichella stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 south of Rt. 231 in Prince Frederick for traffic violations. Trooper First Class Esnes arrived to assist with the traffic stop. Edward A. Hynes Jr., 26 of Dundalk, was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. Trooper First Class Esnes searched Hynes and found Xanax and Alprazolam in his possession for which he did not have a prescription. Hynes was additionally charged with possession of CDS and drug paraphernalia. He was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
Hollywood, Maryland - On October 14, 2014 at 8:34 AM, deputies responded to a residence for a reported suspicious incident. The juvenile victim alleged unknown suspects abducted the victim for a period of time. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division immediately responded and assumed the investigation.
After conducting a thorough investigation, detectives determined the report was unfounded.