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This morning at 10:10 AM, Corporal Kristi Nelson, School Resource Officer for Great Mills High School, responded to a fight involving 3 students inside the school. Corporal Nelson immediately attempted to break up the fight and was assaulted. Corporal Nelson called for additional officers to respond. Several additional officers arrived at the school within minutes and the 3 students involved in the fight were taken into custody. No serious injuries were reported. All police officers have left and the school has resumed normal activities.

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In early morning of August 27, 2015 a citizen observed a fire off of Livingston Road in Indian Head, the fire was reported to the Charles County 911 Center and the Bryans Road VFD along with the Charles County Sheriff's Office responded. The 2003 Audi was reported stolen hours earlier to the Prince George's County Police Department. The investigation is continuing.

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On August 26, 2015, at approximately 8:09 a.m. the Calvert Control Center received a call from a citizen advising that there was a coyote running loose with a leash in the area of Neptune’s restaurant in North Beach. Sheriff’s Deputies and Animal Control Officer (ACO) Tom Guy responded to the call. They were able to capture the coyote, utilizing catch poles, in the area of Frederick Ave and 3rd St, North Beach.  The coyote was wearing a blue collar indicating it was someone’s pet.
The coyote was transported to the Sheriff’s Office where ACO Guy met with members of the Natural Resources Police and Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division where they confirmed that the animal was a coyote.  A resident of North Beach responded to the Sheriff’s Office claiming that he was the owner of the coyote.
During the investigation conducted by the NRP Officers, they were advised that the coyote was obtained as a puppy in the Virginia area. Due to the possible exposure of rabies from the coyote, it was humanely euthanized and sent to the state lab in Baltimore for testing.
According to NRP Officers, charges are pending for the owner. It is illegal to own/possess a coyote in the State of Maryland.

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On Wednesday, August 26, 2015, at approximately 1:30 p.m members of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office responded to a reported serious motor vehicle collision on Patuxent Beach Road in the area of North Patuxent Beach Road. 
 
Deputies arrived on scene to discover a head-on, two vehicle collision.  Preliminary investigation determined a 2009 Toyota Rav 4, operated by Diane Vanaman of Great Mills, was traveling south on Patuxent Beach Road when her vehicle crossed the center line and entered the northbound lanes.  Vanaman's vehicle then struck a 2011 GMC Acadia operated by Genevieve Piatt of Lusby.  Vanaman was pronounced dead on the scene.  Piatt was transported by Maryland State Police Trooper 7 to Prince George's Hospital Center with non-life threatening injuries.
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.  The cause of the collision remains under investigation.  
 
Anyone who may have witnessed the collision, and has not already provided a statement, is asked to contact Deputy Vincent Pontorno at 301-475-4040. 

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At a hearing held on August 24, 2015, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) was the only electric utility in the state to have met or exceeded all of the Maryland Public Service Commission’s 2014 service quality and reliability standards.
In 2012, the Commission established standards in the areas of outage frequency and duration, service restoration times, vegetation management, feeder performance, downed-wire response times, and contact center performance. Besting each of these standards, SMECO reported that, on average, its customers experienced fewer than one outage during 2014, with each outage lasting an average of only 1 hour and 22 minutes. Customers calling SMECO in 2014 had their calls answered in 14 seconds, the best average in the State.
“Customer-member service is our top priority,” said Austin J. Slater, Jr., SMECO’s President and CEO. “It permeates everything we do: from providing quality and reliable electric service, to maintaining open and frequent communications, to making SMECO a comfortable and easy business to deal with. We’re also honored that our members recognize our efforts to constantly improve our level of customer service, and that we have consistently been recognized as a leader in customer service among utilities.”

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Members of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Operations Unit and members of the Charles County Fair Board have met and discussed traffic plans for the 2015 Charles County Fair, which will take place September 17-20 at 8440 Fairgrounds Road, La Plata.

All traffic for the 2015 Charles County Fair will move North on Fairgrounds Road. Incoming traffic will enter Fairgrounds Road from Bel Alton Newtown Road, while outbound traffic will exit the fair heading North on Fairgrounds Road. Drivers should expect delays.

To avoid traffic delays, fairgoers are encouraged to park at the Charles County Courthouse and take advantage of the free shuttle service. Buses will provide transportation to and from the fair from the Courthouse parking lot all day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with pick up times approximately every 30 minutes. All patrons who utilize the free shuttle service will receive a coupon for $1 off admission to the fair.

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Charles County Vision 2020 Program applications will be available online starting Tuesday, Sept. 1 for the 2016 selection process.  Applications will be accepted until Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. Visit www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/CS/CCVision2020 for program and application information.

The Charles County Vision 2020 Program is designed to help Charles County residents improve their quality of life as it relates to health, education, transportation, housing, and employment. Over a two year period, participants will work with an assigned social worker who will provide support, navigation, and referrals.  Program participants will work toward achieving their goals and obtaining long-term self-sufficiency.

Applications are also available at the Department of Community Services building, 8190 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco.  For more information, contact Jessica Magorian at 301-934-0100 or MagoriaJ@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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Domestic Assault – On August 23, 2015, Deputy Schultz responded to the 46000 block of Shinning Willow Lane in Lexington Park, for a reported assault. The victim alleged Tonya Lynette Albers, age 41, of Lexington Park, hit and scratched the victim with her hands during a verbal argument. The victim displayed signs of injury consistent with the allegations. Albers was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with 2nd Degree Assault. CASE# 49460-15

Domestic Assault – On August 23, 2015, Deputy Lawrence responded to the 19000 block of Three Notch Road in Lexington Park, for a reported assault. The victim alleged Michael James Maloney, age 28, of Lexington Park, struck the victim in the face with an open right hand. The victim displayed signs of injury consistent with the allegations. Maloney was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd Degree Assault. CASE# 49343-15

Burglary – On August 22, 2015, Deputy Wesner responded to the 47000 block of Willow Drive in Lexington Park, after a witness reported a burglary to a residence. Deputy Wesner located a suspect inside the residence, identified as George Michael Young, age 68, of Lexington Park. Young did not have permission to be inside the residence and destroyed property inside the home. Young was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with two counts of 4th Degree Burglary and Destruction of Property. CASE# 49270-15

Burglary – On August 22, 2015, Deputy Wesner responded to the 45000 block of Halsey Court in California, for the report of a burglary. William Anthony Dunnington, age 28, of Lexington Park, forcibly opened a locked door and entered the residence. The victim and witness left the residence to stay in a nearby motel. Dunnington followed the victim and witness to the motel where he attempted to gain entry through the doors and windows. Dunnington was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 4th Degree Burglary and Destruction of Property. CASE# 49145-15

Violation Protective Order – On August 22, 2015, Corporal O’Connor initiated a traffic stop for erratic driving. Further investigation revealed there was an active protective order between the driver Michael Leshawn Johnson, age 27, of Lexington Park and a passenger. Johnson was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention. He was charged with Violation Protective Order. CASE# 49148-15

Failure to Register Sex Offender – On August 19, 2015, Dana Clint Robinson, age 41, of Mechanicsville, failed to register his new address, phone number and place of employment as required by the Maryland Statue.  Robinson, who is a tier III lifetime registered sex offender, failed to provide the registry with information as required, despite being given the information to do so. On August 21, 2015, Robinson was located and placed under arrest by Corporal Raddatz. Robinson was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with five counts of Sex Offender Registry violations. CASE# 48617-15

Domestic Assault – On August 20, 2015, Deputy Logue responded to the 17000 block of Mt. Zion Church Road in St. Inigoes, for the report of an assault with a handgun.  The victim alleged suspect, Joseph Ignatius Bracken, age 43, of St. Inigoes threatened the victim with a handgun during an argument. Bracken then pointed the handgun at the victim’s head and demanded the victim leave the home. The victim fled the home and called 911. Deputy Logue later determined the handgun was not real. Bracken was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 1st and 2nd Degree Assault. CASE# 48800-15
 

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Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang sentenced Joshua Scott Schellhase, age 31, of Leonardtown, Maryland today to six years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for distribution of heroin.  A close friend of Schellhase died as a result of using the heroin distributed by Schellhase.
 
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Karl C. Colder of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Field Division; and St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron.
 
According to his plea agreement, during 2012 Schellhase was close friends with an individual with whom Schellhase used heroin or other opiates on a daily basis.  Schellhase and the individual would provide heroin to each other as they were able to obtain it.
 
On October 11, 2012, the individual contacted Schellhase by text message and Schellhase agreed to give the individual some heroin that Schellhase had recently purchased.  During the early evening, Schellhase drove to a residence in Calloway, Maryland.  The individual came out of the house and Schellhase gave the individual a small amount of heroin and two cigarettes.  The individual went back into the house, went into the bathroom and ingested the heroin he had received from Schellhase.  About 15 minutes later, the individual’s girlfriend knocked on the bathroom door, but received no response.  She opened the door and discovered the individual slumped over and non-responsive.  Emergency medical personnel were called and attempted to revive the individual, but the individual died.
 
The cause of death was determined to be morphine intoxication.  The victim died as a result of ingesting the heroin provided by Schellhase.
 
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the DEA and St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Deborah A. Johnston and Leah J. Bressack, who prosecuted the case.

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Tuesday morning at 6:06 a.m., forty firefighters from La Plata, Bryans Road, Bel Alton, Marbury, Potomac Heights, Waldorf Volunteer Fire Departments and NOS Stump Neck Fire Department responded to a house fire at 8145 Vacchiano Drive, Port Tobacco. They had the fire under control in about 15 minutes. After an investigation by the State Fire Marshals Office it was determined the accidental fire was the result of a malfunction within the furnace located in the basement.  The dwelling was destroyed and the estimated loss is $150,000.  There were no injuries and the family is being assisted by the American Red Cross.

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BALTIMORE (August 25, 2015) – Drivers are paying greater attention to the stop arms on school buses, a new Maryland State Department of Education-sponsored survey has found.
Stop arms swing out from a bus and lights flash whenever it is making an on-roadway student pick-up.  A total of 2,796 violations of school bus stop arms were recorded on a single day last spring. Although still a significant number, the rate was down by more than 700 from the 3,505 violations witnessed last year, and less than half the number of violations recorded in 2011, the survey’s first year.
“Maryland schools are opening, and we ask that all drivers focus on the safety of our students.  It is illegal to pass a bus with its stop arm extended and its lights flashing,” said State Superintendent of Schools Lillian M. Lowery.  “We celebrate that progress that has been made since our bus drivers first launched this survey five year ago. But we have more work to do for the safety of our students.”
MSDE coordinated the survey in April along with school transportation directors in all 24 school systems.  It is considered a snapshot of illegal activity on the roads.  Eighty-two percent of Maryland school bus drivers took part in the survey.
Violations have been declining steadily since the survey was launched, before rising slightly last year.  Bus drivers witnessed 7,011 violations in 2011, a number that fell dipped below 3,000 this year.  School systems and bus drivers have been raising awareness about stop arm violations for the past four years.
Large systems with more buses and bus routes noted the most violators.  Montgomery County school bus drivers tallied the most – 883 drivers ignoring the stop arm – but that was down from 1,494 in 2012.  Prince George’s County dropped from 669 to 230 over the past year, while Baltimore City dropped increased from 428 to 224 and Baltimore County fell from 410 to 269.  Anne Arundel, Cecil, Charles, Howard, and Worcester say increases. Drivers in one small county – Talbot – did not witness, while Kent and Somerset found one each and Dorchester tallied two.
The survey was undertaken at the behest of a number of members of the Maryland General Assembly, which has been monitoring school bus safety.  The National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services is coordinating surveys of this type in all 50 States.

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On August 24, 2015 at approximately 2313 hours the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to Calvert Beach Rd. and Forest Trail St. Leonard, MD 20685 for a single vehicle crash.  A 1999 Jeep Cherokee ran off the road and struck a tree.  The Jeep was traveling west on Calvert Beach Rd. when it failed to negotiate a sweeping left turn in the roadway.  The Jeep crossed the center line and the west bound lane and left the roadway briefly.  The Jeep then reentered the roadway and started rotating in a clockwise direction.  The Jeep continued across both lanes of the road and left the road on the east bound side.  The Jeep struck a tree and continued to rotate around the tree.  The driver, 18 year old Makayla Lee Burkman of Port Republic, MD, was pinned in the vehicle.

EMS crews worked for approximately an hour before they were able to extricate Burkman from the Jeep.  Burkman was taken to Prince George’s Medical Center via Maryland State Police Helicopter.  Burkman was suffering from life threatening injuries.  The other occupants of the Jeep were identified as Tyler James Fortney (19 St. Leonard, MD), Catherine Jordan Findley (18 Prince Frederick, MD), and Kyle Nicholas Hooper (18 Prince Frederick, MD).  All three sustained non-life threatening injuries and were transported to a hospital for treatment.
Preliminary investigation indicated that speed and alcohol are factors in the crash.  The crash is being investigated by Dfc. W. Beisel of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Unit.  Anyone with information about the crash can call 410-535-2800 or email beiselww@co.cal.md.us.

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Monday night at around 9:30 p.m., Ernest Freeman, Jr., 78, missing from Swan
Point, was found safe and unharmed at Dahlgren Naval Base. The officer on duty
at front gate realized Freeman was lost and a computer checked showed he was
missing. Officers are reunited Freeman with family.

 

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CRITICAL MISSING PERSON: The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating Ernest Courtland Freeman, Jr., 78, who is missing from his home on Annabelle Drive in Swan Point, MD. Freeman, who has Alzheimer’s disease, was last seen at his home by a relative at 9:15 this morning. He was discovered missing at about 11 a.m. Freeman may be driving a black Toyota Rav 4 SUV with Maryland tags 424M164. Freeman is a white male, 6’0”, 185 lbs, with gray hair and hazel eyes. He may be wearing a gold-colored golf shirt, beige shorts and a baseball cap. Family members have indicated if Mr. Freeman leaves the area of Swan Point, he likely will not be able to find his way home. A Silver Alert – which is similar to an Amber Alert – has been issued and officers are continuing to canvass the area. Anyone who sees Mr. Freeman should call 911 or contact Detective B. Buchanan at (301) 932-2222.

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Domestic Assault – On August 1, 2015, Deputy J. Smith responded to a residence in the 22000 block of Town Creek Road in Lexington Park, for the report of a domestic assault. The victim alleged suspect, Tifany Nycole Gross, age 39, of Lexington Park, pushed the victim and attempted to take their daughter. Gross then struck the victim in the head with a picture frame. The victim displayed fresh, visible open wounds to the head. Gross was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with 2nd degree assault. CASE# 45023-15
 
Domestic Assault – On August 10, 2015, Deputy B. Foor responded to a residence in the 21000 block of Great Mills Road in Lexington Park, for the report of a domestic assault. The victim alleged suspect Adam Robert Neal, age 31, of Lusby, punched the victim in the left upper arm during an argument. The victim displayed a large red mark on the arm. Neal was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd degree assault. CASE# 46737-15
 
Domestic Assault – On August 10, 2015, Deputy T. Siciliano responded to a residence in the 22000 block of Iverson Drive in Lexington Park, for the report of an assault. The victim alleged suspect, Thanh Phu Pham, age 46, of Lexington Park, raised a knife to the victim’s neck stating he would kill the victim during an argument over the eviction of the victim.  Pham was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 1st and 2nd degree assault. CASE# 46829-15
 
Disorderly Conduct – On August 11, 2015, Deputy A. Cole responded to the 46000 block of Midway Drive, in Lexington Park, to assist other deputies with the violation of a protective order. While the violator of the protective order was in custody, deputies witnessed suspect, Angela Renee Carter, age 24, of Lexington Park, yell at deputies prior to exiting her vehicle. Several deputies asked Ms. Carter to back away while they completed their investigation. Carter refused to follow the instructions, and continued to create a disturbance. Deputy Cole instructed Carter to stop yelling or she would be placed under arrest. Carter refused and was placed under arrest. Carter continued to act is a disorderly manner after her arrest, refusing to provide her name. She was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Disorderly Conduct, Failure to Obey Lawful Order, Interfere with Arrest and Obstruction and Hindering. CASE# 46977-15
 
Violation Protective Order – On August 11, 2015, Deputy D. Potter responded to a residence in the 46000 block of Midway Drive, for a violation of a protective order. The victim alleged suspect, Roger Lee Wathen, age 23, of Lexington Park has custody of their two children in violation of their protective order. Upon arrival, Deputy Potter did see one of the children go into the home. Deputy Potter was speaking with Wathen at the front door, when Wathen let one of the children inside. Wathen shut the door to conceal the child from deputies. Deputy Potter placed his hand on the door to prevent Wathen from shutting it. Deputy Potter and Deputy Gaskill grabbed Wathen and pulled him outside, plaing him under arrest. While placing Wathen into custody he pulled away and attempted to get back inside the house. Wathen was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Failure to comply with an Order of Court and Resisting Arrest. CASE# 46964-15

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(August 24, 2015) – The first of 28 overnight hauling operations begins tomorrow for the CPV St. Charles Energy Center on Billingsley Road in Charles County.  The hauling route extends from the Aqualand Marina in Newburg to White Plains.
 
Coordinated by Roll-Lift USA, a convoy of nearly two dozen trucks will move large cargo to the St. Charles facility that is under construction.  Each convoy will travel approximately 5 mph and use both northbound lanes of US 301 from Orlando Park Drive, located just north of the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge, to Billingsley Road in White Plains.  Motorists will not be able to pass the convoy.  If traffic delays become significant, the convoy will stop at one of nine pause point locations where police will direct traffic past the convoy.
 
Transports will be scheduled between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Monday night through early Friday morning over the next few weeks until all of the cargo is transported.  Motorists will encounter delays on northbound US 301 during the hauling operation.   SHA and law enforcement suggest travelers avoid the area.  If roadways remain closed after 5 a.m., notice of the extended closures will be posted on the county website (www.CharlesCountyMD.gov).  The County will also send notification via the Citizen Notification System (CNS).
 
Portable variable message signs are in place along US 301 and Billingsley Road to advise motorists to expect delays during the heavy haul convoys.  Roll-Lift USA coordinated the 28 hauls with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Police, Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) and local emergency responders to ensure that each haul is conducted safely and with minimal impacts to the community and traveling public.
 
The largest pieces of equipment arrived at Aqualand Marina by ship. From there, they will be placed on specially designed heavy haul vehicles for transport to the CPV St. Charles Energy Center on Billingsley Road.  CPV St. Charles Energy Center, a natural gas-fired power plant under construction, will generate enough electricity to power about 700,000 homes while reducing sulfur, nitrogen and carbon emissions by 65 to 99 percent compared to other plants.  More information about the plant is available HERE.
 
For additional information about area highways, customers may contact the SHA District 5 Office in Annapolis at 410-841-1020 or 1-800-331-5603.

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Burglary Case #15-44904:
A victim in the 100 block of Walnut Creek Road in Huntingtown advised Dep. W. Durner that between August 9 and 17, someone had broken into his garage and stolen a white and orange colored Hobart Handler welder.  The investigation continues.

Theft Case #15-44925:
Someone stole a 2007 Yamaha Raptor 4-wheeler from in front of a residence on Avery Road in Huntingtown overnight between August 16 and 17.  It is white in color with black graphics on it.  Dep. W. Rector is investigating.

Destruction of Property Case #15-44929:
Unknown suspect(s) broke out numerous pieces of railing on a deck behind a home in the 100 block of Cove Point Road in Lusby overnight between August 14 and 15.   They also attempted to pull up the wooden planks of the deck.  Dep. T. Holt is investigating.

CDS Violation Case #15-45026:
Dep. M. Trigg conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Md. Rt. 4 just north of Church Street in Prince Frederick on August 18 at 9:36 a.m.  He found the driver of the vehicle, Quinn Augustus Freeland, 35, of Prince Frederick, to be in possession of suspected drugs.  Freeland was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia; a baggie.

Burglary Case #15-45108:
A home in the 3100 block of Hunting Creek Road in Huntingtown was burglarized between August 14 and 18.  Cash and jewelry was stolen and $2,000 in damage was done to the home.  Dep. W. Durner is investigating.

Theft Case #15-45130:
Sometime between August 8 and August 18, someone stole a 6 horsepower Husqvarna push mower from the driveway of a home in the 12100 block of Laramie Lane in Lusby.  Dep. D. Naughton is investigating the theft of the orange self-propelled mower, valued at $250.

Burglary Case #15-45192:
A homeowner in the 2700 block of Queensberry Drive in Huntingtown advised Dep. N. Gilmore that on August 18 at about 11:35 p.m. he heard the rear slider door of his home open.  He went to check and found it open a few inches and saw the gate in his yard open as well.  It does not appear entry into the home was made and nothing appears to have been taken.  Dep. Gilmore will continue to investigate.

Theft from Vehicle Case #15-45308:
Overnight between August 18 and 19, someone entered an unlocked vehicle outside a home in the 2800 block of Queensberry Drive in Huntingtown and stole some cash.  Dep. W. Clark advised the owner to be sure to lock his vehicle and secure the keys.  The investigation continues.

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Annapolis, Md. (August 24, 2015) – “With thousands of students returning to Maryland public schools today, I would like to thank teachers, administrators and support staff for their hard work, selfless dedication and commitment to making a difference in our children’s lives. They have my continued support and appreciation for the sacrifices they make each and every day. This is an exciting time for students and families, and I wish them success in the coming school year.

By next Monday, students from all but one of Maryland’s 24 public school systems will return to the classroom. Sending kids back to school during the hot and humid days of August just doesn’t make sense to me – or to an overwhelming majority of Marylanders that support starting the state’s public schools after the Labor Day holiday. Very rarely does an issue make so much sense that it crosses all demographic, geographic and partisan lines like this one does, as evidenced by Governor Larry Hogan’s support, along with the 13,240 Marylanders from every corner of the state who signed the “Let Summer Be Summer” petition.

Despite facing firmly entrenched opposition from within the educational bureaucracy, this issue is just too important for me to back down. Once again, I will put my full support behind legislation to make a sensible change to Maryland’s public school calendars. As with most legislation that is introduced, I recognize that this is a multi-year effort.  With the tremendous support of families, teachers and small business owners I have met while traveling across our state, I am more certain than ever that this is an issue of great importance to our quality of life and our economy.  An independent poll by Goucher College found that 72 percent of Marylanders favor adjusting the school calendar and a Virginia Commonwealth University study showed no link between a pre-Labor Day school start and student achievement.

A legislative task force chaired by a representative of the Maryland State Department of Education voted overwhelming to endorse the initiative, concluding that starting school after Labor Day could easily be accomplished without moving the end of the school year beyond mid-June. Worcester County, the only school system with a post-Labor Day start, has been able to do so without extending the school year or creating major disruptions.

Starting school after Labor Day would give teachers, who have to return to classrooms in the stifling heat of mid-August, sometimes in schools without air conditioning, the break they need to recharge their batteries and to spend more quality time with their own families. Students would have greater opportunity to learn life lessons outside the classroom, including those involved in agricultural organizations like 4-H and Future Farmers of America. These kids work incredibly hard all year to earn a spot at the Maryland State Fair, only to have to choose between attending the start of school or exhibiting at the state fair. Simply put, a post-Labor Day start to school would give more families the time to build lasting memories.

Small businesses that lose seasonal workers would get a much needed boost during these tough economic times. A 2013 study conducted by Maryland’s Bureau of Revenue Estimates determined that a post-Labor Day school start could generate an additional $74.3 million in direct economic activity, including $3.7 million in new wages and a separate $7.7 million in state and local revenue.

I have complete confidence that our local school systems can make reasonable and modest adjustments to the school calendar to make a post-Labor Day start work for each of their communities. While there are significant economic benefits to changing the school calendar, this is ultimately about family and about the precious, but fleeting time parents have to spend with their kids.”

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Theft from Motor Vehicle:  On 8/20/15 at 8:37 am, Sergeant Chirichella received a report of a stolen registration sticker from the rear MD registration plate of the victim’s vehicle.  The registration sticker information was entered into NCIC/MILES.   

Possession of Cocaine:  On 8/23/15 at 2:04 pm, Trooper First Class Esnes stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 near Rt. 231 for traffic violations.  The odor of burnt marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle.  A probable cause search revealed, Dylan P. Murray, 26 of Baltimore, was in possession of cocaine.  He was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.

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The men and women of Squad Two of the Patrol Bureau of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office want to remind everyone that school is about to start.  Please drive carefully and use extra caution. Also be aware of school buses and children at bus stops.  Slow down for school zones and be mindful of extra traffic that is created around schools.  

Please remember that the use of cell phones to include texting or talking is illegal and dangerous without a hands free device.  Parents, please talk to your teenage drivers and educate them on the new laws.  A safe driver starts with a good conversation at home telling them exactly what is expected to be safe and smart.  We want everyone to start the school year off right and have a safe return from the summer.

As always, deputies from the Patrol Bureau will be in the area of local schools to enforce the traffic laws and as a friendly reminder that the new school year is in session. We want to wish everyone a safe and healthy year.

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(La Plata, Maryland) – On August 23, 2015 at approximately  2:21 p.m., troopers from the Maryland State Police La Plata barrack responded to a collision on Maryland Route 224 in the area of Spring Lane, Indian Head, Maryland.  As a result of the collision a female passenger was killed.
 
  The victim has been identified as Marion Claudia Mangan, 65, of Rockville, Maryland.  She was pronounced dead at the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center, La Plata, Maryland after being transported from the scene by ambulance.    
 
    A preliminary investigation conducted by troopers from the La Plata Barrack, with the assistance of a Collision Reconstruction Specialist, indicates a Silver Chevrolet Impala bearing Maryland registration 7DSX88 was traveling on Maryland Route 224 attempting to make a left turn into a private driveway.  The driver of the Chevrolet pulled into the path of a Toyota Corolla bearing Virginia registration VGZ3382 traveling in the opposite direction.  Subsequently the Toyota struck the passenger side of the Chevrolet trapping the occupant in the passenger seat.  

The passenger was transported to the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced deceased.  

    Anyone who may have witnessed this crash is asked to contact the Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack at (301) 392-1200.  The investigation is continuing and being investigated by Trooper First Class Galgan.  (15-MSP-030411)

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