Leonardtown, MD - The St. Mary’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation will construct new alignment improvements at the intersection at Cedar Lane and Blacksmith Shop Road. Construction is estimated to begin October 3.
While there will be no road closures anticipated during construction, drivers will experience new traffic patterns. Please follow all signs and message boards in the area. Nearby residents may also experience some construction noise in the area during daylight hours. Work is expected to last two days depending on weather conditions.
For additional information, please contact the St. Mary’s County Department of Public Works & Transportation at 301-863-8400 or the St. Mary’s County Public Information Office at 301-475-4200, Ext. *1340.
Charles County Sheriff’s detectives have identified the victim of the homicide/shooting that occurred on Sept. 25 in the 9100 block of Mona Farm Place in La Plata as Mason Cameron Atkins, 18, of Deale, MD. A preliminary investigation revealed the victim and his friends learned of a party on Mona Farm Place and showed up uninvited. When they pulled up to the entrance of the driveway, they were asked to leave, which they did. They drove about a half mile away, heading to the main highway, when they passed other vehicles that were stopped on the narrow road. At some point, there was an argument with the occupants of another car. The suspects in the other vehicle produced a gun and fired shots, striking Atkins and his friend. The suspects fled and the victims drove to Popes Creek Road where they called 911. Detectives are working on leads. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Det. Shankster at (301) 609- 6513. Callers wishing to remain anonymous 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.
PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, Md. – NAS Patuxent River has announced that
the NAS Patuxent River Air Expo 2016 will go on as planned Oct. 29 and 30.
Following the Blue Angels announcement that they would not be performing at NAS Patuxent
River this year, the decision was made by Air Expo planners to still hold the air show.
The Pax River Air Expo 2016 will feature such military and civilian acts as the U.S. Air Force F-22
Raptor demonstration team performing precision aerial maneuvers in the Air Force's newest fighter aircraft; the U.S. Army Black Daggers Special Operations Command parachute demonstration team showcasing their aerial acrobatics skill and precision; the Geico Skytypers' low-level precision flying act; Nalls Aviation's first flyable privately owned FA-2 Sea Harrier; "Panchito," a WWII B-25J; Clemens Kuhlig and his iconic Pitts S1S airplane; former astronaut and Navy test pilot Joe Edwards in his T-28; Manfred Radius' quiet and elegant sailplane performance; and Scott Francis' MXS stunt plane; static displays and more.
For more information about Pax River Air Expo 2016 and its performers, visit
LA PLATA, MD-- Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County announced that on September 26, 2016, Joshua Terrell Mebane, 21 was arraigned in the Circuit Court for Charles County. Mebane plead not guilty to First Degree Murder and Attempted Murder for events that occurred on October 26, 2012. He will be held at the Charles County Detention Center without bond pending his January 30, 2017 trial.
In 2012, Mebane was charged with the First-Degree Murder of Teresa Bass and the Attempted Murder of her husband Jerry Bass Jr. as the couple walked their dog in the Hampshire neighborhood of Waldorf. Officers working security at the Westlake High School football game that night heard several gunshots and were on the crime scene within a minute. Teresa Bass was taken by ambulance to Civista Medical Center in La Plata, where she died. Jerry Bass Jr. was flown to an area hospital, where he was at one point listed in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds to his back.
Mebane was developed as a suspect in the Bass shootings during the investigation of the murder of Quadar Muhammad, 44, which occurred on November 7, 2012 in Washington DC. During that investigation Mebane’s then girlfriend reported that he was responsible for shooting Teresa and Jerry Bass. Charles County investigators followed up on this report and uncovered additional evidence that resulted in Mebane’s arrest for the murder and attempted murder of the Bass couple.
The delay in bringing Mebane to trial in Charles County occurred because Mebane was held in the District of Columbia from November of 2012, the time of his arrest for the killing of Mr. Muhammad, until November of 2015, when he was sentenced for that crime. In November of 2015, Mebane was sentenced to 45 years for Mr. Muhammad’s death and was subsequently transported to a federal penitentiary. Finally, on September 23, 2016 he was transported from that federal facility to Charles County to face charges for the murder of Teresa Bass and the attempted murder of Jerry Bass.
Burglary Attempt Case #16-53700:
On September 20, 2016, Deputy A. Woodford was dispatched to Christiana Parran Road, in Chesapeake Beach, for the report of an attempted burglary. The complainant advised a front window of their residence, which is kept locked, was now unlocked. He suspected the incident took place sometime on September 15th. The home was not entered and no outdoor items appear to be missing.
Burglary Attempt Case #16-53527:
On September 19, 2016, at approximately 10:50pm, Deputy S. Rediker responded to Olivet Road, in Lusby, for the report of an attempted burglary. The homeowners reported that at 10:40pm they heard someone tampering with their front door doorknob. Shortly thereafter, someone attempted to open a window on the front of the house. No entry was made and no known suspects at this time.
Burglary Case #16-53521:
On September 19, 2016, at approximately 10: 20pm, Deputy N. Buckler witnessed someone standing in front of a glass door of the Aquatic Center, in Prince Frederick, within the secured fenced-in area. The Center was closed for the evening so he made contact with the subject, Olivia Hefter, 23, of Hughesville, MD. She admitted she had planned to spend the night at the Center; Deputy Buckler witnessed the door was unsecured and partially opened. She was transported to the Detention Center and charged with 4th Degree Burglary of a Storehouse.
Burglary Case #16-53517:
On September 19, 2016, at approximately 8:00pm, Deputy A. Woodford responded to Merry Lane, in Huntingtown, for the report of a burglary. The complainant advised he arrived home to find his shed door busted in and the door wide open. He stated he remembered locking the shed door at 10:00am the day before and discovered the damage at 8:00pm that evening. At this time nothing appears to be missing.
CDS Violation Case #16-54393:
On September 23, 2016, at approximately 9:45pm, Deputy A. Locke was approached by a concerned citizen, in the parking lot of the Rod & Reel Restaurant, Chesapeake Beach, who told him a female appeared to be passed out in a vehicle. Deputy Locke located the vehicle, with the unresponsive female, Shaye Beal, 23, of Lothian, MD. As he made contact and questioned Ms. Beal, he determined she was in Possession of Paraphernalia (plastic baggie) and two (2) hypodermic syringes. She was arrested and transported to the Detention Center.
CDS Violation Case #16-53461:
On September 19, 2016, at approximately 4:00pm, Deputy R. Shrawder responded to a 911 dispatch that an intoxicated driver was seen weaving all over the road. He was able to come into contact with the driver, William Whitney, 48, of North Beach, at the base of the Thomas Johnson Bridge, in Solomons. He observed Suboxone in the front seat cup holder. He placed Mr. Whitney under arrest for CDS: Possession of a Synthetic narcotic (Suboxone), Driving/attempting to drive while impaired by controlled dangerous substance and for Driving/attempting to driver while impaired by drug(s) and or alcohol.
Disorderly Conduct Case #16-53734:
On September 20, 2016, at approximately 10:00pm, Deputy A. Ostazeski responded to the area of St. Leonard Road/Toms Lane, in St. Leonard, for the report of a subject lying in the road next to a bicycle. Upon arrival he identified the subject as Edward Kiger, Jr. 27, of Chesapeake Beach, who had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath and person. An ambulance was requested; upon evaluating him, he began to sit up but refused to cooperate and would not follow instructions. He continued to yell, attempted to walk away and fell in the grass. A search of the grassy area revealed a hypodermic syringe lying next to him. He was arrested for CDS: Administer Equipment Possession/Distribute (syringe), CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia (syringe), Resist/Interfere with Arrest, Fail to Obey Reasonable/Lawful Order, Disorderly Conduct, Alcohol Beverage/Intoxicated Endanger, Alcohol Beverage/Retail Area Drink.
Theft Case #16-54338:
On September 23, 2016, at approximately7:00pm, Deputy G. Gott was dispatched to Pine Trail, in Lusby, for the report of a theft. The victim explained someone had stolen a package off his front porch that was delivered that day, according to the tracking website. Deputy Gott spoke with the neighbors who had witnessed someone carrying a box through the backyard and was stuck in a briar patch along the wood line. When the suspect later returned to the area, Deputy Weems approached Raymond Montgomery, 40, of Bear, Delaware, and determined he was the thief. He was charged on a Criminal Citation for theft under $100.00 and released on the scene.
Theft Case #16-54185:
On September 23, 2016, Deputy R. Shrawder responded to Inner Place, in Lusby, for the report of a theft. The complainant reported that sometime between 8:00am on September 14 - 8:30am on September 23rd, multiple items were stolen from inside their boat:
4 Penn Rod and Reels, 3 open face surf rods, 4 light tackle rods, 6 12-volt batteries, 1 tackle box, 30 lures, 2 50-foot anchor lines, 1 6-foot folding ladder, 2 folding crab pots, 2 umbrella rigs and 1 fishing rig. No known suspects at this time.
Theft Case #16-54079:
On September 22, 2016, Deputy R. Spalding was called to Decoy Drive, in Owings, for the report of a theft. Upon arrival he made contact with the complaint who advised the registration sticker to his vehicle had been stolen. Due to the vehicle having been serviced in another location for over three (3) months, it is unclear where the crime took place.
Theft Case #16-54077:
On September 22, 2016, Deputy J. Denton was dispatched to Jesus the Good Shepherd Church located on West Mount Harmony Road, in Owings, for the report of a theft. A concrete statue that was in the outdoor prayer garden area was stolen between September 12 - 16th. ** It should be noted on September 3rd, Father King had previously reported another statue theft taking place at the entrance of the church.
Theft Case #16-53991:
On September 22, 2016, Deputy V. O’Donnell arrived at the Tiki Bar located on Charles Street, in Solomons, to respond to a theft report. The Manager explained that a black iPod, capable of scanning a license, was stolen from the establishment. This crime took place sometime between September 19 - 22.
Theft Case #16-53718:
On September 20, 2016, Deputy S. Rediker responded to the Lusby Giant grocery store, on Rousby Hall Road, for the report of a shoplifting that had just occurred. The manager stated several suspects (2 adult B/M males and 1 adult B/F carrying a baby) attempted to push two (2) full carts of groceries out of the store without purchasing the items. They fled the store in a vehicle, leaving behind one of the carts.
Theft Case #16-53665:
On September 20, 2016, Deputy R. Burggraff responded to Lloyd Bowen Road, in St. Leonard, for the report of a theft. The Property Manager stated there were three (3) HVAC units stolen from two (2) homes on the property. He last noticed the HVAC units on September 16 around 9:00am.
Theft Case #16-53434:
On September 19, 2016, Deputy D. Clark responded to Caney Court, in Prince Frederick, to recover a possible stolen motorcycle. Deputy Clark determined the white Kawasaki, located in the complainant’s shed, was, in fact, reported stolen from Montgomery County. Upon questioning Bryan King, 28, of Prince Frederick, he admitted purchasing the Kawasaki from an unknown person and knew it was stolen when he bought it. During the investigation it was also discovered King was in Possession of a controlled dangerous substance (Heroin) and Possession of CDS paraphernalia (plastic wrapper). He was placed in handcuffs and transported to the Detention Center where he will be charged with theft $1,000 to $10,000, Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance-Not Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia.
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.
Children are usually brought into the foster care system once a report of abuse or neglect filed with the Department of Social Services has led to a determination that they must be removed from an unsafe home environment. These children face a multitude of difficulties, not the least of which is that they only have a few possessions to take with them, items which are generally placed in trash bags.
The non-profit organization, the Blue Ribbon Project, has teamed up with the Department of Social Services Child Advocacy Center to ease these children's transition into their foster homes. “Backpacks of Love” distributes backpacks filled with essential gender- and age-specific items to social services, for later distribution to each child who is placed into the foster care system.
Hearing of the Blue Ribbon Project, deputies in St. Mary's County worked to implement the program locally. On September 22, 2016, in Lexington Park, St. Mary’s County Sheriff's Office deputies and employees of Child Protective Services received 75 backpacks to be distributed to newly-determined foster care children. These backpacks have been filled with emergency essentials for children ranging in age from newborn to teenagers.
“It's an honor for me to see how much The Blue Ribbon Project continues to grow. It’s great to see our expansion continue to St. Mary’s County and it's a wonderful feeling to be a part of these communities,” said Tom "Taylor" Pyles, Founder, The Blue Ribbon Project.
A spokesperson for CPS commented, “We are grateful this program has been started in St. Mary’s County. Having these backpacks and the necessities they contain will help make the transition easier. Not only do these backpacks provide supplies for the children, they will also be great resources for the foster parents.”
Sheriff Tim Cameron added, “Criminal Investigations detectives are often called to investigate child abuse cases simultaneously with Child Protective Services, and are familiar with the devastation a child goes through when the hard decision is made to remove them from their homes. There is no doubt that these children are most deserving of our care and compassion, and we are grateful that we could add this benefit to the services we render.”
Front Row (L-R): Sheriff Cameron, Sierra Thomas, Lisa Sheehan. Taylor Pyles
Back Row (L-R): Lt. E. Sweeney, Major Horne, and Kristi Larson
On Sept. 25 at 1:53 a.m., officers responded to the 10400 block of Popes Creek Road in Newburg for the report of a shooting. The caller indicated he was in a car and he and his friend had been shot at a different location. Officers arrived and rendered first aid and CPR to the critically wounded passenger – an 18-year-old male from Deale – but he was pronounced deceased. The driver, 18, was flown to a hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest; his injury does not appear to be life-threatening. A preliminary investigation revealed the victims learned of a party on Mona Farm Place and showed up uninvited. When they pulled up to the entrance of the driveway, they were asked to leave, which they did. They drove about a half mile away, heading to the main highway, when they passed other vehicles that were stopped on the narrow road. At some point, there was an argument with occupants of another car. The suspects in the other vehicle produced a gun and fired shots, striking the victims. The suspects fled and the victims drove away to Popes Creek Road. Detectives are working on leads. The identity of the victim will be released when all next of kin have been notified. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Det. Shankster at (301) 609- 6513.
LA PLATA, MD-- Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County announced that on September 23, 2016, Joshua Terrell Mebane, 21, was transported from a federal penitentiary to the Charles County Detention Center where he will be held during the adjudication of charges of First Degree Murder and Attempted Murder for events that occurred on October 26, 2012.
In 2012, Mebane was charged with the first-degree murder of Teresa Bass and the Attempted Murder of her husband Jerry Bass Jr. as the couple walked their dog in the Hampshire neighborhood of Waldorf. Officers working security at the Westlake football game that night heard several gunshots and were on the scene within a minute. Teresa Bass was taken by ambulance to Civista Medical Center in La Plata, where she died. Jerry Bass Jr. was flown to an area hospital, where he was at one point listed in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds to his back.
Mebane was developed as a suspect in the Bass shootings during the investigation of the murder of cab driver Quadar Muhammad, 44, in Washington DC on November 7, 2012. During that investigation Mebane was identified as the shooter of Mr. and Mrs. Bass less than 2 weeks prior to the murder of Mr. Muhammad. Mebane was arrested, charged and convicted of killing Mr. Muhammad. In November of 2015 Mebane was sentenced to 45 years in prison for that killing. Mebane was housed in the District of Columbia while awaiting trial from 2012 until late last year when he was sent to a federal penitentiary to serve his sentence. Finally he was transported from that federal facility to Charles County to charges.
Mebane will be arraigned on Monday September 26, 2016 in the Circuit Court for Charles County.
Charles County Sheriff Troy D. Berry is pleased to announce three officers were named Deputies of the Year and recognized by the Maryland Sheriff’s Association (MSA) for outstanding police work in a variety of fields. Corporal Kristian Syvertsen, Detective Patricia Adams and Master Corporal Roger Calloway were honored during an awards ceremony held recently at a banquet in Ocean City, MD.
Corporal Kristian Syvertsen, Traffic Safety
Corporal Kristian Syvertsen was honored for his work in traffic safety. Since the start of his law enforcement career, Cpl. Syvertsen was well-known for his dedication to traffic enforcement and impaired driver arrests. In 2001, despite never riding a motorcycle, Cpl. Syvertsen borrowed a friend’s motorcycle, took a safety class and obtained his motorcycle license solely to further his career goal of being a Traffic Operations Officer. In 2015, he was selected for transfer to the Special Operations Division, Traffic Operations Unit. During calendar year 2015, Cpl. Syvertsen stopped 874 vehicles, issued 1,223 violations and arrested numerous impaired drivers.
In addition to keeping the roads safer, Cpl. Syvertsen streamlined the Traffic Operations Unit. On his own, he digitized all traffic operations records and tracking systems, allowing the agency to track all traffic complaints, including school bus complaints and other hazardous violations, and keep a record of resolutions. Furthermore, Cpl. Syvertsen used a speed trailer equipped with statistical data recording software to produce documents that were analyzed and showed speed issues in residential areas. This program allowed for focused enforcement efforts in a more effective manner.
Cpl. Syvertsen also went to work identifying technical solutions on the current fleet of CCSO’s motors. Pending the purchase of new equipment, Cpl. Syvertsen used his ingenuity and creativity to outfit the agency motors with temporary computer systems.
Cpl. Syvertsen is the Agency’s Breath Test Operator Coordinator. “He undertook this task by volunteering, despite the large amount of work associated with the position. He works diligently both on duty and during his own time to ensure the equipment of the unit functions properly. He applies his knowledge of electronics to repair and upgrade previously unusable equipment which has allowed the unit to make a larger impact on traffic problems throughout the county,” said Sgt. Jon Burroughs of the Traffic Operations Unit, who nominated Syvertsen.
“Overall, Cpl. Syvertsen has combined his knowledge of computers and his love of traffic enforcement to help keep Charles County roadways safer,” Sheriff Berry said.
Detective Patricia Adams, Crime Prevention, Narcotics
Nominated by her commander, Lt. Robert Kiesel, Detective Patricia Adams was honored for her work in crime prevention. She is a member of the Criminal Investigations Division, Narcotics Enforcement Section and is currently assigned as a Task Force Officer with the Drug Enforcement Administration Tactical Diversion Group.
In 2014, Det. Adams initiated a local investigation of several individuals that were using illicit pain management clinics and pharmacies to obtain large quantities of opiate pain killers for distribution. Over the course of several months, Det. Adams was able to ascertain that her investigation was related to a group of individuals that were also being investigated by the Howard County Police Department. Det. Adams teamed up with an investigator from Howard County and the Department of Health and Human Services to further pursue the investigation, which soon crossed counties and states including Charles, St. Mary’s, Calvert, Prince George’s, and Anne Arundel Counties in Maryland and parts of the District of Columbia and Virginia.
Based on information gathered from the investigation, 19 individuals, nine vehicles, one house and three bank accounts were included in a federal indictment which was obtained in no small part from the testimony and presentation of the case to the grand jury by Det. Adams.
In May of 2015, federal search and seizure warrants were executed in Maryland and the District of Columbia and one federal search warrant was executed in Virginia. Based on the execution of those warrants, a total of $180,473.34 in currency and additional assets at over $250,000.00 were seized for forfeiture. Four illicit pain management clinics also known as pill mills, three in Maryland and one in D.C., were shut down. Also, four pharmacies in Virginia were shut down. Since May 2015, several additional search and seizure warrants have been executed in Maryland and an additional $157,000 has been seized. There are currently additional suspects awaiting indictment.
“Det. Adams spent thousands of hours doing surveillance, investigation, preparing reports, administrative tasks, writing affidavits, grand jury testimony, raid planning, enforcement initiatives and processing property, evidence and assets. She was instrumental in coordinating the efforts of several local jurisdictions, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Washington and Baltimore Division Offices of the DEA, and she was significantly responsible for the arrests of major drug dealers,” said Lt. Kiesel.
“Det. Adams has made a significant difference in keeping these drug dealers off the streets and ensuring justice is served,” Sheriff Berry said.
Master Corporal Roger Calloway, Community Service
Master Corporal Roger R. Calloway was honored for his work in community service. M/Cpl. Calloway has been a member of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office since December 1993, when he was hired as a Correctional Officer. He was later transferred to the sworn ranks, where he has served for over 22 years. For the past eight years, M/Cpl. Calloway has taught the Criminal Justice Program at North Point High School. M/Cpl. Calloway also heads the Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post. These two positions take many hours – both during the work day and on his own time – to ensure success. M/Cpl. Calloway makes the programs a priority which ultimately has the largest impact in the lives of adolescents.
“Students often write letters regarding their experience with M/Cpl. Calloway. The letters refer to Calloway as an instructor who constantly encourages his students to be better by trying harder. He teaches lessons about expectations and responsibility, and he spends countless hours to prepare his students for life challenges. The letters describe M/Cpl. Calloway as a person who puts an emphasis on academics while teaching the importance of character. Many students say M/Cpl. Calloway has transformed them and helped make them successful,” said Lt. Charly Baker, Calloway’s supervisor. “With M/Cpl. Calloway's efforts, his students have gone on to careers in law enforcement and the military.”
M/Cpl. Calloway's students participate in SKILLS law enforcement events – a state, regional and nationwide competition – testing students in all aspects of law enforcement. M/Cpl. Calloway works continuously with these students both during school hours and after hours, when he’s off-duty, to prepare them for this challenge. Several months ago, schools were closed due to wintery weather. M/Cpl. Calloway was in his office and practiced traffic stops in the back parking lot with several students. These students came in on their own time to work on their skills. This is just a small example of the dedication and effort M/Cpl. Calloway puts into his job and these students. Under his direction, M/Cpl. Calloway’s students regularly come in first or second place in the regional competitions.
When students aren’t busy learning or competing in competitions, M/Cpl. Calloway immerses them in community service opportunities. Whether it’s the Special Olympics Torch Run, the Charles County Fair, National Night Out, or any of the other dozens of community opportunities, these students learn what it means to volunteer. “They give hundreds of hours to help the citizens of Charles County. Many of these events could not go on if it wasn’t for the great help his group provides,” said Lt. Baker.
“When the Criminal Justice program is complete, students leave with a greater sense of what it means to give of one’s self. They head into the next chapter of their lives with a solid foundation of service and commitment. This foundation can be directly attributed to the effort and hours that M/Cpl. Calloway invests in each one of them,” said Sheriff Berry.
“The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is committed to excellence in policing and serving our communities the best we can. It is an honor and a pleasure to work with individuals who are dedicated to superior service,” said Sheriff Berry.
Charles County Public Schools is looking for a few good people to serve on its elementary school redistricting committee.
The school system will select 11 parents to serve on the committee — two each from the middle and high school levels and seven from the elementary schools. Additionally, the Board will select three community members for the committee, which also includes principals, county government planners and Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) staff.
The school system is starting a comprehensive elementary school redistricting process that will create an attendance zone for the county’s 22nd elementary school and reduce overcrowding at other elementary schools. The new elementary school will be located off Billingsley Road in White Plains. Construction is expected to be complete before the start of the 2018-19 school year. The committee will also develop rezoning proposals for Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School, which is scheduled for a renovation and expansion.
The committee will review and balance student populations as needed at all elementary schools. The Board will approve the redistricting by June 2017, and the redistricting will take effect in the fall of 2018.
Applicants must agree to fulfill a four- to five-month commitment of attendance at a weekly meeting. The meeting day will be Wednesday, and the time of all meetings is 6:30-8:30 p.m.
How to apply
Elementary, middle and high school principals are now accepting names from parents with interest in serving on the committee. Contact your child’s principal to find out the deadline for applying and when the random selection will be made at the school. An application form is available online at www.ccboe.com/redistricting or can be picked up at your child’s school.
Community members must not have a child enrolled in any Charles County public school and must fill out an online application at http://www.ccboe.com/redistricting/, or call 301-934-7221 to receive an application by mail. Members of the community must apply no later than Oct. 14.
Each elementary, middle and high school will submit to the Superintendent the name of one parent to be selected at random from all expressing interest. The Board will place the name of a parent from each elementary school in a container and select seven names at random from the 21 submissions. Principals from each of the eight middle schools and seven high schools will follow the same process. The Board will randomly select two middle school and two high school parent members.
Three community members will be selected from all applicants. Community members should not have a child enrolled in any Charles County public school and must fill out an application. The application can be completed and submitted online. Applications will also be mailed on request. Only applications received by Oct. 14 will be considered.
Superintendent Kimberly Hill and the Board of Education will publicly draw the names of parents and the community representatives at the Board’s Oct. 18 meeting, which is streamed live on the school system website and aired live on Comcast 96 and Verizon FiOS 12.
Questions about the process can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-934-7221.
Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge George Jarrod Hazel sentenced Paul Raymond Gray, a/k/a “PJ,” age 35, of Lusby, Maryland, today to 66 months in prison, followed by four years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute powder and crack cocaine, two counts of distribution of crack cocaine, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. On September 6, 2016, Judge Hazel sentenced Kamau Muata Lumumba, age 53, also of Indian Head to five years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for his participation in the crack cocaine conspiracy.
The sentences were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Daniel L. Board, Jr. of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; Special Agent in Charge Karl C. Colder of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Field Division; Chief Hank Stawinski of the Prince George’s County Police Department; Chief Stanley Johnson, of the Maryland National Capital Park Police, Prince George’s County Division; Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry; St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron; and Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans.
According to their plea agreements and other court documents, from August 2011 through June 2015, Gray conspired with others, including Lumumba, to distribute crack cocaine. During the course of the conspiracy, Gray obtained powder cocaine from a number of sources, including through an intermediary whom Gray and Lumumba knew as “Jazz” or “Jazzy.” Gray generally purchased one or two ounce quantities of cocaine several times a month. Gray used the powder cocaine to manufacture crack in the kitchen of the mobile home the he owned, using cutting agents to increase the volume of crack for sale. Over the course of the conspiracy several co-conspirators, including Lumumba, lived in the mobile home with Gray. Gray, Lumumba and the other co-conspirators who lived at the mobile home distributed powder and crack cocaine from that location to a variety of customers. When Gray was not at the mobile home Lumumba regularly sold crack for Gray and received a portion of the profits for his assistance. On occasion Lumumba also transported money and picked up drugs for Gray related to their drug trafficking.
Gray admitted that he also possessed firearms and ammunition during the conspiracy, although he was prohibited from doing so due to several previous felony convictions in Charles County, including convictions for assault and unlawful possession of firearms.
According to Lumumba’s plea agreement, on May 22, 2015, after Gray learned that his drug trafficking was the subject of an active investigation, Gray called Lumumba and instructed him to remove incriminating evidence from the trailer and surrounding property, which Lumumba did. The evidence removed included containers in which Gray stored and cooked crack cocaine and several scales used by Gray and Lumumba to weigh their narcotics. After removing the incriminating evidence, Lumumba moved out of the trailer and fled Charles County in an effort to avoid apprehension by law enforcement. In August 2015, Lumumba learned that he and Gray had been indicted and Lumumba continued to make efforts to evade law enforcement. On April 14, 2016, the U.S. Marshals tracked down and arrested Lumumba.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the ATF, DEA, Prince George’s County Police Department, Maryland National Capital Park Police, Prince George’s County Division, and the Charles, St. Mary’s and Calvert County Sheriffs’ Offices for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael T. Packard and Leah J. Bressack, who prosecuted this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.
PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD – Communities surrounding the naval air
station are advised that noise-generating testing events are scheduled to take place Monday
September 26 – Thursday September 29, 2016 between the hours of 3 p.m. – 9 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. 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.
(La Plata, Maryland) – The Maryland State Police La Plata Barrack in conjunction with the La Plata Town Police will be conducting two Sobriety Checkpoints on Saturday, September 24, 2016 in Charles County, Maryland. The La Plata Barrack is committed to aggressive enforcement of all alcohol and CDS consumption related violations as they relate to the operation of motor vehicles. This effort is designed to make Charles County safe place to live, work and visit.
Darius Timothy Woodland (Age 22 of Leonardtown) was indicted and charged with “Possession with the Intent to Distribute Marijuana” and “Possession of a Handgun while Trafficking Narcotics”.
James Roshawn Garrett (Age 35) and Woody Nathaniel Ward (Age 40) were indicted and charged for their criminal activity related to cocaine distribution. Suspect Ward was indicted and charged with “Possession of Cocaine with the Intent to Distribute”. Suspect Garrett was charged with “Felon in Possession of a Handgun”.
Danielyn Marshall Winder (Age 36) was indicted and charged with “Possession of Cocaine with the Intent to Distribute”.
Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm sentenced Jose Antonio Jaramillo, age 55, of Lusby, Maryland, today to 17 years in federal prison, followed by 15 years years of supervised release, for production of child pornography. Judge Grimm also ordered that upon his release from prison, Jaramillo must register as a sex offender in the place where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).
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) Baltimore; Special Agent in Charge Clark E. Settles of HSI Washington D.C.; Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans; and Colonel William M. Pallozzi, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police.
According to his plea agreement, from at least December 2014 through July 2015, Jaramillo, posing as a teenaged male named “Tommy James,” “Thomas James Jones,” or “Thomas James,” used email, applications on cellular phones and social media sites to induce, coerce and entice more than five minor female victims between the ages of 13 and 16 to send him sexually explicit images of themselves over the internet.
Jaramillo admitted that, using the “Tommy James” persona, he had or attempted to have sexually explicit conversations with at least 14 minor females and induced at least seven victims to produce sexually explicit images and videos of themselves and transmit those images to Jaramillo.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.justice.gov/psc and click on the "resources" tab on the left of the page.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended HSI Baltimore and Washington, D.C, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, and the Maryland State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ray D. McKenzie and Kristi N. O’Malley, who prosecuted the case.
The Board of Education of Charles County is researching alternatives to the school calendar for next school year and would like feedback from the community. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan recently announced an executive order that requires all public school systems in Maryland to start their school year no earlier than the Tuesday after Labor Day and end by June 15.
The Board approved a 2017-18 school calendar earlier this year that does not reflect the mandated changes. The Board is seeking community feedback on two options developed to meet the new start and end date requirements. A short, seven-question survey is posted on the school system website at http://www.ccboe.com/calendar/calendarsurvey.php.
The Board solicits public input and feedback from the community annually when developing the school calendar, which helps staff identify options that work best for students, staff, parents and the community.
Maryland law requires students attend school for 180 days per school year. The Maryland State Board of Education does not count hours towards days of student attendance. For example, a two-hour early dismissal day already counts as one of the 180 required days. While the executive order includes a waiver provision for school districts, no additional clarification or waiver guidelines have been published.
UPDATE: As stated in our previous press release, during the initial investigation, it was reported a juvenile was stabbed with scissors by another juvenile. Further investigation confirms the incident occurred between two students in a classroom. One student had a safety pin and cut the other student’s hand causing minor lacerations. There were no disruptions to school activities, and the juvenile suspect is being charged accordingly.
St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office deputies are currently on the scene at Spring Ridge Middle School investigating a minor assault. The preliminary investigation has revealed a juvenile student stabbed another student on the hand with scissors causing minor lacerations. The victim was transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment and deputies are on the scene with the juvenile suspect. The incident is controlled, and no additional safety concerns exist.
St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers are continuing the investigation.
In accordance with Section 113-5 of the Code of St. Mary’s County, the St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission (MetCom) will hold a Public Meeting to notify and inform the community regarding the proposed St. Clements Shores Water System Replacement Phase 1 Project No. 2101WR. This project is MetCom’s first phase of the St. Clements Shores’ waterline replacement efforts that include systems on Lady Baltimore Avenue (from Long Leaf Lane to St. Clements Avenue), Potomac Avenue, Compton Street, Nomoni Street, Wicomico Street, Breton Street, Red Oak Road, and the following streets south of Lady Baltimore Avenue: St. Clements Avenue, Leonard Street, Gore Street, Colton Street, Cedar Street, and Archer Street. The water system within the St. Clements Shores subdivision was originally constructed in the 1950s and requires replacement.
The project will include the replacement of approximately 10,400 linear feet of water line with a new water system comprised of 12-inch, 8-inch, and 4-inch water mains. Increased depth of pipe burial, ample isolation valves, sixteen (16) fire hydrants, appurtenances and associated restoration are also included in the design to provide a more reliable system. Project construction is anticipated to start approximately April 2017. The estimated total cost for Phase 1 of this water system replacement is $5,498,000.
The Public Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Conference Room of MetCom’s Administrative Office – 23121 Camden Way, California, MD 20619. The proposed contract documents, which include plans and specifications, can be inspected at the time of the meeting or at MetCom’s Engineering Department office, location noted above, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday.
All interested persons are invited to attend this Public Meeting to ask questions or present their comments and suggestions regarding this project. Please contact the Metropolitan Commission offices at 301-737-7400 Ext. 301 for more information, or if you cannot attend the meeting and would like to submit questions or provide comments.
9-16-2016 – Possession – Deputy J. Kirkner initiated a motor vehicle stop for erratic driving and crossing the center line several times. The driver of the vehicle, Stephanie Jeanne Rice, age 27, of Mechanicsville, displayed signs of impairment and a standardized field sobriety test was conducted which Rice completed unsatisfactorily. A probable cause search of the motor vehicle revealed Schedule II Narcotics in Rice’s possession. She was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. Rice was charged with CDS Possession: Not Marijuana, Driving While Under the Influence, and Driving While Impaired by Alcohol. CASE# 1-16-048198
9-16-2016 – Theft – Deputy T. Seyfried responded to the Belks Department Store in California for a reported theft. The suspect, Kristy Marie Simmons, age 35, of California, exited the store without paying for merchandise. Simmons was arrested and charged with Theft Less than $1000. CASE# 1-16-048308
9-15-2016 – Assault – Deputy B. Fennessey responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center for a reported assault. The suspect, Brandy Ann Chiarizia, age 30, of Leonardtown, assaulted two inmates by touching them inappropriately. Chiarizia was charged with Two Counts of Second Degree Assault. CASE# 1-16-048101
9-15-2016 – Possession – While on patrol in the area of Northbound MD Route 235 in the vicinity of Leland Road, Cpl. J. Sommerville observed a vehicle traveling over the posted speed limit. As Cpl. Sommerville approached the vehicle; he saw the driver toss a clear container from the driver side window onto the road. The suspect, Elisha Herbert Williams, age 19, of Alexandria, was detained, and a search of the container revealed several bags of suspected marijuana and an Alprazolam pill. Williams was arrested and charged with Two Counts of CDS Possession: Not Marijuana. CASE# 1-16-048077
St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies responded to eleven calls for service involving the slashing of motor vehicle tires in the following neighborhoods: Southampton, Pembrooke, Greenview West, Barefoot Acres, Wildewood, Essex South, Town Creek, Abberly Crest, Cal Acres and Essex South, in the Lexington Park and California areas. The vandalisms occurred on Sept. 17 and Sept. 18, 2016. The Criminal Investigations Division is continuing the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cpl. David Alexander at 301-475-4200, ext. *1954 or by email at David.Alexander@stmarysmd.com. Anyone with information is asked to call CRIME SOLVERS at 301.475.3333 or text a tip to "TIP239" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637). St. Mary's County CRIME SOLVERS offers rewards up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary's County that leads to an arrest or indictment. Calls to CRIME SOLVERS are NOT RECORDED. CALLERS CAN REMAIN ANONYMOUS.