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Local Lighthouses to Open for National Lighthouse Day

Leonardtown, MD - The Piney Point Lighthouse in Piney Point, MD and the reconstructed Blackistone Lighthouse on St. Clement’s Island State Park will be available for viewing in recognition of National Lighthouse Day, Sunday, August 3.  August 7 is the official day of commemoration as designated by Congress, August 7, 1989 on the 200th Anniversary of the signing of the Congressional Act “for the establishment and support of lighthouses, beacons, buoys, and public piers” and the date of the first commissioned Federal lighthouse.
The Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum and Historic Park will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and open for tours of the museum, Potomac River Maritime Exhibit, lighthouse tower and grounds. The keeper’s quarters, normally closed to the public, will offer local artists Mary Gault, Nancy Wathen, Eric Berg and River Edge Fiberworks with an exhibit and sale of their lighthouse-themed artwork. The Piney Point Lighthouse, built in 1836, is located at 44720 Lighthouse Road, Piney Point, MD.  For more information contact the Piney Point Lighthouse Museum at 301-994-1471.
The reconstructed Blackistone Lighthouse stands on St. Clement’s Island State Park and is available by private boat or by water taxi service from the St. Clement’s Island Museum.  Water taxi service will begin at 10 a.m. with the last ride to the island at 2 p.m.  The last ride from the island to the museum is at 3:30 p.m.  The lighthouse will be open for tours by volunteers of the St. Clement’s Hundred organization.  A fee of $7 per person is required and can be paid inside the museum.  The fee also includes museum admission.  It is advised to call ahead at 301-769-2222 to ensure service as weather conditions in Colton’s Point determine water taxi operation.  
The Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum and Historic Park and the St. Clement’s Island Museum are managed by the Museum Division of St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks and the St. Mary’s County Board of Commissioners.
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Drug Dealer In St. Mary's County Drug Conspiracy Sentenced To 14 Years

Greenbelt, Maryland – Chief U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Alrahman Sharif Allen, a/k/a “Rock” and “Rahman Allen;” age 38, of Reisterstown, Maryland today to 14 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and 280 grams or more of cocaine base; and for violating his supervised release.  Chief Judge Chasanow also entered an order requiring Allen to forfeit $14,706 seized from his residence during the execution of a search warrant, and a Land Rover.
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; St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron; and Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Kelly of the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, Washington, D.C. Field Office.
According to his plea agreement, from February 2012 to April 2013, Allen obtained cocaine and heroin from coconspirator Jamar Holt, for distribution to customers.  Allen stored drugs in his apartment and at other locations.  After he received the drugs, Allen called co-conspirator Damon Estep to coordinate the delivery of cocaine to Estep and other conspirators from St. Mary’s County.  On a nearly weekly basis, the conspirators would meet in Glen Burnie to pay Allen for the drugs to be distributed in St. Mary’s County.  Allen agreed that he was responsible for the distribution of between five and 15 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride, and between 280 and 840 grams of cocaine base, during the conspiracy.
On April 25, 2013, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Allen’s residence and seized 29 grams of cocaine that Allen was attempting to flush down the toilet, 14 cell phones, $14,706 in drug proceeds and drug paraphernalia. 
Allen had been sentenced on July 23, 2000 in federal court in Maryland to 168 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for distributing and possessing with intent to distribute cocaine base. His drug trafficking activities occurred while on supervised release, thereby violating his terms of release.
Chief Judge Chasanow previously sentenced Jamar Holt, a/k/a “Reds,” “Jamal Holt” and “Rex,” age 36, of Baltimore, Maryland, to 20 years in prison; Damon Jerome Estep, a/k/a “Country,” age 38, of California, Maryland, to 188 months in prison; and Jeffrey Kirk Berry, a/k/a “Kojack,” to 15 years in prison.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the DEA, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, and IRS-Criminal Investigation for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Leah Jo Bressack, Deborah Johnston and James A. Crowell IV, who prosecuted the case.
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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Brief

During the week of July 21 through July 27 deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,340 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.
Theft Case #14-41204:
On July 22 at 3:30 p.m. the security officer at Calvert Memorial Hospital advised DFC A. Clas that a patient recently discharged from the emergency room appeared to have stolen computer equipment from the room he was treated in.  Prior to his release, a nurse had caught him trying to disconnect a computer in the room.  Security video showed the male suspect leaving the hospital with a blue backpack.  An attempt to locate the suspect was unsuccessful.  A short time later, Clas responded to Bayside Chevrolet in Prince Frederick for a report that a male subject was on the scene being disorderly with employees and trying to sell customers items he had inside a blue backpack.   Clas made contact with the subject and he was identified as Andre Eugene Friend, 35 of Dundalk.  A search of the bag revealed the items previously reported as stolen from the hospital.  The stolen items totaled $4,600.  Friend was charged with theft over $1,000.
Disorderly Case #14-41240:
DFC P. Mosely arrested Erik R. Crouse, 34 of Prince Frederick, on July 22 at 7:11 p.m. for being intoxicated and standing in the roadway at 9th Street and Erie Avenue in North Beach.  Mosely had previously driven Crouse home from the North Beach Firehouse when he was leaning against a rail and appeared to be intoxicated.  Later, Mosely was called to the Fast Stop in North Beach for the report of a male walking in and out of traffic.  Again, Mosely drove Crouse to an address on 9th Street and told him to go home.  After the third call, and Crouse still appearing to be heavily intoxicated and endangering himself and citizens driving on the road, he was taken into custody.  Crouse was charged with disorderly conduct and drinking alcoholic beverages in a retail area.
Destruction of Property Case #14-41295 & 41301:
Someone spray painted house siding, a fence and two road signs on Parkers Creek Road and Wash Hance Road in Port Republic on July 23.  DFC J. Hardesty is investigating.
Theft Case #14-41390:
Someone stole a portable basketball hoop from the driveway of a home on H Street in Chesapeake Beach sometime between 7:30 a.m. and noon on July 23.  The hoop had a black base and glow in the dark net.  DFC S. Mitchell is investigating.
Theft Case #14-41740:
Two stop signs and poles were stolen from Dusk Drive and Seagull Beach Road in Prince Frederick overnight between July 24 and 25.  DFC P. Wood is continuing the investigation.
Disorderly Conduct Case #14-41823:
On July 25 at 6:43 p.m. DFC S. Morder responded to the Bank of America in Prince Frederick for the report of a suspicious vehicle.  A bank employee advised that a vehicle with two occupants had been parked in the lot for 1 ½ hours and employees were apprehensive about closing the bank and leaving.  Morder approached the vehicle and asked the male in the driver’s seat for identification.  The man, later identified as Charles Benjamin Stewart, 42 of New York, yelled profanities at the deputy and refused to provide identification.  He was asked several times to stop using profane language but he would not.  He was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order.
Destruction of Property Case #14-41988:
A homeowner noticed damage to a window screen on the back side of his home in the 6500 block of Long Beach Drive in St. Leonard on July 25.  Dep. W. Durner responded and observed foot prints on top of the outside air conditioning unit that was directly beneath the screen.  The homeowner advised no one had entered the home and nothing was taken.  The investigation continues.
Theft Case #14-41997:
A wallet was stolen from inside an unlocked locker at the William T. Hall Aquatic Center in Prince Frederick on July 26 at around 3:00 p.m.  The thief then used the victim’s credit card to make purchases at a nearby store.  DFC R. Kreps is investigating.
CDS Violation Case #14-42135:
DFC P. Wood responded to the Super 8 Motel in Prince Frederick on July 27 at 9:50 for the report of patrons possibly smoking marijuana in their room.  Wood found the three occupants of the room trying to quickly vacate the premises.  They were stopped and one of them, identified as Joshua Michael Betters, 25 of Los Angeles, CA, was found to be in possession of suspected drugs.  Betters was charged with possession of marijuana and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia; rolling papers.
Theft Case #14-42199:
Someone stole a camera from a bag while the owner left it unguarded at the Water Park in Chesapeake Beach on July 27 between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m.  The black Canon camera is valued at $350.  DFC P. Aurich is investigating.
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Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Barrack Brief

Carrying Concealed Weapon & CDS:  On 7/22/14 @ 07:22 pm, Trooper First Class Costello stopped a vehicle at Clubhouse Dr. and Rousby Hall Rd. in Lusby for a traffic violation.   A strong odor of marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle.  A set of wooden nunchaku were observed concealed between the driver and passenger seats.  George L. Gerlach, 27 of St. Leonard, was charged for concealing a dangerous weapon and marijuana charges.  He was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
Theft:  On 7/23/14 at 7:22 pm, Trooper First Class Follin responded to the 6500 block of 9th St. in Chesapeake Beach for a reported theft.  The victim reported a wallet with cash, gift cards, credit cards and other personal documents had been stolen.  Charges are pending for Thomas L. Jones, Jr. 43 of Prince Frederick.
DUI & Xanax:  On 7/24/14 at 02:09 am, Trooper  First Class Wiesemann stopped a vehicle on HG Trueman Rd. west of Rousby Hall Rd. in Lusby for traffic violations.  Bridgette F. Hayden, 47 of Lusby, was arrested for driving under the influence.  A MILES/NCIC check revealed Ms. Hayden was driving on a suspended/revoked license.  A search revealed Xanax in her possession which she could not provide a prescription for.  Hayden was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.
Theft from Vehicle:  On 7/15/14 at 6:37 pm, Trooper First Class Wiesemann responded to the 12400 block of Coyote Court in Lusby for a report of a theft.  The victim reported that the rear Maryland registration plate 2AV4992 was missing along with the mount for the plate.  The missing plate has been entered into METERS/NCIC.  Investigation continues.
Destruction of Property:  On 7/25/14 at 6:19 pm, Trooper First Class Oles responded to the 3100 block of North Avenue in Port Republic for a domestic dispute in progress.  During the course of the dispute, Terrell J. Russell, 28 of Port Republic, kicked the rear panel of the victim’s vehicle causing a large dent.  Charges are pending for Russell for Second Degree Assault and Malicious Destruction of Property. 
Possession of Marijuana: On 7/26/14 at 3:44 am, Corporal West stopped a vehicle on Plum Point Rd. near Wild Flower Lane in Huntingtown for traffic violations.  The odor of marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle.  A probable cause search revealed suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  The driver, Zachary M. Kuderski, 19, and the passenger, Alaina C. Hinds, 19, both having fraudulent identification documents were arrested and transported to the MSP Barrack in Prince Frederick for processing.  
Possession of Marijuana:  On 7/26/14 at 3:47 am, Trooper First Class Costello stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 in St. Leonard for traffic violations.  The distinct odor of burnt marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle.  Mark C. Felder, a passenger in the vehicle, advised he had tossed some marijuana out of the window prior to the stop.  The partially burnt hand rolled cigarette containing suspected marijuana was located on the ground.  Felder was arrested and transported to the MSP Barrack in Prince Frederick for processing.  
Three Stolen Dirt Bikes:  On 7/26/14 at 10:48 am, Trooper First Class Saucerman responded to the 13600 block of Dowell Rd. in Solomons in reference to the theft of three dirt bikes.  The victim reported that three Yamaha blue and white Dirt Bikes had been stolen from a motor home trailer.  The dirt bikes have been entered into METER/NCIC.  Investigation continues.
Fugitive Warrant:  On 7/27/14 at 1:44 am, Master Trooper Gill responded to the 200 block of Lore Rd. in Solomons for an intoxicated subject that was threatening people.  Joshua R. Albert, 34 of Spotsylvania, VA, was located.  A check through NCIC revealed Albert had an active felony warrant through Stafford County and Spotsylvania County in Virginia.  Albert was arrested and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center for processing.  
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Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack Brief

Drug Arrest – On Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 5:13 pm, Tpr. A. Oyler initiated a traffic stop on a black passenger car on Willows Road at Anita Court for a minor traffic infraction.  A probable cause search was conducted, resulting in the recovery of CDS.  Melinda Jean Persiani, 19, of Piney Point, was arrested and charged with CDS Possession – Marijuana.  She was transported to the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack for processing and later released.  (14-MSP-022955)
Assault – On Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 5:11 pm, Cpl. S. Murphy responded to the 46000 block of Sue Drive for a domestic disturbance.  Investigation revealed that Inesha Dashawn Gilliam, 18, of Lexington Park, had engaged in an altercation with a female victim at the residence and had assaulted the victim.  Ms. Gilliam was arrested for Assault – Second Degree and was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center.  She was held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner.  (14-MSP-023210)
Warrant Services
Michael L. Epps, 28, of Great Mills, served on 7/20/2014 at 11:15 pm for Failure to Appear in Court (2014-00252784)
Ryan Christopher Conyers, 33, of Callaway, served on 7/17/2014 at 6:55 pm for Failure to Appear in Court (2014-00251066)
Joan Yolanda Perez, 45, of Waldorf, served on 7/23/2014 at 7:40 am for Failure to Appear in Court (2014-00259056)
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Detectives Identify 10 Year Old Who Molested 4 Year Old

DETECTIVES IDENTIFY JUVENILE SUSPECT WHO ASSAULTED CHILD: Detectives assigned to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division have identified the suspect who reportedly molested a 4-year-old boy at the Capital Clubhouse on July 20. Investigators pursed several leads and identified the suspect last night. He is a 10-year-old male from Charles County. The case will be reviewed with the State’s Attorney’s Office.  The investigation is ongoing.
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.
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Open Houses For Charles County Schools Announced

Charles County Public Schools has released its open house schedule for the 2014-­15 school year. Listed below are open house dates and times, and other activities for schools.
Elementary Schools
·      C. Paul Barnhart, back-to-school night, Sept. 3, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.;
·      Berry, open house, Sept. 4, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.;
·      Dr. Gustavus Brown, open house, Sept. 11, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;  
·      Dr. James Craik, back-to-school night, Sept. 4, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
·      William A. Diggs, open house for all grades, Sept. 4, 6 – 8 p.m.;
·      Gale-Bailey, open house for all grade levels, Sept. 4, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
·      Dr. Thomas L. Higdon, open house, Sept. 4, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
·      Indian Head, open house, Sept. 4, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
·      Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, open house, prekindergarten-grade 2, Sept. 3, 6 – 7:30 p.m.; grades 3-5, Sept. 4, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
·      Malcolm, open house, Sept. 4, 6 – 8 p.m.;
·      T.C. Martin, open house, Sept. 2, prekindergarten and kindergarten, 6 – 7 p.m.; grades 1-2, Sept. 2, 7:15 – 8:15 p.m.; grades 3-5, Sept. 4, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.;
·      Mary H. Matula, open house, Sept. 4, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
·      Arthur Middleton, open house, Sept. 3, 6 – 8 p.m.;
·      Walter J. Mitchell, open house, Prekindergarten-grade 2, Sept. 4, 6 – 7 p.m.; and grades 3-5, Sept. 4, 7 – 8 p.m.; 
·      Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy, open house, Sept. 4, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
·      Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, open house event, Sept. 3, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
·      Mary B. Neal, open house, Sept. 4, 7 – 8:15 p.m.;
·      J.C. Parks, open house, prekindergarten-grade 2, Sept. 3, 6:30 – 8 p.m.; grades 3-5, Sept. 4, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
·      J.P. Ryon, open house, Oct. 7, 6 – 8 p.m.;
·      Eva Turner, open house, Sept. 4, 6 – 7 p.m.; 
·      William B. Wade, open house, Sept. 2, prekindergarten-grade 2, 6 – 7:30 p.m.; Sept.3, grades 3-5, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
Middle Schools
·      Theodore G. Davis, open house, Sept. 11, 6 – 8 p.m.;
·      John Hanson, open house, Sept. 11, 6 – 8 p.m.;
·      Matthew Henson, back-to-school night, Sept. 10, 6 – 8 p.m.;
·      Mattawoman, open house, Sept. 11, 6 – 8 p.m.;
·      Piccowaxen, annual open house, Sept. 11, 6 – 8 p.m.;
·      General Smallwood, open house, Sept. 11, 6 – 8 p.m.;
·      Milton M. Somers, open house for all students, Sept. 11, 6 – 8 p.m.;
·      Benjamin Stoddert, open house, Sept. 25, 6 – 8 p.m.;
High Schools
·      Henry E. Lackey, open house, Sept. 22, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.;
·      La Plata, annual open house, Sept. 18, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
·      Maurice J. McDonough, open house, Sept. 16, 6 – 8:30 p.m.;
·      North Point, back-to-school night, Sept. 23, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
·      St. Charles, open house, Sept. 17, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.;  
·      Thomas Stone, meet and greet, Sept. 16, 6 – 7:30 p.m.; 
·      Westlake, open house and activities fair, Sept. 18, 6 – 8:30 p.m.;
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Suspect To Turn Himself In Monday For Fatal Hit And Run

Bryant Lewis, the 23-year-old suspected of killing a Waldorf football star in a hit-and-run crash last week, is expected to turn himself in, according to his older brother.
Bryant Lewis' family says he will turn himself in to the authorities on Monday. 
Prince George’s County Police say Lewis, who faces multiple charges, was driving a stolen vehicle on the night of Thursday, July 17. He may have been speeding when he lost control of the car, skidded off the road and struck a utility pole on McKendree Road in Brandywine. Then, Lewis took off running, leaving a critically-injured passenger in the back seat. Brendan Munnerlyn, a 24-year-old who had been riding in the front passenger’s seat, was thrown from the vehicle and died from his injuries. 
Police are searching for Lewis and have a warrant for his arrest. 
“Currently, we are looking for [Lewis] and asking for the public’s help in bringing this individual to justice,” said PGCPD Corporal Maria McKinney.
In November 2013, Lewis was charged after court records say he tried to flee after getting caught speeding, later admitting he had marijuana hidden in his shoe.
About a third of the cases against Lewis weren’t prosecuted, or were dismissed by the court, but he still faces charges in the July 17 case. Lewis’ family says he plans to turn himself in on Monday.
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Ben Cardin Announces Over $17 Million in Health Insurance Refunds for Maryland Consumers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today that 206,102 consumers in Maryland will benefit from $17,265,604 in refunds from insurance companies this summer, averaging $140 per family, because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Created by the ACA, the 80/20 rule, also known as the Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) rule, requires health insurers to spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars on patient care and quality improvement activities. If insurers spend more than 20 percent on profits, marketing, and salaries, they owe a refund to consumers. 
“Before the Affordable Care Act, many insurers did not provide true value for the premium dollars they collected from consumers. We decided to include Medical Loss Ratio provision to hold insurers accountable by ensuring that Americans get a rebate when companies don’t meet “a fair standard of value. As a result of the MLR,  9 million Americans are finally able to purchase quality, affordable health care, rather than paying for exorbitant salaries, executive bonuses, or other non-health-related costs,” said Senator Cardin, a member of the Senate Finance Committee.
“The 80/20 rule is bringing much needed transparency and competition to the health insurance market, ensuring that consumers will receive value for their premium dollars,” said Secretary Burwell.  “Standards like these created under the health care law are providing Marylanders with immediate savings and are helping to keep costs down over the long-term.”
Nationwide, consumers have saved a total of $9 billion on their health insurance premiums since the 80/20 rule took effect.  Last year alone, consumers nationwide saved an estimated $3.8 billion because of reduced premiums as insurance companies operated more efficiently.  Additionally, consumers nationwide will receive $330 million in refunds, with 6.8 million consumers due to receive an average national refund benefit of $80 per family.
Since the MLR standard took effect, more insurers year after year are meeting the 80/20 rule by spending more of the premium dollars they collect on patient care and quality improvement..
According to HHS, Marylanders will see their value reflected in one of the following ways:
·       a refund check in the mail;
·       a lump-sum reimbursement to the same account that was used to pay the premium;
·       a reduction in their future premiums; or
·       if the consumer bought insurance through their employer, their employer must provide one of the above options, or apply the refund in another manner that benefits its employees, such as more generous benefits.
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Career Criminal Found Packaging Drugs In Home

During the past several months, 28 year old Travis Richardson of Leonardtown, MD was identified as a distributor of cocaine and detectives obtained a search and seizure warrant for his home and person. Detectives, assisted by members of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Vice/Narcotics Support Team, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services Team and K-9 deputies executed the search warrant which revealed numerous items of evidence. The evidence indicated Suspect Richardson was using the residence to manufacture and package crack cocaine and the recovered items included digital scales, plastic bags, a quantity of cocaine, a .38 caliber handgun and "cutting agents."  
 A second Suspect, identified as 23 year old Michelle Shavon Mobley of Leonardtown was also located inside the residence and was found to be in possession of marijuana which was prepared and packaged for distribution. Detectives seized Mobley's 2008 Saturn Vue pending forfeiture proceedings. 
Richardson is a convicted felon with a long criminal history and prohibited from possessing a regulated firearm. Additional charges are expected pending a review by State's Attorney Richard Fritz.
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Charles County Detectives Search For Fugitive

Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Omar Jamal Brooks, 28, of Waldorf. Brooks currently has an outstanding warrant charging him with violating  probation for a conspiracy to commit burglary charge. Brooks is 6’0”, 155lbs., and has black hair and brown eyes.  
Anyone with information about Omar Jamal Brooks’ 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.charlescountycrimesovlers.com.
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.
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Colonial Beach, Va. Residents Told E.coli Found In Water Weeks Ago

COLONIAL BEACH, Va. - Residents of Colonial Beach in King George's County were notified on Tuesday that local water samples tested positive for E.coli as far back as July 8.
"Our water system testing recently detected a fecal indicator - E.coli - in our water," a statement from the Town of Colonial Beach released on Tuesday read.
The statement indicates water samples collected on July 8 tested positive for the contaminant.
A positive test for E.coli in water could indicate traces of human or animal feces in the water, Town officials said.
"Microbes in these wastes can cause short-term health effects, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms," the statement warned. "They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems."
The Town said it is performing "system pipe flushing, increased chlorination, increased field disinfection testing, and additional follow-up/special and routine samples" to correct the situation.
In the meantime, residents have been advised to boil water before using it for certain purposes.
"Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice," the statement advised. "Boiling kills the bacteria and other organisms in the water."
The Town said it anticipates resolving the matter quickly, but said residents should continue boiling water until further notice
"We will inform you when tests show no bacteria and you no longer need to boil your water," officials said.
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SMECO Receives Approval to Reduce Customer Rates

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) received approval from the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) on July 23 to reduce its residential Standard Offer Service (SOS) energy charges. SMECO also received approval for its proposal to change how May and October are designated as summer rate and winter rate months.    
SMECO will reduce the residential SOS energy charge for summer months from 8.83 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to 8.61 cents per kWh, a reduction of 2.5 percent. The new rate will go into effect on August 1, 2014. SMECO received approval to change the summer rate months to May through September and winter rate months to October through April. Residential SOS energy charges for winter months will decrease from 9.62 cents per kWh to 9.25 cents per kWh, a reduction of 3.9 percent. The winter rate will go into effect on October 1, 2014.
The total SOS rate in August will be the combination of the new reduced energy charge and the PCA, which changes monthly. For a residential bill of 1,300 kWh, the average monthly base SOS rate will be $4.00 less. SMECO’s SOS rate covers the cost of electric supply only. Costs incurred for maintaining the electric system are covered by distribution service charges and do not affect the SOS rate.
“The average customer-member who uses 1,300 kWh per month will realize a savings of nearly $50 a year on the SOS energy charge,” said Austin J. Slater, Jr., SMECO president and CEO.  He added, “We encourage customers who want to save money on their energy costs to control the amount of energy they use. Rather than setting the thermostat on 72, turn it up to 78 degrees in summer and down to 68 in winter. The co-op does not make a profit on energy charges, but customers can profit by saving energy.” 
SMECO also received approval to revise commercial rates for general service non-demand, general service demand, and large power customers. General service non-demand customers will be charged base rates of 8.51 cents per kWh for all energy used for summer months and 9.22 cents per kWh for winter months. General service demand customers will be charged base rates of 6.99 cents per kWh for summer, 7.49 cents per kWh for winter, and $4.28 per kilowatt (kW) for demand. Base rates for large power customers will be 7.14 cents per kWh for summer, 7.64 cents per kWh for winter, and $5.40 per kW for demand.
SMECO provides electricity to more than 156,000 services in southern Prince George’s County, and in Charles County, St. Mary’s County, and all but the northeast portion of Calvert County. Co-ops are distinctly different from investor-owned utilities because co-ops are owned by their customers, and these members elect the men and women who serve on the Board of Directors. 
Co-ops also issue capital credits to their members. What are capital credits? They are the member’s share of the co-op’s margins, based on how much electricity the member purchased and the rate at which the account was billed. SMECO’s margins—revenue less expenses—are used as working capital for new construction and system improvements. When SMECO’s Board of Directors determines that a percentage of the capital credits can be distributed to members through a general refund, capital credits will be issued by check or credited to members’ electric bills.
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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Arrests

DOMESTIC ASSAULT – on July 23, 2014, Deputy L. Johnson responded to a residence on Morningside Lane in Lexington Park, for a reported assault. The victim alleged suspect John William Kegley, 31, of Lexington Park, strangled the victim with his hands during an argument over property. The victim blacked out during the assault. Deputy Johnson observed evidence of injury on the victim. Kegley was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd Degree Assault.
TRESPASSING – On July 23, 2014, DFC Beishline assigned to the Lexington Park COPs UNIT, observed suspect Joseph Kenneth Morgan, 50, of Lexington Park, on the property of Lex’s Apartment’s. Morgan had been served with a no trespass notice for the property on 9-13-14 by DFC T. Snyder. Morgan was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Trespass: Private Property.
PUBLIC INTOXICATION – On July 22, 2014, DFC Beishline assigned to the Lexington Park COPs UNIT, was flagged down by citizens on South Shangri La Drive in Lexington Park. Citizens reported seeing a white male subject with long gray hair walking in the roadway. He was nearly struck by vehicles. 3 additional callers to 9 1 1 reported seeing the same subject intoxicated in the roadway. DFC Beishline subsequently located suspect Steven Wayne Carter, 55, of no fixed address, sleeping in the back parking lot of the Bay District Fire Department. Carter appeared to be extremely intoxicated. DFC Beishline placed Carter under arrest. He was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Alcoholic Beverage Intoxication: Endangerment.  
THEFT SCHEME – On July 23, 2014, Deputy Potter responded to the BJ’s Wholesale Club in California, for a reported employee theft. The store manager alleged suspect Patrick Louis Campbell, 20, of Lexington Park, stole nearly $16,000 in cash, gift cards, and merchandise while employed from 3-5-14 to 7-22-14. Campbell would purchase a low price item and then use the receipt to create a fraudulent return for cash or gift cards. Campbell was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Theft Scheme $10,000 to $100.000
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Person Falls Victim To Phone Scam

7-23-14 FRAUD - A victim, who resides on Midway Drive in Lexington Park, reported he received a phone call from a Hispanic male suspect claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service. The suspect told the victim he needed to pay $2,500 immediately to avoid being arrested. The victim purchased (5) $500 Green Dot cards and provided the suspect with the information. Case #40112-14

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Maryland Has Successful Sale of $1.15 Billion in General Obligation Bonds

ANNAPOLIS – Maryland State Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp 
announced that the Board of Public Works (BPW), composed of Governor 
Martin O’Malley, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Kopp, completed the 
sale of $1,149,715,000 of General Obligation bonds today in three series, 
including the direct retail sale of $50,385,000 of Series A bonds which sold on 
July 18th and July 21st exclusively to retail investors with a first priority to 
Maryland residents. 
The direct retail bond sale (Series A), conducted through a group of 
underwriters led by Citigroup Global Markets, Inc., carried a true interest rate of 
1.1883%. The net premium was $6,381,311.
Competitive sales for Series B and Series C occurred at today’s BPW meeting. 
The State received bids for the $449,615,000 of Tax-Exempt General Obligation 
Bonds (Series B) and the $649,715,000 of Tax-Exempt Refunding Bonds (Series 
C). The Series C Refunding Bonds will reduce the State’s debt service by 
approximately $58.3 million.
In today’s competitive sales:
 $449,615,000 in tax-exempt bonds in Series B sold at a true interest cost
of 2.6535%; the winning bidder was J.P. Morgan Securities, LLC, and the 
net premium was $64,221,141; and
 $649,715,000 in tax-exempt refunding bonds in Series C sold at a true 
interest cost of 1.8821%; the winning bidder was Morgan Stanley & Co., 
LLC, and the net premium was $148,876,381.
There were five bidders on Series B and five bidders on Series C.
Treasurer Kopp commented “Today’s results were very satisfying for the 
taxpayers of Maryland. The State was well-timed to be in the market and 
benefited from investors’ ‘flight to quality’. The demand for Maryland bonds 
and the resulting favorable interest rates are a reflection of the top quality of 
Maryland’s credit and the security of the investment it provides. The State’s
taxpayers benefit from saving millions of dollars because of our strong AAA 
bond ratings and resultant lower interest rates. In addition, today’s successful 
sale of tax-exempt refunding bonds will save Maryland taxpayers more than $58
million in debt service costs. It is also good news that all Marylanders who 
wanted to do so were able to buy the State’s high-quality bonds during the retail 
sale period. Their investment in Maryland in turn will allow Maryland to invest in 
projects that support communities throughout the State. Overall, Maryland’s 
citizens benefit from the investment in Maryland’s schools, colleges, hospitals, 
prisons and cultural projects that are supported with bond proceeds.”
Maryland is one of only ten states to currently hold the AAA rating, the highest 
possible rating, from all three major bond rating agencies. The AAA was 
affirmed by Fitch, Moody’s, and Standard & Poor’s as recently as July 7, 2014, 
in anticipation of this bond sale.
The Maryland State Treasurer’s Office expects to conduct another bond sale in 
February or March 2015.
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Man Killed In Hughesville Accident

On Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 at approximately 3:32 p.m., Troopers from the Maryland State Police, La Plata Barrack, and Deputy’s from the Charles County Sheriffs Office, responded to the area of Leonardtown Rd at Herbert Rd, Hughesville, MD, for the report of a motor vehicle collision.
The first responding unit arrived on scene at 3:35 p.m.and immediately requested further assistance.  The Maryland State Police Crash Team Members and other collision reconstructionists, responded to the scene of the collision at 3:50 p.m.  A detailed crash investigation was conducted utilizing investigative techniques to determine cause and manor of the collision.
Preliminary investigation revealed, a 2005 Pontiac G8 driven by 24 year old James Hunter Rowley Jr. of Mechanicsville, was traveling southbound MD Rt 5 (Leonardtown Rd) in lane 1.  The G8 attempted to make a left turn onto Herbert Road at a high rate of speed.  Rowley lost control and crossed through the grassy median into the northbound lanes of Leonardtown Rd.  
A 2003 Dodge Ram, driven by 73 year old John Raymond Sellner of Brandywine, was traveling northbound Rt 5 in lane 2.  The Ram collided into the passenger side of the G8.  As a result of the collision, Rowley Jr. was pronounced deceased on the scene by paramedics.  Sellner was flown to Prince George's Hospital via MSP Trooper 7.  
During the investigation it was determined that Sellner was under the influence of alcohol.  A Blood Kit was submitted at Prince Georges Hospital.  Charges are pending for DUI.  Alcohol is not listed as a contributing factor for the collision in this case.
This collision is still actively being investigated and any witnesses to the incident are encouraged to contact Trooper First Class Mark Galgan or Cpl. Justin Zimmerman of the Maryland State Police Crash Team.  Either can be reached at 301-392-1200.  
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Dominion Receives Tidal Wetlands License For Cove Point Export Project

The Maryland Board of Public Works Wednesday approved unanimously a tidal wetlands license for the Dominion Cove Point export project. A crowd of about 250 Calvert County leaders and other citizens, labor representatives and supporters rallied outside the State House before the hearing. The BPW voted 3-0 to approve the license after two hour, 40 minute public hearing.
The license authorizes construction of a temporary pier in the Patuxent River adjacent to the Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge in Calvert County. The temporary pier will be used over an 18-month period for unloading barges delivering equipment for the expansion project. It will be removed and the area will be restored to its present condition when project-related barge traffic ends.
Recent favorable project developments include the approval of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity by the Maryland Public Service Commission, a favorable draft environmental assessment from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Maryland Supreme Court decision to not hear the appeal of the Sierra Club in its effort to stop LNG exports from the Dominion Cove Point terminal. The FERC is expected to reach a final decision on the project within a few months.
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Power Outage Scheduled For Spring Ridge Middle School Today

LEONARDTOWN, MD - Due to construction activities, Spring Ridge Middle School will be closed on Thursday, July 24, 2014.  It will be reopen on Monday, July 28, 2014.

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Elderly Woman From Virginia Found In Lexington Park

Lexington Park, Maryland - On July 22, 2014, DFC Tim Snyder and DFC Al Beishline assigned to the Lexington Park COPs UNIT, observed a green passenger vehicle traveling the wrong direction on Great Mills Road. The vehicle then parked in Millison Plaza where the operator was contacted by DFC Snyder and DFC Beishline. The operator was a 76 year old female from Dale City, Virginia. She left her home to go shopping at approximately 10:00 AM, when she became confused and got lost. She had been driving for over 12 hours, ending up in St. Mary's County. Deputies contacted her daughter who was about to file a missing person's report in Virginia. DFC Snyder and DFC Beishline then assisted in returning her safely to the Virginia State line where she was reunited her family.   
St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Arrests
On July 22, 2014, Deputy Al Beishline observed Anthony Charles Wright, 45, of Lexington Park, on the property of St. Mary's Square after having been served a no trespass notice for the property. Wright was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center. He was charged with Trespass Private Property.
On July 22, 2014 at 9:36 PM, DFC Tim Snyder observed suspect Robert Keith Long, 54, of Lexington Park, drinking an alcoholic beverage on the property of the Checkers restaurant in Lexington Park. Long was charged with the Alcohol Violation by criminal citation.
On July 22, 2014 at 10:29 PM, DFC Al Beishline observed suspect Robert Keith Long, 54, of Lexington Park, on the property of Lex's Apartments located on Great Mills Road in Lexington Park, drinking an alcoholic beverage. Long was charged with the Alcohol Violation by criminal citation.
On July 22, 2014, Deputy Al Beishline arrested William Cornelius Curtis, 55, of Lexington Park, on an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear in Court. The original charge was Trespassing Private Property.
On July 22, 2014, Deputy Krum arrested Eric Dwayne Dickerson, 41, of no fixed address, on an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear in Court. The original charge was Trespass Private Property.

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