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Vaccination Requirement Deadline Is September 15; Clinics Available


The state health department is requiring kindergarten and seventh-grade students to get additional vaccinations this school year. Failure to receive the immunizations or provide proof of updated shot records by Sept. 15 could lead to the exclusion of students from school.
 
Charles County Public Schools kindergarten students are now required to have two doses of the Varicella, or chickenpox, vaccine and seventh graders must have one dose of the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis/whooping cough) and one dose of the Meningitis (MCV4/Meningococcal) vaccine. These are new requirements for the 2014-15 school year from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and updated shot records for these students must be provided to the school within the first 20 calendar days of the school year.
 
The 20-day calendar rule is required by law under the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR). By law, if proof of immunization (an updated shot record) is not provided to the school by Monday, Sept. 15, students will be suspended. Students will be reinstated once proof of the new vaccinations is received.
 
Students can receive the new vaccinations from their physician. The Charles County Department of Health is also hosting vaccination clinics on Thursday, Sept. 4 and Thursday, Sept. 11, both from 3 to 7 p.m., to provide students in kindergarten and seventh grades with the new vaccinations required this school year.
 
The Charles County Department of Health is located at 4545 Crain Highway, White Plains, Md., 20695. Appointments for either clinic are preferred and can be made by calling the Health Department at 301-609-6900, ext. 6018. Parents attending the clinics should bring a copy of their child’s shot record.
 
These are in addition to the already required vaccines of DTaP, polio, measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), chickenpox (Varicella), hepatitis B, Hib and prevnar.
 
The MCV4 vaccination protects students from certain meningococcal bacteria that can lead to meningitis or sepsis. After students are initially vaccinated before seventh grade, an additional booster shot is recommended at age 16. Typically, MCV4 is a required vaccination for college/university students; however the State Department of Health has found it necessary for students age eleven and older to receive these vaccinations. 
 
As for Tdap, the original vaccination received in early childhood for tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (DTaP) wears off; therefore a supplemental booster shot is suggested at age eleven for continued protection against the bacteria that causes these diseases.
 
Parents with questions about the vaccinations should contact their child’s physician or the nurse at their child’s school.
 
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
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Man Running Late For Work Hit State Police Cruiser And Flees


Hit and Run – On September 2, 2014 at 7:18 am, Tpr J. Quase was on a traffic stop in the parking lot of the Starbucks in California.  Billy Willfred Morlong 3rd, 43, of Leonardtown, approached Tpr. Quase’s marked police car and requested that he move his patrol vehicle so he could back out.  Tpr. Quase advised Mr. Morlong that it would be a minute before he finished the traffic stop.  Mr. Morlong returned to his vehicle, then exited a short time later and requested Tpr. Quase to move his vehicle again because he was late for work.  Tpr. Quase then observed Mr. Morlong attempting to back out of the parking lot and observed the bumper of his vehicle strike his patrol vehicle.  Tpr. Quase informed Mr. Morlong that he struck his marked patrol car, however,  Mr. Morlong drove away from the scene.  Tpr. Quase located Mr. Morlong’s vehicle a short time later and conducted a traffic stop in the parking lot of Dunkin Donuts.  Cpl. S. Murphy was called to the scene, and observed damage to Tpr. Quase’s patrol vehicle.  Cpl. Murphy placed Mr. Morlong under arrest for failure to remain at the scene of an accident.  He was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner. (14-MSP-028412)
 
Warrant Services
 
Jacqueline Marie Harris, 28, of Scotland, served on 8/28/2014 at 10:31 am for Failure to Appear in Court (2014-00314162)
 
Raymond Venson Rainwater, 34, of Lexington Park, served on 8/28/2014 at 12:27 pm for Failure to Appear in Court (2014-00314269)
 
William David Lawrence II, 22, of Great Mills, served on 8/28/2014 at 7:22 pm for Failure to Appear in Court (2014-00313944)
 
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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Incident Report


8-23-14 THEFT - A victim reported his 15 foot center console Key West boat was stolen from the Dennis Point Marina. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy Schultz. Case #45605-14
 
8-25-14 BURGLARY - The manager of the Ruby Tuesday restaurant located in California, reported unknown suspect(s) forced entry into the business and stole US currency. Case remains open and is assigned to Corporal Ross. Case #45854-14
 
8-26-14 BURGLARY - Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into the Our Lady's Church located on Medley's Neck Road. Nothing appeared to have been stolen. Case #46025-14
 
8-27-14 ATTEMPTED BURGLARY - A victim, who resides on Ruth's Way, reported unknown suspect(s) attempted to gain entry into his residence. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy Phelan. Case #46191-14
 
8-27-14 THEFT - A victim, who resides in the 16000 block of Piney Point Road, reported unknown suspect(s) stole the American Flag from his yard. Case #46205-14
 
8-29-14 FRAUD - A victim, who resides on Lexwood Drive in Lexington Park, reported unknown suspect(s) opened a Verizon Wireless account in his name. Case remains open. Case #46451-14
 
8-29-14 THEFT - A victim, who resides on Drayden Road, reported a computer tablet was stolen from his residence. Case #46496-14
 
8-30-14 BURGLARY - A victim, who resides on Manon Way, reported unknown suspect(s) forced entry into his home and stole property. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy Potter.
Case #46763-14
 
8-31-14 BURGLARY MOTOR VEHICLE - A victim, who resides in the 46000 block of Three Notch Road in Oakville, reported unknown suspect(s) entered 2 of his unlocked vehicles and a boat and stole property. Case remains open and is assigned to Corporal Ross. Case #46883-14
 
9-1-14 BURGLARY - A victim, who resides on Far Cry Road, reported unknown suspect(s) entered his residence and consumed food items. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy Roszell. Case #47008-14
 
9-1-14 BURGLARY - A victim, who resides on Queen Tree Road, reported unknown suspect(s) entered his residence and stole property. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy Pleisse. Case #47021-14
 
9-1-14 Motor Vehicle Accident Fly-Out - On 9-1-14 at 5:16 PM, deputies responded to the area of North Shangri-La Drive (Bank of America parking lot) for a motor vehicle accident. The driver suffered a medical emergency and struck a tree. The driver was transported to St. Mary's Hospital and then flown to an area hospital for precautionary measures. Case #47063-14
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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Blotter


During the week of August 25 through August 31 deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,615 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.
 
Burglary Case #14-48864:
Dep. A. Ostazeski is investigating a burglary at a home in the 200 block of Thunderbird Drive in Lusby that occurred overnight between August 27 and 28.  A small amount of consumable items were stolen and $165 in damage occurred.
 
Concealed Weapon Case #14-48898:
On August 29 at 11:11 a.m. DFC M. Quinn responded to the Prince Frederick McDonald’s for the report to check the welfare of a subject.  Upon arrival, an employee advised that the subject, later identified as Jeffrey Wayne Hutton, 44, of Prince Frederick, came inside the restaurant and appeared “drunk”.  Quinn made contact with Hutton who was seated in the driver’s seat of his vehicle in the parking lot.  Hutton was found to be in possession of a butcher knife and wooden bat, both concealed about his person.  He was arrested and charged.
 
CDS Violation Case #14-48975:
A sixteen-year-old female of Lusby was charged on a youth report with possession of marijuana and cited for possession of a tobacco product under the age of 18 on August 29 at 4:43 p.m.  DFC G. Gott had responded to the area of Lake Lariat in Lusby for a report of juveniles trespassing.  Ranch Club Security personnel advised Gott that they had requested identification or permits from the juveniles indicating they lived in the Ranch Club but the juveniles refused.  They were then asked to leave by security personnel but refused to do so.  The charged youth was released to a parent and the remaining juveniles, two sixteen-year-old males and one seventeen-year-old male, all of Lusby, were issued no trespass warnings.
 
Burglary Case #14-49010:
Copper wire worth $250 was stolen after unknown suspect(s) burglarized a home undergoing renovation in the 9000 block of Frederick Avenue in North Beach between August 28 and 29.  DFC Y. Bortchevsky is investigating.
 
Disorderly Conduct Case #14-49123:
DFC R. Weems arrested Shannon Michelle Myers, 37, of Lusby, and charged her with disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order on August 30 at 3:50 a.m.  Weems first encountered Myers about five hours earlier when he responded to a home on Thunderbird Drive for a report of a disorderly person.  The homeowner stated they had asked Myers to leave but she wouldn’t.  Myers was warned against trespassing and sent on her way.  About three hours later, Weems responded to the Lusby Shell for the report of an unknown problem.  He observed Myers again, shouting loudly and pointing a flashlight at oncoming cars while she stood near the travel portion of the roadway. She was sent on her way.  At 3:51 a.m. on August 30, Weems responded to the Lusby Post Office and again came into contact with Myers, who was banging on the windows. Myers was arrested and charged.
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Fatal Accident In Mechanicsville


UPDATE: On 8-30-14 at 6:20 PM, deputies responded to the area of Route 5 and Thompson's Corner Road near the 84 Lumber in Mechanicsville, for a motor vehicle collision involving a motorcycle and a dump truck. The driver of the motorcycle, identified as Jose Luis Fuentes, 30, of Washington DC, was dead on the scene. 
 
Members of the SMCSO Accident Reconstruction Team responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. Preliminary investigation indicates the driver of the motorcycle, 2014 Harley Davidson, was traveling north on Route 5 when it struck the rear of a 1996 Ford dump truck being operated by Robert Dade of Mechanicsville. The dump truck had just turned left from Thompsons Corner Road onto Route 5 when the collision occurred. The driver of the motorcycle was ejected. No other injuries were reported. 
 
At this time, speed and alcohol appear to be contributing factors on the part of the driver of the motorcycle. Failure to yield right of way appears to be a contributing factor on the part of the driver of the dump truck. A commercial motor carrier inspection was completed on the dump truck. 
 
Additional details will be released as they are developed.
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Detectives Seek Identity of Suspect in Bryantown Store Robberies (Photos)


Charles County Sheriff's detectives are seeking the identity of a man who may be responsible for at least two robberies and a theft at the Bryantown Store in the 6400 block of Leonardtown Road in Bryantown.  Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward for the suspect’s identity.
 
The most recent robbery occurred on Aug. 9 at 10:03 p.m., when the suspect entered the store, showed a gun and demanded money. The same man is believed to be involved in a theft that occurred on Jan. 1 in which he stole cash from an open register and a robbery that occurred last October in which he pulled a gun and demanded cash from an employee.
 
In all three cases, the suspect was wearing dark clothing. He is possibly in his twenties, between 5’5” to 5’9”, with a small to medium build. After each event, he fled toward Oliver Shop Road and detectives believe he may have ties to that area.
 
The suspect’s image was captured on a surveillance camera. Anyone who believes they know who the suspect is should contact Det. C. Gregory at (301) 609-6507. 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. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered in this case.
 
 
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.
 
The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service law enforcement agency comprised of more than 600 police, corrections and civilian personnel responsible for protecting more than 150,000 residents. The CCSO was accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2001 has been designated as a CALEA Gold Standard of Excellence agency since 2011. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visit www.ccso.us.
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Traffic Pattern Change on Armory Road in Prince Frederick Begins Sept. 9


PRINCE FREDERICK, Md.  – Aug. 29, 2014 – A new traffic pattern along the Armory Road corridor in Prince Frederick will take effect Tuesday, Sept. 9, as progress continues in the third phase of the road improvement project for Armory Road and Dares Beach Road.
The traffic pattern change will affect the intersection of Dares Beach and Armory Roads and the Fairground/Armory Road intersection as follows:
·         The intersection of Dares Beach and Armory Roads will continue in a full roundabout pattern.
·         Traffic exiting the roundabout south onto Armory Road will be directed to the new (Armory) road.
·         Access to and from the old portion of Armory Road (Monnett Court) will be via a new connection with the new Armory Road.
·         Through traffic between Main Street and Dares Beach Road will be in effect.
·         Fairground Road at Armory Road will be closed. Access to Fairground Road will be from Dares Beach Road only.
Portable message boards will provide advance notice to motorists who utilize this area. The traffic pattern will remain in effect for approximately two weeks. 
As part of the road improvement project, enhancements will include new sidewalks, wider shoulders, pedestrian lights and a traffic circle at the intersection of Chesapeake Boulevard and Dares Beach Road. The project is part of the larger Prince Frederick loop road.
      Maps plotting the project by phase and additional information are available at www.co.cal.md.us/roadproject. To learn more, contact Karl Deugwillo at deugwikr@co.cal.md.us or 410-535-1600, ext. 2546. A Facebook page has been established and will offer updates on the project as it progresses.
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Community Development Forum For Residents Of Lexington Park


(Lexington Park, MD)  The League of Women Voters of St. Mary’s County will sponsor a free public forum on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at 6:30 pm on community development in St. Mary’s County at the Lexington Park Library.  
 
The following individuals will present geographic development and economic development information and audience members will be able to ask questions after the presentation. The Acting Director of Economic and Community Development; the Director of Land Use and Growth Management and the President of the St. Mary’s County Farm Bureau will speak on future development in St. Mary’s County.  
 
What do people want to see developed, changed or maybe moved in the future?  Where should the growth occur?  How will this development be financed?  The audience members are encouraged to ask questions by filling out index cards for panel members with concerns of their own related to regional growth.  League Members will review questions for appropriateness and legibility.  This is an opportunity for the citizens of St. Mary’s County not only to learn what our government is planning as we expand in the next few decades, but to express their own concerns as they relate to that expansion and development.  
 
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, community-based political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
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Great Mills Swimming Pool to Close for Seasonal Maintenance September 2 through September 14


Leonardtown, MD – As the fall season approaches, the St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks is preparing transform the Great Mills Swimming Pool into an indoor facility. To accomplish this task the pool will close for seasonal maintenance on Tuesday, September 2 and remain closed through Sunday, September 14. The pool will reopen for normal hours of operation on Monday, September 15. 
 
During this time, workers will install the pool’s air supported “bubble” structure, making the pool an indoor facility. Other maintenance and staff training will also occur while the pool is closed.    
 
The Department of Recreation and Parks regrets any inconvenience the temporary closing of the pool may cause.  For more information, please visit the Great Mills Swimming Pool at 21100 Great Mills Road, in Great Mills or call (301) 866-6560.  For information on activities and programs at the Great Mills Swimming Pool, visit our website at www.stmarysmd.com/recreate/aquatics.
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Fire Destroys Camper Trailer and Sends Man To Hospital


Early Friday morning, 30 firefighters from Waldorf, La Plata, Bryans Road, Marbury, and Potomac Heights Volunteer Fire Departments responded to a call at 3989 Hanson Road in White Plains. The call was for a 38’ Bay Ridge Recreational Vehicle (trailer camper) on fire. After the firefighters arrived on scene, they had the fire under control in about 10 minutes. The fire was determined to have started inside the camper. The fire destroyed the camper and its contents. This was the second fire at the address. An investigation is ongoing to determine if the fires are related.
 
Adult male was transported by helicopter to Medstar Washington Hospital for smoke inhalation. The injuries were determined to be non-life threatening. The estimated total loss in the fire is $30,000.
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Local Youths Charged With Arson On The Estate Of Tom Clancy


CALVERT COUNTY, MD (August 29, 2014) – The Office of the State Fire 
Marshal has charged two male juveniles, ages 12 and 14, with Arson 2nd Degree for their 
involvement with igniting the blaze that destroyed a two story unoccupied wood frame
dwelling on the estate of Tom Clancy.
 
The fire originally occurred on Friday, August 22, 2014 at approximately 5:00 p.m. 
A passerby observed the fire and notified 911. Firefighters arrived from Huntingtown, 
Prince Frederick and Benedict Volunteer Fire Departments and brought the blaze under 
control within 15 minutes. The fire consumed most of the structure during the blaze. An
estimated loss was valued at $149,000. No injuries were reported during the incident. 
The investigation revealed the two juveniles from the Dares Beach community were 
determined to have started the blaze. They confessed to igniting combustibles in the 
living room portion of the structure before leaving the property. The boys were released 
to the custody of their parents pending actions by the Department of Juvenile Services.
 
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Serial Shoplifter Caught In Lexington Park


On 08-27-14 at approximately 1213 hours Dep. Schultz responded to the Wal-Mart in California, Maryland for the report of a shoplifting in progress. The subject later identified as Ronald Gilbert Sweeney 32 YOA of Upper Marlboro was seen by employees of the Wal-Mart pushing a shopping cart of items toward the exit. When Sweeney past all points of purchase he was approached by employees. Sweeney abandoned the cart and walked toward Rt. 235. A lookout was broadcast and Sweeney was located by Dep. Shultz walking along Rt. 235 and taken into custody without incident. While the investigation continued it was determined that Sweeney was responsible for a similar theft from Wal-Mart on July 30th. In that theft Sweeney had also abandoned the cart and fled after being confronted by employees. Sweeney was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Theft less than $1,000.00 value and Theft $1,000.00 to Under &10,000.00 and served with a No Trespass Notice for Wal-Mart.   

Ronald Gilbert Sweeney

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Charles County Detectives Searching For Fugitive (Photo)


Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Keyan William Mitchell, 25, of Waldorf. Mitchell currently has four outstanding warrants charging him with failing to appear in court for robbery, attempted robbery, burglary and assault. Mitchell is 5’10”, 205lbs., and has black hair and brown eyes.     
Anyone with information about Keyan Mitchell’s whereabouts is asked not to approach him but rather call the CCSO Warrant Unit at (301) 932-2222. Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to his arrest. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or Text CHARLES your tip to CRIMES or visit www.ccso.us to submit a web tip. For additional information about Crime Solvers see www.charlescountycrimesovlers.com.  
 
Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest or indictment in an unsolved crime in Charles County. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime 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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Maryland State Police Leonardtown Brief


Assault – On Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 9:19 pm, TFC R. Jackson responded to the 24000 block of Three Notch Road in Hollywood for a reported disturbance.  Investigation revealed Jason Patrick Guy, 40, of Hollywood, had assaulted a female victim and a male juvenile victim.  He was arrested and charged with Assault-Second Degree and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center.  Mr. Guy was held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner. (14-MSP-027675)
 
 
Warrant Services
 
Jennifer Susan Eyler, 39, of Drayden, served on 8/24/2014 at 11:12 am for Fraud, False Statement, and Driving While Revoked (2014-00310961)
 
Marisa G. Ramos, 21, of Lusby, served on 8/25/2014 at 12:30 pm for Fail to Obey a Court Order (2014-00309423)
 
Jeffrey Robert Smith, 48, of Lexington Park, served on 8/25/2014 at 9:05 pm for Failure to Appear in Court (2014-00310076)
 
Daniel Allen Spooner, Jr., 24, of Leonardtown, served on 8/26/2014 at 11:12 am for Failure to Appear in Court (2014-00219935)
 
Victoria Marie Cutchember, 35, of Great Mills, served on 8/26/2014 at 2:45 pm for Failure to Appear in Court (2014-00311222)
 
Gary Gabriel Heureaux, 34, of Bowie, served on 8/27/2014 at 4:13 pm for Failure to Appear in Court (2014-00312939)
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2014 Veterans Day Parade Entries Now Being Accepted


Leonardtown, MD – Calling all marching units, individuals and organizations! Registration is now open for those wishing to participate in the 39th annual Veterans Day Parade in Leonardtown. Entries can include floats, bands, schools, scouts, clubs, cheerleaders, bikes, vintage cars, horses or any other entries.
 
The parade steps off at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 11 at Ryken High School, and proceeds along Fenwick Street to the Leonardtown Town Square. This is a great opportunity to honor our Veterans, participate in a proud tradition and promote your group.
 
For information and/or to request a 2014 Veterans Day Parade Entry Form, log on to the Town of Leonardtown’s website at http://www.leonardtown.somd.com/events/index.htm and click on the “2014 Veterans Day Parade Entry Form” link on the left. The link for Parade guidelines can also be found under the Parade form link. Entry forms should be returned to Connie Pennington, Parade Organizer, by Friday, October 24. Entries received after October 24 will not be accepted.
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MDTA Police To Target Aggressive Drivers This Week


BALTIMORE, MD – From Aug. 31 through Sept. 6, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will continue to enhance highway safety and target aggressive drivers during the fourth wave of the Smooth Operator Program in Maryland and the District of Columbia.  
 
“To achieve the ultimate goal of reducing injuries and deaths resulting from aggressive driving, public awareness must be raised concerning enforcement efforts,” said MDTA Police Chief Colonel Michael Kundrat. “That is why our officers enforce these laws and look for these opportunities to educate the public. As we come to the close of this year’s Smooth Operator campaign, we will take every opportunity to educate motorists in hope that they will continue to maintain good driving habits.” 
 
Aggressive driving occurs when an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses that endangers other people or property. Aggressive driving behaviors can be a simple as speeding, tailgating, improper passing, or weaving.  When these behaviors are done in sequence they can create an unsafe environment on the highways.
 
Each year, dozens of law enforcement agencies from the District, Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania cooperate in intensive, one- to two-week aggressive driving enforcement "waves" -- one each month from June through September. These special enforcement waves are in addition to their everyday traffic safety efforts. For more information please visit www.smoothoperatorprogram.com.
The MDTA Police also support the “Toward Zero Deaths” campaign -- a partnership to save lives and prevent injuries on Maryland’s roadways.  For more information, visit towardzerodeathsmd.com. For more information on seatbelt safety, please visit nhtsa.gov
 
The Maryland Transportation Authority Police, a nationally accredited force, is the seventh-largest law-enforcement agency in the State, with more than 600 sworn and civilian law-enforcement professionals. MDTA Police officers provide law enforcement at the Authority’s highways, bridges and tunnels; at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport; and at the Port of Baltimore. 
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St. Mary's County Vice Narcotics Arrests


Detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, Vice/Narcotics Division identified Terry Lee Kent, Jr. (Age 24 of Lexington Park) as a distributor of controlled dangerous substances.  During the course of their investigation, detectives made several purchases of cocaine and heroin from Kent.  The facts of the investigation were later presented to the Grand Jury for St. Mary’s County and Terry Kent was indicted.  On 08/20/2014, Terry Kent, who was already incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County Adult Detention Center, was served a copy of his charging documents and was originally held without bond.
 
On 08/21/2014, detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by members of the Narcotics Support Team, K-9 Unit, and Emergency Services Team, executed a search and seizure warrant at a Lexington Park residence.
Located inside the residence was David Andrew Spears (Age 26 of Hollywood, MD) who was wanted on an outstanding Violation of Probation (VOP) warrant.  Spears was arrested and a search of the residence revealed he was in possession of suspected crack cocaine and marihuana.  Spears was transported to the St. Mary’s County Adult Detention Center where he was charged accordingly and provided a copy of his VOP arrest warrant.
 
On 08/21/2014, detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by members of the Narcotics Support Team, K-9 Unit, and Emergency Services Team, executed a search and seizure warrant at a Lexington Park, MD residence.
During a search of the residence, Jeremy Mark Owens (Age 26 of Lexington Park) and Jeramie Davon Neal (Age21 of Lexington Park) were found to be in possession of marihuana.  Lisa Marie West (Age 45 of Lexington Park) was found to be illegally in possession of oxycodone.  Additional evidence, which includes ledgers, pharmacy records, personal documents, and U.S. currency, was recovered from the residence which indicates the residence was used as a storage and distribution location for controlled dangerous substances.
All three subjects were placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Adult Detention Center and charged accordingly.  The investigation is ongoing pending a review with State’s Attorney R. Fritz.
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Local Labor Day Government Closures


The Calvert County closures for Labor Day:

 

·         All Calvert County government offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 1.

·         The Calvert Pines, Southern Pines and North Beach senior centers will be closed Sept. 1. Meals on Wheels will not be delivered to clients Sept. 1.

·         All Calvert Library locations will be closed Saturday, Aug. 30, and Monday, Sept. 1.

·         There will be no public transportation services Sept. 1. Regular schedules will resume Tuesday, Sept. 2.

·         All solid waste sites will be closed Sept. 1 and will open for normal business hours Sept. 2.

·         Northeast Community Center will be open Sept. 1, while all other county community centers will be closed.

·         Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Flag Ponds Nature Park and Kings Landing Park will be open for summer hours on Sept. 1, and will begin regular hours on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

·         The Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center is closed for maintenance and will re-open on Sept. 2.

·         All county community centers will be closed.

·         Calvert Marine Museum, Breezy Point Beach and Campground, Chesapeake Hills Golf Course and all county outdoor pools will be open normal hours.

For more information on Calvert County Government, visit www.co.cal.md.us. Like Calvert County Government on Facebook.

 

 

Charles County Government Facility Closures for Labor Day Holiday

 

The Charles County Commissioners wish to remind residents of the following offices and facility schedule changes for Labor Day holiday on Monday, Sept. 1.

 

The following offices will be closed for normal business hours:

·         All Charles County Government offices and the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville

·         The Charles County Landfill and Recycling Center on Billingsley Road in Waldorf, and the Pisgah Recycling Center on Route 425 in Pisgah

·         VanGO services will not be operating

·         All Senior Centers

·         The Nanjemoy Community Center, Elite Gymnastics and Recreation Center, Port Tobacco Recreation Center and all other Community Centers

·         The “A” week collection schedule will be affected.  Curbside recycling will be delayed one day for the whole week, Sept. 2  to Sept. 6

·         Charles County Public Library (All branches - Saturday, Aug. 30 thru Monday, Sept. 1)

 

The following offices will be open for normal business hours:

·         The Crain Memorial Welcome Center located at 12480 Crain Highway in Newburg operating normal hours

·         Lackey and North Point High indoor pools will be open from 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

·         Charles County Parks operating normal hours

 

 

St. Mary’s County Government Offices Will Close for Labor Day

                                   

Leonardtown, MD - All St. Mary’s County Government administrative offices will be closed Monday, September 1, 2014, in observance of Labor Day. Offices will reopen Tuesday, September 2.

 

The St. Andrews Landfill and six (6) Convenience Centers and St. Mary’s Transit System (STS) will not operate on September 1. The Landfill, Convenience Centers and STS will be open for normal business hours prior to and after the observed holiday. 

 

All Senior Activity Centers and the three St. Mary’s County Libraries will also be closed on September 1 and there will be no Meals on Wheels deliveries.

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Calvert Woman Arrested For Stealing From Non-Profit


(Calvert County, MD) -  On Wednesday August 27th, 2014, investigators assigned to the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division, Central South Region arrested Kimberly Sue Jones, 38 year old female of Huntingtown, MD.  Jones was arrested after having been indicted by a Calvert County Grand Jury charging her with Theft Scheme from $10,000 to under $100,000 and Embezzlement – misappropriation of funds by fiduciary.   Jones is currently being held at the Calvert County Detention Center without bond.  She will be scheduled to appear before the Calvert County Circuit Court for initial appearance.
The criminal indictment is the result of a lengthy investigation conducted by investigators from the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division-Central South Region.  During the investigation, investigators learned that Jones embezzled an undisclosed amount of currency from June 2011 through December 2013 from a non-profit organization in Calvert County.
The investigation was conducted in collaboration with the Calvert County States Attorney’s Office.
 
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Attorney General Secures $75 Million for Maryland Pension Systems from Bank


Baltimore, MD - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced  that multiple governmental entities and pension programs (Maryland and local governments) will share an estimated $75 million settlement secured by his Securities Division from Bank of America (BOA) and its subsequent acquisitions, Merrill Lynch and Countrywide Financial Corporation. Maryland, joined by five other states and multiple federal agencies, reached a $16.65 billion settlement that resolves allegations against the banking and securities giant for unlawfully packaging, marketing, issuing and selling residential mortgage backed securities (RMBS) that contained toxic mortgages.
 
"With this settlement, Maryland takes another step towards resolving the widespread economic damage caused by these lenders and the mortgage crisis they created out of sheer greed," said Attorney General Gansler. "Marylanders will benefit as defrauded state and local government pension plans receive compensation and distressed consumers receive additional mortgage-related relief and assistance."
 
While $75 million for Maryland will compensate certain defrauded investors, including government entities and their pension plans, the settlement obligates BOA to provide billions more nationwide in consumer relief. The bank will be required to provide $7 billion in consumer relief to eligible consumers in the forms of mortgage forgiveness and forbearance, low to moderate income lending, community reinvestment and neighborhood stabilization, and affordable rental housing. A minimum of $150 million will be expended on these efforts in Maryland, Delaware and Kentucky. While it may not produce the same result as the 2012 National Mortgage Settlement, Maryland was among the states hit hardest by the housing crisis and received the sixth largest share of that agreement among the 49 participating states.
 
The settlement also provides a special credit incentive to Bank of America to allocate additional funds from the $7 billion in nationwide consumer relief for consumer assistance in Maryland and the other settling states, above and beyond the $150 million minimum.
 
Today's settlement is part of a global agreement that Bank of America, based on its own activities as well as those of Merrill Lynch and Countrywide, reached with the U.S. Department of Justice, Maryland and five other states, and other federal agencies relating to the entities' sales of securities backed by toxic mortgages that were bundled into defective pooled investments and sold using misleading disclosures to investors.
 
This settlement resolves only civil claims arising out of the RMBS activities of Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and Countrywide, and does not release any individuals from civil claims or the entities or any individuals from criminal charges. An independent monitor will be appointed to determine whether Bank of America is satisfying its obligations under this settlement.
 
Bank of America has established a hotline for consumers to call if they have questions about the settlement. The BOA consumer hotline is 877-488-7814.
 
Today's settlement is the latest legal action from Attorney General Gansler in pursuit of justice for Maryland taxpayers, homeowners and borrowers as a result of the illegal lending practices and unlawful financial misconduct that led to the nationwide housing crisis and the economic damage that was the result. Among those actions are:
 
In July, AG Gansler filed lawsuits against two law firms for allegedly operating illegal loan modification schemes that charge consumers large upfront fees, but often do not help them avoid foreclosure or modify their loans.
In June, AG Gansler secured $33 million for distressed Maryland homeowners from SunTrust Bank Inc. that addressed mortgage loan origination, servicing, and foreclosure abuses.
In December 2013, AG Gansler recovered $88 million from Ocwen Financial Corp. for distressed Maryland homeowners victimized by mortgage serving abuses.
Also in December 2013, AG Gansler recovered $231,000 for defrauded consumers from a Maryland company that illegally charged advance fees for mortgage assistance relief services and exaggerated their ability to provide foreclosure prevention and loan modification services.
In August 2013, The Federal Monitor for the National Mortgage Settlement (NMS) reported that over 27,000 Maryland consumers received over $1.5 billion from the NMS signed in 2012 with the five largest mortgage lenders (Ally/GMAC, Bank of America, Citi Bank, JPMorgan Chase/WaMu and Wells Fargo/Wachovia).

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