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Police Are Looking For Man Who Picked Up Wallet - Do You Know Him? (Photo)


Mechanicsville, Maryland - The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect pictured below.



Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at 7:21 PM, a victim unknowingly dropped a wallet while fueling up at the Wawa store located at 27605 Three Notch Road. The suspect was captured on video surveillance picking up the victim's wallet and leaving with it.  

The suspect appears to be a large bald white male with a goatee, wearing a blue jacket and possibly gray or tan pants. The suspect was a passenger in the vehicle seen in the images. The vehicle appears to be a maroon or dark colored Ford Escape with a gray bumper.

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary's County that leads to an arrest or indictment. Anyone with information about the identity of this suspect or about the crime in general is asked to call CRIME SOLVERS at 301.475.3333, (callers can remain anonymous), or text a tip to "TIP239" plus your message to '"CRIMES" (274637). You may also contact the investigating deputy, Corporal E. O'Connor at 301.475.4200 X 9075. CASE # 56245-14.

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Morning noise advisory set for Nov. 26, Dec. 1-5


NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. - Communities surrounding the naval air station are advised that noise-generating testing events are scheduled to take place around 8-9 a.m. Nov. 26 and Dec. 1-5.

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. 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.

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Maryland State Police Leonardtown Arrests And Warrants


Drug Arrest – On Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 5:25 pm, Tpr. A. Oyler initiated a traffic stop on a green passenger vehicle for a minor traffic infraction.  A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted, resulting in the recovery of CDS.  Mathew T. Mikesell, 35, of Lexington Park was arrested and charged with Possession of CDS and Possession of Paraphernalia.  He was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner (14-MSP-039115)

Warrant Services

Samuel Tony Bryant, 28, of Lexington Park, served on 11/20/14 at 11:21 am for Assault Second Degree (2014-0000435707)

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Government Closures For The Thanksgiving Holiday


Calvert County Government Announces Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners announced that county offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday. In addition:
•         The three county senior centers will close Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28. There will be no delivery of Meals on Wheels on Thanksgiving, but there will be delivery on Friday.
•         All county convenience centers and Appeal Landfill will close on Thanksgiving and will reopen for normal business hours Friday, Nov. 28.
•         County public transportation will not operate on Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28. Normal operating hours resume on Saturday, Nov. 29.
•         Calvert Library locations will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26 for the holiday and will reopen Saturday, Nov. 29 with normal business hours.
•         Flag Ponds Nature Park, Kings Landing Park and Battle Creek Cypress Swamp will close Thanksgiving Day. Flag Ponds will open with regular hours on Friday, Nov. 28 while the other two parks remain closed.
         Chesapeake Hills Golf Course will be open 7:45 a.m.-3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and will operate with normal business hours Friday, Nov. 28.
•         All community centers will close Thanksgiving Day. Only the Northeast Community Center will be open Nov. 28.
•         Edward Hall Aquatic Center and the Calvert Marine Museum will close Thanksgiving Day and will resume normal hours Friday, Nov. 28.
Information on Calvert County Government services can be found online at www.co.cal.md.us.


Charles County Government Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

The Charles County Commissioners wish to remind residents of the following offices and facility schedule changes for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28.
Thursday, Nov. 27:
• All Charles County Government offices and the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville will be closed
• VanGO services will not  be operating
• The Charles County Landfill and Recycling Center on Billingsley Road in Waldorf, and the Pisgah Recycling Center on Route 425 in Pisgah will be closed
• Curbside recycling will be delayed one day.  Thursday pickups will take place on Friday and Friday pickups on Saturday
• The Crain Memorial Welcome Center will be closed
• The Nanjemoy Community Center, Elite Gymnastics and Recreation Center, Port Tobacco Recreation Center and all other Community Centers are closed
• All Senior Centers are closed
• Lackey and North Point indoor pools will be closed
• The White Plains golf Course will take tee times up until 12 p.m.
• Charles County Skate Park will be closed
• All other parks are open for walk-in use and may have some areas restricted for vehicle access
• Charles County Public Library (All branches)
Friday, Nov. 28:
• All Charles County Government offices and the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville will be closed
• VanGO will resume normal operations
• The Nanjemoy Community Center, Elite Gymnastics and Recreation Center, Port Tobacco Recreation Center and all other Community Centers are closed
• All Senior Centers are closed
• Lackey and North Point indoor pools will be open from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m.
• All other parks are open for walk-in use and may have some areas restricted for vehicle access
• Charles County Public Library (All branches)
• The Crain Memorial Welcome Center located at 12480 Crain Highway in Newburg will be from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
• The Charles County Landfill and Recycling Center on Billingsley Road in Waldorf, and the Pisgah Recycling Center on Route 425 in Pisgah will be operating under a normal schedule
• Every-other-week curbside recycling collection
The Thursday “A” Week Schedule will have their recyclables picked up on Friday, Nov. 28. Those on the Friday “A” Week Schedule will have their recyclables picked up on Saturday, Nov. 29.
• Yard Waste Collection
Thursday yard waste collection will be picked up on Friday, Nov. 28. Those with Friday yard waste collection will be picked up on Saturday, Nov. 29.    For more information about recycling or yard waste collection, call the Department of Public Works, Environmental Resources Division, at 301-932-3599.
For questions about County Government holiday closures, contact the Public Information Office at 301-885-2779 or PressRoom@CharlesCountyMD.gov.  Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.


St. Mary’s County Government Office Closures for Thanksgiving Holiday

Leonardtown, MD - All St. Mary’s County Government Administrative Offices will be closed Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28, 2014 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.  County offices will re-open Monday, December 1.

The St. Andrews Landfill, six (6) Convenience Centers and St. Mary’s Transit System (STS) will not operate Thursday, November 27 but will be open for normal business hours on Wednesday, November 26 and Friday, November 28.

All three St. Mary’s County Public Library branches will close at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 26, and remain closed on Thursday, November 27. The libraries will re-open Friday, November 28 for regular business hours.   

All Senior Activity Centers will be closed Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28 with no Meals on Wheels Delivery. They will resume their normal schedule Monday, December 1.

 

All Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's County Public Schools are closed to students Thursday and Friday November 27th and 28th.

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Scam Involving Fake IRS Agents Reported


A National scam tactic is growing involving suspects claiming to be Special Agents with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or collection officials are contacting unsuspecting victims.  In many of these incidents, suspects will become irate and put a tremendous amount of pressure on citizens to pay a Past Due amounts immediately or face an Arrest Warrant through a local law enforcement agency.
Suspects are known to use tactics including calling from “spoofed” official telephone numbers and other strategies including:

Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.
Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security number.
Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling.
Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to victims to support their bogus calls.
Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.
After threatening victims with jail or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.

In many of the incidents, the suspect will attempt to have the victim purchase reloadable gift credit cards and provide them with the information once the card has been activated.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:

If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue, if there really is such an issue.
If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1.800.366.4484.

For further information on the related IRS scams please visit:
http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Reiterates-Warning-of-Pervasive-Telephone-Scam

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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Incident Report


 11-20-14 ATTEMPTED BURGLARY - A victim, who resides on Joe Baker Court in Lexington Park, reported unknown suspect(s) damaged the lock to his residence front door in an attempt to break in. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy D. Smith. CASE #61877-14

11-21-14 BURGLARY - A complainant reported unknown suspect(s) forced entry into the Patuxent Medical Clinic located on South Shangi-La Drive in Lexington Park and stole money. Case remains open and is assigned to Corporal Reppel. CASE #62196-14

11-21-14 BURGLARY - A victim, who resides in the 13000 block of Point Lookout Road, reported unknown suspect(s) entered his residence and stole money. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy L. Johnson. Case #62237-14

11-23-14 PROPERTY DESTRUCTION - A victim, who resides on Curley Court, reported unknown suspect(s) damaged his truck with landscaping bricks. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy L. Johnson. CASE #62555-14

11-23-14 VANDALISM - A victim, who resides on Lynn Drive, reported unknown suspect(s) threw an unknown substance on her vehicle sometime overnight. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy L. Johnson. CASE #62594-14

11-24-14 ARMED ROBBERY - A victim reported an unidentified black male suspect approached her while walking her dog in the area of Lancaster Park in Lexington Park. The suspect displayed a knife and stole property from the victim before fleeing on foot. The victim was not injured. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. CASE #62723-14

1124-14 FRAUD - A victim reported unknown suspect(s) used her ATM card to fraudulently withdraw money from her account. Case remains open. CASE #62744-14

11-24-14 FRAUD - A victim reported unknown suspect(s) used his personal information to purchase a cell phone. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy H. Smith. CASE #62784-14

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Big Drug and Gun Bust In Lexington Park


(St. Mary’s County, MD) On November 24, 2014, management from a local hotel in the Lexington Park area of St. Mary’s County, MD contacted the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack to report a CDS complaint on one of their rented hotel rooms.  Maryland State Police-Central South Region Major Drug Trafficking Unit was contacted and responded to the Hotel to conduct an investigation.

During the course of the investigation, suspect, Wayne William Webb III was contacted and identified as the owner of the hotel room.  A search and seizure warrant was executed on Webb’s room.  During the search of the hotel room, investigators discovered Webb was renting a storage facility located in the Lexington Park area of St. Mary’s County, MD.  Investigators from MSP-Central South Major Drug Trafficking Unit executed a search and seizure warrant on a storage facility being rented by Webb.  The following items were recovered from the hotel room and the storage facility:

•    3.4 Pounds of HIGH GRADE Marijuana with a street value of over $28,000.00
•    $2,450.00 in U.S. Currency
•    Several Assault Weapons and Handguns
•    Over 300 rounds of ammunition
•    Packaging materials that would indicate distribution
•    Several law Enforcement and/or Military grade items.  

Webb was transported to the Leonardtown Barrack for processing.  He was then transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center pending a hearing with the District Court Commissioner.   

Additional charges are pending a review with Mr. Richard Fritz, States Attorney for St. Mary’s County.

This investigation was conducted in collaboration with the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack, Southern Maryland Information Center (SMIC), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and the St. Mary’s County States Attorney’s Office.

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Noise Advisory for areas around Webster field: Nov. 25


PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD - Communities surrounding Webster Outlying Field in St. Inigoes are advised that noise-generating, low-altitude testing events are scheduled to take place Nov. 25 from 7-9 a.m.

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.

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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report


CDS Violation Case #14-65000:
On November 18 at 11:24 P.M. Dep. C. Idol responded to 98 Solomons Island Road in Prince Frederick to assist another officer on a traffic stop.  He made contact with the driver of a vehicle who was found to be in possession of a suspected schedule I synthetic drug, K2/Spice, packaged as Scooby Snax.  There were several empty packages of blue and pink colored Scooby Snax.  A partially smoked cigarette containing the suspected synthetic drug was also confiscated.  The driver, Philipp Edwin Roy, 20 of Lusby, was arrested and charged with CDS: possession not marijuana and CDS: possession of paraphernalia.

CDS Violation Case #14-65063:
DFC R. Cress was stopped a traffic light on Md. Rt. 4 north and Chaneyville Road in Owings on November 19 at 9:49 a.m.  Operating police equipment on his vehicle, he was alerted that a nearby vehicle’s registered owner’s license was suspended or revoked.  DFC Cress then conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle near Yellow Bank Road and contacted the driver, identified as Sharita D. Gross, 32, of Lexington Park.  He detected the smell of fresh marijuana.  Gross was subsequently arrested and charged with driving on a suspended and revoked license, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana in the amount of at least 10 grams, and possession of paraphernalia; plastic baggies.

Theft from Vehicle Case #14-65163:
Sometime between November 17 and 19, a Remington Express 12 gauge shotgun was stolen from inside a vehicle.  It is unknown when and where this occurred but there is no damage to the vehicle to indicate that it had been locked at the time of the theft.  Dep. T. Buckler is investigating.

Theft Case #14-65219:
Overnight between November 19 and 20, someone stole a 4x8 foot utility trailer that had been parked behind a residence in the 3900 block of 5th Street in North Beach.  DFC C. Johnson is investigating.

Theft from Vehicle Case #14-65349:
Someone stole a can of pepper spray from inside an unlocked vehicle at a home in the 4500 block of Sixes Road in Prince Frederick.  DFC J. Denton is investigating the theft that occurred sometime between November 16 and 20.

Theft Case #14-65400:
An employee at the Chesapeake Beach Fastop on Bayside Road advised Dep. T. Buckler that $200 in cash was stolen from her purse while she was working at the store between November 19 at 9:30 p.m. and November 20 at 7:30 a.m.  The investigation continues.

Destruction of Property Case #14-65518:
A vehicle parked in the garage of the Oyster Bay Place Community in Dowell sustained a large scratch on each of the vehicle’s doors sometime between November 20 and 21.  DFC J. Bell is investigating.

Theft Case #14-65549:
DFC J. Lord is investigating the theft of a Stihl chainsaw from Dunkirk Hardware located on Town Center Boulevard in Dunkirk.  A store employee advised that a Hispanic male entered the store on November 21 at 5:55 p.m., picked up the chainsaw and fled the store without paying.  The male left the area in a red pick-up truck.  The chainsaw is described as being white and orange in color and model number MS211C valued at $299.

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Charles County Sheriff's Office Incident Brief


MAN CHARGED WITH STALKING, VIOLATION OF PEACE ORDER AND DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY:  On Nov. 23 at 11:30 p.m., officers responded to the 3800 block of Light Arms Place in Waldorf for the report of suspicious activity. Investigation showed the suspect, Joseph Ernest Cooper, 44, of Waldorf was outside the house of a former friend. Cooper was in violation of a peace order and was not supposed to be in the area.  Officers canvassed the neighborhood but Cooper was gone. Later, Cooper went back to the house and slashed two tires on the victim’s car. Officers responded back and canvassed the area. Master Corporal D. Belfield, along with PFC L. Blake and his K9 partner, began a track for Cooper. Officer H. Burgess located Cooper hiding in his car which was parked on Gallery Place. Two knives were recovered from Cooper’s car and a check revealed Cooper had several open warrants. Cooper was arrested and charged with stalking, violation of a peace order and destruction of property.

MAN CHARGED WITH FIRST-DEGREE ASSAULT: On Nov. 23 at 2:23 p.m., officers responded to the 3000 block of Heathcote Road in Waldorf for an assault. Investigation showed the suspect threatened a female acquaintance with a handgun. Officers located the suspect, Michael Charles Latimer, Jr., 30, of Waldorf and charged him with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, handgun on person, firearm in possession of a felon. Officer A. Bringley investigated.

BURGLARY: On Nov. 22 at 8:57 a.m., unknown suspect(s) broke into a self storage lot in the 4600 block of Crain Highway in White Plains and stole numerous items. It appeared additional storage units were also tampered with but no one gained entry in those units. PFC J. Walter is investigating.

ROBBERY: On Nov. 22 at 3:31 a.m., officers responded to the 5700 block of Serenity Lane in Marbury for the report of an assault. Investigation showed a man and a woman were getting out of their car when they were approached by two males dressed in dark clothes. The suspects ordered the victims to the ground and one of the suspects pulled a knife. The suspects demanded money and the victims complied. A police K9 handler and his partner tracked the suspects to a nearby street but they were gone. Officers are looking into the possibility the suspects were breaking into cars when the victims arrived home. Officer J. Squirewill is investigating.

BURGLARY: On Nov. 21, between 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., unknown suspect(s) broke into a house in the 2300 block of Audrey Manor Court in Waldorf and stole a game system, money and a laptop. Officer D. Proctor is investigating.

BURGLARY: Sometime between Nov. 20 and Nov. 21, unknown suspect(s) broke into a house in the 4100 block of Arthur Ross Place in Indian Head and stole money, jewelry and a television. Officer C. Collins investigated.

BURGLARY: On Nov. 21 at 11:19 a.m., officers responded to the 4600 block of Hunters Ridge Court in La Plata for the report of suspicious activity. The homeowner advised someone opened the back door to her house but shut once they were discovered. Officers canvassed the area but no one was located. PFC J. Walter investigated.

ATTEMPT BURGLARY: On Nov. 21 at 11:45 a.m., officers responded to the 8800 block of Silverleaf Court in Waldorf for an attempt break in. The homeowner said someone knocked on his front door, but he did not answer. He then saw a man attempting to force his way inside through a back door. The suspect fled after the homeowner spotted him. The victim saw the suspect get into a dark-colored car, possibly a Nissan Altima. PFC R. Johnson is investigating.

 

COMMERCIAL ROBBERY: On Nov. 21 at 12:17 a.m., officers responded to the Dash In at 11290 Billingsley Road in Waldorf for a robbery. Investigations showed two males entered the store wearing masks. One of the suspects pulled a handgun and demanded money and cigarettes. The suspects fled and the clerks called police. No one was injured. Det. Wimberly is investigating.

BURGLARY: On Nov. 20 between 6:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., someone kicked in the back door of a house in the 8200 block of Cheswolde Court in White Plains and stole jewelry, cash, and shoes. Officer D. Proctor is investigating.

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Maryland State Highway Administration Prepares For Pre-Holiday Storm On The Year's Busiest Travel Day


(November 24, 2014) – With the potential for heavy rain and wet snow on the busiest travel day of the year, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is strongly encouraging travelers to avoid driving Wednesday. As meteorologists continue to refine the forecast, SHA advises that any precipitation in the Baltimore/Washington/Frederick metropolitan areas will create additional delays that were already expected to be significant the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

“While pavement temperatures are warm, any prolonged snow fall will quickly change that and road conditions could be slippery and difficult to navigate, even with our crews salting and plowing. Driving in heavy snow, with limited visibility, is no way to spend the holiday,” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters.  “Travelers, particularly professional truck drivers and distributors, need to pay close attention to forecasts and adjust plans.  If you planned to travel Wednesday, please consider altering your schedule and drive Tuesday or Thursday instead.”

SHA reminds truck drivers that emergency parking is available during significant snowstorms and during poor visibility.  Tractor trailer drivers may make use of several commuter park and ride lots listed on a mobile application.  Click here to view the map.

SHA will activate the Emergency Operations Center near BWI Marshall Airport to monitor and manage storm response throughout the State.  More than 2,400 pieces of equipment are available statewide to plow and apply salt as needed to the State’s numbered routes.  SHA’s traffic patrols, sponsored by State Farm®, operate 24/7 in the metro areas and will be on duty around the clock to assist stranded motorists and manage roadway incidents, enhancing safety and preventing additional traffic impacts.

“No matter which day you travel, remember that Maryland law requires everyone to buckle up, no matter your age or where you are seated in the vehicle,” added Ms. Peters. “Wearing seat belts not only prevents getting a ticket, it is your best defense in a crash.”

For real-time traffic updates, local and out of state travelers should use SHA’s FREE service -- the “511 Traveler Information” system.  Know Before You Go! Dial 511 from a land line or mobile phone for traffic, weather alerts and road conditions.  For internet access to view an interactive map and traffic cameras, visit www.MD511.org.

Before leaving, log onto www.roads.maryland.gov and click the CHART icon for the latest road conditions, live traffic cameras and a variety of information to help with travel decisions and planning.  Customers can also follow SHA on Facebook and Twitter (@MDSHA) for general storm information and safety tips.

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Charles County Sheriff's Office to Begin Holiday Patrols


The Charles County Sheriff’s Office will begin operating under its Holiday Safety Plan starting this Thursday, November 27. The plan increases patrols in shopping centers and neighborhoods to prevent crime and help keep citizens safe. Officers will be in marked patrol cars, unmarked cars, on bikes, and on foot and will cover as much ground as possible.

In addition, students in the Criminal Justice Program at North Point High School and members of police Explorers Post 1658 will also help by participating in their annual Detect and Deter program. Throughout the next several weeks, the students, who will be in uniforms, will help canvass parking lots at shopping centers where they will pass out information about crime prevention. They will also take note of any valuables they see in plain view inside cars and send a note to the registered owner to remind them of the importance of keeping valuables hidden and out of sight.   

The Sheriff’s Office is also asking citizens to operate under their own Holiday Safety Plan — one that emphasizes the importance of taking personal safety precautions and reporting suspicious activity. And, the Sheriff’s Office is offering the following safety tips:        

 When Shopping:

·         Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.

·         Park in a well-lighted space and be sure to lock the car and close the windows.

·         Hide shopping bags, gifts and other valuables in the trunk.

·         Don’t overburden yourself with packages. Make several trips to the car if necessary.

·         Keep purses close to your body and keep wallets in a front pants pocket.

·         Never carry large amounts of cash or count cash where others can see you.

·         Make sure any children you may be shopping with know to go to a store clerk or security guard if you are separated.

 When Traveling:

·         Get an automatic timer for your lights.

·         Have mail and newspaper delivery stopped so it won’t pile up.

·         Have a trusted friend or neighbor keep an eye on your house, shovel snow and park in your driveway from time to time.

 At Home:

·         When placing the garbage out for pickup, conceal boxes that contained expensive items — otherwise, you could be advertising what you have for burglars.

·         If you answer the door for a stranger who is seeking charitable donations, ask for the person’s identification and how the funds will be used. If you are not satisfied, you are not obligated to give. Learn more about charitable organizations from the Better Business Bureau’s Web site, www.give.org. Don’t feel obligated to answer the door if doing so makes you uncomfortable.

·         Take the opportunity to create or update your home inventory. Take photos or make videos of items, including descriptions and serial numbers.

 Vehicle Safety:

·         Always keep windows up and doors locked, even at home.

·         Don’t leave your vehicle running to let it warm up. Vehicle thieves see this as an easy opportunity to steal a vehicle.

 
For Businesses:

·         Remind employees to alert staff and security of unusual behaviors.

·         Start and participate in a “Business Watch” program.

·         Watch for people hanging around before or after closing time.

·         Ensure employees are seen and can see at all times.

·         Keep window decorations below waist height and/or above head height.

·         Control the height of shelving units and displays.

·         Improve the lighting in shadowed areas.

·         Keep minimal cash on hand at each register.

·         Make frequent pickup/money drops during the busiest hours.

·         Place all money in a safe or locked storage cabinet until you are ready to count it out.

·         Never count cash in front of others.

·         Never make a bank drop after dark.

·         Alternate times and routes to the bank.

·         Don’t carry a bank bag in the open — conceal it in a shopping or grocery bag.

·         Take someone with you to the bank.

·         Ensure surveillance equipment is functioning properly.

For more information about crime prevention programs or to read these safety tips online, visit the Sheriff’s Office’s website, www.ccso.us.

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Three Fires Over The Weekend In Charles County-Two Result In Injuries


On Friday the 21st at 12:20 p.m., 5 firefighters from the La Plata Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call at 300 Harford Street in La Plata for the report of an apartment fire. Maintenance workers were replacing a pipe in the apartment. A torch was being used an ignited a propane line in the kitchen causing injury to one adult male. The fire caused very minor damage to the apartment and did not extend beyond the area of origin. A 28 year old male sustained burns to his hands and face. He was transported to Washington Hospital Center with non-life threatening burn injuries. The estimated total loss is $2,000.

On Friday the 21st at 10:45 p.m., 50 firefighters from Waldorf, La Plata, Bryans Road, Potomac Heights, Accokeek, Baden, Hughesville, and Bel Alton Volunteer Fire Departments for the report of a house on fire at 8865 Silverleaf Street in Waldorf. It took the firefighters about 15 minutes to get the fire under control. One firefighter was transported to Charles Regional medical center for evaluation. The fire was caused by a charcoal grill that had been left unattended. The fire spread to the home causing extensive damage. The occupant was displaced and is being assisted by friends. The estimated loss in the fire is $200,000.

On Saturday the 22nd at 5:32 p.m. 45 firefighters from Newburg, Bel Alton, Hughesville, La Plata, Waldorf, Mechanicsville and Cobb Island Volunteer Fire Departments responded to a call at 12280 Drew Place in Charlotte Hall for a house fire. They had the fire under control in about 1 hour. The fire began in the interior rear of the structure. The fire spread through the entire house and it was completely destroyed. The house was not occupied at the time of the fire. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Maryland State Fire Marshals Southern Region at 443-550-6833. The estimated total loss in this fire was $250,000.

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Wintry Weather May Freeze Thanksgiving Travel Plans-Over 983,000 Million Marylanders Expected to Travel


TOWSON, MD (November 24, 2014) – Snow, ice and soaking rain are all forecasted up and down the East Coast on the busiest travel day of the holiday this week.  AAA Mid-Atlantic urges holiday travelers to refrain from traveling if possible until the storm completely passes and it is safe to travel again.

            Most travelers, 90 percent, will choose to drive to their holiday destination this week causing massive traffic woes and havoc on the roadways.  “Wednesday can turn into a chaotic and frightening scene of events on the roadways along the East Coast,” said Christine Sarames Delise, Senior Public Affairs Specialist for AAA Mid-Atlantic.  “With over 888,000 travelers in Maryland taking to the roads this Wednesday, AAA Mid-Atlantic is warning motorists to heed all travel warnings and stay home until road conditions improve.”

Drivers Are Advised to Heed the Following Tips:

Increase following distance – Increase your following distance to at least 10 seconds to allow yourself time in the event you or the car in front of you loses control. The stopping distance required on ice at zero degrees Fahrenheit is twice the amount required at thirty-two degrees.

Use extra caution on bridges and overpasses – Bridges and overpasses freeze first and melt last. Therefore, use extra caution as the roadway leading up to the bridge may appear fine but the bridge itself could be a sheet of ice.

Accelerate slowly – Traction is the greatest just before the wheel starts to spin; therefore accelerating slowly will increase your grip on the road.

Ease off the gas pedal – If your tires begin to slip or you begin to skid, ease off the gas pedal until you regain control of the vehicle.

Brake slowly and gently – Slamming on the brakes on ice or snow covered roads dramatically increases your risk of losing control of your vehicle.

Control the skid – In the event you find your car is skidding, ease off of the accelerator or brake, and steer in the direction you want the front of the car to go.

Never use cruise control – Cruise control is not recommended when snow or ice is on the road.  Drivers should be in full control of the vehicle at every second.

Drive in cleared lanes – Changing lanes unnecessarily puts you at greater risk of hitting a patch of ice between lanes that may cause you to lose control of the vehicle.

            Airline bound travelers could also face long delays and cancelled flights along the storm’s path.   Travelers scheduled to fly out of town are advised to check the status of their flight before attempting to leave home.  While most airlines will work with travelers if their flight is cancelled and try to rebook them at an alternate time, the airline is not required to refund your airfare.  There is no federal regulation requiring this and each airline has its own policies regarding delays and cancellations, warns AAA Travel.

            Knowing your travel rights whether you are a frequent or an infrequent flier may save you time and money, much less spending a large portion of your Thanksgiving holiday stuck on the freeway on the way to the airport, cautions AAA Travel.  Expect major headaches at delay-prone hub airports along the East Coast and across the Mid-Atlantic states.

Flight Delays and Travel Cancellations Tips:

Know your rights. Check with your airline regarding cancellation policies for your specific type of ticket. In advance of your departure date, travelers should research whether their tickets are refundable and, if not, whether the ticket can be used at another time. Travelers making changes to their reservations in advance should research what types of fees will be associated with the changes and whether any short-notice changes will cause the loss of the ticket value. Carry a printed copy of the contract of carriage with the airline, so you know what to expect should your flight be cancelled.

Mind the weather. Watch for weather forecasts for every airport you will pass through. The weather may be warm and sunny where you begin your trip, but severe weather in any layover city or at your final destination may cause significant delays. The Federal Aviation Administration maintains flight delay information for general airport conditions, but make sure to check with your individual departure airport as well.

Know how to be contacted. Make sure you have included a cell phone number with your travel reservation so you can receive automated alerts while you are at the airport. Locate the social media accounts for your airlines. Sending messages by social media is an additional way to contact the airline if phone lines are busy with other callers trying to re-book flights. Some airlines have dedicated social media accounts solely to help passengers with travel related difficulties. Tweeting for assistance may help you re-book a flight if the phone lines are jammed or disconnected.

Delays. Delays. Delays.  Be prepared for delays. Once you check your baggage you won’t be able to access it to retrieve items very easily, if at all. Always keep any medication in your carry on.  Also, pack an extra change of clothes in your carry on for each family member for any extended delay. Make sure you also keep your battery charger for your phones as well. While at the airport, make sure to check in with the airlines at the gate for last minute changes.

            If your flight is delayed or canceled while you are at the airport, get to the counter immediately and get on the phone with the airline while you’re in line to try and get on the next available flight. Long story short: be prepared for any additional upcoming flight delays.

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Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Incident Report


Possession of Marijuana:  On 11/18/14 at 5:37 pm, Trooper First Class Casarella responded to the Super 8 Motel in Prince Frederick for a possible CDS activity complaint.  The odor of burnt marijuana was emitting in the hallway on the first floor.  It was strongest outside Room 120.  The occupants, Bentley M. Hutchison, 22 of Front Royal, VA, and Robert F. March, 40 of Manassas, VA, were issued Civil Citations for Possession of Marijuana Less than 10 grams.

Possession of Hydrocodone:  On 11/20/14 at 6:09 pm, Trooper First Class Esnes stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 near Lyons Creek Rd. for traffic violations.  An MVA query revealed the driver, Ernest P. Williams, was driving on a suspended license.  A probable cause search revealed suspected Hydrocodone for which Williams did not have a prescription for.  He was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.

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Calvert Sheriff Warns Of Drinking And Driving This Holiday Season


Calvert County, MD—The holiday season is right around the corner. As Americans prepare for festivities with family and friends, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants to remind all drivers that it’s dangerous to drive after drinking. You have to choose your role before drinking begins: will you drink or will you drive? Remember, even if you only have a little bit to drink and think you’re “okay to drive,” you could still be over the legal limit, because Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.

Sheriff Mike Evans explained the slogan: “A lot of folks think they know their own limits. They think that if they’re just a little ‘buzzed,’ then they’re still good to drive. Time and again, drivers who may have only had a couple of drinks put themselves and others at serious risk.  Driving with any alcohol in your system can be dangerous.”

In every state in the country, it’s illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or higher. And for some people, it doesn’t take much to reach that level. “We really want all drivers to understand that you don’t have to be falling-down drunk to be too impaired to drive,” said Sheriff Evans. That’s why the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office is working with NHTSA to spread the message: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.

This anti-drunk-driving campaign aims to inform all Americans about the dangers of driving after drinking—even after drinking just a little. Drunk driving has become a terrible killer on our nation’s roads. Every year, more than 10,322 people are killed by drunk drivers in America. This time of year is especially dangerous due to holiday celebrations and frequent parties. In December 2012 alone, 830 people were killed in crashes involving at least one drunk driver or motorcycle operator. On average, a third (31%) of all crash fatalities in America involve drunk driving.  

So this holiday season, NHTSA urges you to plan ahead: designate a sober driver. If you plan on drinking at all, don’t plan on driving. Don’t just assume that you’ll know whether you can safely drive or not at the end of the night.

In Calvert, Sheriff Evans urges drivers, please remember these tips to avoid a DUI and keep our roads safe:

•    Even one drink can impair your judgment and reaction time and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk or having a crash.
•    If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving.  Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins.
•    When you know you’ll be drinking, leave your keys at home or give them to someone else.
•    If you have been drinking, do not drive—even a short distance. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.

Remember, it is never okay to drive after drinking. Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.

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Charles County 2014 Annual Report Now Available


The Charles County Commissioners are pleased to announce the 2014 Annual Report to the Citizens of Charles County is available online and in print. The 2014 Annual Report highlights the County Commissioners’ legislative actions during fiscal 2014, budget allocations, county government projects and initiatives, and important messages from the Commissioners.
New this year is an online 2014 Annual Report companion video that provides a summary snapshot of fiscal 2014 accomplishments included in the printed report. To view the video, visit: http://youtu.be/Q0hO52-nVas.
 
To view or download a Portable Document Format (PDF) version of the 2014 Annual Report, visit www.CharlesCountyMD.gov (Adobe Reader is required to view PDF files).
 
Printed copies of the 2014 Annual Report are available on request. If you would like to receive a printed copy of the report via U.S. mail, contact Ms. Donna Fuqua at FuquaD@CharlesCountyMD.gov or 301-885-2779. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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Sex Offender Charged With Attempted Rape


California, Maryland - On November 21, 2014 at 10:30 AM, Sheriff’s Office Patrol units responded to a private residence in California, Maryland, for the report of a robbery and attempted sexual assault.  Deputies determined the victim received a knock on her door and after opening the door was confronted by a black male whom she recognized as being from the neighborhood.  The suspect asked to use the telephone and was allowed inside.

Once inside the residence the suspect suddenly displayed a handgun and approached the victim, while ordering her to remove her clothing. The victim refused at which time the suspect grabbed the victim around the neck and began strangling her until she lost consciousness. The suspect then took the victim's cell phone and fled the area. When the victim regained consciousness she used a neighbor's phone to call 9 1 1. The victim was subsequently transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital for medical treatment of her injuries.

Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. The victim was able to positively identify the suspect through a photographic line-up prepared by detectives. In short order, Detectives located the suspect, identified as David Leon Thomas, age 34, of California, Maryland and placed him under arrest.

Thomas was charged with Armed Robbery, First Degree Assault, and Attempted First Degree Rape. Thomas is currently a Maryland Registered Sex Offender out of Calvert County and was also charged with Failure to Notify Sex Offender Registry of Address Change. Thomas had provided information he was homeless and living in Calvert County which was determined to be inaccurate. Thomas was incarcerated in the St. Mary’s County Detention Center pending an appearance before the District Court Commissioner.

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Sex Offender Arrested - St. Inigoes


St. Inigoes, Maryland - On November 21, 2014, Detective Corporal W. Raddatz of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, Sex Offender Compliance Unit, located and arrested Jason P. Hollinger, age 40, of St. Inigoes, after it was determined Hollinger failed to register with the Maryland Sex Offender Registry following his release from incarceration on November 7, 2014.  Hollinger was charged with failing to provide notice as required after being released from incarceration. He was incarcerated in the St. Mary's County Detention Center pending an appearance before the District Court Commissioner.

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Chesapeake Public Charter School Open Enrollment Moved To December


The CPCS Open Enrollment will now be held in the December time frame.  Two parent information sessions will be held on December 2nd and December 11th for prospective families.  The applications will now be accepted online and in hard copy between Dec.1 and Dec. 31.  The lottery will be held in January with parents being notified of their status in February.  

The decision to move the application and lottery process back to December will help facilitate the calculation of the estimated PPA (Per Pupil Allocation) in the February time frame and will also provide families with their wait list or entrance status earlier, allowing them to make informed decisions about the upcoming placement of their child.  

The Chesapeake Charter School Alliance Governing Board approved this change in policy on November 13, 2014.


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