The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has increased the Myrtle Grove Wildlife Management Area, located in Charles County, by more than 30 percent. The new 773-acre parcel, known as the Pomfret Tract, is now open to the public. With this addition, Myrtle Grove encompasses 2,496 acres and has replaced Cedar Point as the largest Wildlife Management Area in Southern Maryland.
Hunting on the new tract will follow all established season dates and bag limits found in the Guide to Hunting and Trapping in Maryland, and will be open for Spring Turkey Season beginning April 18, 2014. Hunter access to Myrtle Grove WMA is generally permitted and does not require possession of a seasonal permit or daily reservations. Hunters must park in designated areas only.
Located in western-central Charles County in the forested bottomlands of Mattawoman Creek, Myrtle Grove WMA contains hardwood forests, wildlife plantings, natural and manmade wetlands and early succession habitats. The area is dominated by mature upland and bottomland forests consisting of oaks, hickories, maples, sycamores, poplars, beech and several other tree species. The diverse habitat provides ample hiking, bird watching, pond fishing and nature appreciation opportunities.
For more information about Myrtle Grove WMA or public hunting in the Southern Maryland, visit dnr.md.gov/wildlife/Publiclands/wmasouthern.asp or call 301-743-5161.
Drug Arrest – On Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 8:47 pm, TFC E. Mersman initiated a traffic stop on a silver truck on Route 5 and Route 246 for a minor traffic infraction. A probable cause search of the vehicle and occupant was conducted, resulting in the recovery of CDS. The driver, Melvin Vincent Fenwick, Jr., 20, of St. Inigoes, was arrested and charged with CDS: Possession- Marijuana and CDS: Possess Paraphernalia. He was transported to the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack for processing and later released. (14-MSP-008834
Theft – On Friday, April 4, 2014 at 7:46 pm, TFC W. Couter responded to the Wal-Mart located in California for a reported theft. A juvenile, 13, was arrested for Theft Under $100 and then released to a parent. (14-MSP-008934)
Drug Arrest - On Monday, April 7, 2014 at 1:50 am, TFC R. Jackson initiated a traffic stop on a black SUV on Route 235 and Route 237 for a minor traffic infraction. A K9 Scan was conducted and the K9 alerted on the vehicle. A probable cause search was then conducted, resulting in the recovery of CDS. The driver, Samuel John Burgess, 35, of Upper Marlboro, was arrested and charged with CDS: Possession- Marijuana and CDS: Possess Paraphernalia. He was transported to the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack for processing and later released. (14-MSP-009204)
Fraud – The Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack has received numerous reports of income tax fraud. Victims report that they attempt to file their 2013 income taxes only to discover they had been fraudulently filed by an unknown suspect(s). The suspect(s) used the victims’ legitimate personal information, such as name, Social Security Number, and other identifying information to fraudulently file a tax return and claim a refund. Investigation continues.
Heather Nicole McDonald, 23, of Charlotte Hall, served on 4/9/14 at 3:45 pm for Trespass: Private Property. (2014-00108098)
Jesse Marie Jameson, 23, of Lexington Park, served on 4/10/14 at 2:43 am for Failure to Appear in Court. (2014-00109616)
Tamara Salome Byrd, 33, of Lexington Park, served on 4/10/14 at 12:20 pm for Fail to Follow Conditions of Probation. (2014-00109451)
John William Alvarado, 36, of Lexington Park, served on 4/11/14 at 10:49 am for Driving While Suspended and Fail to Remain at Accident with Injuries. (2014-00110835)
James Anthony Lawrence, 35, of Mechanicsville, served on 4/17/2014 at 11:30 am for Fail to Appear in court. (2014-00117960)
John Wendell Young, 39, of Great Mills, served on 4/17/2014 at 1:27 pm for Fail to Follow Conditions of Probation. (2014-00118101)
From Safe Routes to School projects, to historic preservation and trail construction, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is seeking proposals for transportation-related projects funded through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). TAP has available approximately $10 million in federal funds for a variety of alternative transportation projects including: planning, design and construction funds for on and off-road facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists and other non-motorized transportation. SHA invites local governments and government-sponsored community groups to submit applications now through May 15.
“The non-traditional projects funded through Transportation Enhancement projects enhance the quality of life for Maryland residents and visitors throughout the State,” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters. “We have program staff to assist groups with the application and process to move these types of community enhancements forward.”
The TAP Program was created last year under the new federal transportation authorization bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), and replaces funding previously made available through the Transportation Enhancement and Safe Routes to School programs. The new program includes a broad range of eligible activities, including projects to provide safe routes for non-drivers, as well as community improvement and environmental mitigation activities.
Key changes from previous programs include design and planning activities that are eligible for partial funding, and projects will be considered for up to 80 percent of eligible program costs. Eligible project sponsors under the new program consist of local governments, regional transportation authorities, transit authorities, school districts, and natural resource or public land agencies.
The Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC), Washington Coalition of Governments (WashCOG) and WILMPCO (Wilmington Area Planning Council) are partners with the Maryland Department of Transportation and help select relevant projects within their member jurisdictions.
TAP guidelines and applications may be downloaded online at: http://www.roads.maryland.gov/index.aspx?pageid=144. All applications should be submitted to SHA through May 15, 2014. Questions concerning project eligibility or program requirements may be directed to Ms. Jessica Silwick, SHA’s Transportation Alternatives Manager. She may be reached at 410-545-5675, or toll-free at 1-888-204-4828. Applicants may also e-mail email@example.com. Proposals should be submitted to Ms. Silwick at 707 North Calvert Street, State Highway Administration, Mail Stop C-502, Baltimore, MD 21202.
Lexington Park, Maryland – On April 16, 2014, emergency room staff at Medstar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, reported a two month old female had been brought in with substantial injuries. Specifically, the infant had fractures to her left tibia and right femur, several broken ribs, and internal abdominal and spinal trauma. Medical staff determined the injuries were not the result of normal care and handling of an infant. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division immediately responded to the hospital. The investigation revealed the infant was in the care and custody of her father identified as suspect Reynold O’Brien Gibbs, 27, of Lexington Park, the night of 4-15-14 into the morning hours of 4-16-14 at the family residence located on Island Road in Lexington Park. Gibbs brought his daughter into the hospital the morning of 4-16-14 after he discovered her leg was hanging limp.
Gibbs was placed under arrest by Detective Corporal Merritt and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 1st Degree Child Abuse: Severe Physical Injury, 2nd Degree Child Abuse, 1st Degree Assault, and 2nd Degree Assault. Gibbs remains incarcerated with a $75,000.00 bond.
The victim was flown to an area hospital by helicopter where she remains in the neonatal intensive care unit.
ADDITIONAL COPPER THEFTS DISCOVERED/CRIME SOLVERS OFFERING CASH REWARDS: As a result of a recent string of copper thefts from utility light poles, Sheriff Rex Coffey and district commanders directed officers to conduct property checks at area businesses and schools during the overnight hours on April 16 to April 17. Officers discovered wires had been stolen from light poles on Plaza Way, St. Patrick’s Drive, the Waldorf Jaycees, and at North Point High School. It is not immediately clear when the thefts occurred. “The most important thing people can do is to be aware of these thefts and to know that they are occurring at homes, vacant homes, schools and businesses,” said Sheriff Coffey. “Residents are urged to report suspicious activity immediately. In many cases, it may look like a person is doing legitimate work, they might look like contractors, but in some instances, they are not,” said Sheriff Coffey. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (301) 932-2222. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or submit a tip online at http://www.tipsubmit.com. Charles County Crime Solvers is offering cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of copper thieves.
THEFT OF BICYCLE: Sometime between April 14 to April 16, someone entered an open garage in the 7600 block of Carley Drive in Port Tobacco and stole a 2010 Cannondale Ladies Petite Quick 21 speed bicycle. The bike is white and the word Cannondale is written in orange lettering on the side. The bike had a custom seat and custom handle bars. Nothing else was reported stolen. PFC. D. Raby is investigating.
THEFT FROM AUTO/DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: On April 16 between 7:50 a.m. to 8:25 a.m., someone broke the windows out of two cars parked in the parking lot of St. Ignatius Church at 8665 Chapel Point Road in Port Tobacco and stole a purse from one vehicle. Witnesses described seeing a white, low rider type of pick-up truck parked in the rear of the parking lot when they arrived for services. Two white males in their twenties were in the truck. The truck was gone when church let out. It is not clear if those men were involved in the theft. PFC M. Hancock is investigating.
Early this morning around 12:33 a.m. firefighters from the Tenth District, Bryans Road, Bell Alton, Indian Head, La Plata, Nanjemoy, Potomac Heights Volunteer Fire Departments responded to a call at 8025 Annapolis Woods Road in Welcome. When they arrived they found a 20x20 Shed, 1977 Race Car and 1991 Nissan Passport on fire. After an investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office it was determined the fire was incendiary and caused by unknown suspect(s) setting fire to combustible material within the area of the shed. Witnesses or anyone with information about this fire is asked to call the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office, Southern Region at (443)-550-6820. The estimated total loss in the fire is $25,000.
VIOLATION OF PEACE ORDER – On April 13, 2014, Deputy Harris made contact with a victim who alleged suspect Francis Xavier Jones, 28, of Lexington Park, contacted the victim in violation of an active peace order. The investigation revealed Jones created a fake facebook account and used it to contact with victim. Jones was located and placed under arrest. He was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Peace Order: Fail to Comply.
1ST DEGREE ASSAULT – On April 12, 2014, Deputy Fennessey responded to a residence on Town Creek Drive for a reported assault. The victim alleged suspect Darius Devaughn Gross, 21, of California, struck the victim in the head with a glass container and strangled the victim with his hands during an argument. The victim then attempted to leave the bedroom for several hours; however Gross continued to restrain the victim. Eventually, the victim was able to exit the room only to be followed by Gross. The victim then called 9 1 1 and Gross fled the scene. Deputy Fennessey observed several injuries on the victim consistent with the assault. Deputies attempted to locate Gross for several hours without success. At 10:15AM the same day, Deputy Fennessey observed Gross in the passenger seat of a vehicle traveling east on Great Mills Road. Deputy Fennessey stopped the vehicle and placed Gross under arrest without incident. Gross was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with 1st and 2nd Degree Assault and False Imprisonment.
ASSAULT ON POLICE OFFICER AND RESISTING ARREST – On April 13, 2014 at 8:45PM, Corporal Watters responded to a residence on Hermanville Road in Lexington Park for a noise complaint. Corporal Watters requested the music be turned down. Initailly, subjects complied and made an announcement for everyone to leave. However, as Corporal Watters walked toward his car to leave the large crowd became unruly by yelling profanity and turning up the music. Additional deputies were requested to respond. Members of the crowd began to throw beer bottles at Corporal Watters. At that time, suspect LaShonda Lakeshia Dyson, 29, of Great Mills, kicked a cooler containing ice and canned drinks at Corporal Watters, which struck him in the leg. LaShonda Dyson then returned to the large crowd. Deputies arrived on the scene, located LaShonda Dyson, and attempted to place her under arrest. La Shonda Dyson resisted arrest by pulling away from Deputy Lance. She then fell to the ground and refused to walk. As Deputy Lance escorted LaShonda Dyson to his police car, she turned and spat in his face. While deputies were attempting to gain control of LaShonda Dyson, suspect Shaun Darnell Dyson, 33, of Lexington Park, became enraged and struck a door to the residence with his fist. Shaun Dyson was placed under arrest.
Both suspects were transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. LaShonda Dyson was charged with 2nd Degree Assault and Resisting Arrest. Shaun Dyson was charged with Property Destruction and Disorderly Conduct.
VIOLATION OF PROTECTIVE ORDER – On April 13, 2014, Deputy Cole was patrolling in the area of Spinnaker Circle in Lexington Park, when he observed the victim seated in a vehicle at the victim’s residence. Deputy Cole then saw suspect, Bobby Raymond Davis, 28, of Lexington Park, standing in front of the same residence. When Davis saw Deputy Cole he fled on foot. Deputy Cole determined Davis was at the residence in violation of an active protective order. He located Davis and placed him under arrest. Davis was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Protective Order Violation.
ALCOHOL VIOLATION – On April 10, 2014, Deputy W. Wood assigned to the Lexington Park COPs UNIT, was patrolling Lancaster Park in Lexington Park when he observed Timothy Lee Barnes, 51, of Lexington Park and William Cornelius Curtis, 54, of Lexington Park consuming alcoholic beverages in the public park. Both were charged with the violation by criminal citation. (No photo available for William Curtis)
Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Nicole Marie Fant, 28, of St. Leonard. Fant currently has an outstanding warrant charging her with failing to appear in court in November on a theft charge. She is 5’5” 160 lbs., and has brown hair and green eyes. Investigators did receive information Fant may be staying in Benedict.
Anyone with information about Nicole Fant’s whereabouts is asked not to approach her 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 her 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.
On April 14 at approximately 3:00 p.m. the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office was contacted regarding a missing person, thirty-five year old Kathleen Marie Conroy, a white female, 5 feet three inches tall, weighing 140 pounds of Prince Frederick. Initial investigation revealed Conroy was last seen at the Burger King in Dunkirk on March 31 of this year getting into a green Honda Civic with unknown Virginia registration. Family and friends have not had any contact with her since.
Anyone having contact with Kathleen Marie Conroy is asked to call Det. W. Wells of the Criminal Investigations Bureau at 410-535-1600 extension 2595 or the Sheriff’s Office at 410-535-2800.
RINCE FREDERICK, Md. – April 17, 2014 – With spring in full swing, the region can experience extreme weather that can include high winds, heavy rains, lightning, hail and the formation of tornadoes. The Calvert County Department of Public Safety’s Division of Emergency Management encourages all residents to be prepared.
April 1 marked the beginning of tornado season. Often associated with severe thunderstorms, tornadoes can produce wind speeds greater than 250 miles per hour, can be one mile wide and can stay on the ground for up to 50 miles. They are most likely to occur between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. but can occur at any time of the day.
Residents are urged to follow these tips on preparing for severe weather and taking action if a tornado develops.
Before the Storm
· Develop a plan for you and your family for home, work, school, when outdoors and especially when boating.
· Purchase an NOAA weather radio with battery back-up to receive weather warnings.
· Prepare an emergency supply kit that includes a NOAA weather radio with a battery backup to receive warnings.
· Listen to radio and television for information.
· If taking a trip outdoors, listen to the latest forecasts and plan accordingly if threatening weather is possible.
· Be familiar with the various types of watches and warnings issued for severe weather.
o Severe thunderstorm watch: severe thunderstorms are possible in your area
o Severe thunderstorm warning: thunderstorms are occurring
o Tornado watch: conditions are favorable for a tornado to form
o Tornado warning: a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar
If a Tornado Warning is Issued
· Take shelter immediately. If an underground shelter is not available, move to an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor and get under a sturdy piece of furniture. Stay away from windows.
· Abandon mobile homes; they offer little protection, even if tied down.
· Get out of automobiles. Do not try to outrun a tornado in your car; instead, leave it immediately.
· If you are caught outside with no shelter, lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands. Do not get under an overpass or bridge.
· Be aware of the potential for flooding.
· After the tornado passes, stay away from storm-damaged areas.
· Listen to the radio for information and instructions.
To learn more about emergency preparedness, contact the Calvert County Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management, at 410-535-1600, ext. 2638, or visit us online at www.co.cal.md.us. This time of year is a good time to sign up for Calvert ALERT, a notification system that can send messages by text, email, fax, land line and pager.
Residents are urged to visit the county website at www.co.cal.md.us and click on the Emergency Alerts link to register for the notification service. Those without Internet access can call 410-535-1600, ext. 2638, to sign up.
Wednesday at 11:33 a.m., firefighters were called to 21709 Hancock Rd in Lexington Park for the report of a house fire.
The accidental fire began in an upstairs bedroom as a result of the bed being
ignited by a 3 year old who admitted to playing with a lighter. The occupants escaped without injury and 1 adult and 5 children were displaced. Everyone is being assisted by the American Red Cross. No one was injured in the fire and the estimated total loss is $30,000.
The Charles County Board of Commissioners encourages interested residents to attend an informational meeting on Monday, May 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Malcolm Elementary School (14760 Poplar Hill Road, Waldorf). This meeting is hosted by Synagro, a biosolids and organic residuals recycler.
The purpose of this meeting is to discuss sewage sludge utilization permit 2010-SRC-5574 and a plan of action that will address citizen concerns.
For more information, contact Debbie Tarbox at 301-645-0550 or TarboxD@CharlesCountyMD.gov. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.
The Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland and the Maryland Broadband Cooperative invite all Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s County businesses to participate in a broadband business assessment. The Maryland Broadband Cooperative is launching a pilot project in Southern Maryland affording 500 businesses the opportunity to participate in an online assessment and scorecard project to help gauge and improve their economic vitality by better understanding their utilizing broadband technologies.
Organizations will be asked to complete an online assessment of their Internet usage. The assessment results will provide valuable information on broadband usage by Southern Maryland commercial and nonprofit organizations, and will allow for a comparison of broadband usage and economic impacts with peer organizations nationwide.
To benefit Southern Maryland businesses, each business completing the assessment will receive a scorecard based on their assessment responses that will summarize the financial impacts that broadband currently has on their business. The scorecard will also compare individual businesses with industry peers around the country and will suggest broadband-enabled tools that could increase competitiveness, efficiencies and revenues.
Broadband technology is a foundation for economic development and innovation. The Maryland Broadband Cooperative works with national, state and local partners towards solutions for increased broadband availability. As the needs for ubiquitous access, higher speeds and capacity continue to grow quickly, Maryland Broadband Cooperative works to leverage Maryland’s broadband infrastructure and utilization through public/private partnerships. With strong private sector broadband providers, unique middle-mile assets, State and local partners, and a focus on economic competitiveness, Maryland is well positioned to continue to move forward in the broadband arena. You can learn more about the survey at: http://mdbroadbandmap.org/SouthernMarylandBusinessAssessmentSurvey.aspx.
For more information, please contact John Hartline, Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland at 301-274-1922 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
4-16-14 FRAUD – A victim, who resides on Golden Beach Road in Mechanicsville, reported her income taxes were filed fraudulently by an unknown suspect(s). Case forwarded to the Criminal Investigations Division. Case #20678-14
4-16-14 MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT – At 11:06AM, deputies responded to the area of Chaptico Road and Timothy Court, for a motor vehicle collision involving 2 vehicles. The investigation revealed a truck struck a tractor from behind. The truck then overturned. The driver of the truck was transported to the Medstar St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment with non-life threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported. Alcohol appears to be a factor on the part of the driver of the truck. Case remains open and Deputy Fennessey is assigned the investigation. Case #20697-14
4-16-14 ASSIST OTHER AGENCY – At 1:22PM, deputies responded to a residence in the 19000 block of Three Notch Road for a working house fire. On arrival, deputies found the residence engulfed in flames. Numerous volunteer fire department personnel and apparatus arrived quickly to fight the fire. One female was transported to Medstar St. Mary’s Hospital by ambulance with burns. A second female was pronounced dead on the scene. Investigators from the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office responded and assumed the investigation with assistance from Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies, detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division, and Crime Laboratory Technicians.
4-17-14 THEFT – On 4-16-14, while 2 victims were at the Great Mills Pool, unknown suspect(s) stole their property from the women’s locker room. Case remains open and is assigned to Deputy Logue. Case #20833-14
Calvert County Government Facility Closures for Good Friday, Easter Sunday
The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners announces the following office and facility closures for Good Friday and Easter Sunday:
· All Calvert County government offices will be closed Friday, April 18, in observance of Good Friday.
· The Calvert Pines, Southern Pines and North Beach senior centers will be closed April 18. Meals on Wheels will be delivered to clients.
· All Calvert Library locations will be closed Friday, April 18 and will be open Saturday, April 19.
· There will be no public transportation services April 18. Regular schedules will resume on Saturday, April 19.
· All Solid Waste facilities will be open and operating on normal business hours Friday, April 18. Sites with Sunday hours will be open Easter Sunday, April 20.
· The Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center will be open to visitors on April 18 and closed April 20.
· The Northeast Community Center will be open Friday, April 18, and closed Sunday, April 20.
· Southern and Mt. Hope community centers and the North Beach Recreation Center will be closed April 18 and 20.
· Battle Creek Cypress Swamp will be closed April 18 and 20.
· Kings Landing Park will be closed April 18 and open April 20.
· Flag Ponds Nature Park will be open April 18 and 20.
Charles County Government Offices Closed on Good Friday
The Charles County Commissioners wish to remind residents of the following offices and facility schedule changes for the Good Friday holiday on Friday, April 18.
The following offices will be closed for normal business hours:
· All Charles County Government offices and the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville will be closed.
· All Senior Centers are closed.
· The Nanjemoy Community Center and all other Community Centers are closed.
· Port Tobacco Recreation Center is closed.
· Charles County Public Library (all branches) will be closed Friday, April 18 and Saturday April 19.
The following offices will be open for normal or modified business hours:
· The Crain Memorial Welcome Center located at 12480 Crain Highway in Newburg will be operating normal hours on Friday, April 18 and closed on Sunday, April 20.
· VanGO will operate on a regular weekday service schedule.
· The Charles County Landfill and Recycling Center off Billingsley Road in Waldorf, and the Pisgah Recycling Center on Route 425 in Pisgah operating normal hours.
· Every-other-week curbside recycling collection service will not be affected.
· Lackey and North Point High indoor pools will be open from 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday, April 18 and closed on Sunday, April 20.
· Charles County Parks will be open for normal operating normal hours
· Elite Gymnastics will be open from 6:30 a.m. -6 p.m. for Campnastics Drop-In only.
Good Friday/Easter Operating Schedule for St. Mary’s County Government
All St. Mary’s County Government Offices will be closed on Friday, April 18, 2014 in observance of Good Friday. Offices will reopen for normal business hours on Monday, April 21.
The St. Andrews Landfill and six (6) Convenience Centers will be closed Easter Sunday, April 20. The St. Mary’s Transit System (STS) will also be closed, as usual, on Sunday. The St. Mary’s SSTAP program will not operate on Friday, April 18. The Landfill, Convenience Centers and STS System will operate normally on April 17, 18 and 19.
All three St. Mary’s County Library locations (Charlotte Hall, Leonardtown and Lexington Park) will be closed on Friday, April 18. The Lexington Park library will also be closed on Sunday, April 20. All libraries will be open on Saturday, April 19 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
All Department of Aging and Human Services Senior Activity Centers will be closed on April 18 and there will be no Meals on Wheels deliveries.
ST.MARY’S COUNTY, MD (April 16, 2014) – The Office of the State Fire
Marshal and the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office are conducting an investigation into a
fatal fire that claimed the life of, Marion W. Gatton (81) and injured two adults during a
fire at 19555 Three Notch Road in Lexington Park.
The 1:16 p.m. one alarm blaze was brought under control within 30 minutes by
nearly 55 firefighters from Bay District, Ridge, Hollywood, 2nd District, St. Leonard, 7th
District and Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Departments. First responders located the
unconscious victim inside her bedroom and were not able to revive her after valiant
efforts. The victims’ caretaker, Delores Pennington (47) located a fire in the kitchen and
was not able to control the flames. She received burn injuries to her hands before
escaping the heavy smoke. An active duty U.S. Marine, Jon Spindler was in the area and
tried to make entry to assist the victim inside the bedroom and received moderate smoke
inhalation injuries before escaping the blaze. Both Pennington and Spindler were
transported to the Medstar St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening
The body of the victim was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
for determination of cause of death. The cause for the fire remains under investigation at
Talmadge J. V. Jones III, Date of Birth 08-21-1972, white male, 6’ tall, weighing 200 lbs, with brown Hair and brown eyes was last seen sometime in March 2014. Jones is homeless and was last heard from on April 2, 2014. He has made suicidal comments in the past.
If you have seen Jones or have any information which may be helpful in locating him, please call 301.475.8008 or CRIME SOLVERS at 301.475.3333. Case #18948-14
ASSAULT – On April 8, 2014, Corporal E. Johnson responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention for a fight between inmates. The investigation revealed suspect John Otha Dickens Jr., 24, of no fixed address, struck another inmate with his fists during a chess game. Dickens was charged with 2nd Degree Assault DOC Employee (inmate).
ASSAULT – On April 8, 2014, Corporal E. Johnson responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center for a fight between inmates. The investigation revealed suspect Thomas Oakley Burch III, 50, of Lexington Park, struck another inmate repeatedly for unknown reasons. Burch was charged with 2nd Degree Assault DOC Employee (inmate).
On April 9, 2014, Eric Dwayne Dickerson, 43, of Abell, was charged with Trespass: Private Property after Deputy Beishline observed him on the property of Millison Shopping Center having been served with a notice not to trespass. Dickerson was charged by criminal citation.
ASSAULT – On April 10, 2014, Deputy McCuen responded to a residence on Goddards Lane in Piney Point for an assault. The victim reported he had several people over to visit including suspect Maisha Javonn Peeples, 27, of no fixed address. Peeples and the victim began to argue over money at which time Peeples struck the victim in the head repeatedly with her fists. Peeples then pushed a television set off a table and began to assault another victim at the residence. Peeples was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with 2 counts of 2nd Degree Assault and Property Destruction.
ASSAULT – On April 9, 2014, Deputy Gaskill responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center for a fight between inmates. The investigation revealed suspect Lance Allen Jones, 25, of Mechanicsville, entered the victim inmate’s cell and began to assault him. The victim ran from his cell and was followed by Jones who continued to strike the victim with his fists. Jones was charged with 2nd Degree Assault DOC Employee (inmate).
DOMESTIC ASSAULT – On April 9, 2014, Deputy Lloyd responded to a residence on Pleasant Drive in Lexington Park, for a reported assault. The victim alleged suspect Peggy Lynn Jones, 40, of Lexington Park, was intoxicated and began to assault the victim with her fists. Deputy Lloyd observed fresh evidence of injury on the victim’s face. Jones was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with 2nd Degree Assault.
Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) has entered into a power purchase agreement with an affiliate of juwi solar Inc. (JSI) to develop, design and construct the 10.0-megawatt (MW) Rockfish Solar facility. JSI will construct and operate the facility through a wholly-owned subsidiary, and SMECO will purchase all generated energy, capacity, and solar renewable energy credits for the next 20 years.
Pending approval from the Maryland Public Service Commission and local permitting, the solar farm is planned to be a 10-MW solar photovoltaic facility to be located on 80 acres in Charles County. JSI plans to employ the use of single axis tracking technology, and preliminary designs call for approximately 41,000 modules of solar panels. The project is scheduled to reach full commercial operation as early as the end of this year and is expected to generate roughly 21,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) during its first year of operation: enough to power about 1,300 homes annually. An average SMECO household uses 1,300 kilowatt-hours (kWh) a month and 15,600 kWh per year.
SMECO worked with the National Renewables Cooperative Organization (NRCO) to develop a request for proposals and evaluated about 30 submissions before selecting JSI. JSI is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. According to Austin J. Slater, Jr., SMECO’s president and CEO, “By working with NRCO and JSI, we are developing a project that will provide renewable energy right here in our service area, helping us to meet our regulatory requirements and to avoid costly transmission fees.” He added, “Our customer-members will be glad to know that the cost of the energy provided by this solar project is very reasonable and will have a positive effect on customer rates.”
“We are incredibly excited to be working with SMECO and NRCO to provide clean, reliable solar power to SMECO customers in a cost-effective manner,” said Michael Martin, CEO of JSI. “We also eagerly anticipate breaking ground and completing our first utility-scale solar project in the state of Maryland.”
This project is the second solar project and fourth renewable project that NRCO has facilitated for SMECO. SMECO developed a 5.5-MW solar farm in Hughesville which has produced more than 10 million kWh since November 2012. The new solar project is expected to produce nearly twice as much energy as the Hughesville facility. SMECO also purchases the energy and environmental attributes of two wind projects located in Pennsylvania.
Purchasing solar energy is one way SMECO works to fulfill its renewable portfolio obligation, as required by the state, at the lowest costs to its members. Utilities are obligated to purchase .5 percent of their load from solar energy resources in 2015; that percentage increases each year until reaching two percent in 2020. Utilities that don’t purchase the required amount of solar energy must pay a penalty.
COPPER THEFT ALERT: The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is investigating several reports of copper thefts in which suspects stole copper wiring from large light poles. The most recent theft occurred at a school. On April 16 at about 3:30 a.m., a patrol officer was conducting a building check at Westlake High School, 3300 Middletown Road in Waldorf, when he discovered someone had tampered with the light poles near the back of the parking lot. A closer look revealed the wires were pulled out of the pole, cut and stolen. Copper wires were recently stolen from two other schools and two businesses. Officers have been directed to increase patrols in these areas and residents are urged to report suspicious activity immediately.
Nationwide, copper thefts have increased significantly. Thieves target anything with copper including plumbing and copper components from heating and air conditioning units. Thefts can occur at any time of the day and at various places including vacant homes, occupied homes, homes under construction and businesses. In some cases, the suspects may appear to be contractors.
The theft of copper can disrupt the flow of electricity, telecommunications, transportation, heating and air conditioning, and could present a risk to public safety. Charles County Crime Solvers is offering cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of individuals stealing copper and other metals. Tipsters may call 1-866-411-TIPS or provide an online tip to tipsubmit.com.