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A Waldorf grandmother is now facing murder charges after a double shooting on Wednesday in a McDonald's parking lot during what police say was a child custody dispute.

Authorities say Caroline Conway, 51, went to the McDonald's in the 11000 block of Mall Circle in Waldorf just before 6:00 p.m. and shot and killed 25-year-old Robert Mange from Smithfield, Va.

Investigators say Conway also shot the children's mother in the back as she was trying to run away.

Conway is the mother of a Prince George’s County Police officer, the department has confirmed.

In a statement, PGPD says, “We are aware the suspect is the mother of one of our officers. We have launched an internal investigation to determine what information, if any, our officer may have regarding this incident.”

Captain Stephen Salvas with the Charles County Sheriff's Office says the children were not in the vehicle when the shooting took place.

"This location is a custody exchange location for the family," Salvas said.

Salvas says Mange is not the children's biological father. Investigators believe the motive stemmed from an ongoing custody dispute but it's not clear who has custody of the children. Authorities have not identified the children's mother.

They say she is expected to survive.

Conway now faces a number of charges including first-degree murder. Conway was located near her Waldorf home. Authorities say they have not recovered the weapon.

This is the second homicide in the county this year.

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Beach bound this Memorial Day weekend? Before you can dip your toes into the mighty ocean or build the perfect sand castle along the beach, you need to get there – safely. The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) recommends that travelers use the free travel information service 511 in their journeys. In the Town of Ocean City, the Lifeguard Crab continues to spearhead the Walk Smart! campaign – reminding pedestrians to use crosswalks, drivers to stay alert and slow down and bicyclists to ride with traffic and follow signs and signals.
On your journey to the beach, 511 is easy to use – simply choose your region, then prompt “Reach the Beach.” You can get traffic incidents and travel times from east of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge to Ocean City as well as to the towns in between. Off to the lakes in Western Maryland instead? The 511 travel advisory system provides road conditions and travel times for interstates and major highways throughout the State, including I-70 and I-68 heading west. Create a "my 511" account and receive traffic updates directly by text and e-mail, so you will have the latest information before stepping into your vehicle.
“Our mission at SHA is to help travelers arrive at their destinations safely not only this weekend but every day,” said SHA Acting Administrator Doug Simmons.
The Maryland Transportation Authority also can help guide you on your journey with updates on a recorded line specifically providing information about the Chesapeake Bay Bridge at 1-877-BAYSPAN and on the web at www.Baybridge.com. Travelers can plan ahead and use E-ZPass to pay the toll to avoid delays.
SHA’s CHART (Coordinated Highways Action Response Team) program operators monitor conditions and share information with motorists around the clock to assist stranded motorists and minimize traffic delays.
Whatever your plans, however you travel on Maryland’s roads, visit md511.org for travel information and ocwalksmart.com for life-saving safety tips.

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The Charles County Commissioners presented a Life Safety Award to Tracey Kellner and Peter Marshall of the Department of Emergency Services (DES), as well as Officer Ray Brooks of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office for successful delivery of a baby girl. During this challenging delivery, the newborn was delivered with a nuchal cord. The mother and newborn were transported to the hospital without further complication. 
 
The Commissioners proclaimed May 17-23 as Emergency Medical Services Week to recognize the value and accomplishments of EMS providers as they serve the community every day.
 
For more information about the Charles County Department of Emergency Services, visit www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/ES/welcome.
 
Photo above (left to right): John Filer, Department of Emergency Services; Commissioner Debra M. Davis, Esq. (District 2); Commissioner Amanda M. Stewart, M. Ed. (District 3); Commissioner Vice President Ken Robinson (District 1); Commissioner Bobby Rucci (District 4); Tracey Kellner, Department of Emergency Services; Commissioner President Peter F. Murphy; Peter Marshall, Department of Emergency Services; William Stephens, Department of Emergency Services; and William Smith, Charles County Volunteer Fire and EMS. Not pictured: Officer Ray Brooks, Charles County Sheriff’s Office.

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(PIKESVILLE, MD) As the unofficial start to the summer travel season beings, Maryland State Police are stepping up traffic enforcement efforts to keep Maryland roads safe this holiday weekend. 
 
Troopers throughout the state will be conducting special traffic enforcement initiatives this Memorial Day weekend in an effort to reduce motor vehicle crashes. The SPIDRE Team, a full-time drunk driving enforcement team, will be out this weekend in areas where drunk drivers and drunk driving crashes are known to be prevalent. Troopers from each of the 22 state police installations will be working a variety of initiatives which include DUI saturation patrols, speed and seatbelt enforcement as well as aggressive and distracted driving. Their goal will be to remind motorists that driving while impaired or distracted is not a good way to start the summer travel season. 
 
Operation SHOWBOAT will concentrate on Route 50 from Anne Arundel County to Ocean City, Route 301 in Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties, and Route 13 in Wicomico, Somerset, and Worcester Counties. Troopers and local law enforcement will target aggressive drivers and educate the public through strict traffic enforcement. 
 
Operation Millipede, a highway safety initiative in Prince George’s County, is designed to reduce motor vehicle crashes while inhibiting criminal activity. Patrol troopers will be making complete traffic stops to diminish criminal activity through criminal interdiction while enforcing all traffic laws. The month of May has been designated as ‘Occupant Safety Month,’ so there will be zero tolerance for any unrestrained occupants. 
 
These high visibility enforcement efforts are to reduce the number of aggressive driving motor vehicle crashes in which speed, alcohol and other driving violations are contributing factors to crashes on Maryland roads. Maryland State Police continue to support the Maryland Highway Safety Office’s ‘Move Toward Zero Deaths’ campaign. For additional travel information on Maryland roads, visit md511.org. 

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Assault: On Saturday, May 16, 2015, Tpr. E. Varesko responded to the 22000 block of Lawrence Ave. for a reported domestic assault in progress.  Investigation revealed that Doris Elizabeth Thomas, 50, of Leonardtown, had assaulted a male victim with a piece of wood from a door frame.  Ms. Thomas was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center.  She was held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner (15-MSP-016963)
 
Warrant Services:
 
Nikkie Lea Campbell, 34, of Mechanicsville, served on 5/21/2015 at 7:00 am for Failure to Appear in Court
 

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As motorists take to the roads this Memorial Day holiday, the Sheriff’s Office is urging everyone to buckle up.   Law enforcement officials will be out in full force, taking part in the 2015 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization and cracking down on motorists who are not belted. 
 
“As we kick-off the busy summer driving season, it is critical that everyone buckles up every time they go out, day and night – no excuses,” said Sheriff Mike Evans. “Our deputies are prepared to ticket anyone who is not wearing their seat belt, including drivers that have neglected to properly buckle their children. – Click It or Ticket.”
 
During the National Campaign wave in mobilizing the Click It or Ticket (CIOT) “Border to Border” Operation, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office will partner with the Maryland State Police, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and the Charles County Sheriff’s Office to provide increased seat belt enforcement at county borders. The “Border to Border” Operation will send a zero tolerance message to the public: “Driving or riding unbuckled will result in a ticket, no matter which county or state”.
 
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 9,580 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2013 were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.  And unbelted fatalities are more prevalent at night than during the daytime:  59 percent of those killed in 2013 during the overnight hours of 6:00 p.m. to 5:59 a.m. were unbelted at the time of the crash.  
 
“Seat belts save thousands of lives every year, but far too many motorists are still not buckling up, especially at night when the risk of getting in a crash is even greater,” said Sheriff Evans. “We want to make this the safest summer possible. Buckling up is not optional; it’s the difference between life and death in a crash.  That’s why we’re out here enforcing the law.  Click it or Ticket, every time, day or night.”
 
From 2008 to 2012, seat belts have saved nearly 63,000 lives nationwide. So while this year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization runs from May 18-31, officers will continue to save lives by enforcing seat belt laws year-round. 
 
For more on the national Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov.

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HOMICIDE-SHOOTING: On May 20 at approximately 5:48 p.m., officers responded to the McDonald’s located at 11025 Mall Circle in Waldorf for a shooting. Upon arrival officers found two adult victims, a 25 year-old male and a 24 year-old female, located in the parking lot. Both victims were transported to area hospitals. The male victim, Robert Michael Mange, 25, Smithfield, VA, was later pronounced dead. The female suffered one gunshot wound but is expected to survive. Accused Caroline Conway was identified as the person who shot them and was later located and arrested. Motive appears to be an ongoing child custody dispute. Investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call (301) 609-6496. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com.
 
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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The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) released the 2014 Drug and Alcohol-Related Intoxication Deaths in Maryland Report on Tuesday, May 19. The report found that there was a 21 percent increase in the number of Maryland deaths in 2014 compared with 2013’s data.

A total of 21 drug and alcohol related intoxication deaths occurred in Charles County in 2014. This is an increase from the nine deaths confirmed in 2013 and the 13 deaths confirmed in 2010.  95 percent (20 out of 21) of the Charles County drug and alcohol intoxication deaths were opioid-related.

“These needless deaths are unacceptable,” states Dianna E. Abney, M.D., Charles County health officer. “We recognize this as a serious community problem. Last year we held a number of forums to help give us a better scope of the issue. The forums helped us identify the necessary steps to tackle the problem.” Abney says, “This is a complex problem with no simple fix. A solution involves every sector of our community: public health, government, treatment and prevention, medical, education, law enforcement, and the public at large.  Actions are underway and we have to accept that it may take a while for our efforts to take hold.”

The report states:

·         Heroin-related deaths doubled from five in 2013 to 10 in 2014. On a state level, heroin-related deaths increased by 25 percent between 2013 and 2014.

·         Prescription opioid-related deaths nearly doubled from five in 2013 to nine in 2014.  The overall number of prescription opioid-related deaths remained relatively stable on a state level.

·         For Charles County, fentanyl-related deaths reduced from three deaths in 2013 to one death in 2014. This is very different from the three fold increase seen at the state level (from 58 to 185).

·         Charles County did not see any cocaine-related deaths in 2013 or 2014. This is very different from the 29 percent increase seen on the state level.

·         From 2007-2014, Charles County generally sees between 1-3 benzodiazepine-related deaths. For 2014, there were two deaths due to this substance.

·         Alcohol-related deaths in Charles County have remained relatively stable in recent years. In 2014, there were five deaths related to alcohol in Charles County. On a state level, there was a 13 percent increase in alcohol-related deaths from 2013 to 2014.

The problem of increasing opiate-related fatalities is universal. Similar increases are reported nationally and state-wide. While Charles County falls in the middle of rankings by county in the state report there remains much room for improvement. Dr. Abney says, “We are determined to turn this problem around.”  The complete report may be viewed at goo.gl/RHtVEr.

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The 2015 Nominating Committee for Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) met on Saturday, May 16, 2015, and chose candidates for the five seats up for election on SMECO’s Board of Directors.  
The list of nominations follows:

Calvert County (one seat available)
Bill Brier
Samuel “Jack” Hammett
Susan E. Shaw

Charles County (two seats available)
Fern G. Brown
Kenneth L. Dyson

St. Mary’s County (two seats available)
W. Rayner Blair III
William R. Cullins III
William R. Morris

    In addition to nominations made by the Nominating Committee, any 15 or more SMECO members acting together may make other nominations by petition. SMECO customer-members running by petition should also complete and submit a Board of Directors Candidate Application. To obtain a candidate application and petition, contact Lisa Oliver at 301-274-4489 or Lisa.Oliver@smeco.coop. Completed candidate applications and petitions must be submitted or mailed to SMECO, Attention: Joseph Densford, Board Attorney, 15045 Burnt Store Road, P.O. Box 1937, Hughesville, Maryland 20637 by Thursday, July 2, 2015. Nominations will be posted in each SMECO office and available online.
    SMECO customer-members will elect five directors to serve three-year terms by voting for one Board seat in Calvert County, two seats in Charles County, and two seats in St. Mary’s County.
    Members may vote in person at SMECO’s 2015 Annual Members’ Meeting on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, at the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf. The venue provides ample parking, comfortable seating, and accessibility.
    Absentee mail-in ballots will also be available to members who wish to vote but cannot attend the meeting. Requests for absentee mail-in ballots must be received between July 27 and August 14, 2015. To request an absentee mail-in ballot, call 1-888-440-3311, extension 4722, or complete an online form on the Co-op’s website at www.smeco.coop. Customer-members may also mail a request for an absentee mail-in ballot to SMECO Annual Meeting, P.O. Box 670, Hughesville, MD 20637.
SMECO will mail member identification cards with information about the meeting to customer-members in late July or early August.

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A man has died after he and woman were shot outside a McDonald's in Waldorf during an apparent domestic dispute on Wednesday night.

The twenty-five-year-old man died from the injuries he received during the shooting in the parking lot of the restaurant outside St. Charles Towne Center on Mall Circle.

The woman remains in serious condition, according to Diane Richardson with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office.

A female suspect was taken into custody on Wednesday night. Her age and name have not been released.

The three parties all parties involved in the incident knew each other.

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On May 19th, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and troopers from the Leonardtown and Prince Frederick Barracks of the Maryland State Police, conducted seatbelt compliance checks on both sides of the Thomas Johnson Bridge as part of the Border2Border Seat Belt Compliance Initiative. 
 
During the operation, a total of 1,728 vehicles passed through and 70 vehicles were stopped. Those vehicle stops resulted in 34 seatbelt citations, 16 cellphone citations, 1 license citation, 16 warnings and 1 safety equipment repair order. 
 
Each year more than 120 people, who are not wearing a seat belt at the time of a crash, die on Maryland’s roadways. Even low speed crashes can produce serious injuries or fatalities to unbelted vehicle occupants. This month the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is participating in  the Click it or Ticket campaign, which runs from May 11th through May 31st. The goal is simple - to remind all drivers and passengers about the lifesaving benefits of wearing a seat belt every time you ride in a vehicle, day or night, and in every seat.
Maryland crash data shows those who were reported as unbelted at the time of their crash were 67 percent more likely to sustain a moderate to fatal injury. The data also shows seat belts reduce the risk of moderate-to-critical injury by 50 percent. In 2014, more than 92 percent of drivers and front-seat passengers in Maryland were observed to be wearing their seatbelts, but crash data shows that an alarming percentage of people killed in crashes were unbelted.
Besides potentially saving your life, putting on your seat belt could mean keeping money in your pocket. A fine will cost you $83 including court costs. 
More than 89,000 seat belt citations are written each year in Maryland. St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office wants to see 100 percent seat belt use. Therefore, deputies will except no excuses.  
Click it or Ticket is a major component of Maryland's Toward Zero Deaths campaign, which focuses on promoting seat belt use and preventing impaired driving, aggressive driving, and distracted driving.  For more information on the Toward Zero Deaths campaign, please visit towardzerodeathsmd.com.
For more information on the Click it or Ticket campaign visit nhtsa.gov

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TOWSON, MD (May 20, 2015) – AAA Mid-Atlantic today projected over 800,000 Marylanders will travel this Memorial Day holiday weekend, a 4.5 percent increase compared to 2014 and the highest travel volume for the holiday since 2005.  The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 21 to Monday, May 25.
“Marylanders appear to be joining Americans across the country in record numbers not seen since 2005 in planning a getaway for the Memorial Day holiday weekend,” said Ragina Cooper Averella, Manager of Public and Government Affairs at AAA Mid-Atlantic.  “Lower gas prices and overall economic stability are fueling consumer optimism so Marylanders are hitting the roads and taking to the skies.”
AAA Mid-Atlantic, law enforcement officials, and safety advocates were joined by Ocean City Mayor Richard Meehan this morning at Hemingway’s Restaurant in Stevensville at the southern base of the Bay Bridge to kick off the unofficial start to the summer vacation season with travel projections and traffic safety initiatives. 
“After a long, cold, winter, what better way to kick-off the summer season than traveling with family and friends to Ocean City,” said Mayor Meehan.  “Whether you are taking a golf trip with the guys, a weekend away with family or just a special get away with your significant other, there is no better way to spend the holiday weekend than a morning stroll on the Boardwalk, a warm day on the sand or a perfect sunset over the beautiful bay.”

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After a review with the St. Mary’s County States Attorney’s Office, the following suspects were indicted by the St. Mary’s County Grand Jury:
 
On May 15, 2015, Jessica Louise Johnson, 25, of Mechanicsville and William Joseph Gross, 61, of Hollywood were served at the St. Mary’s County Detention Center with an open indictment.  On May 18, 2015, Kyle Matthew Hudson, 23, of Hollywood was also served at the St. Mary’s County Detention Center with an open indictment.
 
During a nine month investigation, Investigators from MSP-Criminal Enforcement Division, Central South Region identified Johnson, Hudson and Gross as suspects in a burglary of an occupied residence in the Hollywood area of St. Mary’s County. Investigators learned Johnson, Hudson and Gross entered an occupied residence and stole a HP Laptop and an undisclosed amount of currency.  Once Johnson and Gross observed the homeowner, they fled from the scene with the items, the homeowner was not injured.
 
On May 6, 2015, The St. Mary’s County Grand Jury handed down indictments for  Johnson, Hudson and Gross, charging them with First Degree Burglary, Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Burglary, Theft:$10,000 to $1000,000 and Conspire to commit Theft: $10,000-$100,000. 
 
Gross, Hudson and Johnson are currently incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County Detention on unrelated charges.   
 
This investigation was conducted in collaboration with MSP-Criminal Enforcement Division-Central South Investigators, Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack, Homeland Security Investigators (HSI) and the St. Mary’s County States Attorney’s Office.

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At 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon firefighters responded to a call at  6484 Patuxent Woods Lane, Hughesville for the report of a home on fire. 25 firefighters responded from Benedict, Baden, Hugesville, La Plata, Mechanicsville, Prince Frederick and Waldorf Volunteer Fire Departments and had the fire under control in about 10 minutes. After an investigation by the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office it was discovered that the accidental fire occurred beneath the residence as a result of electrical wiring igniting insulation. All occupants within the residence escaped without injury. The residence received moderate damage and the family is being assisted by the American Red Cross. 

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On 5/18/2015 at approximately 6:21 p.m., units from Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Bureau and Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the area of Adelina Road and Sixes Road, Prince Frederick, MD for the report of a serious motor vehicle collision involving two vehicles.  Between the two vehicles there were seven occupants involved in the collision.  
                Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2013 Nissan Armada was traveling northbound on Adelina Road approaching Sixes Road when a 2014 Hyundai Elantra entered the path of the Nissan from the right.  The Nissan struck the Hyundai on the right rear axle causing the Hyundai to spin counterclockwise to final rest. 
                The Nissan Armada was operated by Joseph Edward Berry Jr., a 63 year old male of Prince Frederick.  The Nissan was also occupied by a 17 year old juvenile male, who was seated in the right front seat, a 14 year old female was seated in the left rear seat and Pamela Thomas-Berry, a 50 year old female of Prince Frederick was in the right rear seat.  All occupants were transported by ground to Calvert Memorial Hospital where they are listed in stable condition.
                The Hyundai was operated by Brenda Lynn Stahl, a 52 year old female of Port Republic.  The Hyundai was also occupied by a 15 year old male seated in the right front seat and a 15 year old male seated in the right rear seat.  Stahl was transported to Baltimore Shock Trauma via MSP Trooper 7 and is listed in stable condition.  The front seat passenger was transported to Baltimore Shock Trauma via MSP Trooper 6 and is listed serious, but stable condition.  The rear seat passenger was transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital and is listed in stable condition.
                The operator of the Hyundai failed to yield the right of way to the Nissan Armada when accessing Sixes Road from Adelina Road. 
                DFC J. Hardesty of the Crash Reconstruction Team is investigating the events that led up to the collision. 

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The Charles County Department of Public Works would like to remind citizens that the next household hazardous waste collection for this year will be held on Saturday, June 6.  The household hazardous waste collection site is located in the parking lot of the Department of Public Works building, located at 10430 Audie Lane, off of Radio Station Road in La Plata.   Collection hours are 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Items accepted free of charge include: pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer, gasoline, oil-based paint, cleaning supplies, pool chemicals, fluorescent lights, mercury thermometers, and other poisons found in the home. Please remember to mark any container that does not have a readable, original label.
 
Unacceptable materials include bio-medical waste (sharps, needles, anything with bodily fluids), latex paint, prescription drugs, and ammunition.  Used motor oil, anti-freeze, propane tanks, and batteries are accepted on a regular basis at various collection sites.  Latex paint is not considered hazardous waste and can be placed in your household trash as long as it is solidified.  This can be accomplished by adding kitty litter, shredded paper, paint hardener, or sawdust to aid in drying it out.
 
Household hazardous waste collection will occur on the first Saturday of each month through December.  Upcoming 2015 collection dates are: June 6, July 11* (Due to July 4th Holiday), Aug. 1, Sep. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7, and Dec. 5.
For more information, call the Charles County Department of Public Works, Environmental Resources Division at 301-932-3599 or 301-870-2778, or the landfill and recycling information line at 301-932-5656. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD:  800-735-2258.

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The County Commissioners presented a Life Safety Award to representatives of the Charles County Department of Emergency Services (CCDES), Newburg Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department (VFD), and the Maryland State Police for their heroic efforts to aid of Ms. Kele Harris after a devastating automobile accident in 2013.
On Tuesday, May 19, Harris met her rescuers for the first time since her accident. As a result of her accident, Harris suffered 11 rib fractures, ruptured spleen, ruptured aorta, spinal fracture, and partial arm amputation, among other injuries. She was given a 12 percent chance of survival, but with a quick response and outstanding patient care of the rescue team, Harris survived. 
The Commissioners proclaimed May 17-23 as Emergency Medical Services Week to recognize the value and accomplishments of EMS providers as they serve the community every day. 
For more information about the Charles County Department of Emergency Services, visit www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/ES/welcome. For a list of the Charles County Volunteer Association of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, visit www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/Maps/Volunteer-Fire-and-EMS.
 
Pictured: Front row (left to right): Jimmie Meurrens, Maryland State Police; James Best, Newburg VFD; Harry Knight, Newburg VFD; Dennis Welsh, CCDES; Kele Harris, patient; Ryan Norris, CCDES; and Elizabeth King, CCDES. Back row (left to right): Claude Boushey, Maryland State Police; George Hayden, Newburg VFD; Danny Butler, Newburg VFD; Jeff Hammett, Newburg VFD; Peter Wild, CCDES; and Michael Ivie, Newburg VFD. Not pictured: Jonathan Nishi, Maryland State Police

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DETECTIVES INVESTIGATING STABBING: On May 19 at 1:50 a.m., officers responded to Charles Regional Medical Center for the report of a stabbing victim. A preliminary investigation showed the victim, 28, was transported to the hospital by an acquaintance; he had a stab wound to his back and was in serious condition. The victim was transferred to another hospital for treatment. It is not clear where the actual stabbing occurred. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. J. Elliott at (301) 609- 6515. 
 
BURGLARY: On May 18 between 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., unknown suspect(s) broke into a house in the 4700 block of Leonardtown Road in Waldorf by entering an unlocked door. A flat screen TV and money were stolen.  Officer S. Hooper is investigating.
 
DETECTIVES SEEK PUBLIC’S HELP IDENTIFYING ROBBERY SUSPECT/CRIME SOLVERS OFFERING REWARD:  On May 17 at 9:41 p.m., a male suspect entered a deli quick shop in the 3000 block of St. Charles Parkway. He approached a clerk (who was near the back of the shop) displayed a knife and demanded money.  The suspect forced the clerk to the front counter where he grabbed money from the register and a pack of Newport cigarettes. The clerk sustained several cuts to the wrist during the robbery. Photos of the suspect were caught on a surveillance camera. He is about 6’3” to 6’5” in height and has an athletic build. It appeared he had scars or skin discoloration on his right arm. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Gregory at 301-609-6507. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com.  Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect. 
 
FUGITIVE LOCATED: On May 18 at 4 p.m. officers were conducting seatbelt enforcement on Crain Highway near Pierce Road when they observed a man not wearing a seatbelt. They also recognized the man as someone who had several open warrants for theft, burglary and drug charges. Officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the driver fled a short distance. The car stopped and the driver, Ernest Hubert Johnson, 27, of Waldorf was arrested. He was transported to the Charles County Detention Center. Cpl. T. Yates made the arrest. 
 
OFFICER ASSAULTED: On May 16 at 11 p.m., an officer was inside a fast food restaurant in the 3300 block of Leonardtown Road in Waldorf when he observed a woman enter the business. She was disheveled and appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The officer attempted to talk with the woman to see if she needed help, but she suddenly began cursing and went into a bathroom. She continued cursing and refused to leave. The officer attempted to check on her, but she struck him on the arm with a belt. She tried to assault the officer again but he was able to take her into custody after a brief struggle. Megan Lee Maxwell, 38, of Mechanicsville was charged with disorderly conduct and assault. PFC R. Bagley investigated.
 
BURGLARY: On May 16 between 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., unknown suspect(s) forced open a basement window of a house in the 2200 block of Bridle Path Drive in Waldorf and stole a firearm and money. Officers canvassed the area and located a witness who reported seeing a white passenger car in the area just prior to the burglary. PFC R. Johnson is investigating.
 
BURGLARY: On May 17 between 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., unknown suspect(s) broke into a house in the 10800 block of Trinity Church Road in Charlotte Hall and stole jewelry. A witness reported seeing a red vehicle in the area prior to the burglary. It is not clear if the occupants of that car were involved in the theft.  Cpl. T. Lee is investigating.
 
MAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF HANDGUN: On May 13 at 11:30 a.m., Cpl.  M. Sokoloff initiated a traffic stop on Gittings Court in Waldorf after observing a car being operated by a person with a revoked driver’s license. Further investigation showed the driver had a gun hidden in his waistband. Malcolm Xavier Bragg, 20, of Newburg, was charged with traffic violations and illegal possession of a firearm.
 
DETECTIVES LINK JUVENILES TO THEFT OF MOTOR VEHICLES: Detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division recently charged four juveniles, ranging from 14 to 17-years-old, in connection with the theft of a motorcycle and an ATV which were reported stolen from Welcome in February. Det. D. Savoy investigated.

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BALTIMORE, MD – As the unofficial start to summer approaches, the Maryland
Transportation Authority (MDTA) reminds the more than 1.8 million motorists anticipated to
travel MDTA roadways this holiday – plan ahead; travel off-peak; and Drive Smart. Arrive
Safe. This total represents a 4% increase in traffic counts compared to last year.
MDTA officials anticipate the following number of vehicles to travel its toll facilities between
Friday, May 22, and Monday, May 25:
• Bay Bridge (US 50/301) – more than 360,500.
• John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) – more than 466,000.
• Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95, I-395) – more than 479,500.
An additional 572,500 vehicles are projected to travel the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695), the
Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895), the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) and the
Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301) combined. All totals represent traffic in
both directions.
The MDTA offers the following travel tips for this holiday weekend and throughout the
summer months:
• Travel off-peak when heading to and from the Eastern Shore. The best times to travel the
Bay Bridge this weekend include:
 Thursday – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
 Friday – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
 Saturday – before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m.
 Sunday – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
 Memorial Day Monday – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
• Don’t Wing It. Plan Ahead!
 Call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for 24/7 Bay Bridge traffic conditions.
 Visit baybridge.com to view traffic cameras at the Bay Bridge and to sign up for email
alerts.
 Follow the MDTA at twitter.com/TheMDTA and facebook.com/TheMDTA.
 Ease your travel with E-ZPass. Visit ezpassmd.com to enroll on-line and for a list of
E-ZPass “On the Go” retail locations.
 Know Before You Go - call 511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information.
To view traffic cameras on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov.
 For toll rates, visit mdta.maryland.gov and click on Toll Rate Calculator.
• I-95 Now Has a Shortcut - I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL) now open between White Marsh
and I-895 in Baltimore.
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Keeping traffic moving as safely and efficiently as possible is the MDTA’s priority. The MDTA Police will remain
vigilant and target aggressive and impaired drivers, seatbelt violators and criminal activity. Officers will step up seatbelt
enforcement during the Click It or Ticket Campaign from May 18 through May 31. The MDTA Police and Vehicle
Recovery Units will have additional patrols on duty to respond quickly to incidents and disabled vehicles. In addition,
the MDTA will lift construction-related temporary lane closures at its facilities from 5 a.m. Friday, May 22, to 9 a.m.
Tuesday, May 26.
 
I-95 South of Fort McHenry Tunnel: A major rehabilitation project is underway on I-95 in Baltimore City. Expect reduced lane widths, lane shifts and split traffic lanes along I-95 between the Fort McHenry Tunnel and Caton Avenue (Exit 50). Current traffic patterns and project details are available at i95bmore.com or use #i95bmore on Twitter.
Motorists should consider the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695) or the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895) if their destinations are north or south of Baltimore.
Please be aware of the new lane striping on eastbound US 50 after the Bay Bridge toll plaza. The new line striping will guide drivers from the individual lanes in the toll plaza to the eastbound lanes across the bridge.
For your safety and the safety of other motorists and emergency personnel:
• Pay attention to lane markings and rumble strips on the Bay Bridge westbound span. Lane changes between the
westbound left and center lanes are prohibited for the entire span, whether or not two-way operations are in effect.
• Headlights are required at all times on the Bay Bridge.
• Obey posted speed limits and overhead lane-use control signals.
• Devote your full attention to driving – it is illegal to text or use hand-held cell phones while driving in Maryland.
• State law requires that every passenger in a moving vehicle be secured with a seat belt or child safety restraint.
• Do not tailgate - keep a safe following distance.
• Do not change lanes while traveling over bridges and through tunnels.
• Keep your eyes on the road – do not sight-see.
• Make sure your vehicle is “road ready.”
• If your vehicle becomes disabled, remain inside and call #77 for assistance.
• State law requires vehicles to move over when approaching an emergency vehicle or tow truck using visual signals.
If you are unable to move over, slow down.
In accordance with the State’s budget-reduction plan, MDTA offices will be closed on Friday, May 22, including the
E-ZPass Maryland Stop-in Centers and Customer Service Center. Visit ezpassmd.com or use the automated system at
1-888-321-6824 to sign up for E-ZPass, update account information or make payments via credit card. Offices will
reopen on Tuesday, May 26.
For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA.
The MDTA thanks motorists for their patience. Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt!

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The Charles County Commissioners are seeking county residents to fill vacancies on the following boards, committees, and commissions: 
Adult Public Guardianship Review Board
Alarm Review Board
Area Council on Aging
Cable Advisory Commission
Commission for Women
Commission on Individuals with Disabilities
Disadvantaged Business Loan Review Committee
Ethics Commission
Gaming Permit Review Board
Heritage Commission
Historic Preservation Commission
Homeowner’s Association Dispute Review Board
Monument Commission
Planning Commission (Deadline for applications is Friday, May 22)
Property Tax Assessment Appeal Board
Wicomico Scenic River Commission
The Charles County Commissioners are seeking persons interested in Commissioner-nominations for Governor’s consideration for membership on the Property Tax Assessment Appeal Board for five-year term. The Board hears appeals from Charles County property owners who disagree with the values assessed by the State Department of Assessments and Taxation, and appeals concerning local tax credits, local taxes, and other local tax matters. Those interested must fill out the Office of the Governor Request for Appointment Consideration Biographical Information form. To obtain the form, contact the Clerk to the Commissioners, Danielle Mitchell at 301-645-0554 or MitchelD@CharlesCountyMD.gov.  
There is one vacancy on the Ethics Commission for a four-year term. The board devises, receives, and maintains all forms generated by the Charles County Code, Chapter 170, Code of Ethics; provides published advisory opinions to persons subject to aforementioned code as to the applicability of the provisions; investigates, processes, and makes determinations as to complaints filed alleging violation of the aforementioned code; and conducts a public information program regarding the purpose and application of the code. 
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Positions remain open until filled.  Applications and a detailed list of all current vacancies are available on the Charles County Government website at www.CharlesCountyMD.gov or by contacting Ms. Carol DeSoto, Commissioner Specialist, at 301-645-0691 or DesotoC@CharlesCountyMD.gov.  A separate application must be submitted for each membership for which you wish to apply.

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