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The last inhabited island in the Chesapeake Bay not connected by bridge to mainland, Smith Island is a historic waterman community that was named one of the five best spots for "dropping off the grid" by CNN. It promotes itself as the hub of the soft-shelled crab industry in America, and is home to Maryland's official state dessert, the multilayered Smith Island Cake. The island can now claim another title: Sustainable Community. Joining the Towns of Greensboro and Trappe on the Eastern Shore and the Town of Indian Head in southern Maryland, these four communities are the latest to receive designations under the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development's Sustainable Communities Program. 
 
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development's Sustainable Communities Program is a place-based designation that offers access to a comprehensive package of resources that support holistic strategies for sustainable revitalization and community development. The Sustainable Communities designation provides local governments with a framework for planning and promoting growth and redevelopment in existing older communities that is environmentally, economically and socially responsible. Designations are approved by Maryland's Smart Growth Subcabinet, and there are now 95 approved Sustainable Communities statewide with at least one designated Sustainable Community in each of Maryland's 23 counties and Baltimore City.  
 
Charles County - Town of Indian Head
 
With a population just under 4,000, the Town of Indian Head is 30 minutes from Washington, D.C., and offers the best of small town living with access to big city amenities just up the road. Nestled between the Potomac River and Mattawoman Creek, the town is home to a 13-mile rail trail and provides an ideal setting for outdoor activities, such as hiking, fishing, kayaking and canoeing.  Indian Head offers cultural events at its Center for the Arts along with a flea market and several annual festivals on its Village Green. It is located near the Indian Head Naval Support Facility, one of the largest employers in Charles County. The town's current challenges include decreased homeownership, stormwater management, lack of broadband internet access, vacant storefronts, and aging housing stock. Indian Head will seek state assistance to develop dynamic commercial and residential districts to replace currently vacant and dilapidated commercial properties. The town wants to create and implement homeownership incentives such as "live near your work" programs to attract new residents. Indian Head also plans to construct a boardwalk along the Potomac River to increase recreational opportunities in the community, as well as reduce the amount of impervious surfaces throughout the town to address stormwater and environmental impact concerns.

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Leonardtown, MD - The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County have announced appointments to the following boards, committees and commissions.  The appointments were approved at their last business meeting on June 22 and are effective July 1. Terms to expire as indicated:
 
Airport Advisory Committee
                        Bryan Barthelme, Jr. (Reappointment)                                  06/30/19
                        Robert Pearce                                                                       06/30/19
           
                        Commission for Women       
                        Jennifer Brown (Partial Term)                                              06/30/18
                        Malinda Hughey (Partial Term)                                             06/30/18
                        Melissa Farren (Reappointment)                                           06/30/19
                        Norma Pipkin (Reappointment)                                            06/30/19
                        Erin Walker (Reappointment)                                               06/30/19
 
                        Commission on Aging
                        Veda Willis (Partial Term)                                                   12/31/17
                        Susanne Wise-Campbell (Partial Term)                               06/30/18
                        Margaret Forrest                                                                06/30/19
 
                        Commission on the Environment
                        George Thompson (Reappointment)                                    06/30/20
 
                        Family Violence Coordinating Counsel                               
                        Kevin Hill                                                                            Unlimited Term
 
                        Transportation Advisory Committee          
                        Scott Anderson                                                                    06/30/19
                        Nick Moats                                                                           06/30/19
                        Brian Schroeder                                                                   06/30/19

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6-20-2016 – Assault – Deputy T. Seyfried responded to the 45000 block of Nicolas Court in Great Mills, for a reported domestic assault. The victim alleged the suspect, Joseph Edward Griffin, Jr, age 28, of Great Mills, grabbed the victim causing visible signs of injury. Griffin was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Second Degree Assault. CASE# 32002-16
 
6-23-2016 – Assault – Deputy J. Kerns responded to the 24000 block of Morgan Road in Hollywood, for a reported assault. The victim alleged the suspect, Michael Kelly Fitzpatrick, age 25, of Hollywood, grabbed the victim in the face then threw the victim against a wall. The victim displayed injuries consistent with the allegations. CASE# 32502-16

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Charles County Sheriff’s detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division recently arrested a suspect in connection with a Christmas day robbery, after DNA and other evidence linked the suspect to the crime. On Dec. 25, 2015, at 9:52 p.m., a male suspect entered the 7-11 in the 300 block of Smallwood Drive in Waldorf. He poured a cup of coffee and then walked behind the counter where he displayed a knife and held the employees at knife point. The suspect then ordered an employee to open the register and give him money. One of the employees ran into the office and shut the door with the suspect in pursuit. After being unable to get into the office, the suspect fled the store on foot without getting any currency and leaving behind physical evidence. Forensic crime scene investigators recovered evidence which was submitted and analyzed by technicians with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Science Unit.  DNA and latent prints led to the suspect’s identity and on June 18, William Thomas Chisley, Jr., 45, of La Plata, was arrested and charged with robbery.  Detective C. Gregory investigated.

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The Charles County Department of Public Works would like to remind citizens that the next household hazardous waste collection will be held on Saturday, July 2.  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 2016 collection dates are:  July 2, Aug. 6, Sept. 3, Oct. 1, Nov. 5, and Dec. 3.
 
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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LEONARDTOWN, MD (June 23, 2016) – Due to fee reductions for birth and death certificates at the Maryland Division of Vital Records effective July 1, the St. Mary’s County Health Department will decrease its fees for birth and death certificates obtained in the county. 
 
Individuals born in Maryland after 1940 may receive a copy of their birth certificate at the St. Mary’s County Health Department while they wait, Mon. – Fri, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.  The fee charged for a birth certificate will be reduced from $35.00 to $25.00 per copy. Anyone born in Maryland prior to 1940, or those who prefer to receive a birth certificate by mail, may apply to the Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Division of Vital Records in Baltimore.
 
Fees for death certificates obtained at the health department will be reduced from $32.00 to $18.00, and $20.00 for each additional copy.
 
For more information or to obtain the forms for the mail-in service, contact the Vital Records Office, St. Mary’s County Health Department at 301-475-4330 or visit the health department’s website at www.smchd.org

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On June 17, members of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Enforcement Section, assisted by Emergency Services Teams from both the Charles County and St. Mary's County Sheriff’s Offices, along with COPS officers and Animal Control officers, executed a search and seizure warrant at a house in the La Plata area after an extensive investigation regarding drug activity. An active methamphetamine lab was located in a trailer near the back of the house. Quantities of cocaine with a street value of $10,000, marijuana, methamphetamine, narcotic prescription medication, ammunition, two long guns and numerous items to indicate distribution of controlled substances were recovered. Two people were arrested on scene: Brady Alan Hart, 36, of Virginia, was charged as a fugitive from justice, and Charles Innis Garber, 37, of Virginia, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. The Bel Alton VFD and HAZMAT responded and assisted with dismantling the lab. The investigation is ongoing, and additional information will be released pending further developments. 

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  The Charles County Sheriff’s office has announced a partnership with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the free and private social network for neighborhoods, to build stronger, safer communities with the help of residents.
 
This integration with Nextdoor will enable the CCSO to communicate online with Charles County neighborhoods. Residents and officers will be able to work together to increase safety and strengthen virtual neighborhood watch.
 
“Having the ability to easily communicate with residents is extremely vital to not only maintaining, but also increasing safety and reducing crime within our communities,” said Sheriff Troy Berry. “Nextdoor can help empower neighbors to keep their communities safe and connected and give them the ability to collaborate on virtual neighborhood watch efforts.”
 
With Nextdoor, residents can create private neighborhood websites to share information, including neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services, and even lost pets. Nextdoor has proven to be an essential and well-adopted tool, both locally and nationally, with more than 40% of neighborhoods using Nextdoor across the country. To date, there are more than 50 Charles County neighborhoods set up in Nextdoor.
 
The CCSO will be able to share helpful information with Nextdoor members, such as crime alerts, safety precautions and tips, details for events and crime watch meetings, and updates on activity affecting the local area to Nextdoor websites within Charles County. However, the CCSO will not be able to access the private neighborhood websites, residents’ contact information, or content.
 
Nextdoor is a free service. Each neighborhood has its own private Nextdoor neighborhood website, accessible only to residents of that neighborhood. Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor website. All members must verify that they live within the neighborhood before joining Nextdoor. Information shared on Nextdoor is password protected and cannot be accessed by Google or other search engines.
 
Those interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor website can visit www.nextdoor.com and enter their address. If residents have questions about their Nextdoor website, please visit help.nextdoor.com.

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Superintendent Kimberly Hill is temporarily reassigning new middle school students moving into high growth areas in the Milton M. Somers Middle School zone. Students moving into new homes in the St. Charles neighborhoods of Gleneagles South, Gleneagles North, Villages of Wooded Glen and Villages of Piney Reach after July 15 will attend Benjamin Stoddert Middle School rather than Somers.
 
The moratorium affects only students moving into newly constructed homes, and not already attending Somers. The moratorium is temporary and intended to limit growth at Somers, which is over capacity, until the school system conducts a comprehensive middle school redistricting. The redistricting will coincide with the completion of a renovation and expansion of Stoddert in 2020.
 
Earlier this school year, the Board of Education acknowledged the need for middle school renovations and expansions based on the growing student enrollment at some schools, most specifically Somers. The Board approved the fiscal year 2017 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) that includes the renovation and expansion of Stoddert. Renovation will modernize the school; expansion adds capacity. Construction at Stoddert is expected to begin in 2019, at which time a comprehensive middle school rezoning will begin. Renovations should be complete by August 2020.
 
Until that time, Hill said, Stoddert has the capacity to absorb new growth to relieve additional student enrollment pressures at Somers. The relief is estimated as a reduction of around 30 students per year at Somers and an addition of the same number of students at Stoddert.
 
Additionally, Hill has recommended a comprehensive elementary school redistricting along with the addition of Elementary School 22 and the renovation of Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School. That redistricting process will start in fall 2016, to be phased in and to take effect with the completion of the construction projects.
 
Description of temporary assignments
 
The Superintendent plans to temporarily assign all new middle school students from Blocks 2711, 2641, 2643 and 2631, in the St. Charles development area, to Stoddert starting with the 2016-17 school year. The change does not affect students already living in homes or who had secured a use and occupancy permit prior to July 15, 2016. All students moving into homes in blocks 2711, 2641, 2643 and 2631 that do not have a use and occupancy permit by July 15, 2016, will attend Stoddert rather than Somers. 
 
The moratorium:
 
·         does not reassign to Stoddert any Charles County elementary school student currently living in a house zoned for Somers;
 
·         keeps bus transportation of students in the designated moratorium areas to a minimum without incurring additional transportation costs;
 
·         allows students moving into an occupied or resale home in the affected blocks to attend school at Somers; and
 
·         initiates a moratorium in blocks where development is planned, but where no residents and students reside. The moratorium only impacts future growth and future homes.
 
Blocks include the plan are in the St. Charles neighborhoods of Gleneagles South, Gleneagles North, Villages of Wooded Glen and Villages of Piney Reach.

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Leonardtown, MD – As a result of a presentation on June 7, Fitch Ratings has affirmed St. Mary’s County’s AA credit rating on $25 million of consolidated public improvement tax-exempt bonds, series 2016.  Proceeds from the bonds, to be sold via competitive sale on July 26, will be used to pay for various capital projects around the county. The last time the county sold bonds was in 2009. Last October the rating agency said it anticipated a moderate amount of bond issuance in FY2017.
 
Additionally, Fitch affirmed the rating on $32.6 million of outstanding general obligation bonds at AA .
 
In its review Fitch says the county “has consistently maintained strong operating performance” and believes it will continue to “maintain reserves throughout the economic cycle solidly above the level consistent with a ‘aaa’ financial resilience.” Other key economic factors include a strong military presence, the regional airport’s designation as an Federal Aviation Administration unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test site which has led to private investments in research and manufacturing, and the University of Maryland’s plan to build a UAS-focused research facility in 2018.  
 
“This comes as great news in light of the continuing economic challenges facing government and the private sector,” said County Administrator Dr. Rebecca Bridgett.
 
Fitch also took note of the county’s healthy level of reserves, very low debt, maintenance of a separate reserve to preserve its bond rating at 6% of general fund expenditures and a rainy day fund.  The county instituted a minimum unrestricted fund balance policy of 15% of general fund revenue in August 2015.
 
“This review is another indicator of the continued conservative stewardship of taxpayer dollars by county government and the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County,” said Commissioner President Randy Guy. “It reaffirms our continued commitment to strong fiscal management as we continue to serve the needs of our growing community.”
 
The full report from Fitch is available online at:  http://www.stmarysmd.com/docs/Final Press Release Fitch Ratings 6.2016.pdf

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Summer brings severe weather, such as hurricanes, extreme heat, thunderstorms, and tornadoes. The Department of Emergency Services and the Town of La Plata remind residents that the Town of La Plata tornado sirens will activate if there is a confirmed tornado on the ground, spotted in, or heading towards La Plata. This is a three-minute cycling of the siren, in addition to a voice announcement at the end of the cycle.
 
La Plata sirens are “outdoor warning sirens” intended to warn residents who are outside of an imminent tornado threat. The sirens are not intended nor guaranteed to warn residents whom are indoors. Residents indoors should rely on weather radios, television and radio messages, or phone notification systems for updates on tornado threats.
 
Residents are urged to register/review their profiles for the latest CNS updates and alerts from Charles County Government, and the National Weather Service.  To register for CNS, manage your message settings, provide preferred contact information, and select categories, visit www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/CNS. 
 
When you hear the siren going off, please do not delay in seeking shelter. Get indoors to an interior small room or basement, and get low. For tornado preparedness tips, visit the National Weather Service’s website at www.spc.noaa.gov/faq/tornado/safety.html.
 
The sirens are installed at the following locations:
On Charles Street in front of the Charles County Courthouse
On Curley Hall Road at the Town's Wastewater Treatment Plant (near Quailwood Subdivision)
In Clarks Run Subdivision
In King's Grant Subdivision
On Shining Willow Way next to the La Plata Volunteer Fire Department
College of Southern Maryland
Severe weather notices are posted online at www.CharlesCountyMD.gov, on CCGTV cable television (Verizon channel 10 and Comcast channel 95), on Facebook and on Twitter.  Sign up for the Citizen Notification Service (CNS) at www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/CNS to receive inclement weather, tornado watch,  and tornado warning notifications by email or text message.  For updated information on power outages, view the SMECO outage map at stormcenter.smeco.coop.  Call 877-747-6326 to report a power outage.  Call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency.

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The Board of Education of Calvert County Public Schools is currently accepting comments from the public regarding the draft of the calendar for the 2017-2018 school year. 
Daniel D. Curry, Superintendent, said, “Instructional time is the priority when we develop the school calendar. We believe it is important to have uninterrupted weeks with the majority of instructional days before the spring testing season.” 
The calendar will be posted for public comment until July 13, 2016. Comments may be submitted to Karen Maxey at maxeyk@calvertnet.k12.md.us.
The draft of the 2017-2018 calendar is posted on Board Docs at http://bit.ly/28LtRtD. 
The approved calendar for the 2016-2017 school year is posted at http://bit.ly/1QIvDb4. 

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Greenbelt, Maryland –Jose Antonio Jaramillo, age 54, of Lusby, Maryland, pleaded guilty today in federal court to production of child pornography.
 
The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Andre R. Watson of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Baltimore; Special Agent in Charge Clark E. Settles of HSI Washington D.C.; Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans; and Colonel William M. Pallozzi, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police.
 
According to his plea agreement, from at least December 2014 through July 2015, Jaramillo, posing as teenaged male named, “Tommy James,” “Thomas James Jones,” or “Thomas James,” used email, applications on cellular phones and social media sites to induce, coerce and entice more than five minor female victims between the ages of 13 and 16 to send him sexually explicit images of themselves over the internet. 
 
Jaramillo admitted that, using the “Tommy James” persona, he engaged in or attempted to engage in, sexually explicit conversations with at least 14 minor females and induced at least seven victims to produce sexually explicit images and videos of themselves and transmit those images to Jaramillo. 
 
As part of his plea agreement, Jaramillo must register as a sex offender in the place where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).
 
Jaramillo and the government have agreed that if the Court accepts the plea agreement Jaramillo will be sentenced to between 15 and 19 years in prison, followed by up to a lifetime of supervised release.  U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm has scheduled sentencing for September 21, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. 
 
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.  For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.justice.gov/psc and click on the "resources" tab on the left of the page.              
 
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended HSI Baltimore and Washington, D.C, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, and the Maryland State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ray D. McKenzie and Kristi N. O’Malley, who are prosecuting the case.

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The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Division is issuing a warning regarding the powerful opioid pain reliever fentanyl. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office reports a rise in fentanyl-related overdoses and the sale of fentanyl on the streets.
 
“Fentanyl has been a problem for other jurisdictions nationwide and unfortunately, it has presented itself locally in St. Mary’s County. Although there has only been a few cases reported, the Sheriff’s Office remains proactive by identifying developing trends in our community, in addition to keeping our citizens aware and up-to-date with the most current information,” said Captain Daniel Alioto, Vice/Narcotics Commander.
 
Fentanyl can be used safely if prescribed, but is a killer on the streets. Fentanyl is a schedule II narcotic controlled substance and is often seen in patch form when prescribed to the terminally ill, such as Hospice care patients. It’s an analgesic and an anesthetic, 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine, and 30 to 50 times stronger than heroin, and the most powerful opiate available.   Fentanyl is transdermal; it can be easily absorbed through the skin.
 
This powerful drug is often paired with heroin or benzodiazepines to quicken the onset and enhance the high. Often, a minuscule amount of Fentanyl, in a powder form, is all it takes for an overdose to occur.
 
Many abusers believe they are purchasing heroin or don’t know the heroin or drug they are consuming has been laced with fentanyl.  Many forms of Fentanyl are being imported from Mexico and China as well as being developed from synthetic ingredients and sold illegally.
 
For educational purposes, the Sheriff’s Office encourages the community to watch a video being circulated by the Drug Enforcement Agency, warning of fentanyl poisoning.

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6-17-2016 – Malicious Destruction of Property – Deputy D. Potter responded to the 21000 block of St. Lo Place in Lexington Park, for a reported property destruction.  The suspect, Peyton Imani Cinnamon Scott, age 18, of California,  used a steering wheel locking mechanism to break every window in a victim’s motor vehicle in the 21000 block of St. Lo place in Lexington Park.  Scott was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where she was charged with Malicious Destruction of Property having a value of $100 or more. CASE# 31497-16
 
6-17-2016 – Violation of a Protective Order – Deputy J. Lacey responded to the 45000 block of Indian Way in Lexington Park for the report of a violation of a protective order. The victim called the Emergency Communications Center and reported the suspect, Troy Dwayne Cutchember, age 24, of California, was knocking on the victim’s door.  Cutchember was placed under arrest and charged with Violation of a Protective Order. CASE# 31424-16
 
6-19-2016 – Assault – Corporal D. Reppel responded to the 17000 block of Jutland Drive in St. Inigoes, for the report of a domestic assault in progress. The victim alleged the suspect, Shannon Johanna Dement, age 35, of St. Inigoes, bit the victim in the ear and hit the victim in the head with car keys. The victim displayed injuries consistent with the allegations. Dement was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with Second Degree Assault. CASE# 31916-16
 
6-20-2016 – Corporal E. O Connor responded to the Belk’s Department Store in California, for the report of a theft. The suspect, Nadine Mare Buck, age 35, of Lexington Park, attempted to steal merchandise from the store by concealing it in her purse. Buck fled the scene in a motor vehicle before being located by Corporal O’ Connor. Nadine was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Theft Less than $1000. CASE# 32011-16 

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The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigations Division, Sex Offender Compliance Unit, has arrested the following individuals for Failing to Register as Sex Offender as required by the Maryland Statue:
 
6-17-2016 – Joshua McCullough Marsh, age 43, of Park Hall, MD, Failure to Register as Tier II Sex Offender
 
6-17-2016 – Jared Vaughn Hardy, age 24, of Great Mills, MD, Failure to Register as a Tier II Sex Offender, and Failure to Notify of Employment Change
 
6-17-2016 – David Lee Anderson, Jr, age 22, of Lexington Park, MD, Failure to Register as Tier III Sex Offender 
 
Anyone with information related to sex offenders is asked to contact Detective William Raddatz by email at William.Raddatz@stmarysmd.com or by phone at 301-475-4200, ext. *1948

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The Charles County Department of Health HIV Program will be offering free human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing outside of the St. Charles Towne Center (11110 Mall Circle, Waldorf) on Friday, June 24, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Testing will take place outside of the Food Court entrance in the Department of Health mobile trailer.  Testing is anonymous and results will be available on site. This service is free in support of National HIV Testing Day.
 
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 1,218,400 persons aged 13 years and older are living with HIV infection, including 156,300 (12.8 percent) who are unaware of their infection. Over the past decade, the number of people living with HIV has increased. The pace of new infections continues at far too high a level—particularly among certain groups.
 
For more information about HIV, visit www.aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/.  For event information visit the Department of Health website at www.charlescountyhealth.org or call 301-609-6900.

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An overdue boater, who triggered an extensive search overnight Sunday by federal, state and local agencies, was located and charged with drunken operation, Maryland Natural Resources Police reported.
 
The incident in Calvert County is a reminder of the dangers of driving a boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs, as officers gear up for the Operation Dry Water enforcement campaign this coming weekend.
 
Jonathan Mark Wagner, 26 of Lusby left the Navy Recreation Center on the Patuxent River at midday on Saturday. He told family he wanted to make sure his 19-foot boat was in good running order.
 
When he had not returned that night, his family went to the launching ramp and found his vehicle and boat trailer still parked.
 
Natural Resources Police patrol boats, the Coast Guard, Calvert County and Charles County volunteer first responders and a Maryland State Police helicopter Trooper 7 were activated to assist in the search.
 
At about 2:30 a.m., officers located the vessel returning to the boat ramp from a restaurant on St. Leonard’s Creek and noticed Wagner had difficulty docking the boat. Subsequently he failed field sobriety tests, was arrested and taken to the local State Police barrack for a breathalyzer test. He registered a .09 blood alcohol content, above the legal limit.
 
Wagner was charged with three counts of operating a boat while impaired and with negligent operation. He will be required to appear in Calvert District Court at a later date.

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Burglary Case #16-34262:
On June 18, 2016, at 2:50am, Deputy R. Shrawder was made aware of a possible intruder in an unoccupied home located on Prince Frederick Boulevard, in Prince Frederick.   Upon checking the home, he observed James Marsh, 23, of Chesapeake Beach, to be inside.  After the home was cleared, numerous items were sitting in plain view, which were later determined to belong to a shed burglary occurring on Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick.  This burglary also took place on June 18 (Case #16-34269).  Marsh was arrested and charged with 4th Degree Burglary, 2nd Degree Burglary, Burglary 4th Degree/Tools and Theft Less than $1000.00.
 
CDS Violation Case #16-33903:
On June 16, 2016, Deputy S. Trotter conducted a vehicle stop, at approximately 9:52am, on Calvert Beach Road/Solomon’s Island Road.  The driver, Paul Wert, 41, of Lusby, was arrested for driving on a revoked license.  A secondary search conducted at the Detention Center yielded illegal Fentanyl patches attached to the suspect’s body.  He received an additional charge of CDS:  Possession-Not Marijuana (Fentanyl).
 
CDS Violation Case #16-33850:
On June 16, 2016, at approximately 12:25am, Deputy S. Moran conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling in an unsafe manner on S. Solomon’s Island Road, in Prince Frederick.  He discovered the driver, Sebastian Ramirez, 27, of Washington, DC, to be driving without a license and in possession of paraphernalia (containing traces of cocaine).  He was transported to the Detention Center and charged with the driving Offense and Possession of Paraphernalia (plastic containers & baggies).
 
CDS Violation Case #16-33758:
On June 15, 2016, at approximately 4:00pm, Deputy C. Ward conducted a traffic stop at the area of Northbound Route 4 at Commerce Lane, in Prince Frederick.  When he approached the vehicle, he observed crushed pills in the driver’s lap.  The driver, Michael King, 43, of California, MD and passenger Renee Schwartz, 39, of Leonardtown, MD were found to be in possession of illegal drugs.  King was arrested for Possession of a Synthetic narcotic (Suboxone) and Possession of Morphine.  Schwartz was arrested for Possession of Morphine and Possession of Oxycontin.
 
CDS Violation Case #16-33636:
On June 15, 2016, Deputy J. Denton conducted a traffic stop at 5:00pm on N. Solomon’s Island Road/Plum Point Road, in Huntingtown.   The driver, Adrian Brown, 21, of Lusby, was found to be in possession of paraphernalia with traces of a controlled dangerous substance (Oxycodone).  He was charged with illegal Possession of Paraphernalia and transported to the Detention Center.
 
CDS Violation Case #16-33570:
On June 14, 2016, Deputy J. Ward responded to the report of a drug violation at the Calvert County Detention Center located in Barstow.  Upon arrival Deputy Ward was informed that while searching inmate, Julius Chase, 62, of Baltimore, MD, Oxycontin was located in the inmate’s wallet.  Chase was charged with one (1) count of CDS Possession-Not Marijuana and for Possession of Contraband in a place of confinement.  
 
CDS Violation Case #16-33551:
On June 14, 2016, at approximately 4:30pm, Deputy E. Bradley was near Lake Lariat on Thunderbird Drive, in Lusby.  He detected a strong odor of unburnt marijuana on an individual as he passed by him on foot.  He discovered Ramon Ramos, 20, of Lusby, to be in possession of a large amount of Marijuana.  He was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana over 10 grams.
 
CDS Violation Case #16-33406:
On June 14, 2016, Deputy T. Buckler and Cpl. R. Wilson attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Bryan Rawlings, 20, of Owings.  When the driver did not comply, a felony stop was made.  It was determined that Rawlings, his passenger, Arnez Bowens, 20, of Huntingtown, and his rear passenger, Malique Gross, 20, of Waldorf, MD were all in possession of a large amount of marijuana.  All three were transported to the Detention Center and charged with Possession of Marijuana 10 grams.  Bryan Rawlings was also charged with Litter/Dump under 100 lbs.
 
Destruction of Property Case #16-33718:
On June 15, 2016, Deputy P. Aurich responded to Mary Ann Drive, in Owings, for the report of damage to a vehicle.  Sometime between 12:05am and 1:30pm on June 12, an unknown person(s) scratched the victim’s door with an unknown object.
 
If you know who committed these crimes or any other criminal activity in Calvert County, you can report it anonymously online by clicking the Crime Solvers link at www.CalvertCountySheriff.us  or by calling 410-535-2800. 
 
Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person involved in criminal activity.

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On Monday evening at approximately 5:17 p.m., St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Maryland State Police troopers responded to the St. George’s Hundred neighborhood in Great Mills, Maryland for a “check the welfare.” The report was for a white male threatening suicide with a handgun.
 
Responding deputies encountered the 36-year-old subject holding a handgun to his head near a neighborhood pond. A perimeter was established, crisis negotiators were contacted, and emergency services personnel responded to the scene.
 
Deputies communicated with the subject for a period leading to his safe surrender. He was transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital for an emergency evaluation. There were no injuries as a result of this incident.
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland State Police, Leonardtown Barrack, thanks members of the St. George’s Hundred community and surrounding areas for their cooperation, patience, and understanding throughout this critical incident.

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