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Leonardtown, MD – Three (3) or more qualified applicants are still being sought by the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County interested in serving on the St. Mary’s County Building Code Board of Appeals.
 
Requirements include:  individuals should be licensed professional engineers; licensed master electricians; master plumbers or master natural gas fitters; heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration contractors holding a master license; and individuals with expertise in the building trades. Those appointed to the board will serve a three year term. No compensation is provided.
 
Pursuant to Resolution No. 2016-24, the St. Mary’s County Building Code Board of Appeals shall hear and decide appeals of orders, decisions or determinations made by a building inspector and may grant modifications for individual cases.
 
Appointees will be expected to attend all meeting, some of which may be telephonic.
 
Citizens interested in volunteering to serve on the board should complete an online application available on the county website at http://co.saint-marys.md.us/voluntr/. Applicants should be sure to attach a resume with their online application. All applications should be received by close of business on September 5, 2016.

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– Statewide results for the second year of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) tests are being released today.
 
System and school level data will be released at the September 27 meeting of the Maryland State Board of Education.  MSDE staff will provide a detailed analysis of the 2016 PARCC results at that time.
 
Scores on the PARCC Assessment are not being used for student, educator, school, or system-level accountability at this time.
 
PARCC assessments are scored on a five point scale, with level 1 set as not meeting expectations and level 5 as exceeding expectations.
 
 
English/Language Arts
 
The percentage of students scoring at each level, 2016 and 2015:
 
Grade 3 - Level 1 - 21.6% (20.1 in 2015); Level 2 - 19.0 % (19.7 in 2015); Level 3 - 21.9% (22.0 in 2015); Level 4 - 33.1% (33.7 in 2015); Level 5 - 4.4% (4.4 in 2015).
 
Grade 4 - Level 1 - 14.3% (12.6); Level 2 - 18.9% (20.2); Level 3 - 26.4% (27.2); Level 4 - 32.0% (32.5); Level 5 - 8.3% (7.6).
 
Grade 5 - Level 1 - 13.0% (11.9); Level 2 - 21.1% (20.8); Level 3 - 26.5% (27.2); Level 4 - 36.2 % (36.9); Level 5 - 3.2% (3.2).
 
Grade 6 - Level 1 - 13.3% (11.8); Level 2 - 20.3% (21.6); Level 3 - 29.3% (30.4); Level 4 - 32.6% (32.1); Level 5 - 4.4% (4.1).
 
Grade 7 - Level 1 - 16.1% (17.2); Level 2 - 19.2% (19.1); Level 3 - 25.2% (25.0); Level 4 - 29.6% (29.0); Level 5 - 9.8% (9.7).
 
Grade 8 - Level 1 - 17.7% (17.0); Level 2 - 19.2% (18.5); Level 3 - 24.5% (24.0); Level 4 - 32.6% (33.4); Level 5 - 6.0% (7.0).
 
English 10 - Level 1 - 21.9% (21.4); Level 2 - 14.5% (18.0); Level 3 - 19.2% (20.9); Level 4 - 30.0% (28.1); Level 5 - 14.4% (11.6)
 
 
Mathematics
 
Grade 3 - Level 1 - 13.9% (14.9 in 2015); Level 2 - 18.8 % (22.5 in 2015); Level 3 - 23.2% (26.3 in 2015); Level 4 - 33.5% (29.9 in 2015); Level 5 - 10.5% (6.5 in 2015).
 
Grade 4 - Level 1 - 14.6% (13.8); Level 2 - 23.4% (28.2); Level 3 - 24.9% (27.3); Level 4 - 33.1% (27.9); Level 5 - 3.9% (2.7).
 
Grade 5 - Level 1 - 12.3% (13.1); Level 2 - 24.6% (29.0); Level 3 - 26.5% (28.1); Level 4 - 30.7% (25.8); Level 5 - 5.8% (4.1).
 
Grade 6 - Level 1 - 15.1% (13.6); Level 2 - 25.4% (28.7); Level 3 - 26.9% (28.2); Level 4 - 27.9% (26.3); Level 5 - 4.7% (3.2).
 
Grade 7 - Level 1 - 15.0% (13.1); Level 2 - 28.3% (32.0); Level 3 - 32.5% (33.7); Level 4 - 22.3% (20.1); Level 5 - 1.9% (1.2).
 
Grade 8 - Level 1 - 29.8% (29.1); Level 2 - 26.8% (27.0); Level 3 - 21.5% (20.7); Level 4 - 19.2% (19.6); Level 5 - 2.7% (3.6).
 
Algebra I - Level 1 - 15.0% (13.0); Level 2 - 25.0% (28.6); Level 3 - 24.3% (27.1); Level 4 - 33.0% (29.4); Level 5 - 2.6% (1.8)
 
Scores also were released for a new English/Language Arts assessment in Grades 9 and 11, and Algebra II and Geometry Assessments.  These tests were optional for systems and students.
 
Statewide results are available at MdReportCard.org.
 

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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, Sept. 3.  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:  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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If you receive a phone call stating you are being sued
by the IRS, it is a scam!  You can report this incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.   Their website is:   https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml
 
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Burglary Case #16-46054:
On August 17, 2016, at approximately 9:48am, Deputy N. Buckler responded to Prince Frederick Blvd., Prince Frederick, for the report of a burglary.  The victim stated that sometime during the last two (2) weeks, someone(s) kicked in a side door to their home and made entry.  There are no suspects at this time but it should be pointed out that this home has a history of burglaries and squatters.
 
Burglary Case #16-45827:
On August 16, 2016, Deputy T. Holt was dispatched to Commanche Road, in Lusby, for the report of a burglary.   The victim reported numerous items missing from several sheds around their property (a Kenwood stereo, Garmin GPS, Makita Skill Saw, 2 Husqvarna chainsaws, Milwaukee tool kit and an Ingersoll-Rand air compressor).  Also missing was a set of Corvette c7 rims the victim recalls seeing last December (2015).  One of the sheds had signs of a forced entry, with damage to the door.
 
CDS Violation Case #16-46312:
On August 18, 2016, at approximately 2:00am, Deputy R. Shrawder conducted a traffic stop, at the intersection of MD Rt. 4/Ball Road, in St. Leonard, on a vehicle travelling with a tag light out.   As he was issuing Jose Ortiz Velazquez, 33, of College Park, MD, a warning for the tag light violation, the Calvert Control Center informed Deputy Shrawder that Ortiz Velazquez had an outstanding arrest warrant through the Maryland State Police.  MSP Trooper Costello arrived on the scene to serve Ortiz Velazquez his warrant and it was discovered he was in possession of two (2) Percocet pills without a prescription.  Deputy Shrawder transported Ortiz Velazquez to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged for CDS Possession of a Synthetic Narcotic (Percocet).
 
CDS Violation Case #16-45662:
On August 15, 2016, at approximately 12:45pm, Deputy D. Naughton conducted a traffic stop, at the back gate of the Chesapeake Ranch Estates.  He observed a vehicle travelling with an unsecured rear registration plate and the driver was using a cell phone.  The driver was issued the appropriate traffic citation and released.  The second occupant, Natalie Bongiorni, 30, of North Beach, was found to be in possession of a plastic wrapper containing two suspected Alprazolam pills and two Hypodermic Syringes.  Bongiorni was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where she is being charged with Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Alprazolam), Possession of an opiate without prescription (Alprazolam) and Possession of Paraphernalia (plastic wrapper).
 
Destruction of Property Case #16-46913:
On August 20, 2016, at approximately 7:00pm, Deputy Y. Bortchevsky responded to 3rd Street, in North Beach, for the report of damaged property.  The victim reported that sometime between August 10 - 20th, someone broke two windows on the side of their home.  There are no suspects at this time.
 
Destruction of Property Case #16-46485:
On August 18, 2016, at approximately 5:30pm, Deputy R. Weems responded to Daryl Drive, in Lusby, for the report of damaged property.  The complainant discovered a front window on her home was broken.  No debris was located to determine what item was used to cause the break.  There are no suspects at this time.
 
Disorderly Conduct Case #16-46785:
On August 20, 2016, at approximately 12:30am, Deputy J. Livingston was approached by an employee while he was working security at the Buckets Bar and Grille, in Lusby.  He was told an underage citizen placed a liquor bottle next to the front door and entered to use the rest room.  Michael Thompson, 20, of Leonardtown, MD, was instructed to leave the property but allowed to wait for his ride, which was in-route.  Later when Deputy Livingston observed Thompson was still on the premises, he attempted to escort him off the property, when Thompson became disorderly.  He was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct, Resist/Interfere with Arrest, Fail to Obey Reasonable/Lawful Order and Trespass on Private Property.
 
Theft Case #16-47035:
On August 21, 2016, Deputy D. Naughton received a theft complaint from a victim who had items stolen from his boat he left for repairs, at the Mill Creek Boating Center.  He reported leaving the boat at 9:30am on August 8, and upon returning to the boat today, at 2:30pm, he realized several items were missing.  Items include:  Garmin Chart Plotter with 12” LCD screen, Lowrance Fish Finder, eleven (11) Penn Rod & Roller Reel Combos and a Plano Tackle Box, containing fishing tackle.   This case is suspended pending further suspect information.
 
Theft Case #16-47029:
On August 21, 2016, Deputy Y. Bortchevsky was dispatched to Silver Fox Way, in Chesapeake Beach, for the report of a theft.  The victim reported two (2) front yard LED lights missing from their yard sometime between 8:00pm on August 18 - 12:00 noon on August 19.  Due to a lack of investigatory leads, this case will be suspended.
 
Theft Case #16-47011:
On August 21, 2016, Deputy C. Callison was dispatched to Chesapeake Avenue, in Prince Frederick, for the report of a theft.  The victim stated the MD Registration plate belonging to their boat trailer was stolen.  On August 19 the boat and trailer were parked in front of their home; at  approximately 10:00am on August 21st, the plate was discovered missing.
 
Theft Case #16-46990:
On August 21, 2016, Deputy C. Callison responded to Plum Point Road, in Huntingtown, for the report of a theft.  The complainant reported that sometime between midnight on August 20 and 8:30am the next morning, someone stole two (2) American Flags from a flag pole in the front yard of the residence.  One flag was a traditional American flag and the other was a black and white flag, with a thin blue line.
 
Theft Case #16-46855:
On August 20, 2016, Deputy S. Trotter responded to Sheridan Point Road, in Prince Frederick, for the report of a stolen mailbox.  The theft took place sometime between 6:00am and 11:00am earlier that day.
 
Theft Case #16-46507:
On August 18, 2016, while speaking with a citizen at the Sheriff’s Office, Captain T. Fridman was informed that multiple tools stolen were stolen from their vehicle on Beach Drive, in Lusby.  The unlocked vehicle was parked in the driveway between 8:30pm on August 17 and the tools left on the back seat, were discovered missing at 1:30pm on the 18th.   Items stolen include:  OTC Genisys Diagnostic Tool, TPMS Diagnostic Tool, Fuel Injection Pressure Test Kit, OTC Battery Tester, Numerous Snap On sockets and a Garmin GPS.
 
Theft Case #16-45910:
On August 16, 2016, Deputy R. Kreps responded to the Sheriff’s Office in reference to a theft.  The complainant advised he was at the Safeway gas pumps at Southern MD Blvd., in Dunkirk, and must have dropped his wallet.  His brown wallet contained a MD driver’s license, money and several credit cards.  About the same time he realized his wallet was lost, he received a phone call from his bank questioning multiple transactions made to his account.
 
Theft Case #16-45708:
On August 15, 2016, Deputy S. Trotter responded to the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office to make contact with a victim wanting to report a theft.  The victim reported a license plate was stolen from a vehicle parked in their driveway on Warren Drive, in Huntingtown.  This theft took place sometime between August 10 - 15th.
 
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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8-19-2016 – Possession – During a routine vehicle stop in the 26000 block of Point Lookout Road in Leonardtown, Corporal P. Smolarsky identified the female passenger as a wanted suspect. The warrant was confirmed with dispatch and the suspect, Megan Lee Maxwell, age 35, of Clements, was placed under arrest. During a search of her purse, numerous loose pills, hypodermic needles, and a suspected smoking device were recovered. Maxwell was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where she was charged with CDS Possession: Paraherpanlia. CASE# 42772-16
 
8-19-2016 – Possession – Deputy A. Manns responded to the 26000 block of Point Lookout Road in Leonardtown, to assist another deputy with a motor vehicle stop. A routine check revealed the motor vehicle was not registered, and the tags were not returned to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. The driver, Joseph Louis Herbert, age 50, of Mechanicsville requested the vehicle be towed, and a routine inventory search was completed. During the search, a spoon containing suspected heroin, a bottle containing a suspected heroin rock, and a homemade smoking device were located. Herbert was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged with CDS Possession: Not Marijuana and CDS Possession: Paraphernalia. CASE# 42776-16
 
8-19-2016 – Possession – Deputy H. Smith responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center for the report of an inmate possessing contraband. The inmate, Megan Lee Maxwell, age 36, of Clements, was acting suspiciously when Correctional Officer Schwarz recovered an improvised smoking device hidden in the lip of the top bunk. Maxwell was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of Contraband in a Place of Confinement. CASE# 42852-16

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The 2016-17 school year for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) officially begins on Monday, Aug. 29 for students in grades kindergarten through 12. The school system expects more than 26,500 students to fill hallways and classrooms next week. These students will join the more than 2,000 teachers who reported back to class today and are busy preparing for another year of teaching and learning.
 
CCPS is still working to fill classroom vacancies for the coming year. As of today, 197 new teachers have been hired for the school year. There are 41 vacancies, mostly in critical shortage areas like science, mathematics and special education.
 
The system’s youngest learners – those enrolled in the prekindergarten and three-year-old programs – start their school year on Tuesday, Sept. 6. CCPS has a special back to school page on the system website at http://www.ccboe.com/backtoschool2016.php. The following information includes important back to school details.
 
Register your child for school
 
Registration is currently taking place at all schools. Parents will need the following information in order to register their child for school:
 
A physical examination by a physician or a certified practitioner (completed between nine months prior to and six months after entering school).
 
Proof of required immunizations – a list of required immunizations for students is available on the CCPS website at http://www.ccboe.com/community/parents/health/vrequirments.php.
 
Proof that the student has completed the grade prior to the one in which the parent is seeking enrollment, such as a report card marked promoted.
 
Child’s birth certificate or other acceptable proof of birth (e.g. passport/visa; physician’s certificate; baptismal or church certification; hospital certificate; or birth registration).
Two proofs of domicile (address) – a list of acceptable proofs is posted on the CCPS website at http://www.ccboe.com/community/parents/register.php.
 
New school websites
 
Charles County Public Schools recently launched new websites for all schools. The new sites feature a school specific events calendar, photo slideshow and up-to-date news for parents, students and the school community. The new sites replace all school Edline websites and include a link to the Edline/Grade Book portal where parents and students can log in to view their class assignments and grades.
 
To access your child’s new school website, visit ccboe.com and select the Schools tab from the main menu at the top of the home page and click on the name of the school.
 
Updated vaccination requirements for some students
 
Maryland law requires students to have minimum immunization levels to attend school. The number of vaccines required depends on the age and grade of the child. Required vaccines include DPT, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, hepatitis B, Hib, Prevnar, Tdap and meningococcal. Last school year, the Maryland State Health Department added additional requirements for kindergarten students and students entering seventh grade. For the 2016-17 school year, all kindergarten, first- and second-grade students are required to have two doses of the varicella, or chickenpox, vaccine, and all seventh and eighth graders, as well as high school freshmen, must have a Tdap and meningococcal vaccines. Students can receive all required vaccines at their physician’s office. 
 
Students can be admitted to school without completed immunizations, but have to show proof of an appointment occurring within 20 calendar days. Students without updated immunizations must show proof of an appointment occurring on or before Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. Questions about vaccines can be directed to the school nurse or to your child’s physician.
 
Call the bus hotline with transportation questions
 
The school system is sponsoring a bus hotline for parents to call with questions about bus routes. The hotline can be reached at 301-932-6655, and is available Aug. 25-26 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Aug. 29-30 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parents can access bus route information through the School Locator feature available on the CCPS website at http://schoollocator.ccboe.com/.
 
Open house events
 
Open house events have been scheduled for all schools. Click here for a complete schedule: http://www.ccboe.com/pr/open-houses-planned-for-schools-centers/. Contact your child's school with questions.
 
Lunch prices increase by $0.10 for students
 
Lunch prices for all students increased by $.10 this school year. There is no change in the cost of breakfast for students this year. For elementary school students, lunch is $2.65 and breakfast is $1.25. For middle and high school students, lunch is $2.90 and breakfast is $1.40. Menus are available at all schools, and on the CCPS website at http://ccboe.nutrislice.com/. 
 
The school system uses a cafeteria prepayment system called MyPaymentsPlus, which is a secure, Internet-based system that allows parents to deposit funds electronically in their child’s cafeteria account. Visit https://mypaymentsplus.com/default.aspx for more information.
 
2016-17 Parent Handbook/Calendar is now available
 
Students and staff will receive a copy of the 2016-17 Parent Handbook/Calendar during the first week of school. The calendar is available on the Charles County Public Schools website at http://www.ccboe.com/aboutus/calendar/201617CCPSCalendar.pdf.
 
We Care program kick-off
 
School resource officers at each of Charles County’s seven public high schools are helping to launch the “We Care” program on Wednesday, Aug. 31. The program is a safe driving initiative for teens by teens with guidance from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office and CCPS. Police officers will be at each high school Aug. 31 to distribute safety flyers to all student drivers. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kimberly Hill and Sheriff Troy Berry will greet student drivers at La Plata High School on Aug. 31 as they arrive at school.
 
Technology for our youngest learners
 
CCPS is launching a new program that will provide hands-on learning for the school system’s youngest learners. The new program, a Title I initiative supported by school system funding, will provide each prekindergarten student who attends a Title I elementary school with an iPad for the school year to use at school and home. The goal is to connect students with technology at an early age and to support parental involvement. Schools will also hold hands-on iPad trainings for parents. Program kick-off celebrations are planned for Sept. 2 at systemwide Title I elementary schools.
 
Help us name the next elementary school
 
Help us name the next Charles County Public elementary school! CCPS is seeking community input and suggestions for the name of a new elementary school that will open for the 2018-19 school year. The school is planned on a site off Billingsley Road in White Plains, located near the Greenhaven Run and Worthington neighborhoods. Visit http://www.ccboe.com/pr/system-committee-seeks-names-for-next-elementary-school/ to learn how you can provide a name to the school naming committee. 

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MetCom has been alerted that some customers may have been the target of a phone scam. Customers have been called and advised their water would be turned off if payment is not received by a certain time.  These phone scammers have the ability to make MetCom’s name appear on a customer’s caller ID helping to make the call appear legitimate. 
 
MetCom does not call customers and threaten to turn the water off.  Should you receive such a call, please call MetCom immediately at 301.737.7400 to verify your current balance and account status.
 
Please be aware of the following:
 
MetCom mails out reminder notices if an account is past due.
A turn-off letter is mailed to the customer with the date by which payment must be made before services are turned off.
MetCom does not make collection calls or terminate services at night, on weekends or holidays.
To protect themselves from possible scams, customers should contact MetCom directly using the phone number printed on the monthly bill.  Remember to never give money or personal information over the phone unless you initiate the call.
 
MetCom has a variety of payment options available for customers: the ability to pay online, as either a one-time payment or a recurring payment at www.metcom.org; by check or money order via U.S. mail; and in person at 23121 Camden Way, California, Maryland or at Walmart.  Learn more at www.metcom.org/billing.

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PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Aug. 22, 2016 – The Calvert County Department of Community Resources announces that it recently received nearly $250,000 from the Governor’s Office for Children for two programs aimed at strengthening youth and families. The funding was part of $15 million set aside for the state’s 24 local management boards charged with bringing together local resources to address issues facing children and families. Calvert County’s local management board is the Calvert County Family Network (CCFN).
CCFN will administer the funding in two programs that target populations at risk for mental health and substance use. The first program is the Tri-County Youth’s Service Bureau’s Youth Intervention & Engagement program, which provides a holistic approach to youth mental health issues with formal and informal counseling and peer-led groups. The second program is new and will create a full-time reentry case management program to address needs and identify appropriate treatment and interventions for disconnected youth and their incarcerated parents or caregivers.  
“The Governor's Office for Children appreciates all the hard work the local management boards do to ensure the youth in their communities are prepared for school, work and life,” said Arlene Lee, executive director of the Governor’s Office for Children. “The Calvert County Family Network has identified two of the most difficult barriers to success for young people; unmet mental health (suicide) and substance abuse needs. We are confident they will invest these resources wisely, using them to help Calvert County youth thrive.”
“There is a troubling cycle at work here,” said Calvert County Family Network’s Coordinator Jennifer Moreland. “Lack of resources like health insurance and transportation put transitional age youth at a greater disadvantage for addressing mental health needs. These youth with untreated mental health issues and scarce opportunities for employment engage in impulsive and risky behaviors which land them in the corrections system, further impacting their long-term employment and stability.”
To see the complete results of Calvert County Family Network’s need assessments, visit www.co.cal.md.us/CCFN.  For more information, call 410-414-5997 or e-mail Jennifer Moreland at morelaje@co.cal.md.us.

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Saturday he will end a statewide mandate for homeowners and businesses to use what's called "best available technology" in septic systems when they construct or enlarge buildings, a policy put in place by his predecessor to fight pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.
 
Hogan, a Republican, made the announcement in his closing speech to the Maryland Association of Counties, where he said he's heard the call of many local officials to end the requirements homeowners and businesses have found burdensome and expensive.
 
"We will deliver this much-needed relief while continuing to ensure that environmental safeguards are in place," Hogan said, adding he planned to officially pull back the regulations Monday.
 
The regulations were put in place in 2012 by then-Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat who said at the time that better technology was needed to keep pollution from seeping into rivers and streams and eventually into the nation's largest estuary — the Chesapeake Bay.
 
Best available technology will still be required in what's known as the critical areas near the bay.
 
Ben Grumbles, secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment, noted that, "It was sacrosanct for us to make sure that that best available technology is used in those areas that are very close to the coastal bays and the Chesapeake Bay itself ..."
 
But echoing Hogan, he said in many jurisdictions outside of that area the added improvements in controlling nitrogen may not justify the cost of the technology.
 
Environmentalists called Hogan's decision a setback for pollution reduction in the bay.
 
"Who is going to pollute less so the homebuilders can pollute more?" asked Tom Zolper, a spokesman for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
 
Counties can still require the best available technology, if they decide to on their own.
 
Grumbles said the state will focus on failing septic systems and hooking up homes and businesses to sewer systems to better protect the environment.
 
"The reality is there are a lot of citizens — a lot of communities — that feel this is an area that needed regulatory reform, so we're offering a targeted, balanced, approach and also stepping up and saying failing septic systems are unacceptable," Grumbles said. "We want to really help focus on the failing ones and also work with the counties to rethink whether or not hookups to sewer systems can be the best approach."
 
Meanwhile, Hogan also said he will try to repeal a law enacted this year that requires the governor to create a scoring system for transportation projects. It says the governor must give reasons for not funding projects that rank high in the scoring.
 
Transportation funding has been a bitter point of contention between the governor and the Democrat-controlled legislature, ever since Hogan scrapped plans to build a light rail plan in Baltimore. Hogan vetoed the bill this year, but the legislature swiftly overrode the veto before the session ended in April.
 
In recent weeks, state transportation officials have contended the law threatens to impede local transportation projects. Hogan reiterated that in his speech Saturday.
 
"This legislation has the potential to kill nearly all of the priority road and bridge improvements in nearly every single jurisdiction all across the state," Hogan said.

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Leonardtown, MD - The St. Mary’s County Recreation and Parks Board invites the public to a meeting on Thursday, September 1, 2016 to solicit input regarding the update to the St. Mary’s County Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan (LPPRP). The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m., in the commissioners meeting room inside the Chesapeake Building in Leonardtown.
 
The LPPRP identifies recreational, agricultural and natural resource and open space preservation needs in St. Mary’s County.  Once adopted, the LPPRP will guide county policies and actions to address those needs in the future. The LPPRP is updated every five years and offers an opportunity to reassess priorities in light of population growth and changing economic, social and market conditions.  The St. Mary’s County plan, along with plans from other counties, will be used by the State to guide planning, funding and programs to meet land preservation, parks and recreation needs state-wide.    
 
For more information on the public meeting, or the LPPRP, please contact the Department of Recreation and Parks at 301-475-4200 ext. *1811, or via email to kathy.bailey@stmarysmd.com. A copy of the 2012 plan is available for download at:  http://www.stmarysmd.com/docs/lpprdraft-7-11.pdf.

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On Saturday afternoon at 3:55 PM, Troopers from the Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Barrack responded to Route 506 (Sixes Road) south of Route 231 for a reported serious motor vehicle collision.  Preliminary investigation revealed a 2000 Ford F-350, driven by Joseph Coulby, 19, of Prince Frederick was traveling on Route 506 (Sixes Road) south of Route 231, when the vehicle crossed the double yellow line while in a curve striking a 2013 Chrysler 300M, driven by Dexter Holland, 41, of Port Republic in the front end. As a result of the collision, the driver of the Chrysler vehicle was trapped in his vehicle and succumbed to his injuries at Calvert Memorial Hospital.  The driver of the Ford F-350 pick-up truck and the passenger were uninjured.            
Troopers from the Maryland State Police CRASH Team responded to the scene to reconstruct the accident. 
The case is still under investigation and anyone with information is urged to contact Tpr. R. Backus at the Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Barrack (410)535-1400.

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Do you know if your child’s car seat is safe? Find out at a free car seat checkup event! The checkup will be held on September 15, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department at 3170 West Ward Road. 
 
At the checkup event, you will learn if the car seat is the correct one for your child and if it is installed properly in the vehicle. You will also learn how to harness your child into the seat correctly. Car seat technicians will review any recalls associated with the car seat, the history of the seat and the crash history of the car to ensure safety.
 
To prepare for the checkup you must first make an appointment by contacting Shirley Ireland or Jess Jones at the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office. They can be reached by calling: 410-535-2800.
 
Arrive with the car seat(s) already installed in the vehicle, to the best of your ability, or read through the manual of a new car seat. 
Bring both the vehicle and safety seat owner’s manuals with you. 
Be prepared to ask questions and be involved in the seat checking process. 
Bring an additional adult to supervise the child(ren), if present for the event, while you work with seat technicians.
Expect each inspection to take approximately 45 minutes.
 
This event is a partnership of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and the Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department.  Similar car safety seat checkups are held regularly throughout Maryland. To learn more about this event or to find one near you, call Maryland Kids in Safety Seats (KISS) at 800-370-SEAT, or visit www.mdkiss.org.

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PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Aug. 19, 2016 – The best way to prevent mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases is to get rid of mosquito breeding habitats. At the height of mosquito season, the Calvert County Department of General Services Mosquito Control Program is again asking residents to assist in the control of mosquitoes by inspecting their properties for standing water. Any area or container that holds water for a week or more has the potential to produce hundreds, or even thousands, of mosquitoes.
The county Mosquito Control Program team offers the following tips:
·         Drain or dump tarps, buckets and flower pots.
·         Keep roof gutters free of leaves and other debris.
·         Fill in tree stump holes from blown over trees as soon as possible.
·         Dispose of cans, plastic containers and anything else that can hold water.
·         Cover or drill holes in recycling containers or outside trash cans.
·         Turn wheelbarrows, wading pools, children’s toys and other similar items over or put them away.
·         Store boats covered or upside down.
·         Clean and put fresh water in birdbaths or wading pools regularly.
·         Make sure your home’s windows and doors have proper screening.
·         When outdoors wear light colored long pants and long sleeves.
·         Use an approved insect repellent according to manufacturers’ instructions.
The Calvert County Mosquito Control Program provides countywide integrated pest abatement of nuisance and vector (disease carrier) mosquitoes. For a comprehensive overview of the program, visit online at www.co.cal.md.us/MosquitoControl, and for more information contact Mosquito Control via email at mosquitocontrol@co.cal.md.us or via phone at 410-535-6924.

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On August 8, 2016, at approximately 11:15 a.m., St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies responded to the 22000 block of Duke Street in Leonardtown for a reported strong armed robbery. Preliminary investigation revealed the suspect approached an 84 year-old-victim, assaulted him, and then forcefully removed the victim’s wallet from him. The suspect fled on foot into the Leonardtown area. 
The suspect is described as a white male with a beard and dark hair, wearing brown pants and a dark colored belt, a white polo shirt, and white hi-top tennis shoes. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Scott Ruest at 301-475-4200, ext. *2297 or by email, Scott.Ruest@stmarysmd.com.
Anyone with information is asked to call CRIME SOLVERS at 301.475.3333 or text a tip to "TIP239" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637).

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THEFT OF WHEELS: On August 18 at approximately 9 a.m., an officer was conducting a patrol check in the area of Oakside Lane in Indian Head when a citizen flagged him down. The victim advised that sometime between the hours of 6 p.m. on August 17 and the morning of August 18, the aluminum wheels were stolen from her 2015 Chevrolet Malibu and the vehicle was left sitting on bricks. Officer D. Spence is investigating.
 
BURGLARY: Sometime between the hours of 1 p.m. on August 14 and 9 a.m. on August 16, unknown suspect(s) gained entry to a church located in the 10000 block of Charles Street in La Plata. Once inside, the suspect(s) stole a keyboard and flat screen television. Pfc. J. Alpert is investigating.
 
THEFT FROM MOTOR VEHICLE: On August 14 at approximately 7:05 a.m., officers responded to the 6200 block of Deerwood Court in Waldorf for the report of theft from a motor vehicle. Upon arrival, a witness gave a suspect description and reported that the suspect was walking from vehicle to vehicle, pulling on the door handles. A person who matched the suspect description was located nearby on Wolverine Place. The suspect admitted to stealing several items from several vehicles in the area to include cash, a cell phone, a wallet, credit cards, and other various items. Travis Demetrius Smoot, 31 of no fixed address, was arrested and charged with several counts of theft.  Pfc. D. Butler investigated.
 
THEFT OF WHEELS: Sometime during the overnight hours between August 11 and August 12, unknown suspect(s) stole aluminum wheels from a 2005 Chevrolet Suburban which was parked in a driveway in the 2800 block of Portobello Court in Waldorf. The vehicle was left sitting on bricks. Cpl. R. Gilroy is investigating.
 
DISORDERLY CONDUCT: On August 12 at approximately 12:50 a.m., officers responded to the 3200 block of Huntington Circle in Waldorf for reports of disorderly conduct. Upon arrival, officers heard four gunshots coming from the area of Heathcote Road. Officers responded to the area where the shots were coming from and spoke with several subjects. One subject, who was acting disorderly, fled on foot and was located hiding behind a shed nearby. Robert Larry Stevenson, Jr., 24 of Waldorf, was placed under arrest and found to be in possession of ammunition. K9 units responded and attempted a search for a weapon, which was met with negative results. Officers located two vehicles in the area which had been hit by gunfire, and evidence was recovered from the scene. Stevenson was charged with disorderly conduct. M/Cpl. C. Cusmano, Officer J. Dewberry, and Sgt. D. Belfield investigated.
 
FIRST DEGREE BURGLARY: On August 9 at 9:30 p.m., officers responded to the 15000 block of Spikerush Court in Waldorf for the report of a burglary. The initial report was made by a realtor who had arrived at the residence, which had just been put on the market, for a showing. There were people in the house when the realtor arrived. The homeowner and police were contacted. Upon arrival, officers made contact with the suspect, Angie Elizabeth Ezell, 51 of Washington, D.C., who stated that she had purchased the home two months prior and that her paperwork showing ownership was in storage. The owner of the home, per Maryland tax records, arrived to the residence and stated that the home had just been placed on the market and it had not yet been sold. She had just begun the process of moving out and still had personal items in the home. There was damage to the garage door and to the hardwood floor inside the house, and there was evidence that items in the home had been used or tampered with. Ezell was arrested and charged with first and fourth degree burglary, theft, and destruction of property. Cpl. C. Long investigated.

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On Wednesday, August 17, the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 82 presented its Police Officer of the Year award to Police Officer First Class Vernon Warker.
 
Pfc. Warker was selected as the recipient of this honor particularly for the courage he displayed during an incident in May of 2015. Pfc. Warker was the first on the scene of a house fire in Waldorf and learned that there was still one person trapped inside the house. Without hesitation or any protective gear, Pfc. Warker pushed open the locked front door, went inside the smoke-filled home, and dragged the man out to safety, saving his life.
 
Adjutant Gary Shupe and First Vice Commander G. Gale Willett presented the award plaque. “As a first responder, you are expected to be many things depending on the situation that faces you,” said Adjutant Shupe. “What Pfc. Warker did that day went beyond expectations and was something police officers do not typically train for. His instincts kicked in, and the man would most likely have died that day if not for Pfc. Warker’s heroic actions.”
 
“We are very proud of the brave, quick actions Pfc. Warker took that day. He was everything we could hope to be if faced with the same situation: calm, selfless, and courageous,” said Sheriff Troy Berry. “We thank the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 82 for recognizing him with this honor.”
Photo from left to right: Sheriff Troy Berry, Pfc. Vernon Warker, First Vice Commander G. Gale Willett, and Adjutant Gary Shupe 

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PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD – Communities surrounding the naval air
station are advised that noise-generating testing events are scheduled to take place Aug. 22 – Aug. 25, 2016 between the hours of 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Pilots at NAS PAX will be conducting Field Carrier Landing Practices (FCLPs). FCLPs are
simulated carrier landings conducted to prepare the pilot to land safely on an aircraft carrier. The
practices consist of series of touch-and-go maneuvers called “bounces.” Airspeed, altitude and
power are all precisely choreographed in order for a pilot to approach the ship within an acceptable
window to land on the deck safely. FCLP training is critical for Navy pilots to learn to safely
conduct landing patterns in as realistic conditions as possible, which includes night time operations.
Night FCLPs simulate landing on an aircraft carrier at night when sufficient darkness is necessary.
Since the sun does not set until after 8:30 p.m. during the summer months, night operations require late operating hours. Sometimes this means flying until 11 p.m. or later.
FCLP training is essential for the precision and safety of our military men and women and the
success of their mission. Landing on an aircraft carrier is perhaps the most difficult task in military
aviation. It is a highly complex skill, and requires an intense period of training before pilots deploy.
Residents may notice increased noise levels due to these operations.
As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing
activities on the community. For more information call 1-866-819-9028.
 

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Charles County Government is partnering with National Research Center, Inc. to conduct the National Citizen Survey™ (NCS™). The survey centers on community livability and includes questions about the quality of life in the community, local policies, demographics, rating of local government services, and resident use of services. The NCS™ is designed to provide a baseline of how Charles County Government is serving residents, to better gauge perceptions of the county, and to make comparisons with peer local government agencies. 
 
“The mission of Charles County Government is to provide our residents the highest quality service possible,” said Commissioner President Peter F. Murphy. “The National Citizen Survey will help us to identify what we are doing well, and how we can continue to improve our service to the community.” 
 
“It is important for county governments to benchmark successes and programs with their residents. By participating in the National Citizen Survey, our county is continuing to strive towards a more effective and efficient government,” said County Administrator Michael D. Mallinoff.
 
A random and scientific sample of 1,500 households will receive invitations by mail to participate in the NCS™. Residents are encouraged to look for a postcard invitation in the coming weeks. Responses are confidential. 
 
Residents who do not receive invitations will have the opportunity to participate at a later date via online portal. When the link for the online survey is available, information will be provided on the Charles County Government website at www.CharlesCountyMD.gov. 
 
About The National Citizen Survey:
The National Citizen Survey™ (The NCS™) was among the first scientific surveys developed to gather resident opinion on a range of community issues, and has been used in more than 350 jurisdictions across 46 states. The NCS™ is a high-quality cost-effective scientific survey of resident opinion and an important benchmarking tool that allows for comparison among communities. Communities using The NCS™ have reported that the tool helped improve performance, strengthen communications with community stakeholders, and identify clear priorities for use in goal and budget setting.

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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics detectives observed Karan Angela East (Age 50 of Mechanicsville) obtain “oxycodone” from a local pharmacy, exit into the parking lot of the establishment, and distribute those controlled substances to another individual. As Deputies approached, the individual consumed the medication he had obtained. Additional items of evidence recovered confirmed the distribution. Suspect West was subsequently indicted and arrested for distribution of “oxycodone”.  

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     The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office has announced the implementation of the County’s automated speed enforcement program. The County is now one of many jurisdictions to use automated speed enforcement to reduce traffic crashes, pedestrian accidents, and save lives. The program will provide automated enforcement in school zones with a posted speed limit of at least 20 miles per hour. Speed cameras provide police with one more tool to protect pedestrians and other motorists by targeting aggressive driving behaviors.
 
     Calvert County entered into an agreement with the Brekford Corporation to provide and maintain the speed cameras. The speed cameras will be portable and placed in designated school zones throughout the county.  The first camera locations will be Mill Creek Middle School, Northern High School, and Mt. Harmony Elementary.  These locations will change during the year.  However, advance notice will be given prior to moving a camera.  
 
    Violators traveling 12 miles over the posted speed limit will activate the speed camera which will result in a violation notice being issued via the US Mail.  All violators may pay the fine or request a court date to contest violation notices.  Warnings have been processed and issued for the past 30 days.  Starting Monday August 22nd citations will be issued instead of warnings.  The fine for violating the posted speed limit is $40.00 for each violation.  Photo violations do not result in points and cannot be used to increase a person’s insurance rates. Operation of school zone cameras is restricted to Monday through Friday, from 6AM to 8PM.  
 
    For more information, please contact Captain David Payne, Administrative and Judicial Services Bureau Commander at 410-535-1600 ext. 2593.  
 

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