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Damaged Property: 21-30676
On June 7, 2021, DFC Cress responded to Calvert Pools located at 3903 17th St. in Chesapeake Beach, MD for the report of a destruction of property. The complainant advised between the dates of June 4 and June 6, 2021, an unknown individual(s) had damaged the pickets located on the front deck of the office building. The estimated value of damaged property is $1000. 
 
Theft: 21-31910
On June 12, 2021, DFC Gilmore responded to the Chesapeake Beach Water Park located at 4079 Gordon Stinnett Ave in Chesapeake Beach, MD for the reported theft.  Two patrons of the water park had reported items stolen from the areas where they had been sitting. The first victim advised her backpack was removed and an iPhone 12 Pro Max valued at $1200.00 had gone missing. The second victim advised her Michael Kohrs purse and its contents had been stolen. Inside the purse was a $100 Michael Kors wallet, $400 in US Currency, $80 Coach sunglasses, a set of keys valued at $100, a Maryland Driver’s License and a Master Card totaling $30 to replace. The total value of stolen property is $2260.00.
 
Theft: 21-32225
On June 13, 2021, Cpl. Fox responded to the 8700 block of D Street in Chesapeake Beach, MD for the report of a theft. The complainant advised sometime between 10 p.m. on June 11th and 4 a.m. on June 12th, unknown suspect(s) siphoned gasoline from his vehicle parked on the street outside of his residence. The estimated value of stolen property is unknown at this time.
 
Theft: 21-31283
On June 9, 2021, DFC Aurich responded to the 2200 block of N. Solomons Island Road in Huntingtown, MD for report of a theft. The complainant advised her front Maryland Registration plate was missing. The value of stolen property is unknown at this time.
 
ARRESTS
 
On June 7, 2021, Deputy Evans responded to the area of Fairground Road and Silverwood Lane in Prince Frederick, MD for a report of a suspicious subject. Contact was made with the complainant who advised an unknown male identified as Kenneth Jeremiah Sipan, 34 of no fixed address, walked into the residence without permission and grabbed a broom before realizing the homeowners were home and left the residence. A second victim advised, Sipan attempted to follow her into her residence and later discovered her vehicle had been scavenged through. Sipan admitted to stealing a car charger ($5) and a phone mount ($5) from the mentioned vehicle. Sipan was arrested and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Fourth-Degree Burglary and Theft: Less than $100.
 
On June 13, 2021, DFC Shrawder and DFC Callison were alerted to a fight in progress at the Tiki Bar located at 85 Charles Street in Solomons, MD. Deputies on scene observed numerous patrons fighting in the rear parking lot. Matthew Ryan Henderson, 23 of Orlando, FL, was identified as an aggressor who was activity fighting. As DFC Shrawder was attempting to detain Henderson, a second aggressor approached DFC Shrawder from behind and wrapped his arms around the deputy’s neck attempting to separate Henderson and the deputy. The suspect was identified as Timothy John Virgen, 25 of Lexington Park, MD. Virgin began to kick the deputy as he was placed into handcuffs. Both Henderson and Virgen were arrested and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where they were charged with Disorderly Conduct and Resisting/Interfering with Arrest. Virgen was also charged with Second-Degree Assault. 
 
On June 11, 2021, Deputy Shoemaker responded to Calvert Health Medical Center located at 100 Hospital Road in Prince Frederick, MD for report of a disorderly subject. Upon arrival, the complainant advised Leah Beth Sales, 32 of Silver Spring, MD, was being disorderly, yelling at staff using profanity and cursing at them. As the deputy approached the room Sales was being seen in, a food tray came flying out of the room. Sales was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where she was charged with Disorderly Conduct. 


ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced the end of the COVID-19 state of emergency in the State of Maryland. As of today, Maryland has surpassed 6.5 million vaccinations, and the positivity rate is a record-low 0.82%.
 
“Thanks in large part to the hard work, the sacrifices, and the vigilance of the people of Maryland, we have finally reached the light at the end of that long tunnel,” said Governor Hogan. “Each and every one of you—your actions—have made this day possible. I am so proud of our state, and I’m grateful to have had this honor to serve as your governor. Thank you all for being Maryland Strong.”
 
The COVID-19 state of emergency will end in two phases:
 
EMERGENCY MANDATES AND RESTRICTIONS END ON JULY 1
 
All emergency mandates and restrictions will be terminated as of July 1. There will no longer be any statewide mask order in effect for any settings, including schools, camps, and child care facilities.
 
45-DAY ADMINISTRATIVE GRACE PERIOD THROUGH AUGUST 15
 
Thursday, July 1 will mark the beginning of a 45-day grace period, where certain regulations will continue to be relaxed to complete the administrative transition out of the pandemic. This includes such provisions as renewing driver’s licenses, winding down emergency health operations, and the moratorium on evictions related to COVID-19.


The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) today held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department, Company 2, firehouse.
 
At 29,929 square feet, the new $11-million facility boasts several new state-of-the-art features designed to enhance firefighter health and safety. The building incorporates improved technology to aid call response, energy efficient lighting and HVAC, and more bunkrooms for firefighters.
 
“We rely on our volunteer firefighters, day and night, to safeguard our homes, our families and our lives,” said BOCC President Earl F. “Buddy” Hance. “I cannot overstate the vital importance of providing our volunteers with the latest technologies and a comfortable place to call home away from home. We are honored and proud to mark this historic milestone for Company 2 and thank our volunteers for the life-saving work you do every day.”
 
“The dream started in 2004 out of a need for more space and an upgraded facility that would bring us more in line with industry best practices for health, safety, training and gender differences,” said Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department President Patrick Hassler. “Over the years we faced many hurdles, but we overcame each and every one of them with the help of many supporters along the way. This is a fire department home for everyone in our community and we are proud of this final structure.”
 
“The new building and our commitment to our community is steadfast,” said Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department Chief Joseph Della-Camera. “This structure is a symbol of inspiration to many and June 15, 2021 will forever be the start of this new and incredibly exciting chapter.”
 
“The members of Company 2 are truly dedicated to serving our community and we are proud to provide them with this new facility,” said Public Safety Director Jackie Vaughan. “The investments made in this new building will help our volunteer firefighters train effectively, work safely and to support their well-being for the next 60 years and beyond.”
 
The previous 1960s facility was demolished in 2019 to make way for the new building. The age of the facility, changes in the size and number of apparatus and future requirements made the building a top priority for complete reconstruction. Company 2 operated from the Prince Frederick Armory during demolition and construction.
 
Find information on Calvert County Government services online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov. Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd and YouTube at www.youtube.com/CalvertCountyGov.
 


PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR STATION, MD – Herschel Walker, former professional football player, Heisman Trophy winner, and Olympic athlete, visited NAS Patuxent River June 9 to visit with installation and tenant command personnel and discuss the importance of mental health. Walker serves as a spokesman for the Patriot Support Programs’ Anti-Stigma Campaign, and visits military installations to share his story of dealing with dissociative identity disorder and discuss the importance of seeking help when needed.
 
At every stop on his tour of Pax River, Walker would discuss highlights of his career, sign autographs, and take photos with fans. But he would always remind all in attendance of his reason for being there.
 
“There is no shame in getting help,” said Walker. “I did.”
 
Walker made visits to the Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River, and Air Operations Tower before speaking to a limited crowd of 100 in the Drill Hall. There he relayed his experiences of coming to terms with his own mental health, how it affected his family and friends, and finally reaching out for help.
 
“The best thing that ever happened to Herschel Walker was not the Heisman Trophy, it was not playing in the NFL; it was going to a behavioral health hospital.”
 
Walker explained that one of the hardest things for people who are suffering to do is ask for help, especially when there is a perceived expectation to hide it.
 
“We see it every day in professional sports; I worked with a player who spoke up about being depressed, and was vilified for it,” said Walker. “But no one was asking him why he felt that way. His mother had died and his brother committed suicide. But he was reaching out for help.”
 
He said that stress can impact people in different ways, but in the end if someone needs help they should ask and receive it with no fear.
 
“The thing people don’t understand is that mental health is different for everyone,” said Walker. “As service members, you go down range, you see and smell and do things that most people never will, and while some may be able to deal with it well, not everyone can. But people don’t want to talk about it. It doesn’t make them bad at what they do, they just need some help. And that’s what we need to get them comfortable doing without hesitation.”
 
Walker followed his remarks at the Drill Hall with squadron tours at HX-21 and VX-1 to speak with their personnel as well, eventually closing his tour with a visit to the Security Department personnel at Gate 1.
 
While many thanked him for visiting and sharing his experiences, Walker was quick to point out that the service members he talks to on these tours make as much an impact on him.
 
“It’s not just you; you’re doing everything you can for other people, you wouldn’t be here if that wasn’t the case,” walker said of the military personnel and veterans at Pax. “It takes you guys to make me be Herschel Walker.”
 
To learn more about the Patriot Support Programs of Universal Health Services Anti-Stigma Campaign, visit https://patriotsupportprograms.com/about-us/anti-stigma/ .


Date: June 15, 2021
 
On Monday, June 14, 2021, at approximately 7:07 p.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 21900 block of Chancellor’s Run Road in Great Mills, for the reported shooting. Deputies located a male victim, age 19 of California, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head on the basketball court. The victim was transported by helicopter to an area trauma center for treatment where he later succumbed to his injuries.
 
Shortly afterward, at approximately 7:16 p.m. deputies responded to the 20800 block of Daisy Lane in Lexington Park, for the reported shooting. Deputies located a male victim, age 21 of Lexington Park, suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. The victim was transported by helicopter to an area trauma center for treatment and remains hospitalized.
 
Members of the Youth Gun Violence Task Force and detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division along with crime lab personnel responded to both locations and continued the investigations.
 
At this time, it is unknown if the shootings are related. Anyone with information regarding the shootings, or anyone who was at Chancellor’s Run Regional Park who witnessed the incident, and has not provided a statement is asked to contact the Criminal Investigations Division at (301) 475-4200 extension 71950 or the Youth Gun Violence Task Force at (301) 475-4200 extension 78087 or by email at stopgunviolence@stmarysmd.com
 
#StopGunViolence
 
Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.
 
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LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Commissioners of St. Mary's County held their regular business meeting Tuesday, June 15, 2021, in the Chesapeake Building in Leonardtown.
 
The Commissioners recognized National Nursing Assistants Week and World Elder Abuse Awareness Day with proclamations.
 
The Commissioners presented a virtual Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Community Corrections Facility located in Leonardtown.
 
Following the presentation, the Department of Human Resources recognized several employees from the Department of Public Works & Transportation, Emergency Services, Finance, Recreation and Parks and the Sheriff's Office for 10 years of service.
 
The Commissioners approved a request from the St. Mary's Metropolitan Commission to refund and refinance bonds for savings in debt service of $2 million.
 
The Board of Education received approval from the Commissioners for their FY2022 budget, which included $114,540,490. The approved funding from the Commissioners is an overall increase of $4,997,569 from FY2021 funding.
 
The FY2022 Cooperative Agreement between the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the county was approved by the Commissioners for the continuation of the program for the control and eradication of invasive and designated weed species in St. Mary's County. The Maryland Department of Agriculture determines the designation of weeds considered invasive. Residents can contact the MDA main office at 410-841-5920 for information on local weed control.
 
A grant application request by the Sheriff's Office for $13,835 for the FY22 Sex Offender Compliance and Enforcement in Maryland project was approved.
 
The new Visit St. Mary's MD (VSMMD) Executive Director, Barbara Sopato briefed the Commissioners on new and existing initiatives relating to tourism services for the county. The Commissioners then approved the annual Memorandum of Understanding for FY2022 between the county and the nonprofit VSMMD entity to continue funding for the tourism plan.
 
The Commissioners also approved a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) to continue business counseling services from the Southern Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in St. Mary's County. A branch of the SBDC is collocated with the Department of Economic Development in the Potomac Building. A counselor is available on a routine basis to individuals seeking SBDC's services and serves as adjunct staffing to DED. SBDC provides market research, cash flow analysis, topic-specific training, and ongoing mentoring to small-business owners and startups in St. Mary's County. Following the briefing, the Commissioners urged local businesses to take advantage of these tax-funded SBDC services.
 
The Department of Public Works and Transportation brought forward a request to renew the Operating Agreement between the Commissioners of St. Mary's County and AIRTec, Inc. at the St. Mary's County Regional Airport. AIRTec provides services at the airport for pilots and users. The Commissioners voted to renew the agreement.
 
The Commissioners approved a Memorandum of Understanding from the Maryland State Department of Housing and Community Development for existing broadband expansion in the amount of $240,000. The funding will support continuing efforts to provide internet access to St. Mary's County residents.
 
The Commissioners voted to approve an agreement with the YMCA to create a project Task Force consisting of several local key leaders, YMCA staff and County staff to collectively explore the Great Mills Pool site and Nicolet Park locations for the location of a recreational facility.
 
The next regularly scheduled business meeting of the Commissioners of St. Mary's County is Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at 9 a.m. Commissioner decisions and related public documents are available on the county government website in BoardDocs. In addition, St. Mary's County Commissioner Meetings may be viewed live Tuesday mornings on SMCG Channel 95 or as a replay Friday nights at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are also available for on-demand viewing on the St. Mary's County Government YouTube Channel.


On June 14, 2021 at approximately 9:49 p.m., deputies from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Patrol Bureau responded to report of a drive-by shooting in the 1000 block of Golden West Way in Lusby, MD.
Preliminary investigation revealed, unknown suspect(s) fired several rounds into a residence as well as into a vehicle outside the home. No injuries were reported. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Bureau (CIB) responded to the scene and have assumed the investigation. 
The investigation into this shooting is ongoing. Anyone with information in regards to this incident or may have camera footage in the area, please contact Detective Wayne Wells at (410) 535-2800 ext. 2595 or wayne.wells@calvertcountymd.gov
Citizens may remain anonymous thru the ‘Submit a Tip’ feature on our Calvert County Sheriff’s Office mobile app. To download, visit https://apps.myocv.com/share/a39520678.  


WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and U.S. Representative Karen Bass (D-Calif.) reintroduced their legislation to improve our emergency response capabilities by creating systemic alternatives to police involvement in appropriate situations. Their legislation, The Community-Based Response Act, creates a new Community-Based Emergency and Non-Emergency Response Grant Program through the Department of Health and Human Services to establish programs to encourage local governments to develop additional options, beyond law enforcement, for certain kinds of community-based emergency response. The bill will help provide for the dispatch of professionals trained in mental and behavioral health, crisis response, or mediation instead of law enforcement. Too often, dispatching law enforcement to emergencies where a use-of-force response is not warranted has resulted in unnecessary escalation and tragic death. 

 

According to recent reports, this year, more than 50 people suffering from mental illness have been shot and killed by the police. Additionally, according to Washington Post data, more than one in five people killed by the police suffer from mental illness. A recent report from The Appeal also shows that in some jurisdictions police spend more time on mental health-related calls than on burglaries or felony assaults. And a Vera Institute of Justice analysis of 911 data from 5 localities found that non-emergency incidents were the most frequent type of call for service in each jurisdiction – and as many as 70% of 911 calls didn’t relate to any type of crime. We’ve already seen jurisdictions across the country successfully implement community-based emergency response programs, including in Eugene, Oregon and Denver, Colorado. In Maryland, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott recently announced a proposal to divert 9-1-1 calls that could benefit from this legislation.

 

“For decades, our nation’s approach to public safety has remained unchanged, despite the unnecessary tragedy this outdated system has left in its wake. It’s time to reevaluate our crisis response capabilities and, where appropriate, provide alternatives to law enforcement involvement. This legislation invests in community-based solutions to crisis situations that don’t require police to be the first responders. It will put the needs of our residents first, while ensuring law enforcement is available to respond to the situations they are trained for and best suited to handle. By taking a new approach, we can save lives and strengthen overall public safety. I’m committed to getting this done,” said Senator Van Hollen.

 

“Every year, hundreds of families call the police out of desperation when family members suffering from mental illness experience a crisis. In too many cases, law enforcement responds with unnecessary force resulting in injury or death. This legislation provides resources for an appropriate response. It is time to reform policing in this country and this bill is a part of that push. I encourage my colleagues to support this important piece of legislation,” said Congresswoman Bass.

 

The legislation is cosponsored by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).

 

The legislation is supported by a diverse group of more than twenty advocates and organizations, including: National Urban League; NAACP LDF; NAACP, Baltimore Branch; University of Maryland, Baltimore; National Association of Social Workers; Coalition for Juvenile Justice; Citizens Policing Project and Beyond Youth Organizing; Justice Action Network; Center for Disability Rights; National Alliance to End Homelessness; National Homelessness Law Center; National Disability Rights Network; Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare; Greater Baltimore Urban League; Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc.; American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; CASA; Aaron Maybin; Erricka Bridgeford; PolicyLink and the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color; TASH; Center for Public Representation; Vera Institute; National Action Network; The National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund; Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law; LifeBridge Health Center for Hope; and BUILD.

 

“Community responder programs allow law enforcement to focus on their core public safety mission, provide people in crisis with assistance from trained mental health and behavioral health professionals, and prevent encounters between law enforcement and people in crisis that can lead to tragedy. We’ve seen this model work in cities across the country, and this funding will allow more communities across the country to build on that success. We are grateful that Senator Van Hollen and Representative Bass have taken the lead on this, and we hope their colleagues from both sides of the aisle will join in the effort to promote public safety,” said Justice Action Network President and Executive Director Holly Harris.

 

“People with disabilities, particularly people of color with disabilities, are vastly and disproportionately impacted by police violence. Long-term solutions for avoiding these violent interactions between the police and the community are to develop effective non-police emergency response systems while building up a robust system of community services. This bill will undoubtedly move us in the direction of ensuring people who are better attuned to meet and respond to the needs of individuals with disabilities can respond to these emergency situations,” said Curt Decker, Executive Director of the National Disability Rights Network.

 

“The Community-Based Response Act recognizes that our communities can often be better served by providing a community-based mental health and behavior health response, instead of a law enforcement response. This will allow the police to concentrate their efforts on public safety, while people with mental health and behavioral health problems receive a more compassionate response,” said Bruce Jarrell, MD, FACS President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

 

“Social workers and other health providers are frequently the most appropriate first responders for many calls to 911. We can reduce violent police encounters and better meet the needs of crisis callers by deploying professional social workers to address issues of mental health, behavioral health, homelessness, and domestic disputes,” said Angelo McClain, Ph.D., LICSW, CEO of the National Association of Social Workers.

 

“We are excited to see this legislation and the commitment Senator Van Hollen is making to community-based interventions for young people. An estimated 78 percent of young people who experience homelessness will have at least one contact with law enforcement. Community-based alternatives like those provided for in this bill are an important way to connect young people with mental health and other services they may need, while avoiding potentially traumatic and sometimes life-ending interactions with law enforcement,” said Naomi Smoot Evans, Executive Director, Coalition for Juvenile Justice.

 

“We salute Senator Van Hollen and Representative Bass for introducing this ground-breaking legislation. We have long known that a police response is not appropriate when a mental health crisis occurs. This Bbill will provide us with a much more appropriate and humane alternative,” said Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare Board Member Ron Manderscheid.

 

“When individuals are in emotional distress or experiencing a suicidal crisis, it is crucial that they receive effective responses and interventions. Too frequently, emergency medical and law enforcement personnel must respond to crises that they are not trained to handle. We applaud Senator Van Hollen and Congresswoman Bass for introducing The Community-Based Response Act to improve crisis response and connect individuals with needed services,” said Robert Gebbia, CEO of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

 

“We deeply appreciate Senator Van Hollen's commitment to advancing alternatives to police responses to calls involving mental health crises and other situations. Far too many people with psychiatric disabilities, and particularly those who are people of color, have died or experienced needless incarceration due to avoidable contacts with law enforcement. Law enforcement should not be the default response to mental health emergencies,” said Jennifer Mathis, Director of Policy and Legal Advocacy, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.

 

“The National Alliance to End Homelessness strongly supports The Community-Based Response Act and encourages its passage. This legislation would incentivize communities to address behavioral health crises with professional behavioral health or crisis response personnel, rather than law enforcement. This would free law enforcement to better do its job, and reduce unnecessary and inappropriate arrests of people experiencing homelessness or other crises in public. We thank Senator Chris Van Hollen and Representative Karen Bass for their leadership in introducing this very important bill,” said the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

 

“For far too long, individuals with disabilities and other marginalized populations in our society have experienced bias, discrimination, and overwhelming trauma when encountering law enforcement and the justice system,” stated Cathy Costanzo, Executive Director of the Center for Public Representation. “The Community-Based Response Act provides the extraordinary federal response needed to spur new solutions for public safety, bringing together communities in a shared commitment and collective responsibility to creating a new future that better supports people in crisis and decriminalizes challenging behavior once and for all.”

 

“Survivors of violence often need much more than an arrest and law enforcement based intervention to help them recover from trauma. Comprehensive responses to violence that include mental health intervention and social work case management supports communities with resources to not only curb and stem violence but offers experts who are trained in best practices. The Community Based Response Act establishes necessary options to complement and augment public safety,” said Adam Rosenberg, Esq., Executive Director of the LifeBridge Health Center for Hope.

 

“Far too often many parties are assembled at the table to discuss plans, developments, programs, funding and most importantly... ‘Laws & Policy.’ Yet most often the vital parties are never included around the table of decisions. We experience this year after year, administration after administration where the convening's ‘at the table’ never include the voices of those most strained by these table decisions. The best opportunity at resolution of these matters are simple with transparency, inclusion, and equality. As a child, my only recollection of officers were of ‘Officer Friendly,’ our softball and basketball coach who were officers (Officer Mitchell.) Our officers played a pivotal role in the education and sustainability of the communities they served. There was a mutual respect and ownership of one's area, interest and manner. When those vital points were present, de-escalation was minor. Today, officers are trained with more attention and hours dedicated to their life preservation than that of those ‘They vow to Serve.’ Mental Health Professionals are educated and trained 5-8 years in their profession to de-escalate and preserve the lives of those in trauma or a crisis situation. However, we have become married to designing systems where we send a ‘defensive-lineman’ to respond to a mental health crisis in their community.  These calls often result in a full crisis and loss for the entire neighborhood and community at large. This legislation is as essential as legislation that came out of the 60's Civil Rights Movement! We have demonstrated ‘Peacefully’ all over the nation with over 200,000 in Washington culminating marches to encourage change. The Senate and Congress must act now at this pivotal time as they did in the 60's that resulted in the Civil Rights Act.  We cannot continue without these necessary support services in our communities. Absent of them, we will continue to reap the discord with policing our nation. Our Congress and Senate must be accountable for correcting the policies that are incorrect, delivering the many lives lost. This is not a race or color Bill, it is a Human Rights Bill,” said Tiffany Majors of the Greater Baltimore Urban League.

 

“Community-based responses to crises are critical to the safety of Black people, Indigenous people, people of color, people with disabilities—and all those who are targeted by police violence. Communities and families that have been impacted by policing have always worked to create community-led safety solutions that support people in crisis, it is time for state and federal government to invest in these critical, life-saving programs,” said Marc Philpart, Managing Director, PolicyLink, and Principal Coordinator of the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color.

 

“Community-based crisis response is imperative to creating better alternatives to public safety than our current system,” stated Michael Brogioli, Executive Director of TASH, a national disability rights and advocacy organization focused on promoting the human potential and civil rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “These models can help us address intersectionality issues of race, cognitive disability, and mental health so as to tailor strategies for individuals who, due to a disability or mental health illness, can get the appropriate supports they need in time of crisis and avoid the all-too-often horrible ending of life due to law enforcement professionals not being equipped or trained in how to respond to such complex situations.”

 

"For far too long, individuals with disabilities and other marginalized populations in our society have experienced bias, discrimination, and overwhelming trauma when encountering law enforcement and the justice system," stated Cathy Costanzo, Executive Director of the Center for Public Representation. "The Community Based Response Act provides the extraordinary federal response needed to spur new solutions for public safety, bringing together communities in a shared commitment and collective responsibility to creating a new future that better supports people in crisis and decriminalizes challenging behavior once and for all."



Patrol Officers Apprehend Robbery Suspect: On June 12 at 12:55 p.m., officers responded to a retail business in the 2900 block of Festival Way for the report of a theft that just occurred. A male suspect entered the store and asked to look at an air pod case. The employee gave the suspect the case and the suspect began walking out of the store. As the employee approached, the suspect threatened to harm him and fled the scene with the merchandise. Shortly afterwards, officers responded to a business in the 3300 block of Crain Highway in Waldorf. Two males entered the store and one approached an employee. He asked to look at a set of air pods. Once he had the air pods, the suspect displayed a handgun, which was in his waistband, threatened the employee and fled. Officers determined the same suspect was involved in both cases. A description of the subjects was broadcast and they were located a short time later inside the St. Charles Towne Center. A juvenile male was detained while the other male fled. After a brief foot pursuit, the suspect was apprehended without further incident. Officers recovered a replica handgun in the suspect’s waistband and the stolen merchandise was also located. Lorenzo Henson Simms, 18, of Waldorf was charged with armed robbery and theft. On June 14, a judge ordered Simms to be released on personal recognizance with electronic monitoring. The juvenile male was released to his parents.



The Calvert County Department of Planning & Zoning, on behalf of the Calvert County Planning Commission, invites citizens to provide input on the Dunkirk Town Center Master Plan and zoning update. Citizens can provide input by taking a quick online survey addressing concerns, challenges and elements for enhancement in the Dunkirk Town Center.
 
Citizens can also participate in a photo survey by submitting photos of elements that are visually appealing or of concern in the Dunkirk Town Center. Deadline to submit photos is Monday, June 21 at midnight. Photos can be submitted online or to the Planning & Zoning office.
 
Visit www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/DunkirkTownCenter for details on both surveys. Whether interested in land use, transportation, recreation or shopping, citizens of all ages are encouraged to participate to help shape the future of the Dunkirk Town Center.
 
For town center update details, visit online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/TownCenterUpdate. Questions may also be submitted by emailing TownCenterUpdate@calvertcountymd.gov.
 
Find information on Calvert County Government services online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov. Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd and YouTube at www.youtube.com/CalvertCountyGov.


On Saturday, June 12, 2021, members of the Youth Gun Violence Task Force were on foot patrol as part of a crime prevention initiative in the 21800 block of Three Notch Road in Lexington Park, when an individual was observed discarding a clear, plastic bag. The item was recovered by the task force and determined to contain suspected cocaine. The individual who discarded the item was identified as Antonio Leroy Hines, age 40 of Lusby. Hines was arrested and located on Hines was an additional plastic bag containing suspected marijuana and packages of suspected Suboxone. Hines was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Leonardtown, and charged with two counts of CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana.
 
On June 12, 2021, members of the Youth Gun Violence Task Force responded to the 45900 block of Indian Way in Lexington Park to serve an outstanding warrant on Aaron Dwayne Johnson Jr., age 24 of Lexington Park. Johnson was located during a search of the residence and arrested for Failure to Appear/Driving While Suspended.
 
On June 11, 2021, members of the Youth Gun Violence Task Force arrested Jermaine Anthony Bell, age 26 of Great Mills, on an outstanding Circuit Court Indictment for the following charges:
 
Firearm/Drug Trafficking Crime
 
CDS: Possession with Intent to Distribute-Narcotics
 
Anyone with information pertaining to gun violence in St. Mary’s County is asked to contact the Youth Gun Violence Task Force at (301) 475-4200 extension 78087 or by email at stopgunviolence@stmarysmd.com.
 
Anyone with information pertaining to gun violence in St. Mary’s County is asked to contact the Youth Gun Violence Task Force at (301) 475-4200 ext. 78087 or by email at stopgunviolence@stmarysmd.com.
 
Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.


HARRISBURG, Pa. — The owner of three coal-fired power plants in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Ohio says that it will shut them down.
 
Houston-based GenOn Holdings LLC said Thursday that it will shut down a generating unit at both Avon Lake station on Lake Erie near Cleveland and Cheswick station on the Allegheny River outside Pittsburgh by Sept. 15.
 
It says it will shut down two generating units at the much larger Morgantown station on Maryland’s Cobb Neck peninsula by next June 1.
 
Coal has fallen out of favor in the climate change era and it’s been buffeted by a flood of cheaper natural gas from shale formations.


The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identities of three individuals in an assault investigation. On Sunday, May 30, 2021 at 7:32 pm, the suspects assaulted the victim inside the Patuxent River Inn in Lexington Park, stole the victim’s red Apple iPhone 11 and air pods and assaulted the victim’s 13-year-old child with a Taser. Suspect #1 was described as a Hispanic female armed with a Taser. Suspect #2 was described as a black male wearing a black jacket and a purple skull cap. Suspect #3 was described as a white female with red-dyed hair and wearing all-black clothing.
 
 
Anyone with information about the identities of the suspects or this incident is asked to call Deputy Casey Hill at 301-475-4200, ext. 78112 or email casey.hill@stmarysmd.com. Case # 28525-21
 
Citizens may remain anonymous and contact the St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.


LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Department of Public Works and Transportation will have contractors working to restripe parking spaces at the convenience centers and at the St. Andrews Landfill Wednesday, June 23, 2021. In the event of inclement weather, the work will take place Thursday, June 24. The painting should last approximately one hour per site.
 
Contractors will perform striping at locations in the following order and at the approximate times listed:
 
     St. Andrews Landfill – work tentatively set to begin at 6 a.m.
 
     St. Andrews Convenience Center – work tentatively set to begin at 7 a.m.
 
     Charlotte Hall   Convenience Center – work tentatively set to begin at 8 a.m.
 
     Oakville Convenience Center – work tentatively set to begin at 9 a.m.
 
     Clements Convenience Center – work tentatively set to begin at 10 a.m.
 
     Valley Lee Convenience Center – work tentatively set to begin at 11 a.m.
 
     Ridge Convenience Center – work tentatively set to begin at noon.
 
While there will be attendants on-site to help, it is recommended to call 301-475-4200, ext. 3550, for an update on operations before heading to the landfill or any convenience centers Wednesday, June 23.
 
We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience.


The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved a $328 million fiscal year (FY) 2022 general fund operating budget. FY 2022 begins July 1, 2021.
 
The general fund budget for FY 2022 is a balanced budget with a $31,076 surplus. The budget reflects an increase of approximately $9.4 million compared to the FY 2021 adopted general fund budget of $319 million. The increase is primarily due to income tax revenue. FY 2021 included the expected peak revenues of the county’s payment in lieu of tax, or PILOT, agreement with Dominion Energy Cove Point; FY 2022 reflects a $550,000 decrease.
 
“This budget reflects continued investment in programs and services that provide a high quality of life for our citizens,” said BOCC President Earl F. “Buddy” Hance. “Despite concerns over the impact of the pandemic, Calvert County remains on sound financial footing. This budget takes steps to address fiscal and operational sustainability to keep us in a strong financial position, while supporting access to educational, recreational and other life-enriching opportunities for all citizens.”
 
The budget includes nearly $135 million in funding to Calvert County Public Schools, which makes up 41% of the general fund operating budget and 28% of the six-year capital projects budget. The current funding is $2.3 million more than the state required maintenance of effort amount.
 
The FY 2022 operating budget also includes:
 
·         A $0.005 reduction to the property tax rate, from $0.932 to $0.927 per $100 of assessed value.
 
·         A step increase, or salary increase, for county employees.
 
·         An Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) contribution of $7.3 million, the full Actuarial Determined Contribution (ADC), has been provided for in this budget. As the county continues to make significant progress funding this $243 million liability for the public schools and government employees, the annual ADC has been reduced by two-thirds over OPEB’s funding history.
 
·         $6 million is provided to the Highway Maintenance Division to fund the road paving program.
 
·         $10.6 million will be transferred to the Capital Projects Fund.
 
The FY 2022 budget continues to address public safety as a priority. Of 46.6 total positions, 31.55 new positions will be added to support Career Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Communications, the Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center, and the State’s Attorney’s office.
 
The six-year, $368 million Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) lays out the county’s capital program for FY 2022-2027. School construction and renovation account for the largest category, totaling $102 million, with significant resources going toward Beach Elementary School, Northern Middle School and Northern High School. Public Works Enterprise Funds is the next largest category of the CIP budget, totaling $75 million.
 
Residents are encouraged to review the approved budget online. For more information about the FY 2022 budget, contact the Calvert County Department of Finance & Budget at 410-525-1600.
 
Find information on Calvert County Government services online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov. Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd and YouTube at www.youtube.com/CalvertCountyGov.


LEONARDTOWN, MD – A $3.2 billion Emergency Broadband Benefit program has been launched by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households. The program also provides up to a $100 per household discount toward a one-time purchase of a computer, laptop, or tablet if the household contributes more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase through a participating broadband provider.
 
More than 2.3 million households in the United States have enrolled, including more than 46,000 households in Maryland. St. Mary's County residents can enroll in the program by choosing their internet service provider on the Emergency Broadband Benefit Providers web page located at https://www.fcc.gov/emergency-broadband-benefit-providers#Maryland. Approved Cable Franchise providers operating within St. Mary's County include: Atlantic Broadband and Comcast.
 
Additionally, online applications can be filed at GetEmergencyBroadband.org . Or, by telephone, call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application, and return it along with proof of eligibility to: Emergency Broadband Support Center P.O. Box 7081 London, KY 40742
 
For additional information on St. Mary's County Broadband efforts, visit the county website www.stmarysmd.combroadband.


The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of Austin Wade George, age 22 of Leonardtown. George is a white male, 5’11” with brown hair and brown eyes and weighs 180 pounds.
 
 
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Austin Wade George is asked to contact Detective Trevor Teague at (301) 475-4200 extension 78128 or by email at Trevor.Teague@stmarysmd.com. For immediate assistance contact the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office at (301) 475-8008.
 
Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.


LEONARDTOWN, MD – The St. Mary’s Transit System (STS) is running a summer special on Monthly Transit Passes. During June, July and August monthly passes will cost $20 instead of $40 and can be used in an unlimited capacity for the month of purchase.
 
Monthly passes can be purchased directly from drivers on buses or at the STS office located at 44829 St. Andrews Church Rd in California.
 
These special rate passes are good from the first of a month until the last day of the month and are good for all fixed-route transportation, excluding paratransit. John Deatrick, Director of the Department of Public Works and Transportation, said, “This is an excellent opportunity for riders to make use of STS buses this summer. It’s good for our roads, it’s good for our environment, and it’s good for our community.”
 
For more information, please contact the STS Dispatch Office, Monday-Saturday from 5:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. at 301-475-4200, ext. 1120.


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is providing a parent/guardian support clinic to families this summer. Starting June 21, parents of children enrolled in CCPS can make an appointment for a one-hour consultation to discuss the social, emotional and behavioral needs of their child.  

 

Consultations will be virtual with a CCPS school psychologist, school counselor, and/or a pupil personnel worker. In-person meetings will be offered on a limited basis.  

 

Appointments will be scheduled between the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, from June 21 through Aug. 13. To make an appointment, call 301-392-7507 or email Beila Lugo, CCPS mental health coordinator, at blugo@ccboe.com.  

 

The clinic is supported by staff in the CCPS student services department. The goal of the clinic is to provide additional resources to families as the community continues to transition from the COVID-19 pandemic.  

 

Additional supports may be offered to families after the consultation. Services are limited to situations for children that have an educational focus, such as concerns with school attendance, behavior during virtual learning, lack of social interactions with peers, etc. Parents with questions should contact Beila Lugo at blugo@ccboe.com.  



(Prince Frederick, Maryland) – Maryland State Police are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash
that occurred early this morning in Calvert County.
At about 1:20 a.m., troopers from the Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Barrack
responded to a report of a motorcycle crash on Hallowing Point Road in the area of Jibsail Drive.
According to a preliminary investigation, Francis Paul Jenifer Jr., 34, of Prince Frederick, was
operating a 2001 Suzuki GSXR Motorcycle that traveled off the roadway and struck a guardrail.
Jenifer was pronounced deceased on the scene. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Anyone who may have witnessed or who has information regarding this collision is asked to
contact the Prince Frederick Barrack Duty Officer at (410) 535-1400. This investigation is being
continued by Trooper First Class Rutkowski.


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